Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part I

Dang. How is it already the holiday season? Yes. My mind is indeed blown. I’m not complaining though. I am a huge lover of Christmas-EVERYTHING. And I know that’s not everyone’s shtick but I am will totally be that old lady that wears knitted Christmas sweaters. Without shame. Yep. What better way to ring in the season than with some pretty polishes? China Glaze is giving us a ton of beautiful options to bedazzle those nails. Here’s part I of the Holiday Joy collection.

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Excited yet?

Pure Joy

Pure Joy is a fiery red glitter with gold particles and it fooled me at first glance because I totally thought that it was a holographic. But nope, it’s a pretty and shimmery nail polish. I applied 3 coats here so it will wear well by itself but it’s also thin enough to be a layering polish.

Winter Holly

Winter Holly is a gold-flecked dazzling green glitter and it is goooorgeous. I can’t wait to create some looks with this baby. It has a similar finish to Pure Joy and while subtle, the gold holographic shimmer does a great job at coming through the green. I also spy some purple shimmer in this polish as well.

Red Satin

Red Satin is nothing fancy as it is just a silky blue-based red creme. Most brands always toss in a red nail polish in their holiday collections and this one is no different from all of the others.

Blue Bells Ring

Blue Bells Ring is an icy blue shimmer and I love everything about how this polish looks on my nails. It does have some drawbacks though. For one, it stains the nails so a sturdy base coat is a definite when rocking this baby. Also, for whatever reason this polish “smelled” differently than all of the others. As in worse. I’m not sure if the formula is different but it reminded me a lot of how polishes smelled before they were Big 3 Free. I actually had to tie a scarf around my nose to apply this polish. Still though. It’s such a beaut. I don’t think I’ll be wearing it often though because I tend to stay away from polishes that stain my nails. Getting them back to normal just isn’t worth the trouble for me.

Merry Berry

Merry Berry is a luscious rich berry red creme. It isn’t the most exotic polish I’ve seen from China Glaze but it has a great fit in this collection.

Angel Wings

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Angel Wings also fooled me because I so thought this baby was a holographic just from looking at its bottle. China Glaze describes this as a delicate gold dust glitter and it’s a beautiful golden crusted nail polish. The microglitter makes for easier removal and while it goes opaque with 3 coats, it does well with layering with 1 coat.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com. Stay tuned for part II of this collection! See any that you like so far?

Eucerin giveaway – 5 winners!

Eucerin giveaways

It’s about that time again! My Eucerin ambassadorship means another awesome giveaway. This is a super easy entry and 5 of you will snag the following:

-Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion
-Eucerin Smoothing Repair Lotion

With the cooler weather rollin’ around these parts, these fragrance-free and hydrating moisturizers are perfect for all skin types. And speaking of moisturization that skin of yours visit Science of Skin Repair to learn more about the next generation of moisturization technology.

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Shea Moisture for the Holidays

Man. My skin is getting worse and worse. Total TMI? I think not. Y’all know I love sharing the inside happenings of my unappealing skin issues. From my acne, eczema and hyperpigmentation, you gals (and guys) have been there for me. That’s why I love the Clumps family. You guys get it.

My real life friends…they’re all like, “Eww Brit, seriously? Eczema? Grosssss!” Which is so dramatic and unnecessary because SO many people suffer from this chronic disease. I’m just the weirdo that doesn’t mind talking about it publicly. *shrugs* Anywho, so recently I came across this Shea Moisture little gift set and I thought Whoooooa!

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Will you look at that? Words can’t even express how much I love this brand. I mean, their products have NEVER failed me. They aren’t loaded with synthetic ingredients and fragrances, they’re affordable, accessible and they work. This holiday seaason, Shea Moisture has released a few holiday gift sets and this precious Aromatherapy Lavender gift set is one of ‘em.

