Amor de Lacquer: Butter LONDON Autumn/Winter collection

While some brands like to grace us with nail polish collections 5-10 times a year, we only get just a few from Butter LONDON. And it’s not really all that fair because I adore Butter LONDON and I’d love to get more polishes from there each year. But on a good note, them not coming out with collections every 5 seconds gives me enough time to snag up the polishes that I don’t already have from them. Yeah. I’m THAT obsessed with BL.

Anywhoovers, let’s play with their newest collex! It’s not your traditional Fall/Winter collection, but I can appreciate that. Sometimes the expected vampies and darker shades are just way too…expected.

Dodgy Barnett is a silver holographic that’s pretty groovy. It isn’t as holographic-y as many nail polish lovers would like but if you’re new to holographics, this may impress you. I found that 3 coats really made the holographic effect pop. The pop isn’t as prominent as many holographic grays but it’s still a nice surprise.

Trustafarian is another holographic. It’s just as bit on the sage/pistachio side and it’s just as captivating as Dodgy B. I actually found that Trustafarian gave more holographic spark than Dodgy.

Shag is a high-shine metallic in a warm orange-burgundy hue. This baby screams fall and it makes me want to roll into a pile of leaves and then head out to pick a pumpkin. Butter London usually knocks my feet off with the uniqueness of their shades but this one is just okay. It’s not my favorite but it’s still pretty.

Lovely Jubbly is a vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue and gold micro-particles. It’s a prettyful glitter that reaches an opaque finish with only two coats. On a good note, if you wanted to layer this over another polish, you could do so easily. It’s one versatile glittah with a lot of sparkle.

Gobsmacked only got 2 coats from me but a closer look reveals that I probably should have given that kid another coat. This charcoal grey glitter is quite reminiscent of several other grey glitters that I’ve seen around the way. I love how fine the glitte specks are as they make application smooth. Like buttah. 😎

Overall: Most butter LONDON collections have me hyperventilating and stunned by their beauty. I didn’t get that reaction with this collection. There are some fantastic hits and I can appreciate the variety of formulas from glitters to holographics and shimmers. Most of the polishes in this collection are dupe-able and that’s so unlike Butter LONDON as many of their polishes are strikingly unique.

I still love my Butter LONDON and will continue to hoard their polishes. You can grab this collection at Ulta stores, and at Each bottle is $14 a pop.

Stretch Marks: Attempt to beat ’em or ignore ’em?

Stretch marks. For some, they are like the WORST thing that can happen to your body. And for me…they’re just a a part of life. They come around if you’ve lost some weight or gained some weight. Or you could be one of those lucky ladies who have amazing genetics and don’t get stretch marks at all. In which case, I don’t like you.

Hahaaaa! I’m kidding. I’ve got two different brands of oils here that have a ton of claims but they both claim to help fade stretch marks over time. And well uh, with my growing belly, I figured why not give these bad boys a whirl? Say hello to the ever so popular Bio and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil.


This review won’t be comparing the two (because I’ve only got 1 body to test drive ’em on. Ha!) but rather give a brief intro into their claims, if they rock and if they perform well enough to motivate a consumer to use time and time again.


Let’s start with Bio Oil.


Price: $19.99
Where To Purchase: Ulta stores and at
Size: 4.2 oz and 2 oz ($11.99)

I didn’t know it before, but pregnant women everywhere swear by this stuff. I’m not even kidding. Visit a pregnancy forums or store and chances are, you’ll see people bragging about this oil. In fact, just check out Ulta’s review section of this oil and you’ll see a ton of testimonies from users everywhere. This stuff is popular for a reason, uh?




Like any kind of oil, it has a greasy consistency but I found it to sink into the skin nicely.



It has a pretty prominent floral smell. If I had to guess I’d say roses? It’s a bit too much for me (y’all know how I feel about fragrances) but after a few days of wearing it daily, I actually got used to it. I used this oil on my belly but it can also be used as a makeup remover, hair oil and alllll over the body. I’ll likely only use it on the belly though.

Then there’s Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil.


Price: $10.99
Where to Purchase: Most drugstores
Size: 5.1 oz

Everyone knows about good ole’ Palmer’s and their Cocoa Butter Formula products and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they will donate 15 percent of the sales (with a minimum donation of $100,000) of specially-marked bottles of the following classic Cocoa Butter Formula products to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Cool stuff!




