FOTD Friday: Flashback & Contest Winners


It has been a super long week, yall. I have had A LOT of good news, most of which I will share later, but I have also had my share of exhausting busy-ness. But I can’t complain. I’m the type that feels “funny” when my life isn’t in overdrive.

To continue on with the Mascara Monday rewind, I decided to post some of my boldest FOTDs. Most of these were done when I was living in Los Angeles and playing in make-up really became not only a hobby, but….a friend. I spent hours every night trying to come up with some creative ish. My skills weren’t so hot but this was really when I looooved eyeshadow.

My first week in LA….I really had nothing else to do but do craaaazy bold looks.

Ahhh, the Jigsaw piece. I had so much fun doing this.


Sunshine seriously consisted of 3 products. Loved this look!


Who remembers MAC Mi’Lady mineralized duo?


Awww….this is my FIRST all MAC look. I got addicted to MAC during the C-Shock era last summer and was all over that Wondergrass paired with Humid. And you couldn’t tell me nothin’ about those 3D lip glasses. I can’t believe that was only a year ago and I’ve moved 4 times since then!

That nude lip is sick! I’ve got to try to do that again. Loved this look….around this time, I started to tone down the BOLD looks and focus on pretty pinks/purples and neutrals.

If you remember these looks, you are serious a vetern Clumps of Mascara viewer! And I loves you for it!!

Now for the 2 winning Stila
Lipstick Contest Entries:

“I vote because i’m scared that if I don’t i’ll be paying 20 bucks a gallon for some gas in a matter of months. lol jk…

It’s important to vote because not doing so would be single handedly snatching away our voice. No vote…no voice. No voice…no song. I sing my song for the woman with sore feet who went against the rules and sat at the front of the bus. I sing my song for young children that got sprayed with fire hoses. I sing my song for abused & dominated women. I sing my song for shackled slaves. I sing my song for ME, and most importantly…for my future children.”

-Kenya
VB

AND

“It is sooo important to vote, especially in this day and age. Many people, especially women, have fought for our right to vote and have a say about the future of our country. As women, we are always affected by who our President because many issues affect us and our children – gun control, abortion rights, education, health insurance – the list goes on and on. If we don’t cast our vote and choose – we are being complacent and currently, letting men make decisions for us. Vote, vote, vote!! Especially this time – we need change so we can get out of the recession, improve the economy and spend money on important stuff – like makeup!”

-Shefali

I love how these ladies touched on so many issues in just a few words. True beauty lies not in this make-up bit we talk about but our cognizance of worldwide issues; and how they will affect our future. I love yall!! Shoot me emails so I can send off your lippies. Thank you to all of the submissions.

Support Stila cosmetics and VOTE!!!!!

……and be my friend. :)

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: Lilacs

It’s Friiiiiday! And I’m off to Atlanta, shawty. Yes, your Head Newb is quit excited but I couldn’t leave without droppin’ this week’s FOTD Friday. What was my inspiration?

Well, first….tell me what these 3 beautiful ladies have in common:




If you guessed “purples on the lids” then shoot me an email because I will be mailing you a gold star! I reallllllly don’t like the color purple. Dark and deep royal purple, I can deal with. But lavenders pretty much make me want want to throw up. Excuse the dramatics. But it is that serious. My Mommy, the herbalist’s, favorite color is purple and I’m thinking I saw an over-abundance of it as a kid….hence why I loathe it tremendously. But I tried a little somethin’ somethin’. Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance primer
Stila’s Orchid e/s duo (light purple=inner darker purple=outer)
MAC’s Satellite Dreams e/s (crease)
Clinique’s Almost peach e/s (highlight)
Stila’s Major Lash mascara
Clinique’s Eggplant liner
Maybelline’s Unstoppable Eyeliner

FACE:
Stila’s Berry Flash Color Push-up
Bobbi Brown’s Brownie Shimmerbrick

LIPS:
CoverGirl AmazeMint in Plum Crazy (loves it!)

Here’s what I came up with…


LOL @ the brows….again. Those jokas are gettin’
threaded today. Final-freakin’-ly!


That China Glaze “Coconut Kiss” polish is more of
the color purple I prefer.


