The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 8

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!

Vampy Varnish – Asks if a new Benefit mascara can really make people wonder if They’re Real.

we heart this – is bubbly over one of Stila’s new lip glaze shades – Bubble Gum.

Beauty Junkies Unite – wants to give you a fab Summer Prep Kit from Bliss, valued at $144…but you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Clumps of Mascara – is absolutely loving Deborah Lippman’s newest nail polish shades . They are perfect for summer!

EauMG – EauMG reviews one of the best lilac perfumes on the market, Profumi di Firenze Lilla.

Lipglossiping – previews the upcoming Autumn/Winter collection from Butter London. Two seasons, five shades, you’re bound to ‘fall’ for one of them!

Nouveau Cheap – gives you an in-depth review of the new CoverGirl Intense Shadowblast Primer + Shadow. The proof is in the pics!

Orange to LA – shares the products in her May Favorites list. Bright eyeliners, and gold eye shadows- Just in time for summer!

Pink Sith – Tortures it’s readers with their 5th installment in the Blushes You Can’t Have monthly series. This month Chanel Turbulent is flaunted!

Phyrra – revisits Darling Girl Cosmetics. See how the company has changed and grown.

Question of the Week:

You’re running late and only have time to apply ONE makeup product to your face
(after you’ve applied your skincare, of course). What’s it going to be?

B says, “Eyeliner. I pretty much look dead without it. Yep, I can even forego mascara. *gasp*”

What about you? What product do you HAVE to wear-even in a hurry?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume VII

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!

Phyrra – raves about Sonia Kashuk Makeup Remover and tells you why it’s her favorite.

Beauty Junkies Unite – has the scoop on the newest eyeshadow releases from bareMinerals for Summer 2011, and she can’t stop looking at the colors. Check out her easy to re-create “Calypso Sunrise” eye look!

Clumps of Mascara – is in a Target Beauty contest and needs your vote to advance to the next round. Vote daily!

EauMG – EauMG introduces a perfume that proves that smelling good does not need to cost a fortune. Move over Montale! Here’s Pirouette Essentials.

Question of the Week:

What was the first beauty product that you ever tried?

B says, “For some reason Baby Love pops in my head. That fragrance and Lip Smackers balms were sooooo in when I was 8 or so.”

What about you? What was the FIRST product that you started rockin’?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

P.S.

VOTE for me!! I’m in a Target Beauty’s Biggest Fan contest. You can vote daily!

Can you get hooked on lip balm? Uh oh.

Part of being a beauty blogger means I’ve got to educate myself on as much as I can. I enjoy it, of course, and I love when I come across books like this one.

What started off as a blog by cosmetic scientists has now turned into a book. They’ve gathered fantastic questions, placed ‘em their book and have given us answers from a scientific perspective. How cool is that?

Sista Show-Off: Lipstick and Luxury

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.

What Nicole has to say: Lipstick and Luxury is a beauty and luxury blog to share great tips, product reviews, and all things skin, hair, nails, makeup and luxury. Sometimes I touch on style, events, and anything that makes me feel luxurious! She is also a Clarisonic Mia lover. Holla! Check out her blog, follow her on Twitter and tell her B sent you!

Want me to show you off? If you have a blog, website or e-store and would like to be featured, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Sista Show-Off: Tatted Sparkles

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.

I love showing off the baby bloggers. Once upon a time Clumps of Mascara was a baby blog. I averaged a good ten readers my first YEAR. And it never seemed to bother me. A true blogger blogs because she has a voice and a passion…not because she needs a gajillion readers. 



But a few readers loving your posts doesn’t hurt either. Which is why I wanted to feature baby blogger Amanda from Tatted Sparkles.

What she says about herself: 


I’m just a frugal wifey and mommy who loves ALL beauty products, MOST tattoos and YUMMY cooking =) However I have a whole lot more to explore and talk about. I’m a recent college grad trying to find a career in this tough economy, a young God fearin’ mommy of an (EKKK) almost 3 year old, makeup & food fanatic, and so much more. I have a voice and I want my voice heard, its as simple as that. I was inspired to start my blog to reach people…the chunky girl with self esteem issues, the married woman who just had a miscarriage, the guy who grew up with messed up parents…just to let them know they’re not alone. Yet also to show people my personality and insight. And to get advice and views from others as well. 

Did someone say tattoos? Y’all know I love ‘em! Show Amanda some love and tell her B sent you!

Want me to show you off? If you have a blog, website or e-store and would like to be featured, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Sista Show-Off: Hillerie Camille

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.

 Looking to add a fabulous lifestyle, beauty and fashion blogger to your RSS feeder? Search no more! 

Check out what Hillerie says inspired her to start a blog.
I always like to describe myself as a traditional-modern woman—you know the type who likes to try the latest recipe, decorate the house, and work the office all while making it look glamorous.

Since I was a little girl, I loved all things glamorous and beautiful. In my little-girl mind, Penny from Good Times was THE “it” girl. I remember at age seven or eight trying to get my hair to look just like Penny’s. You know that style with the little bump and the curls on the side. Chile please!

Sitting in the bathroom, watching my mother do her hair and makeup, was when I became mesmerized by styling. I would look at her and think, “I can’t wait to do that.” I was about five when I first wore makeup. I didn’t “wear” it really, my mother’s friend put a little blush and lipstick on me. I became a supermodel that day.

