Amor de Lacquer: Strong nails via vitamins

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.


When it comes to keeping nails strong, sometimes it starts on the inside. Aside from keeping a well balanced diet and working out every day, I also take vitamins religiously. I have been taking multi-vitamins and Vitamin C since I was a little girl. Fish oil pills have been ensuring that I get my omega 3 intake daily amd for the past 4 months or so I have been taking Biotin.

What MotherNature.com says about Biotin,

…..so far, only one nutrient—biotin, part of the B-complex—has been proven helpful for nail health in people who aren’t malnourished.” (source)

I also know that you HAVE to take biotin in conjunction with a multi-vitamin.
Of course you should do some more of your own research and talk with a doctor prior to taking any new vitamins.

Has it been working well for me? I would say so! My nails are finally as healthy as they were pre-acrylic days.

Do you take this vitamin? How do you keep your nails strong?

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: First Look at Nfu-Oh Polish


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

If there is one brand that nail polish enthusiasts go gaga over, it is the South Korea brand Nfu-Oh. I remember first checking getting a glimpse of these beautiful babies at The Nailphile. I was in total awe. I had to have one. Or two. Or three.

Once upon a time Nfu-Oh polishes used to be extremely difficult to get a hold of. Most were shipped from Hong Kong and you can imagine those shipping fees. Luckily, I have found a little angel who lives in the States that ships Nfu-Oh polishes.

Today I will be introducing you to Nfu-Oh #51. I don’t even know how to describe this color. It has a neon purple/blue base with red/gold/green flecks and red glitter. This is a polish with personality, yall! I mean….just look at it!


But then if you photograph it with light…it looks different.


I will tell you now….it is beyond difficult to catch the essence of Nfu-Oh polishes. They are BIPs to the max. BIP meaning better in person. I’m not kidding. Let’s move on, shall we?

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about how beautiful the bottle designs are.


The corset style bottles are not only darling but the handle makes for easy application.

Speaking of application, because this particular Nfu-Oh polish is so sheer, I like to layer it on top of a color. The best thing about the flecks floating in this polish is that you can get a dozen different looks depending on what color you use as a base.

For this look I used Zoya’s Colbie-a burgundy polish with beautiful shimmer.


Just watch how the Nfu-Oh transforms Colbie. We will use this finger to watch the transformation.


After 2 coats of Nfu-Oh, look what we have!


You MUST click on the picture above to see all of the 3D-esque dimensions of this polish. More beautiful shots of Nfu-Oh #51 in action.


Are you in love yet? I absolutely love what this polish does and plan on adding more to my stash. You can snag these from Fabuloustreet.com. They are retailed at $12.50 and shipping is free. Click HERE to order #51.

So what do you think? Is this not the most amazing polish you have ever seen?
Not impressed?
Tell me!

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: What Scrangie Says….


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

In honor of Amor de Lacquer Week, I was able to snag some tips from some of my favorite nail bloggers.

Scrangie

Aside from being a great nail blogger, Scrangie has the best sense of humor ever. She will not only have you wanting to purchase EVERY polish that she displays, but she will also leave you in stitches with her hilarious commentary. Here is what Scrangie says is one of her most important nail tips,

“Using a glass file is super important. Using lots of cuticle oil for moisture is also just as important. The glass file keeps your nails from splitting and peeling, and the cuticle oil does that as well but adds the benefit of keeping your nails flexible and resilient. “

Of course I had to ask darling Scrange what her favorite glass (crystal is okay too) file is and she says she likes Essie’s Crystal File and OPI’s Glass File.

Visit Scrangie’s blog HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze’s Summer Days


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

 

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

Okay honestly….I give up with trying to find the BEST Summer 2009 nail polish collection. That’s right, you heard me. No more comparing the collections. They are all simply amazing.

I have been a China Glaze fan before I even got serious about nail polish/care. Their colors always made my eyes boogle and the Summer Days collection is no exception. Even the promo is fierce!!

I was tempted to lick my fingers too when I first tried on my polishes. Out of the six, I purchased three.

Strawberry Fields



I have plenty of pink polishes but this one is probably one of my favorites. The gold glitter has an amazing pop that simply radiates in any light. I wore this color three days straight when I first got it. That says a lot!

