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,


Mascara Monday: Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells mascara

Happy Monday, lovelies! A few months ago I had the opportunity to try what I called in my posts, a “secret mascara by Lancôme”. I’ve been using it in several of my FOTD Fridays and it is finally time for a formal review! Introduciiiing…


Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells

  
Price: 2 out of 5(pretty steep for $29 at Lancôme counters in Nordstrom and lancome-usa.com)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
Experience the first mascara from Lancôme that visibly regenerates the condition of lashes. Reveal fuller, beautifully defined, stronger lashes. Lash fallout is minimized during makeup removal.

Lash Densifier Complex
  • Precious plant cell extract
  • Hyaluronic acid known for hydration
  • Madecassoside, an ingredient known for its strengthening properties
  • Arginine, an amino acid known for its nourishing properties
  • Multi-faceted brush designed to deliver optimal amount of product, while delivering lash by lash separation (source)


The truth:
I mean honestly…can Lancôme go wrong in the mascara department? Me thinks not.

What I loved about it: I loved that I was able to get pretty long lashes with only one coat.
What I didn’t like: Tis was a little clumpy the second coat and beyond.

Overall:  I’ve always loved everything about Lancôme mascaras. And not just because they are inventive but because they actually do what they SAY they’re going to do. More than 50% of my mascara reviews’ scores come from if that mascara claims are true or false. And for the most part, Lancôme mascaras don’t let me down. Definicils Precious Cells comes with a motto: “An apple a day…for your lashes.” Through research and tests, this mascara has been proven to make lashes look healthier and stronger using ingredients like swiss apple extract.

I could ramble on and on about how much thought and research was put into this mascara, but I don’t want to bore y’all. Instead, I suggest you check out Lancôme’s site. There’s a whole section dedicated to this baby. 

I reviewed this mascara before I knew what it was supposed to do and for the longest, I thought it was a lengthening mascara. I got such good length with only one coat. And that’s the thing about this mascara. You really only need one coat. I know, I know. We’re so used to applying two, three and sometimes four coats but sometimes you only need one. Holla!

An extra coat or two of Precious Cells can send you to Clumps City. The key is use small strokes and going from root to tip. I took my time with using this mascara. Some mascaras allow you to apply and dash. Nope nope…I think to get the most out of Precious Cells, you have to take your time.

The wand rocks!

The bristles are nice and thin and allow for great separation. I do wish the end of the wand made it easier to get to the inner corners but not so much. Still, this is the kind of wand that ladies with smaller lids/lashes will love and that’s a plus in my book.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)




Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

 
Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you’ve tried and like other Lancôme mascaras. This is a great everyday mascara that requires some work but will give you great length with only one coat. I can’t say if it helped with preventing my lashes from falling out or not but it’s definitely one of those mascaras that I would use regularly to see if I could get great results.

Think you’ll try this? Whatcha think?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,







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

The Makeup Show NYC 2010 *pic heavy*

 

This will be one picture heavy post, kiddos. Instead of breaking up the show in installments like I did last year, I decided to do one big ginormous post of my experience. And of course I’ll be doing a ton of product reviews.

This year was all about networking with fellow beauty bloggers! And boy oh boy did I run into a lot of them. A lot of my fellow beauty bloggin’ sisters are really my friends. I love these girls even though I only see them a few times a year.

Recognize any of your favorite bloggers? Like last year, Make Up For Ever was runnin’ thangs.

And for good reason too. Their new HD blushes (picked up one)

And aqua creams (picked up one)

…are nothing short of amazing. Expect reviews on both. Inglot was also in the building.

I wasn’t as geeked up as I normally am over Inglot. Maybe the thrill is gone or maybe it was the 502 people that were crowding their booth. I managed to snap a shot of some of their mascaras.

I didn’t pick them up but I wonder how good they are.

I then strolled over to brands that I really wanted to try out. Brands like Mario Badescu.

This brand had me at hello with the Drying Lotion that I can’t stop bragging about. I’ll be reviewing them a lot more on Clumps. And for very good reason!

Ahh, body art is always a huge thing at the Makeup Show. One minute you could be standing to your homegirl and the next thing you know a lady like this rolls up on you.

Make-up is such art, uh?

While I was busy attending my best friend’s law school graduation in Florida Saturday afternoon, my college girlfriend Krys represented Clumps at the Blogger Preview. Krys is silly like me. I was telling her how crazy it would be if an iPad was as big as MacBook and could be used like a phone.

Uh, maybe you had to be there.

I missed a great deal of the seminars thanks to my inability to stay at one place for more than 3 minutes but I did snag 4 polishes from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Stay tuned for reviews! The super talented Eve Pearl came out again this year.

Did I miss anything?

Probably. More reason for you to stay tuned to see what other adventures The Makeup Show brought!

Carol’s Daughter: Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter

How my family knows what products to get me as gifts is such a mystery to me. I don’t live with any of them so how do they know that I DON’T have this and have never tried that? It’s amazing, I tell ya! I got Carol’s Daughter Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter for Christmas ’09 and um, wow…

Is that a WOW-good or WOW-bad? Hit the jump to read on.

Ecstasy Shea Souflee

Price: 3 out of 5 ($13 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“This luxurious formula is light and fluffy like a soufflé, but moisturizes skin with the intensity of a butter. It’s packed with natural butters and oils to effectively nourish and hydrate dry, parched skin for a soft and velvety appearance.

