Red lips ‘n Q-tips + Sephora.com gift card giveaway (2 winners!)

Time for another Q-tips post and giveaway! I feel like I total crazy person for not remembering what makeup artist I heard this from (was it Sam Fine, Bobbi Brown, Tia Williams, Napoleon Perdis…who?!) but a while back I heard that dabbing red eyeshadow over red lipstick can help said lipstick last longer. Say what? And I mean, it makes complete sense. It’s one of those things that when you hear it, you’re like, “Wha?! Why didn’t I think of that?”

So of course when the time came to do another Q-tips post, I figured I’d show y’all how using Q-tips can indeed help make a red lip last longer.

First up, choose a fabulous red lipstick.

I mean, you do have some, don’t you? If not – that’s another post in itself. Hehe! I’m using Revlon’s Certainly Red. It’s been my go to red lipstick all summer. Apply said red.

Certainly Red has a semi-matte finish, which I find makes applying the eyeshadow easier. After application, I grab a red eyeshadow like NARS Emmanuelle.

Swirl a Q-tip around in the eyeshadow and gently dab on the lips. I looks as if both the Precision Tips Q-tips and regular Q-tips work just fine for applying the eyeshadow.

I find that dabbing the shadow in the middle of the lips works best as that’s the area I tend to see fade first. If you get a good amount of eyeshadow on the Q-tip, you won’t have to worry about any fuzzies. Which is fantastic! Of course this trick really only works if you don’t intend on applying lipgloss on top of your lipstick. I’m a fan of non-glossy red lips!

Pretty cool lil’ trick, uh? And yeah, I blame pregnancy hormones for making my skin break out the way it is. Could it be that I’m having a little girl who is trying to steal my beauty? Hmmm….

And nooooow, zee giveaway! TWO lucky Clumps of Mascara readers will each score ONE $50 Sephora.com gift card. Answer the mandatory question in the Rafflecopter (you must submit a comment to do this) and increase your chances of winning by doing the other tasks.

Note: Give the Rafflecopter a few seconds to load. If you’re rather submit your entry via email, please do so by emailing me at Brittany @ClumpsOfMascara.com. 

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New hot ‘n cool lippies from Manic Panic

Remember that time – that loooooong time ago when I did a post on the awesomeness that was a Manic Panic lipstick? Welp. I’m back with more awesome Manic Panic lipsticks. I know. You’re excited. I can feel the excitement through the interwebs. How weird would that be? You know…to be able to feel emotions through the internet….

I know, I’m so weird. I am forever thinking about the strangest stuff.

Anywhoovers, even though I’m all moved in the new joint, I am still trying to find the best places to take pictures. Our new place is a condo and I don’t have a backyard, porch, patio or anything. So hang in there with me while I found ideal spots to take pretty pics.

Because let’s face it – cosmetics intertwined with nature is much more interesting than white backgrounds. I’m just sayin’…

Much like Physicians Formula’s light up lipglosses, Manic Panic’s High Voltage Lip Glosses have a built-in light. Yes, I know these are gimmicky but they are so fun. I managed to get my hands on 2 of those glosses.

There’s Naked, the soft pink frost…

Oh, and please excuse my chipped nail polish. Would you believe I haven’t polished them in over a WEEK. *gasp* Let’s move on before I start shivering again. Like most of these light up lipglosses, these come with groovy mirrors on the back. I find them to be perfect for touching up on the go. Oh but wait, I also snagged Radioactive….

Somehow Radioactive looked better swatched on my arm than on my lips. While it is indeed a red, it certainly looks more vibrant in the tube than in person. But still – it’s a nice deep red with enough blue undertones to make me happy.

What I love about these lippies:
-They’re vegan!
-They’re scented but they aren’t heavily scented.
-They are super glossy and provide a ton of shine to the lips.
-There are only 4 shades but there is a nice selection of shades.
-While not long-lasting, they are moisturizing with a non-tacky formula.

What is just so so about these lippies:
-I believe that you can only get them online. Womp.
-I’m not a fan of how the light comes on the minute you unscrew the top. It’s a battery waster and makes it difficult to apply lip color when you’re already surrounded by a bunch of light. I would much prefer a dedicated button for the light.
-They’re $12.99 which my be considered steep for some.

 

Stepping away from lip glosses for a quick sec, I took a stroll with the lovely Hot Hot Pink lipstick.

I never owned MAC’s Candy Yum Yum but I reckon this baby is close in shade to that insanely popular lip color. This lipstick is BRIGHT.

It’s a stunning neon pink that I WISH I could wear solo. But my warm tones won’t be complimented with a pink this bright. My best bet is to use it in conjunction with a nice berry lipliner. And I’m okay with that.

Manic Panic’s lipsticks are reasonably priced at $8. Which is about right for a brand that sits comfortably between drugstore and higher-end.

