FOTD Friday: The News Edition

My face is taking a break from its appearance on today’s FOTD Friday. Y’all better not be cheering. HA! In its place is a fabulous giveaway and random news I wanted to announce to the Clumps family.

First up..

Temptation is Beautiful giveaway

Click on the picture above for a chance to win a trip for 4 to Vegas! You know I’ve already entered, right? The cool thing is that a daily beauty basket will be awarded daily. For US residents only. Oh and take the Temptress Temperature Quiz! Mine temp was “Just Right” Apparently I’m the perfect balance between sex kitten and girl next door. LOL!

Look out for CoverGirl Lash Blast 
Fusion mascara!

The above video is of make-up artist Pat McGrath (love her!) using CoverGirl’s newest mascara Lash Blast Fusion. This mascara won’t be available until April, buuuut but you can get it before anyone else staring March 12th during the exclusive online pre-sale. Pre-sale customers can get free shipping from March 12th – April 5th, limited quantity while supplies last. Visit beginning March 12th to find an e-retailer. You know I’m gettin’ this, right?

The Clumps Facebook fam

OMG, have you joined our Facebook fanpage yet? It is loads of fun. Last week I gifted two readers with brand new mascaras. The Facebook group is usually where I head first when I want to share beauty finds and ideas. We are 777 fans strong and growing!


Clumps is the first blog to be featured under the Blog Spotlight on interviews me and I ramble about beauty and health and how they are synomyous. Check out the interview here.

Zoya Gives away a Free Bottle of Remove +

Now how did Zoya  know I needed some more of this stuff? The above photo shows the damage I did just to ensure that I could get a free 8 oz bottle of Zoya’s nail polish remover. I’ve reviewed it here and I’m still using it religiously. Until Monday, March 15th, if you make a purchase of $10 or more, you get a free 8 oz bottle of Remove +.! Use the code: BF5. Click here to get your shop on!

Tis all for now, my darlings. This post makes Clumps’ 900th post. WOWSERS! Thanks for sticking with me through it all. Bad brows, adult acne, fuzzy hair and all…the Clumps fam is the best!

Love y’all!

Acne Sucks: Keep those make-up brushes clean!

It’s one of those things that, we SHOULD know. I mean…it makes sense. Dirty brushes on a clean face equals pimples galore, right?


Don’t forget to clean your make-up brushes on a regular, ladies. This is a task that I have never really been good at, but I’m getting better. In between clean-ups, I like to use baby wipes or make-up wipes.

Just a quick gentle swipe on the brushes and viola!

I like to do a deep cleaning of the brushes at least once or week or so.

I gently massage baby shampoo in the bristles, rinse and lay them out to dry.


How often do you clean your make-up brushes? Do you find that when you don’t your acne is worst?

I’m rocking the red pump!

Red Pump Widget

It’s National Women’s And Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease awareness, I am passionate about spreaking AIDS/HIV awareness. My blog sister and friend Luvvie along with her co-founder Karen have spearheaded The Red Pump Project. Their goal is to get as many bloggers as possible to ‘Rock the Red Pump’ by posting widgets on their blogs. This will create awareness in the blogosphere for not only bloggers, but the many that read our blogs.

Did you know that women represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group? Awareness, education and protection are the keys!

I would have shown a picture of me rocking my red pump in real life but the genius that is me forogt my sexy and painful hot red pumps. Instead I’m rocking a red folder.

Yeah, don’t ask. :) Spread the word, my loves. Tell everyone you know about The Red Pump Project and their initiative. Keep your friends and family members informed. For additional information about National Women’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, click here.

Y’all stay beautiful!

Beauty Review: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes

Four scores and seven years ago (actually it was November of last year but go along with me) I was in need of trying something new. As a beauty blogger, it seems like I am always trying something new, right? But I always end up going back to my favorite products. I was bored. I needed some beauty action.

And then I saw it…

Nothing like a coffin-like item to peek your interest. And the tattoo-lover that is me adored the design and the name of Urban Decay’s new liner…

Ink for Eyes. That’s pretty a pretty awesome name, UD. What they say about this liner:
“It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner.

Create razor-sharp lines or smoky bedroom eyes… the creamy formula and double-ended applicator make it easy. Try the angled liner brush for precise details, or use the smudger for blending and drama. With such a wide variety of intriguing shades and ways to apply, you’re only limited by your imagination. (Cheesy, but true.)” (source)

I dig the packaging. It’s by far the largest cream liner that I own but it’s unique and functional. I love that it comes with a mirror and slot for an eye liner brush. Thanks for thinking of me, UD!
Because I didn’t own a green cream liner, I figured it was a good time to try out Loaded; a deep green.

Yes, it really is as creamy and velvety as it looks. Because most gel/cream liners are housed in pots, you usually have to position your brush in such a way that it can pick up just the right amount of liner. Ink for Eyes is super easy. Just a swipe swipe down the middle.

 Our friend Swiper the Fox knows what to do.

And viola!


An effortless application on the lower lash line. Urban Decay has 5 other colors of these babies that retail for $22/each. And did I mention they are great for traveling? Loves it!

Have you tried these yet? Whatcha think?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Up and Away 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

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve indulged in a China Glaze collection. While most of them have been appealing to me, I’m trying to be a little more cautious with my polish purchasing. Sometimes you get to a point where you just have too many of the same color, or something similar, ya know?

But China Glaze got me this time around. Check out the promo pic…

A collection of creams? *faints* Must.snag.all!

