NARS Mexican Rose

It’s anything but new but NARS Cosmetics’ Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is freaking fantastic. And I’m not just saying that because I’m slightly obsessed with NARS everything.

Okay, wait – let’s rewind. Why is this the first time I’ve ever tried a NARS lip pencil? I mean…where in the world have I been? Have they always been free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates and sulfates? Whoooa! That’s huge for me. Y’all know how much I adore the preservative-free skincare and cosmetic products. So um, yeah…before this lippie even hit my lips, I was in love with it.

But when I did apply it. Oh Lawd…

Just gorgeous. It’s one of those funny lippies in that an initial swatch just looks so so.

It appeared ultra-glossy and while it’s described as a “hot pink”, it looked to be a little subdued to me. But honey, twas a different story when I put it on the lips. I love love love love love. Oh! And the best thing about this lippie? While it acts like a moisturizing lipstick, it actually stays around like a lip stain. Even after hours of wear time, this pencil will stay put. Which of course makes its $24 price tag a lot easier to glance at. I want more. And more I will be hauling from Sephora. If you want this one, get it ASAP. It’s limited edition and may not be around much longer.

Have you ever tried any of NARS lip pencils? And uh…is a mexican rose actually a rose that is indigenous to Mexico? The geek in me needs to know these things…

True Story: My friend launched her own lipstick line.

Gather ’round, ya’ll. I got a quick story to tell you.

Once upon a time I met this fabulous makeup artist.
She was really nice.
And talented.
We became friends.
Then she started a blog.
And then she launched her own lipstick line.

I can’t even say “The End” because my girl, Safia Michelle of is on such an upward moving incline, that she is bound to be on the cover of magazines. Oh wait. She’s done that too. I have this love for bragging about people. Especially about modest people. Anyway – okay. I’ll focus.

Safia recently launched the Lipstick Mixtapes collection. I’ll be sure to take pictures of all of the shades but I wanted her to pick out two of her favorites from the collection.

Say ‘Hi’ to Elyte and Esther.

Ahhh yes, I could not have asked for a better pair. Elyte is a blue-toned red and Esther is a rose-tinted neutral. Perfect picks!


Now we all know how much much I love a good red lipstick. This one gives life, honey! It also has a bit of a berry finish to it that I can appreciate

And then there’s Esther. I’ve never actually worn a nude like that. In fact, I don’t wear many nudes period. Which is a plum shame because um, uh…how do I say this without sounding cocky? Well…I kinda dig the way I look in this nude lippy. And darn me for not having given them many chances before. To show the true color of Esther, I used different lighting.

Like I do with all lipsticks, I used a balm underneath them to prevent drying. Wear time is average and I re-applied after a good 4-5 hours.

I’m so proud of my girl Safia and I will forever be a super fan of the brand Lipstick Mixtapes. Support indie brands and scoop up one of her shades. I’ve got my eyes on the hot pink Grindtime and the deep red The Blood next.

While Safia wanted to give me these to review, I felt better purchasing them from her. If you do end up purchasing from Lipstick Mixtapes, tell her B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

My first Bobbi Brown lipstick. I’m such a big girl!

Every beauty lover has those brands that they REALLY love but don’t try many of their products. I’m that way about Sleep Makeup and Guerlain. Be it lack of availability or price, it kinda bugs me that I can’t play around with these brands more. Add Bobbi Brown to that list.

Okay yeah. BB is here in the states but those prices are just a little too steep for moi. The packaging of the products are just so so and only every now and then do the collections make me swoon. A few weeks ago, I was visiting some gal pals in Tampa Bay. We ventured into Macy’s and found our way at the Bobbi Brown makeup counter. We were swatchin’ and proddin’ when I came across the beautiful Cosmic Raspberry.

How did I miss when this baby launched last year? I love everything about this bright pink fuchsia. I mean, what’s not to love about a bright pink that looks stunning WITHOUT a lipliner?

Very rarely can I find a bright lippie that compliments my complexion without bringing TOO much attention to my lips.

$21 later Cosmic Raspberry was mine. Not a huge dent in my wallet. Plus it’s gorg.

So yeah. Even though I’m a drugstore lover, it doesn’t hurt to splurge on the higher end stuff every now and then.

Any Bobbi Brown lover in the house?

