Beauty Blogger Meet-Up: LuxeTips and Clumps!

Every now and then, we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people.

I say “every now and then” because it is my belief that there are more crazies in the world than wonderful people. But I digress.

As I was saying: Every now and then we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people. Sometimes in classrooms, in our offices, family members, and even in the blogosphere! I had the opportunity to link up with one of my now favorite people ever!

Latoicha from Luxe Tips and I met up at the Flying Biscuit in downtown Atlanta a few weeks back. Now I have always been a fan of her blog but to actually meet the lady behind the blog was such a wonderful experience!

She’s even more beautiful in person and I can’t think of a person I admire more right now. Super Mom, super attorney AND a passionate beauty blogger. She’s got a spunky personality and a driven spirit. We exchanged business cards, hugged and I thanked her for being such an inspiring role model.

See…blogging is more than creative writing. It’s about meeting people who can change your life.

Thank you, Auntie Luxe. How you’ve impacted my life, you will never know.

Fellow bloggers….have you ever met the face behind the blog? How did it go?

Your Chronic blogger,

Mascara Monday: Prescriptives Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes

It’s another Monday and you know what that means…..*drum roll*. Another mascara review! I’ve been giving you lovely people the tidbits about the greatness (or lackthereof) of drugstore mascaras but I have been neglecting the higher end brands too. I know yall aren’t complaining because of these tough economic times. I love reviewing mascaras with dramatic claims. Prescriptives Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes set is just that. Will my lashes look “false”. Check the review…

Prescriptives Absolute Eyes
False Eyelashes set

Price: 3 out of 5 (the entire set is $30)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: ” All you need to make your eyes look amazing, featuring False Eyelashes Plush Mascara.”

The truth: Plush lashes? Yes! False lashes? Not so much.

What I loved about it:
It really did give me plush lashes!

What I didn’t like: The brush wasn’t the easiest to use. Look at this bad boy.


I didn’t know where to start. However, once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t so bad!

Overall: This is my second time reviewing a Prescriptives mascara. The first one was Beyond Long and I didn’t have the best experience with it. Needless to say, I didn’t have high hopes for Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes. Well, I must say—it won me over! I like the idea that the mascara comes in a cute little case with eye make-up remover. Tres cute!

The primer didn’t give me any issues. Add too many coats, however, and you will end up with clumps by the end of your first coat of mascara.

Lashes with NO mascara

(I curled my lashes prior to
mascara application)

You are to use the Lash builder primer first and follow it up with the mascara–obviously.

Lashes with TWO coats

Wow! I say it did a decent job in giving me dark, plus lashes. The length wasn’t so bad either. Due to curling my lashes before application, I ended up a really nice set of lashes. But false? Nahhh….not quite. But good? Yes!

Would I recommend it?: I do! It’s not a bad mascara and if you’re thinking that the price is a little steep, consider what you’re getting with it. $30-mascara, primer, make-up remover and little cute bag. Not too bad.

Due to my travels this week, I won’t be able to provide you lovely people with a video review this time around. Wipe your tears, though. I’ll be back next Monday!

Are you a fan of Prescriptives mascaras? What do you think?

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!

Staying beautiful and remembering history,


(photo source)

Beautiful Bee-ing Me: PBG from Hey, You Asked

Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

The Pretty Brown Girl from Hey, You Asked! mentioned how the Amor de Lacquer posts have inspired her to play around in polishes. Check out Revlon’s Plum Attractive.

Hotness!!! Thanks for sharing, PBG!!

Because I love showin’ off for you,

Sista Show-Off: Lauri Lyons


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.

Allow me to introduce you to Lauri Lyons. She is the FIRST black female photographer to be signed by Getty Images. She is also a photojournalist and art photographer who shoots and exhibits globally (she just returned from a long assignment in Salvador, Brazil) AND the subject of a biopic that’s a running favorite on CurrentTV.

Her most recent monograph, Flag International (2008), is one piece of a multi media documentary project that incorporates photography, video, audio and handwritten text. As a series of portraits of people from 8 countries posing with the American flag, the project investigates how the international community views the United States in the 21st Century–a timely project given our historic recent election year.

Um…..wow. Check out my personal favorites from this monograph.

Men in Harlem

Girl with Black Hoodie


Muslim Girls

Amazing work, right? You can check out her website HERE.

Beauty in photos? Gotta love it….

Because you are a muse,

Barbie loves Stila

Oh….mi….goodness were the first words that I said when I saw this.

I immediately hit Twitter and asked my beauty bloggin’ Twitter fam if that was a brown skinned Barbie with an afro.

I got confirmation.

And then I got excited.

Stila Cosmetics (a line that has the BEST lip glosses to date…and don’t even get me started on their convertible colors…loves ‘em!) has partnered up with Barbie to bring you “Decades of Beauty”. Wait—there’s more of them.


Jewel Barbie


Malibu Barbie


Ponytail Barbie


Each comes with 2 eyeshadow colors and a cheek color, a liner OR mascara and a lip color. A collector’s can and look book also comes with each. Stila is only producing around 10,000 for EACH Barbie so if you want them, giiiirl…you better hop to it.

They are pre-launching on Sephora.com on Wednesday, January 14 for $40. That’s today! So you better go snag them now. I know I’m gettin’ my girl with the fro.

Don’t judge me. I was a HUGE Barbie girl growing up. I still have them. See…

Oh yes…run, don’t walk to Sephora.com, chicks.

Because I’m foxy too,

[EDIT]: As of 9:00 a.m. EST all of the cans are”temporarily out of stock”. Check HERE. I don’t believe….how in the world? That quickly? This must be a joke.
Thanks Steph’s Closet

Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual review

Beauty bloggers have been buzzing over Bobbi Brown’s newest publication. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual is full of information for everyone. The teenager new to skincare and make-up, the professional make-up artist and every one in between. So what do I think?

Um, I love it! Granted it is my first make-up book ever but it contains a ton of information for newbies and pros-alike. Since I am more on the newbie side, let me take you on a photo journey of my expressions of some of the things I saw in the book.

I am going to try this! Per page 72: “Using two shades of blush, apply your natural color and then add a pop of brighter color on top. The natural shade looks great at first, but often fades easily. The brighter shade alone is often great for evening, but too much of a contrast for every day. This layering technique offers natural brightness.”


I learned that “very dark skin looks best with yellow-based foundation that has warm cinnamon tones.” (page 62)


I was a little embarrased at how BAD I was about taking care of my brushes. Per page 18, “Clean your brushes everyone month or two. For a quick cleaning in between washings, use a spray brush cleaner.”


Per page 128 “Some dark skin looks best with no blush”. Whaaaat?! I’m sorry, but I definitely can not co-sign on that one. I think that a dab of blush looks beautiful on any one. Especially those with dark skin. But what do I know? I’m a clearly not the professional. LOL!


Page 106 gave a photo tutorial of how to do a smoky eye. Yeeep, I still don’t get it.

I learned some tips on for long-lasting color on page 84. Here’s one, “Use pencil on top of lipstick to create a waxy barrier.” Ahh haaa!!

The book is split up in two sections: Basics and Artistry. The Basics focuses on Skin, Face, Lips, Eyes, Guides and Special Makeup Applications.

Artistry focuses on Essential Equipment for the Professional, Advanced makeup applications and Memorable Makeup Moments & Legends.

So see!! There is something for everyone. It details for $32.00 but I got it a lot less at Amazon.com.

Does this seem like something you would purchase? What’s your favorite make-up book?

Read uuuup,

P.S. Don’t forget about the freebie you can get by purchasing some NYX from Mai. Details HERE.

Beauty Review: Sea Breeze Fresh-Clean

‘ello family!!

Okay, so what’s the number one skin annoyance in your book? Is it scarring from previous pimples? What about hyper pigmentation? Your dessert dry skin? T-zone turmoil?

What say you? While you are thinking–let me tell you mine.

Breakouts!! And not just any kind of breakouts. The kind of breakouts that don’t even make sense.

For example..mira este foto:

This was when I was living in the City of Angels almost a year ago. My face went crazy! But it made sense. I was going through some changes.

-Different climate.
-Smog-alicious L.A.
-My diet changed (left the world of vegetarianism).
-I was teaching and around kids. Kids=germs.
-Stress. Post grad nerves, a big move, no money, wowsers!

So it almost makes sense as to why my face reacted the way it did. I can’t blame it.

Lately, however, I’ve been getting some mad crazy pimples on my left cheek and I can NOT understand where they are coming from.

“B, what are you doing differently?”

Nada! I’m serious. My diet/work-out regime in the same. I drink a ton of water. I take my multi-vitamins daily. I change my pillow cases. I change my wash clothes. I don’t touch my face with dirty hands nor do I press my face up against my cell phone. So what is it?

The world may never know. Add that mystery next to “Where is my left sock?” file.

But I have finally combated these massive thugged out pimples.

Good ole’ Sea Breeze Astringent . I grew up with this stuff in the house but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago until I became BFFs with it again. Don’t know what I was thinking! A cotton ball soaked with Sea Breeze every morning and night on my left cheek is doing the trick. When I tell you my pimples are gone…they are gone!

Drugstore.com says:

“Oil control formula that treats and prevents breakouts. “

Great stuff, sisters and brothers. Of course it comes in a Sensitive Skin formula. I meant to pick that up but I am glad that the original isn’t giving me any problems. You can buy it at all drug and grocery stores and online at Drugstore.com for only $4.99.

The pimples are gone. Next step: getting rid of scarring. *sigh* It never ends.

Have you used Sea Breeze before? A fan? Hate it? How do you get rid of breakouts or pimples?

I mean besides using toothpaste. And I know I’m not the only one who does that.

Pimple poppin’ (not with my fingers of course) and proud,

NYX Cosmetics–freebie for Clumps readers!

I had the opportunity to link up with a fabulous little lady over in Arizona. Mai is an NYX Representative.

Please tell me that you’ve heard of NYX. If not….what the eggs and cheese are you waiting on? I love this brand!! See my stash…

Oh yes, girl. People compare NYX to MAC Cosmetics for a reason. The quality of their products are amazing and the prices are even better.

Aside from hooking you up with the greatness of NYX products, Mai also takes swatches. Not sure of how a color will look? She can show you!

Here’s some more random stats about Mai:

-She’s a 28 year old YouTube addict who loves to dress her pug up according to the months. Aaaand….she is also a fellow fitness buff who is looking to drop some pounds in 2009. She notes that she enjoys salivating watching her hubby work-out. HA!

Mai, have we met? I don’t know….you seem like the kind of person I would hang around.

Check out my NYX FOTD (face of the day).

NYX Products:
Cotton Candy eyeshadow (inner lid)
Mocha Pearl loose powder (outer lid)
Midnight eyeshadow (crease)
Sapphire eye liner (on waterline and lowerlash line)
Name of lip gloss rubbed off (ack!)

Mai ships internationally (Nikki, tell your girls in the Philipines!!) so to my beautiful ladies overseas and beyond, she can hook you up.

[THIS JUST IN] Clumps of Mascara readers can receive a free goody (eye shadow, lipstick, lipgloss, jumbo eye pencil) with any $30 purchase. Just use coupon code: ILovesBrittanyMascara. How cool is that? And it ain’t hard to spend $30..especially with the shadows only being $3.50.

*does the Bankhead Bounce*

Visit Mai’s site HERE and shoot her an email at mainyxfix@ymail.com should you have any questions. Tell her B from Clumps of Macsara.com sent you.

Because you’re so fly,