Hot Designs Nail Art pens – Score or Snore?

So I’ve rambled before about how much I suck at nail art, right? I have long determined that my God-given talents just don’t really flow in the artsy category. I’ve accepted it and have decided to foster my strengths in other areas. But still. Part of me wishes she could be that patient and talented nail artista. And that’s why I was so excited to receive a sample of these dual-sided nail art pens from Hot Designs.

Hot Designs nail pens

Retailing for $14.99, nail art lovers can cop a package of 3 pens from retailers like Walmart. And by dual-sided, they mean that one side of the pen is a nail polish and the other side is nail pen.

Hot Designs

How cool is that? Definitely innovative and that makes the price tag seem much more appropriate. And honestly, I’d be much more in love with these if the quality of the polishes were better. Because they aren’t, application is a bit of a mess and no matter how careful you are, you probably find yourself dealing with less than attractive nail polish designs. But, first let’s get a better idea of what these are SUPPOSED to do.

Hot Designs packaging

You pop the top on one side and you’ve got a nail polish with a basic brush and you remove the top on the other side and you’ve got a pen. You gently squeeze the tube and the polish flows effortlessly through the pen. So…easy? Yes!!


Hot Designs pen tops
But here’s where the funny part comes in – the quality of the nail polish is well…it isn’t good. I found each shade to be a bit on the thick and gloppy side. Due to the thick consistency of these, I struggled with both applying them on my nails and applying the art on top of the polish. And this saddened me greatly because I really wanted these to work.

Hot Designs polishes

You’re going to laugh when you see my designs but keep in mind that this blog is called Clumps of Mascara for a reason. Perfection does not live here. And dude, Hot Designs could really tweak their formula a bit because the concept is just…very cool. It doesn’t work well, though if you’re dealing with polishes that don’t play well with the nails. I manage to do a good coat of polish on each nail but using the pen to crank out designs was…tough. The polish kept bubbling and would splat quickly on the nails and this happened…

Hot Designs on nails

I know, girl. I know. Granted, as mentioned, I suck in the designs department, but I feel like I would have done a little better if the formula was better.

So who would these be great for?
Maybe the newbie nail artist in your life? I’m thinking my youngest sister would looooove these as would really professional nail artists who could tweak the bubbly pen issue with another brush, or something. So no, all hope isn’t lost but I don’t think these are great for people like me who are already struggling with nail design.

So. What do you think? Have you seen these? Tried ‘em?

Zoya’s Having A Twitter Party! Are You Coming?

I feel like it has been forever since I’ve attending a fun Twitter party. This Zoya party is just what I needed!

Zoya

 Did you see that? There will be giveaways! Yessss! As if I needed another reason to attend. Not sure how a Twitter party works? It’s easier than you think, girlfriend.

· Follow @ZoyaNailPolish on Twitter.
· Zoya will release a series of questions marked Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.
· Reply to these questions with the corresponding A1, A2, A3, etc.
· Use the hashtag #FALLingForZoya so Zoya (and everyone else) can find your tweets easily!

But don’t think you can just drop it and drop out. Well, I mean you can but only followers that participate throughout the entire party will automatically be entered to win goodies. Said goodies will be given away at random.

As a bonus if you upload a picture of your Zoya manicure at any time during the Twitter party, you will get a chance to win Enter to win a full Fall Zoya Nail Polish Wardrobe! Don’t forget to include #FALLingForZoya.

See you there, beauties!

Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics…is it for the brown girls?

Urban Decay’s Naked 2  Basics palette is here and while I intentionally got excited about it, I’m wondering it will be a great fit for us dark brown girls.

 

UD Naked Basics 2

“OMG B…who cares?! Can’t you just be happy that UD is giving us a new palette?”

Um yah. I am happy. But I’ll be less happy if I can’t rock it. Just sayin’. I really loved the original Naked Basics palette. In fact, I rediscovered it last week when a friend was visiting and…I let her borrow it.

Anyone have any idea how I can nicely say “Yo chick…give me that palette back!”?

Urban Decay’s lovers wanted MOAR when it came to Naked Basics and so UD has given it to us with cooler hues. These taupe-hued matte eye shadows have never been before so I am excited to get a closer look at them. I’ll admit it, I was a bit disappointed to hear that they were cool, but I don’t know…maaaaaybe they can work for us dark brown girls? I’ll have to see it in person before I judge it.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

Retailing for $27 just like its predecessor, I wonder how well Naked 2 Basics will do. We’ll see what the verdict is. I’m thinking more fans will appreciate the versatility of the original better, but time will tell. If you’re ready to ‘gon and purchase it, you can do so here.

