Berries!


Ohhhh la laaa, I’ve been all over berries this summer. Aside from making delicious blueberry, strawberry and raspberry protein smoothies every other morning, I’ve been all over berry colored lippies. I decided to have a little fun and showcase them by categorizing the intensities: low, medium and high color concentrations.

Sound too technical? HA….well, hopefully my silly pictures make up (get it…make-up? *crickets*) for the professional word usage.

First up. let’s start with the loooooow.

[LOW]
L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm in Luscious

…..what’s better than a MAC Tendertone? Nooo, I’m just kidding. I’ve actually never owned the Tendertones but I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Especially since I got them 2 for $8.99. I find these perfect for a little color tint. Like when I’m at work and don’t have time to run to a mirror.


[MEDIUM]
CoverGirl’s Wetslicks AmazeMint #625

I absolutely love this lippie. This has to be one of my favorites! The color in the tube isn’t as dark on my lips so it works out beautifully. The minty taste doesn’t hurt either. It isn’t too powerful but it is absolutely pleasant applying on the lips. This is a great “gotta run into the mall” or “out to eat with the co-workers” look.

I’m a nut for giving that lipgloss
its own photoshoot, uh? HA!

[HIGH]
NARS Afghan Red

If you are lookin’ for a serious berry-licious look, I’m thinkin’ that a highly pigmented lipstick is the way to go. NARS Afghan Red is seriously one of my favorite lipsticks. I know, I know. I say that about all of my products, but this baby here has me goin’ around pokin’ my lips out every time I wear it. It is great for ladies’ night out!



How do you feel about berry lipsticks? Yay or nay?


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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Define-A-Lash

It’s another Mascara Monday, ladies. Mascara Mondays is when we show tribute to the star of the blog in attempts to find *drum roll*…..the best mascara ever! Today I will be reviewing Maybelline’s Define-A-Lash.

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

What it claims: “This zero clump mascara creates stunning length with clean definition.


The truth: I mean, it’s just okay. Nothing spectacular.


What I loved about it: I love the lime green packaging. Sounds silly but I love pretty tubes. The formula claims to be washable and it actually lives up to that.

What I didn’t like: I hate that flippin’ brush. And it was a bit clumpy.

Overall: Wellll, I don’t know. This mascara is just didn’t do it for me. I have to admit though, it did give me great definition. The brush takes a quite bit of getting used to. I found that it was too flimsy and didn’t give me the control that my clumsy self usually needs when applying mascara. Plus it was a bit too flaky and clumpy for me. Booooo.

Here’s the video review.



What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

Stay tuned for next week’s Mascara Monday when I review, in my opinion, the most innovative mascara ever!


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FOTD Friday’s For the Love of Money



I am sooo glad it is Friday. Thank you, Jesus!! Before I drop this Friday’s FOTD (I’m doing better with this series, uh? LOL!)…I must encourage you to submit your answer for the Bee Contest. 5 lucky winners will win Radiance Kits from Burt’s Bees. You know you want one make this Friday a better one by being a potential winner. Yaaay!!

Got that out of the way. With my focus on all things blush, lips and skincare, it is very rare that I play in eye make-up….especially with pigments. But goin’ out for the first time in 93 years inspired me to have a little fun. Because I’m a girly girl to the max, I couldn’t figure out what I was going wear and changed my outfit a dozen times. But this was the final look.

FACE:
Olay Complete moisturizer

CHEEKS:
NARS Crazed blush

EYES:
Styli-Style eyeliner
Imju Fiberwig mascara (review coming soon!)
UDPP
MAC Violet pigment
MAC Carbon e/s
Clinique About Peach (for highlight)

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip pencil
CoverGirl Wetslicks Amazemint in 625 (LOVES IT!!!)






I wasn’t finished with my lip blendin’ but it was a fun look. Quick and easy. Little blending, few products. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I’m gettin’ lazy, yall.

And since I love being tagged, I figured I would do it again. I did this one on my personal blog too. Someone else tagged me on this blog and I sho forgot to put it up. Sorryyyy, here we go! And thanks Fab Vixen!

1. Put your iTunes/music player on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT. After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY?” YOU SAY?

“I Can’t Hold Back the Tears” Isley Bros. —–I’m an old skool head….

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

“Discipline” Janet Jackson —–Oh shoot…LOL!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

“My Body” Tank —–Maybe THEIR body.

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

“Work That” Mary J. Blige —–Pretty accurate!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
“Get Ya Stuff Together” T.I. —–You right!

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

“I Don’t Wanna” Jagged Edge—–I can be a bit of a child at times.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

“All About Love” After 7—–Truuuue, I am a lover!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?

“Now That I Know” Mariah Carey—–No relation but I love the song!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

“Lifetime” Maxwell—–That may be true.

