But Black Women Can’t: Wear Red Lipstick

Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauty. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I can’t believe I haven’t done this one yet! If there is one lipstick color that I think many Black women hide away from….it is red. So many of us fear wearing it because we think it will make us look crazy. Chances are you probably saw someone who didn’t wear it well and it scared you off. Am I right or am I right?

Well un-scare thy self because red lipsticks are beautiful on brown skin.

“My lips are too big.”

“Red is too….red.”

“It’s too bright.”

You’ve said it or heard it, haven’t you? What’s the matter with you? You CAN rock red lips. A little bit of confidence goes a long way.

My girl Shavonda and I both happened to try Maybelline’s ColorSensational Very Cherry. Check us out!

Go Shavonda!

Go B!


Go You!
*insert a photo of you wearing red lipstick here*

Reds rock and so do you.
Get one today.

…..and don’t let me catch you in the streets talkin’ about how Black women shouldn’t wear red lips. Girl please! Somebody dun told you wrong.

Peace, love and red lips for all!

Beauty Review: MAC Dazzleglass Creme

‘ello darlings!

I plan to crank out quite a few posts on lipsticks, glosses and balms. There are so many hot ones on the market right now and the gloss fiend in me wants to explore them allllll.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme
in Do It Up

I think the whole world knew how much I loved the original Dazzleglasses. I pretty much lived in Funtabulous for a good 3 months. They are full of glitter, can jazz up a lipstick and have good staying power.

Now MAC rolls out with the Dazzleglass creme. Are these just as great? I’ll say! I found them to apply similar to a Dazzleglass but with a creamier feel. The lips still more moisturized and it wasn’t as sticky as a Dazzleglass.

But you still get the the glitter effect if that’s yo thang!


I think I’m in love with these. I probably won’t purchase more than two because I’m cheap and I think the $18 price tag is a little steep. Hey, that rhymed!

….no but seriously. While I do love these babies I find that they tend to go pretty quickly if you use them regularly. It’s not the best beauty investment for my budget but at the same time a good two or so in my collection adds some diversity to the gloss family.

Not to mention Do It Up ain’t too bad on the lips.


Whatcha think?

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass creme lippies yet? Love ’em? Hate ’em?

 

FOTD Friday: Purples Lips, part III


Yesss, purples again. I know, I know…they are the source of my beauty inspiration these days. Last week I did purples on the eyes and this time I took it back to the lips. Now I’m no stranger to lavender lips. Y’all have seen me in them here and here. To say I’m a fan of purple lips is an understatement. I flippin’ love them!

MAC Violetta is not a newbie to MAC Pro. It’s been awhile for a minute and every time I stop by the store it is staring me in the face and calling my name. I’m not kidding. This color is fierce.

See….


Violetta is all kinds of dopeness. I knew it would create a bangin’ purple lip. MAC defining it as a bright clean violet purple is so right on.

I even decided to add another lip liner to the 4 or so I have. I love my Nightmoth but it can be a little too dark. Even with a light hand, it can dramatically change the look of your lipstick.

Vino is a lot more forgiving.


Vino is the bottom line. HUGE difference, right? So..I went ahead and got to work.


And here’s what I ended up with…

Eh. I mean, I like it but I needed some thing else. Something that would really kick the purple up a notch.

And I found it.

Ta dahhhh!!


Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Make Up For Ever’s Glossy Full Couleur is perfect for topping off a purple look. By itself it isn’t too pigmented but when layering…oh wowsers!


And I should mention that this gloss is pretty minty and uh…tasty.

Purple-y glossy goodness!


Purple lips make me so happy!

I so don’t need any more purple lipsticks. I’m done.

I think.

Have an awesome weekend!!!


Stay beautiful,

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect

Every now and then I like to purchase products that I know are a bit out of my budget. Just to see how they compare to my favorite drugstore lines.

See, I love higher-end products but let’s be honest…..a lot of drugstore products can knock higher-end brands out of the water. And I ain’t afraid to admit it.