Grape Juice


First of all, I absolutely LOVE grape juice, the actual drink. Don’t tell my Mom, fam….but when I was younger I actually looked forward to communion just so I can get a sip of that delicious grape juice. Of course now I know the real meaning but I can’t help but get excited every time I even think of grape juice. I, of course, purchased this polish because it is purple. Instead of having gold glitter, Grape Juice has silver. I don’t like it as much as I thought I would but it is a beautiful little addition to my Family of Purple Polishes.

Orange Marmalade


WOW! If this doesn’t scream, “Paint your toes with me, pleeeease!” I don’t know what polish does. This is a beautiful pedicure color. It screams for attention and looks crazy bling-y when the sun hits it. It has gold glitter and is my favorite out of the bunch.

All polishes applied perfectly and I only used 2 coats for each. I didn’t come across any problems. Grape Juice was a little streaky the first time around but achieved bottle color by the second coat. These polishes have a beautiful jelly-like consistency that don’t even need a top coat.

I got them from Head2ToeBeauty.com for only $2.99. I know for a fact that they are hard to find at Sally’s Beauty Supply’s so just do yourself a favor and get them online. They are cheaper and Head2ToeBeauty ships quickly!

So what do you think? Are these not the best summer colors ever?

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: At Home Manicure tutorial


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Here it is! The requested At Home manicure tutorial. I have been doing at home manicures for about a year now. Prior to that I was an active customer in nail salons. I wore acrylics from when I was 15 years old until I was about 22 years old. I am so glad that I have finally weened myself off of that drug and can pamper myself at home. It saves me time, money and I know that my products are sanitized.

You can use ANY product.

FIRST…I soak my nails in warm water with a little bit of hand soap. If I find that my nails could use some whitening, I use an Efferdent tablet or rub my nails with lemon. They are great whitening agents.


After soaking my nails for a good 10 minutes or so, I dry my hands and apply Sally Hansen’s Cuticle remover gel on my cuticles.


I then use my fingers to push my cuticles back.


Some people like to completely remove their cuticles. I, however, do not. I simply trim them and make sure that they look nice and neat. My cuticle nippers work GREAT for this.


I then take a crystal nail file and file my nails. I prefer square so that is the direction that I take each and every time.


To moisturize those cuticles, I use Burt’s Bee’s cuticle balm and go at it.

And lastly…I moisturize and massage my hands.


I do this at least once or week or every 10 days. Giving myself manicures not only assures that my nails are healthy and lookin’ good, but I swear it’s like therapy for me, yall. I love it.

Do you do at home manicures?

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Nicole’s Nic Sticks by OPI

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

This is a reader requested product while I have had it for quite some time, I wanted to wait until Amor de Lacquer week to show it off.

Nicole’s Nic Sticks by OPI


First of all….I must say that I love the convenience of these things. I am probably the only person in the world who has a good 4-5 bottles of nail polish in her purse. I also carry polish remover wipes as well. I can’t help it! I like being able to switch up the nail color whenever I can. Nic Sticks makes it easier as they don’t weigh down my purse the way bottles of polish do.

I also like how they are readily available. You can find them at most drugstores and Target stores. The prices vary but I was able to get mine for $8. Yes….I know. I find that is a bit steep for nail polish (considering I never spend more than $5 on mine) but the fabulous packaging made up for it.

The brush


It is pretty much the pits. Look at all of those bristles going every which-a-way. They are all different sizes and make for awful application. Here is how the brush looks compared to the average polish brush.


I don’t know what Nic was thinking when he made these sticks. The brush is bulky and an eyesore to say the least. But alas you can not judge a book by its cover. Despite the brush’s wonky look, it did pretty well with the initial application.


To get the polish ‘a flowin’, there is a little pump at the top of the stick that needs a good 3-4 presses before it sends the polish to the base of the brush.


The finished product before clean-up!


And just because I was feeling a little extra funky….

Overall, I can deal with Nic Sticks. The formula wasn’t too watery and it only took 2 coats to get a decent color. I don’t know if I’d purchase more considering the brush is a pain to deal with but I like the two that I have now. They seem to have good color selections too!

Have you tried these? Interested or not so much?

Polish Pretty,

Women’s History Month Challenge-The Look!

Happy Monday, fam. I hope that you all had wonderful weekends! Gosh, saying that mine was busy is an understatement. My Father’s 50th birthday party (it was a surprise!) was in full swing in North Florida. I had to make my way up there and celebrate with him and my family from Miami and Atlanta. Of course I will be sure to post pictures of the joyous family affair, but in the meantime….let’s get started on this Women’s History Month Challenge!!

