Pretty Polishes: Cult Nails Captivated and Seduction

It’s easier to love a brand when you know the founder. Having met Maria of Cult Nails twice, I am just even more enamored with her mission and passion behind Cult Nails. And her ability to connect with her fans is just superb. Maria rocks and she’s totally one my sheros.

Maria gifted the gals of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group with two premium nail polishes. Captivated is has been re-released and Seduction will debut in the upcoming Divas & Drama collection. Both are fantastic and both are ones that you’ll WANT to snag sooner rather than later. Trust me on this. Because both polishes are sheer, I layered them over solid creme polishes.

Seduction is in a purple/red sheer jelly base with red, blue and pink iridescent flakes. It is amaziiiiiing!

 Cult Nails does flakies beautifully. And this one is no different. Seduction is layered over a dark purple polish but the purple in the polish appears a bit blue in the sun after the flakies hit it. Which is cool. Look how majestic this looks…

Amazing, right? Then there’s Captivated. This baby took my breath away…

Dear heavens I love Captivated. I applied two coats of it over an orange creme and it just MADE the manicure. I should have tried Captivated solo as it probably could look like a shimmery jelly polish. I’m so confused as to what the golden specs that reside in Captivated are. They aren’t glitter and they aren’t flakies. I don’t know what they are but this bright tangerine is just stunning. So glad Maria brought this one back.

Both retail for $10 and can be purchased at CultNails.com. For now, Seduction can only be purchased in the Divas & Drama collection.

Whatcha think? Are these polishes not amazing or what?

Pretty Polishes: Sally Hansen Smooth + Perfect polishes

Lately I’ve been letting my nails breathe a bit. It’s a necessity for gals like me who polish her nails at least 5-7 times a week. My poor nails take a beating. Not as bad as they were when I was wearing acrylic and gel nails (never again, yo) but I believe in going nail polish free often so that my nails can continue to be strong.

Of course that period of time really only lasts like 3 days. Ha! I can’t help! I love nail polish. Usually when I come off of a nail polish detox, I like start off with softer shades. You know…instead of jumping into the crazy bright neons and glitters. Sally Hansen’s Smooth and Perfect Color Care polishes are perfect for this…

 

Here’s what Sally Hansen says…

“These polishes are designed to hide ridges and imperfections. They have a uniquely breathable formula promotes stronger, healthier looking nails with a patented technology that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail. Ridges and imperfections are virtually erased and nails are left looking smooth, shiny and porcelain perfect.”

Niiiiice. These shades are all sheer, dainty and perfect for when you want to give your nails a break from all of the hardcore colors and finishes.

 

Sea is a light pistachio that I didn’t think I’d like but I really do. Aside from being very work-appropriate, this color will also look beautiful with some nail art on top.

 

Sorbet is so creamy and wonderful! Please excuse the bubbling on the pointer finger. This faint peach is so refreshing. Plus it reminds me of my paternal Grandma for some reason. :)

Dune appears to be a beige with just a touch of shimmer in it. The other polishes were creamy but I noticed a few lines of an opal finish in this one.

I used 3 coats for each of these and the best thing about ‘em is they aren’t streaky! It’s almost impossible to find polishes this faint that aren’t streaky. Sally Hansen has 5 more polishes similar to these and you can snag ‘em at drugstores nationwide for about $5.49. Oh! And you can also get them online at Drugstore.com.

Are you a fan of fairer shades or would you rather go bold or go home?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Capital Colours Hunger Games collection (just a few)

Confession time: I’ve never watched any Harry Potter movies. Or Lord of the Rings. Or Pirates of the Caribbean. But The Hunger Games? Ob-sessed. I’ve read all 3 books (liked the first one the best, though) and can’t WAIT until the movie comes out. China Glaze’s Hunger Game collection features 12 gorgeous shades, all representative of the 12 districts of Panem.

Confused? Um. Read The Hunger Games. Like…now. I’ve only got 5 of the polishes. The HG obsessor that is me wanted to haul ALL 12 shades but only 5 spoke to me. I do want to pick up Agro though. That metallic olive green is gorgeous!

The collection in its entirety….

