How do I save on beauty buys? Glad you asked!

I’m cheap. Yeah, I said it and I’m not ashamed. I’ve been a frugal somethin’ ever since I’ve been on my own and I make no apologies about it. And if anything, 4 years of college taught me how to stretch a dollar. Don’t believe me? Give a college student $10 and see how they can manage to put gas in their cars, eat dinner AND rent a movie. Seriously.

And despite being a beauty blogger who loves higher-end products and drugstore deals, I have managed to learn how to save on those beauty goodies. And here’s how….

  • I buy multipurpose products. For realsies. Is my shampoo suitable to also be used as a face wash and body wash? Yup!
  • I shop at my friend’s houses. I have a girlfriend that is forever getting rid of beauty goodies to make room for new goodies. One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure. I need a new blush and instead of spending $14 on the one I’ve got my eyes on, I shop a girlfriend’s beauty bag and score the one she’s barely touched. Hollers!
  • I only buy things that are on sale or if I have a coupon. I blame Mama Clumps for this one. My eyes usually only target products or stands that have displays with the word “SALE” glowing above them. I don’t care if I’m at a drugstore or department store, I’ll wait a few weeks until my item of choice goes on sale before I even consider purchasing it.
  • I keep inventory. Okay. I know you’re going to laugh at me but this can actually be REALLY helpful. Keeping inventory of the products I have helps me decide what I need and don’t need.
  • I make a monthly budget. No one likes budgets. And you know it’s true. In the perfect world, we’d want to spend as much money as we could without ever going to debt. But this isn’t a perfect world and so as “adult” as they sound, budgets keep me on track. I have finally goten to a place where I really stick to ’em too. Spend only $50 a month on beauty products? No problemo!

What are some of your budget basics and how do you save money on the everyday things? Tell me!


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Fifth Third Bank.

Clumps will be snoozin’ a bit this week….

This season's snooze is totally inspired by Meiko. She's knocked OUT.

 It’s that time of year again….

Twice a year or so I get beyond busy on my blog work and find myself with no material. It’s usually because of traveling, planning events or moving (I am currently doing all 3) and sometimes poor Clumps has to get in the backseat. But worry not – while posts will be slower than usual, I’ll still be cranking them out and if you promise to love me forever, I just maaaaaay put up a freaking AWESOME giveaway.

In the meantime, if you’re not getting enough of your Clumps fix, you can always politely stalk me on Twitter, post your beauty hauls on the Facebook page or see what I’m up to on Instagram.

Oh! And considering I am finally getting my own beauty room/Clumps office, I’m going to be needing a lot of ideas for organization and storage. Help a sista out yo.

Have a fantastic Monday. Even if it’s Monday.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 46

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!

Beauty Junkies Unite – You tell us: Is the new China Glaze Summer Neons collection hot or not? Check out the review and swatches and let us know!

Clumps of Mascara – has finally come across a mascara that wow-ed her so much that she gave it a 5 out of 5. And guess what? It’s a drugstore mascara!

Gouldylox Reviews – has discovered THE facial you want if you want to look fabulous for an event or remind someone what a mistake it was to end the relationship. Plumped lips, raised brow, firmer jaw and no pain. I can see why Madonna travels with one of these beauties on tour.

Krasey Beauty – wants you to win awesome prizes from Be sure to enter her giveaway!

Lipglossiping – puts Bobbi Brown’s new long-wear eye pencils to the test against a well-known budget brand and concludes that you should save your pennies!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for a bold and daring magenta-purple lipstick to wear this summer? The answer might be as close as your nearest drugstore.

Pink Sith – turns an otherwise boring review about a facial toner into a fun extravaganza by adding in Will Wheaton, Jazz Hands and Thor!

Prime Beauty – harvests the fruits of the Lipstick Tree with Tarte’s Gifts From The Lipstick Tree Trio—the perfect summer pop of color!

Phyrra – has great photo tips for beauty bloggers.

Vampy Varnish – thinks if you like mini nail polishes, you might like the new Urban Decay Showboat Nail Kit for summer!

we heart this – have a passion for fashion? Swing on over to we heart this; we’re looking for a new fashion writer. And psst…we pay in makeup!

Question of the Week:

List every beauty item that’s in your purse at this very moment.


B says, “Okay, how about 5 because I have a looooot.

-L’Occitane hand cream
-LUSH Karma solid perfume
-Revlon Lollipop Lip Butter
-CND Solar Oil for the cuticles
-MAC Lipliner in Vino”

What’s up in your purse, girlfriend?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 45

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!

Vampy Varnish – Love Tim Burton movies? Then maybe you’ll also love the new NYX The Crimson Amulet Palette which was inspired by the upcoming Dark Shadows movie!

we heart this – A $5.99 nail polish that looks exactly like flickering candlelight? Oui, Je T’Aime from the new Mattése Elite Mon Amour collection is c’est magnifique!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber will give four lucky Beauty Junkies Unite readers their own set of the new Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips in the latest giveaway. These new $60 Whitestrips promise to whiten as well as a $500 professional in-office procedure!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away not 1, not 2 but TEN Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation palettes. Want to win one? Enter today!

Gouldylox Reviews – Next month, bareMinerals is launching new colors in their READY line. Check them out early here!

