The Makeup Show NYC 2010 *pic heavy*

 

This will be one picture heavy post, kiddos. Instead of breaking up the show in installments like I did last year, I decided to do one big ginormous post of my experience. And of course I’ll be doing a ton of product reviews.

This year was all about networking with fellow beauty bloggers! And boy oh boy did I run into a lot of them. A lot of my fellow beauty bloggin’ sisters are really my friends. I love these girls even though I only see them a few times a year.

Recognize any of your favorite bloggers? Like last year, Make Up For Ever was runnin’ thangs.

And for good reason too. Their new HD blushes (picked up one)

And aqua creams (picked up one)

…are nothing short of amazing. Expect reviews on both. Inglot was also in the building.

I wasn’t as geeked up as I normally am over Inglot. Maybe the thrill is gone or maybe it was the 502 people that were crowding their booth. I managed to snap a shot of some of their mascaras.

I didn’t pick them up but I wonder how good they are.

I then strolled over to brands that I really wanted to try out. Brands like Mario Badescu.

This brand had me at hello with the Drying Lotion that I can’t stop bragging about. I’ll be reviewing them a lot more on Clumps. And for very good reason!

Ahh, body art is always a huge thing at the Makeup Show. One minute you could be standing to your homegirl and the next thing you know a lady like this rolls up on you.

Make-up is such art, uh?

While I was busy attending my best friend’s law school graduation in Florida Saturday afternoon, my college girlfriend Krys represented Clumps at the Blogger Preview. Krys is silly like me. I was telling her how crazy it would be if an iPad was as big as MacBook and could be used like a phone.

Uh, maybe you had to be there.

I missed a great deal of the seminars thanks to my inability to stay at one place for more than 3 minutes but I did snag 4 polishes from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Stay tuned for reviews! The super talented Eve Pearl came out again this year.

Did I miss anything?

Probably. More reason for you to stay tuned to see what other adventures The Makeup Show brought!

Quick shots from The Makeup Show 2010

Happy Monday, darlings!

Yes, yes…yours truly totally forgot to schedule a Mascara Monday. But don’t worry, I have SO many things to share with you that I hope you forgive me. *flashes huge smile*

I am having the BEST time here in New York at The Makeup Show NYC. Mind if I tease you with a few shots?

Colors colors!

Skin care, win care (I’m so lame, ha)!

Bloggers and friends. Life got better when I met the phenomenal bloggers behind Afrobella and All About The Pretty. Add the fabulous Lianne from The Makeup Girl to that list.

Yinka from Vex In City, Adina from Krasey Beauty and Brittany from Clu—yeah, you know that part. :)

The lunch date of beautiful and amazing and TALENTED ladies reppin’ Boston (Bawstun), DC, Brooklyn and the FLA!

Tis all for now, sweetums. I’m like SO behind schedule this morning. Amina from Coup de Couer and I are bunkin’ in Queens and we have to take the 7 train to the 1 train…or somethin’ like that. My navigation is really only limited to the A and C trains. I’ll probably get lost. HA!

Anything you’d like to me focus on at The Makeup Show NYC? Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com or tweet me and I’ll take pictures and get information just for you!

I shall return, lovelies! Have a great day!

The Makeup Show NYC 2010

Okay kids…who’s going this year? Of course your favorite Florida ball of sunshine is making the trek up to NYC this weekend to cover everything I can about The Makeup Show. I’m not sure how I’m feeling about NYC’s chilly weather so NYCers, please tell your city I’d like a mid-80’s, light breeze, no cloudy skies and no rain. Mkay?

No really…if you are going, I would love to meet you. Just promise you won’t act all funny if I make an un-funny joke. Ha!! If you have never gone or aren’t familiar with The Powder Group’s Makeup Show, it’s like…HUGE! It’s a big 2-day industry event open only to those in the makeup artist industry. That includes make-up artists (of course), cosmetology students, hair stylists, agents and more. Beauty/fashion editors and bloggers are also invited to get the skinny on all of the hot new products coming out from the brands.

Makeup brands and companies that will be in attendance are: MAKE UP FOR EVER, Inglot, Temptu Pro, Crown Brush, Alcone, Smashbox, Becca Cosmetics, Dermalogica, Embryolisse, Eve Pearl Cosmetics, Face Atelier, Graftobian, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Korres Natural Products, L’Oreal, M.A.C Cosmetics, Mai Couture, Mario Badescu Skin Care, Naked Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Senna Cosmetics, Shu Uemura, Three Custom Color, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and much more.

Of course workshops will be in be in full effect too.

The show is from 9am-6pm daily and is at NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion. For more information, check out the site here.

Follow me on Twitter and hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a post or two from NYC.

See you there!

Iman and Clumps!

If you haven’t been following the Clumps’ Facebook fan page or my tweets, I was selected as a winner for a contest by Iman Cosmetics. Yes, I died when I found out. I was one of those kids that never even won a game in Bingo. I was flown to NYC, put up in the fabulous Affinia Shelburne and attended a blogger exclusive event.

