Playin’ Up The Eyes

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Wearing a full face of makeup in the summer is so not even an option. Yes, girls…I know. It is so hard to wear less when you are used to looking like a bombshell each and every day. Instead of discontinuing the use of products that I love, I have decided to switch things up and wear products that are fitting for the summer. See! Easy, right? Instead of wearing foundations, I opt for tinted moisturizers or BB creams. Instead of lipsticks, I may start showing my lips stains more love. And when it comes to the eyes, well, I could never be without SOMETHING on them. Luckily, I don’t have to be thanks to Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara and Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner.

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Perfect for the gal who loves letting her eyes do the talking for her, both of these products can produce such an amazing daytime look without much effort. After all, who really has time to put on a ton of makeup before a big meeting? You really don’t need a ton of products on your eyes to look…glamorous. Also, I find this look particularly easy for Moms of little ones.

After applying an eye shadow color that is close to your complexion, take Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner and apply it to to your lower lashline.

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I love everything about these liners. Not only do they last just about all day, but Revlon has given us such an amazing selection of colors. I typically wear black eyeliner on my lower lashline but when the summer hits, I like to be a bit more bold with the color and I fine Green Spark to be right up my alley. It is edgy enough to be fun and eye-catching but also conservative enough to be worn in professional settings. Green Spark also looks great on girls of all eye colors and I think it especially compliments us brown-eyed girls. Also, formula-wise, while many of these liners are too watery, ColorStay Skinny applies with ease. The applicator is clumsy girl friendly and what you’re left with are sweet and straight lines that last all day.

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But wait! You’re not done yet. If I don’t do anything else in the morning, I make sure to always apply mascara. Mascara is almost like magic because no one has to know that you stayed up last night binge watching your favorite show. Or that you are running on 3 hours of sleep because your baby decided that 4am was play time. Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara is not only great at making your eyes standout, but its lush black formula really gives the illusion of happier and more awake eyes.

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When used together, both Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner and Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara is the double threat for chicas on the go this summer. I can’t get enough of both of them and will be tossing them both in my suitcase for when I travel this summer.

You can get both at Walmart!

As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How To Get A Sizzling Summer Look In 5 Easy Steps

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Revlon products

This post is brought to you by Simply Beautiful and Walmart and I will be showcasing tips and products on how you can achieve a Sizzling Summer statement. I love summer time! I really do. But when it comes to makeup during the summer, I am a believer of the “less is more”.

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I love playing up the eyes, wearing a dramatic lip and keeping my cheeks simple with a touch of bronzer or blush. Mind you, I live in Florida. And the wearing a ton of makeup everyday thing just doesn’t seem sensible when you’re battling humidity and mini hurricanes every other day.

Summer look with Revlon

I managed to crank out this entire look spending practically nothing. Lean in, girlfriends. I’m going to show you how this works. But first, let’s give a shout-out to the products that were used…

  • Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara
  • Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
  • Revlon Powder Blush

I grabbed each and every one of those products at my local Walmart. First up, I evened out my skin tone with a pressed powder. I truly wish Revlon’s PhotoReady BB Cream came in darker shades as I’ve heard great things about it but they don’t have anything fitting for my deep complexion. *raises fist to Revlon* Good ole’ Rev won me back with their fantastic powder blush in Wine Not.

Revlon Powder Blush

I applied it to the apples of my cheeks and was left with a great dose of color. Since I’m a girl who loves bold lips, I selected Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Shades like this rock my world because I find them so flattering on women of all complexions. We’ve got our understated cheeks and a bold lip and so it’s on to the eyes.

Revlon’s Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner is some kind of great because the brush is stiff enough to really give you control and the formula is not only long lasting but the BLACK is rich, deep and sultry.

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner

 

It pairs perfectly with Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara. Perfect for my girls who are looking to have dramatic eyes, Bold Lacquer not only delivers but it lasts for hours at a time.

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I haven’t tested it in a thunderstorm yet, but something tells me that she won’t budge. But really, what’s a Summer Sizzling look without a hot manicure to match?

