IMATS Los Angeles 2009

I remember first hearing about the International Makeup Artist Trade Show from my girl Vanessa at Nessasary Makeup. And so started my obsession with wanting to attend every make-up show I could get to.

Unfortunately I can’t get to IMATS this time around *tears* but you can!!

From the IMATS Website:

“Known simply as “The Show” to the make-up world, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) is the only show of its kind in the world. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make- up world’s biggest gathering. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the techniques or experiment with the products, or if you just have an interest in the art of make-up, then the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green Street) is where you need to be.

The show is open to the public. No make-up artist credentials are required to get you in the door. Tickets are non-refundable and any billing discrepancies must be presented within 30 days of the transaction.”

You can get ticket information here. My suggestion? If you are wanting to just check out the exhibitors, I would go for the $15 tickets. Buuuut, if you are a serious make-up artist, editor and lover, I would definitely get the $65 tickets. They not only get you on admission to the exhibitor floor but to classes and to see keynote speakers as well. That’s the route I would take if if…

….if I were going. *more tears*

You goin’?
Wanna go?
Wanna take me?

Amor de Lacquer: What The Polish Addict Says…

Got another tip from one of my favorite nail polishes bloggers!!

Stephanie from The Polish Addict

“Different base coats work differently for different people but a good base coat makes a world of difference in terms of wear time, prevention of yellowing, and some even help to make difficult to apply polishes easier to apply. My personal favorites right now are Barielle Camouflage and Zoya.”

Visit Stephanie’s blog here. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Man Glaze polishes

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

Guess what’s in the hoooouse?

Matte polishes, yo!! They are poppin’ up everywhere. Seriously…..brands like Nubar, Zoya, Essie, and O.P.I. are all launching matte nail polish collections this year. I’m excited!!

And here’s the thing about matte nail polishes: you either like them or you don’t. It’s that simple. That have ZERO shine and are great for a nice edgy look. While they do have their issues, I find that the look is well worth it.

Matte nail polishes aren’t THAT innovative. I remember Maybelline launching them back when I was in middle school circa 1997. It was a super sheer purple that dried to a matte finish. I LOVED it.

Man Glaze polishes are big free polishes that were created for—men. Yep, guys. Fellas. Dudes. But who says us ladies can’t rock them?

The names are so man-ly. LOL!!

Death Tar-(my description)-a matte black with hidden silver shimmer
Fuggen Ugly-(my description)-dark concrete with a silver shimmer

First up is Death Tar with flash…

I kinda dig it! But look how it looks without flash.

I think my tweeted photo shows the matte-ness in all of its matte-y essence!

I REALLY love The Death Tar. I have always been a fan of black polish but I love it even more without the shine. Application was a bit tricky though. If you zoom in on the photos, you’ll see a few specks that popped up under the polish. But it didn’t bother me simply because The Death Tar dries in a minute flat. 2 coats is good!

Now for Fuggen Ugly WITH flash….

….and without:

I love how this color looks on but I HATED the application. And I hated how it chipped within an hour of me wearing it. No bueno. The application was streaky and around the second coat, I found that it would drag….making for unevenness. But I still love the color nonetheless. I’m just too lazy to tweak it and make it work. I want it to already be perfect. LOL!

Sooooo, overall….I like Man Glaze. I am in love with The Death Tar and only “like” Fuggen Ugly. I think both are worth a buy if you are trying ease your way into matte polishes. They are $6.66 each and shipping was fast. You can get them here.

Whatcha think? A fan of matte polishes or not so much?

I will be reviewing a great deal of matte polishes in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Sales: Stila eyeshadow palette-$10!!

Hey fellow Clumpers guess what?

The Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette…..

….from the Indian Summer collection that retails $28 will be $10 only at Sephora on June 18, 2009!

If you hurry, you can get it online (today only) at

June 18th-in the stores

Can you believe it? I can’t. I may be headed there myself to pick up one of these babies to add to (or start) my summer eyeshadow kit.

Happy Shopping,


ETA: Thanks for gettin’ this out Eileen. You rawk!! —B

(photo source)

MACCosmetics….25% off sale!

Yep yep….better jump on it, fam.

MAC Cosmetics is having a Friends and Family sale and uhhh….if you have been eyein‘ some of the latest collections and STILL haven’t made the jump, now is a good time. But I’m not the right person to ask about “must haves” because I haven’t indulged in MAC for awhile.

Beauty blasphemy I know but there are so many other brands out there. MAC so doesn’t have my attention the way they used to. OH WELL!

Deets about the sale:
-For Don’t try and use the code in the store. They’ll give you the side-eye. HA!
-June 16th-June 18th.
SUMO–this is the promo code you will use at checkout

Whatcha gettin’? Tell me!

