Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie

Happy Monday, beautiful people! Can you believe that Christmas is next week? Have you snagged your gifts yet? Not me! I have never been a good gift giver. Perhaps lack of funds? Who knows..


Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (a little less than $7 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: ” Get a dramatic look with 2000 Calorie Mascara — it volumizes lashes up to 200%. Water resistant and smudge-proof hypoallergenic formula is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. With curved brush applicator.” (source)

The truth: Dramatic? Not so much!

What I loved about it:
It gave a little length to my lashes. But nothing that my current HG lengthening mascara can’t do.

What I didn’t like: The flipping wand was the worst thing I have ever seen Seriously..it was a clumpy mess and maybe it’s just be but I’m not a big fan of curved brushes. I don’t even see the point of them.

Overall: For starters, the picture I have listed is not the the EXACT same one as the one I purchased. In fact, after doing further research, I found that Max Factor has a number of 2000 Calorie mascara. The one I really wanted to try out was the 2000 Calorie Lash Extreme plumper. This mascara, I found to be just “okay”. I was actually a little disappointed. It wasn’t BAD, but I guess I didn’t understand what it was supposed to do. The volume was just so so. I didn’t experience and flaking throughout the day and the clump factor was down a bit. Definitely nothing to brag about.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats


Would I recommend it?: Not at all. I would hold out for the Lash Extreme plumper. Click the link below to visit the video review.

Have you tried any of the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascaras? Tell me about it!

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Stay beautiful,


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Mascara Monday: Rimmel Glam ‘Eyes mascara

Happy Monday, people! Can yall believe that on Saturday it was a 75 degrees here in Orlando, Florida? I know some of you are shooting me cyber birds but I am finding it so hard to get into the holiday spirit while blasting my air conditioning. Would I like 4 feet of snow? Noooo. But can a sista pull out the knee high boots? Obviously not!

I want to send mad love to the 89 of you who voted for this Mascara Monday’s mascara. Rimmel’s Glam ‘Eyes won by a landslide. Which I am grateful for because I would have been crying had yall voted for that $38 Lancome Oscillation. *wipes freshly threaded brows* Let’s bring on the review!


Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 ($7.29 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Seductive Volume. Turn heads. New VolumFlex Brush styles lashes for sensational volume and instant separation. Ultra supple elasto-bristles groom each lash, lacquering them from root to tip for a spectacular 7 x more lash intensity. Big Lash Seduction. High Definition. Maximum lash impact. Impeccable definition. Smoothing formula glides through lashes, wrapping each one for ultimate volume yet perfect separation. Lashes look dramatically amplified yet sleekly defined – even up close and personal!”

The truth: Could it be? Am I getting a little curl factor? Heyyyyy!

What I loved about it:
I’m amazed at how this mascara gave me a little curl. Now it could be my imagination. Or perhaps my lashes were already curled from the previous days’ pumps of a eyelash curler. But…I think Glam ‘Eyes did more than give me a little volume and I was excited about it! I’m diggin’ the wand too. Nothing too fancy but it was sturdy and the bristles were long enough to get my lashes without me darn-near poking my eye out.

What I didn’t like: Well, I wasn’t too WOWed by this mascara at first. As I mentioned in the video, I haven’t heard much about it. In fact, if it weren’t for ClumpsOfMascara.com readers and their requests, I probably would have never considered this mascara for review. I guess that’s not a reason to NOT like it so let’s move on..LOL!

Overall: I would say that Glam ‘Eyes does a pretty darn good job as far as volumizing mascaras go. Is it super duper OMG “this is it!” amazing? Nah, I wouldn’t say that. But it’s pretty good. I found it to be light on my lashes and build-able. Even after 3 coats, I didn’t have the “too much mascara on” look and I didn’t endure any flakes either. As I mentioned earlier, I really do think that this mascara gave me some curl…You can see for yourself in the video.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

Would I recommend it?: Yep! I think you volume-seekin’ folx out there would enjoy Glam Eyes. Now be honest….do yall see some curl in my lashes? I do think so!!

…..thanks again for those of you who have voted! I say we make Mascara Monday: You Pick a tradition here at Clumps of Mascara. Once a month…..readers choose!

You can make your Monday a little sweeter by sticking your hand in the Honey Pot to score a Karmin Titanium Hair iron, a value of $99.99. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO THIS POST. You have until tomorrow! And guess what? The same day that I announce the winner for THAT contest, I will also be having ANOTHER giveaway. Fa la la laaaaa, it is the season for giving.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Stay beautiful,

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Mascara Monday: Giveaway winner & "You Pick"

Happy Monday!

*burp*

I am beyond stuffed with all kinds of delicious Thanksgiving food! I enjoyed spending time with friends and family members. How I managed to run a few miles on my trip is beyond me. BUT I will definitely be paying for the extra slice(s) of sweet potato pie. :)

Ahhh….never the mind. You only live once.

