ChapStick True Shimmer Strikes again…

Okay, so remember once upon a time I did a review on Chapstick True Shimmer and everyone was like, “OMG, these are the best things ever!”? Random: I just clicked on that review and WHOA I look like I different person. In a good way though. I think. LOL.

But I digress…

Well ladies and gents (Clumps men, where ya’ll at?) Chapstick has two new flavors.

Look!

In zee blue: Peppermint Rush
In zee purple: Blended Fruit Sherbet

Chapstick can really get you into some trouble with these delicious flavors. One minute you’re putting this stuff on your lips and the next thing you know you’re craving red velvet cake like mad.

Or maybe that’s just me. HA!

Look at the shimmery goodness…


Lusciously shiny and tasty. I love these more than the first two flavors I reviewed. The peppermint REALLY tastes like a peppermint. And the Blended Fruit Sherbet made me all nostalgic thinking about my Grandma in Miami who loooved to give us orange sherbet for dessert. Yummy!

Being the flavor mixtress that I am I had to..


Hehehe…deeelicious.

Oh and they look good too. You can snag these babies anywhere Chapstick products are sold.

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Lash Flirt mascara

I love mascara requests.

I mean….they literally light up my inbox. While quite a bit of you have been requesting throwback mascaras, this week I got a ton of requests for Rimmel’s newest. Which is interesting because I wasn’t even going to review it! But the people have spoken so here it is…..

Rimmel Glam’Eyes
Lash Flirt mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $7.29 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: Check out the packaging!


The truth:
Okay….so 80% is a dramatic claim but it ain’t too shabby.

What I loved about it: The wand is pretty amazing. The bristles are GREAT for separating. Especially if you have those crazy tangled lashes like I do. They are stiff and thin enough to get through the lashes. But I don’t like about the wand is that it is a little too “wobbly”. Flexible=good. Bo-yoing-yoing factor? Not so much? But it doesn’t cause TOO much of a problem.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked some more volume. Especially since that’s what the mascara said it’s going to do. To make up for the volume….I got insane length.

Overall: I reviewed the original Glam Eyes here. What I am finding with the Rimmel mascaras that I review is that they ALL give me what I’m NOT looking for. Which I suppose is better than it giving me nothing at all. This Lash Flirt is pretty darn good. It really gets your lashes out there and guess what? It’s build-able! Go ‘head and apply a 3rd coat. Or a 4th coat if you’re a rebel. You won’t get crazy ‘clumps of mascara’…haha. I did experience smudging (watch the video to see what I mean) but then again that could be my own clumsiness.

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Look! Twins! Haha!

Would I recommend it?: Sure! Why not? Give it a whirl! Besides….the packaging is crazy cute.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet?
Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Clumps of Mascara meets Afrobella!


Last weekend I had the opportunity to link up with one of my favorite bloggers ever!! Patrice from Afrobella.com is a legend, yall. Her beauty/lifestyle/traveling/everything amazing blog was wait….I think she may have been the first brown girl blogger that I stumbled upon.

Yes, yes I think she was! I loved how she openly talked about natural hair and how to take care of it. I developed a certain kind of confidence that I never had prior to wearing my hair natural and I like to think that Afrobella assisted in that in some way.

I consider her to be a HUGE blog celebrity but she was crazy down to earth. We had girl talk over pina coladas at a lovely poolside bar.

So how great is thee Afrobella? Great enough to have an event in HER honor?

Check it:

Time: June 20, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Three Peas Art Lounge
Organized By: Luvvie (another blogger friend I just adore!)

Event Description:
Come join The Red Pump Project for an evening of relaxing, socializing, drinks & fun after the Blogging While Brown Conference wraps up. Let’s also welcome Beauty Blog Extraordinaire, Afrobella to Chicago. She’s the special guest of honor and will be gracing us with her presence.
There will be a cash bar and raffles of various prizes. Women, rock your red pumps. Men, rock your red ties! ALL proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, the only gender-specific HIV service nonprofit organization in Chicago.

Why oh why can’t I be in Chicago this time around? I am a huge supporter of The Red Pump Project and would love to hang out with these bellas but alas I can’t. If you are in the Chicago area, you should definitely attend!

FOTD Friday: The Body Shop palette

Happy Fridays, darlings! Another week has blown by. Yes, already. This week’s face of the day is brought to you by this lovely little palette from The Body Shop.

I know, it has everything in it, right? What you are looking at is the Eye, Lip & Cheeck palette. I took this baby along with me when I was in Miami for Mother’s Day and it truly came through for me! Mind you I left ALL of my toiletries at home. This palette in all of its fantastic wonderful-ness happened to be in my purse and it saved my weekend…beauty-wise, at least.

It comes with….

-Super Volume Mascara
-Liquid Lip Color Pale Pink Sparkle and Golden Coral
-Cheek Color 04 Golden Pink
-Eye Shimmer 01 Silverý
-Eye Color 26 Shell Pink
-Eye color 38 Spearmint
-Eye color 20 Slate
-Mini Blusher Brush and Mini Eyeshadow Brush

I was crazy impressed! The glosses,not as pigmented as I like, are smooth and non-tacky, the shadows are bright and wearable and the mascara….ain’t so bad!