Like Bio Oil, this is a, you guessed it, oil. Performance is similar in that it’s greasy going on but smooths out once you rub it in.


Fragrance-wise, if you love the smell of cocoa butter, you’ll love the smell of this stuff. I also dig the pump dispenser.


It makes distribution easier. It’s an oil that you could easily use all over if you wanted to. Like the Bio Oil, I’ve been using this just on my tummy

I’m going to keep going back and forth with both products to see if overtime my stretch marks will fade. Can I be honest though? I’m a bit skeptical and I don’t think anything can make ’em disappear. And I’m okay with that. But I’m a beauty blogger who loves beauty stuffs so I’ll keep slathering to see if I get any results. I’m cray-zay like that. 😎

Are you a stickler about trying to beat stretch marks?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Cat Eyes mascara


Yuuuuuuup! You guessed it. Maybelline has another mascara for us and it’s in the ‘Volum Express family. Okay, even if you have no intentions in trying out this mascara, you can’t deny how adorable that packaging is. Ca-ute, right?


Price: $5 at Walmart and
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Maybelline colossal volume gets a feline edge. Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Cat Eyes Washable Mascara’s collagen formula and claw brush plump and spike out lashes at the corners for a wild cat-eye look. Colossal volume with cat-like corners” (source)

The Truth: The truth is that as much as I love Maybelline (and I loooove Maybelline), I’m a bit over the Volum’ Express bit.

What I Loved About It: That wand is dynamic, yo.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s a great lengthening mascara but if you’re looking for volume, keep a lookin’, sista.

Overall: For once I’ll keep my mouth shut about how annoyed I am that I keep seeing 23,000 different versions of ‘Volum Express. Please realize that this whole “not complaining” thing is so tough for me because I really do get annoyed at…okay, wait. Look at me. I’m complaining. Eek! Let’s move on.

The wand. Yes! The wand!


The wand is something special. I love everything about this wand. I could do without its curvy nature but I love how nice and stiff the bristles are. This is the perfect mascara wand for people like me. My lashes go alllll over the place and this wand is great for helping to straighten them out. Wands like these are also perfect for those with super itty bitty lashes. You can coat lashes easily and don’t have to worry about poking yourself in the eye because of the huge wand. WIN!

Now, let’s get to the nitty gritty, if I was super over-ambitious, I would try to compare this mascara with some of the other recent ‘Volum Express mascaras. But quite honestly, y’all…I don’t own any of ’em anymore and I’m too lazy to even think of doing something like that. But hey – at least I’m honest, right? The best thing for mascara reviews is to just review them as if other mascaras didn’t exist. And so for now, we’ll forget about the other 98,000 ‘Volum Express babies out there, okay?

Formula-wise, Cat Eyes impressed me. It’s got a nice and workable formula but after a few strokes on the lashes, I realized that its goal was to lengthen my lashes and not bring about volume. Okay. No biggie. The claims on the packaging are a bit confusing so we’re not really sure WHAT this mascara is supposed to do but yeah, I’m pretty sure its main goal is to help elongate the lashes. Which is does so beautifully. Between the formula not clumping up on me and the stiff bristles of the wand, bringing those lashes out there was easy. And impressive! 1 coat was okay but 2 coats of this mascara really brought my lashes out there and helped to achieve that “wild cat-eye look”. Whatever that means. So yeah, it’s not a bad lengthening mascara. Keep in mind that it ISN’T a waterproof mascara so it does have some issues with lasting for a while. Especially if you have allergies.

And stick with just 2 coats. I found that the formula thickened up a bit too much and brought on some clumping when I attempted a 3rd coat.


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: The Falsies ‘Volum Express is hands down my favorite because it’s an intense volume mascara but if you’re looking for something lengthening (or a really cute mascara), I don’t think Cat Eyes will disappoint.


Okay y’all…who has tried this mascara? Whatcha think?

Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part 2

I’m back with part 2 of the glorious Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks from Tarte. I reviewed the first 4 here. I am still so in love with these lippies and love how Tarte has given us such a diverse color palette. There are shades for bold color lovers and those that prefer nudes alike. Ironically, in this post I’ll be featuring two reds! The best lipstick color evaaaaa. But then again, y’all know how I feel about reds. 😎

Aren’t they pretty? From my original post, you’ll know that despite the fact that these are clay lipsticks, they are incredibly moisturizing. Of course you’ll still have to wear a balm for added moisture but these aren’t half bad.

