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!

Where in the world is Clumps?

Right now I’m chillin’ in an open phone booth at Orlando International Airport. People keep looking at me because I

(a) Keep making wacky pictures at the camera on my computer
(b) Took off my shoes and slid on Hello Kitty socks
(c) Have on insanely blue eye shadow (think MAC’s Freshwater)
(d) A combination of reasons A-C

*shrugs shoulders* 

I am headed somewhere to attend something and I can’t WAIT to tell y’all all about it. But until then, I’m going to be a butt and leave you in suspense. Got any guesses?

FOTD Friday: Travel Edition, NYE in NYC

Happy Friday!

Ah yes…it’s another Travel Edition of FOTD Friday. 2009 was a good year for me when it came to traveling. I went to back to Atlanta for my birthday, the Presidential Inauguration in DC, back to Los Angeles, back to the Bahamas and I went to NYC a good 4 times. To find me at home on a weekend was a rarity.

I brought in 2010 the same way….NOT at home. I went to NYC with some girlfriends and wowsers! Enjoy the photo journey.

So despite Jet Blue delaying my flight (they get 2 fails from me…I’m sticking with Delta Airlines), I wanted to hit the city the minute I got in. But cold weather will make you lazy. Liner, mascara, lips and DONE!


And can someone tell me the “cute at night” protocol in NYC? I can stand being cold. But being cute and having to jump on trains and buses in the blistering cold? No ma’am! That weather was killing me softly though. Single digit temps? That’s just unreal where I’m from. But even the bitter cold couldn’t stop me from exploring the city from sun up to sundown for a good 4 days. I’m not the biggest fan of the Time Square area anymore. It was cool when I was okay when I was a super tourist but now it’s just too much, too much and TOO much. I ventured down there anyway.


But only to check out this spot…


I took a TON of pictures and several videos so stay tuned for those.

Has anyone seen Wicked?


O.M.G! It is one of the BEST Broadway plays I have ever seen. Look, I’m green too!


Don’t know how that worked out. HA!

Saturday, January 2nd was my birthday. I turned 25. They say it goes downhill from there but whatev. I’m still a big kid and don’t see that changing any time soon. I had lunch with the BFF and the ever so wonderful Eileen from Miss. Whoever You Are.

Gosh, I love her. Capricorns (including the famous Luvvie) rock! Later that night I was supposed to go to Lips NYC but dammit….a psycho cab driver who tried to run us down and kill us (wish I was kidding) got us all delayed. We ended up going to Moomia Lounge and…I LOVED that spot.


Can you tell? My birthday fried ice cream was yum yum!


I also had brunch with Charu from the Butterfly Diary at Rachel’s. Delish! Of course Sea Thai Restaurant in the East Village was good. I had some great BBQ at Dallas BBQ and looooved Grey Dog in Chelsea. That spot was SO me.

Oh, New York….how I miss thee. But I was also excited to get back to being in control of my transportation again too. Living is SO different in Florida. Not good or bad, just different. I’ve learned to appreciate the luxuries of Florida even though I yearn to be else where.

‘Tis it for now! Hope you enjoyed this Travel Edition of FOTD Friday.

Have an awesome weekend!

Clumps in the Streets: Maybelline ColorSensational Event


So remember in this post when I talked about Maybelline New York heading down South to tell us cool Floridians about their newest kids on the block? I was already heading down that way to visit family so it was totally meant to be that this event landed on the same weekend.

Saturday morning I grabbed Clumps’ Miami intern Briana, her Mommy and my BFF (she wrote an awesome post about this event on her Mommy blog). We headed to the “Little Havana” part of Miami and jetted to the parking lot where the ColorSensational trailer had been set up. There was a crowd of ladies listening to astrology expert Carlos Javier. He was revealing what colors best went with each sign.

Executive Editor of the magazine Siempre Mujer, Maria Cristina Marrero was also there.

“Psshttt….” whispered the intern. “Everyone is speaking in Spanish.”

Ah yes…the entire presentation era en Espanol pero I was fine. I’ve been speaking Spanish since I was a little girl so I was good!

Soon after the presentation, they opened the doors and let us in. The trailer had been set up with lip-over sections. It was gorgeous!


BriAna, the intern, is great…she took all of those photos while I chit-chatted with my lip consultant. I lovingly named her mi madre de labios (my Mother of Lips…ha!)

Together we picked out the perfect lip for moi. The ColorSensational collection has 4 color families to choose from….pinks, naturals, plums and reds. They are neatly categorized by packaging.


Anywhoovers, if you know me…you know I chose red!! And of course it scared me with the initial application.


But within seconds, I was loving it!

We used Very Cherry lipstick.

BriAna even got in on the action. She chose a teen appropriate color that looks so darling on her! Ohhh, to be 16 again!


I’ll be doing swatches and providing more information about the fabulousness that is the ColorSensational lippies. Until then..

SMOOCHES!

Clumps heads to The Artist Summit


That’s right, my loves…I am off to cover another fab event hosted by The Powder Group. This time I’ll be back home in Miami!

What is the Artist Summit?

“A THREE DAY EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP AND BEAUTY COMMUNITY.FEATURING DOZENS OF SEMINARS, PANEL FORUMS AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS FROM THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL EDUCATORS IN THE PRO-MAKEUP INDUSTRY & INTRODUCING THE SUMMIT SHOP ­ A UNIQUE NEW PRO-RETAIL EXPERIENCE.”