How to Create Sunburst Lips – Like A Boss.

When I fall for something, y’all…I fall hard. Take music for example. I can listen to the same songs for days, weeks and YEARS at a time. I STILL play “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire like it came out in January of last year. I am a free spirit but I am a comfortable spirit too. I don’t fix what ain’t broke and while that can be a good thing, it stunts my creativity at times.

Hence why the starburst lips came to me.

Yep. They came to me. Seriously. I was rushing into work on Monday and after plopping down at my desk, I realized that my lips were bare. Bare lips are a no no on Monday mornings. I rummaged through my makeup bag and pulled out the gorgeous Venomous Cosmetics’ Let U Go.

Venomous Cosmetics is an indie brand launched by a talented beauty blogger who is based out of Central Florida. I found about VC through my blog sister and friend, Phyrra (who also lives in Central FL…woot!) and when my eyes landed on Let U Go, I knew I had to have it. I mean, look at this orange…

Gorgeous, right? It’s even more stunning in person. I own nothing like it and was glad to add it to my stash. And I didn’t use it until that rushed Monday morning. I wanted to go for something “different”, yet work appropriate. And so sunburst lips were born.

Oh. And if you hear anyone use the words “sunburst lips”, they so got it from me. I’m just sayin’. I came up with it first. 😉

First, I lined my lips using MAC’s Vino lipliner.

I’m not gonna tell y’all how long I’ve had that lipliner. Is there an expiration date for lip liner? Anyone know? Anywhoovers, I applied Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

Yep. I am still religiously wearing that buttah. I love that buttah. At this point, I grab a lip brush and get to blending.

Blending is so important. It’s like the 2nd Beauty Commandment. After “Never Wear Black Eyeliner on the Lips”, of course. After blending, I dabbed Let U Go in the middle of my lips.

And ta daaaaah!

FACT: Everyone has at least one friend that regularly takes pictures of themselves and showcases those duck lips…

Don’t be that friend. 8) Sunburst lips paired with dual blue eyeliner is quite the unexpected look. I can’t stop wearing it. I think I’m going to go for a sunburst lip using purple lippies. Whatcha think?

If you give sunburst lips,  try…let me know!

Need a new lippy for the weekend?

Happy Fridaaaaaay!

Clumps dot com is doing some crazy stuff, y’all. And I can’t really explain it. If you received a Mascara Monday post in your RSS feed or email, please oh please ignore that. That post was SUPPOSED to go live next Monday. And if you’re viewing Clumps on your smartphone or desktop, some of the images have shrunk. So weird. I don’t know what’s goin’ on but as soon as Esposo can find the time to do the behind-the-scenes work, we’ll be back and running smoothly again.

What? You didn’t think I could figure out these problems, myself, did you? Ha! Anywhoovers – since I can’t seem to get through my scheduled posts, check out this list….


Some of my beauty bloggin’ gals and I compiled a list of some of our favorite lip products. Of course I had to highlight by beloved Fresh Sugar Lip balm. Check out what the other gals are lovin’.

Feeling royal? Jen Mathews from My Beauty Bunny shares her fave cruelty free lip glosses fit for a queen.

Julie from The Style Page reviews 3cc Robert Jones Signature Collection.

Brittany from Clumps of Mascara knows of no better lip balm in the entire world than this kid.

Have you gone on the Tour de Fabulous with Brooke from BlushingNoir?

Madame B Fatale tells us what she thinks of Trilogy’s Everything Balm. Hint- it makes for an awesome balm!

Jessika from polish insomniac falls in love with By Terry

Afrobella exclusive Lipglass by MAC took the world by storm and sold out more then once. Check out swatches of this beautiful lipglass at Cosmetically Challenged!


What lip products are rockin’ your world these days?

Wet ‘n Wild’s Don’t Blink Pink lippy is ah-mazing!

I know I brag about Wet ‘n Wild a lot and I promise, y’all…I’m not exaggerating with this one. That sad thing is, back when I was a “I only buy higher end makeup snob.”, I laughed at WnW. I called their products cheap. And this was without having even tried them. What a loser, right? I’ve seen the light and now nothing can stop me from loving WnW.

