Amor de Lacquer: Halloween nail art


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 Halloween time, y’all! I don’t really get into the whole dressing up thing–although this year my girls want to go to Miami. In which case if I DO go, I’m dressin’ up as a cop. Or a “sexy cop” since most Halloween costumes for ladies are nothing more than baring more. HA!

I got a little inspired and wanted to play around with some new konad plates I got.

I finally ordered from OCNailArt.com. I HIGHLY recommend them. Kathleen is a pleasure to work with and shipping was fast. Gotta love it.

The plates I got…


I knew that I wanted to use China Glaze’s new Fortune Teller.


How amaziiiing is this color? It is black with orange glittery chunks. It looks SO good on its own. It really is a fabulous Halloween color. I got mine from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

I used a design on Konad plate m57.

I fudged up the pointer. My konad-ing skills STILL need some work.

Then I took China Glaze’s Style Wars and used a design on plate m61.


Can you believe I don’t have a black polish? 100-somethin’ polishes and not one is black? The horror! I ended up using Man Glaze’s The Death Tar. See my review here. A black polish would really make the art POP. So I guess I need to buy one.

I am really loving konad!


I was trying to do a fancy nail + face photo and look what happened?


I so messed up. HA!! I’m a mess, y’all.

Check out my konad tutorial here. Anyone doin’ any funky nail art for Halloween?

Or even dressing up for Halloween?

Tell meez!

Amor de Lacquer: Polish Pal=love!


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 story time, kids! Grab your favorite blanket and gather around for another tale from

“The top on this polish is too hard to open and
I think my fingers are about to pop off”

Once upon a time in a hot-behind state where curls dropped from humidity, there lived a polish lovin’ lady named B. B loved her polishes and was known to polish her nails daily. Every once in a while, though, she ran into a difficult to open polish.


These polishes brought her sadness, sore fingers and jacked up teeth (Opening polishes with teeth=no bueno).

And then one day a pal came her way.


A polish pal that is!


B loved how comfortably it fit in her hands.


And she loved how it was able to open nail polish bottles of all shapes and sizes.


B was happy and so were her hands. No more struggling with trying to open polishes. She knew this little Polish Pal would benefit not only those suffering from arthritis, but also the little girls who wanted to polish their nails but had troubles opening the bottles.

All was well with the world.

Order The Polish Pal from Execulon.com. It’s only $8.95….a must have for the avid nail polish-er.

Amor de Lacquer: OPI’s YDKJ in 3 forms


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.

Dear O.P.I.
Y’all are real funny. Who comes out with three polishes with three different finishes but yet they have the SAME name? Come on now…. Are y’all trying to confuse me? I’m just sayin’….Love you anyway, though. You’re one of my favorite brands of polish and I can’t wait until y’all drop a polish named ‘Cause Everybody Ain’t There Yet” or “You Don’t Know Me Like That” or “Tweet Ya Later”.

XOXO,
B

Nooo, I didn’t really send O.P.I. that letter. But I may.

Raise your hand if you remember me first reviewing You Don’t Know Jacques? I labeled it as a “yuck color” on brown skin. I’m sorry….but this color was anything but flattering. Nothing NOTHING was going to make me like it. Oh..you don’t remember what it looked like?

*gags*

It’s not pretty on me. And you know what? I’m fine with that. But what I’m not fine with is O.P.I. forcing me to like this color. How, you ask?

These jokers have come out with TWO other You Don’t Know Jacques’ with different finishes. See!


What in the post-it orange soda hell is this? Hmm….a matte and a suede? Surely they will look as crap-tastic as the predecessor, right? Umph!

Just look at this matte…


Well….wait a minute. It’s not SO bad. Definitely not as bad as the original. It applied flawlessly and only needed two coats. O.P.I.’s extra wide brushes are total BFFs with my longer nail beds. As a matte it looks more unusual than just downright ugly. I can deal with unusual. Shoot, I’m unusual. So this I can do as a matte.

Surely the suede finish can’t top this. Remember I’m supposed to loathe YDKJ.


*blinks* Is this the same color? Wait a minute….how is this possible? You Don’t Know Jacques with a suede finish looks….beautiful??? I feel tricked. How did we go from the original color that looked like dirty mop water to this stunning gold and brown love affair? I mean, look at it. It looks like gold and brown shared a passionate kiss. The result? You Don’t Know Jacques suede. I love it. I think it’s one of the most attractive colors I have ever seen.

Talk about a magic trick.

Yes y’all….they’ve fooled us. Or at least me. I-I-I-I like You Don’t Know Jacques. I really do!

You can be a high roller and pay a good $9 and up for the YDKJ….or you can get them from online retailers like TransDesign and pay around $4/bottle.

