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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FOTD Friday: Lancome’s Gift with MORE Purchase

Happy happy Friday! I can NOT believe how fast this week has gone. I’m not complaining…..we’re getting closer to the holidays and then my birthday (January 2nd)!! The good ole’ 24. *sigh* But I will forever be 21.

*crickets*

Alrighty then, let’s bring on the FOTD! I was in Tallahassee during the Thanksgiving holiday and refused to get into any of that Black Friday madness. Okay, I kid. I actually had plans to make it to Macy’s at 4 a.m. but was too busy partying it up with friends to go. I did, however, manage to snag that Lancome beauty box that I was desiring.

Spend a little less than $40 on any Lancome product(s)….and you get ALL of this for $48.50. A bit of a stretch but I figured this was the best time to try out some of Lancome’s products. Mommy dearest and I went half. I purchased Lancome’s Magnifique..

Another “grown up” fragrance that I absolutely adore! I’ll review that in the coming “Let It Clump” posts. I decided to play around with my Lancome eyeshadow palette to see how the colors’ texture compared to other brands.

I mean the colors are definitely pretty enough. A little too shimmery for my liking but I was loving the intensity of the colors when I initially swatched them.

Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Lancome palette (GOLD-inner lid, GREEN-outer lid BROWN-crease..and the highlight color)
Clinique’s brush on gel liner in Black
Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Black
Dior DiorShow mascara (gave it a whirl again)


FACE:

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
NYC Color Chroma Face Glow in Sandstone

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip liner
Lancome Coquette
Too Faced I Love Myself Mirror Lip shine

….Clumps of Mascara strikes again!
Where is my other earring?



OMG, is this not personality
overload or what? HA!

I can dig Lancome’s shadows! They blend beautifully and seem to work well on brown skin. I’ve used this palette several times for work and am definitely adding this to my “take when traveling” stash.

And don’t even get me started on the amazement that is Lancome Bi -Facil makeup remover. This make-up remover has been hailed as the greatest of all removers and I can see why. One swipe and it’s ALL gone.

Do you have any favorites from Lancome? Or did you cop any hot beauty sales during Black Friday? Tell me, tell me!

Have a wonderful weekeeeeend!

Stay beautiful,

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Amor de Lacquer: Courtney’s Edition

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Hey Guys its Courtney aka “Not Ur Sister” meaning I am Brittany’s sister :/ lol I tried out some new polishes that I loved to death that wanted to share.

I bought two Polishes at Sallys. Both were $5.99 from China Glaze. A brand that I love! …and there was a buy one, get one free sale. YAY ME!!!

I applied two coats to each nail then I applied a lovely top coat that my sister suggested called “Poshe “. I really likes these colors and I was inspired to get them because it’s cold outside and when I think of winter, I think of blues, silvers, golds and whites.

The Frostbite blue is so pretty. I usually change my polishes every two days but I may keep this one on for awhile. The Posche top coat really makes it shimmer.

I kept this one on. Even up until the Florida vs. Florida State game…I work at Florida State University and don’t think people would liked me very much wearing the hated rival school colors…lol.

The Platinum silver is a really pretty color to something I would wear daily and it is really pretty. It stands out without being too flashy.

ByeBye for now…watching my 1st christmas movie of the season…lol

B says…


Don’t forget to stick your hand in the Honey Pot for your chance to win a Karmin Titanium Hair iron, a value of $99.99. All you have to do is submit your NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS to THIS POST and I will use random.org to select a winner. You have until next Tuesday, December 9, 2008. International readers are eligible too!

In addition to the giveaway, MyHairStylingTools.com is also providing coupons just for Clumps of Mascara. Use these codes at checkout to save!

MASCARA25 – Good for $25 off any Karmin Titanium Hair straightener

&

MASCARA10- Good for $10 off any item on site.

Stay beautiful,

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!!

FOTD Friday: Festive Thanksgiving Eyes

How funny/sad is this?

