Brown Beauties and Sun Protection

This post may be little delayed being that summer is more than halfway over with but better late than never, right? I hope by now you all know the importance of taking care of our skin, but even more so during those hot summer months.

In Florida we have two types of seasons: hot and hotter. I don’t remember putting on a ton a sunscreen growing up as a child; probably because of the idea that “Black folx don’t need sun protection because we are already dark” myth. Oh yes, it sounds funny but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to the beach with my girlfriends and they’ve packed everything in their beach bags EXCEPT sunscreen.

So let’s make this clear:

Everyone needs to wear sunscreen

The sun does NOT discriminate so it is important that we all take care of our skin year round but especially when the sun is blazing.

Since becoming a beauty editor, I have become a bit more cognizant in sun protection on my face as well as my body. Para mi cara, I use the following:

Olay Complete SPF 15

This has been my HG moisturizer for some months now. I doubt I will ever switch to anything else. It is wonderfully moisturizing for my relatively dry skin and isn’t so thick to where I feel like it is clogging my pores. When I break a sweat from working out, it doesn’t leave any residue. For less than $10, I can’t ask for anything more in a moisturizer. I tend to use this every day and even at night sometimes.

Clinique Superdefense Action Moisturizer SPF

Now if I know I’m going to be outside more on a particular day I pull out the Superdefense. This moisturizer is a bit thick in consistency but it doesn’t feel “heavy” which I can appreciate. I LOVE it! It has that ‘sun block-y’ smell that I know I most of us can’t stand but it was perfect for jammin’ at Bayside in Miami this past weekend. The price is steep. For $39.50 you only get 1.7 oz little jar but can I tell you a secret? I’ve been using my sample jar for about 4 weeks now. Ha!

I’ve also been playing around with Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Mineral SPF 30 but I haven’t had the best results being that it gives me that ghostly look. The product says that it is translucent but I object being that it didn’t look too flattering my on brown brown skin. Which made me sad because the concept is ideal; especially with this “mineral make-up” obsession going on in the beauty world.

We’ve covered face, but let’s not forget the body, baby. I have three different levels of SPFs that I use throughout the summer.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula SPF 15 Body Lotion

I don’t know about yall, but my Momma has been using Palmer’s products for as long as I can remember. What I don’t remember is this particular body lotion. It smells divine! Like a cookie! Now granted, I’m not the type that likes to go around smelling like food. The smell is a bit overpowering for me but pleasant to say the least. I generally use when I’m getting ready for work in the morning and know I will be hittin’ the streets after work for a “every other day” jog. Tis cheap too and provides enough protection without that “smell”.

Peter Thomas Roth Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

I’m diggin’ this sunscreen each time I wear it. The fact that it is oil-free, water-resistant and has some Vitamin E up in it, well…I mean this is perfect for a quick “walking the outlet malls” hit. I know some people have complexes about aerosol cans and while I don’t use this as much as my other sunscreen products I find that it does the job for when I really don’t have time to lather lotion up and down my arms and legs.

Banana Boat UltraDefense Sunblock Lotion SPF 80

I died laughing when I first saw this product. SPF 80. “Isn’t that a bit extreme?” I thought to myself. But alas the tube of sun blockin’ lube (LOL, I’m a mess) ended up in my basket. I don’t even think about loungin’ by the pool or on a beach chair without this baby here. It provides the ultimate protection for my melanin enriched skin.

….and don’t forget those lippies. It’s a bit on the pricey side but I stand by my MAC Lip Conditioner SPF 15. It is the greatest!

So if you’ve read this far, I’m thinkin’ you deserve the chance to win a sweet treat. I have 3 Lip Butters from Palmers. These glosses come in Dark Chocolate & Cherry AND Dark Chocolate & Peppermint and they taste….I mean feel divine on the lips. First 4 folx to email me the correct answer to the following question WIN!

Where was I born?

…..hint: it’s in Florida and it is a relatively large city. You only get one guess so good luck! Remember to email me, do not leave comments. Readers who have won within the past 6 months are ineligible. As well as personal friends and family members….yes Mom, hate to call you out again but that means you. I will announce the winners on Friday, July 18 during the FOTD Friday post.

Good luck and keep blockin’!

….oh wait, I would love to know what you other brown folx are wearing. Am I the only one that once thought we didn’t have to wear sunscreen? Speak on it!

