Foundation tips by Prescriptives All Skins and Jillian Veran Q&A

Hooray! It is Humpity Hump Day and I couldn’t be more excited. This week, this month, ohmigoodness…this year is flowing right on by us!

Let’s rap a little bit about a subject that I don’t discuss too much here at Clumps of Mascara.

Foundation

*key horror film music*

I know it’s not that serious but I have always been afraid of foundations. I automatically assume that they will break me out. Craziness, I know. That said, I don’t feel comfortable answering emails in reference to foundation. I will either a) ask one of my fellow beauty bloggers/make-up artists or b) do the research myself. Since I lack the experience in foundation purchasing and application I usually HAVE to ask someone else.

Prescriptives has compiled a Q&A with Beauty Authority Jillian Veran to answer some of your most sought after questions regarding foundations.

Pay attention, kids. There will be a quiz afterwards.

Nah, I’m kidding. Wouldn’t that be funny though? LOL!

1. Do different skin types need different foundation formulas?

  • Absolutely – the environment can affect how our skin behaves so the same skin can even need different types of foundation during the year. In today’s beauty world there are so many options, the best thing to do is to address what you want and need from your foundation. Do you like a sheer, luminous, satin or matte finish? Do you like liquid, cream or powder formulas? And of course what is your skin type – normal, dry, oily, combination?

2. What is the best way to apply foundation? Should I use a sponge, a brush or my fingertips?

  • Applying foundation is a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. Using your fingers will allow for a sheerer finish; a sponge is a little tricky for a non-makeup artist as it can place a lot of foundation in one spot so be sure to move quickly across the areas you are applying to; a brush is always great as it helps you create a very smooth even finish.
  • Also, I always recommend using the Px Buff Brush after your foundation is dry to soften the look of the makeup and create a sheer air brushed effect.

3. If I’m testing foundation in a department store, is it ok to do a swatch on my hand? Or should I always test the foundation on my face?

  • The best and most accurate way to test foundation is on the side of the face along the jaw line. Stick to this method for fool proof matching.

4. If my skin tone is between foundation shades, what’s the best solution?

  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation is ideal for this. Your foundation can be blended not only to exactly match your skins own unique undertones, but also to create whatever finish and skin care needs you desire.

5. What foundations are best for acne prone skin? For dry skin? For mature skin

All skin types should start with a foundation primer like Px Flawless Face Primer. This will allow the makeup to wear longer and for a seamless finish.

  • Dry skin should wear a moisture based formula and should steer away from powder formulas. But if you prefer powder, use a soft cream-to-powder formula like Px Photochrome Light-Adjusting Compact Makeup SPF 15.
  • Normal skin can wear whatever they like, it’s all about preference.
  • Oily or acne prone skin should wear an oil-free formula. Powder foundation is great for this type of skin.
  • Mature skin must be hydrated before applying any foundation. The foundation shouldn’t be too matte or heavy as this can accentuate the age of the skin.

6. Do foundations with sunscreen provide enough protection? Should I need to wear extra sunscreen?

  • Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. So no, using foundation as sunscreen isn’t the best idea. Foundation doesn’t provide a full mask on the skin so the sun will get through.
  • Always use an SPF under your foundation for that extra layer of protection. I highly recommend Prescriptives All Weather Friend SPF 40 as it’s incredibly lightweight and feels great under foundation.

So what did you learn? Anything new? Do you have any personal foundation purchasing/application tips for the Clumps of Mascara family? Tell us!

Class dismissed!

This Day in Black History:

1688-First formal protest against slavery by organized white body
in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly
meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced
slavery and the slave trade.


Foundation tips by Prescriptives All Skins and Jillian Veran Q&A

Hooray! It is Humpity Hump Day and I couldn’t be more excited. This week, this month, ohmigoodness…this year is flowing right on by us!

Let’s rap a little bit about a subject that I don’t discuss too much here at Clumps of Mascara.

Foundation

*key horror film music*

I know it’s not that serious but I have always been afraid of foundations. I automatically assume that they will break me out. Craziness, I know. That said, I don’t feel comfortable answering emails in reference to foundation. I will either a) ask one of my fellow beauty bloggers/make-up artists or b) do the research myself. Since I lack the experience in foundation purchasing and application I usually HAVE to ask someone else.

