Mascara Monday: Benefit BadGal Lash mascara

It’s been a long time coming but I’m back with a mascara review! I know, I know…don’t hate me. Blogger duties have called and I’ve been traveling for the past three weekends. And I’ll be traveling again this weekend so hang in there with me, fam!

Here’s a mascara review that has been highly requested for almost a year now. And I am JUST now getting around to it. Is it bad as in good or bad as in bad?

Check the review!

Benefit Bad Gal mascara

Price: 2 out of 5 (around $19.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “The BADgal line of mascaras from Benefit are full of “BAD-itude!” The rich, sexy formula and oversized brush build thick, beautiful and bodacious lashes.”

The truth:
That wand is a little too massive for my liking.

What I loved about it: Umm, I don’t think there was anything that I REALLY loved about it.

What I didn’t like: The wand. Seriously too big.

Overall: I think the world loves this mascara. I say this because I have gotten so many requests to review it. But then a lot of you have been skeptical. So leave it to your head Mascara Reviewer to bring you the nitty gritty.

Well, I don’t have THAT much to say about this baby here. It’s just okay. While I’ve heard a lot of people say that looooove it, I find it to be pretty average as far as mascaras go. The wand is HUGE!

And no me gusta. I find that wands this large make for difficult control. And for my ladies with shorter lashes and lids…this ain’t the one for y’all. The bristles are a little tight together and don’t make for much room to flow through the lashes.

As far as the mascara’s overall performance. It’s okay. But it’s not spectacular. I find that it does what it needs to do but does not go beyond the average mascara. Like ALL of my reviews, this is completely relative but I don’t….BadGal just didn’t surprise me. Plus I think it is far too expensive for it to not have any cool tricks.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Not bad…but I’ve seen better.

Would I recommend it?: Not so much. I know of other mascaras that do more for half the price.

A fan of this baby? Does it work wonders for you?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

FOTD Friday: BriAna goes glam

Hi darlings! And Happy Friday to all. This FOTD Friday features my beautiful and amazing 16-year old cousin, BriAna. She was the official Artist Summit Miami intern. She did took notes, snapped shots, hob-nobbed with make-up artists and even provided snacks throughout seminars. My baby cousin (who I like to think I helped raise, lol) is not your average teen. She’s been class president, held jobs, sings, acts and is also captain of her volleyball team. My girl is on fire. Her personality radiates so much that she even attracted the likes of YouTube guru Koren from EnKore Makeup.

That’s right, my homie Koren wanted to do BriAna’s make-up for Naked Cosmetics. She was incredibly excited. And the FOTD came out amazing!

The results!

My little sweetums was in LOVE with this look. She actually pouted when it was time to remove it. She doesn’t wear make-up on a regular so this was a ton of fun for her. Oh, to be 16 again!

She’s such a doll, isn’t she? Someone cue Fergie’s “Glamorous”.

Rock on, Bri!!

Off to Atlanta I go for the Blogalicious Conference. Of course I’ll be live tweeting along the way.

Have an awesome weekend!

Amor de Lacquer: Polish Pal=love!

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 story time, kids! Grab your favorite blanket and gather around for another tale from

“The top on this polish is too hard to open and
I think my fingers are about to pop off”

Once upon a time in a hot-behind state where curls dropped from humidity, there lived a polish lovin’ lady named B. B loved her polishes and was known to polish her nails daily. Every once in a while, though, she ran into a difficult to open polish.

These polishes brought her sadness, sore fingers and jacked up teeth (Opening polishes with teeth=no bueno).

And then one day a pal came her way.

A polish pal that is!

B loved how comfortably it fit in her hands.

And she loved how it was able to open nail polish bottles of all shapes and sizes.

B was happy and so were her hands. No more struggling with trying to open polishes. She knew this little Polish Pal would benefit not only those suffering from arthritis, but also the little girls who wanted to polish their nails but had troubles opening the bottles.

All was well with the world.

Order The Polish Pal from It’s only $8.95….a must have for the avid nail polish-er.

Clumps of Mascara does the 50 million pound challenge!

Alright y’all….your resident Mascara Mama is on a mission.

To drop 10 mo pounds.

You read right. I said, 10 MO pounds. LOL!

If you’ve been around Clumps for the past few months you know that I have recently dropped a good 20 pounds. I attributed this to pumping up my work-out schedule (running and Zumba) and incorporating more greens in my diet–especially green smoothies! And remember when I did a post on vegan treats? I have gotten serious about staying healthy and don’t plan on turning back.

