Let It Clump: Magazine Fab!

Time for a Let It Clump post! This series where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

So let’s talk magazines. Growing up I was an avid Seventeen and CosmoGirl reader. I also stole….I mean snagged my parents’ Ebony, Essence and Jet mags. But I never felt like I related to those magazines. Seventeen was great for reading on airplanes or on long road trips and Ebony felt like it was geared more to “grown folx”.

I am currently subscribed to Allure magazine but mainly just to keep up with the newest beauty fads and products on a commercial level. Yet I still don’t FEEL a connection with that magazine.

I even copped that highly coveted Vogue Italian Black Issue.

I agree with Seymone. The sistas are baring it a little too much for me. And yes the ads…well, let’s just say I forgot it was the “Black Issue”. HA! But it is what it is. I’ll save that rant for the personal blog.

But there is one magazine that I adore. I mean…I am truly in love with this magazine. It incorporates everything! Fashion, beauty, hair, culture, hobbies and lifestyle by and for the modern Black woman.

Let me introduce you to……

Colures Magazine;
a UK publication

I purchased this copy at a Borders in Los Angeles and have struggled to find another one since!

Colures is impeccable. Check out some of the spreads…

do you see the abudance of nappturals sistas?
WOW!



Ahhh, look at the make-up! That silver glitter on the lips is hottttt!

….and the ads aren’t bad either.


And some culture talk too?

I flippin’ love this magazine! But can’t find it anywhere in Florida. Urgh! Anyone else familiar with Colures?

I went to MAC’s Cult of Cherry party at my MAC Pro and had a ball. Of course I leave my camera but I’ll post some pictures of my 1 lippie and 1 lip glass haul on the laters. I would have loved to snag some of those palettes but yall know I’m the dupe queen. I think everything is a dupe. But I’m all over the vampy burgundy matte lipstick.


And a random video posting…



I know this is a jam packed post. My bad, beautiful people! Have a wonderful hump day!

Mascara Monday: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

It’s Moooooonday! I had a wonderful weekend with my lovely Ari over at Fashion Devotee. Her blog is on a little hiatus but she’ll be back soon. Now let me share with you the most recent mascara review!

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Neutrogena Healthy
Volume Mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (under $6 regular price)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5

Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “This lash-enhancing mascara instantly builds lash volume by 400%. The patent-pending formula with a touch of olive oil penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. The Visible Volume Brush coats and builds even the smallest lashes with rich, volume-building color. No clumps, smudging or flaking!” (source)

The truth: Wow! This is seriously a great mascara! I am extremely impressed.

What I loved about it: This mascara being on sale at Target for less than $5 is really what inspired me to purchase it. That and the the claim of making your lashes 400x fuller. Now I know I exaggerate everything, but Neutrogena was straight trippin’ making a claim like that. But do you get some volume? Absolutely!!! I noticed a serious difference after applying the first coat. And even after applying 3 coats, I didn’t get any clumps. It is the truth!

What I didn’t like: Wah waaaa, I’m such a stickler about my brushes so of course I would have loved if the bush was smaller but whatev. I can’t complain because of the performance that this brush gives.

Would I purchase again?: Sho nuff! (who else says this…lol?) And those looking for extreme volume should too. It is definitely a great budget buy! I love when you can find cheap mascaras that work well. Go buy it nooooow!

The pictures below aren’t the BEST but it shows the BEFORE and AFTER of applying one coat of Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Mascara.

I took them while giving my hair a deep conditioner. I couldn’t find my shower cap so ya girl had to uhhhh, do some improvising. Ha!!


That picture should probably be embarrassing but whatev. You folx know I love keepin’ it real.


So who would have thought that Neutrogena would have such a great mascara? I’m sold! Have you tried this? Or would you be inclined to try it? Now that I think about it….Neutrogena has quite a cosmetic selection. Anyone own anything from them? Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

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FOTD Friday: Flashback & Contest Winners


It has been a super long week, yall. I have had A LOT of good news, most of which I will share later, but I have also had my share of exhausting busy-ness. But I can’t complain. I’m the type that feels “funny” when my life isn’t in overdrive.

To continue on with the Mascara Monday rewind, I decided to post some of my boldest FOTDs. Most of these were done when I was living in Los Angeles and playing in make-up really became not only a hobby, but….a friend. I spent hours every night trying to come up with some creative ish. My skills weren’t so hot but this was really when I looooved eyeshadow.

My first week in LA….I really had nothing else to do but do craaaazy bold looks.

Ahhh, the Jigsaw piece. I had so much fun doing this.


Sunshine seriously consisted of 3 products. Loved this look!


Who remembers MAC Mi’Lady mineralized duo?


