Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

I’ve always prided myself on being the makeup lover who doesn’t HAVE to use higher-end cosmetics to achieve beautiful looks. I am very frugal with my money by nature and even when I have it, I don’t know…I don’t always feel inclined to spend a crazy amount of it on something disposable like…cosmetics. Which, I know, sounds crazy but I’ve tried to remain sensible in my older years.

Plowing through debt will do that to you.

That said, doing a makeup look and only using products that cost less than $30 was easy for me.

30 dollar face

But for the record, I’m omitting powders, primers and liners for the total cost of this face, mkay? The only way I would be able to include those and keep the face under $30 is if I rocked all Wet ‘n Wild and e.l.f every thang. And as much as I love those brands, I wanted to spice it up a bit for ya’ll. And so I used these products to achieve a pretty nice look.

Makeup prices
For the eyes, I used this sweet Limited Edition eye shadow palette from Wet ‘n Wild…

Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette

This sat in my “To Review” pile for the longest and I hate that I am just now pulling it out. That orange is fantastic and I would have loved for it to POP a bit more on my skin, but hey…we can’t have it all now, can we? There’s that pretty Sleek Bronze Block that I scooped up from Sleek a few weeks back.

Sleek Bronze Brick

And NYX’s Stacked mascara…

NYX mascara

Also, featured in its blurry goodness is COVERGIRL’s Smoochies in Tru Love. It’s a frosty mauve. I’ve been into frosts these days. Totally tapping into my high school years.

And the look…


Orange eyeshadow on brown skin
Clumps of Mascara

Let this be a lesson to you, girls. You don’t HAVE to spend a ton of money on makeup to achieve really nice looks. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I will still lust after things I can’t afford but it’s good to know that even after 7 years of blogging, I can still appreciate the drugstore babies.

Would you be able to crank out a look using products that totaled up to $30?

Check out what my fellow MU girls did…

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 – can’t waiiiiit!

Y’all have asked for it and so I will be dishing it out. More MAC Cosmetics content, that is! I owe MAC a lot because they were really the first makeup brand that introduced me to makeup. And I know I’m not alone in that department. My obsession with them disappeared over the years but not because they aren’t cranking out amazing collections and products. But I’ve been wanting to spread the love and discover other makeup brands. Apparently my heart is big enough to love them all so you can look forward to more MAC Cosmetics features. Yaaaay!

That said, last week MAC released the promo and gave us information on Rihanna’s second Viva Glam campaign.


VIVA GLAM RIHANNA II
First of all. Work, girl Rih. I’m not going to pretend that I’m a fan (I’m not hater either, so chill out…) but the girl knows how to work the camera and I think she is gorgeous. This go ’round we are getting a lipstick and lipglass – both are frosts!


Viva Glam Rihanna
 

Lipstick ($16) – Warm mauve with a silver forst
Lipglass ($15) – Cool mauve with a red frost

Opinions on the lippies are swirling around the ‘net and it looks like many aren’t a fan of them. However, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on them. Yes, they are a bit reminiscent of the 90’s but I am here for them. I lived in a silvery purple frost in high school so I’m thinking that I can work with this. We’ll see. Yours truly will scooping it up and seeing what kind of magic (ahem…or horror) will happen when these are applied.

Look for these to be available at MACCosmetics.com on September 11th and in stores on September 15th.

 

So…a mauve frost of a lippy. What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?

I Finally Found Shea Moisture Cosmetics…In Stores!

I went to Virginia a few months ago and visited my husband’s side of the family in this itty bitty city. I’m not knockin’ small towns because I’m from one but y’all…I was SO surprised when I discovered that this city’s Target had Shea Moisture Cosmetics!


Shea Moisture Cosmetics
Um…yay! I’ve had Shea Moisture Cosmetics on my radar for quite some time. The brand is most popular to the natural hair’d girls of the world because they make fantastic products for those of us with kinky and curly hair. They also have great skincare products for babies and everyone else.

