Election Day Pride on the Nails

The following blogs will be participating in our Beauty Challenge:

Yesss!! I am so excited to see so many fellow beauty bloggers joining in and participating in our 2nd Beauty Challenge. It is not too late to register (lol at register…like it’s a conference or something). Post a link to the post staying that you want to participate and Yummy411 and I will add you to the list!

Once again, the rules are simple:

1. Create a political-esqe FOTD (face of the day) that represents voting rights, a party of your choice, democracy or just the political times…

2. Post this look on your blog on Friday, October 3!!

3. Tell us the inspiration behind your look and the products you used. Don’t forget to display the links of the participating bloggers in your post.

Are you excited yet? I know I aaaam! I still haven’t even thought about what I am going to do. Non-bloggers/blog hoppers, you people are in for quite a treat. And I like assume that most of us are but if you or someone you love isn’t please….

A friend and I were talking about a “patriotic nail look” that she wanted to create to rock to the polls on Election Day. I just love how this election has igniting a spark in the younger generation. While I stay glued to the happenings of BOTH campaigns (*looks around*) I can’t help but merge politics with beauty. Why not? We got to thinking about our favorite reds, white and blues. Check out my favorites that made the cut!


RED: Essie Turning Heads Red
WHITE: OPI Fit For a Queen’s Island
BLUE: Misa A Sin Worth Committing

Essie Turning Heads Red


Aside from Essie being my #1 polish of choice in terms of performance, I just loooove this fire engine red. Can you believe that this was only one coat? I remember not being able to wear red polish as a little girl (okayyy, I know I wasn’t the only one) but this polish just screams “Sexy Lady”!!

OPI Fit For a Queen’s Island

When most of us think of white polishes we usually think of the white tips on French manicures. I’ve actually rocked that kind of white on my nails before and it’s just a tad bit harsh. Fit For a Queen’s Island provides a beautiful opalescent finish with pink undertones. The downside? It is extremely streaking but after 3 coats you are able to achieve a gorgeous and elegant look.

Misa A Sin Worth Committing


I can’t say enough about this beautiful navy blue. With just a tinge of shimmer it provides an intense blue look with just one stroke. The finish is amazing and actually “looks blue”. I get so annoyed when dark polishes in colors other than black still end up looking black. I own at least 7 blues and this is my absolute favorite! In fact, I am really impressed with the brand Misa altogether. I will definitely be order 1 or 2….or 12 more polishes from them. Thanks to my site!

What are your favorite political polishes? Got a favorite red? A craaazy white? Or an out of this world blue? Tell me!! Where are all of my nail polish obsessed people at?

Beauty Challenge: Politically Pretty

Yess! Another Beauty Challenge! Every once in awhile (okay, we’ve only done it once) us beauty bloggers like to unite through challenges. Our very first challenge was an 80’s challenge in which we had to create an 80’s look.

The turn-out was amazing! 14 bloggers participated and we all had a wonderful time sharing our creativity with each other and our blog readers.

The time has come again for us to bring forth yet another challenge!!!

In the wake of one of the most historic presidential elections ever, we challenge you to a political-esqe FOTD (face of the day). Whether you want to represent suffrage/voting rights, a party of your choice, democracy or just the political times… interpret that theme in a make-up look. Be as creative as you want, use any products and don’t feel as if you have any limitations. Do whatever comes to you! Don’t forget the details and explain what your sentiments/reasonings were behind the look.

Leave your name either in this comment box or over at Yummy411 so that we know you are participating.

Deadline to post FOTDs is Friday, October 3, 2008!!!!! That means participants not only post their looks on October 3, but also provide links to the pages of other participants as well. You can see an example of this by the “80’s challenge” link above.

What if I don’t have a blog?

No problema! You can still participate. Of course you would have to email your photo(s) and statements to us. And then we would showcase them in a separate post on October 4, 2008. Please make sure to send us your photo(s) and snippets by Thursday, October 2!!!

What if I am not in the United States?