Boom. Thank you, Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel

Gel nails are the trend these days but I love how I am able to get salon performance at a fraction of the cost. And I can do it at home. High Stakes is a funky hunter green and it totally fits my personality. It also makes for a pretty fantastic manicure and pedicure color. Green is a pretty untraditional shade for summer but hey, it’s cool to switch it up every now and then, right?

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And there you have it. A look fit for summer that you too can create at home with these affordable goodies from your local Walmart. The best part? A look like this takes very little time.

Revlon Summer Look

 

What are you thinking, lovely lady? Would you wear a look like this or would you play up the eyes more with an understated lip? Let me know in the comments! As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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?

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Urban Decay Perversion mascara review

A week ago a massive box landed on my doorstep. And yes, you may think this is the norm for a beauty blogger but this box was huge. And inside was a mascara. Okay, so not just a mascara. Urban Decay kindly sent over a darling black bag, some goodies and yeah, a mascara. Perversion mascara doesn’t get released until July 13th and I’m really not a fan of reviewing items that you lovely folx can’t get yet but…forgive me for this one.

I’m telling you now because I REALLY think you’ll want to save your pennies for this baby. Trust me on this.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Price: $22 from UrbanDecay.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Because it is top secret, I don’t have any official claims just yet but I will update this as soon as I find out.

The Truth: N/A

What I Loved About It: I really, really loved how dark this mascara is.

What I Didn’t Like: Like many mascaras that do great at volumizing, if you go overboard, you will endure spider lashes.

Overall: Way to go with this mascara, Urban Decay! I’m thinking this baby will be quite a winner. When you think of the brand UD, you may not always associate them with fantastic mascaras. Which is a shame because they really do have spectacular mascaras. Perversion puts them all to rest, though. I don’t even remember the names of their other mascaras. All I know is Perversion. Let’s talk about the wand first.

UD Perversion mascara

The wand is just okay, to me. I gave it high ratings because while there isn’t any thing spectacular about it, it doesn’t have any flaws in my book, either. UD keeps it simple with a wand that isn’t too narrow but is also wide enough with space in between the bristles to really comb through the lashes. The bristles are also stiff enough to get those bottom lashes.

Formula-wise, we’re working with perfection. It sits comfortably between thick and thin and applying it on the lashes is easy.

And then the application – a swift move through the lashes and after one coat, you are left with insanely pigmented lashes. Which is impressive after only one coat. After applying 2 coats, my lashes reallllly got out there and were lengthened and volumized. A third coat may possibly enter you into Spider Lash territory but with a mascara this good, you really don’t need a third coat.

Also, wear is fantastic and while it isn’t waterproof, I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking throughout the day. It really is an exceptional mascara and best fit for my girls who love dark and lush lashes. You’ll get a good amount of length and great volume but really I think the star quality of this mascara is just how dark your lashes will look. Which is a fantastic quality for a bangin’ eye look. Or you know, every day. If that’s how you roll.

 

Bare Lashes

Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 2 coats

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Urban Decay Perversion on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Heck yeah, I do. It is such a great addition to UD’s already stellar Perversion lineup.

Basically you’ll want to snag this mascara. Even if you aren’t an avid mascara wearer. You’ll love this one. And $22 ain’t cheap but you’ve spent more on coffee in a week, right? Well, I haven’t but…yeah. Bookmark this page and on July 13th, order Perversion mascara. Oh and while you are at it, check out some of the other lovely Perversion items that UD has…

 

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. 

 

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara

Mascara Mondays used to be a regular occurence here on Clumps of Mascara but uh yeah…I got lazy. Or overwhelmed. Or a combination of both. Whatever. But hey, I do have a review for you by way of a video!

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara

If you don’t feel like hearing me ramble, know this…this mascara is pretty awesome. I will be reviewing a ton in the next few weeks but this will be the mascara that I wear when I’m not testing. Lovin’ the formula and the adorable packaging.

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara display

I am feeling like a dummy that someone has to school me on what manga was. I get an F in Japanese Culture. Check out the review and let me know if you’ve tried this mascara or not. L’Oreal is really doing great things in the mascara department. Keep it up, L’O!


And other cool mascaras…

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My NYC New York Color Makeover!

