Beauty Review: Coastal Scents 88 Piece make-up palette

“Why would anyone need 88 eyeshadow colors?”

A sensible person would ask this.

I have long stopped calling myself “sensible” when it comes to this beauty obsession of mine. I can justify purchasing products that the average person would say, “Uh?” to. Including Coastal Scents’ 88 Piece Makeup Palette. Is it worth it? Is it possible to have a great results with such a cheap product? Let’s seeeee……

Coastal Scents 88 Piece Makeup Palette

Price: 5 out of 5 (only less than $25–that includes shipping!)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Highly pigmented shades , all shadows can also be applied wet for a deeper longer lasting effect. The compact case makes it easy for storing and traveling. These are priced at wholesale to everyone!” (source)

The truth: This is probably the best beauty buy so far in ’09!

What I loved about it:
What’s not to love? I mean, look at how amazing the swatches are:

Beautiful on brown skin, highly pigmented and this palette contains a myriad of textures….not just mattes (ahem…BB).

I don’t even know where to start with where I will put what color where. Decisions, decisions…

Overall: Whether you are new to make-up, a make-up artist or just a regular gal who likes to have her options when it comes to shadows, this is it!! I don’t know what else needs to be said. This is truly a winner in terms of performance, quality and affordability. I am also highly impressed at how quickly this was sent to me. I got it in 2 days. Never mind that I live two hours from the location….the point is Coastal Scents gets an A+ from me in the shipping department.

I did a pretty hilarious video review on it.

Would I recommend it?
: Absolutely….

So what do you think? A must have? A pass? Already have it? Don’t need it? You can scoop this up HERE for only $21.95 aaaand, they ship internationally. Woot!!

This Day in Black History:
1794-France abolishes slavery
1913-Rosa Parks was born

Lots of love,

Beauty Bee-haviors….

Howdy friends!!

Is your Tuesday going well? Steady on the grind at work or school?


Taking care of the kiddies?

…whatever you are doing, I hope it’s going well.

I’ve been thinking about adding another SERIES here at Clumps of Mascara. No, not the fitness/health one. I’m still working on that bit. But a discussion series. Posts like this and this show me that Clumps of Mascara readers are affected by a lot (or not) and want to talk about it. What do you think? Let me know by voting on the poll. If you are reading via email or Google Reader, come on out for a second to cast your vote on the poll located in the left column of the page.

Here’s one to think about:

How much make-up is TOO much?

….I have 13 tubes of lipsticks and I feel terrible. I feel like I’ve wasted my money. Especially since I can probably part with more than half of them. I don’t want to be a make-up collector…I would much rather be a beauty obsessed lady with a modest collection of essentials. But that’s just me.

What are your thoughts on this?
Don’t mind your 49+ blushes?
Do you feel like waste money on products you probably won’t use again?

Tell me!!

Because Clumps of Mascara is OUR home,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Twist Collection, Part 2

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

A week or so back, I introduced you lovely people to Zoya’s Spring ’09 collection: Twist. Part 1 is here. Onward we go to Part Deux.

First up we have Jo. What a wonderful blue to my collection. I only applied two coats here but I would probably do three just because I love a complete opaque look. Jo has tons of sparkle but nothing too crazy. I would definitely rock this on the weekends for the perfect subtle yet showy nail color.

I really like Moxie! But then again, I would because it’s a creme. This color applied like a dream; I usually don’t have application problems with Zoya polishes. Moxie is a beautiful berry beet color that isn’t terribly unique but I love it just the same. I probably have a good 2 colors similar to this but nothing beats the application of a Zoya polish.

Think pink! Barbie pink that is. This photo may not show it but this polish is crazy bubble gum pink. It looks a little muted here but it really is a loud pink. Which I think is very pretty! I prefer it more on toes but would not mind rockin’ it on the hands either.

All in all, I am enamored with Zoya’s Twist collection. The colors are diverse and there is something for everyone–be it the nail polish addict or the conservative polish wearer. Malia would be my favorite out of the bunch with Harley coming in at a close second. This is my second Zoya collection and I can honestly say that I am a bonafide fan!

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Or better yet, get the Sampler for only $36!

A fan of Zoya’s Twist collection? Interesting? Not so much…..tell me what you think.

