Amor de Lacquer: Man Glaze polishes

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.

Guess what’s in the hoooouse?

Matte polishes, yo!! They are poppin’ up everywhere. Seriously…..brands like Nubar, Zoya, Essie, and O.P.I. are all launching matte nail polish collections this year. I’m excited!!

And here’s the thing about matte nail polishes: you either like them or you don’t. It’s that simple. That have ZERO shine and are great for a nice edgy look. While they do have their issues, I find that the look is well worth it.

Matte nail polishes aren’t THAT innovative. I remember Maybelline launching them back when I was in middle school circa 1997. It was a super sheer purple that dried to a matte finish. I LOVED it.

Man Glaze polishes are big free polishes that were created for—men. Yep, guys. Fellas. Dudes. But who says us ladies can’t rock them?


The names are so man-ly. LOL!!


Death Tar-(my description)-a matte black with hidden silver shimmer
Fuggen Ugly-(my description)-dark concrete with a silver shimmer

First up is Death Tar with flash…


I kinda dig it! But look how it looks without flash.


I think my tweeted photo shows the matte-ness in all of its matte-y essence!

I REALLY love The Death Tar. I have always been a fan of black polish but I love it even more without the shine. Application was a bit tricky though. If you zoom in on the photos, you’ll see a few specks that popped up under the polish. But it didn’t bother me simply because The Death Tar dries in a minute flat. 2 coats is good!

Now for Fuggen Ugly WITH flash….

….and without:

I love how this color looks on but I HATED the application. And I hated how it chipped within an hour of me wearing it. No bueno. The application was streaky and around the second coat, I found that it would drag….making for unevenness. But I still love the color nonetheless. I’m just too lazy to tweak it and make it work. I want it to already be perfect. LOL!

Sooooo, overall….I like Man Glaze. I am in love with The Death Tar and only “like” Fuggen Ugly. I think both are worth a buy if you are trying ease your way into matte polishes. They are $6.66 each and shipping was fast. You can get them here.

Whatcha think? A fan of matte polishes or not so much?

I will be reviewing a great deal of matte polishes in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Pulse Perfection vibrating mascara

It seems like it has been quite a while since I have done a mascara review. I’m glad that good ole’ Maybelline Pulse Perfection is breakin’ a sista’s hiatus. This is another one of those “highly requested for review mascaras”.

This is the FIRST drugstores vibrating mascara. Well, SpinLash did come out a year or so ago, but this is the first we’ve seen from a big name cosmetic company.

Is it amazing?
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Take a look…..

Maybelline Pulse Perfection
vibrating mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.99—pretty pricey for a general drugstore mascara purchase, but after all….it does vibrate. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What it claims: I can show you better than I can tell you! Here is the packaging’s claim:



The truth:
Well, it’s not your average mascara! That’s for sure….

What I loved about it: The Define-A-Lash wand. The mascara’s name in its entirety is “Maybelline Pulse Perfection BY Define-A-Lash. So that’s what you can expect as far as the wand’s look goes. Despite not being an enormous fan of Define-A-Lash (check out my review here) I have always loved its wand. It is perfect for ladies with smaller lids/lashes and gets into those small corners beautifully.


I also like the packaging’s other details. Aside from showing you what the wand looks like before you buy it, it also tells you how to use it!

What I didn’t like: I found that the vibrating was a little too much….at least for me. I don’t have “sensitive eyes” but the vibrating even had my eyes welling up a bit. I also found that it tends to get a little clump-alicious around the 2nd coat. Three coats is definitely a no-no with this mascara as you will certainly be entering Clumps City

Overall: Despite the two or so downfalls I am CRAZY impressed with this mascara. Maybelline has always managed to impress me as far as mascaras go and Pulse Perfecting definitely takes the cake as my favorite Maybelline mascara.

Wait…no, maybe not. I am still married to Lash Stilleto but don’t tell Mr. Pulse that. HA!

Seriously, if you are looking for length, Pulse will give it to ya! Volume? Mmm, it could definitely be better in that department, but it’s not bad. I guarantee that you will be too busy being impressed at the length to even care about volume. I didn’t experience flakiness throughout the day.

I really do wish that I didn’t experience clumps around the 3rd coat—but I did. I wanted to get as much length as possible but Mr. Pulse wasn’t havin’ that. So be careful.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely! Aside from it being fun to use it really does give you insane results.

The video reaaallly shows the what the vibrating wand does.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet?
Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

2 Year Anniversary-Diamond Cosmetics polishes giveaway!

Aaaaand the party continues. More love from you means more love from me! This is a “Tell A Friend about Clumps” giveaway. Shoot this link to a friend or family member and encourage them to enter this giveaway.

Last week I reviewed the hot summer collection from Diamond Cosmetics. Remember?