Awww, poor turk. The ex-vegetarian in me almost wants to drop a tear for this one. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is enjoying time with your friends and loved ones. This holiday has inspired me to do some festive Thanksgiving color-inspired eyes! I have been pretty neutral with my looks lately. Boooooring. I haven’t really been inspired with wanting to do bold looks. I find that neutral and softer looks are just easier and more appropriate. I felt like I should shake it up a bit and do something a little more fun.

I haven’t dabbled in my MAC shadows in quite awhile and I took out Coppering eyeshadow for old time’s sake. Coppering is beautiful “copper”-esque color that I find beautiful on the lids and as a cheek color.

Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Coppering (lid)
MAC A Little Folie (outer V)
MAC Handwritten (crease)
NARS Albatross Highlighter (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

CHEEKS:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
L’Oreal HIP Blending Blushing Creme in Blushing

LIPS:
Milani Cocomo Lipliner
MAC Astral lipstick
NYC clear gloss


Just havin’ some fun! See how my earrings don’t even match what I’m wearing? I love to keep things a little funky by doing something unaccepted with my accessories. Ha! Stay beautiful, fam..and continue having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday season!

Stay beautiful!


Don’t forget to dip your hand in the honey pot for a chance to win a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara…a mascara that I am sending high praises to! View this post for details……and of course I’ll ship to other countries! Contest ends on Monday, December 1.

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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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FOTD Friday: Dior Chic Palette


It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s Friday…yeah yeah, it’s Friday, it’s Friday..*does the Bankhead bounce*


“B…seriously, what is the Bankhead Bounce?
And WHY are you always doing it?”

I just know someone out there is thinking this….

I know..I’m ALWAYS doing that dance, uh? As an 80’s babies who grew up in the 90’s, this song was a huge hit in my suburban hood. Not that I was allowed to listen to rap music….I had friends though. And a mad cool babysitter who would bust this song and do the dance. I enjoyed it because it was only dance that didn’t require any feet movements because…..um, I can’t dance. Shoulder poppin’? I can do that!

And that, boys and girls is why I love the Bankhead Bounce ’til this day.

Here’s a video for reference….if you (like me) are allergic to rap music videos, be careful with this one..hehe, you were warned.



On to the look….every once in awhile, I feel like I need to treat myself. I mean, why not? I’m fairly responsible. I pay my bills on time, go to work on time (mostly) and don’t go around plotting ways to destroy the lives of others. So why not TREAT myself?

Check out Dior’s Chic Palette Eye


…Sephora’s photo is so much prettier than mine. I will say that this little palette is a bit pricey. $45?! Yeah…that’s a stretch. But it didn’t hurt my wallet too much as I haven’t purchased make-up in quite a while…except a mascaras and a few (hehe, dozen) polishes.

Here’s how Sephora describes the colors:

Shades include:
- Shimmering bronze
- Ivory sheen
- Brownish green sheen
- Light mauve gray sheen
- Plum sheen
- Shimmering grayish black

I would say that they are pretty accurate and extremely wearable. This is my first time dabbling in Dior’s shadows and I’m impressed. I love how the colors are sheer yet build-able. I’m learning to have an appreciation for colors that can go on lightly and instantly look “intense” with a little more application.

The look..

EYES:
Plum sheen (inner lid)
Shimmering bronze (outer-V)
Shimmering grayish black (crease)
Clinique’s Almost Peach e/s (highlight)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Clinique Brush-On Cream liner in Black
_____ mascara (I’m reviewing it on Monday)

CHEEKS:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
NARS Crazed ( I think I forgot that a little goes a loooong way, hehe)

LIPS:
NARS Afghan Red lipstick
NYC gloss…can’t tell b/c the color rubbed off but it is beautiful.



Why does oatmeal cook TOO fast? Seriously….mine was burning after 3 minutes. WTF?

Lemme get out of here before I’m late to work.

Have a wonderful weekend, family!! And if anyone is in Orlando for the FAMU vs. BCC Florida Classic, let me know!

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