Amor de Lacquer: Polish Storage

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.

Once upon a time, a few months ago, maybe….I didn’t have many nail polishes.

“B!! Surely, you jest.”

Noooope, it was until very recently when I have started collecting nail polishes. This time last year I had less than 15. Now I have over 100. Which I know is more than the average person’s but I bet my favorite nail bloggers have three times as many. Nonetheless, if you walk any where in my super neat room, you are bound to find a bottle of nail polish somewhere.

By the television…

On the night stand…


They are every where!! I am still storing them in a crate in my closet.


What a mess! And that’s just half of them. My accessories are cramped somewhere else and it’s getting a little frustrating. I am a neat freak and I can not stand clutter or an over-abundance of anything. So it looks like I will be giving away the colors that I don’t use/like. But in the meantime I have to figure out how to house them neatly. Any suggestions?

How many nail polishes do you have? Give me an average number…

ETA: I have sense changed my nail polish set-up. Check it out here.

Polish pretty,

Beauty Review: Dr. Susan Taylor Rx for Brown Skin’s Skin Brightener

[EDITOR’S NOTE]: I am in DC for this historical Presidential Inauguration.

I love when I can safely brag about MANY products from a particular skincare line. Oftentimes I may like the cleanser but not the moisturizer. Or the other way around. Truthfully, I don’t have many negatives about about any of the products I have tested from the Rx for Brown Skin line. Here’s another product that delivers!

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Naturally Flawless
Advanced Botanical Brightener

Hyperpigmentation, without a doubt is an issue that ALL women deal with but it seems to be more prevalent among women of color. I remember having an issue with hyperpigmentation at a very young age. It didn’t bother me too much until fairly recently and I am glad that I ran into this product at this point in my life.

Honestly….it either works or I’m seeing things. I would argue that it is the former simply because I KNOW my skin. I analyze it daily and know every spot, blemish and imperfection. So I KNOW that this product is working for me.

What it is “supposed” to do:

  • Gently brightens brown skin with natural ingredients
  • Helps to promote uniform skintone
  • Is Hydroquinone-free

(source)

You are supposed to apply a little in the a.m. and p.m. and then follow up with your regular moisturizer. I have been doing this for a little over 3 weeks and I have noticed a HUGE improvement of the dark spots on my face. They are slowly fading away. Might I add that these dark spots are fairly new. Not ones that I have had for years.

The brightener goes on like any moisturizer.


….a few swipes and it’s gone.


At $36.00 for a 1.5 oz, I can’t say that it is the cheapest little product but I’ve never been the one to NOT buy a skincare product because of its high price. Taking care of your skin is an investment so I’m not complaining!

What do you use to get rid of those dark spots? I’ve will always hail cocoa butter but this brightener is the truth! In 5 months, I’m thinking that ALL of the dark spots on my face will be gone. How great would that be?

Con Amor,

Beauty Blogger Meet-Up: LuxeTips and Clumps!

Every now and then, we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people.

I say “every now and then” because it is my belief that there are more crazies in the world than wonderful people. But I digress.

As I was saying: Every now and then we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people. Sometimes in classrooms, in our offices, family members, and even in the blogosphere! I had the opportunity to link up with one of my now favorite people ever!

Latoicha from Luxe Tips and I met up at the Flying Biscuit in downtown Atlanta a few weeks back. Now I have always been a fan of her blog but to actually meet the lady behind the blog was such a wonderful experience!

She’s even more beautiful in person and I can’t think of a person I admire more right now. Super Mom, super attorney AND a passionate beauty blogger. She’s got a spunky personality and a driven spirit. We exchanged business cards, hugged and I thanked her for being such an inspiring role model.

See…blogging is more than creative writing. It’s about meeting people who can change your life.

Thank you, Auntie Luxe. How you’ve impacted my life, you will never know.

Fellow bloggers….have you ever met the face behind the blog? How did it go?

Your Chronic blogger,

Mascara Monday: Prescriptives Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes

It’s another Monday and you know what that means…..*drum roll*. Another mascara review! I’ve been giving you lovely people the tidbits about the greatness (or lackthereof) of drugstore mascaras but I have been neglecting the higher end brands too. I know yall aren’t complaining because of these tough economic times. I love reviewing mascaras with dramatic claims. Prescriptives Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes set is just that. Will my lashes look “false”. Check the review…

Prescriptives Absolute Eyes
False Eyelashes set

Price: 3 out of 5 (the entire set is $30)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: ” All you need to make your eyes look amazing, featuring False Eyelashes Plush Mascara.”

The truth: Plush lashes? Yes! False lashes? Not so much.

What I loved about it:
It really did give me plush lashes!

What I didn’t like: The brush wasn’t the easiest to use. Look at this bad boy.


I didn’t know where to start. However, once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t so bad!

Overall: This is my second time reviewing a Prescriptives mascara. The first one was Beyond Long and I didn’t have the best experience with it. Needless to say, I didn’t have high hopes for Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes. Well, I must say—it won me over! I like the idea that the mascara comes in a cute little case with eye make-up remover. Tres cute!

The primer didn’t give me any issues. Add too many coats, however, and you will end up with clumps by the end of your first coat of mascara.

Lashes with NO mascara

(I curled my lashes prior to
mascara application)

You are to use the Lash builder primer first and follow it up with the mascara–obviously.

