Mascara Monday: POP Beauty No Clump Comb mascara

I’m trying to stay active with doing Mascara Monday posts because they are the real bread and buttah at Clumps of Mascara. Plus I feel so bad when I get emails from y’all that are like “I was soooo looking forward to a mascara review today. My life is now ruined because you didn’t post one. Gahhhh!!!”

Okay, they are never that dramatic but I still feel bad. I’m going to try crazy hard to keep cranking them out but do know that the blog may be running slowly in the next few weeks as I adjust to this new job. Oh yeah, and the holidays. .

What I definitely didn’t have to adjust to though, is POP Beauty’s No Clump Comb mascara. Just wait until you see the awesomeness that is the wand of this mascara. Just wait…

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*squeals*

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Price: $18.50 from Beauty.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Dramatically unique mascara for no clump application! Fine-toothed comb separates & extends individual lashes, leaving them inked out, volumized and curled. No-smudge, waterproof formula keeps lashes curled & gives this master mascara a 12h+ lash-life” (source)

The Truth: I heard birds singing.

What I Loved About It: The wand! Ooooh, the wand!

What I Didn’t Like: My lashes didn’t thicken up much with this but still…the wand!

Overall: I didn’t know much about this mascara before I tried it. I’ve heard of the brand POP Beauty but I hadn’t heard much about their mascaras. And then I received a sample of this in the mail. The packing was so so. The name didn’t make me want to do cartwheels and so I tossed it to the side for a few moons.

And then something told me to pick it up. And thats when I saw this…

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Do you see that wand?! Do you see that? Look at it! It’s reminiscent of Maybelline’s Lash Stylist wand…one of my favorite mascaras ever! I reviewed that mascara sooooo long ago and it’s been a minute since I’ve thought about it. I don’t know why so many brands got rid of the beloved lash comb style wand but I’ve always liked them. Especially since I have crazy wonky and crazy lashes. Lash combs breeze right through my lashes and make everything better. They’re wonderful!

And it doesn’t matter if they don’t provide a ton of volume. It’s the combing through the lashes that really makes me jump for joy. So yes! I am so excited about this mascara. Did it provide added length and volume? No, not really. But did it comb my lashes to perfection and prep them to be mascara’d up by a mascara with a plush brush? YES!

 

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Lashes after 3 coats

 

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Do I recommend it?: If you’re big on trying to get those lashes straight, you’ll love this mascara. Do know that you’ll probably have to follow up with your favorite volumizing mascara to get some extra umph!

Any other lash comb lovers out there? Where ya at? Come shout and jump for joy with me!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 111

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite BB cream? If you don’t have
one, what’s your current favorite foundation?

B says, “IMAN Cosmetics’ BB cream is pretty awesome. Mainly because it has shades for us brown girls. I certainly don’t wear it as often as I should but maybe I should it..

What’s your favorite BB cream?

See you next week!

Giveaway – Win Biotera’s Long & Healthy System!

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This giveaway is brought to you by a Rafflecopter giveaway” target=”_blank”>BeautyStat.com! I’ve actually had my eyes on Biotera for a hot little minute so I am so glad that I get the opportunity to gift one lucky winner with the entire Long & Healthy System! The holidays are here! But don’t let the less-than-stellar condition of your hair prevent you from looking your best! Whether your hair is long and unmanageable or hard-to-grow, The NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System will get your hair back into shape — ready to sport the most trendy holiday ‘do. The new formulas found in the Long & Healthy System are part of the Naturelle Biotera line (a division of Zotos Professional), which harnesses salon-quality botanical ingredients that marries nature and science to protect, strengthen and moisturize your hair. Fueled by powerful super fruits, like pomegranate and acai berry, the Long & Healthy System intensely hydrates, strengthens and protects hard-to-grow hair against breakage, split ends, damage and color fading. What’s even more remarkable about this system is that it’s designed to make hair longer and 6X stronger*! All products in the Long & Healthy System are fortified with Tri-Soy Complex, Biotera’s new signature ingredient. This scientifically-advanced complex is made up of antioxidant-rich soy oil, soy protein and soya lecithin for exceptional protection, strength and moisture.