Fast Track is cool beige with gold micro-flecks that reminds me so much of another China Glaze shade. I just can’t put my finger on it. Anywhoovers, Fast Track is gorg. It’s a work appropriate shade with hella personality.

Mahogany Magic is a rich, yellow-based, brown creme. I used to feel some kind of way about brown polishes with my brown skin but now I am in LOVE with them. This brown reminds me a lot of Nubar’s Milk Chocolate except Mahogany Magic is a wee bit richer. Brown polishes rock so much.

Riveting is a jelly-fied gem and while it looks quite similar to China Glaze’s Orange Marmalade, Riveting is 10x richer and more vibrant. I have already called this polish one of my favorites….ever. Which says a lot. It’s stunning, captivating and just…riveting. Yes, riveting. Katniss would definitely approve.

Smoke & Ashes is a black that has blue micro-flecks. I heard great things about this polish so I just had to snag it. Well…it’s just okay. Outside it looks black. Inside it looks black and only when you look at the nails close-up can you see the blue flecks. I mean, it’s pretty but nothing ah-mazing, ya know?

Luxe & Lush was the polish that I was most looking forward to and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This flakie top coat is perhaps one of the most unique because the flakes are so spread out and in various colors. And unlike other flakies, it actually looks half decent on lighter shades. It looks okay on black too but REALLY pops on lighter shades. I love it over Mahogany Magic. I did one coat on the pointer and middle finger and two coats  on the middle finger and pinky.

 I did one coat of Luxe & Lush over Smoke & Ashes and it’s gorg. In. love.

And then over Fast Track…

Must Haves:
-Riveting. You REALLY need this. Not even kidding.
-Luxe & Lush. Because it’s the most epic flakie topcoat I’ve ever seen.

The formula of these were good. I didn’t have crazy issues with any of them. I used 2 coats for each and was surprised at how opaque they were. Especially Riveting. I just KNEW I’d have to go for 3 coats with that baby but nope…it took only 2. I’ll probably snag another polish or two from this collection. Prim would want me to. I know. I’m so involved with The Hunger Games. I grabbed these for $5.99 each at Sally Beauty Supply and of course e-tailers like TransDesign.com will have these for sale in the coming weeks.

See any you like? How awesome is that Riveting?

 

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

Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl polishes rock!

You know what sucks? Falling in love with a brand that you can’t get in your city. I know, there really are more important things to be worried about in the world. I should feel petty for caring about something so little. It’s the beauty blogger in me. Really, it is.

Take these polishes from Jesse’s Girl….

Gorgeous, right? But I can’t even find them here in Florida. Back when I lived in Los Angeles, I never gave the brand a second glance but now that I am thousands of miles away, of course I want to hoard ALL of their products. Especially their polishes.

Check out Julie G…

Now y’all know I have never ever been a fan of pink polishes (or pink the color…yucky) but this baby is awesoooome! She isn’t as “neon” as a hot pink but isn’t super coral either. She’s like a Pepto Bismol pink with a ton of coral thrown in. I loooooove it!

I love Glee too!

 Glee was hard to capture so I ended taking two pictures with two different cameras. The one above shows its truest color. In natural lighting, this foil-y polish with turquoise shimmer leans more on the blue side.


What’s not to love about a polish that reminds me of mermaids?

So yeah. I am loving these two Jesse’s Girl polishes. Must.have.more. The formula for both were excellent. The dry time was surprisingly fast and I can always appreciate a polish that dries with the quickness. You can grab Jesse’s Girl polishes at Rite Aid and online for $2.99.

Have you tried anything from Jesse’s Girl?

 

Amor de Lacquer: SpaRitual Water collection

Say “hi” to SpaRitual, y’all! This is my first time featuring Orly’s big sister and I couldn’t be happier. SpaRitual is one of those brands that isn’t as “well-known” as Orly, China Glaze and OPI. The vegan brand is commonly located in all-natural settings like Whole Foods, natural and holistic spas and natural food stores nationwide. SpaRitual isn’t about staying up on the trends but instead appeals to a demographic of nail polish lovers who enjoy simple shades with earthy undertones.

