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!


Road triiiiiip

Hey chicas! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! Still shocked that I’m 23!

I’m back from my 2-day road trip. Of course I went to Orlando and hit up the MAC Pro store where I chatted it up with my new favorite artists who were happy to see me. I didn’t buy anything (THAT’S THE FIRST!!!!!) but it was good to see some familiar faces. I went to Universal City Walk, saw some friends and saw Juno. Please go see this movie. That and The Great Debaters. And August Rush. Amaziiiing films.

Then I headed to Tampa Bay!!! My college home! Had so many memories in this city and was happy to be back. I went to my storage spot to go grab some things and got all sentimental.

*Yums, see the shine?*

My life in a storage room. Gotta love it. I need a home! And then I went around visiting my friends and got into this HUGE debate about Black women wearing red lipsticks. My girls were NAY and I was YAY. Many said that because their lips were already big, wearing red would make them look like a clown.

Now tell me…..do I look like a clown?

 

Seriously…women of color are still victims of what beauty should look like. While a crap-load of people plump their lips and go around lookin’ a mess, we hate our beautiful naturally plump lips because back in the day we were hated on because of them. What a mess.

But I digress. Then my girls and I went to my favorite Thai restaurant. Aren’t they fab?


The Fashionista, the Public Relations chic, the law student and the International Humanitarian. I have great lady friends!

And then before I went and got my brows threaded. I seriously think that Indian women truly understand the art of thick natural brows with an arch.

I swear, I won’t let anyone else touch my brows. Only my Indian ladies and Sam Fine. That’s it!! But I just can’t get my left brow to look like the right. Dang, that bothers me! The right is just wonderful and the right is trying so hard to keep up.

More productive posts soon to come. I’m out living my last few days in Florida because I fly back to my poor volunteering life in Cali and I’m SO not looking forward to it. :( Yall bloggers have been updating like crazy. I can’t keep uuuuup!

Peace and India.

’07 Beauty Reflections


…and since I’m one of those semi-vain people
who celebrate their birthday like it’s a national holiday

TO ME!!!

It’s on the 2nd but I observe it from at least New Year’s Eve ’til around January 7th. I know, I know….who do I think I am? I’m big on birthdays and believe that if ain’t nobody else gonna make a big deal about it, I damn sure will! So have yourself a slice of my vegan cake. I, promise, it’s good. And I hope you aren’t not one of those “OMG, I can’t have a piece of cake because it has like too many calories in it” people because that’s just annoying. Eat it! HA!

I still haven’t made it Tampa/Orlando/Miami. My lazy A. I leave tomorrow. Fo real this time. And like my blog sistas Vanessa, Karen and Yummy, I have decided to reflect on this year of beauty.

As most of you know….I am a newbie to the make-up world. Hence the title of my blog. I didn’t get heavy into make-up until about June 2007. 90% of my products are 6 months old. Brushes included. I am a PROUD newbie. I don’t feel bad for for just figuring out what tightlining is or for having no clue how to put on fale lashes. I’m learning each and everday. My top 10 newbie lessons of 2007 would beeeeee….

  • Work on your own pace. And stop comparing your skills to someone else’s. We all had to start somewhere.
  • Great cosmetics can be found anywhere….and for cheap (Walgreens Buy 1, Get 1 Free, okayyyyy!!!).
  • Feeling like you HAVE to wear make-up everyday is, well…a problem.
  • Don’t fix what ain’t broke (leave my brows alone!). And my skin. No foundation is fine.
  • Celebrate being a beautiful Black woman by wearing something other than Burgundy lipstick.
  • Ask ask ask ask ask questions…and not just at counters/stores. Sometimes they are just trying to sell you a product. Get the truth from make-up gurus (Specktra).
  • Love myself make-up less and naked (TMI, I know but I had to say it).
  • Don’t feel bad for being addicted to make-up. It’s a fun and creative hobby.
  • Prevent impulse buying by researching and checking out swatches.
  • Create a portfolio for fun. Because even if I loose interest in make-up, at least I’ll have something to show for it.


I’m sure most of you know these things already but they are definitely most 10 most important lessons. 2008 will bring such greatness for me. I can feel it. The same way I felt it for ’07.

My biggest anticipation for ’08? Not grad school, home owning or locin’ up my hair but the Fafi Collection!!!

Don’t give me that cyber-look. You know you waitin’ on it too. Peace my loves and Happppppy New Yeeeeear!!!

[pics courtesy of maxrev.de & leehansen.com]