FOTD Friday: 90’s Challenge look

I’ve got another challenge entry!

If you’ve been around Clumps of Mascara for quick lil‘ minute, you know that I LOVE doing beauty challenges with my fellow beauty bloggin‘ sisters. I participated in the 80’s challenge, a Politically Pretty challenge, A Women’s History Month challenge and now it’s time to break out and do somethin‘ from the 90’s.

I am SUCH a 90’s baby, yall. Granted I was born in ’85 but I don’t remember anything about the ’80’s. I was a Spice Girl lovin‘, Family Matters’ watchin‘, Giga Pet havin‘ kid of the 90’s. And I am proud! A great deal of my older friend love picking for being so young but hey…I am a 90’s baby…and therefore I am cool.

The end…

My girl Amina over at Coup de Coeur spearheaded this challenge and she requested that we do looks inspired from 90’s girl groups. Dude, I didn’t even know where to begin because I LOVE so many. But I wanted to go with a group whose music I not only loved but thought that their images were somehow similar to mine—or vice versa.

I chose…

Now in case you aren’t familiar with the dynamic harmonization that is Zhané, pronounced Jah-Nay, check out the video.

One of my college girls and I would sit and sing this song over and over. We could have been the next Zhané. Oh y’all didn’t know I could sing? Well uh…I try, I try. Teheheeee.

The ladies of Zhané have beautiful features that are never overdone with make-up. Did you watch the video? They have a bronzed look with brown lips. Their brows are defined with very little action goin’ on in the eye department. I tried to do the same but added my own little POP to it.

NARS Albatross highlighter (browbone)
MAC Cocobeach pigment (lid)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

Cargo Bronzer in Dark

MAC Chestnut lip pencil
Kiss My Face Sheer Organic shine in Topaz

They are earthy ladies and since nature seems to hate me (see why in a post coming soon), I had to use my fake tree to get in on the action.

I am a M-E-S-S. But I had such a good time strollin’ down memory lane and….playing in fake trees.

Rock on, ladies. And may the 90’s live forever!!

(photo source)

FOTD Friday: An Uh-Oh Look *pic heavy*

Happy Friday! Okay, brace yourself….this should make for a pretty interesting FOTD Friday. I attempted to create what I thought would be a crazy cute look but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

Remember when I got that Urban Decay Ammo Eye palette? I have been playing around with it ALL week. In addition to that I have really been trying to improve my eyeshadow application by using different techniques.

This time I tried applying my crease color first. Here is how the palette looks…..

I’m not as in love with these colors now that I’ve gotten to know them a little better. The glitter factor is a little too much for me. But don’t get me wrong! It’s still a fun little palette.

I started off with Last Call eyeshadow on the crease….

I like the idea of applying the crease color first. Next I applied Grifter, a lavender glittery color, to the lid.

Because I have a freakin’ mile of space on my eyelid, I am finding that it makes sense to apply a brown eyeshadow between my crease and highlight color. Smog eyeshadow worked perfectly for this!

And Sin eyeshadow for the highlight…

I probably should have stopped there but of course I had to push it to the limit. Which I wish I would not have done. But of course I’m Ms. Clumps of Mascara for a reason!

I didn’t intend for the look to come out so harsh. And I definitely could have blended a little better.

Um yeah….I have a pimple. LOL!! What would you have done to make this look a little better? Eased up on the black eyeshadow? Selected another lid color? Hmmmm…..tell me what you think!

Happy Weekend,

FOTD Friday: Dany Returns!

Happy Friday, pretty people! I have done SO many looks this week but haven’t managed to photograph any of them. I know….bad B. Leave it to my girl, Dany to shoot me over some of her beautiful FOTDs. I have just been crazy busy with prepping up for this make-up gig (I know…more about that later!) and getting ready for my Charity party this upcoming Sunday.

Thanks Dany for being this week’s “Face of the Day”:

(all products MAC unless otherwise stated)

Studio Tech NC50
Studio Finish concealer NC50
Select Cover concealer NC45 under brows
Deep Dark Blot powder

Arena e/s
Embark e/s
Satin Taupe e/s
Blacktrack Fluid Line
CoverGirl Lash Blast
Teddy e/l

Ambering Rose
Warmlight Definitive Sculpt and Shape

Velvettela l/l
Creme in Your Coffee l/s
Live and Dye l/g

My girl does bring the fierceness, doesn’t she? Wait until you see her little make-over that she got done last weekend at MAC. Oh yes, Dany….I didn’t forget about that! Should you have any questions, leave them here and Dany will answer them.

Happy weekend to all!!

FOTD Friday: Slighty Smokey with a touch of green

Happy Dappy Friday, peeps!! I am excited because my skin is finally pulling it together and acting like it likes me. Yes, yes, I know it sounds loca but for the past few months I have been extremely frustrated with acne and dark spots left from acne. It can be quite discouraging and left me not wanting to wear anything beyond liner and mascara. I hope that my skin is done actin‘ a fool. But if not….I am enjoying pimple-free skin for the time being. For most of the week, I have been rocking a pretty neutral look.

Nothing big! But towards the end of the week, I wanted to spice things up a bit. I even wore….


Yes, I finally put that Make Up For Ever HD foundation that I got from The Makeup Show LA to use. And I must say….I love it!

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Make Up For Ever HD foundation in 178
Make Up For Ever HD powder
Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Sketch eyeshadow (lid)
NYX Mermaid Green (outer-V)
MAC Passionate (crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero
Maybelline Lash Stiletto

MAC lipliner in Nightmoth (I so live in this lipliner)
Victoria Secrets’ Intimate lip gloss

My cheesy smile….HA!

I am really digging this foundation.

