Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Exact

Happy Monday, pretty people! I hope that you all had wonderful weekends. Between checkin’ out Tyler Perry’s newest movie, shoppin’ at Ikea (OMG, I loooove that place), studying for the GRE and workin’ out, I was able to stay pretty busy. And I doubt I will ever love Mondays except for no other reason that Mascara Mondays. Yessss!!! Check out what we have this week.

CoverGirl’s Lash Exact Mascara

Price: 3.5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “No clumps on the brush means no clumps on the lashes for a DEFINED and LONG lash look.”

The truth: Hmm, it’s not bad. I didn’t get any clumps so it stands up against its claim!

What I loved about it: I really like the brush….but then again, I’m becoming a fan to the 3D wand since I’m learned how to use it efficiently.

What I didn’t like: Ummm, I would have liked if it gave me a little bit of curl. But I got nada. And even after I pumped the lashes with an eyelash curler a few times it was still didn’t a hold a “decent” curl.

Overall: I know this mascara isn’t new. It was reader requested by a lovely reader. Hey Claire! CoverGirl has since released LashBlast so LashExact is a bit on the “throwback” tip. But can I say something? Um….the wand, beautiful! You all know that I am a sucker for packaging so it was pleasant to have this baby girl in the mascara stash. As far as performance, hmm….it’s okay. I was able to achieve a good amount of volume. Length was pretty decent too. I didn’t get much of the flaky-flaky and was impressed with how well it stood up all day. Snagged this baby for about $7. Not too shabby.

Would I recommend it: Hmmmm….if you have something decent, stick with it. If you want to purchase this mascara just for experimental purposes, go for it. Otherwise….I say let it slide.

Check out the video review by clicking the link below:


CoverGirl Lash Exact

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

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Mascara Monday: Wet N Wild’s MegaVolume Mascara

Happy Monday, people!!! I hope that this upcoming week brings you a ton of joy. Especially if you are one of those fortunate people to be in New York City for Fashion Week. I’m not there, but I am staying up on all of happenings through Twitter. Loves it!

Okay, soooo…this mascara is definitely one of a kind. Check it:

Wet ‘N Wild’s MegaVolume Thickening Mascara



Price: 5 out of 5 (it was a $1.99..seriously the cheapest mascara ever)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5

Overall: 0.5 out of 5

What it claims: “Turn it up! Incredible lash-thickening mascara formula dramatically enhances the volume of even the most soft-spoken lashes-and babies them with conditioners, too.”

The truth:

Well, uh….at least you aren’t paying TOO much for it.

What I loved about it:

I’m the type that tries to find the silver lining in everythiiiiing. But honey, I can’t even lie to you this time around. I didn’t love anything about this mascara.

Overall:

Oh geez, where to start? Well um….it has this smell. Problems 1-4. And while the wand is that of an average wand, I find that when trying to apply this mascara it was just one big glooby mess. After applying one coat, my lashes seemed to laugh at me. I didn’t notice any type of length or volume. After two coats, I noticed a little somethin’-somethin’ but it was very subtle. In attempts to give this mascara a fair chance I wore it all day only to find it flaking with every glance in the mirror. And by the end of the day I didn’t even need to use make-up remover for it had decided to magically remove itself by---disappearance. Yes, I’m not kidding you. The mascara just disappeared from my lids. Now if that ain’t innovation, I don’t know what is!

Would I recommend it:

If I had to choose between this or wearing my natural lashes, I would definitely choose the latter. Shoot, I’d rather pour sand in my eyes than wear this stuff here. Okay, that was beyond dramatic, uh? LOL!

Has anyone else tried some of Wet N Wild's mascaras? Did I do something wrong or do you really get what you pay for? Your thoughts....

....please excuse the lack of videos/pictures for this Mascara Monday. Ya girl was a little swamped this past weekend. But don't fret---this week Clumps of Mascara is going to be featuring a ton of reviews! Stay tuuuuned.

...and stay beautiful!

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Mascara Monday: Max Factor Volume Couture

I’m back from Chicago! Did you guys miss meeee?

*crickets*

LOL, I know I was missed but I am back and in action! I had a wonderful trip and as requested I will post some pictures of beautiful Chicago. And because of all of my busy-ness, I was not able to comment on fellow beauty/fashion bloggers’ posts but I read every single one of them! Promise, I did.

This Mascara Monday is going to be greeeeat because Jen from A Beautyful Sentiment and I are reviewing the exact same mascara. Be sure to check out her review as well to see what she thinks about it.

Max Factor’s Volume Couture

Price: 5 out of 5 (less than $7 from Wal-Mart)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5

Overall: 4.75 out of 5

What it claims: “The highly defined, voluminous lashes you crave are yours with new MAX Factor Volume Couture Mascara. Selected as the Official Mascara of Milan Fashion Week, this superb formula delivers extreme volume without clumping. Our innovative iFX brush coats every little lash, giving you MAXimum impact … and beautiful results.”

The truth: I looooove it! Definitely an everyday-use for me these days!

What I loved about it: I am finally getting used to the 3D brush. In fact, I think I love them more than the traditional brush. I definitely love Max Factor’s!

