But Black Women Can’t: Wear Red Lipstick

Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauty. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I can’t believe I haven’t done this one yet! If there is one lipstick color that I think many Black women hide away from….it is red. So many of us fear wearing it because we think it will make us look crazy. Chances are you probably saw someone who didn’t wear it well and it scared you off. Am I right or am I right?

Well un-scare thy self because red lipsticks are beautiful on brown skin.

“My lips are too big.”

“Red is too….red.”

“It’s too bright.”

You’ve said it or heard it, haven’t you? What’s the matter with you? You CAN rock red lips. A little bit of confidence goes a long way.

My girl Shavonda and I both happened to try Maybelline’s ColorSensational Very Cherry. Check us out!

Go Shavonda!

Go B!


Go You!
*insert a photo of you wearing red lipstick here*

Reds rock and so do you.
Get one today.

…..and don’t let me catch you in the streets talkin’ about how Black women shouldn’t wear red lips. Girl please! Somebody dun told you wrong.

Peace, love and red lips for all!

Beauty Review: Colgate Wisp…

How many times have you been caught with the foul breath right before a meeting or study group or date or _________? (insert very important event in which you’d want fresh breath) Y’all can act cute if you want but I’ve been the victim of tart bref before. Not cute is it? Even worse if you ran out of breath mints or gum. So what’s a gal/guy to do?

Dun dun duuuun….Wisps to the rescue!


These darling little “fit in your pocket or purse” mini tooth brushes are PERFECT for freshening the breath in a pinch. I even keep one in my cosmetic bag nestled safely between the HK notepad and Illamasqua gloss.


I prefer these over gum because chewing gum gives me a head-ache. Yeah, I know….don’t ask. And I never have mints on me. These are better than both because your teeth really feel like you’ve brushed them. Wait…you have! Look how tiny they are…

I don’t know how the liquid filled breath bead works but it does. You don’t even need water. Simply brush the teef like so…


And then you’re off! You’ve got the fresh breath PLUS the “I just brushed my teeth” feeling. And if you’re happy and you know it….smile,


Yay for gapped-tooth smiles! And yay for Colgate Wisps! You can get these babies at drugstores, Wal-Mart and Target nationwide for $2.39 for 4pk, and $7.99 for 16pk. Pretty reasonable in pricing I think.

Such must haves. HOWEVER, don’t try to use them in lieu of an actual toothbrush. Something tells me that if these were out when I was a kid, my sister and I would so “wisp” our teeth instead of actually brushing. Kids, I tell ya!

So…how cool are these?

Fresh breath kisses,

The Colgate Wisps samples in this post were provided to me for post consideration. But er uh…I like these things so much that I’ve already purchased them. Twice. Holla!

Mascara Monday: Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran mascara

Jasmine rice. Check! Brown rice. Check! Rice and beans. Oh yeah! I love me some rice, y’all. This starch just makes me smile. Never would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara that has rice in it though. Leave it to Korres to come up with such. Ahhh Korres…a brand I have dabbled in and have yet to formally introduce to the Clumps fam. No better time like the present. Introducing….

Korres Provitamin B5 and
Rice Bran mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18.00)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:“Lash-strengthening mascara naturally volumizes thin and brittle lashes, while adding length and deep pigment
• Nourishes lashes with a non-clumping buildable formula, providing maximum lash health
• Provitamin B5, a proven natural hair strengthener, improves both the length and number of lashes, treating them while adding drama to the eye
• Rice Bran natural extract expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness. “(source)

The truth:I am totally impressed!

What I loved about it: Is that volume I see?

What I didn’t like: It has a plant-y smell but this is to be expected from natural mascaras. No big problem but I can see how it may bother others.

Overall: Well, I don’t know what else to say other than I’m impressed. No, really…this is a dynamic mascara. I was sent this mascara some time ago and it sat and sat for months before I even touched it. By the time I went to grab it, it had dried out. Off to Sephora I went to purchase it for myself. I didn’t have high expectations because well…just check out the review of my first natural mascara here. This baby blew me away. I love the volume that it gave me. I didn’t get a TON of length but enough to keep me quiet. My lashes also remained soft and weightless.

