Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Jacy

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

I recently received my polishes for the Zoya exchange and of course I love them all! I didn’t think Jacy would impress me as much as she did. On the outside with color looks to a little shimmery plum-ish. “Blah,” I thought to myself. Nothing unique or interesting about that.”

But then I saw how spectacular it looked on the nails! Not bad at all.



As beautiful as this polish is, I am sure there are some dupes out there. Readers, help! Do yall know of any? As with most of my Zoya polishes, this baby only took a good 2 coats and I didn’t have any problems with it. Even though I prefer “out there” colors, I still have an appreciation for the berry nail polishes of the world. I always think they are safe colors but for every now and then….they aren’t so bad.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

I am still preppin’ up for Amor de Lacquer week here at Clumps of Mascara. Look at what I have in store…

Just when you thought purple polishes couldn’t get any better–purple glittery polish!!

Nfu-Oh polishes…so many colors in just one stroke. Not glitter, but flecks? How does it do that?

China Glaze’s Summer Days’ collection makes me want to run through Strawberry fields.

Stay tuned, fam! Please send me all of your requests and suggestions on what you would like to see during Amor de Lacquer week.

Stay beautiful,

The Make-up Show LA: Teaser post with Pics

Guess who’s back?

Uh…not me. I am back in spirit but not quite in place.

Does that make sense?

Let me explain….I have been traveling like a mad woman and am currently suffering from jet lag. Even though I once lived on the West Coast, I have never experienced this because I usually stayed on one coast for longer than 3 days. But since this was a quick trip…ohmigoodness, I am drained beyond belief. It will take me a few days to recover, but I couldn’t completely leave my family hangin’ so here is a quick photo journey of my trip back to Los Angeles for The Makeup Show. Of course I will go into detail about everything.

I had the BEST view from my hotel.

I mean, just check it out from the outside…

I hung out with my girl Stefanie..

And had brunch with my fellow AmeriCorps volunteer and amazing friend Joy…

I fell in love with James Vincent of The Powder Group and had a BALL meeting with my other bloggin’ gals.

Honestly, doesn’t Lori Taylor of Smashbox Cosmetics look so much like my fro girl logo. Glasses and all!

It’s….AJ Crimson! I stopped breathing when I first met him.

And I purchased my first foundation.

I have so many other things to tell you, family…


-How amazing celebrity make-up artist Billy B. is
-Make-up must haves
-Spring ’09 trends
-How I took to the wrong bus heading from the Beverly Center
-How I broke down and had fried chicken for the first time in a long time at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.

Oh yes, yall….I could go on and on. Stay tuned! Thank you for your patience. I shall return soon.


Beauty Bubble: Best of YouTube ‘How to’ Videos

Happy Saturday!!

I hope you are enjoying it! In the event that you are bummin’ around and not doing much, check out some out the article below to see Total Beauty’s Top 10 YouTube ‘How To’ videos.

I don’t do much YouTube watchin’ (only posting) so I am not too familiar with these ladies. What do yall think? Fans? Were you able to learn from them?

Tell me!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Best of YouTube: Top 10 Beauty How-To Videos

From a perfect execution of Angela Jolie’s classic make up look to a two-minute updo — these videos are the ones to watch

These 10 web stars have got their hair styling, make up and camera techniques down — so watch them! You may learn a new trick or two.

See videos

Off to Los Angeles I go for The Makeup Show!

Dear family,

No FOTD Friday this Friday. I am currently making travels from Sunny Florida to Sunny California for the Makeup Show LA. I will also be missing the Mascara Monday. Don’t fret. I will be sure to tweet, blog and v-log my experience while in Los Angeles. If you happen to be in the area, shoot me an email….let’s meet up!!

Enjoy your weekends!!

Beauty Sales: Stila’s Stimulus Plan

Hey mamas! Remember when I did the review on the hot Foxy?

You can get her at…but for 20% off and you can free shipping! Chow!

Spring is here and Stila wants to gift you with the opportunity to update your beauty wardrobe with the Stila Spring Stimulus Plan!

Stila is offering a 20% shopping discount & free shipping on any order you place on our site from now until April 11th! No minimum orders, no red tape… 20% off and free shipping! What more could a Stila Girl ask for?!

So… get shopping! Go to the Stila website at
Barbie Loves Stila products are HERE.

Just use code STIMULUS when you check out!

