Tagged! This or That? My Beauty Preferences

Soooo, I was tagged by the ever so wonderful Cosmetic Passion and Married 2 Makeup. I won’t even tell y’all how long ago they tagged me because that would be embarrassing. Ha! I haven’t done one of these in so long so I am super excited. Yay! Let’s gooooo….

1. BLUSH or BRONZER?
Bronzer- For the most part, it’s hard to mess up and it gives my skin the perfect glow without much effort. I usually wear tarte’s Hotel Heiress daily.

2. LIPSTICK or LIP GLOSS?
Lipstick
- How about lip balms? Those are my true BFF’s! But if I really had to choose, I’d say lipsticks because of their staying power and their ability to change colors with the addition of a lipliner or gloss. But I will only rock a lipstick with a lip balm underneath.

3. EYELINER or MASCARA?

Eyeliner- I know…y’all are like, how can this be? Yes, yours truly prefers eyeliners over mascaras. Eyeliners are great at making me look awake. Without the definition they give me, I look like a corpse. No lie. I may leave the house without mascara on, but leaving the house without eyeliner hardly ever happens.

4. FOUNDATION or CONCEALER?
Concealer
- It is a well known fact that I am not a foundation wearer. Because of  my acne prone skin, less is more and I find regular use of foundation can be rather skin-clogging. I’d rather rock a concealer that matches my complexion (shout out to CoverFX!), put on the areas that need concealing and dust a powder all over. Easy peasy.

5. NEUTRAL or COLOR EYESHADOW?
Neutral- Don’t get me wrong, I love super bright eyeshadow looks but my personality is much more neutral these days. My POW comes in the form of outrageously bright lippies. 8)

6. LOOSE or PRESSED EYESHADOW?
Pressed – Loose shadows are too messy.

7. BRUSHES or SPONGES?

Brushes- ecoTools have the best!

 

Who do I tag? You! What are your favorites?

Congratulations to the Reader Appreciation Week winners!

From the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate all of the support from Clumps of Mascara readers and supporters. From a comments to emails, ya’ll don’t know how much it means to me. Reader Appreciation Week was my THANK YOU. And I know everyone couldn’t win but I loved seeing the enthusiasm about the giveaways.

The best has yet to come so to keep the enthusiasm going on, I will continue to have random giveaways without notice.

That whole, “Giving is better than receiving,” thing….it’s kinda true.

Congratulations to the following ladies!

Mabel in the Dominican Republic Judith in Colorado Juanita in Missouri Sara in Sweden Xuxa in North Carolina Monique in Michigan Ashley in D.C. Aimee in Illinois Sarah in California

….and a special thank you to my youngest sister Imani…..

…she randomly selected each and every winner! A tough job for a 10-year old, but my girl held it down.

Thanks again for a successful Reader Appreciation Week. The next one will be bigger and better!

And a quick tag! Milan from Milan Rouge tagged me with the Sexy Blogger Award. Thanks sis!!


Rules: List 5 things that are sexy about yourself and then tag 5…

1. My kindness. Sounds lame but in a cruel world, I think that genuine kindness is sexy!
2. My legs. I love how sculpted they look.
3. My lips. They are full and soft!
4. My confidence. It has gotten me a loooong way.
5. My humor. Or lack thereof some may say. I take pride in being a cornball and somehow I think it’s sexy!

….I’m horrible at tags because I always seem to re-tag the same people. So I’m tagging YOU!

What makes you sexy?

Tagged 3/10/09: What I’m Using Right Now

I was tagged by my blog sister Jaimie over at Just Kiss & Make-up. I almost did the Bankhead bounce again, yall. It seems like it’s been ages since I have done one of these.

Yay!

What I’m Using Right Now….

Shampoo:

I don’t use shampoo. Yall know that. I have been a faithful no poo-er the majority of the time I have been natural….4 years next month!

Conditioner:

My loctician usually washes my hair but I twisted my locs once and am still religiously using Trader’s Joe Conditioner. Oh…and Oyin’s Honey Hemp Conditioner.

Styling products:

For moisture: Homemade oils that my Mom, the herbalist makes. For loc twisting: My own personal blend of shea butter, olive oil and aloe vera.

For shine: South African Lavender Body Glaze (also for hair) from Darcy’s Botanicals.

Shower Gel:

Victoria Secret’s Pink Body Organic Soothing Organic body wash. This stuff is amazing! Review coming soon.

Moisturizer:

Olay Complete SPF 15 by day

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion by night

Deodorant:

Degree somethin’….lol, I don’t know. It works and that’s all that matters.

Fake Tan:

I’ve got that natural tan if you haven’t noticed

Cleanser:

Dr. Bonner’s Magic soap in Peppermint for break-outs

Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap for every day
Eye makeup remover:

Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Make-up remover

Jojoba oil…or olive oil.

