Mascara Monday: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

Time for another review of a highly requested mascara. Out of nowhere, my inbox was slammed with a ton of emails about this mascara. Those of y’all that have tried it swore it was the best thing ever. Did I agree? Hmm…

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

Price: 2 out of 5 (I got it for $22 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“A mascara that gives the lashes curl, volume, length and intense pigment” (source)

The truth: It don’t do all of THAT but it’s a pretty good mascara.

What I loved about it: I reallllly like how black it is.

What I didn’t like: It tends to flake toward the end of the day. No me gusta!

Overall: I freakin’ love Make Up For Ever. I can’t deny it. Yeah, I know I complain about the price. But I’m always complaining about the price of something. That’s just the life of a cheaparina. LOL! I always feel ambivalent when I hit a check-out line with a luxury mascara. Is it worth the price? Will I fall in love and end up having to always spend a grip on it? Hmm…

Smoky Lash surprised me. I can totally see why so many of y’all love this Sephora exclusive mascara. Let’s talk about the wand.

It’s pretty cool. Not my favorite but it isn’t bad. It takes some work when trying to get in the inner corners. And it may give smaller lids and lashes ladies some issues. Tiny thin strokes is the key with a brush like that. I used the root-to-top wiggling method and it worked just fine.

Now don’t let the claims fool you. I don’t think ANY mascara can give you length, volume AND curl. If I am so desirous of all three, I find that layering is the best way to go. I think that this mascara is better with lengthening than anything else. The volume is so so but what really makes it stand out is the black pigment. It gives my lashes tons of drama. And that’s with one coat. One coat is where you should stay because two or more MAY give you some problems.

The biggest problem I had with Smoky Lash was the flakiness. It was pretty bad at one point. I always assume that flaky mascaras are because (1) the mascara is older or (2) I’ve applied too many coats. The latter was the case with Smoky Lash. Three coats=flakiness galore, one coat=a bit of flakiness but not too bad.

Otherwise, it’s a pretty good mascara. Go MUFE!!!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Sure would…it’s a nice mascara if you feel like splurging! 

Go MUFE, it’s ya birthday!!! Who likes?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



Clumps of Mascara goes to NY Fashion Week..sort of!

MOJ Covers Mercedes Benz Fashion WeekIf the Miss Clumps can’t come to the mountain, then in a perfect world the mountain can come to her right? Well this world ain’t so bad so Miss Yaya of MyOwnJudge.net – your guest fashion writer on COM has brought the mountain to y’all Clumpheads!

So while the weather may be frightful (that image is the morning shot before starting my travels to the shows), the reporting will be delightful. Especially for Miss Britt who is enjoying her warm weather (and don’t think I don’t know some of y’all are enjoying the sun too!).

What might I be talking about? I forget sometimes that people like to forsaken New Yorkers occasionally… us being New Yorkers and all :)~ so here’s the golden nugget:

This Fall and Winter 2010 presentation is the last of its kind. This is the last season at Bryant Park. Next year? At Lincoln Center! Click here for the official schedule and give Britt a shout for which shows you’re dying to hear about. Want to know something specific? Nails? Hair? Ethnic diversity? Colors? Shoes? Let it out and the mountain shall come to you!

MOJ Covers Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Disclaimer: This is a real car (thus the secretive license plate). This car also neither belongs to myself or Brittany… but now they know where to surf. :)

FOTD Friday: Matte pink on the lids and eggs!


Happy Friday!

I really wanted to do a  light pink eye look but uh…that so didn’t happen. Sketch eyeshadow apparently becomes purple when blended with pink. No me gusta. I need some make-up inspiration because lately I’ve been cranking out the same boring looks. And I’m making silly mistakes with simple techniques. Like…how BAD is that liner application.

Wowzers. I think I need to work on my skiils.


What I used…

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

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty (lid)
Light pink shadow from Coastal Scents palette (lid)

MAC Sketch (crease and outer-V)

NARS Edie eyeshadow (between crease and brow)
NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in Black
L’Oreal Voluminous

LIPS:
MAC Lipliner in Vino
NYC Cosmetics lipstick in Garnet



 
 

Random: Every day I make the same critical decision. One that will determine how the entire day will go. Will I wear the purple frames?

Or the aqua frames?

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. But I always have to eat it on the go.

Two over easy eggs on whole wheat bread. Who likes eggs? If they didn’t have that cholesterol issue I would eat them every day!

Me and my Inspector Gadget trench coat.

Ah well, darlings. Off I go to find some inspiration. Maybe I need to spend more time playing in make-up. Most days I either don’t wear it or rush to do a look for a FOTD. HA!

Have a fabulous weekend,

Beauty Bee-haviors: Why we DON’T need make-up…

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.

This edition of Beauty Bee-haviors was inspired by an 10 year old reader. That’s right…Clumps tries (operative world is “tries”, ha!) to be curse-free because I know that we have baby readers out there and I don’t want them to think cursing is cool.

Even though it was when I was 10 but I digress..

The young chick-a-dee was telling me how she just adores make-up and that without she doesn’t feel pretty. She said she’s tried 4 different brands of foundations and still hasn’t found the perfect primer. I didn’t know what primer was until I was like…23!  My attempts to tell her that make-up is SOOOO not needed at that age meant nothing because she was still desirous of a tips and tricks; not big sister-ly advice.

