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Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Mattes


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

That’s right…more mattes! But before you roll your eyes and tell me you can’t get down with the matte look, check out Orly’s! Their finish reminds me so much of Nubar’s and Zoya’s. They have that velvet-y thing goin’ on that a lot of anti-matte folx can get down with. Watch this…..

Blue Suede


WOW! I mean….wow. I probably should have thrown a top coat over this baby just to see what it would look like. But I was too busy loving its matte-ness. What a stunning blue. I don’t have any blues like this in my collection. I think this is a definite must-have. Even if you don’t like mattes, you can always throw a top coat over it and rock it like normal. Love. It!


Matte Vinyl

This just may be my favorite matte blacks. The application was phenomenal and the intensity of the black was dead one. It wasn’t the least bit streaky.

Purple Velvet

What a fabulous purple! Y’all know my heart beats for purple polishes and this one does not let me down.

Wow…I mean wow, Orly. I will always be a fan of Orly for their rubberized handle. This just makes all to much sense for nail techs and regular polish polishers alike. Application of these mattes were great. I didn’t experience any streakiness and I got good opaque coverage in only one coat. I went ahead with two coats for each just because that’s what I’m used to.

You can get them for $3.19 each at TransDesign.com or at any Orly retailer like Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Are these not the best things ever or what?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar’s Fall 2009 Modern Matte collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Yesssss, more mattes. Am I loving this trend or what? I am having a ball reviewing collections from different brands. Everyone’s mattes are different and I have yet run into one that I didn’t like.

Nubar baby!!


You’ve seen me review Nubar before. Remember the Going Green collection? I am STILL in love with that Reclaim. Seriously the best green holo ever. Anywhoovers….let’s check out their mattes.

Prevail is one of those colors that you don’t see everyday. It’s very interesting. Like a dirty eggplant. Doesn’t look too matte-y though. Which is fine with me because it’s a funky and unique color anyway.

Oh wow….now I can get down with this. Contempo would be pretty boring if it wasn’t a matte. But since it is, it kinda rocks. It’s like a pearlized velvety tomato. I love it!

Vital is cool. Nothing spectacular. I didn’t think about it then but it would probably be insane with a glittery topcoat.


How ’bout Avant-Garde or Avant-Gorg! I love the way this baby pops on my skin.


Nubar’s mattes remind me a lot of Zoya’s mattes. They’ve got that velvet-y thing goin’ on. I’ve learned to appreciate mattes like this. They aren’t super super matte but are shiny enough to appease even the most anti-matte chica.

My only issues with these is that they are a bit of struggle to remove. And yes, like most mattes—you’ll see chipping after a day or so. But I love ‘em so much that I don’t even care.

You can snag these darlings here. Only $25 for the entire set. Not bad at ‘tal!

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Konad Nail Art 101


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Lemme tell ya, kids….konading is one thing. Taking pictures of konading AND doing a video on konading is a whole ‘nother chore. But I had to do it after receiving so many requests from my YouTube fam.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that on most weekends I tweet what I call my “Weekend manicures”. These looks are usually outrageous, not safe for work and all around fun.

Last week I tweeted this…


This was my first REAL deal Konad. I’ve had the system for months but it wasn’t until last weekend when I really went crazy with it.

What is Konad?
Simply put—a nail art system. I remember seeing these things in the mall when I was in middle/high school and thought they were super lame. I always thought they were for little girls who wanted to play “Let’s go to the nail salon”. Don’t know what I was thinking. Konading is a heap of fun. But is it easy to do?

Not for newbies….i.e. me. It’s a process really.

First you have to get the kit. This includes some nail art plates, a stamper and scraper. I purchased mine at a kiosk in an outlet but you can also get them from websites like this one and this one.


Then you polish your nails. With any polish. I chose Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes. OMG, these are incredible–review coming soon.


Let the nails dry and apply a polish over a nail design on one of the Konad plates. Like so….

