Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast

Happy Monday, beautiful people. I’m back!!

No more “scheduled posts”. I am soooo happy to be back home and glad that I was able to not only head up to D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration, but I also got to spend some time with some of my favorite beauty bloggin’ babes…also known as The Pretty Committee.


Do you see me in the back being all “extra”. Wow. Ohmigoodness, we had a ball. Thanks Shana for that picture. More about those happenings later. Let’s get to the mascara review. I know, I know. This mascara is quite ancient, ain’t it? I have been getting several requests for me to review it. I must admit….I was a little annoyed with having to re-REVIEW this mascara again but I’m glad I did!

CoverGirl Lash Blast
mascara


Price: 5 out of 5 ($7)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.” (source)

The truth: Ummm, wow!! This is good! And I feel like a cosmetic loser for just now showing love to a mascara that’s been out for 288 years.

What I loved about it:
The volume is insane! I mean…it really is there. And it’s there instantly! I almost didn’t need two coats but I’m used to always applying two so I did so out of habit.

What I didn’t like: Like most–the wand. But that’s a given.


It’s good and terrible (name that movie!!). Good because once you get the hang out it…it isn’t so bad. Terrible because..well, look at it!

Overall: This is such an old mascara! I mean…it’s funny that I am just now reviewing it because it has been around for a minute. Actually I did a small review of it in one of my first YouTube videos. Thanks to those who asked me to review it again because I have fallen in love with it! I have been wearing this mascara for quite a while now and am amazed at the volume factor. I found that it also gave me a little length. I didn’t experience any flaking and it held up throughout the day. Again…what a GREAT mascara!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


It is the TRUTH, ladies! While strolling through CVS a few days ago I noticed that Lash Blast has a sister mascara called Lash Blast Luxe.


However, I will NOT be reviewing this baby here because I refuse to use mascaras with glitter in them. I had a bad experience with that awful CoverGirl Eyelights mascara. Glitter + mascara= eye irritation!! It infuriates me that these companies don’t get this. Goodness gracious….

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!! Great deal and great mascara if you can get used to the wand.

If you are a crazy mascara consumer like me, I am sure you have tried this one. Tell me what you think!! Would you try the Lash Blast Luxe?

Stay beautiful….and intelligent (inside joke, hehe),

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Beauty Blogger Meet-Up: LuxeTips and Clumps!

Every now and then, we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people.

I say “every now and then” because it is my belief that there are more crazies in the world than wonderful people. But I digress.

As I was saying: Every now and then we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people. Sometimes in classrooms, in our offices, family members, and even in the blogosphere! I had the opportunity to link up with one of my now favorite people ever!

Latoicha from Luxe Tips and I met up at the Flying Biscuit in downtown Atlanta a few weeks back. Now I have always been a fan of her blog but to actually meet the lady behind the blog was such a wonderful experience!

She’s even more beautiful in person and I can’t think of a person I admire more right now. Super Mom, super attorney AND a passionate beauty blogger. She’s got a spunky personality and a driven spirit. We exchanged business cards, hugged and I thanked her for being such an inspiring role model.

See…blogging is more than creative writing. It’s about meeting people who can change your life.

Thank you, Auntie Luxe. How you’ve impacted my life, you will never know.

Fellow bloggers….have you ever met the face behind the blog? How did it go?

Your Chronic blogger,

NYX Cosmetics–freebie for Clumps readers!

I had the opportunity to link up with a fabulous little lady over in Arizona. Mai is an NYX Representative.

Please tell me that you’ve heard of NYX. If not….what the eggs and cheese are you waiting on? I love this brand!! See my stash…

Oh yes, girl. People compare NYX to MAC Cosmetics for a reason. The quality of their products are amazing and the prices are even better.

Aside from hooking you up with the greatness of NYX products, Mai also takes swatches. Not sure of how a color will look? She can show you!

