FOTD Friday: Travel Edition, NYE in NYC

Happy Friday!

Ah yes…it’s another Travel Edition of FOTD Friday. 2009 was a good year for me when it came to traveling. I went to back to Atlanta for my birthday, the Presidential Inauguration in DC, back to Los Angeles, back to the Bahamas and I went to NYC a good 4 times. To find me at home on a weekend was a rarity.

I brought in 2010 the same way….NOT at home. I went to NYC with some girlfriends and wowsers! Enjoy the photo journey.

So despite Jet Blue delaying my flight (they get 2 fails from me…I’m sticking with Delta Airlines), I wanted to hit the city the minute I got in. But cold weather will make you lazy. Liner, mascara, lips and DONE!


And can someone tell me the “cute at night” protocol in NYC? I can stand being cold. But being cute and having to jump on trains and buses in the blistering cold? No ma’am! That weather was killing me softly though. Single digit temps? That’s just unreal where I’m from. But even the bitter cold couldn’t stop me from exploring the city from sun up to sundown for a good 4 days. I’m not the biggest fan of the Time Square area anymore. It was cool when I was okay when I was a super tourist but now it’s just too much, too much and TOO much. I ventured down there anyway.


But only to check out this spot…


I took a TON of pictures and several videos so stay tuned for those.

Has anyone seen Wicked?


O.M.G! It is one of the BEST Broadway plays I have ever seen. Look, I’m green too!


Don’t know how that worked out. HA!

Saturday, January 2nd was my birthday. I turned 25. They say it goes downhill from there but whatev. I’m still a big kid and don’t see that changing any time soon. I had lunch with the BFF and the ever so wonderful Eileen from Miss. Whoever You Are.

Gosh, I love her. Capricorns (including the famous Luvvie) rock! Later that night I was supposed to go to Lips NYC but dammit….a psycho cab driver who tried to run us down and kill us (wish I was kidding) got us all delayed. We ended up going to Moomia Lounge and…I LOVED that spot.


Can you tell? My birthday fried ice cream was yum yum!


I also had brunch with Charu from the Butterfly Diary at Rachel’s. Delish! Of course Sea Thai Restaurant in the East Village was good. I had some great BBQ at Dallas BBQ and looooved Grey Dog in Chelsea. That spot was SO me.

Oh, New York….how I miss thee. But I was also excited to get back to being in control of my transportation again too. Living is SO different in Florida. Not good or bad, just different. I’ve learned to appreciate the luxuries of Florida even though I yearn to be else where.

‘Tis it for now! Hope you enjoyed this Travel Edition of FOTD Friday.

Have an awesome weekend!

FOTD Friday: NARS Albatross is the bee’s knees


I can’t believe I am just now sharing this y’all and I’ve been using it for ages!When I first saw NARS Albatross highlighter ($25) in person, I wasn’t impressed. It looked to be a little too shimmery for me and a tad bit too frosty for my brown skin. But then it came in my NARS Bridal palette. And oh.mi.goodness. What was I thinking? Albatross is a MUST have.

Reader Petrina wanted me to do a formal review on it so I decided to do that AND incorporate it in a FOTD. Sound good?

Sephora describes Albatross has a “sheer light golden sheen” which I think is pretty accurate. It is packaged in the same packaging as the blushes but is most known as a highlighter.

Promise me that y’all won’t laugh at the condition of my Albatross. It’s been through rough times but it is still beautiful and that’s all that matters.

Talk about a depotting job gone wrong. HA! So with a quick swipe and no blending, Albatross looks like this:


A bit frosty , right? But with a quick swish swish….


That’s better, right?

So what do you DO with Albatross? I looooove it as a highlight under my brows. I also use it on my cheeks. I’ll show you how later. For this FOTD, I wanted Albatross to pop–which is does so easily on my ‘seems like’ 3-mile long lids. See….


It’s a little more subdued in natural light, I promise.

 

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
(same ole’ same ole’…if my skin likes it, so do I!)EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Hip cream paint in Witty

NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Cranberry e/s
Too Faced Mocha Meteor e/s
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Vino
Inglot lipstick in 204 <—so in love!

Sometimes we take life too seriously. Goofy faces are essential every….5 minutes or so. :)

Albatross’ placement on the cheeks…


There you have it…some examples of how GREAT Albatross is.

Do you have Albatross? How do you rock it?

..and speaking of shimmery thangs, L’Oreal HIP has graced us with some new shadows.


I tweeted this yesterday and most folx weren’t impressed. I’m not either as they seem to be a tad bit frosty. But we’ll see….I’ll snag them and do some swatching. Of course when they go on sale. LOL!