Still no problem….show us an FOTD sportin’ your country’s colors and/or designs. Don’t forget to tell us what everything means so we can learn a little somethin’ too.

Get your brushes out and VOTE!!!!!

[NOTE]:
Can I just say how excited I am about this? I don’t know whether to dress up as Michelle Obama (j/k…kinda) or paint an American flag on my face. *shrieks* Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Sista Sites: The Letter S

Sista Sites

It’s time for another edition of Sista Sites in which we showcase blogs from my Beauty Marks blogroll. I have also gotten in the habit of showing a piece of Black Art with each Sista Sites post. When I was younger I visited a ton of African American museums and I would just be in awe of the beautiful paintings. And when I visited the Smithsonian museums….well, I pretty much fell in love.

Smithsonian. Hmm….. S!!

Let’s feature beauty and fashion blogs that begin with the letter “S“.
Do you feel like you’re watchin’ Sesame Street yet?

  • Scandalous Beauty: Awww, my girl, Erin. I love her! She was one of the first Black beauty blogs that I read. If Clumps of Mascara had a sister, it would be Scandalous Beauty. Her expertise and experience taught me a lot and I’ve pretty much watched all of her YouTube vids. Seriously, if you are stuck with trying to figure out how to complete a look, want to know how pinks look on darker skin or annoyed with your natural hair, check out Erin’s videos. I love how she connects with her readers and has that “she could be my friend” aurora that somehow shines from the internet. Plus, we are hair twins! Yay for the Scandalous Beauty movement!!
  • Shake Your Beauty: All hail one of the vanguards of Black beauty blogs; well, at least to me. Tia Williams isn’t only a blogger, but a published author as well. She gets mad respect from me! She features product reviews for Black women and her humor is just delightful.
  • Silver Lips Beauty & Musiq Haven: Another Brown skinned beauty blogger with beautiful techniques and reviews. I love blogs that have cute little features SlvrLips’ doesn’t stop with dazzling us with her fabulous blending skills…but she takes it a step further and introduces us to the hottest new tunes. Loves it!
  • Specktra Beauty Blog: I’m really a fan of Specktra the site more so than the actual blog. And if you’ve never visited or had a short obsession with Specktra.net, I really don’t know how you are livin’. However, what I do like about the blog is the up-to-date pieces of information we can get from them about upcoming collections and lines. Get your sneak peek and swatches of MAC Collections that haven’t even been released yet. It’s so overwhelming that you start making a list of what you want before even seeing the actual products. It’s a sickness, I swear.
  • Stephienese: I just adore this little lady here. I remember discovering her blog around the same time I discovered Specktra. Her skills are fierce! I remember lemming over every product she purchased. Get it, Stephie!

I’m off to Miami this weekend, lovelies. Which unfortunately means I won’t be able to update. But no worries….next week I will be sure to crank out the posts. You can look forward to the following:

-Dr. Miracle’s and Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding.
How do they hold up for the napptural sistas?

-Sunscreen for Women of Color (and a giveaway hosted by Palmer’s)
-Brown & Blushin’. Cheap and beautiful drugstore finds.
-But Black Women Can’t Series (pinks anyone?
Submit your photos to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com)

-Of course Mascara Monday

…and some more thangs.


Enjoy the weekend!! And as always, you can email me.
My new Blackberry has me crazy excited to do every little thing.

Besos!

Sista Sites Series: F-Blogs and Mascara Monday “you decide”.

Sista Sites


My Sista Sites are one of those series that I tend to forget about. Opps….. But I promise to do a better job. I just checked out my Google Reader subscriptions and realized that I am subscribed to 75 blogs or websites!! That’s a lot. Obviously those blogs interest me in some way so what better way to show them how much I love them than by tootin’….uhhh…their horn.

Yeah.

