Let It Clump: Fragrances


This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

This is a first for Clumps of Mascara. I don’t think I’ve ever discussed fragrances. *gasp*

I remember being a little girl and sneaking into my Mother’s bathroom, stepping on my tippy toes and spritzing my little neck with whatever beautiful bottle of perfume I could find. For me, perfume bottles signified elegance.

I requested my first fragrance in Elementary School. I felt so grown up spraying a bit of Baby Love (now who remembers that?) on my wrists. By 7th grade I was all over Tommy Girl and Shi. And by high school I straight robbing Mommy’s boudoir every morning for a bit of Bvlargi, Cool Water or Chanel N’5.

Every Christmas or birthday, my family members already knew what to get me, “….a fragrance.” In college, I wasn’t bankin’ enough to purchase my own scents so I relied on the gifts. And even know, as a college graduate (um, still broke) with a little more sophistication, I find it hard to drop $50+ on a fragrance.

But that doesn’t stop me from eye-ing them in department stores, indulging in the samples (don’t act like you don’t do this…lol) and treating to myself to one or two fragrances a year.

Baby Phat’s Fabulocity was one of those fragrances that I had to have. But not because I’m in love with the self-absorbed Kimora Lee. It’s because of the freakin’ bottle. Look at it!

A diamond? Are you kidding me? I had to have it. Never mind that it wasn’t anywhere in Orlando.

Never mind that I had to do something I haaate doing (buy things online, cries). I had to have it.

So when it finally arrived I placed it on one of the floating shelves in my room. I felt like a won a trophy.

But the smell? Uh…let’s just say if you don’t mind smelling like freshly cut grass with a tinge of honey suckle on a warm Spring today, then this is the fragrance for you.

No, I’m kidding.

I think.

I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this fragrance beyond the bottle. But I think it’s because I have a very picky nose. I don’t like anything too floral or too fruity. And if it smells good enough to eat, then honey I don’t want it. Walking around smelling like a cookie, baked apple pie or strawberry shortcake (yumsss) is definitely not for moi.

I can get down with Baby Phat’s first fragrance but Fabulocity is uhh….not up to par, for me.

I like smelling like a sophisticated woman something more on the lines of:

Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman

And Sean Jean’s Unforgettable Woman

….yes, I desire to smell like a woman and these fragrances definitely deliver. So if I have to go around smelling like somebody’s Momma, I’m down! No, I’m kidding. My friends used to laugh at me in high school because they said I smelled too old. Whatev. HA!

Any perfume-lovin’ folx out there?

Don’t forget to shoot me emails! I am still in Chicago and I’m sure I am mad bored going from luncheons to meetings. *sigh*

Stay beautiful!

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry

It’s Mooooonday!! I know that I will be having a great one. Half day of work=great day! But even greater than that is sharing a pretty funky mascara with you. A reader requested this mascara a while back (okay, like a month…sorry for the delay, chica) and I can’t believe I waiting so long to review it. Check out the review fooooor:

Urban Decay’s Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry



Price: 3 out of 5 ($17 from anywhere Urban Decay products are sold)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “If you love the extra-thickening powers of Big Fatty Mascara, round out your collection with these wearable shades. Turquoise and navy hues give brown and blue eyes a jolt, purple shades make green eyes more dangerous, and burgundy adds drama to any eye color—a refreshing alternative to basic black.”

The truth: Duuude, I mean the red really is red. CRAZY!


What I loved about it: The color payoff on my lashes was really obvious. I didn’t want it to be a subtle touch of color because that would be defeating the purpose of a colorful mascara.

What I didn’t like: The color on the lashes is where it ends for this mascara. Volume? Nooope. Length? Chile please. And ohmigoodness, the flakiness is out of control. And will it last all day? Noooot.

Overall: What a great idea! I’ve seen folx with purple and blue mascara but I really wanted to try the red. I think that it is perfect for a quick pop up color. You know…one of those “goin’ out with the girls nights but only have 12 minutes to get ready” scenarios? A colored mascara gives you a quick pop of color that is noticeable without looking TOO dramatic? Is it for everyday looks? Maybe, depending on how snazzy you are from day-to-day. Definitely not for us folx who work in a strict business setting though. I absolutely adore this mascara! I wish that Urban Decay focused a little more on the formula so that it would give volume or length. But nonetheless, it is fab, yo!