1 lucky person will WIN the entire Long & Healthy System ($36.00 value)!!!

 

 

Congratulations to Ylissa of California!
Comments in this post are closed but if you have any questions
regarding this giveaway, email me at brittany@clumpsofmascara.com.

 

This giveaway was provided by BeautyStat.com.

 

POPSUGAR’s Holiday Gift Guide Show!

So POPSUGAR’s Gift Guide Show is a pretty big deal and this is my first time hearing about it. Don’t you hate when you’re the last one at the party? Well, whatever…I’m going to be there this year with bells on! Well, if I can. It’s kinda during my work day so I don’t know what the new coworkers will think about be ooh’ing and ahh’ing while I’m supposed to be working. Yeah. You know how it is.

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The show will already be a blast to watch but POPSUGAR will also be giving away some of the things on their list too. *squeals* I hope you can make it!

For more information about this show visit here.

4 Reasons to Regularly Get Your Teeth Cleaned

This post is brought to you by Periodontist Dr. Joseph Zelig. Thinking of skipping another regularly scheduled dental cleaning? Think again.Poor oral hygiene can lead to more than just cavities and bad breath. Here are four reasons to keep getting regular teeth cleanings and checkups from your dentist.

Detect Dental Problems Early

As with every aspect of health, early detection is key in treatment. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist will probably check the health of your gums, as well as check your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Your dentist will also examine your face, bite, saliva and the movement of your lower jaw joints. Your dentist will be able to easily detect any cavities, broken fillings or gum disease—and early detections are key for effective treatment.

Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is caused by the presence of plaque. Plaque is that colorless, bacteria-filled film that adheres to your teeth, as you probably know. What you may not know is that the bacteria in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation, leading to gingivitis. Additionally, if plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar and becomes increasingly difficult to remove. Regular dental cleanings remove any tartar buildup, preventing inflammation as well as preventing the gum tissues from being destroyed and more advanced stages of gum disease to follow. If most problems go untreated, gum surgery, removal of teeth, and root canals become the only options available. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to heart attacks and strokes recently, so healthy gums and teeth could possibly reduce your risk.

Have a Healthy, Bright, White Smile

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, so regular checkups and cleaning will help you hold on to your teeth as long as possible. Missing teeth are unsightly, and getting fake teeth, crowns or veneers is expensive and inconvenient. Additionally, your dentist can remove tobacco, tea, coffee and other stains from food or the like. Your dentist will also polish your teeth as part of a regular cleaning.

Use Your Dental Insurance Plan

If you have a dental insurance plan, it will usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and checkups every six months. It is wise to take advantage of this, as regular checkups and a good bill of oral health prevent costly dental procedures for complicated problems down the road. If your dentist diagnoses any problems in your mouth, he or she will devise a treatment plan that will detail the costs of each required procedure and you will be able to discuss financial arrangements. The overall health benefits from regular teeth cleanings should be enough to convince you to keep up the habit. Additionally, dental studies show that about 85% of people with halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame, so good oral hygiene is essential for fresh breath. To make sure that you are keeping up with good oral hygiene, you better not skip that regularly scheduled cleaning!

About the author:
Dr. Joseph Zelig, D.D.S., is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. A practicing periodontist, speaker and educator, Dr. Zelig is currently practicing at Smile in the City located in Manhattan, New York.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 110

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Pink Sith – luxuriates over her new Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent from the 2013 Holiday Collection and asks if you “NEED” it too.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has found The One. No, unfortunately it’s not a man but BECCA’s The One Perfecting Brush, can you believe it takes the place of 10 face brushes? Oh and if you know of any nice single older men…

Phyrra – shares the Best Ways to Survive Rosacea! Find out her favorite products and tips.

we heart this – wanna see some before and after pics of a makeup hoarder’s storage salvation? (Brace yourself, it includes depotted shadows covered in dust!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – The review & swatches for the new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection are up, do you spy any shades you love?