This edition of Sista Sites showcase blogs that begin with the letter “F”.
Random, I know…

  • Fab Vixen: This lovely lady from Memphis incorporates many different elements of her blog, which I love! One minute she’s talking about money management and the next….fab summer dresses. Either way, I’m tuning in!
  • Facepaint 101: The author of this blog defines beautiful. Seriously. Suzie C’s skin is just absolutely divine, as are her make-up skills. She also happens to find the best NYX products. *pouts* No faiiiir.
  • Fashion Devotee: I have never met someone so more obsessed with fashion than my friend, Ari. Gotta admit…chick is pretty fly. And doesn’t hesitate to tell me when I’m not matching. She has bits and pieces of that fabulousness that she showcases on her blog. Not to mention…she is a wonderful friend! Love you, sis!
  • Forty is the New 20: Mrs. PBW is like that Aunt who’s house you visit and never want to leave. And she won’t make you feel bad about it either. I love the reviews of beauty products she gives us. And her honesty is refreshing. I feel all special anytime I see a comment from her; she’s a published author, yall!

I’ve got at least 8 mascara reviews comin’ up. But these have been the top 2 requested babies. I’ve decided to override the make-up probation (just this once, I’ve been good, Lady PO) and start testing them out. Which should I review first?

THIS ONE:


OR THIS ONE:


YOU DECIDE!

The Above Painting is one of my favorites. The piece is called “Rhythm” by Keith Mallett.

[image source: www.itsablackthang.com]

Sista Sites Series: F-Blogs and Mascara Monday "you decide".

Sista Sites


My Sista Sites are one of those series that I tend to forget about. Opps….. But I promise to do a better job. I just checked out my Google Reader subscriptions and realized that I am subscribed to 75 blogs or websites!! That’s a lot. Obviously those blogs interest me in some way so what better way to show them how much I love them than by tootin’….uhhh…their horn.

Yeah.

This edition of Sista Sites showcase blogs that begin with the letter “F”.
Random, I know…

  • Fab Vixen: This lovely lady from Memphis incorporates many different elements of her blog, which I love! One minute she’s talking about money management and the next….fab summer dresses. Either way, I’m tuning in!
  • Facepaint 101: The author of this blog defines beautiful. Seriously. Suzie C’s skin is just absolutely divine, as are her make-up skills. She also happens to find the best NYX products. *pouts* No faiiiir.
  • Fashion Devotee: I have never met someone so more obsessed with fashion than my friend, Ari. Gotta admit…chick is pretty fly. And doesn’t hesitate to tell me when I’m not matching. She has bits and pieces of that fabulousness that she showcases on her blog. Not to mention…she is a wonderful friend! Love you, sis!
  • Forty is the New 20: Mrs. PBW is like that Aunt who’s house you visit and never want to leave. And she won’t make you feel bad about it either. I love the reviews of beauty products she gives us. And her honesty is refreshing. I feel all special anytime I see a comment from her; she’s a published author, yall!

I’ve got at least 8 mascara reviews comin’ up. But these have been the top 2 requested babies. I’ve decided to override the make-up probation (just this once, I’ve been good, Lady PO) and start testing them out. Which should I review first?

THIS ONE:


OR THIS ONE:


YOU DECIDE!

The Above Painting is one of my favorites. The piece is called “Rhythm” by Keith Mallett.

[image source: www.itsablackthang.com]

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Berry/Plum Swatches


Yaaaaay, time for another edition of Brown & Blushin’.

*keys theme music*

A lot of you gals were interested in berry/plum blushes. I’m not even going to sit here and front like I own such. I’m a total newb when it comes to those colors. So what did I have to do? Hit up my sis, Jessica from paix all around. She has provided us with some gorgeous blush shots and even swatched them. I know she can’t wait to show us the FOTDs either, uh? Hehehe….love you Jess.

The colors are as follows (they are all from MAC):
(l-r) Ambering Rose, Breezy, Lovecrush (discontinued), Fever, Frame (discontinued), Flirt & Tease

Feenin’ yet?

Wait…

Yall remember that song?

Oh my fault….had a New Jack swing moment. Let the show continue.


Beautiful, uh? I am definitely diggin’ that Lovecrush. And of course. It would be discontinued. No worries….I’m on my mission to find a beautiful berry blush for my brown skin. Say THAT 10x fast. So uhhh….I’m pretty much in love with berry blushes for now. What you gals say? Any recs?