Oh yeah…so there is a lot in store for all of the attendees. To get more information about attending this event click here. And if you see me in the streets, holla!

I know big beauty events hardly wonder outside of LA and NYC so I’m glad to see events in my neck of the woods.

I’ll be tweeting photos along the way. To get the behind the scenes coverage of all of the happ’ns at the Summit, follow me at @ClumpsOfMascara. If there is anything you would like for me to keep an eye out for, shoot me an email: Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Y’all know I love the Clumps fam, right?

Have a fabulous weekend!!

FOTD Friday: Bloggin’ Beauts event edition



It’s another Friiiiiday! Dang, already? I’m never the one to complain about the end of a work week but my goodness…..sometimes they come a little TOO quickly if you ask moi.
Okay, soooo…I wanted to make the Bloggin’ Beauts the star of this FOTD Friday. Last weekend I partied with some of NYC’s finest.
And I don’t mean celebs, I mean bloggers! I have gained quite a bit in my 2 years of blogging at Clumps of Mascara. Aside from connecting with all of y’all, I also get the chance to hob nob with fellow beauty bloggers. It really does my heart joy. Follow my POTD (place of the day) back to NYC and at the Beauty Beauts event!
Yesss, I’m back. I am a small city girl by nature but I ALWAYS feel at home in the Big Apple.
I didn’t have any concrete plans so I pretty much roamed the city most of Friday and Saturday. I I found myself in a Chanel boutique and while the purses and shoes made me want to swoon, I ran to the cosmetics area where I knew my $20 could get me “something”.
But I didn’t haul anything. Chanel Cosmetics are gorgeous but a little too rich for my blood. I’m just sayin’….
I give my little sister my Blackberry for a quick second and before I know it she’s taking photos like a true beauty blogger.
If she started swatching, I would have died. LOL!
I did some more roaming around and managed to catch some AWESOME shots of the city. Especially this one.
Fellow beauty blogger and NYC BFF, Adina.
And these photos were all taken by my Blackberry, so……wow!
Managed to see another Broadway play.
WICKED is soooo a must see.
Saturday was the day of the party and you know it’s serious when you see cosmetics on plates. Oh yes, we take beauty seriously around here.

The purpose of Bloggin’ Beauts was to not only network with other beauty bloggers but to also play around with make-up and introduce new brands.
A presentation on Arbonne…..
We were even pampered by Zoya celebrity make-up artist, Jackie. She is doing the nails of Mrs. Thevi Cosmetics herself!
A few of the ladies chit-chatting….
The ladies at the meet-up!

A ton of love to Yana for doing all of the things I couldn’t do to make this party a success. And I can’t forget all of our sponsors including Zoya, Purple Lab NYC, Orly, Solerra, Arbonne, 3 Custom Color, Tarte, Fingrs, My Pretty Pink Box, Thevi, Cerave, Korres, etc.

With transferring all of my photos from my PC to my new MacBook Pro (woo!) my pictures are currently inaccessible–hence why all of these photos came from my Blackberry. To view other lovely photos from our event, click HERE to visit the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts website.

Anyone thinking about coming to my neck of the woods for The Makeup Show Miami? I’ll show y’all how us Floridians party. LOL!

Check out some of my other travels to:


Have an awesome weekend,

NYC Siting: Inglot Cosmetics

I am still all over the place with getting together posts from NYC. I am so behind but please hang in there with me.

Before I go into the fabulousness that was the Beauty Blogging event in NYC, I HAVE to tell you about this incredible line of cosmetics that my girl Adina introduced me too.


Inglot Cosmetics is rocking my world in more than one ways. Would you believe I visited this store three times in only two days? Oh yes…Inglot had my heart at the very beginning.

I desperately want to call the brand “Inglowwww” but it is pronounced “Inglot”.

Okay so the name isn’t as attractive as the brand but I promise you…walking in here is like walking in a cosmetic world of wonderfulness.


They have over 20 matte polishes!


Rows and rows of eye shadow colors stared at me.


They had a decent selection of foundations–some even being brown girl friendly!


The saleslady told me that this Poland-based brand actually has more products. They were not all out on the floor because—there wasn’t any space! You, see….Inglot is very new to the United States. 3 weeks old, to be exact.

Already a baby and I have a feeling that they are going to take the cosmetics world by storm. Not because the colors just look “pretty” but because they are uber unique! Check out my mini haul…


I can’t remember the prices but the palette was around $25 and the polish was $10. The gel liner and lippies were somewhere in between. Not bad, uh? And watch!! The palette does tricks!


It is magnetic and stackable, mama! How cool is that? The colors are not only highly pigmented but the palettes are customizeable. You can get trios, quads, quints (haha, is that the word?) and a palette of 10. You pick the colors, they pop them in the palettes. What fun!

*drools* I’m in love with the polishes. Mattes are so in right now and Inglot has a ton of them! I controlled myself and only purchased two. For now…


A rainbow gloss…


…layered on top of a purple lipstick….


Equals the best lip combo EVER! Photos of that coming soon.

I could go on and on about Inglot. And if I’ve got you wanting to snag some of these goodies, cool your jets, sister.

Inglot doesn’t have a formal website just yet. And they only have ONE store in the U.S. and that is in NYC’s Time Square. Bummer for those of us that don’t live there. I can’t wait to see how this brand grows and what surprises they have in store for us.

UK ladies, are you familiar with Inglot? Like it? Love it? Hate it?

Does Inglot catch your attention the way it caught mine?

Check out my video inside of NYC’s Inglot: