Sista Show-Off: Frugalista Bloggers


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.

Y’all know me…I’m cheap. I live a  ‘On a budget, find a sale, where is the clearance rack?’ lifestyle. I am the opposite of a shopaholic. I’ve been frugal for as long as I can remember. And even when I have money…I don’t like spending much of it. That’s just the way I roll. In a world of “You ain’t cool if you ain’t rockin’ $298 shoes”, it is refreshing to see other frugalista-type bloggers. 

Cheapalicious.net

If you’re like me and have a hard time buying things WITHOUT a coupon, then you are going to love Cheapalicious. She not blogs about deals and sales, but she shows the clothes, jewelry and shoes she gets for the low. Loves it!

Frugal Chic Depot

Fellow Floridian blogger Jan-Nini shops like me…she doesn’t pay retail for anything. Um, me neither! Unless someone else is payin’. HA! This full time student and Mommy knows how to stay on a budget while looking fierce.


The Frugalista Files

This is my friend, y’all! Yep, Natalie and I were both panel speakers at last year’s Blogalicious Conference. She was the first “frugalista” blogger that I ran into. She drops helpful hints and tips on how you can save money in all areas of your life. She also does little challenges in which she attempts to save even MORE money. “Eating in instead of spending out”? I’m so there!



And I’ve mentioned it before but subscribe to Daily Worth’s newsletter. They have been SO helpful for me. Just last week I learned the importance of paying your credit card bills on time. Who knew even being a day late could REALLY hurt your FICO score? They also have helpful tips for us womenpreneurs out there.



Save now, benefit later, ladies! Any fellow frugalistas in the house?

Mascara Monday: NYX Doll Eye waterproof mascara

It only took 600 years but I am finally reviewing this mascara!

NYX Doll Eye mascara
Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims: “
Doll Eye mascara offers the latest advanced mascara formula for perfect all-around full lashes. Contains natural oils, vitamin E and fibers to extend and protect lashes.” (source)

The truth: It’s average.

What I loved about it: The wand was pretty groovy. It’s not original but helps with lengthening and separation.

What I didn’t like: While I like fiber mascaras, one of their flaws is the flakiness they tend to give you after you’ve coated your lashes. This isn’t the case with ALL fiber mascaras but it is certainly the case with NYX’s.

Overall:  Fiber mascaras ain’t for everybody. I think they are best suited for ladies who have short ladies. Small strokes and few coats are key for fiber mascaras. And if you have have super sensitive eyes, they may not be the best for you because of the flakiness. Doll Eye does well with one coat but I didn’t find it to be spectacular. The volume was so so but the lengthening wasn’t where it should be for a fiber mascara.The best thing about it is the removal process–simply wet the lashes, massage them and it’s off! It’s like magic!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)
Lashes with 1 coats of mascara

You can purchase it for $9 anywhere NYX Cosmetics products are sold. 

Would I recommend it?: Nope. While, it’s not a bad mascara per se, I didn’t find it to be one that I would purchase again.

Until next Monday…

A crazed mascara reviewer,



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FOTD Friday: Adventures in eye shadows

Boy, I tell ya, sisters…eye shadows just have NOT been showing me love these days. I’ve really been craving the color magenta with blue undertones. I blame in on The Falsies‘ packaging and NYX’s African Queen. I decided to pull out a color I haven’t touched in ages! MAC’s Pink Pearl pigment.

 Just look how that baby glows.

I used it in a FOTD Friday a good 2 years ago.

But mannn, I don’t know what happened but it just did not work for me this time. I think it’s because I used my beloved NYX Milk pencil instead of that rich red Artifact paint pot.

The outcome…

Can you say FAIL ten times fast? Someone out there is about to try it…ha! But seriously, I wasn’t a fan of this look. I will definitely be trying it again with a red or pink base.

Then I figured that I would play around with my Black Opal palettes. And look what happened…

Somebody say FAIL twenty times fast. At that point, I just figured it wasn’t meant for me to be rocking shadows and so I just settled for taking pictures of some of my new NYX palettes.

I love the color options in this palette. It’s the perfect blend of neutrals with great pops of color. But I was disappointed in the color payoff and at how chalky they were.

So I pulled out something a little more exciting.

Wow…sers! Check out the swatches….

I love that purple in the middle but you know what? I’m not sure about wearing these babies on the lid. I would straight up try and scratch my eye ball out if if a speck of glitter fell in. I may give it a try.

But not for quite some time since it appears that eye shadows aren’t liking me these days.

What have you been rockin’ on your lids these days?

Have a great weekend!

FOTD Friday: I got Savannah on my mind


It’s time for another travel edition of FOTD! I’ve taken you to the Bahamas, NYC, Miami, Los Angeles and beyond. If you haven’t noticed yet…I LOVE to travel. A lot. Every weekend, I think about about a city I want to go to and jet there. Which is almost ridiculous because I’m discovering that Orlando has a lot to offer beyond Mickey Mouse’s house. And since I plan to do little to no traveling this summer (a sista has to save some pennies, know what I mean?), you’ll be seeing a lot more in my own backyard travels.

