Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara and giveaway!

It’s Monday! Yes again. I know, I know. I’m groaning too. Only one thing can make dreadful Monday mornings a little better. If you said, “Payday!” I’m with you! So okay….there are TWO things that can make Monday mornings better. Yay to Mascara Mondays! I do my best to review and tell you about the most popular, unhead of, a bit pricey and mad cheap mascaras from all brands. I do not discriminate….only appreciate!

When it comes to mascaras I would have NEVER considered Mary Kay. Mary Kay for skincare? Absolutely. Mascaras? Not so much. Is there a reason why you don’t hear much about their mascaras or are they silent forces to be reckoned with? Hmmm….

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara



Price: 3 out of 5 ($16 from marykay.com or your favorite MK consultant) )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Uhhh, I didn’t see any claims so I guess my expectations shouldn’t be that high. LOL!”

The truth: A little pricey but this one may be a diamond in the rough!

What I loved about it: It doesn’t clump! Each time I wear this mascara, I can get up to 4 coats without getting a ANY clumps. That’s amazing!

What I didn’t like: I’m just a picky wand chick. I’m come to realize it. A wand can make or break a mascara in terms of application and I did have some challenges with this one.

The bristles aren’t defined enough for me. Definition=better control. Better control=better application. Better application=amazing lashes!

Overall: I don’t know why, but I am super shocked at how well this mascara performs. I mean….who have thunk! I am super impressed with how you can “build it up”. Most mascaras only allow a good 2 coats before it begins to clump. Which, when you think about it, makes sense. To find out that I didn’t get ANY clumps nor do I get that “too much mascara” look with Mary Kay’s Ultimate, well…I was just stunned. I went so far as to do a 4th coat and nope…still no clumps. Very impressive! I found this to be a great volumizing mascara and it’s pretty decent as far as lengthening goes too. It is your everyday mascara. This would be perfect for traveling as it doesn’t flake and lasts pretty much ALL day with easy removal. Go Mary Kay!! I know the “eye ball” pictures are a little scary but I just wanted to show the great volume and length the Ultimate gave me!

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats



Would I recommend it: I would. Is it a must have? Hmm…I wouldn’t say that but it is a GOOD mascara from a company that many of us have grown to love over the years.

…..because I loved this mascara so much I decided to give one away! That’s right…one lucky reader will win Mary Kay Ultimate mascara by simply leaving a comment and telling me your favorite Mary Kay product AND your name and email address. You have until the next Mascara Monday (Mon, December 1) to get those entries in. Get to commenting…I want you to win!

….feeling a little better about Monday now? I certainly hope so! Stay beautiful.


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Clumps of Mascara’s NYC Giveaway

Hold on to your wigs, chicas (lo siento, y chicos tambien)! This will blow you away! I am honored to be a part of Total Beauty’s Total Cure Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. I just know you’ve read (or least heard) about it. Every day this month, participating bloggers have been hosting giveaways in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My maternal Grandfather (yes, men can get it too) passed away from Breast Cancer when I was 14 years old. I know many of us have been affected by this disease whether it be personally or through the stories and testimonies. WE CAN BEAT IT!!

I am so glad that I can incorporate beauty in this aspect. You know this brand, right?


Check out the goodies you can win by entering the contest…

Color Wheel Mosaic Eye
– Purple Rain 3.99
– Pink Cadillac 3.99
– Beyond The Sea 3.99
– Brown Eyed Girl 3.99

Smooth Minerals
– Loose Foundation Powder/Natural Medium 6.99
– Loose Foundation Powder/Natural Fair 6.99
– Loose Foundation Powder/Natural Light 6.99
– Loose Foundation Powder/Natural Deep 6.99
– Pressed Foundation Powder 6.99
– Loose Finishing Powder 6.99
– Loose Eye Powder/Onyx 6.99
– Loose Eye Powder/Cocoa 6.99
– Loose Eye Powder/Espresso 6.99
– Loose Eye Powder/Frosty 6.99
– Loose Powder Blush/Mocha 6.99
– Loose Powder Blush/Apricot 6.99
– Loose Powder Blush/Desert Rose 6.99