Use the scrapper to remove polish from the outside perimeter of the plate.


Take your stamper and stamp! The design transfers from the plate to the stamper.


This is the tricky part. The part that I ALWAYS screw up on…….transferring the design to the nail. My nail beds are wide and long. These designs never really cover my entire nail. Not even my pinky!


A few minutes later and I’ve done the entire hand….

Konading is still a challenge for me. Stamping my middle fingers is a nightmare. I end up having to stamp twice and then the designs overlap and it’s not as fancy and neat as the other nails. In my experience, Konad works well with all of the nail polishes I have used. The white polish is a “Konad Special polish” but I have also used a China Glaze, Essie and Zoya with no problem.

I did a video too! OMG, it took me forever, y’all…..LOL!

What do you think? Into Konading? Wanna try?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: MAC Nail Trend FW09 by Jin Soon


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Hey peeps! So I did an impromptu poll of nail polishes collections I should review next. And guess who won?

Mickity mickity MAC!

I’m so lame….lol.

But really…it’s been awhile since I’ve played around with MAC Cosmetics. It’s not that I don’t love them anymore. I just enjoy exploring other brands. Namely the cheaper *cough* brands. Jin Soon for MAC had me swooning when I first saw the swatches at All Lacquered Up (hey Michelle!). She gave the collection some serious justice. But I felt compelled to only snag three polishes. For Fun, Dance All Around and Dark, Rich, Delicious seemed to be pretty dupe-able.

Check out my trio!

Cool Reserve is described as a dirty grey lavender. It is quite reminiscent of Zoya’s Malia. Malia is a little darker though. I have a weak spot for purples…especially lilacs.

Beyond Jealous is described as a blackened blue green. Ohhh weee, it does my heart content. I wish it was more green than black though. In the bottle in daylight it looks dark green.


And even on the nails it looks green-y.


But without a flash….


Black! It’s fiyah nonethless.

Dry Martini is described as a khaki olive green. I knew right off the bat that I wasn’t really going to like it on my nails. But I wanted to get it anyway. I love funky colors like this–even if I don’t think they compliment my nails well. Dry Martini kinda looks like mud on my nails but somehow…I like it.


But then the weekend hit and I had to top it off with yellow polka dots.


I only have two other MAC nail polishes. And I don’t remember them being this impeccable. They dry REALLY quickly. I applied two coats with each and by the time I was done with each hand, the other was already dry. One time for MAC!

Buy these and more for $12/bottle at MACCosmetics.com.

Diggin’ em? Passin’ em on by? Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Once Upon A Time, Fall 2009


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Fall collections are a coming!! I’m excited to see what kind of goodies my favorite nail polish brands are coming out with.
I’ve been a fan of Orly for quite some time. How can you not love a nail polish company that has a rubberized handle? This is great for professional nail techs as well as regular ole’ gals who obsessively polish their nails every day. I played around with Orly a lot this summer. See some of the beautiful spring-y colors I hauled?


I was even inspired to do funky designs!
Follow me on a Once Upon A Time fairy tale.
Introducing some of our characters….


Enchanted Forest


Now what’s a fairy tale without an enchanted forest? Not any enchanted forest will do. This forest has to be rich of dark and creamy green-y goodness. It must be opaque in only 2 coats. And it must be a cream.



Poison Apple

How can something so poisonous look so beautiful? It makes me question if it is indeed….poisonous. Well, if you swallow it–it is. If you apply two coats on your nails, however, you will find yourself captivated by the beauty that is a….how can I say it? A “sho nuff red”. This is the ultimate red. The kind of red polish that I couldn’t wear as a little girl. The kind of red polish that every lady needs in her stash.