But in the meantime…let me take you to a quaint Southern city called Savannah, Georgia.

I love the South. There is a certain kind of home-y feel that I get when I visit Louisiana, North Florida and South Georgia. Sometimes I think I can make it in the big city (failed that mission when I moved to LA..ha!) but when I really think about it, I think I am really made for Southern living. This Memorial Day trip was taken with the family. I don’t remember ever going to Savannah before but Mama Clumps keeps telling me that I went once with my Girl Scout troop. Did y’all know Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts was from Savannah? Any other former or current Girl Scouts?

*crickets*

Mmkaaaay, moving on! The trip up to Savannah from Orlando was almost 5 hours. Shooooot! This was my first time taking I-95 N in all of its hellish construction. First thing I did when I arrived was take a tour. Which I kinda had an attitude about. I’m like, “Forget a tour! Let’s just walk around.” But I ended up really enjoying it.

Savannah has some of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. This coming from a modern girl in a modern world. I never really had an appreciation for older style buildings and homes until I saw homes like this.

and this…

That home was considered a single family home. Can you believe that? It’s huge! It was later turned in a school. I found so much beauty in the homes and surroundings that I tried to be Ms. Photographer with everything.

Now because I’m not a good listener, I was so wrapped up in photo-taking, I missed A LOT of details and history. One time for multi-tasking!

Savannah was established in 1733. And the buildings show it!

The detail on this church is just breathtaking. And don’t these shutters tell a story?

We passed a lot of homes that had little plaques on them just showing how old they were.

And how cute is this itty bitty house? Interesting color.

What’s North Florida and South Georgia without Spanish moss? I grew up around this stuff but never really saw its beauty until now.

Moss is a living plant and doesn’t harm the tree that it grows on. In case you were wondering. :)

Savannah is also home to one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States, the First African Baptist Church.

The tour guide told us that there were tunnels in the church that led to the Underground Railroad. My mouth was left hanging open because although I kinda knew that (African American History was my major in college), it was just so moving and emotional for me to see that. Talk about being a true history nerd!

After we hopped off of the tour bus, we roamed around the city and ran into an outdoor market.

I purchased the most beautiful glass earrings for Mama Clumps. Actually I bought them for myself but in attempts to be selfless, I figured she would like them too. ;) We went down to the riverfront.

…and enjoyed the breeze.

And then there’s the food! I was still on the road when the family went to Paula Deen’s restaurant. *insert fuming emoticon* We headed over to Tybee Island and ate at The Crab Shack. I’m not the biggest seafood fan so I can’t properly judge that spot. Savannah Candy Kitchen on the other hand…*faints*

This place was amazing! Every kind of old skool candy was there. They literally passed out samples of everything! I had the BEST peanut brittle. I had my first grit cake at The Bohemian and that was seriously the best tasting meal EVER! The flavors, the richness, the boldness, oh my!

We had a slammin’ breakfast at J. Christopher’s where I had an egg white omelet with avocados, spinach, tomatoes, grits and a side of buttah.

The latter I left sittin’ there but that omelet was delish! The last dinner of the trip was at Garibaldi’s Cafe which didn’t impress me too much. The food was decent but the service was the pits.

It’s hard to do Savannah in a weekend. My sister and I missed jumping on a Ghost Tour and I didn’t get to stop by any boutiques or shops. Another reason to go back!

Have you ever been to Savannah? From there? Want to visit?

Off I go to Miami this weekend. This upcoming week is Clumps’ 3-year anniversary Week. There won’t be any formal posts or reviews. Instead there will be giveaways totaling up to

$1,500!

You excited yet?

Have a great weekend!

Mascara Monday: MAC Opulash mascara

I feel ca-ra-zy for  posting a Mascara Monday on a Tuesday. But better late than never, right? This past weekend I was vacationing in Savannah, Georgia (post coming soon!) and completely forgot to draft a post. Please forgive me, darlings. Let’s get this show on the road. Allow me to introduce you to…


MAC Opulash mascara

  
Price: 3 out of 5 ($14 at MAC counters, stores and online at MACCosmetics.com)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“Big, fat, bouffant lashes. Dramatic density and curl achieved with a giant brush. Fibres go in all directions for a thick, rich, even application. No clumping. Long-wearing formula, up to 15 hours, quickly thickens lashes, root to tip. Contains natural beeswax”. (source)

The truth: Ah crap…not one of those enormous wands.

What I loved about it: It gives rich and dark lashes with only one coat.
What I didn’t like: That stupid wand. I mean, look at this…

It isn’t the worst I’ve seen but I had such a hard time bringing this through my lashes. Wiggling didn’t work because I ended up smearing it all on my lid. And small strokes don’t get enough of the mascara on my lashes. I don’t know WHAT to do!

