Degree Women Natureffects collection

Degree has won my heart over with the launch of their Natureffects collection. A few weeks ago Degree reached out to a few bloggers and sent us on a hunt to discover the meaning behind this collection. They sent us goodies representing each of the senses.

For smell, we got…

A beautiful bouquet of flowers. And for sight…

A pair of chic Tory Burch shades.


A delicious orange and olive oil cake.

And for the sense of sound…

My girl Mary J’s newest album!

All of this led up to the Natureffects Collection

The fragrances Honeysuckle & Tea Tree Oil, Olive Leaf & Pink Pepper and Orange Flower and Cranberry are all inspired by nature and help heighten all of the body’s natural senses. Genius! Of course they all smell just divine. Orange Flower and Cranberry is my favorite.

And guess who performed at the FREE (!!!) launch party on March 22nd?

None other than Mary J. Blige in all of her fabulousness. I wasn’t able to attend the party so I played one of my favorite song by her and rocked out.

Kudos to Degree for not only releasing an awesome collection of deodorants and body mists but for connecting with bloggers. I also love their “daring to join forces with nature” theme. It’s true. Spending  some time nature does wonders for your mood. You can purchase the Natureffects collection anywhere deodorants are sold for $3.99.

Rock on, Degree!!

 Photo of Mary came from Degree Women’s Facebook fan page. Join it here!
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. I was contacted my Degree and participated in their blogger outreach. I did not purchase the following gifts nor was I paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion

Sooo, CoverGirl drops a new CoverGirl Last Blast. Is anyone just as excited as I am? The original promised insane volume. And according to my review…it delivered! Lash Blast Fusion is all about volume AND length? Was it hot? Or not so much?

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion mascara

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:
“Use Lash Blast Fusion to get a blast of volume plus incredible length! It’s the perfect fusion of Lash Blast’s super-volumizing brush and a buildable fiber-stretch lengthening formula that work together for dense, long-looking lashes!” (per packaging)

The truth:
Yay! I’m happy to see another fiber mascara on the market. And with the Lash Blast wand? Awesome!
What I loved about it: The wand!

Which is totally ironic because it took me forever to like the wand on the original…

What I didn’t like: The volume isn’t as va-va-voom as the original.

Overall:  I was SO excited to review this mascara. I mean, who didn’t love the original Lash Blast?  That’s really a rhetorical question, y’all. I know somewhere out there isn’t the biggest fan of it. I thought it was the ideal mascara for separation and volumizing.

Now first things first, know that the review in this mascara review is Black Brown. I usually use black mascaras and for that reason, the mascara may not POP as much as it does in my other mascara reviews. But you know what? I actually like the natural look that black brown mascaras give. I’ll have to be trying some more of these.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion is a fiber mascara. Remember what a fiber mascara is? It’s all about little itty bitty “fiber-like” that are intended to attach on to your lashes. They are like washable extensions. You can get a good view of them in my video review.

Fusion seems to be a little lighter on the lashes than the original Lash Blast was. I also find that it clumps less. You can get a good 2-3 coats with this without entering Clumps City. And that’s a huge plus in my book. I didn’t experience any flaking and like most fiber mascaras, it rinses off without any problems.

So in terms of it being a good mascara on its own…yes, I think it is! But when comparing it to the original Lash Blast, I don’t think it’s THAT much better. They are both good. Period.

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: The thing is…I experienced a good amount of length with the original Lash Blast. I can’t really see much of a difference between the two other than the visible “fibers”. If you haven’t tried the original Lash Blast, give this one a whirl. Or, you if you REALLY liked the original and just want to see if you can maximize your length, give this one a try.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

FOTD Friday: Natural Beauty with Carmindy + giveaway

Happy Friday, sugar plums! How crazy is it that it’s ALMOST the end of March? Sheesh! We’re almost halfway done with 2010. Makes my head spin just a wee bit. 
Okay, sooo while I was on my hiatus (like it was for 3 years, HA!) I had the opportunity to test drive some products from What Not To Wear’s Carmindy’s line. You know Carmindy, don’t you?
She’s the make-up artist on the show that helps transform these ladies from their tacky selves to stunning everyday and night time divas. The looks are always easy to try at home. Her new inspired Sally Hansen Natural Beauty line is all about achieving beautiful looks with products that don’t include harsh ingredients.

The lines includes the following:

-Fast Fix Eyeshadow Base
-Forever Stay Eye Pencil
-Instant Definition Eyeshadow Palette
-Lift and; Define Mascara
-Natural Beauty Makeup Bag

I’m actually REALLY diggin’ the palette.

The colors are very wearable and pop up well on brown skin. See!