Overall: I haven’t read Jen’s review yet but I absolutely love Volume Couture. As mentioned in the video, I took it with me to Chicago and by bringing it with me on a trip, it pretty much forced me to use just THAT mascara. I had such a great experience with it. The volume factor is incredible! I didn’t get any flaking and my lashes didn’t feel heavy either. One coat was wonderful but two coats were on pooooooint!

Would I recommend it: No. I demand that you buy it! Seriously, this mascara is definitely in the Mascara Hall of Fame!

I know this mascara isn’t new on the market so how many of you ladies have tried it? Be sure to check out Jen’s other mascara reviews. Between the both of us, we have reviewed well over 20 mascaras and this is the only one that we have both reviewed. Loves it!!

Have a wonderful Labor Day (remember why we celebrate it) and stay beautiful!

[photo courtesy: maxfactor.com]

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry

It’s Mooooonday!! I know that I will be having a great one. Half day of work=great day! But even greater than that is sharing a pretty funky mascara with you. A reader requested this mascara a while back (okay, like a month…sorry for the delay, chica) and I can’t believe I waiting so long to review it. Check out the review fooooor:

Urban Decay’s Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry



Price: 3 out of 5 ($17 from anywhere Urban Decay products are sold)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “If you love the extra-thickening powers of Big Fatty Mascara, round out your collection with these wearable shades. Turquoise and navy hues give brown and blue eyes a jolt, purple shades make green eyes more dangerous, and burgundy adds drama to any eye color—a refreshing alternative to basic black.”

The truth: Duuude, I mean the red really is red. CRAZY!


What I loved about it: The color payoff on my lashes was really obvious. I didn’t want it to be a subtle touch of color because that would be defeating the purpose of a colorful mascara.

What I didn’t like: The color on the lashes is where it ends for this mascara. Volume? Nooope. Length? Chile please. And ohmigoodness, the flakiness is out of control. And will it last all day? Noooot.

Overall: What a great idea! I’ve seen folx with purple and blue mascara but I really wanted to try the red. I think that it is perfect for a quick pop up color. You know…one of those “goin’ out with the girls nights but only have 12 minutes to get ready” scenarios? A colored mascara gives you a quick pop of color that is noticeable without looking TOO dramatic? Is it for everyday looks? Maybe, depending on how snazzy you are from day-to-day. Definitely not for us folx who work in a strict business setting though. I absolutely adore this mascara! I wish that Urban Decay focused a little more on the formula so that it would give volume or length. But nonetheless, it is fab, yo!

Would I recommend it: Absolutely! The price is a bit steep but I think every gal needs to have a colored mascara in her collection.

The video review will appear later..YouTube was on the trips. Boo!


What do you think about this mascara? Would you or have you tried a colored mascara? Or are you a traditional brown/black mascara wearer?

Oh…wanted to let you pretty people know that I will be in Chicago from Tuesday-Saturday of this week for business. I have a few scheduled posts–most of which will be articles than series post but I hope yall find them interesting. I won’t be totting the laptop but I will have the trusted Blackberry so I be able to check the email and Google Reader. I leave tomorrow and am mad busy with the packing so don’t shoot me cyber-birds for my delayed responses. Muah!!

Stay beautiful!

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Mascara Monday: Stila Major MAJOR last mascara

Happy Monday, pretty people! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I am shocked at how fast these days are and weeks are flying by. I have only a few words for this mascara. Not because I didn’t like it but because I found that it was just a regular ole’ mascara. Check the review.

Price: 2 out of 5 ($22 from StilaCosmetics.com, Sephora.com or Sephora and Ulta stores)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Our long-lasting, plush formula is still the best in the business, known for leaving your lashes looking extra long and luxurious. MAJOR major lash mascara is the one you need to leave a MAJOR lasting impression.”

The truth: It’s good. I mean, it’s a really good mascara.


What I loved about it: The volume and length is definitely there. It is rich and black and even after several coasts it doesn’t weigh down the lashes.

What I didn’t like: Yikes, the brush was a bit messy. And I think it is a little overpriced. It is a little on the clumpy side but nothing too out of control.

Overall: I’m impressed but I’m not doing cartwheels. I don’t see anything unique about this mascara but its performance is up to par.

Would I recommend it: Hmmm…I guess. Although I do think you can find similar mascaras with the same volume and length factor that Major Lash has for a cheaper price.

Prefer a video review? I got cha covered!


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

Mascara Monday: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

It’s Moooooonday! I had a wonderful weekend with my lovely Ari over at Fashion Devotee. Her blog is on a little hiatus but she’ll be back soon. Now let me share with you the most recent mascara review!

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Neutrogena Healthy
Volume Mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (under $6 regular price)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5

Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “This lash-enhancing mascara instantly builds lash volume by 400%. The patent-pending formula with a touch of olive oil penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. The Visible Volume Brush coats and builds even the smallest lashes with rich, volume-building color. No clumps, smudging or flaking!” (source)

The truth: Wow! This is seriously a great mascara! I am extremely impressed.

