FOTD Friday: A Fun Look



Hi gorgeous folx!

I got an email from a lovely reader saying that I don’t do many FOTDs anymore and haven’t done a bold look in a very long time. Haven’t really dove in that FOTD Friday series much, uh?

Yeeep, she’s right. I actually don’t dab into make-up that much these days. I know, I know, tragedy…but I’m not really down to wearin’ a ton of stuff. But she inspired me to do a blue/green look. So I pulled out some bright make-up and sat down to watch my show.

Hands down my favorite show ever. Got all 4 seasons on DVD and would rather watch this every day than the stuff on regular cable. Anywho….got to gigglin’ with Martin and came up with this craziness.


I purposely didn’t blend the colors together. I wanted each one to be stark and be bold on its own. If that really makes any sense.


I even did a Tina Turner hair look. HA!

Yes yall….I am a mess.

Here’s what I used:

FACE:
Not a thing

EYES (colors):
Bamboo Paint
Yellow Sunshine e/s
Wondergrass e/s
Eyepopping e/s
Submarine e/s
Thunder e/s

Lips:
Some really pretty Holiday Lustreglass.

….nothin’ to brag about but I can dig it. It was fun to play around in eye make-up again. Happy Friiiiiiday!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Brushes

Welcome to the first official post from the Brown & Blushin’ series. The series will highlight questions and pictures for the “new” blush applier. I also hope to dispel the myth that warmer tones can not wear blush. Oh yes, honey…when applied right, we can wear anything from bronzers to hot pink and bright orange blushes.

“Bright orange?”

Hmm mmmm….stay tuned to see exactly what I mean.

Today’s post will be about brushes; one of the most important elements of brush application. I, personally don’t think there is a typical “blush brush”. Different brushes, however, give you different outcomes. The brushes that I will be highlighting today come from the same family but have very little relation to each other.

Say hello to MAC’s 129, 184 and 182

I didn’t mind savin’ up for these brushes. They are worth it beyond belief.

–MAC 129 ($34)–

Why I love this brush: It is amazingly soft and is perfect for applying blush on the cheeks. I use this when I want color concentration on the apples of the cheeks.

–MAC 187 ($42)–
Why I love this brush: This was my first MAC face brush and holds a special place in my heart. The 187 is perfect for stipling my tinted moisturizer but I found it has other majestic uses when applying blush. It is perfect for lightly applying bronzers and taking color all the way up to the hairline….without being “too” much.

–MAC 182 ($45)–


Why I love this brush: My baby buki….I love this precious little brush. It picks up a lot of color and great for contouring. Contouring? Yep….the kabuki brush turns into a contouring brush with just a squeeze.

What are your favorite brushes for blush application?

Ohhh, and check this:

I thought it would be fun to feature some of my beautiful readers wearing their favorite blushes. Don’t be shyyyy. If I can post my clumpy mascara, you can show me your blushin’ cheeks. Send your pictures to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Be sure to send a clear picture and list the products you used.

DiorShow Blackout Review

Hi lovely folx! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I don’t have many friends that are Mommys yet but I did drive 302 hours to see my Mommy. We had a beautiful time! Mothers are truly blessings, right? Welllll…..it’s time for another edition of Mascara Monday.


Yesss, Mascara Monday is where we review a new mascara in attempts to find THE BEST MASCARA EVER!

I am finally reviewing the HG of all mascaras! I was sooo excited when I purchased this. My debit card was was stingin’ from the swipe of $24 plus some tax but I was just bubbling from excitement. Did this “raved about by tons of beauty people everywhere” mascara impress me? You ready to find out?

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Christian Dior: Diorshow Blackout

Price: 1 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall:
2 out of 5


What it claims:Creates the longest, thickest, curviest lashes ever, resulting in an ultra-glam “just-off-the-catwalk” look.”

The truth: The brush isn’t the best brush ever and it is far too clumpy to be effective.


What I loved about it: My lashes were thicker but by the third coat, they were too clumpy.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t give me any volume. I would have liked a little.

Overall: I hate to admit it, but I’m disappointed. I didn’t get any WoW factor from this mascara. Not in the least. Which is really sad because $24 is entirely too much (I think) to spend on a mascara. I even tried layering it on top of my favorite mascara. Nope, still nothing. No dramatic lashes. The brush wasn’t all that special . And after using it for a few days, I noticed the consistency of the mascara getting a little “glooby”. Yuck, definitely not digging that. Booo….this happens sometimes in the beauty world. What some of us love, others of us loathe. Remember the pink & green Great Lash mascara? I adore it whereas I know a ton of ladies that can’t get down with it. I’m on the nay side of Diorshow right now. It’s taking up space in my mascara department but since it cost me some gas money, it’s going to have to sit there for awhile and look pretty because it certainly won’t be getting used.