[photo credits: http://shona.files.wordpress.com, clinique.com, peterthomasroth.com, etbrowne.com, bananaboat.com]

Mascara Monday: Prescriptives Beyond Long

Hi beautiful people!! And happy Monday to all of you. I know, I’ve been a bit ghost, but as promised I will be up on my game bringing your wonderful posts beautiful fabulousness alllll week. As usual, we are going to kick off our week with a Mascara Monday. Today we will feature:

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Prescriptives Beyond Long




Price: 2 out of 5 (I got it for $19.50 at Macy’s in International Mall in Tampa Bay)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5

Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Get lashes nothing short of spectacular. Beyond Long Maximum Length Mascara extends lashes up to 40% longer. A sleek wand wraps lashes in rich color instantly lengthening and separating each to create dramatic definition. It’s eye drama all the way, without a flake, clump, or smudge in sight…”

The truth: Well, it does length your lashes but it didn’t impress me too much.

What I loved about it: I absolutely adooooore the brush. Scroll back up and check out that picture. That is EXACTLY how it looks in person. It has nice and thin bristles and the end of the mascara wand is “squared” off so you don’t get that nasty clumpy bit of mascara juice on the end. Yall know what I’m talkin’ about, right? I loathe that. This is my ideal type of brush. But that is where the joy for this mascara ends for me. By itself, it isn’t anything spectacular. I noticed a bit of length in my lashes but nothing to jump up and down about. I tried using it with one of my favorite mascaras and if still was just “eh”….which is why I gave the mascara just an
“average” score. The packaging however is just gorgeous. The bottle is beautiful and has a nice soft grippy thing to help you with your overall application. Which I liked.

Would I purchase again?: Probably not. The price is a bit too steep for me for a mascara and it just didn’t do anything for me. But I’m not against trying Prescriptives mascaras again if I’m looking to blow some money. And is it sad that one of the reasons is because their tubes are so sexy? Haaaa!!

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? How much is too much for a mscara? If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Stay beautiful!

[photo credit: www.prescriptives.com]

Sista Sites: The Letter S

Sista Sites

It’s time for another edition of Sista Sites in which we showcase blogs from my Beauty Marks blogroll. I have also gotten in the habit of showing a piece of Black Art with each Sista Sites post. When I was younger I visited a ton of African American museums and I would just be in awe of the beautiful paintings. And when I visited the Smithsonian museums….well, I pretty much fell in love.

Smithsonian. Hmm….. S!!

Let’s feature beauty and fashion blogs that begin with the letter “S“.
Do you feel like you’re watchin’ Sesame Street yet?

  • Scandalous Beauty: Awww, my girl, Erin. I love her! She was one of the first Black beauty blogs that I read. If Clumps of Mascara had a sister, it would be Scandalous Beauty. Her expertise and experience taught me a lot and I’ve pretty much watched all of her YouTube vids. Seriously, if you are stuck with trying to figure out how to complete a look, want to know how pinks look on darker skin or annoyed with your natural hair, check out Erin’s videos. I love how she connects with her readers and has that “she could be my friend” aurora that somehow shines from the internet. Plus, we are hair twins! Yay for the Scandalous Beauty movement!!
  • Shake Your Beauty: All hail one of the vanguards of Black beauty blogs; well, at least to me. Tia Williams isn’t only a blogger, but a published author as well. She gets mad respect from me! She features product reviews for Black women and her humor is just delightful.
  • Silver Lips Beauty & Musiq Haven: Another Brown skinned beauty blogger with beautiful techniques and reviews. I love blogs that have cute little features SlvrLips’ doesn’t stop with dazzling us with her fabulous blending skills…but she takes it a step further and introduces us to the hottest new tunes. Loves it!
  • Specktra Beauty Blog: I’m really a fan of Specktra the site more so than the actual blog. And if you’ve never visited or had a short obsession with Specktra.net, I really don’t know how you are livin’. However, what I do like about the blog is the up-to-date pieces of information we can get from them about upcoming collections and lines. Get your sneak peek and swatches of MAC Collections that haven’t even been released yet. It’s so overwhelming that you start making a list of what you want before even seeing the actual products. It’s a sickness, I swear.
  • Stephienese: I just adore this little lady here. I remember discovering her blog around the same time I discovered Specktra. Her skills are fierce! I remember lemming over every product she purchased. Get it, Stephie!

I’m off to Miami this weekend, lovelies. Which unfortunately means I won’t be able to update. But no worries….next week I will be sure to crank out the posts. You can look forward to the following:

-Dr. Miracle’s and Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding.
How do they hold up for the napptural sistas?

