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.

Nude Lipstick on Black Woman

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…


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.


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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Makeup Wars: My Beauty Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Diary,

6:00am: Rise and shine! I am so loving this “getting 7 hours of sleep” thing. Elle sleeping through the night has been the best thing to happen to my life. I am no longer a walking zombie. Life is good. I’ve got a good 30 minutes to do some Bible reading and listen to Dave Ramsey’s Podcast. Dang. When did I become such an adult? It’s weird.

6:30am:  Since my very awesome job laid me off, I’ve gotten super lazy in the makeup department. And it’s not a terrible thing either. Sometimes less is more. My morning routine is super simply mainly because after dropping Elle off at her, I’m going to run 5 miles or so. You know…gotta build up that endurance for the half marathon that I’m training for. Eeek!

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Ohmigosh, Diary…that Josie Maran SPF is still #1 in my book. I use it almost everyday.

9:17am: I’m dead. Or at least I feel like it. I’m so exhausted. But the day has just begun and..okay yeah, I need a shower. I’m starting to smell myself.

Tuel skincare

I am loving this GREEN CLEAN invigorating body wash from Tuél Skincare. Best stuff ever. Can’t buy it again because it’s not in the budget. Boom. Did I tell you that I got my first Brazilian wax? It was…personal. Very personal. Then again, when you spread ’em to push a baby out, you’re a lot more free with your junk. Just sayin’. Also can’t get anymore Brazilians because DANG…those are expensive to maintain.

Skincare products

Ah yes, my post-workout skincare items. Excessive? Maybe.


I’ve got a few errands to run, so no intense make up look here. A powder, an illuminator from COVER FX, mascara, brows and a lip color.

 3:30pm: I’ve been home for about an hour and I think I may actually polish my nails before I go and pick Elle up.

10:32pm: Woot! Time to go out with my girls. Just kidding. It’s time to go to bed because I am beyond beat. Hey. Chasing Elle down is should definitely qualify for a second workout of the day. For real. The nighttime routine is super easy.

Nightly skincare routine

By the way, does anyone know of good nightly eye cream? I should really get in the habit of using one. Oh, and for body care? I go straight into the kitchen.

Coconut oil

Yeah, I know some of y’all are acting like coconut oil and shea butter are all new and revolutionary but yeah no. I’ve been using this stuff for decades, boo.

I know. Why don’t I have more products? Because I like to keep it simple. Less is more and motherhood has taken away time for me to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom. Naw bro. Can’t do that anymore. And I don’t want to because I’m lazy. Yeah.

Off to bed, I go. Check out the beauty diaries of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters!

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Makeup Wars: 5 Beauty Resolutions That I BETTER Stick To In 2014

Beauty Resolutions

I’m not the type to make annual resolutions (I’m a fan of smaller weekly and monthly goals) but when my girls thought of the idea to do beauty resolutions, I just couldn’t pass this one up. Part of me wants to blame my laziness and frugality on being a new mom but dude, my babe is almost a year old. I can’t use this “I’m a new mom and don’t have time for anything” spiel forever, can I? Soooo, here are some things that I blame to change and institute in 2014.

Wash my face every night.

It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I’ve gone to bed without washing my face. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does this but I’ve made too much of a habit out of it. 9pm hits and the old lady in me doesn’t want to do anything that requires lifting a hand. At the very least I can invest in face wipes to wipe off the makeup IF I’m not going to bust suds nightly. But still…busting suds is better.

Wear a full face of makeup at least once a week.

In the 6+ years I’ve been into makeup, I’ve gone through 2 extremes. I went through wearing makeup every day like my life depended on it to not wearing anything at all. I’d like to meet myself in the middle and at least commit to wearing eye shadow once a week. I don’t want my skills to disappear on account of my laziness.

If nail polish starts chipping, remove it.

I know. I know. This is bad. I really should know better. Chipping nail polish is the worst but I’ve spotted myself rockin’ this like it’s a trend. And that needs to stop. ASAP.

Do weekly hair treatment

I’ve always been lazy in the hair department and for the most part my hair continues to look relatively healthy. But a lil’ weekly treatment wouldn’t hurt. I’m going to check out the natural hair blogs to see what nourishing treatment I can do to help with shine, manageable and all around hair health.

Spend $50 a month on new products

Back in the day, I spent well over $50 a month on makeup. And now I don’t spend anything. My priorities have changed and I was pinching pennies for quite some time but I think I can afford to invest in some new and pretty beauty baubles. Besides, I deserve it, don’t I? I work hard yo!


Check out the beauty resolutions that my girls have!

Makeup Wars: 5 Indie Nail Polish Brands That You MUST Try

Indie polishes

My Makeup Wars sisters and I are back and we’re showcasing some of our favorite indie brands. By indie, we mean brands that you probably won’t find in Sephora or UTLA. These brands are typically smaller businesses and they don’t always have a Marketing Department or Sales Department. They are run by real men and women and sometimes out of their own homes. They do it all!