I’m lookin’ too happy, uh? HA! And my cheeks are crazy shiny. The verdict: still not diggin’ lighter purples on the lids much. But I feel confident knowing that darker skinned women CAN wear them beautifully. But would I on a regular? Naaaaaa.

Tell me what you think about light purples in general? A fan? A loather? Never tried?

[QUICK NEWS]
Thank you soooo much for your support with my DentaBurst feature. It’s one thing for yall to stroll though to support me on Clumps but to see you show me love on other sites is just…a phenomenal feeling. *tears*

Don’t forget! My Stila lipstick contest is still running until Wednesday. Snap to it, chicas! And have a wonderful weekend!!!

(photo credits)

FOTD Friday: Inspirations


Yaaaay, it’s Friday. When I tell ya this week was draggin’, I ain’t lyin’. I really look forward to FOTD Fridays because I get to be creative and play around with looks I would not otherwise do throughout the work week.

And I love the collabos so if you have requests or want to try to “mimic” similar looks like Jamila and I did last week, let’s go for it!

Because I made the mistake and straightened my otherwise kinky hair 2 months ago, I have been dealing with a half straight and half nappy fro. Not a good look. So I’ve been rockin’ headwraps for close to 2 months now. Which I don’t mind. Gives my hair a rest and adds a little “funk” to my overall look. I have been wearing this African printed scarf almost everyday this week because I absolutely adore it!! This FOTD comes from the beautiful colors of my scarf.

I was rushing to work on this particular day (what else is new?) so don’t mind the “in car” photo shoot. Ha!

Guess what I had for breakfast?

Oatmeal! You know you want some, so don’t act like that. Eating oatmeal every day is good for you.

I’m not going to act like I know what that is on the side of my face. LOL! And I was going to do some Photoshop work to it but yall know I don’t care…..hehe.


Here’s what I used:

FACE:
Too Faced’s Creme Brulee blush duo

EYES:
Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance primer
MAC Firespot e/s
MAC Cranberry e/s
MAC Carbon e/s
Clinique Almost Peach e/s
Maybelline black eyeliner
Bourjois Volume mascara


LIPS:

MAC Electro
MAC Pink Grapefruit

By noon I had that “It’s time to go home” look…


Very fall , no? And check out the pimple I had yesterday…

It’s gone already!! Murad’s Spot Treatment is wonderful! Who else rocks oranges on the lid? Anyone, anyone? And what’s goin’ on this weekend? I know Amina from Coup de Cour is havin’ a biiiiiiiiirthday!!! It is straight bland here in Central Florida. Somebody invite me to a party in your city. I’ll fly up. *looks at wallet* Uhhh, I’ll be there in spirit. I’m sure I’ll find something to do. Have a great and beautiful Friday!!!!!

FOTD Friday: Fresh Green Mix (pic heavy!)


Ohhh la laaaa, thanks Jaimie for my new FOTD Friday banner. It is faaaab! FOTD Friday is all about creativity, comparing dupes and stepping outside of the box when it comes to color. Or sometimes we explore the beauty of natural looks. Today’s FOTD was inspired by reader Jamila who sent me her thoughts on MAC’s Fresh Green Mix Mineralized eyeshadow from the ElectroFlash collection.

I have seen these beauties in person but haven’t been compelled to buy anything since I am on this serious “it can be duped” phase. But Jamila may change my mind. I tried to duplicate her beautiful FOTD. She used (all MAC unless otherwise noted):

Pharaoh PP as base.
Fresh Green Mix on lid, the darker side in the crease and outer 1/3
Climate Blue (just a bit) in the crease and outer 1/3
Maybelline Dream Mousse shadow in Vanilla Veil to highlight.
MAC liquidlast in Electrolady to line (top and bottom)
Violet Pigment on top of Elctrolady

My Foundation and blush are some frankens that I put together.

NYX Black Label Lipstick Diva with Korres Pomegranate Lip butter over it.


Beautiful uh? So here is the quad that I used…

Ohh….and here’s the pobre Eyepopping eyeshadow in the jacked up shadows palettes.

And then the diagram….


