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!]

Heatherette Business



I don’t know how I always manage to be “available” when a new MAC collection is released. I will do what I can to be there around 10am when the mall opens. Which is kinda sad, but I can’t help it. The excitement is too much fun to me and only my other MAC obsessed sistas understand.

I haven’t said much about Heatherette because I wasn’t too excited about it. I’ve learned to keep the excitement to a minimum until I actually SEE products. Anything can look good in an ad, online and in a picture. Nah boo, I ain’t that easy to fool. And for the record….trying to swatch everything AND take pictures while trying to stay discrete is hella hard. I ain’t doin’ that anymore. LOL!

This collection is definitely the hotness in terms of packaging!!!! No stickers here, folx. Everything is so beautiful. I really wanted to haul everything but I didn’t because (1) I’m on a budget (2) I’m sick of buyin’ stuff I don’t need and (3) I’m on a budget.

Here’s my opinions about the eye trios and why I feel they aren’t needed:

Heather Trio 1

Hoppin’–looks like Bamboo
Mood ring–looks like Parrott and/or Shimmermoss-ish
Cloudburst–looks like Black Tied except with blue(I think) shimmers

Heatherette Trio 2

Baby Petals–Eh…
V.I.P.–Looks like a ton of pinks. Nothing different here.
Cassette–Looks like Thunder (from the Blue Storm Collection)

The packaging, however, for these trios is soooooo darling! But if you have colors like these, I would definitely pass. I’m so over haulin’ stuff just because it looks good. It is a waste of money and product. But you know….that’s just my “tryna be frugal and spend money on better things” self.

I passed on the pencils, lacquers and the beauty powders. The pencils were nice buuuut, I usually don’t wear color on the lower lash line. Except Black. Which sounds boring but….. They were mighty pretty though.

The pigments were beautiful!! Jardin Aires and Pink Pearl were just divine. I doubt I would ever wear either but I seriously may go back and get them. They are just too pretty .


Don’t wear glitter so I passed on those. Actually I’m extremely anti-glitter. Unless I’m trying to re-live my middle school years, but I digress. HA!

Now on to the lippies….first of all, I was INFURIATED when I found out that my MAC store no longer accepts depotted eyeshadow pots. Since when? I’ve always done it there but this MA told me that they stopped doing that a year ago. She told me that it didn’t make sense to turn in a pot just to get another “free” pot. I mean, I agree with her but they should have thought about that a looooong time ago. So I sadly toted away my 6 pots and that is why I didn’t end up getting as much as I wanted. I’m going to try another MAC Store. Hehe..

Anywhoooo….here is what I got. Couldn’t swatch too many because people were starin’ at my arm so I passed on some.

HA! That’s all I got….Hollywood Nights is beautiful but in my opinion, “too much”. I would never wear it. Maybe for a night on the town with my girls but…nahhhh. I was really interested in Fleshpot but it looks simply awful on me. So does Starlett Kiss lip glass. I ended up hauling only Lollipop Loving lipstick and Sock Hop Lipglass.

And I can’t say I’m THAT impressed with those two. The packaging though…the packaging. So pretty, yall. Now, I’m going to show you some FOTDs with my lippies buuuut my brows looks jacked up and I’m not wearing anything but mascara and liner. So I hope I ain’t lookin’ too much of a H.A.M. for yall. Haha….

See…there’s no WOW about it but I had to get somethin’….waitin’ to see what my other blog sistas got. All in all, I liked Heatherette. But moreso for the packaging. As a newbie, I am learning to not let MAC con me into getting stuff that I already have. LOL, not that I don’t enjoy being conned but I’m trying to be smart about this make-up obsession. Allure’s Beauty Trends are coming next post. I haven’t forgotten.

Peace and Heatherette, beauties!

[pictures courtesy of MACCosmetics.com and Temptalia.com]

Hi lovelies!
My life is the busiest right now….and not in a good way, either so excuse me for bein’ a bit behind on commenting and posting. I do have a little time to get up on 2 topics that my blog sistas Shawnta and Nywele (nap love!) tagged me on.