Now is YOUR chance to win it. That’s right…one lucky reader will score the entire collection.

Pay close attentions to the details to see if you are eligible for this giveaway.

Details:
-Answer this question: “Diamond Cosmetics polishes are numbered 2 through ____.”
HINT: Click HERE for the answer.
-To win this kit, email your answer to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.
-For U.S. residents only!
-Have you won a contest/giveaway at Clumps in the past 6 months? Keep it movin’, sister…give someone else a chance.
No submissions will be accepted after Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. PST. Winner will be selected at random..

Got it?

Get to guessing! Good luuuuuck!

My dry skin battle

Hey guys I have DRY skin mainly on my face. I tried almost every moisturizing face cream i could afford and I settled on cocoa butter because that’s the only (cheap) thing that worked for me. Until I got a recommendation from Luxetips for Lumene Radiant Beauty Drops.

They come 28 in a jar for a 28 day treatment. But I honestly saw results during the first week of applying the formula to my face and neck. Its really light! Here are the capsules

Here is the formula It glides on easily and I really have smooth glowing skin now. So if the winter months had you dry and peeling check out CVS and pick you a jar up for 23 dollars.

Tamar

TamarforClumps@gmail.com

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection

[scheduled post–I am traveling. Email me
with any questions.]

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.

Today I will be introducing you to a brand that is new to me. Diamond Cosmetics asked me to review their Summer 09 Collection and I couldn’t be more happy that I did.

Here is a little more information about the company:

“Diamond Cosmetics, Inc. is a manufacturer/distributor of quality cosmetics. The bulk of our business includes nail products, such as nail enamel and nail treatments, as well as lip products, such as lipstick and lip gloss.

We first opened our doors in 1982 and began by selling eye and lip pencils to retain chains and independent drug stores. Since then, we have expanded our scope of business to include 3 separate divisions: retail, professional, and private label.” (source)

I could do a whole blog post on how awesome it is that they do private labels but to get more information about that, click here. In the meantime, let’s check out the hot summer collection!


Don’t Teal My Heart Away did not photograph as nicely as I wanted it to. The color is really a lot more vibrant in color and is the PERFECT teal. The color is unique in a sense because $0.25 from each bottle is donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Beauty and a cause! You know I love it.

Now what color does this one look like? Oh, Tiff could be China Glaze’s for Audrey’s long lost cousin. I couldn’t do a comparison because in a massive “clean out and give away” moment, I gave away For Audrey. I suppose Oh, Tiff is just as wonderful. The application was to die for!

Fiery Coral may look red but really it is coral with a kick. It is a cream that isn’t terribly unique. I’m not sure how I feel about corals against my skin tone. I don’t hate them but I don’t run to them either. Fiery Coral is still hot, though!


Here comes my favorite color out of the bunch! Hot Summer Pink is officially my “Trip to the Bahamas 2009″ color. I love love love this one. I saved the flash on this photo only because WITH the flash, it is insanely bright. It has tiny blue/silver glitter particles in it that makes it look a little more neon. I can’t say enough of that this color. It is just awesome!


Awww, it’s another creamy baby pink. Pink polishes have never been my favorite but when they are creams, I tend to like them a little more. Cotton Candy looks good enough to eat and is sweet on the nails.

I had trouble photographing Pink Passion too. It isn’t as dark as it looks in the photo. It is really more of a muted magenta. I am sure there are many colors like this one too but colors like this are always welcomed in my collection. When I don’t want crazy colors but don’t want to leave the nails bare, I rock colors like Pink Passion.

I applied 2 coats with each color. All were used over Zoya’s Nail Ridge filler.

Overall I think Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection has something for everyone. It will appeal to the safe-color wearin’ ladies and the crazy color wearin’ chica like myself. I am THRILLED that they are Big 3 free meaning they don’t have DHP, toluene and formaldehyde. Yesss! Another brand lacking the yucky chemicals. I love it! Aaaand….they are only $2!!! Not bad at all!

These colors haven’t popped up on their site yet but they have a ton of other colors that I have my eyes on. You can find out more about DiamondCosmetics here.

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Zoya’s Summer 2009 Oh-La-La 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.

I am finally getting around to reviewing the other collection from Zoya’s Summer 2009 collections. Remember Oh La-La? I loved that collection. Hot bright neon’s with personalities. I am still in love with Paz.

Oh-La-La, I think, is for the average nail polish wearer. There are a few colors that are for us crazy nail polish fiends but for the most part, this collection is a little subdued compared to La-Di-Da. There are a very stars, though!

See!

Katy is described as bright fuchsia pink with blue/purple shimmer. I know for a fact that there are many colors like this. But that doesn’t stop me from liking Katy. I consider this to be a pretty “safe” color and I felt like I had to add some glitter to really make this baby pop.

