Beauty Sales: Stila’s Stimulus Plan

Hey mamas! Remember when I did the review on the hot Foxy?


You can get her at Stila.com…but for 20% off and you can free shipping! Chow!

Spring is here and Stila wants to gift you with the opportunity to update your beauty wardrobe with the Stila Spring Stimulus Plan!

Stila is offering a 20% shopping discount & free shipping on any order you place on our site from now until April 11th! No minimum orders, no red tape… 20% off and free shipping! What more could a Stila Girl ask for?!

So… get shopping! Go to the Stila website at www.stilacosmetics.com.
Barbie Loves Stila products are HERE.

Just use code STIMULUS when you check out!

Happy shopping, fam!

Amor de Lacquer: Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen, Spring ’09

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. I really wanted to save this post for the week of Amor de Lacquer but I just couldn’t help it!

Zoya’s Spring collection, Twist, may need to scoot over and share positions as my favorite Spring ’09 nail polish collection. Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009 is sick! I have no words for the beauty of this collection. There is a little something for everyone. For the conservative nail polish wearer and for the lady who doesn’t mind rockin’ crazy colors.

First up, my favorite in the collection….


Night Hydrangea


Well of course it’s going to be my favorite. It’s purple. As I’ve mentioned before…every nail polish addict has a color preference and mine will always be purple. This may be the BEST purple I have ever seen. Seriously. And look how beautifully it photographs. I don’t have any color even close to this so I just love it!

Honeydrew


Ohh, pretty. I actually wore this color a weekend or so back and didn’t even want to take it off for work. It is such a fun color. I can’t wait to rock it on my toes.

Nasturtium


Try pronouncing the name of that bad boy. I love this color! My swatch is a little unclear. I’m not sure why I had so many issues photographing it but don’t let my picture quality discourage you from snagging this one. If this doesn’t scream “perfect summer pedi color”, I don’t know what does.

Forsythia


What’s with the names of this collection, SH? Maybe there is some hidden meaning that I don’t know about. I LOVE this color. I have a thing for yellow polishes. Maybe it’s because they are unexpected. And since I LOVE being the exception to any rule, I just adore this one. Brown skinned babes, you better not utter, “But I can’t wear…” Yes, you can. Didn’t President Obama teach you anything? Okay, I’m lame. Moving on….

 

Tassel


I don’t like gold polishes. There, I said it. I don’t like their foil finishes. I don’t like how they look against my brown skin. Zoya’s Richelle is almost okay with me but for the most part I don’t like golds. BUT…..if I did, I would love Tassel.

I used only 2 coats for each color and each one applied beautifully–as all of my Sally Hansen polishes do. These babies don’t come out until later this month and when they are released, you better run like a mad woman or man because it is hard as Hades trying to find Sally Hansen’s newest nail polish releases. Of course they are at drugstores and will run you a good $6-$8.

See any must haves? Tell me!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

[EDIT: Thanks Ma’at for letting me know that most of these polishes are named after flowering plants!]

Beauty Bee-haviors: I have way too many!

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world and beyond.

You probably say it all the time.

To your girlfriends. Or maybe to your boyfriend or husband. OR….maybe they say it to you.

What do you own TOO much of?

Be honest….we all know what TOO MUCH is.

For me….that would be blushes. I own at least 20+.


And the sad thing is, I hardly wear them. As much as I love blush, I usually stick to the same 2-3. I don’t see myself purchasing any more any time soon.

What do you have many of? Or too much of?

Tell me!

Sista Show-Off: Pieces & Blessings


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I have always been an enormous fan of jewelry. See….most women like diamonds and pearls (I’d like them more if I could afford them, ha!) but I don’t mind funky jewelery. You know the kind where people say,

“Ohhhh girl, your ring is so pretty! I’ve never see anything like that.
Where did you get it from?”

Yeah love the uniqueness that a great deal of my jewels have.

Pieces & Blessings has the following….

-Earrings
-Loc jewels
-Rings

Each piece of jewelery is hand made intricately and with love.