The cosmetics line is really geared towards women of color because, get this, they have really dark foundation shades. This NEVER happens. I mean, ever. As a dark girl, it is beyond difficult trying to find a foundation. Most brands omit us completely. Yes, even in 2014. I always jump for joy when I see an affordable line of foundation for brown girls. I couldn’t help but scoop up a tube. I also grabbed a lipgloss.

Shea Moisture lipgloss

And okay, there isn’t anything crazy fancy about this lipgloss, but how cute is the packaging? I snagged a blush, too!

Shea Moisture blush

I would have loved to grab more but this line is a bit on the pricier side. For Target, at least. The good news is, you’ll get your money’s worth because the products are really stellar. I did a video review showcasing everything I hauled!


 

Have you ever tried anything from Shea Moisture Cosmetics?

That Time Nail Polish Inspired Me To…Run!

Weekend Inspirations

I just realized that I am running a race on Saturday. My training has been well, almost non-existent for the past few weeks and I don’t have any excuses. I could blame Florida’s humidity, heat and rain but I won’t. I did a measly run with my Black Girls Run group last week but my mind wasn’t in the game. But it’s funny where inspiration comes from. Take these holographic polishes that I got from The Hungry Asian


The Hungry Asian Dream Car
The lovely Kae (the genius behind The Hungry Asian) sent me  the two newest polishes to hit stands and I could not have been more grateful. Holographic polishes are my FAVORITE formula and I love being able to transform any polish with just a touch of gold or silver based holographic polish. The formula is fantastic on both and one coat gives an insane amount of holographic’ness. Both Dream Car (the silver) and Dream House ( the gold) apply beautifully. I layered Dream House over Zoya’s Wendy and I layered Dream car over OPI’s Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? Glorious, right?


The Hungry Asian
You can buy both polishes for $16.50 or get them individually for $9.25. They are both definitely worth hauling for my fellow holographic lovers out there. I’m a bit shocked that I haven’t seen holographic topcoats before they just make sense.

And then there’s KBShimmer. I have a bit of addiction with this brand. I seriously can’t stop hauling their polishes. I blame nail polish bloggers because every time I spot a KBShimmer nail polish on a site, I have to buy it. Which explains these purchases…

KBShimmer nail decals
The hot pink goodness that is Beach Please called my name when I first saw it. I’m not a pink lover but I love a very vibrant hot pink creme and so this polish was made for me. That and Scribble Me This glitter top coat. Well, what can I say? I’ve been in a glitter mood lately and I love the different sizes and blast of shapes in this glitter. I’ve also been hearing a lot about KBShimmer’s nail vinyls so I had to grab some of those. Not perfect application for my first round but still…I’m impressed and will certainly be practicing and ordering more. I am so here for easy and quick nail art for people like me. People who CAN’T do nail art.

KBShimmer nail decal

Yeah, I’ve got a ton of practice to do but those vinyls have really inspired me. I took those inspirations and had an amazing workout yesterday. So who knows…maybe I can complete that race without passing out. And maybe I can successfully run that half marathon in December? *gulps*

 

What’s been inspiring you these days?

MAC Cosmetics’ Newest Store Opening with Madison Beer! #MACSelfie

Can I get some props for my insane turnaround time? I got to attend the very cool opening of MAC’s Florida Mall location with recording artist Madison Beer…yesterday. YES. I went yesterday and managed to get a post up today. I am impressed with myself.

Madison Beer

Also impressive is this new location. Ohmigoodness y’all. Yes, the Florida Mall has had a MAC location for many years but Orlando is the getting the first ever youth concept store. Because of its C-shaped and open environment design, consumers will have the opportunity to really get up close and personal with the products.

MAC Cosmetics

There is a looooong table in the store where you can casually stroll by and pick up this shadow, swatch this liner, remove it all and start over again. As always, the stunning and helpful MAC artists are there to answer all questions. You really need to see this store in person to get an idea of how fantastic it is. I think it will be a huge hit and I hope MAC gives us more of these stores nationwide and worldwide.

