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,

Acne Sucks, Part II: The Stages


Welcome back to another Acne Sucks post! Since the inaugural post I have gotten SO many emails regarding acne in general. Many of you shared your stories with me and I must say….it’s quite comforting knowing that I’m not the only one frustrated by adult acne.

In the midst of wallowing in my acne woes, I got to thinking how dealing with acne is such a chore. It’s more than just popping a pimple. I feel like I should put my pimples on payroll because I am CONSTANTLY working with them.

I came up with the four stages that I find myself dealing with.
Stage Uno (Spanish)

Prevention-In this stage I am doing all I can to stop acne before it even becomes a problem. This includes drinking water, keeping a balanced diet, making sure I’m not touching my face with dirty hands, etc. I drink a gallon of water a day and make sure that I am getting in fresh greens and fruits daily. Can’t forget my vitamins either! Of course I don’t do this solely to prevent acne but I know it doesn’t hurt.

Stage Deux (French)


Tackling-This is toughest stage because one wrong move can make the next two stages a nightmare. The tackling approach, as dramatic as it sounds, determines if your pimple will disappear like a thief in the night (robbing you of self-confidence) or if remnants of it will hang around for the next year or two or ten. I am currently using Differin, an acne gel that my dermatologist has prescribed me. Is it working? The inflammation in my skin is definitely down but I’m still tackling brand new pimples every morn. Boo.

Stage Drei (German)


Repairing-This is stage that can be the most frustrating. So you’re drinking more water and taking vitamins. You even manage to keep some of the pimples at bay. But what about those old battle wounds? You know….the pimples that left dark and red spots all over your face. They are like unwanted tattoos. And getting rid of them can seem impossible. I swear by cocoa butter. I have been using it for years and it has always been great at fading those dark spots. Lately, however, I’ve been dabbling around with skin tone correctors. I am still testing Origins but I LOVE Clinique’s. It is amazing. It works. It’s pricey but it really does work.

And lastly,

Stage apat (Tagalog)

Concealing-Ahhh yesss, where would I be without my trusty concealer? Concealing is a must for me. I choose not to wear foundation simply because of fear from breaking out all over but dapping a bit of my MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45 works. I usually only apply it on my cheeks to cover those spots that are struggling to get through the previous stage.

I go through these stages each and every day. And sometimes more than once a day. It’s a mess, y’all….a hot mess.

But what choice do I have? Must.Have.Clear.Skin.

What stages do you go through? And even if you have crystal clear skin, feel free to chime in!

Until next time….

Sista Show-Off: Funlayo from AseIre.com


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

Greetings CoM sistas!

I’m ‘Funlayo (pronounced “Foon-lah-yo,” it means, “She was given to me to cherish” in Yoruba) and I’m elated that Brittany has given me a chance to share with you all just a little of what I have learned – and am still learning – on my journey. One of my favorite organizations, DeAlmas Women’s Collective (check them out!) uses the slogan “The Feminine Spirit: Empowerment from the Inside/Out” and I believe that beauty, like empowerment is something that has to come from the inside and shine out. You can be as pretty, made up, smelling good, hair looking tight as you want but if you don’t work on your inner beauty too, you’re only doing half the job.

I want to use “Inside Out” to share nuggets of wisdom to help develop INNER beauty and to recommend products that I like to help enhance OUTER beauty. I’m a low maintenance lady but there are some products I absolutely love and I’m looking forward to sharing those with you! This is gonna be fun!

Since we’re talking about beauty, it seems fitting to open with this quote by Sally Field who said: “It took me a long time to not judge myself, through someone else’s eyes.” Seeing ourselves through our own eyes is a struggle for many of us – particularly us brown girls who have been told that our hair is too nappy, noses and lips too big, hips to wide and skin too dark to be considered beautiful. But ladies: we ARE beautiful in all of our glory! We don’t have to adhere to anyone’s standards but our own; we don’t need anyone to validate our beauty. All we need is confidence in the fact that we are perfect and beautiful just the way we are.

Affirmation:
I am beautiful because I say so! I see myself through my own eyes, not anyone else’s.

Now that we’ve worked on the inside, you know what I like to use to enhance my outer beauty? Bronzer! Brittany loves bronzers and so do I – they give your skin such a lovely, natural-looking glow that’s especially great for summer and that will help you keep that lovely sun-kissed summer look through the fall.”. My choice is Wet n’ Wild MegaPump Bronzzer in Brazilian Bronze #989 . It goes on smooth and gives me the perfect glow with just a touch of shimmer. It’s available at most drug stores and, at around $3, the price is definitely right.

