Vintage Post: On the Wall Palette storing

A few days ago I received an email from a college freshman. She was telling me how irritated she was at her dorm room set-up and the lack of space there was.Um, yeah….tell me about it. I’ve lived in 3 dorm rooms and countless apartments. I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast and back to the East Coast. I pretty much move ever year or every other year. Because of that, I always keep my make-up storage pretty contained and neat.

So while I was doing AmeriCorps in Los Angeles, I came up with the idea of maximizing wall space….

Now this was back when I first got into make-up and was a serious MAC addict *rolls eyes* and really only used their palettes. Of course now I am obsessed with many other brands. Velcro was the name of the game and it took NO time. This may be ideal for ladies with limited space. Luckily my roommates weren’t into make-up so I never had to worry about anyone snatchin’ my shadows or lippies.

Otherwise we’d have another problem on our hands. Haha!

Velcro is super cool and so is dorm living, my college kiddies. Enjoy it!

Midweek Sales & Spotlights: Week of 10/25/09

Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale

Yep, it’s still going on until November 2nd. Hustle hustle! If you spend over $50 (which is WAY too easy to do) you get free shipping. While I thought about sitting this one out, reader Diana (love you, babes!) has me thinking twice. Hmmm….

The code: FF2009.

The Body Shop on Facebook!
The Body Shop recently launched their first The Body Shop application on Facebook called “You’re naturally beautiful”. It lets you share with your friends little notes about why you think they’re naturally beautiful. It also provides beauty tips and lets you post your own pics or vids of anything that represents natural beauty in your eyes. So cool! Play around with it HERE.


This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from October 25th-October 31st

  • L’Oreal HIP–buy 1, get 1 free <—-YAAAAY!!!
  • Rimmel Cosmeics foundation, powder, concealer, blush and eye–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri or Nail Art pen–2 for $10
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99

(yawn… not many sales here this week)


This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from October 25th-October 31st
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free–All Almay Cosmetics
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Revlon Cosmetics
  • (with card) L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara–$9.49


Anyone know of any other sales out there? Share ‘em! Help a sista save a dollar!

Happy shoppin’!

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads


DivaDebbi probes Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson on the newest Botox techniques.

ThinkThruFashion finds Halloween costume inspiration from the runways at Fashion Week.

Beauty Alchemist reviews the Kenzoki Chilly Foaming Cleanser.

Butterflydiary is all over the immune system-enhancing, gold-flecked lipgloss by Purple Lab for BCA.

Clumps of Mascara wants your support in her 50 million pound challenge!

FOTD Friday: Minus the FOTD

Happy Friday, family!

Don’t hate me but I don’t have a FOTD (face of the day). I know, I know….2 weeks in a row. My skin is still attacking me like crazy. I will make up for it next week, I promise. And maybe with another giveaway too?

Hmm…what do yall think?

I thought I would do a “end of the week” questionnaire (sent to me by Lauren. Thanks mama!).

I am going to fill it out and then….you fill it out. Or comment on whatever silliness you read from mine. Whatever works. Ready?

Here we go!

The best thing about this week: Realizing that I am closer to my weight loss goal.
The worst thing about this week: Not managing my time after work.
Next week I am going to finalize my itinerary for my trip to LA.
This weekend I am going to do A LOT of blog/business work.
I really miss the days when I used to sleep in.
I can’t wait to go back to Cali.
The best purchase this week: Orly’s Confetti nail polish. Beautiful!
I love the Clumps of Mascara family and working out.
I can’t stand not getting enough sleep.
I am glad that it’s the weekend!

That is all! You should do the poll too. But if you’re too lazy, how about watchin’ a video? This should have posted with Eyeliner 102: Applying eyeliner to the waterline post but YouTube was apparently on drugs that day and I had some difficulties posting.

But here it is!


And a reader brought up a good point…you should ALWAYS check to see if the pencils you are using on your waterline are indeed eye safe. Thank you for bringing that up, reader.

Anybody doing anything exciting this weekend? Getting married? Having a baby? Moving in a new house? Shoot…something. Let me live through you! Well..not the having the baby part. I’m not quite ready for that. HA!

Have a great weekend!!!

Stay beautiful,

This Day in Black History:

1869-Congress adopted the 15th constitutional amendment,
making it illegal for the US or any single government to deny or
abridge the right to vote “on account of race, color or
previous condition of servitude.”

Fashion Week Fabulousness Spring ’09

Well, it’s that time again, ladies and gents.

Fashion Week has reared its oh so beautiful head in New York City. Yours truly is not in attendance as I have planned one too many trips so close together this season and FORGOT NYFW. No worries. I hope to be there for the showing of the Spring 2010 collections.

Spring 2010. That sound so far away doesn’t it?

Too bad it’s not. Wowsers!

Moving on…I just had to share with you all what one of my favorite cosmetic companies is doing at Fashion Week. I have been in love with NARS for quite some time. Never mind that only own a few products. Never mind that the products are a little too expensive for me. I still and will always love Mr. Francois Nars for his creation of NARS, the company.

