Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Pro Curl Recourber

Next up for Maybelline’s XXL Pro line is the mascara that is all about curl. Curl, baby! Some of us need volume. Some of us desire length. And some of us want curly lashes. I think it’s hard to find a good curl mascara and I seriously believe that to get a good amount of curl, you’ll need to use a eyelash curler.

 How does this baby do?


Maybelline XXL Pro Curl Recourber

Hit the jump to read more if you just can’t take the suspense. 

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


What it claims:
Per the packaging…

The truth: 45° angle? Uh…I didn’t know there was geometry in mascaras. Help!

What I loved about it: Like…it actually curled. Score!

What I didn’t like: Applying it can be tough because you can’t get much of a grip on the handle.

Overall: I have always been pretty skeptical when it comes to curl mascaras. Their concept always confused me. Like…exactly how can it curl? What is in the formula that makes it curl AND keeps it curled? Talk about a mystery. While I didn’t crack the case on this one, I was pretty amazed at its performance.

First of all, the etymology nerd that is me had to look up what ‘recourber’ meant. It’s French for “to bend”. I wouldn’t know how to conjugate it since my second language is Spanish, pero we digress. Aren’t you glad I cleared that up? Mascara reviews and etymology. Gotta love Clumps!

By George, girls…it curls! I know, I know…I’m am just as shocked as you all are. I really like this mascara and I think it gets the job done. Like all Maybelline XXL Pro mascaras you’ve got a primer on one end and the mascara on the other.

La Primer…

La Mascara…


The curved wand REALLY assists in the application. I used it to press up against my lashes. Like so…

I would hold it in that position for a few seconds and for the same for the next eye. This technique, I think, forces your lashes to curl a bit. Now one of the problems I did run into with this baby was the lack of grip. It was so hard to get good control of the wand because I felt like it kept hitting my face.

Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me and my fat face. Ah well!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)







Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

First the primer…

…look, it’s already curling!And then…

 
  
 

Not bad at all, uh? Now, hold on just a second…I must warn you. The curl may drop just a bit throughout the day. Especially if you’re in a warm, humid or tropical climate i.e. Florida. Still…what is left is pretty impressive.
Go ‘head, Recouber. I approve!

Would I recommend it?: If you are looking for a curl mascara, this one may do you right!

Any curl mascara fans out there?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



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

Introducing…the Clumps store. I have coupons too!

At the end of the year, we celebrated Clumps’ new logo, layout and new LLC business. In the midst of all of that I totally forgot to formally introduce our shop!

That’s right…”The Clumps Store”. I tried to think of a niftier name but uh…I couldn’t. LOL! The Clumps Store is through OpenSky and I am honored to be a part of such a strong network of bloggers and fellow businesses owners.

The Clumps Store has all of my favorite products. I have bragged about and loved each and every product in the shop. You know how I’m always talking about how Stila is the longest lasting lip gloss on the market? You can now buy it straight from Clumps!

And the best news is that The Clumps Store has coupon codes as well. For example, since I absolutely LOVE Me Bath’s Choco-holic ice cream, if you use the coupon code MEBATH15, you can get it 15% off. This is on valid on the Me Bath product and this promotion lasts until March 3, 2010.

Pretty cool, uh? I feel all in control and ish…:)

The Clumps Store is always open and you can find it at the top menu bar…

See it? I’m excited, guys! In the future I will adding many more products to the store with more coupon codes. As of right now we only ship to the US and Canada. If there is anything you would like to see in the shop, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Get your shop on!

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 2/21/10

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

Butterflydiary shows you the stunning range of nails and shades at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Fashion Week shows.

Clumps of Mascara tries CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast. So it really a blast though?

Just in time for fashion week, Krasey Beauty has a legendary hair experience with Redken and the Cutler Salon.

BeautySweetSpot investigates the life of a top model during New York Fashion Week.

DivaDebbi says goodbye forever to the Bryant Park Tents for Fashion Week.

The Product Pasha has been dreaming in color with a little help from Orly new Spring ’10 collection.

The Beauty Alchemist previews HerCut haircare line.

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..

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

EYES:
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

LIPS:
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?