Prescriptives has compiled a Q&A with Beauty Authority Jillian Veran to answer some of your most sought after questions regarding foundations.

Pay attention, kids. There will be a quiz afterwards.

Nah, I’m kidding. Wouldn’t that be funny though? LOL!

1. Do different skin types need different foundation formulas?

  • Absolutely – the environment can affect how our skin behaves so the same skin can even need different types of foundation during the year. In today’s beauty world there are so many options, the best thing to do is to address what you want and need from your foundation. Do you like a sheer, luminous, satin or matte finish? Do you like liquid, cream or powder formulas? And of course what is your skin type – normal, dry, oily, combination?

2. What is the best way to apply foundation? Should I use a sponge, a brush or my fingertips?

  • Applying foundation is a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. Using your fingers will allow for a sheerer finish; a sponge is a little tricky for a non-makeup artist as it can place a lot of foundation in one spot so be sure to move quickly across the areas you are applying to; a brush is always great as it helps you create a very smooth even finish.
  • Also, I always recommend using the Px Buff Brush after your foundation is dry to soften the look of the makeup and create a sheer air brushed effect.

3. If I’m testing foundation in a department store, is it ok to do a swatch on my hand? Or should I always test the foundation on my face?

  • The best and most accurate way to test foundation is on the side of the face along the jaw line. Stick to this method for fool proof matching.

4. If my skin tone is between foundation shades, what’s the best solution?

  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation is ideal for this. Your foundation can be blended not only to exactly match your skins own unique undertones, but also to create whatever finish and skin care needs you desire.

5. What foundations are best for acne prone skin? For dry skin? For mature skin

All skin types should start with a foundation primer like Px Flawless Face Primer. This will allow the makeup to wear longer and for a seamless finish.

  • Dry skin should wear a moisture based formula and should steer away from powder formulas. But if you prefer powder, use a soft cream-to-powder formula like Px Photochrome Light-Adjusting Compact Makeup SPF 15.
  • Normal skin can wear whatever they like, it’s all about preference.
  • Oily or acne prone skin should wear an oil-free formula. Powder foundation is great for this type of skin.
  • Mature skin must be hydrated before applying any foundation. The foundation shouldn’t be too matte or heavy as this can accentuate the age of the skin.

6. Do foundations with sunscreen provide enough protection? Should I need to wear extra sunscreen?

  • Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. So no, using foundation as sunscreen isn’t the best idea. Foundation doesn’t provide a full mask on the skin so the sun will get through.
  • Always use an SPF under your foundation for that extra layer of protection. I highly recommend Prescriptives All Weather Friend SPF 40 as it’s incredibly lightweight and feels great under foundation.

So what did you learn? Anything new? Do you have any personal foundation purchasing/application tips for the Clumps of Mascara family? Tell us!

Class dismissed!

This Day in Black History:

1688-First formal protest against slavery by organized white body
in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly
meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced
slavery and the slave trade.


Amor de Lacquer: $5 off of Zoya purchaes $20 and more


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

If you are a regular viewer of the Amor de Lacquer series then you already know how much of a stan I am for Zoya polishes. I can’t get enough of them. But what do I love most about this company? Not the beautiful polishes. Not the fast shipping and great customer service. Not even that their polishes omit the toxic ingredients like toluene and DHP. But that they are constantly having sales/deals. This is one sure way to keep me as a customer!

Check out the newest deal:

As the thank you for your loaylty, take $5 off any order over $20 online on any Zoya or Qtica order.

Use code: TAKE5

This offer is valid through 2/20/2009, This is a web only offer on www.zoya.com, www.qtica.comor www.artofbeauty.com. This offer is not valid with any other coupons or offers. One code per order.

If you have not yet signed up for their newsletter, what are you waiting on? Still haven’t tried any polishes from Zoya? Here’s a Persiphony; one of my first Zoya purchases.

My nails were so short then. This is a great Spring color. Got your eyes on any Zoya or Qtica items? How about any recommendations? I think I may take another Zoya plunge.

Also….

Congrats to Tiffany!!!

She was the winner for the The Body Shop Moroccan Mystery giveaway.

