Mascara Monday: MAC Opulash mascara

I feel ca-ra-zy for  posting a Mascara Monday on a Tuesday. But better late than never, right? This past weekend I was vacationing in Savannah, Georgia (post coming soon!) and completely forgot to draft a post. Please forgive me, darlings. Let’s get this show on the road. Allow me to introduce you to…


MAC Opulash mascara

  
Price: 3 out of 5 ($14 at MAC counters, stores and online at MACCosmetics.com)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“Big, fat, bouffant lashes. Dramatic density and curl achieved with a giant brush. Fibres go in all directions for a thick, rich, even application. No clumping. Long-wearing formula, up to 15 hours, quickly thickens lashes, root to tip. Contains natural beeswax”. (source)

The truth: Ah crap…not one of those enormous wands.

What I loved about it: It gives rich and dark lashes with only one coat.
What I didn’t like: That stupid wand. I mean, look at this…

It isn’t the worst I’ve seen but I had such a hard time bringing this through my lashes. Wiggling didn’t work because I ended up smearing it all on my lid. And small strokes don’t get enough of the mascara on my lashes. I don’t know WHAT to do!

Overall:  My homegirl friend who happens to be a MAC Cosmetics make-up artist was the one that told me that I HAD to try this mascara. I gave her the “you’re not just saying that because you work there, are you?” look but she promised me that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I don’t remember her being THIS excited about a mascara so I hit up my favorite MAC store and picked up Opulash. Well, it’s dramatic alright. It definitely thickens the lashes with just one coat. You’ll see once you scroll down to the pictures but a second coat is almost TOO much. This mascara reminds me a lot of L’Oreal Voluminous. It is designed to give you dark lashes with crazy drama but both mascaras have wands that are just unpleasant to work with.

If you have baby lashes, smaller lids or need a mascara wand that helps to separate your lashes, you won’t get it from Opulash. What you’ll get instead is a mess. I find it so hard to control wands like this. If you’ve got longer lashes then we hate you, then you won’t have much of a problem. You will be able to glide the wand through your lashes with ease while the rest of us have to struggle a bit.

But that’s not a reason to hate the mascara. It’s actually pretty good. It does a good job at volumizing and is great for a night on the town or just when you want some “out there” lashes.

The one thing I don’t like about this mascara is how it doesn’t have a stopper in the tube. We’ve seen this before in several Revlon mascaras.

The big hole (or the Black Abyss as I like to call it) makes for messy application because when you remove the wand from the tube, here is what you get…

Mascara reside on the all over the wand. Not a good look, MAC. You should know better. Go sit yourself in the corner and think about what you’ve done.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

And how it looks from a distance…

Would I recommend it?: I do. I don’t think I would purchase it again because of the wand and packaging issues but I can see how others may love it. Especially make-up artists. The mascara does well very well!

Think you’ll try this?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,


FOTD Friday: Black Opal’s Caribbean Blue

Happy Friday, beautiful people!! Today’s FOTD is of me sporting a look from another Black Opal palette. KP, our guy editor, is on his way on a week long tropical vacation. I’m somewhat a little insanely jealous so I decided to dip into a palette that could bring the Caribbean to me.

Well, it ain’t exactly the beaches of Negril, Jamaica, but it’ll do!
A closer look of this palette…

If you are slowly trying to build your collection and want some affordable blues, this palette is it!!

The colors are highly pigmented and blend-able. Like the Gold Galaxy palette I featured, they are a bit frosty. To bring that frost-level down a bit, use a nice and creamy base. I used NYX’s Milk but I think a blue base would have really made this look pop a little more.

What I love about these palettes is that very color has a purpose! I ended up using every single one somewhere on my lid. And that itty bitty blue/black color in the middle is a dynamic crease color. I can see myself using that on regular.

For my lips, I used a bangin’ neutral combination!

Iman Cosmetics’ Strip Tease + Napoleon Perdis Nude Awakening + Stila’s Peach Cobbler=love.

For my cheeks, I used Lancôme Ageless Minerale Blush in Brilliant Berry.

Stay tuned for a review of that. It’s such a luscious mineral blush. The final look:

I love taking pictures in the car because it has the best lighting but there were WAY too many people around so I have to sneak down in my seat a bit. HA!!

I’m very impressed with these palettes, Black Opal. Oh! And I’m still oh so in love with Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure. I’ve got it layered over Diamond Cosmetics’ Matte Burgundy.

If you still can’t find that Hidden Treasure, Nubar has one JUST like it!! I’ll be reviewing that soon too. There is always something to look forward to on Clumps. Weeee!!

Anybody got any Memorial Day plans? I’m headed to West Palm, Hollywood and Miami for the weekend. Let’s see how many BBQs I can crash. 😉

Love you guys! Have a safe and wonderful weekend,




This post contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Inside my medicine cabinet

This was so not my idea! I got a good 3 emails in the past 2 weeks asking me to do a post about what’s inside my medicine cabinet. Are you ready for this? Promise me you won’t judge me. You may see some things that may disturb you but remember you love me and I’m human, okay?

