Brown Beauty Bloggers Rockin’ 50 Shades of MAC

50 shades of MAC

Oh darliiiings, I have something in store for you. I had the opportunity to partner with 4 other talented brown girl beauty bloggers for a little collaboration called 50 Shades of MAC. There are 5 of us and we are each showcasing 10 MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. The lipsticks featured are both permanent and limited edition and I think you’ll love getting a chance to see how these shades look on brown girls of various complexions. And because I am…ME, some of those pictures are some kinds of silly. You know how I do.

So…let’s get this party started!

MAC Port Red

First up is Port Red. Launched from the 2008 Naughty Nauticals, Port Red is a blue red that has subtle silver undertones. It almost looks metallic.

MAC Black Knight

2008 also gave us the goth-friendly collection Cult of Cherry. I loved the dark shades of this collection and I knew that I had to have Black Knight. Because why wouldn’t you want a creamy black lipstick in your life?

MAC Violetta

Violetta is a bright violet purple and it is one of MAC’s Bestsellers for a reason. This shade looks stunning on women of all complexions.

MAC Most Popular

Most Popular is from the 2009 Hello Kitty collection and I really only picked this up because Hello Kitty is my spiritual animal. It’s a deep berry red that is average at best, but come on…it has Hello Kitty imprinted on the stick. ‘Nuff said!

MAC Electro

I remember first seeing Electro from the Neo Sc-Fi collection and going crazyyyyy. This creamy orange isn’t exactly the most flattering thing when worn alone on darker skin but honey, I don’t care. I LIVE for Electro.

MAC 3-D

3-D used to be my “interview” lipstick back in the day. Whenever I was job hunting and needed to head on an interview, this rose made me feel like I was going to get the job!

MAC Pomposity

There really isn’t anything striking about the purpley magenta that is Pomposity. The silver shimmer in it provides a little bit more pop than your average magenta lipstick and that’s what drew me to Lady Pomp.

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Politely Pink, I feel, is MAC’s answer to a nude lip for brown girls. When paired with Chestnut lip liner, I found this lipstick to be so flattering when so many other so-called nudes weren’t.

MAC Girl About Town

Girl About Town and I have good memories because I think this was the lipstick that made me fall for bright colors. This vibrant berry actually looks good on all complexions!

MAC Candy Yum Yum

Candy Yum-Yum. So yeah…I ignored that matte hot pink the first time it came out. The second time I scooped it up. And now? I love it so so much. I love pairing it with MAC’s Nightmoth to really compliment me.

Check out the other 40 shades by visiting the sites of the other gorgeous ladies!


Milani Brilliant Lip Shine Lip Glosses Are Glossy. Really Glossy.

So guess who did another videooo–ooooh? Your truly. I received these lip glosses for review a looooong time ago and I hate that I am just now doing a review for them but yo…better late than never, am I right?

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Simply put? I love them. Like, a lot. They are priced reasonably at less than $6 and these non-tacky glosses are actually more pigmented in the tube than they are on the lips. At least some of them.

Milani Lip Shine swatches

And how ’bout that red? And that purple? Girl yes…they are my favorite of the bunch. These are probably ideal for those who really don’t want to be bothered with a ton of reapplying.

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But hey, I didn’t come over here to WRITE a review. I really just wanted to drop the link to the video review. I almost had a breakdown in that video but I had to breathe through it. I don’t know what it is with me. I used to be so confident in front of the camera. I’m supposed to get better with time. Not revert back to that insecure 7th grader. Let’s hope I can get it together before I turn 30. Which is like in…6 months. Eeeek! But yay. No really. I think growing older is a beautiful thang. Not many people get the chance, ya know?


Thanks for viewing and buy these lippies here.

 

Disclosure: I provided affiliate links in this post. So if you buy somethin’, I get a penny or two. Maybe three. Thanks in advance. :)

Come oooon, Fall 2014. NARS has some fantastic things for us!

NARS Fall

I’m kinda ready for FAll. Yes, I know this is a little crazy considering Summer just started but quite frankly, I can’t enjoy summer. It’s just TOO hot, yo. That and the daily thunderstorms are seriously raining on my parade. Literally. I’ve got another reason to look forward to cooler weather and vampy shades. NARS Fall 2014 Fall collection Night Caller is seriously up my alley. Here’s what they are givin’ us…

Eyeshadow Duos
Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow ($35) – (L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow ($35) – (L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate

Eyeliners
Night Flight ($24) – black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner – black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner – black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner – black with green pearl

Lip Pencils
Bansar Satin Lip Pencil ($25) – rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil ($25) – cranberry

Face
Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39) – strawberry red
Unlawful Blush ($30) – amber pink with silver pearls

That blush and those lip pencils are miiiiiine!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick…whooooa!

I’ve been wanting to buy Too Faced’s Melted lipsticks forever. I tried to ignore them. I told myeslf that I would hardly use them and that they weren’t really THAT unique.

