Eyeliner 101

By popular demand (okay, only 2 of yall asked, lol), I bring you some eyeliner tips. When I tell you there is no RIGHT way to achieve the pretty simple line on the waterline, I ain’t lyin. I used to have crazy thick lines. Don’t believe me?

Exhibit A (May ’08)….

Yes family, I have learned a thing or two and thought I’d share them with you.

First–don’t think that your line has be perfect.

My preference is a gel eyeliner with an angled brush because you can control the width of your line. Pencil and liquid liners don’t allow that.

You can start any where on your lid. For the pictures, I started in the corner and worked my way out. Normally I start in the center. Do whatever works for you.

I imagine as if I’m drawing at the base of my lashes—not ON my lid. Does that make sense?

I take small strokes. Trying to make a complete straight line is sooo hard for me. Shoot, I can’t even draw a straight line on paper.

At the end I simply turn my brush for a little extra “winged” look.

See!

But look closely at those mistakes…

A swip swip of a Q-tip dipped in make-up remover can clean that baby up.


Bam bam! The video actually does a lot better job at explaining how I do this.


Preguntas? Just let me know! What do you use to get the line on the waterline? Any tips or suggestions for me?

Sista Show Off: Fitness/Diet Blogs


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.

As most of you know I have been actively training to run a 5K. I have been serious about fitness since July but I have kicked it up a notch within the past month or so. It is super hard to stay motivated. I can deal with eating healthy but forcing myself to run and sweat and lift weights is totally out of my element. Thank God for blogs like Gaining Beauty while Loosing Booty. This fitness trainer/Mommy really has been wonderful at keeping a beginner like me focused and motivated.


And then there’s the Diet Blog. I check this blog EVERY day. The posts are just as informative as the readers’ comments. The blog authors actually respond to your questions and are extremely helpful.


Talk about about a strong sista! Confessions of a Fitness Diva drops a ton of tips to help tone your flabby parts.


My other favorites include:

These blogs have been instrumental in inspiring me to stick to this new way of living. And don’t think you can’t do it. Had you told me a few months ago that I would be running 3 miles a day, I would have laughed at you. Soon I will be starting the Nike + program (I owe that one to you, Mischo!) and hope to make exercising as normal as breathing. Taking care of our bodies is beauty too!

Any athletes out there? Or anyone else working to loose weight or become more fit? Tell me!!

….and as always, stay beautiful!!

Mascara Monday: MAC FibreRich

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope that yall had a wonderful weekend. While the low gas prices should have prompted me to make some travels around Florida, I was too lazy to do so. I opted to spend some time cleaning out my closet, shopping for some shoes and continuing my training for the 5K. Loves it!! I would first like to ‘pologize for the delay on this mascara. Gosh, I was asked to review these decades okay. But I got it for you this time around. Introducing…..

MAC Fibre Rich Mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($12.00)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “Fibre-rich. Good for you. Keeps lashes fit. Makes them strong, fat, well-defined. Adds muscle to short and fine lashes. Creams on. Clump proof…Spike-proof! The difference fibre makes is amazing. Add it to your lashes’ diet!”

The truth: *yawn* Oh…uh? What were we talking about? LOL, nah I’m kidding…it’s good.

What I loved about it: Well, it did lengthen.

What I didn’t like: I really couldn’t get down with the wand. That little swirly brush thing was just not working too well for me.

Overall: I’m just going to keep it real in the fied, folx. I know a lot of beauty gurus/enthusiasts love to give MAC Cosmetics crazy props even if the products are so-so. I ain’t one of those people so please…no cyber tomatoes. LOL! I’m just not THAT impressed. Had the brush been a little easier to use, I think I would have liked it more. The clump factor was minimal so that’s always a good thing. I didn’t experience any of those mid-day flakes so props for that! I mean, I did give it 3 out of 5 because I do like the length that it gave me but I know for a fact that there are other lengthening mascaras that can deliever just as good as this baby here and for a cheaper price! Maybelline XXL Extensions being one. Imju Fiberwig being the other (but only if you have some pennies to spare). So is Fibre Rich bad? No. Is Fibre Rich phenomal? No.

