Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!! That beautiful logo comes from an organization in Ohio (hi Grandma!) called Picture This. For 2 days, Central Ohioan volunteers will plant trees and clean up their beautiful grounds. I decided to feature this logo because wow….it says a lot!

I’m not going to pretend like I am a veteran Earth Day celebrator. In fact, this is my FIRST year really recognizing it. But better late than never.

I spent some time outside with Mother Earth yesterday and basked in her beauty. I don’t think I will ever take Floridian weather for granted–at least around this time of year. Every day is a beautiful day. When I think of Earth I immediately think of the colors green and blue. So I snapped some of Earth’s natural colors and also showed off my replicas of those colors via beauty products/looks. And of course the former poet in me had to drop cheesy haiku.

Yep. Our Earth is green.
Green like the land all over.
But are we green too?

Green polishes arguing about who will make it in the photo shoot…

They managed to get it together.Only my favorites made this cut.

Green MAC/Milani shadows had to make an appearance. Including that glittery Swimming. That was my 2nd MAC shadow.

The single soldiers…

Green eyes.

Oh blue is the sky.
Regal. Despite pollution
So is the sky blue?

(think about it…heavy, uh? LOL!)

My blue polishes are a little more civil than the green polishes.

A MAC palette of blues.

Blue eyes..

I am doing better with being eco-friendly. I recycle when I can, bring my own bags when I go grocery shopping and marvel at Earth a few minutes a day. And instead of buying a crap load of bottled waters, I now have a water filter. Earth takes care of us. Let’s take care of her!

A breen (brown and green, lol!) lady,

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Urban Decay revamps Primer Potion

Back in the day when Clumps of Mascara was a baby blog and had a good 2-3 readers, I wrote a post on Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and how the packaging is worse then finding an expired coupon.

I ain’t playing…it was pretty terrible.

I’d like to think that I am responsible for the “cutting UDPP down the middle to reveal more product” idea going mainstream. Nah, I’m jivin’, but ’til this day, that is my most popular post. Ever.

Ain’t that somethin’? You can check it out HERE.

I wrote that post a little over a year ago.
Fast forward to 2009 and guess what Urban Decay has done?

Blackberry coconut zebra!!

(I can’t be the only person that shouts
random words when they get excited…lol)

I feel like Urban Decay should have thrown “New packaging unveiling” parties all over the world. This is such a big deal to me. Many of us beauty bloggers, YouTube gurus and consumers expressed our frustration and outright annoyance with the way that the initial wand went STRAIGHT down in the tube. A LOT of us ended up throwing away what we thought were empty tubes, when in reality, over 60% of the product was left.

*tisk tisk*

Dissatisfaction in large numbers can lead to changes, people. We did it!

I actually STOPPED using this product because I got irritated with always having to do surgery on it just to get my $17 worth of primer. Will I trash my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and stock up on UDPP? Hells no. But I don’t mind finally trying the Primer Potion in Sin.

Now that looks hot. Has anyone tried it?

Will the new wand work? We shall seeee! The Primer with the new wand will only be availabile at UrbanDecay.com for now.

Sin shall be mine!

…..the primer, Mom. Not like sin SIN. :)

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Urban Decay Urban Ammo Eye palette

Ohmigoodness, I can’t believe how little I have talked about Urban Decay here at Clumps of Mascara. What a tragedy considering that UD is one of my favorite brands. I mean, I SWEAR by their eyeliners. I did cartwheels when I first discovered the Primer Potion. And I wanted to marry the eye shadows when I first saw them.

Urban Decay is sheer awesomeness and although they aren’t the cheapest cosmetic brand out there, they are unique and innovative.

I always wanted this palette but never got around to purchasing it. A 15% off coupon from Sephora Beauty Insiders as well as a gift card, however, had to running to Sephora on a lunch break. How beautiful and versatile are these colors?

Sin does well as a browbone color on brown skin! Look out for some of my looks using this palette.

This baby will definitely be going with me on my future travels. I can see myself coming up with quite a few looks be it work appropriate neutral or after 5 fierceness. I am really trying to convince myself that I also need the Deluxe Shadow box.

What do you think? Should I snag it?

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Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

Happy happy Monday! This Mascara Monday almost didn’t make it. I spent the weekend back home with friends and family which means good food, too much fun and sleep-less nights from having too much fun. Sleep deprivation has hit me hard but alas beauty news must go on!