Awww….this is my FIRST all MAC look. I got addicted to MAC during the C-Shock era last summer and was all over that Wondergrass paired with Humid. And you couldn’t tell me nothin’ about those 3D lip glasses. I can’t believe that was only a year ago and I’ve moved 4 times since then!

That nude lip is sick! I’ve got to try to do that again. Loved this look….around this time, I started to tone down the BOLD looks and focus on pretty pinks/purples and neutrals.

If you remember these looks, you are serious a vetern Clumps of Mascara viewer! And I loves you for it!!

Now for the 2 winning Stila
Lipstick Contest Entries:

“I vote because i’m scared that if I don’t i’ll be paying 20 bucks a gallon for some gas in a matter of months. lol jk…

It’s important to vote because not doing so would be single handedly snatching away our voice. No vote…no voice. No voice…no song. I sing my song for the woman with sore feet who went against the rules and sat at the front of the bus. I sing my song for young children that got sprayed with fire hoses. I sing my song for abused & dominated women. I sing my song for shackled slaves. I sing my song for ME, and most importantly…for my future children.”

-Kenya
VB

AND

“It is sooo important to vote, especially in this day and age. Many people, especially women, have fought for our right to vote and have a say about the future of our country. As women, we are always affected by who our President because many issues affect us and our children – gun control, abortion rights, education, health insurance – the list goes on and on. If we don’t cast our vote and choose – we are being complacent and currently, letting men make decisions for us. Vote, vote, vote!! Especially this time – we need change so we can get out of the recession, improve the economy and spend money on important stuff – like makeup!”

-Shefali

I love how these ladies touched on so many issues in just a few words. True beauty lies not in this make-up bit we talk about but our cognizance of worldwide issues; and how they will affect our future. I love yall!! Shoot me emails so I can send off your lippies. Thank you to all of the submissions.

Support Stila cosmetics and VOTE!!!!!

……and be my friend. :)

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: Flashback & Contest Winners


It has been a super long week, yall. I have had A LOT of good news, most of which I will share later, but I have also had my share of exhausting busy-ness. But I can’t complain. I’m the type that feels “funny” when my life isn’t in overdrive.

To continue on with the Mascara Monday rewind, I decided to post some of my boldest FOTDs. Most of these were done when I was living in Los Angeles and playing in make-up really became not only a hobby, but….a friend. I spent hours every night trying to come up with some creative ish. My skills weren’t so hot but this was really when I looooved eyeshadow.

My first week in LA….I really had nothing else to do but do craaaazy bold looks.

Ahhh, the Jigsaw piece. I had so much fun doing this.


Sunshine seriously consisted of 3 products. Loved this look!


Who remembers MAC Mi’Lady mineralized duo?


Awww….this is my FIRST all MAC look. I got addicted to MAC during the C-Shock era last summer and was all over that Wondergrass paired with Humid. And you couldn’t tell me nothin’ about those 3D lip glasses. I can’t believe that was only a year ago and I’ve moved 4 times since then!

That nude lip is sick! I’ve got to try to do that again. Loved this look….around this time, I started to tone down the BOLD looks and focus on pretty pinks/purples and neutrals.

If you remember these looks, you are serious a vetern Clumps of Mascara viewer! And I loves you for it!!

Now for the 2 winning Stila
Lipstick Contest Entries:

“I vote because i’m scared that if I don’t i’ll be paying 20 bucks a gallon for some gas in a matter of months. lol jk…

It’s important to vote because not doing so would be single handedly snatching away our voice. No vote…no voice. No voice…no song. I sing my song for the woman with sore feet who went against the rules and sat at the front of the bus. I sing my song for young children that got sprayed with fire hoses. I sing my song for abused & dominated women. I sing my song for shackled slaves. I sing my song for ME, and most importantly…for my future children.”

-Kenya
VB

AND

“It is sooo important to vote, especially in this day and age. Many people, especially women, have fought for our right to vote and have a say about the future of our country. As women, we are always affected by who our President because many issues affect us and our children – gun control, abortion rights, education, health insurance – the list goes on and on. If we don’t cast our vote and choose – we are being complacent and currently, letting men make decisions for us. Vote, vote, vote!! Especially this time – we need change so we can get out of the recession, improve the economy and spend money on important stuff – like makeup!”

-Shefali

I love how these ladies touched on so many issues in just a few words. True beauty lies not in this make-up bit we talk about but our cognizance of worldwide issues; and how they will affect our future. I love yall!! Shoot me emails so I can send off your lippies. Thank you to all of the submissions.

Support Stila cosmetics and VOTE!!!!!

……and be my friend. :)

Stay beautiful!

My First Video & Photo Tutorial: For my newbies!

