Amor de Lacquer: What Scrangie Says….


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

In honor of Amor de Lacquer Week, I was able to snag some tips from some of my favorite nail bloggers.

Scrangie

Aside from being a great nail blogger, Scrangie has the best sense of humor ever. She will not only have you wanting to purchase EVERY polish that she displays, but she will also leave you in stitches with her hilarious commentary. Here is what Scrangie says is one of her most important nail tips,

“Using a glass file is super important. Using lots of cuticle oil for moisture is also just as important. The glass file keeps your nails from splitting and peeling, and the cuticle oil does that as well but adds the benefit of keeping your nails flexible and resilient. “

Of course I had to ask darling Scrange what her favorite glass (crystal is okay too) file is and she says she likes Essie’s Crystal File and OPI’s Glass File.

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

Polish Pretty,

Women’s History Month Challenge-The Look!

Happy Monday, fam. I hope that you all had wonderful weekends! Gosh, saying that mine was busy is an understatement. My Father’s 50th birthday party (it was a surprise!) was in full swing in North Florida. I had to make my way up there and celebrate with him and my family from Miami and Atlanta. Of course I will be sure to post pictures of the joyous family affair, but in the meantime….let’s get started on this Women’s History Month Challenge!!

Gangstarr Girl
and I have collaborated to do another challenge in which we not only drop a few snippets on monumental women but we also create looks representing them.

Because of the craziness that was this past weekend, I didn’t have the time to actually play around with make-up myself. However, after telling my baby cousin Corey the idea behind this post, she was cool enough to let me make her over.

Corey is my baby cousin. At 16 years old, I remember semi-raising this little girl. She is my heart and soul and will ALWAYS be my baby. *tears* I get emotional just thinking about how much I love this girl. Corey and I have decided to honor my Grandmother and her Great-Grandmother for this Women’s History Month.

A little bit about our Grandma, Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas:

Eugenia B. Thomas was born on November 24, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Miami in 1929 where she was adopted by the Bell family. Because of hard times, the Bells offered the home to Eugenia and raised her as their own. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated class valedictorian in 1940.

After graduating from high school, with high achieving academic records, she attended Florida Memorial University where she also graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1945. She then graduated from Biscayne Development Executives and Fordham School of Public Speaking. Mrs. Thomas worked as a Dade County administrator and later as a legal secretary for many years. She assisted Gwendolyn Cherry in opening the first Dade County offices of the Legal Services Department. Mrs. Thomas continued to work in various departments for almost 30 years until 1966 when she retired.

The happiest time of her life was during her marriage to a gentleman named Lawson E. Thomas; they married on December 26, 1953. Her husband was the first African-American judge in the south since Reconstruction. He was very influential in the African-American community and did a lot of work during the Civil Rights Movement as a pioneer in Miami’s African-American community. The late Judge Lawson E. Thomas and Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas have made solid imprints in Miami’s history. As an attorney, his skillful advocacy resulted in many noteworthy legal victories on behalf of his clients. He helped lead the fight to equalize salaries for black and white teachers and was instrumental in foregoing a compromise between protests and county government over the lack of blacks to serve on local juries. Judge Thomas’ contribution to his community.

Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas continues to be active in her community and involved in just causes. Her dedication and community work, especially her work on behalf of children, has been honored through the naming of the Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary School in the City of Doral (Miami). (source)

The most recent photo of our Grandma.
She stands to the left and my Great Aunt, her sister-in-law, is to the right.
How fabulous are they?


Of course my Grandmother isn’t in full blown make-up but Corey and I played around with colors that we think she would wear.

BEFORE

AFTER



We used:

FACE
NOTHING

EYES
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s
MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

LIPS
Stila It Gloss in Smashing

We are honored to be a part of such strong legacies.

Check out the looks of the other participants of the Women’s History Month Challenge

-Gangstarr Girl
-Beauty of a Budget
-Honey Brown Sugar
-I Will Be My Own Judge
-Coup de Coeur
-Tried and Truth Beauty
-Love, Life and Turtle
-Makeup and Fashion
-Milan Rouge

….ladies who are participating that I haven’t listed, please let me know!

What a beautiful end to Women’s History Month!

Sista Show-Off: New bloggers on the scene



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.

Let’s give a nice warm welcome to these ladies who are new to the blogosphere.

Contests and Such: This little lady compiles all of the contests running on beauty blogs and posts them. That’s right….every giveaway and contest! Amazing, uh? If your blog is hosting a giveaway/contest, shoot Nessa an email at contestsandsuch@gmail.com

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Gettin’ Nailed: Yesss, another nail blogger hits the bloggin’ streets and I couldn’t be more excited. The Asian Girl chats Nailonomics 101 while shootin’ photos of her beautiful nail designs and swatches.

Jen’s Makeup Bag: Another new blogger but this chica definitely isn’t new to make-up

application. Her looks are incredible!

Be sure to subscribe to their blogs and/or add them to you Google Reader. I already have!



Because we are all familia,











CoM’s Take on the 5 Best Mascaras…

Clumps of Mascara veterans, where yall at? Riddle me this….do you think you could guess at least one of my top 5 mascaras on the market right now?

No seriously….I know I review a lot and love a lot but what’s one of my favorite?

Leave your answer in the comments.

…..oh and then go and check out my article at A Few Goody GumDrops. It is there where you will find the answer, my darlings!

Peace and cupcakes,

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,