Let’s Talk A Little Bit About #MascaraProblems…

Mascara wands

This is a collaborative post is all about mascara. And its potential woes…

Mascara can be a wonderful thing – a desert island essential and the one thing most women won’t leave the house without – it makes us look awake and opens up our peepers to give us that pretty, girly look. However, mascara can also be the beauty bane of our lives and when it goes wrong, it really goes wrong. Here are some of our most common #mascaraproblems…

The Eye Poke

You’ve slept in, you’re blurry eyed and you’re trying to balance throwing on some clothes with gulping down a scolding hot coffee and doing your makeup – it’s never going to end well. How it often does end, is with a mascara wand being prodded into your eyeball, blinding you for a good few minutes and consequently making you even later for work. Not ideal.

Over-Zealous Hairdressers

A trip to the hairdressers is supposed to be a relaxing experience, but often, that’s just not the case when you’re at the mercy of an over-zealous hair washer. Not only do you leave with an aching neck after being sat over one of those hellishly uncomfortable sinks, but you’re also subjected to several face-fulls of water as your hairdresser carelessly tries to rinse the conditioner from your locks. Ten minutes later you’re left with black smudges around your eyes and streaky foundation, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Hairdressers, take note: invest in more comfortable sink seats from Capital Hair & Beauty and be more careful in future!

The ‘Les Mis Effect’

Anybody who saw Les Miserables at the cinema will be well aware of what I’m talking about here. Going to see a sad film at the cinema will inevitably result in you walking out looking like a clown; tear-stained foundation and panda eyes, anyone? It’s happened to all of us, but seen as Les Mis has to be the biggest tear-jerker we’ve ever come across, we’re dubbing this the ‘Les Mis Effect’. Mascara lovers, be warned!

Won’t-Budge Waterproofs

On the other end of the spectrum, the problem isn’t getting some mascaras to stay on, but rather the issue lies with getting them off. Some waterproof mascaras are so determined never to run, smudge or budge, that they’re actually impossible to remove. You can try oils and all the best eye-makeup removers in the world, but you can never quite get it all off. In the process of trying though, you end up with sore eyes and a few less eyelashes than you had when you started. You just can’t win!

Wet ‘n Wild giveaway – Win Fergie’s Best sellers!

My darling friends at Wet ‘n Wild are hosting this amaziiiiing giveaway for Clumps of Mascara readers and I couldn’t be more excited about it. We all know how much I adore Wet ‘n Wild everything. And I know how many of you are in love with this iconic drugstore brand. Who wants to win the bestsellers from the Fergie line? You do, of course!


Wet n Wild Beauty

I knew you’d want it. And if it’s not exactly up your alley (which I bet is unlikely), maybe you can win it and give it away to your favorite beauty lovers for the holidays? Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

Good luuuuuck!


[A winner has been selected. Congrats to Maria in Florida!]

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 7 –Sunsets


I could have easily done a super long post on how thankful I am for my baby girl (since today she’s 10 months old) but I remembered that I already wrote about her. Ha! I have no problems with being obsessed with my child. She’s awesome.

But today I found myself being so thankful for sunsets. There is something is magical about them. I’m not a fan of it getting darker earlier but the sunsets I’ve been able to catch this week have been breathtaking.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 6 – Greeeeens!


I didn’t always like salad. And then I met Esposo who has turned me into a salad snob. I won’t touch iceberg and romaine. Oh noooo. I need my arugula, spinach and red cabbage. I LOVE greens so so much. I can eat spinach raw. I can eat it in a smoothie, for breakfast, steamed, on a train, on a plane…you get where I’m goin’.

I am so thankful for greens and how nourishing they are. How diverse they are. And how good they are.



The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 108

Cargo Essential Lip Color

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

My Beauty Bunny – Halloween may be over, but we’ve got some treats to share! Check out what’s cooking at the Beauty Bakerie in our latest Indie Spotlight.

Nouveau Cheap – Are you a matte lip color fan? If so, you need these in your life. Period. (I would “drop the mic” if I had one!)

Pink Sith – has three BB creams to avoid the next time you shop for one at the drugstore.

Prime Beauty – is giving away a Hair Doozy so your bathroom counter will never be cluttered with hair appliances again!

Phyrra – raves about the new bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection and is giving one away! Go Enter!

we heart this – Halloween may have just past, but the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloweenies will be around until Dec. Because who doesn’t want to smell spookily beautiful year round?

Clumps of Mascara – shared the awesomeness that is Chippmunk.com and now the brand is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky reader. And you can use it at Sephora.com. Woo hoo!

Gouldylox Reviews – Hands down, this is my favorite palette of the season so far.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – If you love beauty and are celeb obsessed, you need to take a ”walk” with Red Carpet Roxy! Follow this Hollywood insider and you’ll get the scoop on the fashion and beauty news at the latest A-list events.

Question of the Week:

What lip colors do you have in
your purse at this very moment?

B says, “Surprise surprise…I’ve got a red lippy!”

What color lippy do you have?
See you next week!

Beauty in Mommyhood: Elle is 8 months old

*Note: I am way behind on Elle’s updates. She’s actually almost 10 months. Eek! I’ll be cranking out another update in the next week.

Happy girl

Dear Elle,

You’re Muffin.
Your name is Muffin.
You’re sweet, brown and round – your name is Muffin.
You’re Muffin.
Yeah Muffin.
And everyone loves you ’cause you’re Muffin.

Daddy's girl

I make up the silliest songs for you. But singing them to you always makes you feel better when you’re fussy. I’m seriously going to put together an album of the songs that I’ve made up. Including the “Wipe your face and wipe your butt” jingle and your favorite…”Don’t You Cry, Elle Belle”. Your bring out the sillies in me.

Speaking of sillies, you are hilarious! My favorite game to play with you is getting us both under the covers and then pulling back the sheets and shouting “Weeee!” You have the cutest little laugh. One time Daddy had you giggling for like 10 minutes straight. My heart was bursting.


You are well on your way to toddlerhood because now and days, you get really upset when you don’t get what you want. You don’t understand NO yet but I’m trying to find ways to help you understand what you can and can’t do without always saying NO.

Mommy and me


You still aren’t insanely in love with food but you’re definitely getting more and more interested. This month you had smoked turkey. You loved in. In fact, you really love turkey and I’m amazed at how well you feed yourself. Breast milk is about 80% of your diet. When you’re not gulping that down you’re eating peaches, scrambled eggs, gluten-free noodles, homemade spaghetti sauce, sweet potatoes and pretty much anything that we eat. You also like hummus and applesauce but only sometimes. You also drink water from a cup.

Silly baby



Mama soooooo wishes you would sleep through the night. I’m thinking one of the reasons why you don’t is because you’re still in our room. This month the plan is to move you into your own room. You never had a formal nursery because we didn’t intend on staying in this house long but things have changed and since we’re going to be here a bit longer, I think you’ll do better in your own space. We’ll see how it goes. 8 months of chronic sleep deprivation is crippling.

Your Firsts:

-You went to Disney!!! Not the parks but we explored the area.
-You stayed at your first Disney World Resort – The Grand Floridian. That makes 5 hotel rooms that you’ve crashed in. Wow!
-You said Mama!!!
-You have perfected the army crawl.
-You signed “milk”
-You went to your first makeup show.

Cool Things You Do:

-You have perfected your wave.
-You wave bye bye too!
-You know how to tap the iPad to make things change.
-You can high five on demand.

You’re getting heavier and that sometimes when I look at you I say that baby face of yours slowly start to disappear. I’m so not ready. But ready or not, huh?