Amor de Lacquer: At Home Manicure tutorial


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Here it is! The requested At Home manicure tutorial. I have been doing at home manicures for about a year now. Prior to that I was an active customer in nail salons. I wore acrylics from when I was 15 years old until I was about 22 years old. I am so glad that I have finally weened myself off of that drug and can pamper myself at home. It saves me time, money and I know that my products are sanitized.

You can use ANY product.

FIRST…I soak my nails in warm water with a little bit of hand soap. If I find that my nails could use some whitening, I use an Efferdent tablet or rub my nails with lemon. They are great whitening agents.


After soaking my nails for a good 10 minutes or so, I dry my hands and apply Sally Hansen’s Cuticle remover gel on my cuticles.


I then use my fingers to push my cuticles back.


Some people like to completely remove their cuticles. I, however, do not. I simply trim them and make sure that they look nice and neat. My cuticle nippers work GREAT for this.


I then take a crystal nail file and file my nails. I prefer square so that is the direction that I take each and every time.


To moisturize those cuticles, I use Burt’s Bee’s cuticle balm and go at it.

And lastly…I moisturize and massage my hands.


I do this at least once or week or every 10 days. Giving myself manicures not only assures that my nails are healthy and lookin’ good, but I swear it’s like therapy for me, yall. I love it.

Do you do at home manicures?

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Nicole’s Nic Sticks by OPI

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

This is a reader requested product while I have had it for quite some time, I wanted to wait until Amor de Lacquer week to show it off.

Nicole’s Nic Sticks by OPI


First of all….I must say that I love the convenience of these things. I am probably the only person in the world who has a good 4-5 bottles of nail polish in her purse. I also carry polish remover wipes as well. I can’t help it! I like being able to switch up the nail color whenever I can. Nic Sticks makes it easier as they don’t weigh down my purse the way bottles of polish do.

I also like how they are readily available. You can find them at most drugstores and Target stores. The prices vary but I was able to get mine for $8. Yes….I know. I find that is a bit steep for nail polish (considering I never spend more than $5 on mine) but the fabulous packaging made up for it.

The brush


It is pretty much the pits. Look at all of those bristles going every which-a-way. They are all different sizes and make for awful application. Here is how the brush looks compared to the average polish brush.


I don’t know what Nic was thinking when he made these sticks. The brush is bulky and an eyesore to say the least. But alas you can not judge a book by its cover. Despite the brush’s wonky look, it did pretty well with the initial application.


To get the polish ‘a flowin’, there is a little pump at the top of the stick that needs a good 3-4 presses before it sends the polish to the base of the brush.


The finished product before clean-up!


And just because I was feeling a little extra funky….

Overall, I can deal with Nic Sticks. The formula wasn’t too watery and it only took 2 coats to get a decent color. I don’t know if I’d purchase more considering the brush is a pain to deal with but I like the two that I have now. They seem to have good color selections too!

Have you tried these? Interested or not so much?

Polish Pretty,

Beauty Review: Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser

Hello beautiful people. Wait…..don’t tell me that you haven’t heard of an underarm cleanser. Surely you jest!

Okay, I’m not even ‘gon lie. Until trying Clarsskin’s, I haven’t heard of one either. What exactly is the point of this stuff? Isn’t it the same thing as body wash?

“I don’t get it, B! Please explain.”

I’m on it. I guarantee that by the time you finish reading this post, you may consider trying a product like this.

Introducing….

Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser

Price: 2 out of 5 ($22 for a 4 oz bottle)
Packaging: I can dig it! I wish it was a little bigger though.
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser contains a unique patent pending combination of an effective chelating agent with special agents. This complex mixture is specifically designed to remove antiperspirant deodorant residue, efficiently and mildly.” (source)

The truth:
It works!

What I loved about it: It really gave my underarms a different kind of clean. And it’s a pretty groovy shower gel as well!

What I didn’t like:
I suppose the price is a little steep considering the bottle isn’t so big. It will go quickly because you will use it as often as you use body wash or soap.