I am still impressed with the crazy amount of shine and pigment that these lipsticks give. Far more than most traditional lipsticks! And just to think…these are without parabens and all of those yucky preservatives. This is why I love Tarte. They don’t comprise quality even though their products include natural ingredients.

(l-r) Whimsy, Fierce, Inspired, Wild

Whimsy is described as a bright pink and the swatches on the Sephora website don’t do this baby ANY justice. I find it too cool for me to wear alone but it’s a gorgeous pink nonetheless.

Fierce is an orange toned bright red and as much as I love reds, I prefer blue toned reds but this is still very nice.

Inspired looks a lot like Pure. They are both rose-y pinks. This one is more on the lines of a dusty rose and while I don’t wear a lot of light pinks, if I were to wear one, it would likely be a sweet and dainty one like this.

Wild is my kind of red! It’s a cool red that I think looks great on me.

To get an in-depth review of these lipsticks if they are worth they steep price tags of $26 a pop, check out this post. In the meantime, if you’re still stuck on deciding which ones you may want to snag, I highly recommend one of the reds (Fierce or Wild) and Foxy. Foxy is a beautiful deep pink that I think will flatter anyone.

Way to go, Tarte! Can’t wait to see what these cosmetic geniuses come up with next…

Zoya Ornate Holiday Winter Nail Polish Collection

OMG OMG OMG! That was the first thing I said when I laid eyes on this collection. And I feel a bit crazy reviewing this so early considering I’ve got Fall collections that I haven’t even debuted yet but I haven’t been this excited about a collection in a looooong time. This Zoya collection is hands down one of the best nail polish collections this year.


See what I mean? Every single one of these polishes are dynamic.



Aurora is described as a plum with multi color crystal shimmer. Basically it’s the most epic plum holographic nail polish that I have EVER seen. Yes, holographic! I didn’t really see this one coming. Aurora not only looks captivating in the bottle but she looks beautiful on the nails, as well. Holographic nail polishes are my favorite and I’m so excited to see Zoya on board with this one.



Ziv is described as a gold foil glitter crystal. At first glance it looks like your typical gold nail polish but a closer look shows that Ziv has some subtle shimmer spark to it. Ziv applies smoothly but I’m loving how there’s a burst of a brighter golden oomph to it.



Electra is a holographic tinsel and I could seriously just stare at this bottle all day. If you’re a fan of bar glitter, you’ll love this polish. You either love love love or get annoyed by bar glitter. I stand right in the middle. I think they look pretty funny when worn alone but I dig ’em layered on other polishes.

Electra over Ziv


Electra over Logan


Magical, right?



Logan is a green foil glitter crystal and it looks a lot like Ziv. Except green, obviously. I had to do some tweaking to show the depth of this polish. The gold specks in it is apparent in the polish but on the nails, it provides such a beautiful shimmery effect. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful green nail polishes I’ve come across. And I have a lot stunning green Zoya polishes!




Blaze is described as a cranberry glitter glam crystal and it’s another stunning holographic. My camera couldn’t even capture the true essence of how bling-y this polish is. It’s doesn’t seem to have as much holographic shimmer as Aurora but it is just as beautiful. I don’t think I own any berry holographic polishes so Blaze is a welcome addition to the family.



And lastly, is the black holographic baby of the family, Storm. I’ve got about two black holographic polishes but dang, I think Storm is my favorite because although it’s black, you can still peep the holographic shimmer up close and far away.


Aurora and Storm


Must Haves:
Aurora – If you don’t get anything else, THIS is the one you haaaaave to get.
Electra– Especially if you’ve been wanting a bar glitter.
Logan – For green nail polish lovers.
Storm – Because it’s one epic black holographic.

I really don’t have any complaints about this collection. Each polish applied beautifully (as do all Zoya polishes) and I applied 2 coats for each polish. I love every single polish and I love how Zoya really surprised us with the holographic polishes. Seriously! Who expected that? Yep, I definitely feel comfortable declaring this as my favorite nail polish collection of the year. Way to go, Zoya!

You can scoop up these polishes for $8 a pop or $48 for the entire collection at

Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil set

Oh snitty-aaaaap! Urban Decay has another eyeliner set and of course eye am alllll over it. Hehe! See what I did there?