And then the look…

Looks like I went a little above my crease on the left eye. Urrgghhh, Clumps of Mascara strikes again. Hehehe…

I used (all MAC unless otherwise noted):
Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer
Milani Garden Mist eyeshadow
True Chartreuse pigment
Swimming
Humid
Carbon
Clinique’s Almost Peach (highlight…love this color!)
Entremauve pigment (for purple lining)–forgot to add it on my waterline.

….that lippie is by NYC but the name rubbed off. I adore that color!

So how did I do? I think my look is a little more vibrant than J’s. But I’m thinking it’s because I used all of my shadows and pigments wet. I still think there are some dimensions to that Fresh Water Mix mineralized shadow that I would like to explore. Jamila has been nice enough to provide some swatch comparisons for us. Yaaaay! Check them out here.

Anyone else own it? Any must haves that you think I should take a look at in the Electro Flash collection?

It’s Friiiiiiiiday!!! I hope that yall are off to a good one!!

[photo credit: maccosmetics.com]

FOTD Friday’s For the Love of Money



I am sooo glad it is Friday. Thank you, Jesus!! Before I drop this Friday’s FOTD (I’m doing better with this series, uh? LOL!)…I must encourage you to submit your answer for the Bee Contest. 5 lucky winners will win Radiance Kits from Burt’s Bees. You know you want one make this Friday a better one by being a potential winner. Yaaay!!

Got that out of the way. With my focus on all things blush, lips and skincare, it is very rare that I play in eye make-up….especially with pigments. But goin’ out for the first time in 93 years inspired me to have a little fun. Because I’m a girly girl to the max, I couldn’t figure out what I was going wear and changed my outfit a dozen times. But this was the final look.

FACE:
Olay Complete moisturizer

CHEEKS:
NARS Crazed blush

EYES:
Styli-Style eyeliner
Imju Fiberwig mascara (review coming soon!)
UDPP
MAC Violet pigment
MAC Carbon e/s
Clinique About Peach (for highlight)

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip pencil
CoverGirl Wetslicks Amazemint in 625 (LOVES IT!!!)






I wasn’t finished with my lip blendin’ but it was a fun look. Quick and easy. Little blending, few products. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I’m gettin’ lazy, yall.

And since I love being tagged, I figured I would do it again. I did this one on my personal blog too. Someone else tagged me on this blog and I sho forgot to put it up. Sorryyyy, here we go! And thanks Fab Vixen!

1. Put your iTunes/music player on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT. After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY?” YOU SAY?

“I Can’t Hold Back the Tears” Isley Bros. —–I’m an old skool head….

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

“Discipline” Janet Jackson —–Oh shoot…LOL!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

“My Body” Tank —–Maybe THEIR body.

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

“Work That” Mary J. Blige —–Pretty accurate!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
“Get Ya Stuff Together” T.I. —–You right!

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

“I Don’t Wanna” Jagged Edge—–I can be a bit of a child at times.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

“All About Love” After 7—–Truuuue, I am a lover!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?

“Now That I Know” Mariah Carey—–No relation but I love the song!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

“Lifetime” Maxwell—–That may be true.

WHAT IS 2+2?

For Real” —–Amel Larrieux

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

“Da Rain” Missy—–LOL!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Saturday Night” Spice Girls—–I can dig it. Love the Spice Girls!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

“Just Because” Anita Baker

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

“Portrait of a Woman” Donell Jones

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

“Sorry I” Will Downing

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

“Wind It Up” Gwen Stefani—–That’s just strange

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

“Apple Tree” Erykah Badu—–I doubt it but this is my jam.

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

“Father Can You Hear Me” —–Diary of a Mad Black Woman Soundtrack

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

“Uspide Down” —–Ledisi

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

“Hail Mary” 2Pac—-What the?? I’m jammin’ though…

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

“Southern Stuff” Anthony Hamilton—–Yay for the Southern girls!!

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?

“For the Love of Money” The O’Jays—–What yall know ’bout this? LOL!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

FOTD Friday: Playing with bright colors

More like “eye of the day”. And I really mean only ONE eye. HA! A friend of mine asked me about doing a “tropical” eye. She was convinced that darker skinned folx could not pull off wearing multiple BRIGHT colors on their lids. Aside from giving me some ideas for the “But Black Women Can’t” series, she also inspired me to play around in pigments. So here is what I came up with.