Now the following is a little outside of the “make-up newbie’s” world but it is fascinating.


SHOW: Marc Jacobs

LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics

TREND: Night clubbing – theatrical makeup – strong eyes, porcelain skin

Inspiration: The Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 collection paid homage to the New York night club scene of the 1970s and ‘80s. Drawing inspiration from these decades and the works of Sprouse, St. Laurent, and Halston, François Nars took into consideration each model’s individual beauty before creating a separate edgy look, reminiscent of the past but still very modern. “We are doing quite an eclectic look,” he said. The inspiration for diversity came from Nars’ book XRAY. “[Marc] wanted to keep that feeling,” said Nars, “the variety of looks, the same way we do the campaigns for NARS.” Overall, it was important that each girl look beautiful, even with strong theatrical looks. Much like the fashion, Nars emphasized having fun with makeup for the coming year, despite the times we live in- “It’s a good antidote.”

Look: Focusing on an edgy, night clubbing look, strong eyes and bold color were a major theme. Black shadow laid the foundation for creating the dramatic eye, to which the artists added cobalt blues, deep greens, bright purples, reds, fuchsias, and glitter. “There is a wide variety of color,” said Nars, “it’s whatever looks good on the girl.” For many of the models, porcelain skin was a key component, allowing the black eyes and bright colors to pop. “You want to play with makeup,” says Nars, “makeup is a great accessory – that is the message.”

Look at all of the products used:

Ay, Mr. Nars….can I just get one of those, player?

….the master working on a beautiful model. I love the work he did on her cheekbones!

The un-blended line on the lip is runway fierce! Okay kids…shadow up to the brow is okay ONLY in these kind of instances. Beautiful!

….can I just say that I am loving the diversity of the ladies?

Okay, I don’t know where to start. Lady to the left….I mean, the PERFECT blue lids. Paired with a pale lip. Gorgeous. Lady to the right…what an ingenious decision on Mr. Nars behalf to line her brows with red shadow. And her browbone highlight as a fire-y red color? I can dig it.

This is what make-up art is all about, kids. It’s a waaay out of my league but I can’t help but be in awe.

Are you at Fashion Week?
Don’t really care?
Want to be there?
Staying up on the trends?

pictures courtesy of

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,

The Best of Clumps of Mascara 2008!

I know, I know. This is a tad bit behind.

But I wanted to wait until everyone was back from their blog hiatuses, vacations and holiday busyness. That makes sense, right? Hehehe…. At any rate enjoy my top finds/buys of 2008. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about any of the mentioned.

The Best of Clumps of Mascara 2008

The best foundation:

I’m not a foundation wearer but I tested CoverGirl’s Natural Hue Minerals and loved it!

The best eye shadow color:
Too Faced’s Cocoa Mocha (I did a FOTD using it here)

The best eye shadow palette:
NARS Bridal palette. Amazing! (I did a FOTD using this palette here)

The best mascara:
Max Factor Volume Couture (read the review and watch the video here)

The best bronzer:
Cargo Big Bronzer

The best blush:ItalicNARS Dolce Vita (review and swatches here)

The best lip gloss
Clinique and Stila make the BEST. I love their formulas.

The best lip stick:

MAC’s Girl About Town makes me so happy!

The best make-up remover
Lancome’s Bi-Facil. Worth EVERY penny.

The best drugstore buy:
Skin cleansing and moisturizing products.
Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion is a cheap staple for me!

The best higher end buy:
Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils. Worth every penny! I managed to snag the travel kit for the low, though.

The best make-up collection:

MAC’s Cult of Cherry. I only hauled two lippies from this collection but the concept/selections were hot!

The best hair product:
Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner (review here)

The best hair company:
My Mommy’s (and all other smaller independent hair companies that keep sulfates out of their products)

The best nail polish color:
OPI’s Sheer Your Toes
China Glaze’s LOL
China Glaze’s Recycle
OPI’s Can You Dig It?
China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps
Zoya’s Zara
Zoya’s Tart
Sinful Colors’ San Francisco
….I have a dozen more but I’ll stop here.

The best nail polish company
Zoya, China Glaze, O.P.I., Sally Hansen and Sinful Colors

The best online beauty resource:


The best e-tailer: and

The best product for a newbie:

Too Faced Shadow Primer
Sonia Kashuk face and eyeshadow brushes

The best product for women of color:
BLUSHES! Any color.

The best beauty fad of 2008:
Gray nail polish!!!

The best innovative beauty product:
Spinning mascaras! Whether they worked or not is another story.

That’s that! What were some of your “bests” of 2008? Any particular product or collection that you went crazy over. Digame chicas!

Con Todo Mi Amor,

Merry Christmas from Clumps of Mascara

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I happen to be one of those annoyingly happy Christmas-y people so this is my favorite time of the year. For those that celebrate it, may you continue to understand the true meaning of this holiday. I will take a mini-break and will resume posting on this upcoming Monday.

Stay beautiful,


Last Christmas I got a ton of MAC goodies. Interesting now since I’m a crazy MAC fan anymore. Back to watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story I go. Ciao fam!

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