Feature: The 3 Step Foundation Routine

I’ve got a video for youuuuuu. Not of me, of course. Y’all know how badly I am with keeping up with my YouTube channel. And it’s unlikely that I’ll get back on it in 2013. Just bein’ honest. Buuuut, my girl Safia Michelle over at Lipstick Mixtapes was kind enough to do a video for me in which she shows us a 3 Step Foundation Routine.

Class is officially in session. Pay attention. Safia Michelle is one of the best makeup artists in the game!

 

 

Garnier’s New BB Cream for Oily/Combo Skin

Hey, everyone! If you thought that the BB cream craze was over, brace yourself. There’s a whole new crop of BB creams (and CC creams, plus I’ve heard rumblings of a new DD cream…) hitting store shelves in 2013! Today, I’ll be dishing on one that’s particularly interesting since it’s made specifically for oily and combination skin: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin. Whew, that’s a mouthful!

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I came across this new gem while in Walgreen’s and was curious to try a BB cream for oily skin, plus I was pleased to see that Garnier had added a Deep shade to their BB cream lineup. So, let’s get into what the brand claims about the product. According to the box, Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin “immediately mattifies, minimizes pores, and conceals imperfections to give skin a naturally smooth, flawless finish.” So does it live up to its claims?

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In a word, yes. It truly does mattify skin skin upon application, which any oily skinned gal can appreciate. Much of the mattifying action in this BB cream is due to the inclusion of alcohol denat (it’s listed fifth after sunscreen) to act as an astringent. Even though my skin is oily, I typically don’t use skincare or foundation products with alcohol denat in them, as they have the potential to be drying and irritating to skin. I recommend applying a bit of moisturizer to your skin before applying this, especially if your skin is leaning more toward combination than oily.

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Despite the product’s watery texture, the finish and coverage were quite impressive. It made my skin look diffused, camouflaged some hyperpigmentation from a recent breakout, and evened out my skintone. The only problem was that it evened my skintone with a shade that didn’t match my own. Someone over at Garnier was a little liberal with their definition of “deep”. In actuality, the Deep shade was a caramel shade with warm undertones.

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My hand is a few shades darker than my face right now, but you can see in the photo that it’s too light for medium brown skin (I don’t know why, but my skin is still hanging on to a tan I got on a cruise last October. I’m so over it, y’all…). On my face, it matches the center where I’m lighter, but it looked too light on the darker areas of my face, like around my mouth and the perimeter of my face. Sadly, most brown girls won’t find a color match in this product.

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Shade matching aside, Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin really did make my skin look great. It’s a great option for those with oily skin who want light to medium buildable coverage in a lightweight formula. It would even be great as an oil absorbing primer before your foundation. If other BB creams were too greasy for you, you may want to give this one a try!

More About Amber:
Amber is the creator of Brown Bombshell Beauty, where she’s been blogging about beauty for brown girls since 2008. A bona fide beauty junkie, Amber has a serious obsession with huge natural hair, cute shoes, and has rarely met a red lipstick she didn’t like. Follower her on Facebook and Twitter.

How To Create A Mascara Cocktail

One product women have a big love/hate relationship is mascara. We love it because of its seemingly magical powers to make our eyes look more open and awake. We hate it because if we choose the wrong formula we can end up with raccoon eyes. Love it or hate it, mascara is a must in nearly everyone’s beauty arsenal. If I find a formula that isn’t quite perfect for me on its own, I don’t toss it, I create a mascara cocktail!

Mascara cocktails involve using two different formulas on the lashes. When paired together, the result is so satisfying that you are nearly drunk with joy at the masterpiece you’ve created. My lashes never go naked, and when I get bored, I test out new ways to maximize my mascara stash.

Here are some favorite cocktail combos:

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara + Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

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These are actually two mascaras that I really like solo. However, when paired together, well…that’s when the magic happens. Gifted, is great at adding volume and some length, but Lights, Camera, Lashes! is like a push up bra for your lashes. It gives them curl, and an added lift that Gifted doesn’t. When paired together, the two create the perfect mascara look.

