Brown & Blushin': Smashbox’s O-Glow Cheek color


It’s the series all about brown ladies and blushes! Here’s a product that I have had for almost 6 months and I am just now sharing it with the family. Please excuse the delay. Pero better late than never. I remember when I first heard about Smashbox’s O-Glow Intuitive Cheek color. I HAD to have.

This silicone-based clear gel is infused with vitamins for the skin.

Now the question that I’m sure most of my brown girls are asking is, “Does it really work for us?”

Yes!

It goes on like a gel….

And after a few seconds, you get a nice “flush” of raspberry pink.

Can you see it? While it works, I have a problem with putting it on. How do you do it? With fingers? A brush? I find that neither is effective–hence why I have never really used the product. So while Smashbox gets an A+ from me in the innovative department, I will have to give them a D- on usability.

Have you ever tried this product? Or would you be interested in trying it? Any tricks of how I can get it to work? Tell me!!

Cuz I’m brown and can still blush,

Brown and Blushin’ Series: N.Y.C. Chroma Face Glow


Lately I’ve been all over highlighters. For the longest I didn’t even know what a “highlighter” was. I would constantly annoy fellow beauty blogger/buddy Kia with the “What’s a highlighter again?” question.

I get it! Highlighters add a little “pop” to the cheeks. More specifically, N.Y.C. New York Color says that their Chroma Face glow is a “luxurious velvet-soft powder with a metallic finish that smoothes on to highlight cheeks, brows, chin and forehead”. This product comes from the Metro Metals collection. Ohhh, loves the name!

I have been finding myself rocking N.Y.C.’s Chroma Face glow in Sunset just about every day. I love how it gives me a touch of definition without adding a bunch of heavy make-up on my face. I can wear this over concealer for a flawless look! I don’t even feel like I have to wear blush! Which is shocking since I have this crazy love affair with blush. Look at the marbleized goodness…

Here I am wearing it as a highlighter…


And the best part?

It’s only $4.99. *does the bankhead bounce* Aww yeah….that’s ridiculously affordable! And I give the staying power a thumbs up too. N.Y.C. has been impressing me a lot lately. Have you tried this product? Interested in trying? I think you should….run to your local Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS or Longs, like….now. I would say that this product is a fantastic dupe to MAC’s MSFs…..which will run you $25.

Stay beautiful, fam!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Petticoat MSF

Good day, beautiful people! I bring to you a requested post from a reader who was just dyiiiiing to get my opinion on one of MAC’s newest collection. Obviously, I’m being dramatical again. :) MAC Cosmetics just recently released a collection called Sheer Minerals; a collection that I really had no interest in. Until of course I visited my girl Safia (MAC Pro Orlando, holla!). She sneakily slid the Mineralize Skinfinish in Petticoat ($25) in my hand.

“Um, what is this?” I inquired.

“You’ll love it,” she exclaimed.

LOVE is an understatement. As I watched her apply this velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish (source) on the BFF’s cheek bones, I knew I had to have it.

This baby just look amazing and I love it just as much if not more than my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie.

Petticoat is to the left, Bobbi Brown’s Brownie to the right.

Petticoat, still with its subtlety, manages to bring out a certain “POP” on my cheeks. And not with chunky glitter stuffs either. Here’s where I place it.

Yes, that’s an eyeshadow brush….and what? LOL! Yall know I keep it real.

Petticoat brings out those high cheekbones that I thought I DIDN’T have. It truly is amazing.

And yall just KNOW how I feel about multi-purpose items. I can see myself using this as a highlight and even a lid color. Definitely something worth checking out.

And in other news….look who has been inspired to some nail designs. This one’s for you, Nikki! China Glaze’s Avalanche is a fun gunmetal lavender and the crazy black swiggly lines give the nails some character.

Stay beautiful, fam!!

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Brown and Blushin’ Series: NARS Dolce Vita


Fine. I’ll admit it. I really don’t need to purchase any more blushes. You hear that, Ma?

