My Nappy Hair!

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*very long post about hair. make-up talk will resume soon*

Finally the requested hair post. Yaaaaay!!

More than make-up, I love my natural hair. I didn’t love my hair this much when I had a perm. Before I went natural, I felt like every other Black sista. Goin’ to the salon to get a touch-up, wraps, hours under the dryer, split-end frustrations! But I just adore my hair now. When my skin gets to breakin’ out, my knees start crackin’, and I get plagued with the flu from my kids, my hair still stands strong. She’s a soldier.

I transitioned from permed hair to natural through micros (bad idea!) for 4 months. On April 23, 2005 I was offically natural. I cut off my own hair with scissors in my dorm room and haven’t looked back to the lye since.


Here are some resources:

My YouTube Hair Vid-Pelo Negro
Nappturality.com-http://www.nappturality.com/
Motowngirl.com (my #1 Site ever)-http://www.motowngirl.com/
Noooow, onto the pictures. I usually only wear my hair in 3 ways:

[2 STRAND TWISTS]

[TWIST-OUT/CHUNKY FRO]

[AFRO]

…..sometimes I’ll bust a scarf, fro-hawk, The Frederick Douglass, the afro puff or a funky hat. But those are rare since I’m teaching now and don’t have time to be all eccentric and strange. Miss those days. Here are some pics of those funky do’s.

[AFRO PUFF]

[F.DOUGLASS—funny, I know, but I love it. It’s funky!]

[FRO-HAWK]

[GYPSY SCARF]

[RASTA HAT]

Here are the products I’m hip to these days.

I’m not a die hard Carol’s Daugher fan. I mean, I do think the products are fab but since my Mom is an herbalist she can make similar items and for free. CD is a bit on the ‘spensive side. But since I’m not living near home, I’ve had to buy products. I will never ever ever put shampoo in my hair. The devil, I tell you. If I feel like my hair needs a good cleanse, I do an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse or whatev Moms can make for me.

“Can’t live without” products are:
Olive Oil
Rosemary/Jojoba blend
Aloe Vera
VO5 Conditioners

But here’s the sad truth…..I don’t spend much time doing my hair. I can go up to 2 months without washing or combing it. The only thing that takes time is the 2-strand twists. 4-6 hours. But those hours can last me for 2 months. It’s a dream.

Now color is a whoooole ‘notha story. I’ve done honey brown, orange/red, blond streak (ha, don’t ask), jet black and everything in between. I’ve never had a weave or worn a wig and probably never will….just not me. I’ve done extensions and usually give my hair a break with 2-strand extentions once a year. But micro=death. Straightening with heat has only happened once. Never again. I’ll probably loc this year since I love the low-maintenance fabulouslness of them.

I mean, really….that’s it!! Any questions about the naps, just ask!!

What’s in Your Bag?

I’m sorry but I seriously love the “tagging” game. No matter how many times I get tagged, I’ll still take the time to post! So love to my Lil at The Daily Cookie. Chick’s got it goin’ on. Yeeeahhh mon. So let’s do it!

I’m carrying a Wilson’s Leather Purse. A big ole’ teacher/professional lookin’ purse. Copped it in Biloxi, Mississippi at a fab outlet. I used my sorry behind Sidekick 3 camera to take the pictures. Upgrading to the Blackberry soon and very soon. I had to take my pictures in 3 shots so here we go.

[Scene 1]

-Study material for the FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification exam) *cringes*
-Wet Ones…because children have germs.
-Organic Granola bar. I love snacks!
-Hello Kitty coin purse

[Scene 2]


-Big ole’ shades
-Coach wallet with everythiiiing in there. Minus money, HA!
-Hello Kitty bag that holds lip stuffs, hand sanitizer (because kids have germs) and a mirror

[Scene 3]


-Tissues….if you know why, you get an A+!
-MAC 3D
-MAC Be Seen lipglass
-VS’s Slice of Heaven
-3 pens
-A candy cane
-Hi-Chew candy (did you know I eat Asian foods/candy 80% of the time?)

Not sure what my purse says about it. I love candy and sheer lip glosses throughout the day. And obviously I’m in the teaching profession because I’ve got a child-ready purse. Yay!

I tagged (people who’ve already been tagged a dozen times, ha!)

Seymone, Neta-Darling, Eb the Celeb, Izar and Koffee Dyme

Oh wait…..Izar has already done it but check out her Hungarian beauty site anyway. Fab, I tell ya!

Peace and Sanity.

Sellin’ stuff….

So since I’m moving to Florida in a few weeks, I’ve been all over the place cleaning up that little room I live in. Everything can’t go because I can only take 2 suitcases soooo I was seriously going to throw away my MAC products but I figured I could try and see if some of my blog folx wanted anything.