Exfoliator:

Homemade scrub….brown sugar, jojoba oil and essential oils

Primer:

Don’t wear it.

Foundation:

Don’t use it.

….oh wait, I am reviewing a foundation by for Clinique’s Insider club called Even Better Make-up SPF 15. It is foundation that actually repairs your skin. It is working very welll. The color works and I’ve even photographed with it. Review coming soon.

Foundation brush:

MAC 187 Duo Fibre brsh

Concealer:

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

Powder:

Sometimes I use MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark. I wish I could find something better because I swear skin loathes MAC products on my face….minus their blushes, of course.

Blusher:

Fashion Fair Warm Sand

NARS Dolce Vita

Bronzer:

I’ll bust this out in the summer.

Highlighter:

N.Y.C. Chroma Face Glow in Sunset

Eyeshadow base:

Always and forever Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eyeshadows:

Of course, I have a TON of colors but I am constantly grabbing these:

For lid color- Too Faced’s Mocha Meteor, Cargo’s bronzer in medium

For crease color-MAC’s Handwritten, MAC’s Sketch

For highlight-Clinique’s Almost Peach, NARS Albatross blush

Eyeliner:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Mascara:

When I’m not testing one I am going back and forth with the following:

Maybelline Lash Stiletto, Maybelline Sky High Curves and CoverGirl Lash Blast

Lipgloss:

MAC’s Tendertone in Hot ‘N Spicy

Nail Colour:

Goodness….wear to start. I am currently rocking Barielle’s Cotton Candy. Last night was Barielle’s Grape Escape. And tonight I will probably play around with Nfu-Oh 51. I polish my nails once and sometimes twice day. I know, I know….lol!

And now, I am going to tag…

AND

I haven’t done any of those in a quite some time so that was fun! Feel free to share with me some of the products you are rocking. Or what products of mine do you absolutely loathe?

Tell me!

Tagged, mon!

I got tagged by one of my lovely blog sisters, Funky Blak Chik. I love this chick…she keeps me rollin’ over at Twitter and has a fab blog. Thanks for the tag, fam!

6 Random Facts About Moi

1.

I have never watched an episode of Sex in the City. *gasp* I know, I know. Actually, I haven’t watched a lot of popular shows: 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl…never watched any of them. And I’m not sure why. Hmmm..

2.

I’ve lost 17 lbs since July of this year! The “right” way….by working out and monitoring what I eat. 13 more pounds to go and I will be where I want to be. Stay tuned for Before and After pictures!

3.

I was in a bowling league when I was 5 years old. How random is that?

4.

I can not stand clutter. I mean, at all. Aside from being a neat freak…I don’t like having a TON of anything. Even 20 email messages in my inbox is too much for me. The only things that I have A LOT of are books, nail polishes and pictures.

5.

I love cheese. I mean I realllly love cheese. Feta, cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, brie, asiago, aged organic goat cheese, parmigiana, Gouda and of course cream cheese. I loooove them all!

6.

I just adore Christmas time. I go all out. From playing Christmas tunes to passing out Christmas cards, I spend the majority of November and December smiling for no real reason. Christmas lights, hot cocoa, watching The Christmas Story with the fam, and sucking on Spearmint flavored candy canes…..I just love it and can’t wait to pass down the joy AND purpose of Christmas to my babies. ;)

I’m tagging:
-Browne Lovely
-Luxe Tips
-Secret Life of a Beauty Addict
-Honey Brown Sugar
-Diva 4 Less

And I’ll end this post with my FAVORITE Christmas song eveeeeer.

FOTD Friday’s For the Love of Money



I am sooo glad it is Friday. Thank you, Jesus!! Before I drop this Friday’s FOTD (I’m doing better with this series, uh? LOL!)…I must encourage you to submit your answer for the Bee Contest. 5 lucky winners will win Radiance Kits from Burt’s Bees. You know you want one make this Friday a better one by being a potential winner. Yaaay!!

Got that out of the way. With my focus on all things blush, lips and skincare, it is very rare that I play in eye make-up….especially with pigments. But goin’ out for the first time in 93 years inspired me to have a little fun. Because I’m a girly girl to the max, I couldn’t figure out what I was going wear and changed my outfit a dozen times. But this was the final look.

FACE:
Olay Complete moisturizer

CHEEKS:
NARS Crazed blush

EYES:
Styli-Style eyeliner
Imju Fiberwig mascara (review coming soon!)
UDPP
MAC Violet pigment
MAC Carbon e/s
Clinique About Peach (for highlight)

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip pencil
CoverGirl Wetslicks Amazemint in 625 (LOVES IT!!!)