But a girl has to spoil herself every now and then. I absolutely love NARS; especially their blushes. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, build-able…..truly the elite of blushes in my opinion.

Check out one of NARS newest blushes:

Dolce Vita
(I’m sorry, but who else likes that name?
I’m naming my first daughter that? LOL! j/k)

As a matte, NARS describes this lovely color as a “dusty rose”. After only one swatch it gives me such a beautiful “tint”.
And of course I pulled out my favorite MAC brush; Miss. 187.

(Why did it take me 28 years to take this picture
so that I ended up in the mirror. HA!)

It’s fabulouso, chicas! But wait–don’t spaz out if aren’t ready to splurge $25 on a blush. L’Oreal HIP has these darling Blendable Creme blushes. I found that Dolce Vita is almost identical to Blushing.

I would say that Blushing is a tad bit darker but a great deal if you can catch L’Oreal HIP on a BOGO sale at your nearest drug store.

Looooves it! What is your favorite blush at the moment? Any ones you got your eyes on? Tell me, mon!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Purple on the cheeks?

I know, I know. I haven’t done a post from this series in quite awhile, uh? I’m so sorry, chicas. I’ve been behind on keeping you lovely up on blushes from my brown skin beauties. I am still enamored with blush and my collection has grown from 3-5 blushes to almost 20! I’m tellin’ you….when I like somethin’ I really like it! And while I haven’t purchased a blush in awhile, I still enjoy revisiting everything from my NYC blush in Desert Rose to my Stila Convertible color in Rose and Grandma’s trusty Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush.

But what happens when a lady loves what she loves but still wants to try something different?

THIS!

Who remembers MAC’s Mi’Lady Mineralized shadow? This baby came out last fall and I honestly haven’t touched it in quite awhile. While I think it is divine on the lids this beautiful combo of mineralized goodness doesn’t quite fit in with my daily work-appropriate looks. But I still wanted to see what I could do with ole’ girl.

I mean, look how pigmented she is…


So you know what I had to do, riiiight? I grabbed the trusty MAC 187 brush and…


Who would have thought that this color is pretty dern decent on the cheeks?

A little too sparkly for my liking but perhaps with a lighter hand and a cleaner brush I would have ended up with a beautifully flattering purple cheek that doesn’t LOOK crazy.

I was a little heavy on the cheeks but that didn’t stop me…I pulled out my purples quad and…

Yes, I swirled the brush in all 4 colors. The results?


(say hi to the crater on my face!)

Still a little too MUCH so I definitely want to play around with purples on the cheek but with a lighter hand. And yall know me, I ALWAYS get carried away….Mi’Lady on the lips, B? Really?


Wait is that my washcloth in the background that I forgot to crop out? Clumps of Mascara strikes again! LOL!

So what say you, people? Would you rock purple cheeks? Or on the lips? Hmm…maybe I will refine this look a little more and present it in this week’s upcoming FOTD Friday?

Whatcha think?

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Bronzers!

Time for another edition of Brown and Blushin’. I knowww, it’s been awhile since we’ve visisted this series, uh? Please excuse the delay. But this time around I have some real goodies for you in the “bronzer” department.

“What is a bronzer for anyway?”

Can yall believe I asked this question less than a year ago? Yes…your head newbie in charge was not familiar with bronzers. Don’t cyber-grill me…I’m learning, okay? And I know there are a few of you pretty people out there who don’t even own bronzers.

Neither did I until 3 months. HA!

Now I’m hooked. Bronzers are beautiful on brown skin. It gives us that “sun kissed” look. When lightly applied on the cheeks, it can bring out the cheekbones. When swiped under the brow, it can act as a pretty highlighter. When dapped on the apples of the cheeks, it provides just enough shimmer to make your pretty cheeks radiate with every smile.

I really love bronzers. Today I’m going to feature my 3 favorite (ha, and only) bronzers.

Are yall diggin’ my pretty set up? I try, I try.

So, I’ve put our 3 bronzers in categories.