Happy shopping, fam!

Amor de Lacquer: Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen, Spring ’09

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 I really wanted to save this post for the week of Amor de Lacquer but I just couldn’t help it!

Zoya’s Spring collection, Twist, may need to scoot over and share positions as my favorite Spring ’09 nail polish collection. Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009 is sick! I have no words for the beauty of this collection. There is a little something for everyone. For the conservative nail polish wearer and for the lady who doesn’t mind rockin’ crazy colors.

First up, my favorite in the collection….

Night Hydrangea

Well of course it’s going to be my favorite. It’s purple. As I’ve mentioned before…every nail polish addict has a color preference and mine will always be purple. This may be the BEST purple I have ever seen. Seriously. And look how beautifully it photographs. I don’t have any color even close to this so I just love it!


Ohh, pretty. I actually wore this color a weekend or so back and didn’t even want to take it off for work. It is such a fun color. I can’t wait to rock it on my toes.


Try pronouncing the name of that bad boy. I love this color! My swatch is a little unclear. I’m not sure why I had so many issues photographing it but don’t let my picture quality discourage you from snagging this one. If this doesn’t scream “perfect summer pedi color”, I don’t know what does.


What’s with the names of this collection, SH? Maybe there is some hidden meaning that I don’t know about. I LOVE this color. I have a thing for yellow polishes. Maybe it’s because they are unexpected. And since I LOVE being the exception to any rule, I just adore this one. Brown skinned babes, you better not utter, “But I can’t wear…” Yes, you can. Didn’t President Obama teach you anything? Okay, I’m lame. Moving on….



I don’t like gold polishes. There, I said it. I don’t like their foil finishes. I don’t like how they look against my brown skin. Zoya’s Richelle is almost okay with me but for the most part I don’t like golds. BUT…..if I did, I would love Tassel.

I used only 2 coats for each color and each one applied beautifully–as all of my Sally Hansen polishes do. These babies don’t come out until later this month and when they are released, you better run like a mad woman or man because it is hard as Hades trying to find Sally Hansen’s newest nail polish releases. Of course they are at drugstores and will run you a good $6-$8.

See any must haves? Tell me!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

[EDIT: Thanks Ma’at for letting me know that most of these polishes are named after flowering plants!]

Beauty Bee-haviors: I have way too many!

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world and beyond.

You probably say it all the time.

To your girlfriends. Or maybe to your boyfriend or husband. OR….maybe they say it to you.

What do you own TOO much of?

Be honest….we all know what TOO MUCH is.

For me….that would be blushes. I own at least 20+.

And the sad thing is, I hardly wear them. As much as I love blush, I usually stick to the same 2-3. I don’t see myself purchasing any more any time soon.

What do you have many of? Or too much of?

Tell me!

Sista Show-Off: Pieces & Blessings

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

I have always been an enormous fan of jewelry. See….most women like diamonds and pearls (I’d like them more if I could afford them, ha!) but I don’t mind funky jewelery. You know the kind where people say,

“Ohhhh girl, your ring is so pretty! I’ve never see anything like that.
Where did you get it from?”

Yeah love the uniqueness that a great deal of my jewels have.

Pieces & Blessings has the following….

-Loc jewels

Each piece of jewelery is hand made intricately and with love.

And I must say….working with Samantha has been absolutely wonderful. I received my shipping notification the SAME day I ordered and my package was in the mail within 2-3 days. And yall know I’m not a big fan of waiting for packages to arrive.

Samantha’s Story of how Pieces & Blessings came about:

“Well, I started when my lil girl decided that she wanted to get locs! I was so proud of her. I asked her why did she want them and she said that she wanted to be closer to her heritage. Very impressive for a (then)10 year old. Well, when she did begin to loc I wasn’t able to find many cute things to adorn her hair. I didn’t want her to begin to equate natural with not cute or plain. I wanted her to continue to feel like the same lil girl. That’s when I began to make small jewels and then I made her earrings to match. People began to make comments and request pieces … : ). I am self taught through my love for working with my hands, love for my daughter, fashion, and natural hair.”

Check out my purchases!

I LOVE this ring…I get so many compliments on it. It was only $7.

And my baby locs are supporting jewels too. $5

Right now Samantha is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Stroll on over to her site and see what looks interesting to you. Rock on, Samantha! You womanprenuer, you!

Peaces & blessings,