Mascara Monday: Lash Control-Volume

Happy happy Monday, family! Mascara Monday took a little break last week but we are up and running again and excited to bring you another mascara review.

Here is a brand that focuses strictly on mascara. I was able to meet with Jennifer from Lash Control at The Makeup Show LA and I had a wonderful time chit-chatting with her about all things mascaras. Of course I had to try one of the mascaras from Lash Control. I chose the lady in purple who represents volume.

Soooo….did it work?

Lash Control-Volume

Price: 2 out of 5 ($20 a little steep for the average mascara)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5
What it claims: “The mascara comes with a fitted, snap-down vinyl “baggie” for added protection inside your make-up bag. The extra inch of distance provided by the flexible wiper offers another barrier to air and foreign particle contact with the formula which make the mascara perform better and for a longer period of time.(source)

The truth: Wow! The squeezable tube is pretty cool. No more globs of mascara coming out of the tube.

What I loved about it:
I love the wand. It makes mascara application easy and effortless.

I also liked how weightless two coats of mascara felt on my lashes.

What I didn’t like:
I wish I would have achieved a little more volume.

Overall: Lash Control is a mascara brand that has mascaras specifically for certain needs. Need a waterproof mascara? They have it. Desire curl? They got you covered? Seeking length? Look no futher. I am glad to see a mascara company that tries to cover all of the issues that we have with mascara application and performance. The “flexible wiper sleeve” is incredibly useful.

In the past, I have gotten so irritated with mascara wands that pull out TOO much mascara. You end up having to wipe it along the edges of the mascara tube or wipe it on a tissue. Both actions are unsanitary so in a sense this mascara is helping you keep the germs at bay as well as allowing your mascara to last a little longer.

The idea is ingenious and it works flawlessly.

As far as the mascara, I wished that I got a little more volume. Just a tad bit more. But I won’t complain too much because what I got after only two coats is absolutely beautiful!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Check out a video of Jennifer from Lash Control! She explains how Lash Control works.

Jennifer from Lash Control from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely. It is innovative and it works!

What do you think? Would you like to try this mascara? How cool is the squeezy-middle? I love it! You can get this mascara and more at the Lash Control website.

Enjoy your Monday, family!


Too Faced’s Vintage Super Sale

Happy Saturday!

Ohmigoodness….I just had to share this one with you, readers. One of my favorite cosmetic companies, Too Faced is having a crazy sale right now.

I just took a peek and saw eyeshadows for $5.oo! They are normally $16.00. Get your shop on this weekend at Too Faced.

Enjoy your Saturday,

FOTD Friday: Little Sister Edition

Happy Friday, beautiful people!

This week flew by like crazy. Is it just me or is it extremely difficult to get back into the swing of things after a trip? When it should be 3:00 p.m. it is really only 11:00 a.m. Exactly how does that happen? Is that some cruel trick that time plays on us?

Those are obviously rhetorical questions. But speaking of time, who remembers being 19? I do! It was 5 years ago and I was not as jazzy as my little sister (Courtney, you can pay me later for that compliment). I certainly wasn’t into make-up. My sister is taking over FOTD Friday this week to show you some of her best looks.

A sweet swipe of shadow over the lids is perfect for the young adult who wants to be chic and sophisticated without looking too grown.

A dab of gloss on the lips and what more does she need?

Me at 19 years old?

Yes yall…my brows have always been butchered. Only recently have I gotten them under control. HA!

Did you wear make-up at 19 years old?

Let me know in the comments.

Happy Weekend!

…..and Courtney too.

Beauty Bee-haviors: Celebrity Influences

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.

Are your hairstyles, fashion or beauty
looks inspired by celebrities?

As for me….I wouldn’t say so. I can’t think of any one celebrity whose look or hairstyle I admired to the point that I wanted it for myself.

Okay, I’m kidding.

I would LOVE to have locs like Lauryn Hill’s.

And back when I had an afro, I absolutely loved Angela Davis’…

I was almost there.


But I digress….Any celebrity styles and looks that you admire?

Tell me!

(source 1) (source 2)

The Makeup Show LA: Background, installment 1

My coverage on The Makeup Show LA is finally is motion. My goal is to give you so much news, show you so many pictures and provide enough video footage that you feel like you were there.
“Wait a minute B…what exactly is The Makeup Show?”

Oh. Good question. Per The Makeup Show LA website:

“The Powder Group and Metropolitan Events are pleased to announce the launch of an event that we have been waiting for two years to become a reality – The Makeup Show LA!

On March 15 and 16, 2009 the makeup industry will come together to celebrate the craft of the professional makeup artist for the first time ever – at the global epicenter of entertainment and glamour – Los Angeles.
Like The Makeup Show NYC and Miami, The Makeup Show LA will be a pro-artist event for everyone in every area of the makeup industry. We’ll deliver the same pro-driven, artistically inspired, celebratory energy of The Makeup Show to the west coast, and bring together your top brands and inspirational artists and educators for two amazing days of community, career and craft building.
It’s the west coast must-attend event for anyone in the business of makeup and beauty.”

