A Tag & Port Red

Yay for taggin’ games!!! Yall know I’m on it.

My Foundation: N/A…no foundation for meeee.
My Mascara
: Yall know I am constantly reviewing them but the one I adore right now is….catch the review next Monday!
My Blush
: Fashion Fair Warm Sand and MAC Sweet as Cocoa.
My Eye Shadow
: MAC’s Vanilla pigment. I swear it looks gorgeoussss.
My Day Cream
: I wear Olay Complete.
My Lipstick
: MAC’s 3D and now, Port Red!
My Beauty Product Brand
: MAC Cosmetics, Milani, NARS, L’Oreal, etc.
My Essential Beauty Product
: I really don’t leave the house without eyeliner.
My Favorite Makeup Product
: Blush, it really tuns a simple look into glam.
My Perfume
: Unforgettable for Women by Sean Combs.
My Nails
: China Glaze! Currently dappin’ in the WOW collection.
My Feet
: A Mr. Pumice Bar every night, Vaseline with socks to bed.
My Hands: Some Avon lotion.
Three Products to bring on a deserted island
: MAC’s lip conditioner, a good sun block (you know, SPF 70, hehe) and a blend of olive oil and rosemary—for the face & hair.
Woman I admire for their beauty
: Iman, Tia Williams, Angela Bassett, my Mom, Jill Scott
Woman with the Best Sense of Style
: Don’t know. Not really up on what people are wearing.
My Ultimate Dream
: To help as many people as I can.
How Do I Define Womanhood
: I can show you better than I can tell you.
My Favorite Fashion Publication
: Some UK piece. Can’t remember the name. It’s a wonderful fashion mag for Black women.

….but that’s not alllll.

I was on my way to work and was tempted to try on that new Port Red lipstick from MAC’s Naughty Nauticals collection. So I dropped my lunch box and purse on the floor and ran to my bathroom where the beauty of all lipsticks lay in my traincase. I lined my lips with Nightmoth and applied Port Red. I was floored with how beautiful it looks. The subtle gold specks really bring some “umph” to the overall color of Port Red. I am in love with this. And yep, it is a TRUE red. What I love about it is how it isn’t a deep red. Deep reds tend to make me really look like somebody’s 40 year old Momma. And yall know what I’m talkin’ about….hehehe.

So dig the little photo shoot I had in the car. I was careful about it, I promise. I also tried to show pictures in different lightning so you can really get an idea of how Port Red looks. *insert British voice* I was a bit giddy in these pics, chaps but I had a jolly good time. And you’ll have to enlarge for a better view. Photbucket was on the trips today, mannnn.




My brows are really crackin’ me up. Goin’ to get them threaded tomorrow. I can’t express how much I love this color.

What do you think?
Yay or nay to Port Red?
…..what’ s your take on darker skinned ladies wearin’ red lippies?

MAC’s Naughty Nauticals


MAC’s Naughty Nauticals has been released today and being the MAC lover that I am, I had to check it out. I’m not ‘gon lie to yall. MAC hasn’t really been impressing me these past few collections. I’ve really only purchased things out of pretty packaging and the MAC urge. Some of you fellow addicts, know about the latter.

Nonetheless, I am dedicated, so during my lunch break, I took a stroll to my MAC Pro store here in Orlando. One of my favorite make-up artists was there! I love this man. He’s a bit on the sexy side and did my make-up that I had on in this picture..*click for a close up*


Yeeeeep, that was when those Paint Pots first came out and I was all over that Delft and Freshwater. Yessss chile. Me and my girl Raffie, good times good times.

Anywho, so my make-up artist (we’ll call him Thai) did a great job at introducing the colors to me (tellin’ me which ones were dupe-able) and I surprisingly, stuck to my list. Kind of…

Here are the swatches of some of the eyeshadows that I was able to gather WITH flash. I swatched Blue Clam (NOT apart of Naughty Nauticals) because I was debating on getting this color or not. I think I will one day. It is beautiiiiful.

WITHOUT flash

I know, I’m a bit unfair to my readers when it comes to swatchin’ and postin’. I’m not really good in this department. I really only swatch the things that I “think” I may like…hehe, so my apologies if you are lookin’ for the entire collection on my hand. Ain’t gonna happen, chief. It’s hard enough trying to to explain why I don’t need a make-up remover wipe. Geez.