I grew up watching and helping my grandmother and great-grandmother plan events. Growing up in that type of environment, I learned the skills needed for entertaining and making great food.

I consider myself something of a Martha Stewart type who knows how to work it like Carrie Bradshaw. I love a great shoe with the same passion as a mouthwatering recipe, and do- it-yourself project, so I wrote a blog about it. I hope you love it.

She is as lovely as she is talented. When you visit Hillerie Camille, tell her B from Clumps sent you. :)

Want me to show you off? If you have a blog, website or e-store and would like to be featured, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Uh oh..blogger down!

So, uh…I’m sick. I can’t remember the last *cough* time I was sick. Yuck! Clumps posts will be slow as I heal myself with herbal and organic remedies. While I recuperate, check out some of the fabulous happ’ns in the blogosphere.

My mentor, sister-friend and fellow beauty blogger Afrobella is hosting her radio show this morning at 10 am CT/11 am ET. Since I’m at home, I can actually tune in. Yesss!!

I just registered for the Blogalicious Conference. Your turn!

My sister-friend and new Mommy over at Beauty Logic is celebrating 3 years and is giving away a Clarisonic Mia. The 419 of you that didn’t snag the one that I gave away now have another chance to get one. Hop to it!

UK beauty blogger and friend of mine, Yinka at Vex in the City is hoping to place Top 5 in the Cosmo Blog Awards. I think my girl has a chance but she needs your vote. Please oh please support her!

Health is beauty, right? If you’re lactose intolerant like me and stay away from animal and dairy milks, Yoli from Eco Chic Living and Green Savings shares other ways to get calcium in. Team almond milk!

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Dear Brown Girl: An Open Letter



Dear Brown Girl,
Hey sis! How you doin’? I hope you are managing to find some positivity despite, well…everything. I know life is tough for a lot of us. I don’t even have to tell you what’s going on, because I know you’re living it. Don’t let the bull crap of the world question your worth and purpose. You are wanted and needed and the world is a better place because of you. Don’t let the media tell you WHY you can’t get a man. Yeah, I know mainstream magazines hardly highlight our beauty but have you looked in the mirror lately? Girl…you fine! And freakin’ A, man! It is so hard to find television shows and movies where we are the stars. I mean…where are we in Sex and the City? *sigh*

But you know what? Despite what the media tells me (which I ignore), I KNOW better. When I see websites like Chocolate Brides and Black and Married with Kids, I don’t feel hopeless. When I see websites like Black Girl Long Hair and Black Girls Run, I feel elated! These ladies have decided to share their stores about their personal adventures in hair and fitness, but they are also smashing stereotypes! Because believe it or not A LOT of people don’t think that Black women can grow long hair.  Websites like La CosmopoLatina and Disgrasian feature news, tips and reviews catered to my Latina and Asian sisters. When I go to events like the World Natural Hair Show and Blogalicious Conference, I feel like my thoughts and lifestyle matter. I don’t feel so alone anymore!

And don’t get it twisted my non-brown girls. It’s not about exclusivity.
But how am I supposed to feel about myself when women like me are hardly shown in print media? Is there something wrong with my dark skin? My kinky hair? My size 12 hips?

Who remembers A Girl Like Me?


I too was a little Black girl that didn’t always love her brown skin and thick hair. I loathed my big lips and dreamed up of long straight hair. I didn’t see the beauty in being a brown girl.

This past weekend I had a meeting with The Peace and Beauty Project. After the meeting, I chit chatted with a 16-year old and her Mother. Her Mother went on and on about how her daughter was constantly being teased. As a result of that, the teen’s self-image was the pits. I sympathized with her because I can relate. My parents never knew it, but I was bullied every day in middle school. For being too smart. “Talking white”. Having long hair. Not having a boyfriend. Not having boobs (if only they could see me now…HA!!). I cried my way through middle school. I hated how I looked and didn’t see my beauty for a very long time.

But now I see it and can’t help but shout it from the rooftops. Clumps of Mascara was never a blog that was strictly for brown girls. Beauty products and practices are universal and I would never want to limit myself to just one audience. But what Clumps of Mascara attempts to do is remind brown girls what they CAN do. YES, you can wear this color. YES, you can wear your hair a certain way. YES, you can start your own business. YES, YES, YES.

I know, I’m all over the place with this letter, y’all (in typical B fashion) but it was laid on my heart to write this. I hope you realize that you are a Queen. And that goes for ALL girls. Yep…you’re royalty. Treat yourself like so. Take care of your body, your mind, your spirit and yourself like your life depends on it. Because it does. Be the best person, citizen, wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, _________ you can be. Find inspiration and be an inspiration. Get yourself a mentor. I have been so blessed to e-cross paths with mine. I wonder if the ladies behind Afrobella, Luxe Tips and Execumama know how much I love them. These ladies are such enormous inspirations for me. I look at them and see stars. I aspire to be the strong entrepreneurs, wives and mothers that they are.

Who and what inspires you? Find them. Find it. I know we’re all trying to get somewhere but don’t forget to help others while you work on your hustle.

I love y’all. I really do. In a world where people are so used to shootin’ WTF-faces and shun hugs and handshakes, I can honestly say that I love y’all.

Go ‘head, my Queens. Let’s continue taking this world by storm!!

Love,