And I must say….working with Samantha has been absolutely wonderful. I received my shipping notification the SAME day I ordered and my package was in the mail within 2-3 days. And yall know I’m not a big fan of waiting for packages to arrive.

Samantha’s Story of how Pieces & Blessings came about:

“Well, I started when my lil girl decided that she wanted to get locs! I was so proud of her. I asked her why did she want them and she said that she wanted to be closer to her heritage. Very impressive for a (then)10 year old. Well, when she did begin to loc I wasn’t able to find many cute things to adorn her hair. I didn’t want her to begin to equate natural with not cute or plain. I wanted her to continue to feel like the same lil girl. That’s when I began to make small jewels and then I made her earrings to match. People began to make comments and request pieces … : ). I am self taught through my love for working with my hands, love for my daughter, fashion, and natural hair.”

Check out my purchases!

I LOVE this ring…I get so many compliments on it. It was only $7.

And my baby locs are supporting jewels too. $5

Right now Samantha is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Stroll on over to her site and see what looks interesting to you. Rock on, Samantha! You womanprenuer, you!

Peaces & blessings,

Sista Show-Off: Pieces & Blessings


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I have always been an enormous fan of jewelry. See….most women like diamonds and pearls (I’d like them more if I could afford them, ha!) but I don’t mind funky jewelery. You know the kind where people say,

“Ohhhh girl, your ring is so pretty! I’ve never see anything like that.
Where did you get it from?”

Yeah love the uniqueness that a great deal of my jewels have.

Pieces & Blessings has the following….

-Earrings
-Loc jewels
-Rings

Each piece of jewelery is hand made intricately and with love.

And I must say….working with Samantha has been absolutely wonderful. I received my shipping notification the SAME day I ordered and my package was in the mail within 2-3 days. And yall know I’m not a big fan of waiting for packages to arrive.

Samantha’s Story of how Pieces & Blessings came about:

“Well, I started when my lil girl decided that she wanted to get locs! I was so proud of her. I asked her why did she want them and she said that she wanted to be closer to her heritage. Very impressive for a (then)10 year old. Well, when she did begin to loc I wasn’t able to find many cute things to adorn her hair. I didn’t want her to begin to equate natural with not cute or plain. I wanted her to continue to feel like the same lil girl. That’s when I began to make small jewels and then I made her earrings to match. People began to make comments and request pieces … : ). I am self taught through my love for working with my hands, love for my daughter, fashion, and natural hair.”

Check out my purchases!

I LOVE this ring…I get so many compliments on it. It was only $7.

And my baby locs are supporting jewels too. $5

Right now Samantha is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Stroll on over to her site and see what looks interesting to you. Rock on, Samantha! You womanprenuer, you!

Peaces & blessings,

Tagged 3/10/09: What I’m Using Right Now

I was tagged by my blog sister Jaimie over at Just Kiss & Make-up. I almost did the Bankhead bounce again, yall. It seems like it’s been ages since I have done one of these.

Yay!

What I’m Using Right Now….

Shampoo:

I don’t use shampoo. Yall know that. I have been a faithful no poo-er the majority of the time I have been natural….4 years next month!

Conditioner:

My loctician usually washes my hair but I twisted my locs once and am still religiously using Trader’s Joe Conditioner. Oh…and Oyin’s Honey Hemp Conditioner.

Styling products:

For moisture: Homemade oils that my Mom, the herbalist makes. For loc twisting: My own personal blend of shea butter, olive oil and aloe vera.

For shine: South African Lavender Body Glaze (also for hair) from Darcy’s Botanicals.

Shower Gel:

Victoria Secret’s Pink Body Organic Soothing Organic body wash. This stuff is amazing! Review coming soon.

Moisturizer:

Olay Complete SPF 15 by day

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion by night

Deodorant:

Degree somethin’….lol, I don’t know. It works and that’s all that matters.

Fake Tan:

I’ve got that natural tan if you haven’t noticed

Cleanser:

Dr. Bonner’s Magic soap in Peppermint for break-outs

Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap for every day
Eye makeup remover:

Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Make-up remover

Jojoba oil…or olive oil.

