How To Get A Sizzling Summer Look In 5 Easy Steps

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This post is brought to you by Simply Beautiful and Walmart and I will be showcasing tips and products on how you can achieve a Sizzling Summer statement. I love summer time! I really do. But when it comes to makeup during the summer, I am a believer of the “less is more”.

Clumps of Mascara

I love playing up the eyes, wearing a dramatic lip and keeping my cheeks simple with a touch of bronzer or blush. Mind you, I live in Florida. And the wearing a ton of makeup everyday thing just doesn’t seem sensible when you’re battling humidity and mini hurricanes every other day.

Summer look with Revlon

I managed to crank out this entire look spending practically nothing. Lean in, girlfriends. I’m going to show you how this works. But first, let’s give a shout-out to the products that were used…

  • Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara
  • Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
  • Revlon Powder Blush

I grabbed each and every one of those products at my local Walmart. First up, I evened out my skin tone with a pressed powder. I truly wish Revlon’s PhotoReady BB Cream came in darker shades as I’ve heard great things about it but they don’t have anything fitting for my deep complexion. *raises fist to Revlon* Good ole’ Rev won me back with their fantastic powder blush in Wine Not.

Revlon Powder Blush

I applied it to the apples of my cheeks and was left with a great dose of color. Since I’m a girl who loves bold lips, I selected Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Shades like this rock my world because I find them so flattering on women of all complexions. We’ve got our understated cheeks and a bold lip and so it’s on to the eyes.

Revlon’s Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner is some kind of great because the brush is stiff enough to really give you control and the formula is not only long lasting but the BLACK is rich, deep and sultry.

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner

 

It pairs perfectly with Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara. Perfect for my girls who are looking to have dramatic eyes, Bold Lacquer not only delivers but it lasts for hours at a time.

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I haven’t tested it in a thunderstorm yet, but something tells me that she won’t budge. But really, what’s a Summer Sizzling look without a hot manicure to match?

Boom. Thank you, Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel

Gel nails are the trend these days but I love how I am able to get salon performance at a fraction of the cost. And I can do it at home. High Stakes is a funky hunter green and it totally fits my personality. It also makes for a pretty fantastic manicure and pedicure color. Green is a pretty untraditional shade for summer but hey, it’s cool to switch it up every now and then, right?

Clumps of Mascar rocks Summer Look

And there you have it. A look fit for summer that you too can create at home with these affordable goodies from your local Walmart. The best part? A look like this takes very little time.

Revlon Summer Look

 

What are you thinking, lovely lady? Would you wear a look like this or would you play up the eyes more with an understated lip? Let me know in the comments! As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Milani’s 30 Shades in 30 Days Contest!

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Milani Cosmetics has been doing some epic things this year, girls. I hope you’ve been checkin’ them out and if you haven’t, you need to. In addition to their FABULOUS new nail polishes, they have also given us their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow that I can’t WAIT to review for you. Because they’re just so cool like that,Milani is giving their fans a chance to win something for 30 days straight. An entire month of goodies for all who press their luck!

But like many things in life, it won’t be easy. Milani is asking that you answer a question. That’s it. Answer one question, put in your info and BOOM – 300 Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows will be up for grabs for the next 30 days. And you’ll want to score one of these because they are just beautiiiiiiful!

Click here to head on over and good luck!

Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics…is it for the brown girls?

Urban Decay’s Naked 2  Basics palette is here and while I intentionally got excited about it, I’m wondering it will be a great fit for us dark brown girls.

 

UD Naked Basics 2

“OMG B…who cares?! Can’t you just be happy that UD is giving us a new palette?”

Um yah. I am happy. But I’ll be less happy if I can’t rock it. Just sayin’. I really loved the original Naked Basics palette. In fact, I rediscovered it last week when a friend was visiting and…I let her borrow it.

Anyone have any idea how I can nicely say “Yo chick…give me that palette back!”?