BASE:
UDPP
….if I were going to wear this OUTSIDE of the house, I probably would have applied another base like a MAC Paint or Paintpot….just for extra protection against creasing.

LID COLORS:
<--red--> NARS Emmanuel and MAC’s Mi’Lady (the red part, of course)
<--orange--> MAC Firespot and MAC Off the Radar pigment
<--yellow--> MAC Bright Sunshine and MAC Golden Lemon pigment
<--green--> Milani green and MAC Humid

…funky brows. Has it been 2 weeks yet?




A ton of colors, uh? I found that applying an eyeshadow and THEN a pigment gave me greater color payoff. I blended like mad with MAC Vanilla pigment. Because it has yellow undertones, it blended like a dream with my red, orange and yellow…which also had yellow undertones. Vanilla pigment is seriously the best product of my life!!!

I too was afraid of color because I thought it would make me look “clown-ish”, but I think the trick is how far UP you take your eyeshadow. My eyeshadow neeeever goes up beyond my crease. Except, of course my highlight. I keep all of the “lid” colors right on the lid. But I have have a weird eye shape in that I have a loooot of space between my lower lashline and lid so this is what works for me.

Find what works for you too and you won’t have to worry about looking Bobo.

*red nose honk hoooonk*

Love you, beautiful people. Have a wonderful Fridayyyyy!!

FOTD Friday: A Fun Look



Hi gorgeous folx!

I got an email from a lovely reader saying that I don’t do many FOTDs anymore and haven’t done a bold look in a very long time. Haven’t really dove in that FOTD Friday series much, uh?

Yeeep, she’s right. I actually don’t dab into make-up that much these days. I know, I know, tragedy…but I’m not really down to wearin’ a ton of stuff. But she inspired me to do a blue/green look. So I pulled out some bright make-up and sat down to watch my show.

Hands down my favorite show ever. Got all 4 seasons on DVD and would rather watch this every day than the stuff on regular cable. Anywho….got to gigglin’ with Martin and came up with this craziness.


I purposely didn’t blend the colors together. I wanted each one to be stark and be bold on its own. If that really makes any sense.


I even did a Tina Turner hair look. HA!

Yes yall….I am a mess.

Here’s what I used:

FACE:
Not a thing

EYES (colors):
Bamboo Paint
Yellow Sunshine e/s
Wondergrass e/s
Eyepopping e/s
Submarine e/s
Thunder e/s

Lips:
Some really pretty Holiday Lustreglass.

….nothin’ to brag about but I can dig it. It was fun to play around in eye make-up again. Happy Friiiiiiday!

FOTD Friday

Welcome to Clumps of Mascara’s first installment of FOTD Friday! Aside for bringing some color to my traincase via the beautiful pink packaging, Heatherette has also inspired me to start playing around with pigments again. It has been quite awhile since I’ve even touched any kind of colorful eyeshadows or pigments. I had such a ball dappin’ in Heatherette’s Pink Pearl. What a beautiful and FUN pigment….here’s what I used:

EYES (all MAC unless otherwise noted):
Base: Artifact Paint pot (applied with finger)
Pink Pearl pigment (applied with 242)
Carbon eyeshadow ( applied with 224 and 222)
Vanilla pigment (applied with 275)
Blacktrack Fluid line (applied with 266)
Styli Style eye liner
MAC Prep N Prime Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash mascara

FACE:
Olay Complete Moisture Lotion
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

LIPS:
Lollipop Loving lipstick
Beaux Lustreglass

I’m lovin’ how this looks. It is a bit loud for me. Which is funny because when I first got into make-up, I had no problem rockin’ crazy colors. But now I am more into subtle and professional looks. But Pink Pearl pigment is definitely one that I am glad I added to the collection. If I had more time I would have played around with the middle of the lid adding Nocturnelle or some other pretty purple color. I absolutely adore purples!! But I love Fridays even more!

It’s Friday, bayyyybeeeeee!!!