Site News: Mascara Archive


Hi family!

In attempts to make mascara searching a lot easier for new and veteran readers of Clumps of Mascara, I am compiling ALL of the mascaras I have reviewed and putting them on a nice neat page here on the site.

This is long overdo, uh?

If you haven’t already, please vote on the poll to the left of the page. I want to get your feedback on how you think I should organize the mascara reviews.

I have already received a few opinions via email and if there are any tips and suggestions you have for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. I will be doing a ton of organizing and cleaning up around the spot so don’t mind my dust.

Later kids!


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Amor de Lacquer: Sinful Colors Canary Yellow


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 have gotten a few emails about yellow nail polishes. I have quite a few but the first one that came to mind was Sinful Colors’ Canary Yellow.

First of all, I LOVE yellow polish on brown skin. And not just on my toes as a beautiful summer color. But on my nails on the weekends when I am feeling funky. A few years ago, I would have never worn yellow polish but I am embracing this color even more now.

Here is Canary Yellow in different lighting (no coats).




I konad-ed my pinkie finger; just playing around. I didn’t finish the rest of the nails because that would have been a little too much…..even for me.

Sinful Colors’ can be found at Wal-greens for only $1.99. They aren’t the BEST polishes as they can be a little streaky but for under $2, you won’t catch me complaining. I am almost positive that they contain nasty toxic stuffs i.e. toluene, DHP and formaldehyde. Most of my polishes are “Big 3 Free” so my nose can detect when yucky chemicals are at bay.

But it is a fabulous yellow nonetheless. And I am happy to have it in the my collection of yellow polishes. And I am loving Sinful Colors’ collections. These things pop up randomly and I always manage to catch them on a quick trip to Wal-greens.



Their collection themes are just darling but I wish they would do a better job at updating their website. Grr!

Would you rock yellow nail polish? Or not so much?

You can check out more of my reviews of Sinful Color polishes HERE.

Have a Happy Hump Day,

Beauty Bee-haviors: How many mascaras do you have?

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.
How many mascaras do you have?

Do you stick with one or are you constantly buying more?
Yall know that I am a mascara reviewer but I only have about 4 mascaras. Seriously! That’s it!
What do I do with the ones I review?

No, I don’t save my receipt and return them all. That could have probably worked once or twice but I have reviewed over 40 mascaras so how would that look? HA! I usually trash them. Some are given to me but most of them I purchase. In the future I think I will use disposable wands as I test mascaras. That way if I don’t like them I can give them to friends and family.

But enough about me. What about you?

Beauty Review: EcoTools brushes

Hi darlings!

I am already getting ready to pack my cosmetic bag for my trip to L.A. next week. Yes, I am excited and glad that I finally have travel size cosmetic brushes. I had the opportunity to test drive EcoTools earth-friendly brushes.

Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about these brushes. I don’t have ONE bad thing to say about them.

-Affordable
-Earth friendly
-Great quality
-Um, did I mention affordable?!

I mean, check out how many products you can get for a little under $30.


Ching ching! Not bad considering some brushes cost $30 alone.

I have already packed my 5 piece travel brush set. How darling are the bamboo handles?


Okay, I only have four sitting here but when I tell you these brushes are incredibly soft, I’m not lying! I have been using the blending brush religiously. Not bad for only $9…for all 5 brushes, I mean.

And then there’s my favorite product out of the bunch, the darling kabuki brush.


Made with recycled aluminum, this retractable kabuki brush retails at $7.99. Ohmigooodness, the bristles are so soft. Even softer than my MAC 182 brush retailed at $45. No exaggeration here, kids. This brush is PERFECT for powder and blush application. And honestly….on days that I don’t wear anything on my face, sometimes I just run this brush on my face because it just feels so good against my skin.


And then there are the cute bamboo mini brushes, powder puffs and sponges. All ranging between $1.99-$3.99 I have these packed in my cosmetic bag too.

I am so impressed with EcoTools, the company and the products. You can snag these babies at any drugstore. I have already hauled some other goodies from EcoTools. I am truly a fan.

Have you ever tried anything from EcoTools?

Stay beautiful….and green,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya gives clues on upcoming collection!

Greetings darlings! Zoya’s summer collection is coming up and guess what?! It’s up to us beauty bloggers to figure out what the collection colors are.
“B…what are you talking about?”

What I mean is Zoya is dropping hints of the new collection via bloggers. 12 of us have received clues and it is up to us to coordinate with each other to figure out what the 12 new summer colors will be.
I know this much so far!

Summer color is bright and fun, Summer color is for everyone Zoya Nail Polish announces Summer 2009 Collections…
LA-DI-DA and OOH-LA-LA
Summer preview coming soon…

6 creams – 6 metallics – 12 beautiful colors

And I got my clue! Check it out….
Goldie

I’m lovin’ it already. So far these other bloggers have clues as well…the colors are HOT!

My girl Scrange…I mean Scrangie. HA!
Pippa at Casual Lavish
Emme at Vampy Varnish

We are all having so much fun trying to figure out the colors together. Kudos to Zoya for involving bloggers in so many aspects! Are you excited about this upcoming collection so far or are you still stuck on Twist, the Spring collection, like I am?

Also…the Zoya Exchange is still going on. Be sure to trade in your old bottles of polish for brand new bottles of Zoya! You pay shipping only.