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Now here’s the thing about lavender, the essential oil – you either love it or you don’t. It took many years for lavender to grow on me (I’m more of a woods girl) but now I’ve found it to be one of my favorite oils, mostly because of its healing and aromatherapy properties. It just rocks, y’all. And this gift set is the perfect treat for you or someone in your life that values high quality body care products. And it’s only $14.99. For that you get…

Lavender & Wild Orchid Bubble Bath

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I take baths as much as I can but I’ve also been using this as a body wash. It works surprisingly well! Like all Shea Moisture products, the fragrance is very subtle and isn’t overpowering. The orchid mellows out the lavender a bit so even if you aren’t much of a floral scent lover, you may actually be able to tolerate this one.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Bath, Body  & Massage Oil

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I love a good oil and this one is wooooonderful. I had Esposo give me a much needed prenatal massage with this stuff. It also didn’t make my eczema flare up but yet it moisturized my skin beautifully. It’s the perfect oil to slather all over the skin after a rough day.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Relaxing Fragrance Oil

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This is the one product I couldn’t use because I don’t use fragrance oils. They’re either all essential or nothin’ when it comes to me. I’m not a fan of the synthetic smell of fragrance oils and so while this doesn’t work for me, it still smells pretty. I think the inclusion of the fragrance will help the product last longer (because essential oils generally don’t last long scent-wise) and I think that’s what most consumers are looking for when it comes to body care products.

Quite the steal for less than $15, uh? I plan on scooping up 2 of these for some beauty gal pals of mine. I can’t say who because someone may be readin’ my blog, ya know?

I’m so in love with this brand. I recently found out that they had baby products and I almost did a cartwheel when I got some of ‘em as a gift.

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Um. Let’s just hope I can refrain from using them until Bean gets here. Unlikely though. Hey! I’m bein’ honest. :cool:

Way to go, Shea Moisture. You win AGAIN! You can scoop this gift set up at Target stores or on Target.com.

Mascara Monday: NYX Le Frou Frou mascara

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Soooo by now you may be sick of seeing NYX mascara reviews but hey – don’t blame me. They’re the cool kids who decided to release an entire collection of mascaras. And I’m the crazed woman that decided to have a blog alllll about mascaras. So it was inevitable. This is my 2nd to last mascara review of the Boudoir Collection. I had high hopes for this one because I consider it to be my ideal mascara. Volume AND length? Yes please!

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Price: $6 at Ulta and at Ulta.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Volumize and lengthen lashes. Dense dome brush to reach each lash.” (source)

The Truth: Well…it isn’t half bad.

What I Loved About It: The wand is nice and I’m loving the volumizing.

What I Didn’t Like: It doesn’t seem to be as long-lasting as I’d like it to be.

Overall: Of all of the mascaras from the Boudoir collection, this one is the one that I’d tango with the most. And why? It’s an ideal mascara in that it promises to give me both length and volume. I think if you were to poll most mascara wearers, many would say they’d want the same thing. So I wonder if this mascara is the most popular out of all of them. I’m not sure. But still…this baby came with a ton of expectations. And for the most part, she did okay. The wand is pretty good.

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It’s nothing amazing and it’s nothing terrible. Which I’m okay with. Sometimes you just need short and sweet when it comes to wands. The bristles are tight enough to help with elongating the lashes and providing the length. I also found the bristles to be plush enough to help with sweeping from the base of the lashes to the tips to help with volume. It is also thin enough to get into those inner corners pretty well. So yeah…it’s definitely a full functioning mascara wand that will work beautifully for all eyes.

Formula-wise, it’s got a nice in-between formula. NYX’s mascara formulas are always pretty consistent with me. I never have many complaints about them and this one is no different. Application is easy and I found that I got more length than volume. The lengthening was REALLY nice where the volume was just so so. Well, so so for me. Y’all know how much I need to have those super crazy out there lashes. :cool: But, I found what volume it did give a good enough amount for the average mascara wearer. It isn’t by any means the kind of volume that you’d want if you were out on the town, but it’s do-able.