Oh well, my prepubescent pretty! You’re going to get more advice anyway because I’m a bossy big sister and that’s just how I roll. But now it’s you all’s turn. Help the baby Clumps readers understand 

Why we don’t need make-up…

I think it is SO important to empower and motivate younger girls. They look up to us. Some read beauty blogs and look at magazines and assume that make-up is needed to feel beautiful. In fact, there are young adults and older women who feel this way.

Speak on it, y’all…

(photo source)

Brown & Blushin': The brown girl’s must have

Please excuse me for just NOW reviewing a product that has been a staple in my stash for like….two years now. I mean, it’s very rare that you catch me NOT wearing it. It is the blush love of my life. It is…

MAC’s Sweet As Cocoa

I don’t know who introduced me this majestic powder but I am eternally grateful to them. Check out how I apply and wear it.


I wear Sweet As Cocoa just about every day. It goes right on top of my concealer and gives me that minimal coverage that I feel like I need. Even though I don’t wear foundation, I still like to even out my skintone just a wee bit. Sweet As Cocoa works beautifully because it a notch or two darker than my skint one but gives the bronzer-effect.

See…

I usually apply it with a kabuki-like brush from the tail of my brow to my cheeks.

Cheek without Sweet As Cocoa

Cheek WITH Sweet As Cocoa

See the difference! If I’m feeling like a little more color, I’ll dab another blush with more color on the apples of the cheeks. I think Sweet As Cocoa is the perfect introductory blush for the woman of color who STILL thinks she can’t wear blush. But it’s quite simple, brown girls…you NEED MAC’s Sweet As Cocoa.

Run run…get it now. Thank me later. :)

Anyone have Sweet As Cocoa? Tell me you love it as much as I do…

Brown & Blushin': The brown girl’s must have

Please excuse me for just NOW reviewing a product that has been a staple in my stash for like….two years now. I mean, it’s very rare that you catch me NOT wearing it. It is the blush love of my life. It is…

MAC’s Sweet As Cocoa

I don’t know who introduced me this majestic powder but I am eternally grateful to them. Check out how I apply and wear it.


I wear Sweet As Cocoa just about every day. It goes right on top of my concealer and gives me that minimal coverage that I feel like I need. Even though I don’t wear foundation, I still like to even out my skintone just a wee bit. Sweet As Cocoa works beautifully because it a notch or two darker than my skint one but gives the bronzer-effect.

See…

I usually apply it with a kabuki-like brush from the tail of my brow to my cheeks.

Cheek without Sweet As Cocoa

Cheek WITH Sweet As Cocoa

See the difference! If I’m feeling like a little more color, I’ll dab another blush with more color on the apples of the cheeks. I think Sweet As Cocoa is the perfect introductory blush for the woman of color who STILL thinks she can’t wear blush. But it’s quite simple, brown girls…you NEED MAC’s Sweet As Cocoa.

Run run…get it now. Thank me later. :)

Anyone have Sweet As Cocoa? Tell me you love it as much as I do…

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 2/7/10

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

The Product Pasha shows you a few ways to pamper your guy this Valentine’s Day.

The Beauty Alchemist previews Hourglass Cosmetics and new Prodigy Lipgloss.

Butterflydiary gives away delicious Spring Beauty Booty Goodies right in time for Valentine’s Day.

Lady Heat!!! DivaDebbi writes about Beyonce’s new perfume launch.

Clumps of Mascara loves Philosophy’s Purity facial cleanser! And readers co-sign.

Jeannine of BeautySweetSpot got the scoop from celebrity colorist, brad johns, on how to make your hair color last.

Krasey Beauty takes a look at Lady Gaga’s Red Carpet Grammy Look.

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Prisms 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 does it again. I think it’s safe to say that they are indeed one of my favorite nail polish companies EVER. They are always coming out with super unique collections. The Prisms collection is nothing but…wait for it…holos! Holos=holographic=death by love and admiration. Just look at these babies…




Here’s the rundown…

Brilliant actually looks more stunning than I thought it would. If I’m going to wear a light pink (gag), this is the way to do it!

Jewel is one of those colors that makes you say “Hmm…”. I didn’t have high expectations for it. Not sure why because Nubar’s Chocolate Truffle collection totally sold me on browns but Jewel was just “different”.


*drops jaw* Niiiice! And just to get an idea of how bling-tastic it is, check this out. *swoons.

Absolute is okay. I do wish it was more opaque because then it would have been STUNNING. It took a good 3 thick coats to cover up my stained nails.




Essence is should probably switch names with Jewel. I’m not the biggest fan of this rosy pink but it applies beautifully.

Gem is Jewel’s little sister. It has a little more gray in it but the same amount of holographic shimmer.

Spark looks funny on me but I still like it! It’s a tan with personality.

Prize is definitely my favorite of the bunch. It was opaque after only two coats and sparkles and shines from a mile away. Love love love this color!

Treasure is purple and that is reason enough enough for me to love it. It took three coats to reach complete opacity. It isn’t on Color Club’s Wild At Heart level but it certainly earns its place in the collection.

Yay to Nubar for stepping out of the box again! Holographic polishes are rarities so I hope this collection spearheads some kind of trend. I didn’t have any application problems with these babies although I do wish they were all all more opaque. Especially Absolute. How cool would it be to see a dark teal holographic? *faints*

Nonetheless, Nubar has impressed me again and I will continue singing praises about this nail polish brand.

You can get the entire collection here for $59.95 or buy them individually for $7.29/ea.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles

Any holo lovers out there?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,


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