For my sistas on a budget we have Tanfastic Bronzer by CoverGirl
For my girls who have a little extra pocket change we have Cargo’s Bronzer in Medium
…and for my ballin’ chicas (um, not me) we have Bobbi Brown’s Shimmbrick Compact in Bronze

CoverGirl’s Tanfastic Bronzer

For only $5.99, you have to be in love with this CoverGirl bronzer. It is highly pigmented so you won’t need much to achieve a nice but subtle glow. In fact, because it is so pigmented it is wonderful as an eyeshadow or brow bone color. I’m not gonna front–the brush uhh….the brush sucks. It is a a bit too stiff for initial application for me. But will it do the job for an on the go touch-up? Absolutely!

 

Cargo Cosmetic’s Bronzer-Medium

So maybe you got a little raise or Mommy dropped some funds in your account (dang, I miss those college years) and you want to splurge for the moment. Let me introduce you to this baby. I have the mini version but for $25 you can cop the award winning Cargo Cosmetic bronzer. Mad love to my sis, Amina at Coup de Coeur who got me hip to this beautiful tin canned wonder. The texture is so soft that it almost feels like “cream”. It isn’t as pigmented as CoverGirl’s so to get it show up you may have to apply a few swipes. It is absolutely radiating on my brown brown skin. And with the dose of Vitamin E this bronzer provides, I’m not only lookin’ good but keeping my skin healthy.

Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbrick in Bronze

I’m not going to act like I can’t put some gas in my car, feed myself for a week or save for my upcoming travels. For $36, I could do one of the above. But if I “had it like that”, I would buy every single one of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. They are just so dern pretty to look at. You can’t deny it….lemme bring the picture back.

Ohmiiiiigoodness. I mean look at that. Aside from this little brick going beautiful on the cheeks, it can also act as eyeshadows. You’ve got a lid color, crease color and a highlight right there in one palette. I don’t even travel with eyeshadows. I just take my Shimmerbrick and call it a day. I swear this thing has magic powers.

How do you apply it?

I don’t think there is a right or wrong way. I swipe my brush right down the middle and apply on the cheeks. It is divine.

I took some pictures of swatches but they pretty much all look the same because of the lighting. But a swatch of CoverGirl’s Tanfastic (that name is killing me, lol) on my inner arm should show you how pretty bronzers are…


This article at Black Women’s Web tells you a little bit more about bronzers.

So tell me….do you wear bronzers? Any recommendations? Your favorite? Your struggles? And suggestions for me? Shout out your favorite bronzer!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Mineral Concepts Blush


Brown & Blushin’ time! And for this post, I just had to highlight not only a brand of make-up that I’m using but a different kind of blush.

ta daaaa….mineral blush!

First of all, mad love to Carol Jenne over at Mineral Concepts who is supportin’ a girl’s venture into not only mineral make-up but blushes too. After hearing wonderful things about this company, I just had to give it a whirl.

So check out Rosy Raisin.

The velvety smooth texture is to die for. And then when you come back to life, you will be in awe of the amazing color payoff which….uh, lasts all day on my primer-less and foundation-less skin in humid Central Florida.

Here’s a swatch..


And check it out on the cheek.


And I didn’t stop there with just the blush. I also dapped some of the color on my eyes…

I added some Black matte eyeshadow (MAC’s Carbon) to smoke it out a bit.

And theeeen I put on some clear lip gloss and put some color on the lippies too!

Ehhh, a little too dark for my liking but I think it’s amazing that I did a full face of make-up with only 4 products:

-Mineral Concepts Rosy Raisin blush
-MAC Carbon e/s
-NYC clear gloss
-Maybelline Black eyeliner

I’m happy about it and can’t wait to showcase some more mineral blushes for yall. Anyone else dapple in mineral blushes? Shoot me some of your favorites and recs!

For this posts’ Brown & Blushin’ beauty we have my girl Ari over at Fashion Devotee rockin’ MAC’s Full Fuchsia blush.


Hot pink blush is beautiful on for an after dark glam look. My sister is rockin’ it! Keep sendin’ me your submissions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Stay beautiful!

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]