Urban Decay’s lovers wanted MOAR when it came to Naked Basics and so UD has given it to us with cooler hues. These taupe-hued matte eye shadows have never been before so I am excited to get a closer look at them. I’ll admit it, I was a bit disappointed to hear that they were cool, but I don’t know…maaaaaybe they can work for us dark brown girls? I’ll have to see it in person before I judge it.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

Retailing for $27 just like its predecessor, I wonder how well Naked 2 Basics will do. We’ll see what the verdict is. I’m thinking more fans will appreciate the versatility of the original better, but time will tell. If you’re ready to ‘gon and purchase it, you can do so here.

 

What say you? Have you tried the original Naked Basics? And did you like it? Will you be scooping up the sequel?

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

For the first time EVER in Clumps of Mascara history, I am posting a mascara review on a day that isn’t Monday. Yeah. Craziness, huh? I did a video review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara and instead of waiting another week to do a blog post, I figured I’d just give you the post now.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

Besides, do I only have to post on Mascara Mondays? Naw. It’s all good. And so is this mascara. I won’t ramble too much (I did enough of that in the video) but this waterproof mascara is quite fitting for summer. Maybelline has given us plenty of waterproof mascaras before but it’s nice of them to roll one out the first time they release a mascara.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up

The wand is pretty cool to work with, too.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up wand

I recently came back from a week long trip from Virginia – which, by the way, the high there was like 80 degrees. SERIOUSLY???? Because when you live in Florida, you just assume that it’s butt hot everywhere else in the world. Yeah no. Mind blown.  Anyway, enjoy the video review version of this mascara.


Have you tried this mascara yet? What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?

Makeup Wars: The Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette is Purrrfect!

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

This darling little palette arrived on my door step last week and I squealed. This press sample of Too Faced’s Cat Eyes palette look ordinary at first glance, but I don’t know – this palette is really very nice and SO wearable for women and all shades. Of course I always try to do my due diligence in making sure that a palette is brown girl friendly and this one IS!

Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced has been cranking out so many palettes this season and I’m thinking Cat Eyes is the most wearable, versatile and has the cutest package! I mean, have you seen how darling it is?

Too Faced Cat Eyes eyeshadow palette

It’s sweet, y’all. I am working on a look using this palette but for now, I’m giving you swatches and a video review.


Too Faced Cat Eyes swatches on brown skin
Too Faced Cat Eyes swatches on dark skin
 


Too Faced Cat Eyes for dark skin
The shadows are buttery smooth and just perfect. Check out a look that I created in my video review….

One day I will be patient and skilled enough to do a tutorial but y’all, I’ve had Elle home with me all week and um, try doing makeup with at toddler AND a tripod around. I triple dog dare you! It just doesn’t happen. Plus, we are out of town and visiting family in Virginia so who knows? Maybe I’ll return home with the burning desire to do a tutorial. But fear not as several of my Makeup Wars sisters have cranked out gorgeous tutorials using the Too Faced Cat Eyes palette. Enjoyyyy!!!

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The Best Black Eyeliners Ever!

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So I’m not gonna lie…I am pretty boring in the eyeliner world. And it’s not because I work some professional job or that I consider myself to be Mrs. Conservative. Naw. I just really love black eyeliner. I wear it everyday and very rarely will I wear another color. Do I love emerald greens, bright blues and royal purples on my eyes? Yeeeep. But black liner is staple, girl. It just is. This edition of the Makeup Wars, us gals are sharing some of our favorite black eyeliners. I thought I’d stick with my faithful Urban Decay Zero, but really I’ve tried a TON of black eyeliners that I’ve loved.

 

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They are far from cheap but I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s pencil eyeliners. Especially that Zero. For some reason, my eyes have gotten really sensitive over the years and the only pencil that I KNOW won’t leave me tearing up is Zero. Oh, and it doesn’t budge. At all. I’ve purchased and repurchased this pencil so many times. Like, you don’t even want to know how many times…

 

Physicians Formula trio

So they suck in the foundation diversity game, but Physicans Formula makes some realllllly nice eyeliners. Their liquid and pencil eyeliners are pretty cool, but really its their dark and smooth Kohl eyeliner pencil that just makes me go gaga. I can’t get enough of it for when I really want to smoke out my eyes.