Here’s some more random stats about Mai:

-She’s a 28 year old YouTube addict who loves to dress her pug up according to the months. Aaaand….she is also a fellow fitness buff who is looking to drop some pounds in 2009. She notes that she enjoys salivating watching her hubby work-out. HA!

Mai, have we met? I don’t know….you seem like the kind of person I would hang around.

Check out my NYX FOTD (face of the day).

NYX Products:
Cotton Candy eyeshadow (inner lid)
Mocha Pearl loose powder (outer lid)
Midnight eyeshadow (crease)
Sapphire eye liner (on waterline and lowerlash line)
Name of lip gloss rubbed off (ack!)

Mai ships internationally (Nikki, tell your girls in the Philipines!!) so to my beautiful ladies overseas and beyond, she can hook you up.

[THIS JUST IN] Clumps of Mascara readers can receive a free goody (eye shadow, lipstick, lipgloss, jumbo eye pencil) with any $30 purchase. Just use coupon code: ILovesBrittanyMascara. How cool is that? And it ain’t hard to spend $30..especially with the shadows only being $3.50.

*does the Bankhead Bounce*

Visit Mai’s site HERE and shoot her an email at mainyxfix@ymail.com should you have any questions. Tell her B from Clumps of Macsara.com sent you.

Because you’re so fly,

Amor de Lacquer: You can grow long nails!


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

I didn’t plan this post but I just had to share some posts that 2 of my favorite nail bloggers have done. Polishing your nails is one thing but taking care of them so that they grow nice and long (if that is your preference) is another thing.

  • Steph over at Nail Juice was a chronic nail biter for 17 years and now you can’t even tell! She drops some tips on how you can keep your nails growing long…and beautiful like hers.
  • I would have never thought that Katee at E-Polishblog ever had shorter nails, but she did! She too drops some tips (including my favorite: wear rubber gloves when cleaning) on how you can go from little nubbies to longer and more beautiful nails.

What kind of nails are you rocking? Short? Long and witch like? Acrylic? Non-existent? Tell me! I’ve always had freakishly long nail beds that are pretty sturdy so that’s one gene that I thank the parentals for.

And you know that no post is complete without a NOTD (nail of the day).

China Glaze’s Romantique collection doesn’t come out until January of 2009 and I really had no intentions of snagging anything from it until I saw Katee’s swatches. I ordered Harmony and Joy and here is the beauty that is Joy.

It only took 2 coats from this metallic iced grape color to come out perfectly. I topped it off with Seche Vite top coat and it lasted for a good 2 days. It looks a little bling-y inside but outside it is more subdued and just perfect.

What do you think about this color? Not your style? A must have?

Polish Pretty,

Sista Show-Off: Latina 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.

I recently came across some dynamite Latina beauty blogs. I find this to be a rarity in the beauty blogosphere. My African American and Asian ladies are on lock when it comes to beauty blogging but finding a Hispanic beauty blogger is a little more difficult. Hey, chicas….where yall at?!

I am ecstatic to have come across two new ones!

Lali.Amora


Erica from Lali Amora is a MAC lipstick lovin’, Sinful Colors polish wearin’ chica like myself. She blogs about the higher end products, as well as the cheaper alternatives. Swatches? Reviews? You got it!

Cafe Beautique

Take a coffee lover with a passion for cosmetics and you have the beautiful Bella over at Cafe Beautique. She’s a baby blogger with only a few posts but I am already loving her reviews and representation of the Hispanic ladies. Pero no matter who you are, you will feel like a hermana vistando su pagina.

….and since I’m talkin’ about Latina beauty bloggers, I would be remiss if I didn’t show love to one of the best in the game:

Beauty Logic


Dominican Enigma is no stranger to beauty blogging. She’s just as obsessed with nail polishes as I am and is constantly droppin’ the reviews for body, hair and face. You go, DE!

Know of any more Latina beauty/fashion bloggers? Let me know.