[NOTE]: I’ve been getting so many submissions for the Stila Lipstick contest and in the process of reading them all. I will post winning entries tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, chicas!

This is a big day in Clumps of Mascara history. Okay….I’m being a bit dramatic (what else is new? HA!) but I am really excited to showcase my first ever tutorial. I have had sooooo many requests to do one “on a newbie” level and I am finally getting around to it.

But that doesn’t mean yall need to get spoiled and start requesting that I do them every week. Tuts are hard work and I admire the ladies that do them on a regular. LOL, I’m going to try do what I can.

This look is a quick neutral eye from a Stila trio that I received. It’s great because the highlighting color, lid color and crease color are all RIGHT there in the pot. So I thought it would be easy to showcase it. [NOTE]: This tutorial is for those who are still confused on color placements. I was not going for perfection here, folx…just showing where each color should go.

So let’s get started…

How pretty is this trio?

[LEFT] Highlight
[CENTER] Crease color
[RIGHT] Lid color

Brushes Used:
Highlight-MAC 275SE
Lid application-Studio Tools brush (Target)
Crease application-MAC 222
Blending-Sonia Kashuk brush (Target)


First we start with priming our lids. This will ensure long-lasting eyeshadow and minimal crease. A must for me since I have heavy (or hooded) eyelids.

I like to start with the highlighter up under the brow first. Some folx do the highlighter last but do what works for you.

It looks a little crazy now but I’m going to come back and blend it nice later. BTW, my primer is all over the place. I forgot to smooth those edges out. Opps! Clumps of Mascara strikes again. LOL @ the brows. Bad brows is like my trademark, yall. Seriously…

I took a flat brush and now I’m going to start applying my lid color RIGHT ON the lid…..just below my crease.

See….
Now we take the crease color…..
And apply it riiiight on the crease.
Optional step….I also like to apply my crease color on the on the outer V of my eye too. Like this..


Time to blend my crease and highligher color together. I use a fluffy brush for this…
And there we gooooo……


That was actually very painful to upload. LOL! The video is actually a lot more pleasant to watch, if I do say so myself.

Yaaaay, thanks for the emails. I’ll leave the tutorials to the YouTube pros. Taking pictures AND doing a video is like a part time job. But it was fun. Tell me what you thiiiiiink. Click the link below to visit the video.


Eyeshadow for newbies tutorial

Peace and happiness, my beautiful people!

My First Video & Photo Tutorial: For my newbies!

[NOTE]: I’ve been getting so many submissions for the Stila Lipstick contest and in the process of reading them all. I will post winning entries tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, chicas!

This is a big day in Clumps of Mascara history. Okay….I’m being a bit dramatic (what else is new? HA!) but I am really excited to showcase my first ever tutorial. I have had sooooo many requests to do one “on a newbie” level and I am finally getting around to it.

But that doesn’t mean yall need to get spoiled and start requesting that I do them every week. Tuts are hard work and I admire the ladies that do them on a regular. LOL, I’m going to try do what I can.

This look is a quick neutral eye from a Stila trio that I received. It’s great because the highlighting color, lid color and crease color are all RIGHT there in the pot. So I thought it would be easy to showcase it. [NOTE]: This tutorial is for those who are still confused on color placements. I was not going for perfection here, folx…just showing where each color should go.

So let’s get started…

How pretty is this trio?

[LEFT] Highlight
[CENTER] Crease color
[RIGHT] Lid color

Brushes Used:
Highlight-MAC 275SE
Lid application-Studio Tools brush (Target)
Crease application-MAC 222
Blending-Sonia Kashuk brush (Target)


First we start with priming our lids. This will ensure long-lasting eyeshadow and minimal crease. A must for me since I have heavy (or hooded) eyelids.

I like to start with the highlighter up under the brow first. Some folx do the highlighter last but do what works for you.

It looks a little crazy now but I’m going to come back and blend it nice later. BTW, my primer is all over the place. I forgot to smooth those edges out. Opps! Clumps of Mascara strikes again. LOL @ the brows. Bad brows is like my trademark, yall. Seriously…

I took a flat brush and now I’m going to start applying my lid color RIGHT ON the lid…..just below my crease.

See….
Now we take the crease color…..
And apply it riiiight on the crease.
Optional step….I also like to apply my crease color on the on the outer V of my eye too. Like this..


Time to blend my crease and highligher color together. I use a fluffy brush for this…
And there we gooooo……


That was actually very painful to upload. LOL! The video is actually a lot more pleasant to watch, if I do say so myself.

Yaaaay, thanks for the emails. I’ll leave the tutorials to the YouTube pros. Taking pictures AND doing a video is like a part time job. But it was fun. Tell me what you thiiiiiink. Click the link below to visit the video.


