FOTD Friday: Neutral Eyes, Poppin’ Lip via tutorial

Happy Friday, y’all It’s been a super long week. But I can’t wait for the weekend because I’ll be visiting my Goddaughter aaaaand heading to Miami for some weekend fun. I’ve really been itching to go to Atlanta for a few weeks not but uh…a sista needs some sun. Not snow. Know what I’m sayin’?

Lately, my YouTube family has been asking me to do tutorials. No bueno! While I enjoy watching some of the beauty tutorials on YouTube, actually DOING them is quite the challenge. You have to take so many things into consideration. Liiiiike….

-Am I talking too loudly?
-Am I boring?
-Am I being too silly?
-Am I talking too fast?
-Did I say “like”, “um”, “totally” too many times?
-Is the camera focusing?
-Is the lighting okay?
-Is the TuPac playing in the background too loud?

Hmm mm…all of that. It ain’t a easy job. And how regular YouTube beauty gurus do it, I’ll never know. But I tried. And here it is…

This tutorial focuses on achieving a pretty simply eye with a hot and poppin’ lip. I used..

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
Cargo blush in Lyon

MAC Paint in Bamboo (base)
Cargo Bronzer in medium (lid)
MAC Handwritten e/s (outer-V)
NARS Edie (between crease and brow)
Coastal Scents Matte white e/s
MAC Espresso e/s (deepens crease)

Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Oyin Handmade Honeystick
NYC Cosmetics lipstick in Lyon
MAC Vino lipliner
MAC Funtabulous Dazzleglass

Such an easy look to achieve for even the most newbie-esque lady.  What do you think? What lippie do you use when you want a poppin’ lip?

Follow me on Twitter…I’ll be tweeting pretty Miami stuffs all weekend. 

Love y’all!

Beauty on the Tube: My favorite TV show…gone!

I’m in mourning, y’all. One of my favorite TV shows has been canceled. It’s gone. It’s over. Lincoln Heights was one of my favorite shows. I watched it while I was living in LA. The show took place in LA and so I felt kind of connected. I thought the acting was great. And it’s gone.

I haven’t been this sad since the last episode of Girlfriends. Oh wait…did they even have a season finale? *sigh*

This is bad. And I refuse to get caught up with reality TV. What TV show cancellation hurt your feelings? What’s your favorite current TV show?

Goodbye beautiful ladies of Lincoln Heights!

(photo source)

My Purple Lab par-tay!

Last week Purple Lab debuted on HSN!

Wait…you don’t know ’bout Purple Lab? Where you been, home skillet? Purple Lab is about confidence, looking and feeling sexy. It’s about rocking a purple boa and not giving a darn if your friends are laughing at you or not.

Purple Lab is a ‘double beauty duty for multi-tasking mavens’. They have innovative products like the cream blushes with collagen and lipglosses with hoodia. I love Purple Lab and was honored when they asked me throw a party in celebration of their debut on HSN.

Purple Lab’s creator Karen Robinovitz asked a few of us bloggers to host parties at home. She sent us their starting line-up of products, yummy PopChips and a big ‘ole bottle of Figenza fig flavored vodka.

SN: I’m not a drinker but Figenza with a splash of Cranberry may very well become a regular for me. How tasty! I was having a party on my own when my good friend Safia from Lipstick Mixtapes dropped by. We played around the cheek implants and Silk Sheets luxe foundation.


The foundation feels divine. It has a soufflé consistency and according to Safia (who is my go-to make-up artist) it blends to a beautiful matte finish.

While watching Karen on HSN, playing with the products and NOT watching how many glasses of Figenza I had already downed, I also joined the online party of other bloggers who were celebrating Purple Lab. They had a party in NYC and the energy was so alive that I felt like I was there!

I also tweeted…


 …and I even convinced my girl Kate to buy one of the Huge Lips Skinny Hips glosses.


Hmm, I have to follow up with her and see what she thinks. Safia and I love it and consider it to me THE best tasting lip gloss EVER! And it looks pretty fab on the lips too.


Stay tuned for more Purple Lab news and reviews. In the meantime, check them out on HSN and brace yourself for more of the fierceness that is Purple Lab!

Products and snacks shown here were given to us by Purple Lab. We were not paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar

When I was growing up, my sister Courtney and I watched a lot of old films with Mama Clumps. She was a Hitchcock lover so we watched the classics like Dial M for Murder, Vertigo and The Birds. *shutter* My sister and I still have a phobia of birds because of that movie. Hey sis, remember that time we went to the beach and spent most of the time in the car because the birds kept attacking us? No me gusta.

This month Turner Movie Classics has been and will continue to show 360 Academy Award-nominated and winning movies, presented uncut and commercial-free. This year the films are scheduled in a format inspired by the ever-popular Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game – starting with Only When I Laugh and ending with Diner.