Polish Pretty,

MAC’s SugarSweet collection….I hate it!

All has been quiet on the Southern front when it comes to MAC Cosmetics for me. It has been quite a while since I’ve indulged in any of the collections. In fact…I think the last one was Cult of Cherry. But since then I’ve been a little….


But that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited with each NEW collection. I get excited. I just don’t purchase. After doing some blog hopping over the weekend, I came across a Risser‘s blog displaying MAC’s SugarSweet collection. I’m not sure when it will come out but here is the promo ad for it.

Just what in the hell is this? Exactly how is this sista’s features being accentuated? Where is the beauty in this? If you ask me….this may be why a lot of Black women fear wearing make-up. Fear of looking like this.

I hate it. I hate it. And I will never purchase another MAC Cosmetics product again if this indeed is the promo for this collection. I’m not even kidding. —or maybe I am. LOL!

Am I being overly sensitive? Women of color, I would love to hear your thoughts about this promo ad.

When is it ever okay for a darker sister to ever wear an extremely pink pale lip?

Or bright pink shadow allll the way up to the brow? Would you rock it?

Hmm……speak on it!

[EDIT]: I’m not offended per se but I don’t think that this particular ad is flattering for the woman. This is not make me want to run out and purchase the products. Hmm….lovin’ the thoughts and comments, family. Keep them coming!

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Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie EXTREME Lash Plumper

Happy Monday! Yes….this dreaded day is back. I don’t think that I will ever get over “dreading” Monday. I mean….does it ever get better? Gracias a Dios for Mascara Monday. It brings a much needed joy in my life and I hope to your life too.

I know—it ain’t that serious but then again it is! HA!!

So we all know how much I adore Max Factor Volume Couture. Forgot one of the best….this mascara just may be THE best in terms of volume. I love it. I have since reviewed Max Factor 2000 Calorie and uh….let’s just say it wasn’t anywhere near as awesome as that MF Volume Couture.

So how does the EXTREME take? Is it better? Just as good? A disappointment? Hmmm….

Max Factor 2000 Calorie
Extreme Lash Plumper

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for around $6 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Introducing our new pro tool for the most voluptuous lashes ever. It’s not a mascara, it’s a lash plumper! Our patented fat-wrap formula and extreme brush uniquely wrap and plump every single lash, from root to tip.” (source)

The truth: Wait…is this a wanna-be Cover Girl Lash Blast in black? Hmmm….

What I loved about it: I suppose that the volume isn’t so bad after a good three coats.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t….the best. I mean, it’s okay. It’s good ‘n terrible.

Also…..what a hot gooby mess. I mean, look at this:

You get an F for that, Max Factor. And perhaps I got a “bad bottle” but my goodness….

Overall: I’m not even gonna lie to, yall….when I first saw this mascara, I thought “Look at CoverGirl Lash Blast’s wannabe little sister.” LOL! I know..cruel. A true mascara reviewer never compares one mascara to another unless the company itself makes that claim. But can you blame me? Look at this!

The brushes are almost identical. Here’s a closer look at Max Factor’s…

So yes…those not used to this kind of wand will have that inital strugge. I’ve learned to manipulate them pretty well, so this was not a downfall for me. I found that it took a good 3 coats to achieve pretty decent lashes. That annoyed me—I don’t like to apply more than 2 coats if I can help it.

The lengthening factor wasn’t so bad. And now that I look at the photos again, the volume isn’t that bad either. But it isn’t amazing. And it certainly doesn’t stand up against Lash Blast.

….or wait–am I comparing them again? My bad, yall. I can’t help it!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Nope. It is a definite pass. It’s not bad but I am sure your favorite mascara now is better.

….seriously. I’m just keepin’ it real.

Could it be that Volume Couture is the ONLY decent Max Factor mascara? I’m starting to think so? What say you, folx?

Enjoy your Monday!!


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FOTD Friday: The Minimalist Look

Happy Friday, family! We’ve made it!! This week happened to be extra crazy for me. Because of inauguration and business travels last week, I had a lot of catching up to do. Which is tiring and a little stressful but who am I to complain? Life is still good, peeps!

This FOTD (face of the day) is not terribly unique or creative but it a reflection of how I’m feeling. In fact, I don’t think I’ve done a bold look since New Year’s Eve celebrations. Yikes! And I still can’t tear myself away from MAC’s Girl About Town. This lipstick paired with a simple eye is amazing—even for work, I think.

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Fashion Fair blush in Warm Sand

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
CARGO bronzer in medium (used as eyeshadow on the lid)
Too Faced eyeshadow in Mocha Meteor (crease)
MAC Twinks eyeshadow (used to deepen crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
*a mascara I’m reviewing–so not impressed*

MAC Nightmoth lipliner
MAC Girl About Town lipstick


The headwrap and bright lips bring out a little pop in a otherwise pretty boring look.

What’s your favorite “POP” product? A bright liner? Lipstick? Blush? Tell me!

Have a wonderful weekend, family.

CoM’s Take on the 5 Best Mascaras…

Clumps of Mascara veterans, where yall at? Riddle me this….do you think you could guess at least one of my top 5 mascaras on the market right now?

No seriously….I know I review a lot and love a lot but what’s one of my favorite?

Leave your answer in the comments.

…..oh and then go and check out my article at A Few Goody GumDrops. It is there where you will find the answer, my darlings!

Peace and cupcakes,

Brown & Blushin': The best ever!

It’s no surprise that I love blushes. After all…I have a series dedicated to them! My belief is that women of color CAN wear blushes. And beautifully. For a long time I didn’t think that blushes were for ladies with darker hues. What was I thinking? It is! Toya from Life of a Ladybug and I are collaborating to bring you our favorite blushes and bronzers. You ready?

NARS Dolce Vita

I’ve already done an extensive review of this blush here. I can’t put it down! Because it is a matte the color is richly intense and a little goes a long way. It is perfect for all occassions! I don’t have to worry about reapplying any on my foundation-less skin because it’s NARS…which means it is long-lasting. This is definitely my favorite blush of ALL time and is totally worth the $25 price tag. More about NARS’ blushes here.

Stila Convertible Color

I absolutely love Stila’s convertible colors! I mean with a passion. I actually have one in my purse right now. And there it stays. I find that it feels great on my cheeks–especially in these colder months. Not only that, but it doubles as a gloss, which I use quite often! Another steep price tag of $25 but you know I’m all about items with multi-uses so this is a splurge I can justify indulging in. More about Stila’s Convertible colors here.

MAC Petticoat

I also did a post on this baby here. Okay, words can not express how much I LOVE Petticoat Mineralize Skinfinish. I don’t even understand WHY it is so beautiful. Just a sweep of a fluffly eyeshadow brush and I have achieved perfectly subtle cheekbones. It is the PERFECT highlight-enhancing my facial features. I’ve also been known to dust it only the lids too. Gosh B….$25 for this too? Yeeeep! More about Petticoat MSF here.

N.Y.C. Chroma Face Glow in Sunset

I did a review on this here. N.Y.C. ain’t lyin’ about this “glow”, ladies. It’s there and it is gorgeous! I also use this as a highlighter-especially on days when I don’t have too much time to do a ton of work on my cheeks. Like most blushes, a little goes a long way and gives my face instant illumination. Use too much, however, and you may get the “disco ball” effect. A fantatstic dupe for MAC’s MSF coming in at only $4.99.

CoverGirl’s Tanfastic Bronzer

“B….brown girls can’t wear bronzers!” To quote my cousins from the South, “You’se a lie!” Yes we can wear bronzers! I dedicated an entire post to them. I love them! Especially in the summer time. Golden bronzers look beautiful on brown skin. I have a friend that uses it all over and you know what? It works for her. I don’t think I would go that route as I am more brown than she is but the point is….bronzers work for us. For a nice subtle glow…scoop you up CoverGirl’s. It’s only $5.99.

Before I go….check out what I’ve been lusting after for a uh….hours.

From Givenchy’s Spring ’09 collection.

Sari Glow Iridescent Blush

How beautiful is that? This baby is $42 and is only at Sephora.

“$42 for a blush, B?!!!”

Insanity, I know…but isn’t it beautiful?

Don’t forget to check out Toya’s top blushes/bronzers.

What is your all time favorite blush? Tell me!!

Get yo glow on,

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