Brown & Blushin': Illamasqua blush in Thrust


Well, I couldn’t just stare at Illamasqua without purchasing, could I? Granted I have no problem window shopping (story of my life, HA!) but I owe it to Clumps readers to test drive the car you may be thinking of purchasing, right? That’s what I’m here for!

Sooo, I thought long and hard about the Illa product I first wanted to review.

Blush was one of the winners, baby! Now if this doesn’t convince brown girls that we CAN wear blush, then I’m going to have to go on a traveling tour called “Listen brown girls, we can wear blush”.

Seriously.

Thrust is the business!


Prettyful, uh? Illamasqua describes this as “magenta” and it retails for $23. You can find out more about it here.

So I applied a generous amount on the cheeks….


And wowsers! I like it!


Blush does a body good and I’ll be visiting my Sephora again to check out some more of Illamasqua’s blushes…or powder blushers they call them.

Loves ‘em!

Have you tried any of Illa’s blushes yet?

You don’t wear blush don’t you? Hmmm…..

Brown & Blushin': Illamasqua blush in Thrust


Well, I couldn’t just stare at Illamasqua without purchasing, could I? Granted I have no problem window shopping (story of my life, HA!) but I owe it to Clumps readers to test drive the car you may be thinking of purchasing, right? That’s what I’m here for!

Sooo, I thought long and hard about the Illa product I first wanted to review.

Blush was one of the winners, baby! Now if this doesn’t convince brown girls that we CAN wear blush, then I’m going to have to go on a traveling tour called “Listen brown girls, we can wear blush”.

Seriously.

Thrust is the business!


Prettyful, uh? Illamasqua describes this as “magenta” and it retails for $23. You can find out more about it here.

So I applied a generous amount on the cheeks….


And wowsers! I like it!


Blush does a body good and I’ll be visiting my Sephora again to check out some more of Illamasqua’s blushes…or powder blushers they call them.

Loves ‘em!

Have you tried any of Illa’s blushes yet?

You don’t wear blush don’t you? Hmmm…..

Stila Barbie Smudge Pots

Y’all know I’m a Stila girl. It’s no surprise really. I enjoy many of their products and have hailed the Lip glaze as one of my favorite glosses on the market. Which says a lot considering there are A LOT of glosses on the market.

And my crazy self feels as if I need to review them all. HA!

But I digress.

I had my eyes on these smudge pots since I first got the press release about them. The colors just called my name. I don’t have many gel liners despite my affinity for them. I love Lancome‘s and MAC’s Fluidlines have always been a staple for me. L’Oreal HIP’s are a bit dry and Clinique’s are too smudge-y.

I find that Stila’s smudge pots work great not only as bases but as liners are well. And look how beautiful the Barbies collection ones are!

Stila’s smudge pots are hot stuff. I tweeted a photo of them when I was in Miami.

(l-r)
Little Black Dress (it has pink sparkles in it!)
Cobalt Clutch
Purple Pumps

Purple Pumps is the greatest thing since….I don’t know, it’s just great! I’ve been wearing it almost every day I’ve had it. I have never seen such a beautiful purple cream liner.

I even wore it at Blogalicious ’09 this past weekend.

I cut out my homie Luvvie of that photo but
I’ll re-post it with her fabulous self in it. :)

I’m in love the smudge pots. I’ll be back showing you how fabulous Cobalt Clutch looks. In the meantime, check them out here. You can snag them from Sephora, Sephora.com or Stila.com for $20/each.

A fan of Stila smudge pots? Have these? Want these?

Mascara Monday: Benefit BadGal Lash mascara

It’s been a long time coming but I’m back with a mascara review! I know, I know…don’t hate me. Blogger duties have called and I’ve been traveling for the past three weekends. And I’ll be traveling again this weekend so hang in there with me, fam!

Here’s a mascara review that has been highly requested for almost a year now. And I am JUST now getting around to it. Is it bad as in good or bad as in bad?

Check the review!

Benefit Bad Gal mascara


Price: 2 out of 5 (around $19.00 )

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

What it claims: “The BADgal line of mascaras from Benefit are full of “BAD-itude!” The rich, sexy formula and oversized brush build thick, beautiful and bodacious lashes.”

The truth:
That wand is a little too massive for my liking.

What I loved about it: Umm, I don’t think there was anything that I REALLY loved about it.

What I didn’t like: The wand. Seriously too big.

Overall: I think the world loves this mascara. I say this because I have gotten so many requests to review it. But then a lot of you have been skeptical. So leave it to your head Mascara Reviewer to bring you the nitty gritty.

Well, I don’t have THAT much to say about this baby here. It’s just okay. While I’ve heard a lot of people say that looooove it, I find it to be pretty average as far as mascaras go. The wand is HUGE!


And no me gusta. I find that wands this large make for difficult control. And for my ladies with shorter lashes and lids…this ain’t the one for y’all. The bristles are a little tight together and don’t make for much room to flow through the lashes.

As far as the mascara’s overall performance. It’s okay. But it’s not spectacular. I find that it does what it needs to do but does not go beyond the average mascara. Like ALL of my reviews, this is completely relative but I don’t….BadGal just didn’t surprise me. Plus I think it is far too expensive for it to not have any cool tricks.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Not bad…but I’ve seen better.

