MAC’s SugarSweet collection….I hate it!

All has been quiet on the Southern front when it comes to MAC Cosmetics for me. It has been quite a while since I’ve indulged in any of the collections. In fact…I think the last one was Cult of Cherry. But since then I’ve been a little….

*yawn*

But that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited with each NEW collection. I get excited. I just don’t purchase. After doing some blog hopping over the weekend, I came across a Risser‘s blog displaying MAC’s SugarSweet collection. I’m not sure when it will come out but here is the promo ad for it.


Just what in the hell is this? Exactly how is this sista’s features being accentuated? Where is the beauty in this? If you ask me….this may be why a lot of Black women fear wearing make-up. Fear of looking like this.

I hate it. I hate it. And I will never purchase another MAC Cosmetics product again if this indeed is the promo for this collection. I’m not even kidding. —or maybe I am. LOL!

Am I being overly sensitive? Women of color, I would love to hear your thoughts about this promo ad.

When is it ever okay for a darker sister to ever wear an extremely pink pale lip?

Or bright pink shadow allll the way up to the brow? Would you rock it?

Hmm……speak on it!

[EDIT]: I’m not offended per se but I don’t think that this particular ad is flattering for the woman. This is not make me want to run out and purchase the products. Hmm….lovin’ the thoughts and comments, family. Keep them coming!

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Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie EXTREME Lash Plumper

Happy Monday! Yes….this dreaded day is back. I don’t think that I will ever get over “dreading” Monday. I mean….does it ever get better? Gracias a Dios for Mascara Monday. It brings a much needed joy in my life and I hope to your life too.

I know—it ain’t that serious but then again it is! HA!!

So we all know how much I adore Max Factor Volume Couture. Forgot one of the best….this mascara just may be THE best in terms of volume. I love it. I have since reviewed Max Factor 2000 Calorie and uh….let’s just say it wasn’t anywhere near as awesome as that MF Volume Couture.

So how does the EXTREME take? Is it better? Just as good? A disappointment? Hmmm….

Max Factor 2000 Calorie
Extreme Lash Plumper

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for around $6 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Introducing our new pro tool for the most voluptuous lashes ever. It’s not a mascara, it’s a lash plumper! Our patented fat-wrap formula and extreme brush uniquely wrap and plump every single lash, from root to tip.” (source)

The truth: Wait…is this a wanna-be Cover Girl Lash Blast in black? Hmmm….

What I loved about it: I suppose that the volume isn’t so bad after a good three coats.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t….the best. I mean, it’s okay. It’s good ‘n terrible.

Also…..what a hot gooby mess. I mean, look at this:


You get an F for that, Max Factor. And perhaps I got a “bad bottle” but my goodness….

Overall: I’m not even gonna lie to, yall….when I first saw this mascara, I thought “Look at CoverGirl Lash Blast’s wannabe little sister.” LOL! I know..cruel. A true mascara reviewer never compares one mascara to another unless the company itself makes that claim. But can you blame me? Look at this!

The brushes are almost identical. Here’s a closer look at Max Factor’s…


So yes…those not used to this kind of wand will have that inital strugge. I’ve learned to manipulate them pretty well, so this was not a downfall for me. I found that it took a good 3 coats to achieve pretty decent lashes. That annoyed me—I don’t like to apply more than 2 coats if I can help it.

The lengthening factor wasn’t so bad. And now that I look at the photos again, the volume isn’t that bad either. But it isn’t amazing. And it certainly doesn’t stand up against Lash Blast.

….or wait–am I comparing them again? My bad, yall. I can’t help it!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Nope. It is a definite pass. It’s not bad but I am sure your favorite mascara now is better.

….seriously. I’m just keepin’ it real.

Could it be that Volume Couture is the ONLY decent Max Factor mascara? I’m starting to think so? What say you, folx?

Enjoy your Monday!!

Muuuuuah,

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FOTD Friday: The Minimalist Look

Happy Friday, family! We’ve made it!! This week happened to be extra crazy for me. Because of inauguration and business travels last week, I had a lot of catching up to do. Which is tiring and a little stressful but who am I to complain? Life is still good, peeps!

This FOTD (face of the day) is not terribly unique or creative but it a reflection of how I’m feeling. In fact, I don’t think I’ve done a bold look since New Year’s Eve celebrations. Yikes! And I still can’t tear myself away from MAC’s Girl About Town. This lipstick paired with a simple eye is amazing—even for work, I think.

