Mascara Monday: Max Factor Volume Couture

I’m back from Chicago! Did you guys miss meeee?


LOL, I know I was missed but I am back and in action! I had a wonderful trip and as requested I will post some pictures of beautiful Chicago. And because of all of my busy-ness, I was not able to comment on fellow beauty/fashion bloggers’ posts but I read every single one of them! Promise, I did.

This Mascara Monday is going to be greeeeat because Jen from A Beautyful Sentiment and I are reviewing the exact same mascara. Be sure to check out her review as well to see what she thinks about it.

Max Factor’s Volume Couture

Price: 5 out of 5 (less than $7 from Wal-Mart)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5

Overall: 4.75 out of 5

What it claims: “The highly defined, voluminous lashes you crave are yours with new MAX Factor Volume Couture Mascara. Selected as the Official Mascara of Milan Fashion Week, this superb formula delivers extreme volume without clumping. Our innovative iFX brush coats every little lash, giving you MAXimum impact … and beautiful results.”

The truth: I looooove it! Definitely an everyday-use for me these days!

What I loved about it: I am finally getting used to the 3D brush. In fact, I think I love them more than the traditional brush. I definitely love Max Factor’s!

Overall: I haven’t read Jen’s review yet but I absolutely love Volume Couture. As mentioned in the video, I took it with me to Chicago and by bringing it with me on a trip, it pretty much forced me to use just THAT mascara. I had such a great experience with it. The volume factor is incredible! I didn’t get any flaking and my lashes didn’t feel heavy either. One coat was wonderful but two coats were on pooooooint!

Would I recommend it: No. I demand that you buy it! Seriously, this mascara is definitely in the Mascara Hall of Fame!

I know this mascara isn’t new on the market so how many of you ladies have tried it? Be sure to check out Jen’s other mascara reviews. Between the both of us, we have reviewed well over 20 mascaras and this is the only one that we have both reviewed. Loves it!!

Have a wonderful Labor Day (remember why we celebrate it) and stay beautiful!

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FOTD Friday: Oh La Tempting

Happy Friday, lovelies!!! I am still in Chicago and hopefully I am having a ball. Um, it’s strange talking about myself in the 4th person??

Ha! So if you know me beauty-wise, you know that I am Queen Itsadupe (it’s a dupe). I have this obsession with assuming that MAC’s newest collections with eye shadows can be duped with other eye shadows from not only MAC but other brands. Hence why I didn’t feel the need to haul the palettes from the Cult of Cherry collection. Not to mention, I am very fickle and anal when it comes to not only cleanliness but having 2 of the same anything. Especially eye shadows.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think the colors were gorgeous. In fact I thought that Tempting was beautiful!! I had to try to find similar colors. Here’s how I tried to recreate the quad.

Tempting (top-left): Milani Golden Bronze
Dark Edge (top-right): MAC Signed Sealed
Next to Nothing (bottom-left): Clinique Almost Peach
Sharp (bottom-right): MAC Eyepopping

Dig the swatches on the hand…

Pretty darn close, uh?

I used…


(the colors stated up, of course)
Milani Cocomo Lipliner (I know, I know…I didn’t have brown eyeliner and was just experimenting)
Maybelline Unstoppable eye liner
A mascara that I haven’t reviewed yet but me gusta!

Mineral Concepts Dessert Dawn blush

(1st look)
MAC Nightmoth Lip pencil
MAC Jampacked Lip glass

(2nd look)
NYC somethin’….name rubbed off.

OMG, my lip liner so isn’t blended. Clumps of Mascara strikes again. Gotta love it! And check out how different this look is without the bright lip.

I am also thinking that despite the bright green shadow, the look is still subtle enough for work. And brown liner on the lower lash line is crazy beautiful. I have to incorporate that in more looks. Except I hope to use a eye pencil next time instead of a lip pencil. Shhh, don’t act like you’ve never done it before. HA!

What do you people think? I think my dupes are almost identical. I shall be returning to Florida tomorrow evening. I hope that everyone has wonderful weekends!

Stay beautiful!

[NOTE]: I ended up wearing this look to an after-5 lounge and at work and it was beautiful!

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Let It Clump: Fragrances

This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at

This is a first for Clumps of Mascara. I don’t think I’ve ever discussed fragrances. *gasp*

I remember being a little girl and sneaking into my Mother’s bathroom, stepping on my tippy toes and spritzing my little neck with whatever beautiful bottle of perfume I could find. For me, perfume bottles signified elegance.

I requested my first fragrance in Elementary School. I felt so grown up spraying a bit of Baby Love (now who remembers that?) on my wrists. By 7th grade I was all over Tommy Girl and Shi. And by high school I straight robbing Mommy’s boudoir every morning for a bit of Bvlargi, Cool Water or Chanel N’5.

Every Christmas or birthday, my family members already knew what to get me, “….a fragrance.” In college, I wasn’t bankin’ enough to purchase my own scents so I relied on the gifts. And even know, as a college graduate (um, still broke) with a little more sophistication, I find it hard to drop $50+ on a fragrance.

But that doesn’t stop me from eye-ing them in department stores, indulging in the samples (don’t act like you don’t do this…lol) and treating to myself to one or two fragrances a year.

Baby Phat’s Fabulocity was one of those fragrances that I had to have. But not because I’m in love with the self-absorbed Kimora Lee. It’s because of the freakin’ bottle. Look at it!

A diamond? Are you kidding me? I had to have it. Never mind that it wasn’t anywhere in Orlando.

Never mind that I had to do something I haaate doing (buy things online, cries). I had to have it.

So when it finally arrived I placed it on one of the floating shelves in my room. I felt like a won a trophy.

But the smell? Uh…let’s just say if you don’t mind smelling like freshly cut grass with a tinge of honey suckle on a warm Spring today, then this is the fragrance for you.

No, I’m kidding.

I think.

I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this fragrance beyond the bottle. But I think it’s because I have a very picky nose. I don’t like anything too floral or too fruity. And if it smells good enough to eat, then honey I don’t want it. Walking around smelling like a cookie, baked apple pie or strawberry shortcake (yumsss) is definitely not for moi.

I can get down with Baby Phat’s first fragrance but Fabulocity is uhh….not up to par, for me.

I like smelling like a sophisticated woman something more on the lines of:

Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman

And Sean Jean’s Unforgettable Woman

….yes, I desire to smell like a woman and these fragrances definitely deliver. So if I have to go around smelling like somebody’s Momma, I’m down! No, I’m kidding. My friends used to laugh at me in high school because they said I smelled too old. Whatev. HA!

Any perfume-lovin’ folx out there?

Don’t forget to shoot me emails! I am still in Chicago and I’m sure I am mad bored going from luncheons to meetings. *sigh*

Stay beautiful!

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry

It’s Mooooonday!! I know that I will be having a great one. Half day of work=great day! But even greater than that is sharing a pretty funky mascara with you. A reader requested this mascara a while back (okay, like a month…sorry for the delay, chica) and I can’t believe I waiting so long to review it. Check out the review fooooor:

Urban Decay’s Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry

Price: 3 out of 5 ($17 from anywhere Urban Decay products are sold)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “If you love the extra-thickening powers of Big Fatty Mascara, round out your collection with these wearable shades. Turquoise and navy hues give brown and blue eyes a jolt, purple shades make green eyes more dangerous, and burgundy adds drama to any eye color—a refreshing alternative to basic black.”

The truth: Duuude, I mean the red really is red. CRAZY!

What I loved about it: The color payoff on my lashes was really obvious. I didn’t want it to be a subtle touch of color because that would be defeating the purpose of a colorful mascara.

What I didn’t like: The color on the lashes is where it ends for this mascara. Volume? Nooope. Length? Chile please. And ohmigoodness, the flakiness is out of control. And will it last all day? Noooot.

Overall: What a great idea! I’ve seen folx with purple and blue mascara but I really wanted to try the red. I think that it is perfect for a quick pop up color. You know…one of those “goin’ out with the girls nights but only have 12 minutes to get ready” scenarios? A colored mascara gives you a quick pop of color that is noticeable without looking TOO dramatic? Is it for everyday looks? Maybe, depending on how snazzy you are from day-to-day. Definitely not for us folx who work in a strict business setting though. I absolutely adore this mascara! I wish that Urban Decay focused a little more on the formula so that it would give volume or length. But nonetheless, it is fab, yo!

Would I recommend it: Absolutely! The price is a bit steep but I think every gal needs to have a colored mascara in her collection.

The video review will appear later..YouTube was on the trips. Boo!

What do you think about this mascara? Would you or have you tried a colored mascara? Or are you a traditional brown/black mascara wearer?

Oh…wanted to let you pretty people know that I will be in Chicago from Tuesday-Saturday of this week for business. I have a few scheduled posts–most of which will be articles than series post but I hope yall find them interesting. I won’t be totting the laptop but I will have the trusted Blackberry so I be able to check the email and Google Reader. I leave tomorrow and am mad busy with the packing so don’t shoot me cyber-birds for my delayed responses. Muah!!

Stay beautiful!

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FOTD Friday: Hot Pink Runway Look

It’s Friiiiiiday! And I’m glad because this week was a yucky week for me. With Tropical Storm Faye dumping a ton of rain and me getting very little sleep because of my obsession with watching the Olympics, I was a little “out of it” this week.

But leave it to Friday to put a little pep in my step….a smile on my face…and a twist in my hip. I made that last one up because I figured it would sound okay since it rhymed. Kinda? Maybe?

No? HA..okayyyyy.

Today’s FOTD Friday is definitely a runway look. I got the inspiration from visiting and came across this banner.

I was really loving the pink winged liner so of course I had to try my version of it.

But first….who would have thought Wet ‘N Wild would have such a pretty Kohl eyeliner?

Beautiful!! I will definitely be picking up some more of their pencils. The staying power isn’t half bad. It was only $1.99. I don’t know why I’m acting like Wet ‘N Wild is new. It’s funny now some of us beauty folx try to get all siddity and get to purchasing liners for over $10 when the cheap ones work pretty well.

Ya know?

I wanted to focus on 3 things for this look:

*The pink liner with crazy
dramatic lashes*

*A super nude lip*

*Pale pink cheeks*

So here’s what I used:

MAC Fuschia pigment
Stila glitter liner
Wet ‘N Wild Turquoise Kohl Eyeliner
Dior DiorShow mascara (revisted—I’m likin’ it more!)

Cargo Blush in Lyon

MAC Soft Lust lipstick
Stila Brown Sugar Lipglaze

Sinful Colors San Fransisco

My before…

Tis was fun. I like to play around with everyday looks, runway looks and everything in between! What do you thiiiiink? I will be crazy busy this weekend preparing for my business trip to Chicago early next week. But no worries, I will have scheduled posts. Most will be articles and random ramblings than series’ posts. So I will still be around!

Have a happy weekend, beautiful people!!

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Cult of Cherry: Bing’s a Winner!

Cult of Cherry

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So as I mentioned in this post, I had the chance to attend a Cult of Cherry release party at MAC last week. I had a wonderful time! I don’t drink alcohol but the Godiva Lacquer drinks were delicious. I spent 30 minutes actin’ a fool with my favorite make-up artists Sophia and Thai at the Orlando PRO store and gazing at the new products.

I won’t do the list of all of the products as I try not to get too caught up in posting collection product rundowns but I have to say that everything was absolutely beautiful. I have not been impressed with a MAC Collection in quite awhile but I had a great vibe with Cult of Cherry.

Did it make it want to buy the entire collection?
Um…no. But when have I ever purchased an entire collection? LOL! If yall don’t know by now, your Head Newb here is cheap. I can’t spend that much money on make-up despite the obsession.

I found the palettes to be dupe-able. My girl Sophia goes, “Brit, don’t you start….” because she knew I was thinking of similar colors that the palettes’ pans resembled. I can’t help it!

The lipsticks, however were divine. I had similar colors of most and the blushes did not look to be flattering on a dark skinned brown lady. Not to mention I have enough blushes to last me for a lifetime.

So here is what I got:

Mattene Lipstick in Bing

…and Lip Glass in Jampacked

Being that dark lips is IN for the Fall, I had to cop these two lippies. I was ambivalent for a minute though. Burgundy is one of those colors I always thought Black women needed to move away from. Who remembers how prominent burgundy lips was in the 90’s?

Check out this video for a reference:

But I am learning to except dark lips again. And not just for a Halloween/goth look. I’m thinking that we can rock a pretty dark lip anytime! Check out Bing by itself:

Bing goes Goth

Bing goes Glam

Bing goes mean

Bing’s night out!

I love love looove this lipstick. It is the best thing in my life right now. I think every woman needs to have a vampy burgundy lipstick in their collection.

“But Briiiit, OMG, it isn’t me!”

….if you are thinking this, you need to step out of the comfort zone and be a little daring. Life is short, honey bun. Live a little!

I give Cult of Cherry, the collection a thumbs up. I will be rocking Bing all up and down October and November. I even went vampy on the nails.

O.P.I’s Catherine the Grape is lovely!

….are you excited for Cult of Cherry? Likin’ the fall vampy look? Or not so much? Whatchu say?

Mascara Monday: Stila Major MAJOR last mascara

Happy Monday, pretty people! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I am shocked at how fast these days are and weeks are flying by. I have only a few words for this mascara. Not because I didn’t like it but because I found that it was just a regular ole’ mascara. Check the review.

Price: 2 out of 5 ($22 from, or Sephora and Ulta stores)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Our long-lasting, plush formula is still the best in the business, known for leaving your lashes looking extra long and luxurious. MAJOR major lash mascara is the one you need to leave a MAJOR lasting impression.”

The truth: It’s good. I mean, it’s a really good mascara.

What I loved about it: The volume and length is definitely there. It is rich and black and even after several coasts it doesn’t weigh down the lashes.

What I didn’t like: Yikes, the brush was a bit messy. And I think it is a little overpriced. It is a little on the clumpy side but nothing too out of control.

Overall: I’m impressed but I’m not doing cartwheels. I don’t see anything unique about this mascara but its performance is up to par.

Would I recommend it: Hmmm…I guess. Although I do think you can find similar mascaras with the same volume and length factor that Major Lash has for a cheaper price.

Prefer a video review? I got cha covered!

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

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FOTD Friday: Browns ‘N Pinks

I am really starting to love FOTD Fridays. No, really….I spend most of the week just thinking about what look I’m going to share with you wonderful people.

This week’s inspiration comes from Too Faced. I can not express to yall how much I loooove this company. Check out the Mocha Meteor yummy eyeshadow.

Oh uhhh, don’t mind the Obama button. Don’t know how that got there. *wink* I thought for the longest that it makes sense to have a lighter color on the lid and a darker color in the crease. But I decided to switch some things up. I applied Mocha Meteor on the lid and this….

….on the crease. MAC’s Passionate: a lovely hot pink matte eye shadow. I could not imagine trying to make this color work on the lid but it applies beautifully on the crease.

So here’s what I used:


Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Too Faced Mocha Meteor Eyeshadow (lid)
MAC Passionate (crease)
MAC Sketch (outer-V)
Clinique Almost Peach (highlight)
Milani Liquid Eyeliner
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner
Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara

Cargo Bronzer
NARS Taj Mahal Blush


MAC Tendertone Hot ‘N Saucy (OMG, I looooove this!)

And I’ve been all over China Glaze’s Second Hand Silk.

Loves it! Have you ever played around with concepts that you thought wouldn’t work but did? Like cream blushes on the lips? Or concealer as a highlight? …tell me some! I’m excited about this weekend. One of my girls from college is coming in town and we are going to hit City Walk and act like tourists. Have a beautiful weekend, lovelies! Shoot me any questions, suggestions or comments at Happy Friiiiday!