Make-Up Stash

Thanks J for your email. This entry is inspired by you! Since graduating from high school, I have always been on the move. From dorm to dorm, apartment to apartment, state to state, city to city….you get the idea. This never caused a problem until my addiction of make-up came about. It is extremely difficult packing up and moving beauty products. I’ve lost/broken way too many things along the way. The set-up for my make-up now is nothin’ pretty but it’s functional. Dig it…(click pictures to enlarge)

I know, I know… make-up in the bathroom. Not the best place but whatev. Everything is stashed in a boring ole’ plastic thingie. I tried to be a bit creative in the brush department though…

Poor Baby Buki. I have to create a nice little home for her.

Open up the compartments and here’s whatcho got

Lippies, part deux.

The small but growing blush department. Stay tuned for the Brown & Blushin’ series!

Pencils, primers and pigments…

And I can’t show you the mascara section because I don’t ruin any surprises for Mascara Mondays. Hehehe….check out the nail care department.

You see that that throw back caboodle? I had it since those Seventeen magazine readin’ days. A great deal of my pigments are in my traincase. Tinted moisturizer and minerals are in the medicine cabinet and I still have make-up hidden at my Mom’s house 4 hours away. So everything is still a work in progress.

How do you gals keep your items in order? Traincases? Drawers? Cosmetic cases? Tell me! Got any ideas with what I should be doin’ with my stash?

Stay pretty this weekend!

Yessss, I got tagged!

Aaaand, here we go! Another “tag” session. Love these! And with them come random pictures. Yall know how silly I am, so brace yourself. First off….I want to send some love to my fellow beauty bloggers.

Love love love yall! Here are my top quirky ‘but they make me me’ tidbits..

1) I love to people watch. And not just “watch people walk by”. I seriously look at their facial expressions/movements, listen to them and begin developing story lines about them. I’ve been doing these since I was a little girl and have even developed short stories inspired by strangers. That’s kinda Lifetime movie stalker-ish, uh?

2) I have a problem asking for anything. Seriously….and I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. I’ve gone hungry because I have been too proud to ask for a piece of bread. I’ve slept in my car because I hate invading peoples’ spaces. I know….is that not crazy or what?

3) I’m superwoman. I’m serious….I can lift a ton of bags, carry things up and down stairs and have this crazy strength. It’s strange but hella useful when living in a 2nd-floor apartment and having to carry 7 bags of groceries in the rain.

4) I pretend to like weaves when in reality I loathe them tremendously. And on anyone. Braid extensions are one thing but weave ponytails, lace fronts, tracks, etc….ugghhh, it’s a mess and always so obviously fake to me. I just think everyone needs to wear their own hair… know, if they can.

5) When I was younger, I used to have my own talk show. I had a little jingle and would literally talk to myself on an entire 60 minute cassette. Sometimes I would have a featured guest (my babysitter or friend) and would even do my own commercials. A mess.

Told yall…I’m a straaange person. But most neo-hippies are.

Check me out on my first time on a city bus in Philly…

That experienced me braced me for takin’ the Metro in LA. Boyyyyy, you can take the girl out of the ‘burbs, but…

And more recent…

Why does my Little (I’m in BigBrothers, BigSisters) ALWAYS take the best pictures of my figure? Had I had anyone take this I would have looked like a hippo. Love it!

But we digress to another tagged thingie:

Things I’m passionate about:
-Helping as many people as I can in any way that I can
-Jesus Christ….hallelujah Amen
-Being a Black woman. I think it is the greatest honor

Things I’d like to do before I die:
-Travel back to the Motherland. I just HAVE to get there.
-Have some babies. But not tomorrow, nerves are bad.
-Have saved and bettered many lives.
-I guess get married (why is this AFTER havin’ babies? LOL).
-Have left a legacy.

Things I say often:
-“Chile please….”
-“Whatcho thank this is?” [EBONICS is a language, yall. LOL!]


Books I’ve read recently:
-“Kindred” Octavia Butler –intense!
-“Shopaholic & Baby”–Sophie Kinsella (love her!!)

-Currently reading: “Fledgling”
Octavia Butler

Songs I could listen to over and over (yall know I’m old, right?):
-“Love’s Holiday” Earth, Wind & Fire
-“Love Ballad” LTD
-“Ribbon in the Sky” Stevie Wonder
-“Sara Smiles” After 7
-“Be Blessed” Yolanda Adams

Traits I’m attracted to in my friends (in no particular order):
-Realism and consciousness
-I love when people can be themselves without care!

And I leave you with this quote:

“Within the darkness lies the light”

Don’t ask me WTF that means because I made it up myself.

The Younger B….