Plus, you can’t knock a brand who has incredibly great nail polish for less than $2. I’m just sayin’…

Anywhoovers, check out this lippy…

This gorgeous stick of love goes by the name Don’t Blink Pink and has more personality than me after 2 sips of a wine cooler. I ain’t playin’. Swatches don’t lie.

DBP is described as a medium warm pink but for some reason, she looks super neon pink on me.

And that’s not the lighting. That’s how it looks in real life. Which is weird because I’ve seen this lipstick on gals of other complexions and it looks nothing like this. Madness, I tell you! Not that I’m complaining. DBP has some siblings that I will showcase soon but I had to single her out and show you her fabulousness. They’ll be popping up in drugstores this month for only $1.99. I know. I know. In-sane.

Just gorgeous. And since I am a genius who graduated Summa Cum Laude from a top Ivy League school in only 2 years, I accidentally broke off the lipstick.

I know. I’m so smart. By the way, I’m kidding about the Summa Cum Laude and Ivy League stuffs. I graduated without honors from a state college. Womp.

So yeah. All of that to say, keep your eyes peeled for Don’t Blink Pink. And who knows? Maybe I should do a giveaway for my International gals? Hmmm….

Black Opal’s True Color Lipsticks are the TRUTH!

Oh Black Opal. Your decision to step your game ALL THE WAY up in 2011 was such a wonderful decision. I am still floating in Black Opal Obsession Land and for very good reason. Not only are their lipsticks moisturizing and cost little to nothing, but they are shiny.

Yes girl. Shiny!!! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a lipstick with so much sheen. Say hello to Black Currant and Bon Bon.

And call me giddy, but I love how Black Opal displays the shade of the lipstick at the bottom of the tube.

Ca-ute! The good news is, it is aesthetically pleasing. The bad news is, the colors aren’t exactly dead on. Which makes me wish drugstore brands had testers so you can “Try before you buy”. I’ll save that rant for another day.  Let’s rap on Black Currant. Black Currant is a red superstar with blue undertones.

Richly hued gals, this is the kind of red lipstick you want to lean towards.

I couldn’t stop staring at my lips when I had this on.

It’s just fantastic. And then there’s Bon Bon….

Bon Bon is just okay to me. This is one of those shades that a lot of black women wore in the 90’s because we were too afraid to wear anything else. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a BAD color, it’s just a little too throwback for my taste. And I feel all grunge when I wear it.

Still. It’s a moisturizing shade that works if this is your kind of color. Priced at $7.25 a pop, you can get these lippies online and you may be able to spot them in stores. I say “may” because while my Target carries Black Opal, a lot of them do not.

Have you tried any of Black Opal’s lippies yet?

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. I want them ALL!

It’s been forever and a day since a lip product has been captivating enough for me to shell out some pennies on it. WITHOUT coupons. That’s practically a sin, yo. Purchasing anything without it being on sale is painful but this lippie was the band-aid. Seriously.

Ole’ Rev has won some serious cool points with me regarding this Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

First of all, it’s a balm. And we all know how much I obsess over really like balms. As much as I love lipsticks and lipglosses, it’s the amount the balms that run my cosmetic bag. I was weary about trying this one simply because I didn’t want to be disappointed.

And let’s face it….did I really need any more lip balms?

Don’t answer that.

I scooped this baby up at Walgreens for $7.49 and let’s put it this way…I’ve been using it daily. Yo…when a beauty blogger uses a product daily, it’s the shizzle fo nizzle.

Remember that time Snoop Dogg had a TV Show called Doggy Fizzle Televizzle? Okay, never mind.
I’ll stay focused.

On zee lips:

-Amazing color selection. There are 20 of them!
-Raspberry Pie is nice and pigmented.
-Feels wonderfully moisturizing on the lips.
-Unscented. I don’t like smelly lip products so I LOVE this aspect.
-Perfect for using with a lipliner.
-Long-lasting. I don’t have to apply for a good 3-4 hours. Not bad!
-Pretty packaging. It’s all luxurious…

-Can be pricey for some.
-Swatches on website/display are waaaay off.
-Can be difficult to find.

Those “Con’s” are relative of course but overall, I think these Lip Butters are amazing. I do want more. A lot more. I’ve scooped up Lollipop and Tutti Fruiti and will do a post on those too.

Have you tried these lip butters yet? Whatcha think?


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