Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast nail colors

These are just a few of Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast nail polishes in their new bottles. They also have wider brushes (wooo hooo!) but I’ll talk more about those at the foot of the post. Let’s bring on the polish p0rn!

Under Your Spell is such a pretty a beautiful ahd shimmery burgundy. It’s all vampy and gorge.

 

I Need A Refresh-mint is a nice and creamy pale blue. It’s got a bit more green to it but of course the Nikon wouldn’t pick it up.

 

Undercover is a such a Grandma shade but if you’re into rosy pinks, this isn’t a bad one.


I Red A Good Book is a fire-engine red that if you looooove reds, you’ll love. These are my kind of reds. This classic and just goooorgeous.

Club Havana is all smudged up but ignore that middle finger, mkay? It’s an orange-y coral that will look stunning with some glitter thrown on top.

 

Disturbia is a vampy purple with minimal shimmer. It’s a vampy purple that actually LOOKS purple – and that’s rare.  

 

Formula-wise these polishes are niiiiiice. I love the wide brush but I did run into a problem with a few of them. Some of the “hairs” were cut unevenly and so it made applying tricky. In ended up having to cut a few with cuticle scissors just to apply with an even finish. So no, not the end of the world but it’s worth mentioning if you’ve got your eyes on these. I used 2 coats of polish for each polish. You can scoop ‘em up for $1.99 a pop. Not bad, uh?

 

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

butter LONDON’s Lippys…matching lipglosses and nail polishes!

Dear butter LONDON,

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to marry you. Esposo has some kind of problem with our union. Something about not wanting to deal lose his wife to a nail polish brand. Hater, much? Nevertheless, I will continue to love you through thick and thin nail beds. You’re my my fave. And you and me shall never part.

Love ya butta,

B

_______

I can’t be the only one who writes love letters to tangible items that don’t breathe. I mean, come on…no one ever wrote letters to their invisible friends? Okay…moving on.

These new butter LONDON LIPPYs are all the rage in the beauty world. But you can totally see why, right? Aren’t these lippies just the cutest things you’ve ever seen? bL does it best.

Launched in April of this year, the inaugural LIPPY line features Primrose Hill Picnic, Snog, Trout Pout, Yummy Mummy, Trout Pout and Teddy Girl; all which happen to be some of butta’s top nail polish shades. I’ve got Teddy Girl and Snog to show off.

Teddy Girl (left) is described as a pale, retro bubblegum pink. It doesn’t compliment my skintone the best but with a bit of color added from a lipliner, it’s rockin’!

Snog right) is described as a bright, happy, hot pink and this baby is hot alright. Which of course means I love it immensely.

Pro’s
-Insanely pigmented
-Wears like a lipstick but applies like a lipgloss
-Long-lasting
-Paraben, petroleum, pthalates and sulfate-free

Con’s
-Limited shades for now. Hopefully more will be released!
-Pricey. They are $17 a pop.
-The fragrance is overwhelmingly fragrant. It has a rose-y scent that lingers and lingers. No me gusta.

My hope is that there will be a matching LIPPY for the fabulous metallic red nail polish Knee’s Up. And I really hope that butter LONDON reformulates these to make the scent less obvious. I’d wear them a lot more often if the smell didn’t bug me so much. You can grab these  babies at Ulta.com now.

Mascara Monday: YBF Beauty Xtreme mascara

Haven’t heard of the brand YBF? Well, up until a few months ago, I hadn’t either. This brand has launched on Ulta’s website and I just had to check out their mascara. But of courseeee. Oh, and what does YBF mean? It stands for “your best friend”. Cute, uh? And yes, cheesy too. :D

Price:$14 at Ulta.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Xtreme Mascara builds the lashes to create super sexy, sultry irresistible looking peepers in an instant with dramatic definition! The patented, half-moon shaped, thick mascara brush hugs and separates each lash for precise application for high definition, curl and volume! Water resistant formula helps keep lashes pliant, glossy and flake free! It will last all day and night!! For flirtatious lashes, you’ll love two coats!” (source)

The Truth: What an interestiiiiing formula.

What I Loved About It: Whoa! This mascara gives a great amount of length!

What I Didn’t Like: The formula is weird and it starts removing itself from the lashes throughout the day.

Overall: Oh man, this mascara is so wonky. What a way to start a review, uh? I wanted to like this but it’s just…strange. Let’s talk about the wand first. It isn’t the worst.


In fact, it isn’t bad at all. I don’t have  anything negative to say about it. It’s the perfect wand for a mascara with this kind of formula. And what kind of formula is that you ask? This is a matte mascara. I’m not of friend of these kids and for several reasons. Matte mascaras, are the absolute worse when it comes to lasting all day. In fact, within a few hours of applying this one, it virtually disappeared. I don’t know how or why but it did. If I happened to rub my eyes, instead of flaking away ,the mascara smeared away. Which means it definitely isn’t an ideal mascara for those with sensitive eyes. So no, I’m definitely not a fan of this mascara because the formula and longevity just aren’t up to par. The good news? Some of the other products from YBF Beauty look pretty awesome so I’ll definitely be trying some of those. Have you seen the packaging of their lipsticks? They are goooorgeous!