‘Til next time, ladies! Peace, blessings and beauty – inside and out!

‘Funlayo is a priestess, historian and professional writer. Visit her new site www.AseIre.com for positive vibes and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate! Contact her at Funlayo@AseIre.com.

Beauty Review: Harajuku Lovers Baby perfume

Hi my darlings!

I REALLY enjoyed Labor Day. It is amazing what an extra day in a weekend can do. I feel super renewed and ready to tackle the week! Woo-saahhh!!

Lately I have been playing around with fragrances. In the next few weeks, you will see a good 2-3 perfume reviews. What can I say? A sista likes to smell good, yo.

Check out what greeted me when I took a stroll to Ulta one fine weekend…..

Awww, how darling. Yes….I am a girly girl. I grew up with baby dolls and Barbies and pretty little trinkets. The packaging is right up my alley. Harajuku Lovers Baby looks like a pretty paper weight from far away, right? Nooooot…


What Ulta.com says about Harajuku Lovers,
“Harajuku Lovers Baby by Gwen Stefani is a powdery musk combined with freesia, bergamot, rose, jasmine, musk, heliotrope, vanilla and violet. Adorable, collectable figurine bottle tops represent Gwen and her backup singers.”

This is a different kind of scent for me but I love it. I am usually drawn to slightly muskier smells but Baby is sweet and I find it perfect for before bed.

Yes, I wear perfume to bed. Don’t laugh at me.

.3 oz for $30 isn’t that much of a stretch for me considering I never hit the bottom of my fragrances. Aaaand…at the time, Ulta had an amazing “Spend $30 on any fragrance and get a travel bag for free” deal. Y’all know me….always catchin’ some deal. Loves it!

I have a new fragrance and my Hello Kitty Easter egg has a new playmate.


And all is well with the world.

Have you tried any of the Harajuku Lovers fragrances?

What about Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B.? I totally love that one!

Sunday’s Sales & Spotlights

Got another edition of sales and cool contests/giveaways to tell you about!

Beauty Ticket has Bobbi Brown
and Urban Decay-up to 80% off!

*click the photo to
head to the site*

Oh.mi.words….I really uttered this when I saw BeautyTicket.com’s newsletter. And then I screamed. I like Bobbi Brown! I really do! But I’ve only purchased one thing from her. She’s expensive yo! And I’m glad to see Beauty Ticket helping us stay pretty on the low. A regular priced lipstick is $22….on BeautyTicket.com…$13. Say no more!

Urban Decay is over there too. And they take Paypal! I am so loving Beauty Ticket!

P.S.—-I’m a part of their Beauty Panel. Woo woo!

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MAC Cosmetics=FREE SHIPPING!

Free shipping!!! It ends September 7th so get your shoppin’ on ASAP!

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Neutrogena Cosmetics Hair or Skincare.
  • 25% off L’Oreal Cosmetics, Skincare or Hair color
  • 33% off Borghese nail lacquer
  • 50% off of Kiss or Broadway nails kits or accessories

(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • (with card) Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL Neutrogena Cosmetics.
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Maybelline Cosmetics foundationblush, powder, concealer or lip
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free L’Oreal Color Riche or Infalliable Lip color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Nail color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Moon drops or Super Luscious Lips
  • (with card) Dark & Lovely Hair color $4.99! <---loves this stuff!

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Giveaway at Just Kiss ‘N Makeup

Jamie over at JustkissnMakeup is hosting a giveaway this MONTH to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Look at the goodies!

Of course you can get all the info and answers to all of your questions from Jamie herself here and here.

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free at L’Oreal HIP, eye, and lip products <---WOO HOO!!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon face and eye products only!

Happy shoppin’ and if you are in the States, have a great Labor Day!!



Sunday’s Sales & Spotlights

Got another edition of sales and cool contests/giveaways to tell you about!

Beauty Ticket has Bobbi Brown
and Urban Decay-up to 80% off!

*click the photo to
head to the site*

Oh.mi.words….I really uttered this when I saw BeautyTicket.com’s newsletter. And then I screamed. I like Bobbi Brown! I really do! But I’ve only purchased one thing from her. She’s expensive yo! And I’m glad to see Beauty Ticket helping us stay pretty on the low. A regular priced lipstick is $22….on BeautyTicket.com…$13. Say no more!

Urban Decay is over there too. And they take Paypal! I am so loving Beauty Ticket!

P.S.—-I’m a part of their Beauty Panel. Woo woo!

____________________________

MAC Cosmetics=FREE SHIPPING!

Free shipping!!! It ends September 7th so get your shoppin’ on ASAP!