Stay beautiful!

Beauty Bubble: 13 Worst Mascaras

Check out this article from TotalBeauty.com. Do any of your worst or BEST end up on this list?

I am shocked to see Maybelline Lash Stiletto on the list. That was a dynamite mascara! And can you believe it? Of those 13 mascaras Maybelline Lash Stiletto was the only one that have reviewed. I am certainly thinking twice about reviewing the others.

What do you think? What is the WORST mascara to date?



TotalBeauty.com
The 13 Worst Mascaras

Did a Maybelline, CoverGirl or Revlon mascara top the list? Read on to find out!

It’s official — we’re obsessed with mascara. So we were bummed to find out that the ones on this list gave our readers lack-luster lashes (try saying that three times fast). See which ones you should steer clear of — unless you want flaky raccoon eyes?!

See mascaras

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Sky High Curves mascara

Rise and shine, cupcakes! It is another Monday. *insert groan audio clip here* How was everyone’s weekends? I went to an event and met up with some of my family members. Which is a big deal because my family has always been so spread out. Even my immediate family. My youngest sister and I just happened to both be wearing green. Ain’t that somethin’?

She’s a mess like her big sister. I also enjoyed the 80 degree weather here in Orlando, Florida. 5 degrees warmer and I will literally be running to the beach!

And I finally saw Slumdog Millionaire. Probably the best movie I have seen all year. I’ve had the soundtrack for awhile so it’s good to put a sound with….the movie.

Now for the mascara review….did this mascara really give me sky high curves? Or is just an exaggerated claim?

Maybelline Sky High Curves mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $6. I got it as a BOGO buy from Walgreens )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Bold
What it claims: “Captures each lash. Lengthens to the extreme. Sets daring curves beyond your natural lash. No clumps, no globs.(per packaging)

The truth:
I love it. Definitely an amazing mascara that gives me super long lashes!

What I loved about it:
The length…it’s pretty impeccable, yall!

What I didn’t like:
It was a little clump-a-licious but nothing that I couldn’t handle.

Overall: Often times we are so used to only looking at mascaras that are “new”. You know….the ones with commercials and pop up in magazines. But what about the veterans mascaras. The ones that came out a year or two ago. I decided to give Maybelline’s Sky High Curves mascara a whirl and lemme tell yall….I’m glad I did. This mascara is GREAT! I think it is absolutely phenomenal. I purchased this tube about 2 weeks ago and I am STILL wearing it religiously. Normally I am volume-seeker. I love thick lush lashes over length. But I managed to fall in love with a mascara that wasn’t so volume-enriched.

The wand is pretty decent. It almost looks like Maybelline Lash Stiletto. Almost.

If you seek length and curl…this mascara is IT! Yes, I said it. It even provides a bit of curl. Amazing to say the least.

I did notice that by the third coat it was a little clumpy-wumpy but that’s to be expected. And it wasn’t “insanely clumpy”. More like “Oh wow, your lashes look amazing and I’m looking past those clumps because….your lashes look so amazing.” Kinda like that.

And is it just me or do my lashes really look like they are reaching for the sky? LOL, I bet about 3 of yall laughed at that one.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


LOL @ that eyelash that just won’t curl. It is seriously standing straight up. I kinda like it though. It’s funny lookin’ but it doesn’t bother me.

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely. It really is a great mascara. It’s affordable and can be found anywhere.


A loyal fan of this mascara? Never heard of it? Want it? Need it? Could care less. Tell me!!

Enjoy your Monday, family!

Always,


FOTD Friday: Minus the FOTD

Happy Friday, family!

Don’t hate me but I don’t have a FOTD (face of the day). I know, I know….2 weeks in a row. My skin is still attacking me like crazy. I will make up for it next week, I promise. And maybe with another giveaway too?

Hmm…what do yall think?

I thought I would do a “end of the week” questionnaire (sent to me by Lauren. Thanks mama!).

I am going to fill it out and then….you fill it out. Or comment on whatever silliness you read from mine. Whatever works. Ready?

Here we go!

The best thing about this week: Realizing that I am closer to my weight loss goal.
The worst thing about this week: Not managing my time after work.
Next week I am going to finalize my itinerary for my trip to LA.
This weekend I am going to do A LOT of blog/business work.
I really miss the days when I used to sleep in.
I can’t wait to go back to Cali.
The best purchase this week: Orly’s Confetti nail polish. Beautiful!
I love the Clumps of Mascara family and working out.
I can’t stand not getting enough sleep.
I am glad that it’s the weekend!

That is all! You should do the poll too. But if you’re too lazy, how about watchin’ a video? This should have posted with Eyeliner 102: Applying eyeliner to the waterline post but YouTube was apparently on drugs that day and I had some difficulties posting.

But here it is!

 


And a reader brought up a good point…you should ALWAYS check to see if the pencils you are using on your waterline are indeed eye safe. Thank you for bringing that up, reader.

Anybody doing anything exciting this weekend? Getting married? Having a baby? Moving in a new house? Shoot…something. Let me live through you! Well..not the having the baby part. I’m not quite ready for that. HA!

Have a great weekend!!!

Stay beautiful,

This Day in Black History:

1869-Congress adopted the 15th constitutional amendment,
making it illegal for the US or any single government to deny or
abridge the right to vote “on account of race, color or
previous condition of servitude.”