Don’t be a hater. I will replenish the Honey Pot soon.
Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Hair Update: Loc rockin’ for 2 months!

Happy Tuesday, family.

So something happened yesterday….I did my first radio show last night. Eek! I thought I wrecked it but thanks to the Twitter fam’s encouragements I felt a little better. In the coming weeks I will ask the Clumps of Mascara what they think about weekly, bi-weekly or monthly radio shows. If you missed it, you can check out my first show HERE.

Aaaand, back to business:

I have gotten several emails about “what’s going on with my hair”. I created The Crowned Chronicles when I first started my locs. I am tracking my journey and also posting the looks of other beautiful natural men and women. I update this hair blog at least 2 times a week. Most of the following pictures have come from The CC but I don’t mind sharing them with the Clumps of Mascara family as well.

Look at how my hair is transforming!

November 2008

December 2008


January 2009

February 2009


Quite the difference, uh?

Some quick tidbits:
-Contrary to what most people think, I DO wash my hair. I used to think that water would interrupt the locing process, but it does not.
-I spend very little time maintaining my locs. They are easy to care for!
-My scalp is perpetually dry.
-I haven’t purchased any products for my hair since October 2008.

I am loving the changes!

What’s your hair looking like these days? New color? New cut? Same ol’ same ol’?

Are you big into hair care or not so much?

Enjoy your Tuesday,

This Day in Black History:
1997-Virgina House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state
song “Carry me back to old virginia”….a tune which
glorfies slavery.

Beauty Bee-haviors: Leaving the house without make-up on.

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.

So….can you leave the house without make-up on? Be honest.

I can. I usually do. Don’t think for one second that just because I am a beauty editor and enthusiast that I WEAR make-up allllll the time.

Correction:
The most I will do on an average day is eyeliner, lip gloss and mascara. And that’s on a good day!

I am always rushing to work in the morning and never have time to “play” in my make-up.

What about you?

Yay or nay to leaving the house without make-up on.
Do you feel “different” without it on?

Tell me your thoughts!

Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear mascara

It’s the beginning of a new week and I hope that you all are off to a GREAT one. I had an amazing Valentine’s Day. I was able to spend most of it with my girls from college. I haven’t seen most of these ladies since I’ve moved back to Florida so it was a great little reunion for all of us. The greater part of Valentine’s Day was spent with someone special so all in all it was a good day!

But is THIS is a good mascara? Hmm….so many products have gone 100% natural and “eco-friendly” and while I am not opposed to products like this, I do rate them the same way I would rate a traditional mascara. That means I expect the same performance based on their claims. Did this one impress me? Or will I be throwing it in the recycling bin?

Physicians Formula Organic
wear mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $10 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: “Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.” (source)

The truth: The idea is great….I’m all for “going green”–even with cosmetics. However, I couldn’t get past the smell and the formulation just doesn’t dry.

What I loved about it: The packaging is tres cute. I love love love it. I also like how the mascara is 100% all natural. For someone who who is big on eating all-natural and wearing her naturally, I could definitely have some all-natural additions to my make-up collection. I was hoping that this product could be that introduction.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t comparable to a regular mascara. And the smell is horrific! I mean….awful.

Overall: Let’s rap a little bit about the wand.


It’s not bad. It’s not exceptionally good either. I would REALLY like it it the the bristles were a little longer and the wand were more steady. It is a too flimsy and of course that affects the control you will get when applying it to your lashes.

Let’s do a rundown of what is in this mascara:

-100% free of synthetic solvents
-Organic Orange water
-Orangic Aloe and Cucumber extracts
-100% natural orgin biopolymers
-1oo% natural orgin preservatives
-100% natural orgin rice protein & organic tapioca starch organic beeswax
-100% free of petroleum by products, parabens, GMO and synthetic fragrances

Right off, I’m impressed. Traditional mascaras contain a great deal of synthetic preservatives and solvents. These ingredients put you at risk for eye irritations. So it is definitely comforting using a mascara like this.

But that’s where the comfort ends. Unfortunately, while it gives me a decent amount of volume and length it just doesn’t last. I find that the Floridian humidity makes the mascara literally slide off of my lashes. Traditional mascaras usually leave your lashes relatively hard. This mascara does not do that. Because of that I endured a lot of smearing and found that within a few hours, the mascara was just gone. I also couldn’t get over the smell. It just didn’t go away! It was a very distinct plant-y smell that just didn’t sit well with me.

