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!

Amor de Lacquer: MAC’s Hello Kitty Something About Pink


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.

Beauty bloggers, make-up enthusiasts and Hello Kitty fans (I am all of the above, HA!) alike have been lemming after MAC’s Hello Kitty collection for quite some time. While I was quiet in my thoughts about the collection before the launch, I went from 0 to 193 when I saw the collection in person this past Monday.

I am sure you have heard much about it but if not visit HERE and HERE. Some of my favorite beauty bloggers have already tackled the collection, details and all. I have decided not to do a complete run down of the collection because I am far too lazy to do all of that AND I’m cheap. I only purchased 3 items. HA!

Enough of my rambling…let’s get to chattin‘ about one of the highlights of this collection.

Something About Pink nail polish

Ah yes…$11 for a bottle of polish. Definitely out of my price range considering I usually don’t spend more than $4/bottle on average but this was definitely a MUST have.

Yes, this cream looks perfectly pink in the picture but in real life it is a loud pink poppin‘ polish. And do I love it? Hells yea!

I wish I could, but I simply can not take credit for the beautiful application of it on my nails. If they look better than usual, it’s because I had a pro do them! My friend, Curls is a professional in the spa business and he actually doesn’t mind doing my nails. *gasp* I know, he’s great. His application was perfect despite the fact that SAP was a little thick.

“It drags a little bit at the cuticles,” he said.

2 coats and a clean-up later and I had a masterpiece. I had a serious photo shoot with this polish so don’t mind the artistic shots. LOL!



I know those watermarks are just horrific but there are some nail polish photo-swippinmofos on the net. It’s ridiculous. I can’t stop people from jackin‘ me but they’ll be doing some Clumps advertising too. HA!

You can get Something About Pink at any MAC store, counter and at maccosmetics.com for as long as supplies last. Which probably won’t be long since this is a serious coveted item!

Polish Pretty,


This Day in Black History:

1909-The NAACP was founded in New York City

1956-The first Black late night talk show host, Arsenio Hall was born.
1962-Bus boycotting started in Macon, Georgia.

Sista Show-Off: New bloggers on the scene



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.

Let’s give a nice warm welcome to these ladies who are new to the blogosphere.

Contests and Such: This little lady compiles all of the contests running on beauty blogs and posts them. That’s right….every giveaway and contest! Amazing, uh? If your blog is hosting a giveaway/contest, shoot Nessa an email at contestsandsuch@gmail.com

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Gettin’ Nailed: Yesss, another nail blogger hits the bloggin’ streets and I couldn’t be more excited. The Asian Girl chats Nailonomics 101 while shootin’ photos of her beautiful nail designs and swatches.

Jen’s Makeup Bag: Another new blogger but this chica definitely isn’t new to make-up

application. Her looks are incredible!

Be sure to subscribe to their blogs and/or add them to you Google Reader. I already have!



Because we are all familia,











The Honey Pot: The Body Shop Moroccan Mystery giveaway





Are you ready to stick your hand in the Honey Pot again, my loves?

“B…what kind of question is that?”



I know, I know….just makin’ sure that yall are prepared because this is one sweet deal. Put on your thinking caps and read carefully because in order to win this deal you will have to pay attention (hard, I know..lol).

I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day. Reds and pinks, hearts and flowers, chocolates and love! Yes, I know some of you are sick thinking about it but I love showing love and what better way to do it than through a contest?

The Body Shop is having an online scavenger hunt and they are giving you a chance to win a gift pack from their brand new Moroccan Rose line valued at $170. This gift pack of new products includes:



Moroccan Rose Eau de Toilette

Moroccan Rose Shower Gel

Moroccan Rose Bath & Massage Oil

Moroccan Rose Body Butter

Moroccan Rose Body Milk

Roseflower Eyes Shade 01: Sunshine Gold

Roseflower Lips Shade 01: Soft Pink

Roseflower Blush Shade 02: Fuchsia

Radiance Stick Shade 01: Sheer Pink



You know what want every single of one those products,uh? I know….me too. Keep readin’…we’re not done yet.

Each day, one of 14 different blogs will be “hosting” a clue to a different product on The Body Shop website. Follow the clue to the appropriate product, and then post the product name at the link below.Winner will be selected at random by The Contest Machine.

Here is my clue:

“It’s best to travel with a companion, so why not choose a great smelling boy to help you on your quest? After a long day of trekking, give him this all-in-one wash to make sure he smells great. It’s a wonderful way to keep the scent of the woods but with the gentleness of lavender.”

Search the SITE for the answer.

Think you got it?



Submit your entry HERE. Entries sent in the comment section or to my email address will not be valid.

Contest ends at 3:00 a.m. PST tomorrow so you better enter quickly! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Questions? Confusion? Need a hint?

I can’t help yall with the latter but if you need any submission help, email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara. I am so happy to bring this little giveaway to the Clumps of Mascara readers and supporters. Good luuuuck!

Do your best….you don’t have to have the correct answer to win!

t’s all in fun. :)

Love always,

P.S.

Here is the lineup of remaining bloggers also doing the giveaway:



Thursday 2.12 – http://anindiansmakeupmusings.blogspot.com/

Friday 2.13 – http://carissasbeautyblog.blogspot.com/

Saturday 2.14 – http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/

This Day in Black History:
In 1961 February 11, Robert Weaver was sworn in as administrator

of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, highest

federal post to date by a Black American.


Honey Pot: Winner and another giveaway….