Would I recommend it: Absolutely! The price is a bit steep but I think every gal needs to have a colored mascara in her collection.

The video review will appear later..YouTube was on the trips. Boo!


What do you think about this mascara? Would you or have you tried a colored mascara? Or are you a traditional brown/black mascara wearer?

Oh…wanted to let you pretty people know that I will be in Chicago from Tuesday-Saturday of this week for business. I have a few scheduled posts–most of which will be articles than series post but I hope yall find them interesting. I won’t be totting the laptop but I will have the trusted Blackberry so I be able to check the email and Google Reader. I leave tomorrow and am mad busy with the packing so don’t shoot me cyber-birds for my delayed responses. Muah!!

Stay beautiful!

[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

FOTD Friday: Hot Pink Runway Look

It’s Friiiiiiday! And I’m glad because this week was a yucky week for me. With Tropical Storm Faye dumping a ton of rain and me getting very little sleep because of my obsession with watching the Olympics, I was a little “out of it” this week.

But leave it to Friday to put a little pep in my step….a smile on my face…and a twist in my hip. I made that last one up because I figured it would sound okay since it rhymed. Kinda? Maybe?

No? HA..okayyyyy.

Today’s FOTD Friday is definitely a runway look. I got the inspiration from visiting Sephora.com and came across this banner.

I was really loving the pink winged liner so of course I had to try my version of it.

But first….who would have thought Wet ‘N Wild would have such a pretty Kohl eyeliner?

Beautiful!! I will definitely be picking up some more of their pencils. The staying power isn’t half bad. It was only $1.99. I don’t know why I’m acting like Wet ‘N Wild is new. It’s funny now some of us beauty folx try to get all siddity and get to purchasing liners for over $10 when the cheap ones work pretty well.

Ya know?

I wanted to focus on 3 things for this look:

*The pink liner with crazy
dramatic lashes*

*A super nude lip*

*Pale pink cheeks*

So here’s what I used:

EYES:
MAC Fuschia pigment
Stila glitter liner
Wet ‘N Wild Turquoise Kohl Eyeliner
Dior DiorShow mascara (revisted—I’m likin’ it more!)

FACE:
Cargo Blush in Lyon

LIPS:
MAC Soft Lust lipstick
Stila Brown Sugar Lipglaze

NAILS:
Sinful Colors San Fransisco

My before…



Tis was fun. I like to play around with everyday looks, runway looks and everything in between! What do you thiiiiink? I will be crazy busy this weekend preparing for my business trip to Chicago early next week. But no worries, I will have scheduled posts. Most will be articles and random ramblings than series’ posts. So I will still be around!

Have a happy weekend, beautiful people!!

(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Stila Major MAJOR last mascara

Happy Monday, pretty people! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I am shocked at how fast these days are and weeks are flying by. I have only a few words for this mascara. Not because I didn’t like it but because I found that it was just a regular ole’ mascara. Check the review.

Price: 2 out of 5 ($22 from StilaCosmetics.com, Sephora.com or Sephora and Ulta stores)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Our long-lasting, plush formula is still the best in the business, known for leaving your lashes looking extra long and luxurious. MAJOR major lash mascara is the one you need to leave a MAJOR lasting impression.”

The truth: It’s good. I mean, it’s a really good mascara.


What I loved about it: The volume and length is definitely there. It is rich and black and even after several coasts it doesn’t weigh down the lashes.

What I didn’t like: Yikes, the brush was a bit messy. And I think it is a little overpriced. It is a little on the clumpy side but nothing too out of control.

Overall: I’m impressed but I’m not doing cartwheels. I don’t see anything unique about this mascara but its performance is up to par.

Would I recommend it: Hmmm…I guess. Although I do think you can find similar mascaras with the same volume and length factor that Major Lash has for a cheaper price.

Prefer a video review? I got cha covered!


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

FOTD Friday: Flashback & Contest Winners


It has been a super long week, yall. I have had A LOT of good news, most of which I will share later, but I have also had my share of exhausting busy-ness. But I can’t complain. I’m the type that feels “funny” when my life isn’t in overdrive.

To continue on with the Mascara Monday rewind, I decided to post some of my boldest FOTDs. Most of these were done when I was living in Los Angeles and playing in make-up really became not only a hobby, but….a friend. I spent hours every night trying to come up with some creative ish. My skills weren’t so hot but this was really when I looooved eyeshadow.