Have an awesome weekend,

But Black Women Can’t: Wear Red Lipstick

Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. 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 beauty. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I can’t believe I haven’t done this one yet! If there is one lipstick color that I think many Black women hide away from….it is red. So many of us fear wearing it because we think it will make us look crazy. Chances are you probably saw someone who didn’t wear it well and it scared you off. Am I right or am I right?

Well un-scare thy self because red lipsticks are beautiful on brown skin.

“My lips are too big.”

“Red is too….red.”

“It’s too bright.”

You’ve said it or heard it, haven’t you? What’s the matter with you? You CAN rock red lips. A little bit of confidence goes a long way.

My girl Shavonda and I both happened to try Maybelline’s ColorSensational Very Cherry. Check us out!

Go Shavonda!

Go B!


Go You!
*insert a photo of you wearing red lipstick here*

Reds rock and so do you.
Get one today.

…..and don’t let me catch you in the streets talkin’ about how Black women shouldn’t wear red lips. Girl please! Somebody dun told you wrong.

Peace, love and red lips for all!

FOTD Friday: Gel liners steal the show


Hi friends!

Gosh….that sounds so lame and dorky. But that’s me. HA!! Before I drop the deets on this week’s FOTD, I wanted to thank you all for the kind words in reference to Clumps’ new logo. I really deserve no credit as I just had the vision. It was Kris from Voz Visual Designs who made it come to life. He comes highly recommended. He and wife Execumama are crazy talented. But I’ll boast and brag more about them later.

Moving on..

Clumps is getting an online store. But more about that later. Get excited now though, kay?

Okay, NOW to the topic at hand. Have I told y’all how much I love cream liners? I’ve reviewed several. I love love love them! I wanted to do a look this week in which the gel liners stole the show.

So I pulled out some of my favorites.


Thank you Urban Decay, Stila and Inglot for making such making fantastic gel liners. Which one is my favorite? I can’t even choose. I’m a dedicated MAC Fluidline fan. And I’m enamored with Lancome’s Ink Artliner too. Gel liners are fantabulous and if you haven’t played with ‘em yet….hop to it!

I did a pretty basic neutral eye. I really wanted the liners to pop so first things first. I smudged Stila’s smudge pot on my waterline.


Purple goodness! Then I lined my lower lash line with both Inglot’s beautiful turquoise and Urban Decay’s insane green. Expect reviews on both. And then I topped it off with a blue mascara!


….the rest of the face.

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Hip cream paint in Witty
NARS Edie e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Sketch e/s
Stila Barbie Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps (my review here)
Urban Decay cream liner in Loaded
Inglot Crean liner in 87
YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Luxurious mascara (my review here)

LIPS:
Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Born With It
Illamasqua sheer lip gloss in Tantrum



Fun colored liners bring some kind of personality to an otherwise boring look, uh? I want to do this again for a night look with more intensity. Yesss!!

And look at my cute Nine West booties!

I’m a good 5’10 in these things. I feel like I have style and grace when I wear them. Too bad I can’t walk in them to save my life. Exactly HOW long should it take to break in some shoes? Lawd….

I’ll actually be sittin’ still this weekend. Clumps duties are calling my name. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Stay beautiful,

Mascara Monday: Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara

Here’s a mascara that was requested ages ago! Now I’ve heard of volume mascaras. And colored mascaras. And waterproof mascaras. But GLOSSY mascaras? I mean shouldn’t “gloss” only be used when talking about lippies? I don’t knowww…let’s see how this train rolls.

Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara


Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.00)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Gel-based formula defines lashes naturally. Lengthens, glosses, enhances. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump and flake-free through multiple coats.” (source)

The truth: Well, what do ya know? It really is glossy!

What I loved about it: I gave me a good amount of length.

What I didn’t like: But I would have loved more volume.

Overall: When someone first told me that I should try a glossy mascara, I thought they were trying to be funny. I mean, honestly…what does that mean? A mascara with gloss? Uh? Wha? It sounds funny in speech but honestly…..this is a pretty cool mascara.

But you’d have to ask yourself…”When would I ever need to use a glossy mascara?” I couldn’t answer that question. From far away, you really can’t tell the difference between a glossy mascara and an un-glossy one. The silky effect is pretty cool but I guess I don’t see its point.

But who cares? There are a lot of “Uh?” products in the beauty world that I love! Application of this mascara was just so so. The wand was just…well….no me gusta.

It’s just….well, I guess its intentions are to coat and not separate and that’s fine but, hmmm but it wasn’t the easiest thing to use. I had to really press the wand up against my lashes to get a good amount of mascara on them.