Check out the look I created. Look how versatile the colors are!


All products from The Body Shop unless otherwise mentioned.

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

EYES:
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-Spearmint (lid)
-Eye shimmer in silver (highlight)
-Eye color in Slate (crease)
-Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
-Super Volume mascara

LIPS:
-MAC Nightmoth lip liner
-Liquid lip color in Coral

Dang, Mister Sun!! You are messin’ up my photoshoot!

So I had to take it the car….is it just me or do car shots have the best lighting?

In the shade..


Tons of sun…



Ah yes….my green smoothie. I love that stuff. Did I tell ya’ll I was taking baby steps in the raw foodie/vegan world? Been doing it for a few weeks now. My diet is about 70% green! I’m not doing this forever…just trying to spice up my diet a bit by learning new recipes. I even tweeted my vegan chocolate chip cookies here. I’ll share more with the Clumps fan. Ya’ll know I’m a health food nut so it’s about time we incorporate beauty with it. Wait—wasn’t I supposed to be starting a health/fitness series? Uh….

….back to the topic at hand, lol! This palette rocks. It is absolutely perfect for traveling. You can snag it here for only $30.

Would you? Could you rock this palette? I am lovin’ it.

Happy weekeeeeend!! Love ya’ll!

Stay beautiful,

Guest Editor: Summer Fashions from Miss. Yaya

Are y’all ready for the guest post from Miss Yaya? I hardly think you are!!

As the weather outside gets less and less frightful, and the breeze is so delightful… our closets filled with blacks and browns, the edges of our clothing yearns for hikes of hems and sleeves alike. And so each year when spring melts into summer, some summer trends stand out (and fall just as quickly – haha get it?), while plenty have weathered through the years.

Current: This means they are of the essence, the same way bell bottoms, mood rings, door knocker earrings were once THE IT item in your collection, and are now out of sight/out of mind for the majority of the fashion frenzied.

Rompers: Though this style was always present in the fashion world, it is the first season in a while that it’s becoming so widely popular. The baby to OH BABY style is playful, and offers the same ease of choice as a dress does, in the sense that one item is your whole outfit.

The variety of styles go from strapless to different sleeve lengths, and from tight to loose. It is however suggested that you get one with a looser topside than the bottom, as it is meant to highlight your lower half. Anything looser on the bottom would really need to be a skirt – and thus become a dress.

Pictured: Dereon Romper $79.00

Gladiator Sandals: This is the second year that the sandal style has stuck around for. The style is versatile in that it can be bulky and add grunge/character to a girly outfit, or tone something down to a relaxed, bohemian mood.

This style comes in a plethora of studded to strappy versions, with every other style in between and has been fluid in the boundaries of flats to heels.

Be your picky self and choose just how strappy you want it – from minimal to your whole darn foot if you want it so. But please – leave the Crocs at home!

Pictured: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Dinah Flat Gladiator Sandal $142.10

Pinup Va Va Voom: With sweetheart necklines and highwaists galore, it is easy to evoke the era of the pinups, where clothes were sensual and not cut from here to there with little to the imagination.

Slowly making it’s comeback, this style is taking over everything from pants and tops to swimwear. It is recommended that if you do not want to do a whole themed outfit, you are better off to sticking to a few items (i.e. a high waist pair of shorts with a modern top).

Pictured: The June Dress $54.99


Keepers: Now this here is a summer style staple. A ‘let me buy this on clearance in December because it will still be relevant next June’ style. Something you could probably remember your parents rocking out (though maybe not as fashionably as yourself). This here style is not going anywhere.

Maxi Dresses: Ever since the celebrities started sporting maxi dresses, clothing companies took notice. Before – finding a decent maxi dress would land you in a house dress or an evening gown, with few well priced options in between. Now there are a gazillion ideas out there, with creative cutouts, backs, and patterns.

The shape itself lends to highlight the mother earth qualities and goddess-like similarities all females have from birth (yes ladies – please stand up proud). Once again, this is a whole outfit in one try, and being that it takes up your whole length, you don’t even need to worry about many accessories.

Pictured: Victoria’s Secret Maxi Dress $109.00 via a Shop.com search

Bright Colors: If it’s anything that happens in my closet every summer is that the rainbow comes around. This is the perfect time to experiment with neons, pastels, and everything in between. If you’re shy to the news – try it with a toenail color and work up the confidence – if it’s me? You’ll be seeing me with hot pink shoes, earrings and bags! (I try not to look like a big bright traffic light though). Let’s not forget that white is a bright too (okay for me it is). Have you ever been in an area with too much white light and it just overwhelmed you? Okay then – point proven! Forget the hokey about Labor Day and wear white all around – but wear it now especially!

Oh and ladies? Don’t ever think you’re too old to visit retailers that cater to a younger crowd. They usually have cheaper stuff in colors or styles you haven’t tried yet.

Some places to try (if you haven’t already started to mosey over…):

And who can forget the male clumps population? Certainly not I!