So while the mascara functioned well, I was little thrown off at its longevity. It didn’t seem to want to stick around long enough for me. I’m not the type to keep re-applying mascara throughout the day. I apply it once and expect it to last ALL day. That wasn’t the case with Frou Frou. Midday after wearing it, I’d notice that my lashes weren’t as WOW-y. I found that to be weird because I didn’t have any issues with flaking. After 3 coats of application, I would not have expected it to disappear on me. Oh boo.

Grr!

 

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Do I recommend it?: It’s a great everyday mascara if you aren’t looking for too much drama but if you are a fan of longwear mascaras, this one may not be up your alley.

 

Have any of you NYX lovers tried this mascara yet?


Smokey Eyes with Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

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Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing eyeshadow again. Are you proud of me? This is becoming a regular occurrence and I have no one to thank other than Urban Decay. Nothing says, “Put me on your eyes NOW!” like one of their palettes. You can’t ignore the temptation. There’s only so much swatchin’ and starin’ you can do when you see those palettes. It’s like they force you to actually apply the shadows on your eyes too.

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I featured the awesomeness that was the Vice palette (still in love with that one, by the way) but when I can’t decide between so many colors, this Smoked palette has been my saving grace. I don’t own any of the Naked palettes but I think I like this one better than Naked 1 and Naked 2.

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I mean, what’s not to like? You get 10 velvety smooth shadows and you can create natural work-appropriate looks and fancy shmancy Happy Hour looks and everything in between. It’s the perfect travel palette because it has such a lovely variety of colors. And the palette is cute and compact.

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I love how it’s zip up-able. I can’t tell y’all how many eyeshadow palettes of mine have been wrecked because a palette somehow flipped open. That’s so not happenin’ with this baby. Let’s take a closer look at these pretty shadows…

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I’ll do a quick run-through of the color descriptions just so you can get an idea of what we’re workin’ with. 5 of these shadows are new to the Urban Decay line-up and we’re working with 5 shadows that we’ve seen before from UD.

Kinky: soft ivory peach with matte finish (newbie)
Freestyle: light pantyhose nude with matte finish (newbie)
Mushroom: warm grey with shimmery finish
Backdoor: true dark brown with matte finish (newbie)
Blackout: blackest black with matte finish

Barlust: dark golden brown with metallic finish (newbie)
Rockstar: deep aubergine with shimmery finish
Evidence: deep navy blue with shimmery finish
Loaded: deep emerald shimmer with metallic base
Asphalt: deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base (newbie)

Swatches…

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Also in the kit (that I forgot to take pictures of – because I’m nutty like that) is a full-sized version of the eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black) and a mini Primer Potion in Original. We all know how epic Urban Decay Primer Potion is and I adore everything about the mini travel-friendly size. Perversion, on the other hand, as much as I love it, for some reason it really irritates my eyes. My eyes get all watery and red and it’s just a mess. So no Perversion for me. Which sucks because it’s such an amazing dark dark dark black eyeliner.

I love how diverse the color selection is. The top row is great for creating neutral looks and then you’ve got the bottom row with its shimmery goodness. I’m a neutral girl by nature (just because I really prefer myself with subtle eyeshadow) but I wanted to push it to the limit with this palette.

I used:
LID: Evidence
OUTER-V: Rockstar
CREASE: Backdoor
BROWBONE: Freestyle

…aaaaand

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I’ve been playing around with the neutrals too and I’m lovin ‘them. I just adore everything about this palette.

OVERALL: For $49, I think this is such a great eyeshadow palette for basic and advanced eyeshadow looks. And if you’re an Urban Decay lover, you pretty much HAVE to get it. Even if you already have some of these shadows in other palettes or singles. I love how everything is housed and I think it’s such a great nifty travel palette and everyday palette. And if you think that the price is too steep, keep in mind that the Perversion eyeliner alone is $19. That’s almost half of the value of the palette. So yeah, you’re getting MORE than your money’s worth. I’d snag it.

