Amor de Lacquer: Zoya gives clues on upcoming collection!

Greetings darlings! Zoya’s summer collection is coming up and guess what?! It’s up to us beauty bloggers to figure out what the collection colors are.
“B…what are you talking about?”

What I mean is Zoya is dropping hints of the new collection via bloggers. 12 of us have received clues and it is up to us to coordinate with each other to figure out what the 12 new summer colors will be.
I know this much so far!

Summer color is bright and fun, Summer color is for everyone Zoya Nail Polish announces Summer 2009 Collections…
LA-DI-DA and OOH-LA-LA
Summer preview coming soon…

6 creams – 6 metallics – 12 beautiful colors

And I got my clue! Check it out….
Goldie

I’m lovin’ it already. So far these other bloggers have clues as well…the colors are HOT!

My girl Scrange…I mean Scrangie. HA!
Pippa at Casual Lavish
Emme at Vampy Varnish

We are all having so much fun trying to figure out the colors together. Kudos to Zoya for involving bloggers in so many aspects! Are you excited about this upcoming collection so far or are you still stuck on Twist, the Spring collection, like I am?

Also…the Zoya Exchange is still going on. Be sure to trade in your old bottles of polish for brand new bottles of Zoya! You pay shipping only.

Stay beautiful!

Skin Break-out Regimen

It’s that time again…..break-out season!

My skin and I have a love-hate relationship. Meaning I ALWAYS love it but it seems to hate me every now and then. For as long as I can remember I have always had break-outs. They are sporadic and usually….bad. I can go a few months without a breakout but when they come, they are AWFUL.

Lately I have been dealing with one of the worst. I’m talkin‘ oily T-zone and pimples galore on my cheeks and chin. Pimples alone are a hassle to deal with. If I’m not trying to prevent them, I am tackling them. If I’m not tackling them, I am dealing with the after effects…..those ugly dark post-pimple marks.

*sigh*

It’s a chore to say the least but if there is one thing I am dedicated to it is clear and healthy skin.

So what’s my break-out bustin‘ regimen? Glad you asked, kids!

First up is my beloved tea tree oil.

I can’t say enough about this essential oil. It truly is a pimple poppin‘ machine. A dab of this on my pimples at night and they are dried up by morn. No joke. It doesn’t smell pretty but this natural antiseptic will always be in my medicine cabinet. You can find out more about tea tree oil HERE.

[NOTE: Tea tree oil should NOT be used all over the face. A simple dab on a pimple should be enough. This is some powerful stuff, kids so if you do want to use it all over, use it with a carrier oil.]

So I’ve zapped the pimples but to keep my skin under control, I need a cleanser that gives me a squeaky clean. Ta da!


I absolutely ADORE Dr. Bonner’s Magic Soap in the liquid form. This castille soap in peppermint gives me a deep cleanse and the peppermint soothes my skin and gives me an extra tingle that I can feel in my pores. I also love that it is an all natural product that contains nothing but wonderful additivies. See….


Did I mention that I also use this AND tea tree oil for my hair? Multi-purpose all natural products? I love it!

So I’ve popped the pimples and am preventing future ones but how do I get rid of those nasty dark spots?


Clinique’s Even Better Skin Tone corrector ($39.50…read more about it HERE). I actually just started using this product. I am reviewing it for Clinique’s Insider Club and am excited to see the results. Of course I will update the Clumps of Mascara family but I am already impressed at how smooth it leaves my skin. Getting rid of those dark spots during and shortly after a break-out will always be a part of my skin regime.

These products combined will help get my skin back on track and I will be back to sporting concealer and blush in no time.

How do you combat the break-outs?

…and if you say you don’t have any—I don’t like you.

LOL, yall know I’m kidding. But really, is your skin usually on its best behavior or does it stay on the trips like mine?

Tell me!

Clear skin to all and to all a good day,

Come back later today to see the latest contest winner. It could be YOU!

This Day in Black History:

1926-Carter G. Woddson started Negro History Week.
This week would later become Black History Month.

Amor de Lacquer: Dark but not Black purples


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 got an email from a reader who was annoyed with finding the same boring purple shades of polish. I don’t know what it is about purple polishes but they are really my polish color of choice. I have more purples in my collection than any other color. And I can’t stop purchasing them. Exactly how many shades of purple polish does anyone need?

I don’t even know, yall. But I feel like I need to have them all. This one is for you, Tiffany. Some of these polishes have already made their appearance here at Clumps of Mascara but they are so lovely that I had to bring them back!

 

Zoya’s Malia


I love this color. Nothing beats Zoya’s formulas and application. They are turning me into quite the “healthy polish” snob. Zoya’s polishes don’t contain toluene, formaldehyde and DHP. You can snag this at Zoya.com for only $6.

 

Sally Hansen’s Night Hydrangea


Ohmigoodness! I have no words for the amazement of this purple. It is crazy unique and looks great on the nails and toes. This polish comes from the Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring ’09 collection. This baby won’t hit stores until March but I’m telling you now…you better get ready because it will be hard to find these $8 polishes at your drugstores. They go fast!

 

OPI Can You Dig It?


Yes, I can. Sheer beauty. And it’s a cream. This is probaly one of my top 10 favorite polishes. If you can’t find this one in stores, you can get it for $4.75 at my one of my favorite e-tailers HERE.

Revlon’s Primal Purple


Ohhh la laaaa, it’s a jewel-toned purple. And it’s dark but not quite black. I love this purple. It had blue undertones and sparkles like an amethyst.

 

Misa’s Forbidden Lust


This is one polish that I can rock for at least 3 days. It is just a show-stoppin’ kind of color. My friend Ellis almost tried to snag this one from me but as much as I love her, she wasn’t gettin’ this baby! You can also get Misa polishes for only $3 at Head2ToeBeauty.com

I hope this helps, Tiffany! Purple polishes do indeed look beautiful on brown skin. You better rock ‘em, girl! Which shade do you like the best? Got a purple you think I should try?

Polish Pretty,

This Day in Black (African) History:

1996-Elected leader and first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah,
ousted in military coup while he is away on a peace mission to Vietnam.

 

Beauty Review: MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioner in Popster

Introducing product #3 that I purchased from the MAC Hello Kitty collection.

I justified purchasing this for several reasons; one being that I simply adore MAC’s lip conditioners and two because I could re-use that darling Hello Kitty case over and over again.

But seriously, I love MAC’s lip conditioners. I have only purchased one. And that means something…your $14.50 will last a LEAST a year. So yes, I know that almost $15 on a balm is a stretch but it will really last you some time. I use my religiously…every day and every night following my skincare regimes. That’s right conditioning your lips is just as important as taking care of your skin.

But yall knew that right?

I figured MAC’s Tinted lip conditioner in Popster would be the best of both world’s. The wonderful conditioning formula that I’m used to with a nice subtle flush of color on the lips.


The packaging is indeed quite darling. A friend of mine goes, “Wow B…..aren’t you too old for Hello Kitty products?” I didn’t jump on him, yall. He clearly doesn’t understand. Plus what am I? 79? Geez.

MAC defines Popster as “lively coral pink”. I guess that’s pretty accurate. What do you think?


At first glance, the darker skinned woman of color may think this color is far too intimidating for her brown skin, but it’s not. This lip conditioner is rather sheer but build-able at the same time. That means if you want to go subtle at work you can do that. If you are headed to Happy Hour later, you apply a little more and BAM….you’ve got a bright lip. Perfect!

How it looks on me?

Subtle. Just like how I like it for work. When I am running errands and want a little more “pop” I line my lips with my beloved MAC Nightmoth lip liner and I am good to go. And I wasn’t trying to be cute with the finger on my chin. I actually have a horrific pimple there and didn’t want to scare yall.

Popster is currently sold out on the MAC website. I’m not lying….see HERE. I know….”they trippin'” as I would say. Check your local MAC stores or counters to see if they are still available.

Have you ever tried MAC’s lip conditioners?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!

Smooches,

This Day in Black History:
1992-John Singleton,the first African American director to
be nominated for the Academy Award is nominated for best
director and best screenplay for his first film Boyz N the Hood.

Newsflash for nail polish obsessed Twitter users!

Thanks to my girl Katee over at E-Polish blog, I discovered that Zoya was on Twitter.

I was elated simply because I love Zoya and thought that by following them, I could stay abreast of the new collections and happenings over in the Zoya/Qtica world.

But following them is like following a slow walking old lady who is holding $10,000 in her hand with a sign on her head that says, “Take this money”.

I’m not even kidding. Zoya on Twitter has sales/specials exclusively for the people that follow them.

You see! Follow Zoya_NailPolish today to start a savin’.

Yall know I be lookin’ out for you. *wink*

Now back to your regularly scheduled posts

Amor de Lacquer: $5 off of Zoya purchaes $20 and more


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

If you are a regular viewer of the Amor de Lacquer series then you already know how much of a stan I am for Zoya polishes. I can’t get enough of them. But what do I love most about this company? Not the beautiful polishes. Not the fast shipping and great customer service. Not even that their polishes omit the toxic ingredients like toluene and DHP. But that they are constantly having sales/deals. This is one sure way to keep me as a customer!

