I’m rocking the red pump!

Red Pump Widget

It’s National Women’s And Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease awareness, I am passionate about spreaking AIDS/HIV awareness. My blog sister and friend Luvvie along with her co-founder Karen have spearheaded The Red Pump Project. Their goal is to get as many bloggers as possible to ‘Rock the Red Pump’ by posting widgets on their blogs. This will create awareness in the blogosphere for not only bloggers, but the many that read our blogs.

Did you know that women represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group? Awareness, education and protection are the keys!

I would have shown a picture of me rocking my red pump in real life but the genius that is me forogt my sexy and painful hot red pumps. Instead I’m rocking a red folder.

Yeah, don’t ask. :) Spread the word, my loves. Tell everyone you know about The Red Pump Project and their initiative. Keep your friends and family members informed. For additional information about National Women’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, click here.

Y’all stay beautiful!

My Purple Lab par-tay!

Last week Purple Lab debuted on HSN!

Wait…you don’t know ’bout Purple Lab? Where you been, home skillet? Purple Lab is about confidence, looking and feeling sexy. It’s about rocking a purple boa and not giving a darn if your friends are laughing at you or not.

Purple Lab is a ‘double beauty duty for multi-tasking mavens’. They have innovative products like the cream blushes with collagen and lipglosses with hoodia. I love Purple Lab and was honored when they asked me throw a party in celebration of their debut on HSN.


Purple Lab’s creator Karen Robinovitz asked a few of us bloggers to host parties at home. She sent us their starting line-up of products, yummy PopChips and a big ‘ole bottle of Figenza fig flavored vodka.

SN: I’m not a drinker but Figenza with a splash of Cranberry may very well become a regular for me. How tasty! I was having a party on my own when my good friend Safia from Lipstick Mixtapes dropped by. We played around the cheek implants and Silk Sheets luxe foundation.

 

The foundation feels divine. It has a soufflé consistency and according to Safia (who is my go-to make-up artist) it blends to a beautiful matte finish.

While watching Karen on HSN, playing with the products and NOT watching how many glasses of Figenza I had already downed, I also joined the online party of other bloggers who were celebrating Purple Lab. They had a party in NYC and the energy was so alive that I felt like I was there!

I also tweeted…

 

 …and I even convinced my girl Kate to buy one of the Huge Lips Skinny Hips glosses.

 

Hmm, I have to follow up with her and see what she thinks. Safia and I love it and consider it to me THE best tasting lip gloss EVER! And it looks pretty fab on the lips too.

 

Stay tuned for more Purple Lab news and reviews. In the meantime, check them out on HSN and brace yourself for more of the fierceness that is Purple Lab!

Products and snacks shown here were given to us by Purple Lab. We were not paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

Guest Post: Winter Fashion by Miss. Yaya

PhotobucketWelcome back COM readers for another guest post by Miss Yaya from My Own Judge!! While I attempt to assign myself as the style guide while Miss Britt is not looking, read on about making your wardrobe work through all seasons and through the thinnest of wallets.

For many, the weather is getting frightful and a summer wardrobe is starting to look as flimsy as swimsuit attire in a snowstorm. But apart from the hoarders and overprepared girl and boy scouts who have separate sets of attire per season (guilty), who has the space and time to separate wardrobes and store unused items? Money and space are getting as precious as air and water, so who’s to know what to do when looking at camisoles in weather best described as ‘brick cold’?

For y’all warm weather folks, let me tell you. I’m jealous. Why do I have to hear about your beach going shenanigans when my teeth chatter while crossing the street? Have you no shame? Do you not understand cardigans are needed for more than just AC filled offices?!?! I can rant forever of course. Or I can let y’all in on a few secrets.

We all spend money on wardrobes. Some more than others, but none can refuse the claim that a precious money is spent to cover our bodies. So how do we make the most of our money and the biggest bang for our buck when temperatures shift?

Layer effectively:
Remember that underwear is not limited to being your singular layer of fabric underneath your outside clothes. Thermals, long-johns, etc. are great for holding the heat that your body needs in colder weather. Not a fan of waffle knit articles? Make use of leggings and stockings (men: long sleeve plain tees & workout pants work as well) under your jeans and dress pants. Dress pants of all things have a tendency to waver around your legs sometimes when you walk. This lets wind and cold seep through. If the waists seem too high, choose a fun pattern to fold over your pants as part of your outfit. (You can try this in a fitting room or in the privacy of your own home toPhotobucket insure you look fine. Trust me.)

Mix fabrics:
That soft, super thin tee/blouse you were raving about in the heat of July not keeping you warm? Slip it under a button down or a sweater. The mix of fabrics (and layering) will add warmth as well as aesthetics to your getup. And let’s not forget – make use of your summer clothes.

Purchase additional staples:
Blasphemous? How to save money by purchasing more? Give me a chance! You only need a few staple items to add to your summer clothes to make it fall and winter appropriate:

  • jacket
  • blazer
  • scarf
  • gloves (depending on the severity of your climate’s chill/freezing factor)
  • boots

Sound pretty simple right?

A blazer can warm up many a light top. Imagine those three quarter sleeve items you have. They aren’t too cold but not too warm either, but they fit just great under a blazer (which adds all the warmth you miss in the first place). These buggers also have a knack for making the person who wears them pretty snazzy looking. For men, they make a t-shirt and jeans combo look neat and put together, and for women they can nip in at the waist just Photobucketright to have us looking like Coke bottles all night.

