Carissa, The Ministering Makeup Artist

Makeup by Carissa

 

Carissa is a personal friend of mine and she’s one of those women who feels like a breath of fresh air when you chat with her. I felt a sense of calmness when I first met her and I haaaaate that I don’t get to be around her as much as I’d like. She is truly an inspiring lady and one of the most inspiring people that I’ve ever met. She won’t hesitate to tell you her life story and will listen to yours without judgment.

Name?
Carissa

What do you do?
I’m a makeup artist.

Where can we find you?
MakeupByCarissa.com

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Elle!

Guess who turned 2 today? Well, technically not until 5:29 pm EST (or somethin’ like that) but today 2 years ago, I gave birth to my first and only child.  I mean, WOW…I still look back at those pictures that were snapped immediately after she was born into her Daddy’s arms and I am amazed that my body did it all. And relatively easily.

I am truly one of those natural birthing free-spirited hippies who gets all emotional over things like that but seriously, it’s amazing stuff.

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Workout Approved Cosmetics for the Busy Professional

Workout Approved Makeup (for the busy

Fitness. Lawd. I just…man, you know what? I’ve really gotta get it together this year. Here’s the thing. In 2014 I ran a total of 10 races. Yes y’all. Me. This never been an athlete in her life chick joined Black Girls Run and…was a black girl that ran. Pretty freaky stuff. But I’ve got A LOT to do including dropping a loooot of weight and quitting the “OMGGGG, I don’t have time because I work full time and my husband travels and I’m a mom” excuses.

So. I’ve been getting it in. Very excited to bounce back on board with my Makeup Wars sisters as we highlight some of our favorite workout approved cosmetics.

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Milly, The Beauty Editor Extraordinaire

She Inspires

 

Milly is one fantastic chica. I mean, the girl kicks butt in every single way and I’ve been inspired by her since I first e-met her. We’ve been beauty buddies for many years now and I am always amazed at how she makes this career woman, kiddo raising, dream achieving and fitness focused thing look good. All while hustlin’ and bustlin’ in NYC.

Name?
Milly

What do you do?
I’m the Senior Beauty Editor at Cosmopolitan For Latinas and I’m also a tv expert which basically means I go on TV to talk about beauty products or anything lifestyle related. You can catch me on two national segments at the end of January. I also host events, and am now trying to do comedy party time. I believe that you have one life to live, and you should never live it being ordinary or average. You have the power to be great, just put the work in.

Where can we find you?
CosmoForLatinas.com

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Happy 2015 and Welcome to Clumps 7.0!

The blogger returns

Okay, I’ll admit – that stock photo seems crazy cheesy. And I don’t even like chocolate cake. But despite it all, it seriously describes how I feel right now. Like there’s a party goin’ on! It’s a new year, Clumps officially relaunches and tomorrow I turn the big 3-0! I am feeling incredibly blessed and thankful for this sense of renewal, direction and focus.

I mean, I’m still a bit scatterbrained but there’s always hope that I can do better in 2015. That said, I want to thank YOU for sticking around with me. I took a huge risk not blogging for 3 months and I never once worried about numbers dropping or money being lost. I knew that I’d only come back if and when I found the passion. And…it’s here. But I couldn’t come back to the same ole’ boring e-space. So here’s what’s changed…

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Merry Christmas 2014!

Holidays (1)

Love you guys. I mean it. I know I haven’t been the best blogger sister/friend/cousin/BFF in your head but I’ve got some great things down the pipeline and I promise if you hang in there with me, I’ll make you proud.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all!

GOLDEN


Glitter
 

You thought I’d be away forever, didn’t you? I’m not going to lie to you, beautiful people, I wasn’t sure where I would be after writing that last post. But it has been over a month since I’ve looked at and written a post on Clumps of Mascara and one thing remains – my love and desire to keep this trainin’ a rollin’. My time here isn’t done.

Don’t get excited. This isn’t exactly my comeback. This is just a quick message letting you know that I’m here, I’ll return and that I am attracted to all things GOLDEN. That last bit is random and I can’t explain it but I have fallen for the color gold. I am designing my new office with golden details (including gold curtains. Girl…just you wait and see!) and I’ve discovered gold scotch tape and have decked out every one of my notebooks in gold.

Jill Scott’s Golden plays through the speakers in my car daily. So much so that Baby Clumps (who, by the way, is TWO YEARS OLD next month…) has learned the bridge and sings it to the top of her lungs with me.

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It’s Time

Dear Clumps Readers, Supporters and Fans,

This letter is long overdue. I should have written it a week ago. Or maybe a month ago. I didn’t want to force my words (as I do far too often) but this morning I woke up with a message and knew that today was the day. Can I keep it real with you all? I mean, really real with no filter or fluff? This will likely be a lengthy post so brace yourself…

Blogging is hard work. Yes, I know to many of my readers it may appear that receiving beauty products, the occasional trip and fancy experiences seems like…fun! And don’t get me wrong, it can be. But it all comes with a cost. I have been blogging since July of 2007. I was a college student who would be graduating a month later and then across to country to Los Angeles. I was young and carefree. Clumps was my passenger on this journey. I didn’t make money back then. I didn’t care about money. I just wanted to write. Clumps has been apart of my life for 7 years and together we have gone through…

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