MAC’s Naughty Nauticals


MAC’s Naughty Nauticals has been released today and being the MAC lover that I am, I had to check it out. I’m not ‘gon lie to yall. MAC hasn’t really been impressing me these past few collections. I’ve really only purchased things out of pretty packaging and the MAC urge. Some of you fellow addicts, know about the latter.

Nonetheless, I am dedicated, so during my lunch break, I took a stroll to my MAC Pro store here in Orlando. One of my favorite make-up artists was there! I love this man. He’s a bit on the sexy side and did my make-up that I had on in this picture..*click for a close up*


Yeeeeep, that was when those Paint Pots first came out and I was all over that Delft and Freshwater. Yessss chile. Me and my girl Raffie, good times good times.

Anywho, so my make-up artist (we’ll call him Thai) did a great job at introducing the colors to me (tellin’ me which ones were dupe-able) and I surprisingly, stuck to my list. Kind of…

Here are the swatches of some of the eyeshadows that I was able to gather WITH flash. I swatched Blue Clam (NOT apart of Naughty Nauticals) because I was debating on getting this color or not. I think I will one day. It is beautiiiiful.

WITHOUT flash

I know, I’m a bit unfair to my readers when it comes to swatchin’ and postin’. I’m not really good in this department. I really only swatch the things that I “think” I may like…hehe, so my apologies if you are lookin’ for the entire collection on my hand. Ain’t gonna happen, chief. It’s hard enough trying to to explain why I don’t need a make-up remover wipe. Geez.

I wanted to like Illegal Cargo, but Thai and I both decided that it was too chalky for my skin tone. SEE! Pastels never work for us darker folx *pouts* But I did like the 2 pigments I swatched.

Oh la laaaa….that Mutiny is hooooot!! I wanted to haul it so bad but I doubt I will ever wear it. Especially since I’m into neutrals these days. Thai confirmed that Bell Bottom Blue is definitely un-original and therefore not worthy to be hauled. Don’t you love honest make-up artists? Can I take him home?

On to the lippies…

Port Red was lined with Nightmoth lip liner because Thai said that they would look beautiful together. He ain’t lyin’. And that’s why I hauled that. I don’t own a TRUE red lipstick. The other lippies were okay, but just “eh…” I liked Buoy-O-Buoy but I already have a nice neutral lipstick.

And I didn’t see any Lustreglasses out on display so I didn’t get a chance to check those out. I don’t think I would have been that interested anyway. I’ve had my share of lip gloss over $5 for quite some time. Fo reals.

So here are the eye shadows I got.

I know, I know….another blue. But I swear this blue is different. It is absolutely gorgeous. The only thing that I don’t like about it, is that it is a frost. Not a big fan of frosts because they take a lot of “packing on” to be effective. But I think that it’s worth it. And contrary to what some people think it does not look like Freshwater. This blue is richer. I love it!

This color is re-promote that was originally introduced in the Balloonancy collection. It is a fab gun smoke silver that I think will look good in my little collection. It has silver undertones and is a bit more glittery than I’d like, but overall, I thought it was a must have…..especially for smoky eyes.

Yall know I am a huge proponent for women of color wearing red lipsticks. I am really excited about this Port Red. I checked the racks to see if there was a color like it and I didn’t see one. I may have over looked something, but I wanted a nice red lipstick so I’m happy about hauling this. FOTDs soon to come!!

Naughty Nauticals overall: It’s okay. But just okay. I’m kinda glad that I didn’t like everything because I really don’t need to go overboard on the purchasing make-up when I have a new place to furnish. If you already have a good amount of blues/deep purples, pass it. That Mutiny pigment is the best thing I have ever seen though and I may try to snag a sample of that, if anything. The lippies are nice, but I seemed to have colors that were similar and like I mentioned, I didn’t see the Lustreglasses.

So what do you folx think?

Those that have checked out the collection, are you lovin’ it?
And those that haven’t….do you think you will love it?