And for this post’s Brown & Blushin’ Beauty…we have the lovely Danyelle rockin’ the MAC’s Breezy Blush. My girl is all shy about having me post her pictures and I don’t know why because she is gorgeous!!


CHEEKS:
Breezy- sheertone shimmer blush MAC; brush from CVS by Essence of Beauty
MSF Light Flush MAC

Killer brows, uh? And her skin IS that pretty in person. Chiiiile, I’m gon get there one day.
Don’t forget…..you can send your blush photos and submissions to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. And thanks to all of you beauty bloggers for their contributions to this series. It has definitely been a collaborative effort and you gals have been so wonderful at supporting me. *tear* Love yall!

Stay beautiful loves!

 

[image courtesy: amazon.com]

Coastal Scents brushes

There has been a lot of buzz in the online beauty world about Coastal Scents brushes. I’ve seen Kia over at Yummy411 give a review, Kenya at Virtuous Blue did a wonderful video review of the brushes and my online make-up guru/teacher, EnKore has been raving about these brushes for awhile.

I can’t believe I’ve been snoozing on these, folx!!

Not only are the brushes are affordable (think $2.99) but many are saying that they are comparable to MAC brushes in look and performance. Now that sounds good to me and I’m sure to my other broke beauty sistas of the world.

I love brushes but I don’t feel as if I need to have 2 or more of the same thing so it was rather difficult trying to find a brush that I actually “needed” from Coastal Scents. But here’s what I ended up getting:


Pink Kabuki ($4.99)—Now granted I have the MAC 182 ($45) kabuki and I adore it. I find that it works great with blushes and mineral foundations. I even use it with my bronzers and I love how I can squeeze it to change its shape. But who can beat a pretty pink kabuki brushes? How gorgeous is this? I just haaaaaad to order this.


Deluxe Buffer Brush ($4.25)—These brushes are great for those that use mineral foundations; which are my foundations of choice. I have been going foundation-less for some weeks now and will be until I get my face in check BUT….I can’t wait to start using this with my mineral powders. And if it doesn’t work, chile….I won’t even care because it was less than $5.00.

Pink Kolinsky Lip Brush ($2.79)—Kenyah over at Virtuous Blue says that this is a great brush. I only have one lip brush that I hardly use but I would love to have a retractable one. Can’t wait to see how this works out.







My Dear Newbies, if you have been trying to invest in brushes without breaking your wallets, I’m thinking this is the way to go. I will be sure to do a review of my brushes the minute I get them. For those of you that own them or have heard great things about them, let a sista know!



You can find more brushes and other affordable finds by Coastal Scents by clicking here.


Image Source: coastalscents.com

80’s Challenge!

Booooo to Mondays. I think it is embedded in our DNA to naturally despise Mondays. But this Monday, we (as in beauty bloggers) have something to look forward to! It’s our 80’s Challenge Post day!

I can’t say this was the easiest look for me to come up with. The 80’s isn’t one of those eras that fascinate me and I remember very little about it. After all, I was only 4 in 1989. I couldn’t find a look that fascinated me enough to want to replicate soooo my look has no real inspiration other than the bright and crazy colors of the 80’s! And as usual….whenever I want a bright look, I pull out those pigments and wet my brush. Nothin’ big but it was fun doing!

Are you peepin’ the crazy funky hair?

I used:

FACE:
Nada

Eyes (all MAC unless otherwise noted):
Artifact paintpot
Delft paintpot
Fuschia pigment
Naval Blue pigment
Vanilla pigment
Clinque Eggplant Cream liner
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

Lips:
MAC tinted moisturizer

Check out the looks that my other beauty bloggin’ sisters have come up with. Are we fab or what?

Lakahna
Yummy411
Muse
Habitual Beauty
Lilan
Seymone
Baby Doll
Mrs. Lynne
Rocketqueen

Slvr Lips
Christina Divine
Vanessa
MissJaclynRose