Get more deets about this palette here.

 

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part II

I’m back with round II of the gorgeous Skyfall collection. The first 6 were the red, orange and purple kids of the bunch. This time I’m showcasing the darker shades and the shades with texture. Woot!

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See what I mean?

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GoldenEye is a glorious gold and it is by far one of the most beautiful golds I have ever seen. And that says a lot since I’m not a fan of gold nail polishes. The richness of this gold comes from the mini gold flakes in the polish. It’s stunning. If you don’t get any other polish, THIS is the one you have to get.

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MoonRaker is a metallic grey and I scoffed at it when I first saw it but it’s not bad for a grey polish. Application is tricky as it can be on the streaky side but if you’re into chrome polishes like this, I think you’ll like this one.

 

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The Living Daylights is a multi-hue sparkle and really it’s just a bunch of color hexagon-shaped glitter bits. I don’t have any glitter polishes like this so it’s a welcome addition to my collection. All glitter lovers should own a glittah like this.

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Live & Let Die is described as a jet black but the it’s obviously so much more than that. I would describe this baby as a darkened hunter green with with subtle gold shimmer. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but it absolutely gorgeous on the nails.

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The World Is Not Enough is a rosy silver. It has subtle hot pink shimmer and I was all set to dismiss this one but it’s actually a really pretty polish. I still had a visible nail line after 2 coats so to achieve full opacity, you’ll have to push it up to 3 coats.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a misty-green pewter. It has the same shimmer as The World Is Not Enough and it’s just as sheer.

Must Haves
-GoldenEye: Because you’ll regret it if you DON’T get it.
-The Living Daylights: Especially if you don’t own a glitter like this.

The entire collection alllll together.

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Pretty dope bunch, uh?

My Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics makeover

Part of being a beauty blogger means educating thyself. I mean, yeah…I could only showcase the saaaaaame products and brands year after year but what fun is that? I like sharing new innovations and new products and brands that you may not have ever heard of. Like the brand Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics.

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I know, I know. You’re probably like, “Seriously B…is this a French brand or something?” Actually no, it’s not. This brand sits stateside at the counters of Neiman Marcus and online for those who don’t have a Neiman in their area. I first heard about this brand when I attended that fabulous Beauty Blogger Bunch a few months back. Le Métier de Beauté and I have gotten more acquainted and I am so excited to share my findings (and makeover) with you guys and gals.

Le Métier de Beauté (which in French translates to to “the craft of beauty”) is a luxurious skincare and makeup brand that has found its place in the beauty world for a good 5 years or so. The brand was founded on 3 core principles: craft, design and quality. It’s a brand that if you see at a counter, you are instantly drawn too because their products are not only eye-catching but diverse as well. And by diverse, I mean you’ll see color, color and more color. This is such a rarity in higher-end brands. And call me nutty, but I didn’t know that Le Métier de Beauté did spa treatments.

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Yes darling, special masks and peels can be done in right in a nice and secluded section of the mall. I was actually going to get a peel but when my specialist noticed my baby bump, she thought that a makeover would be a better fit. And you know I wasn’t complaining about that. Speaking of my specialist…Irina was wonderful. She talked about each product in depth as she applied it to my face. Le Métier de Beauté didn’t appear to have a wide selection of brown-girl friendly foundations available, but Irina did a grand job at mixing up a lil’ somethin’.

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She told me about the beautiful liners…

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…and makeup remover.

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The kaleidoscope eyeshadows (love these!).

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And the mascara…

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The mascara, by the way, has a clear tube so you can actually see when you’re running out of product. Now why didn’t I think of this?

I’ll be a giving a closer look at some of these products later but I can say that their performances lasted beautifully in that 80 degree weather we had the other day. And the finished look?