Would I recommend it?: Not so much. I know of other mascaras that do more for half the price.

A fan of this baby? Does it work wonders for you?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,


(photo source)

Amor de Lacquer: Polish Pal=love!


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.

It’s story time, kids! Grab your favorite blanket and gather around for another tale from

“The top on this polish is too hard to open and
I think my fingers are about to pop off”

Once upon a time in a hot-behind state where curls dropped from humidity, there lived a polish lovin’ lady named B. B loved her polishes and was known to polish her nails daily. Every once in a while, though, she ran into a difficult to open polish.


These polishes brought her sadness, sore fingers and jacked up teeth (Opening polishes with teeth=no bueno).

And then one day a pal came her way.


A polish pal that is!


B loved how comfortably it fit in her hands.


And she loved how it was able to open nail polish bottles of all shapes and sizes.


B was happy and so were her hands. No more struggling with trying to open polishes. She knew this little Polish Pal would benefit not only those suffering from arthritis, but also the little girls who wanted to polish their nails but had troubles opening the bottles.

All was well with the world.

Order The Polish Pal from Execulon.com. It’s only $8.95….a must have for the avid nail polish-er.

What would you do for longer lashes?

Have you ever thought about it?

I mean, really….

Clumps of Mascara focuses on all areas of beauty with mascara (obviously) being the product we show the most love to. I enjoy reviewing them because the demand is there and for whatever reason a lot of us are sooo in love with the idea of having thicker and longer lashes.

But how far would you go?

Check out this parody. It makes you think…

Thoughts? Funny? Scary? Or are you just speechless?

Thanks Aziza

Amor de Lacquer: OPI’s YDKJ in 3 forms


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.

Dear O.P.I.
Y’all are real funny. Who comes out with three polishes with three different finishes but yet they have the SAME name? Come on now…. Are y’all trying to confuse me? I’m just sayin’….Love you anyway, though. You’re one of my favorite brands of polish and I can’t wait until y’all drop a polish named ‘Cause Everybody Ain’t There Yet” or “You Don’t Know Me Like That” or “Tweet Ya Later”.

XOXO,
B

Nooo, I didn’t really send O.P.I. that letter. But I may.

Raise your hand if you remember me first reviewing You Don’t Know Jacques? I labeled it as a “yuck color” on brown skin. I’m sorry….but this color was anything but flattering. Nothing NOTHING was going to make me like it. Oh..you don’t remember what it looked like?

*gags*

It’s not pretty on me. And you know what? I’m fine with that. But what I’m not fine with is O.P.I. forcing me to like this color. How, you ask?

These jokers have come out with TWO other You Don’t Know Jacques’ with different finishes. See!


What in the post-it orange soda hell is this? Hmm….a matte and a suede? Surely they will look as crap-tastic as the predecessor, right? Umph!

Just look at this matte…


Well….wait a minute. It’s not SO bad. Definitely not as bad as the original. It applied flawlessly and only needed two coats. O.P.I.’s extra wide brushes are total BFFs with my longer nail beds. As a matte it looks more unusual than just downright ugly. I can deal with unusual. Shoot, I’m unusual. So this I can do as a matte.

Surely the suede finish can’t top this. Remember I’m supposed to loathe YDKJ.


*blinks* Is this the same color? Wait a minute….how is this possible? You Don’t Know Jacques with a suede finish looks….beautiful??? I feel tricked. How did we go from the original color that looked like dirty mop water to this stunning gold and brown love affair? I mean, look at it. It looks like gold and brown shared a passionate kiss. The result? You Don’t Know Jacques suede. I love it. I think it’s one of the most attractive colors I have ever seen.

Talk about a magic trick.

Yes y’all….they’ve fooled us. Or at least me. I-I-I-I like You Don’t Know Jacques. I really do!

You can be a high roller and pay a good $9 and up for the YDKJ….or you can get them from online retailers like TransDesign and pay around $4/bottle.

What do you think? Is YDKJ better in a matte or suede? Do you love the original?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: MAC Dazzleglass Creme

‘ello darlings!

I plan to crank out quite a few posts on lipsticks, glosses and balms. There are so many hot ones on the market right now and the gloss fiend in me wants to explore them allllll.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme
in Do It Up

I think the whole world knew how much I loved the original Dazzleglasses. I pretty much lived in Funtabulous for a good 3 months. They are full of glitter, can jazz up a lipstick and have good staying power.

Now MAC rolls out with the Dazzleglass creme. Are these just as great? I’ll say! I found them to apply similar to a Dazzleglass but with a creamier feel. The lips still more moisturized and it wasn’t as sticky as a Dazzleglass.

But you still get the the glitter effect if that’s yo thang!


I think I’m in love with these. I probably won’t purchase more than two because I’m cheap and I think the $18 price tag is a little steep. Hey, that rhymed!

….no but seriously. While I do love these babies I find that they tend to go pretty quickly if you use them regularly. It’s not the best beauty investment for my budget but at the same time a good two or so in my collection adds some diversity to the gloss family.

Not to mention Do It Up ain’t too bad on the lips.


Whatcha think?

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass creme lippies yet? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?