But Black Women Can’t: Get Wrinkles….

Hello Clumpers! This is Tamar and I would like to welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions or ideas to TamarForClumps@gmail.com. I would love to try out any theory you may have.

All my life I have been surrounded by beautiful women of color. I was always taught that “Black don’t crack” meaning that we can’t get wrinkles and in our case that includes breakouts. The only product I saw my Grandma use on her face was Noxzema and her skin never showed any signs of aging. I can look into my Mom’s bathroom and find that same blue container.


She follows the same rules. But me? I decided to go a different route. I believe that every woman has beautiful skin. I also know that we HAVE to take care of it! I’m the type of woman that rarely gets any type of breakout. I don’t know if it’s because of genetics or because of the mountain of products I’ve tried over the years. I’ve used just about everything from Clean and Clear to witch hazel to alcohol to Proactive and guess where I ended up? Right back to Noxzema! I will be 28 this month and I’m positive that when I’m my Mom’s age (I’m not tellin’ how old, I’m scared) my skin will be just as beautiful as hers. See my Mom!

I use Noxzema along with a a few other products thrown in like a serum and I use a night cream that I’ve yet to review. In my opinion, none of us are safe when it comes to wrinkles but we all can protect ourselves. I will be perfectly happy when I’m 90 years old with a million wrinkles as long as I know that I lived a full life and did something worth talking about.

What steps are you taking to prevent premature aging? Is there a product that you saw your Mom use when you were young that you find yourself using now?

Until next time,
TAMAR

Beauty Review: Lancome’s Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm

Lately I’ve been wanting to spice up my eye make-up. Out of sheer laziness, I have been doing nothing more than just black eyeliner and mascara. Not even any eyeshadow. And this goes for the weekends too. Can you say booooriiiing?
I am so glad that Lancome’s Ink Artliner has snapped me out of it! I’m no stranger to gel eyeliners. In fact I prefer them over pencil and liquid liners when applying lines on the lower lash line. But I haven’t owned a royal blue gel liner with such spazazz! Seeee…..
What Lancome says about the liner the Ink Artliner Longwear Calligraphy Gel eyeliner:
“This superb new gel formula has the rich, creamy texture that ensures a luxuriously smooth application. With deep, luminous pigments offering the most intense color imaginable, this liner creates pure drama.” (source)
I LOVE IT! Gel liners are super versatile because they can be used as liners, bases and if you have the right colors, lip stains and blushes.
On to the look!
I revisited my L’Oreal HIP duo for a nice matte look but I wanted to spice it up a bit without going overboard.
My homie Indigo Charm to the rescue!
Indi Char
+
Maybelline’s Royal Blue mascara layered on top of
Lancome’s Oscillation Powerbooster
=
HOTNESSSSS!!



Uuuummm, why do I look like a 12 year old in that last one? HA!
But seriously, these photos were taken after a long day at work. The liner didn’t budge a bit. And it didn’t melt away in the Florida sun either. It is still vibrant and poppin’ somethin’ serious. I’m so in love.
These babies are $24.50–definitely a luxury eyeliner. You can also get them in brown and black but I would love to see a purple with hot pink undertones. Or maybe an emerald green with lime green undertones. Hey Lancome, you listenin’? LOL
Speaking of Lancome, check out my feature on their blog here.
Try these? Love these? Want ‘em? Hate ‘em? Whatcha think?

Amor de Lacquer: Lippmann Collection ‘Celebrate’ Set


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.

A month or so ago a college girlfriend and I (hey Asha darlin’!) found ourselves in Nordstrom for a beauty event. Every summer Nordstrom has these Nordie’s exclusive beauty goodies. My favorite NARS make-up artist called me weeks ago to let me know about the launchings. When I arrived to Nordstrom, I made my rounds but didn’t find anything that caught my eye. Until I saw the Lippman trio.

This post will be pic heavy because these polishes seriously deserve an extensive photoshoot!


Funky Chunky



This polish is described as a “sequined sheer black”. And can I be honest? It was quite the disappointment. I wish I could have swapped it out for something else. It is black with little tiny sequins throughout the polish. The idea sounds good but when applying–it’s just a hot mess. I remember reading Scrangie’s review of this polish and she said that it just looks like you sloppily applied the polish. I agree! The sequins go allll over the place when you apply more than one coat. It just…didn’t work out well.

