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

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.qtica.comor 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.


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

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 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.

Barbie Loves Stila: Foxy Doll

Hello darlings!

Remember this post when I mentioned how much I needed to have the one of those Barbie for Stila cans? Never have I been so attracted to such the packaging of a beauty product.

Okay, that’s a lie. A great deal of my make-up purchases have been because of the packaging of the products. Only true beauty fanatics can co-sign on that kind of addiction.

Anywhoovers–imagine the tears that fell when I found out that the Foxy Lady was sold out.
And then she reappeared. Because I was en route to Washington D.C., I had no access to my computer and used up ALL of my daytime minutes contacting my Mom and best friend in Los Angeles.

Oh wait….I think I also contacted my good friend in Atlanta too (didn’t I, K?). I needed anyone to get their hands on that Foxy girl for me.

But no one could…or so I thought.

But there is wonderful thing called Mothers, family. They pretty much ALWAYS save the day.

My Mommy managed to score me a Foxy girl can!

How darling is that? And the palette isn’t so bad…

To the far left you have a nice cheek color and the next two are eyeshadow colors that are definitely brown girl friendly and wearable. See….they show up pretty nicely.

These colors aren’t terribly unique but it was really the can that I was after….not the products. That’s right….I’m a collector of all cosmetic products that have brown women sportin’ afro’s on them.

If you were unable to snag the Foxy Doll, the other ones are available. Better grab those before they sell out quickly too. Stila Cosmetics is one of my favorite cosmetic companies and I am so excited to see them pair up with Mattel to bring these beautiful collector’s items.

What do you think? Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

The Grown Lady who still likes Barbie,

This Day in Black History:

In 1964-After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S.
House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin.

Beauty Review: CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain

Good day, family!

Before we get on with the review, just giving you a heads up of the new “review format”. Instead of just a looooong article with pictures about the products, I will now break it down much like the mascara review. Should make it a lot easier for you to decide if you are interested in the product or not. Okay?



CoverGirl’s Outlast Lip Stain

Price: 4 out of 5 (shouldn’t be more than $7)
Packaging: I haven’t decided if I really like using a pen for lip color application.
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “A lightweight flush of color that lasts for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick.” (source)

The truth: Well shucks….that’s a pretty accurate claim.

What I loved about it:
It looks cool! Yall know I’m all about “innovative beauty”. Using products that don’t look like their previous predecessors is such fun to me. I liked the idea of using a marker-looking product to apply a lip color. I am a fan of lipstick stains so I knew that I would like this.

And look, Mom! It really does look like a marker!

CoverGirl gets a good 10 points in the smell/taste department. The pen has a pleasant smell and doesn’t turn my stomach upside down if I accidentally lick my lips.

I found that it DOES last for quite awhile. Will it last for 12 hours? Probably not….but I don’t keep lip colors on that long anyway so that’s not important to me. I found that it did well while drinking my 3 bottles of water over a span of 5 hours. I got 425 (not sure of the color) and it goes on pretty well…

What I didn’t like: My goodness, it’s drying!! This product will not work well if you already have dry chapped lips…which I think is a great deal of us with the winter season is full swing.

Okay, so what if I live in Florida….it got down to 40 degrees here a few days and my lips were feeling every bit of it! This product provides ZERO moisture. And should you decide to use a balm or chapstick under it, guess what? It will defeat the purpose of it being a stain. It will look like a regular ole’ gloss. Boooo….

Overall: So it’s not a bad product. But I find that it is really hard to work on my dry lips. And we won’t even talk about how unforgiving this is if you have some lines in your lippies. Oh man…..exhibit A.

Not baaaad but not good either.

I find that throwing a lip gloss on top alleviates the problem but then it looks like a regular gloss. Hmm….see the issue?

Would I recommend it?: Only if you have perfectly smooth lips that don’t need much moisture. If you are like me and have slight imperfections and suffer from dry lips, then this may not work so much. But it is still worth a try as it is a fun product to use!


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This Day in Black History:
1934-Henry “Home Run King” Aaron,
baseball superstar was born.

The Honey Pot: Dazzle Dry System Giveaway

Time to stick your hands in the honey pot, family! The Honey Pot is the giveaway series here at Clumps of Mascara. And it’s rather simple. At least it is this go ’round.

Remember my review of the Dazzle Dry System?

I loved it so much that I decided to give it to one lucky reader! Simply leave a comment telling me how much you would like this. Don’t forget to provide your EMAIL ADDRESS. This giveaway is open to international entries and ENDS on Monday, February 9, 2008 at 12midnight PST. Enter now!

Press your luck,

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
1913-Rosa Parks was born

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

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 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,