Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Venetian Glass collection

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Oh la la! Nubar does it again!
What Nubar says about this collection, “Inspired by traditional Venetian glass, nubar’s Venetian Glass Collection captures the brilliant colors and flawless craftsmanship of the ancient traditional handmade glass of Venice. With vivid hues, a strong glass-flecked shimmer, and rich color saturation, these shades are as memorable as their inspiration.” (source)



I was so excited to try this collection. The colors are just so rich and Fall appropriate! 

Verde means green in Spanish. But of course you knew that, right? Verde is also the name of the one of the most unique greens I have ever seen.

In darker settings, it looks like a dark forest green but when the light hits it…
….whoa mama!
Oro reminds me of Zoya’s Penny. I don’t wear golds often but when I do, I prefer them bling-y with nice orange undertones to them. And for that reason, I can show Oro lots of love!
Vaso is a purple that I’m surprised that I like! While purple polishes are my favorite, I don’t really like lavendar-esque type polishes. But Vaso is pretty! It adds a certain kind of sparkle to this collection.
Arencia is my favorite of the bunch. I just LOVE orange polishes and this may be my absolute favorite one. Nubar says that this orange “glows” and they ain’t lyin’. I can’t stop looking at my nails when I wear this.
…and I love how it looks with konad designs.
Caramello is a little warmer than her sister Oro but it still appeals to me. The application was a little funky. I applied 3 coats and still struggled with opacity. What’s that about yo?!
Vino is probably the most Fall color of the bunch. It’s deep and looks like it’s infused with dark cherry juice. Beautiful!
Bronzo is a burnt orange with a ton of bling.
Rosso is probably the most ordinary of the bunch. I think I have several reds that look like this. Still beautiful nonetheless!
I was totally wow-ed by this collection when I first laid my eyes on it. The finishes are fantastic. They have mico-glitter specks in them so while removing isn’t as bad as regular glitter polishes, it still requires some work. And by work, I mean a simple swipe won’t do it. I find that soaking a cotton pad with nail polish remover and placing it on the nail for a minute or so is the best route to go.

Arencia and Verde are the winners in this collection so if you don’t want to haul the entire collection, you just HAVE to take home those two. 

You can buy the collection for $49.95 or purchase them individually for $7.49 here.
Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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Amor de Lacquer: Orly Plastix Satin finish collection

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Check out Orly’s most recent nail polish collection…Plastix!


I recently cut my nails down and was feelin’ super sad about how nubby-ish they looked.

I was super excited when I heard about this collection coming out. I’m not sure why because mattes polishes are getting a little annoying. We’ve seen so many different variations of them; vampy, velvet-y, shimmery…how could these be so different? These kiddos dry to a “semi-gloss” finish. So to my matte haters, could these make you start to like mattes? A little bit? Maybe? Let’s take a look.

Old School Orange reminds me of an orange Push Pop! Quite delicious and I love how it applied streak-free.

 
  
 

Viridian Vinyl has to be one of the most stunning blue-greens I have ever seen. This kid is just begging to be konad-ed.

  

Retro Red is not a true red, nor does it lean on the coral side. It almost reminds me of what would happen if you mixed a little bit of cream with red punch.

Purple Pleather is stunning. But then again I would say that considering I love just about every purple.
 

Well, what can I say that hasn’t already been said about matte polishes? I do like how these apply with minimal streak-age. I only applied 2 coats for each without a base and top (duh!) coat. I like them but I’m not in love. I think I’m over the matte trend. They are still beautiful nonetheless and are nice additions to my nail polish collection.

The must haves? Viridian Vinyl and Retro Red. I got these from TransDesign for $3.50 a pop.

Whatcha think? Had enough of the mattes or can you get down with these?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Night Skyline and 2010 collection

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.

Nubar tries again to wow us with another unique collection. And like ALL of their collections, it works. This is one brand that keeps me on my toes as far as collection excitement goes. You never know what they’re going to come out with next.


Night Skyline consists of what Nubar calls ‘the shifting colors of  the evening’s sky’ (source). The 4-piece collection retailed at $24.99 includes three polish with a matte finish and a top coat. The idea is to rock the matte polish in all of its shine-less fashion AND apply a top coat if you need some extra bling. I get it, Nubar but this is what a lot of us have been doing for quite some time. I’ve always deemed matte polishes as versatile because you can wear them two different ways.

So the idea isn’t new but with Nubar’s creative collection theme and name, you can’t help be but drawn in.

Sunset is a stunning rich gold that is one of the few golds that compliments my skin tone. I think I prefer gold matte. It just looks so interesting and silky smooth.

Twilight reminds me a lot of Zoya’s Loredana, a similar gray matte polish that debuted in their Matte Velvet collection. Twilight does have a wee bit more silver in it but going on with the night sky theme, it works!

Midnight is your typical matte black polish. What I like about this one is that it has a bit of shine to it. In fact, it doesn’t look matte at all. Could this be enough to sway our matte haters?

In a separate 1-piece collection comes Nubar’s 2010.


If you’ve been on the hunt for its twin, Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure, this is the best way to go. 2010 is intended to be used as topcoat and it is a winner with all of its reflective glitter in a polychromatic base. Sounds technical, I know but watch this…



Hot stuff, uh? And it can be used on ANY kind of polish. Not bad for $7.49. You can cop that here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles
Prims 
Sparkles
Risque Reds
Fortress

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




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Amor de Lacquer: Kiss Paint & Stencil Kit

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.
A lot of you have been asking me about nail art and designs. I SO wish I had the time to do them more often but I have a hard time even polishing my nails these days. I know, I know. So unlike me but I’ve been one lazy lady these days. 

I had the opportunity to test drive Kiss’s Paint & Stencil kit and had super high hopes for it.

Hit the jump to see if it rocked my world. Or…not.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to nail art and design, a kit like this is the way to go.

This one comes with two pages of stencils and three nail art polishes. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use the stencils.

BAM! Seems pretty simple, right? To test it out, I used Illamasqua’s hot pink polish in Collide.


First up, the application of the stencil.

And then a bit of white nail art polish on top.

I gently pulled the tab and…

Um…is that it? I was expecting some magic. I tried again with the black polish and another stencil.

Uh? Not so much. I left the stencils alone and tried to play around with the nail art polishes a bit.

The consistencies of the black and white seemed to be a little too watery for my liking. But I managed to crank out a bit of a design anyway.

The kit isn’t priced badly and for $6.99, I thought it would deliver. But nope…between the watery polishes and stencils that you CAN’T re-use, I’m not sure if I would use it again. The good news is, you can always use the brushes with a polish of your choice.

See! There’s always a bright side!

To get more info about the kit, check it out here.


Your fellow nail polish junkie,
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Amor de Lacquer: Kiss Paint & Stencil Kit

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.
A lot of you have been asking me about nail art and designs. I SO wish I had the time to do them more often but I have a hard time even polishing my nails these days. I know, I know. So unlike me but I’ve been one lazy lady these days. 

I had the opportunity to test drive Kiss’s Paint & Stencil kit and had super high hopes for it.

Hit the jump to see if it rocked my world. Or…not.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to nail art and design, a kit like this is the way to go.

This one comes with two pages of stencils and three nail art polishes. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use the stencils.

BAM! Seems pretty simple, right? To test it out, I used Illamasqua’s hot pink polish in Collide.


First up, the application of the stencil.

And then a bit of white nail art polish on top.

I gently pulled the tab and…

Um…is that it? I was expecting some magic. I tried again with the black polish and another stencil.

Uh? Not so much. I left the stencils alone and tried to play around with the nail art polishes a bit.

The consistencies of the black and white seemed to be a little too watery for my liking. But I managed to crank out a bit of a design anyway.