First….

My Top 10 Must Not Have Items

(1) MAC’s Strobe Cream: A hot pearly mess on this woman of color. And it’s too heavy on the face….AND it’s too much money and you don’t get enough product and I think it is just one unnecessary product (angry much?…hehe).

(2) Revlon eye shadows: Now I’m all for cheap but these colors are hardly pigmented. And the colors look a H.A.M. on….you guessed it—“this” woman of color.

(3) MAC Lipglasses: I know, I know….I purchase them, but the more I think about it, the less I like them. They aren’t any better than other lip products. In fact, I find them to be more drying and they stay on less longer than the cheaper brands. And I’m sure there are hella dupes. I just got “caught” up because it’s MAC. Towards the beginning of my blog, I vowed to never spend that much money on a lip product……ahem, 12 products later…

(4) Pantene Pro-V (in the gold bottle): You’re kidding me right? Sulfate-galore.

(5) NYC Nail polishes. They are super cheap but these bad boys come off in 1.5 days. And don’t even try to wash dishes. Chile please….

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Now for the top 5 Beauty Crimes:

(1) I keep my mascara longer than 3 months…..and I don’t care either. Muahahahaaaa.

(2) I purchase products because of a collection but I know good and dern well I will probably never used them (ahem, Fafi Eyes 1).

(3) I let my finger nails get too long. I don’t even take the time to care for them the way that I should.

(4) I hardly wash my hair. Which is okay because I have a thicker texture but seriously….I can go 2-3 months without washing my hair and that’s just not cute. I mean, it doesn’t stink or anything—I’m just too lazy to wash it.

(5) I spend money I don’t have on cosmetics. The biggest crime of them all! I still can’t justify $10 on some eye shadow because that could be gas money, payin’ off a bit of a student loan, a gift for my Mother, shoot….something else “more” important.

 

Have you done any of these yet? Let me knowwww!! I don’t think I’m going to link anyone because I’m pretty sure most of done this already! I love these random question posts…..helps us get to know each other better. I’m a cornball, sing Kumbyah type yall, so don’t mind me.

 

Allure’s Beauty Spring Trends, part II comin’ soon so stay tuned!

 

Peace & sunshine

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Lipsticks for Newbies


As promised….I’ve got the Lipstick for Newbies post! Everyone say, “Yaaaay!” *looks around*…ummm, okay. Clearly, I’m the only one hyped about it right now, so I digress….LOL!

I believed it was this post in which I claimed that I would focus less on eye make-up and more on lips. And since November, I have done that. I am going to showcase 6 lipsticks (from MAC Cosmetics). But before I do that, let me share with you my sentiments about lipsticks.

I got my first one when I was 14 years old. My girlfriends laughed at me so hard that I didn’t purchase one again until last year. For some reason, there is a stigma with lipsticks and Black women, typically younger Black women. In the lip gloss era, I know 98% of my female friends wouldn’t be caught dead in any lippy. Which is sad because I actually appreciate lipsticks more than I do lip glosses. Buuuut, like some of you I had that anti-lipstick attitude. “Nah uhhh…..only old people wear lipsticks.” “They are too drying.” “Glosses are better”….I dropped a ton of excuses. Here’s why I love lipsticks so much more now.

  • I don’t know why, but I feel so much more sophisticated when applying a lipstick. Iz feel like a woman!
  • They last longer. Especially when applied with a lip liner.
  • You can be creative. You can instantly change the colors of lipsticks. By switching up the colors of lip liners and glosses, you can create an array of color combinations. Now that’s fab!
  • They are “true colors”….whereas glosses are typically opaque or full of shimmery stuffs. Sometimes I like a nice solid color.
  • You get better control with application when using a lip brush. With glosses, we tend to apply, blot and go. Lipsticks require a little more work but the outcome is almost always amazing.