_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Neutrogena Cosmetics Hair or Skincare.
  • 25% off L’Oreal Cosmetics, Skincare or Hair color
  • 33% off Borghese nail lacquer
  • 50% off of Kiss or Broadway nails kits or accessories

(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • (with card) Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL Neutrogena Cosmetics.
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Maybelline Cosmetics foundationblush, powder, concealer or lip
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free L’Oreal Color Riche or Infalliable Lip color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Nail color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Moon drops or Super Luscious Lips
  • (with card) Dark & Lovely Hair color $4.99! <---loves this stuff!

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Giveaway at Just Kiss ‘N Makeup

Jamie over at JustkissnMakeup is hosting a giveaway this MONTH to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Look at the goodies!

Of course you can get all the info and answers to all of your questions from Jamie herself here and here.

_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free at L’Oreal HIP, eye, and lip products <---WOO HOO!!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon face and eye products only!

Happy shoppin’ and if you are in the States, have a great Labor Day!!



FOTD Friday: Work Place Purple


Happy happy Friday, my darlings! Labor Day is coming up and I’ve got a pretty big weekend planned. Woo! I’m exciiiited. Stay tuned for photos of all of the happ’ns.

Soooo, lately I’ve been feeling a little uninspired with eye make-up. Not that I have the time to play around with it anyway. When getting ready for work, I have a good 10 minutes to throw together a workplace appropriate look. Most days it works. But other days the ‘creative’ in me seeps out and wants to come up with new looks.

I was in a “purple” mood so I pulled out MAC’s Vibrant Grape.

I freakin’ LOVE this color. It has always been one of my favorite purples. But it was a little too dominating on the lids.

See what I mean….


I mean, I could bang it out and make it nice smokey eye but come ooooon, I can’t wear a smokey purple eye to work.

Check out what I came up with. And don’t be laughin’ at my “needs to be threaded brows”. I got them done shortly after this FOTD. Ha!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Rimmel Natural Bronzer

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

MAC Ochre Style e/s
MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
Make Up For Ever #92 e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
Lancome Oscillation mascara
LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth
Inglot lipstick in #65
Kissable Couture’s Rose Gardenia

And could it be? My skin is acting right for once. Of course as you read this, I have a good 12 pimples or so. They came out of nowhere I tell ya.

Whatcha think? Is it possible to make purples professional?

Enough P’s for ya?

Haaa!!! Happy weeeekeeeend!


Stay beautiful,

Yay! No more shadow discrimination!


I love palettes. I LOVE them. Like a lot. But what I don’t love is how I am unable to create families with my shadows. MAC shadows can’t fit in Make Up For Ever palettes. L’Oreal HIP shadows don’t even have palettes. And neither do NARS‘. Can Tarte and Stila shadows fit in Milani palettes? Wait–does Milani even have palettes? And does Urban Decay?

See the confusion? Most palettes only provide size and space for their shadow family members. *tears* This ain’t right I tell ya!

Especially for someone like me.

You see…..I’m a neat freak. To the max. Organization is very veryyyy important to me. And so are my eye shadows. And I’m not a palette discriminator either. I love ‘em all!

The cheap babies….

The MAC quads…


The big boys (and girls)…


And the hard to find magnetic palettes (still love me some Inglot!)

Oh yes….I LOVE my palettes. They are perfect for traveling and I love being able so swap out when I need to. But what happens if I want to create a look with eye shadows from different brands? You know…like this:


Sure they aren’t from the same family but together they bring me a BANGIN‘ work-appropriate neutral eye. And in a perfect world I would be able to house them in the same palette.

But since Too Faced’s Mocha Meteor is a baked shadow I can’t.

Friggin‘ A..

Um, so bad example..but here’s a better one!


Now look at that!! How many brands can you count in there? There’s Tarte, NARS, Stila, MAC and L’Oreal HIP. All in one palette! Well alriiiight!!

Z palette made this possible, ladies and gentlefolx. Z palette is the ultimate customizable makeup palette designed by an Emmy award-winning Hollywood makeup artist. How genius is this idea? The palettes come in 2-sizes (what you see is the smaller one, $14) and they can house not only shadows but blushes as well. This is ideal for make-up artists or for make-up enthusiasts and collectors who want to keep their collections nice and neat.


Oh yeah…I’m lovin‘ it. I am filling up my large palette (that one runs for $20) as we speak. You can also buy pre-cut magnetic stickers. And guess what? There is FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders. You know you need some of these so head on over to website and place your order.

Love this idea? Are you going to buy one?
Are you a palette lover like moi?