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: It pains to say it but no. But if you’re partial to matte mascaras, you may like it.

Have you tried anything from YBF Beauty? And what’s your take on matte mascaras?


Pretty Polishes: butter LONDON Wallis

Reason #928 why butter LONDON is my favorite higher-end brand of nail polish…they always have these strikingly unique nail polish colors. A great deal of their polish shades can be labeled as weird, unusual, butt ugly and gross. Aaaaaand, considering I’ve got 3,041 red and pink polishes that all look alike, I am very open to the WUBUG (weird, unusual, butt..you get it) demographic.

How freaking weird is Wallis?

It’s not a polish that you would call “pretty” at first glance, uh? Good thing those nail polish description writers at butterLONDON.com are so efficient.

Wallis is, “A tarnished, metallic olive gold lacquer, as mysterious and regal as its namesake.”

Why yes, metallic olive gold lacquer was exactly what I was thinking. ;) I certainly wish I knew who the namesake was though.

Ahhh, who cares. ‘Scuse me while I go finish staring at Wallis.

If you need to complete your life, you can pick up Wallis here for $14.

Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss. The gloss for big kids!

Lipgloss lovers and big kids, you’re going to love this one. Physicians Formula recently put out these pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Glosses and ohmigoodness, I can’t get enough of them. Yeah, I know they weren’t the first ones to come out with a lipgloss like this, but this may very well be my favorite.

First, let’s see what PF says about what makes this gloss awesome.

-1st Ever Lip Gloss with pH Power Complex transforms into your perfectly personalized hue.
-Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Dermatologist approved.
-Fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect lip color.

Okay, I’ll be honest – I think most of the claims are pretty gimmicky. I don’t think the gloss changes hues because of my pH level. It’ll change colors on a white sheet of paper. The gloss goes on with just a bit of a light pink shade to it and then it changes to a beautiful shade of bright pink. But I don’t think it has anything to do with my pH level. Then again, I’m a skeptic so I could be totally wrong. Ha!

But what’s NOT to love about this gloss? Formula-wise it’s realllly nice. It’s got a non-tacky formula and it feels and looks nice on the lippies.

The 10-hour wear time and dead on. In fact, even when the shine goes away, what you’re left with is a bit of a stain. Which I like! And there’s a mirror on the side…

Which comes in handy when you don’t feel like pulling out your compact.

But let’s get to the best part. This bad boy has a light built-in. With the press of the button…

…a light illuminates.

Awesome, right? And it’s BRIGHT! This lipgloss can easily double as a flashlight. No lie.

I’m impressed. Even though I’ve seen lipglosses like this before but this one rocks because the shade is so complimentary. There’s a Light Pink shade but something tells me that I wouldn’t like it as much as I like this one.

You can get this lippie from drugstores, Ulta and online for $9.99. And yeah, that’s a bit steep for a lipgloss, but considering you get a zombie blocking light on it, I think it’s well worth it. ;)

Amor de Lacquer: Milani Fast Speed Dry polishes

Milani is hookin’ us nail polish with some niiiiice polishes from their Fast Speedy Dry department and I couldn’t be happier. I have become such the nail polish addict these days. I could very well morph Clumps into a nail polish blog but I love mascara too much. And blush. And eye shadow. And skincare. So yeah. Clumps will stay a BEAUTY blog but hope you don’t mind the influx of nail polish posts. Something tells me you don’t. 8)

And ‘scuse the left/right hand pics. From now on, my right hand be the only one that makes its appearance for nail polish swatches. Woot!

White On The Spot is just…white. Nothing fancy here. It’s difficult to work with like most white nail polishes. It’s streaky but a third coat should even it out. The formula was a little watery for me – hence the sipping in my cuticles.

 

Yellow Whiz is what I would call a bright buttercream. I love just about all yellow polishes that I come across and this one is no different.

 

 

Fast Fuchsia Pink is a bright raspberry that looks beautiful. It’s creamy and wonderful and is my ideal kind of pink. With my hating the color pink and all, the ones that have blue undertones are the only ones that I can deal with looking at for more than 2 minutes.


Violet Dash is a creamy lilac that would photograph nicely for me. Crazy how natural lighting can make some colors (like blues, greens and purple) act so strangely for my camera.

In real life, Purple looks like this:

 

Hot Pink Frenzy is a coral mixed with magenta. Such a pretty summer pedicure color this polish will be. I loooove it!

 

 

Jiffy Orange is a bright tangerine. It’s spunky, bright and perfect for the season!. 

 

Rapid Cherry is just a blue-toned red.

 

Black Swift is a rich and pigmented black.

 

 

While these polishes aren’t terribly unique, they are perfect additions to Milani’s polish line-up. I wouldn’t say that the formula dries quickly though. Although I applied 3 coats for each polish, I waited a few minutes after applying the the first to see how quickly they tried and nope…it wasn’t fast. But no biggie there. I apply fast drying top coats anyway. The overall formula for these was pretty thick so your best bet is to take your time when applying these.

