Dear Brown Girl: An Open Letter

Dear Brown Girl,
Hey sis! How you doin’? I hope you are managing to find some positivity despite, well…everything. I know life is tough for a lot of us. I don’t even have to tell you what’s going on, because I know you’re living it. Don’t let the bull crap of the world question your worth and purpose. You are wanted and needed and the world is a better place because of you. Don’t let the media tell you WHY you can’t get a man. Yeah, I know mainstream magazines hardly highlight our beauty but have you looked in the mirror lately? Girl…you fine! And freakin’ A, man! It is so hard to find television shows and movies where we are the stars. I mean…where are we in Sex and the City? *sigh*

But you know what? Despite what the media tells me (which I ignore), I KNOW better. When I see websites like Chocolate Brides and Black and Married with Kids, I don’t feel hopeless. When I see websites like Black Girl Long Hair and Black Girls Run, I feel elated! These ladies have decided to share their stores about their personal adventures in hair and fitness, but they are also smashing stereotypes! Because believe it or not A LOT of people don’t think that Black women can grow long hair.  Websites like La CosmopoLatina and Disgrasian feature news, tips and reviews catered to my Latina and Asian sisters. When I go to events like the World Natural Hair Show and Blogalicious Conference, I feel like my thoughts and lifestyle matter. I don’t feel so alone anymore!

And don’t get it twisted my non-brown girls. It’s not about exclusivity.
But how am I supposed to feel about myself when women like me are hardly shown in print media? Is there something wrong with my dark skin? My kinky hair? My size 12 hips?

Who remembers A Girl Like Me?

I too was a little Black girl that didn’t always love her brown skin and thick hair. I loathed my big lips and dreamed up of long straight hair. I didn’t see the beauty in being a brown girl.

This past weekend I had a meeting with The Peace and Beauty Project. After the meeting, I chit chatted with a 16-year old and her Mother. Her Mother went on and on about how her daughter was constantly being teased. As a result of that, the teen’s self-image was the pits. I sympathized with her because I can relate. My parents never knew it, but I was bullied every day in middle school. For being too smart. “Talking white”. Having long hair. Not having a boyfriend. Not having boobs (if only they could see me now…HA!!). I cried my way through middle school. I hated how I looked and didn’t see my beauty for a very long time.

But now I see it and can’t help but shout it from the rooftops. Clumps of Mascara was never a blog that was strictly for brown girls. Beauty products and practices are universal and I would never want to limit myself to just one audience. But what Clumps of Mascara attempts to do is remind brown girls what they CAN do. YES, you can wear this color. YES, you can wear your hair a certain way. YES, you can start your own business. YES, YES, YES.

I know, I’m all over the place with this letter, y’all (in typical B fashion) but it was laid on my heart to write this. I hope you realize that you are a Queen. And that goes for ALL girls. Yep…you’re royalty. Treat yourself like so. Take care of your body, your mind, your spirit and yourself like your life depends on it. Because it does. Be the best person, citizen, wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, _________ you can be. Find inspiration and be an inspiration. Get yourself a mentor. I have been so blessed to e-cross paths with mine. I wonder if the ladies behind Afrobella, Luxe Tips and Execumama know how much I love them. These ladies are such enormous inspirations for me. I look at them and see stars. I aspire to be the strong entrepreneurs, wives and mothers that they are.

Who and what inspires you? Find them. Find it. I know we’re all trying to get somewhere but don’t forget to help others while you work on your hustle.

I love y’all. I really do. In a world where people are so used to shootin’ WTF-faces and shun hugs and handshakes, I can honestly say that I love y’all.

Go ‘head, my Queens. Let’s continue taking this world by storm!!


The Makeup Show NYC 2010 *pic heavy*


This will be one picture heavy post, kiddos. Instead of breaking up the show in installments like I did last year, I decided to do one big ginormous post of my experience. And of course I’ll be doing a ton of product reviews.

This year was all about networking with fellow beauty bloggers! And boy oh boy did I run into a lot of them. A lot of my fellow beauty bloggin’ sisters are really my friends. I love these girls even though I only see them a few times a year.

Recognize any of your favorite bloggers? Like last year, Make Up For Ever was runnin’ thangs.

And for good reason too. Their new HD blushes (picked up one)

And aqua creams (picked up one)

…are nothing short of amazing. Expect reviews on both. Inglot was also in the building.

I wasn’t as geeked up as I normally am over Inglot. Maybe the thrill is gone or maybe it was the 502 people that were crowding their booth. I managed to snap a shot of some of their mascaras.

I didn’t pick them up but I wonder how good they are.

I then strolled over to brands that I really wanted to try out. Brands like Mario Badescu.

This brand had me at hello with the Drying Lotion that I can’t stop bragging about. I’ll be reviewing them a lot more on Clumps. And for very good reason!

Ahh, body art is always a huge thing at the Makeup Show. One minute you could be standing to your homegirl and the next thing you know a lady like this rolls up on you.

Make-up is such art, uh?

While I was busy attending my best friend’s law school graduation in Florida Saturday afternoon, my college girlfriend Krys represented Clumps at the Blogger Preview. Krys is silly like me. I was telling her how crazy it would be if an iPad was as big as MacBook and could be used like a phone.