I’ve been needing some color in my life. Y’know…something new, hot and refreshing. I can easily get bored with beauty products. I mean, everyone claims to have these “revolutionary” products, but I don’t know…they are all starting to look the same. And they cost more than they should.

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And then I laid eyes on these fabulous findings from NYC New York Color. I have gotten the opportunity to test drive some of their products and to create a look using said products. Said products are also all under $20.

NYC New York Color lipsticks

Yep, I’m not even playin’. And this is kind of a big deal because some brands don’t have even have ONE product for under $20. Yours truly will attempt to create a stunning and glamorous look using products that total in less than what a lunch date would cost you. But first, let’s have a look see at the products that I’ll be playing with…

NYC New York Color pretty lipsticks
*squeals* I know. I know. NYC New York Color’s Expert Last Lipsticks are some kind of awesome in every way. Aside from being crazy affordable, these high intensity, moisturizing lip sticks will stick around for a good 6 hours. Which is a big deal in my book because who has time to apply lipstick every 2 hours? Yeah no. Not me.

NYC New York Color for lips

These girls are all gorgeous but it’s really Traffic Jam that takes my breath away. And it’s only $1.96 at Walmart and Walmart.com. Watch this…

NYC New York Color Traffic Jam

Nothin’ like a blue red (with just a touch of orange) to make my heart flutter. And that doesn’t mean that Forever Fucshia and Coralista aren’t gorgeous, too…

NYC New York Color Forever Fuchsia

I’m still on the fence about Forever Fuchsia. I think it’s a gorgeous shade but I’m a bit cautious when wearing shades like this against my dark skin. What do you think?

NYC New York Color Forever Fuchsia lipstick

I was also sent 2 of NYC New York Color’s City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Colors.


NYC New York Color Intense Lip Color pencil
Packed with color, this twistable pencils are perfect for us gals on the go who don’t have a mirror handy but know that they need some color on their lips. And color, they provide!

NYC New York Color Intense Lip Color

NYC New York Color Ballroom Blush

NYC New York Color Roosevelt Island Red

But creating a glamorous look isn’t just about the lips, darling. Oh heavens no. We must spruce up the windows to the soul. And for those eyes, I’ve got my hands on some High Definition Liquid Eyeliner….

NYC New York Color Liquid Eyeliner

…and Big Bold mascara.

NYC New York Color mascara

And the look I created…

NYC New York Color on brown girls

NYC New York Color makeup

I clean up pretty well for $20, huh? You can, too! If you head on over here and watch any of the makeover videos, you can download a $1 off coupon good for NYC New York Color product. Do it now, chicas. Seriously!

And after you’ve done that, enter this giveaway…

#NewYorkColorMakeover (Week Two)

Sound like a plan? Which lip color do you think you’ll scoop up?

Mascara Monday: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Once upon a time a dear friend of mine told me about the brand Younique. I laughed because the brand name sounded like the name of a little girl I used to teach when I worked for AmeriCorps. I explained the chuckles and she proceeded to tell me about this revolutionary mascara, blah, blah, blah…yeah, I get this quite often.

ounique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

The “OMG, you should try this mascara!” thing comes with having a blog titled Clumps of Mascara but I told her that I had already had a ton of mascaras to review on my plate and that I’d check it out. I never did. Until Trish from MomDot presented me with a sample of Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes on our Royal Caribbean Brandcation trip. Within minutes, I had headed back to my room to apply the mascara and ZOMGGGG.

Yeah. Impressed isn’t even the word.

Younique mascara

Price: $29 from Younique.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. ” (source)

The Truth: We’ve seen plenty of fiber mascaras but this is definitely one of the better ones.

What I Loved About It: The wands! They are slick, slim and perfect for applying a fiber mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: You can’t overdo it. If you over apply the gel of this mascara, you’re doomed. Very doomed.

Overall:  So obviously this isn’t my first time using a fiber mascara and Younique isn’t terribly innovative in this department. However, I do appreciate many aspects of their mascara. For one, like Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes, the mascara comes in 2 tubes.