Chalkboard Nails – The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday shades packs a punch of texture – you won’t want to miss these party perfect Liquid Sands!

Clumps of Mascara – reviews another Eyeko mascara. You’ve heard of that brand, haven’t you?

EauMG – shares her first holiday gift guide of the year! EauMG’s Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties contains natural and organic products that will nourish the hair, skin, body and soul.

Gouldylox Reviews – Only have a few minutes to get ready? That doesn’t mean you can’t look flawless!

My Beauty Bunny – Pores a problem? We’ve got the details on How to Get Rid of Blackheads and a few products to recommend as well!

Nouveau Cheap – So, I finally found the Maybelline Limited Edition matte Color Tattoos. Were they worth the hunt?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

If you could change one thing about your skin, what would it be?

B says, “I wish I didn’t have pesky hairs growing on my chin. I can deal with the fuzzy ‘stache but the wanna-be beard that causes pimples on my chin drives me nutty.

Soooo, does anyone else have a more embarrassing skin story?

See you next week!

5 Reasons Why You Should See THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY

It’s been forever and a day since I had a real Girl’s Night Out. Between Esposo working crazy hours and not having a sitter on hand, getting out at night is practically impossible. But the stars aligned, a babysitter was hired and on Tuesday night some girlfriends and I were out to see THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY. I received a whole kit of goodies to ramp up the excitement…

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You remember THE BEST MAN, don’t you? Best movie everrrrr. I have it on DVD and pretty much know it word-for-word.

The cast.

How they managed to get ALL of the original cast members is beyond me. This NEVER happens. But it did for THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY and the women are still gorgeous and the men are still fine, honey. How have Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long NOT aged? How is Morris Chestnut’s chest still so perfectly chiseled? Whooooa!

It’s a roller coaster of emotions.

Some movies are mostly funny. Others are mostly sad. Some are thought-provoking. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY is a roller coaster of so many emotions. The up and down almost made me want to go home and have a glass of wine to collect my thoughts. Good acting really makes you feel the emotions of the characters and my girls and I were all over the place emotionally.

It makes for great discussion.

My girls and I couldn’t stop talking about the movie after we left. You know a movie is good when you get invested with the characters so much that you keep talking about them as if they really exist!

It isn’t overly Christmas-y.

Some of y’all are against the Christmas EXPLOSION that happens in November and December. Personally, I could be in the Christmas spirit year round but I’m lame like that. For those that suck their teeth over Christmas songs, movies and decorations, you folx will be happy to know that the movie isn’t heavily Christmas-fied.

It’s always good to support the brown people on the big screen.

Let’s face it, seeing people of color on the big screen is such a rarity. I’m all for diversity and it annoys me that Hollywood doesn’t have more people that look like me on the silver screen.

 

Go see THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY! You will love it. Looooove it!

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 14 – Mis padres

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Mis padres means “my parents” in Spanish. Oh, how I love my parents. I grew up in a house where my parents weren’t friends. They were parents. It wasn’t always easy talking to them. Or understanding why they did certain things but the older I get, the more I understand their lessons. Being a parent is flipping hard. And nothing can prepare you for it.

My parents did the best they could and for that, I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the sacrifices that they made for me. I am thankful for their pushes, their understanding and their encouragement. It was crazy embarrassing but I am thankful that my Dad, who was a speaker at my college graduation, made me stand up in a sea of hundreds of fellow graduates so that he could have everyone clap for me. I am thankful that when I was in a bind and had no car to get around my Mom simply gave me hers and got another one for herself. I moved away at 18 but I am thankful that I have two 2 houses that I can still call home.

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I am my parents’ favorite child. I am the oldest and therefore the best. Obvs. :cool:

 

Both pictures were taken at my baby shower last year.