Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Cream Gel Shadows: For Rockstars Only

I love tattoos, y’all. A lot. I call myself a tattoo rockstar because even though I have 5 tats, I want more. And I could care less about how “unprofessional” people may see them. Tattoos, like makeup, are accessories. It’s self-expression. Granted getting a tattoo is 10x more painful than applying mascara but still….if I didn’t already run out of “un-wrinkable” areas on my skin, I’d be saving my pennies for another tattoo.

But anyway…

My love for tattoos sooooo doesn’t have anything to do with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows. Don’t you love how random I can be? 8)

Have you gals seen these? I only snagged 3 but there are a total of 10 shades. They range from beautiful neutral shades to poppin’ “in yo face” shades. If you’re a fan of eyeshadow primers, you’ll like these. They mimic the oh so popular gel eyeliners that L’Oreal HIP had some time ago. Only these are better.

Much better. What Maybelline says about ‘em:

“Dare to get inked with a super long lasting eye shadow. Maybelline New York has combined their intense pigment technology with flexible film formers to create a shadow that packs our most intense, saturated color. The semi-permanent gel-cream smoothes on for vibrant, crease- resistant color that doesn’t fade away– wears for 24 hours.”

Okay…for the record, I don’t recommend wearing anything for 24 hours. I know they weren’t being literal with that claim, but still…wash your face, dolls. I really like the consistency of these. They aren’t super emollient and gel-like but they aren’t hard to work with either. In fact, I don’t even use a brush to apply them. I use my fingers. The three I have do a darn good job at showing up beautifully on my skin.

Tough as Taupe…

I like this one. The color was a little off though. In the pot it looked to be a “lighter” putty but when I dapped my finger in it, it darkened up a bit. Not a total deal breaker as I still think it works nicely as a neutral base. I dug the lighter putty more shade more though.

Painted Purple is actual a little less blue and more purple. My camera is being a butt and not showing you how awesome this shade is in real life.

It’s my favorite of all of the Color Tattoos but mainly because I LOVE rich purple-almost-violet kind of shades.

And then there’s Fierce & Tangy.

Orange is another one of my favorite eyeshadow shades because it’s so unexpected. I wish more brown girls wore orange.

I loved this baby so much that I cranked out a look with it.


Who knew orange eyeshadow could actually be work-appropriate, right?

Pro’s
-Lasts ALL day.
-Priced relatively well at $6.99.
-Comes in myriad of gorgeous colors.
-Easy to find in drugstores in the U.S.
-Buildable.

Con’s
-May be tough to apply as some of the shades are a little tougher to get on your fingers or brush.
-If you have SUPER oily lids, you may still have to wear a primer under these.
-Dries out quickly if you leave top off. Even for a few minutes.
-They don’t always dry with an even finish. When packing on, you have to be sure to do so with precision.

I’m lovin these and if I didn’t already have enough color bases, I’d be hauling them all. I do have my eyes on Pomegrante Punk, though. That cranberry shade has been calling my name since I left her stranded at Walgreens. Whatcha think? Have you tried these babies yet?

 

P.S.

Happy Valentine’s Daaaaaay!! 

Mascara Monday: NYX Pin Up Tease macara

So. Check this out…NYX has recently released an entire collection of mascaras. And by “entire collection”, I mean SEVEN! How cool is that? Even awesome-r is that each mascara has a special function. Some brands don’t even release 7 mascaras in a year and they are hittin’ us with lucky 7 in one collection. Very very cool of you, NYX. I’ve got my hands on all of them and will incorporate them individually in Mascara Monday posts. I won’t review them back to back but I will sprinkle them around. While some peoples’ professions require them to read thesis papers, perform heart surgeries or chase down criminals, part of my profession requires that I select which mascara (of 7) I will review first.

I know. Such a daunting task, right? Considering I’m down with the curves, I selected the curvaceous Pin Up Tease mascara.

Price: $6 at Ulta stores and NYXCosmetics.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “To darken and curl lashes. Hard bristle combs to separate and curl lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Niiiiiiiiiiiiice!

