Indie Nail Polish Love: Literary Lacquers

Yay for indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes are my favorite because these nail polish lovers turned entreprenuers really take a passion for what they do. They aren’t just selling polishes for fun, they are creators who bring amazing polishes to life. I’ve never come across a brand that can impress me the way indie nail polish brands can. Add Literary Lacquers to that list. The gorgeous Amy of LL so kindly sent me a few of the polishes from her most recent collection The Good Parts.

Brace yourself…

Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light

More Like Fire Than Light nail polish

More Like Fire Than Light is a juicy orange linear holographic polish and ohmnigoodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange holo that is as magnificent as this one. I applied 2 coats here but I’m thinking a third coat would really make it more opaque. It’s just so divine.

Literary Lacquers Zipless

Zipless nail polish

Zipless is a cherry red jelly with gold circular and hexagon glitter submerged within. If you’re a fan of creating jelly sandwiches with your polishes, you’ll love this one because it’s pre-made. Glorious!

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial nail polish

Raspberry Cordial? is a shimmery raspberry with what I think is a subtle red holographic touch. It’s delightful and unexpected.

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure nail polish

Woman of Pleasure is another jelly sandwich and this baby blue jelly has dark blue and magenta hexagon and round glitter specs. I’m too lazy to be all creative with jelly sandwiches so I love this one too.

Literary Lacquers Green Gables

Literary Lacquers Green Gables nail polish

Green Gables is a green holographic. It’s perfect. The end.

I’m missing a few from the collection but I’ve already got my eyes glaring at some of her other polishes. Like Gift of the Magi? I SO need that. Each nail polish retails for $10 which I will gladly pay to support an indie brand that makes awesome polishes. I also love how Literary Lacquers has polishes based on books. That totally appeals to my inner nerd.

Support Literary Lacquers and purchase a shade or two. Or 10.

Makeup Wars: Color Wars

This is probably the funniest (yes, that’s a word….for today) Makeup Wars ever! Each of us gals signed up for a color and we are going to be sharing some of our favorite products featuring that color. I picked purple! For the record, I don’t have a favorite color. And if I did it would be rainbow and since a rainbow has a TON of colors I’m not sure that really counts.

I know. I’m so complicated but picking a favorite color when there are so many beautiful ones out there just ain’t easy. I picked purple because there are just sooooo many gorgeous purple picks when it comes to the beauty world. Here are 3 of my faves.

Purple nail polish

I love love looooove purple nail polish. Especially when it is unexpected and has some kind of funky shimmer or whatnot. It’s hard to pick a favorite (especially since I did so in our last Makeup Wars post) but Zoya’s Aurora is by far the prettiest purple nail polish in the world.

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You can’t deny it. You KNOW you can’t. Sidenote: I sooooo miss my longer nails. Can’t wait until I can do this shape again.

Ah yes…purple lips. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I can easily get down with some purple lips and it was MAC’s All of My Purple Life that had me going bananas.

Pay no attention to my beach hurr but to that stunning purple gloss. Yas! Yas!

When it comes to eyes, I think purple eyeshadows look amazing on everyone – especially on brown eyed girls. Make Up For Ever’s #92 is epic. I mean, epic. I think I’ve lost this baby because I haven’t seen it in awhile but years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve used it) but it was the bee’s knees back in the day. I took this picture back when I didn’t care much about photography.

That about does it…a few of my favorite purple picks. Of course I’ve got more but I don’t want to make this post insanely lengthy. I’ve always wanted purple hair but my jobs never allowed it. Womp. Check out the colors my other Makeup Wars sisters picked!

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 96

Butter London Silly Billy

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Lipglossiping – desperately wanted to love her new Lime Crime Velvetine but when lip and velvet met, things didn’t stay pretty for long!

My Beauty Bunny – Looking for a great post-workout towelette? We’ve got the details on Yogi Wipes – a cruelty-free choice that cleanses, refreshes and nourishes skin.

Nouveau Cheap – Claire’s can be fun for an inexpensive jewelry fix, but did you know they also sell macaroni & cheese and french fry-flavored lip balms? I reviewed them both, if you’re curious (you know you are).

Pink Sith – wants to show you the two new nail polishes from the NARS Fall 2013 collection, but fears you may label her nail art as a pinterest fail.

Phyrra – says it’s time to rejoice! New Sugarpill Sparkle Baby and Cold Chemistry is coming soon. See her swatches & tutorials.

Vampy Varnish – butter LONDON has something new out and it’s not nail lacquer…it’s the butter LONDON Bespoke Colour Collectionand there are some great items!

we heart this – is not sending you to their site this week. They’re sending you over to Makeup and Beauty Blog, where the lovely Karen featured them in her new series This is My Makeup Life.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Explore your more rebellious side with Too Faced’s new Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette for fall!

