Celeb Spotlight: Glee-ful headwraps

So guess who is like, um….watching a recent TV show? Haha…me! You name a TV show that aired in the past 5 years and chances are I probably haven’t watched it. The Boondocks, The Office, RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Bad Girls Club (so randomly trashy…lol) are the only exceptions. Buuuut, I’m catching up on Glee!! I’m really excited about this because now I have things to talk about with my friends other than beauty news.

Sooo, if you’ve ever watched the show, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the ladies rock fabric headwraps. Like Amber Riley who plays Mercedes for example….


How cute is this? It’s the perfect way to add personality to the hair. In fact, Aussie’s celebrity stylist says, “…you can use a scarf, an old dress you cut up or go to your local fabric store and find your favorite pattern.” Back when I had an afro, I wore fabric headwraps ALL the time.

I may pull one out again for old time’s sake. In the meantime, I’ll be patiently waiting for the next season of Glee.

Yeah….this TV watchin’ thing ain’t so bad!

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Beauty Review: Tarte’s Three Carats Mini Cheek Stain Set

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

Hold on…what was given on the 3rd day?

Three french hens? Um….no. How about three mini cheek stains from Tarte?


How gorgeous are these? They bling so brightly that even my camera can’t control itself. I’ve reviewed Tarte’s cheek stains before and now I’m back with this darling limited edition set.

For $25, you get these ‘perfect for traveling’ babies that are not only stunning to look at but work well on the cheeks too. If you haven’t tried Tarte’s Cheek stains, now is a great time to give them a whirl. Especially now with the winter weather. Because my skin can be awfully oily during the Spring and Summer, these stains would just ooze off of my cheeks in a matter of minutes in Florida’s humidity. BUT, since it’s like 60 degrees here (which is beyond cold for the South), I can wear the stains without fear.

The stains’ three colors:

Brilliant is described as a “shimmering champagne”


This bad boy suprised me because out of the three, I thought it was going to be the one that just wouldn’t look so hot on brown skin. But it did good!

Cushion is described as a “shimmering deep apricot”


Princess is described as a “shimmering rose”


….don’t you laugh at Princess’ condition. She got stuck at the top and was being a pain. Kind of like how most people who call themselves Princesses’ are. HA! I jest. She made up for it by looking fab on the cheeks.


Tarte is just awesome. Beautiful packaging with the paraben-free products that we love.

Aaaand, they are great ornaments as well!


Loves it! This set is sold out on Sephora.com but if you can find them at your nearest Sephora, you better snag it quickly because it’s limited edition.

Any Tarte fans out there? How much do you love the cheek stains? A lot? Not so much?

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.

Maybelline ColorSensational: Plums!

Next up in the Maybelline ColorSensational color review iiiis….plum!!

If I had to choose a lipstick color that I think most Black women run to first, I’d say plum.

Plums are safe. They are work-appropriate and can have many different color variations when topped off with lip liners and glosses. I probably have more plum-esque colors in my lipstick collection than any other color.

Meet Mauve-ulous lipstick and Sugared Honey lipgloss.


This duo sat in my purse for a good month. I love them! They complement each other very well. See….

Find 11 more plum lippies in the Maybelline Colorsensational family at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Ulta and Target.

So how many plum lippies do you have? Like 48 right? HA!!

Check out my review of the red family here.

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Mattes


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

That’s right…more mattes! But before you roll your eyes and tell me you can’t get down with the matte look, check out Orly’s! Their finish reminds me so much of Nubar’s and Zoya’s. They have that velvet-y thing goin’ on that a lot of anti-matte folx can get down with. Watch this…..

Blue Suede


WOW! I mean….wow. I probably should have thrown a top coat over this baby just to see what it would look like. But I was too busy loving its matte-ness. What a stunning blue. I don’t have any blues like this in my collection. I think this is a definite must-have. Even if you don’t like mattes, you can always throw a top coat over it and rock it like normal. Love. It!


Matte Vinyl

This just may be my favorite matte blacks. The application was phenomenal and the intensity of the black was dead one. It wasn’t the least bit streaky.

Purple Velvet

What a fabulous purple! Y’all know my heart beats for purple polishes and this one does not let me down.

Wow…I mean wow, Orly. I will always be a fan of Orly for their rubberized handle. This just makes all to much sense for nail techs and regular polish polishers alike. Application of these mattes were great. I didn’t experience any streakiness and I got good opaque coverage in only one coat. I went ahead with two coats for each just because that’s what I’m used to.

You can get them for $3.19 each at TransDesign.com or at any Orly retailer like Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Are these not the best things ever or what?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Holiday ’09 Collection

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

Ready for another Diamond Cosmetics polish review? This time we’re going to be playing around with their beautiiiiful holiday collection?

Let’s go!



Blue Diamonds


Um, wooooow…..I don’t own a blue like this. Blue Diamonds is amazingly sparkly. The silver glitter isn’t the least bit chunky so application was easy. This color reminds me of a bright blue sky with stars shinning through. Whoa…how cool would that be to see?