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Fashion Fair blush in Warm Sand

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
CARGO bronzer in medium (used as eyeshadow on the lid)
Too Faced eyeshadow in Mocha Meteor (crease)
MAC Twinks eyeshadow (used to deepen crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
*a mascara I’m reviewing–so not impressed*

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lipliner
MAC Girl About Town lipstick

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The headwrap and bright lips bring out a little pop in a otherwise pretty boring look.

What’s your favorite “POP” product? A bright liner? Lipstick? Blush? Tell me!

Have a wonderful weekend, family.

CoM’s Take on the 5 Best Mascaras…

Clumps of Mascara veterans, where yall at? Riddle me this….do you think you could guess at least one of my top 5 mascaras on the market right now?

No seriously….I know I review a lot and love a lot but what’s one of my favorite?

Leave your answer in the comments.

…..oh and then go and check out my article at A Few Goody GumDrops. It is there where you will find the answer, my darlings!

Peace and cupcakes,

Brown & Blushin': The best ever!


It’s no surprise that I love blushes. After all…I have a series dedicated to them! My belief is that women of color CAN wear blushes. And beautifully. For a long time I didn’t think that blushes were for ladies with darker hues. What was I thinking? It is! Toya from Life of a Ladybug and I are collaborating to bring you our favorite blushes and bronzers. You ready?


NARS Dolce Vita

I’ve already done an extensive review of this blush here. I can’t put it down! Because it is a matte the color is richly intense and a little goes a long way. It is perfect for all occassions! I don’t have to worry about reapplying any on my foundation-less skin because it’s NARS…which means it is long-lasting. This is definitely my favorite blush of ALL time and is totally worth the $25 price tag. More about NARS’ blushes here.

Stila Convertible Color

I absolutely love Stila’s convertible colors! I mean with a passion. I actually have one in my purse right now. And there it stays. I find that it feels great on my cheeks–especially in these colder months. Not only that, but it doubles as a gloss, which I use quite often! Another steep price tag of $25 but you know I’m all about items with multi-uses so this is a splurge I can justify indulging in. More about Stila’s Convertible colors here.

MAC Petticoat

I also did a post on this baby here. Okay, words can not express how much I LOVE Petticoat Mineralize Skinfinish. I don’t even understand WHY it is so beautiful. Just a sweep of a fluffly eyeshadow brush and I have achieved perfectly subtle cheekbones. It is the PERFECT highlight-enhancing my facial features. I’ve also been known to dust it only the lids too. Gosh B….$25 for this too? Yeeeep! More about Petticoat MSF here.

N.Y.C. Chroma Face Glow in Sunset

I did a review on this here. N.Y.C. ain’t lyin’ about this “glow”, ladies. It’s there and it is gorgeous! I also use this as a highlighter-especially on days when I don’t have too much time to do a ton of work on my cheeks. Like most blushes, a little goes a long way and gives my face instant illumination. Use too much, however, and you may get the “disco ball” effect. A fantatstic dupe for MAC’s MSF coming in at only $4.99.

CoverGirl’s Tanfastic Bronzer

“B….brown girls can’t wear bronzers!” To quote my cousins from the South, “You’se a lie!” Yes we can wear bronzers! I dedicated an entire post to them. I love them! Especially in the summer time. Golden bronzers look beautiful on brown skin. I have a friend that uses it all over and you know what? It works for her. I don’t think I would go that route as I am more brown than she is but the point is….bronzers work for us. For a nice subtle glow…scoop you up CoverGirl’s. It’s only $5.99.

Before I go….check out what I’ve been lusting after for a uh….hours.

From Givenchy’s Spring ’09 collection.

Sari Glow Iridescent Blush

How beautiful is that? This baby is $42 and is only at Sephora.

“$42 for a blush, B?!!!”

Insanity, I know…but isn’t it beautiful?

Don’t forget to check out Toya’s top blushes/bronzers.

What is your all time favorite blush? Tell me!!

Get yo glow on,


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Beauty Review: Dazzle Dry System

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.

I was given the opportunity to test drive the Dazzle Dry’s Quick Dry Nail System kit. If you aren’t familiar with this brand, here are some quick tidbits.