My first week in LA….I really had nothing else to do but do craaaazy bold looks.

Ahhh, the Jigsaw piece. I had so much fun doing this.


Sunshine seriously consisted of 3 products. Loved this look!


Who remembers MAC Mi’Lady mineralized duo?


Awww….this is my FIRST all MAC look. I got addicted to MAC during the C-Shock era last summer and was all over that Wondergrass paired with Humid. And you couldn’t tell me nothin’ about those 3D lip glasses. I can’t believe that was only a year ago and I’ve moved 4 times since then!

That nude lip is sick! I’ve got to try to do that again. Loved this look….around this time, I started to tone down the BOLD looks and focus on pretty pinks/purples and neutrals.

If you remember these looks, you are serious a vetern Clumps of Mascara viewer! And I loves you for it!!

Now for the 2 winning Stila
Lipstick Contest Entries:

“I vote because i’m scared that if I don’t i’ll be paying 20 bucks a gallon for some gas in a matter of months. lol jk…

It’s important to vote because not doing so would be single handedly snatching away our voice. No vote…no voice. No voice…no song. I sing my song for the woman with sore feet who went against the rules and sat at the front of the bus. I sing my song for young children that got sprayed with fire hoses. I sing my song for abused & dominated women. I sing my song for shackled slaves. I sing my song for ME, and most importantly…for my future children.”

-Kenya
VB

AND

“It is sooo important to vote, especially in this day and age. Many people, especially women, have fought for our right to vote and have a say about the future of our country. As women, we are always affected by who our President because many issues affect us and our children – gun control, abortion rights, education, health insurance – the list goes on and on. If we don’t cast our vote and choose – we are being complacent and currently, letting men make decisions for us. Vote, vote, vote!! Especially this time – we need change so we can get out of the recession, improve the economy and spend money on important stuff – like makeup!”

-Shefali

I love how these ladies touched on so many issues in just a few words. True beauty lies not in this make-up bit we talk about but our cognizance of worldwide issues; and how they will affect our future. I love yall!! Shoot me emails so I can send off your lippies. Thank you to all of the submissions.

Support Stila cosmetics and VOTE!!!!!

……and be my friend. :)

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: Flashback & Contest Winners


It has been a super long week, yall. I have had A LOT of good news, most of which I will share later, but I have also had my share of exhausting busy-ness. But I can’t complain. I’m the type that feels “funny” when my life isn’t in overdrive.

To continue on with the Mascara Monday rewind, I decided to post some of my boldest FOTDs. Most of these were done when I was living in Los Angeles and playing in make-up really became not only a hobby, but….a friend. I spent hours every night trying to come up with some creative ish. My skills weren’t so hot but this was really when I looooved eyeshadow.

My first week in LA….I really had nothing else to do but do craaaazy bold looks.

Ahhh, the Jigsaw piece. I had so much fun doing this.


Sunshine seriously consisted of 3 products. Loved this look!


Who remembers MAC Mi’Lady mineralized duo?


Awww….this is my FIRST all MAC look. I got addicted to MAC during the C-Shock era last summer and was all over that Wondergrass paired with Humid. And you couldn’t tell me nothin’ about those 3D lip glasses. I can’t believe that was only a year ago and I’ve moved 4 times since then!

That nude lip is sick! I’ve got to try to do that again. Loved this look….around this time, I started to tone down the BOLD looks and focus on pretty pinks/purples and neutrals.

If you remember these looks, you are serious a vetern Clumps of Mascara viewer! And I loves you for it!!

Now for the 2 winning Stila
Lipstick Contest Entries:

“I vote because i’m scared that if I don’t i’ll be paying 20 bucks a gallon for some gas in a matter of months. lol jk…

It’s important to vote because not doing so would be single handedly snatching away our voice. No vote…no voice. No voice…no song. I sing my song for the woman with sore feet who went against the rules and sat at the front of the bus. I sing my song for young children that got sprayed with fire hoses. I sing my song for abused & dominated women. I sing my song for shackled slaves. I sing my song for ME, and most importantly…for my future children.”

-Kenya
VB

AND

“It is sooo important to vote, especially in this day and age. Many people, especially women, have fought for our right to vote and have a say about the future of our country. As women, we are always affected by who our President because many issues affect us and our children – gun control, abortion rights, education, health insurance – the list goes on and on. If we don’t cast our vote and choose – we are being complacent and currently, letting men make decisions for us. Vote, vote, vote!! Especially this time – we need change so we can get out of the recession, improve the economy and spend money on important stuff – like makeup!”