This lasts up until March 7th; the day of the Oscars!  Clumps of Mascara and friends have been provided with a TCM party pack so we will be having a viewing party. Are you going to be watching it too? TCM also a cute Moodboard! You chose your mood, it gives you a clip from a famous movie scene and you can send it off to friend. Or lover.

Stay tuned for your chance to win a TCM Party Pack. It will be a one day only contest so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed. I’m gone now.

…like Scarlett O’Hara in what movie?

Check testing your trivia. :)

Beauty Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner

Gel eyeliners! Gel liners are seriously a lot like mascaras in that I love to buy them to see if they are better than the previous ones I’ve tried. Once upon a time, gel eyeliners used to be hard to find in drugstores. But thanks to L’Oreal HIP and now Maybelline, you can now grab the ‘used to be high-end only’ liners at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Longs, etc. Hollerz!

Now..let’s take a look at Maybelline’s Lasting Drama

The packaging makes some pretty serious claims. 24 hours? Really?

Let’s take a closer look at the packaging.

Waterproof? Check! Smudgeproof? Check! These are qualities that I NEED in a good gel liner. Well y’all, I am proud to say that Lasting Drama is a phenomenal drugstore gel liner. It isn’t too thick and cake-y (like L’O HIP’s) but it isn’t as watery (like Clinique’s) either.
I snagged the color in Charcoal but it isn’t as dark as I normally like my black liners. Still, it isn’t too shabby for drama-less work appropriate looks. It also comes in a brown and purple and with a liner brush.
If I were you, I’d trash it and go with a better angled brush. Two cookies for effort, Maybelline but I’m not sure if this is the best kind of brush to use with a gel liner. BUT…if someone finds success with it, please let me know!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama liner…

So is it a good dupe for a higher end brand gel liner? I think so! I got it on sale for $6.99. The average luxury gel liner costs anywhere between $13-$25. So if you do the math…well, do you even need to? Lasting Drama is an incredible deal with great performance.

Eye see you!


Yep…it has my eye of approval. Okay, I’ll stop it with the ‘eye’ jokes. Eye promise.

Have you tried this yet?
Whatcha think?

Giveaway Winner! Go Red for Women Campaign

Gosh, I can’t believe I’m 402 years late in letting you all know the lucky winner of the $25 Macy’s gift card. I held the giveaway a good 2 weeks ago. I hit up my 11-year old sister on Skype (insane that she uses it, lol) and had her choose a winner.

That would be sphinx63 . Congratulations!!! Thank you all for your heartfelt entries and stay tuned for more sponsored giveaways. 

Clairol Professional Jazzing giveaway!

I’m a fan of hair color. I can’t deny it. I suppose it started when I was 14 when I got my first set of blond highlights. And then I discovered the power of Kool-Aid. I would mix 4 packets of orange and 3 of red (not cherry, lol) to make a fierce dye. Never mind that every time it rained, my hair would stain my shirts. It was all worth it.

Back when I had an afro I used Clairol’s Jazzing in Bluest Black. The results…

Super goth B! I remember the evening after I did that dye job I went and got my nose pierced. What can I say? Darker hair does something to you! LOL

I have also loved Clairol’s Jazzing temporary colors. They aren’t as damaging as a permanent color but still manage to give you intense color. Loves it!

Clairol is giving away 2 bottles of Cherry Cola Jazzing temporary hair color.

Simply leave your email address in the comment section. It’s that easy!

Oh…..and while you are at it, check out their Facebook page. Each day they are giving away gift cards, concert tickets, cameras and more. And if you already have some Jazzing in your hair, enter the Fierce Fridays contest and share your before/after pix to win a 3-day, 2-night fierce hair makeover in NYC by celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter.

Dang, I wish I could enter. But I already have 4 different colors in my hair and my hairstylist says “no no”. *sigh*

This contest is open to International readers and ends Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Color your hair at your own risk. I highly recommend consulting with a professional cosmetologist before dyeing your hair. Never mind that I’ve colored my locs 4 times in 14 months….like parents say, do as I say, not as I do. :)

New York Fashion Week: Ashunta Sheriff does LaQuan Smith’s show

Lady Ashunta is quickly becoming one of my favorite make-up artists in the game. Here’s what she created for LaQuan Smith!

“The look for LaQuan Smith’s Fall 2010 collection was exciting because it was his debut to the fashion world after such huge buzz for the last few years. We wanted to make it special and LaQuan’s concept of water and sand inspired the sun glow goddess look we created using COVERGIRL and COVERGIRL Queen Collection. I applied COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire on the lids and completed the eye look with a few coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara and Urban Decay glitter eye liner in the corner of the eye. To make the lips pop with brilliance, I mixed COVERGIRL ShineBlast Lip Gloss  in Flare with MAC Gold pigment. COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer was the driving force to give glowing radiant