What I loved about it: This mascara being on sale at Target for less than $5 is really what inspired me to purchase it. That and the the claim of making your lashes 400x fuller. Now I know I exaggerate everything, but Neutrogena was straight trippin’ making a claim like that. But do you get some volume? Absolutely!!! I noticed a serious difference after applying the first coat. And even after applying 3 coats, I didn’t get any clumps. It is the truth!

What I didn’t like: Wah waaaa, I’m such a stickler about my brushes so of course I would have loved if the bush was smaller but whatev. I can’t complain because of the performance that this brush gives.

Would I purchase again?: Sho nuff! (who else says this…lol?) And those looking for extreme volume should too. It is definitely a great budget buy! I love when you can find cheap mascaras that work well. Go buy it nooooow!

The pictures below aren’t the BEST but it shows the BEFORE and AFTER of applying one coat of Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Mascara.

I took them while giving my hair a deep conditioner. I couldn’t find my shower cap so ya girl had to uhhhh, do some improvising. Ha!!


That picture should probably be embarrassing but whatev. You folx know I love keepin’ it real.


So who would have thought that Neutrogena would have such a great mascara? I’m sold! Have you tried this? Or would you be inclined to try it? Now that I think about it….Neutrogena has quite a cosmetic selection. Anyone own anything from them? Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

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Masara Monday: Mascara Tips and Updates

Happy Monday!!!

Uhh…*looks around* No, your browser uploaded correctly. You aren’t seeing things….or lack of things. I have no mascara to review this Mascara Monday. I know, I know. I gave the lashes a break and didn’t wear any make-up last week. Not even my staple black eyeliner.

But no worries, I have some pretty fabulous tips for yall. I first found these at one of my favorite beauty blogs: Lipstick Graffiti. Check ‘em out, mon.
Tip #1: How to use a lash comb
Tip #2: Try a clean mascara wand.
Tip #3: Don’t shy away from colored mascara.
Tip #4: When applying mascara, wiggle the wand at the base of the lashes.
Tip #5: Thin, short brushes are best.
Tip #6: Give a few coats to the edges by blinking.
Tip #7: Powder under the eye before applying mascara.
Tip #8: Use an eyelash curler
Tip #9: Zig-zag the wand.
Tip #10: For a dramatic look, apply mascara only to the upper lashes.
Tip #11: Use a mascara primer.
Tip #12: Want that 2nd coat?
Tip #13: Do NOT pump wand in and out of the tube.
Tip #14: Another smudge-proof tip — bend the wand.
Tip #15: Wait five seconds before blinking.
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What’s up with #12? LOL, that is not a tip. Ha! But for the most part I agree with all of them. Especially that #5. Any tips you would like to share? Disagree with the list? Let me knowww!

…..and let’s do a quick run through of the best and worst mascaras that I’ve reviewed so far. Of course these standings are subject to change.

My Current HG (holy grail, the best, the numero uno) Mascara:
Maybelline XXL Curl Power

HG Runner- Up:
Maybelline Colossal Volum’Express

The “Hope I saved my receipt” Mascara”:
Sephora Lash Plumper (still havin’ nightmares ’bout that piece)

The “So What’s the Hype?” Mascara:
Christian Dior: DiorShow Blackout

The Most Innovative Mascara:
A tie between SpinLash and Imju Fiberwig (also 2nd runner-up, loves this!)

The Best Smelling Mascara:
Too Faced Lash Injection (citrus-y goodness!)

The “I’m going to love it even though most people hate it” Mascara:
Maybelline Great Lash

Good times….

Have you sent me a request to review a mascara that I haven’t reviewed yet? Remind me! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. And uhhh…what mascara are you currently lovin’?


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Mascara Monday: Bourjois Pump Up the Volume Mascara

Hi pretty people. It’s another Monday which means another mascara review, so let’s go ahead and get started shall weeeee?

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Bourjois Pump up the Volume Mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.50)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5

Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “A truly uplifting experience, rain or shine. This silicone rich formula pumps up your lashes in any weather, instantly volumizing and uplifting. While a combination of microbeads with carnuba wax act as a natural raincoat for your lashes. The double-fiber brush thickens right to the tips for fuller, darker looking lashes that never get left out in the rain.”

The truth: It is waterproof. I took a shower with this mascara on and it didn’t run whatsoever. But as far as the volume…..eh.

What I loved about it: This is my first Bourjois Cosmetics purchase (reader requested) and although I’m not terribly impressed with the mascara, my eyes were buggin’ out from the other beautiful products they have. The next time you are in a Sephora or Ulta, you MUST check them out. But onto the mascara….wellll, I love the whole “natural raincoat” explanation. It is in fact, true. You can literally go swimming with this mascara and it will hold up. So that’s great! I also love love looooove the skinny brush.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t receive THAT much volume from this mascara. I mean, it was just ohhhhkaaaay. What really gave me MORE volume was the primer that I used. I tried using it with other mascaras and it was still just, “eh”. I imagine this mascara would be great for those who already have long and full lashes and just want to take them a step up.

Would I purchase again?: No, I don’t think so. But I’m open to trying more mascaras from Bourjois Cosmetics considering they have a lot to choose from.


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Does anyone know how to say “bourjois” correctly. If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMINA!!!!!

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