 

What say you? Have you tried the original Naked Basics? And did you like it? Will you be scooping up the sequel?

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 – can’t waiiiiit!

Y’all have asked for it and so I will be dishing it out. More MAC Cosmetics content, that is! I owe MAC a lot because they were really the first makeup brand that introduced me to makeup. And I know I’m not alone in that department. My obsession with them disappeared over the years but not because they aren’t cranking out amazing collections and products. But I’ve been wanting to spread the love and discover other makeup brands. Apparently my heart is big enough to love them all so you can look forward to more MAC Cosmetics features. Yaaaay!

That said, last week MAC released the promo and gave us information on Rihanna’s second Viva Glam campaign.


VIVA GLAM RIHANNA II
First of all. Work, girl Rih. I’m not going to pretend that I’m a fan (I’m not hater either, so chill out…) but the girl knows how to work the camera and I think she is gorgeous. This go ’round we are getting a lipstick and lipglass – both are frosts!


Viva Glam Rihanna
 

Lipstick ($16) – Warm mauve with a silver forst
Lipglass ($15) – Cool mauve with a red frost

Opinions on the lippies are swirling around the ‘net and it looks like many aren’t a fan of them. However, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on them. Yes, they are a bit reminiscent of the 90’s but I am here for them. I lived in a silvery purple frost in high school so I’m thinking that I can work with this. We’ll see. Yours truly will scooping it up and seeing what kind of magic (ahem…or horror) will happen when these are applied.

Look for these to be available at MACCosmetics.com on September 11th and in stores on September 15th.

 

So…a mauve frost of a lippy. What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?

I Finally Found Shea Moisture Cosmetics…In Stores!

I went to Virginia a few months ago and visited my husband’s side of the family in this itty bitty city. I’m not knockin’ small towns because I’m from one but y’all…I was SO surprised when I discovered that this city’s Target had Shea Moisture Cosmetics!


Shea Moisture Cosmetics
Um…yay! I’ve had Shea Moisture Cosmetics on my radar for quite some time. The brand is most popular to the natural hair’d girls of the world because they make fantastic products for those of us with kinky and curly hair. They also have great skincare products for babies and everyone else.

The cosmetics line is really geared towards women of color because, get this, they have really dark foundation shades. This NEVER happens. I mean, ever. As a dark girl, it is beyond difficult trying to find a foundation. Most brands omit us completely. Yes, even in 2014. I always jump for joy when I see an affordable line of foundation for brown girls. I couldn’t help but scoop up a tube. I also grabbed a lipgloss.

Shea Moisture lipgloss

And okay, there isn’t anything crazy fancy about this lipgloss, but how cute is the packaging? I snagged a blush, too!

Shea Moisture blush

I would have loved to grab more but this line is a bit on the pricier side. For Target, at least. The good news is, you’ll get your money’s worth because the products are really stellar. I did a video review showcasing everything I hauled!


 

Have you ever tried anything from Shea Moisture Cosmetics?

That Time Nail Polish Inspired Me To…Run!

Weekend Inspirations

I just realized that I am running a race on Saturday. My training has been well, almost non-existent for the past few weeks and I don’t have any excuses. I could blame Florida’s humidity, heat and rain but I won’t. I did a measly run with my Black Girls Run group last week but my mind wasn’t in the game. But it’s funny where inspiration comes from. Take these holographic polishes that I got from The Hungry Asian


The Hungry Asian Dream Car
The lovely Kae (the genius behind The Hungry Asian) sent me  the two newest polishes to hit stands and I could not have been more grateful. Holographic polishes are my FAVORITE formula and I love being able to transform any polish with just a touch of gold or silver based holographic polish. The formula is fantastic on both and one coat gives an insane amount of holographic’ness. Both Dream Car (the silver) and Dream House ( the gold) apply beautifully. I layered Dream House over Zoya’s Wendy and I layered Dream car over OPI’s Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? Glorious, right?


The Hungry Asian
You can buy both polishes for $16.50 or get them individually for $9.25. They are both definitely worth hauling for my fellow holographic lovers out there. I’m a bit shocked that I haven’t seen holographic topcoats before they just make sense.