I don’t own much indie makeup but I certainly have my fair share of indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes have taken the nail polish blogosphere by storm. These brands are giving us nail polish lovers unique shades and finishes and I am so here for it. The bigger brands are obviously keeping their eyes peeled because I’ve seen them come out with shades AFTER an indie brand has released it. That said, check out some of my favorite indie brands!

Cult Nails 

Well, obviously Cult Nails would be first. Maria is a good and supportive friend of mine but even if she weren’t, I would still love this brand. Her polishes are AMAZING! She puts serious thought behind each shade and prides herself on stepping outside of the box. I’ve watched Cult Nails grow overnight and I am just so honored to know the woman behind this awesome brand.

My favorite Cult Nails polishes: Flushed, Deal With It, Lamestain and Charlatan

Literary Lacquers 

Gotta love a brand that combines 2 of my loves…books and nail polish! Amy reached out to me to see if I wanted to feature her brand on Clumps of Mascara and how could I say “No”? For one thing, I love when nail polish brands seek diversity. And the fantastic polishes are just the icing on the cake.

My Favorite LL nail polishes: More Like Fire Than Light, Green Gables, As The Waltz Was Ending


I can’t remember which nail polish blogger prompted me to stumble on Cirque’s nail polishes, but man, I am hooked. I love everything about this brand. The name, their adorable bottles and the shades. Ooooh, the shades! I like how Cirque is always releasing something unexpected. While many brands follow trends, Cirque does not and I love that about them. This one is nail polish brand that always keeps me on my toes.

My favorite Cirque nail polishes: Tibetan Nights, XX, Dark Horse, Cornotion (wish I owned it but it’s $48!)


A. England 

I fell in love with A.England at first glance. I don’t know much about the owner or her story behind the brand but I know that she has perfected holographic nail polishes. And this is no easy task. Holographic nail polishes are my absolute favorite and it’s so hard to find good ones. A.England has a slew of gorgeous polishes but they rock at creating holographics. I mean, amazingly so!

My favorite A.England nail polishes: Lady of the Lake, Tristam and St. George



I believe Floam was my very first indie nail polish. It holds a special place in my heart because um, well…it looks like the legendary Floam! I’m not sure if Nailventurous launches new polishes anymore but when the lady behind the brand was regularly launching polishes…WOW! I loved the uniqueness of these polishes. Also, while other brands have colors similar to Floam, I believe it was Nailventurous who did it first.

My favorite Nailventurous nail polishes: Floam, Sunny Floam, Bumblebee

Makeup Wars: All I Want This Holiday Season Is…well, here’s a list!

Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlist

ZOMG! The holidays are a comin’ and while I am so not ready for them (I’m far too stressed these days to really enjoy ‘em!), they’re comin’ anyway. I’m not gonna lie – I kinda miss the days of being able to give my parents a list of things that I wanted and actually getting those gifts. Welp. Those days are over. Ha! The married with kid life means if I want something, I need to save up and get it myself!

But ain’t nothin’ wrong with wishin’. And for this Makeup Wars post my girls and I are sharing our holiday wishlists.


I want a Vitamix blender sooooo badly. And I’ll never buy it myself because as much as I want it, I could think of so many other things I could buy with that money. But man – the things I would make if a had a Vitamix. The soups I brew, the smoothies I would…smoothe. I could do it all.

Naomi Afro Manikin

Look. I have a daughter. And I’m a Black girl. And I DON’T know how to cornrow. This does not bode well as taking care of naturally thick hair requires skill. With this manikin I could practice braiding and cornrowing so that by the time my girl gets too old for afro puffs, I’ll be able to put some adorable rows in her hurr (picture source).

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Clarisonic Aria

Yeeeep. The Aria has been out for over a year and I still want it. And  there’s an Aria with a Josie Maran Set. They combined 2 of my favorite loves. *squeals* I’d also take Clarisonic’s Pedi Foot Transformation Set. Or both. Whatever.

Formula X for Sephora nail polishes

I want them all. I don’t need EVERY shade. But I at least need 10. Or 20. I’ve heard so many great things about this brand. Word on the beauty blogger street is that Formula X for Sephora nail polishes give you complete coverage with only one coat. Say whaaaat?

Reusable Rainbow Snack Bags

I’m a grazer and eat a lot of snacks throughout the day. I have a few reusable snack bags but I want more. Plus I love supporting work from home mamas!

Jewelry Holder

Also on Etsy is this gorgeous jewelry holder that I’ve been meaning to buy myself. It holds everything in ONE place.This organizer would make getting ready in the morning so much easier.

Wool Dryer balls

Y’all know I’m a hippie so this really shouldn’t even come as a surprise. I already use some wool dryer balls but I hear that having even more is better. These things are great! They really do fluff up towels and cloth diaper inserts aaaaand you don’t have to run the dryer as long. I haven’t used dryer sheets in years so the wool dryer balls are a great alternative.

Boscia Mask Medley

I’ve reviewed Boscia’s masks before but I need to re-up STAT. I had no idea that they had all 3 of their masks in one nice little set. So sweet of them to think of me like that.

Mason Jars

Doesn’t matter the size. Or the color. I want more! I use my mason jars for everything but I’m noticing that I’m running out. So…I need more!

