OPI Bond 007 Liquid Sands polishes

I am all over these Liquid Sands nail polishes. Have you tried them yet? I am beyond hooked. I love them more than I loved mattes and crackle nail polishes. They are so fun and unexpected. I mean, WHO would have thought we’d be rockin’ textured nail polishes? Crazyyyyyy. OPI is giving us the Bond Girls, a collection of six new Liquid Sand nail lacquers featuring a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle fitting the allure surrounding the Bond Girls*. I got these for review and couldn’t wait to get my nails on them.

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Literally.

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Vesper is a dark purple and I think it has the bumpiest look out of all of the Liquid Sands. I love it! Plus it’s a purple that actually looks purple. That’s hard to come by among dark purples.

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Honey Ryder is a shimmery gold that has a nice dose of silver intertwined up in it. It’s an interesting color and I didn’t think I’d like it but somehow it works.

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Jinx is my favorite of the bunch! OPI says its a coral but it is really so much more. It’s a fire-y red and punchy orange. It is the definitely the kind of polish you’d want to rock if you want statement nails.

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Solitaire is a diamond sparkling white. This is such a gorgeous wedding color for the bride with a little personality.

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Pussy Galore is a baby pink and if you look closely you can spot a bit of neon pink shimmer.

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Tiffany Case is a gorgeous sea blue but it gives smurf fingers. Look!

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Yeah, so it doesn’t matter how gorgeous a polish like this is. The staining doesn’t make it worth using. :tears:

Pretty groovy collection, uh? You either like the textured nail polish look or you don’t. And if you don’t, that’s okay. If some of these colors scream your name, you can probably layer a top coat over it for more of a glossy effect. The texture will still be there but you won’t have the matte finish. I’m a fan. I absolutely love Liquid Sands!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny salons, anywhere OPI is sold
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Tiffany Case, Honey Ryder and Jinx
 

 

*verbiage from press release

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013 – part II

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I’m back with part II of the lovely and dainty Avant Garden Collection. If you missed it, part I is here.

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Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is a sweet and squishy orange polish. It reminds me of orange sherbet with a bit of shimmer. It doesn’t look like a mimosa though. Just sayin’.

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Fancy Pants is an amazing royal blue with pink and violet shimmer. It’s a gorgeous and unique nail polish and it’s one that I’d definitely list as a top nail polish color of the year.

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Sunday Funday is a bright blue that my camera is photographing all kinds of wrong. While it looks like a bright baby blue, it really leans more on the turquoise side of things.

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Passion for Petals is a bright salmon pink that is actually a very nice shade of pink. I tend to think that most nail polish brands overdue pinks but I really like this one.

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Budding Romance is a moss green and it’s one of those fuguly greens that you either love or hate. I really like ’em. They are murky and funky if you’re in the mood to wear a green polish that isn’t really “green”. You know what I mean, don’t you?

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Snap My Dragon is a bright red with pink shimmer. It’s gorgeous alright, but nothing too striking and unique.

What an interesting collection! I love that it doesn’t have just the regular ole’ pastel Spring-y colors. Well, you’ve got some of those but you also have some interesting shades as well. I didn’t have any problems with the formulas either. And it’s pretty random but these polish names are so strange to me. Or is it just me?

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $7/bottle but you can find them cheaper on e-tailers.
Availability: Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Mimosa’s Before Mani’s, Fancy Pants and Budding Romance
 

The collection altogether…

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Whatcha think about these babies? See any that you like?

New Polishes From Hard Candy!

So this week I’m going to be cranking out a toooon of nail polish posts. I’m behind on putting some thangs out and wanted to hop to it before the seasons change. About a month or so ago, Hard Candy released several new polishes. And not like 10 or 20. I’m talking like…50. It was a huge new collection and these polishes were landing in Walmart stores nationwide. Beauty bloggers were going crazy because these polishes were just…stunning. And there were so many different shades and formulas. Not just creams and shimmers but holographics and glitters. ZOMG is right. I finally spotted a few of ’em and between those and the ones I was sent for review, I am so in love with Hard Candy right now.

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Beautiful, aren’t they? There are so many more that I want to scoop up. I am nowhere near done with my haul of HC polishes. But these will keep me satisfied for a good…week or so. 😎

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Little Bo Pink is a shimmery hot pink. It’s so pretty! And there is something crazy unique about it. It reminds me of sparkling ocean water. Except pink water. Crazy description, I know but I am totally drawn to this pink. And I am NEVER drawn to pink nail polishes. Or the color pink in general.

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Black Tie Optional is a white and black glitter with specs of hexagon glitter bits. Yep, it’s cool. I’ve seen a ton of indie brands release a polish like this but I haven’t seen many of the bigger brands pull this off. It’s an awesome top coat and can spruce up any polish.

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Crush on Gold is a warm gold foil. It’s not super spectacular but if you dig foils, you’ll like this one. I loved how smooth the formula was. It was nice and smooth at only 2 coats.

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Tinsel Town is a purple and gold glitter meshed with turquoise glitter. It’s pretty much New Orleans in a bottle. I layered it over Crush on Gold for some extra bling!