Off I go to figure out how to get more use out of that Hot Hot Pink. Or pank as some of us would call it. :D

Get your Manic Panic fix from zee website.

VIDEO: Using Q-tips to exfoliate lips

Soooo I’ve finally come out of the hole and did a YouTube video. It’s been a few months since I’ve done one but there’s nothing like an ambassadorship to motivate me to do one. In this video, I am showing you how useful Qtips Precision Tips can be when used to exfoliate lips and cleaning up lipstick mistakes.

And because it’s me, there’s random singing, accents and silliness. Yeah – some things will never change. In this video, I feature 2 of my favorite multi-purpose ingredients coconut oil and brown sugar. The Qtips do a great job at allowing me to get in the inner corners of my lips. I know what you’re thinking.

“B, can’t you just use your fingers?”

Nope. Coconut oil melt with the quickness when it hits the skin so using the Qtips Precision Tips has been niiiiice.

Let me know if you plan on trying this lip scrub. Oh! And did I mention that it’s edible too? Weeee! Stay tuned for my next Qtips post. I’ll be giving away some major beauty stuffs! And in the meantime, be sure to follow Qtips on Facebook!

 

I am Q-tips ambassador so this is a sponsored video. Q-tips® product was provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.

 

Q-tips® cotton swabs do a lot of good. To celebrate this, the Q-tips® cotton swabs brand is donating 1 Million Q-tips® cotton swabs to 3 charities that can use them daily – Operation Gratitude for care packages, Ronald McDonald House of New York for arts & crafts and Glamour Gals for intergenerational manicures & makeovers. Visit Facebook.com/Qtips and SHARE to show your support!

The Q-tips for Good program will feature a different charity every two weeks from May 21st through July 1st.

Operation Gratitude: Monday, May 21st – Sunday, June 3rd
Ronald McDonald House of New York: Monday, June 4th – Sunday, June 17th
Glamour Gals: Monday, June 18th – Sunday, July 1st

Wet ‘n Wild’s $0.69 sale is oooon!

How gorgeous is that lippy? That’s Fuchsia with Blue Pearl and I picked that baby up for all of $0.69 at Walgreens last week.

Here’s the thing…a few of Wet ‘n Wild’s 99¢ items are going down to 69¢ for a limited time. That includes…

-Color Icon Brow & Eye Liner Pencils
-Color Icon Lip Liner Pencils
-Color Icon Shimmer Pencils
-Silk Finish Lipstick
-Wild Shine Nail Color

Aaaand of course the addict that is me had to scoop up some nail polishes.

Egglant Frost

…and Red Red

Granted I didn’t NEED either one of them but they didn’t break the bank so whatevssss.

Hope you can find this sale in your local drugstores.

True Story: My friend launched her own lipstick line.

Gather ’round, ya’ll. I got a quick story to tell you.

Once upon a time I met this fabulous makeup artist.
She was really nice.
And talented.
We became friends.
Then she started a blog.
And then she launched her own lipstick line.

I can’t even say “The End” because my girl, Safia Michelle of LipstickMixtapes.com is on such an upward moving incline, that she is bound to be on the cover of magazines. Oh wait. She’s done that too. I have this love for bragging about people. Especially about modest people. Anyway – okay. I’ll focus.

Safia recently launched the Lipstick Mixtapes collection. I’ll be sure to take pictures of all of the shades but I wanted her to pick out two of her favorites from the collection.

Say ‘Hi’ to Elyte and Esther.

Ahhh yes, I could not have asked for a better pair. Elyte is a blue-toned red and Esther is a rose-tinted neutral. Perfect picks!


Elyte….

Now we all know how much much I love a good red lipstick. This one gives life, honey! It also has a bit of a berry finish to it that I can appreciate


And then there’s Esther. I’ve never actually worn a nude like that. In fact, I don’t wear many nudes period. Which is a plum shame because um, uh…how do I say this without sounding cocky? Well…I kinda dig the way I look in this nude lippy. And darn me for not having given them many chances before. To show the true color of Esther, I used different lighting.


Like I do with all lipsticks, I used a balm underneath them to prevent drying. Wear time is average and I re-applied after a good 4-5 hours.

I’m so proud of my girl Safia and I will forever be a super fan of the brand Lipstick Mixtapes. Support indie brands and scoop up one of her shades. I’ve got my eyes on the hot pink Grindtime and the deep red The Blood next.

While Safia wanted to give me these to review, I felt better purchasing them from her. If you do end up purchasing from Lipstick Mixtapes, tell her B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

My first Bobbi Brown lipstick. I’m such a big girl!