And I love SpaRitual for that. Their collections are always so refreshing and Water is no exception. According to the press release I received, the Water collection “is inspired by the creative flow of energy that travels through us, much in the same way water travels throughout the earth.” Deep, uh? SpaRitual often supports organizations that have the same passion for our environment, health and wellness. 20% of proceeds of the Water collection will be donated to Surge, an organization whose mission is to deliver clean drinking water to those who are in need. Amazing. Makes the $10 price tag seem a lot more do-able.

Check out these beauties…

Hidden Reef is a shimmery coral that I actually like. That says a lot because I’m not a fan of many corals.

Deep is described as an iridescent reflection of moonlight and man, this baby is beautiful. While it photographs green for some reason, it is actually a dark gray polish with faint magenta shimmer. It’s gorgeous and I just love how it looks.

How Deep REALLY looks…

Ripple Effect is a creamy and dusty mauve that Mama Clumps would so swipe if she were around. There is nothing prettier than a dusty grayple. Grayple equals gray and purple.

Lucid is a lilac blue and while it looks more on the blue side, it really has more purple in it. It’s pretty, dainty and very appropriate for Spring.

Undercurrent is a dark blue that rocks my world. There is nothing better than a dark blue nail polish. Nothing, I say!

 Ebb & Flow photographs a little brighter than what it looks like. It real life, this is a light aqua that looks stunning on the toes. I love everything about this polish. Except the severe staining it gave my nails. I had to soak my nails in lemon juice for a good 20 minutes because they were stained so badly. :(

 

Must Haves:
-Deep. What a stunning gray.
-Ripple Effect. Because you can never have too many purples.
-Undercurrent. A gorgeous blue!

The formula of these was just okay. Most were on the thicker side. And the brushes for these polishes were so skinny. Then again – I do have long and wide nail beds so maybe it’s just me. I expected the formula to be a bit better considering the $10 price tag. Still. I’m all for brands that bring awareness to global issues and for that reason, I will always love and support SpaRitual. You can grab these polishes in spas and salons nationwide, as well as select natural food stores and online at Beauty.com.

 

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

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Holland collection (part 2)

I’m back with part II of OPI’s Holland collection. Woo hooo! If you missed part I, check it out here.

I Have A Herring Problem is a shimmery green blue that rocks my world. This may be one of my favorites. It’s such a gorgeous dusty blue.

Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh is sandy bisque and if you didn’t laugh at that name, dude…check your pulse. While the name is entertaining, the polish is just okay. I don’t really wear shades like this too often. I do love how opaque it is with only 2 coats.

 

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes is a robust rose that is totally a Grandma nail polish color. And there’s no way to combat that either. Throw some glitter on top and it would still look like a Grandma shade. Which isn’t a bad thing. Grandmas need polish too yo.

 

Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI  is a plum that was soooo hard to capture. Which is tragic because it is such a beautiful shade of purple. In natural lighting, my camera captured it is a vampy purple with subtle pink shimmer.


…which is pretty but definitely not a accurate shot. Artificial light has it looking more like how it looks in real life.

Yes, that’s better. It’s gorgeous and if you love purple nail polish, you’ll need this one.

I Don’t Give A Rotterdam is a steal blue shimmer that almost looks like I Have A Herring Problem. IDGAR is not nearly as opaque as I Have A Herring Problem but they are certainly too similar in finishes to be in the same collection, ya know? It’s a beaut nonetheless.

A Roll in the Hague  is a bright orange polish and it is my faaaavorite of them all. I was so excited to take a picture of this that I totally didn’t see the smudges on my fingers. Sorry! You need this polish. It is the ultimate summer shade.

Must Haves:
– I Have A Herring Problem
-Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI?
-A Roll in the Hague

Overall, I dug this collection. There weren’t any particularly striking colors but there were definitely some jewels. I used 2 coats for each polish and formula-wise, most were good. Some were a bit on the watery side but nothing that couldn’t be handled with small and liberal strokes.

Whatcha think? Diggin’ the Holland collection? The family altogether…

 

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

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Holland collection (part 1)

Oh, darling…Holland. How I would LOVE to visit Holland. My passport is full of trips to the Caribbean and I am anxiously waiting for the day when my wallet can get on board and allow me to get more International stamps. And one of the firsts on this list would be Holland. While some of these colors were pretty average, I still really liked this collection. The names are just so adorable and each polish applied beautifully.