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I look like a straight up news reporter with wonky hair in that last pic, uh? Either way, Irina impressed me and that is hard to do with a beauty blogger. I’m not always a fan of people doing my makeup but I could totally go back to Irina any day. Her and fellow counter-mate Melissa were wonderful.

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Stay tuned for more information about this brand! Have any of y’all heard about Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics?

ETA: Although I wasn’t able to experience the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set due to my being pregnant, many of my fellow beauty blogger sisters and had raving reviews about it. It is finally available for purchase at Neiman Marcus counters and at NeimanMarcus.com. It’s a bit pricey at $265 but it lasts for quite some times and hey, skincare is worth the investment, isn’t it? :cool:

Mascara Monday: Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara

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I get so embarrassed sometimes. Like, why don’t I review more Sephora mascaras? It makes no sense. I think sometimes I get so caught up with the bigger and more popular brands that I forget about Sephora’s products. I suck, I know. I’ll be stepping my game up in 2013. Don’t worry. In the meantime, I’m excited to show off this adorable little Bewitching Eye Kit.

The kit itself includes the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara and also a mini-versions of glitter eyeliner/mascara and a black eyeliner.

An adorable little kit for only $20. Not too shabby.

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Price: $15 for mascara alone and $22 for the kit at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s unique triple load brush intensely coats lashes in one easy stroke for a full, luscious look. The thick, Ultra Black formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient recognized for its moisturizing properties. Use the brush’s reservoirs to intensify lashes from root to tip, separate lashes with the “spiked” areas, or achieve a curved effect by pressing the brush lightly against the tips of the upper lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Whoa whoa whoa! My lashes are nice and looooong!

What I Loved About It: I love the richness of the mascara and I love the volumizing aspects.

What I Didn’t Like: It found it to be a bit flaky and I really hate the wand.

Overall: The holiday season is a brewin’ and so I am all up in the spirit. Hence why you see candy cane-related backdrops ‘n such. Anyway, I’m not sure if this kit is a staple for Sephora or if it’s just around for the holidays but either way, I think it’s a good value. The mascara is reasonably priced at $15 and for an extra $7 you can get some additional eye trinkets. Way to go, Sephora!

But of course, most of what I’ll be talking about will be about the mascara itself.And to start off, I just wasn’t a fan of the wand.

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The wand really sucks and it’s unfortunate because the mascara is really a good mascara. What’s not to like about the wand? There’s no stopper in the tube so I have to deal with the excess mascara that ends up being wiped away. I ended up with far too much mascara on the wand each time I pulled it out. It would take me 2-3 minutes just to remove the gunk and get started on my lashes. Yeah. Hate when that happens. Once I’d remove the gunk, the plastic bristles didn’t seem to be long enough. But they were workable. I also appreciated the little round ball at the end of the mascara. I find those particularly useful for applying mascara to the lower lashes. When, of course, they aren’t covered with 3 feet of mascara gunk. I’m exaggerating, of course but that’s what it feels like each time I remove the wand from the tube.

So yeah, if you can get past the gunk on the mascara wand, everything else is pretty pleasant. The mascara has a thicker formula but it’s easy to apply on the lashes. In fact, it’s the kind of formula that really makes the lashes look beautiful after only 1 coat. I love when this happens! I’ve been curling my lashes lately and this mascara has done a really good job at holding the curl.

Length-wise, the mascara delivers and it does darn good with volume too. In  fact, it’s SO good that I think you can get away with applying 2 coats tops. I tried to push it to the limit with 3 coats but I ended up with clumps…of mascara. :cool: And while the mascara does a good job at lasting on the lashes, it did flake on me a bit after 8 hours or so. Which is almost expected but still something to not. Overall, I was super impressed. How many other Sephora mascaras have I been sleeping on?

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep. It’s a pretty awesome mascara.

 

Have you ever tried any of Sephora’s mascaras? Are they all this kind of awesome?