Beauty Review: Coastal Scents 88 Piece make-up palette

“Why would anyone need 88 eyeshadow colors?”

A sensible person would ask this.

I have long stopped calling myself “sensible” when it comes to this beauty obsession of mine. I can justify purchasing products that the average person would say, “Uh?” to. Including Coastal Scents’ 88 Piece Makeup Palette. Is it worth it? Is it possible to have a great results with such a cheap product? Let’s seeeee……

Coastal Scents 88 Piece Makeup Palette

Price: 5 out of 5 (only less than $25–that includes shipping!)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Highly pigmented shades , all shadows can also be applied wet for a deeper longer lasting effect. The compact case makes it easy for storing and traveling. These are priced at wholesale to everyone!” (source)

The truth: This is probably the best beauty buy so far in ’09!

What I loved about it:
What’s not to love? I mean, look at how amazing the swatches are:


Beautiful on brown skin, highly pigmented and this palette contains a myriad of textures….not just mattes (ahem…BB).

I don’t even know where to start with where I will put what color where. Decisions, decisions…

Overall: Whether you are new to make-up, a make-up artist or just a regular gal who likes to have her options when it comes to shadows, this is it!! I don’t know what else needs to be said. This is truly a winner in terms of performance, quality and affordability. I am also highly impressed at how quickly this was sent to me. I got it in 2 days. Never mind that I live two hours from the location….the point is Coastal Scents gets an A+ from me in the shipping department.

I did a pretty hilarious video review on it.


Would I recommend it?
: Absolutely….

So what do you think? A must have? A pass? Already have it? Don’t need it? You can scoop this up HERE for only $21.95 aaaand, they ship internationally. Woot!!

This Day in Black History:
1794-France abolishes slavery
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Lots of love,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Twist Collection, Part 2

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 week or so back, I introduced you lovely people to Zoya’s Spring ’09 collection: Twist. Part 1 is here. Onward we go to Part Deux.

First up we have Jo. What a wonderful blue to my collection. I only applied two coats here but I would probably do three just because I love a complete opaque look. Jo has tons of sparkle but nothing too crazy. I would definitely rock this on the weekends for the perfect subtle yet showy nail color.


I really like Moxie! But then again, I would because it’s a creme. This color applied like a dream; I usually don’t have application problems with Zoya polishes. Moxie is a beautiful berry beet color that isn’t terribly unique but I love it just the same. I probably have a good 2 colors similar to this but nothing beats the application of a Zoya polish.

Think pink! Barbie pink that is. This photo may not show it but this polish is crazy bubble gum pink. It looks a little muted here but it really is a loud pink. Which I think is very pretty! I prefer it more on toes but would not mind rockin’ it on the hands either.


All in all, I am enamored with Zoya’s Twist collection. The colors are diverse and there is something for everyone–be it the nail polish addict or the conservative polish wearer. Malia would be my favorite out of the bunch with Harley coming in at a close second. This is my second Zoya collection and I can honestly say that I am a bonafide fan!

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com. Or better yet, get the Sampler for only $36!

A fan of Zoya’s Twist collection? Interesting? Not so much…..tell me what you think.

Polish Pretty,

Beauty Review: Dazzle Dry System

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 was given the opportunity to test drive the Dazzle Dry’s Quick Dry Nail System kit. If you aren’t familiar with this brand, here are some quick tidbits.

  • The supreme 4-step system for natural nail manicures that air-dries THOROUGHLY in a dazzling 5-10 minutes (um, it’s actually less than that).
  • Free of formaldehyde, nitrocellulose, toluene and phthalate.
  • Formulated for natural nails to keep polish lasting longer (not recommended for use on acrylic and artificial nails).
  • Lacquers contain a UV screen for color protection.

If you purchase the kit, you will get all of this…

Dazzle Dry Nail Prep
Base Coat
Color Lacquers (2)
Top Coat

In my video review, I apply each of the products and show just how quickly the products dry. I even run my finger over water. This stuff is serious!!