Buuuut, if I had to change one thing about it, it would be the wand.


It doesn’t make for the easiest application. Especially if you have smaller lashes and lids. I would love to see this with a lash comb-esque kind of wand. It would make for better separation and enhanced length.

But other than that, I’m sold! Unlike other natural mascaras, this one was able to withstand Floridian humidity without flaking or just oozing off of my lids. Oh…and yes, it does smell funka-licious. It doesn’t bother me though. It’s the price you pay if you’re looking for a natural mascara. Aaaand, it comes in different colors including grey green. Now that’s dope.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?:I do! I receive a great deal of emails from ladies who are looking for natural mascaras and this is one I would definitely recommend. It works and although the price is a little steep, I think it’s worth it.Has anyone tried this mascara?

Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

The Body Shop 12 Days of Giveaway!!

It’s time for another giveaway, y’all! And this one is huge. Get ready….

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Clumps is partnering up with The Body Shop to give one lucky lady (shoooot…or guy) $156 in Body Shop goodies. Check out the stash:

But wait! In addition to that The Body Shop is also giving a grand prized valued at approximately $1200. Wow-sers!! To get your name in on that one simply enter your name and email address here. That winner will be drawn on December 12th.

As far as the giveaway here on Clumps all you have to do is leave a comment here by December 12th 12:00am EST. U.S. residents only. Be sure to provide an email address if you do not have a Blogger account. And don’t try and be slick, y’all. Only 1 comment per person. A winner will be drawn at random and announced on the blog.

Are you exciiiiited?! One more thing…

Check out the other blogging beauties hosting giveaways with The Body Shop:

Um yeah…so you pretty much have 13 ways to win. Start entering now. Good luuuuuck!!!

FOTD Friday: Gel liners steal the show


Hi friends!

Gosh….that sounds so lame and dorky. But that’s me. HA!! Before I drop the deets on this week’s FOTD, I wanted to thank you all for the kind words in reference to Clumps’ new logo. I really deserve no credit as I just had the vision. It was Kris from Voz Visual Designs who made it come to life. He comes highly recommended. He and wife Execumama are crazy talented. But I’ll boast and brag more about them later.

Moving on..

Clumps is getting an online store. But more about that later. Get excited now though, kay?

Okay, NOW to the topic at hand. Have I told y’all how much I love cream liners? I’ve reviewed several. I love love love them! I wanted to do a look this week in which the gel liners stole the show.

So I pulled out some of my favorites.


Thank you Urban Decay, Stila and Inglot for making such making fantastic gel liners. Which one is my favorite? I can’t even choose. I’m a dedicated MAC Fluidline fan. And I’m enamored with Lancome’s Ink Artliner too. Gel liners are fantabulous and if you haven’t played with ’em yet….hop to it!

I did a pretty basic neutral eye. I really wanted the liners to pop so first things first. I smudged Stila’s smudge pot on my waterline.


Purple goodness! Then I lined my lower lash line with both Inglot’s beautiful turquoise and Urban Decay’s insane green. Expect reviews on both. And then I topped it off with a blue mascara!


….the rest of the face.

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

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Hip cream paint in Witty
NARS Edie e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Sketch e/s
Stila Barbie Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps (my review here)
Urban Decay cream liner in Loaded
Inglot Crean liner in 87
YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Luxurious mascara (my review here)

LIPS:
Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Born With It
Illamasqua sheer lip gloss in Tantrum



Fun colored liners bring some kind of personality to an otherwise boring look, uh? I want to do this again for a night look with more intensity. Yesss!!

And look at my cute Nine West booties!

I’m a good 5’10 in these things. I feel like I have style and grace when I wear them. Too bad I can’t walk in them to save my life. Exactly HOW long should it take to break in some shoes? Lawd….