I wanted to like Illegal Cargo, but Thai and I both decided that it was too chalky for my skin tone. SEE! Pastels never work for us darker folx *pouts* But I did like the 2 pigments I swatched.

Oh la laaaa….that Mutiny is hooooot!! I wanted to haul it so bad but I doubt I will ever wear it. Especially since I’m into neutrals these days. Thai confirmed that Bell Bottom Blue is definitely un-original and therefore not worthy to be hauled. Don’t you love honest make-up artists? Can I take him home?

On to the lippies…

Port Red was lined with Nightmoth lip liner because Thai said that they would look beautiful together. He ain’t lyin’. And that’s why I hauled that. I don’t own a TRUE red lipstick. The other lippies were okay, but just “eh…” I liked Buoy-O-Buoy but I already have a nice neutral lipstick.

And I didn’t see any Lustreglasses out on display so I didn’t get a chance to check those out. I don’t think I would have been that interested anyway. I’ve had my share of lip gloss over $5 for quite some time. Fo reals.

So here are the eye shadows I got.

I know, I know….another blue. But I swear this blue is different. It is absolutely gorgeous. The only thing that I don’t like about it, is that it is a frost. Not a big fan of frosts because they take a lot of “packing on” to be effective. But I think that it’s worth it. And contrary to what some people think it does not look like Freshwater. This blue is richer. I love it!

This color is re-promote that was originally introduced in the Balloonancy collection. It is a fab gun smoke silver that I think will look good in my little collection. It has silver undertones and is a bit more glittery than I’d like, but overall, I thought it was a must have…..especially for smoky eyes.

Yall know I am a huge proponent for women of color wearing red lipsticks. I am really excited about this Port Red. I checked the racks to see if there was a color like it and I didn’t see one. I may have over looked something, but I wanted a nice red lipstick so I’m happy about hauling this. FOTDs soon to come!!

Naughty Nauticals overall: It’s okay. But just okay. I’m kinda glad that I didn’t like everything because I really don’t need to go overboard on the purchasing make-up when I have a new place to furnish. If you already have a good amount of blues/deep purples, pass it. That Mutiny pigment is the best thing I have ever seen though and I may try to snag a sample of that, if anything. The lippies are nice, but I seemed to have colors that were similar and like I mentioned, I didn’t see the Lustreglasses.

So what do you folx think?

Those that have checked out the collection, are you lovin’ it?
And those that haven’t….do you think you will love it?

[image source: maccosmetics.com]

MAC’s Dazzleglass

I don’t know ‘bout yall, but I am a serious lip gloss, girl. I don’t wear it as often as I used to (I’m trying to become a mature woman so I’m into lipsticks, ha!) but I still have some obsession with a good gloss. MAC’s Dazzleglass never really intrigued me right away but being the MAC addict, that I am…I still had to check it out.

Dazzleglass…..I gotta give it props. At $16.50, MAC Cosmetics defines these babies as “High-shine + large particle quartz and opal crystal captured in a great new formula with light-reflecting, crystalline iridescence. Umm, so what does that mean in laymen (or women , ha!) terms? Just that it’s a pretty shiny gloss. Is it tacky? Yeeep. Is it lightweight? Hmmm, not quite. Does it have a better staying power than Lipglass or Lustreglass? YES!!! I absolutely love how long this gloss stays on. Longer than the average gloss I’ve worked with.

Do I think it’s necessary to haul more than one? No, but that may just me being cheap. In my eyes, a gloss is a gloss. $16.50 is already a stretch for ONE so I can’t imagine hauling more than that. To prevent myself from even being tempted to purchase more than one, I picked the one Dazzlegass that caught my eye, swatched it, purchased it and walked away.

Let me introduce you to “Get Rich”.

Pretty pretty, uh? This color almost reminds me of Squeeze It from the Fafi Collection, except a little more sheerer and glittery. Here’s how it looks alone.

Just ehhh….like a really ole’ gloss to me. I would still wear it by itself because of the staying power, but I wasn’t too impressed.

So I decided to pair it with a lipstick. Here is MAC’s 3D lipstick worn alone.