Urban Decay Cannonball + Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

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Cannonball is a waterproof formula, and because of this, it will hold a curl well when paired with a lash curler. However, Supercurl, which features a curved wand, actually curls the lashes on its own sans separate curling device. Cannonball is a light gel formula which makes it ideal for layering. Together, this dynamic duo will give you curled, lifted and waterproof lashes. Just be sure to use Cannonball as your final coat to reap the waterproof benefits.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara in Black + Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara in Brown

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A trick I love to wear to make my eyes look really open and awake is using black mascara on my top lashes, and a brown one on the bottom. You could actually use this technique with any black & brown mascara, but this is the combo I tend to use most. Stila Stay All Day gives the most amazing volume to those with sparse lashes. The wand comes with a unique brush/comb combo that lets you load up the product, and then comb through to separate and lift your lashes. It’s really hard to find good brown mascara, and Ecco Bella is the best I’ve found. While it isn’t fully waterproof, it is water resistant, which means no smudging, unless of course you are going deep sea diving.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara in Black + Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara in Ultra Black

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This is the newest of my cocktail creations. Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Mascara is the first drugstore formula that did my lashes right. On its own it adds amazing length; I mean truly impressive insane kind of length. I think this is probably the most underrated drugstore mascara out there. When I first tried FakeOut, I didn’t see a big difference between this formula and the Lash Boosting formula. However, after I paired them together is when the fireworks happened. FakeOut is a fiber mascara, and the first that I’ve worn that hasn’t irritated my contact lenses. The lengthening combo of the Lash Boosting formula plus the added fibers from FakeOut created the most fabulous false lash like
effect. Plus, all of the ingredients are natural!

So if you ever find yourself unhappy with a tube of mascara you purchased, don’t toss it! Try pairing it with a different formula and mix up your own mascara masterpiece! I don’t ever recommend physically mixing the formulas in the tube. Simply layer the two different formulas; apply a coat of one formula to your lashes, followed by a coat of the other until you reach the desired look. Remember when using a waterproof formula, you should always end with the waterproof one as your final step.

What are your favorite mascara combos?

More about Lisa:
Liza N. Chung is cruelty-free beauty blogger and makeup artist in Connecticut. Using only synthetic makeup brushes, she works to raise awareness about animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Her makeup area of specialty is weddings and special events. After working for various cosmetic brands and working as a teen model, she found her place behind the scenes helping people look and feel their best. Visit Lisa’s blog and follow her on Twitter.

A ‘Baby Elle’ inspired nail look

Hi, I’m Nidia, and I have a little beauty blog called Lit From Within. Thanks, Brittany, for inviting the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida to help you out while you spend some time with your little Baby Clumps!

All of us BBCF members have been awaiting the arrival of Baby Clumps, who we know now is named Elle. I wanted to do a little nail art as homage to our newest member. It was a celebration of Indies on my blog this January, so I wanted to bring a little of that celebration to Clumps of Mascara!

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This is PolishTBH Tiny Dancer, a sheer iridescent pink with bright blue squares and small glitters. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate polish – it’s soft and pretty, and I’m sure Elle was dancing around in Brittany for these last few months!

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Tiny Dancer had a great formula, and I was pleasantly surprised by the pink shimmer. With two coats, there was still a little visible nail line, but I loved the sheer softness of it so much, I didn’t mind. I knew some nail art was coming, anyway!

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I used Essie Mink Muffs and a nail art brush to make some Baby footprints! I learned the technique from watching a YouTube video. Basically, you make a little bean shape and add toes.

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Few things are cuter than baby toes!

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And a little personalization for Baby Clumps! Congratulations, Brittany, I’m so happy for you and your little family. I wish you all every happiness, and look forward to getting to know Elle.

Nidia Doherty is the writer for her blog, Lit From Within, which focuses mainly on nail polish and art, but also features beauty products. As much as she loves makeup, she believes that the most beautiful thing a person can wear is a smile.

Guest Post: How to Effectively Apply Fiber Mascara

It’s Ishah here, from over at Beauty Mamas – a blog for women who live life to the fullest and still want to look beautiful ;) My all time favourite type of mascara formulas is the fiber mascara. It builds up on your natural lashes to lengthen and volumise like no other. There is a trick to applying it, however, that can really make a big difference in the end result of your lashes!

For today’s post I am using Dolly Wink Long Mascara, but the concept is the same for other fiber mascaras. I have used this method with Maybelline The Falsies as well.


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Here is the video tutorial, but if you prefer text & pictures just keep on scrollin’.

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As you can see on the brush and on my hand, the mascara has a bunch of little fibers that are supposed to grip onto your lashes as you swipe.