  • The supreme 4-step system for natural nail manicures that air-dries THOROUGHLY in a dazzling 5-10 minutes (um, it’s actually less than that).
  • Free of formaldehyde, nitrocellulose, toluene and phthalate.
  • Formulated for natural nails to keep polish lasting longer (not recommended for use on acrylic and artificial nails).
  • Lacquers contain a UV screen for color protection.

If you purchase the kit, you will get all of this…

Dazzle Dry Nail Prep
Base Coat
Color Lacquers (2)
Top Coat

In my video review, I apply each of the products and show just how quickly the products dry. I even run my finger over water. This stuff is serious!!



Dazzle Dry Nail System Kit from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.


Verdict:
It works!! No….I mean, it really works. My nails are ready to go in 2 minutes or less. The entire kit retails for $54 which is a little steep for nail products, in general. I am “into” my nails more than the average person so this is one investment that I can justify indulging in.

Do you have to use Dazzle Dry polishes with the base and top coat?
Actually, you don’t. I’ve used the Nail prep and both the base and top coats with several other brands and it worked perfectly. However, using THEIR color polishes ensures that the polish dries almost instantaneously. Which is to be expected.

Here’s my NOTD (nail of the day) using Dazzle Dry’s Scarlet Desire. I used the entire system and only did two coats of Scarlet Desire.

How gorgeous is that color? I love this system and highly recommend it! Check out the Dazzle Dry System and other cool thangs at VBcosmetics.com.

Polish pretty,

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast

Happy Monday, beautiful people. I’m back!!

No more “scheduled posts”. I am soooo happy to be back home and glad that I was able to not only head up to D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration, but I also got to spend some time with some of my favorite beauty bloggin’ babes…also known as The Pretty Committee.


Do you see me in the back being all “extra”. Wow. Ohmigoodness, we had a ball. Thanks Shana for that picture. More about those happenings later. Let’s get to the mascara review. I know, I know. This mascara is quite ancient, ain’t it? I have been getting several requests for me to review it. I must admit….I was a little annoyed with having to re-REVIEW this mascara again but I’m glad I did!

CoverGirl Lash Blast
mascara


Price: 5 out of 5 ($7)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.” (source)

The truth: Ummm, wow!! This is good! And I feel like a cosmetic loser for just now showing love to a mascara that’s been out for 288 years.

What I loved about it:
The volume is insane! I mean…it really is there. And it’s there instantly! I almost didn’t need two coats but I’m used to always applying two so I did so out of habit.

What I didn’t like: Like most–the wand. But that’s a given.


It’s good and terrible (name that movie!!). Good because once you get the hang out it…it isn’t so bad. Terrible because..well, look at it!

Overall: This is such an old mascara! I mean…it’s funny that I am just now reviewing it because it has been around for a minute. Actually I did a small review of it in one of my first YouTube videos. Thanks to those who asked me to review it again because I have fallen in love with it! I have been wearing this mascara for quite a while now and am amazed at the volume factor. I found that it also gave me a little length. I didn’t experience any flaking and it held up throughout the day. Again…what a GREAT mascara!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


It is the TRUTH, ladies! While strolling through CVS a few days ago I noticed that Lash Blast has a sister mascara called Lash Blast Luxe.


However, I will NOT be reviewing this baby here because I refuse to use mascaras with glitter in them. I had a bad experience with that awful CoverGirl Eyelights mascara. Glitter + mascara= eye irritation!! It infuriates me that these companies don’t get this. Goodness gracious….

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!! Great deal and great mascara if you can get used to the wand.

If you are a crazy mascara consumer like me, I am sure you have tried this one. Tell me what you think!! Would you try the Lash Blast Luxe?

Stay beautiful….and intelligent (inside joke, hehe),

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Beauty Bubble: First Lady Fab

I have been fortunate enough to have a TON of Black women in my life that represent intelligence, sophistication and class. I have added First Lady Michelle Obama to that list.

“OMG, I’m totally sick of hearing about Barack and Michelle Obama.”

I can only imagine how many people are thinking this. Me, on the other hand, I am having a hard time NOT adding them to every conversation I hold. So much inspiration.

Check out Michelle’s Beauty Secrets below…



TotalBeauty.com
Michelle Obama’s Beauty Secrets

From her volume-packed bob hairstyles to her radiant skin, photos and tips on recreating the first lady’s looks

Read these pro tips on how to make her best looks, from her inauguration ‘do to her pre-campaign glow, work for you.

See Michelle Obama