So in honor of the store’s opening, the very talented singer Madison Beer came out to chat with some of us bloggers and do selfies with her fans!

Interviewing Madison Beer

Margaret from Beauty and the Beat and I both got to chat with Madison and for being only 15 years old, the girl has serious style and poise. She’s such a sweetheart! Of course she’s an enormous MAC Cosmetics fan and when I asked her to pick between a red and pink lipstick, she picked…pink! Rihanna is her makeup idol and she schooled me on how to achieve those dark and luscious lashes of hers. She says that applying the mascara on top can really bring out the lashes.  I loved to hear her say one of her tips to younger makeup lovers is to keep it simple; to not cake on makeup and to still aim for a natural look. I absolutely agree and it was so refreshing to know that not ALL teenage girls feel the need to pile on the makeup.

Shortly after our interviews, one lucky fan got the opportunity to get a signed copy of Madison’s album AND she got her makeup done by Madison.

Madison Beer fan at MAC

This girlie could not have been more adorable. She couldn’t stop smiling and had such a good time letting her favorite singer do her makeup! And because it’s 2014 and it’s what everyone does, selfies happened!

#MACSelfie

For a minute I kinda wanted to be 15 again. Maybe. Eh. I don’t know. Kinda?

While Madison continued to take selfies with the loooooong line of fans outside of the store, I got a chance to chat with MAC Cosmetics Artist Florida Mall, Desiree Rodriguez.

MAC Desiree Rodriguez

Desiree is everything. She’s ridiculously talented, knowledgeable about her stuff and is such a fantastic teacher. She had me feelin’ like I too could achieve her iconic winged liner. Mmmm. We’ll see. She also had Margaret and me falling in love with Lady Danger lipstick (Desiree’s favorite lipstick of all time) and she gave Margaret’s brows such a beautiful fix.

Beauty and the Beat

But really it was Mina of MinaSlater.com’s  transformation that really made me happy. This gorgeous girl doesn’t wear red lipsticks! I am on a mission to get every woman to at least TRY red lipstick and when Desiree picked up Viva Glam Rihanna for Mina, I just knew some magic would happen. And it did.

Princess Mina

Let this be a lesson to you, girls. WEAR RED LIPSTICK! Haha, I’m kidding. Not really, though. :cool:

I am so so excited for this new layout! The Florida Mall is such an ideal location because of the tourist traffic and its convenient location – right next to the Food Court! I tend to shop at a MAC store closer to my home, but I don’t know…I’m thinkin’ this location is worth the trip.

Sleek Makeup in the House!

Okay, where have I been? Why haven’ y’all told me to buy Sleek Makeup yearssss ago? I mean, seriously. I’ve known about the brand for a while but no one told me how great they were. Yes, I saw the swatches online and lusted after their eye shadow palettes but I never made the jump.

Sleek Makeup

Until one fateful evening on Twitter. I was chatting with beauty blogger friends and before I knew it, it was midnight and I was ordering makeup. I blame them. Beauty bloggin’ peer pressure.


Sleek Makeup products
I also thank them because everything is absolutely goooorgeous. I didn’t want to spend too much money and honestly, that’s easy to do considering their prices are so affordable. Since I did a video feature of the things that I hauled, this post will mostly be full of pretty pictures. You’ll have to watch the video to get my thoughts on everything. But I can tell you this…I will be purchasing more Sleek. And soon.

Sleek Bronze Block

Bronze Block in Dark for $11.49. This was a total impulse buy because I’m not really sure how I’m going to use this.

Sleek Mystic

Sleek Loved Up and Mystic

Lipsticks in Loved Up and Mystic. They are  $7.49 each.

Sleek Life's A Peach

Life’s a Peach blush for $6.99. I really wanted to do something different in my blush game. I’ve never owned a peach blush and I didn’t see them as flattering on my warmer skin but I’m going to push it to the limits and see if I can make it work.

Sleek iDivine Ulta Matte V2 palette

iDivine Ulta Matte V2 palette swatches

iDivine Ulta Matte V2 palette. This baby went for $11.99 and of course I didn’t need any more palettes but this was just calling my name. I saw swatches of it and HAD to have it.