I’m tellin’ you…I love me some 3D. I could wear this color everyday. It’s perfect. Topping Get Rich over this gives it a nice little POP that I’m thinkin’ I could incorporate everytime I wear 3D. Check it…

I can dig it. Not super impressed but again, the staying power of these babies are really what turn me on. What are your thoughts on Dazzleglass? Pass or a must have?

Let a sista know!

Happy 3rd Nappiversary!

Happy Saturday, everyone!!! My nappiversary is on April 23 and in celebration I did a hair video. This makes my almost 3 years of having beautiful nappy hair! And while most people don’t undersand the big significance of this….my true nappturals understand! Check out zeee videoooooo.

And enjoy your Saturday!!! Nywele….I got the goodies! I am soooo in love!


Comb Breakin’ Memories

Orange Nail Polish

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Orange….

Orange Who?

Orange you glad it’s summer time!

Now yall know I’m a cornball, so don’t even trip. Hehe…but seriously, orange is the business this summer. I’m not even kidding. Yes, something doesn’t become the “it” thing until a celebrity is spotted wearing it but I’ve never been hesitate to wear orange nail polish. And I know orange isn’t one of those colors that you can wear freely if you have a professional job, but bustin’ them on the toes is also an alternative. I’m wearing OPI’s Cajun Shrimp now on my tootsies.


I’ll spare you the feet photos this time. I felt rather odd uploading them. But seriously….I swear it’s the prettiest color I have ever laid eyes on. And yes it’s brown girl friendly. I actually think that most fingernail polishes go well with brown skin. So whoever told you they you can’t sport yellow polish, tell them the Head Newb at Clumps of Mascara thinks otherwise. Ha!


I can’t seem to find OPI Cajun Shrimp anywhere in stores and my lady who did my pedicure wasn’t trying to sell it to me either. Turns out that I have some pretty beautiful orange polishes in my little collection….you ready?


Fingerpaints ($2.99)…this color doesn’t have a name, but I think it is the closest “work appropriate orange” we are going to get. It has a few shimmers (one day I’ll learn polish terminology) and is a gorgeous rusted orange.


TKC Mandarin. I purchased this from the nail salon so I’m not sure where they got it from but it has more of a matte finish and is truly the color of a mandarin. It is such a beautiful orange. I’m rockin’ this color on my nails this weekend!

Isa Dora Orange (copped this one on sale for $2 so I’m not sure of its retailed value). This is my 2nd favorite orange polish. It is a beautiful muted orange and I think its subtlety really pops out on brown skin. Clumps of Mascara strikes again with the smudged nail!


Milani Juicy Glo ($3.99). This polish has a similar matte finish to that TKC and in terms of colors, they are almost identical. Milani’s Juicy Glo has bit of “neon”. Ohhh yess, I adore this. I would definitely wear this on the fingers and toes. Grrr, and excuse the blur on this one. I promise I will learn how to successfully take nice polish and fingers pictures.

And the best thing about these orange polishes is that they can all be found at your local drugstore. And look out for buy 1, get 1 free deals on Milani and Fingerpaints. I love french pedicure on the toes like every other girl, but step it up a notch with some color, girlfriend!

Orange you glad that you can be fab on a budget?

Okay….I’ll stop. But I really wanna know your input….yay or nay to the orange polish?


Image courtesy: opidiva.com

Clinique’s High Impact Mascara review

It’s another Mascara Monday, ladies. Mascara Mondays is when we show tribute to the star of the blog in attempts to find *drum roll*…..the best mascara ever! Today I will be reviewing Clinique’s High Impact mascara. With a name like this….you would think that it would live up to its potential.


Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: Volumizes and lengthens lashes for a lusher, plusher, bolder look. Pure, deep colour adds impact.”


The truth: High impact? I’m not too sure about that. Maybe medium impact. I have medium length lashes that need a GREAT mascara to make them pop. This unfortunately did not do this. Not only that but it didn’t even last throughout the day.


What I loved about it: I love the rich black color that this mascara provides. And that’s about it.

What I didn’t like: It just doesn’t live up to its name. It did not give me much volume and only a little bit of length.

Overall: I’m not a fan. The bristles aren’t defined so it is very difficult for me to run it through my lashes. It also gets a bit flaky and definitely didn’t stand up to the little crying spell I had the other day. Perhaps Clinique should re-name this macsara “Some Impact Mascara”. Plus, the price is not where its at for a broke sista like myself. $14.00 for a mascara is pushin’ it. I doubt that I would try this mascara again.