Dazzle Dry Nail System Kit from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.


Verdict:
It works!! No….I mean, it really works. My nails are ready to go in 2 minutes or less. The entire kit retails for $54 which is a little steep for nail products, in general. I am “into” my nails more than the average person so this is one investment that I can justify indulging in.

Do you have to use Dazzle Dry polishes with the base and top coat?
Actually, you don’t. I’ve used the Nail prep and both the base and top coats with several other brands and it worked perfectly. However, using THEIR color polishes ensures that the polish dries almost instantaneously. Which is to be expected.

Here’s my NOTD (nail of the day) using Dazzle Dry’s Scarlet Desire. I used the entire system and only did two coats of Scarlet Desire.

How gorgeous is that color? I love this system and highly recommend it! Check out the Dazzle Dry System and other cool thangs at VBcosmetics.com.

Polish pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Twist Collection, Part 1

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.

If I could be BFFs with a nail polish collection, I am thinking that Zoya’s Twist would be it! What a fun Spring collection. It offers a little something for every one. And of course, I think it is brown girl friendly. I have been getting quite a few emails/comments about “polishes that work for brown skin”. You know me—I think we can rock anything! But for yall’s sake, I will identify the polishes that aren’t as flattering on us. How’s that sound?

First up, Cassi. This color is described as a shimmering soft pink and I agree. It is just that! I was happy to have it as I don’t have any color in my collection like it. I think I would prefer it more on the toes than my fingers but she is a beaut nonetheless.

Now we have, Malia! Ohmigoodness, I love this color. I knew I would love it for two reasons alone: it’s purple and it’s a creme. My weakness!! And it doesn’t help that it has the same name as my darling baby cousin, Malia Obama. This color is described as a violet creme and man oh man does it look beautiful. It looks like one of those pastel easter eggs. My loctician couldn’t stop complimenting me when she saw me in this color.

If purple is my favorite nail polish color than grays would probably come in at a close second. I can’t get enough of them and Harley rocks my heart. This soft shimmering gray looks divine! I thought it would look like O.P.I.’s Sheer Your Toes but it is a more intense shade of gray and I think I prefer this one better. It’s an unexpected color from a nail polish Spring collection but I adore it.

Got your eye on any of these babies here? Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com. Or better yet, get the Sampler for only $36! Stay tuned for Part 2 of Zoya’s Twist Collection.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Polish Storage

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.

Once upon a time, a few months ago, maybe….I didn’t have many nail polishes.

“B!! Surely, you jest.”

Noooope, it was until very recently when I have started collecting nail polishes. This time last year I had less than 15. Now I have over 100. Which I know is more than the average person’s but I bet my favorite nail bloggers have three times as many. Nonetheless, if you walk any where in my super neat room, you are bound to find a bottle of nail polish somewhere.

By the television…

On the night stand…


They are every where!! I am still storing them in a crate in my closet.


What a mess! And that’s just half of them. My accessories are cramped somewhere else and it’s getting a little frustrating. I am a neat freak and I can not stand clutter or an over-abundance of anything. So it looks like I will be giving away the colors that I don’t use/like. But in the meantime I have to figure out how to house them neatly. Any suggestions?

How many nail polishes do you have? Give me an average number…

ETA: I have sense changed my nail polish set-up. Check it out here.

Polish pretty,

Beauty Review: Dr. Susan Taylor Rx for Brown Skin’s Skin Brightener

[EDITOR’S NOTE]: I am in DC for this historical Presidential Inauguration.

I love when I can safely brag about MANY products from a particular skincare line. Oftentimes I may like the cleanser but not the moisturizer. Or the other way around. Truthfully, I don’t have many negatives about about any of the products I have tested from the Rx for Brown Skin line. Here’s another product that delivers!