Because this was a big collection, I am breaking it up in two posts. Part II will pop up in just a few days.

Red Lights Ahead…Where? is a coral red and when I posted this on Pinterest, it got a whole lot of fanfare. Rightfully so. I tend to lean towards corals that have a lot of red in them and this one is definitely up my alley. Gorgeous, isn’t she?


Pedal Faster Suzi is a pink lavender shimmer that is just so girly and cute. My anti-pink sentiments go away when glitter and shimmer is involved. I am loving the subtle neon blue shimmer this polish has.

Kiss Me On My Tulips is a hot pink and of course it’s my favorite shade out of the bunch. What’s not to love about a hot pink? This one is a beautiful butter creme that really compliments my complexion. It was a bit on the watery side though. Hence the seeping in the cuticles.

Wooden Shoe Like To Know? wasn’t one of my favorites at a quick glance but once I got it on the nails, I was lovin’ this shimmery chocolate brown. Maybe just maybe chocolate brown polish on chocolate brown skin is growing on me. Maybe.



Thanks a Windmillion is a breezy sea green and the name made me crack up. So cheesy and so cute. This shade is awesome. It looks like it should have belonged in OPI’s On Stranger Tides (Pirates of the Caribbean collection) collection. It’s such a rich and beautiful green that applied beautifully.

 

Vampsterdam is a deep purple that actually looks purple. It’s hard to find vampy shades that don’t look black 80% of the time.

Must Haves:
-Red Lights Ahead…Where? Especially if you don’t already have a shade like this.
-Wooden Shoe Like To Know if you love brown polishes.
-Thanks A Windmillion. It is THEE perfect hot pink.

See any you like? And how amazing is Wooden Shoe Like To Know? You can grab these babies at Ulta stores and in JC Penny Salons. Stay tuned for part II of this collection!

 

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

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Nicki Minaj collection

OPI has a new collection for us, y’all! You’ve heard of hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, haven’t you? Please tell me you have. I live under a pop culture rock and know about her, so surely you do too. I can’t say much for her music (I don’t listen to much hip hop these days) but when it comes to fashion, she certainly is out there. And in a good or bad way depending on who you’re talking to. Either way, her nail polish collection is pretty stellar.

Pink Friday is a bubblegum pink that ain’t my kind of pink but I love how opaque and rich it is. It is definitely a Pepto Bismol shade of pink. I don’t know what it is about me and pastel pinks but man, I just can’t get down with ‘em.

Metallic Life is a charcoal sparkle that I really really like. It is opaque at 2 coats but I pushed a third just for fun. It has hexagon and micro glitters and it’s definitely a unique black nail polish. I like!

Fly is some kind of aqua, baby. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous! But have you ever seen an aqua polish that you didn’t like? Fly is no different. It is just creamy and applies beautifully. My camera couldn’t capture just how bright it is but it is awesoooome.


Did It On ‘Em reminds me so much of OPI Fiercely Fiona from the Shrek collection only it is a little lighter and isn’t as opaque. It’s still a beautiful lime and a great addition to your collection if you don’t already have something similar.


Save Me is a silver rainbow glitter that is complete with something we don’t see a lot of…..bar glitters! I actually really like how this looks solo.

It doesn’t look half bad layered on Did It On ‘Em either.

Super Bass Shatter kinda surprised me. For several reasons. For one, it was a bit surprising to see a crackle polish in this collection considering crackle polishes are like so totally last season. Aaaand, it also surprised me because it’s a darn good purple crackle polish. I love how it looks over Fly!

Must Haves:
-Did It On ‘Em. Only if you don’t have a similar shade.
-Save Me is a really cool looking glitter. Definitely one that you want to add to your collection.

This collection was nice. Somehow I expected a little “more” since Nicki Minaj’s personality and fashion sense is waaaay over the top. Still. Not the worst celebrity collaboration I’ve ever seen but not the best either. I kinda dug OPI’s Katy Perry collection over this one. Formula-wise, I didn’t have a problem with any of ‘em.

Are you a Nicki Minaj fan? Love any of those colors?

 

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