The kit isn’t priced badly and for $6.99, I thought it would deliver. But nope…between the watery polishes and stencils that you CAN’T re-use, I’m not sure if I would use it again. The good news is, you can always use the brushes with a polish of your choice.

See! There’s always a bright side!

To get more info about the kit, check it out here.


Your fellow nail polish junkie,
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Ms. Manicure Handy Dandy Mani set

Here’s a pretty regular conversation between me and my girlfriends.

Friend: Hey B, let’s go and get our nails done.

Me: *side eye* Nah uh…that costs too much money. I’m trying to save money for, you know…life and stuff.

Friend: Really B? Come on! I know this place that only charges $10 for manicures and $15 for pedicures.

Me: $25?! You know what I could get with that? Two weeks worth of veggies, gas in my car, I could save up for a trip, *insert rambling*

It’s true. I’m THAT friend. The frugal one. The one that hasn’t gotten her nails done in a year because she’d rather save money and do them at home herself.

*insert Handy Dandy Mani set*

Now this is more my style! For $10, you can whip your nails into shape without breaking the bank. And you know the tools are clean because…they’re yours!

What comes in the set…

That’s everything you need! Except the nail polish which Mama knows I have enough of that. Some time ago I did a video of my At Home Manicure routine.

Do you do your nails at home too? You’ll definitely need the Handy Dandy Mani set. Click here to find out where you can get it.

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Amor de Lacquer: OPI + Konad

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.

I love OPI. After all “The It Color” is featured in my Amor de Lacquer banner. But I don’t dabble into OPI as much as I used to so I’ve been catching up these day. But wait…when was the last time you visited their website? I may be late but I love the swatches features.

 You can choose any color, choose your skin tone and desired nail length. I spent a good 20 minutes playing around on that site. #dontjudgeme And how awesome is this trio?

I first ran into Jade is the New Black from the Hong Kong Collection when I got a manicure in NYC for my meet and greet with Iman. I just recently picked it up a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it.

I don’t own a green like this. I love how dusty it is. And I get the most professional looking nails when I used OPI polishes. That pro-wide brush is the bomb diggity!

I love that not so close to the cuticles look but it’s so hard to achieve–except when I’m using OPI.

And then there’s Suzi Says Feng Shui also from the Hong Kong Collection.

My camera makes it look cooler than what it is. It is actually a dustier blue with a tinge of gray. I wanted to have some fun with these kids so I decided to use Fiercely Fiona from the Shrek 3 Collection to play around with some water marbling.

Two nails later and I decided it wasn’t for me.

I’ve tried with several brands, colors and finishes and I just suck at water marbling. iFail at it. I am clearly no Colette and I can live with that. Konad and freehand on the other hand….

…are a little bit more up my alley. I’ve never used this design before but I am lovin’ it!

If I weren’t so lazy I would konad my nails more often. But I can honestly say I’m done with water marbling. I just can’t seem to get it right.

What was your last OPI haul? Whatcha think about the Shrek 3 collection?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer 2010 collection

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.

It’s summertime, y’all! I know so because the heat index in Central Florida stays around 109 degrees Fahrenheit. And what’s the only think that can cool a sista down in heat like that? That’s right…some cool AC. But pretty nail polishes from Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection don’t hurt either. :)


Magens Bay Blue

I LOVE this robin blue. It almost reminds me of Zoya’s Yummy but Magens Blue Bay is a wee bit cooler.

South Beach Pink

Not a super unique shade but the next time I take a stroll on South Beach’s Collins Ave, I’m going to rock!

Pelican Peak Purple

Although we may have seen several pastel purples, I’m thinking Diamond Cosmetics needed this. I haven’t seen a purple cream from them before. It applies beautifully but reminds me more of Spring than Summer.

I recently did a random weekend manicure and Magens Blue Bay and South Beach Pink

 

I applied 2 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems. It’s not the most exciting collection from Diamond Cosmetics but if you don’t have similar colors, you can grab the entire collection for $8! Click here to snag it…you know you want it. :)


Your fellow nail polish junkie,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.