Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 10/25/09

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

Clumps of Mascara may not be dressing up for Halloween but her nails are in total costume!

Aly gets up close and personal with her favorite style icon.

The Beauty Alchemist finds you can be tres chic while fighting acne and oil.

Butterfly Diary views the world through Victoria’s Secret PINK holiday collection glasses.

ThinkThruFashionshows how to incorporate traditional garb you get on vacay into your everyday ensembles.

The Product Pasha embraces the season’s blue and greens with a little help from Illamasqua Nail Varnishes.

DivaDebbi turns back the clock, with ZO Skin Health’s Oraser for Daily Hand Repair.

Mascara Monday: Victoria Secret’s Beauty Rush mascara

Well, look at that! Who would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara from Vicky S? Totally unexpcted, right? The next time you’re strolling your local VS, check out their beauty section. It’s not so bad! I received a gift set for Christmas one year and was quite surprised!

Let’s see how this mascara holds up…

Victoria Secret’s
Beauty Rush mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (2 for $12 or 5 for $20)

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

What it claims: FA lush stroke of lash-enhancing color. Pigment-rich formula defines lashes in wearable color for look-at-me eyes. (source)

The truth:
They are just okay. It’s really the packaging that has me doing cartwheels. How cute is that?

What I loved about it: The purple is REALLY purple. Loves that!!

What I didn’t like: The black mascara fell way too flat. And neither provided much volume.

Overall: This wasn’t a highly requested mascara or anything but I thought they would be pretty cool to add to the Mascara Bin. Yana from My Own Judge snagged the black (Blacktastic) one for me and of course after seeing the purple (Violight), I had to run out and get that one.

Let’s take a look at the wands:

Pretty average, uh? Not BAD but they look a little cheap-y. I don’t have many problems with wands like this but they are soooo….2001, ya know? And they aren’t the best with separation. They kind of suck at it, actually.

Sooo….I don’t know. I had different experiences with both mascaras. Violight turned out to be pretty decent. I didn’t get much volume but I was pretty satisfied with the lengthening aspect. It wasn’t AMAZING. But it was good. That the purple really is purple on black lashes. Now that surprised me!

Blacktastic, on the other hand, was just….phooey. It was total disappointment. It weighed down my lashes and didn’t provide any kind of volume. Interesting considering these babies come from the same color. Why is Violight SO much better?


Both were a tad bit smudge-y but I didn’t experience any flaking throughout the day But I will tell you one thing about these mascaras–they are build-able! I applied a good 4 coats one application and it refused to clump. But applying coat after coat didn’t do much…I was still volume-less. Boo! On to the photos!

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: I suppose they are okay ladies who aren’t looking for much when it comes to mascara application. It is perfect for my 16-year old cousin who just wants a little POP.

Anyone try any of these mascaras? What do you think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: Purples Eyes and Purple Nails

Purples have struck me again! Can you believe this? It’s out of control really. I think my last few FOTDs have been surrounded around purples. There is clearly something in the water. I’m hoping that I can break this streak and dabble into more colors. But for right now purples are rocking my world.

Remember when I showed ya’ll the fabulousness that is Stila’s Barbie Smudge pot in Purple Pumps? I decided to use it as a base. I find that it’s a little tricky because it is super glittery. It takes quite a bit of packing on.

But I managed to crank out a little somethin’-somethin’…

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

MAC blush in Sweet As Cocoa

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s

MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Lancome Oscillation mascara
Inglot lipstick in #204

I am lovin’ that lipstick!

….and then there are the nails. I used Essie’s Matte About You over Diamond Cosmetics’ Crushed Velvet. Whoa!

And I’ve fallen in love with Color Club’s Wild at Heart.

Seriously the best polish I have seen in my entire life. But I say that about everything right?

Purples are amazing. On the eyes, on the nails, on the lips, in the hair….I’ve done it all. And I hearby retire purples for at least a good 2 months!


Okay….NOW I’m done. :)

Happy weekend, y’all!

Stay beautiful,

Iman Cosmetics overload!

If there is one brand of cosmetics Clumps readers demand more coverage of, it’s Iman Cosmetics. I dabbled in some of the foundations here but this is my first time playing around with the shadows and blushes.

Dude, what took me so long?

Thanks to the incredible prices of (definitely check ’em out…shadows are only $3.99 and blushes are $4.99!!) I was able to do a major haul with minor spending.

Check out the shadows….

Chili, Twigs, Mahogany

Can you believe I DON’T own colors like these? I guess because I always assumed that colors like this were a little too “safe” and predictable on brown skin. Don’t know what I was thinking because I find that all three of these babies are uniquely versatile.

And then there are the blushes…

Fressia, Website, Bark

You fainted, didn’t you? I know I did when I first saw them. I can’t wait to swatch them and incorporate them in looks to share with y’all.

I was really anxious to see how Chili eyeshadow would look on the lid. It is a matte so I packed it on and used Mahogany in my crease for a quick “off to work” look.

Not bad at ‘tal, uh? Stay tuned for a complete review of all of the shadows and blushes. In the meantime, head on over to Beauty Ticket and get your Iman Cosmetics haul on!

Mid-week Spotlights: 10/21/09

Gosh, it’s been quite a while since I’ve given my fam a heads up on the hot deals, contests and spotlights goin’ on in the beauty world. Holla!

Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale

Oh yeah….enter the code FF2009 when checking out online and you’ll save 20%. This is good from today until November 2nd. Not too bad, I suppose. 20% isn’t that much to me so I think I’ll sit this one out. Unless Illamasqua calls my name again.

Cover Girl’s Queen Ignite Your Persona Contest

I LOVE Queen Latifah. Like, a lot. She embodies soooo many different personas and rocks each and every one of them to the fullest. And now she wants YOU to do the same.

“Create a one-minute video performance showcasing the Queen Latifah persona that fits you best. Whether you’re a singer, a dancer, a rapper, or anything in between, Queen wants to see what you got! She’ll handpick one finalist per tour date to open the show! Along with a video, tell us in 250-words or less why you deserve to ignite your Persona. You’ll also select the COVERGIRL makeup you use to create your Persona beauty look everyday. “

Dang. I can’t sing, rap or dance. BUT if I could, I would so enter this!

Nails Night Out NYC!

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Oh.mi.goodness, if I was in NYC, I would soooo be going. In fact I’m a salty that I can’t go. I’ll save the whining for later. If you do go, tell everyone Clumps said “heyyyyy!”

Drugstore sales aren’t monumental this week. Let’s cross our fingers that buy 1, get 1 free deals pop up next week.

Ciao loves!

Amor de Lacquer: Halloween nail art

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 Halloween time, y’all! I don’t really get into the whole dressing up thing–although this year my girls want to go to Miami. In which case if I DO go, I’m dressin’ up as a cop. Or a “sexy cop” since most Halloween costumes for ladies are nothing more than baring more. HA!

I got a little inspired and wanted to play around with some new konad plates I got.

I finally ordered from I HIGHLY recommend them. Kathleen is a pleasure to work with and shipping was fast. Gotta love it.

The plates I got…

I knew that I wanted to use China Glaze’s new Fortune Teller.

How amaziiiing is this color? It is black with orange glittery chunks. It looks SO good on its own. It really is a fabulous Halloween color. I got mine from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

I used a design on Konad plate m57.

I fudged up the pointer. My konad-ing skills STILL need some work.

Then I took China Glaze’s Style Wars and used a design on plate m61.

Can you believe I don’t have a black polish? 100-somethin’ polishes and not one is black? The horror! I ended up using Man Glaze’s The Death Tar. See my review here. A black polish would really make the art POP. So I guess I need to buy one.

I am really loving konad!

I was trying to do a fancy nail + face photo and look what happened?

I so messed up. HA!! I’m a mess, y’all.

Check out my konad tutorial here. Anyone doin’ any funky nail art for Halloween?

Or even dressing up for Halloween?

Tell meez!

50 million pound challenges: Greens 3x a day

Time for weigh-in!

…er uh, check-in. But speaking of weigh-in, I have only lost 2 pounds. Boo. I’ve never really been one to constantly weigh myself but since I’m doing this challenge I kinda have to, right?

Oh…the Mascara Mamas group is growing! We have a good 16 members now. So glad to have so many people on board.

When I was a on a raw foodie (for like a month but hey…lol) I learned SO much about incorporating greens in my diet. And not just at one meal. I try to get my greens in at least two meals a day. And three on a good day.

So for breakfast I’ll make an egg white omelet and toss in some some spinach sprinkled with lemon pepper. That’s feta cheese on the side. I can do without most dairy products but feta cheese is like….my weakness.

Lunch or snack is usually always a raw spinach salad. I keep it simple with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, sunflower seeds, raisins and tomatoes. Sooo good!

And there’s the green smoothie aka green monster aka grass juice aka the best drink in the world. Can’t get enough of this stuff. I drink at least 40 oz of it a day. I usually drink it in between meals and if I’m craving something sweet at night…it’s a dessert!

I think green smoothies are great for folx who really don’t like the taste of greens. When combined with fruit, you can’t even taste them! I did a video of it here.

To my weight loosin’ peeps, keep it up! And for this week, try getting more greens in your diet.

See y’all next week!

Beauty…and the Male: Why men should care about saving the tatas

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Unless you have been in a coma for the last two weeks, you’ve noticed that everywhere you go, you see some form of PINK. That means that it’s October again and it’s time that we ALL turn our focus to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That’s right…ALL! Men also!

While breast cancer only involves about 1% of men directly, it does effect us in many, many indirect ways. Many men have grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, close friends, etc., that have seen the terrible vestiges of the disease of breast cancer. I’ve watched close ones to me go through a very painful and lengthy chemotherapy period where I could do nothing to comfort them.

When my boss was diagnosed with breast cancer, it even made me fear for my own employment. A woman’s strength, her vibrancy, her hair, and her breasts (things that we as men love about women) are forever changed through the process.

Even today, I still chuckle when I see those “SAVE THE TATAS” bumper stickers. The brilliant mind that came up with that campaign totally realized that men needed to be reminded that OUR intimacy with OUR mates is many times drastically effected by breast cancer. And this year, even the National Football League (aka the bastion of maleness), has reminded men everywhere that we MUST do what we can to support research by playing with PINK armbands, PINK cleats, and even a PINK football. Thankfully, they raised millions to support research to end this condition.

So while my posts probably only reach about 1% of men and while the disease only effects 1% of men directly, this is a movement that we can ALL support 100%. Donate today.

More about Kenneth:

Kenneth D. Pratt Esq. is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years. Pratt has published several short stories, poems, and op eds in National as well as local publications. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, and sports.