So yeah…that’s why I’m diggin’ lippies more and more. Now yall know my blog is called Clumps of Mascara for a reason. On some of the pics, you’ll see how sloppy I’ve applied the lipsticks. But that’s because I was in a hurry and lightning was off. And because I like to keep it real with yall. My skills are far from perfect. OH…..and all of these colors are applied on top of MAC’s Lip Conditioner (get it…now!). I didn’t add liners or glosses because I wanted yall to see the true colors. Now let’s bring up the first lipstick.

Allow me to introduce Ultra Madame.



Can’t exactly say what MAC describes this color as because it came in a holiday set from last year.I know it looks a bit frosty but when applied with Nightmoth lip liner, it is a fab spring color.

Next we have Viva Glam IV…one of my favorites!



MAC describes this color as a mid-tone rose with subtle gold shimmer. This is one color that I could wear after day. It’s perfect for work, ladies’ night out or even when you want to look kinda cute when cleanin’ the house.

Coming in at number 3 is…..surprise, surprise….3D!



MAC describes this color as a soft peachy brown with violet opalescent shimmer. I think it’s great subtle color. It doesn’t even have to be paired with a liner or gloss.

My number 4 showcased color is New York Apple



Well wellll welll….won’t talk too much about this color because I just talked about it in the post or two below. Muah!

Second to last is Soft Lust.



MAC describes this color as tan with White pearl.I don’t wear this color a lot but I absolutely LOVE it. I know, I know….frosty, but when topped with a fab neutral gloss, it is absolutely beautiful. I love wearing this when I’m sportin’ a bold eye.

And lastly–Rapturous!



MAC defines this color a deep berry red. Black women: we can wear red lipsticks! I don’t care how light or dark you are….you can rock it. I am sick of darker skinned people sayin’ they can’t wear red lips because of their skin color or the fullness of their lips. I don’t wear red lips that often, but when I do, I feel like the sexiest thing ‘roun dis piece.

Shooooo!



Seee….you can’t tell me nothin’! That’s the attitude, I think, we need to have when rockin’ the red lips. Do yourself a favor and buy a red lippie if you don’t have one. It’ll liberate you, I promise.

Another fab element of lipsticks?



Sendin’ your BF or hubby a love letter. How cute is that? I’m a cornball so if I had somebody I would so pull this.

Any recs of colors I should pull? Oh wait…..here’s a swatches picture.


So what colors are you diggin’? And what don’t you like? Are you big on lipsticks? Or not? Tell me….

Peace and muuuuuah!

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Twinks oh Twinks

So I played around with Twinks eyeshadow and I love love love it! MAC Cosmetics defines Twinks as a “dirty plum with gold reflects” and it is simply fab. In fact….I’m diggin’ my neutral/highlight collection.



Anyone have any ideas? I can’t, I just can’t leave those empty spaces like that. Grr…

Okay, so I digress. Here’s my FOTD with Twinks and New York Apple lipstick. I think that this lip color is a bit much for everyday but it is fun every now and then.

I really like Twinks. And as you can see….I can’t let go of that Ochre Style either. That paired with Twinks is heaven. And of course, I always do Vanilla pigment as a highlight. And….I’m still trying my hardest to do flattering pictures of my lips, but I caaaaan’t. It’s such a struggle for me. LOL! Mannn….and I really need to keep working on my liner because the line is so thick. I’m wonderin’ if I will ever master Fluidlines and the 266? Hmmmm…

So that’s that. Seriously…Twinks is a must have but I think I say that about a lot, uh? Ohhhh….and before, I forget, I think that I may do a lipstick post. I know a lot of you are saying that you can’t get down with the lipsticks and I feel your sentiments. I didn’t purchase my first lipstick until last year! I thought I was always going to be a lipgloss girl, but I am slowly gotten into lipsticks. Soooo, stay tuned for a Lipstick for Newbies post. I’ll have swatches, techniques, alternatives and if there is something you want to see, please send me an email or comment!!

Peace and have a fab weekend!