Stay tuned for a post later today announcing the contest winner for the Karmin Titanium Hair iron and a new giveaway.

Stay beautiful,

Tagged, mon!

I got tagged by one of my lovely blog sisters, Funky Blak Chik. I love this chick…she keeps me rollin’ over at Twitter and has a fab blog. Thanks for the tag, fam!

6 Random Facts About Moi

1.

I have never watched an episode of Sex in the City. *gasp* I know, I know. Actually, I haven’t watched a lot of popular shows: 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl…never watched any of them. And I’m not sure why. Hmmm..

2.

I’ve lost 17 lbs since July of this year! The “right” way….by working out and monitoring what I eat. 13 more pounds to go and I will be where I want to be. Stay tuned for Before and After pictures!

3.

I was in a bowling league when I was 5 years old. How random is that?

4.

I can not stand clutter. I mean, at all. Aside from being a neat freak…I don’t like having a TON of anything. Even 20 email messages in my inbox is too much for me. The only things that I have A LOT of are books, nail polishes and pictures.

5.

I love cheese. I mean I realllly love cheese. Feta, cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, brie, asiago, aged organic goat cheese, parmigiana, Gouda and of course cream cheese. I loooove them all!

6.

I just adore Christmas time. I go all out. From playing Christmas tunes to passing out Christmas cards, I spend the majority of November and December smiling for no real reason. Christmas lights, hot cocoa, watching The Christmas Story with the fam, and sucking on Spearmint flavored candy canes…..I just love it and can’t wait to pass down the joy AND purpose of Christmas to my babies. ;)

I’m tagging:
-Browne Lovely
-Luxe Tips
-Secret Life of a Beauty Addict
-Honey Brown Sugar
-Diva 4 Less

And I’ll end this post with my FAVORITE Christmas song eveeeeer.

FOTD Friday: Halloween Look!


Happy Friday, beautiful people! Ohmigoodness, this week has been an amazing one! Between yesterday’s Breast Cancer Awareness contest, gas goin’ day and just being alive, I can’t complain! This week’s FOTD goes in conjunction the Jaimie from Just Kiss ‘N Makeup‘s Halloween contest.

I loooove doing this! Last year I did two.

I love doing looks with pops of color! This year I wanted my look to have a story behind it.

Yeeeep, go ‘head and pull up a chair.

LOL, I’m just playin’…I won’t be long. I am in LOVE with all things African. The culture, the music, the food, the history, the garments..I just love my heritage. But as an African American with untraceable roots to the African continent, I often find a hard time “connecting” to my lost background. When I first jumped on the “Halloween Look” bandwagon, I immediately knew I wanted to do an African look. Here was my inspiration:


I loved it! That green goes beautifully against her dark skin. Green eyeshadows, actually have a special place in my make-up stash. Meet the family…

Altogether I used a combination of ALL of those greens so should you need specific names, just ask. :) I even tried some false lashes for the first time. They were great for the look but I can’t see myself ever wearing those things regularly. My eyes were just a waterin’.

For the lips, I decided to go with a 14K color so I used some of my MAC Golden Lemon pigment and mixed it with a clear gloss (N.Y.C. Cosmetics, holla!).

To make the green pop even more I bronzed my face down with Cargo Bronzer. I love how it didn’t make me ashy but gave me “glow”. The lining of the mask comes from Urban Decays 24/7 eyeliner in Envy. So here’s the look!



Sometimes I get TOO
ANTM in my pictures, uh? HA!


Do yall know I walked around my house like this?! I just felt good with the make-up and the wrap and the clothes! Loved it! Why not a scary look? I’m not a big fan of Halloween to begin with and I don’t really like scary stuffs. Hence why I can’t watch the nightly news.

I kid! Not really but kinda. :)

There’s my submission for the contest! What do yall think?

Be honest, be honest…

Have a wonderfuuuul weekend!!


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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!