What I Loved About It: It gave me really nice separation.

What I Didn’t Like: I found it a little difficult to remove.

Overall: This mascara reminds me so much of myself. Okay, wait…before you call me nutty, hear me out. I look at mascaras with packagings like this and always shake my head. I assume, “Large Tube, Huge Wand”. And most times I am dead on with that assumption. But Pin Up Tease surprised me. Her wand is surprisingly slender. And it curls too!


I mean, that is SO me. I’m like a size 12 14 (do I get a cookie for being honest?) and while you would think that my girth means I’m sluggish or anything but athletic, I am actually a freaking beast in the gym. So yes, Pin Up Tease. I identify with you. You are my mascara soul sister. But anyway…

Yeah. The wand totally surprised me. And in a good way. I mean, just look at it. It’s got a nice sturdy shape and the bristles are long enough to breeze right through the lashes. I never find much use out of wands that do that loop-y U thing. I don’t find them to be particularly helpful. But they aren’t bad either. My theory is that brands make the wands look like this to encourage you to curl and HOLD your wand to give your lashes added curl. Do I think it works? Sure. But I do the same thing with regular mascara wands too.

Formula-wise, this baby was a beaut. She went on with ease and lasted throughout the entire day. If you’re looking for a mascara that just won’t budge,  consider this one. As far as curl, though…I’m a bit of skeptic when it comes to curling mascaras. I really don’t think there is an ingredient that can lift your lashes into a curl. My belief is that the only way to really curl lashes is by using a lash curler and rolling the mascara and holding it in place. So no, I can’t say Pin Up Tease gave me any extra curl alone.

But did she give me separation? Oooooh yeah! I love mascaras that separate well. I’ve got those crazy and wonky-kind of lashes so this is the ideal mascara for me. She separated the lashes beautifully and with ease. I didn’t get a mess load of length or volume but sometimes I need just a darn good separating mascara and Pin Up Tease did it for me.

Removal was tricky. She didn’t come off with a makeup remover. So I tried the same method I use for removing fiber mascaras. I wet my finger tips and gently massaged the mascara off. It worked! Pin Up Tease didn’t “appear” to apply like a fiber mascara but considering removal was much like one, maybe there are some fiber speck thingies in there. You won’t hear me complaining about that though.

Two coats should do it. Any more than that and Pin Up Tease starts clumping up. And as promised, it realllly darkens the lashes. So while I didn’t get a ton of curl or length, I was impressed with how dark it looked on the lashes and how well it separated.

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Do I recommend it?: Fo sheezy!  If you are looking for a dynamic separating mascara that will last allllll day, check this baby out.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

 


Need a new lippy for the weekend?

Happy Fridaaaaaay!

Clumps dot com is doing some crazy stuff, y’all. And I can’t really explain it. If you received a Mascara Monday post in your RSS feed or email, please oh please ignore that. That post was SUPPOSED to go live next Monday. And if you’re viewing Clumps on your smartphone or desktop, some of the images have shrunk. So weird. I don’t know what’s goin’ on but as soon as Esposo can find the time to do the behind-the-scenes work, we’ll be back and running smoothly again.

What? You didn’t think I could figure out these problems, myself, did you? Ha! Anywhoovers – since I can’t seem to get through my scheduled posts, check out this list….

 

Some of my beauty bloggin’ gals and I compiled a list of some of our favorite lip products. Of course I had to highlight by beloved Fresh Sugar Lip balm. Check out what the other gals are lovin’.

Feeling royal? Jen Mathews from My Beauty Bunny shares her fave cruelty free lip glosses fit for a queen.

Julie from The Style Page reviews 3cc Robert Jones Signature Collection.

Brittany from Clumps of Mascara knows of no better lip balm in the entire world than this kid.

Have you gone on the Tour de Fabulous with Brooke from BlushingNoir?

Madame B Fatale tells us what she thinks of Trilogy’s Everything Balm. Hint- it makes for an awesome balm!

Jessika from polish insomniac falls in love with By Terry

Afrobella exclusive Lipglass by MAC took the world by storm and sold out more then once. Check out swatches of this beautiful lipglass at Cosmetically Challenged!

 

What lip products are rockin’ your world these days?

Wet ‘n Wild’s Don’t Blink Pink lippy is ah-mazing!

I know I brag about Wet ‘n Wild a lot and I promise, y’all…I’m not exaggerating with this one. That sad thing is, back when I was a “I only buy higher end makeup snob.”, I laughed at WnW. I called their products cheap. And this was without having even tried them. What a loser, right? I’ve seen the light and now nothing can stop me from loving WnW.

Plus, you can’t knock a brand who has incredibly great nail polish for less than $2. I’m just sayin’…

Anywhoovers, check out this lippy…

This gorgeous stick of love goes by the name Don’t Blink Pink and has more personality than me after 2 sips of a wine cooler. I ain’t playin’. Swatches don’t lie.

DBP is described as a medium warm pink but for some reason, she looks super neon pink on me.

And that’s not the lighting. That’s how it looks in real life. Which is weird because I’ve seen this lipstick on gals of other complexions and it looks nothing like this. Madness, I tell you! Not that I’m complaining. DBP has some siblings that I will showcase soon but I had to single her out and show you her fabulousness. They’ll be popping up in drugstores this month for only $1.99. I know. I know. In-sane.


Just gorgeous. And since I am a genius who graduated Summa Cum Laude from a top Ivy League school in only 2 years, I accidentally broke off the lipstick.

I know. I’m so smart. By the way, I’m kidding about the Summa Cum Laude and Ivy League stuffs. I graduated without honors from a state college. Womp.

So yeah. All of that to say, keep your eyes peeled for Don’t Blink Pink. And who knows? Maybe I should do a giveaway for my International gals? Hmmm….

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Jellybean collection

It’s been super quiet on the Nubar front so I was really excited to see this collection hit my doorstep. If I could choose one brand that ALWAYS keeps me on my toes when it comes to innovative collection themes, it’s Nubar. This collection is based off of..Jellybeans! How ca-uuuuute!

I mean, even if you don’t like jellybeans, you just gotta love these colors. Each ones is named after a jellybean flavor. And each one is a creme. Which means one thing. They were realllllly hard to work with it. As are most cremes. I had to use 3 coats for each and still had to deal with a lot of a streakiness. Good thing these gorgeous shades were worth the trouble.

Okay so – I am reallllly working on taking better nail polish pics. I am experimenting with different cameras, lenses, lighting and set-up so hang in there with me until I find something that really works, okie dokie?

Kiwi is described as an opaque pastel green creme. It’s a gorgeous pastel green creme but this was one of the trickier shades to apply. Even after 3 uneven coats, I felt like I could have gone for another one.

Lemon is described as an opaque bright yellow creme and like all yellows, it gave me some trouble. Yellows are always worth the trouble because I just looooove how they look on my nails.

Strawberry is a semi-opaque light modern pink creme that looks cute and girly. Pink polishes are my least favorite but I can get down with this one because it has a beautiful jelly-esque finish.

Toasted Marshmallow is an opaque light carmelized brown creme and man…it looks funky, uh? It doesn’t exactly compliment my complexion but if you like those weird putty-type shades, you may get a kick out of this one.

Blue Raspberry is a semi-opaque light turquoise creme that looks more on the blue side than turquoise. In fact, I don’t spot much green in it. This one was the hardest to apply. I had to apply 4 coats just to get even coverage.


Grape is a semi-opaque medium modern purple that is soooo up my alley. It’s a little more opaque than the other shades but it still had some streakiness issues. Still. It’s a purple creme. You can never have too many of those.


Cherry is a semi-opaque bright orange red creme that is stunning. I love orange-y reds and this one is a knock out.

Blueberry  is an opaque medium vibrant blue creme. My camera couldn’t catch the bright awesomeness that is this polish. This may be one of my favorite blues ever. Aaaaand, it’s the one polish out of the bunch that applied without much trouble.

