Event: Meet Me at Naturals In The City!

Hey girls…hey! It’s my first speaking engagement of the year. Woot! I haven’t done a local event since last November so I am super excited to be hosting and sitting on a panel at the Naturals In The City event in Tampa, Florida.

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Focused on natural hair, beauty, fashion and wellness, this is THE event to be at this season. Tickets are only $15 and you’ll get to check out several vendors, listen to panels regarding beauty and hair and have a great day out in the beautiful Tampa Bay area. If you think you’ll be in the Tampa area, purchase a ticket and meet me out there. I would so love to see you! For more information, visit the event website.

The Man Repeller GLOSSYBOX

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I haven’t reviewed a GLOSSYBOX since last year and it’s already March. Time freaking flies. Cliche, I know but it’s always really apparent when I’m playing around with beauty stuff. This month GLOSSYBOX partnered with blogger The Man Repeller. I’m not familiar with this blog so I’m not sure how it all went down. It appears to be a fashion blog that focuses on a lot of International fashion. If you have some insight on The Man Repeller, please let me know. In the meantime, let’s check out this GLOSSYBOX…

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As in all of the boxes, we’ve got a magazine that features season trends and whatnot…

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And then the main event…

At first glance, I was excited because for the first time in a while, it looked like this GLOSSYBOX contained items in which I was interested in using them allllll.

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution -full size $225

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I’ve featured LMdB products before but I haven’t tried any of their skincare products. Aaaand for obvious reasons. They are a bit the expensive side. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t think I want to. Because then what if I like it? Then I’ll be stuck having to spend THAT much on a skincare product? Nah bro.

Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette Spray – full size $77

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Okay, so we all know I kicked wearing perfumes to the curb years ago due to the fact that they give me migraines but even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t re-open my love affair for ‘em with this one. It smells like old ladies. No bueno.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender (hair primer) – full size $20

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I’m not a fan of hair products in beauty boxes (mainly because they are almost never geared toward my hair type) but this is a decent sample size if I were interested in using a hair primer.

Vincent Longo Lipstain – full size $23

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Yay! I full size product. I love everything about this richly pigmented red lipstick. It is definitely the star of the box for me.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume mascara – full size $25

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mini mascara in a beauty box so yaaaaay for that. I’m a mascara snob in that I’d much rather use a full size mascara than a mini one but for a sample box, it works. Plus, I can use this mascara in my cosmetic bag for travels.

OPI Can’t Let You Go Liquid Sand nail polish – full size $9

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Fantastic choice! It’s not only a full size nail polish but it is OPI’s newest formula.

Fresh  Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – full size $35

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I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to. It’s a good pick for a beauty box because it’s large enough to let you try out the mask the serum at least 2-4 times.

Overall:
I always judge the value of a GLOSSYBOX by the variety of products and if what is given has a value that reaches or exceeds the cost of the $21 box. Looks like this one did a darn good job. We got a hair, nail, skincare, cosmetic and perfume sample. Two of the samples were in full size and together they cost more than the cost of the box. Not a bad box for this month. The lipstick and nail polish are true winners in my book.

Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber? What did you think about this month’s? Oh! And if you aren’t a subscriber, head on over to the site and sign up.

 

TMI Tuesday: Confessions of a Hairy Woman

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Yes. It’s true. I’m hairy. And I’m a woman. 10 years ago I could never admit this. Shoot, 5 years ago I couldn’t admit it. But the fact is…my hair grows at the speed of light.

This can be beneficial in some cases. Hair cut gone wrong? No worries. My hair will grow back quickly. Overpluck the brow? It’ll grow back in 2.3 days. Ironically enough, I’m not one of those “gotta be hair-less all over” kind of women. Even though I live in tropical weather year round, I shave my legs once a month. If that. Stubble doesn’t bother me and the only area that gets hair removed regularly is the bikini line and my underarms. Everywhere else though? Pfft.

I even have a mustache.