Gangstarr Girl
and I have collaborated to do another challenge in which we not only drop a few snippets on monumental women but we also create looks representing them.

Because of the craziness that was this past weekend, I didn’t have the time to actually play around with make-up myself. However, after telling my baby cousin Corey the idea behind this post, she was cool enough to let me make her over.

Corey is my baby cousin. At 16 years old, I remember semi-raising this little girl. She is my heart and soul and will ALWAYS be my baby. *tears* I get emotional just thinking about how much I love this girl. Corey and I have decided to honor my Grandmother and her Great-Grandmother for this Women’s History Month.

A little bit about our Grandma, Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas:

Eugenia B. Thomas was born on November 24, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Miami in 1929 where she was adopted by the Bell family. Because of hard times, the Bells offered the home to Eugenia and raised her as their own. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated class valedictorian in 1940.

After graduating from high school, with high achieving academic records, she attended Florida Memorial University where she also graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1945. She then graduated from Biscayne Development Executives and Fordham School of Public Speaking. Mrs. Thomas worked as a Dade County administrator and later as a legal secretary for many years. She assisted Gwendolyn Cherry in opening the first Dade County offices of the Legal Services Department. Mrs. Thomas continued to work in various departments for almost 30 years until 1966 when she retired.

The happiest time of her life was during her marriage to a gentleman named Lawson E. Thomas; they married on December 26, 1953. Her husband was the first African-American judge in the south since Reconstruction. He was very influential in the African-American community and did a lot of work during the Civil Rights Movement as a pioneer in Miami’s African-American community. The late Judge Lawson E. Thomas and Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas have made solid imprints in Miami’s history. As an attorney, his skillful advocacy resulted in many noteworthy legal victories on behalf of his clients. He helped lead the fight to equalize salaries for black and white teachers and was instrumental in foregoing a compromise between protests and county government over the lack of blacks to serve on local juries. Judge Thomas’ contribution to his community.

Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas continues to be active in her community and involved in just causes. Her dedication and community work, especially her work on behalf of children, has been honored through the naming of the Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary School in the City of Doral (Miami). (source)

The most recent photo of our Grandma.
She stands to the left and my Great Aunt, her sister-in-law, is to the right.
How fabulous are they?


Of course my Grandmother isn’t in full blown make-up but Corey and I played around with colors that we think she would wear.

BEFORE

AFTER



We used:

FACE
NOTHING

EYES
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s
MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

LIPS
Stila It Gloss in Smashing

We are honored to be a part of such strong legacies.

Check out the looks of the other participants of the Women’s History Month Challenge

Gangstarr Girl
Beauty of a Budget
Honey Brown Sugar
I Will Be My Own Judge
Coup de Coeur
Tried and Truth Beauty
Love, Life and Turtle
Makeup and Fashion
Milan Rouge

….ladies who are participating that I haven’t listed, please let me know!

What a beautiful end to Women’s History Month!

Beauty Bubble: The 22 Best Sephora Buys

If you are like me, Sephora is like a playground. It does things to me that Office Depot, DSW and Lowe’s can’t do (totally love those stores). I feel alive in Sephora. The good news is…I don’t don’t impulsively purchase anything anymore. If I haven’t done any research on it, I don’t need it!

Check out Total Beauty’s picks for the best Sephora Buys. Do you own of these treasures? I definitely co-sign on the Cargo bronzer and NARS blush!

Enjoy the weekend!

TotalBeauty.com
The 22 Best Sephora Buys

Consider this the ultimate buying guide to your favorite beauty store

Sephora really is the beauty junkies’ paradise. There are so many products to play with, you could spend days sampling and still not try everything. But, since most of us don’t have days, or even hours, to spend in the store, we rounded up these TotalBeauty.com reader reviews and ratings for you. Now you’ll know exactly which products at Sephora are worth your precious time and money.

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No. 22: Beautyblender Sponge, $18.50

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*

Why it’s great: “This is such a wonderful tool. The broad base of the sponge is…”

No. 21: CARGO Bronzer, $25

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*

Why it’s great: “CARGO’s bronzer is a great find and beauty bag staple. CARGO didn’t leave us pale…”

No. 20: Nars Blush, $25

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 4.6*

Why it’s great: “I have the award winning shade, orgasm. I was a little apprehensive…”

Want to see what’s #1? Click here!