What do you have when you throw in some celebrity make-up artists, the world’s top beauty brands, cosmetology students and crazed beauty bloggers?


…and a little bit of this.

The Makeup Show is about education, inspiration, creativity, networking and fun. Every attendee had a passion for beauty. From watching celebrity make-up artists in action to ogling over products from your favorite beauty brands, there truly is a certain kind of presence surrounding the people at The Makeup Show. And I felt like I was fitting in perfectly.

There you have it….the background of The Makeup Show. Stay tuned for the next few installments.

Bringing you the best,

Sista Show-Off: Soy Fashionista

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at

[NOTE]: The majority of this post will be in Spanglish—so brace yourself if you aren’t familiar with reading the Spanish language]

Soy Fashionista!!

Cuándo era una niña, yo hablé mucho español. Muchas personas no comprendieron por qué.

“Brittany,” ellos dirían.

¿”Estas Latina?”

“No,” diría.

“Soy solo una chica Negra que habla Español”.

Whew…that was hard. I can talk in Spanish all day. But writing it es muy dificíl para mi. Oh well….but as you can see, I have a little connection with my Hispanic family. And not just because I can speak a little of the Español but because I recognize the rich culture and heritage surrounding Hispanic ladies… is the case with ALL women of different backgrounds.

“Soy Fashionista is about sharing and interacting on personal views, style, stories and advice. Become informed, connected, inspired and entertained. Engage in our Social Community developed for Latinas, by Latinas. Soy Vida, Amor, y Orgullo…SOY FASHIONISTA.”

Soy Fashionista is unique because it caters to mis chicas Latinas out there. It is a one stop spot for beauty, fashion, culture, music, and ohhh laaa laaaaa, sexo tambien!

Sandrini, el Presidente de Soy Fashionista works with 8 other Latina ladies to bring members articles from each area. Perhaps you too are a Latina lady with a passion for beauty, fashion, culture or music.

Head on over to and check out the digs. Beautifully impressive, if you ask me.

Pase un buen dia,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Jacy

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas at

I recently received my polishes for the Zoya exchange and of course I love them all! I didn’t think Jacy would impress me as much as she did. On the outside with color looks to a little shimmery plum-ish. “Blah,” I thought to myself. Nothing unique or interesting about that.”

But then I saw how spectacular it looked on the nails! Not bad at all.



As beautiful as this polish is, I am sure there are some dupes out there. Readers, help! Do yall know of any? As with most of my Zoya polishes, this baby only took a good 2 coats and I didn’t have any problems with it. Even though I prefer “out there” colors, I still have an appreciation for the berry nail polishes of the world. I always think they are safe colors but for every now and then….they aren’t so bad.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

I am still preppin’ up for Amor de Lacquer week here at Clumps of Mascara. Look at what I have in store…

Just when you thought purple polishes couldn’t get any better–purple glittery polish!!

Nfu-Oh polishes…so many colors in just one stroke. Not glitter, but flecks? How does it do that?

China Glaze’s Summer Days’ collection makes me want to run through Strawberry fields.

Stay tuned, fam! Please send me all of your requests and suggestions on what you would like to see during Amor de Lacquer week.

Stay beautiful,

The Make-up Show LA: Teaser post with Pics

Guess who’s back?

Uh…not me. I am back in spirit but not quite in place.

Does that make sense?

Let me explain….I have been traveling like a mad woman and am currently suffering from jet lag. Even though I once lived on the West Coast, I have never experienced this because I usually stayed on one coast for longer than 3 days. But since this was a quick trip…ohmigoodness, I am drained beyond belief. It will take me a few days to recover, but I couldn’t completely leave my family hangin’ so here is a quick photo journey of my trip back to Los Angeles for The Makeup Show. Of course I will go into detail about everything.

I had the BEST view from my hotel.

I mean, just check it out from the outside…

I hung out with my girl Stefanie..

And had brunch with my fellow AmeriCorps volunteer and amazing friend Joy…

I fell in love with James Vincent of The Powder Group and had a BALL meeting with my other bloggin’ gals.

Honestly, doesn’t Lori Taylor of Smashbox Cosmetics look so much like my fro girl logo. Glasses and all!

It’s….AJ Crimson! I stopped breathing when I first met him.

And I purchased my first foundation.

I have so many other things to tell you, family…


-How amazing celebrity make-up artist Billy B. is
-Make-up must haves
-Spring ’09 trends
-How I took to the wrong bus heading from the Beverly Center
-How I broke down and had fried chicken for the first time in a long time at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.

Oh yes, yall….I could go on and on. Stay tuned! Thank you for your patience. I shall return soon.