Now this is one mascara that I have previously owned but never reviewed for Mascara Mondays. Once upon a time, I had major tude with this mascara. Has it since wow-ed me or do I still want to fight it in the streets? Peep the review!

L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got this for $3.99 at Target. Steal, baby!! )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes, and build lashes to five times their natural thickness. Patented Volume maximizing brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, leaving them soft with virtually no flakes, smudges or clumps. Exclusive carbon black pigments provide up to 2x the intensity of classic L’Oreal shade.” (source)

The truth:
Dear Max Factor Volume Couture, I love you and all but I think that someone else may just take your place. Don’t take it personal. It’s a lashes thing. Always, B.

What I loved about it: OMG WTF! Is what I first said when I saw the volume that this mascara gave me. So yes….it’s the volume that I love.

What I didn’t like:
The wand. Perhaps it could have been a little smaller? And thinner. Um yeah…this wand needs to go on a bit of a diet.

Overall: Wow! So first things first….if you have ever played around with a mascara and found that it just didn’t work well for you, try it again a few months later. Or even a year later. I HATED L’Oreal Voluminous when I first tried it. Granted I wasn’t as knowledgeable about mascaras then as I am now but I literally talked trash about this mascara to every one I knew. For me, I found that it transported me right to Clump City. But I get it now….

….to really get the BEST out of this mascara, use only two coats. More than that and you may find yourself in some trouble.

Because it coats your lashes somethin’ serious, you may endure smudging and smearing if you constantly rub your eyes. The waterproof version of Voluminous fixes that problem. If you are really looking for dark and dramatic lashes, this mascara has yo back, sis.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

It really is great stuff. It is easy to find and has different formulations (waterproof, carbon black, etc).

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!! I would recommend this to any and everyone that is seeking insane volume!

My Other L’Oreal mascara reviews:
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara
L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara

A crazed mascara reviewer,


My girl @allysonnewell on Twitter says that L’Oreal is buy 1, get 1 free this week at Walgreens. And guess what? The same goes for CVS! Get your drugstore shop on, yo!

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Beauty Bubble: Top Mascaras for Length and Volume…

Take a guess and see what mascaras end up on this list.

My favorite volumizing mascara of all time ends up on list! The wonderful Max Factor Volume Couture!

….do some of your favorites end up on there?

Happy Saturday!

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FOTD Friday: Slighty Smokey with a touch of green

Happy Dappy Friday, peeps!! I am excited because my skin is finally pulling it together and acting like it likes me. Yes, yes, I know it sounds loca but for the past few months I have been extremely frustrated with acne and dark spots left from acne. It can be quite discouraging and left me not wanting to wear anything beyond liner and mascara. I hope that my skin is done actin‘ a fool. But if not….I am enjoying pimple-free skin for the time being. For most of the week, I have been rocking a pretty neutral look.

Nothing big! But towards the end of the week, I wanted to spice things up a bit. I even wore….


Yes, I finally put that Make Up For Ever HD foundation that I got from The Makeup Show LA to use. And I must say….I love it!

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Make Up For Ever HD foundation in 178
Make Up For Ever HD powder
Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Sketch eyeshadow (lid)
NYX Mermaid Green (outer-V)
MAC Passionate (crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero
Maybelline Lash Stiletto

MAC lipliner in Nightmoth (I so live in this lipliner)
Victoria Secrets’ Intimate lip gloss

My cheesy smile….HA!

I am really digging this foundation.

…I probably could have applied it better around the nose. Review on this baby later! I am really impressed.

The more I play around with it, the more comfortable I feel with doing smokey eyes.

Tis all for now, my darlings.

Have a greeeat weekend,

Congratulations to the Reader Appreciation Week winners!

From the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate all of the support from Clumps of Mascara readers and supporters. From a comments to emails, ya’ll don’t know how much it means to me. Reader Appreciation Week was my THANK YOU. And I know everyone couldn’t win but I loved seeing the enthusiasm about the giveaways.

The best has yet to come so to keep the enthusiasm going on, I will continue to have random giveaways without notice.

That whole, “Giving is better than receiving,” thing….it’s kinda true.

Congratulations to the following ladies!

Mabel in the Dominican Republic Judith in Colorado Juanita in Missouri Sara in Sweden Xuxa in North Carolina Monique in Michigan Ashley in D.C. Aimee in Illinois Sarah in California

….and a special thank you to my youngest sister Imani…..