I had to do it. This is the newest OT self-reflection post floatin‘ around the beauty blog space. I had to get up on it because I love readin‘ you all’s and doing them myself.


What I Would Tell the Younger Me

…now, I’m just turned 23 and I consider that to be pretty young. So I’m going to pretend as if I’m talking to the 18-year who moved out of the house in burbs of Tallahassee, Florida. She went to college 4 hours away and had no idea what her new life would bring her.

Look at her. Dorm room livin‘..


All young and innocent at the tender age of 19. Well, actually….this was sophomore year when I wasn’t so innocent, but I digress. LOL…and I’m going to write in Ebonics so if you need some translating, let me know! HA!

(1) Stop being so damn proud. You are going to need help so don’t be actin‘ like you can do it all and let someone help you (prolly need to tell this to the current me too!).

(2) Stop trying to want to be “grown”. Paying a bill don’t make you grown and when you finally HAVE to be grown, you won’t want to be. Trust.

(3) You are going to have some hard times. You are going to feel sad and alone but GOD will never leave you. Keep your optimism because that and GOD’s love will be your strength.

(4) It’s coo to desire the love of a man, but don’t be runnin‘ after them. You are too worthy for that and if you gotta chase a man, then honey, he ain’t the one.

(5) You were put on this Earth to write and help others. Don’t worry how you are going to do it. You will. Stop stressing about your “purpose”.

(6) Stop being so insecure. You are not fat. You’ll look better in a few years though. Watch.

(7) You’re not going to have it all together anytime soon so don’t think that by the time you’re 20 or 25, you will. Life ain’t that easy.

(8) Stop thinking that people HAVE to do right by you. They don’t. And they won’t. So be prepared.

(9) Stop thinking that college is killing you. You’re being too dramatic about it. Life AFTER college is what you really need to be fearing.

LOL…look at me.

Those were the days. No regrets in college. But I would pay a couple million to return to those days. I have yet to find the joys of NOT being a college student. 

What would you have like to the tell the “younger” you? I’d love to know!

Peace….inner and worldwide.

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 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.

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)

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… 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!!!

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A Big Post!

Christmas is over and I almost dropped a tear. I love this time of year and this was one of my favorite Christmases. I may have spent $70 on gifts for 6 family members. I didn’t go broke for the first time ever and I am extremely happy about that.

I haven’t really played much in my Christmas haul. Except messin‘ around with the Prep-N-Prime mascara. [NOTE: I have belongings in 3 different locations—my Mom’s house in North Florida, a storage room in Central Florida and a room in Los Angeles] I have to be careful because along the way, things get lost. So I can’t really enjoy my haul until my items are packed away and are sitting at a DEFINITE location. Have I mentioned that I’ve moved a total of 9 times since 2003? Yikes! That’s about 8 different beds. I stay moving.

Anywayyyy, I played with greens the other day.

I used:
Bamboom Paint
Vanilla pigment

I try and keep it really simple. I’m getting lazy in eye make-up. I never want to spend more than 10 minutes on it. And the fewer products I can use, the better. My lazy ass. So sad.

Here at Clumps I am always trying to share my learnings and attempted perfections with yall. My newest one is using MAC’s Fluidlines. I’ve been using the 266 brush forever. And I’ve always liked it. But the smoothness of my lines on my lower lash line have been somewhat jagged. So I did some experimenting.

266 vs 209 (SE)
The angled brush versus the fine point brush.
The 209 wins!! I get a much smoother line when I use this brush…it takes a bit longer to apply but it is easier to go over mistakes because of the brush’s fine point.

A vast improvement for me. So I’m thinkin‘ if you’re like me and are having madd issues with applying the Fluidline, check the brush that you are using. And keep practicinbecause this is one of those things that takes hella practice to get perfect.

And lastly I went to the Bobbi Brown counter to check out those pretty Shimmer Brick Compacts but ended up getting caught up in skincare products. Uh oh! My skin is just now returning from Pimple-Ville USA. I think it’s safe to say that it was MAC face products that turned my normally good skin south. Could’ve been the Prep-N-Prime or Green Cleanser or StudioFix or Mineralized Skinfinish. I don’t know but since I’ve discontined using them, my skin has improved. I’ll take pics to prove.

Anyway….after asking the arists about finding a light foundation coverage item, one of the ladies used their tinted moisturizer and eye concealer on me.

Def not feeling the under the eye action. Even though I look “brighter”. And why in the hell are my pores so large? But the coverage is nice and light and easy to put on. So I purchased it. I’ll do a review on that later as well.

I’ve said enough loves…off to Orlando/Tampa/Miami to visit friends/fam. So I won’t be updating too often. If I miss it, have a happy New Year’s!!!

Peace and Fafi!