Take one of Dior’s glosses as an example…


Wait—how dope is the packaging? It changes colors. Watch this.


Now it’s blue! Fierceness!


I’m not going to pretend like the gloss isn’t gorgeous because it is…


Another 398 points for awesome packaging. But as far as appearance on the lips…


Eh. $25.50 is a lot for a gloss and I really expected more. I knew this would happen. You can never go wrong with…


NYC glosses. This one in Cherrywood is under $2 and gives me a similar long-lasting shine.


That’s my “Ain’t that some bull?” look.

The verdict. Dior’s Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect lippies have beautiful packaging.

The end!!

Anyone try and glosses from Dior? Would you? Could you? Is $25 not insanely steep for a gloss? What say you?!

ChapStick True Shimmer Strikes again…

Okay, so remember once upon a time I did a review on Chapstick True Shimmer and everyone was like, “OMG, these are the best things ever!”? Random: I just clicked on that review and WHOA I look like I different person. In a good way though. I think. LOL.

But I digress…

Well ladies and gents (Clumps men, where ya’ll at?) Chapstick has two new flavors.

Look!

In zee blue: Peppermint Rush
In zee purple: Blended Fruit Sherbet

Chapstick can really get you into some trouble with these delicious flavors. One minute you’re putting this stuff on your lips and the next thing you know you’re craving red velvet cake like mad.

Or maybe that’s just me. HA!

Look at the shimmery goodness…


Lusciously shiny and tasty. I love these more than the first two flavors I reviewed. The peppermint REALLY tastes like a peppermint. And the Blended Fruit Sherbet made me all nostalgic thinking about my Grandma in Miami who loooved to give us orange sherbet for dessert. Yummy!

Being the flavor mixtress that I am I had to..


Hehehe…deeelicious.

Oh and they look good too. You can snag these babies anywhere Chapstick products are sold.

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 2-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


If there was one brand that truly caught my eye at The Makeup Show, it was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I have heard about the brand before but didn’t know much about them.

I sent out a tweet about OCC and got a slew of responses; many in which were telling me to try the lip tar. And like a good blogger….I listen to the peoples!

Some quick tidbits about OCC:

-The line was born in November 2004.

-All of their products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and are also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives.

-Their products are for professional make-up artists and make-up enthusiasts alike.

And if you’ve gotten this far and you’re wondering what makes them unique, check this out:


Wowsers! The loose colour concentrates ($10) are amazing. From the glitters to the mattes I find that they are all highly pigmented and ready for action in any way you choose to use them. Be it on the eyes, nails or on the body, giiiirl…you can best believe that you are getting a colorful piece of heaven.

I snagged Burning-described as a bright coral with subtle violet shimmer.

Stunning, right?

I saved the best for last. The Lip Tars ($12.50).

I think that everyone needs one of these. They are so much fun! And highly pigmented beyond belief. They are as pigmented as lipsticks but go on like lip glosses. You can try wearing these babies solo but they may scare you at first. Mix them with other glosses and you can create an array of beautiful lippy colors.

I know y’all are like, “B!! Where are the photos of the products on you?”

Relax my little blueberry shortcakes. I will definitely be incorporating these babies in upcoming FOTDs.

What do you think? A fan of OCC? Never heard of them? Wanna try?

Tell me!

Because even your personality should be pigmented,

The Makeup Show LA, Installment 3-Kissable Couture

Welcome back to another installment of my experience in Los Angeles for The Makeup Show LA. It seems like by the time I finish blogging about The Makeup Show LA, it will be time for The Makeup Show NYC. Which by the way…..I am SO excited about.

Soooo…..please tell me that you know about Kissable Couture glosses. Ohmigoodnessgracious, I have been lemming after these beautiful babies ever since I saw my girl Kia from Yummy411 review them.

