Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 2/7/10

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

The Product Pasha shows you a few ways to pamper your guy this Valentine’s Day.

The Beauty Alchemist previews Hourglass Cosmetics and new Prodigy Lipgloss.

Butterflydiary gives away delicious Spring Beauty Booty Goodies right in time for Valentine’s Day.

Lady Heat!!! DivaDebbi writes about Beyonce’s new perfume launch.

Clumps of Mascara loves Philosophy’s Purity facial cleanser! And readers co-sign.

Jeannine of BeautySweetSpot got the scoop from celebrity colorist, brad johns, on how to make your hair color last.

Krasey Beauty takes a look at Lady Gaga’s Red Carpet Grammy Look.

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Prisms 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

Nubar does it again. I think it’s safe to say that they are indeed one of my favorite nail polish companies EVER. They are always coming out with super unique collections. The Prisms collection is nothing but…wait for it…holos! Holos=holographic=death by love and admiration. Just look at these babies…

Here’s the rundown…

Brilliant actually looks more stunning than I thought it would. If I’m going to wear a light pink (gag), this is the way to do it!

Jewel is one of those colors that makes you say “Hmm…”. I didn’t have high expectations for it. Not sure why because Nubar’s Chocolate Truffle collection totally sold me on browns but Jewel was just “different”.

*drops jaw* Niiiice! And just to get an idea of how bling-tastic it is, check this out. *swoons.

Absolute is okay. I do wish it was more opaque because then it would have been STUNNING. It took a good 3 thick coats to cover up my stained nails.

Essence is should probably switch names with Jewel. I’m not the biggest fan of this rosy pink but it applies beautifully.

Gem is Jewel’s little sister. It has a little more gray in it but the same amount of holographic shimmer.

Spark looks funny on me but I still like it! It’s a tan with personality.

Prize is definitely my favorite of the bunch. It was opaque after only two coats and sparkles and shines from a mile away. Love love love this color!

Treasure is purple and that is reason enough enough for me to love it. It took three coats to reach complete opacity. It isn’t on Color Club’s Wild At Heart level but it certainly earns its place in the collection.

Yay to Nubar for stepping out of the box again! Holographic polishes are rarities so I hope this collection spearheads some kind of trend. I didn’t have any application problems with these babies although I do wish they were all all more opaque. Especially Absolute. How cool would it be to see a dark teal holographic? *faints*

Nonetheless, Nubar has impressed me again and I will continue singing praises about this nail polish brand.

You can get the entire collection here for $59.95 or buy them individually for $7.29/ea.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles

Any holo lovers out there?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Giveaway Winner: Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog gift set

Congrats to Ramona who was selected at random to receive the Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog gift set. Her little princesses are going to love it! Be sure to shoot me an email so that I can get the set off to you, Romona! Thank you all for your entries. Mommies rock!

Don’t forget about the Go for the Red campaign giveaway I have running. One lucky lady will win a $25 gift certificate to Macy’s!

Clumps in the Streets: Garnier Fructis Celebrity Styling Suite

I love Miami, y’all. Aside from it being my birthplace…there really is no other city like it. Not to mention it’s the only city in Florida where cool happ’ns are going on regularly. Central and North Florida are pretty dead when it comes to beauty events so I usually have to head 3.5 hours South if I want to get into something fun.

I was invited to Garnier Fructis Celebrity Styling Suite at the world-famous Eden Roc Hotel. I’ve stayed at the Eden Roc before (I tweeted this pic) and it is hands down one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in before. I grabbed the Clumps intern Bri and we headed down to the Garnier Bungalow.

Hit the jump to see more!

This styling suite was only open to VIP and celebrities in town for Superbowl 44. Nope..I didn’t run into any celebs this time around. I thought it would be cool if Bri got her hair done while I chit chatted with the stylists. This was a GREAT opportunity for her as she is taking a cosmetology class along with her high school studies.

I’m not sure what was used on Bri’s hair but it came out beautifully! After her styling, we roamed about the hotel.

Bri a posin’…

She couldn’t stop touching her hair. Gorg!

My nails got a lot of questions. Most people thought they were Minx-ed.

But nope…another production of my konad nail art stamping kit!

I jetted out of the city before Superbowl so while it was a quick trip, Bri and I had a ball. Any Garnier fans out there?

Lisa Bonet’s Style: Bummy or Bohem?

I was always a fan of Lisa Bonet’s character on The Cosby Show. She was free-spirited, carefree, a dreamer and although she took a lot of unconventional routes she reminded me of….myself.

Seriously! Ask my sisters. Whenever we play “Which sister are you from The Cosby Show?” they would all say I’m like Denise. I’m the one that went to college and cut off all of my hair. I moved to the other side of the country and dabbled in veganism, vegetarianism and everything in between.

Yeah yeah….so I’m the “eccentric” one in my family. And proud!

Some photos of Ms. Lisa Bonet popped up in the blogosphere and it appears that some of the Young, Black & Fabulous readers thinks she looks like a bum. What say you? Hit the jump to view the photos.

Am I missing something? I think she looks fine! I know, I know…you’re expecting me to question why she isn’t wearing any lip gloss or blush, right? Wrong! While I always like to look my best when I go out (even if to the grocery store), being comfortable means the world to me. Ms. Bonet doesn’t feel the need to wear 4-inch heels or skirt just to run some errands. And for that, I love her! Her skin is flawless and her freeform locs are just beautiful. Not to mention she is a 42-year old Mom with a toddler. She doesn’t have a drop of make-up and still looks youthful.