BUT–after that ordeal, all else was easy as pie. I didn’t experience any flaking or clumpiness. It’s a light weight mascara so it doesn’t make you feel like you have 3 lb weights on your lashes. Cool!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Ummm…not for anyone in particular. I mean, if you happen to grab it, I think you’ll like it. But it’s not a must have.

Has anyone tried this mascara?

And when would you ever be in the mood for glosssy lashes? Hmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,


(photo source)

FOTD Friday: Goin’ green on the lids….


So the other day something tragic happened. I was making my green smoothie…like I do every evening for the following day. This particular smoothie was probably one of the best I had ever made (that’s my Drake remix, haha!). It was chock full of kale and spinach with a sweet amount of coconut and almond milk. I tossed in some apple pieces, a banana, strawberries, pineapple and topped it off with cinnamon. It was beyond tasty.

So tasty that I guess the floor wanted try some too (haha, love that Mama Soybean).


But how beautifully tragic is that spill? The formation is kinda awesome. And it is a gorgeous shade of green. It was so pretty that my silly self had to take a picture of it and tweet it. Sometimes you really have to find beauty in….odd circumstances. Like in a green smoothie committing drinkicide.

Anyway….it inspired me to play around with some greens. So I did!!

I used MAC’s Humid for the outer-V.


That was one of my FIRST eye shadows. Humid holds a special place en mi corazon. I was going for a pretty subtle green eye. Didn’t want anything to POW, ya know? And I wanted plain cheeks with a glossy brown lip.

But if you look closer, I made a ton of application mistakes while in a hurry. Experimenting before work is never a good idea. But y’all know I don’t care. Posting my mistakes is kinda fun…..kinda.

Here we go!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Hip cream paint in Witty
A green from Milani Cosmetics
MAC Humid e/s
NARS Edie e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero

Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Mildew
Clinique Glossy mascara

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Chestnut
Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar

….yikes, don’t be like me. Blend your primer thoroughly!


I love greens.

Don’t youuuu?

Off to Atlanta for the weekend! I’ll be live tweeting my adventures, so be sure to tune in!

Have an awesome weekend, y’all.


Stay beautiful,

Sista Showoff: Chocolate Brides


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Okay y’all….I ain’t gettin’ married anytime soon but am I sucker for loving to see other folx happy and in love?

Okay maybe, but I don’t care because love is a beautiful thing. I love weddings. One of the best things about the weddings are the wedding photos. Ohmigoooodness, don’t they just melt your heart? Even if you don’t know the folx in the photos, you can’t help but feel happy for the couple.

Twitter, once again, has introduced me to a fabulous website.

ChocolateBrides.com

ChocolateBrides.com is a community of brown brides and newlyweds. Whether you need dress advice or support on loosing weight for the big day, CB has you covered! Just scrolling the sight makes me all happy day-ish. They’ve got articles on how to ease wedding jitters, photos of wedding parties and a slew of wedding ideas.

This so makes me want to get married tomorrow.

Okay, I’m kidding. But if you are a bride or know a bride or think you’re about to be a bride (hehe), stop by ChocolateBrides.com.

…..and don’t forget to invite me to the wedding so I can catch the bouquet.

Hahaha, I’m kidding!

No really, I am. :)

Because love is a beautiful thang,

FOTD Friday: L’Oreal HIP’s Sculpted eyeshadow duo

Hi fam!

Soooo, a reader asked me about L’Oreal HIP’s eyeshadow duo in Sculpted. That would be this baby here.


Gorgeous, uh? She wanted to know how to make it into a wearable work-safe look. I didn’t think it was possible only because this is one of L’O HIP’s “metallic” duos….but after playing around a bit, I think you can roll up in a meeting with this duo and not get the side eye.

First…here are some swatches.


I would describe the color to the left as a silver based pink. Even when packed on, it doesn’t seem to be too intimidating. However, the darker color, which I would describe as as a chalky black with pink shimmer, can be a little scary if you don’t take your time.

To make sure I don’t overdo it with darker colors on the crease, I have a little method. I do a dot!


That little dot of shadow, when blended across the crease, will be more than enough. Windshield wiper motion time, chicks!


And has anyone tried Urban Decay’s liner in 1999?


Loves it! I lined the inner half of my waterline with this. On to the look!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Flirt & Tease blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Hip cream paint in Witty
L’Oreal HIP duo in Sculpted
NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in 1999
Lancome Hypnose mascara

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Vino

Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Born With It


…..talk about a blush overload. I kinda love it though. What do y’all think?


Deuces!


So yeah…although it’s a “metallic” duo, Sculpted is pretty wearable. Application is everything. Adding some more of that chalky black can turn it into a bangin’ night eye.

Holla! Does anyone have this duo? Want it? Hate it?

I love you, wonderful people. Have fantastic weekend!


Stay beautiful,