Too Faced Melted

I lied to myself. And last weekend, I finally bit the bullet and purchased one. I was trying to be modest and hoard them all but really it was the Melted Fuchsia that called my name. Have you girls tried it? Ohmigoooodness.


Too Faced Melted Fuchsia
I’m pretty sure this shade will look gorgeous on just about anyone who wears it. It is indeed a very BRIGHT fuchsia but it somehow flatters me as it has nice blue undertones. And as all of the reviews have claimed, these Melted thingies wear very well. Do yourself a favor and exfoliate your lips if you find them cracking. These babies tend to seep into every crack and crease. The smell reminds me of Play-Doh but it doesn’t bother me. Honestly, I’ll take Play-Doh scents any day over floral or vanilla scents.

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Too Faced said that these lippies should have “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” Very interesting concept and one that I don’t think I’ve heard of before. The applicator has makes applying it easy.


Too Faced Melted applicator

I was shocked at how opaque this is, but that’s a good thing! It feels very light on the lips and really does last for quite some time. If you’re eating and manage to wipe your mouth, you will likely wipe off the color but yep, you’re left with just a little bit of staining.

It does surprisingly well and I’m trying to figure out which bill I shouldn’t pay so that I can buy some of these babies. Haha! Just kidding.

Maybe.

Seriously, though…at $21 they aren’t cheap but they are so worth the price and I don’t think I’ve come across a lip product that has gotten me THIS excited in soooo long. So yeah, girl. I’ll be wearing this lippy foreeeeeever.

Have you tried Too Faced’s Melted lippies yet? Check ’em out here.

 


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Why You Should Buy Wet ‘n Wild’s Fergie Lipstains

I feel like it has been forever since I’ve featured lip glosses on Clumps. I’ve really been wearing lipstick more these days but while rummaging around, I came across a few of these glosses that Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics sent me some months ago. As an Amabassador for the brand, I have been so fortunate to get a peek of all of their newest products.

Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine Lipstain Collection

These lipstains launched months back and the color selection is just out of this word! I only have 5 of the shades here but there are more and they range from neutral/browns to hot pinks and reds. Great job with this, WnW!

Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine Lipstain

Ideally, what I gathered from these is that they are intended to be applied like a gloss but have the staying power of a stain. BUT, they are also shiny which means you aren’t going to get that super dry feeling that you may get from a lipstain. It’s an appealing concept. Especially for those of us who have perpetually dry lips.

Wet n Wil lipgloss swatches

What I don’t like about these is the spatula-like applicator. They distribute an uneven amount of gloss on the lips and it takes a bit of blotting to even thangs out. Not a major downer but it is definitely something to note. Wear-wise, though, these are fantastic. I can easily get a good 3-6 hours of wear of ’em while not having to worry about them coming off of the lips.

Wet n Wild lipgloss

Even as the glossiness, fades away, the stain is still there. It works better than many higher-end stains that I’ve used! I didn’t have any issues with the scent and was happy to find that there wasn’t an overwhelmingly annoying smell or taste to them.


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And hello, they are $3.49. Crazy cheap! And they are a lot better than their MegaLast glosses. I so wish Wet ‘n Wild would add these to their website, but nope…nada. You can’t purchase them online either so your best bet is to head to your local Walgreens or CVS and scoop ’em up.

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Makeup Wars: 5 Wearable Nude Lipsticks for Brown Girls

The slacker in me almost missed out on joining in on this Makeup Wars post. But dude…nude? I HAD to jump in and represent for the dark brown girls that feel as if they can’t wear nudes comfortably.

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Truthfully, though? Nudes aren’t favorite. I hardly tango with any of mine. Why wear nude when you can wear red, hot pink or…orange? But lemme tell you, a good nude paired with a gorgeous and vibrant eye is stunning. Nudes have their place in the makeup world and I’m glad to see that I’ve got a nice little selection of ’em.

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Even if I don’t show them much love. Who knows…maybe after seeing all of these nudes, I’ll be inspired to wear them more often. Maybe. But first, check out 5 of my favorite nude lipsticks…

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Clinique’s Curviest Caramel is the way I like my nudes. It leans a bit more on the pink side but is still described as a nude. It doesn’t have too much white in it to where I feel like a corpse. And it’s definitely one of those interview friendly shades.

Hey there, Tarte Inspired. Don’t hate me for not having a single picture of that lippy but dang…I love it. Inspired comes from Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks and while the formula on these are a bit thick and strange, Inspired is truly one nude that I can stand by.

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Too Faced’s Spice Spice Baby is one of those nudes that at first glance looks “Blech!” but then when applied you’re all like “Dayuuuuuum!” It is one nude that I don’t have to do any doctoring to. It is perfect without any liner or glosses. It is truly the ideal nude lipstick for my dark brown sisters.

Too Faced Taffy

Also from Too Faced is Taffy, a pink marshmallow nude. This is the most recent nude featured on Clumps and it is by far one of my favorites.