First of all, if you haven’t tried any of Urban Decay’s eyeliners, you don’t know what you’re missin’. I’m not even exaggerating. Everything about their liners are awesome and they are definitely worth the $16 price tag. And this is coming from a cheap gal like myself. Yeah, I’ll testdrive drugstore eyeliners but for everyday use, I am always returning to Urban Decay’s Zero eyeliner. I can’t help it. I find it to be the blackest, most long-lasting awesomeness eyeliner everrrrrr. Oh, and they are paraben-free too which I know is important to a lot of folx.

This set is the newest UD eyeliner set on the block and it’s pretty rad. Mostly because a great deal of the shades are wearable for all makeup lovers. Now before you get too excited, these are the travel version of the eyeliners but whatever because if you’re like me, you’ll get good use out of ’em nonetheless.


Urban Decay has a set of eyeliners with bolder colors but I like how every shade in this collection is wearable and practical. For $38, you’ll get 6 eyeliners that are perfect for use on the lower lashline, as an eyeshadow base and my favorite, on the waterline. As a gal with insanely sensitive eyes, I find Urban Decay’s liners to be the BEST when it comes to all day wear. I can apply a liner on my waterline at 7am and I can always guarantee that by 7pm, it’ll still be there. Even if I’ve sweated, cried or dunk my face in a bucket of water. Yep.

Say hello to the sexy 6.

DSC_0902(L-R)Uzi, Zero, Demolotion, Smog, Empore, Mainline

Pretty stuff. uh? The fantastic gunmetal shimmer that is Uzi will be gorgeous with a smokey eye. Zero and Demolotion are both black and brown mattes and Smog is the bronze-y version of Uzi. The last two are my favorite. Obviously, right?

Empore is some kind of awesome.


…and it’s really hard to explain what color it is because there are so many colors intertwined. It’s a bluey purple. It probably looks different on different eye colors but on me it looks a bit more purple, uh?

And then there’s Mainline…


Such a rich and beautiful teal. Corporate America or not, I will most certainly rock these shades to work. They’re that pretty but also that unassuming. So yeah. If you’re a typical black or brown eyeliner gal but want to step outside of the box a bit, this collection is totally up your alley.

And it should also be up your alley because it’s Urban Decay. Nuff said. These are currently available on both and If you find the price to be a little too steep, keep your eyes peeled for deals and sales at both Sephora and on UrbanDecay’s website. They come around pretty frequently and it’s the best time to stock up on your beauty lemmings.

Now tell me…which shade is your fave?


Mascara Monday: Prestige My Longest Lashes Pro Lengthening mascara

First things first, beauty gals and girls…this review makes Clumps of Mascara’s 176th mascara review to date. Crazy, right? Yes, I’m patting myself on the back because I do feel it to be quite the accomplishment. And hopefully my parents are proud.

“What is your daughter doing now?”

“Oh well, you know….she reviews mascaras. Exactly 176 to date. Bet your daughter hasn’t done that.”

Okay, I’m being silly but if weren’t for you great folx, I would have stopped reviewing mascaras a looooong time ago. But since the Clumps fam is so great at keeping me up on my toes about which mascaras I should try, just know that I could never leave you. Well…unless I become a millionaire and then I may have to find an editor. Ha!

Anywhoovers, let’s check out this Prestige mascara…


Price: $7.50 at and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “No clumps or flakes, just your thickest, longest, biggest lashes ever!” (source)

The Truth: What a nice looking wand. It looks ideal for separating!

What I Loved About It: It really did give me some decent length.

What I Didn’t Like: Meh. The length wasn’t THAT dymanic.

Overall: It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see me willingly purchase a lengthening mascara. The truth is, I don’t really care about length. Volume is my shtick and I’m sticking with it. But I get it – some folx have super tiny lashes and want nothing more than to elongate them a bit so what better way to do that than with a lengthening mascara? I’m so not hatin’ because it makes so much sense to me. Even if I don’t prefer to wear a lengthening mascara regularly. Anyway, the wand on this guy was very niiiiiice.


That’s the thing about about most lengthening mascaras. The wands are typically nice and slim and have bristles that make it easy to do separate the lashes. This wand was a pleasure to work with. I was able to gently coat the the lashes with mascara with ease. Getting the lashes to look a little longer is always a challenge with lengthening mascaras. I find that you have to go from root to tip and slowly bring the lashes upward. And once you sweep the brush up to the tip of the lashes, I like to HOLD the wand there for a few seconds.

Formula-wise, this mascara was easy to work with. Application was easy and so was removal. I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging and like most GOOD lengthening mascaras, it didn’t clump up on me. I find clumping to be a problem in volumizing mascaras but not so much with lengthening mascaras.