I really wanted to rate this mascara a little higher but the performance just wasn’t there.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: I think it’s worth a try. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it can’t work for someone else. I think my climate has a lot to do with it. Plus it’s all natural so it really is worth a try….even though it smells like potting soil.

Didn’t do a video review this time around.
Should I? Let me know in the comments.

Would you be open to trying a mascara like this? Should all mascaras go “all natural”? What do you think?

Have a wonderful Monday!

Always,

This Day in Black History:
1857-Frederick Douglass is elected President
of Freedman Bank and Trust.
[Mr. Douglass is hands down one of
my favorite revolutionaries]


(photo source)

FOTD Friday: Lavender Lips


Happy Friday, everyone! What’s everybody doing this weekend? Notice I said “this weekend” and not Valentine’s Day. Now don’t get me wrong, I actually don’t have a problem with Valentine’s Day but it gets a little annoying, you know? So NO, I won’t torture yall with a “Valentine’s Day” look.

But I still love you, family!

Movin’ on….so for the first time….in a long time, I made a MAC purchase. I trotted in the Orlando PRO store to check out the Hello Kitty collection. One of my favorite artists grabs my hand and shows me the stand for the Cremesheen collection. I didn’t show much interest because I have honestly gotten to the point where…I feel like I have enough.

HOWEVER!

I don’t have any lavender/lilac lipsticks.


Lavender Whip ($14) lipstick and Ever So Rich Cremesheen ($18…WTF!) are new to the MAC crew. I am pretty much in LOVE with Lavender Whip. Alone it is quite scary but when paired with MAC’s Nightmoth lip liner, it is wonderfully unique and fun.

Ever So Rich on the other hand…I’m on the fence about. Alone it looks like this.


“Like what, B?”

I know….nothing. If I’m going to spend $18 on a lipgloss I need to see something other than a shimmer-less creamy color. I’m just sayin’….

I decided to play around with purples on the lids as well. I tried to do a smokey look but it didn’t come out exactly like how I wanted. I’ll perfect it tomorrow when I head out to celebrate my girl’s birthday.

I’ve got some weird gaze goin’ on in my eyes in the next picture.
But it shows how good LavWhip looks. But it also shows how well I have NOT blended.

Yes, I’m showing yall pictures of my errors. This is how we learn, mkay?


I didn’t blend well enough on the corners of my lip. Next time, next time.

No Flash


FACE:
Nada–my face has been crazy oily for a few weeks so I haven’t been wearing anything on it. Just moisturizer. The brows are un-touched too.

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
Coastal Scents eyeshadow lavender–I named it Frosty Grape
Coastal Scents eyeshadow black –I named it Inclusive
Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
A mascara I haven’t reviewed yet–it’s a surprise!

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth
MAC lipstick in Lavender Whip
MAC Cremesheen in Ever So Rich

Who would have thought that a lavender lipstick could be so magnificent? It’s subtle but just…wonderful. I can dig it.

What do you think? Would you rock a light purple lippie? I just checked and Lavender Whip lipstick is currently sold out online so apparently people knew this was a diamond in the rough. Check your MAC stores and counters and get this one before it disappears in the black abyss.

Have a grand ole’ weekend,

This Day in Black History:

1923-The first Black professional basketball team
“The Renaissance” is organized.

www.blackfacts.com

The Makeup Show LA….will you be there?

Yours truly is going back to Cali for the Makeup Show LA-style!

I haven’t been back to California since I moved away from there this time last year and I am beyond excited. What is this Makeup Show I talk about?

Click on the images below to enlarge the press release:

I will be tweeting my way around the Show, attending classes and watching the professionals at work. I plan to soak up a ton of information and I will without a doubt be relaying it back to the Clumps family.

Anyone else think they are going to be in attendance?

Better hustle and purchase your tickets STAT!

Think you will be there? Let me know so we can meet-up and you can see just how much of a mess I am in person. *big grin*

For more information visit The Makeup Show LA website.
For meet-up arrangements email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

See you on the West Coast!