Pixie Dust

After we’ve dodged the wicked witch and her poison apple, it’s only right that we come across fairies that sprinkle our locks with pixie dust. What’s left of the mix is thrown in a bottle and used as nail polish! This pixie dust looks like Zoya’s Harley and OPI’s Sheer Your Toys had a little baby. And this is what they produced. With micro silver glitter making a tiny yet memorable appearance, Pixie Dust is…..a must.


What a fun collection, Orly!! I have since removed the darling little jewels and put them on a keyring. I love them! I had no issues with applications. Enchanted Forest was a little thick but nothing that made me want to cry. I have some more hauling to do of the rest of this collection. There are 3 other characters just calling my name. Especially that Prince Charming. This collection will be available September 2009 for $7.50. My best spot for grabbing Orly polishes is at Sally Beauty. They have crazy deals on them at times. And so does Ulta!
Are you an Orly fan?



Your fellow nail polish junkie,

FOTD Friday: Tarte Cosmetics in the house!



Happy happy Friday, sweets!
As promised I am shootin’ you another FOTD from my Tarte Femme Fatale palette.

Hopefully you had a chance to indulge in Tarte’s 40% off sale. This palette is full of shimmery goodness that works well for daytime and nighttime looks.
The colors were pigmented and while I did endure some fall-out I found that I was able to create a toooon of looks with the palette. Including a pretty wearable work-appropriate smokey eye.
[NOTE] Now my skin is going through some things because I am on some new treatments per my dermatologist’s counseling. I thought about not even doing an FOTD but that would imply that you can’t be beautiful with jacked up skin.
And we all know I’m about going against the grain….rock on acne sufferers! We are still fine and gorgeous!
FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint in Witty
Tarte Femme Fatale eyeshadow palette
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
Cover Girl Lash Blast Length mascara

LIPS:
MAC Funtabulous Dazzleglass (seriously the best dazzleglass EVER!)


Why did I forget I had those rollers in my hair? Haaaa!!!
A mess, y’all. A mess.

And look at that! Zoya’s Fergie almost matches my laptop case. Tres cute!
Got word from ma bird that this Tarte palette is already sold out but standby—if you can’t snag it from Sephora, I would wait until it becomes available. It is quite the jewel!
Have a wonderful weekend, family. Love y’all to pieces!
Stay beautiful,

Amor de Lacquer: Lippmann Collection ‘Celebrate’ Set


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

A month or so ago a college girlfriend and I (hey Asha darlin’!) found ourselves in Nordstrom for a beauty event. Every summer Nordstrom has these Nordie’s exclusive beauty goodies. My favorite NARS make-up artist called me weeks ago to let me know about the launchings. When I arrived to Nordstrom, I made my rounds but didn’t find anything that caught my eye. Until I saw the Lippman trio.

This post will be pic heavy because these polishes seriously deserve an extensive photoshoot!


Funky Chunky



This polish is described as a “sequined sheer black”. And can I be honest? It was quite the disappointment. I wish I could have swapped it out for something else. It is black with little tiny sequins throughout the polish. The idea sounds good but when applying–it’s just a hot mess. I remember reading Scrangie’s review of this polish and she said that it just looks like you sloppily applied the polish. I agree! The sequins go allll over the place when you apply more than one coat. It just…didn’t work out well.

And as I remove the polish….LOOK! There are the sequins. *sucks teeth*

Ruby Red Slippers


Well hello hot mama!! Now we’re getting somewhere. This color is described as “Dorothy’s shimmering ruby”. Cute Lippman, but not exactly a color description. I thought China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps was a hot glittery red but this baby knocks her out of the water. Whoa!! It is essentially a black polish with red glitter and flecks. It took me three coats to achieve full coverage but it was well worth the effort.
Doesn’t it look like there is a ball of fire in the bottle?
Awesomeness right?
Superstar

Now for a polish that has made its way in my list of Top 10 Polishes of All Time with just one swatch. Holey moley!! This color is described as “show stopping copper flecked fudge”. This is glitter mania, kids. The BEST polish I have ever seen. Amazing. It is more glitter than polish. It’s like 90 parts glitter, 10 parts polish. It is incredible. It it really is the reason why I purchased the entire set. Talk about feeling like a Superstar! It only took two coats to achieve bottle color. It’s a disco ball on my nails and I LOVE it!