But snag all I did not do. You see, I have this thing called an empty wallet self-control. I only purchased 4 of the 12 polishes. And those babies would beeee….

Re-Fresh Mint is soooo cool. I love pale creamy greens. I don’t have any colors like this is my collection. It is definitely a must have. Even if it does tend to drag at the cuticles a bit.


Four Leaf Clover is ridiculous. In a good way, I mean. What a beautiful green. It seems like I would have already owned a color like this, but nope! My camera shows Four Leaf Clover looking a bit aqua-ish, but nope…it is a true green.


It’s such a fun color and it made me want to pull out my dotting tool and get to work.


I ca-learly need to be practicing with the dotting tool a bit, eh? Come on, class. We digress.

Grape Pop smudged on me a bit and now that I’ve had it for awhile, I’m realizing that I have other purples like it. But exactly how many gorgeous purple creams can you have?


Lemon Fizz is such a gorgeous soft yellow. I don’t have a yellow like this. While most yellows send you to Streaky Land, Lemon Fizz was absolutely perfect. Am I the only one craving Lemon Heads?


I funk-ed it a bit with some straight glitter.


What a great collection, China Glaze! I am quite satisfied with my owning only one-third (did I do my math right?)of the collection. Up and Away also has pink, peach and orange-ish colors; all worth a try if you are in the market for some new and cool polishes.

I got these from Head2ToeBeauty.comfor $2.99 a bottle.

Have you seen this collection yet? What do you think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Mascara Monday: Lancome Hypnose Drama

So far I’ve been pretty impressed with Lancome’s mascaras. Is this another winner?

Lancome Hypnose Drama

Hit the jump to read more if you just can’t take the suspense. 

Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
Per the packaging…

The full contact brush, with its S-shaped curve, grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, eye-popping, full body fringe. It works magic on tiny lashes. Even dramatizes corner lashes other brushes miss—or worse, mess. (source)

The truth: Um….WOW!!!

What I loved about it: The S-shaped wand is awesome! But it’s not so much the wand that makes application great…it’s the bristles and how separated they are. Perfection!

What I didn’t like: I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like. And when you see the before/after pictures, you’ll agree with me.

Overall: It’s very rare that I find a find a REALLY good volume mascara. And when I do find one, I usually have to put it to the side to review other mascaras. I’ve been sticking with Lancome Hypnose Drama for quite some time now. I’m on my second tube. This says A LOT. Aside from the price, I think it is definitely a must have for any volume-seeking lady. But you get what you pay for hence why I have no problem saving my pennies for this mascara.

I’m not sure why, but it has a pleasant scent to it. But don’t worry…it’s not TOO overpowering. It is a wee bit heavy on the lashes but only if you over-do it on coats.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coats of mascara

…and then with one more coat

Insane, right? One coat gives me great lashes but two coats gives me crazy drama. Loves it!

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!

Other Lancome mascaras I have reviewed:
Lancome Hypnose
Lancome Définicils Pro
Lancome Oscillation

Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster primer

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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

Black Women in Hollywood

Let’s be honest…it’s a rarity. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s important to acknowledge the few but dynamic Black women in Hollywood. The following video brought tears to my eyes. From Queen Latifah to Mary J. Blige, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Kimberly Elise…I am just in awe at presence these women have. I feel as if I know them because their stories on the silver and TV screen have all touched me in some way.

Check out the video from Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. Am I the only one that still sees Taraji Henson and thinks Baby Boy? My Auntie has come a long way and I feel like a proud niece! Y’all love how I claim celebrities as my relatives, right? Ha!

What I would have given to attend that event. Next year, y’all. Next year. :)


FOTD Friday: Strawberry/Blueberry Milk

Happy Friday, friends! It took long enough but I finally found some inspiration. And I owe it all to NYX’s jumbo pencil in Milk. Why didn’t y’all tell me how awesome this pencil was? Seriously…where have I been? I’ve heard of fellow beauty bloggers using this as a base but WOW! I never thought it would make my eye shadow pop the way it did. See!

Click the jump to see what the final look looked like!

I was in the mood of doing something a little “out there” with my Make Up For Ever shadows. In a perfect world I would know the numbers to these colors. But this world ain’t perfect and so I don’t. HA! I titled this post strawberry/blueberry milk because that’s what the colors look like. Or am I just hungry? Hmm…
On to the look..
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
Illamasqua blush in Thrust 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Cosmetics Milk jumbo pencil
Make Up For Ever pink (???)
Make Up For Ever blue (???)
Coastal Scents’ white matte eye shadow

NARS Edie eyeshadow (between crease and brow)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Stila Brown Sugar lip gloss

Did I ever tell y’all that I have a slight lazy eye? I’m not kidding. I have to struggle to “lift” my left eye because it tends to droop a great deal–especially when I’m smiling for a picture. I’m getting better at lifting it though. NOW I’m ready for America’s Next Top Lazy Eye Model. Holla!
I had to get all “extra”…lol.

I’ve been wearing head scarves a lot lately. Sometimes the hair needs a break from the elements, know what I mean?

I was mega impressed at that NYX pencil’s performance. I’ll have to do a complete review on it soon. Yes, I feel a little loser-ish for just now getting on the bandwagon. Ah well… Better late than never, I guess.

I’m off to Tampa Bay for the weekend. My girl Kamay is getting married. I’m so happy for her!

Have a fabulous weekend,