Uh, maybe you had to be there.

I missed a great deal of the seminars thanks to my inability to stay at one place for more than 3 minutes but I did snag 4 polishes from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Stay tuned for reviews! The super talented Eve Pearl came out again this year.

Did I miss anything?

Probably. More reason for you to stay tuned to see what other adventures The Makeup Show brought!

Quick shots from The Makeup Show 2010

Happy Monday, darlings!

Yes, yes…yours truly totally forgot to schedule a Mascara Monday. But don’t worry, I have SO many things to share with you that I hope you forgive me. *flashes huge smile*

I am having the BEST time here in New York at The Makeup Show NYC. Mind if I tease you with a few shots?

Colors colors!

Skin care, win care (I’m so lame, ha)!

Bloggers and friends. Life got better when I met the phenomenal bloggers behind Afrobella and All About The Pretty. Add the fabulous Lianne from The Makeup Girl to that list.

Yinka from Vex In City, Adina from Krasey Beauty and Brittany from Clu—yeah, you know that part. :)

The lunch date of beautiful and amazing and TALENTED ladies reppin’ Boston (Bawstun), DC, Brooklyn and the FLA!

Tis all for now, sweetums. I’m like SO behind schedule this morning. Amina from Coup de Couer and I are bunkin’ in Queens and we have to take the 7 train to the 1 train…or somethin’ like that. My navigation is really only limited to the A and C trains. I’ll probably get lost. HA!

Anything you’d like to me focus on at The Makeup Show NYC? Shoot me an email at or tweet me and I’ll take pictures and get information just for you!

I shall return, lovelies! Have a great day!

The Makeup Show NYC 2010

Okay kids…who’s going this year? Of course your favorite Florida ball of sunshine is making the trek up to NYC this weekend to cover everything I can about The Makeup Show. I’m not sure how I’m feeling about NYC’s chilly weather so NYCers, please tell your city I’d like a mid-80’s, light breeze, no cloudy skies and no rain. Mkay?

No really…if you are going, I would love to meet you. Just promise you won’t act all funny if I make an un-funny joke. Ha!! If you have never gone or aren’t familiar with The Powder Group’s Makeup Show, it’s like…HUGE! It’s a big 2-day industry event open only to those in the makeup artist industry. That includes make-up artists (of course), cosmetology students, hair stylists, agents and more. Beauty/fashion editors and bloggers are also invited to get the skinny on all of the hot new products coming out from the brands.

Makeup brands and companies that will be in attendance are: MAKE UP FOR EVER, Inglot, Temptu Pro, Crown Brush, Alcone, Smashbox, Becca Cosmetics, Dermalogica, Embryolisse, Eve Pearl Cosmetics, Face Atelier, Graftobian, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Korres Natural Products, L’Oreal, M.A.C Cosmetics, Mai Couture, Mario Badescu Skin Care, Naked Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Senna Cosmetics, Shu Uemura, Three Custom Color, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and much more.

Of course workshops will be in be in full effect too.

The show is from 9am-6pm daily and is at NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion. For more information, check out the site here.

Follow me on Twitter and hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a post or two from NYC.

See you there!

Where in the world is Clumps?

Right now I’m chillin’ in an open phone booth at Orlando International Airport. People keep looking at me because I

(a) Keep making wacky pictures at the camera on my computer
(b) Took off my shoes and slid on Hello Kitty socks
(c) Have on insanely blue eye shadow (think MAC’s Freshwater)
(d) A combination of reasons A-C

*shrugs shoulders* 

I am headed somewhere to attend something and I can’t WAIT to tell y’all all about it. But until then, I’m going to be a butt and leave you in suspense. Got any guesses?

I’m rocking the red pump!

Red Pump Widget

It’s National Women’s And Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease awareness, I am passionate about spreaking AIDS/HIV awareness. My blog sister and friend Luvvie along with her co-founder Karen have spearheaded The Red Pump Project. Their goal is to get as many bloggers as possible to ‘Rock the Red Pump’ by posting widgets on their blogs. This will create awareness in the blogosphere for not only bloggers, but the many that read our blogs.

Did you know that women represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group? Awareness, education and protection are the keys!

I would have shown a picture of me rocking my red pump in real life but the genius that is me forogt my sexy and painful hot red pumps. Instead I’m rocking a red folder.

Yeah, don’t ask. :) Spread the word, my loves. Tell everyone you know about The Red Pump Project and their initiative. Keep your friends and family members informed. For additional information about National Women’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, click here.

Y’all stay beautiful!

NYC from the eyes of Clumps!

I am always getting so many emails from ladies who have never been to the lovely NYC to take as many pictures as possible. Lately my last few trips haven’t been around the Times Square area but I strolled down there just for y’all.

…well, that and Inglot.

Enjoy the video! I have a ton of random commentary. Don’t mind me. Pictures will soon follow. I’m off to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC…Sea!

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours…Merry Christmas and Happy holidays! I am one of those annoying people that really get into Christmas each year. I woke up at the crack of dawn as if I were 5 years old.

I love Christmas. And I love the Clumps family.

Posts will resume next Tuesday. Until then, I am available via email:

Love you all!
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