-Sunscreen for Women of Color (and a giveaway hosted by Palmer’s)
-Brown & Blushin’. Cheap and beautiful drugstore finds.
-But Black Women Can’t Series (pinks anyone?
Submit your photos to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com)

-Of course Mascara Monday

…and some more thangs.


Enjoy the weekend!! And as always, you can email me.
My new Blackberry has me crazy excited to do every little thing.

Besos!

But Black Women Cant: Rock the Goth

Secret about me? I loathe labels. Really, I do. I have a hard time defining who I am simply because, I am everything. I wear what I want, do what I want, say what I want and pretty much am whoever I want to be. That my sistas, is freedom. And true beauty. With having said that, let’s consider this…..Other people can rock it but Black women can’t….

ROCK THE GOTHIC LOOK

WRONG!!!

Our Guest Editor Jaimie’s sister certainly defies that. Oh yes, our dear Jaimie is more than just beauty obsessed, she also has some skills in the make-up application department. And she has certainly changed my mind in a look that I didn’t necessarily think Black women could pull off. I LOVE this series!

Jaimie did eyes and lips. She used (all MAC unless otherwise noted):

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bright Fuschia pigment
Beauty Marked e/s
Avon Black eyeliner
Dark side lipstick
Funtabulous Dazzleglass
Urban Decay blush in Fetish


Definitely magazine material. I love it! And I have been inspired to try something like this for the next FOTD Friday. We’ll see how I pull it off. Is this a look you would consider trying?

Mascara Monday: Imju Fiberwig

Happy happy Monday! Please excuse my ghost-ness. I went to Tampa to visit some fam and I saw my Grandmother. I haven’t seen her since I graduated from high school!! It was a big deal to see her beautiful face and snuggle up next to her. Loves it. Next week I’m headed to Miami to visit the other Grandmother. I’m so blessed. Hope that you all had a wonderful looooong weekend. Let’s get goin’ on the mascara review.

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Imju Fiberwig



Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $22 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall:
5 out of 5


What it claims:Fiberwig Mascara represents Imju’s superior quality and hi-tech approach to cosmetics; a mascara that replicates the illusion of false eyelashes..”

The truth: I wouldn’t say that it gives you an illusion of false eyelashes, but I have never seen my lashes look so full and long.


What I loved about it: Imju is a Japanese cosmetics company that is known for their innovative cosmetics. I first heard about Fiberwig from one of my favorite beauty bloggers: Grayburn. She fell in love with this mascara and now I see why. I think my video may do a better job at explaining just HOW it works but when I tell you it is the most amazing thing I have ever tried….I ain’t lyin’. Fiberwig contains, I guess “fibers” that attach to your lashes and with each stroke you can length your lashes.. Contact wearers and sensitive eyes’ folx, don’t fret. These fibers don’t come anywhere near the eyes. It takes some practice getting used to Fiberwig. I prefer long outer lashes so I concentrated there. I also looooved taking the mascara off. With just a dab of water on your fingers and massaging your lashes, it comes off. It’s so easy that it is actually fun. Even if you are satisfied with your current mascara or in love with your natural lashes, this is a product that you just HAVE to try.

Click the link below to visit the video review:

Imju Fiberwig Video Review


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Do mascara packagings turn you off? If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Stay beautiful!

[photo credit: http://talkingcosmetics.com]

Berries!


Ohhhh la laaa, I’ve been all over berries this summer. Aside from making delicious blueberry, strawberry and raspberry protein smoothies every other morning, I’ve been all over berry colored lippies. I decided to have a little fun and showcase them by categorizing the intensities: low, medium and high color concentrations.

Sound too technical? HA….well, hopefully my silly pictures make up (get it…make-up? *crickets*) for the professional word usage.

First up. let’s start with the loooooow.

[LOW]
L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm in Luscious

…..what’s better than a MAC Tendertone? Nooo, I’m just kidding. I’ve actually never owned the Tendertones but I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Especially since I got them 2 for $8.99. I find these perfect for a little color tint. Like when I’m at work and don’t have time to run to a mirror.


[MEDIUM]
CoverGirl’s Wetslicks AmazeMint #625

I absolutely love this lippie. This has to be one of my favorites! The color in the tube isn’t as dark on my lips so it works out beautifully. The minty taste doesn’t hurt either. It isn’t too powerful but it is absolutely pleasant applying on the lips. This is a great “gotta run into the mall” or “out to eat with the co-workers” look.

I’m a nut for giving that lipgloss
its own photoshoot, uh? HA!