I wasn’t finished with my lip blendin’ but it was a fun look. Quick and easy. Little blending, few products. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I’m gettin’ lazy, yall.

And since I love being tagged, I figured I would do it again. I did this one on my personal blog too. Someone else tagged me on this blog and I sho forgot to put it up. Sorryyyy, here we go! And thanks Fab Vixen!

1. Put your iTunes/music player on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT. After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY?” YOU SAY?

“I Can’t Hold Back the Tears” Isley Bros. —–I’m an old skool head….

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

“Discipline” Janet Jackson —–Oh shoot…LOL!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

“My Body” Tank —–Maybe THEIR body.

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

“Work That” Mary J. Blige —–Pretty accurate!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
“Get Ya Stuff Together” T.I. —–You right!

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

“I Don’t Wanna” Jagged Edge—–I can be a bit of a child at times.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

“All About Love” After 7—–Truuuue, I am a lover!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?

“Now That I Know” Mariah Carey—–No relation but I love the song!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

“Lifetime” Maxwell—–That may be true.

WHAT IS 2+2?

For Real” —–Amel Larrieux

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

“Da Rain” Missy—–LOL!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Saturday Night” Spice Girls—–I can dig it. Love the Spice Girls!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

“Just Because” Anita Baker

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

“Portrait of a Woman” Donell Jones

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Sorry I” Will Downing

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

“Wind It Up” Gwen Stefani—–That’s just strange

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

“Apple Tree” Erykah Badu—–I doubt it but this is my jam.

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

“Father Can You Hear Me” —–Diary of a Mad Black Woman Soundtrack

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

“Uspide Down” —–Ledisi

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

“Hail Mary” 2Pac—-What the?? I’m jammin’ though…

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

“Southern Stuff” Anthony Hamilton—–Yay for the Southern girls!!

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?

“For the Love of Money” The O’Jays—–What yall know ’bout this? LOL!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!

A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!

A Tag & Port Red

Yay for taggin’ games!!! Yall know I’m on it.

My Foundation: N/A…no foundation for meeee.
My Mascara
: Yall know I am constantly reviewing them but the one I adore right now is….catch the review next Monday!
My Blush
: Fashion Fair Warm Sand and MAC Sweet as Cocoa.
My Eye Shadow
: MAC’s Vanilla pigment. I swear it looks gorgeoussss.
My Day Cream
: I wear Olay Complete.
My Lipstick
: MAC’s 3D and now, Port Red!
My Beauty Product Brand
: MAC Cosmetics, Milani, NARS, L’Oreal, etc.
My Essential Beauty Product
: I really don’t leave the house without eyeliner.
My Favorite Makeup Product
: Blush, it really tuns a simple look into glam.
My Perfume
: Unforgettable for Women by Sean Combs.
My Nails
: China Glaze! Currently dappin’ in the WOW collection.
My Feet
: A Mr. Pumice Bar every night, Vaseline with socks to bed.
My Hands: Some Avon lotion.
Three Products to bring on a deserted island
: MAC’s lip conditioner, a good sun block (you know, SPF 70, hehe) and a blend of olive oil and rosemary—for the face & hair.
Woman I admire for their beauty
: Iman, Tia Williams, Angela Bassett, my Mom, Jill Scott
Woman with the Best Sense of Style
: Don’t know. Not really up on what people are wearing.
My Ultimate Dream
: To help as many people as I can.
How Do I Define Womanhood
: I can show you better than I can tell you.
My Favorite Fashion Publication
: Some UK piece. Can’t remember the name. It’s a wonderful fashion mag for Black women.

….but that’s not alllll.

I was on my way to work and was tempted to try on that new Port Red lipstick from MAC’s Naughty Nauticals collection. So I dropped my lunch box and purse on the floor and ran to my bathroom where the beauty of all lipsticks lay in my traincase. I lined my lips with Nightmoth and applied Port Red. I was floored with how beautiful it looks. The subtle gold specks really bring some “umph” to the overall color of Port Red. I am in love with this. And yep, it is a TRUE red. What I love about it is how it isn’t a deep red. Deep reds tend to make me really look like somebody’s 40 year old Momma. And yall know what I’m talkin’ about….hehehe.

So dig the little photo shoot I had in the car. I was careful about it, I promise. I also tried to show pictures in different lightning so you can really get an idea of how Port Red looks. *insert British voice* I was a bit giddy in these pics, chaps but I had a jolly good time. And you’ll have to enlarge for a better view. Photbucket was on the trips today, mannnn.




My brows are really crackin’ me up. Goin’ to get them threaded tomorrow. I can’t express how much I love this color.

What do you think?
Yay or nay to Port Red?
…..what’ s your take on darker skinned ladies wearin’ red lippies?