Eyeshadow for newbies tutorial

Peace and happiness, my beautiful people!

Masara Monday: Mascara Tips and Updates

Happy Monday!!!

Uhh…*looks around* No, your browser uploaded correctly. You aren’t seeing things….or lack of things. I have no mascara to review this Mascara Monday. I know, I know. I gave the lashes a break and didn’t wear any make-up last week. Not even my staple black eyeliner.

But no worries, I have some pretty fabulous tips for yall. I first found these at one of my favorite beauty blogs: Lipstick Graffiti. Check ‘em out, mon.
Tip #1: How to use a lash comb
Tip #2: Try a clean mascara wand.
Tip #3: Don’t shy away from colored mascara.
Tip #4: When applying mascara, wiggle the wand at the base of the lashes.
Tip #5: Thin, short brushes are best.
Tip #6: Give a few coats to the edges by blinking.
Tip #7: Powder under the eye before applying mascara.
Tip #8: Use an eyelash curler
Tip #9: Zig-zag the wand.
Tip #10: For a dramatic look, apply mascara only to the upper lashes.
Tip #11: Use a mascara primer.
Tip #12: Want that 2nd coat?
Tip #13: Do NOT pump wand in and out of the tube.
Tip #14: Another smudge-proof tip — bend the wand.
Tip #15: Wait five seconds before blinking.
(source)


What’s up with #12? LOL, that is not a tip. Ha! But for the most part I agree with all of them. Especially that #5. Any tips you would like to share? Disagree with the list? Let me knowww!

…..and let’s do a quick run through of the best and worst mascaras that I’ve reviewed so far. Of course these standings are subject to change.

My Current HG (holy grail, the best, the numero uno) Mascara:
Maybelline XXL Curl Power

HG Runner- Up:
Maybelline Colossal Volum’Express

The “Hope I saved my receipt” Mascara”:
Sephora Lash Plumper (still havin’ nightmares ’bout that piece)

The “So What’s the Hype?” Mascara:
Christian Dior: DiorShow Blackout

The Most Innovative Mascara:
A tie between SpinLash and Imju Fiberwig (also 2nd runner-up, loves this!)

The Best Smelling Mascara:
Too Faced Lash Injection (citrus-y goodness!)

The “I’m going to love it even though most people hate it” Mascara:
Maybelline Great Lash

Good times….

Have you sent me a request to review a mascara that I haven’t reviewed yet? Remind me! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. And uhhh…what mascara are you currently lovin’?


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FOTD Friday: Lilacs

It’s Friiiiiday! And I’m off to Atlanta, shawty. Yes, your Head Newb is quit excited but I couldn’t leave without droppin’ this week’s FOTD Friday. What was my inspiration?

Well, first….tell me what these 3 beautiful ladies have in common:




If you guessed “purples on the lids” then shoot me an email because I will be mailing you a gold star! I reallllllly don’t like the color purple. Dark and deep royal purple, I can deal with. But lavenders pretty much make me want want to throw up. Excuse the dramatics. But it is that serious. My Mommy, the herbalist’s, favorite color is purple and I’m thinking I saw an over-abundance of it as a kid….hence why I loathe it tremendously. But I tried a little somethin’ somethin’. Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance primer
Stila’s Orchid e/s duo (light purple=inner darker purple=outer)
MAC’s Satellite Dreams e/s (crease)
Clinique’s Almost peach e/s (highlight)
Stila’s Major Lash mascara
Clinique’s Eggplant liner
Maybelline’s Unstoppable Eyeliner

FACE:
Stila’s Berry Flash Color Push-up
Bobbi Brown’s Brownie Shimmerbrick

LIPS:
CoverGirl AmazeMint in Plum Crazy (loves it!)

Here’s what I came up with…


LOL @ the brows….again. Those jokas are gettin’
threaded today. Final-freakin’-ly!


That China Glaze “Coconut Kiss” polish is more of
the color purple I prefer.


I’m lookin’ too happy, uh? HA! And my cheeks are crazy shiny. The verdict: still not diggin’ lighter purples on the lids much. But I feel confident knowing that darker skinned women CAN wear them beautifully. But would I on a regular? Naaaaaa.

Tell me what you think about light purples in general? A fan? A loather? Never tried?

[QUICK NEWS]
Thank you soooo much for your support with my DentaBurst feature. It’s one thing for yall to stroll though to support me on Clumps but to see you show me love on other sites is just…a phenomenal feeling. *tears*

Don’t forget! My Stila lipstick contest is still running until Wednesday. Snap to it, chicas! And have a wonderful weekend!!!

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