The mascara isn’t half bad but my favorite is the liner. This paraben-free eyeliner lasts ALL day. Check me out after a grueling 8 hours.

It’s still there!

I’ll be reviewing each item individually but in the meantime, who wants to snag this beauty bag? Carmindy is giving one Clumps of Mascara reader all of the following goodies.  Here’s what you have to do…
  • Leave your comment in this post only. 
  • If you do not have a Blogger profile, provide your email address. 
  • U.S. and International readers are eligible. 
  • Contest ends: Friday, April 2nd at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner will be selected at random and announced on the blog.
And while you’re at it, submit your video to the AIR OPTIX® AQUA’s “Surprise Your Eyes” contest.

Yep, of course I entered. *crosses fingers*
Good luck, my darlings!

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

My Foundation…

Yo yo yo, lady friends, let’s rap on foundation.

Wait…I’m not talking about the foundation we put on our faces. I’m talking about support systems. The people that hold you down. The things that inspire you do go where you want to go.

When I think about “The Makings of B” (sounds like a dope album title, uh?), I think of myself like a house.

See! There I am. I’m a brick….houuuse!

Now don’t y’all go laughing at me. Writer, I am. Artist, I am not. Hehe!

Without a foundation, I may stand up for a bit. But eventually I would sink.

No bueno, right? My foundation is a strong faith in God. Now I know everyone isn’t “religious” or “spiritual” and I respect that. But mannnn, I’m not sure WHERE I would be without my belief. Actually, I’d be in jail for having knocked someone out. Seriously. My faith in God keeps me going when I feel like stopping. It’s what gives me a sense of purpose. It gives me that extra “umph”. My foundation is really enough to keep me up, but I also need the flowers in my life.

 Don’t know where I would be without them. My house looks better because of the flowers. It is because of them that I stand stronger. And they bring me a ton of happiness.

Am I making sense or are y’all falling asleep?

Okay, your turn…what’s your foundation?

I’m back!

Did you miss me? I certainly missed y’all. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a week without blogging on Clumps since…EVER! I actually teared up a bit the evening my hiatus started. It just felt “strange” to not blog. I got over it a few days later. I found myself doing things I never get a chance to do.

I’ve had 3 issues of Black Enterprise that I hadn’t read yet. Read them all. And I finally finished Tony Dungy’s and started and finished Sophie Kinsella’s newest. She is one of my favorite authors ever!

And then I did something I’ve always wanted to do…

I bought a used bike! It’s sittin’ in my living room (classy, uh?) shivering. I’m afraid to ride it! I know, I know. I haven’t ridden a non-stationary bike in years and I’m a little nervous. Are y’all laughing at me?

I visited my babies! In Hollywood and Miami I have two almost two year old boys.

Aren’t they darling? My honorary godson and cousin are hilarious! I’m used to little girls so being around these little men is always fun. And then there’s my darling goddaughter Sophie who is 6 weeks old.

She’s amazing. Just amazing.

I fell in love with a new Vegan Restaurant in Orlando.

That’s vegan BBQ, curry rice and veggies. Loving Hut has a new and obsessed customer.

And I finally mastered some yoga poses. Including the crane…

As long as it is completely silent, I can hold this for at least a minute. And I haven’t broken my arm yet. Holla! This photo comes from one of my favorite yoga websites.

I feel refreshed and renewed. I caught got caught up on my editorial calendar and don’t feel as stressed as I was before. Thank you all for supporting the hiatus. I have so many things to share.

But tell me…what’s goin’ on in your world? Anything you want to see on Clumps? Did I miss anything?

Clumps’ Hiatus 2010

Well, my loves…the time as come for me to bid farewell. I’m taking a bit of a break from Clumps. No no no, it’s not anything you’ve done, but sometimes I can get a wee bit overwhelmed. But from editing videos, to drafting posts, writing freelance pieces, taking photos, responding to emails and staying connected on Facebook and Twitter, I can honestly say that I enjoy it all. If it weren’t for you all’s support, Clumps wouldn’t exist. Your love and encouragement has meant the world to me. Did I ever tell you that Clumps is my passion? Seriously. It combines ALL of my loves; beauty, writing, helping others, new media, photography, web design, video production, entrepreneurship and traveling. Funny how one minute I’m a 23-year old trying to find my way in life and the next thing I know, I’m starting a blog with a funny title that has turned into a business. Your passion may be right in front of you, fam. It was for me.

This hiatus won’t be easy. I’m a bit “obsessed” with Clumps. But I’m looking forward to doing things I never have the time to do. Like read, work on the scrapbook for my goddaughter, go bike riding,  master some yoga stances, make phone calls (instead of text, HA!) and think of ways to make Clumps better. I’m learning that the best way to keep your passion a “passion” is to prevent it from becoming like work. To keep it enjoyable, sometimes you have to take a break.

