Acne Sucks: Skin Updates


Hey y’all! It’s your favorite Pimple Poppin’ lady. I really shouldn’t even call myself that because poppin’ pimples really ain’t good. So disregard that. HA!

Anywhoovers, I was thinking that it was time to update y’all on my skin and its battle with acne. It has been doing A LOT better. I attribute it to many things but mostly to the Differin gel that my dermatologist prescribed. Even though my skin is acting all normal and whatnot, I fear the day I run out of this stuff. Lawd, let’s hope I can get it for life.

Daily pimples are no more. They just don’t pop up. And when they do, they are small and easy to tackle.

And I know I keep saying I’ll review it and I will but ohmigoodness….skin tone correctors are a must have for the woman of color battling hyperpigmentation. I’m almost positive that they would work well for anyone. Wow! I am amazed. Over time, it has literally erased some of my dark spots. See for yourself!


These photos are untouched. I am not wearing any foundation, correctors or blush in any of them. Well….I take that back. A closer look at the first photo shows a swatch on concealer. But never the mind. Can you see the difference?

I talked about my skincare routine via video and even showcased some new products that I can’t WAIT to review for y’all. To see what I’m talking about, you’ll have to listen to me ramble and act a mess.


Sooo, the skin is doing better. Hallelujah! Stretch marks? Whatever. Chubby tummy? I can deal. The inability to wear above the knee boots because I have fat knees (lmao)? Fine. But I will NOT let acne get the best of me. The fight is still on because my skin, at any moment, can turn against me.

Now it’s your turn! To my fellow acne fighters, what have you been using that’s been working wonders? Spill the beans, sisters!

Introducing….Clumps’ new logo!

Okay, y’all…so don’t hate me for not having a Mascara Monday this time around. I did very little make-up wearing all of last week. The lashes needed a break.

But to make up for its absence, I have for you Clumps’ new logo.

This is a HUGE deal. Clumps’ hasn’t had a facelift since….sometime in 2008 . The “afro gal” has been faithful to us ever since. She will still be around until the new Clumps of Mascara web page design. Replacing will beeeeee….


So what do you think? How insane are those lashes? And how much does she look like me? And what about that pink mascara? Hotness! And it would only be fitting if she too could sport glasses like I do from time to time…

I am beyond excited about this new logo. Somehow Clumps feels a little more like home with a logo that is uniquely mine. And this is just the beginning, y’all. I have so many more things coming up that it is literally hurting me to not tell you gals everything.

Stay tuned. I’m so excited! Aren’t y’all!!

Oh, and….
Voz Visual Designs—you da man!

Giveaway Winners! Macy’s gift cards

Tis the season for more giving! I don’t know what it is about giveaways but I love hosting them. If I could do a giveaway every day, I would! Y’all really deserve them. Clumps readers are the best!

This time around the winners were selected from Clumps’ Facebook fan page and Twitter. I had Mama Clumps give me a number. She selected 7. Each 7th entry from both Facebook and Twitter were winners!

Congratulations to

Stacy L. from Facebook
and
@kateypie35 from Twitter

I’ll need emails from both of you ladies.

If you didn’t win, don’t you fret. I’ve got at least 3 more giveaways coming up. You’re going to love them all. So whether you are feed subscriber, YouTube subscriber or shoot me random emails weekly (I love those!)….know that your opportunity to win is coming up!

….and I’m taking suggestions! If there are any cool ways you think I should select winners, let me know.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Ciao for now…

Happy Thanksgiving ’09!


Happy Thanksgiving, Clumps of Mascara family. I can’t express to you all enough how grateful I am for every visit, every comment and every email.

Thank you so much for the love and support. For those celebrating, have a great one!

 

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Maybelline ColorSensational: The Mini-Series!

After attending the fabulous Maybelline ColorSensational event, it only makes sense that I highlight some of these gorgeous lippies, right? So I’ve decided to do a mini-series on a color from each individual shade once a week.


That’s right! I’ve got representatives from Red, Naturals, Plums and Pinks checkin’ in. How fly do they look?

Oh wow…let’s get a close-up.


A beautiful line-up, uh? I even brought their sidekicks….The Corresponding Gloss Crew!


Stay tuned for reviews and swatches! If there is anything specific you would like to know about these babies, just let me know and I’ll include that in the review.

Stay tuned!

Macy’s BELIEVE campaign and giveaway!

Macy’s Day Parade 2007

Macy’s never ceases to amaze me. From shopping there on a regular to loving the Macy’s Day parade…I can’t help but love a department store that gives back.

Who remembers New York Sun’s famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial from 1897 ? I can’t say that I do but on December 11th at 8 pm E.T., CBS will premiere the original animated series called “Yes Virginia”.


Yes I WILL be watching. I am an enormous Holiday cheer spreadin’ kind of gal so this is right up my alley. Aaaand…..Macy’s is going to donate a $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter received in “Believe Stations” in Macy’s stores across the country.


That’s beautiful!! Macy’s is giving me the opportunity to give TWO lucky readers 1 $25 gift certificate each. You can treat yourself or use it as a stocking stuffer.

One reader will be selected from the Clumps of Mascara’s fan page and the other from Twitter.

To get your entries in on Facebook, join the page and leave a message saying you want to win the Macy’s gift card.

To get your entries in on Twitter, just follow me and tweet me the same thing!

No entries will be accepted after Friday, November 27th at 12:00 a.m. EST and this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

Good luck!!!

The Official Nail Polish 101 post

My YouTube family has been been requesting this post/video for quite some time now. It’s true…..I love nail polishes. Like, a lot. So I guess it was high time for me to talk about nail polish in general. But I didn’t just ramble in this video. I had a list and I stuck to it!


I talked about different finishes of polishes. Including glitter which I just….SO love.


And I also talked about prices and even wondered if I should come out with my own nail polish color and name.


LOL, I’m kidding. Or am I? Hehe….

Enjoy!


Mascara Monday: Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara

Here’s a mascara that was requested ages ago! Now I’ve heard of volume mascaras. And colored mascaras. And waterproof mascaras. But GLOSSY mascaras? I mean shouldn’t “gloss” only be used when talking about lippies? I don’t knowww…let’s see how this train rolls.

Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara


Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.00)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Gel-based formula defines lashes naturally. Lengthens, glosses, enhances. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump and flake-free through multiple coats.” (source)

The truth: Well, what do ya know? It really is glossy!

What I loved about it: I gave me a good amount of length.

What I didn’t like: But I would have loved more volume.

Overall: When someone first told me that I should try a glossy mascara, I thought they were trying to be funny. I mean, honestly…what does that mean? A mascara with gloss? Uh? Wha? It sounds funny in speech but honestly…..this is a pretty cool mascara.

But you’d have to ask yourself…”When would I ever need to use a glossy mascara?” I couldn’t answer that question. From far away, you really can’t tell the difference between a glossy mascara and an un-glossy one. The silky effect is pretty cool but I guess I don’t see its point.

But who cares? There are a lot of “Uh?” products in the beauty world that I love! Application of this mascara was just so so. The wand was just…well….no me gusta.

It’s just….well, I guess its intentions are to coat and not separate and that’s fine but, hmmm but it wasn’t the easiest thing to use. I had to really press the wand up against my lashes to get a good amount of mascara on them.

BUT–after that ordeal, all else was easy as pie. I didn’t experience any flaking or clumpiness. It’s a light weight mascara so it doesn’t make you feel like you have 3 lb weights on your lashes. Cool!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Ummm…not for anyone in particular. I mean, if you happen to grab it, I think you’ll like it. But it’s not a must have.

Has anyone tried this mascara?

And when would you ever be in the mood for glosssy lashes? Hmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,


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