…she randomly selected each and every winner! A tough job for a 10-year old, but my girl held it down.

Thanks again for a successful Reader Appreciation Week. The next one will be bigger and better!

And a quick tag! Milan from Milan Rouge tagged me with the Sexy Blogger Award. Thanks sis!!

Rules: List 5 things that are sexy about yourself and then tag 5…

1. My kindness. Sounds lame but in a cruel world, I think that genuine kindness is sexy!
2. My legs. I love how sculpted they look.
3. My lips. They are full and soft!
4. My confidence. It has gotten me a loooong way.
5. My humor. Or lack thereof some may say. I take pride in being a cornball and somehow I think it’s sexy!

….I’m horrible at tags because I always seem to re-tag the same people. So I’m tagging YOU!

What makes you sexy?

Newbie Post: Cheap Brushes 101

Ahh yes….it’a another post for “Newbie News”. Brushes!! One of the most common questions I get is, “Where can I get good and cheap brushes?”

Giiiirl, lemme tell you. I know some may say that MAC Cosmetics brushes are the best and that else nothing is comparable, but I don’t think that’s true. While I do love the quality and overall performance of MAC brushes, I think that there are other phenomenal brushes for half the price.

Say hello to my babies…
(from left to right)

-EcoTools retractable Kabuki brush ($7.99)
-Eyebrow grooming comb and brush (I don’t know where I got this from, hmmm…)
-Sonia Kashuk blending brush ($7.99 from Target. Get it HERE)
-Studio Tools concealer brush (around $3 from Target)
-Sonia Kashuk small eyeshadow brush ($9.99 from Target. Get it HERE)
-Studio Tools eyeshadow brush (around $3 from Target)
-The Body Shop lip brush (under $10 from The Body Shop)

First up….

Ecotools retractable Kabuki brush

EcoTools, the company and products will always have my heart. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their products. This Kabuki brush is absolutely wonderful. It works great for an all over face powder and if you squeeze the bristles, it functions well as a blush brush. Got sensitive skin? Don’t worry….these bristles are so amazingly soft. Using this brush is such a treat. And it’s under $10!!

Eyebrow grooming comb and brush

I don’t know where I got this baby from but I know it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. For my naturally bushy brows, this is must! Yes, my comb lost a few teeth…lol, don’t yall laugh at me!

Sonia Kashuk blending brush

Oh yes! This blending brush rocks! It is super soft and does a good job at….blending. With a light hand you can get a nice distribution of color on the crease. With a heavier hand, you can bang out a sexy smokey eye. I also find that it is good at giving me a nice wash of color under the browbone.

Studio Tools concealer brush

Honestly….I don’t see why you would even need to spend an insane amount of money on a concealer brush. This is the only one that I have ever had and it works perfectly! I depend on concealer since I don’t wear foundation and I love that this brush applies smoothly. Rinse it out thoroughly and it can be good at foiling (used wet) shadows or pigments. Heyy!! Yall know I love multi-purpose products.

Studio Tools eyeshadow brush

Any time I wear eyeshadow, I am usually applying it with THIS brush. For it to be so cheap, it applies shadows flawlessly. I usually take this one with me on my travels.

Sonia Kashuk small eye shadow brush

I think this was one of my first brushes! And I’ve still got her around. This brush is perfect for ladies with smaller lids. Or perhaps you like applying shadows on the inner-V. This brush gets it done!

The Body Shop lip brush

This was my first (oh wait….it’s my only) lip brush and I got it on sale at The Body Shop for a good $5. I love it for when I really want to make lips the focus of a look. It allows me to blend my liner and lipstick as well as applying MAC Tendertone balms on the lippies.

There’s my little guide to cheap but amazing brushes. My entire stash of brushes?

The travel brushes are stashed in the traveling case. They apologized for not being able to make a guest appearance. HA! I don’t see myself investing in any more brushes…..at least not for awhile. If you have good and long-lasting ones, you won’t need to!

Do you have any of these brushes?

Do you normally spend a nice chunk of change on your brushes or do you like ’em cheap?

Readers/Twitter fam also suggest the following cheap brushes:

-E.L.F. brushes
-Coastal Scents
-Crown Brushes (co-sign!! I have some of these that I love…they are so cheap!)
-Sigma Brushes