You can scoop ‘em up from your drugstore and Milani.com for $4.99

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL Queen Lash Fanatic waterproof mascara

It’s been a minute since I’ve tried a COVERGIRL Queen mascara. I don’t hear much about COVERGIRL Queen releases until they they’ve been out for  a while. I so wish that they were on the same radar as the regular COVERGIRL stuffs but I don’t think they are. Oooooh well. But letter late than never, right?

Price:$5.19  at Drugstore.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Get up to 2x* the look of more lashes rain or shine!* The mircochannels in each bristle of our Lash Surround brush smoothly and precisely deliver mascara to each and every lash – creating the look of more lashes.” (source)

The Truth: What a really cool wand!

What I Loved About It: This is a fantastic waterproof mascara!

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t promise to volumize but I wish it gave me  little more.

Overall: I am sooooo impressed with the wand on this mascara. Granted it’s not innovative or anything but it does a really good job at breezing right through those lashes. Because the bristles get shorter towards the tip of the wand, you are able to get into those inner corners with no problem.


Yeah, I know. There are a lot of mascaras like this, right? Still. Somehow this one worked better for me than most. I am not much of a waterproof mascara wearin’ kind of gal because I find that most “washable” mascaras do okay with lasting on me all day. But if you suffer from allergies, find yourself constantly rubbing your eyes, do a ton of sweating, or need your mascara to last more for more than 8 hours or so, a waterproof mascara is ideal. And if you fall in any of those categories, you should definitely take a peek at this mascara.

This baby doesn’t budge. I mean..not one bit. BUT, it removes with ease with my makeup remover. Formula-wise, it’s got a nice consistency that helps darken the lashes. Lengthening and volumizing is meh, though. Which hey, not all mascaras are made to give you drag queen lashes. And that’s  cool. The longevity of this mascara made up for its lack of volume. I tested it by wearing it during an intense workout (BTW, I neeeever wear makeup when I work out. Never.) and it stayed put. Score!!

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a mascara that stays put no matter what and don’t care too much about a ton of added length and volume, you’ll love this one.

Any waterproof mascara lovers in the house?


Wet ‘n Wild Fauna and Flora collections

Inquiries about Wet ‘n Wild’s Fauna and Flora sets have been blowin’ up my inbox. And I see why. Have you gals spotted these in your drugstores yet? OMG…Wet ‘n Wild does it again. And affordably so!  Look at these. Look at them, I say!

And don’t turn your nose up to ‘em either. Their $4.99 price tags don’t mean that these are those crappy bootleg brand eyeshadow sets that come out around the holidays. I’ve long begun to start associating Wet ‘n Wild with quality goodness. And you should too, girlfriend. Even if you are a higher-end kind of gal. Gas just hit $4/gallon here in Central Florida and I am going to be pinching pennies even more now than ever.

Gas, ugh. I just depressed myself. Anyway, let’s move on…

These beautiful sets should be in your drugstores but because they’re so affordable, awesome, cool and special (adjective overload, much?) folx are snaggin’ them up with the quickness. If you’re wondering if they are in your neck of the wood, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map.

On we go!! These Flora and Fauna sets rock primarily because you get so many products in ‘em. For less than $5 you get…

-1 Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Color Icon Mini Blusher
-1 Glassy Gloss Lip Gel (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Fast Dry Nail Color (regularly priced at $1.99)

So just by scooping this up, you’re saving over $3. Hollerrrr!!

Let’s take a peek at Fauna first.

Pretty stuffs, uh? The Fauna palette is niiiice.

A little chalky at first swatch, these shadows can easily become creamier and easier to use a little effort.

…and a clearer pic of that purple.

The blush is a shimmery pink and it goes by the name Pearlescent Pink.

It’s a bit lighter than most of the blushes I wear but somehow it still compliments my complexion. So I’m not complainin’.

Lippy-wise we’ve got Glass Confusion, a frosty and creamy pink. Not my style but the great thing about these lippies is that they have a peppermint-y taste. Not that I mean to go around licking my lips but you know what I mean.

Aaaand for the nails, we’ve got Teal or No Teal.

I applied one coat of polish to the nail on the left and 3 coats to the nail on the right. Even with 3 coats, this is one super sheer polish.

Next up is Lady Flora!

Does this palette not scream Spring or what?

These shadows are a bit cooler than the Flora palette and while they are just a sheer, they are gorgeous.

Blush-wise, we’ve got a warmer one in this set. Mellow Wine is a matte blush that has a tad bit more warmth to it than Pearlescent Pink does.

Mow the Glass Glossy Glass is a super gel-y lip gloss with a pink tint to it. It looks clear on my lips though.

I’m not sure if Twining Vines is a permanent shade but if so, I don’t know how I missed this one. This shimmery olive is goooorgeous. It has chrome finish and it’s absolutely stunning.

Overall: Fauna and Flora both rock. And even if you come across these and you’re not feeling 1 or 2 of the products, you didn’t spend a ton of money on ‘em so all isn’t lost.

Weigh in….which set do you like more? Fauna or Flora?