Every beauty lover has those brands that they REALLY love but don’t try many of their products. I’m that way about Sleep Makeup and Guerlain. Be it lack of availability or price, it kinda bugs me that I can’t play around with these brands more. Add Bobbi Brown to that list.

Okay yeah. BB is here in the states but those prices are just a little too steep for moi. The packaging of the products are just so so and only every now and then do the collections make me swoon. A few weeks ago, I was visiting some gal pals in Tampa Bay. We ventured into Macy’s and found our way at the Bobbi Brown makeup counter. We were swatchin’ and proddin’ when I came across the beautiful Cosmic Raspberry.

How did I miss when this baby launched last year? I love everything about this bright pink fuchsia. I mean, what’s not to love about a bright pink that looks stunning WITHOUT a lipliner?

Very rarely can I find a bright lippie that compliments my complexion without bringing TOO much attention to my lips.

$21 later Cosmic Raspberry was mine. Not a huge dent in my wallet. Plus it’s gorg.


So yeah. Even though I’m a drugstore lover, it doesn’t hurt to splurge on the higher end stuff every now and then.

Any Bobbi Brown lover in the house?

How to Create Sunburst Lips – Like A Boss.

When I fall for something, y’all…I fall hard. Take music for example. I can listen to the same songs for days, weeks and YEARS at a time. I STILL play “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire like it came out in January of last year. I am a free spirit but I am a comfortable spirit too. I don’t fix what ain’t broke and while that can be a good thing, it stunts my creativity at times.

Hence why the starburst lips came to me.

Yep. They came to me. Seriously. I was rushing into work on Monday and after plopping down at my desk, I realized that my lips were bare. Bare lips are a no no on Monday mornings. I rummaged through my makeup bag and pulled out the gorgeous Venomous Cosmetics’ Let U Go.

Venomous Cosmetics is an indie brand launched by a talented beauty blogger who is based out of Central Florida. I found about VC through my blog sister and friend, Phyrra (who also lives in Central FL…woot!) and when my eyes landed on Let U Go, I knew I had to have it. I mean, look at this orange…

Gorgeous, right? It’s even more stunning in person. I own nothing like it and was glad to add it to my stash. And I didn’t use it until that rushed Monday morning. I wanted to go for something “different”, yet work appropriate. And so sunburst lips were born.

Oh. And if you hear anyone use the words “sunburst lips”, they so got it from me. I’m just sayin’. I came up with it first. ;)

First, I lined my lips using MAC’s Vino lipliner.

I’m not gonna tell y’all how long I’ve had that lipliner. Is there an expiration date for lip liner? Anyone know? Anywhoovers, I applied Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

Yep. I am still religiously wearing that buttah. I love that buttah. At this point, I grab a lip brush and get to blending.


Blending is so important. It’s like the 2nd Beauty Commandment. After “Never Wear Black Eyeliner on the Lips”, of course. After blending, I dabbed Let U Go in the middle of my lips.


And ta daaaaah!

FACT: Everyone has at least one friend that regularly takes pictures of themselves and showcases those duck lips…

Don’t be that friend. 8) Sunburst lips paired with dual blue eyeliner is quite the unexpected look. I can’t stop wearing it. I think I’m going to go for a sunburst lip using purple lippies. Whatcha think?

If you give sunburst lips,  try…let me know!

Need a new lippy for the weekend?

Happy Fridaaaaaay!

Clumps dot com is doing some crazy stuff, y’all. And I can’t really explain it. If you received a Mascara Monday post in your RSS feed or email, please oh please ignore that. That post was SUPPOSED to go live next Monday. And if you’re viewing Clumps on your smartphone or desktop, some of the images have shrunk. So weird. I don’t know what’s goin’ on but as soon as Esposo can find the time to do the behind-the-scenes work, we’ll be back and running smoothly again.

What? You didn’t think I could figure out these problems, myself, did you? Ha! Anywhoovers – since I can’t seem to get through my scheduled posts, check out this list….

 

Some of my beauty bloggin’ gals and I compiled a list of some of our favorite lip products. Of course I had to highlight by beloved Fresh Sugar Lip balm. Check out what the other gals are lovin’.

Feeling royal? Jen Mathews from My Beauty Bunny shares her fave cruelty free lip glosses fit for a queen.

Julie from The Style Page reviews 3cc Robert Jones Signature Collection.

Brittany from Clumps of Mascara knows of no better lip balm in the entire world than this kid.

Have you gone on the Tour de Fabulous with Brooke from BlushingNoir?

Madame B Fatale tells us what she thinks of Trilogy’s Everything Balm. Hint- it makes for an awesome balm!

Jessika from polish insomniac falls in love with By Terry

Afrobella exclusive Lipglass by MAC took the world by storm and sold out more then once. Check out swatches of this beautiful lipglass at Cosmetically Challenged!

 

What lip products are rockin’ your world these days?