That Thing About Goals…

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We are almost halfway through 2015. My mind is buggin’ because shoot, man…wasn’t it JUST January like, yesterday? That whole time is flying thing is such an understatement. 

Last year, I had this epiphany when I was scrolling on Facebook on New Year’s Eve. So many folx were putting up updates about how badly the year went for them. Awful things happened. Things they wanted to happen but didn’t, deaths, layoffs, breakups…just all around depressing stuff. Many claimed that the entire year was horrible and they were anxiously awaiting the start of a new year. I fail to have that philosophy and while I’m not knocking those that do, I’d much rather have the Glass is Half Full mentality.

And trust me, this ain’t easy because as a Capricorn, I am natural pessimist. 

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 153

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Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Aprill swatches a few of the lipsticks from the MAC The Matte Lip Collection, you have to see these!

Love for Lacquer – Jess shares how you can get your own spa experience at home! PLUS enter for a chance to win a $250 Ulta Gift Card! Treat Yo Self!

My Beauty Bunny – Reviewing beauty products isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. This week Beauty Bloggers Get Real and discuss their faves and fails, and the hits and misses this season.

My Newest Addiction – Laura has been obsessed with the >MAC Extra Dimension eyeshadows and she shows us her 3 favorite neutrals from the In Extra Dimension collection. DROOLWORTHY!

Nouveau Cheap – Remember those L’Oreal limited edition Le Matte and La Lacque lip pencils that came and went in the blink of an eye back in 2013? Well if you never did get your hands on them back then, I have good news for you. They’re BACK, and they’re permanent!

Prime Beauty – shares her Ten Favorite Summer Tip and Beauty Products! Are any of your favorites on this list?

Phyrra – Which palette is a must have – the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette or Kat Von D Innerstellar? You decide!

we heart this – I know we’re all freaking out over the Urban Decay Smoky palette, but did you pick up an Afterglow Blush yet? Check out the swatches, and grab your wallet, because they really are amazing.

Beautygeeks – Our ManiGeek gets real with Colour Prevails creator Nonie Creme, and uncovers a fifth-grade tidbit that makes a lot of sense.

Clumps of Mascara – loooooves butter LONDON. And the color red. Check out this giveaway.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

How do you make your lip colour stay put?

B says, “Prayer. Ha! Truthfully, though…I don’t think anything really helps with lipstick longevity.”

What about you? 

See you next week!

Get in the Groove and Love Life

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The blink Marketing Network and State Farm and all opinions are my own.

Get in the Groove

 

Good ole’ Clumps has been around for almost 8 years and y’all have been with me through so much. I’ve had so many exciting life changes in those 8 years. I went from being a freshly graduated single gal in California to being all professional’ish, married and someone’s mama. That last one still shocks because seriously…I had a kid? And I eloped? And I ran 10 races last year? Basically, life just keeps steadily increasing in many departments and I’m just grateful to continue to get a breath to see it happening. 

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butter LONDON Summer Goodies + Giveaway

As usual, my obsession with butter LONDON is continuing. And likely won’t be stopping. I’m cool with that. I received a box of these red cosmetics and it took everything in me to not wake my sleeping toddler. Because y’all know I LOVE red. Looky looky!

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Yes ma’am. Yes sir. Take a peek at these babies and then get ready to press your luck because I’ll be giving away everything you see here to one lucky reader. And anywhere in the world!

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The HolBOX Review – My Kind of Subscription Box

I haven’t been riding the subscription box train for awhile. I mean, truthfully…when you are the opposite of a hoarder, more random products that you probably won’t use not only clutters your space but also seem pointless if you’re already beauty blogger. However, when a gal pal told me about The HolBOX, I knew I had to at least give this box a whirl.

