Mascara Monday: Sephora Lash Plumper

Grrr, yessss….yall know how I feel about Mondays. I’m hopin’ that my girl Kia from Yummy411 had a wonderful birthday on Saturday!!!! The only joy I get from Mondays is sharing a new mascara review with you wonderful people. Yall know I can’t keep up with reviewing a great deal of beauty products but one thing I don’t mind reviewing is mascaraaaaa. Especially the ones that say they can work magic. So how did Sephora’s Lash Plumper do?

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Sephora’s Lash Plumper

Price: 1 out of 5 ($16….dang!)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall:
1 out of 5


What it claims:Fatten your flutter with this lash-plumping formula. The larger brush, with slightly tapered edges, reaches from root to tip, for truly bat-worthy volume and glamour.”

The truth: This is a joke, right?


What I loved about it: The fact that I received it in sample size for free.

What I didn’t like: The product.

Overall: Boo and double boo. What just happened? ….absolutely NOTHING and that was the problem with this mascara. As a volumizing mascara, I expected clump-less coated lashes. I, in return, got….nothing. Not happy with that. Boo again.

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Better yet….tell me the WORST mascara that you’ve ever used. 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

Stay beautiful!






[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

New Series and Neo Sci-Fi Electro

I’m totally excited about this new series. And I’m going to have to discuss some issues I’ve already covered. Just for the sake of the series.

And yall know I can’t do this alone so I’m going to need reader submissions, pictures and suggestions.

Check this out.

How are yall diggin’ my funky border? I kinda like it. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!!

Oh…got a bit excited.

First series post..

But Black Women Can’t…..wear orange lipstick.


As my boy Martin Lawrence would say, “Somebody dun told you wrong.”

I promised myself that I would re-visit Electro from the Neo Sci-Fi collection. I tried it on in the store and wanted to scream. My BFF make-up artist swore up and down that I looked beautiful and I know he wouldn’t lie but I wasn’t convinced. Still, I took that and Pink Grapefruit lip glass home to play around with in my own lighting.

(Is it me or does MAC’s lighting make you feel like a superstar and then you get home to your own bathroom and feel like an Ugly Betty. What kind of bulbs do they have?)

I’m going to keep it real with yall, so get ready for some laughs. I know I was doubled over in tears when I saw this.

Electro with 3 coats.

And I ain’t showin’ yall the full face because it’s awful!

I’m thinkin’ we as Black women (well us darker Black women) CAN wear this orange lipstick. But sheer. Check it with one coat.

See, not as scary.

And when topped off with Pink Grapefruit Lipglass….well, it’s just perfect for summer.

What do you think about us rockin’ orange lipstick? Send all of your suggestions for the But Black Women Can’t series to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Wanna do a collaborative post? You know I’m down! And as always….send me your pics of you defying those myths!

Happy Friday!!!!

Mascara Monday: MAC Zoom Lash

Happy Monday, gorgeous people! You know that the only thing good about Mondays are Mascara Mondays! You know I’m still trying to find the BEST mascara ever.

If it exists.

And lemme tell you…Maybelline XXL Curl Power is my current LG. Love it!

This time around I reviewed MAC’s Zoom Lash Mascara. Did it really give me zOoOoOm?

You ready to find out?

MAC’s Zoomlash

Price: 3 out of 4 ($11)
Packaging (Brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it Claims: “This instant volume mascara power-lifts the lashes into length, curls them up…builds them faster than you can wink! Precision control wand glides smoothly down lashes to provide a gorgeously silky upward “sweep”. Smudgeproof and long-wearing!”

The truth: Seriously….it does give you some “ZOOM!”

What I loved about it: What I love most about Zoom Lash is the wand. I adore wands that are smaller in size with nice defined bristles.

What I didn’t like: It made my lashes a bit too wispy. And it is flaky. Yuck!

Overall: One of the better MAC mascaras, in my opinion. Zoom Lash works for me simply because it really gives my lashes a “wave” that I would not otherwise have. I also love that it is long lasting and doesn’t loose its lift throughout the day. I can certainly do without the flakiness, though. And I think I need to mention that this mascara makes your lashes a bit stiff. I personally like this feature because a lot of mascaras either weigh down my lashes or don’t give them enough lift. I can dig it!

Have you tried with mascara? What do you think? Or tell me what you think about MAC’s mascaras in general. Send your suggestions for Mascara Monday to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.


[image courtesy: maccosmetics.com]


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Brown and Blushin’ Series: Berry/Plum Swatches


Yaaaaay, time for another edition of Brown & Blushin’.

*keys theme music*

A lot of you gals were interested in berry/plum blushes. I’m not even going to sit here and front like I own such. I’m a total newb when it comes to those colors. So what did I have to do? Hit up my sis, Jessica from paix all around. She has provided us with some gorgeous blush shots and even swatched them. I know she can’t wait to show us the FOTDs either, uh? Hehehe….love you Jess.