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Gummy Green looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream on the nails, uh? The black and white specs stand out beautifully against the mint base.

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Cotton Candy Pink is a baby pink with purple and silver glitter and teeny hexagon specs. I think I love this one more than Gummy Green

This is my first time trying Hard Candy nail polishes in a loooong time and I was impressed. The quality of these were spectacular. I applied 2 coats for each polish (except for the last 2. I used 3 coats for those babies) and formulas were all nice and smooth. Go Hard Candy!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $4/bottle
Availability: Walmart and Walmart.com
Worth the price?: Absolutely!

 

Have you gotten any of these Hard Candy polishes yet? They are flying off of shelves like you wouldn’t believe…

OPI Euro Centrale Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 – Part II

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I’m back with part II of this OPI’s gorgeous Euro Centrale collection. If you missed it, check out the other 6 here. Let’s wrap things up with these babies…

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Vant To Bite My Neck? is a deep eggplant that isn’t all that unique as far as purples go. It’s a nice creme that applied with ease and had an opaque finish with only 2 coats.

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Oy-Another Polish Joke is a shimmery gold that works well alone but it would probably look better layered on top of another shade. The funny thing is, I didn’t even think to layer it. Ha!!

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My Vampire Is Buff is a creamy buttercream. It’s stunning to look at. It’s a nice and clean shade.

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Hands Off My Kielbasa! is a bronze-y tan and without the shimmer, I would totally label this shade as a Grandma color. It’s just okay in my book. I like how it looks on my nails but there isn’t really anything special about it.

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I Saw..U Saw..We Saw…Warsaw has the longest (and most annoying) nail polish name I have ever seen. It’s a pretty midnight blue but I much prefer the richness in OPI…Eurso Eurso. ISUSWSU is a tad bit more smokier.

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A Woman’s Prague-ative is a shimmery copper. It’s brighter in real life and it’s just a stunning little addition to the collection.

The entire crew…

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The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Anywhere OPI polishes are sold – Ulta, JC Penny salons, etc.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: OPI…Eurso Eurso, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours, My Vampire Is Buff
 

I don’t think it’s OPI’s most stellar collection but there are definitely some winners in here. I love the different finishes and I love that there isn’t a red in this collection. Yas! OPI loves their reds so it’s refreshing to see a collection that doesn’t have one.

What do you think? See any beauties in this collection?

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm – Because Most Guys Have Lips

It’s true! The male species have lips. At least most of ’em. And if any of yours are like mine, they may be a bit “particular” about what they put on their lips. And not “particular” in a good way. And yeah, I know it’s not easy being married to a beauty editor. I’m always chasing after Esposo asking him to Smell this and Try that. And he’d rather eat burnt asparagus than acquiesce. Help with web design? Sure! Let me use his hand to swatch a lippy? NEVER! But when I told good ‘ol Esposo that Jack Black was a brand made for the fellas, he actually let me apply these popular balms on his lips. Score! I got these for review and now we are both kinda obsessed with them.

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You’ve spotted this brand at Sephora before, haven’t you? I’ve been eyeing them for years but I am just now trying out these lippies. These babies are popular! My fellow beauty bloggin’ sisters are always ravin’ about the awesomeness that is Jack Black.

The Basics

What The Lippies Don’t Have: Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances/Dyes and Phthalates
What the Lippies Do Have: Shea butter, avocado oil and SPF 25
Flavors: Vanilla & Lavender, Grapefruit & Ginger, Original, Lemon & Chamomile, Black tea & Blackberry

I’ve got good news…they are only lightly scented. Woo hoooooo! Nothing irritates me more than a lip balm that is insanely fragrant. If you’ve ever liked how Vaseline feels on the lips, then you’ll love how JB feels. It’s thick, hydrating and smooth. It feels fantastic when worn solo and worn with a lipstick on top.

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And it’s nice to have a lip balm with SPF in it. I’m sold. And so is the guy. At $7.50, they may be a little bit more than the average lip balm, but they are definitely worth their price. Especially if you’re a fan of having SPF in your lip balms. You can get these from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Ever try anything from Jack Black?

Hair Talk: Pantene for Natural Hair

Did I tell you gals (and the few guys that read Clumps) that I chopped off like 6 inches of my hair a few weeks ago? Yah. I’ve been itchin’ to do it for about a year now and I finally took the plunge. My friends aren’t even surprised at this anymore. They were all like, “Oh, you cut your hair off? Again? Cool.” I’ve done huge chops THREE times. It ain’t a big deal but it’s necessary. I love going from long hair to short hair in seconds. It’s so euphoric.

And let’s face it, nooooobody has time to be bothered with hurr when I’ve got to get me and Baby Clumps out of the door in the morning for work and daycare. Naw. Hair is basically a luxury.  And since I have shorter and less complicated hair, I’ve been able to play around with more products. Through Glam Media I was sent these 2 kiddos…

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Okay, so I knew Pantene had a natural hair line but I didn’t know that the Clarifying Shampoo was paraben-free. Um, wow! That’s a huge deal.