I’ll actually be sittin’ still this weekend. Clumps duties are calling my name. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Stay beautiful,

Sales & Spotlights: 12/3/09

It’s been a minute since I’ve hit y’all with some sales and spotlights in the beauty world. Looks like there are more “spotlights” this time around. I mean, my goodness…haven’t we all been inundated with Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales? HA! Enjoy….

T.J. Maxx=cheap beauty finds


I tweeted that this past weekend. I saw SOOOO many higher end brand products just chillin’ on shelves at a T.J. Maxx in Tallahassee, Florida. I’ll be stalking quite a few of them here in the Metro Orlando area. If you find some deals, let me know!

mySkin.com

Ohmigoodness….I can’t believe that I am JUST now sharing this amazing website with y’all. I am obsessed with healthy and clear skin and it’s great to come across a site that understands that and sends me production recommendations and regimes specifically for my skin. Hence the name! One thing—this site is INVITE-ONLY. Clumps readers can bust down the doors by using this code: clumpsofmascara. You will love this site!

Lancôme’s Holiday Beauty Bonanza

Ahh yess….this brings back memories of me trying my first Lancôme products. I hauled the beauty set from last year and I have been a Lancôme girl ever since! This pearly white reusable train case is filled with $330 worth of Lancôme makeup and skincare essentials, including deluxe samples. Spend $36 on any combination of Lancôme products and you’re eligible to snatch it up for just $52. Of course I want it!

Coastal Scents 88 Piece Makeup
Palette giveaway

Why….you remember this, don’t you? I reviewed it here. The lovely Danielle from Project Danielle is giving one away. Show some love and enter!

SalonExperience.com

It’s like a salon online! Salon Experience serves beauty needs from hair care, to nail care, to bath and spa products. And not only that…..if you’re in need of advice on choosing the right product, they have stylists available who can assist you. Lord knows I have some questions. Like….do I have a problem if I’ve colored my hair 3 times in 2 months? *gulps*. Salon Experience also has a blog. Check it out here.

Your turn! If you have any other spotlights, giveaways, contests are sale alerts, let a sista know!

Sales & Spotlights: 12/3/09

It’s been a minute since I’ve hit y’all with some sales and spotlights in the beauty world. Looks like there are more “spotlights” this time around. I mean, my goodness…haven’t we all been inundated with Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales? HA! Enjoy….

T.J. Maxx=cheap beauty finds


I tweeted that this past weekend. I saw SOOOO many higher end brand products just chillin’ on shelves at a T.J. Maxx in Tallahassee, Florida. I’ll be stalking quite a few of them here in the Metro Orlando area. If you find some deals, let me know!

mySkin.com

Ohmigoodness….I can’t believe that I am JUST now sharing this amazing website with y’all. I am obsessed with healthy and clear skin and it’s great to come across a site that understands that and sends me production recommendations and regimes specifically for my skin. Hence the name! One thing—this site is INVITE-ONLY. Clumps readers can bust down the doors by using this code: clumpsofmascara. You will love this site!

Lancôme’s Holiday Beauty Bonanza

Ahh yess….this brings back memories of me trying my first Lancôme products. I hauled the beauty set from last year and I have been a Lancôme girl ever since! This pearly white reusable train case is filled with $330 worth of Lancôme makeup and skincare essentials, including deluxe samples. Spend $36 on any combination of Lancôme products and you’re eligible to snatch it up for just $52. Of course I want it!

Coastal Scents 88 Piece Makeup
Palette giveaway

Why….you remember this, don’t you? I reviewed it here. The lovely Danielle from Project Danielle is giving one away. Show some love and enter!

SalonExperience.com

It’s like a salon online! Salon Experience serves beauty needs from hair care, to nail care, to bath and spa products. And not only that…..if you’re in need of advice on choosing the right product, they have stylists available who can assist you. Lord knows I have some questions. Like….do I have a problem if I’ve colored my hair 3 times in 2 months? *gulps*. Salon Experience also has a blog. Check it out here.

Your turn! If you have any other spotlights, giveaways, contests are sale alerts, let a sista know!

Guest Post: Winter Fashion by Miss. Yaya

PhotobucketWelcome back COM readers for another guest post by Miss Yaya from My Own Judge!! While I attempt to assign myself as the style guide while Miss Britt is not looking, read on about making your wardrobe work through all seasons and through the thinnest of wallets.

For many, the weather is getting frightful and a summer wardrobe is starting to look as flimsy as swimsuit attire in a snowstorm. But apart from the hoarders and overprepared girl and boy scouts who have separate sets of attire per season (guilty), who has the space and time to separate wardrobes and store unused items? Money and space are getting as precious as air and water, so who’s to know what to do when looking at camisoles in weather best described as ‘brick cold’?

For y’all warm weather folks, let me tell you. I’m jealous. Why do I have to hear about your beach going shenanigans when my teeth chatter while crossing the street? Have you no shame? Do you not understand cardigans are needed for more than just AC filled offices?!?! I can rant forever of course. Or I can let y’all in on a few secrets.

We all spend money on wardrobes. Some more than others, but none can refuse the claim that a precious money is spent to cover our bodies. So how do we make the most of our money and the biggest bang for our buck when temperatures shift?

Layer effectively:
Remember that underwear is not limited to being your singular layer of fabric underneath your outside clothes. Thermals, long-johns, etc. are great for holding the heat that your body needs in colder weather. Not a fan of waffle knit articles? Make use of leggings and stockings (men: long sleeve plain tees & workout pants work as well) under your jeans and dress pants. Dress pants of all things have a tendency to waver around your legs sometimes when you walk. This lets wind and cold seep through. If the waists seem too high, choose a fun pattern to fold over your pants as part of your outfit. (You can try this in a fitting room or in the privacy of your own home toPhotobucket insure you look fine. Trust me.)

Mix fabrics:
That soft, super thin tee/blouse you were raving about in the heat of July not keeping you warm? Slip it under a button down or a sweater. The mix of fabrics (and layering) will add warmth as well as aesthetics to your getup. And let’s not forget – make use of your summer clothes.

Purchase additional staples:
Blasphemous? How to save money by purchasing more? Give me a chance! You only need a few staple items to add to your summer clothes to make it fall and winter appropriate:

  • jacket
  • blazer
  • scarf
  • gloves (depending on the severity of your climate’s chill/freezing factor)
  • boots

Sound pretty simple right?

A blazer can warm up many a light top. Imagine those three quarter sleeve items you have. They aren’t too cold but not too warm either, but they fit just great under a blazer (which adds all the warmth you miss in the first place). These buggers also have a knack for making the person who wears them pretty snazzy looking. For men, they make a t-shirt and jeans combo look neat and put together, and for women they can nip in at the waist just Photobucketright to have us looking like Coke bottles all night.

The warm-up ad(dress):
The tricky part about dresses for gals? They’re usually not floor length and made out of wool (and if they are a lot of us are not inclined to wear or purchase them).

So what do we do about those to die for strapless mini dresses we bought in May and have yet to wear?

Check out my cornmuffin of a slogan in the image to the left. “If cold feet is what ya got, leggings are what’s hot!

All laughs aside, this year above all we have been given carte-blanche with our leggings. Leopard spots, lace, (p)leather, sequins, and whatnot! Pay close attention to the dress you wear and pair leggings or stockings aproppriately. If you are wearing patterns up top, keep it simple below, same vice versa. Have a soft material dress – stay away from textured tights to prevent the lumpy bottom look at the Christmas party. Most important, wear what you feel good in.

Feel free to use that blazer or scarf as a cover up for your summery dress. Once you get to the party and you hide the evidence, no one will know how you managed such a display of skin without freezing (unless they too read Clumps).

So when you want to be financially savvy with frigid fashion? Layer it on like a cake (or onion a la Shrek), mix textures, and keep reading you some COM!



Disclaimer: Neither COM nor Yaya are in anyway responsible for readers taking this advice too far. If you live in an arctic environment and need a bear for warmth, these may not be the best tips for you. Remember to take the tips and make them your own!