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The traditional method of applying mascara isn’t the most effective with this type of formula. Firstly, we focus on lengthening: to really get the most fibers on your lashes and lengthen them as much as possible, use the tip of the wand first and swipe the brush up vertically, . This way, you are placing the fibers right where they need to go, on the ends of your lashes.


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Swipe each section, all the way from your inner, to your outer lashes. Using the tip ensures that you can catch every single lash and build them up. You will be able to see the fibers attaching to the ends of your lashes and making them beautifully looong! I do two coats, just to ensure I’m building the length up as much as possible.


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Once you have gone over the lashes with the tip of the wand, it’s time to go back to more familiar territory. To build volume and separate, swipe the wand in a ‘zig zag’ fashion at the roots of your lashes, then sweep upwards to the tips.


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Make sure you get every lash! I give them 2 coats, but make sure you’re loading your lashes with as much of the mascara that’s on that brush. I feel like many women do too many coats and cause clumping, when what you should really be doing is using one or two coats and going over and over your lashes thoroughly with each coat. Did I explain that right? If you’re confused, see the video.
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L: no mascara R: 2 coats of mascara applied vertically, 2 coats applied horizontally.


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Although I wouldn’t recommend doing any more coats than that, you can continue to build as much as you want with the mascara and fibers that are on the brush. With each coat I literally go over and over my lashes until they are as long and lush as I want them. If you have a good mascara (like Dolly Wink or Fiberwig) you wont get any clumping or flaking. In the video I actually went over the eye I used for the tutorial more thoroughly than the eye I had done beforehand, so it ended up looking a little more dramatic.

Oh, and don’t forget those bottom lashes! They can really pull a look together (like this one!)


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Fiber mascaras can do wonders for your eyelashes if applied right! Maximise the potential of this great formula by taking the little bit of extra time to do it right ;)

What are your thoughts on fiber mascara? Worth the extra time and effort?

Thanks for reading, beauties!

Ishah xx

Fabulous berry lips for a steal with Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick

Lipstick and I have a rocky past. Until recently, I was very, very afraid of lipstick and gravitated more towards lip glosses and tinted lip balms; for some odd reason the idea of lipstick was just too much! Nowadays, I’m much more used to wearing color on my lips and I find it so fun to spruce up a look with a fun lipstick. The one I want to share with you today- Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick in #522A Dark Wine- was my first “bold” dive into lip color.

I remember it like yesterday: it was a year ago in the fall, and I wanted to play around with color without breaking my student budget. I ran to my nearest Walgreens to peruse the beauty aisle, and as I glanced over the Wet ‘n’ Wild display, Dark Wine practically leaped off the shelf and into my hands. Was it possible to pay $.99 for a deep, berry red lipstick? Yes, indeed!

#522A Dark Wine is the only Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick I own, but I’m in love with everything about it. The formula is smooth, pigmented, and long lasting. It provides opaque coverage in one application, and the color is just divine- the creamy, berry hue pops against my skin tone. At first I was hesitant to wear it- my favorite way to pull it off was to use it more like a stain. I would apply the lipstick and then dab my lips with a tissue to lighten it. As I’ve become more comfortable with it, however, I enjoy the bold look it achieves.

If you’re weary about how much quality can be packed into a lipstick less than one dollar, fear
not! Dark Wine lasts on my lips for 4-5 hours, even through eating. I wore it to work earlier this week and though the color needed touching up, I still received compliments on it after 7 hours.

The only complaint I have is that Wet ‘n’ Wild doesn’t offer many other wearable, frost-free
shades (many other Silk Finish lipsticks have an abundance of shimmer- if you like frosty
lipsticks, you are in luck!). Other than that, I’m obsessed with Dark Wine for its last abilities, smooth color, and comfortable wear.

If you’re in the market for a great dark red lipstick to complement your winter makeup wardrobe
(and on a tight budget like myself), definitely take a lot at what Wet ‘n’ Wild has to offer. This one ranks high on my list of favorites; I foresee getting plenty of use out of it in the coming colder months!

Stephanie’s Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I’m a 20 year old fashion business major going to school in the windy city. My studies keep me pretty busy, but in my free time I enjoy staying up-to-date on the newest beauty products and trends as well as writing about all things makeup at my blog, In Her Makeup Bag. Being a student with no income makes it hard to sustain an obsession with makeup, so my focus is beauty on a budget!