Clumps of Mascara – Time for updates of the world’s favorite baby! Or at least everyone’s favorite baby on THIS blog. Elle Belle turns 6 months old!

EauMG – Don’t just eat your veggies but smell like them too. Seriously. Victoria reviews Honoré des Prés I Love Les Carottes perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – Win an entire skincare line for mature skin!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – The lovely Paris from My Women Stuff questions whether Beauty Box Subscriptions have had their day. Has the beauty box bubble finally burst?

Question of the Week:

Is there a beauty trend that is “out” that you wish were “in”?
If so, what is it?

B says, “I haven’t really stayed up on beauty trends lately so I can’t say.”

Are you up on beauty trends?

Wrapping Up Summer With Eucerin

So we really know there is no “end of summer” when it comes to living in Florida. Like seriously. It’s so hot that even alligators are sneaking in peoples’ houses to stay cool. Ha ha. I’m kidding about that last part. My Eucerin ambassadorship is still truckin’ along and this time the cool kids at Eucerin have asked me to talk a little bit about hydration and how insanely important it is. Especially during these hot months.

CamelBak and Eucerin

In this month’s pack I got an awesome CamelBak bottle.

Purple CamelBak water bottle

Have y’all ever used these? I’m in love with them. I’ve purchased 2 of my own but I love everything about this one because it’s larger than my standard 22 oz bottle. Woot! I carry around a water bottle daily and the CamelBak rocks because it’s virtually indestructible and the straw makes for easy gulping.

CamelBak water bottle

It’s some kind of cool. And as always, I’m slathering my faithful Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer all over.

Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion

It’s my favorite daily moisturizer because it not only keeps the ash at bay but it also keeps me all protected with the SPF 15 dumped inside. This, y’all, is a necessity for everyone. And of course I especially love it because my eczema doesn’t go all crazy on me. This tend to happens when I’m wearing body moisturizers that have a ton of fragrances in them. Thank you, Eucerin. Thank you so much.

I hope you gals and guys are staying cool. Later this month I am going to be hosting a Eucerin giveaway so stay tuned to those details. In the meantime, stay hydrated and keep that gorgeous bod of yours protected with SPF!

* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.

Beauty in Mommyhood – Elle is 6 months old

6 month old baby girl

Technically Elle is almost 7 months old but I’m mad late with getting this up. My bad!

Dear Elle,

You’ve been around for half of a year. Wow! I value each minute and each day with you because I know that I’ll blink and you’ll be a teenager trying to get your sticky fingers on my beauty stuffs. Please slow down. I love you just like this. You’re so perfect. You really are. How did we get such a cool and calm, baby? Everywhere we go people are amazed at how cool you are. You have never had a fit in public (not really at home either) and as long as you have access to your thumb and can snuggle against my chest, you’re good to go. I love this about you. You are far from a high maintenance baby.

Brown baby girl

Your bottle can be either hot or cold and you’ll drink it. You don’t have to be held 24/7. You enjoy playing by yourself. When you wake up, you sing and babble versus screaming your head off. On days when I’m just exhausted, you seem to notice and make things a little easier on me. You’re a dream baby.

Folx keep telling me that it’ll change and one day you’ll become this evil toddler but whatever – I’m enjoying the now. And speaking of the now, SCREAMING is your new thing. You love to scream and I’m almost positive that I heard you say “Mama”. The best thing about you? Everyone loves you. Everywhere you go people want to get a closer look at you because you’re just so sweet. You’ve got this kind and wonderful energy about you. It’s captivating and you never disappoint and always crack a smile or laugh.

Baby photography

You started you on solid foods this month. Your first food was sweet potatoes and even though you make these hilarious faces, you actually do a great job at putting the spoon to your mouth and eating your food. We only give you a good tablespoon a day but you seem to enjoy it. Daddy and I enjoy making fresh batches of food for you. We both think it’s great to provide you with fresh veggies over the canned baby food. We really want to give you a good start when it comes to nutrition. Mama is still pumping to give you breast milk and I won’t stop until you’re at least a year old.

Baby touches toes

And guess what? We are still using cloth diapers! People told me that I would give up on them by now but nope I love diapering you in your cute patterned cloth. And you’ve never had a diaper rash so hey…maybe this cloth stuff is right on!

Mama guilt struck me again and I was starting to think that you were still small but your pediatrician keeps telling me how perfect you are. You’re just petite. Just when I  started to doubt things, you began sitting up. And then getting on all fours with the attempts to crawl. Seriously? I’ve got a baby that is about to crawl? Ohmigoodness…please stop growing so quickly, baby.