What do you think? Is YDKJ better in a matte or suede? Do you love the original?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: Hirsana Capsules

Heyyy mamas!

How many of y’all have tried taking capsules? Beauty capsules, I mean.We spend a crap load of money on creams, lotions and serums. But think about it….clear skin, healthy hair and strong nails all start from within. I am a huge proponent of a healthy diet, vitamins and drinking a ton of water daily.

I gave Hirsana Capsules a spin a few weeks back and I think the results may surprise you. But first…let’s see what these babies claim to do.

“Extremely rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, golden millet oil has been proven to positively affect the growth and regeneration of hair, skin and nails. Hirsana golden millet oil capsules not only promote strong, thick, shiny hair but also help prevent hair loss. The capsules support natural skin functions, contributing to a healthy, radiant complexion. Hirsana also adds strength and luster to nails, fortifying, conditioning and brightening from head to toe.”

You read right. Hirsana capsules help beautify three areas most of us want radiant at all times; hair, skin and nails.

Did it work?
I already actively take a multi-vitamin, Vitamin C and fish oil pills so I was skeptical. But within a few weeks my nails were stronger than they have ever been. I’m talkin’ nails of steel! I can’t say much about my hair growth since my hair is in locs and as far as my skin? I didn’t notice much of a difference in that department but I’m sure with continued use, I may see some results.

What’s in the capsules?
Formulated with 200 mg of pure golden millet oil, each Hirsana capsule contains the following nutrients and associated health and beauty benefits:

* Essential Fatty Acids: Strengthen the skin’s barrier and regulate moisture content
* Vitamin E: serves as an antioxidant and protects against free radicals
* Vitamin B6: boosts metabolism
* Thiamin: promotes normal nervous system function
* Riboflavin: supports the formation of blood cells
* Pantothenic Acid: regulates the metabolic process for energy recovery
* Biotin: plays an important role in metabolic processes
* Zinc: supports the buildup of protein produced within the body

…..a ton of vitamins! No dangerous formulas here, folx. As always, consult with your doctor before consumption. Once you get the go, give these babies a whirl. I think they are worth a try!

30 capsules will run you $36 which is a bit steep but hey—we spend that much on a few glosses and shadows. Even my cheap self can’t put a price on health. Really!

You can purchase ‘em at www.hirsanausa.com and www.skinstore.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Matte 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.

Are you sick of matte nail polishes yet? Because I’m not. I have reviewed quite a few from various nail polish brands. They all had their issues. When I tell y’all Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes were the easiest to deal with…I’m so not kidding!

Check ‘em out!


Matte Mulberry took me by surprise. I expected it to be super matte, but it wasn’t. It was opaque in only one, that’s right ONE coat and quickly became my favorite in the bunch.

Matte Burgundy is so much fun! I was afraid that it would look super dark on the nails but it didn’t. It stayed true to its name and will definitely be one of my top color choices for Fall!


Matte Smoke is a matte gray without shimmer or shine. After purples, greens, blues and oranges (hehe!) grays are my favorite nail polish colors. Smoke didn’t give me any issues. It took longer to dry than the others but who am I to complain when I ended up with a fabulous mani?



Matte Black is just that. A matte black. I own about three of these and this one is probably my favorite. Flawless application, opaque in two coats and long lasting. Loves it!!

The gang altogether!

Well well wellll, another reason why I am a Diamond Cosmetics fan. These mattes are incredible, y’all! I didn’t have any issues that are prevalent with most mattes. These issues include:

-Chipping within hours
-Dragging
-Bubbling
-Drying too quickly resulting in uneven coverage
-Not drying quickly enough
-Denting
-Applying messily

They are buttery smooth and all are opaque with two coats. These are not super matte-y. If you have been itching to try mattes but don’t too much like the “matte” look…these may be right up your alley.

And guess what? They are only $2.

$2!!!!

That’s it. Seriously the best deal ever.

Buy these and more for $2/bottle at DiamondCosmetics.com.

Think these will make you fall for mattes? Have you tried any of Diamond Cosmetics’ polishes?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Konad Nail Art 101


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.

Lemme tell ya, kids….konading is one thing. Taking pictures of konading AND doing a video on konading is a whole ‘nother chore. But I had to do it after receiving so many requests from my YouTube fam.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that on most weekends I tweet what I call my “Weekend manicures”. These looks are usually outrageous, not safe for work and all around fun.

Last week I tweeted this…


This was my first REAL deal Konad. I’ve had the system for months but it wasn’t until last weekend when I really went crazy with it.

What is Konad?
Simply put—a nail art system. I remember seeing these things in the mall when I was in middle/high school and thought they were super lame. I always thought they were for little girls who wanted to play “Let’s go to the nail salon”. Don’t know what I was thinking. Konading is a heap of fun. But is it easy to do?