As far as lengthening effectively, it does so pretty well. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it works good enough. I would have loved to see more length but little oomph I saw in my lashes was decent enough. Because the formula was so lightweight, throughout the day my longer lashes seemed to disappear a bit. I HATE when that happens. But still – it’s not a terrible lengthening mascara. Especially if you don’t have crazy expectations and just want a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ without overdoing it.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: Sure. Especially if you are already a fan of Prestige mascaras.

Do you prefer lengthening mascaras or volumizing mascaras?

Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m impressed!

It’s a samples box! I’ve reviewed several of these before but this is my first time reviewing one from Influenster and reviewing one that focuses on natural beauty and health. Holla! What’s Influenster? Their website explains it best and chances are that if you are a blogger and/or have a strong online influence, you can be a candidate to receive Influenster boxes.

Okay soooooo…here we go with their first ever Naturals VoxBox!

At first glance I got a bit giddy because I spotted TWO brands that I was familiar with. That’s a good sign. Y’all know how much of a snob I am about skincare and while I love featuring all brands, I really only use natural skincare products on my crazy sensitive skin. Also, keep in mind that this box isn’t necessarily a “beauty” box. I was prepared to see all kinds of goodies up in this box.

Glad to see Influenster included a list of what was in said box…

First up is a single packet of EBOOST ($28 for box of 20 powders).

I don’t use products like these as I’d rather supplement with vitamins or at the very least get the “added”  vitamins in the food that I’m eating. And since I’m pregnant, I don’t want to try anything new. I suppose this would be great for those suffering from colds but I’m the type to sip some echinacea tea. I’m granola like that. :mrgreen:

Next up was the stick of GeoDeo.

What’s that? An all-natural deodorant? So up my alley! In fact, I’ve sworn off of traditional deodorants for quite some time and while it took me some time to find a brand that works, I’m pretty confident knowing that I’ll never go back to traditional deodorants. This brand is new to me and I was happy to see that it was “okay” in terms of natural deodorants.

It’s still not 100% natural because it’s got that Parfum (Fragrance) in it but hey…not bad. However, I tested it for a few days and smelled like a goat each day I used it. Ah well. My feelings aren’t hurt. I’ve tried enough natural deodorants to know that they are tricky. Some works and others don’t. I do like the packaging and concept behind this one though.

CleanWell Individual Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($29.99 for 50 pouches)

I’ve actually purchased and used CleanWell several times and love this alcohol-free hand sanitizer. I didn’t know they made wipes though. I prefer this over alcohol-based hand sanitizers because the ingredients are milder than other hand sanitizers.

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap.

Popular among the black girl natural hair community, Shea Moisture just happens to be one of my favorite skinare brands on the market. I’ve declared my love for Shea Butter manyyyyy times so I was excited to see this bar of soap. Plus I’m having a baby. And I have eczema. Perfect pick for me! I think I’m going to save this for when Baby Clumps is a little older and I’m hoping her precious skin won’t have to endure eczema. But if she gets it…I’ll be prepared. I’ll be honest though – the chances of me trying this before she is born are extremely likely! Oh, and Shea Moisture always impressed me with their lack of horrible ingredients.

Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweeteners

Call me a snob but I’ve never been a fan of sweetners because they’ve always tasted artificial to me. Yes, even Splenda. I opt for agave nectar, honey and brown sugar and sometimes white sugar. That said, this isn’t a product that I would ever use. Oh and…what is monk fruit????

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

Look! It’s a lip balm. I got all excited when I saw this. As a fan of lip balms, bees and shea butter, I had high hopes for this balm. And it delivered! Ingredients-wise, it’s not too shabby.

The packaging is adorable…

And the product feels great on the lips. It has very light mint-ish scent and it feels nice and smooth on the lips. This is a product that I’d purchase again. In fact, had I seen it in stores, it’s likely that I would have purchased it before receiving this sample.

And lastly…The Original Dish Drying Mat ($4.99)

I’ve never seen anything like this but supposedly this mat helps to conserve energy and the use of paper towels because of its absorbency. Hmm. Okay. I haven’t found a real use for it just yet I like the concept.

Overall, I was VERY impressed with the Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m more impressed than what I thought I’d be. While every product didn’t woo me, the majority of the did. So much so that I’ll be repurchasing most of them. Not too shabby!

How’s this for a natural centered sample box? Not too bad, uh?