I’m jivin’ y’all, but you really never know what you’ll find when you open people’s medicine cabinets. Which I do when I visit new homes. And don’t even give me that look because you know you’ve opened someone’s medicine cabinet before. HA!

Mine is pretty normal. And boring.

Everything I’ve reviewed has a star next to it. The products usually don’t change. When it comes to skincare, I stay faithful to the same stuff. Otherwise my skin will turn against me. Literally.

Basement level…

(from left to right)
(*)Olay Complete face moisturizer. Was my BFF moisturizer until the formula changed. #megafail
(*)Clinique Even Better Dark Spot remover. A must HAVE!
Differin Acne gel. My dermatologist prescribed this and my skin is 10x better.
(*)Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Has reduced my chin hair bumps tremendously. And yes, I get chin hairs. I ain’t shame! *strokes beard*
(*) Clarisonic Mia *moment of silence for the greatness that is this brush*
Mario Badescu Oil Free moisturizer. Currently testing and absolutely loving!

Second Flo…

(from left to right)
Shu Uemura eye lash curlers, tweezers and a (*)pimple extractor.
Clarisonic brush head. I think it’s time for a new one.
(*)Oyin Handmade Honey Stick. Yummy!
Floss. I do it everyday! Or every other day. Okay…at least 3 times a week!
Natural fragrance oils that I purchase from some vendor in some city. *shrugs*

Top Shelf, baby!

(from left to right)
Those 4 kids to the right are essential oils. I use them to make hair products. Check LocRocker.com
Clinique Sunblock SPF 50. A must have for when I run outside or swim.
Lancôme Bi Facil eye make-up remover. I just can’t use anything else.
(*)Castile soap. And that’s just ONE bottle. I’ve got 3 more under the cabinet.
A sample of Carol’s Daughter’s Rosemary Clarifying shampoo. Will be reviewing soon!
Lancôme’s award winning Genifique serum. Currently testing.

And the head cleaner in charge gets to stand by the sink!

That’s the Skincare Starting Lineup, darlings! If I opened your medicine cabinet, what would I find? I mean..the items that are Rated PG. 😉

This post contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Review: Dial Nutriskin Body Wash

Boy, I tell ya…Dial is certainly steppin’ their games up in the body wash department. For quite some time, whenever I thought of Dial, I thought of a golden bar of soap. Who knew that they would start cranking out body washes that leave the skin cleansed and silky smooth?

The concept behind this body wash is that it is to leave your skin feeling moisturized AND light. And how do they do this, you ask? With Fruit Oil.

By using a combination of hydrating fruit oils and soothing extracts, these body washes give you that cleansed feeling without feeling greasy. You know what I’m talkin’ about, don’t you, girlfriend? After you rinse, some body washes just leave you with an icky and greasy feeling. No me gusta.

I’ve never experienced this kind of feeling with a body wash that was not creamy. Talk about beating a misconception! I only thought creamy body washes could do that!

And do you see those itty bitty micro-beads?

The kid in me had to mash it up to see what it would do.

They baby beads are made up of fruit oils that provide deep moisturization. I can dig it! And the price is a steal to. You can get a 16-ounce bottle of the Grapeseed and Lemongrass (shown) or the Cherry Seed and Mint for only $3.99. Not bad at all!

If you’re looking to try a new body wash, hang up and dial…Dial! Go ahead and laugh…you know my joke was funny. HA!

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Sista Show-Off: OPI’s Gargantuan Green


Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

Some time ago I convinced one of my girls to try a color outside of her comfort zone. My homie Cass was the one that introduced me to NYC’s Love Letters. And I’ve only seen her with different variations of that color. Say what?! Friends don’t let friends stick to the same boring colors. Every now and then you have to spice it up. Am I right or am I right?

Soooo, I forced asked Cass to try out O.P.I.’s Gargantuan Green.


Hotness, right? It looks like her nails are glowing. And she loved it. See…every now and then you have to switch it up.

Are you a same ole same ole nail polish gal or do you like to rock allll kinds of colors?

Beauty Bee-haviors: Do you have a dream job?

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

Fact about me: I’m not a fan of reality TV shows unless it has to do with beauty or someone getting helped. Shows like Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Blush (who remembers that?), Intervention or Obsessed always have me on the edge of my seat. WHEN I actually watch TV which is like three hours a week, but I digress. HA!

MTV has got this super cool show airing on June 3rd and I’m thinking I’ll be tuning it.


Picture this, “With the job market harder to crack than ever, MTV recently launched their new hit reality show “Hired,” a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to prepare for and (hopefully) land your first dream job at a fashion, beauty, or lifestyle company. Sometimes the criticism is harsh and sometimes it’s hilarious, but it’s always constructive. And you’ll be amazed at how unprepared most of these college grads are, especially after spending years in school preparing for their career. “

Um, hello!! Where was I when they were casting for this show? Not in NYC? Oh…yeah. *insert geographically misplaced sad face*

On June 3rd at 6:30 pm, TheBalm (LOVE this brand) will be looking for an office assistant and we’ll get to see the behind the scenes ups and downs of working for a major beauty brand. I can’t wait to see what other brands are on the show. And I hope these applicants bring it!

My question to you..