Last week Clumps of Mascara had a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara giveaway. This is Mascara Monday first, but I promise it won’t be the last…….my favorite Mary Kay beauty consultant Bridget Bridges has selected the winner and it is….

ShanSoPink!

Congratulations mama! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara with your mailing address so I can get your mascara off to you.

Didn’t win this time around? No problema….it’s the season for giving and I have a TON of giveaways in store….one (maybe two) coming up this week so stay tuned.

In the meantime,

Because of the holiday, I didn’t get around to testing/reviewing a mascara and wanted to get you all’s opinions on what mascara I should review next.



Next Mascara Monday by ClumpsOfMascara

These have been the top 4 requested and I’m leaving it up to my readers to decide what comes next! You can leave your comment in this post but please also use the poll to the left.

Have any love or hate for any of those mascaras? Do let me know!

Stay beautiful….and I can officially say it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Mascara Monday: Giveaway winner & “You Pick”

Happy Monday!

*burp*

I am beyond stuffed with all kinds of delicious Thanksgiving food! I enjoyed spending time with friends and family members. How I managed to run a few miles on my trip is beyond me. BUT I will definitely be paying for the extra slice(s) of sweet potato pie. :)

Ahhh….never the mind. You only live once.

Last week Clumps of Mascara had a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara giveaway. This is Mascara Monday first, but I promise it won’t be the last…….my favorite Mary Kay beauty consultant Bridget Bridges has selected the winner and it is….

ShanSoPink!

Congratulations mama! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara with your mailing address so I can get your mascara off to you.

Didn’t win this time around? No problema….it’s the season for giving and I have a TON of giveaways in store….one (maybe two) coming up this week so stay tuned.

In the meantime,

Because of the holiday, I didn’t get around to testing/reviewing a mascara and wanted to get you all’s opinions on what mascara I should review next.



Next Mascara Monday by ClumpsOfMascara

These have been the top 4 requested and I’m leaving it up to my readers to decide what comes next! You can leave your comment in this post but please also use the poll to the left.

Have any love or hate for any of those mascaras? Do let me know!

Stay beautiful….and I can officially say it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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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Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Happy Monday, family!!

Ahhhh, the year is passing us by, uh? I could have sworn I was juuust making my way to Long Beach in California early February. But I’m not complaining because I am one of those annoyingly happy people during the holidays. I adore Christmas time and was ecstatic to hear Christmas music as I was strolling through Sephora on Saturday. It will only be a matter of time until I start getting my Christmas tree together. Yessss!

Okay–back to business. This was a reader requested mascara. I received several emails about this mascara waaay before I even saw it in stores. And then I saw the display featuring the omnipresent Rihanna. I swear that chick seems to be everywhere. Did this mascara live up claim of brightening the eyes? Hmmm….

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Price: 5 out of 5 ($6.00 from CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 1 out of 5

What it claims: “The unique eye brightening formula combined with the patented No Clump brush technology brings out the color of your eyes and gives you gorgeous clump-free lashes.”

The truth: Wait, what? I’m looking for my eyes to be brighter? What the….is there a mini flashlight in the mascara tube or something? I don’t get it.

What I loved about it: Uh….I love how the tube is white and then fades out into a gray and then black. Seriously the only good thing about this mascara.

What I didn’t like: Gee, where to start…..okay, here’s the wand.

Not bad but not spectacular either. I didn’t like how the “hairs” of the wand weren’t elongated all the way out. You see how they start small and then get bigger? Well, what sense does that make, CoverGirl? How am I going to get the inner lashes? Yikes!

Overall: I don’t really know what CoverGirl’s motive was for this mascara. Some promise length. Others promise curl. And then some promise clump free separation, volume, long lasting wear, etc. But how many people have actually said, “Gosh, I wish my brown eyes looked brighter!” *looks around* One would assume that if for whatever you reason you wanted your eyes to appear “brighter” then you would perhaps play in around in eye make-up that compliments your eye color, right? CoverGirl has tried to be innovative and failed, in my opinion. This mascara does nothing. See for yourself…

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats



The length isn’t bad but that’s not what I l’m looking for. Do my eyes appear brighter to you, folx? No. I was extremely frustrated with this claim not delivering. And while the mascara itself didn’t clump on me, I experienced terrible fall-out in my eyes. Each day that I wore it, I had eye irritation allll day. Not good. And then I figured out why. Look closely at this picture and enlarge if you have to.

The mascara apparently has little glitterly flecks that are supposed to “illuminate” your eyes. I get it! But nope, take it back to the chopping block, CoverGirl. These little flecks are irritaters (made that word up) that should not be in a product that goes so close to the eye. That’s a no-no. And I’m sure it would be far worse if I were a contact wearer. Not a good idea.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely not. I don’t think it’s very safe for the eye. I mean, at all…plus it doesn’t do anything. Definitely not a fan of this mascara.