Diamond’s Diamond


This baby works best for layering. It looks funky on my nails solo but I would imagine it would make any of your favorite non-glittery polishes pop! Diamond Cosmetics has a similar color like this called Sweet As Sugar.


Amethyst & Diamonds

Oh la laaa….check out my favorite of the bunch. Amethyst & Diamond’s is like a violet version of Blue Diamonds. How gorgeous is it? This baby has is a notch down from a holo. What a keeper!


Rubies & Diamonds


Crazy application, right? Yeah…I don’t know what’s wrong with Rubies & Diamonds. It wasn’t showing me much love when applying it solo. It does a lot better with layering. And when it is accompanied with other polishes, why…it just looks fabulous.

See….that’s better!

Another hit from Diamond Cosmetics. I love the color selection of these polishes. While I love green polishes to death, it would have been so “expected” for a holiday collection. The “diamond” theme is super unique. I have yet to have a REAL problem with any of my Diamond Cosmetics polishes. I did a good 3 coats for each application. Rubies & Diamonds could probably go for a fourth as it is not AS opaque at the others.

Right now you can get all of these babies together for an easy $15. This also includes their matte top coat which is AMAZING!! I’ll be reviewing that soon.

Until then….get them all.

Clumps will always and forever love Diamond Cosmetics. Rock on!

See any you like?
Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty and…the Male: Jock Soap review

Greetings again, Clumpers! With it being close to Christmas time, it’s time for me to start some product reviews so that you can begin to get that husband, boyfriend, brother, father, or friend, some of the new products out there for HIM!

BEAUTY AND THE MALE PRODUCT REVIEW:
JOCK SOAP– “A HEAD OF THE CLASS”


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Company: Jock Soap

Products: Face, Shave, Body, Cologne, Hair, Etc.

Product Reviewed: The 4 piece Shave Collection

Price: $39

How to get it: TheJockSoapCompany.com

SHORE LEAVE SHAVE CREAM: A+

Finally! Jock Soap understands the most important part of the shaving experience—THE LATHER!! This lathered up VERY nicely and the best part is that a little bit goes a LONG way! Fellas will probably get about 10+ shaves out of this (and my mama gave me a pretty big head to shave)!

JOCK SOAP SHAVE BRUSH: A+

I had heard that shave brushes were unbelievable but I wasn’t expecting such a high quality brush! It washes and dries quickly and using it I could actually feel the brush moving my hair bristles around. And I have to admit…a few times, I just got in some extra lathering because it was giving me a nice head massage! Go get one of these for the man in your life NOW!

“TALL DRINK” AFTER SHAVE LOTION: B+

Cool a$ name. But, unfortunately the bottle and name was cooler than the product inside. Don’t get me wrong, it was not heavy was refreshing and did an adequate job of moisturizing my skin. However, I’ve used better products and this one won’t make me stray from my normal aftershave lotion.

STRAPPING COMPLEXION BAR: C

Same deal here. There was nothing too special about this face soap that would make me switch. It does the cleaning adequately though. However, here’s a NEWS FLASH for the folks at Jock Soap—men barely use face soap and women take up 90% of shower space with their products—put the cleanser in a bottle!

SPECIAL BONUS–LIP BALM: B+

Very nice. Medicated and something that would your man would probably use if he could keep up with it. If you’re into having your man use this, buy about 10 of these and put them everywhere (his car, his nightstand, his office drawer). This is a big step for a man (my girl laughed at first…’til she got a taste) but if you compliment him REPEATEDLY and shower him with kisses, you’ll always get what you want!

Overall grade: A

High quality + low price=a new customer. This one was complimentary from Jock Soap but my head is hooked on the shave! The products were well packaged (except for the soap) with dark colors and cool manly themes. Visual is half of the battle with us—trust me! The product far exceeded my expectations; in fact, I’m gonna end this right about NOW…it’s about time for a head massage!

Until next time,

KP

More about Kenneth:

Kenneth D. Pratt Esq. is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years. Pratt has published several short stories, poems, and op eds in National as well as local publications. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, and sports.




This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.


Maybelline ColorSensational: Reds!

I love red lipstick. A LOT! Now granted I wouldn’t walk around wearing every day but when I’m feelin’ sassy or sexy….out comes the red.

In this case its Are You Red-y lipstick and Wine All Mine lipgloss.


Both are heavily pigmented and fail to dry out the lippies. That’s a plus in my book. And have I mentioned how heavenly the ColorSensational glosses feel? They smell like honey almond syrup and jelly bean pie…or somethin’ like that. Ha!

I’ve never been good at these up close and personal shots of the lips but er uh…


Intense, right? Are you red-y?

Oh yeah…..
See…that’s what happens when you wear red lipstick. You get all sexy-eyed and start poutin’ the lips. Or…is that just me? Maybelline ColorSensational has 11 more reds….one of ‘em has your name on it.

Stay tuned for the next color in the ColorSensational family. Should I do natural, pink or plum? I’m thinkin’ natural.

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.

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!