And then there’s KBShimmer. I have a bit of addiction with this brand. I seriously can’t stop hauling their polishes. I blame nail polish bloggers because every time I spot a KBShimmer nail polish on a site, I have to buy it. Which explains these purchases…

KBShimmer nail decals
The hot pink goodness that is Beach Please called my name when I first saw it. I’m not a pink lover but I love a very vibrant hot pink creme and so this polish was made for me. That and Scribble Me This glitter top coat. Well, what can I say? I’ve been in a glitter mood lately and I love the different sizes and blast of shapes in this glitter. I’ve also been hearing a lot about KBShimmer’s nail vinyls so I had to grab some of those. Not perfect application for my first round but still…I’m impressed and will certainly be practicing and ordering more. I am so here for easy and quick nail art for people like me. People who CAN’T do nail art.

KBShimmer nail decal

Yeah, I’ve got a ton of practice to do but those vinyls have really inspired me. I took those inspirations and had an amazing workout yesterday. So who knows…maybe I can complete that race without passing out. And maybe I can successfully run that half marathon in December? *gulps*

 

What’s been inspiring you these days?

OPI Mustang Nail Polish Collection

OPI Mustang Collection

Vroom baby, vroooom! The Mustang is turning 50 and in honor of its birthday, OPI is giving us a collection about this iconic car. I received a press sample of the limited edition collection. It was released just last month in July so you should be able to find it at retailers like Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

OPI Queen of the Road

OPI Queen of the Road nail polish

Queen of the Road appears black at first glance but really this polish is a blackened murky green. Okay yeah, but it still looks black on the nails. There is a touch of silver in it that gives it a nice shimmery finish. I didn’t like it at first but somehow it works. It’s a very interesting shade and very fitting for a collection inspired by an automobile.

OPI Race Red

OPI Race Red nail polish

Race Red really isn’t red. It fact, it leans more on the orange side. It really is the perfect blend of orange and red and is the kind of shade that will look fantastic on anyone who wears it.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

OPI The Sky's My Limit nail polish

The Sky’s My Limit is a deep blue sea shade golden shimmer throughout. It’s sweet because at different glances it switches from shimmery golden green to shimmery golden blue and back. It totally reminds me of an ice cream paint job.

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot nail polish

Angel With A Lead Foot is a creme white polish. And that’s it. It’s your average white polish in that it takes a good 2-3 coats to achieve an opaque finish. It’s pretty but I don’t know…it seems a bit odd to be in this collection.

OPI Girls Love Ponies

OPI Girls Love Ponies nail polish

Girls Love Ponies is a bright pink creme. I rolled my eyes when I first glanced at it, but it really is a stunning pink. This says a lot considering pink is one of my least favorite colors. It isn’t heavily unique as far as pink nail polishes go but it is pretty!

OPI 50 Years Of Style

OPI 50 Years Of Style nail polish

50 Years Of Style is a metallic gold nail polish and really is the perfect polish for this collection since a 50th birthday is called the Golden Birthday. I never think gold nail polishes look that good on me and this one is no exception. Womp.

Overall Impressions
Shade-wise, these are okay. There isn’t anything spectacular but you can tell that this isn’t one of OPI’s powerhousecollections. The only shade that really made my head turn was The Sky’s My Limit. Girls Love Ponies was a nice surprise, too. Overall, I think that if you have similar shades, you don’t really HAVE to run to pick these up. As always, the formula is great but unless you’re just itching to try something new, you could probably pass on purchasing the entire collection.

But if you can’t help yourself (and I so won’t judge you), you can snag these polishes for $9.50 a bottle at ULTA.com.

 

Any Ford lovers in the house? The Mustang is pretty slick but I don’t know, I’m more of an F150 kind of girl. 

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

For the first time EVER in Clumps of Mascara history, I am posting a mascara review on a day that isn’t Monday. Yeah. Craziness, huh? I did a video review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara and instead of waiting another week to do a blog post, I figured I’d just give you the post now.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

Besides, do I only have to post on Mascara Mondays? Naw. It’s all good. And so is this mascara. I won’t ramble too much (I did enough of that in the video) but this waterproof mascara is quite fitting for summer. Maybelline has given us plenty of waterproof mascaras before but it’s nice of them to roll one out the first time they release a mascara.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up

The wand is pretty cool to work with, too.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up wand

I recently came back from a week long trip from Virginia – which, by the way, the high there was like 80 degrees. SERIOUSLY???? Because when you live in Florida, you just assume that it’s butt hot everywhere else in the world. Yeah no. Mind blown.  Anyway, enjoy the video review version of this mascara.


Have you tried this mascara yet? What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?