-Shefali

I love how these ladies touched on so many issues in just a few words. True beauty lies not in this make-up bit we talk about but our cognizance of worldwide issues; and how they will affect our future. I love yall!! Shoot me emails so I can send off your lippies. Thank you to all of the submissions.

Support Stila cosmetics and VOTE!!!!!

……and be my friend. :)

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: Lilacs

It’s Friiiiiday! And I’m off to Atlanta, shawty. Yes, your Head Newb is quit excited but I couldn’t leave without droppin’ this week’s FOTD Friday. What was my inspiration?

Well, first….tell me what these 3 beautiful ladies have in common:




If you guessed “purples on the lids” then shoot me an email because I will be mailing you a gold star! I reallllllly don’t like the color purple. Dark and deep royal purple, I can deal with. But lavenders pretty much make me want want to throw up. Excuse the dramatics. But it is that serious. My Mommy, the herbalist’s, favorite color is purple and I’m thinking I saw an over-abundance of it as a kid….hence why I loathe it tremendously. But I tried a little somethin’ somethin’. Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance primer
Stila’s Orchid e/s duo (light purple=inner darker purple=outer)
MAC’s Satellite Dreams e/s (crease)
Clinique’s Almost peach e/s (highlight)
Stila’s Major Lash mascara
Clinique’s Eggplant liner
Maybelline’s Unstoppable Eyeliner

FACE:
Stila’s Berry Flash Color Push-up
Bobbi Brown’s Brownie Shimmerbrick

LIPS:
CoverGirl AmazeMint in Plum Crazy (loves it!)

Here’s what I came up with…


LOL @ the brows….again. Those jokas are gettin’
threaded today. Final-freakin’-ly!


That China Glaze “Coconut Kiss” polish is more of
the color purple I prefer.


I’m lookin’ too happy, uh? HA! And my cheeks are crazy shiny. The verdict: still not diggin’ lighter purples on the lids much. But I feel confident knowing that darker skinned women CAN wear them beautifully. But would I on a regular? Naaaaaa.

Tell me what you think about light purples in general? A fan? A loather? Never tried?

[QUICK NEWS]
Thank you soooo much for your support with my DentaBurst feature. It’s one thing for yall to stroll though to support me on Clumps but to see you show me love on other sites is just…a phenomenal feeling. *tears*

Don’t forget! My Stila lipstick contest is still running until Wednesday. Snap to it, chicas! And have a wonderful weekend!!!

(photo credits)

Mascara Monday: Bourjois Pump Up the Volume Mascara

Hi pretty people. It’s another Monday which means another mascara review, so let’s go ahead and get started shall weeeee?

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Bourjois Pump up the Volume Mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.50)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5

Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “A truly uplifting experience, rain or shine. This silicone rich formula pumps up your lashes in any weather, instantly volumizing and uplifting. While a combination of microbeads with carnuba wax act as a natural raincoat for your lashes. The double-fiber brush thickens right to the tips for fuller, darker looking lashes that never get left out in the rain.”

The truth: It is waterproof. I took a shower with this mascara on and it didn’t run whatsoever. But as far as the volume…..eh.

What I loved about it: This is my first Bourjois Cosmetics purchase (reader requested) and although I’m not terribly impressed with the mascara, my eyes were buggin’ out from the other beautiful products they have. The next time you are in a Sephora or Ulta, you MUST check them out. But onto the mascara….wellll, I love the whole “natural raincoat” explanation. It is in fact, true. You can literally go swimming with this mascara and it will hold up. So that’s great! I also love love looooove the skinny brush.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t receive THAT much volume from this mascara. I mean, it was just ohhhhkaaaay. What really gave me MORE volume was the primer that I used. I tried using it with other mascaras and it was still just, “eh”. I imagine this mascara would be great for those who already have long and full lashes and just want to take them a step up.

Would I purchase again?: No, I don’t think so. But I’m open to trying more mascaras from Bourjois Cosmetics considering they have a lot to choose from.


What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Does anyone know how to say “bourjois” correctly. If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMINA!!!!!

[photo credit: http://answers.instyle.com/showthread.php?t=62]