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






[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

Make-Up Stash

Thanks J for your email. This entry is inspired by you! Since graduating from high school, I have always been on the move. From dorm to dorm, apartment to apartment, state to state, city to city….you get the idea. This never caused a problem until my addiction of make-up came about. It is extremely difficult packing up and moving beauty products. I’ve lost/broken way too many things along the way. The set-up for my make-up now is nothin’ pretty but it’s functional. Dig it…(click pictures to enlarge)

I know, I know… make-up in the bathroom. Not the best place but whatev. Everything is stashed in a boring ole’ plastic thingie. I tried to be a bit creative in the brush department though…


Poor Baby Buki. I have to create a nice little home for her.

Open up the compartments and here’s whatcho got


Lippies, part deux.


The small but growing blush department. Stay tuned for the Brown & Blushin’ series!

Pencils, primers and pigments…


And I can’t show you the mascara section because I don’t ruin any surprises for Mascara Mondays. Hehehe….check out the nail care department.

You see that that throw back caboodle? I had it since those Seventeen magazine readin’ days. A great deal of my pigments are in my traincase. Tinted moisturizer and minerals are in the medicine cabinet and I still have make-up hidden at my Mom’s house 4 hours away. So everything is still a work in progress.

How do you gals keep your items in order? Traincases? Drawers? Cosmetic cases? Tell me! Got any ideas with what I should be doin’ with my stash?

Stay pretty this weekend!

Brown and Blushin’ Series

Blushes!

I can’t tell yall how much I love blushes. I wish someone would have told me a long ago that a sista of a darker hue can rock them beautifully. Before then I was sellin’ myself short but now I am truly a believer. And I absolutely adore my little blush collection. It is perfect for a newbie because none of the colors look alike. I decided to start a series in which I will feature a blush that I think compliments my darker skinned sistas. Thanks for the emails that inspired me to come up with this series.

Stay tuned for the series’ updates.

What do you think? Can darker skinned women rock blushes beautifully? Any type of colors that you would like for me to review? Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Maybelline XXL Curl Power review

Hi beautiful people!

I would like to start by thanking Blogger for the future posts feature. This is a busy blogger’s dream! I love this idea. And it’s another Mascara Monday!!…hmm mmm…on Wednesday. Still in “unpacking my life” mode but I just had to share with yall my absolute favorite mascara right now!
I mean, seriously….I think this is the best one ever. I’m in love. Dig the review.
Let me introduce to you….
Maybelline XXL Curl Power
Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall:
5 out of 5
This is seriously one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. I love it! It not only gave me curl, but length as well. The C-shaped brush takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it does wonders.

What I loved about it: It lasted throughout the entire day. No flaking whatsoever. My lashes are a bit funny actin’ and never stay curled but this mascara had them waving allll day long.

What I didn’t like: As you can see in the picture, it is has two wands; a primer and the actual mascara. I didn’t really like the primer because it seemed to be a bit too liquid-y. I wish the consistency was a little thicker. I was also buggin’ at how big the mascara tube was. Because the brush is connected at the middle (does that make sense?), you have to really get used to holding it. And also because the brush is C-shaped, it’s hard to get those corner lashes.

Overall: I adore this mascara. It definitely is the best mascara in my book so far. For only $7.99, I don’t think I have ever been THIS satisfied with a mascara. You can cop it at any drugstore. If you are lookin’ for extra curl and volume, this is the mascara for you. I know that this will always be up in my make-up stash. Love love love it!

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

[photo courtesy: http://www.maybelline.com]

A Tag & Port Red

Yay for taggin’ games!!! Yall know I’m on it.

My Foundation: N/A…no foundation for meeee.
My Mascara
: Yall know I am constantly reviewing them but the one I adore right now is….catch the review next Monday!
My Blush
: Fashion Fair Warm Sand and MAC Sweet as Cocoa.
My Eye Shadow
: MAC’s Vanilla pigment. I swear it looks gorgeoussss.
My Day Cream
: I wear Olay Complete.
My Lipstick
: MAC’s 3D and now, Port Red!
My Beauty Product Brand
: MAC Cosmetics, Milani, NARS, L’Oreal, etc.
My Essential Beauty Product
: I really don’t leave the house without eyeliner.
My Favorite Makeup Product
: Blush, it really tuns a simple look into glam.
My Perfume
: Unforgettable for Women by Sean Combs.
My Nails
: China Glaze! Currently dappin’ in the WOW collection.
My Feet
: A Mr. Pumice Bar every night, Vaseline with socks to bed.
My Hands: Some Avon lotion.
Three Products to bring on a deserted island
: MAC’s lip conditioner, a good sun block (you know, SPF 70, hehe) and a blend of olive oil and rosemary—for the face & hair.
Woman I admire for their beauty
: Iman, Tia Williams, Angela Bassett, my Mom, Jill Scott
Woman with the Best Sense of Style
: Don’t know. Not really up on what people are wearing.
My Ultimate Dream
: To help as many people as I can.
How Do I Define Womanhood
: I can show you better than I can tell you.
My Favorite Fashion Publication
: Some UK piece. Can’t remember the name. It’s a wonderful fashion mag for Black women.