Not pictured is the Hide It Concealer that I got for $4.99 and apparently someone hid it because I can’t find it! Haha, see what I did there? I’ve got a video coming soon about this line so stay tuned for that! I can tell you now…I am an enormous fan and will definitely be ordering from them again.

 

Have you ever tried anything from Sleek? What should I scoop up next? 

OPI Mustang Nail Polish Collection

OPI Mustang Collection

Vroom baby, vroooom! The Mustang is turning 50 and in honor of its birthday, OPI is giving us a collection about this iconic car. I received a press sample of the limited edition collection. It was released just last month in July so you should be able to find it at retailers like Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

OPI Queen of the Road

OPI Queen of the Road nail polish

Queen of the Road appears black at first glance but really this polish is a blackened murky green. Okay yeah, but it still looks black on the nails. There is a touch of silver in it that gives it a nice shimmery finish. I didn’t like it at first but somehow it works. It’s a very interesting shade and very fitting for a collection inspired by an automobile.

OPI Race Red

OPI Race Red nail polish

Race Red really isn’t red. It fact, it leans more on the orange side. It really is the perfect blend of orange and red and is the kind of shade that will look fantastic on anyone who wears it.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

OPI The Sky's My Limit nail polish

The Sky’s My Limit is a deep blue sea shade golden shimmer throughout. It’s sweet because at different glances it switches from shimmery golden green to shimmery golden blue and back. It totally reminds me of an ice cream paint job.

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot nail polish

Angel With A Lead Foot is a creme white polish. And that’s it. It’s your average white polish in that it takes a good 2-3 coats to achieve an opaque finish. It’s pretty but I don’t know…it seems a bit odd to be in this collection.

OPI Girls Love Ponies

OPI Girls Love Ponies nail polish

Girls Love Ponies is a bright pink creme. I rolled my eyes when I first glanced at it, but it really is a stunning pink. This says a lot considering pink is one of my least favorite colors. It isn’t heavily unique as far as pink nail polishes go but it is pretty!

OPI 50 Years Of Style

OPI 50 Years Of Style nail polish

50 Years Of Style is a metallic gold nail polish and really is the perfect polish for this collection since a 50th birthday is called the Golden Birthday. I never think gold nail polishes look that good on me and this one is no exception. Womp.

Overall Impressions
Shade-wise, these are okay. There isn’t anything spectacular but you can tell that this isn’t one of OPI’s powerhousecollections. The only shade that really made my head turn was The Sky’s My Limit. Girls Love Ponies was a nice surprise, too. Overall, I think that if you have similar shades, you don’t really HAVE to run to pick these up. As always, the formula is great but unless you’re just itching to try something new, you could probably pass on purchasing the entire collection.

But if you can’t help yourself (and I so won’t judge you), you can snag these polishes for $9.50 a bottle at ULTA.com.

 

Any Ford lovers in the house? The Mustang is pretty slick but I don’t know, I’m more of an F150 kind of girl. 

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

For the first time EVER in Clumps of Mascara history, I am posting a mascara review on a day that isn’t Monday. Yeah. Craziness, huh? I did a video review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara and instead of waiting another week to do a blog post, I figured I’d just give you the post now.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

Besides, do I only have to post on Mascara Mondays? Naw. It’s all good. And so is this mascara. I won’t ramble too much (I did enough of that in the video) but this waterproof mascara is quite fitting for summer. Maybelline has given us plenty of waterproof mascaras before but it’s nice of them to roll one out the first time they release a mascara.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up

The wand is pretty cool to work with, too.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up wand

I recently came back from a week long trip from Virginia – which, by the way, the high there was like 80 degrees. SERIOUSLY???? Because when you live in Florida, you just assume that it’s butt hot everywhere else in the world. Yeah no. Mind blown.  Anyway, enjoy the video review version of this mascara.


Have you tried this mascara yet? What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?