[image source: maccosmetics.com]

MAC’s Dazzleglass

I don’t know ‘bout yall, but I am a serious lip gloss, girl. I don’t wear it as often as I used to (I’m trying to become a mature woman so I’m into lipsticks, ha!) but I still have some obsession with a good gloss. MAC’s Dazzleglass never really intrigued me right away but being the MAC addict, that I am…I still had to check it out.

Dazzleglass…..I gotta give it props. At $16.50, MAC Cosmetics defines these babies as “High-shine + large particle quartz and opal crystal captured in a great new formula with light-reflecting, crystalline iridescence. Umm, so what does that mean in laymen (or women , ha!) terms? Just that it’s a pretty shiny gloss. Is it tacky? Yeeep. Is it lightweight? Hmmm, not quite. Does it have a better staying power than Lipglass or Lustreglass? YES!!! I absolutely love how long this gloss stays on. Longer than the average gloss I’ve worked with.

Do I think it’s necessary to haul more than one? No, but that may just me being cheap. In my eyes, a gloss is a gloss. $16.50 is already a stretch for ONE so I can’t imagine hauling more than that. To prevent myself from even being tempted to purchase more than one, I picked the one Dazzlegass that caught my eye, swatched it, purchased it and walked away.

Let me introduce you to “Get Rich”.

Pretty pretty, uh? This color almost reminds me of Squeeze It from the Fafi Collection, except a little more sheerer and glittery. Here’s how it looks alone.

Just ehhh….like a really ole’ gloss to me. I would still wear it by itself because of the staying power, but I wasn’t too impressed.

So I decided to pair it with a lipstick. Here is MAC’s 3D lipstick worn alone.

I’m tellin’ you…I love me some 3D. I could wear this color everyday. It’s perfect. Topping Get Rich over this gives it a nice little POP that I’m thinkin’ I could incorporate everytime I wear 3D. Check it…

I can dig it. Not super impressed but again, the staying power of these babies are really what turn me on. What are your thoughts on Dazzleglass? Pass or a must have?

Let a sista know!

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara

Hi beautiful people! Excuse my silence this past weekend. I had a great amount of posts up my sleeve, but would you believe that I had zero internet service in my hotel room? The horror! No worries…I have lots of goodies this week, but fiiiiirst, it’s time for another edition of Mascara Monday.

Yesss, Mascara Monday is where we review a new mascara in attempts to find THE BEST MASCARA EVER!

Now here’s one that I haven’t heard many beauty bloggers talk about. L’Oreal HIP is most known for their eyeshadow color payoffs. But how does their mascara stand up?

You ready to find out?

L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara

Price: 2 out of 5

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5

Overall:
2 out of 5



What it claims: ” Unique combination of an increased new ultra black pigment and a volumizing formula ensures you will get your darkest lashes with maximum impact.

The truth: Well, it does give a little bit of drama, but not HIGH DRAMA. I wish that it could have given me a little length but nahhhh, not a lick of that. The consistency was pretty decent, it didn’t clump and noooo…..it certainly isn’t waterproof. But the black is really black; which I like!



What I loved about it: My lashes did look thicker and more prominent. And I love how it lasted throughout the entire work day.

What I didn’t like: It wasn’t enough. I was looking for HIGH drama, but I don’t feel that this mascara gave me that.

Overall: I don’t think this mascara is THAT bad. It definitely isn’t one of my favorites and I don’t think I would purchase it again. However, I’m thinking that this would be perfect when paired with one of my other HG (holy grail) mascaras; namely one that gets my lashes out there. The wand is just “eh”. Nothing innovative or fun about it. It’s not the best wand, but I’ve seen worse. It gave me decent control. You can snag this at most drugstores where L’Oreal HIP is sold. However, this baby runs at regularly priced at $9.99 which I think is a bit steep for a drugstore brand. Better BOGO this one. If you need a good volumizing mascara, check this one out….but only if its on sale.

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

[photo courtesy: palacinka.com]

Happy 3rd Nappiversary!

