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!

Politically Pretty: Danyelle!

My inspiration was Donna Brazile, a beautiful African American politician who works on Democratic presidential campaigns and also commentates on CNN. You can always find her with flawless, healthy skin and an understated mauve lip.

What I used: (all MAC unless specified otherwise)

FACE
Studio Finish Concealer NC50
Studio Fix Fluid NC50
Deep Dark Blot Powder
Pressed Powder NC45

CHEEKS
Bobbi Brown Mauve Blush
Embark e/s
Sweet as Cocoa Blush

EYES
Groundwork p/p
Bobbi Brwon Navajo
Bobbi Brown Vintage
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Mauve
Molasses e/pencil
Covergirl LASHBlast
LIPS
Nightmoth l/l
Fluid lipstick
Bobbi Brown Mauve lip sheer


Brown and Blushin’ Series: NARS Dolce Vita


Fine. I’ll admit it. I really don’t need to purchase any more blushes. You hear that, Ma?

But a girl has to spoil herself every now and then. I absolutely love NARS; especially their blushes. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, build-able…..truly the elite of blushes in my opinion.

Check out one of NARS newest blushes:

Dolce Vita
(I’m sorry, but who else likes that name?
I’m naming my first daughter that? LOL! j/k)

As a matte, NARS describes this lovely color as a “dusty rose”. After only one swatch it gives me such a beautiful “tint”.
And of course I pulled out my favorite MAC brush; Miss. 187.

(Why did it take me 28 years to take this picture
so that I ended up in the mirror. HA!)

It’s fabulouso, chicas! But wait–don’t spaz out if aren’t ready to splurge $25 on a blush. L’Oreal HIP has these darling Blendable Creme blushes. I found that Dolce Vita is almost identical to Blushing.

I would say that Blushing is a tad bit darker but a great deal if you can catch L’Oreal HIP on a BOGO sale at your nearest drug store.

Looooves it! What is your favorite blush at the moment? Any ones you got your eyes on? Tell me, mon!

Politically Pretty Participants


Our updated participants list. The following ladies will post political-inspired looks this upcoming Friday!

Floridians: the deadline to register to vote is October 6, 2008!

Tomorrow Joe Biden and Sarah Palin have their first debate at 9 p.m. on all major networks. Watch history with me and the rest of my Twitter fam. We will kick off our un-official Twitter debate party online at Twitter. Join us and rep for your candidate! We had a ball last week!!

(photo credit)

Sista Show Off: One3Snapshot!



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

Check out…

One3Snapshot!,
an Arts & Graphic Collective



One3Snapshot! says, “
We are a collective of artists comprised mainly of women dedicated to promoting art and culture by creating art, apparel & events. We started out making screen printed tee shirts and we have now gradually expanded into making original one of a kind hand-painted apparel, and hand-made accessories. We have been and continue to consult with individuals and groups on cultural and artistic endeavors, and we teach (for free or cheap) any skills or knowledge that we have to anyone interested, especially youth.

Man oh man, I love stuff like this! Hand-printed apparel? I wish I could be THAT fly! Check out some of the fab pieces….



Are you swooning yet? Seriously peeps, in another life I would be a fashion designer creating eye-catching pieces for the world to see! Oh wait….maybe that’s you now. Or perhaps you are lookin’ for some designers that have created pieces that may fit your style. Either way, stroll on over to One3Snapshot! to see what they have in store. It’s okay to have a little personality in your everyday wear, chica. I love cardigans like the next 3rd grade teacher but a graphic tee is a must in every wardrobe!

Do you own any graphic tees? Or have you done some graphic designing? Tell me!!

Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Extensions

Happy Monday, friends!!! I am so excited about this mascara. I almost cracked my teeth in Target trying to do a backflip in excitement. I am a huuuge fan of Maybelline’s mascaras. The XXL Curl Power and Colossal Volum’Express are two of my favorite mascaras ever! Wondering if XXL Extensions is just as good? Better? A “hope I saved the receipt” buy? Check out the review below….

Maybelline XXL Extensions

Price: 5 out of 5 (about $6)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: This mascara says that Step 1 will uncross unruly lashes and lock them into place and that step 2 will extend and lengthen lashes beyond belief.

The truth: It couldn’t be more right! It did all of that beyond my expectations!

What I loved about it: If you aren’t used to Maybeline’s XXL-type mascaras than getting used to the dual sided wand may take some time. For me, I love it! Step 1 (the primer) is white and a small coat of it will prep your lashes up beautifully. And YES! This wand and formula actually “uncrossed” my lashes.

Step 1:



Step 2:

What I didn’t like: I can’t say anything negative about this mascara. I am truly in love!

Overall: I love love loooove this mascara. I initally thought that it would resemble Imju Fiberwig since it had “XX-Trem Length Microfiber” on the packaging. I thought that I would get those fiber-esque pieces attaching on to my lashes but that really isn’t the case. Which is fine with me, of course. I will, however, mention that you aren’t going to get a TON of curl from this mascara. In the video I explain how you can maximize the curl effect while getting the crazy length XXL Extensions give you.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely. This is probably one of the best if not THE BEST lengethning mascaras that I have ever come across. Maybelline, does it again!!! But uh—don’t go bother trying to find it on the website. I guess Maybelline is on CP time when it comes to updating their website. Haaa!!

And uh don’t be a silly duck like me and forget to peel off the $2-off coupon:


I so should have known better. LOL!

Click the link below to visit the video review:


Maybelline XXL Extensions

….and I wanted to get your thoughts on Mascara Mondays. Should I continue to do VIDEO reviews, stick with PICTURES or both? If you love me you won’t say both. LOL, I’m kidding (kinda). I want the mascara review posts to be effective and helpful to ALL and in order to do that I want to know what works best for you lovely readers. You can let me know what you think by the poll or by simply responding to this post here.

And don’t forget to enter my Blogger template giveaway courtesy of Divalicious Designs. The deadline is this upcoming Friday!

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