Nouveau Cheap – is a sucker for a good gimmick. So come find out if this latest lip color gimmick actually works.

Phyrra – releases her inner wildcat with Honeycat Cosmetics.

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite bronzer and/orhighlighter?


B says, “It’s an oldie but goldie but I still love Bobbi Brown’s Brownie Shimmerbrick. ‘Twas the most expensive highlighter I’ve ever purchased but I’m still getting good use out of it. NARS Albatross is freaking awesome too.” 

What’s your favorite highlighter or bronzer?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Posts You May Have Missed

It’s been a crazy week on my end and I am soooooo looking forward to just cleaning, relaxing, blogging and just be-ing. You ever have those moments where you feel like you’re always DO-ing something and you just want to be? Yeah. Me too. I hope you find some time to be this weekend too. Instead of a new post, let’s do a quick run through of some of the posts this week that you may have missed. Sound good?

I’m all tardy to the party but whatever yo. I finally reviewed COVERGIRL Queen’s Lash Fanatic mascara. The waterproof formula realllllly surprised me. And in a good way.

I kept the CG Queen vibe a goin’ and dabbled in their new matte pressed powders. If you’re like me and like minimal coverage, these do REALLY well when worn alone.

Okay chicas, if you haven’t dropped in at a Walgreens recently, you may want to. Wet ‘n Wild’s $0.69 sale is on and I managed to grab this gooooorgeous lipstick.

Milani’s Fast Speed Dry polishes have some new shades. But do they really dry quickly? Peep the review to see…

Oh snap!! This lipgloss lights up!!

That about covers it! Next week will be epic because I’ll be hosting a giveaway. You’ll want to get in on this one. Trust me.

Enjoy the weekend!!

A Green Smoothie series on Clumps? Whatcha think?

Greeeen smoothies. They are no strangers to Clumps of Mascara. I am forever tweeting about these glorious beverages. And when I’m not tweeting about them, I’m encouraging people to drink them. I could very well be a Green Smoothie Ambassador. If such a thing existed.

Actually, it does now. I just made it up. Yeeeep!

As your resident Green Smoothie Ambassador, I think I’m going to start blogging more about the green smoothie recipes I’m whipping up. Whatcha think? I get SO many questions about ’em (most of which I covered here) and instead of being redundant, how about I do weekly posts on ’em? Or maybe bi-weekly?

In addition to posting recipes, I’ll be sure to provide alternatives. I only drink dairy-free (with the exception of Greek yogurt sometimes) smoothies but I know some of y’all don’t mind cow’s milk. Also, keep in mind that these recipes are from a result of my own experimenting. Unless otherwise noted. You may or may not receive the same results.

The above smoothie was one that a whipped up a few days ago. I knew that I was going to have a serious day at the gym the next morning and wanted a smoothie that was filling and gave me protein. And sooooooo here’s what I mixed up.

-A handful of kale
-1 cup of coconut milk
-1/4 cup of almond milk
-A few ice cubes
-1 cup of fresh strawberries
-1 package of Chobani yogurt (vanilla)
-1 small banana
-2 tablespoons of honey
-Dash of ginger

This smoothie was deliciousssss. Some of my Instagram friends give me some recs for protein powders and I’m going to pick some up this week. My workouts are become more and more intense and I’m going to need as much protein as I can get.

Yay for green smoothies!


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 43

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!

Prime Beauty – goes from drab to fab before you can say “long, lush lashes” with Too Faced Better Than False Lashes. You HAVE see it to believe it!

Phyrra – compares Urban Decay’s old and new Mildew and shows you a few more shades!

we heart this – would you like a $100 gift card to spend at a site FILLED with brands like Fekkai, Becca, Deborah Lippmann, and many others? Then enter our New London Pharmacy giveaway!

Beauty Junkies Unite – People are starting to get excited about the upcoming release of OPI’s The Amazing Spider-Man Collection, are you one of them? Check out the review & swatches and decide for yourself!

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with NYX Cosmetics’ Color Lip Balms. Have you tried these babies yet?

EauMG – Candle lovers, check this out! EauMG reviews the Jonathan Adler Pop Collection Candles!

Krasey Beauty – is offering up the entire Denise Richards Volume Extend Haircare line! Click on over to Krasey Beauty, and enter to win!

Nouveau Cheap – Is the new CoverGirl Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation|Base rocking my world or is it just another gimmick? Click here to find out.

Pink Sith – Says that the MAKE UP FOR EVER Natural Artist Lipstick is so awesome and so moisturizing you won’t need to apply it in a swimming pool like Lynda Carter!

Question of the Week:

What’s your favorite home fragrance
product (candle, tart, incense, fragrance oil,
plug-in or other)?


B says, “I am definitely a candle love!!” 

What about you? What do you like to scent your home up with?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Giveaway winners! GLOSSYBOX giveaway

With more than 600 entries, the GLOSSYBOX giveaway was a hit! Between the entries I got via email and from Rafflecopter, I got to tallying up and the following ladies won.

Congrats to….

Ashley in Indiana
Elizabeth in New York
Carol in California
Cary in North Carolina
Wynell in Florida


Stay tuned for more giveaways on Clumps of Mascara. I’ve got some major ones planned in the next few weeks so if you didn’t win THIS time, you maaaaay win next time.