Hey there, Emme! I have never been a fan of pinks like this. Just not my style. But she is pretty nonetheless with a nice shiny finish–even without a top coat!

Goldie. Just how fitting is this name for this polish? Goldie is gold alright! I actually like this gold which is shocking because I have never really been fan of gold polishes. But this one isn’t so bad. I rocked it on my toes for awhile and loved it.



Now we’re gettin‘ somewhere! I love
Ginessa! I have always loved silver polishes and the fact that this one has some micro-glitter in it, well….I love it even more! I mean, check out the bottle! I’ve been using this baby like crazy. While all of the other polishes took 2 coats, Ginessa demanded 3.


I love blue nail polishes! Tallulah is rockin‘. It almost reminds me of Zoya’s Tart but nope, Tart is slightly darker. I think I like Tallulah better. It just looks stunning in person.


[RANDOM] I wish my middle finger would hurry up and grow because it looks crazy funny next to my other nails. I like Midori! I really like greens that have creme finishes but I can deal with this one. I rocked this one on the toes for awhile too. It looks amazing in the sun.


I didn’t endure any problems with these kids. Katy’s brush was little wonky. A few of the hairs were longer than the others. Which made for tough application. I used two coats for each, except for Ginessa which, I think, looks better with three.

Must haves in this collection? Ginessa, Tallulah and Midori.

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,

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 2-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


If there was one brand that truly caught my eye at The Makeup Show, it was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I have heard about the brand before but didn’t know much about them.

I sent out a tweet about OCC and got a slew of responses; many in which were telling me to try the lip tar. And like a good blogger….I listen to the peoples!

Some quick tidbits about OCC:

-The line was born in November 2004.

-All of their products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and are also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives.

-Their products are for professional make-up artists and make-up enthusiasts alike.

And if you’ve gotten this far and you’re wondering what makes them unique, check this out:


Wowsers! The loose colour concentrates ($10) are amazing. From the glitters to the mattes I find that they are all highly pigmented and ready for action in any way you choose to use them. Be it on the eyes, nails or on the body, giiiirl…you can best believe that you are getting a colorful piece of heaven.

I snagged Burning-described as a bright coral with subtle violet shimmer.

Stunning, right?

I saved the best for last. The Lip Tars ($12.50).

I think that everyone needs one of these. They are so much fun! And highly pigmented beyond belief. They are as pigmented as lipsticks but go on like lip glosses. You can try wearing these babies solo but they may scare you at first. Mix them with other glosses and you can create an array of beautiful lippy colors.

I know y’all are like, “B!! Where are the photos of the products on you?”

Relax my little blueberry shortcakes. I will definitely be incorporating these babies in upcoming FOTDs.

What do you think? A fan of OCC? Never heard of them? Wanna try?

Tell me!

Because even your personality should be pigmented,

Guest Blogger: Hairstyle Trends for Summer ’09

Summer is the perfect time to try a new style. Warmer weather means more style freedom, so don’t be afraid to try a new trend. Spice up your current look with a celebrity-inspired ‘do.

Bold, Dramatic Color
Jennifer Hudson and Meagan Good Hair
Celebrity Inspirations: Jennifer Hudson, Meagan Good, Chrisette Michele, Keri Hilson
Summer is a great time to try a new, lighter. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as Christina’s, but a good dye job can get you feeling like a new woman. This season, choose a deep brown with auburn highlights like Meagan Good and Jennifer Hudson, or go for a touch of golden blonde like Rihanna or Keri Hilson. A few highlights, especially around the face, will brighten your complexion.

Crop Tops
Estelle and Chrisette
Celebrity Inspirations: Estelle, Dawn, Chrisette Michelle
The reign of the weave is over. This Summer it’s all about the cropped ‘do. For those worried that their face “can’t pull of a short look,” just look at variety celebs who have gone short and how fab they look. From Chrisette to Estelle, the short looks great!

Ethnic Styles
Ciara Cornrows
Ciara, Alicia Keys
Protect your hair with corn rows or braids. It’s a high fun, low maintenance hair style perfect for a beauty on the go. Who says “ethnic” styles can’t be chic.

Severe Bangs
Solange and Tyra Banks Bangs
Celebrity Inspirations: Solange, Tyra
If you’re not quite ready for the big chop or dramatic color, then a blunt bang might be a perfect compromise. Bangs will give your look some drama, but keep you looking work appropriate.

Center Part
Tyra and Alicia
This Summer, keep it sleek and sophisticated with a center part. The seemingly simple look will amp up your sex appeal. To keep hair silky smooth, I recommend using Biolage Smooth Therapy Smoothing Serum while straightening.

Kim is the editor of Black Beauty Central, and the founder of The HyperLuxe Media Network. You can contact her via Twitter at @Kimberly4Nicole