Men’s styles vary a lot less than women’s. They don’t have revolutionary different length short shorts to skirts and skorts every season (nor do I know many a man that will follow the trend). Male fashion houses are aware that for men, it is more in the shape and the fit.

So what do you ask is the summer style? Well – no matter if you’re 3008 or 2000-late, you can definitely make a boom by first realizing that the long tees, the abnormally long jeans – they’re out the window. Let’s all motivate and get our grown man on with a fit that compliments all your features, rather than highlights poor choices.

Tops: Polos, tees, and blazers. The ideal fit is that it is a half size bigger than the male body. So if your medium tee is snug – step it up a size, this will make it more comfortable to wear and undershirt and will not constrict movement. Plus no one looks confident or sexy when they’re fidgeting and uncomfortable in their own skin – and that sure as hell will happen if your shirts and shorts are bunching and twisting.

Men – don’t be afraid to look casual. A well designed tee in a soft fabric will make you extra comfy, and still keep you looking good. A button down is and always will be a good choice, but don’t be afraid to experiment!

Pictured: LRG polo $38.00

Bottoms: Personally, I like my man to wear a straight leg pant. I’m not a fan of a man in a skinny jean. If you can rock it – then by all means do so, but IMO that is a male nono.

Straight leg or bootcut will be the closest in line with your upper body and will create a long and lean silhouette. That means no breaks from top to bottom which also means you’re on the scene smooooth and clean (and I’m queen of corny…).

Pictured: Express Rocco Straight Leg Jeans $78.00

Manly trends you ask? Some similar to women’s: don’t be afraid of bright colors (but don’t overdo it – we are not looking for Skittle takeovers). Pastel colors are also in tune with the brights, but are toned down enough to be up to par with the relaxed summer mindset. Designs are also snazzy – whether on a t-shirt, blazer, or a pant.

Try not to go all nutso with it though, because I have never had much nice things to say for males whose pants have a golden arch on their behind (must I even name the brand?).

To save the best for last – unisex advice that never goes out of style OR seasonbe confident. Wear all that you are and have with confidence and everything else will be a perfect fit. Smiling seems to do the trick too – just brush yo teeth! I know every person reading this has stepped outside of their house and found the natural ability of checking out a person who’s having a good day. It’s in the smile, the posture, the language. Don’t ever put yourself down.

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Hope I did the Clumps Fam proud!

Beauty Review: Q-Tips Vanity Packs

Okay fam….guess what this is,

Don’t scroll.

Not yet.

Not yeeeet

Did you guess what it was?

Giiiiirl, I bet you didn’t think it was this!


How cute is that? Q-tips are now housed in these darling little vanity packs. I loooove Q-Tips. I practically grew up on these things.

And I’m not even going to front…..I used them for my ears. BUT, you’re not supposed to. You can do some damage to the ear canal stuffing a Q-Tip up in there so….


Big no-no to that. But there are so many other wonderful things Q-tips can be used for.

Liiiike….

Smudging the eyeliner….


-Cleaning up mascara mess-ups…


-Spot treating pimples. Unfortunately, I have to do this EVERY day.


Aaaand, this may just be me but I use Q-Tips dipped in Seabreeze to cleanse the itchy areas of my scalp in between washings.


Yep. I’m givin‘ you the “I should be embarrassed about doing this but I’m not” look. LOL!

So I do hope you have some Q-tips in your beauty arsenal. They are multi-purpose, efficient and uhh…cheap. This vanity pack is only going to cost you $3.19. And I will definitely be re-using that darling little box. The greenie in me wants to grow a plant in it.

Yeah mon!

You can sang these where-ever Q-tips products are sold.

What do you think?

A Q-Tips fan?

IMATS Los Angeles 2009

I remember first hearing about the International Makeup Artist Trade Show from my girl Vanessa at Nessasary Makeup. And so started my obsession with wanting to attend every make-up show I could get to.

Unfortunately I can’t get to IMATS this time around *tears* but you can!!

From the IMATS Website:

“Known simply as “The Show” to the make-up world, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) is the only show of its kind in the world. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make- up world’s biggest gathering. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the techniques or experiment with the products, or if you just have an interest in the art of make-up, then the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green Street) is where you need to be.

The show is open to the public. No make-up artist credentials are required to get you in the door. Tickets are non-refundable and any billing discrepancies must be presented within 30 days of the transaction.”
(source)

You can get ticket information here. My suggestion? If you are wanting to just check out the exhibitors, I would go for the $15 tickets. Buuuut, if you are a serious make-up artist, editor and lover, I would definitely get the $65 tickets. They not only get you on admission to the exhibitor floor but to classes and to see keynote speakers as well. That’s the route I would take if if…

….if I were going. *more tears*

You goin’?
Wanna go?
Wanna take me?

Amor de Lacquer: What The Polish Addict Says…

Got another tip from one of my favorite nail polishes bloggers!!

Stephanie from The Polish Addict

“Different base coats work differently for different people but a good base coat makes a world of difference in terms of wear time, prevention of yellowing, and some even help to make difficult to apply polishes easier to apply. My personal favorites right now are Barielle Camouflage and Zoya.”

Visit Stephanie’s blog here. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,