Amor de Lacquer: Polish Pal=love!

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

It’s story time, kids! Grab your favorite blanket and gather around for another tale from

“The top on this polish is too hard to open and
I think my fingers are about to pop off”

Once upon a time in a hot-behind state where curls dropped from humidity, there lived a polish lovin’ lady named B. B loved her polishes and was known to polish her nails daily. Every once in a while, though, she ran into a difficult to open polish.

These polishes brought her sadness, sore fingers and jacked up teeth (Opening polishes with teeth=no bueno).

And then one day a pal came her way.

A polish pal that is!

B loved how comfortably it fit in her hands.

And she loved how it was able to open nail polish bottles of all shapes and sizes.

B was happy and so were her hands. No more struggling with trying to open polishes. She knew this little Polish Pal would benefit not only those suffering from arthritis, but also the little girls who wanted to polish their nails but had troubles opening the bottles.

All was well with the world.

Order The Polish Pal from It’s only $8.95….a must have for the avid nail polish-er.

Clumps of Mascara does the 50 million pound challenge!

Alright y’all….your resident Mascara Mama is on a mission.

To drop 10 mo pounds.

You read right. I said, 10 MO pounds. LOL!

If you’ve been around Clumps for the past few months you know that I have recently dropped a good 20 pounds. I attributed this to pumping up my work-out schedule (running and Zumba) and incorporating more greens in my diet–especially green smoothies! And remember when I did a post on vegan treats? I have gotten serious about staying healthy and don’t plan on turning back.

….but I still love the occasional ice cream cone and that ain’t changin’. I’m just sayin’…

Okay, soooo I want y’all to join this challenge with me! *click on the photo below*

Pretty please? I have a pretty cool support system on Twitter with CaitlinHTP, BlackGirlsRun, PrincessValecia, VeganCook101 and others. I want to have the same thing with Clumps fam. I have even created a Mascara Mamas team. Support is oh so needed when it comes to challenges. So I’ve got your back!

I will be writing a post once a week for the next 2 months about my progression, challenges and overall success with the 50 million pound challenge. I’m excited! And hope y’all are too because challenges are a lot more fun with support.

Email me at if you are serious about joining. Or hit me up on Twitter. I’ve been known to tweet fitness and yummy healthy food randomness there.

Here we go! Click here to join Mascara Mamas!

Illamasqua hits Orlando

Can I be honest with y’all for a minute?

It’s hard being a beauty blogger in Florida. Nothing cool ever happens here.

Well, I take that back. Premiere Orlando was here and that was an enormous beauty show. And I just came back from The Artist Summit in Miami. So I guess I run into some pretty cool events every now and then. I guess.

But imagine my surprise when I found out that the U.K. brand Illamasqua was going to hit a few Sephora’s in the country and the Florida Mall here in Orlando was one of them. Yeah mon!!

What you should know about the awesome Illamasqua…..

“Known for their intense colors and dramatic makeup, Illamasqua is your go-to brand for nighttime makeup—whether it’s an evening out at the opera or the dance club. Conceived amidst the dark drama of Berlin in the 20s, Illamasqua was developed by professional makeup artists and launched in 2008 in the U.K. Embraced by celebs and alternative cultures alike, their colors allow you to express your most daring, boldest, and most intense sides with professional nighttime makeup that’s richly pigmented and long lasting. Are you ready to release your night-vixen alter ego?” (source)

It’s a pretty dope brand, y’all. It is most comparable to NARS in terms of pricing. This sucks for me as I sit comfortably between drugstore and higher end brands. $19 for a lip gloss is pushing it. But it is almost justified when they look like this…

And the shadows come in darling packaging and look like this….

And don’t even get me started on the polishes….

Oh yeah, a few months back I saw beauty bloggers in New York show off the fierceness that was Illamasqua so I was happy to finally see it in person. I’m exciting getting to know this brand and I hope I don’t fall head over heels.

….my wallet would not like that.

Speaking of wallets, while sitting in the teller line at the bank, I felt like sending positive vibes…

…..even though I didn’t feel so positive after leaving the bank.

To keep from being down, I found that it is best to lift others up.

Remember that. Operation Beautiful rocks!

And stay tuned for more run-in’s with Illamasqua.

Have you tried this brand yet? Love it? Hate it? Don’t care? Learn more about them here.

L’Oreal HIP lip products on sale this week and more….

Corrected to add L’Oreal HIP lip products not ALL L’Oreal HIP products.

L’Oreal HIP lip prouducts are buy 1, get 1 free. Woo!

More L’O HIP reviews:
L’Oreal HIP Chrome eyeliners
L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint
L’Oreal HIP Color presso
L’Oreal HIP matte and metallic eye shadow duos

And because I’ve been traveling for the past two weekends (and headed to Atlanta this weekend, yikes!) I haven’t been up on all of the sales. Thanks to Laura for sending me this awesome deal going on at Sephora.