Baby at 6 month old

Elle Bits:
-You’re a little under 14 lbs.
-You’ve tasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash and carrots.
-We sold your swing. You don’t use it anymore and it was taking up space.
-Your feet finally touch the bottom of your bouncer!
-You love your new highchair.
-Your skin has been super itchy so mama has gone gluten-free to see if that is the issue.
-If you see someone put it in their mouth, you want it too.
-Your appetite is through the roof…you’re eating a lot more.
-You can hold your bottle.
-You like putting your foot in your mouth. Literally.

Thank you so much for being the light of our lives. Love you, sweet girl.

XOXO,

Your Mama

Pretty Polishes from butter LONDON

It’s going to be Nail Polish Week here on Clumps of Mascara because I have a ton of reviews that I need to crank them out before 2014. You don’t mind, do you? I know I’m not the only nail polish fanatic out there so I know a great heap of y’all are going to appreciate these.

And for those that are alike “Who cares about nail polish?” just push through with me, won’t you? Let’s talk about the awesome butter LONDON first. I’ve got a few of their pretties that I just couldn’t wait to show y’all. I received these for review and as I feel about all of my bLs, they are absolute perfection. Just look at Pitter Patter.

Butter London Pitter Patter

Pitter Patter nail polish

Described as a opaque aubergine shimmer Pitter Patter was designed just for the royal baby-to-be! I live under a British rock so I’m not sure what they named him but I think a purple like this is pretty fitting for a boy or a girl. At the time I don’t think they knew the gender of this sweet babelet. It’s a decent looking purple. Nothing super unique from bL but it’s nice enough.

Silly Billy nail polish

Butter London Silly Billy

Silly Billy is my kind of shade. Then again I love me some orange nail polish. Especially an opaque, fire orange crème like this one. It applies beautifully in 2 coats but an extra 3rd coat really makes it come alive.

Lillibet's Jubilee nail polish

Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

Lillibet’s Jubilee is a pretty lavender metallic foil fit for a queen. No really. This shade was made for the Queen in honor of her holding the throne for 60 years. It’s not terrible but I don’t know, I think I would have picked more of a flashier color for the Queen. After all, she’s pretty colorful and has been seen wearing many different shades. A foil? Well, I don’t know if that does her much justice.

Still, these are butter LONDON polishes which means they are perfect in every way possible. You can grab these from Butter London’s website and they are sold at Ulta and sometimes select department stores. Which one is your fave?

COVERGIRL Easy Breezy Block Party bus tour

Easy Breezy Block Party bus tour

Cool news, CG lovers! The brand is helping all women “own the weekends” during the Easy Breezy Block Party bus tour. Below find all stops on the tour, and if you are nearby feel free to stop by for summer inspired makeovers, manicures, and beauty tutorials. For up-to-the-minute tour location information, follow @COVERGIRL on Twitter and Instagram and use the #easybreezysummer hashtag.

Easy Breezy Block Party Bus Tour stops include:

August 2 – Chicago, IL

  •  Lollapalooza

August 16- Santa Monica

  •   Santa Monica Beach

August 17- Los Angeles, CA

  •   H2O Music Festival

August 25- Brooklyn, NY

  •   MTV Video Music Awards

 

Yeeeeep, I’m a bit bummed out that they aren’t coming to Florida but I’ll be living through all of you gals that can make it to the bus out in Chi-Town, Cali and NYC.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 95

Flushed nail polish

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Gouldylox Reviews – has found a mascara that gives long, lush lashes that no summer fling can resist!

Lipglossiping – questions the merits of gold in Orogold 24K Deep Peeling. Gold-laden genius or cosmetic quackery?

My Beauty Bunny – Doing a little beauty shopping this weekend? Find out what eyeshadow is best for your eye color and shape to help make the decisions easier!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for a nice drugstore alternative to Clinique Black Honey that will only set you back five bucks? Check this out.

Pink Sith – Takes you on a journey though a rose garden in the middle of a hot summer day with Seth Kornegay Eau de Parfum in Orla .

Prime Beauty – is keeping her summer shine at bay with BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector–you’re going to love it!

Phyrra – shares her favorite Purple Nail Polish for Makeup Wars!

Vampy Varnish – takes you on a personalized tour of San Francisco with the new OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013.

we heart this – have you seen the mermaid-esque summer Aqua launches from MAKE UP FOR EVER?

Beauty Junkies Unite – Ladies, please don’t miss this review & swatches of the upcoming OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013. You just might be surprised by how many shades you love!

Clumps of Mascara – Can a piece of cloth replace your makeup remover? Hmmm…find out if The Wonder Cloth is really as wonderful as they say.

EauMG – Let’s travel to Bali with The Scent of Departure. Fans of “beachy” scents are going to love this affordable fragrance!

Question of the Week:

Do you own any beauty products that you “coveted” but never (or rarely) use?

B says, “Uhhhh yeah. Pretty much all of my beauty products are like that. Except for the Clarisonic. I wanted that baby for a long time and I still use it regularly. “

Do you have any beauty icons?