Congratulations to Joy!!

She is the lucky winner of the Dazzle Dry giveaway.

Joy, you have 2 days to respond to the email I sent you or else I will have to put your Dazzle Dry System back in the Honey Pot.

…..as for everyone else:

Are you upset that you didn’t win?
Frustrated because you thought you won?
Annoyed at me?

Cool your jets, sister….I’ve got another giveaway coming up tomorrow and I promise you, you don’t want to miss this one.

Stay tuned!

Barbie Loves Stila: Foxy Doll

Hello darlings!

Remember this post when I mentioned how much I needed to have the one of those Barbie for Stila cans? Never have I been so attracted to such the packaging of a beauty product.

Okay, that’s a lie. A great deal of my make-up purchases have been because of the packaging of the products. Only true beauty fanatics can co-sign on that kind of addiction.

Anywhoovers–imagine the tears that fell when I found out that the Foxy Lady was sold out.
And then she reappeared. Because I was en route to Washington D.C., I had no access to my computer and used up ALL of my daytime minutes contacting my Mom and best friend in Los Angeles.

Oh wait….I think I also contacted my good friend in Atlanta too (didn’t I, K?). I needed anyone to get their hands on that Foxy girl for me.

But no one could…or so I thought.

But there is wonderful thing called Mothers, family. They pretty much ALWAYS save the day.

My Mommy managed to score me a Foxy girl can!


How darling is that? And the palette isn’t so bad…


To the far left you have a nice cheek color and the next two are eyeshadow colors that are definitely brown girl friendly and wearable. See….they show up pretty nicely.


These colors aren’t terribly unique but it was really the can that I was after….not the products. That’s right….I’m a collector of all cosmetic products that have brown women sportin’ afro’s on them.

If you were unable to snag the Foxy Doll, the other ones are available. Better grab those before they sell out quickly too. Stila Cosmetics is one of my favorite cosmetic companies and I am so excited to see them pair up with Mattel to bring these beautiful collector’s items.

What do you think? Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

The Grown Lady who still likes Barbie,

This Day in Black History:

In 1964-After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S.
House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin.

Beauty Bee-haviors: Online Purchases

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.

So….do you buy beauty products online?
Why or why not?

Lemme tell you….I used to HATE buying items online. And it wasn’t because I was afraid of using my credit card information. Or because I feared that it wouldn’t get to me.

I didn’t like buying online because I hated waiting!

Living in a city like Orlando, Florida has spoiled me. I am surrounded by Sephora and Ulta’s, a MAC Pro store and discount outlets, all within 20 minutes from me. I can pretty much get anything I want when I want it. But to wait for it…..drives me nuts.

That doesn’t stop me from ordering though. 90% of my nail polish purchases are done online.

What about you? Nay or yay to online purchases.

Mascara Monday: Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara

Okay, is it just me or does it seem like Christmas was just a week or so ago? Why is it already almost mid-February?! That is crazy to me. Before you know it, it will be summer time and yours truly will be flying away to my favorite spots in Hawaii. Or if I can’t afford it, I’ll settle for Daytona or Clearwater beaches here in Florida.

Speaking of “not being able to afford it”….that’s really how I feel about this mascara. I don’t know what it is about me, but I’ve gotten extremely cheap with my make-up purchasing. If I’m going to spend almost $30, I better get more than a measly mascara. And the mascara better be AWESOME!

How did DiorShow Iconic stand up for me? A waste of money or a wonderful investment?

Dior Diorshow
Iconic Mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($27 is a bit steep, fam. I’m just sayin’…. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What it claims: “A mascara with an innovative oblique brush that curls and defines lashes.” (source)

The truth: I’m just thrilled that it’s not anything like the original Diorshow.

What I loved about it: Wow….I mean, my lashes really looked….almost false! And the wand is pretty groovy. Dior gets 10 points from me for the innovative wand design.

What I didn’t like: This mascara had me residing in Clump City, USA.

Overall: I have been asked to review this mascara ever since it came out. And while I love makin’ yall happy, I just couldn’t allow myself to spend so much on a mascara. Sure, I’ve done it before but times have certainly changed econonmically—as if yall didn’t know.

I felt a little better spending $27 on this baby since it came with a little goody.


As a Sephora Exclusive, the Diorshow Iconic mascara comes in a cute little bag with a mini Addict High shine lipstick. Makes purchasing it not soooo bad.

One of my biggest frustrations with the original Diorshow was the crazy amount of clumps it gave me. I didn’t see why the mascara was so popular when all it gave me was a hot mess of clumps after the 2nd coat.

But Iconic is different; because the wand is different. Which helps with the clump factor a bit, but not tremendously. I think I’m okay with getting away with two coats of mascara with this baby here. And because it’s a “high drama mascara”, I definitely wouldn’t not wear it to work every day.

But does it do its job? I would say so! I managed to get a good amount of curl and length. And of course, volume. I wish Dior would do something with that “gooby-ness” that is their formula, though. It’s just so thick.

But it is still a good mascara and a lot better than the original.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Only if you can afford it. If not, I highly recommend L’Oreal Volumnious or Max Factor Volume Couture for great black volumized lashes.

What do you think? Have you ever tried this mascara or the original Diorshow? Think it’s overpriced or is it worth it?

Here is my review of the original Diorshow mascara.

Muuuuuah,

This Day in Black History:
1952-Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” wins the
National Book Award.
[I LOVE THIS BOOK!]

(photo source)