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Naturally Flawless
Advanced Botanical Brightener

Hyperpigmentation, without a doubt is an issue that ALL women deal with but it seems to be more prevalent among women of color. I remember having an issue with hyperpigmentation at a very young age. It didn’t bother me too much until fairly recently and I am glad that I ran into this product at this point in my life.

Honestly….it either works or I’m seeing things. I would argue that it is the former simply because I KNOW my skin. I analyze it daily and know every spot, blemish and imperfection. So I KNOW that this product is working for me.

What it is “supposed” to do:

  • Gently brightens brown skin with natural ingredients
  • Helps to promote uniform skintone
  • Is Hydroquinone-free

(source)

You are supposed to apply a little in the a.m. and p.m. and then follow up with your regular moisturizer. I have been doing this for a little over 3 weeks and I have noticed a HUGE improvement of the dark spots on my face. They are slowly fading away. Might I add that these dark spots are fairly new. Not ones that I have had for years.

The brightener goes on like any moisturizer.


….a few swipes and it’s gone.


At $36.00 for a 1.5 oz, I can’t say that it is the cheapest little product but I’ve never been the one to NOT buy a skincare product because of its high price. Taking care of your skin is an investment so I’m not complaining!

What do you use to get rid of those dark spots? I’ve will always hail cocoa butter but this brightener is the truth! In 5 months, I’m thinking that ALL of the dark spots on my face will be gone. How great would that be?

Con Amor,

Beauty Review: Sea Breeze Fresh-Clean

‘ello family!!

Okay, so what’s the number one skin annoyance in your book? Is it scarring from previous pimples? What about hyper pigmentation? Your dessert dry skin? T-zone turmoil?

What say you? While you are thinking–let me tell you mine.

Breakouts!! And not just any kind of breakouts. The kind of breakouts that don’t even make sense.

For example..mira este foto:

This was when I was living in the City of Angels almost a year ago. My face went crazy! But it made sense. I was going through some changes.

-Different climate.
-Smog-alicious L.A.
-My diet changed (left the world of vegetarianism).
-I was teaching and around kids. Kids=germs.
-Stress. Post grad nerves, a big move, no money, wowsers!

So it almost makes sense as to why my face reacted the way it did. I can’t blame it.

Lately, however, I’ve been getting some mad crazy pimples on my left cheek and I can NOT understand where they are coming from.

“B, what are you doing differently?”

Nada! I’m serious. My diet/work-out regime in the same. I drink a ton of water. I take my multi-vitamins daily. I change my pillow cases. I change my wash clothes. I don’t touch my face with dirty hands nor do I press my face up against my cell phone. So what is it?

The world may never know. Add that mystery next to “Where is my left sock?” file.

But I have finally combated these massive thugged out pimples.

Good ole’ Sea Breeze Astringent . I grew up with this stuff in the house but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago until I became BFFs with it again. Don’t know what I was thinking! A cotton ball soaked with Sea Breeze every morning and night on my left cheek is doing the trick. When I tell you my pimples are gone…they are gone!

Drugstore.com says:

“Oil control formula that treats and prevents breakouts. “

Great stuff, sisters and brothers. Of course it comes in a Sensitive Skin formula. I meant to pick that up but I am glad that the original isn’t giving me any problems. You can buy it at all drug and grocery stores and online at Drugstore.com for only $4.99.

The pimples are gone. Next step: getting rid of scarring. *sigh* It never ends.

Have you used Sea Breeze before? A fan? Hate it? How do you get rid of breakouts or pimples?

I mean besides using toothpaste. And I know I’m not the only one who does that.

Pimple poppin’ (not with my fingers of course) and proud,

Let It Clump: The Crowned Chronicles-my hair blog


This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Since I’ve been blogging through good ole’ ClumpsOfMascara.com here, my hair has gone through some changes.

There was the ultra fro….


…but then I made the mistake of straightening it.

…and my hair never recovered so I had to cut it off.

….and then I decided to make the commitment to start growing locs.

It has almost been a month since I started my loc journey blog. To see what I’m up to, follow my journey there.

Check it out: