Acne Sucks: Guest Post on her fight against acne

Hey y’all….so I’ve found that a lot of my great advice about clear and healthy skin has come from not my dermatologist but from the rest of you! Check out some tips that reader Noorie from Atlanta is sharing with us. Feel free to add!

As someone who’s been suffering from acne for almost a decade, here are my top tips:

*A few things I’ve noticed and picked up over the years about foundation and acne:

-It’s “ok” to use as long as you take it off as soon as you get home. Not a good thing to leave on from morning to night like I did while on a recent vacation. It’s just… bad and will cause break outs.

-It’s pretty harmless if you use much lighter coverage foundations. One I used to have was Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Foundation (see above) and L’oreal True Match: both very runny and not as thick as let’s say Revlon Colorstay. Concealer is a MUCH better idea for covering imperfections and will covers up any brown spots better.

-I only use foundation on places where I need it, not all over my face like I see some make up guru’s and artists doing.

*DE from Beautylogic also gave rave reviews about the Clairsonic. I’ll have to try it out in the future too and soon Clumps Of Mascara will also be having a detailed review. <--coming soon at a theater near you!

*Another thing I’ve noticed/learned is that washing my face at night wasn’t always enough- especially if you sweat a lot or use make up. Here’s my night time routine:

*Living healthier (eating less processed foods and dairy), some exercise, enough fiber to keep you regular (oh yea! I went there) and water all help me feel and look better too. When I’m not excerisizing I notice my face breaks out a bit more. I’m not sure why. They say when you sweat, toxins are released thru the pores, which is what I’m thinking too.

*I have tried almost every single brand of acne products in the past. Gosh, how I remember standing in the skincare aisles, reading each product that claimed to have you acne free in days.

Now I know a bit better:
-Most acne products will do the same. Whether it’s gel cleansers and scrubs, pads, acne drying gels, etc. Some toners ARE better than others though and are less over drying and/or get deeper into the pores. You have to decide whether you prefer Benzoyle peroxide products or Salicylic.
-I highly recommend 3 step products to everyone. I used Proactive when I was 18, and my skin just cleared up in 2 weeks! My scars faded and everything, but sadly I don’t feel it has the same effect on me anymore. I’ve heard the same from other people who use it. It’s still worth a try though.

And if you don’t want to shell out the $40 there are tons of other great 3 step acne kits available in drugstores which also get the job done. I tried the one from Clearasil and I liked it. Neutrogena also has a good one. These kits are great because you get everything you need: a cleaners, toner and acne drying gel. The Clearasil one even comes with a spot treatment.

Feel free to provide any insight on your experiences with acne. A strong support system is SO key in fighting this monster.

Other Acne Sucks posts:
Acne Sucks: Part 1
Acne Sucks: The Stages
Acne Sucks: But does oil on the skin help?
Acne Sucks: Pimple Poppin’

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Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 1/3/10

….posts will return to normal 1/5/10. I am traveling from NYC tonight.

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

The Product Pasha chats with Purple Lab’s Karen Robinovitz about blogging, social media, and the new FTC rules.

Clumps of Mascara has a fabulous time making at home spa goodies.

Butterflydiary dishes on the best nail lacquers and trends of 2009!

The Beauty Alchemist shines with MAC Lillyland Lip Gelees.

Adina of Krasey Beauty introduces you to three wonderful shades of eyeshadow from Illamasqua

DivaDebbi blogs about bloggers’ emerging authority.

The Product Pasha lets out her inner holiday diva with a little help from Orly Femme Fatale.

NYC from the eyes of Clumps!

I am always getting so many emails from ladies who have never been to the lovely NYC to take as many pictures as possible. Lately my last few trips haven’t been around the Times Square area but I strolled down there just for y’all.

…well, that and Inglot.

Enjoy the video! I have a ton of random commentary. Don’t mind me. Pictures will soon follow. I’m off to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC…Sea!

Happy 2010! Love letter to Clumps fam…

It’s me on New Year’s Day at some fabulous little lounge in New York’s Tribeca. I brought in the New Year with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite cities. I’ll be in NYC for a few more days so I’ll be sure to post some of my findings. If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’ve already tweeted new goodies from L’Oreal HIP and showed off the lavender mascara that I purchased. We’ll see how that mascara works. *gulp*

On a personal sappy sentimental note, I want to thank you all so much for your love and support in 2009. Did I tell you that Clumps is also Clumps of Mascara, LLC? I have so many ideas and visions for my new company. Clumps dot com will still operate as normal but I plan to expand in ways that I can’t even see right now.