And she shops at Erewhon? I used to love shopping at that store when I lived in Los Angeles. But, um yeah..I don’t see anything wrong with her look at all.

What say you?

Is she taking the bum look too far or is this just classic comfortable bohem?

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Pro Volume

Good ole’ Maybelline has graced us with not one, not two but FOUR new mascaras under the XXL Pro by EyeStudio line. Now if you know anything about Maybelline mascaras, you may remember the original XXL mascaras. I’ve reviewed the Volume and Lengthening before. Don’t quote me on this, but I think that the XXL Pro will replace the XXL mascaras. Aside from the colors, the packaging doesn’t change so it makes me wonder if the formulations have.
Of course the only way to figure this out is by reviewing them.

First up…volume!!

Maybelline XXL Pro Volume

Hit the jump to see if it rocks or rolls…into the garbage can, that is. 😉

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims:
Per the packaging…

The truth: It’s aight…I don’t know about this microfiber thing. I didn’t experience any of that.

What I loved about it: Um, I couldn’t find anything to REALLY love about it.

What I didn’t like: I don’t feel like I got enough volume. Boo!

Overall: I always have high expectations for mascaras that claim to volumize. These mascaras excite me more than lengthening and curling mascaras. Volume=bigger and lusher lashes and that’s just so me! Maybelline XXL Pro Volume, like all of the XXL Pro mascaras, are dual ended.

You’ve got a primer on one end and the mascara on the other.

La Primer…

La Mascara…

I’m not the biggest fan of these wands. I mean…they aren’t bad but I wish they the bristles were a little further out. Now here’s the thing about the primer…although it goes on white, it disappears after applying the mascara.

I know, what you’re thinking, “What’s the point of this mascara? And does it really make a difference?” Truth is…it does! Watch this…

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

First the primer…

…and then viola!

Left eye: mascara WITH primer

Right eye: just mascara

Quite the difference, uh? So while it seems like an unnecessary step, the primer actually works. But I’m not all that impressed with the volume I got. Because I didn’t get much. Lengthening was good but come on…where’s the cream filling? 
I also found this baby to be a tad bit flaky. Could it be because my lashes were coated too much? Maybe.
Ah well…I hope the other XXL Pro mascaras don’t let me down as much

Would I recommend it?: It’s not a must have. Snag it if it’s on sale.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

FOTD Friday: Coppering eyes and red like fiyah lips

Happy Friday, darlings! Gosh, I still can’t believe that it’s February already. I love the month of February. You’ve got Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and for us Floridians the weather starts hitting around the 80’s and 90’s and it’s practically summer time. Someone out there just shoveled snow this morning and is giving me “the look” but don’t hate me. Visit Florida! LOL! 
Anywhoovers…so despite the fact that I’m Valentine-less this year (*pops collar* So, I still really like Valentine-y stuffs. I love the pink and red and it’s just so cheesy and over the top and right up my alley. My original FOTD was going to be something on the lines of…

Click the jump to see what the final look looked like!

But I’ve done that before. Remember when I used that NARS Caravaggio duo? Loved it! But for some reason I was feeling like sportin’ a red lip. But when doing so I wanted to do a pretty soft eye. 

So I pulled out MAC’s Coppering eyeshadow. Man, I forgot how much I loved that color. It’s just so warm yet un-boring. See!
Go ‘head, Coppering! You rock and you know it. And then I had fun with a bright red lip.

What I used…

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty (lid)
MAC Coppering eyeshadow (outer-V)
MAC Embark and Handwritten (crease

NARS Edie eyeshadow (between crease and brow)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
L’Oreal Voluminous <—such a staple!

Milani Bonfire lip pencil
MAC Port Red lipstick
MAC 3D Lipglass in Wondershine <—throwback!



…and this one is for my girl Afrobella who LOVES bananas!

Actually, I’m kidding. She hates everything banana-related except banana bread and I love everything banana-related except banana bread. HA!

So what do you think? About bananas, I mean? Love ’em? Hate ’em?

I am going to have a pretty busy weekend. I am headed to Miami to crash a Superbowl celebrity styling lounge (no…seriously. I’ll tweet pics!) and then I am throwing my friend a baby shower in Tampa on Saturday. And let’s hope that I manage to finish up my 5K training for the week.

Okay, my loves….see y’all next week!

Have a fabulous weekend,

Go Red for Women Campaign and giveaway

Y’all know I love causes. And I love when my favorite department store Macy’s jumps on the Cause Bandwagon too.


If you didn’t know, my darlings, heart disease is the #1 killer among American men and women. Since 2004, Macy’s has sponsored Go Red For Women and has donated over $21 million to the cause.
Macy’s also wants YOU to get involved….and here’s how:

•    Red is the color that saves at the Wear Red Sale <—you can get up to 20% off!
•    Take fashion to heart and buy the limited edition INC International Concepts Little Red Dress
•    Speak Up against heart disease by sharing your story at the Go Red Casting Calls
•    Attend a Go Red luncheon in your area
•    Join Go Red For Women
How will you do your part to help beat heart disease? I will wear red on Friday and continue to motivate others to take on better eating habits. Tell me what you will do and you can have the chance of winning a $25 gift card to Macy’s. This giveaway is sponsored by Macy’s and is only available to those in the United States. To be considered simply a comment in this post with your name, email address and your thoughts on how you feel as if you can help beat heart disease. 
Contest ends Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:00 am. Winner will be selected at random.
Good luck and go red!!

FTC Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by Macy’s Go Red for Women campaign. Monetary compensation was not awarded to me for the publishing of this post. Should you have any questions please read our disclosure policy here or email me at