…I probably could have applied it better around the nose. Review on this baby later! I am really impressed.

The more I play around with it, the more comfortable I feel with doing smokey eyes.

Tis all for now, my darlings.

Have a greeeat weekend,

FOTD Friday: A one color look

Happy Friday, family!

I feel like I haven’t done a Face of the Day in ages. My skin is slowly but surely recovering from the awful break-out.

I haven’t been wearing much make-up….rightfully so. A reader and I were chit chatting about eye shadow colors and how many colors you HAVE to wear. By default, I thought THREE.

(at least) 1 color for the lid
1 color for the crease
1 color for the browbone.

*hits buzzer* Wrong! You can rock as little as one eyeshadow color if that’s your style. And since I have been quite lazy with make-up application, that is exactly what I have been doing lately.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Jessie’s Girl baked eyeshadow in Evergreen
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Covet
Clinique High Impact Curling mascara

Not a thang, mon!

MAC Nightmoth lip liner
Kissable Couture lipgloss in Peony

To make this look pop I added a ton of green to the waterline.

See….I just had color right on the lid.

For those afraid of crazy eye shadow combinations, try with placing color on the lid and wearing a pretty bright liner.

I absolutely LOVE drugstore brand Jessie Girl’s eye shadows. They are insanely pigmented. I must thank my girl Kia from Yummy411 for the green look inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekend, family!

Stay beautiful,

FOTD Friday: Little Sister Edition

Happy Friday, beautiful people!

This week flew by like crazy. Is it just me or is it extremely difficult to get back into the swing of things after a trip? When it should be 3:00 p.m. it is really only 11:00 a.m. Exactly how does that happen? Is that some cruel trick that time plays on us?

Those are obviously rhetorical questions. But speaking of time, who remembers being 19? I do! It was 5 years ago and I was not as jazzy as my little sister (Courtney, you can pay me later for that compliment). I certainly wasn’t into make-up. My sister is taking over FOTD Friday this week to show you some of her best looks.

A sweet swipe of shadow over the lids is perfect for the young adult who wants to be chic and sophisticated without looking too grown.

A dab of gloss on the lips and what more does she need?

Me at 19 years old?

Yes yall…my brows have always been butchered. Only recently have I gotten them under control. HA!

Did you wear make-up at 19 years old?

Let me know in the comments.

Happy Weekend!

…..and Courtney too.

FOTD Friday: Smokey Eye Attempt #3

Finally! It’s Friday….and after skipping FOTD Friday for 2 consecutive Fridays, I am finally back and in action. My face is still taking its dear ole’ time clearing up. I have become quite used to these break-outs and it can take a little over a month for them to clear up. But once they do, my skin is back to being flawless. Or somethin’ like it. HA!

Okay, so this FOTD Friday is an interesting one. And one that I dedicate to my good friend Jasmin. This is actually only my third attempt at the…..


Brace yourself for my first attempt.

Whoa!! Ain’t that something? This was taken in the summer of 2007. When I FIRST got into make-up. Since then I have only done one other smokey eye in the Fall of 2007.

Gothic City, USA, right? I actually didn’t mind this look. Yes, it’s a little scary but with the curly hair, I was rockin’ it!

And I haven’t rocked a smokey eye since then. Have I rocked it this time around? Or is it another bomb? Either way….I enjoyed doing it and welcome any tips as the smokey eye is one look that I still feel like I have yet to conquer.

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Rondelle e/s (highlighter)
MAC Waft e/s(lid)
MAC Sketch e/s (crease)
MAC Carbon e/s (outer-V)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
Maybelline Sky High mascara

Stila Lip Glaze in Peach Cobbler

This smokey eye is probably the best one I have done so far. For once it doesn’t look so dark! But I am still tweaking it. I have NO idea why such an easy concept has always been so difficult for me. Yikes! But I’m gettin’ it. Any smokey eye professionals out there? Please drop some tips or tricks.

Or are you strugglin’ like me?

I am off to North Florida this weekend, family. But I will still have the handy dandy Blackberry so don’t hesitate to email me at for random questions, comments or just to say, “Hey B!”

Stay beautiful,

How could I FORGET to mention my girl Kia from Yummy411 in this post? She is the one that actually set me down and talked me through a smokey eye look. Her looks are sheer perfection and I would have never been able to start understanding how to do a decent smokey eye had it not been her professional assistance. Thanks sister.blogger.friend.make-up artist-guru lady!

FOTD Friday: Throwback Edition

It’s Friday! Got any weekend plans? I am going to link up with one of my best darlings from undergrad and then on Sunday some of us beauty bloggers in the Tampa/Orlando area will hook up and head out to MAC Pro and talk beauty. If there are any readers and other bloggers out there that would like to link up with us, please let me know!

This past week my face has been attacking me like crazy. I mean, pimple galore! For 3 months I will be fine. But for a month and half, I will have to endure crazy acne spells. *tears* I didn’t get around to doing a FOTD this week simply because I haven’t been wearing any make-up as to give my skin a break. This is essential to do every now and then.

I decided to do a throwback edition of FOTD Friday. How crazy is it that my hair is different in EACH picture? And can you see the weight loss from the last picture when comparing it to the first?

Yall better say, “yes”.

Just jivin’, fam!

No really, can you? LOL!

June 2007

August 2007

January 2008

May 2008

October 2008

January 2009

Change is good. Change is good. I had to type it twice to convince myself. Have you gone through any changes in the past few years of your life? In these photos alone I was dealing with having just graduated, moving across the country, loosing weight, growing locs, getting my first real job….I’ve had a lot of changes. Both good and bad. I would love to know yours.

Tell me!

It’s the weeeeekend!

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