Twinks oh Twinks

So I played around with Twinks eyeshadow and I love love love it! MAC Cosmetics defines Twinks as a “dirty plum with gold reflects” and it is simply fab. In fact….I’m diggin’ my neutral/highlight collection.

Anyone have any ideas? I can’t, I just can’t leave those empty spaces like that. Grr…

Okay, so I digress. Here’s my FOTD with Twinks and New York Apple lipstick. I think that this lip color is a bit much for everyday but it is fun every now and then.

I really like Twinks. And as you can see….I can’t let go of that Ochre Style either. That paired with Twinks is heaven. And of course, I always do Vanilla pigment as a highlight. And….I’m still trying my hardest to do flattering pictures of my lips, but I caaaaan’t. It’s such a struggle for me. LOL! Mannn….and I really need to keep working on my liner because the line is so thick. I’m wonderin’ if I will ever master Fluidlines and the 266? Hmmmm…

So that’s that. Seriously…Twinks is a must have but I think I say that about a lot, uh? Ohhhh….and before, I forget, I think that I may do a lipstick post. I know a lot of you are saying that you can’t get down with the lipsticks and I feel your sentiments. I didn’t purchase my first lipstick until last year! I thought I was always going to be a lipgloss girl, but I am slowly gotten into lipsticks. Soooo, stay tuned for a Lipstick for Newbies post. I’ll have swatches, techniques, alternatives and if there is something you want to see, please send me an email or comment!!

Peace and have a fab weekend!

MAC Lip Conditioner Review

Hi mijas.

I have a review for you…..MAC’s Lip Conditioner.

I know, I know. It’s not a new product, but when you are a newbie you aren’t always on time when it comes to discovering products. Ain’t no shame in my game.

Overall Rating: 5
Packing: 4
Price: 2
Would you purchase this product again?: Yeeeep!

Now, I’m gonna keep it real. $12 is a lot of money for a lipstick, chapstick, lip gloss….whatever. I come from a ’hood where we got Bon-Bon lip gloss at Wal-Mart for $.88. And if we had a little more change, we may have shelled out another dollar for the glittery lip gloss at the hair store. And that was only a few years ago. So my step into MAC Cosmetics where everything is $10 and up was a bit of struggle on my wallet and sanity. However, I have to jump on the bandwagon of the lip conditioner.

It kinda really is good stuff. Lately my lips have been super dry. Drier than usual since I’m tryna be a grown woman and wear lipstick everyday. MAC’s lip sticks and lip glasses are so drying. It really makes no sense and I was seriously about to boycott them until I discovered this stuff. I put it on after I exfoliate my lips at night (lightly with my toothbrush or my facial scrub), in the morning after washing my face and throughout the day when my lips need some extra moisture. It has a nice pina colada smell but don’t it seep in your mouth. You’ll be gagging for days. However, the consistency is great…feels like satin. Newbies, this is one splurge that is worth it. MAC’s Lip Conditioner seemed to do the trick and now I can happily rock my lipsticks. Speaking of lipsticks….

Dig the newest color to the collection thanks to B2M (please tell me you knew that bringing in 6 empty MAC containers can get you a new lipstick or eye shadow, giiiiiirl!)

New York Apple

MAC defines this color as a muted red with pinky-red shimmer. And again, I am NW45. I’ll feature some looks with this color. And remember newbies, you can change the color of any lipstick or lipgloss by pairing it with a lip liner. I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile and glad that I finally got it. And it feels divine with my lip conditioner. I also copped Twinks….another brown-girl friendly color. I’ll provide ya with some swatches and looks with that one. It is such a nice neutral crease and lid color. Stay tuned for that.

Peace and love.

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Lining Larger Lips

I love my lips. I really do. But seriously….you really give a girl some issues when it comes to lining. The lack of definition is soooo frustrating. It is hard to achieve the perfect pout with larger lips. You want to make sure that your liner and lip colors compliment your lips and not make them look too crazy. So I attempted to a do a video that would help my girl and other ladies with beautifully full lips.


Quick FOTDs

Hi beauties! Just a quick FOTD post…still crazy busy with trying to start a new job, finding a place to stay, getting my car fixed and studying for the GRE and FTCE. Yuck!! But for the first time since August, I went out! Having not seen me since I moved to LA, some of my friends were shocked that my face wasn’t all dolled up. Faces frowned when I told them I wasn’t really IN eye make-up these days and that lips was my focus. But for a ole’ times sake, I spent more than 3 minutes on my eye make-up and here is what I ended up with.

And I played around with some Blues. A color I very rarely touch. I don’t even remember what I used!
And that’s the only one that I can show since some of my girls are on this professional “don’t be postin’ pics of me” tip. LOL! I love them….I’ve been readin’ blogs on my phone but not leavin’ comments b/c it won’t let me. Boooo….but I am around. I’m trying to get rid of some lip/eye palettes. They are just taking up space and I have never even used them. If anyone is interested, send me an email.

Peace, my loves. And stay beautiful.

Squeeze It Lipglass

Greetings lovelies!

I decided to dedicate an entire post full of pictures and review to MAC’s Squeeze It Lipglass from the Fafi collection. A lot of folx have been saying they like it and passed on it when they initially checked out the Fafi goodies.