Overall:  My homegirl friend who happens to be a MAC Cosmetics make-up artist was the one that told me that I HAD to try this mascara. I gave her the “you’re not just saying that because you work there, are you?” look but she promised me that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I don’t remember her being THIS excited about a mascara so I hit up my favorite MAC store and picked up Opulash. Well, it’s dramatic alright. It definitely thickens the lashes with just one coat. You’ll see once you scroll down to the pictures but a second coat is almost TOO much. This mascara reminds me a lot of L’Oreal Voluminous. It is designed to give you dark lashes with crazy drama but both mascaras have wands that are just unpleasant to work with.

If you have baby lashes, smaller lids or need a mascara wand that helps to separate your lashes, you won’t get it from Opulash. What you’ll get instead is a mess. I find it so hard to control wands like this. If you’ve got longer lashes then we hate you, then you won’t have much of a problem. You will be able to glide the wand through your lashes with ease while the rest of us have to struggle a bit.

But that’s not a reason to hate the mascara. It’s actually pretty good. It does a good job at volumizing and is great for a night on the town or just when you want some “out there” lashes.

The one thing I don’t like about this mascara is how it doesn’t have a stopper in the tube. We’ve seen this before in several Revlon mascaras.

The big hole (or the Black Abyss as I like to call it) makes for messy application because when you remove the wand from the tube, here is what you get…

Mascara reside on the all over the wand. Not a good look, MAC. You should know better. Go sit yourself in the corner and think about what you’ve done.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

And how it looks from a distance…

Would I recommend it?: I do. I don’t think I would purchase it again because of the wand and packaging issues but I can see how others may love it. Especially make-up artists. The mascara does well very well!

Think you’ll try this?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,


Sista Show-Off: OPI’s Gargantuan Green


Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

Some time ago I convinced one of my girls to try a color outside of her comfort zone. My homie Cass was the one that introduced me to NYC’s Love Letters. And I’ve only seen her with different variations of that color. Say what?! Friends don’t let friends stick to the same boring colors. Every now and then you have to spice it up. Am I right or am I right?

Soooo, I forced asked Cass to try out O.P.I.’s Gargantuan Green.


Hotness, right? It looks like her nails are glowing. And she loved it. See…every now and then you have to switch it up.

Are you a same ole same ole nail polish gal or do you like to rock allll kinds of colors?

FOTD Friday: Insanely pink lips

It’s been a while since I’ve done a rockin’ pink lip. So I pulled out a lippy that I don’t wear much but love nonetheless.

That’s Stila’s Jewel Lip Glaze in Pink Diamonds. That paired with a shimmery but kinda muted pink eye from L’Oreal HIP gave me just what I was wanting.

There’s not much to say about this look other than it took me 5 minutes to do. Pink paired with brown on the outer-V will always be a fabulous combo in my book! 
And this is totally random but how amazing are grits?
I normally eat oatmeal for breakfast but lately I’ve been switching over to grits and OMG…I could eat it for every meal. Maybe it’s the Southern girl in me.
On to the look!
FACE:
Iman Luxury Radiance  Liquid Makeup (only on the cheeks)
NARS Crazed blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L’Oreal HIP metallic shadow duo in Sculpted
NARS Albatross highlighter 

NARS Edie eyeshadow (between crease and brow)
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay eye pencil
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
….and a secret mascara that I’m testing for Lancôme

LIPS: 
MAC  lip liner in Vino
Lancôme Color Design in Pink Preview
Stila Jewel Lip Glaze in Pink Diamonds

Gosh…what is it about pink lips that make me feel like I have to poke my lips out? HA! And I’m wearing my c/o 2003 Lincoln High School senior shirt in those pics. Insane! Like…why do I STILL have my class shirt? HA!

And that’s all, darlings! Simple but sweet.

Random Question of the Day: What would you rather eat for a year? Grits, oatmeal, cream of wheat or porridge? Or would you rather go without breakfast until lunch time? As much as I love grits, I’d have to go with oatmeal because they’ve got some nutritional value to them.

Off I go to NYC for the weekend, darlings! I’ll be tweeting my adventures at The Makeup Show along the way. Ciao!

Have a fabulous weekend,
 

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Amor de Lacquer: Taking care of the cuticles

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

We talk a lot about nail polish collections and application but I can’t believe that I am jut now getting around to doing a post about cuticle care. And I should know better because I am constantly moisturizing mine.

Seriously. Every time I wash my hands, I moisturize my cuticles. I do it twice a day after showers. I do it before bed. I do in in the car. I do it while waiting in long lines. I am seriously a cuticle moisturizing fiend.

Before we go any further, let me show you exactly what cuticles are:


This picture is the perfect example because mine look AWFUL.

You can use anything to moisturize them. I tend to use my regular hand cream but I also have Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle cream in my purse and at home.


Words can not express how much I love this stuff. It is absolutely divine! The lemony smell makes my heart content and I always feel like I’ve had a wonderful little manicure each time I massage this in my cuticles.

Some people cut their cuticles off. I can’t say I’m a fan of this because cuticles help protect the nails and act as a shield. The most I do is push them down during manicures. But you have to do what works for you and what compliments your nails best.

Want to know more about cuticle care? Check out the following links.

The Best Way to care for cuticles
Cuticle Care
How to care for cuticles


Polish pretty,


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