More shots of Superstar…
Overall: This is my first time trying Lippman polishes. My experience with them was just…okay. The brushes were a little to narrow for my liking. I am a fan of Zoya and OPI Pro brushes. Those brushes allow for you to apply one coat without going back in the bottle. I had to dip the Lippman brushes several times. As for each polish, the application for all of them was tricky. Which was expected. Fleckies (as I like to call them) and glitter polishes take a lot of work. My method is.
Apply 1st coat
Wait 2 minutes
Apply 2nd coat
Wait 2 minutes
(repeat as needed)
Removal of these polishes are also very challenging, especially Superstar. I had to use Pure Acetone for all three.
You can snag this limited edition here for $35. Quite steep, right? I initially impulsively purchased this set. Then I returned it. Then I found a Nordie’s gift card from the holidays and knew it was meant for me to have these babies!
Have you tried any of these polishes? A Lippman fan?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

FOTD Friday: Bloggin’ Beauts event edition



It’s another Friiiiiday! Dang, already? I’m never the one to complain about the end of a work week but my goodness…..sometimes they come a little TOO quickly if you ask moi.
Okay, soooo…I wanted to make the Bloggin’ Beauts the star of this FOTD Friday. Last weekend I partied with some of NYC’s finest.
And I don’t mean celebs, I mean bloggers! I have gained quite a bit in my 2 years of blogging at Clumps of Mascara. Aside from connecting with all of y’all, I also get the chance to hob nob with fellow beauty bloggers. It really does my heart joy. Follow my POTD (place of the day) back to NYC and at the Beauty Beauts event!
Yesss, I’m back. I am a small city girl by nature but I ALWAYS feel at home in the Big Apple.
I didn’t have any concrete plans so I pretty much roamed the city most of Friday and Saturday. I I found myself in a Chanel boutique and while the purses and shoes made me want to swoon, I ran to the cosmetics area where I knew my $20 could get me “something”.
But I didn’t haul anything. Chanel Cosmetics are gorgeous but a little too rich for my blood. I’m just sayin’….
I give my little sister my Blackberry for a quick second and before I know it she’s taking photos like a true beauty blogger.
If she started swatching, I would have died. LOL!
I did some more roaming around and managed to catch some AWESOME shots of the city. Especially this one.
Fellow beauty blogger and NYC BFF, Adina.
And these photos were all taken by my Blackberry, so……wow!
Managed to see another Broadway play.
WICKED is soooo a must see.
Saturday was the day of the party and you know it’s serious when you see cosmetics on plates. Oh yes, we take beauty seriously around here.

The purpose of Bloggin’ Beauts was to not only network with other beauty bloggers but to also play around with make-up and introduce new brands.
A presentation on Arbonne…..
We were even pampered by Zoya celebrity make-up artist, Jackie. She is doing the nails of Mrs. Thevi Cosmetics herself!
A few of the ladies chit-chatting….
The ladies at the meet-up!

A ton of love to Yana for doing all of the things I couldn’t do to make this party a success. And I can’t forget all of our sponsors including Zoya, Purple Lab NYC, Orly, Solerra, Arbonne, 3 Custom Color, Tarte, Fingrs, My Pretty Pink Box, Thevi, Cerave, Korres, etc.

With transferring all of my photos from my PC to my new MacBook Pro (woo!) my pictures are currently inaccessible–hence why all of these photos came from my Blackberry. To view other lovely photos from our event, click HERE to visit the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts website.

Anyone thinking about coming to my neck of the woods for The Makeup Show Miami? I’ll show y’all how us Floridians party. LOL!

Check out some of my other travels to:


Have an awesome weekend,