 

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I was actually a fan of both the shampoo and conditioner. I used both of them continuously for a week and here’s what I thought…

The Clarifying Shampoo

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I NEED a clarifying shampoo. Whether I’m rockin’ locs or the short fro, my hair tends to really hold on to product.  This is good for styling but when it’s time to wash my hair, I want it to be super clean. And not in a stripped kind of way. This clarifying lotion was really effective at not only cleansing my scalp and hair but keeping that moisture in too. After rinsing, I didn’t didn’t feel like my hair was crunchy! And trust me, finding a clarifying lotion that isn’t crunchy is beyond difficult.

The Deep Conditioner

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As far as deep conditioners go, I don’t have too many requirements. I just like for them to leave my hair moisturized and soft. In fact, I’m a big fan of co-washing and could easily use a deep conditioner a few times a week. This one works nicely for me. It doesn’t weigh down the fro and I’ve actually been using it as a leave-in conditioner. It’s niiiice!

Good products = a happy fro. 

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Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural – Two collections From Pantene for healthier hair* no matter what your style. *Vs. non-conditioning shampoo

 

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pantene via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pantene.

Win A Suave Naturals Prize Pack + $50 Walgreens gift card!

Guess what? I’m taking showers now! Laugh if you want but no one told me that mothering a newborn may mean that you don’t get the chance to bathe as often as you’d like. I’m not even kidding. The first month Elle was born, I probably took a shower like…once a week. Yep. I smelled live divine regurgitated breast milk 24/7. Sexy, uh? Showers have become luxuries so I take ’em when I can get ’em. Luckily I can get them more often these days. Meeting me in those porcelain walls these days is this kid…

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I was sent this body wash to review and I gladly obliged because I love me some Suave products. Especially their conditioners. But that’s a story for another day.

There’s a reason why Suave’s products have been on the shelves for so long. They are affordable and cheap! And they are always coming out with something new that you feel like you HAVE to have.  Like this Rainforest Fresh Body Wash ($2).

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It smells so so sooo…fresh! I’m serious. I’ve placed this in the guest bathroom and Sticky Fingers Esposo snagged it and put it in our bathroom. He’s that enamored with it. Which says a lot since he’s a no fuss kind of guy when it comes to beautification. I find the scent to be a bit on the strong side so I can only use a little bit at a time but I do like the burst of tropical freshness.

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If you’re all annoyed with your current body wash, I totally recommend giving this one a whirl. And you’re in sweet luck, darlin’. I’m giving away one Suave Naturals prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include three Suave Naturals Body Washes and one $50 Walgreens gift card!

To be eligible to enter, all you have to do is let me know in the comment section which body wash you are currently using, and if you think Suave Naturals New Rainforest Fresh Body Wash would be better for you! Also, to be able to qualify make sure to use hashtag #SuaveScents on Twitter, letting me know you commented below!

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Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara

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Look who has a new mascara! And a waterproof one at that. Just in time for summer, the folx at Clinique were so gracious to shoot me this mascara to test drive. I plan on doing a ton of time at the beach this season (yes y’all – I am a total beach babe) and I’m hoping that I can find a mascara that can accomodate my obsession with boogie boarding self.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $16 at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. Our waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to heat, humidity, an active day. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: Decent brush, okay performance but waterproof? Meh.

What I Loved About It: The formula is pretty groovy.

What I Didn’t Like: It was far too flaky for a waterproof mascara.

Overall: FACT: Clinique usually has pretty decent mascaras. And you wouldn’t know it unless you were a Clinique fan because this brand always comes off as being so modest to me. Other brands love to brag about what they do well, but no, not Clinique. I was all kinds of excited to try this mascara because I usually have great experiences with their mascaras. Well, I hate to say it but this one wasn’t so hot.

And it wasn’t the wand’s fault because the wand is actually the best part about this mascara. See…

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Yep. It’s a nice one. It does well at getting those smaller lashes and bottom lashes. It isn’t the most ideal mascara for volumizing but we don’t care about that because this is a waterproof mascara. All we care about is waterproofness. And that’s the thing. It just isn’t there. And that makes me sad.

Formula-wise, the mascara had a bit of glossiness to you. I liked it. It went on well and I didn’t have any issues with trying to get it evenly coat the lashes. It’s a lightweight formula and I didn’t notice any significant boost in my lashes’ appearance. Very little volume and not much length. Like I said, none of that really mattered. But the mascara totally disappointed me in that it didn’t really seem like a waterproof mascara. It flaked a bit throughout the day and after a few splashes of water in the face tests, it seemed to just wipe away. Nooooooo!!

I’ve tried better waterproof mascaras. This one isn’t horrible but I know that Clinique can do better than this. The mascara is still fairly decent because you do get a liiiiittle length.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Meh. Only if you realllly need to try something new. But don’t expect anything spectacular from this one. Your lashes may get a bit of added length but that’s about it.

 

Have you ever tried any mascaras from Clinique? Doesn’t it suck when a waterproof mascara really isn’t waterproof? Grr!