Overall:
I know what you’re thinking. And like you, I was a little skeptical about an underarm cleanser but it REALLY works. Deodorant has a way of REALLY sticking to the pits, doesn’t it? And no matter how hard you scrub, sometimes it doesn’t come off. And of course over-scrubbing causes irritation. Clarsskin is pretty cool because it removes that residue. Completely. I can see it working for men in particular. Most of our guys have hairy pits and I would imagine that Clarsskin would remove every trace.

It also doubles as a slick shower gel! I got a close shave with this stuff. Yall know how much I love multi-purpose products.

This product is for you if you really have an issue with removing deodorant from your underarms. You can find out more about Clarsskin HERE.

What do you think? Sound like a product you could get some use out of? Or not so much?

Amor de Lacquer: MAC’s Peppermint Patti



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.

How crazy is it that my last two MAC purchases have been nail polishes? Could it be that I am more into nail polish these days than eye shadows, glosses, liners and blush? Maybe. But I am having so much fun playing around in another area of beauty.

I am in love with MAC’s Peppermint Patti nail polish. It looks absolutely divine! I have gotten quite a few emails about this polish and how it looks on brown skin.


As pretty as it may look, the application was just awful. It took a good three coats. Like most creams, it is streaky but I also found that it was a little watery as well. It wasn’t fun to put on but it being so beautiful on my nails made up for it. As soon as I take China Glaze’s Caribbean Blue off of my toes, good ole’ P.Patti will go on. I think it is a beautiful Spring color.

My eyes may have been playing tricks on me but when I first saw Peppermint Patti, I thought for a quick second that it may look a little like China Glaze’s For Audrey. Opps! I was way off.


(first 2 nails are P.Patti, the ring finger and pinky are For Audrey) Peppermint Patti is more green whereas For Audrey is more blue. They look nothing alike and both are total must haves, in my opinion.

You can get Peppermint Patti at any MAC store or counter. It is currently sold out online.

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Jacy


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.

I recently received my polishes for the Zoya exchange and of course I love them all! I didn’t think Jacy would impress me as much as she did. On the outside with color looks to a little shimmery plum-ish. “Blah,” I thought to myself. Nothing unique or interesting about that.”

But then I saw how spectacular it looked on the nails! Not bad at all.


FLASH

NO FLASH


As beautiful as this polish is, I am sure there are some dupes out there. Readers, help! Do yall know of any? As with most of my Zoya polishes, this baby only took a good 2 coats and I didn’t have any problems with it. Even though I prefer “out there” colors, I still have an appreciation for the berry nail polishes of the world. I always think they are safe colors but for every now and then….they aren’t so bad.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

I am still preppin’ up for Amor de Lacquer week here at Clumps of Mascara. Look at what I have in store…


Just when you thought purple polishes couldn’t get any better–purple glittery polish!!

Nfu-Oh polishes…so many colors in just one stroke. Not glitter, but flecks? How does it do that?

China Glaze’s Summer Days’ collection makes me want to run through Strawberry fields.

Stay tuned, fam! Please send me all of your requests and suggestions on what you would like to see during Amor de Lacquer week.

Stay beautiful,

Amor de Lacquer: Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen, Spring ’09

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 really wanted to save this post for the week of Amor de Lacquer but I just couldn’t help it!

Zoya’s Spring collection, Twist, may need to scoot over and share positions as my favorite Spring ’09 nail polish collection. Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009 is sick! I have no words for the beauty of this collection. There is a little something for everyone. For the conservative nail polish wearer and for the lady who doesn’t mind rockin’ crazy colors.

First up, my favorite in the collection….


Night Hydrangea


Well of course it’s going to be my favorite. It’s purple. As I’ve mentioned before…every nail polish addict has a color preference and mine will always be purple. This may be the BEST purple I have ever seen. Seriously. And look how beautifully it photographs. I don’t have any color even close to this so I just love it!

Honeydrew


Ohh, pretty. I actually wore this color a weekend or so back and didn’t even want to take it off for work. It is such a fun color. I can’t wait to rock it on my toes.

Nasturtium


Try pronouncing the name of that bad boy. I love this color! My swatch is a little unclear. I’m not sure why I had so many issues photographing it but don’t let my picture quality discourage you from snagging this one. If this doesn’t scream “perfect summer pedi color”, I don’t know what does.