MAC describes Squeeze It (frost) as a Brassy Plum. But don’t go lookin’ at this color online because MAC’s uploads certainly does not do it much justice. I think it is a beautiful color for us brown skinned ladies and really for ALL ladies. I have the hardest time taking pictures of my lips because I feel like they are so big and look unflattering. But whatev. I love my full lips, I just don’t know how to do that sexy pout. LOL, so don’t laugh at me.

Here are my lips with MAC’s Chestnut lip liner. I also used Milani’s Cocomo.

Viloa. Squeeze It is ultra glossy and appears to be full of glitter but for an anti-glitter queen like myself, it isn’t too bad. Now for bigger pics to see the whole face. Which is make-up less and a mess, by the way. My skin is smooth but when I’m not battling pimples, I’m trying to get rid of the scarring previous pimples have left. This adult acne crap is crampin’ my style, yo. But then again, I could be exaggerating…AGAIN!

So there is Squeeze It. A color that I really like but I know a drugstore dupe like it exists. Any other Fafi colors that I should take a look at that are brown skinned friendly? Drop ya recs and help a newbie out.

Peace & have a fab weekend!


Hi loves….I’ve been a bit ghost on the blogging tip. I’ve moved back to Florida, I don’t start my new job until next Monday, my apartment place fell through so I’m looking for something else and I am slowly getting over the flu. I’ve tried to stop by everyone’s blog homes and leave some love. I’m still working on my purpose and defined role of Clumps of Mascara. I want this blog to benefit newbies and professional make-up artists alike. Which I am finding hard to do because it takes a ton of time and dedication. Working full time and preppin’ up for graduate school leaves me with very little time. I wish I could beauty blog my life away…..bein’ the first to post new collections, doing reviews on new products….but I don’t think I’ll be able to ever do that with the way my life works. But I’ll do my best. Especially for my newbies, because this blog is designed for you, for us…

So there’s that….a few explanations for the downtime. I checked out Fafi today and was a bit unimpressed…but thanks to the swatches of some of my blog sistas, I already knew what I was going to get and surprisingly got just those things.

I copped Fafi Eyes 1

….and Squeeze It Lipglass.

Here are some more swatches of Fafi Eyes 1 and the look that I’m not too big on. The colors seem a bit frosty and chalky, so I may have to play around with other bases and/or Mixing Medium to get a better look. Yall let me know what you think.

I don’t knowwwww…..super duper chalky to me but I’m going to play around with it some more. I think I may go back to get some Paint Pots and a lippie or two. We shall seeeee. What did yall think about Fafi? Was it worth the hype?

Peace & blush.

Brown skinned + Fafi=coooo

I’m hardly on Specktra anymore because I find it hard to keep up with that AND beauty blogging. And since most of yall are good at relaying Specktra news, I have no reason to stroll through there anymore. But I checked out the Fafi for Women of Color thread and found a tutorial done by….duh, a woman of color. She has me thinkin’ that this may not be too bad for us. I still can’t get over how much I loathe pastels on me, but we’ll see.

She didn’t allow users to use the embedded version, so here’s the link.

Shawnta, why did she remind me of you with her beautiful defined
browbone and gorgeous locs? I was like…..dang, twins!

Neutrals help

Hi loves!! I’m seeing all of the excitement over Fafi has escalated tremendously. Unfortunately, with me moving my life across the country (ahem, again), I don’t have the time to get into all of the hype. I did a drive-by read of a Fafi review that Temptalia did. I saw too many pinks and got discouraged because I can not stand pinks on my skin tone. Ugh, but we’ll see when I actually see the collection in person. Which may not be for awhile because I’ve got a new life to start.

In the meantime, because I’m super swamped I’ve decided to do a Q and A post. It’s definitely on a newbie level. Thanks to my girl for the email.

Q: I’ve been a member of specktra since April of last year…And i still haven’t gotten the product i wanted.. expect for foundation… I’m afraid of color and I was wondering how I can choose natural colors (eyeshadows) I’ve been going to and from Mac counters only to be depressed.. I searched for NYX line here in Canada… its limited… If you were to search for browns, bronze, coppers etc.. how will you choose?

A: Browns, bronzes and coppers, uh? Hmmm….MAC (obviously) has a great selection of those colors. What’s your skin color again? You look to be around my complexion at a NW45. Sooo my favorite browns would be Saddle, Espresso, Sable, Mulch, Handwritten, a Little Folie and Cocoa Beach pigment. Most of those are mattes so they go on nicely, especially on the crease.

My favorite bronzes/coppers would be Antique (sooo nice!) and….hmm, I think that may be the best bronze that I have. Ochre Style is a fab lid color but it is a bit on the muted gold style. That, Honey Lust and Woodwinked. But stay far away from that bright ass Amberlights. It is a pretty gold but it is sooo not what’s hot on warmer skin tones.

And since MAC recently dropped the N Collection (which is a neutral line), you can probably stroll by there and maybe get a make-over (it is usually free, you just have to buy some products) and see what works for you. I know all of the make-up artists are supposed to know what works, but I really like to ask folx who look like us. Hope I’ve helped. Newbie love!

And here are my top 3 favorite neutral looks.
Most of them are throwbacks, but yall get the idea.

Peace & Tropical Starbursts

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