WHAT IS 2+2?

For Real” —–Amel Larrieux

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

“Da Rain” Missy—–LOL!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Saturday Night” Spice Girls—–I can dig it. Love the Spice Girls!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

“Just Because” Anita Baker

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

“Portrait of a Woman” Donell Jones

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Sorry I” Will Downing

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

“Wind It Up” Gwen Stefani—–That’s just strange

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

“Apple Tree” Erykah Badu—–I doubt it but this is my jam.

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

“Father Can You Hear Me” —–Diary of a Mad Black Woman Soundtrack

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

“Uspide Down” —–Ledisi

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

“Hail Mary” 2Pac—-What the?? I’m jammin’ though…

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

“Southern Stuff” Anthony Hamilton—–Yay for the Southern girls!!

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?

“For the Love of Money” The O’Jays—–What yall know ’bout this? LOL!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Welcome Jaimie!

Say HI to Clumps of Mascara’s first ever guest editor, Jaimie!
Jaimie, darlin’….tell us a little about yourself.



I probably first got into makeup in 7th grade. My mom has been a part-time AVON representative since before I was born so I’ve always been into body care and moisturizing. I haven’t attended any professional
classes, but I read about it all the time since I got into it. So I’ve learned a lot over the years through tutorials, and mostly just trial and error on myself so I wouldn’t say newbie. I do know that the most expensive doesn’t always mean the best, but I do like my GOOD high end things. I will get a drugstore mascara though.

I’d like to show that light black girls can wear bright colors and DARK colors tastefully , because as much as people think we can wear everything, we can’t.

Jaimie decided to kick off her intro post with a review.
Check it:

Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair
Zero-Humidity Frizz Control


So we all wish we could do the wash and go like *ahem* some certain peoples can and this product claims we can get one step closer. When I hear Zero-Humidity Frizz Control, it says to me, “Relax. You can wash your hair right before you run out the door running errands and still be fly. I won’t let the heat turn your hair into a big fluffy poof” So I gave it a shot.

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Price: $22! Available at sephora.com, any ulta store, and various other locations.


The Claim: “Conquer frizz all day with this weightless, alcohol-free mist. Spray-on antidote for frizz-prone hair that seals the cuticle to stay sleek. Helps protect hair from the effects of UV rays with Solarshield™ protection, an innovative sun protection technology developed by Frédéric Fekkai that helps combat the effects of UV rays on hair.” – Sephora

The Good: I love the smell. It reminds me of a Pina Colada, but not as sweet. It’s a light smell and perfect for hair, you smell it when you want to and it’s not there distracting you all day. It really does do what it claims. I tried it on myself, my sister, and a cousin. I have wavy hair and my sister has curly; it really does bring out the natural curl of your hair without exploding it into one huge mess. My cousin keeps her hair natural and unrelaxed and it works great for her too. I know in Georgia the humidity can really put a number on your ‘do, turning it from sleek to weak in about an hour. This product is perfect for those pool/lake/beach days when you just want to wash or rinse your hair and go and not worry about a halo surrounding your head. It leaves your hair feeling really soft and it really does keep the humidity at bay.

The Bad: I had a couple problems with my squirter getting jammed, but I think that just may be my bottle. I also wish that there were more product in it. It takes a while to fully saturate your hair depending on how much hair you have; I had to spray for a lil bit to make sure I had coated my hair properly

Overall: I’d have to say that if you were looking for a good spray to keep your waves under control on those summer days that this would be it. The price is a little high, but it does last you a while.

Don’t forget to enter the Bee Contest. You have until Friday!

But Black Women Can’t

Welcome to another post from the reader suggested series. Now yall knew this one was comin’ for quite awhile. Today we will bash that whole idea that Black women can’t…….

WEAR BLUE EYESHADOW
My sistas, my sistas. Who told you this? Yes, I know…when done unproperly, a blue-eye look can look like a black eye. But that’s because you are doing something wrong!

Here are some of my favorite blue-eye looks.

Not ready to wear a super vibrant blue eye? Try a subtler look. Here, I simply swiped darker blue on the lid and smoked it out with a a bit of black eyeshadow and liner on the lower lash line.

This is more blue-turquoise but I found that keeping the blue RIGHT ON THE LID keeps me lookin’ less “scary”.

Here’s a blue look that I did BEFORE I learned how to work with my eye shape. I took the blue waaaay above the crease. Which wasn’t a good idea because it gives me that clown-ish look. Or so I think. My hair is bangin’ though….ha!

Remember my Cool Heat inspired look? I think this may be my best blue eye look yet.

Now if I haven’t convinced you yet that we CAN wear blue eyeshadow and you are still feelin’ a bit apprehensive, you may want to try something like this.


A blue liner on the eyes. Gives you a pop of color but isn’t “too much”.