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NARS Afghan Red

If you are lookin’ for a serious berry-licious look, I’m thinkin’ that a highly pigmented lipstick is the way to go. NARS Afghan Red is seriously one of my favorite lipsticks. I know, I know. I say that about all of my products, but this baby here has me goin’ around pokin’ my lips out every time I wear it. It is great for ladies’ night out!



How do you feel about berry lipsticks? Yay or nay?


[image source: http://www.inforochester.com]

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Define-A-Lash

It’s another Mascara Monday, ladies. Mascara Mondays is when we show tribute to the star of the blog in attempts to find *drum roll*…..the best mascara ever! Today I will be reviewing Maybelline’s Define-A-Lash.

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand):5 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: “This zero clump mascara creates stunning length with clean definition.


The truth: I mean, it’s just okay. Nothing spectacular.


What I loved about it: I love the lime green packaging. Sounds silly but I love pretty tubes. The formula claims to be washable and it actually lives up to that.

What I didn’t like: I hate that flippin’ brush. And it was a bit clumpy.

Overall: Wellll, I don’t know. This mascara is just didn’t do it for me. I have to admit though, it did give me great definition. The brush takes a quite bit of getting used to. I found that it was too flimsy and didn’t give me the control that my clumsy self usually needs when applying mascara. Plus it was a bit too flaky and clumpy for me. Booooo.

Here’s the video review.



What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

Stay tuned for next week’s Mascara Monday when I review, in my opinion, the most innovative mascara ever!


Image Source: www.makeuploveaffair.com

FOTD Friday’s For the Love of Money



I am sooo glad it is Friday. Thank you, Jesus!! Before I drop this Friday’s FOTD (I’m doing better with this series, uh? LOL!)…I must encourage you to submit your answer for the Bee Contest. 5 lucky winners will win Radiance Kits from Burt’s Bees. You know you want one make this Friday a better one by being a potential winner. Yaaay!!

Got that out of the way. With my focus on all things blush, lips and skincare, it is very rare that I play in eye make-up….especially with pigments. But goin’ out for the first time in 93 years inspired me to have a little fun. Because I’m a girly girl to the max, I couldn’t figure out what I was going wear and changed my outfit a dozen times. But this was the final look.

FACE:
Olay Complete moisturizer

CHEEKS:
NARS Crazed blush

EYES:
Styli-Style eyeliner
Imju Fiberwig mascara (review coming soon!)
UDPP
MAC Violet pigment
MAC Carbon e/s
Clinique About Peach (for highlight)

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip pencil
CoverGirl Wetslicks Amazemint in 625 (LOVES IT!!!)






I wasn’t finished with my lip blendin’ but it was a fun look. Quick and easy. Little blending, few products. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I’m gettin’ lazy, yall.

And since I love being tagged, I figured I would do it again. I did this one on my personal blog too. Someone else tagged me on this blog and I sho forgot to put it up. Sorryyyy, here we go! And thanks Fab Vixen!

1. Put your iTunes/music player on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT. After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY?” YOU SAY?

“I Can’t Hold Back the Tears” Isley Bros. —–I’m an old skool head….

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

“Discipline” Janet Jackson —–Oh shoot…LOL!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

“My Body” Tank —–Maybe THEIR body.

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

“Work That” Mary J. Blige —–Pretty accurate!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
“Get Ya Stuff Together” T.I. —–You right!

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

“I Don’t Wanna” Jagged Edge—–I can be a bit of a child at times.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

“All About Love” After 7—–Truuuue, I am a lover!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?

“Now That I Know” Mariah Carey—–No relation but I love the song!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

“Lifetime” Maxwell—–That may be true.

WHAT IS 2+2?

For Real” —–Amel Larrieux

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

“Da Rain” Missy—–LOL!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Saturday Night” Spice Girls—–I can dig it. Love the Spice Girls!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

“Just Because” Anita Baker

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

“Portrait of a Woman” Donell Jones

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Sorry I” Will Downing

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

“Wind It Up” Gwen Stefani—–That’s just strange

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

“Apple Tree” Erykah Badu—–I doubt it but this is my jam.

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

“Father Can You Hear Me” —–Diary of a Mad Black Woman Soundtrack

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

“Uspide Down” —–Ledisi

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

“Hail Mary” 2Pac—-What the?? I’m jammin’ though…

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

“Southern Stuff” Anthony Hamilton—–Yay for the Southern girls!!

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?

“For the Love of Money” The O’Jays—–What yall know ’bout this? LOL!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!