Wowsers! So you’re telling me all I have to do is bring in 5 unwanted beauty items and I’m getting $10 off?! Amazing! Click the photo for additional information and when in doubt call your local Sephora. I think I can finally get those Stila Barbie smudge pots I’ve been wanting!

ETA~~You can bring in ANY beauty items. I tossed conditioner bottles and lotions.

Clumps heads to The Artist Summit

That’s right, my loves…I am off to cover another fab event hosted by The Powder Group. This time I’ll be back home in Miami!

What is the Artist Summit?


Oh yeah…so there is a lot in store for all of the attendees. To get more information about attending this event click here. And if you see me in the streets, holla!

I know big beauty events hardly wonder outside of LA and NYC so I’m glad to see events in my neck of the woods.

I’ll be tweeting photos along the way. To get the behind the scenes coverage of all of the happ’ns at the Summit, follow me at @ClumpsOfMascara. If there is anything you would like for me to keep an eye out for, shoot me an email:

Y’all know I love the Clumps fam, right?

Have a fabulous weekend!!

What would you do for longer lashes?

Have you ever thought about it?

I mean, really….

Clumps of Mascara focuses on all areas of beauty with mascara (obviously) being the product we show the most love to. I enjoy reviewing them because the demand is there and for whatever reason a lot of us are sooo in love with the idea of having thicker and longer lashes.

But how far would you go?

Check out this parody. It makes you think…

Thoughts? Funny? Scary? Or are you just speechless?

Thanks Aziza

Amor de Lacquer: OPI’s YDKJ in 3 forms

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

Dear O.P.I.
Y’all are real funny. Who comes out with three polishes with three different finishes but yet they have the SAME name? Come on now…. Are y’all trying to confuse me? I’m just sayin’….Love you anyway, though. You’re one of my favorite brands of polish and I can’t wait until y’all drop a polish named ‘Cause Everybody Ain’t There Yet” or “You Don’t Know Me Like That” or “Tweet Ya Later”.


Nooo, I didn’t really send O.P.I. that letter. But I may.

Raise your hand if you remember me first reviewing You Don’t Know Jacques? I labeled it as a “yuck color” on brown skin. I’m sorry….but this color was anything but flattering. Nothing NOTHING was going to make me like it. don’t remember what it looked like?


It’s not pretty on me. And you know what? I’m fine with that. But what I’m not fine with is O.P.I. forcing me to like this color. How, you ask?

These jokers have come out with TWO other You Don’t Know Jacques’ with different finishes. See!

What in the post-it orange soda hell is this? Hmm….a matte and a suede? Surely they will look as crap-tastic as the predecessor, right? Umph!

Just look at this matte…

Well….wait a minute. It’s not SO bad. Definitely not as bad as the original. It applied flawlessly and only needed two coats. O.P.I.’s extra wide brushes are total BFFs with my longer nail beds. As a matte it looks more unusual than just downright ugly. I can deal with unusual. Shoot, I’m unusual. So this I can do as a matte.

Surely the suede finish can’t top this. Remember I’m supposed to loathe YDKJ.

*blinks* Is this the same color? Wait a minute….how is this possible? You Don’t Know Jacques with a suede finish looks….beautiful??? I feel tricked. How did we go from the original color that looked like dirty mop water to this stunning gold and brown love affair? I mean, look at it. It looks like gold and brown shared a passionate kiss. The result? You Don’t Know Jacques suede. I love it. I think it’s one of the most attractive colors I have ever seen.

Talk about a magic trick.

Yes y’all….they’ve fooled us. Or at least me. I-I-I-I like You Don’t Know Jacques. I really do!

You can be a high roller and pay a good $9 and up for the YDKJ….or you can get them from online retailers like TransDesign and pay around $4/bottle.

What do you think? Is YDKJ better in a matte or suede? Do you love the original?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: MAC Dazzleglass Creme

‘ello darlings!

I plan to crank out quite a few posts on lipsticks, glosses and balms. There are so many hot ones on the market right now and the gloss fiend in me wants to explore them allllll.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme
in Do It Up

I think the whole world knew how much I loved the original Dazzleglasses. I pretty much lived in Funtabulous for a good 3 months. They are full of glitter, can jazz up a lipstick and have good staying power.

Now MAC rolls out with the Dazzleglass creme. Are these just as great? I’ll say! I found them to apply similar to a Dazzleglass but with a creamier feel. The lips still more moisturized and it wasn’t as sticky as a Dazzleglass.

But you still get the the glitter effect if that’s yo thang!

I think I’m in love with these. I probably won’t purchase more than two because I’m cheap and I think the $18 price tag is a little steep. Hey, that rhymed!

….no but seriously. While I do love these babies I find that they tend to go pretty quickly if you use them regularly. It’s not the best beauty investment for my budget but at the same time a good two or so in my collection adds some diversity to the gloss family.

Not to mention Do It Up ain’t too bad on the lips.

Whatcha think?

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass creme lippies yet? Love ’em? Hate ’em?