Forsythia


What’s with the names of this collection, SH? Maybe there is some hidden meaning that I don’t know about. I LOVE this color. I have a thing for yellow polishes. Maybe it’s because they are unexpected. And since I LOVE being the exception to any rule, I just adore this one. Brown skinned babes, you better not utter, “But I can’t wear…” Yes, you can. Didn’t President Obama teach you anything? Okay, I’m lame. Moving on….

 

Tassel


I don’t like gold polishes. There, I said it. I don’t like their foil finishes. I don’t like how they look against my brown skin. Zoya’s Richelle is almost okay with me but for the most part I don’t like golds. BUT…..if I did, I would love Tassel.

I used only 2 coats for each color and each one applied beautifully–as all of my Sally Hansen polishes do. These babies don’t come out until later this month and when they are released, you better run like a mad woman or man because it is hard as Hades trying to find Sally Hansen’s newest nail polish releases. Of course they are at drugstores and will run you a good $6-$8.

See any must haves? Tell me!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

[EDIT: Thanks Ma’at for letting me know that most of these polishes are named after flowering plants!]

Sista Show-Off: Pieces & Blessings


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I have always been an enormous fan of jewelry. See….most women like diamonds and pearls (I’d like them more if I could afford them, ha!) but I don’t mind funky jewelery. You know the kind where people say,

“Ohhhh girl, your ring is so pretty! I’ve never see anything like that.
Where did you get it from?”

Yeah love the uniqueness that a great deal of my jewels have.

Pieces & Blessings has the following….

-Earrings
-Loc jewels
-Rings

Each piece of jewelery is hand made intricately and with love.

And I must say….working with Samantha has been absolutely wonderful. I received my shipping notification the SAME day I ordered and my package was in the mail within 2-3 days. And yall know I’m not a big fan of waiting for packages to arrive.

Samantha’s Story of how Pieces & Blessings came about:

“Well, I started when my lil girl decided that she wanted to get locs! I was so proud of her. I asked her why did she want them and she said that she wanted to be closer to her heritage. Very impressive for a (then)10 year old. Well, when she did begin to loc I wasn’t able to find many cute things to adorn her hair. I didn’t want her to begin to equate natural with not cute or plain. I wanted her to continue to feel like the same lil girl. That’s when I began to make small jewels and then I made her earrings to match. People began to make comments and request pieces … : ). I am self taught through my love for working with my hands, love for my daughter, fashion, and natural hair.”

Check out my purchases!

I LOVE this ring…I get so many compliments on it. It was only $7.

And my baby locs are supporting jewels too. $5

Right now Samantha is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Stroll on over to her site and see what looks interesting to you. Rock on, Samantha! You womanprenuer, you!

Peaces & blessings,

Sista Show-Off: Pieces & Blessings


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I have always been an enormous fan of jewelry. See….most women like diamonds and pearls (I’d like them more if I could afford them, ha!) but I don’t mind funky jewelery. You know the kind where people say,

“Ohhhh girl, your ring is so pretty! I’ve never see anything like that.
Where did you get it from?”

Yeah love the uniqueness that a great deal of my jewels have.

Pieces & Blessings has the following….

-Earrings
-Loc jewels
-Rings

Each piece of jewelery is hand made intricately and with love.

And I must say….working with Samantha has been absolutely wonderful. I received my shipping notification the SAME day I ordered and my package was in the mail within 2-3 days. And yall know I’m not a big fan of waiting for packages to arrive.

Samantha’s Story of how Pieces & Blessings came about:

“Well, I started when my lil girl decided that she wanted to get locs! I was so proud of her. I asked her why did she want them and she said that she wanted to be closer to her heritage. Very impressive for a (then)10 year old. Well, when she did begin to loc I wasn’t able to find many cute things to adorn her hair. I didn’t want her to begin to equate natural with not cute or plain. I wanted her to continue to feel like the same lil girl. That’s when I began to make small jewels and then I made her earrings to match. People began to make comments and request pieces … : ). I am self taught through my love for working with my hands, love for my daughter, fashion, and natural hair.”

Check out my purchases!

I LOVE this ring…I get so many compliments on it. It was only $7.

And my baby locs are supporting jewels too. $5

Right now Samantha is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Stroll on over to her site and see what looks interesting to you. Rock on, Samantha! You womanprenuer, you!

Peaces & blessings,