2 Year Anniversary-Ms. Pedicure giveaway!

Okay, soooo I don’t even know where to begin on how much LOVE I feel around Twitter, YouTube and Clumps of Mascara. The love shown is incredible and I thank each and every one of you. If you have ever left a comment, sent an email, viewed a page, won a contest, watched a video, tweeted me and supported me in ANY WAY, you are loved beyond measure.

And I hope you know it!! It may take forever, but individual thank-you’s are coming. Y’all are some awesome people, yo!

Check out the giveaways line-up:

Sunday: Twitter followers only: Essie Perky Purple (2) and China Glaze Recycle–winners selected
Monday: YouTube subscribers only: Beautiful Innovations light up lip gloss
Tuesday: Clumps of Mascara followers only
Wednesday: Tell-A-Friend about Clumps new visitors only
Thursday: Clumps of Mascara followers only (International-friendly)
Friday: Clumps of Mascara followers only
Saturday: Clumps of Mascara followers only

*schedule subject to change

Remember last week when I did a post on the Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahhh?

Now is your turn to win this baby!!

-You must follow Clumps of Mascara via Google or Feedburner. Verification of your “follow” will be checked.
-To win this kit, simply leave your name AND email address in the comment section (or email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com).
-For U.S. residents only!
-Have you won a contest/giveaway at Clumps in the past 6 months? Keep it movin’, sister…give someone else a chance.
No submissions will be accepted after Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced the following day.

Good luck!!! I think I will do a vlog of the random pull of the winner for this giveaway. What do you think?

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 5-Crown Brush spotlight

Yes ma’am! Don’t give me the cyber side-eye. I am STILL doing The Makeup Show NYC installments. I promise to stop at 10. I can’t help but feel like I need to share with my readers virtually EVERYTHING I experienced while in NYC. Which, I know is kinda sorta impossible.

So next time there is another show, ya’ll will just have to come along with me, mmmkay?

Let’s rap about Crown Brush.

Goodness.gracious.wowsers.good.googla-moogla! I love these brushes! I first discovered them at The Makeup Show LA and was SHOCKED at how cheap they were. I’m talkin’ no more than $5 for a decent make-up brush. I’m serious!

And these aren’t some rinky dink cheap-o creep-0 raggedy brushes either. They are pretty decent as far as durability and quality goes. I can’t say much about the face brushes, though. Most of the Crown Brushes that I have are for eyes.

I HIGHLY suggest checking out these brushes if you are a newbie, make-up artist or just a regular make-up lovin’ chick or chap that loves a variety of brushes.

Click HERE to check out their Studio Series brushes. These are my favorites!

[NOTE]: I just know someone out there is going to inquiry if Crown Brush and Coastal Scents are the same company. Or if one owns the other. To be honest….I’m not sure, muffins. Some of my beauty bloggin’ sisters and I scratched our heads trying to figure this out. My guess is this: Crown Brush sells brushes to “private labels”. Coastal Scents is a private label and has purchased some of their brushes from Crown Brush. Hence why they look the same. However, I could be wrong. Feel free to add to the discussion. Ya’ll know I’m one big ole’ clump of mascara so don’t hesitate to correct me!

A Surprise for Brittany… Happy 2yr Anniversary Sis!

Hey Clumps family! Tamar here and as you know this week is Anniversary week!! It was so important for me to do this post simply because I Love Brittany and ClumpsOfMascara soooo much! Have you ever met a person that you clicked with instantly? A person that is always willing to help you and not complain? Well I have met a few of those kind of people in my life and I must say Brittany is one of them!! Don’t you agree? I knew I wasn’t alone so I asked some of her blogging sisters to help me out to surprise her. CHECK OUT WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY….

“I love Brit for her charm, wit and go get it attitude. She’s a positive voice for America’s brown girl and I’m glad she’s a part of my life! Love ya sis! Keep up the awesome work!” -Kia, Yummy411

Brit is a blogger who clearly enjoys all that she has been able to do. She has already found her favorite mascara yet she still posts her “Mascara Monday” segment- that says so much about her! Brittany is friendly, real and considerate. I wish you continued success in all that you do!!!!!

Clumps of Mascara is one of my favorite beauty blogs. Brittany is a true inspiration with a beautiful spirit. I had the pleasure of meeting her back in March ’09 at The Makeup Show LA and it was like hanging out with an old girlfriend. I appreciate her fearless love of beautiful, funky makeup and bright, bold nailpolish! Happy Anniversary, B!!”
Milan Rouge Beauty Blog

The most important thing I can tell you is to STAY FEARLESS… We’re in the beautiful struggle right now but it’s all good :-)
Thanks again for the book- it was just what the doctor called for.

I totally love Brittany’s writing style and her PERSONALITY. She is the
Ms. Congeniality of bloggers! She always finds positive things to say
about people and their “beauty” style and she is an asset to the blogging
community. YAY CLUMPS of MASCARA!!!!
– Charu Suri

What do I love about Brit? What’s not to love? She’s intelligent, eloquent and kind-hearted not to mention gorgeous. She reached out to me when my own blog was just starting out and made me feel like I had a place in this massive blogosphere. She’s truly a kindred spirit, and a fellow mascara addict to boot! Happy Anniversary B!”~Jen
A Beautyful Sentiment

Congratulations Brittany on your 2-year anniversary of Clumps of Mascara!!! You are a true gem and extremely talented. I’m so glad to have you as one of my blogger friends. Keep up the good work and see you in the magazines soon! :-)
All the best,
Karla aka
Brown Girl Gumbo

“I love me some B. Brittany is one of the first beauty bloggers to reach out to me and give me encouragement and compliments when I first started my blog. She is one of the nicest people I know. She is very business savvy, a connector, determined, and creative. She is an excellent writer and I love her fresh approach to writing product reviews. Her blog is a must read everyday! “
“I had the pleasure to meet B in Atlanta and we hit it off instantly. I know we will be friends always! ‘
Happy Anniversary B!

Happy Birthday Clumps! We are so proud to have been with you these past two years and watch you grow. Now that you’re entering your terrible two’s, stay sassy and spunky because we all know that makes your mama Brittany the most happy! Cheers to another wonderful year and I can’t wait to celebrate many more birthdays/anniversaries with you!
xoxo, Lilan Thedailycookie

“Brittany’s enthusiasm for all things beauty is contagious, and I absolutely love her energy. You definitely feel it reading her blog! A very special congratulations, to Brittany and “Clumps of Mascara”, on reaching the 2nd Anniversary! I’m looking forward to many, many more!”
Best, Kitiya

“I love how real Brittany keeps it on Clumps of Mascara. Her mascara reviews are always on point! But aside from maintain a wickedly awesome blog, she has an amazing personality. I’ve never met someone who was willing to help you- even if she didn’t know you personally. I’m honored I can call her a friend.” Eileen Misswhoeveryouare.com

I love Brittany. She was my very first blogger friend and helped me a lot. She had words of wisdom about jealous beauty bloggers and she let me be a guest editor for a post when I was just starting out. She’s so funny and caring and I’m glad she is a friend of mine. – Jaimie, Just Kiss ‘N Makeup

Brittany has such a beautiful spirit and it shows in her blog as well as the emails we have been exchanging these past few months. As a fellow beauty blogger, she wants everyone to shine and Clumps of Mascara to be a place of love, compassion and friendship.
I have learned so much from her and mostly Clumps of Mascara has taught me that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder but within ourselves. Thank you Brittany!
Amina S.

Now what do you love about Brittany? What tips or tricks have you learned by reading ClumpsOfMascara? Leave a comment and let Brittany know!

By the way to everyone that participated I want to say thank you so much for taking the time out to give some kind words and make this surprise a success!

Mascara Monday: Lancome Best Lashes Mascara Gift Set

Ive always been interested in Lancome Mascara but I never purchase mascara over $10! Everyone raves over the Lancome Defincils and I actually stopped by Sephora to pick it up. To my surprise they had this:

It’s a gift set that contains 3 mini Lancome mascaras (Defincils, Hypnose and Virtuose) along with that you get the CILS BOOSTER XL Mascara base and a 1.7 ounce Bi-Facil makeup remover!

It’s regularly $45 but, can you believe they are selling these babies for $25??? This is great for traveling or just a treat if you want to try out new mascaras. It is sold exclusively at Sephora so Shop On!


Keeping it Caliente with Courtney: 1st Tip

[NOTE from B: My little sister wanted her own series at Clumps and instead of drop kicking her and saying “no” I acquiesced. Such a great big sister I am right? Support her please, fam! P.S. The banner is kinda hot, uh? My Photoshop skills are getting better. Yeah mon!]

Hey Guys its me again Courtney Nichelle….also known as Brittany’s sister.

I am done with my first year of college and not taking summer classes until late June. Yay! I thought that I would start a summer series full of my personal tips for keeping your summer caliente.

My first tip?

Staying hydrated!

Keeping your body hydrated is not only good for you on the inside, but it’s wonderful for the outside too. Staying away for soda and sugary drinks does wonders for your skin. And who doesn’t wanna show off skin in the summer? I try to drink at least two bottles of water everyday, but since I have been “trying” to go green i bought a cute water container. They are dishwasher safe and a lot more economical then buying water bottles everyday.

My challenge for you is to drink nothing but water for one week. With every meal……have water. Of course you will be making more trips to the bathroom, but it will be worth it when your skin is glowing.

Until next time…

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 4-Mommy Makeup

When I first tweeted about Mommy Makeup, I got a huge response! Mommies everywhere @replied to me and told me that they love the idea behind this company. And even though I’m baby-less for right now, I do too!

Creator Debra Rubin-Roberts, like most Moms on the go, has very little “me” time. Even getting ready for a date with the husband proved to be a challenge because while she couldn’t spend hours getting ready, she certainly didn’t want to go make-up free. So what did this award-winning make-up artist do? She came up with an idea to create a line full of multi-purpose products that can allow ladies to “look divine in half the time!”

Simply put, “Mommy Makeup is targeted at women who are looking to simplify their makeup routine without sacrificing results” (source)

That is all of us!

Mommy Makeup has products multi-uses products that makes applying make-up quick and easy. And from what I saw at The Makeup Show, there is something for everyone!

I immediately fell in love with Mommy’s Kisses ($24). They are lip glosses with lip liners in the cap. How innovative. The names of Mommy’s Kisses are named after Debra’s daughter’s friends. How cute is that? I picked up Abigail.

I am a lip liner junkie so it being right in the top of the lip gloss makes me happy! And the quality is good too. Not sticky and long-lasting.

Check out these babies (the glosses, not real babies, HA!) and more at MommyMakeup.com.

Like this line of cosmetics? Or have you tried anything from them?

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection

[scheduled post–I am traveling. Email me
with any questions.]

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.

Today I will be introducing you to a brand that is new to me. Diamond Cosmetics asked me to review their Summer 09 Collection and I couldn’t be more happy that I did.

Here is a little more information about the company:

“Diamond Cosmetics, Inc. is a manufacturer/distributor of quality cosmetics. The bulk of our business includes nail products, such as nail enamel and nail treatments, as well as lip products, such as lipstick and lip gloss.

We first opened our doors in 1982 and began by selling eye and lip pencils to retain chains and independent drug stores. Since then, we have expanded our scope of business to include 3 separate divisions: retail, professional, and private label.” (source)

I could do a whole blog post on how awesome it is that they do private labels but to get more information about that, click here. In the meantime, let’s check out the hot summer collection!

Don’t Teal My Heart Away did not photograph as nicely as I wanted it to. The color is really a lot more vibrant in color and is the PERFECT teal. The color is unique in a sense because $0.25 from each bottle is donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Beauty and a cause! You know I love it.

Now what color does this one look like? Oh, Tiff could be China Glaze’s for Audrey’s long lost cousin. I couldn’t do a comparison because in a massive “clean out and give away” moment, I gave away For Audrey. I suppose Oh, Tiff is just as wonderful. The application was to die for!

Fiery Coral may look red but really it is coral with a kick. It is a cream that isn’t terribly unique. I’m not sure how I feel about corals against my skin tone. I don’t hate them but I don’t run to them either. Fiery Coral is still hot, though!

Here comes my favorite color out of the bunch! Hot Summer Pink is officially my “Trip to the Bahamas 2009″ color. I love love love this one. I saved the flash on this photo only because WITH the flash, it is insanely bright. It has tiny blue/silver glitter particles in it that makes it look a little more neon. I can’t say enough of that this color. It is just awesome!

Awww, it’s another creamy baby pink. Pink polishes have never been my favorite but when they are creams, I tend to like them a little more. Cotton Candy looks good enough to eat and is sweet on the nails.

I had trouble photographing Pink Passion too. It isn’t as dark as it looks in the photo. It is really more of a muted magenta. I am sure there are many colors like this one too but colors like this are always welcomed in my collection. When I don’t want crazy colors but don’t want to leave the nails bare, I rock colors like Pink Passion.

I applied 2 coats with each color. All were used over Zoya’s Nail Ridge filler.

Overall I think Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection has something for everyone. It will appeal to the safe-color wearin’ ladies and the crazy color wearin’ chica like myself. I am THRILLED that they are Big 3 free meaning they don’t have DHP, toluene and formaldehyde. Yesss! Another brand lacking the yucky chemicals. I love it! Aaaand….they are only $2!!! Not bad at all!

These colors haven’t popped up on their site yet but they have a ton of other colors that I have my eyes on. You can find out more about DiamondCosmetics here.

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Bee-haviors: MAC Style Warrior collection

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.

This time last year I was still obsessed with MAC Cosmetics. I would run to the store the minute collections were released. I would save all of my pennies to buy products just for packaging-sake. I have been showing love to other make-up brands in the past year or so MAC doesn’t get so much of my attention. But this new Style Warrior collection is absolutely beautiful!

Have you seen it?

Giiirl, I just want to grab every bit of it. But I haven’t yet. I’ve depleted my funds for the month AND I have similar colors, but I can’t deny how beautiful the packaging is.

So riddle me this….

Did you haul anything from MAC’s Style
Warriors Collection?

If so, what? Any must-haves? Tell me!

(photo source)