Lashes with TWO coats

Wow! I say it did a decent job in giving me dark, plus lashes. The length wasn’t so bad either. Due to curling my lashes before application, I ended up a really nice set of lashes. But false? Nahhh….not quite. But good? Yes!

Would I recommend it?: I do! It’s not a bad mascara and if you’re thinking that the price is a little steep, consider what you’re getting with it. $30-mascara, primer, make-up remover and little cute bag. Not too bad.

Due to my travels this week, I won’t be able to provide you lovely people with a video review this time around. Wipe your tears, though. I’ll be back next Monday!

Are you a fan of Prescriptives mascaras? What do you think?

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!

Staying beautiful and remembering history,


(photo source)

Beautiful Bee-ing Me: PBG from Hey, You Asked

Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

The Pretty Brown Girl from Hey, You Asked! mentioned how the Amor de Lacquer posts have inspired her to play around in polishes. Check out Revlon’s Plum Attractive.

Hotness!!! Thanks for sharing, PBG!!

Because I love showin’ off for you,

Sista Show-Off: Lauri Lyons


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.

Allow me to introduce you to Lauri Lyons. She is the FIRST black female photographer to be signed by Getty Images. She is also a photojournalist and art photographer who shoots and exhibits globally (she just returned from a long assignment in Salvador, Brazil) AND the subject of a biopic that’s a running favorite on CurrentTV.

Her most recent monograph, Flag International (2008), is one piece of a multi media documentary project that incorporates photography, video, audio and handwritten text. As a series of portraits of people from 8 countries posing with the American flag, the project investigates how the international community views the United States in the 21st Century–a timely project given our historic recent election year.

Um…..wow. Check out my personal favorites from this monograph.

Men in Harlem

Girl with Black Hoodie


Muslim Girls

Amazing work, right? You can check out her website HERE.

Beauty in photos? Gotta love it….

Because you are a muse,

Barbie loves Stila

Oh….mi….goodness were the first words that I said when I saw this.

I immediately hit Twitter and asked my beauty bloggin’ Twitter fam if that was a brown skinned Barbie with an afro.

I got confirmation.

And then I got excited.

Stila Cosmetics (a line that has the BEST lip glosses to date…and don’t even get me started on their convertible colors…loves ‘em!) has partnered up with Barbie to bring you “Decades of Beauty”. Wait—there’s more of them.


Jewel Barbie


Malibu Barbie


Ponytail Barbie


Each comes with 2 eyeshadow colors and a cheek color, a liner OR mascara and a lip color. A collector’s can and look book also comes with each. Stila is only producing around 10,000 for EACH Barbie so if you want them, giiiirl…you better hop to it.

They are pre-launching on Sephora.com on Wednesday, January 14 for $40. That’s today! So you better go snag them now. I know I’m gettin’ my girl with the fro.

Don’t judge me. I was a HUGE Barbie girl growing up. I still have them. See…

Oh yes…run, don’t walk to Sephora.com, chicks.

Because I’m foxy too,

[EDIT]: As of 9:00 a.m. EST all of the cans are”temporarily out of stock”. Check HERE. I don’t believe….how in the world? That quickly? This must be a joke.
Thanks Steph’s Closet

Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual review

Beauty bloggers have been buzzing over Bobbi Brown’s newest publication. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual is full of information for everyone. The teenager new to skincare and make-up, the professional make-up artist and every one in between. So what do I think?

Um, I love it! Granted it is my first make-up book ever but it contains a ton of information for newbies and pros-alike. Since I am more on the newbie side, let me take you on a photo journey of my expressions of some of the things I saw in the book.

I am going to try this! Per page 72: “Using two shades of blush, apply your natural color and then add a pop of brighter color on top. The natural shade looks great at first, but often fades easily. The brighter shade alone is often great for evening, but too much of a contrast for every day. This layering technique offers natural brightness.”


I learned that “very dark skin looks best with yellow-based foundation that has warm cinnamon tones.” (page 62)


I was a little embarrased at how BAD I was about taking care of my brushes. Per page 18, “Clean your brushes everyone month or two. For a quick cleaning in between washings, use a spray brush cleaner.”


Per page 128 “Some dark skin looks best with no blush”. Whaaaat?! I’m sorry, but I definitely can not co-sign on that one. I think that a dab of blush looks beautiful on any one. Especially those with dark skin. But what do I know? I’m a clearly not the professional. LOL!


Page 106 gave a photo tutorial of how to do a smoky eye. Yeeep, I still don’t get it.

I learned some tips on for long-lasting color on page 84. Here’s one, “Use pencil on top of lipstick to create a waxy barrier.” Ahh haaa!!

The book is split up in two sections: Basics and Artistry. The Basics focuses on Skin, Face, Lips, Eyes, Guides and Special Makeup Applications.

Artistry focuses on Essential Equipment for the Professional, Advanced makeup applications and Memorable Makeup Moments & Legends.

So see!! There is something for everyone. It details for $32.00 but I got it a lot less at Amazon.com.

Does this seem like something you would purchase? What’s your favorite make-up book?

Read uuuup,

P.S. Don’t forget about the freebie you can get by purchasing some NYX from Mai. Details HERE.