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

Stay tuned for next week’s Mascara Monday when I review a drugstore brand mascara.


Image Source: clinique.com

Spring time, baby!

Dear Newbies,

Spring is here. And being that I am a native to Florida, I love love love it! I get to spend more time outside by the beach, pool, at theme parks and festivals and just enjoying the weather. This makes Year 2 of my make-up/beauty obsession and I have to say, I have learned a TON since last year. Here are my Top Spring/Summer Tidbits for Newbies.

Wear Bronzers

I’ve stopped wearing face make-up but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want some kind of glow. My new Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is perfect for a Springy/Summer glow.

And I know it’s a bit on a pricey side (ahem, $42) but yall gotta trust me on this one. Such a great investment! And I’m sure there are better dupes out there (namely Milani) but I’ve been having dreams about this Shimmerbrick since December of last year. I swirl my MAC 182 brush in this and lightly brush it on the apples of my cheeks. A little goes a long way and it gives me a noticeable but subtle shimmer. I love it! I didn’t think that darker skinned women could pull of bronzers, but honeyyyyy, we sho can. I’ll show you in the FOTDs to come.

Minimal Eye Shadows

I already have oily lids so going through the hassles of putting on 1-2 bases and 2-4 eye shadow colors on just isn’t something that I look forward to in the summertime. Instead, I just sweep a highlight under my brows. I still look “made up” but with little effort. Vanilla pigment is my HG highlight and looks great when applied with a fluffy brush.

Pretty Pouts

My lips aren’t always so hot in the winter time because they tend to be drier. But during spring/summer, I love bustin’ pretty and rich colors. Yes, girl…even at the beach while sippin’ a pina colada. Pretty lips give the face instant glam! And lip products don’t even have to be top of the line.

Ya feel me? $1.72 for N.Y.C. Gotta love it!

Fab nail colors with cute sandals

And when I say fab nail colors, I mean alllll colors! Orange, green, yellow, pink, purple, fire engine red….any and every color. And I love designer shoes like a lot of females but I also love to save some money and get twice as many pairs at Payless. Shooo…..I ain’t shame. I think these are mad cute for only $10.

And with colors like these….

 

(thanks Yums)

You couldn’t tell me anything…

 

So, see, newbsters…spring/summertime is great for us! Last year I spent a lot of time coming up with make-up designs with my terrible skills. This post is a great example of that. This time around I plan on taking it easy on the face, checking out new collections and perfecting liner on the lower lash line. That’s my project of the season!

 

What’s yours? Do you have any tips/suggestions for fellow newbies? Share them!

 

Image Sources: viewpoints.com, payless.com, chinaglaze.com

Let It Clump’s Debut!

Welcome to Clumps of Mascara’s first post from the Let it Clump series. Let It Clumps posts are where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.


Today’s post (and many posts in the near future since this is one of my newest obsessions) is about nails! I am obsessed with nail polishes. Not so much designs, but I absolutely adore beautiful nail colors and find that a lot of them compliment my skin tone. All Laquered Up, one of my favorite beauty blogs dedicated to all things nails, is one of my inspirations. I love wearing anything from neon green, orange, royal purple and black polishes on my nails and toes. Because I try to be a professional lady, I don’t walk around with these colors ALL the time, but that doesn’t stop me from buying them and at least sporting them on my toes.

Today’s creation came out of nowhere. I stumbled across my white finger nail polish from when I tried to keep up my French manicures. But now I think that French manicures on the nails are so played out. Hence my reason for trying to step outside of the box on this one.

Crazy, uh? And with a look like this, you just have to top it off with a big piece of costume jewelry. It’s madd fun!

And last weekend I had a getaway with the BFF and check out the colors on the tootsies.


That’s Coconut “somethin” from China Glaze and I loved it so much that I purchased it. Postin’ pictures of my toes is the first and rather awkward. LOL!


What do you think? My mascara is still clumping but I’m lookin’ fab in the finger/toenail department!

[Oh, and by the way….I’m headed to NYC tomorrow morning until Sunday so excuse the lack of posts. If you’re in the NYC area…hit me up. Let’s paaaarty! Have a fab weekend, everyone!]