And as I remove the polish….LOOK! There are the sequins. *sucks teeth*

Ruby Red Slippers


Well hello hot mama!! Now we’re getting somewhere. This color is described as “Dorothy’s shimmering ruby”. Cute Lippman, but not exactly a color description. I thought China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps was a hot glittery red but this baby knocks her out of the water. Whoa!! It is essentially a black polish with red glitter and flecks. It took me three coats to achieve full coverage but it was well worth the effort.
Doesn’t it look like there is a ball of fire in the bottle?
Awesomeness right?
Superstar

Now for a polish that has made its way in my list of Top 10 Polishes of All Time with just one swatch. Holey moley!! This color is described as “show stopping copper flecked fudge”. This is glitter mania, kids. The BEST polish I have ever seen. Amazing. It is more glitter than polish. It’s like 90 parts glitter, 10 parts polish. It is incredible. It it really is the reason why I purchased the entire set. Talk about feeling like a Superstar! It only took two coats to achieve bottle color. It’s a disco ball on my nails and I LOVE it!

More shots of Superstar…
Overall: This is my first time trying Lippman polishes. My experience with them was just…okay. The brushes were a little to narrow for my liking. I am a fan of Zoya and OPI Pro brushes. Those brushes allow for you to apply one coat without going back in the bottle. I had to dip the Lippman brushes several times. As for each polish, the application for all of them was tricky. Which was expected. Fleckies (as I like to call them) and glitter polishes take a lot of work. My method is.
Apply 1st coat
Wait 2 minutes
Apply 2nd coat
Wait 2 minutes
(repeat as needed)
Removal of these polishes are also very challenging, especially Superstar. I had to use Pure Acetone for all three.
You can snag this limited edition here for $35. Quite steep, right? I initially impulsively purchased this set. Then I returned it. Then I found a Nordie’s gift card from the holidays and knew it was meant for me to have these babies!
Have you tried any of these polishes? A Lippman fan?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Mascara Review: Maybelline Great Lash BIG (vs. regular Great Lash)

I was originally going to review another mascara but with the high volume of requests for Maybelline’s Great Lash BIG I figured I BETTER review this baby here before y’all start e-hating me. HA! Not to mention newer mascaras override older ones. That’s just the rule of thumb for mascara reviewing, riiiiight? Hehe.
As most of you know, Great Lash has been out for quite some time. In fact, it has been rated the #1 mascara by a number of magazines. Do I think it’s #1?
No. It isn’t my favorite. Maybelline has “re-released” Great Lash and gave it a bigger wand. For the purpose of this, I will not only give an extensive review of Great Lash BIG but also compare it to the original.
Is it better?
Worse?
Still overrated?
Check the review….
Maybelline Great Lash BIG mascara



Price: 5 out of 5 (around $4.99 ) Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:

The original Great Lash’s claim:

Great Lash BIG’s claim:



The truth:
I’ll let the pictures talk…..

What I loved about it: See below!

What I didn’t like: See below!


Overall: Okay first, let’s talk about outside packaging.

No changes here! Both the original and the Great Lash are the same in width and height. The only noticeable difference is, of course, the BIG on the new one. To better differentiate between the two mascaras (as if the wand doesn’t do that alone, ha!) I purchased Great Lash BIG in Very Black and Great Lash in Royal Blue.

Whoa! Huge difference, right? Great Lash’s wand always looked pretty “cheap” to me so it’s great to see it upgrade to a more modern and mainstream wand.

At the same time, however, you have to take into consideration that not all women like larger wands; especially ladies with smaller lids and lashes. Bigger wands are a mess for them. They also aren’t so friendly when trying to apply mascara in the corners of the eyes and on the bottom lashes. Let’s just say when attempting to do one of the two with Great Lash BIG, keep a Q-tip moistened with make-up remover nearby.

The new kid….


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of Great Lash BIG

The old lady….
Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of Great Lash

Great Lash BIG on the left eye.
Great LASH on the right eye.
Crazy brows above both left and right eyes. LOL!

Um, I’m not that impressed with either. As you can see the original really looks a hot blue mess. I was better off not wearing any mascara at all. I should also mention that it made my lashes insanely hard. Which of course led to flaking.
Thumbs down to Great Lash—I need to amend my previous review of that mascara.
Now for Great Lash BIG.
In comparison to the original Great Lash, it indeed beats its predecessor. The volume isn’t bad at all, is it? I found Great Lash BIG difficult to use. The wand makes for difficult separation. I struggled somethin’ serious. I also found that when pulling the mascara out of the tube–I got very little mascara! I have to dip the wand in tube a good 5 times to get my lashes coated for just one coat. The formula isn’t the best. It seems very weak. Which, I suppose would work for ladies who don’t want coated lashes. After all, the packaging does say that the mascara is “buildable”. I get that but my goodnessss…..
This mascara also burns my eyes; a rarity for someone who reviews a different mascara every week! I actually had to stop using it because of the irritation. This, however, did not affect my overall opinion about the mascara. I doubt that the #1 mascara gives the average user burning eyes–otherwise it wouldn’t be #1, right? Maybe my eyes were just goin’ through some thangs.
Having played around with so many mascaras, I guess I don’t understand the hype that is Great Lash. BIG hasn’t changed my opinion either. I can name a dozen other mascaras, drugstore and higher end, that can knock these kids out of the water. I do think they are both overrated. This mascara is average. Certainly not the worst but nowhere near the best.
Clumps of Mascara YouTube subscribers think so too. You should see the comments I’m getting on this mascara. People seem to HATE Great Lash immensely.

Would I recommend it?: Nope. It’s cheap enough to try out if you’re bored but chances are you’ve tried something better.


I also tweeted “Do you like Maybelline Great Lash mascara” on Twitter and check out the responses:
@MitzyG Maybelline Great Lash. Don’t hate but terribly over-rated. Better than nothing, but barely.
@NaturallyAlise I like it, but I have found so many other Maybelline mascaras that are better (read: Stiletto).
@AmyPredsfan I wish I can give you my honest opinion on it but a couple of times I tried it, it made my eyelids swell up.
@Fashionista_911 I think of this as a starter mascara. It’s cheap but it also gets the job done. I love it.
@Chugamagoozers Hate it! With a passion!
@CanadianBeauty just mehhh. Good for makeup artists who go through a lot of mascara and use their own wands but not for everyone else.
@MsTrecie I think it is a classic staple in the makeup world, but with the revolution of mascara I secretly think it is overrated.
@TriedAndTruth hated it! LOL. I think lash stylist is WAY better.

What do YOU think? A fan of Great Lash? Interested in trying Great Lash BIG? Think it’s overrated? Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

I will PayPal 50 cents to the first person who can pronounce L’Occitane correctly. Skype me now! LOL, I’m kidding really but I won’t even tell y’all what I first called this glorious brand of soaps when I first saw a store in Orlando’s Mall of Millenium. Just so there is no confusion, it is pronounced….
Locks-a-ton

I am right, aren’t I? HA! Anyway—I HAVE to share with you the wonderfulness (is that a word?) that is this oil. I bet you’ll be double clicking your mouse like mad trying to order it online after reading my review. Words really can’t do it justice but *deep breath* I’m going to try!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Price: 3 out of 5 (2.5 oz for $8 and 8.4 oz for $22)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Transforms into a lavish, softening foam–original and unique in texture–that leaves a satin-like softness all over the body. Rich in almond oil and nourishing lipids. Cleanses gently to impart a delectable perfume. Keep handy in bath or shower as an extra-pampering alternative to Shea Butter Soap and our fragrance Soap. Suitable for men and women.” (source)

The truth:
What in the….how does oil foam up? It’s magic, I tell ya!!

What I loved about it: The foaming action, the smell, the packaging, wooooow.

What I didn’t like:
Now y’all know I’m going to complain about the price. That’s just my nature. I’m a budget-conscious mama so I can’t help it. The price is a little “wowsers” but I can’t even shower without this stuff now so I have to save up to keep repurchasing it.

Overall: L’Occitane is one of those brands that you may not know much about unless you know someone who uses the products an loves french soaps. L’Occitane is French-based company with a dynamic story. Most importantly, they understand the importance of natural and organic infusions in beauty; namely skincare. I could preach all day about this company but you can get your learn on by reading up about them here.

So with this being my first L’Occitane product I can proudly say, I can not WAIT to dabble around with some of their other products. This almond shower oil is amazing! How can something so light an weightless bring so much joy in the shower?
I’ll show you….
The nozzle of the oil looks like this:


It distrbutes the right amount of oil in the palm of your hand. When it first pours out, it looks like your average oil. It has the consistency of extra virgin olive oil.
It is golden yellow in color and decadent in smell. I love that it isn’t TOO strong. I like to use this after a body wash and the two scents never clash.
Spread the oil around a bit and it gets a little thick. It gives you that same feeling you would get if you, say….applied too much body wash to your skin. See!
A bit more rubbing around and what do you get? Foaming homie goodness!



Yeah, don’t ask me how that happens but it feels absolutely amazing on the skin. Oils already feel great when you apply them but on warm and wet skin in the shower? Giiiiirl, it gives me life, I tell ya! And when you rinse it off, your skin is left smooth and feels revived. This is the next best thing to a trip to the spa.

Until you step out of the shower and realize you’re late for work. HA!
I.Love.It. Immensely, that is. L’Occitane=french soap heaven and I can’t wait to play around with more of their soaps.
Have you tried this oil? Or anything else from L’Occitane?
Whatcha think?

FOTD Friday: The Return of the purple lips



Happy Friday, family! So thanks to the introduction of Inglot Cosmetics in my life, I have gotten back into purple lips.
Back in February I played around with lavender lips and that bug has bit me again.
Purple lips, what can I say? You either love it or hate it. If you told me that I would be rockin’ purple lips a year ago, I probably would not have believed you. But now I AM in love with the look. Purple lips are unexpected and fun. Here’s the look I came up with!

FACE:
Not at thing. It is still acting crazy and I’ll be going to my first dermatologist appointment this upcoming Monday.

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Tarte Femme Fatale Natural eye palette. This palette rocks!

Tarte long wear eyeliner
Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster
Maybelline Lash Stiletto
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth
Inglot Lipstick in 65

Inglot Lipgloss in 542

The lipstick alone is pretty scary.
A little too cool for my skintone and just…..not flattering. But of course I pulled out that that good ole’ MAC lip liner in Nightmoth. I only have two lipliners from MAC and this baby is a staple for darkening up colors. And it never fails me.

Ahhh, a lot better, uh? Of course I had to throw on a purple scarf to be all dramatic.
Do you like purple lips?
Not feelin’ it?
What’s everyone doin’ this weekend? I am actually going to try and relax. We’ll see how that goes. Have a good oooooone!
Stay prettyful,

Premiere Orlando, Installment 1


I am a few months late on reporting this, but trust me when I say the experience at the Premiere Orlando International Beauty event is still reverberating en mi cabeza. This show was hot and as a newbie I SOOO wasn’t prepared.
A day prior to the show I had just returned back to the States. I didn’t get a chance to plan out what vendors I wanted to see. I figured I could just walk around and make my way to everyone.
Um.
No.
Premiere Orlando is HUGE! Enormous. Massive.
It was held at the Orlando Convention Center which is huge in itself. You know it’s serious when there are over SIX entrances to get into ONE show. And a red carpet leading to each.

Most entrances had mini-food courts. Shuttles took visitors to and from the entrances to their cars. So yes….all of that should have prepared me for Premiere Orlando. But alas I walked up in there expecting you know, 20 or so vendors. NOT!
Outside the show…

Inside the show…



Me 30 minutes after entering the show…

Oh weee! I SO wasn’t ready.
Think hair and nail competitions. Think hundreds and hundreds of vendors. Think live hair shows on runways and workshops. Think displays of spa equipment and classes. If you are in the hair, nail and spa world, you know about Premiere Orlando. And you were there.
Did you go? Want to go? Going next year?
Am I the only one shocked that an event of this magnitude was actually in the same city I live in? I didn’t even have to fly out!

Beauty Review: Qtica Scrubs

Hi sugar plums!!

Sooo, I’ve been meaning to review these scubs for quite some time. The photos you see now are a good 4 months old. I have actually used every bit of those scrubs and I am in the process in making another order.

You see….I love scrubs. Exfoliating is a ritual in my bathroom. I can’t help but scrub down a good two times a week. As you would imagine, I run out of scrubs pretty frequently. Somehow–I don’t mind. It allows me to play around with different brands. Once upon a time I reviewed Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Sea Salt scrub. This time I showin’ you….

Qtica Spa Sugar Scrubs

Price: 3 out of 5 (7oz for $17 from Qtica.com)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“…..Non-drying and non-irritating formula is easy on delicate skin. Takes hassle-free to a new level; no mixing or stirring needed, ever! The key word is sugar-that means that it’s a clean-dissolving exfoliant that will never leave a sticky residue behind or harm/clog spa jets.” (source)

The truth:
La verdad? Well…it’s a darn good scrub!

What I loved about it: Yesss…another scrub that doesn’t make make your tub a potential accident area. I love it! The sugar scrubs exfoliate beautifully and then….it dissolves and goes the drain without any clogging action. Heyyyy!

What I didn’t like:
Gosh mannn, I wish it was bigger. I felt like after a few squirts–it was gone.

Overall: I reallllly like these scrubs. A LOT! I don’t mean to exaggerate but this is one of the BEST scrubs I have ever used. It does on an excellent job at exfoliating and it just feels like an experience on the skin. I LOVE that it’s in a tube. Perfect for the shower and for traveling. If I had to re-arrange the packaging, though, I would definitely make the nozzle a little wider.

 

You reallllly have to sca-weeeeze to get the scrub out. And when I got to halfway point, I found myself removing the top just to get the rest of the scrubby goodness. Wasn’t the biggest inconvenience but….you know.

Nothing can beat the fabulousness that is the scrub itself. It is thick enough to smooth all over the skin but thin enough to wash down the drain without clogging the pores.

Goes on like…

Rinses like…


I am in love with it! Out of the two I love Cherry Bing the most. Papaya Star is sweet too. The scents aren’t too strong which is preferred since a lot of us use body washes either before or after scrubs. The price is a bit steep for a scrub but beauty is an investment, right? I know, I know. A good scrub to me is one under $10 but since Qtica is one of my favorites, I don’t mind dropping the extra penny or two. Qtica is a hot commodity in spas all over the country.

You can snag this scrub at Qtica.com.
Like it? Got it? Could care less?
Whatcha think?