2 Year Anniversary Wrap-Up (winners list)

Well….I would say Clumps of Mascara’s 2 Year Anniversary went VERY well. I received so many emails, comments, tweets and messages congratulating me. But really it’s Y’ALL that should get the love. This site would not be anything had it not been for you. Your support is my inspiration. And my inspiration is leading to bigger and better things.

With that said, congratulations to the Anniversary winners!

Twitter Winners:


YouTube Winner:

Blog Winners:
Trish D
diskogal (email me!)

A special thank you to the following bloggers who blogged about Clumps’ Anniversary:
Black Twitterati

And another BIG thank you to the bloggers who participated in the “Surprise for Brittany” post as well as the Clumps’ e-cards. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Aaaand, a special thank you to Tamar, my parents, sisters and friends. My 10-year old sister actually left a message on my Shout-box. Too cute!

And don’t forget….you have until THIS Friday to enter the big giveaway. It is major, fam. Congratulations to all of my winners. Giveaways are a regular here at Clumps of Mascara so don’t be shootin’ me the cyber-eye if you didn’t win this time around.

Stay beautiful!!

Iman Cosmetics Foundations, Take 1

Your eyes do not deceive you.

You read the title correctly.

I typed “foundations”. Yes, I know—the woman who swoooore she would never be a “foundation person” is slowly playing around with them more and more. I have yet to wear them on a daily (ha..or weekly) basis but I’m gettin’ there. Trying to find the right color is the biggest pain ever.

But a brown girl friendly line like Iman Cosmetics makes it A LOT easier.

I played around with the Stick Foundation and Second to None Cover Cream.

*slams on brakes*

But wait….I can’t even give a fair review because my color is off! Does mis eyes deceive me, fam? What do you think?

Okay…here is the Stick Foundation in Earth 1

This is the first Stick Foundation that I have ever purchased. Such a proud moment in this 24 year old’s life. Now I was either rocking my shades while making this purchase or was lost and insecure (I love The Fray, hehe) because I think this color is way off!


Surely the lovely Second to None Cover Cream in Earth Deep would help a sista out.

This concealer is so creamy . It practically blended on my skin like a moisturizer. This is great for me and my “acts a fool when a product is too heavy” skin.

But uh…

This looks to be too red! Freakin’ A, mannnn. What is a girl to do?

Stay tuned for Round 2 of Iman Cosmetics Foundations. Since checking out the website I have now found my correct shade (Earth 3) and will shop accordingly.

Any Iman Cosmetics foundation wearers out there?

Brown and Secure (LMAO….get it?—*crickets*),

Beauty….and the Male: African Heritage Products for Men review


By popular demand, I will be doing some product reviews of items that I have sampled. As a former teacher, I will be handing out grades and giving you the reason for the grade. Without further ado, let’s get it started HA…let’s get it started in here….

Company: Ikhala
Products: Face and Body products designed for men of African heritage
Price: $12-$18 per tube
How to get it:

Body Wash: F
Not a great smell, didn’t make me even feel clean. Definitely not for anyone who wants that all over feeling of clean. I felt like I needed to keep showering! As you can see from the photo, I didn’t even use the whole tube…can I GIVE this stuff away?

Face Wash: C
Nothing special about this; bottle leaked in my shower; not something that I would use daily. Very watery which means more ends up on your shower floor than on your face.

Shave Cream: D
Nothing special here either; kinda messy and watery and dries out quickly if you let it sit for 5 seconds. Seemed to work just fine with my razor but didn’t live up to the hype. I still prefer a heavy cream when shaving my head. Shaving your face for Black men is a whole column in itself. Coming soon!

Moisturizing Cream: B
Now this is what I am talking about! I was impressed with the lightness of this cream. It was not oily and left my skin still feeling clean but also moisturized my face. I actually put down my normal cream and began using this regularly.

Face Scrub: B+
Finally! They hit it on the head with this scrub for your face. Really felt like it was exfoliating my skin but also moisturizing it. Even felt great on my head after shaving it. This product along with the moisturizing cream are the two things that I ran out of. I would actually purchase these products again.

Summary: C-
Love the concept of a product for men of African Heritage. I wanted to like this product! I really did! Men of African heritage certainly have special challenges with razor bumps and dry skin and other issues. This product could have been improved with two things–a better marketing plan and Also, this might have been more attractive in better containers that don’t leak! All in all, love the concept but the Ikahla is not the answer to what you’ve been waiting for! I’ll let you know when I’m ready to drop “PRODUCT BY PRATT”!!

KP’s says, “BOOKMARK IT”!

Check out this site for a LOT of great information on products and what works. I found the community forum particularly great because you get responses from real guys, just like you and me, discussing male grooming. BOOKMARK IT!!

Until next time,

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.