Repayment of my student loans

No explanation needed. A wishlist is a wishlist, right? :tongue:

Makeup Wars: Brand Wars

Weeee, it’s time for another Makeup Wars! This go ’round we’re sharing our love for our favorite brands. Well, at least one of our favorite brands. Each girl picked a brand and we’re showcasing our favorites from that brand. Guess which brand I picked…?

Tarte Cosmetics

Yes. Yessssssss. I love me some Tarte. A few weeks back I did a post on 5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks and if that didn’t show hard I fangirl for that brand, I don’t know what will. I could easily be an ambassador for them because I love everything that they stand for. And it’s very rare that I run into a Tarte product that I don’t like.

Tarte Lights Camera Flashes

I do wish that they had more of a wide range of products for various skin tones. I love you more than gluten-free bread, Tarte but c’mon, y’all. It’s 2013 and there are soooooo many beauty lovers of all kinds of shades. You should be catering to us all.

Tarte BB Cream

But change takes times and I’m hoping in the next few years we’ll be seeing darker foundations shades from them. And while I know Tarte is on the more expensive side of things, I can appreciate how they are regularly on QVC. Their QVC-exclusive collections give you more bang for your buck and you can pay spread your payments out a bit more.

Tarte QVC

It’s hard for a beauty blogger to pick one favorite brand but Tarte really embodies everything that I love from their natural approach, beautiful packaging and fragrance-free products. Hey Tarte, are you listening?! I guarantee you, if you add some dark skinned beauties modeling your products, you’ll appeal to a whole new demographic. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard “Well, I didn’t think Tarte was for me because I’ve never seen anyone as dark as me wearing their products.”

Tarte Wild lipstick

Well, now you have, brown girls…now you have. Go Tarte go!

Check out the other brands that my Makeup Wars sisters picked…

Makeup Wars: Fall Manicure

Hey girl hey! Fall is in full swing (even in humid Florida) and I am all kinds of excited about it. The changing of seasons means I get to expose Elle to random happenings like pumpkin patches and it also means I can pull out my favorite Fall-inspired nail polishes. This Makeup Wars, the girls and I decided to showcase our favorite Fall manicures. I am far from a nail artist so I kept it simple and used one of my favorite polishes out this season.


Say hello to the gorgeous Lamestain from Cult Nails’ All Access collection. I purchased all of the polishes from this collection but I adooooore this one the most.


It’s a stunning polish, right? It’s a gorgeous and rich burgundy jelly that DOESN’T look black on the nails. It is everything I could have ever wanted in Fall nail polish. To add a bit of sparkle, I added Essie’s As Gold As It Gets on top.


And since I’m as untraditional as they come, I am also loving butter LONDON’s Royal Navy as a Fall mani.


I did a horrible silver glitter nail design on top but Royal Navy is the best navy nail polish everrrrr.

Check out the polishes the Makeup Wars girls picked as their favorite Fall manicures…

5 Cruelty-Free Brands That You Have To Check Out

Cruelty Free Beauty

The Makeup Wars crew is back and this time we’re highlighting our favorite cruelty-free products. I have my own theories about what “cruelty-free” actually means but I’ll save my rant for another day. I do know that there are many of you cruelty-free lovers out there so I know that you guys and gals will love this post. And so without further ado, check out 5 of my favorite cruelty-free brands.

Tarte Cosmetics

It’s no surprise, is it? I love me some Tarte. From their skincare products, to their lippies and liners, everything that Tarte releases impresses me. And it’s not just the quality of the products either. The packaging of all of their beauty goodies ALWAYS rocks. The Tarte team clearly thinks about branding and they rock. If you like higher-end cosmetics with a “natural” spin to it, you’ve got to check out Tarte Cosmetics.

NYX Cosmetics


Girl yes. I love me some NYX. Where else will you get affordable makeup, that is great quality and easy to find? And what other brand releases an entire collection of just mascara? Yeah. NYX will always have my heart.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

OCC Lip Tars

I’ve been rollin’ on the OCC train for quite some time. Saying I’m obsessed with them would be just a little too cheesy but it’s certainly accurate. This brand is not for the weak. If you love supporting semi-indie brands and aren’t afraid of color, mixin’ and being BOLD, OCC is the way to go. I can’t waiiiiiiit to stop by their booth at The Makeup Show Orlando later this month.

St. Ives


I’m a total skincare snob but I am open to using any brand as long as they are low in fragrances, dyes and synthetic crap. And that’s why I love St. Ives. They have recently reformulated a lot of their products and they are even more amazing. Three words: Green Tea Scrub.

[NOTE: Welllll, it looks like St. Ives may not be cruelty-free anymore but to be safe, check out the brand Desert Essence. They are definitely cruelty-free and one of my favorite skincare brands!]

Salma Hayek NUANCE


I love love looooove this CVS-exclusive brand. Their skincare products are pretty awesome but so are their cosmetics too. And it’s a brand that caters to brown girls so the pigmentation of their shadows, lippies and blushes are dead on. Woot!

Check out some of the other cruelty-free brands and products of my Makeup Wars girls.