The colors are as follows (they are all from MAC):
(l-r) Ambering Rose, Breezy, Lovecrush (discontinued), Fever, Frame (discontinued), Flirt & Tease

Feenin’ yet?

Wait…

Yall remember that song?

Oh my fault….had a New Jack swing moment. Let the show continue.


Beautiful, uh? I am definitely diggin’ that Lovecrush. And of course. It would be discontinued. No worries….I’m on my mission to find a beautiful berry blush for my brown skin. Say THAT 10x fast. So uhhh….I’m pretty much in love with berry blushes for now. What you gals say? Any recs?

And for this post’s Brown & Blushin’ Beauty…we have the lovely Danyelle rockin’ the MAC’s Breezy Blush. My girl is all shy about having me post her pictures and I don’t know why because she is gorgeous!!


CHEEKS:
Breezy- sheertone shimmer blush MAC; brush from CVS by Essence of Beauty
MSF Light Flush MAC

Killer brows, uh? And her skin IS that pretty in person. Chiiiile, I’m gon get there one day.
Don’t forget…..you can send your blush photos and submissions to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. And thanks to all of you beauty bloggers for their contributions to this series. It has definitely been a collaborative effort and you gals have been so wonderful at supporting me. *tear* Love yall!

Stay beautiful loves!

 

[image courtesy: amazon.com]

Let It Clump Series: China Glaze polishes

Time for a Let It Clump post! This series 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.

Today’s Let It Clump post is about….yesss, nail polishes again. I am finding that China Glaze polishes are seriously my favorite brand. Their colors are vibrant, long lasting and relatively affordable. I can snag them at Sally’s or the beauty supply store for about $3.99 a bottle. And on good weeks, I can buy 2 get 1 for free. Most of the colors I am featuring are colors that I wear on my toes….but I can’t stress how beautiful colors look on brown skin. The first few are from the China Glaze WOW collection.

And I guess I don’t have to tell yall how jacked up my application is…hehe, it’s okay though. I do a better job when I’m applying for real.


Shocking Pink

In The Lime Light

Purple Panic

Frostbite

Turned Up Turquoise

….these are colors that I randomly snagged from beauty supply store.

Coconut Kiss

Yellow Power

That yellow polish is craziness on the toes. I absolutely love it.

My next grab?

MAC’s Phosphor from the Neo Sci-Fi collection. It is such a beautiful color. A bit much for some nail polish, but I’m thinkin’ it’s worth it. I’m on make-up probation until June so I’m just swooning until then.

What’s your take on crazy colors? A french mani girl? A simple and sweet diva? Or are you wild and crazy with colors like me?

Enjoy your long weekends, dolls! I know I will!

[img credits: maccometics.com and chinaglaze.com]

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Types of Blushes


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Welcome to another post of the Brown & Blushin’ series. I am excited to see many of you involved in sending me your pictures, requests and proclaiming your love for all things blush! Remember, you can send me pictures of you wearing your favorite blush at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. If your blog has posts about blush for women of color and you’d like me to link you, I am more than willing to do so. Hit me up!

This post is about the different types of blushes out on the market. I know you didn’t think that powder was the only kind. Come on, girlfriend…get with the program. But since you are so in hip with the powder blush, I guess we’ll start there.

The most traditional form of blush, powder, is great for for all skin types, but especially oily/combination skin.

Plus, it’s the most dense of all blushes which means it will give you long lasting color. I absolutely adore powder blushes (well shoot, it’s the only kind of blush I’ve ever used) because I find that if you apply too much, you can always “take a step back”. How? By dusting a bit of translucent face powder or bronzer on your cheeks. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

My favorite powder blush? NARS Cosmetics make the BEST blushes ever. But for a beauty on a budget, I recommend Milani.

Gel Blushes

Ohh la laaa….I am swooning over Tarte’s Cheekstains. How beautiful are they? They have won awards as “the best blush” from Cosmo, InStyle and Self magazines. I hear that the color payoff is intense and long lasting and get this….many of them are water resistant. Now that’s hot for Floridian beauties who like to jump in a pool at a moment’s notice. And since the cheekstains are oil-free, you don’t have to worry about getting that oily face look. That also means that they won’t be clogging your pores. Definitely adding this to my long list of “beauty products to cop”.

Cream Blushes

One of the products that I was always afraid to try when I first got into MAC Cosmetics was their cream blushes. Now that I have this slight obsession with blushes, in general, I think that I may give them a try sooner rather than later. Cream blushes usually offer more color than powder blushes but since the color pay off is so rich, it takes a bit more effort to blend in. The great thing about cream blushes is that they are ideal for those of us with drier skin. They are a bit more emollient and therefore provide more moisture than powder blushes. This would be perfect for the winter months. I don’t wear foundation but if I did, I would imagine that a cream blush would be absolutely divine for a nice evening look.

