Clumps of Mascara meets Afrobella!


Last weekend I had the opportunity to link up with one of my favorite bloggers ever!! Patrice from Afrobella.com is a legend, yall. Her beauty/lifestyle/traveling/everything amazing blog was wait….I think she may have been the first brown girl blogger that I stumbled upon.

Yes, yes I think she was! I loved how she openly talked about natural hair and how to take care of it. I developed a certain kind of confidence that I never had prior to wearing my hair natural and I like to think that Afrobella assisted in that in some way.

I consider her to be a HUGE blog celebrity but she was crazy down to earth. We had girl talk over pina coladas at a lovely poolside bar.

So how great is thee Afrobella? Great enough to have an event in HER honor?

Check it:

Time: June 20, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Three Peas Art Lounge
Organized By: Luvvie (another blogger friend I just adore!)

Event Description:
Come join The Red Pump Project for an evening of relaxing, socializing, drinks & fun after the Blogging While Brown Conference wraps up. Let’s also welcome Beauty Blog Extraordinaire, Afrobella to Chicago. She’s the special guest of honor and will be gracing us with her presence.
There will be a cash bar and raffles of various prizes. Women, rock your red pumps. Men, rock your red ties! ALL proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, the only gender-specific HIV service nonprofit organization in Chicago.

Why oh why can’t I be in Chicago this time around? I am a huge supporter of The Red Pump Project and would love to hang out with these bellas but alas I can’t. If you are in the Chicago area, you should definitely attend!

IMATS Los Angeles 2009

I remember first hearing about the International Makeup Artist Trade Show from my girl Vanessa at Nessasary Makeup. And so started my obsession with wanting to attend every make-up show I could get to.

Unfortunately I can’t get to IMATS this time around *tears* but you can!!

From the IMATS Website:

“Known simply as “The Show” to the make-up world, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) is the only show of its kind in the world. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make- up world’s biggest gathering. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the techniques or experiment with the products, or if you just have an interest in the art of make-up, then the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green Street) is where you need to be.

The show is open to the public. No make-up artist credentials are required to get you in the door. Tickets are non-refundable and any billing discrepancies must be presented within 30 days of the transaction.”
(source)

You can get ticket information here. My suggestion? If you are wanting to just check out the exhibitors, I would go for the $15 tickets. Buuuut, if you are a serious make-up artist, editor and lover, I would definitely get the $65 tickets. They not only get you on admission to the exhibitor floor but to classes and to see keynote speakers as well. That’s the route I would take if if…

….if I were going. *more tears*

You goin’?
Wanna go?
Wanna take me?

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 7-Stila Cosmetics


Clumps of Mascara veterans know I am a truly a Stila Girl. Have been for quite some time. I love Stila for their cosmetics AND for their relationship with their customers. It’s a special thing when a company actually recognizes their customers.

At The Makeup Show NYC I got to get a sneak peek of the gorgeous Indian Summer collection.


Divine, right?

Each product is to make a gal feel as if she is wearing a piece of jewelry.

I played around with the 24K Appreciation gloss . Awww, look at Stila—naming a gloss “Appreciation” because they really appreciate their customers and fans. That makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Before I go on an overload of emotions, check out the photo shoot of Lady Appreciation.


Okay, I so love the arrow. Without it my crazy self would be
turning to the left. And for hours at that. HA!

And it is pretty!

At first glance, I thought that these would be similar to MAC’s Dazzleglass but they aren’t. They aren’t as thick and the glitter is not as “glittery”–making it a little more work appropriate.

And guess who I ran into at The Makeup Show? The official Stila ladies. That’s the owner Lynn Tilton in the middle. She’s a Florida girl too. Heyyy!!
….and don’t say a word about my foundation-y face. Minutes before this photo I was testing some colors and they uh, weren’t quite right. But I’m cheesin’ like it doesn’t matter. Gotta love it!


I love my Stila!! You can snag that 24K gloss here.


The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 5-Crown Brush spotlight


Yes ma’am! Don’t give me the cyber side-eye. I am STILL doing The Makeup Show NYC installments. I promise to stop at 10. I can’t help but feel like I need to share with my readers virtually EVERYTHING I experienced while in NYC. Which, I know is kinda sorta impossible.