The perfect blend of succulent nectars shines throughout this fruit medley. Accented with Egyptian musk, precious amber, as vanilla bourbon completes this captivating fragrance.” (source)

The truth:
This stuff smells soooo sweet!

What I loved about it: I love the consistency. It is perfect for the winter time.

What I didn’t like:
The packaging isn’t too hot. When you have used up at least half of the souflee, you literally have to do a 3-finger reeeeach to get to the bottom of the pot.

Overall: I love love love it. The sweet smell is rather addicting. The souflee consistency does a great job at moisturizing even the driest skin. And the scent lasts all day. Loves it!

Next up….

Ecstasy Body Cleansing Gel

 


Price: 3 out of 5 ($13.50 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“A natural soap blend, derived from coconut, olive and jojoba oils combined with exotic aromas for a gentle rich lather that leaves skin fresh, clean, rejuvenated and moisturized. Perfect shower or bath. ” (source)

The truth:
Just as good as the souflee!

What I loved about it:  Hmmm…the smell! It smells like a baked apple pie drizzled with honey. Hmmm…

What I didn’t like:
N/A

Overall: By the time you will have read this review, I will be on my second bottle of this gel. First of all…it comes out of the bottle like honey. It isn’t sticky but looks like sweet nectar goodness. The gel consistency lathers well and rinses off easily leaving you with silky smooth skin.

I love love love this line. And so does every one else in the world because it seems to be sold out quite often on the Carol’s Daughter website. Anyone try anything from Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy line?

 Other Carol’s Daughter reviews
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir
Loc Butter

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Fortress Collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Nubar hits us again with one of those “OMG, how did they think of this?” kind of collections.

Yes, girl…you eyes aren’t playin’ with you. It’s a bunch of grays and blacks. Brace yourself!

Citadel is described as a pale gray creme. It applies flawlessly without any streaks.

Marble Tower is almost looks Citadel except it is more pale. See the boo-boo I made on my middle finger? Gotta be careful with those creams. They tend to drag down to the cuticles a bit.

Barricade is a light gray that reminds me of wet cement.


Stronghold is a darker gray that is unlike any other gray that I own. I don’t know what it is about grays but I just love them!

Palisade isn’t the most unique of the bunch to me. Still a flawless gray nonetheless!

Dark Castle is described as a charcoal black with a subtle silver shimmer. When the light hits that shimmer, it radiates something beautiful.

Silver Sword is the perfect addition to this collection. Great polish, Nubar! I’ve never been a fan of gunmetal polishes but somehow this one works.

Knight’s Armor  is definitely my favorite. How awesome is the silver glitter?

I LOVED this collection. I love the theme and I love that Nubar is hittin’ us with polishes that a lot of brands steer away from. I didn’t have any application problems with any of these polishes, aside from Marble Tower dragging to my cuticles. Citadel and Marble Tower seem to be so much alike and I would have loved to see a bit of glitter thrown in one of them. A pale gray cream with silver glitter would be hot!

Are you a fan of black and gray polishes?

You can buy the collection for $49.95 or purchase them individually for $7.49 here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles 
Prims 
Sparkles
Risque Reds

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




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

Dove + Nutrium Moisture Technology=LOVE

Darlings, remember when I reviewed Dove Nutrium Moisture Body wash? Guess whaaaat? They have now added Nutrium Moisture technology in ALL of their body washes. If y’all haven’t tried these body washes, try them now! They double as great shaving aids too.

Check out my review here. Oh, and check out Dove’s site as well. They’ve got cool monthly challenges and you can win lots of goodies.

Team Dove!

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

Quick shots from The Makeup Show 2010

Happy Monday, darlings!

Yes, yes…yours truly totally forgot to schedule a Mascara Monday. But don’t worry, I have SO many things to share with you that I hope you forgive me. *flashes huge smile*

I am having the BEST time here in New York at The Makeup Show NYC. Mind if I tease you with a few shots?

Colors colors!

Skin care, win care (I’m so lame, ha)!

Bloggers and friends. Life got better when I met the phenomenal bloggers behind Afrobella and All About The Pretty. Add the fabulous Lianne from The Makeup Girl to that list.

Yinka from Vex In City, Adina from Krasey Beauty and Brittany from Clu—yeah, you know that part. :)

The lunch date of beautiful and amazing and TALENTED ladies reppin’ Boston (Bawstun), DC, Brooklyn and the FLA!

Tis all for now, sweetums. I’m like SO behind schedule this morning. Amina from Coup de Couer and I are bunkin’ in Queens and we have to take the 7 train to the 1 train…or somethin’ like that. My navigation is really only limited to the A and C trains. I’ll probably get lost. HA!

Anything you’d like to me focus on at The Makeup Show NYC? Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com or tweet me and I’ll take pictures and get information just for you!

I shall return, lovelies! Have a great day!

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 5/9/10

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

The Beauty Alchemist stays sun safe with new Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Creme

The Product Pasha guides you through the tricky world of self-tanners with Tanning 101

Clumps of Mascara encourages women of all shades to rock a red lip.

Diva Debbi thought this photo of Brooke Shields backside was a good reminder of why a 3-way mirror is still our best beauty and fashion accessory

Krasey Beauty travels to Mauritius and Hawaii, all by way of Givenchy Beauty’s summer collection.

Butterflydiary reviews the new, brightly printed FEED Guatemala bags that are now at Lord and Taylor.