What’s your dream job? 
Would you want to work for your favorite beauty brand?

My answer would be more like a 4 page dissertation so uh…let’s hear yours! And who is will be tuning in to watch Hired? I say we have a Twitter party and tweet our thoughts. I’ll bring the hummus and pita chips!

Black Opal Mineral Mosaic eyeshadow palettes

Okay my darlings…what you are about to see may leave you with your mouth open. And so with that said, don’t scroll down any further unless you are prepared to support your jaw. Ready?

I mean…wow.

Have y’all seen these in your drugstores yet? Black Opal is SO impressing me with these palettes. I am going to be reviewing each palette individually. Here’s what you should know about them.

-You can get them from drugstores (I’ve seen them at Target stores too)
-They are hypoallergenic
-Oil free
-Talc free
-Paraben free
-Fragrance free
-Retailed at $8.95

Not bad for a drugstore buy, uh? Let me introduce you to Gold Galaxy!

I wore a look from this palette in this video. Gold Galaxy is perfect for summer. Just look at that orange and gold!

And here’s what I’m thinking as far as shadow placement:

And of course you can switch it up, if you like. Like 4 on the lid with 3 blended up into the crease and 5 as a highlight. Yes girl! The options can go on forever!

A few swatches…

The texture of the shadows in this palette are on the frosty side and require a bit of a creamy base if you have issues with frost. Still a functional and diverse palette for super cheap. I love it!

Stay tuned for up close shots of the other 3 kiddies.

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Dear Brown Girl: An Open Letter



Dear Brown Girl,
Hey sis! How you doin’? I hope you are managing to find some positivity despite, well…everything. I know life is tough for a lot of us. I don’t even have to tell you what’s going on, because I know you’re living it. Don’t let the bull crap of the world question your worth and purpose. You are wanted and needed and the world is a better place because of you. Don’t let the media tell you WHY you can’t get a man. Yeah, I know mainstream magazines hardly highlight our beauty but have you looked in the mirror lately? Girl…you fine! And freakin’ A, man! It is so hard to find television shows and movies where we are the stars. I mean…where are we in Sex and the City? *sigh*

But you know what? Despite what the media tells me (which I ignore), I KNOW better. When I see websites like Chocolate Brides and Black and Married with Kids, I don’t feel hopeless. When I see websites like Black Girl Long Hair and Black Girls Run, I feel elated! These ladies have decided to share their stores about their personal adventures in hair and fitness, but they are also smashing stereotypes! Because believe it or not A LOT of people don’t think that Black women can grow long hair.  Websites like La CosmopoLatina and Disgrasian feature news, tips and reviews catered to my Latina and Asian sisters. When I go to events like the World Natural Hair Show and Blogalicious Conference, I feel like my thoughts and lifestyle matter. I don’t feel so alone anymore!

And don’t get it twisted my non-brown girls. It’s not about exclusivity.
But how am I supposed to feel about myself when women like me are hardly shown in print media? Is there something wrong with my dark skin? My kinky hair? My size 12 hips?

Who remembers A Girl Like Me?


I too was a little Black girl that didn’t always love her brown skin and thick hair. I loathed my big lips and dreamed up of long straight hair. I didn’t see the beauty in being a brown girl.

This past weekend I had a meeting with The Peace and Beauty Project. After the meeting, I chit chatted with a 16-year old and her Mother. Her Mother went on and on about how her daughter was constantly being teased. As a result of that, the teen’s self-image was the pits. I sympathized with her because I can relate. My parents never knew it, but I was bullied every day in middle school. For being too smart. “Talking white”. Having long hair. Not having a boyfriend. Not having boobs (if only they could see me now…HA!!). I cried my way through middle school. I hated how I looked and didn’t see my beauty for a very long time.

But now I see it and can’t help but shout it from the rooftops. Clumps of Mascara was never a blog that was strictly for brown girls. Beauty products and practices are universal and I would never want to limit myself to just one audience. But what Clumps of Mascara attempts to do is remind brown girls what they CAN do. YES, you can wear this color. YES, you can wear your hair a certain way. YES, you can start your own business. YES, YES, YES.

I know, I’m all over the place with this letter, y’all (in typical B fashion) but it was laid on my heart to write this. I hope you realize that you are a Queen. And that goes for ALL girls. Yep…you’re royalty. Treat yourself like so. Take care of your body, your mind, your spirit and yourself like your life depends on it. Because it does. Be the best person, citizen, wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, _________ you can be. Find inspiration and be an inspiration. Get yourself a mentor. I have been so blessed to e-cross paths with mine. I wonder if the ladies behind Afrobella, Luxe Tips and Execumama know how much I love them. These ladies are such enormous inspirations for me. I look at them and see stars. I aspire to be the strong entrepreneurs, wives and mothers that they are.

Who and what inspires you? Find them. Find it. I know we’re all trying to get somewhere but don’t forget to help others while you work on your hustle.

I love y’all. I really do. In a world where people are so used to shootin’ WTF-faces and shun hugs and handshakes, I can honestly say that I love y’all.

Go ‘head, my Queens. Let’s continue taking this world by storm!!

Love,