….but that’s not alllll.

I was on my way to work and was tempted to try on that new Port Red lipstick from MAC’s Naughty Nauticals collection. So I dropped my lunch box and purse on the floor and ran to my bathroom where the beauty of all lipsticks lay in my traincase. I lined my lips with Nightmoth and applied Port Red. I was floored with how beautiful it looks. The subtle gold specks really bring some “umph” to the overall color of Port Red. I am in love with this. And yep, it is a TRUE red. What I love about it is how it isn’t a deep red. Deep reds tend to make me really look like somebody’s 40 year old Momma. And yall know what I’m talkin’ about….hehehe.

So dig the little photo shoot I had in the car. I was careful about it, I promise. I also tried to show pictures in different lightning so you can really get an idea of how Port Red looks. *insert British voice* I was a bit giddy in these pics, chaps but I had a jolly good time. And you’ll have to enlarge for a better view. Photbucket was on the trips today, mannnn.




My brows are really crackin’ me up. Goin’ to get them threaded tomorrow. I can’t express how much I love this color.

What do you think?
Yay or nay to Port Red?
…..what’ s your take on darker skinned ladies wearin’ red lippies?

A Tag & Port Red

Yay for taggin’ games!!! Yall know I’m on it.

My Foundation: N/A…no foundation for meeee.
My Mascara
: Yall know I am constantly reviewing them but the one I adore right now is….catch the review next Monday!
My Blush
: Fashion Fair Warm Sand and MAC Sweet as Cocoa.
My Eye Shadow
: MAC’s Vanilla pigment. I swear it looks gorgeoussss.
My Day Cream
: I wear Olay Complete.
My Lipstick
: MAC’s 3D and now, Port Red!
My Beauty Product Brand
: MAC Cosmetics, Milani, NARS, L’Oreal, etc.
My Essential Beauty Product
: I really don’t leave the house without eyeliner.
My Favorite Makeup Product
: Blush, it really tuns a simple look into glam.
My Perfume
: Unforgettable for Women by Sean Combs.
My Nails
: China Glaze! Currently dappin’ in the WOW collection.
My Feet
: A Mr. Pumice Bar every night, Vaseline with socks to bed.
My Hands: Some Avon lotion.
Three Products to bring on a deserted island
: MAC’s lip conditioner, a good sun block (you know, SPF 70, hehe) and a blend of olive oil and rosemary—for the face & hair.
Woman I admire for their beauty
: Iman, Tia Williams, Angela Bassett, my Mom, Jill Scott
Woman with the Best Sense of Style
: Don’t know. Not really up on what people are wearing.
My Ultimate Dream
: To help as many people as I can.
How Do I Define Womanhood
: I can show you better than I can tell you.
My Favorite Fashion Publication
: Some UK piece. Can’t remember the name. It’s a wonderful fashion mag for Black women.

….but that’s not alllll.

I was on my way to work and was tempted to try on that new Port Red lipstick from MAC’s Naughty Nauticals collection. So I dropped my lunch box and purse on the floor and ran to my bathroom where the beauty of all lipsticks lay in my traincase. I lined my lips with Nightmoth and applied Port Red. I was floored with how beautiful it looks. The subtle gold specks really bring some “umph” to the overall color of Port Red. I am in love with this. And yep, it is a TRUE red. What I love about it is how it isn’t a deep red. Deep reds tend to make me really look like somebody’s 40 year old Momma. And yall know what I’m talkin’ about….hehehe.

So dig the little photo shoot I had in the car. I was careful about it, I promise. I also tried to show pictures in different lightning so you can really get an idea of how Port Red looks. *insert British voice* I was a bit giddy in these pics, chaps but I had a jolly good time. And you’ll have to enlarge for a better view. Photbucket was on the trips today, mannnn.




My brows are really crackin’ me up. Goin’ to get them threaded tomorrow. I can’t express how much I love this color.

What do you think?
Yay or nay to Port Red?
…..what’ s your take on darker skinned ladies wearin’ red lippies?