The warm-up ad(dress):
The tricky part about dresses for gals? They’re usually not floor length and made out of wool (and if they are a lot of us are not inclined to wear or purchase them).

So what do we do about those to die for strapless mini dresses we bought in May and have yet to wear?

Check out my cornmuffin of a slogan in the image to the left. “If cold feet is what ya got, leggings are what’s hot!

All laughs aside, this year above all we have been given carte-blanche with our leggings. Leopard spots, lace, (p)leather, sequins, and whatnot! Pay close attention to the dress you wear and pair leggings or stockings aproppriately. If you are wearing patterns up top, keep it simple below, same vice versa. Have a soft material dress – stay away from textured tights to prevent the lumpy bottom look at the Christmas party. Most important, wear what you feel good in.

Feel free to use that blazer or scarf as a cover up for your summery dress. Once you get to the party and you hide the evidence, no one will know how you managed such a display of skin without freezing (unless they too read Clumps).

So when you want to be financially savvy with frigid fashion? Layer it on like a cake (or onion a la Shrek), mix textures, and keep reading you some COM!



Disclaimer: Neither COM nor Yaya are in anyway responsible for readers taking this advice too far. If you live in an arctic environment and need a bear for warmth, these may not be the best tips for you. Remember to take the tips and make them your own!

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads

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DivaDebbi probes Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson on the newest Botox techniques.

ThinkThruFashion finds Halloween costume inspiration from the runways at Fashion Week.

Beauty Alchemist reviews the Kenzoki Chilly Foaming Cleanser.

Butterflydiary is all over the immune system-enhancing, gold-flecked lipgloss by Purple Lab for BCA.

Clumps of Mascara wants your support in her 50 million pound challenge!

Essence Celebrates Top Black Beauty Bloggers!


Alriiiiight now!

It’s only right to give credit to some of the pioneers of beauty blogging! Some of my favorite brown girl beauty bloggers were featured HERE on Essence.com. This is a huge huge deal in my book. I mean, ENORMOUS! If you ask me, it is high time that publications start showin’ love to bloggers. We work so hard and kudos from the top dawgs is so in order.

So congratulations are in order to Patrice at Afrobella (she’s one of my mentors!), Erin at Scandalous Beauty (have you checked out her new site? Killerrrr!), Tia from Shake Your Beauty and Auntie Julia (because she so has that ‘favorite Aunt’ vibe) from All About The Pretty.

I have had the opportunity to meet all of these ladies in person (except the fabulous Tia) and their personalities are just as bangin’ as their sites.

Please support them!
And rock on my sisters! I’m so proud of y’all!

Sista Show-Of: Jewelry Makin’ beauty bloggers


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

There is something special about jewelery makers. And even something more special about wearing jewelery was made just for you. These following blog sisters of mine are also gettin‘ their hustle on by skillfully making jewelery!

Sarah at Moto Jewelry is absolutely darling. Aside from being hilariously witty and corny (like me…hehe), she puts together darling earrings, bracelets and necklaces.


How sweet are these?


And these….

And that?


Simply elegant. The bracelet is stunning. I have gotten so many compliments on it.

And then there’s Yolanda at Naturally Newbie. She makes gorgeous parrot earrings. I love these! Give her your color choices and she will whip you up somethin‘ uniquely yours.


These are great for short-haired ladies like myself who want to make a bit of a statement.

Check out the sites of both ladies. Tell them Brittany from Clumps sent you!!

Amor de Lacquer: What All Lacquered up Says

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Here’s another tip from one of my favorite nail polish bloggers.


Michelle from All Lacquered Up

Healthy cuticles are essential to nail growth & strength. Run, don’t walk, to buy a tube of CND Cuticle Eraser. The AHAs help remove excess skin while apricot oil & aloe moisturize the nail plate and surrounding tissue. it’s a cream so there’s no oily residue. use 2x/day.

Visit Michelle’s blog HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,


Clumps of Mascara meets Afrobella!


Last weekend I had the opportunity to link up with one of my favorite bloggers ever!! Patrice from Afrobella.com is a legend, yall. Her beauty/lifestyle/traveling/everything amazing blog was wait….I think she may have been the first brown girl blogger that I stumbled upon.

Yes, yes I think she was! I loved how she openly talked about natural hair and how to take care of it. I developed a certain kind of confidence that I never had prior to wearing my hair natural and I like to think that Afrobella assisted in that in some way.

I consider her to be a HUGE blog celebrity but she was crazy down to earth. We had girl talk over pina coladas at a lovely poolside bar.

So how great is thee Afrobella? Great enough to have an event in HER honor?

Check it:

Time: June 20, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Three Peas Art Lounge
Organized By: Luvvie (another blogger friend I just adore!)

Event Description:
Come join The Red Pump Project for an evening of relaxing, socializing, drinks & fun after the Blogging While Brown Conference wraps up. Let’s also welcome Beauty Blog Extraordinaire, Afrobella to Chicago. She’s the special guest of honor and will be gracing us with her presence.
There will be a cash bar and raffles of various prizes. Women, rock your red pumps. Men, rock your red ties! ALL proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, the only gender-specific HIV service nonprofit organization in Chicago.

Why oh why can’t I be in Chicago this time around? I am a huge supporter of The Red Pump Project and would love to hang out with these bellas but alas I can’t. If you are in the Chicago area, you should definitely attend!