HOLBox

First of all, ignore the fact that I have found a way to justify bringing MOAR items up in my house, but here’s why HolBOX is different. You ready? This box is designed for women who want to live a more holistic life. The products featured aren’t just beauty-related. In fact, many have multipurpose uses that can be used for the body (in and out), household, hair, etc. You get 5-7 full size samples of goodies that come to you wrapped in a beautiful piece of fabric that can used for the head or however you see fit. See!! Not just your average beauty box…

The HOLBox

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 152

Clumps of Mascara – officially has a favorite nail polish brand.

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s time to glow! If you want an ethereal look or need to be a bronzed beauty,  these are the products you won’t want to live without.

Love for Lacquer – Are you an Elf Cosmetics fan?! Love For Lacquer has a HUGE GIVEAWAY up on her blog right now! You don’t want to miss out! (It’s also open worldwide!)

My Newest Addiction – Laura is obsessed with the new MAC Wash and Dry collection and she shared her review, swatches and a makeup look!

Nouveau Cheap – I am no longer a depotting virgin! If you’re new to the world of depotting, here’s a nice way to try it without any commitments (seriously, it’s under $5).

Prime Beauty – gets cheeky with the Aussie hair care brand evo. Great products and great humor make this line a gem for Sheila’s from not only OZ but the world!

Phyrra – Love pigmented eyeshadows that blend with ease? I’ve got the Makeup Geek Summer Eyeshadows to share!

we heart this – have you seen the Jordana Cat Eye Liner swatches? Ok, have you seen how you can wear 2 or 3 of them at the same time? You should look…

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

The makeup gods have granted you the power to put ONE brand on sale (a one-day-only 75% off)
sitewide sale + free shipping on all orders).
Which brand do you choose?

B says, “Whooooa! That’s a tough one. I’d say Make Up For Ever. I would haul EVERYTHING. “

What about you? 

See you next week!

KBShimmer Summer 2015 Nail Polish Collection

KBShimmer Summer 2015 Nail Polish Collection

I’m not gonna lie – KBShimmer is the only nail polish brand that I get reallllly excited about. Everyone else does great work but KBS, I feel, is steadily murking the nail polish game. And I’m loving it. I only purchased 4 of the 28 polishes in the summer collection but really I want to go back for more. My wallet is arguing with me about that so hmmm, we’ll see.  In the meantime, I wanted to show off these gorgeous picks.

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I’m the Mean Mom Who Has Never Thrown Her Kid a Party

The future is so bright, you've got to squint. Thanks for the tee, @sheenatatum! I love when my girl isn't covered in pink. Somehow it managed to be one of her favorite colors.

The future is so bright, you’ve got to squint. Thanks for the tee, @sheenatatum! I love when my girl isn’t covered in pink. Somehow it managed to be one of her favorite colors.

I’m supposed to be sharing my monthly parenting posts with you at least 2 times a month, but man, I’ve been so forgetful. If you’re bored enough and read some of these, you may come across a particular hidden treasure. Heheeee…

5 Signs I’m Not That Mom – I love writing posts about the other side of motherhood. You know, for us mothers who aren’t all Pinterest’y and NOT okay with sleeping with toddlers and working mamas who actually really like sending their kids to daycare. 

That Time I Wanted a Boy But Had a Girl – Ohmigoooodness, what kind of parent actually admits this? Hehe. Me. And unapologetically so. But then, check out this post on my fear of having a black son. 

4 Reasons Why I Refuse To Throw My Kid a Party – In a world where parents feel obligated to throw lavish parties for kids who can’t even speak yet, there are parents like me. Parents who refuse to shell out money for little people who won’t even know what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean I’m a total grinch who doesn’t celebrate her girl’s birthday in some way. Really, I blame Karen Alpert for this post because after reading this I was terrified to host (shoot, and even attend) a kid’s birthday party.

I Am the Only Mom of Color At Playdates. Why? – Look. It’s a fact that I hate I hate playdates. I’ve never been secretive about this. But shoot, why is it every time I attempt to show up at one, I notice that I’m the only mom of color? What’s with that?

Seen any cool parenting posts/thoughts/ideas out there in the e-space? Please share! I’d love to check ’em out!