Not for newbies….i.e. me. It’s a process really.

First you have to get the kit. This includes some nail art plates, a stamper and scraper. I purchased mine at a kiosk in an outlet but you can also get them from websites like this one and this one.


Then you polish your nails. With any polish. I chose Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes. OMG, these are incredible–review coming soon.


Let the nails dry and apply a polish over a nail design on one of the Konad plates. Like so….

Use the scrapper to remove polish from the outside perimeter of the plate.


Take your stamper and stamp! The design transfers from the plate to the stamper.


This is the tricky part. The part that I ALWAYS screw up on…….transferring the design to the nail. My nail beds are wide and long. These designs never really cover my entire nail. Not even my pinky!


A few minutes later and I’ve done the entire hand….

Konading is still a challenge for me. Stamping my middle fingers is a nightmare. I end up having to stamp twice and then the designs overlap and it’s not as fancy and neat as the other nails. In my experience, Konad works well with all of the nail polishes I have used. The white polish is a “Konad Special polish” but I have also used a China Glaze, Essie and Zoya with no problem.

I did a video too! OMG, it took me forever, y’all…..LOL!

What do you think? Into Konading? Wanna try?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: MAC Nail Trend FW09 by Jin Soon


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.

Hey peeps! So I did an impromptu poll of nail polishes collections I should review next. And guess who won?

Mickity mickity MAC!

I’m so lame….lol.

But really…it’s been awhile since I’ve played around with MAC Cosmetics. It’s not that I don’t love them anymore. I just enjoy exploring other brands. Namely the cheaper *cough* brands. Jin Soon for MAC had me swooning when I first saw the swatches at All Lacquered Up (hey Michelle!). She gave the collection some serious justice. But I felt compelled to only snag three polishes. For Fun, Dance All Around and Dark, Rich, Delicious seemed to be pretty dupe-able.

Check out my trio!

Cool Reserve is described as a dirty grey lavender. It is quite reminiscent of Zoya’s Malia. Malia is a little darker though. I have a weak spot for purples…especially lilacs.

Beyond Jealous is described as a blackened blue green. Ohhh weee, it does my heart content. I wish it was more green than black though. In the bottle in daylight it looks dark green.


And even on the nails it looks green-y.


But without a flash….


Black! It’s fiyah nonethless.

Dry Martini is described as a khaki olive green. I knew right off the bat that I wasn’t really going to like it on my nails. But I wanted to get it anyway. I love funky colors like this–even if I don’t think they compliment my nails well. Dry Martini kinda looks like mud on my nails but somehow…I like it.


But then the weekend hit and I had to top it off with yellow polka dots.


I only have two other MAC nail polishes. And I don’t remember them being this impeccable. They dry REALLY quickly. I applied two coats with each and by the time I was done with each hand, the other was already dry. One time for MAC!

Buy these and more for $12/bottle at MACCosmetics.com.

Diggin’ em? Passin’ em on by? Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Truth 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.

Your resident Zoya girl has returned with another review. This time I’m reviewing the Truth from the Truth and Dare Fall 2009 collection. It’s a 2 part collection 12 polishes….and I’m tellin’ you…there is somethin’ for everyone.

Seeeee….


Ohhhh, how pretty are these babies? I must warn you…my pictures do not do them any justice. I tried photographing them in the light. And I tried photographing them with my camera’s flash. They still come out pretty funky. In fact the most accurate the colors are in the photos above.

Ready? Let’s go!

Penny is described as a golden metallic shimmer. This is one color I didn’t think I would like when I first saw it. I’ve never been a fan of gold nail polishes on warmer skin tones. But Penny works well for me. In fact, I REALLY like her.


Kalmia is described as a red and gold shimmer. Not bad! Quite an interesting color.

Anaka is described as a shimmery hot pink. Of course I love it. This color is awesome!!! She is pretty dupe-able so I don’t consider her a must have but the nail polish addict in me can never have too many colors like this.



Isla is described as blackened red shimmer have always. I LOVE this color. Isla will definitely be one of my Holiday ’09 colors. Simply stunning.


I am missing Drew and Salma. Would you believe these chicks could not be located in time for the personal photoshoots? They were ready to go for the group picture but disappeared soon after. *sigh*

I like this collection. It isn’t my FAVORITE from Zoya but it’s one of those collections that will appeal to everyone. I think Isla is a total must have. Anaka too. Her hot pink shimmer is fabulous!

I used two coats for each and didn’t have any application problems. I mean….do I ever with Zoya? I used Zoya’s Anchor base coat but I did not use any top coats.

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com.

What do you think? Own any of these? Want ‘em or not so much?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,