So next time there is another show, ya’ll will just have to come along with me, mmmkay?

Let’s rap about Crown Brush.

Goodness.gracious.wowsers.good.googla-moogla! I love these brushes! I first discovered them at The Makeup Show LA and was SHOCKED at how cheap they were. I’m talkin’ no more than $5 for a decent make-up brush. I’m serious!

And these aren’t some rinky dink cheap-o creep-0 raggedy brushes either. They are pretty decent as far as durability and quality goes. I can’t say much about the face brushes, though. Most of the Crown Brushes that I have are for eyes.

I HIGHLY suggest checking out these brushes if you are a newbie, make-up artist or just a regular make-up lovin’ chick or chap that loves a variety of brushes.

Click HERE to check out their Studio Series brushes. These are my favorites!


[NOTE]: I just know someone out there is going to inquiry if Crown Brush and Coastal Scents are the same company. Or if one owns the other. To be honest….I’m not sure, muffins. Some of my beauty bloggin’ sisters and I scratched our heads trying to figure this out. My guess is this: Crown Brush sells brushes to “private labels”. Coastal Scents is a private label and has purchased some of their brushes from Crown Brush. Hence why they look the same. However, I could be wrong. Feel free to add to the discussion. Ya’ll know I’m one big ole’ clump of mascara so don’t hesitate to correct me!

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 4-Mommy Makeup

When I first tweeted about Mommy Makeup, I got a huge response! Mommies everywhere @replied to me and told me that they love the idea behind this company. And even though I’m baby-less for right now, I do too!

Creator Debra Rubin-Roberts, like most Moms on the go, has very little “me” time. Even getting ready for a date with the husband proved to be a challenge because while she couldn’t spend hours getting ready, she certainly didn’t want to go make-up free. So what did this award-winning make-up artist do? She came up with an idea to create a line full of multi-purpose products that can allow ladies to “look divine in half the time!”

Simply put, “Mommy Makeup is targeted at women who are looking to simplify their makeup routine without sacrificing results” (source)

That is all of us!

Mommy Makeup has products multi-uses products that makes applying make-up quick and easy. And from what I saw at The Makeup Show, there is something for everyone!


I immediately fell in love with Mommy’s Kisses ($24). They are lip glosses with lip liners in the cap. How innovative. The names of Mommy’s Kisses are named after Debra’s daughter’s friends. How cute is that? I picked up Abigail.



I am a lip liner junkie so it being right in the top of the lip gloss makes me happy! And the quality is good too. Not sticky and long-lasting.

Check out these babies (the glosses, not real babies, HA!) and more at MommyMakeup.com.

Like this line of cosmetics? Or have you tried anything from them?

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 3-Body Art galore

It is easy to miss a lot at The Makeup Shows. Between the seminars, meet-ups, photo opps, workshops and exploring it is almost impossible to see EVERYTHING. But you really have to be blind as a bat to miss all of the fabulous body art around the show. Mehron does mouth-droppin’ kind of make-up.



….even Make Up For Ever artists got in on the act.


It was amazing watching the models transform. Body art makes me have an even greater appreciation for make-up!

What do you think, fam?

Calling all Central Florida Mocha Stylists!

Guess whaaaat?

I’ve partnered with AMBERmag.com and McDonald’s, in honor of McCafe, their new line of espresso-based coffees, to feature your Mocha Style Tips on my blog.

Tomorrow (that’s Thursday, May 28th) I will be at this McDonald’s:

9401 W. Colonial Drive
Ocoee, Florida 34761
5:30-7:30 p.m.

What do you have to do? Just show up! No….I’m serious. Just bring your fabulous self, find me, tell me your style tips and you will get a McDonald’s Arch Card.

….that means you will get a free meal on me!

Not in Orlando but have friends and family members that are? Tell them about it! I am crazy excited to be a part of this and would love to meet some Clumps readers that actually LIVE in Florida. There seems to be few. Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com to let me know that you will attend or just show up!

Hope to see you there!

Oh…check out Amber Mag’s mocha stylistas in NYC!