I rocked Blueberry for so long that I went ahead added some polka dots to it.

 

 

Must Haves:
-Blueberry. Obviously.
-Cherry. Especially if you don’t already have an orangey red.
If you snag any of these polishes, know that applying them is going to be hella challenging. Small strokes with just a dab of polish for each coat is the best way to go. So yeah – the formula wasn’t hot but Nubar can do no wrong in my eyes. This collection should be popping up on Nubar’s website in the next few weeks so keep those eye peeled if you spot some polishes that you just have to have.

Whatcha think? Got your eyes on any of these lovelies?

 

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Guest Post: How to Effectively Apply Fiber Mascara

It’s Ishah here, from over at Beauty Mamas – a blog for women who live life to the fullest and still want to look beautiful ;) My all time favourite type of mascara formulas is the fiber mascara. It builds up on your natural lashes to lengthen and volumise like no other. There is a trick to applying it, however, that can really make a big difference in the end result of your lashes!

For today’s post I am using Dolly Wink Long Mascara, but the concept is the same for other fiber mascaras. I have used this method with Maybelline The Falsies as well.


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Here is the video tutorial, but if you prefer text & pictures just keep on scrollin’.

                                                       Source: IshahBeautyMamas 

As you can see on the brush and on my hand, the mascara has a bunch of little fibers that are supposed to grip onto your lashes as you swipe.


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The traditional method of applying mascara isn’t the most effective with this type of formula. Firstly, we focus on lengthening: to really get the most fibers on your lashes and lengthen them as much as possible, use the tip of the wand first and swipe the brush up vertically, . This way, you are placing the fibers right where they need to go, on the ends of your lashes.


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Swipe each section, all the way from your inner, to your outer lashes. Using the tip ensures that you can catch every single lash and build them up. You will be able to see the fibers attaching to the ends of your lashes and making them beautifully looong! I do two coats, just to ensure I’m building the length up as much as possible.


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Once you have gone over the lashes with the tip of the wand, it’s time to go back to more familiar territory. To build volume and separate, swipe the wand in a ‘zig zag’ fashion at the roots of your lashes, then sweep upwards to the tips.


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Make sure you get every lash! I give them 2 coats, but make sure you’re loading your lashes with as much of the mascara that’s on that brush. I feel like many women do too many coats and cause clumping, when what you should really be doing is using one or two coats and going over and over your lashes thoroughly with each coat. Did I explain that right? If you’re confused, see the video.
The top lashes

L: no mascara R: 2 coats of mascara applied vertically, 2 coats applied horizontally.


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Although I wouldn’t recommend doing any more coats than that, you can continue to build as much as you want with the mascara and fibers that are on the brush. With each coat I literally go over and over my lashes until they are as long and lush as I want them. If you have a good mascara (like Dolly Wink or Fiberwig) you wont get any clumping or flaking. In the video I actually went over the eye I used for the tutorial more thoroughly than the eye I had done beforehand, so it ended up looking a little more dramatic.

Oh, and don’t forget those bottom lashes! They can really pull a look together (like this one!)


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Fiber mascaras can do wonders for your eyelashes if applied right! Maximise the potential of this great formula by taking the little bit of extra time to do it right ;)

What are your thoughts on fiber mascara? Worth the extra time and effort?

Thanks for reading, beauties!

Ishah xx

Amor de Lacquer: Essie Luxeffects collection

No need to adjust your computer. These are actual glitter polishes. From Essie. Insane, right?

Essie does a lot of things well. When it comes to formula, bridal nail polish colors and shades that won’t scare those who don’t want too much bling on their nails, Essie rules. I would have never put them and glitter together. I am so excited to see this collection from them. While none of these glitters are groundbreaking, they are fantastic.

Because they are intended to be worn OVER nail polishes, I’m featuring each polish here over one coat of a black nail polish.