Guest Post: 5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Solange Knowles

I’m Channing (remember me?) and B let me come by and talk fashion with you ladies. I’m a freelance writer obsessed with nail polish and sequins. I’ve written for Essence.com, VIBE Vixen, and Clutch magazine, to name a few sites where you can see my work. I wax poetically all day on my blog, Channing in The City about creating your personal style.

So today, I’m excited to talk to you about personal style using one of my most favorite-est friends in my head, singer/DJ/mother/and all around cool chick: Solange Knowles. Solange is the younger, edgier sister to the other Queen B, Beyonce.

Looking at Solange’s style, there are five style lessons that us regular folk without stylists can apply to ourselves. Like what you ask? Well…

1. You ARE NOT Your Hair

I really admire how Solange was able to up and chop of all of her hair. I know hair is a hugely personal issue with women of color, but as a woman in the process of growing out her relaxer, I appreciate Solange showing us that your hair does not make you pretty. Don’t you ladies agree?

2. Invest In Your Shoes

In an interview with Refinery 29, Solo says that, “So many people get it right from the head until the ankles. The shoe is very important.” Yeah, I don’t want you to be one of those people who get it wrong after the ankles. You don’t even have to wear heels all the time, but make sure they don’t distract from your look by lookin’ tore up.

3. Your Nails Make A Statement, Too

As Clumps of Mascara readers, I already know that you ladies can appreciate a gal who enjoys nail polish. Solange doesn’t just enjoy it, she is frequently spotted sporting nail art to compliment her outfit. You can never be too old to have fun with your polish. What are your nails saying about you?

4. Prints On Prints On Prints

5 points, if you know what ratchet song inspired that title, hehe. Anywayss, I was never to keen on mixing prints until I saw Ms. Solange do it. The way she coordinates colors and prints when she mixes them shows us all we need not fear. And if you aren’t ready for mixing, don’t be afraid to wear a graphic print dress instead of the standard little black dress.

5. March To The Beat Of Your Own Drum

This may be sound odd coming from someone who writes about fashion and trends on a daily basis, but to me style is personal. Your style should tell the rest of the world who exactly you are without ever saying a word. Whatever you chose to do with your look, make sure it represents you. Solange Knowles isn’t afraid to get behind a DJ turntable, cut off her hair, mix prints with abandon or wear the British flag on her nails. Your style is you, have fun with it.

Ladies, I want to thank you for letting me talk your ear off and promise you’ll come visit me sometime at Channing in The City!

Thanks, B!

Guest Post: Spring Fashion by Channing

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Is this thing on? Helllllooo out there! I’m Channing, a freelance fashion and beauty journalist. I recently started writing my own blog, Channing in the City.

Brittany was nice enough to share her lovely readers with me because it would be nice for someone to actually read my posts for once. Hehe!

Anywhoo, onward with the post. Are you looking to update your look for spring? Allow me to be of some assistance.

I think everyone deserves to be fabulous and fashionable without breaking the bank. So if you are just looking to add a few trendy pieces to a wardrobe or even starting from scratch, here are a few major trends (for cheap!) that will march you into the right direction.

  1. SEQUINtial Order
    Think sequins are only appropriate for night? Not anymore! Don’t be afraid to shine in the daytime as well.
  1. Big BANGles
    Think of bangles like last season’s signature chunky necklaces, the bigger the better! Pile them on.
  1. Naughty and Nautical
  1. LWD- The Little WHITE Dress
    This spring, ditch your faithful LBD for something, well, WHITE!
  1. Peachy Keen
    The hot new look for lips and tips this spring? Peach! Bold or light, this shade is universally flattering.
  1. AT EASE!
    With military inspired looks of course. Pair a structured military jacket with a ruffle-y dress for a utilitarian look with a feminine touch.
  1. If I Were A Boy…
    No need to wonder, just don a boy’s blazer! The boyfriend blazer trend is marching into spring and summer.
  1. Pick Your Platform

Clog, that is! Platform shoes are back in a major way. The can be worn with wide leg jeans just as easily as a dress.

B Says: I love Channing! Y’all know I’m no fashionista (I be tryin’ though…lol) so it helps to have fashion-savvy ladies just a click away.  Want to write a guest post for Clumps? Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com for consideration. 

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