I’ll be checking my email thirty-two times once day. If you need me…I’m there!

Oh! And Ying is the winner from the Snubbr giveaway. Speaking of giveaways, I’ve got a TON coming up for when I return. Excited yet?

See ya when I see ya!

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Sparkles collection

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

When it comes to glitter nail polishes, you either love ’em or hate ’em. Love them, I do. Removing them, I don’t. But some are so nice that they are worth the trouble of removing.

Take Nubar’s Sparkle collection for example.

This collection of glitters takes only requires 1-2 coats to achieve an opaque finish. Don’t believe me? Watch this!

Meadow Sparkle is pretty cool! A light green glitter is something I could have never imagined. This was the only one that needed 3 coats but no worries…once applied, it sparkles just as good as its classmates.


Star Sparkle is one of my favorites! It’s more than just a silver glitter. It has a holographic look to it that is just blinding. I love it!

It is a little thicker than most of the other polishes. But it’s not TOO much of a bad thing because that means it only needs one coat. Holler!


Petunia Sparkle is my favorite. What a gorgeous color! My camera is unable to to capture the essence of this magenta. It is so pigmented and I always get compliments when I wear this color. It’s the best!

But it does have its flaws….
Removing is a nightmare. But I just deal with it because it is just a fabulous glitter!

Night Sparkle is another must have. Wow! What a blue. It is so important to put down a base coat to prevent staining with this baby. But…wow-sers!


Fire Sparkle almost reminded me of China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps but Fire Sparkle has A LOT more glitter. It is insane. Which of course means I love it!


Violet Sparkle is indeed the best. I love love LOVE it! If I had a favorite color, this would be it. It is a rich royal blue with a good amount of hot pink glitter. It is magnificent. I can’t stop looking at my nails when I wear this color. My camera is having a tough time capturing a color this awesome so please don’t mind how OFF it looks in these photos.

Nubar’s Swatch:


Missing from the collection is Hyacinth Sparkles, a light purple and Sky Sparkles, a light blue. I can’t seem to find those boogers anywhere. I LOVED this collection. I didn’t love the removing process that comes with most glitters. It’s not something you can avoid…even if you use a base coat. I found that while these glitter polishes were easier to remove, they still let tiny micro glitters all under my cuticles and under my nails. I’m so meticulous that it took me FOREVER to thoroughly rid my nails of the glitter.

With all of these you will get an opaque finish in only one coat. Which is huge! Most glitters require 2-3 coats for complete coverage. I did, however, use 3 coats for each simply because I wanted to see the differences the number of coats would make. The must haves in this collection are Petunia Sparkle and Violet Sparkle. They are amazing!

You can get the entire collection here for $49.95 or buy them individually for $7.49/ea.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles 

Any holo lovers out there?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.
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Beauty Review: NYX Milk jumbo pencil

I have found such a staple product in NYX’s Milk jumbo pencil. I mean…it’s amazing, y’all! I used it in a FOTD Friday and since then I’ve been experimenting with it. It works beautifully under mattes and chromes. It’s just…what is that Anita Baker song? “The Best Thing Yet”? Oh yeah, girl…it really is all that and then some.

Hit the jump to see what I’m talkin’ about.

Now don’t laugh at the condition of my pencil. I can’t find the top to save my life. The good news is that it hasn’t dried out yet. That’s 12 out of 10 points for NYX! For $4.00, you get this creamy but not too creamy pencil that can be used as a base or eye shadow color all on its own.

My lids are insanely oily so I usually have to wear this on top of Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance eye shadow primer. When I first swatched it, I was shocked.

It is REALLY white. I would have never thought that shadows over this white WHITE could compliment me. Wrong! Watch this!

With gentle strokes, I drew all over my eye lid from the lower lash line to the brow.

Would y’all still love me if I walked out of the house like that? HA! I’m jivin’. What comes next is blending with my fingers. Remember to be careful on the eyelids. Too much tugging can lead to crows feet overnight. Seriously.

Not blending enough can leave harsh white lines but blending too much can wipe off the entire application. A few seconds later and viola!

I like how the pencil is creamy enough with the gentle swipe of my finger but a few seconds later, it doesn’t budge. Perfect! I grabbed my 88 eye shadow palette and did a quick blue eye.

Insane how vibrant that is because of the Milk. I approve. And I love it. And I want more of these pencils. NYX has a bunch of them…

Clumps readers have told me to snag Black Bean and French Fries (mouth waters). I actually want ALL of them.

Have you used NYX’s jumbo pencils? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Has anyone tried that Hot Pink? It looks gorgeous!