….but I still love the occasional ice cream cone and that ain’t changin’. I’m just sayin’…

Okay, soooo I want y’all to join this challenge with me! *click on the photo below*

Pretty please? I have a pretty cool support system on Twitter with CaitlinHTP, BlackGirlsRun, PrincessValecia, VeganCook101 and others. I want to have the same thing with Clumps fam. I have even created a Mascara Mamas team. Support is oh so needed when it comes to challenges. So I’ve got your back!

I will be writing a post once a week for the next 2 months about my progression, challenges and overall success with the 50 million pound challenge. I’m excited! And hope y’all are too because challenges are a lot more fun with support.

Email me at if you are serious about joining. Or hit me up on Twitter. I’ve been known to tweet fitness and yummy healthy food randomness there.

Here we go! Click here to join Mascara Mamas!

Illamasqua hits Orlando

Can I be honest with y’all for a minute?

It’s hard being a beauty blogger in Florida. Nothing cool ever happens here.

Well, I take that back. Premiere Orlando was here and that was an enormous beauty show. And I just came back from The Artist Summit in Miami. So I guess I run into some pretty cool events every now and then. I guess.

But imagine my surprise when I found out that the U.K. brand Illamasqua was going to hit a few Sephora’s in the country and the Florida Mall here in Orlando was one of them. Yeah mon!!

What you should know about the awesome Illamasqua…..

“Known for their intense colors and dramatic makeup, Illamasqua is your go-to brand for nighttime makeup—whether it’s an evening out at the opera or the dance club. Conceived amidst the dark drama of Berlin in the 20s, Illamasqua was developed by professional makeup artists and launched in 2008 in the U.K. Embraced by celebs and alternative cultures alike, their colors allow you to express your most daring, boldest, and most intense sides with professional nighttime makeup that’s richly pigmented and long lasting. Are you ready to release your night-vixen alter ego?” (source)

It’s a pretty dope brand, y’all. It is most comparable to NARS in terms of pricing. This sucks for me as I sit comfortably between drugstore and higher end brands. $19 for a lip gloss is pushing it. But it is almost justified when they look like this…

And the shadows come in darling packaging and look like this….

And don’t even get me started on the polishes….

Oh yeah, a few months back I saw beauty bloggers in New York show off the fierceness that was Illamasqua so I was happy to finally see it in person. I’m exciting getting to know this brand and I hope I don’t fall head over heels.

….my wallet would not like that.

Speaking of wallets, while sitting in the teller line at the bank, I felt like sending positive vibes…

…..even though I didn’t feel so positive after leaving the bank.

To keep from being down, I found that it is best to lift others up.

Remember that. Operation Beautiful rocks!

And stay tuned for more run-in’s with Illamasqua.

Have you tried this brand yet? Love it? Hate it? Don’t care? Learn more about them here.

L’Oreal HIP lip products on sale this week and more….

Corrected to add L’Oreal HIP lip products not ALL L’Oreal HIP products.

L’Oreal HIP lip prouducts are buy 1, get 1 free. Woo!

More L’O HIP reviews:
L’Oreal HIP Chrome eyeliners
L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint
L’Oreal HIP Color presso
L’Oreal HIP matte and metallic eye shadow duos

And because I’ve been traveling for the past two weekends (and headed to Atlanta this weekend, yikes!) I haven’t been up on all of the sales. Thanks to Laura for sending me this awesome deal going on at Sephora.

Wowsers! So you’re telling me all I have to do is bring in 5 unwanted beauty items and I’m getting $10 off?! Amazing! Click the photo for additional information and when in doubt call your local Sephora. I think I can finally get those Stila Barbie smudge pots I’ve been wanting!

ETA~~You can bring in ANY beauty items. I tossed conditioner bottles and lotions.

Clumps heads to The Artist Summit

That’s right, my loves…I am off to cover another fab event hosted by The Powder Group. This time I’ll be back home in Miami!

What is the Artist Summit?


Oh yeah…so there is a lot in store for all of the attendees. To get more information about attending this event click here. And if you see me in the streets, holla!

I know big beauty events hardly wonder outside of LA and NYC so I’m glad to see events in my neck of the woods.

I’ll be tweeting photos along the way. To get the behind the scenes coverage of all of the happ’ns at the Summit, follow me at @ClumpsOfMascara. If there is anything you would like for me to keep an eye out for, shoot me an email:

Y’all know I love the Clumps fam, right?

Have a fabulous weekend!!

What would you do for longer lashes?

Have you ever thought about it?

I mean, really….

Clumps of Mascara focuses on all areas of beauty with mascara (obviously) being the product we show the most love to. I enjoy reviewing them because the demand is there and for whatever reason a lot of us are sooo in love with the idea of having thicker and longer lashes.

But how far would you go?

Check out this parody. It makes you think…

Thoughts? Funny? Scary? Or are you just speechless?

Thanks Aziza