Sexy, uh? I spend several minutes a day in the bathroom try to get rid of it AND the hairs that sprout all over my chin. Dude, I don’t know what happened but when I hit like 22 or 23, I started getting a ridiculous amount of facial hair. In fact, I can’t even go a day without doing some kind of plucking or clipping. It’s quite the nuisance. And the whole laser hair removal thing? Yah. I’m not convinced that’s safe enough for us richly hued people. The only saving grace is Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. While it doesn’t eliminate the chin hairs, it dries up the bumps that ingrown hairs cause – making it hella easier to tweeze the hair out. It sucks, y’all. It really does.

Chin hairs are vicious lil’ somethings. They’ll spout right before something important happens. You’ll be getting ready for a  date, meeting or important presentation with only seconds to spare. You catch a glimpse in the mirror and see a chin hair. You go to pull it. It doesn’t budge. Instead, it coils up into a darling little candy curl. You pull again. Doesn’t budge. At this point, you feel like the chin hair is laughing at you like…

It sucks, y’all. It really does.

Are there any other hairy gals out there? Please make your voices heard. I just know I can’t be the only woman who is thiclose to pulling out a razor and going at it on the chin. Have you ever tried laser hair removal? Would you? Are there any products or techniques that you use to get rid of or minimize facial hair? And what’s the deal with women who pluck their brows, only to draw them back in? I could SO use some insight on that.

Blue hair don’t care thanks to Milani’s Color streaks

I’m not a gal that appreciates her natural hair color. Which sounds oh so awful but seriously…my naturally dark brown hair is just boring. Not that I need hot pink hair to feel alive but come on…a little hair color ain’t never hurt no one. I was super excited when Milani released their Limited Edition Color Streaks.

These were a July 2011-exclusive item but I’ve still been seeing them in stores so you may be able to grab a few. I believe they retail for around $7.99 or so. Simply put, these Color Streaks are hair mascaras.

These little temporary tubes of hair dye can add a pop of color to your locks with just one stroke. Or ten. My belief is products like these really aren’t made for my hair type. But considering that my hair type is pretty specific, I don’t get offended by it. These are probably easier for guys and gals with straighter hair. That wasn’t going to stop me for giving it a try!

After some stained fingers….

I had a few blue locs.

Which eventually turned green after a day at the beach.

I absolutely loved the look. Then again, I’m the same gal that has dyed her hair red, orange and purple. The color washed out right after one wash. I wouldn’t call it a “dye” because it certainly isn’t as toxic as one. But if you’re desirous of some quick color and can still find these, I’d say scoop ‘em up.

And I know what you’re thinking…this can’t be used on the lashes. The consistency is slightly water-y and there is a memo on the tube that says not to do. Granted I’m a rule breaker but I don’t mess with the ojos. 8)

Pooka Pure & Simple

 

Nothing excites me more than getting the opportunity to review products from up and coming brands. I fell in love with the Pooka Pure & Simple at first sniff. This women-owned business has a passion for natural skincare and haircare products. I soooo wish I could translate a smell into words. But since I can’t, you’ll have to fall for the pics. Brace yourself…

Sista Show Off: JazzaBelle Tresses

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

It’s a shame how much I love hair. So much that I started my own hair blog. And I won’t even tell you how many I follow on my Google Reader. JazzaBelle Tresses’ is one of those blogs. While my hair blog is considered a “natural hair blog”, I still like to be in the know of what’s going on with black hair across the board.

JazzaBelleTresses.com is a hair website that addresses the various hairneeds of all women. Whether your hair is natural, relaxed, or transitioning JazzaBelleTresses has information to suit your needs. This daily blog has features that include hair news, hair products, hair regimen, hair styles and informative pieces in regards to innovations within the hair care industry.

Check out more of what Editor-In-Chief, Jasmine, has to say about JBT.

Huetiful Hair Steamer

I know, right? A hair post over here at Clumps? Hair talk is usually saved for my hair blog but I’ve had to the opportunity to review the Huetiful hair steamer and wanted to share it with the Clumps fam. After all, with the cooler weather hitting us, who couldn’t use some added moisture to the ole’ crown, eh?

Call me loca but I’ve never heard of a hair steamer until I saw natural hair bloggers posting about Huetiful’s.