Younique Fiber Lashes

I love when this happens. Having both a base mascara and then a tube of just “fibers” leaves less room for error. Younique recommends that you apply a coat of your favorite mascara, a goat of their gel mascara and then the fibers and theeeen the gel again. Seems easy enough, right? Of course, this is the kind of mascara that you don’t need to be applyin’ right before a meeting or if you’ve got a toddler tugging at your leg. It will definitely take a good 3-5 minutes to apply everything.

The Moodstruck Transplanting Gel has a goopy and almost putty-like feel to it. It applies easily to the lashes and helps to bring them out a bit.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes gel wand

The key is applying the fibers on top of the gel while the gel is still wet. But obviously, right? The good news is, this is easy. The bad news is, you have to work at the speed of light. I’m not even kidding. I found that for the best results, it was imperative to apply the fibers within seconds of applying the gel.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes fiber wand

And like most fiber mascaras, removing this is easy. Simply wet your lashes and the fibers come right off. You will still need to use your regular makeup remover to get rid of the mascara that you used. But overall, I’m impressed with Younique’s version of a fiber mascara. Technique is everything when using one but it really helps when a brand provides a nice base (or in this case, gel) and workable fibers. As usual, you may suffer some fall-out while using this but you combat that by again, applying those fibers quickly and before the gel dries.

Bare Lashes



Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

(with step 2)

Younique mascara on lashes
Younique on lashes

Mascara comparison

Do I recommend it?: Yes! It’s one of the better fiber mascaras that I tried.

Any Younique lovers in the house?

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Okay, so let’s pretend that this mascara JUST came out. Not that it came out mannnny months ago, okay? I’m serious. I already feel bad that I haven’t done a mascara review in gee, I don’t know, 50 years but don’t make me feel worse by commenting that I’m reviewing a mascara that came out forever long ago. Mkay? Promise?

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Very well, then. Let’s move on!

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast

I received a press sample of this mascara so so long ago and it has finally worn me down. I’ve been testing it for a good week and some change and now I’m ready to talk about it!

Price: $10.79 from drugstores nationwide and at Drugstore.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Flaunt the next big thing in lashes with Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara! The brilliant two-step Bombshell Boost System combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.” (source)

The Truth: This is the biggest mascara that I have ever seen. The wand is huge!

What I Loved About It: I do like the inclusion of 2 wands. This always bodes well with me.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s so big and clunky. It makes it difficult to hold comfortably.

Overall: Okay. So. You girls could have warned me about this one. When purchasing this mascara, you do realize that it is larger than most mascaras. But this doesn’t really ring true until you open up the package and hold it in your hand. It is a giant mascara. I could see it being rather intimidating for first time mascara users. Or for clumsy mascara users. Seriously.

Let’s look at the wands…

COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara

I will say that both wands are pretty stellar. #1 looks like it could be an identical twin to to the CG Lashblast wand. It’s the perfect wand for separating and lengthening lashes from root to tip. And #2, while not as plush as I would have liked for it to be, at first glance, it appeared to be okay in the volumizing department. The packaging says this about the wands…

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara

I disagree as I don’t see how you can effectively volumize with such small bristles on #1, but hey! What do I know? :wink:

I do think most users will find some difficulty with using the wands because they are just so bulky and hard to hold comfortably. But once (and if) you can get past that, each wand is a pleasure to use. However, the end result, I found, was just so so. After using #1, I didn’t see any big difference in using #2. My lashes didn’t look bigger and bolder and I really could just have gotten away with using #1.

Formula-wise, you’ll be happy to find that I didn’t experience any smudging. Flaking came about hours later, but I’m thinking a waterproof topcoat mascara could seal that and bring along longevity.

I don’t know, CG, this just doesn’t seem like your kind of work. It’s not the 2-wands-1 mascara thing that I have beef with, but the girth of the wand itself and the overall performance, I found to be so un user-friendly.

 

Bare Lashes

Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

COVERGIRL Bombshell

COVERGIRL Bombshell on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Those not looking for much in their mascaras will be okay with this. However, those of us who are looking big big and bold lashes will be disappointed. And having checked out some of the reviews online, it looks like many mascara lovers aren’t big fans of this mascara.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?