Thanks to the Facebook fam, I got some ideas of how to wear my make-up. And the Twitter fam helped me feel confident in my dress…

Because, I don’t know if y’all know it or not but I am not much of a fashionista. I can get by and look fly but it ain’t easy. Ha!

And I spent some time playing with Iman Cosmetics and chatting with the ever fabulous Iman!!

Yep, we’re BFFs now. :)

I’m headed to the airport to jump on a flight back home. Stay tuned event details, lots more pictures and a video too. In the meantime, check out IMAN Cosmetics’ Facebook photo album of the event here. Y’all love how my bra strap is showing in one of the pictures, right? Classic B!

Ciao for now, loves!

ETA: The video!


Degree Women Natureffects collection

Degree has won my heart over with the launch of their Natureffects collection. A few weeks ago Degree reached out to a few bloggers and sent us on a hunt to discover the meaning behind this collection. They sent us goodies representing each of the senses.

For smell, we got…

A beautiful bouquet of flowers. And for sight…

A pair of chic Tory Burch shades.

Taste…

A delicious orange and olive oil cake.

And for the sense of sound…

My girl Mary J’s newest album!

All of this led up to the Natureffects Collection

The fragrances Honeysuckle & Tea Tree Oil, Olive Leaf & Pink Pepper and Orange Flower and Cranberry are all inspired by nature and help heighten all of the body’s natural senses. Genius! Of course they all smell just divine. Orange Flower and Cranberry is my favorite.

And guess who performed at the FREE (!!!) launch party on March 22nd?

None other than Mary J. Blige in all of her fabulousness. I wasn’t able to attend the party so I played one of my favorite song by her and rocked out.

Kudos to Degree for not only releasing an awesome collection of deodorants and body mists but for connecting with bloggers. I also love their “daring to join forces with nature” theme. It’s true. Spending  some time nature does wonders for your mood. You can purchase the Natureffects collection anywhere deodorants are sold for $3.99.

Rock on, Degree!!

 Photo of Mary came from Degree Women’s Facebook fan page. Join it here!
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. I was contacted my Degree and participated in their blogger outreach. I did not purchase the following gifts nor was I paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

Dove Visibly Smooth party

I love hosting parties! Planning them has always been a struggle for me though. BUT somehow my parties always end up being a blast with memories made.

Dove sponsored this Girl’s Night Out party and I decided to have it in Tallahassee, Florida. Yeah, uh..absolutely NOTHING goes on there unless it’s football season or legislative session so I had to liven up the city a bit. LOL!

Dove gave us a gift card and told us that we could eat where-ever we wanted. But they wanted us to ride in style.

That’s right…we headed to the Macaroni Grill in a hot stretch limo.


And on our way there a few of the guests and I had some fun with the Flip video cam that Dove gave us. Check this out:



Earlier that day Mama Clumps helped me grab some items for goody bags.

Each guest received a Dove Visibly Smooth deodorant, a lip gloss, nail polish, a mascara (of course), en eye shadow, a Hello Kitty mirror compact, candy, etc. We also purchased give-away prizes.

They included an EcoTools brush sets, Ms. Manicure kit, make-up removers, a Target gift card and StudioTools brushes….all of my favorite items!

During dinner I talked a little bit about Dove Visibly Smooth….

I look all serious, don’t I? HA! Throughout dinner we had “beauty trivia”. Mrs. Dee won the Ms. Manicure set!

 And then we cut the Clumps cake…

Pretty yummy, uh? We had a fabulous evening! Many thanks to Dove and my guests. I’m thinking about having another party soon. Who knows…maybe I’ll be in your city!

Disclaimer: Dove sponsored this event in that I was provided a gift card, Flip video camera and transportation for me and my guests. I organized the event and was not paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

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.

Clumps in the Streets: Garnier Fructis Celebrity Styling Suite

I love Miami, y’all. Aside from it being my birthplace…there really is no other city like it. Not to mention it’s the only city in Florida where cool happ’ns are going on regularly. Central and North Florida are pretty dead when it comes to beauty events so I usually have to head 3.5 hours South if I want to get into something fun.

I was invited to Garnier Fructis Celebrity Styling Suite at the world-famous Eden Roc Hotel. I’ve stayed at the Eden Roc before (I tweeted this pic) and it is hands down one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in before. I grabbed the Clumps intern Bri and we headed down to the Garnier Bungalow.

Hit the jump to see more!

This styling suite was only open to VIP and celebrities in town for Superbowl 44. Nope..I didn’t run into any celebs this time around. I thought it would be cool if Bri got her hair done while I chit chatted with the stylists. This was a GREAT opportunity for her as she is taking a cosmetology class along with her high school studies.

I’m not sure what was used on Bri’s hair but it came out beautifully! After her styling, we roamed about the hotel.


Bri a posin’…

She couldn’t stop touching her hair. Gorg!

My nails got a lot of questions. Most people thought they were Minx-ed.

But nope…another production of my konad nail art stamping kit!

I jetted out of the city before Superbowl so while it was a quick trip, Bri and I had a ball. Any Garnier fans out there?