And to my light-skinned sisters who feel like that can’t rock the blue….check out my girl Tasha.

Absolutely stunning!! Thanks Dany for showin’ us your skills and an even bigger thank you to Tasha for letting me showcase your beautiful face.

Anyone have any suggestions for those fearful of wearing blue eyeshadow? Or perhaps you’d like to tell me why you feel you can’t wear blues?

Send your suggestions or questions about the But Black Women’t Can’t series to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

And don’t forget to enter the Bee Contest. It closes on Friday!

National Pollinator’s Week: contest


When I was younger, my nickname was Bee Buzz. I had this crazy little appreciation for bees. I collected bee stickers and everything. This week is National Pollinator Week and Burt’s Bees wants to give these little pollinators their moment in the spotlight for all the work they do in providing us with healthy products that keep us looking BEE-utiful.

They are offering (5) Radiance Kits (http://www.burtsbees.com/) to be used as giveaway promotions to any of your readers who want to learn a little bit more about the bee crisis and what they can do to help.

How can you snag one? Just post a BEE fact from one of the pollinator friendly resources below:

o Burt’s Bees (http://www.burtsbees.com/)

o The Pollinator Partnership (http://www.pollinator.org/)

o Haagen-Dazs Honeybee program (http://www.haagendazs.com/)

Winners will be chosen at random so be sure to inc lude your email address in your comment. Winners of contests within the past 6 months are not eligible and if you are a personal friend or family member, you can’t win either. Love you lots, Mommy, but that means you too! Good luck!

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express

Happy happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for voting on the next reviewed mascara. The Colossal one this time around but don’t worry Define-A-Lash ladies….I’ll be reviewing that one next week. So did the Colossal live up to its name?

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Maybelline the Colossal


Price: 6 out of 5 (I got it for $6.99 from CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall:
4 out of 5


What it claims:Megabrush instantly zooms on 9x the volume in one stroke, without clumps.”

The truth: Hey hey!! I like this! As a waterproof mascara, it is a bit difficult to take off but it’s not half bad.


What I loved about it: It really separated my lashes. Like amazingly. I love it!

What I didn’t like: The brush is a little bigger than I like. And it is a bit flaky, but nothing that I can’t handle.

Overall: I am really becoming a huge Maybelline mascara fan. Seriously. XXL Curl Power so far is my HG mascara but the Colossal can easily take that position. It is a really good mascara. I found that aside from getting my lashes “out there”, it also helped separating them. Did I experience clumping? Noooope! For $6.99, I can’t complain. Big ups to SlvrLips for letting us know about this baby there. I am extremely impressed and recommend this mascara to those looking for volume and length. If you are in dire need of some curl too, I suggest pumping a good eyelash curler on your lashes prior to mascara application. I’ve heard some people are hatin’ on the Colossal because of the unattractive color of the tube, but I think that’s a crazy reason to not try something new. This mascara could come in a puke green tube with gray and yellow spots and I wouldn’t care. If it works….it works!

Per request….here’s a video review of the mascara as well.




What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Do mascara packagings turn you off? If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: Playing with bright colors

More like “eye of the day”. And I really mean only ONE eye. HA! A friend of mine asked me about doing a “tropical” eye. She was convinced that darker skinned folx could not pull off wearing multiple BRIGHT colors on their lids. Aside from giving me some ideas for the “But Black Women Can’t” series, she also inspired me to play around in pigments. So here is what I came up with.

BASE:
UDPP
….if I were going to wear this OUTSIDE of the house, I probably would have applied another base like a MAC Paint or Paintpot….just for extra protection against creasing.

LID COLORS:
<--red--> NARS Emmanuel and MAC’s Mi’Lady (the red part, of course)
<--orange--> MAC Firespot and MAC Off the Radar pigment
<--yellow--> MAC Bright Sunshine and MAC Golden Lemon pigment
<--green--> Milani green and MAC Humid

…funky brows. Has it been 2 weeks yet?




A ton of colors, uh? I found that applying an eyeshadow and THEN a pigment gave me greater color payoff. I blended like mad with MAC Vanilla pigment. Because it has yellow undertones, it blended like a dream with my red, orange and yellow…which also had yellow undertones. Vanilla pigment is seriously the best product of my life!!!

I too was afraid of color because I thought it would make me look “clown-ish”, but I think the trick is how far UP you take your eyeshadow. My eyeshadow neeeever goes up beyond my crease. Except, of course my highlight. I keep all of the “lid” colors right on the lid. But I have have a weird eye shape in that I have a loooot of space between my lower lashline and lid so this is what works for me.

Find what works for you too and you won’t have to worry about looking Bobo.

*red nose honk hoooonk*

Love you, beautiful people. Have a wonderful Fridayyyyy!!