Would I recommend it: If you are looking for a good lengthening mascara, then yes. But if you already have one, save your duckies.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

….okay, now that I’m lookin’ at these pictures, maybe I didn’t give this mascara a fair review. LOL, they did bring the lashes out there a bit, didn’t they? Ah well…my favorite lengthening mascara will forever and always be Imju Fiberwig.

What’s your favorite? Tell B!

Enjoy your Monday!!!

(photo credit)

FOTD Friday: NARS Bridal Palette look


Happy Friday! Gosh, I can not believe how fast this week has gone by. I’m not complaining or anything but dag. I’m not sure what I will be doing this weekend but I’ll think of something. I just HAVE to share with you one of the most beauuuutiful palettes I have ever seen!


Don’t laugh at my plastic leaves. I’m trying to set the scene for yall, okay? LOL! I have a few NARS blushes and a lipstick but an entire palette? I think I am going to faint.

*insert Hallelujah clip here*

What a gorgeous palette with useable shades for not only brides but 9-5 ladies and subtle but sharp sistas on the go. I can honestly say that I LOVE every single eyeshadow, cheek color and lip color in this palette. All of them look beautiful on my brown skin and are easy to use. Let me introduce you to the newest members of my family.

EYES

Ondine-medium-brown plum with gold shimmer (top left).
Nepal-pale rose with subtle, soft shimmer(top right).
Edie-bone-base color with shimmer (bottom left).
Night-black with red pearls (bottom right).

CHEEKS


Albatross Highlighting Powder-a soft iridescent cheek, brow, and nose highlighter (top).
Orgasm Blush-shimmery peachy-pink (bottom). A serious cult-fave!

LIPS

Lipstick in Mitzi-a creamy, shimmery strawberry pink (top left).
Lipstick in Roman Holiday-a soft and delicate pastel pink (top right).
Lipstick in Sexual Healing-shimmering pink blossom (bottom left).
Lip Lacquer in Baby Doll-a cotton-candy pink (bottom right).

So here is my look….I used all of the eye shadows and the following:
-Urban Decay’s Glide-On Eye pencil in Lust
-MAC Blacktrack fluidline
-Imju Fiberwig mascara
-Cheeks: Albatross
-Lips: Baby Doll (just for fun..I’d add a dark Plum lip liner to make it more wearable)



….and my pimples say “Holla!”

I have heard make-up lovers everywhere rave about Orgasm blush and I just didn’t think it was fitting for the darker skinned ladies. But it’s actually not THAT bad. I can dig it. And Albatross Highlighting powder is AMAZING!!

I can’t say enough about this palette. It’s a little sad that I’ve become this enamored with NARS because my wallet certainly can’t handle pretty purchases like these too often. But for $65, I can’t even be upset because this is one palette that I can actually use regularly.

Go ‘head and spoil yourself, sister. If you are a hard working Mommy, business lady or student, then you deserve it! Check out NARS’ website for more information on this palette and their other beautiful buys.

Check out my other NARS posts:

NARS Dolce Vita blush
NARS Crazed blush (a throwback post)
NARS Fashion Week parting gift

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Let It Clump: Hair Update

This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

It’s time to do a hair update! Remember in this post where I cut of alllll of my hair? I promised my YouTube fam that I would continue to update them on the products I’m using, my hair regime and my growth.

So here we are a month later!


I’m shocked at how fast my hair is growing. Granted, I don’t mind if it grows at the speed of light, but it’s great to see how much I have after only a month.

Here are the products I’ve been using:



-Elasta QP Deep Penetrating Conditioner
-Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
-Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries
-Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Oil
-Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap
-Trader’s Joe Nourish Spa Conditioner
-My homemade blend of water, glycerin, olive oil and lavender oil.

Up-Close Shots:


I honestly don’t do much with my hair. Partly because I’m lazy and partly because I don’t need to! The products I use are phenomenal! And I have very little desire to spend money on more products because I am extremely happy with the things I’m using now.

I wash my hair about every other day. I never use shampoo. I deep condition every 2 weeks. I don’t use any heat, combs, brushes or hair accessories. I have Dark and Lovely’s Honey Blonde permanent hair color….which I love quite a bit!

Here’s a video version of my hair update and a little extra detail about those hair products.



Fellow nappturals, BCers and transitionals, don’t hesitate to ask me any of your questions if you have any!

Stay beautiful!!

Sista Show Off: Jam Donaldson


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

As a beauty blogger, I can’t help but find beauty in everything! The way we speak being one of them. I once took a course in college called Black English. In it, I learned how language among African Americans was critical to survival. We even focused on Ebonics and “the hip hop language”. But, the line has to be drawn somewhere. Let me introduce you to:

Jam Donaldson Designs


The bio from her site says, “Jam Donaldson has shown she’s a force to be reckoned with on the internet. Her website www.hotghettomess.com is one of the most highly trafficked African-American owned websites in the world. The site has been stirring up controversy, praise, ire and powerful discourse since its inception in 2004. The site continues to grow and evolve and hopes to be a facilitator of edgy, racial dialogue for years to come. She hopes to partner with organizations that are working to help the community do better. A portion of proceeds from merchandise is donated to grass roots organizations that are helping us do better, one person at a time.”

Bad sista, ain’t she? (<---example of Black English, lol!) I had the opportunity to interview Jam.

1) So what was really the defining moment for you to start creating these t-shirts? Was it a particular song or saying that irked you to the point where you said, “I’ve got to do something,”?

I guess people using the word”conversate” has always been a big pet peeve of mine. Initially, it was typically used by the urban community and you can frequently hear it in hip-hop and R & B. Though as communities begin to mesh through popular culture, you can hear it used by any and everyone. Its use is spreading. Like the plague. My blog is actually called Conversate is Not a word, and I got such a big response to the title, that I thought it would be cool to create some shirts based on usage errors in English. So many people may not know what they are saying is incorrect and it may just cost you that next job. Just wanted to take a unique, humorous slant on the high-end t-shirt markets and start some conversations… Plus everyone has Ed hardy and Affliction tees, I think its time to do something different. So I created Jam Donaldson Designs and the response has been great.

2) As a beauty blog ClumpsOfMascara.com tries to find beauty in anything that represents us and language, without a doubt is one form of representation. How can we erase words like “conversate” and “irregardless” from our vocabularies?

I think its as simple as having the hard conversations with each other. So many people are afraid to challenge errors like this because it comes off as pretentious and elitist. You never want someone to feel like you’re turning your nose up at them. I thought these shirts were a funny, light-hearted way of doing this, no one gets their feelings hurt and at the same time you can look hot.


3) I did not know how prevalent “conversate” was in music until I went to your website. Any idea where this word came from? It doesn’t even sound right!

It’s really funny! I think it has been used so much, most people don’t even know its wrong. I have no idea where it came from but it looks like its definitely here to stay.

4) I am so glad to get the opportunity to present a young female entrepreneur to the Clumps of Mascara community. You have no idea how much of an inspiration you are to us. Any words of encouragement that you can drop to help others who may be considering pursuing entrepreneurial ventures?

I firmly believe that the path to happiness if following what makes you happy, what satisfies you. Entrepreneurship is not easy, but its infinitely rewarding. Even in the tough times of starting a business, its so much more fulfilling than working for someone else. It requires hard work and a passion. I’ve never started any project to make money. I only start projects because I have an idea or want to create something I think is important. I find when love and fun and integrity are the source of your businesses, the money will come eventually because people sense your sincerity and passion. You have to be willing to take risks and jump out there into the scary unknown sometimes , but its soooooo worth it. You wont be successful everytime. Lord knows I’ve had some disasters but you pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and keep it moving. We all have bad experiences at jobs, but that doesnt stop us from getting another one. Entrepreneurship is the same way. I have a quote that I love by Kipling that says, “No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” That says it all.

5) Ohmigoodness, have you heard this one too? “Pacifically” instead of “specifically”?

Absolutely–that one may actually end up in the new Fall designs for the shirts… LOL.

6) Do you think we should get rid of slang all together?

Absolutely not. I think our slang and colloquialisms make us who we are and are a big part of our culture. I use a ton of slang, bad english and cuss words. The big thing is simply knowing there is a time and place for everything. Its when you cant distinguish when slang is appropriate and when it isnt, that we run into trouble.

7) And because we are beauty obsessed folx….do you mind telling us your favorite beauty product and why?

I have a couple of beauty products — one is the Arbonne bronzing powder for my face. I don’t wear a lot of make up so this gives me a great glow while getting rid of the greasies. I also wear my hair natural and my favorite hair product is Kiehl’s “Just Out of the Shower” its a hair gel I can put on my hair while it is wet and it keeps it nice and curly without making it hard or drying it out.

You can find out more about Jam Donaldson and her designs here. And while you’re at it….check out her Conversate is Not a Word blog.

Mascara Monday: Avon Supershock

Hi family! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. Time for another Mascara Monday! This is a first ever for Clumps of Mascara. I’ve never tried any of Avon’s mascaras. Are they hidden jewels or should they just STAY hidden? Check out my review:

Avon Supershock Mascara

Price: 4 out of 5 (about $8.50)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What it claims: “Unique microfibers instantly expand and plump lashes to larger-than-life proportions…for head-turning drama in a flash. Up to 12x more volume…in a single step. Maximum amount of mascara in just one dip. Molded teal plastic fine combs separate lashes for a precise, bolder-than-ever look.”

The truth: I mean…it’s okay.

What I loved about it: The brush isn’t half bad. I have really become a fan of brushes with these kinds of bristles.


What I didn’t like: While it gave me a bit of volume and length, I was shocked how it didn’t last the entire day. My lashes literally flopped within a few minutes after applying the mascara.

Overall: This is my first experience with an Avon mascara. I was intrigued to buy it being that Shape magazine had labeled it as the “Best Mascara”. Uhhh…so maybe I can chalk my experience up to having a bad tube? Either that or there was some exaggeration in their claims. This mascara is definitely not one of the best. While the brush is pretty effective in getting the lashes out there, the formula is way weak. And I’m not sure why because it isn’t heavy to where it weighs down the lashes. Definitely didn’t get any shock factor.

Would I recommend it: Nay to this baby here.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

….so what do you folx, think? Have you ever tried any of Avon’s mascaras? Do they make better ones that you think I should try? Hmmm…

Oh, and a big ole’ shout-out to Jamila over at Betty Brown Beautification. She won the blogger template giveaway from Divalicious Designs!! Congrats Jamila!

Shoot me your mascara requests at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Have a wonderful Monday, beautiful people!

Politically Pretty: The Look!


Finally–my Politically Pretty submission. It is no surprise that I love having FUN with make-up. While I am conservative (uhhh, not politically) throughout the week because of work, I enjoy nothing more than doing crazy, funky and out of this world looks.

Now the story behind my look: It just makes sense to show tribute to Barack Obama. While I can’t pretend that I agree with every statement that he has said, I would be remiss if I did not show my pride for this man. HE is what I dreamed about but thought would never happen. To think that little Black girls may grow up in the White House…I just—can’t express how happy this makes me.

And no, I don’t think Obama can save America. No, I don’t like him just because he’s Black. To be honest, I have never been extremely patriotic; I think it’s because I know my history. But that’s a blog post for RoaR blog. ;)

Anyway…that was the inspiration behind my look. And since I love the logo, I decided to run with that.

I used:

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW45
CoverGirl Queen Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer
Stila Convertible Color in Rose

LOGO:
MAC Technakohl liner in Graphblack
Milani Lip pencil in Bonfire
NYX pencil in Sapphire
Urban Decay Glide-on liner in Lucky
MAC Eyebrow pencil in Stud (brows)
NYX pencil in White

LIPS:
MAC Tendertone in Hot ‘N Spicy





There it is!

Check out Danyelle’s!

While my intention is to not infuriate fellow beauty bloggers and readers, I can’t help but feel so much pride in my candidate of choice. But I’m not the only lady cognizant of this election and politics in general. Check out these other blogs and the looks that these beautiful women of come up with!