MAC Lollipop Loving

MAC’s Lollipop Loving (from the Heatherette collection, who remembers that?) is like a blast from the past. I can’t believe I still have this lipstick. I’m questioning if it is even safe to use considering I’ve had it for so many years. Welp, whatever. I have rediscovered this lipstick and I am in loooove with its frosty pink-y nude finish with  just a touch of chartreuse shimmer. Some frosts are so totally 90’s but when lined with MAC’s Chestnut, this lippy is some kind of wonderful.

Do you have a favorite nude? Tell me! I really should add more to my collection. In the meantime, check out the nude lippies that my Makeup Wars sisters loved…

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4 Reasons Why Too Faced’s La Creme Lipsticks Rock

So apparently I never featured these gorgeous Too Faced La Creme lipsticks. Lame. I mean, I’ve reviewed some of the shades before but these 4 are perfect in every way. I got press samples of them many moons ago so please forgive me for just now showin’ you their fierceness.

Too Faced La Creme

I won’t bore you with the details. Just know that these lipsticks are insanely moisturizing. Too Faced said that they’re “oozing with lip-conditioning hydrators” and that’s the perfect way to put it. I’m so used to having to wear a balm under lipsticks, but you’ll be happy to know that you can just rock these solo.

Too Faced La Creme lipsticks

Yes, girl. Yes.

Too Faced Bon Bon

Too Faced Bon Bon Lipstick

Bon Bon is a pink papaya that I really want to love on me but alas, corals like a bit off on me unless I pair them with darker lip liners.

Too Faced Taffy Lipstick

Too Faced Taffy

Taffy is a pink marshmallow nude and I wanted to hate this at first sight because it really is far too pink for me but Taffy combined with a dark brown lip liner is absolutely stunning. No lies!

Too Faced Lollipop Lipstick

Too Faced Lollipop

Lollipop is my favorite (obvs) because I’m a girl who loves her purple-y magenta shades. This violet has an orchid shimmer and it’s one of those lippies that anyone can rock and look fabulous. Love!

Too Faced Pink Chocolate Lipstick

Too Faced Pink Chocolate

Pink Chocolate is another one of those “meh” shades at first glance, but it does surprisingly well against my chocolate skin. I’m a fan of this berry brown.

Retailing for $22 each, these lippies are on the pricier side but worth it if you’ve got the extra pennies. Lollipop is a staple in my purse and Taffy is my go to for a nude lip.

Come on, Too Faced! Give me mooooAR shades!

Tarte’s Power Pigments Have Motivated Me To…Run!

I kinda want to start this post off complaining about the cold, but I won’t. Mainly because I live in Florida and you guys think I’m bonkers when I complain about the cold. But I also complain about the heat too so see…I am an equal opportunist hater.

And in random news, yours truly is running a 5K on Saturday. I’m freaking out. Because I’m so not ready but I SO need the challenge. I received these goodies a few weeks ago and while I was sauntering by the beauty wall the other , I glanced at these Tarte Power Pigments and lost my mind.

Tarte Power Pigment

Because how could I let them sit there that long without playing with them? These are absolutely gorgeous. And I know, I know. You’re all like, “Doesn’t Tarte already have pencils that look like these? How are these different?”

Tarte Power Pigment lipstick

Good question, honey bunny. And I asked myself the same question when I first saw these. Inspired by Tarte’s newly designed cheek stains, these lip tints aren’t just pretty on the lips, they also moisturize the lips. And by moisturize, I mean you snowbirds up North may actually prevent cracking lips with these. With a color selection of 8 lippies, I would have loved to see wilder colors (like a deep purple, burgundy or orange, even) but I’m hoping that Tarte will consider this in the next few seasons.

However, the shades that I DID get are just, well…you tell me.

Tarte Flush

Flush is a sheer berry and it’s my favorite. I mean, look at it! Simple, sweet, perfect for meetings and perfect for fancy shmancy events.

Tarte Blushing Bride

I’ve been wearing Blushing Bride forever and a day because this plummy rose is just fantastic for daily use. She’s a bit on the “blah” side, but believe it or not, some days I just want plain-lookin’ lips. And for that, this shade totally works.

Tarte Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty is a sheer berry rose (Tarte loves using the words berry and rose, huh?) and while it looks decent up close, far away I find that it has a bit too much coral in it for my liking. I love this darkened up with a lip liner.

These self-sharpening pencils seriously keep the lips hydrated. There is also a hint of mint that my nose detected and I really liked the non-sticky formula. Seriously, they feel good and they last a good 4-5 hours on the lips. Oh, but if you’re thinking that that the color at the bottom of the stick matches the lip color…

Tarte Power Pigment Lips

They don’t. Which, I think, is a good thing as I prefer the color in the tube over the color displayed outside. Woot! You can grab these at Sephora and Sephora.com for $24. Pricey? Maybe. Worth it? Definitely

That said, I think I’ve found the lippy that I’m wearing to my race on Saturday. I can’t promise that I’ll be one of the first few to finish, but…I’m going to try!