Maybelline really gave us a gem when they put put their Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner. The Black version of this liquid eyeliner pencil is spectacular.

A few years back, NYX gave us an entire collection of black liners that I couldn’t get enough of. They were so cool to give us these because each liner has a different formula. Everything from matte to sattin and liquid, NYX had us covered on the black liners front.

When I really want some pop to my upper lashline, I love Essence’s Metallic black eyeliner. It has just a very small amount of shimmer that really makes the eyes stand out. And it’s only $1.99 and does darn good around water and sweaty situations.

Urban Decay Perversion bottle

I did a review on Urban Decay’s Perversion cream liner and I still loving that baby from the moon and back. Other runner ups are Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in Shade 27 and the cult fave MAC Blacktrack gel liner.

And let’s not forget Milani as they are always there to give us budget-friendly sturdy liners in all shapes and sizes.

 

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner

 

I could really go on and on, but I’ll stop here and let my girls share with you some of their favorite black eyeliners…


The best black eyeliners
 

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Milani Perfection Liquid Liner Is…Perfect!

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner

Eyeliners. They’ve been around for decades. I don’t really know the history of them but I reckon that for quite some time that pencil eyeliners have been just that…in the shape of pencils. Liquid liners come in the same boring tubes with a brush and it looks like brands are wising up and trying to be a bit more creative. I was sent this Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner some months back and for the past 2 weeks I’ve been using it non-stop.

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner

For one thing, I think it’s groovy! No really…this is the funkiest liquid eyeliner that I have ever seen. I know within the past few years other brands have been giving us these liquid liners with the interesting designs but I am here to say that Milani does a darn good job at their version of this. You can draw thick and thin lines with ease.

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner swatches

Released in February of 2014, this liquid eyeliner and its ergonomic handle has a water resistant and non-feathering formula. It applies with ease and sure, it takes a few tries to get it to fit comfortably in your hand and when you do…you’re hooked. Honestly, I don’t think this using THIS liquid liner is better than the traditional liquid eyeliner.

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner applicator

However, in terms of control I do feel like I have a better grip on thangs because my hands have more to hold on to versus a slim tube.

Milani Eye Tech Liner

I love how rich the black is and I  really do think this is such a great eyeliner for those just getting started with liquid eyeliner. Which, by the way, has never been easy for me to use. Melody of Cosmetically Challenged says that while she loves this eyeliner, it tends to get tacky for her during these warmer months so that’s something to think about….

This baby is available at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart and you can cop it here.

The best of Milani…

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LORAC Pro Palette 2…love, love LOVE!

LORAC Pro Palette 2

I know. That’s pretty much the craziest blog title ever but hey, sometimes keepin’ it simple is easiest. And simply put, I am so in love with LORAC’s Pro Palette 2. I did a post of their original PRO Palette back in 2012 and yes, while I still think it was great, LORAC is giving us richer shades and spectacular eyeshadow formula.

LORAC Pro Palette 2 outside

We’re seeing similar shades from the previous palettes but I am loving the the inclusion of the rich Navy and Plum. Seems simple but I don’t know, those additions alone, to me make the palette far more smokey eye friendly.

Closer looks of the shades…

LORAC Pro Palette 2 lighter shades

LORAC Pro Palette 2 shades

 

Comparisons of the 2 palettes with PRO 2 palette on top…

LORAC Pro palettes

The palette is available for purchase at Ulta.com and I’m pretty sure it will head to the physical stores soon and maybe Sephora? Either way, I think it’ll be a big hit for those that don’t have the original PRO palette. Is it a necessity for those of us that already have that one? Well, c’mon…I’m a beauty blogger.

LORAC Pro Palette 2 packaging

I can find ways to justify many purchases. But in all seriousness, I think this palette is definitely more versatile than the first PRO palette so yeah…you beautiful people can draw your own conclusions.

LORAC Pro Palette 2 on brown girl

Not a bad look using Cool Gray a base, right? I did a video of this baby. I am still so impressed with myself, y’all. Last year I think I did one…maybe TWO videos. This year already I’ve done NINE! Heyyyyy!


 

Think you’ll grab this palette or naw?