Exfoliator:

Homemade scrub….brown sugar, jojoba oil and essential oils

Primer:

Don’t wear it.

Foundation:

Don’t use it.

….oh wait, I am reviewing a foundation by for Clinique’s Insider club called Even Better Make-up SPF 15. It is foundation that actually repairs your skin. It is working very welll. The color works and I’ve even photographed with it. Review coming soon.

Foundation brush:

MAC 187 Duo Fibre brsh

Concealer:

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

Powder:

Sometimes I use MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark. I wish I could find something better because I swear skin loathes MAC products on my face….minus their blushes, of course.

Blusher:

Fashion Fair Warm Sand

NARS Dolce Vita

Bronzer:

I’ll bust this out in the summer.

Highlighter:

N.Y.C. Chroma Face Glow in Sunset

Eyeshadow base:

Always and forever Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eyeshadows:

Of course, I have a TON of colors but I am constantly grabbing these:

For lid color- Too Faced’s Mocha Meteor, Cargo’s bronzer in medium

For crease color-MAC’s Handwritten, MAC’s Sketch

For highlight-Clinique’s Almost Peach, NARS Albatross blush

Eyeliner:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Mascara:

When I’m not testing one I am going back and forth with the following:

Maybelline Lash Stiletto, Maybelline Sky High Curves and CoverGirl Lash Blast

Lipgloss:

MAC’s Tendertone in Hot ‘N Spicy

Nail Colour:

Goodness….wear to start. I am currently rocking Barielle’s Cotton Candy. Last night was Barielle’s Grape Escape. And tonight I will probably play around with Nfu-Oh 51. I polish my nails once and sometimes twice day. I know, I know….lol!

And now, I am going to tag…

AND

I haven’t done any of those in a quite some time so that was fun! Feel free to share with me some of the products you are rocking. Or what products of mine do you absolutely loathe?

Tell me!

Beauty Initiative: The Red Pump Project

Hey family!

I’m not sure if yall know this about me but one of my biggest passions is awareness. And that’s with anything. I like to keep you all abreast of what’s hot in the beauty world but I also like educating any and everyone about any and everything beyond beauty.

Seriously, I strongly believe that education can really save lives.

And so…I can’t say how honored I am to participate in the Red Pump Project
“Wait….’hole up, B. What is the Red Pump Project to be exact?”

Per the website:

“One of the main purposes of National Women/Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to encourage women to take a proactive approach in their sexual health. One of the biggest ways that you can do so is to know your status. Nowadays, many health organizations offer HIV/AIDS testing at little to no cost to individuals, and some places even offer rapid and/or needle-free testing.”

Now how can you NOT want to support and be a part of something like this?

I don’t care who you are……
Where you are from……
What you do….

GET TESTED!

Tell you friends to get tested.
Your family members.
Strangers on the street.

Any and everyone.

This disease is taking our our loved one….especially our women.

I have decided to wear my red pumps today in honor of this special day.


Hmmm mmm…my Nine West pumps from DSW. And I also decided to rock a red lippie as well.

This is Stila’s lipstick in Dominique.

…..and let’s disregard the skin, mmmkay? I am still trying to get that breakout under control.

As should you with your HIV status.

You can find out more about this project at The Red Pump Project blog.

Stay healthy family,

Beauty BOGO: L’Oreal HIP’s Color Presso

I just had to pop my head in for a quick second to let you all know about some of the great beauty deals swarming in drugstores this week. I suggest you jump online and check the ads or snag the ad from your Sunday papers because the deals are INSANE this week. I won’t be indulging too much as I am saving up for my trip to Los Angeles at the end of the week.

One deal that I felt was worth mentioning was the Buy 1, Get 1 free on all L’Oreal nail and lip products at Walgreens.

That means that you can get one of these for $12.99…

…..and then get another one! Did you miss my review on this baby? Check it out HERE. It is definitely worth playing around with. Does anyone own any of the Color Presso’s?

If there are any beauty deals that you think I should check out this week, let me know!!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, family