As Gold As It Gets is described as a polish with gilded lamé sparkles. Ooooh, fancy, uh? This polish has a nice combination of dense flakies and gold glitter. There’s nothing too over the top about it but I really love it. I can only imagine how beautiful this would love layered over an orange or red.

Shine of the Times is an all too popular flakie polish that Essie describes being scintillating opalescence. We’ve seen this before from Nubar’s 2010 and Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure. So yeah – this isn’t unique, but I’m glad to see a flakie like this again. You can never have too many of them. It turns any polish into such a majestic look. And how cute is Shine of the Times as a polish name? Loves it!


A Cut Above is a shattered pink diamond glitz that adds a pinky pop to any polish you’ve got. I spy some hexagon glitters and love how one coat of this polish gives such a beautiful display of pink glitter. I’m not a fan of pink and I love this. So girly!


Set in Stones is just the silver sister of A Cut Above. It’s just as pretty and I don’t mean to play favorites but I think I love ACA better.


Pure Pearlfection is a disco mirror ball chaos. Yep, that’s what Essie says. I agree. While this polish looks to be pretty blah in the bottle, I actually really like it. The subtle blue micro shimmer looks fantastic layered over darker polishes.


Must Haves:
-Shine Of The Times: Only if you don’t own any flakie top coats.
-A Cut Above: It’s just soooo pretty. And if you’re into making your own polishes, this polish will be a nice addition for mixing.
Pure Pearlfection: It’s just beautiful.

I used one coat for each polish and while I used black as a base, I think these will be great over any shades. Shine Of The Times does a darn good job layered over orange and I can’t wait to see how Set In Stones will look over Essie’s Mesmerize. I’m so proud of Essie. They stepped outside of the box on this one and I couldn’t be happier.

Had enough glitter polishes or are you liking these too?

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

The amazing Wet n Wild Coloricon I Heart Matte Eyeshadow palette

Wanna hear a sad/embarrassing story? Back when I was first getting into makeup (you know…like a few years ago) I  walked into a MAC store for the first time and was totally mesmerized by their eyeshadow looks. No surprise there, right? Every artist’s eyes were flawlessly painted – almost airbrush like. Someone comes up to me and asks if they can help me and do you know what I say?

“I’d love to buy some of those airbrush eyeshadows.”

The look I received in return was something along the lines of  eek and rolleyes The “airbrush eyeshadows” I was referring to were matte eyeshadows. Duh. I didn’t even know. That said – every time I think of matte eyeshadows, I think of that totally awkward moment. Anywhoovers, how beautiful is this matte palette?

I know, right? I know! This baby isn’t new. Wet ‘n Wild released this Fall of 2011 and I am just now getting my hands on it. Good drugstore matte eyeshadows are so hard to find. The ones I’ve found have been chalky or lack the pigment good matte shadows have. But this palette? It’s alllllll that.

Sorry. I had to do it. The show comes on Teen Nick late at night and it has me all nostalgic. Gotta love growin’ up in the 90’s. Yes. Another diversion. I can’t stay focused to save my life. Bring on the swatches!

 

Why my camera sucks at focusing on more than one swatch at a time is beyond me. But how intense are those swatches? Retailing at $4.99, this I Love Mattes palette has everything good matte eyeshadows should have.

-Intensity
-Longevity
-Silky texture
-Build-ability (I made that work up)

These shadows feel like buttah. They apply effortlessly but of course you’ll need a nice sturdy primer to prevent them from creasing throughout the day. In fact, when I wear matte eyeshadows, I double up on bases. I use Urban Decay Primer Potion and and NYX’s Milk jumbo pencil. Between those two, the matte shadows last forevs.

I love the color selection in this palette too. You’ve got the nice neutral shades and then you’ve got some shades that will add some nice pop. I loves it. I loves it a lot. So much so that I’ve been wearing the neutral mattes allllllll week.

 

I don’t know what it is with me and this “allllll” thing. I’m in such a silly mood. But what else is new, uh? I did spot this palette in my neighborhood Walgreens a few days ago so while it’s a few months old, you may still be able to get your hands on it.

Do matte eyeshadows not rock or what?