Happy Saturday, everyone!!! My nappiversary is on April 23 and in celebration I did a hair video. This makes my almost 3 years of having beautiful nappy hair! And while most people don’t undersand the big significance of this….my true nappturals understand! Check out zeee videoooooo.

And enjoy your Saturday!!! Nywele….I got the goodies! I am soooo in love!


Comb Breakin’ Memories

Orange Nail Polish

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Orange….

Orange Who?

Orange you glad it’s summer time!

Now yall know I’m a cornball, so don’t even trip. Hehe…but seriously, orange is the business this summer. I’m not even kidding. Yes, something doesn’t become the “it” thing until a celebrity is spotted wearing it but I’ve never been hesitate to wear orange nail polish. And I know orange isn’t one of those colors that you can wear freely if you have a professional job, but bustin’ them on the toes is also an alternative. I’m wearing OPI’s Cajun Shrimp now on my tootsies.


I’ll spare you the feet photos this time. I felt rather odd uploading them. But seriously….I swear it’s the prettiest color I have ever laid eyes on. And yes it’s brown girl friendly. I actually think that most fingernail polishes go well with brown skin. So whoever told you they you can’t sport yellow polish, tell them the Head Newb at Clumps of Mascara thinks otherwise. Ha!


I can’t seem to find OPI Cajun Shrimp anywhere in stores and my lady who did my pedicure wasn’t trying to sell it to me either. Turns out that I have some pretty beautiful orange polishes in my little collection….you ready?


Fingerpaints ($2.99)…this color doesn’t have a name, but I think it is the closest “work appropriate orange” we are going to get. It has a few shimmers (one day I’ll learn polish terminology) and is a gorgeous rusted orange.


TKC Mandarin. I purchased this from the nail salon so I’m not sure where they got it from but it has more of a matte finish and is truly the color of a mandarin. It is such a beautiful orange. I’m rockin’ this color on my nails this weekend!

Isa Dora Orange (copped this one on sale for $2 so I’m not sure of its retailed value). This is my 2nd favorite orange polish. It is a beautiful muted orange and I think its subtlety really pops out on brown skin. Clumps of Mascara strikes again with the smudged nail!


Milani Juicy Glo ($3.99). This polish has a similar matte finish to that TKC and in terms of colors, they are almost identical. Milani’s Juicy Glo has bit of “neon”. Ohhh yess, I adore this. I would definitely wear this on the fingers and toes. Grrr, and excuse the blur on this one. I promise I will learn how to successfully take nice polish and fingers pictures.

And the best thing about these orange polishes is that they can all be found at your local drugstore. And look out for buy 1, get 1 free deals on Milani and Fingerpaints. I love french pedicure on the toes like every other girl, but step it up a notch with some color, girlfriend!

Orange you glad that you can be fab on a budget?

Okay….I’ll stop. But I really wanna know your input….yay or nay to the orange polish?


Image courtesy: opidiva.com

Coastal Scents brushes

There has been a lot of buzz in the online beauty world about Coastal Scents brushes. I’ve seen Kia over at Yummy411 give a review, Kenya at Virtuous Blue did a wonderful video review of the brushes and my online make-up guru/teacher, EnKore has been raving about these brushes for awhile.

I can’t believe I’ve been snoozing on these, folx!!

Not only are the brushes are affordable (think $2.99) but many are saying that they are comparable to MAC brushes in look and performance. Now that sounds good to me and I’m sure to my other broke beauty sistas of the world.

I love brushes but I don’t feel as if I need to have 2 or more of the same thing so it was rather difficult trying to find a brush that I actually “needed” from Coastal Scents. But here’s what I ended up getting:


Pink Kabuki ($4.99)—Now granted I have the MAC 182 ($45) kabuki and I adore it. I find that it works great with blushes and mineral foundations. I even use it with my bronzers and I love how I can squeeze it to change its shape. But who can beat a pretty pink kabuki brushes? How gorgeous is this? I just haaaaaad to order this.