Check out the newest deal:

As the thank you for your loaylty, take $5 off any order over $20 online on any Zoya or Qtica order.

Use code: TAKE5

This offer is valid through 2/20/2009, This is a web only offer on www.zoya.com, www.qtica.comor www.artofbeauty.com. This offer is not valid with any other coupons or offers. One code per order.

If you have not yet signed up for their newsletter, what are you waiting on? Still haven’t tried any polishes from Zoya? Here’s a Persiphony; one of my first Zoya purchases.

My nails were so short then. This is a great Spring color. Got your eyes on any Zoya or Qtica items? How about any recommendations? I think I may take another Zoya plunge.

Also….

Congrats to Tiffany!!!

She was the winner for the The Body Shop Moroccan Mystery giveaway.

Don’t be a hater. I will replenish the Honey Pot soon.
Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Hair Update: Loc rockin’ for 2 months!

Happy Tuesday, family.

So something happened yesterday….I did my first radio show last night. Eek! I thought I wrecked it but thanks to the Twitter fam’s encouragements I felt a little better. In the coming weeks I will ask the Clumps of Mascara what they think about weekly, bi-weekly or monthly radio shows. If you missed it, you can check out my first show HERE.

Aaaand, back to business:

I have gotten several emails about “what’s going on with my hair”. I created The Crowned Chronicles when I first started my locs. I am tracking my journey and also posting the looks of other beautiful natural men and women. I update this hair blog at least 2 times a week. Most of the following pictures have come from The CC but I don’t mind sharing them with the Clumps of Mascara family as well.

Look at how my hair is transforming!

November 2008

December 2008


January 2009

February 2009


Quite the difference, uh?

Some quick tidbits:
-Contrary to what most people think, I DO wash my hair. I used to think that water would interrupt the locing process, but it does not.
-I spend very little time maintaining my locs. They are easy to care for!
-My scalp is perpetually dry.
-I haven’t purchased any products for my hair since October 2008.

I am loving the changes!

What’s your hair looking like these days? New color? New cut? Same ol’ same ol’?

Are you big into hair care or not so much?

Enjoy your Tuesday,

This Day in Black History:
1997-Virgina House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state
song “Carry me back to old virginia”….a tune which
glorfies slavery.

Amor de Lacquer: MAC’s Hello Kitty Something About Pink


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.

Beauty bloggers, make-up enthusiasts and Hello Kitty fans (I am all of the above, HA!) alike have been lemming after MAC’s Hello Kitty collection for quite some time. While I was quiet in my thoughts about the collection before the launch, I went from 0 to 193 when I saw the collection in person this past Monday.

I am sure you have heard much about it but if not visit HERE and HERE. Some of my favorite beauty bloggers have already tackled the collection, details and all. I have decided not to do a complete run down of the collection because I am far too lazy to do all of that AND I’m cheap. I only purchased 3 items. HA!

Enough of my rambling…let’s get to chattin‘ about one of the highlights of this collection.

Something About Pink nail polish

Ah yes…$11 for a bottle of polish. Definitely out of my price range considering I usually don’t spend more than $4/bottle on average but this was definitely a MUST have.

Yes, this cream looks perfectly pink in the picture but in real life it is a loud pink poppin‘ polish. And do I love it? Hells yea!

I wish I could, but I simply can not take credit for the beautiful application of it on my nails. If they look better than usual, it’s because I had a pro do them! My friend, Curls is a professional in the spa business and he actually doesn’t mind doing my nails. *gasp* I know, he’s great. His application was perfect despite the fact that SAP was a little thick.

“It drags a little bit at the cuticles,” he said.

2 coats and a clean-up later and I had a masterpiece. I had a serious photo shoot with this polish so don’t mind the artistic shots. LOL!



I know those watermarks are just horrific but there are some nail polish photo-swippinmofos on the net. It’s ridiculous. I can’t stop people from jackin‘ me but they’ll be doing some Clumps advertising too. HA!

You can get Something About Pink at any MAC store, counter and at maccosmetics.com for as long as supplies last. Which probably won’t be long since this is a serious coveted item!

Polish Pretty,


This Day in Black History:

1909-The NAACP was founded in New York City

1956-The first Black late night talk show host, Arsenio Hall was born.
1962-Bus boycotting started in Macon, Georgia.