Kissable Couture was one of the vendors at The Makeup Show LA. This lip gloss line started by the beautiful Keisha Whitaker (Actor Forest Whitaker’s wife) and A.J. Crimson, celebrity make-up artist.

These glosses are divine, family. From the look, to the smell, finish and consistency….I can say that I REALLY like them. The concept behind Kissable Couture is one that I absolutely adore. Treating yourself to one of these glosses is like giving yourself a gift.

I mean, just look at the packaging!


It’s funny how something so simple can give you so much joy.

How divine does Hyacinth , look?


This gloss is sheer yet pretty build-able. Its purple and magenta undertones look stunning when paired with a lip liner or layered on top of a lipstick. I can’t quit but my finger on what these glosses smell like….but I like it. Think coconutty cotton candy.

…..I amm so serious. That’s what they smells like!

I really tried to remain composure when meeting A.J. Crimson in the flesh, but my fellow blog sisters will tell you that I was anything but.


Gracias a Dios that A.J. was so flippin’ down to Earth. He chatted with us and told his thoughts on the newest gloss from Kissable Couture.



AJ Crimson for Kissable Couture from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.

How does Peony look on me?


What a smashing pink! Perfect for Spring and perfect for all skintones.

Kissable Couture glosses retail at $22. Hey hey….I know that’s not a bargain buy but we all deserve the finer things in life every now and then, ay? You can buy them online and at select locations.

Have you tried any of these glosses?
Interested?
Passin’ it by?

The Makeup Show LA, Installment 1

The Makeup Show LA, Installment 2

You are the BEST,

Beauty Review: CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain

Good day, family!

Before we get on with the review, just giving you a heads up of the new “review format”. Instead of just a looooong article with pictures about the products, I will now break it down much like the mascara review. Should make it a lot easier for you to decide if you are interested in the product or not. Okay?

OKAY!

Introducing….

CoverGirl’s Outlast Lip Stain

Price: 4 out of 5 (shouldn’t be more than $7)
Packaging: I haven’t decided if I really like using a pen for lip color application.
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “A lightweight flush of color that lasts for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick.” (source)

The truth: Well shucks….that’s a pretty accurate claim.

What I loved about it:
It looks cool! Yall know I’m all about “innovative beauty”. Using products that don’t look like their previous predecessors is such fun to me. I liked the idea of using a marker-looking product to apply a lip color. I am a fan of lipstick stains so I knew that I would like this.

And look, Mom! It really does look like a marker!


CoverGirl gets a good 10 points in the smell/taste department. The pen has a pleasant smell and doesn’t turn my stomach upside down if I accidentally lick my lips.

I found that it DOES last for quite awhile. Will it last for 12 hours? Probably not….but I don’t keep lip colors on that long anyway so that’s not important to me. I found that it did well while drinking my 3 bottles of water over a span of 5 hours. I got 425 (not sure of the color) and it goes on pretty well…

What I didn’t like: My goodness, it’s drying!! This product will not work well if you already have dry chapped lips…which I think is a great deal of us with the winter season is full swing.

Okay, so what if I live in Florida….it got down to 40 degrees here a few days and my lips were feeling every bit of it! This product provides ZERO moisture. And should you decide to use a balm or chapstick under it, guess what? It will defeat the purpose of it being a stain. It will look like a regular ole’ gloss. Boooo….

Overall: So it’s not a bad product. But I find that it is really hard to work on my dry lips. And we won’t even talk about how unforgiving this is if you have some lines in your lippies. Oh man…..exhibit A.


Not baaaad but not good either.

I find that throwing a lip gloss on top alleviates the problem but then it looks like a regular gloss. Hmm….see the issue?

Would I recommend it?: Only if you have perfectly smooth lips that don’t need much moisture. If you are like me and have slight imperfections and suffer from dry lips, then this may not work so much. But it is still worth a try as it is a fun product to use!

Muuuuuuah,

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This Day in Black History:
1934-Henry “Home Run King” Aaron,
baseball superstar was born.