I’ve got:

Espresso e/s-used 2x
MAC Green Gel cleanser-about 70% left
MAC’s Prep-N-Prime-about 75% left
MAC’s Deep Dark MSF-used 6x
MAC #11 lashes-never used (not pictured)

…..I’ve also got some other eyeshadows like Mythology (pan), Tilt (pan) and a ton of other things I have to go through to get rid of. I didn’t put up prices because I’m down for swapping and/or you naming your own price. And I don’t exactly know how payment would work since I’ve only paid through Paypal (not receive payment) but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

All inquiries can be left on this post or through email (send me a message on my Contact b0x). If no one wants anything I’m going to empty the products and use good ole’ B2M. Which may come in hand for Fafffffiiii, babaaaayyyy!

Peace & Obama

BB, NARS & Ochre Style

My internet service is the pits and this is the first time I’ve been able to access it since Friday so I guess I better update quickly before my connection suddenly disappears!

Most of you know that my ventures into foundations weren’t so hot. MAC’s StudioFix and StudioTech killed my face. Literally. Scroll the blog. I’ve got pictures to prove it. I stopped using those products but I still wanted some kind of coverage. Especially since I had post pimple marks on my face (lemme tell you….cocoa butter is amazing. It seriously lightens dark spots like that *snaps*) Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer is simply fab! This is my first attempt with tinted moisturizers. Because my skin is naturally dry, I love how this product gives me some added moisture and a light coverage. It’s great for the winter months. I stiple it on my hand and then on my face and blend all over. It goes on beautifully and I don’t get that make-upy” look that I dread. When applied with the 187 brush, it is a dreeeam. At $43 a bottle, a little goes a long way which is a good thing for a broke beauty like myself. I’m a NW45 in MAC colors so I use the “Dark Tint” for the BB Moisturizer. Because it does leave me a bit shiny, I buff NYC’s loose translucent powder on top. I absolutely adore it. And so far…no break-outs so A+ to Bobbi Brown!

Another product that I adore is MAC’s Ochre Style from The Originals collection. What a beautiful muted gold! It looks beautiful when paired with Trax, Sketch and Handwritten. Because it is a bit sheer, I used UDPP and Bamboo paint for the color to really POP! See how simple it looks here.

But when I add a crease color…

I love it! Simple, neutral but…..nice.

And yesterday I went to check out the N Collection. Didn’t see anything that I liked. As I’ve mentioned, I think I’m pretty good in the neutral department. But I did go to Sephora and got NARS Crazed. I’ve been wanting it for a minute. This newbie has very little experience in the blush area so watching me learn how to do that will be fun!

And I’m also going to do a natural hair post.

Just because I realize there are a lot of us out there with beautiful natural hair. But dang, I can’t wait to get my locs like lovely Yummy and Divine Rae.

See my curly Q’s!

Yay! Ohhh….and per some blog sista suggestions, I’ve also dipped into some mineral make-up too. Stay tuned for reviews/pictures of that.

Peace and natural beauty.

BB, NARS & Ochre Style

My internet service is the pits and this is the first time I’ve been able to access it since Friday so I guess I better update quickly before my connection suddenly disappears!

Most of you know that my ventures into foundations weren’t so hot. MAC’s StudioFix and StudioTech killed my face. Literally. Scroll the blog. I’ve got pictures to prove it. I stopped using those products but I still wanted some kind of coverage. Especially since I had post pimple marks on my face (lemme tell you….cocoa butter is amazing. It seriously lightens dark spots like that *snaps*) Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer is simply fab! This is my first attempt with tinted moisturizers. Because my skin is naturally dry, I love how this product gives me some added moisture and a light coverage. It’s great for the winter months. I stiple it on my hand and then on my face and blend all over. It goes on beautifully and I don’t get that make-upy” look that I dread. When applied with the 187 brush, it is a dreeeam. At $43 a bottle, a little goes a long way which is a good thing for a broke beauty like myself. I’m a NW45 in MAC colors so I use the “Dark Tint” for the BB Moisturizer. Because it does leave me a bit shiny, I buff NYC’s loose translucent powder on top. I absolutely adore it. And so far…no break-outs so A+ to Bobbi Brown!

Another product that I adore is MAC’s Ochre Style from The Originals collection. What a beautiful muted gold! It looks beautiful when paired with Trax, Sketch and Handwritten. Because it is a bit sheer, I used UDPP and Bamboo paint for the color to really POP! See how simple it looks here.

But when I add a crease color…

I love it! Simple, neutral but…..nice.

And yesterday I went to check out the N Collection. Didn’t see anything that I liked. As I’ve mentioned, I think I’m pretty good in the neutral department. But I did go to Sephora and got NARS Crazed. I’ve been wanting it for a minute. This newbie has very little experience in the blush area so watching me learn how to do that will be fun!

And I’m also going to do a natural hair post.

Just because I realize there are a lot of us out there with beautiful natural hair. But dang, I can’t wait to get my locs like lovely Yummy and Divine Rae.

See my curly Q’s!

Yay! Ohhh….and per some blog sista suggestions, I’ve also dipped into some mineral make-up too. Stay tuned for reviews/pictures of that.

Peace and natural beauty.

I’m back!

Yaaaay! Clumps of Mascara is now up and running. Big ups to my webmistress, Koffee Dyme. I’m lovin‘ my new blog space. Drop me a message and let me know what you think! Check out my new tabs. I’m excited about it. OH….and my blogroll is in the works too!

And your girl is feelin‘ like a bit of a celebrity blogger this week because of the love I’m getting from the UDPP post. I’ve been linked from several other fab beauty blogs and greatly appreciate it. PurseBuzz even linked me! Heyyyyy

I’m back just in time for the N Collection. Can’t say that I’m too excited about this one (what? I’m being honest) but who knows, maybe things will be different when I actually SEE the products. Instead of being repetitive about what this collection is releasing, why don’t I just send you over to some of my fellow blog sistas‘ sites. They’ve got the real skinny on N.

MakeupFIX
Yummy411
The Daily Cookie
Temptalia

I think I’ve got enough neutrals in terms of eye shadow colors…..and I got the perfect nude lip from the Blue Storm collection. And since I’m keeping it real simple on the face, there is no need for any MSFs. I’m savin‘ up for Fafi, mon! Yeeeep. Have a fab weekend! Not sure when I’ll be back since my internet is trippin‘ like a man after the first date.

Peace & happiness!

Under Construction!

Hi loves…

Just dropping you a quick message to let you know that Clumps of Mascara will be Under Construction for awhile. So if you are having clicking troubles, clicking on dead dlinks or just having a hard time accessing the page, hang in there! The webmistress and I are almost complete!

Thanks for your patience, understanding and support. Yall is the best (Black English moment).
In the meantime, check out EnKore’s newest video in which he discusses what eyeshadows go with others. Helpful, or what?

Peace & Bobbi Brown (the make-up artist..not Whitney’s crazy man)

UDPP has been holdin’ out!

Yall see this?
Guess the product.

Now I know I’m a newbie and just learning some things but pleeeease tell me yall knew about this!

We all know Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, right (did you guess right?)? It is one of my HG and most beloved products. Even if I use a Paint Pot, Paint, concealer or even a Shadestick, I still start with UDPP. We all know that it is also a bit pricey and the shape of the bottle is just…..beyond frustrating. The wand can only go straight down into the tube. Never mind the sides. However, my friend showed me how we can get more product by cutting the tube in half. Now when she told and SHOWED me this I was thinking, “Ehhh….okay, a bit more would be nice.” A “bit” is an understatement. Chopping your UDPP in half will give you about 2-3 more months worth of product. Don’t believe me? Lemme show you!

What you’ll need:

UDPP (of course)
A pretty big knife
A not so big knife
Something to put UDPP in. I was going to use an depotted MAC pot but duhhh, it has holes so I settled for a random empty jar thingie. Sample pigment jars would be perfect though.

[STEP 1]
Start by cutting a knife straight through your UDPP. It may take some time. Make sure you use a cutting board. Forgot to take a pic of this. Sorrryyy..

[STEP 2]
Pull apart your UDPP and get angry at how Urban Decay has been ripping us off.

[STEP 3]
Scoop what you can OUT and place in your new jar. Hmmm, ice cream.

[STEP 4]
But girl, you ain’t done yet. Start slicing the base of the packaging too.

[STEP 5]
Scoop like hell and place everything in your new jar.

Can you believe this? Look how much of the product was still stuck inside of there. This took me all of 5 minutes to do. I say we all start emailing Urban Decay and suggest they find some new packaging for UDPP because this doesn’t make sense. What do you think?

Random post, I know. But in the midst of packing, I got into a depotting mode and then UDPP scooping mode and decided to share with my blog fam. Have a fab weekend, yall!

Peace and fists to Urban Decay!

[thanks Ms. Riss. Get back on the blog updating thang, sis b/c I miss you!]

[EDIT – 4/20/2009] The people have spoken and Urban Decay has revamped the packaging. It now has an angled wand. Check it out HERE. Yay!