Cover Stick
– Light 1.99
– Medium 1.99
– Yellow 1.99
– Green 1.99

Pressed Face Powder
– Translucent 1.99
– Neutral 1.99
– Naturally Beige 1.99

Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder
– Mocha Glow 4.99
– Peach Glow 4.99
– Rose Glow 4.99

Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder 2.99

Sparkle Eye Dust/Baby Blue 3.99
Sparkle Eye Dust/Smokey Topaz 3.99
Sparkle Eye Dust/Opal 3.99
Sparkle Eye Dust/Pink Champage 3.99

Eyeliner Duet
– Mockingbird 1.99
– Rich Girl 1.99
– Endless Love 1.99
– Islands In The Stream 1.99

Eye2Eye Shadows
– Pink Ink 2.99
– Heather Plum 2.99
– Chocolate Kiss 2.99
– Blue Smoke 2.99

Mod Quad Eyeshadow/Go Go Green 3.99

Color Kit/Manhattan Mauve 4.99

Browblender Brow & Liner
– Light Brown 4.99
– Auburn 4.99
– Black Velvet 4.99

Maximum Boost Mascara/Black 3.99
Lash Precise Mascara/Black 4.99
Liquid Eyeliner/Black 1.99
Eyelashes/Black Glamour 1.99
Eyelashes/Black Natural 1.99
Eyelashes/ Black Double Cross 1.99
Curling Mascara/Cobalt Blue 2.99

Ultra Moist Lip Wear
– Sheer Red 0.99
– Ruby 0.99
– Chiffon 0.99
– Blossom 0.99 – Petal 0.99

Lippin Large
– Very Clear 3.99
– Strawberry Mouse 3.99
– Peach Parfait 3.99
– Toffee Kiss 3.99
– Pink Champagne 3.99
– Plum Tart 3.99

Eyelash Curler 2.99
Shadow Applicators 0.99

TOTAL $251.35

Can you believe it? And the best thing is all you have to do to drop me a Breast Cancer awareness fact, you email address, and of course, your name here in this post. You can find facts at Total Beauty’s Facebook page or their MySpace page. You can also submit your entry to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. This giveaway ends in 24 hours and is for US and Canadian residents only. Hop to it, family!

Stay beautiful and let’s kick breast cancer in the rump!

Stila’s Rock the Vote Red and contest!


Hey lovely folx. Beauty bloggers everywhere have been buzzing about Stila’s “Rock the Vote Red”. I’m going to go ahead and assume that you beautiful people are registered to vote. So why not show support for your favorite candidate by rockin’ a lovely red lippie?

I’m not going to pretend that I’m super patriotic but I know many women and African Americans have died so that I can vote. I think it’s great that a cosmetic company like Stila is combining politics and beauty for a wonderful cause.

Not familiar with Stila’s lipsticks? Check me out in the beautifully sheer color “Natalie”


And the oh la la “Dominique”

Stila’s lippies aren’t too drying either so I’m definitely getting that “Rock the Vote Red” lipstick as soon as the make-up probation is lifted. And don’t even get me started on the “But Black can’t wear red lipsticks” bit. We alllll know that isn’t true, chicas so head on over to Stila’s website to cop your powerful red lipstick.

But I shouldn’t be the the only one glorifying Stila’s lipsticks. I am giving away “Ariel” and “Michaela”. How to snag them? Tell me your reason for why you think voting is so important. The best two answers to make me laugh, go “hmm” or bring me close to tears WIN! You can leave your answers in the comment or you can email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

Of course if you’ve won a contest in the last 6 months, you aren’t eligible. But I still want to hear your thoughts! Contest ends Wednesday, August 6, 2008 and winners will be announced soon after. Hop to it, ladies!

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A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!

A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!