*wipes brow* I’m trashing this baby here. So what do you think? Has anyone else tried this mascara? I hate to give such a not-good report but I must keep it real with yall. Still interested in testing out this mascara? What say you?

CoM TV featuring B…..haha, that rhymes!
*crickets* Oh….never mind


Click the link to visit video review:


CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Have a wonderful Monday and Happy Veteran’s Day!

Mascara Monday: Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes mascara

Happy Monday, fam! I spent the weekend in Tallahassee visiting friends and family and having a good time for Florida A&M University’s Homecoming. My sister wanted me to incorporate her in this week’s Mascara Review soooo…..I did. Check out what we thought about….

Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes
mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($27..can’t even lie. This is TOO much money for a mascara)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara perfectly curls and separates lashes. It has a high-tech, patented round sphere at the tip of the precision wand that reaches every lash and adapts to all eye shapes. It’s a Sephora exclusive.” (source)

The truth: Wow, wow, and wow again! This claim is without a doubt…TRUE! Imagine that, kids!

What I loved about it: Well, the wand-ball thingie is amazing! Seriously. I didn’t want this mascara for awhile because I was hesitant about spending THIS much money on one. But, I got it as a gift and was doing cartwheels at first glance of the dagger-like wand.

What I didn’t like: The formula isn’t the BEST. Granted I was too obsessed with the wand to realize this for awhile but once after a week of testing this mascara, I just wasn’t impressed with its formula performance.

Overall: I gave this mascara 4 out of 5 stars for the wand alone! I can’t express to you how amazing it is! It would have given it a 5 if the mascara itself was hot stuff. But unfortunately, it wasn’t. It’s pretty smeary and has this gel-like consistency once applied on the lashes. It does an GREAT job at giving you volume but that volume seems to disappear throughout the day. The wand is successful at separating. I wish Max Factor Volume Couture mascara had a wand like this!! While I can appreciate its black intensity, I can’t get over how nasty looking it becomes if you were to gently rub your eyes. Yall know I love to play around and be dramatic but I promise you I did NOT purposely jack up Sister Clump’s eye on on this one. Check out Courtney’s lashes after she rubbed her eyes a good 10 minutes after I applied the mascara.


Yikes! Try again Givenchy….a huge thumbs up for the idea, but head back to the lab with the formula.

Would I recommend it: For fun, yes…but you can’t take it seriously.

CoM TV’s video review! Click the link to visit.



Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes mascara


So what do you think? Have you tried this mascara? Interested? Thinkin’ about passing on it? Hmm….

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

Happy Monday, fam! I hereby declare this week as “Week ‘O Reviews”! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve reviewed some products (the requested and the randomly snagged) so I have a lot in store for you beautiful people this week. But a Monday wouldn’t be a Monday without a Mascara Monday. This has been a crazy requested mascara. L’Oreal’s newest has been quite a buzz among cosmetic junkies. But is it worth it?

L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

Price: 2 out of 5 ($10.00, kinda pricey for drugstore)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “L’Oreal introduces New Double Extend Beauty Tubes Technology, a revolutionary lash extension effect mascara that provides up to 80% longer-looking, nourished lashes.”

The truth: Wowsers! It’s a Imju Fiberwig drugstore kinda mascara. Groovy!

What I loved about it: I did a ton of comparisons (in the video) between this mascara and Imju Fiberwig and one thing that I love BOTH about them is the way you wash it off. Simply wet your fingers, massage your lashes, and it’s off. Amazement, I tell ya!

What I didn’t like: I’m not a big fan of the wand. I really wish these mascaras with “fibers” had smaller wands. Granted it may make it a little messy but I feel like I could get better control if the wand was a little smaller….or no, wait—a 3D wand instead!

Overall: This mascara is seriously the cheaper version of Imju Fiberwig; except Fiberwig does not come with a primer. Oh yeah…and Fiberwig performs better. HA! What mascara hunters have to realize about about lengthening mascaras is….that’s really all they do. Lengthen. I have to keep reminding myself that because I’m a “volume, plush lashes” kinda gal. I would rather like my lashes to look full than be long. If you desire length, then I think you’ll like this. Although, I wasn’t a big fan of the primer. It didn’t really do much.


My lashes didn’t plump up any more than usual. Here’s step 2:


See, it’s just okay. I’m not crazy impressed with it. That side angle really makes me lashes look funky, uh? I should have tried the mascara without the primer to see how that worked. The good news is, I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking. Overall, I do give L’Oreal a thumbs up for coming out with a pretty cool mascara—it’s just wasn’t all that for moi.

Would I recommend it: If you’ve ever wanted to try Imju Fiberwig and didn’t want to spend $20+ on it, then I recommend this for you!

CoM TV’s video review! Click the link below to visit.



L’Oreal Lash Extension Effect mascara

So what do you think? Have you tried this mascara? Interested? Thinkin’ about passing on it? Hmm….

Have a wonderful Monday!!