Bronzers

Let’s have a moment of silence for the fabulousness that is bronzers. If you’ve been a reader of Clumps of Mascara for awhile, you know how much I Iove Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. When I tell you this product is love at first swipe (to be taken literally), I’m not even playin’. Bronzers look absolutely beautiful on brown skin. It gives us a nice and natural glow. On days when I want to feel pretty without much effort, I swipe bronzer on the cheeks. Instant glow!!

This site will also give you more information about other types of blushes. It is a great resource for newbies. My girl Erin from The MAC Fetish (and ScandalousBeatyOnline.com) has a post here where she shows us that you can wear eye shadows as blush. I’ve also heard that you can swipe lipsticks on your cheeks for added color too. Who would have thoooought? Yall know I’m going to be trying that out.

And for this post’s Brown & Blushin’ Beauty, my lovely author, PBW from Forty is the New 20 shows us her beautiful FOTD with her wearing Dior Sunset Fiesta blush.


Lookin’ gorgeous, uh? Love it! Send me yours at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Stay tuned for more posts from the Brown & Blushin’ series. Smooches!


[Photo Courtesy: tartecosmetics.com, narscosmetics.com, maccosmetics.com]

 

Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara Review

Happy Monday, beauties! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. It’s another Mascara Monday. You all know by now the purpose of Mascara Mondays. To fiiiind….

THE BEST MASCARA EVER

(echoes)

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Yessss, it is that serious. This time around I reviewed Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara. Was it as powerful as it proclaimed to be?

You ready to find out?

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Vows to look pretty for 24 hours without a smudge or smear. One stroke and these pretty lashes last through rain, sweat, humidity, tears. Yet the formula removes easily with warm water. Unique brush reaches and beautifully lengthens even the tiniest lashes. Ophthalmologist tested, too.


The truth: Well….it ain’t lyin’.


What I loved about it: Ummm, okay, so it really does last! I’m impressed. It was a bit flaky, so I’m thinkin’ I shouldn’t put it on so heavy. And I absolutely adore the brush. This is my ideal mascara brush. It is thin to where it can get alll of my lashes, top and bottom.

What I didn’t like: Well, it doesn’t provide volume or much length, but it looks great when applied on top of my current HG mascara.

Overall: This is one mascara that actually does what it says it is going to do. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t give me sooooome volume. But then again, it didn’t say that it would. I got minimal curl but not enough to make me want to wear it by itself. Somehow I’ve developed allergies at the age of 23 (crazy, uh?) and this mascara was able to withstand the constant eye rub. But it really does stand strong all day and comes off easily with warm water. Fab! So if you are the type of lady that runs around all day and needs something that can keep up with you…this is right up your alley.

What do you think about this mascara? And help your girl out…what other mascaras should I review? I’m open to reviewing drugstore and high-end brands. Send your requests to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

[photo courtesy: Clinique.com]

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Brushes

Welcome to the first official post from the Brown & Blushin’ series. The series will highlight questions and pictures for the “new” blush applier. I also hope to dispel the myth that warmer tones can not wear blush. Oh yes, honey…when applied right, we can wear anything from bronzers to hot pink and bright orange blushes.

“Bright orange?”

Hmm mmmm….stay tuned to see exactly what I mean.

Today’s post will be about brushes; one of the most important elements of brush application. I, personally don’t think there is a typical “blush brush”. Different brushes, however, give you different outcomes. The brushes that I will be highlighting today come from the same family but have very little relation to each other.

Say hello to MAC’s 129, 184 and 182

I didn’t mind savin’ up for these brushes. They are worth it beyond belief.

–MAC 129 ($34)–

Why I love this brush: It is amazingly soft and is perfect for applying blush on the cheeks. I use this when I want color concentration on the apples of the cheeks.

–MAC 187 ($42)–
Why I love this brush: This was my first MAC face brush and holds a special place in my heart. The 187 is perfect for stipling my tinted moisturizer but I found it has other majestic uses when applying blush. It is perfect for lightly applying bronzers and taking color all the way up to the hairline….without being “too” much.

–MAC 182 ($45)–


Why I love this brush: My baby buki….I love this precious little brush. It picks up a lot of color and great for contouring. Contouring? Yep….the kabuki brush turns into a contouring brush with just a squeeze.

What are your favorite brushes for blush application?

Ohhh, and check this:

I thought it would be fun to feature some of my beautiful readers wearing their favorite blushes. Don’t be shyyyy. If I can post my clumpy mascara, you can show me your blushin’ cheeks. Send your pictures to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Be sure to send a clear picture and list the products you used.