Deluxe Buffer Brush ($4.25)—These brushes are great for those that use mineral foundations; which are my foundations of choice. I have been going foundation-less for some weeks now and will be until I get my face in check BUT….I can’t wait to start using this with my mineral powders. And if it doesn’t work, chile….I won’t even care because it was less than $5.00.

Pink Kolinsky Lip Brush ($2.79)—Kenyah over at Virtuous Blue says that this is a great brush. I only have one lip brush that I hardly use but I would love to have a retractable one. Can’t wait to see how this works out.







My Dear Newbies, if you have been trying to invest in brushes without breaking your wallets, I’m thinking this is the way to go. I will be sure to do a review of my brushes the minute I get them. For those of you that own them or have heard great things about them, let a sista know!



You can find more brushes and other affordable finds by Coastal Scents by clicking here.


Image Source: coastalscents.com

Clinique’s High Impact Mascara review

It’s another Mascara Monday, ladies. Mascara Mondays is when we show tribute to the star of the blog in attempts to find *drum roll*…..the best mascara ever! Today I will be reviewing Clinique’s High Impact mascara. With a name like this….you would think that it would live up to its potential.


Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: Volumizes and lengthens lashes for a lusher, plusher, bolder look. Pure, deep colour adds impact.”


The truth: High impact? I’m not too sure about that. Maybe medium impact. I have medium length lashes that need a GREAT mascara to make them pop. This unfortunately did not do this. Not only that but it didn’t even last throughout the day.


What I loved about it: I love the rich black color that this mascara provides. And that’s about it.

What I didn’t like: It just doesn’t live up to its name. It did not give me much volume and only a little bit of length.

Overall: I’m not a fan. The bristles aren’t defined so it is very difficult for me to run it through my lashes. It also gets a bit flaky and definitely didn’t stand up to the little crying spell I had the other day. Perhaps Clinique should re-name this macsara “Some Impact Mascara”. Plus, the price is not where its at for a broke sista like myself. $14.00 for a mascara is pushin’ it. I doubt that I would try this mascara again.


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

Stay tuned for next week’s Mascara Monday when I review a drugstore brand mascara.


Image Source: clinique.com

Fam looks

Hi gorgeous people!

A few weeks my little sister was in a debutante ball. It was one of those affairs where each participant is asked to raise money for ads. The money is then given to the “winner” in form of a scholarship. Meanwhile, the high school aged girls are taught etiquette skills and how to conduct themselves as young Black women in today’s society. Then they are introduced to family in friends at a big ceremony. It sounds like a good idea, but seeing what my Mother and sister went through, I’m not sure it was worth it. Plus, it’s just too showy in my opinion.

Nonetheless, I supported my family like a good “ran away from home at 18″ child does. I was also asked to do my sister and Mother’s make-up. Which made me nervous. I still think my skills are only decent. I never deemed myself as a make-up artist and don’t think I have the skills enough to go around applying make-up on others. Buuuut, I did the best I could and they both turned out beautifully.

Here’s what I used on Courtney:

EYES:
UDPP
Artifact P/P
Pink Venus (from Fafi) e/s
Hepcat e/s
Sketch on crease
Vanilla pigment
Blacktrack fluidline
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara
Some glittery stuffs to make the highlight pop

….I let her do her own foundation and swiped MAC’s Sweet as Cocoa blush on her cheeks.

She also did her own lips.

At first I was hesitate at the idea of her rockin’ pink lids with a white wedding dress-ish piece, but it turned out beautifully!

….and then my Mother wanted me to do her eyes and I was like, “Oh Lord…” This woman had found a Maybelline trio of bright turquoise colors and was seriously wanting to rock that look with a turquoise dress. I did the best I could and was a little afraid at first but my Moms is so fine.

I seriously think I have the best lookin’ 50-year old Momma anyyyyywhere. She is so beautiful!

As anyone else been approached with asking to do make-up? And I’m not talking about you cosmetic school students or those who have been in the make-up game for awhile. Any newbies experience anything like this? I can play around on my eyes all day but when asked to do a look for someone else, I always choke. My newbie nerves are always shot, yall!

Have a beautiful Sunday!