This would not have even been possible had it not been for you all’s support. The emails, the comments, everything… A year ago I really had no idea what I wanted out of life. I had too many passions and didn’t know where to start. Thanks to y’all, I now know where my calling is and plan to continue to help inspire and motivate women to be the best that they can be.

Oh! Silly me…forgot to post my Top 10 Favorite Products of 2009.

So yeah, that’s it for now, darlings. I have got to go to Inglot! Oh and I need to go do some more investigating to see what kind of plans my friend’s have for my birthday tomorrow. Weeee!!

Beauty Ticket’s Year End Sale!

Um….wow. With the coupon code YEAREND25 you can get 25% off any purchase. In.Sane! Now you can grab those Iman Cosmetics goodies that I reviewed here. Hurry hurry….coupon code expires December 31, 2009 at midnight.


Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter

Well look at that! A product specifically for me. My hair is not only natural but it is loc’d as well. I fit in a pretty small group so I was elated to see a product just for me!

But does it work?


Loc Butter

Price: 4 out of 5 ($15.50 from
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims:
“In order to lock hair, one does not need sticky pomades. It is the motion of the palm roll or twist in conjunction with clean, properly moisturized hair that aids in the locking process. This Carol’s Daughter favorite, offers superior grooming with citrus oils that provide a light scent and ylang-ylang that nourishes the scalp and promotes healthy hair.” (source)

The truth:
What the….I knowwww there isn’t any beeswax in this!

What I loved about it: I like the idea behind it. Very rarely will you see a loc butter on the market sold by a major brand. So that’s exciting. It shows that there is a demand of products for ladies who are loc their hair. And since I’m one, I think that’s great!

What I didn’t like:
What the duck? There is beeswax in it?

Overall: It’s been a year since I’ve been loc’ing my hair. I couldn’t be happier. Loc’ing your hair is truly a journey and it’s important to use products that are nourishing to the scalp and locs. From when I FIRST started, I was told to NEVER put beeswax in my locs. Beeswax will assist your hair in loc’ing but it will also attract lint. And lint attracts dirt. Gross.

I was all excited about Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter until I saw the ingredients.

See the beeswax? That’s so wrong. Other than that, the product itself looks and smells wonderful. I find that it is far too greasy to use on my locs but perhaps it would work better for folx who have more mature locs.

I wouldn’t recommend it though. Beeswax is a total no no.

This is how the loc’ies looked after using this stuff…

Not bad. But I’m not using it again anyway. Beeswax scares me.

I did a video that talks about my Locs at 1 Year.

I have been getting SO many questions from ladies non-Black ladies who are curious about Black hair and what being “natural” means. I love answering these questions. Aaaand, you can follow my hair blog at

Stay beautiful!

More 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

Spa Day at Casa de Mama Clumps!

*skipping Mascara Monday this time around. Reviews will resume Jan 10, 2010*

This is what a Spa Day looks like at Mama Clumps’ house. She wanted to treat my cousins (l-r: Nikki, BriAna and Corey) to an evening of making products that they could use to pamper themselves. First they made homemade hand sanitizers.

What you’ll need to make this:
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup of vodka or EverClear alcohol
10 drops of fragrance oil
1 drop of food coloring (optional)

First you mix up everything…

…then you funnel it in a re-usable bottle. Mama Clumps is eco-friendly.

…lastly, name it whatever you want and label it!

Mommy also made soap petals.

Why didn’t I think about giving these away as gifts? Grated soap with a tad bit of water makes a milky consistency in which loose flower (fake) petals can be dipped it. Toss them in a dish and place them in your bathroom. Way better than pump soap, right?

Mommy and Corey also made shea based body butters.

…and lavender bath soaks.

…and body fragrances

And after everyone soaked their feet in the bath soaks they made, I did nails!

Every time I see Mama Clumps whip up goodies so effortlessly, I wonder why I moved out. I mean, seriously…she can make anything!

‘Twas a wonderful post-Christmas gift for us all.

Do you have ‘spa days’? Or make your own products? Next time I head, I’m going to have Mama Clumps help me make a lip balm. And of course I’ll need another dose of my nettle infused jojoba hair oil.

Mama knows best!

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours…Merry Christmas and Happy holidays! I am one of those annoying people that really get into Christmas each year. I woke up at the crack of dawn as if I were 5 years old.

I love Christmas. And I love the Clumps family.

Posts will resume next Tuesday. Until then, I am available via email:

Love you all!
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