Amor de Lacquer: Nicole by O.P.I. Kardashian Kolors Spring collection


Ooooh la laaaa, pretty new polishes from the Kardashian Kolors line. There are 7 of these and they look to be perfect for Spring and Summer. I spy a vampy and while vampy shades are typically worn around the Fall and Winter seasons, why says you can’t rock ’em in April? Woot! Oh, and I know nothing about the Kardashian clan, y’all. I’m not a fan of much reality TV. I like before’s and after’s but following peoples’ lives is quite the snooze fest to me. But anywhoovers, let’s get on with the polishes.

Paparazzi Don’t Preach is a pinky peach that has more rose to it than my camera is showing you. I actually really like it. I don’t have anything like this in my collection so this color was quite the treat. It pops nicely against my skin, uh? It took a good 3 coats for this polish to apply with an opaque finish.

Ladies In The Limelight is a yellow-lime that is quite reminiscent of others shades. It’s not as green as OPI’s Who The Shrek Are You and since OPI’s Did It On ‘Em is a dead ringer for Who The Shrek Are You, it isn’t quite a dupe for Ladies In The Limelight either. I like this one better. It’s brighter and better and doesn’t look like barf. Which is always a good thing. Woot!

 

One Big Happy Fame-ily is a lavender shimmer and it’s all dainty and girly. I wasn’t head over heels in love with this shade but it’s pretty enough.


Back To Reality T.V. is a periwinkle with hot pink shimmer. It is awesooooome. I can’t put my finger on the Zoya polish it reminds me of, but man, this baby is pretty. If I wasn’t obsessed with polishing my nails daily, I could see myself rolling with this one for a while.

Strike A Pose is one bright orange-y coral. It’s gorgeous! It’s soooooo bright. Which is good thing considering I just adore bright colors on my toes. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright has the cutest name ever. It’s a pretty pink. Nothing you probably haven’t seen before but it’s the norm to have a pink in Spring collections. I’m just glad this one is brighter than most. 

Smile for the Glam-era is a deep and rich plum with subtle shimmer. I actually wore this one TWICE this week just because I didn’t want to take it off. I love the idea of wearing vampy polishes in “not vampy polish” season. And while I applied 3 coats, this baby was ready for a top coat after the 2nd coat. I love how opaque it is. 

Must Have’s:
-Paparazzi Don’t Preach: Don’t knock this shade yo. It is amaziiiiiing. Especially for days when you want a lil’ something without overdoing it.
-Back To Reality T.V. Just because it’s sooooo unique.
-Strike A Pose. This shade is popppppiiiiin’!

I applied 3 coats for each of these polishes and didn’t use a top coat. I’m impressed. While some of the shades are repeats (i.e. Ladies In The Limelight and Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright), the others are nice and not so predictable for Spring. These go for $7.99 and they are exclusive to CVS locations nationwide.

See any you like?

 

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

True Story: My friend launched her own lipstick line.

Gather ’round, ya’ll. I got a quick story to tell you.

Once upon a time I met this fabulous makeup artist.
She was really nice.
And talented.
We became friends.
Then she started a blog.
And then she launched her own lipstick line.

I can’t even say “The End” because my girl, Safia Michelle of LipstickMixtapes.com is on such an upward moving incline, that she is bound to be on the cover of magazines. Oh wait. She’s done that too. I have this love for bragging about people. Especially about modest people. Anyway – okay. I’ll focus.

Safia recently launched the Lipstick Mixtapes collection. I’ll be sure to take pictures of all of the shades but I wanted her to pick out two of her favorites from the collection.

Say ‘Hi’ to Elyte and Esther.

Ahhh yes, I could not have asked for a better pair. Elyte is a blue-toned red and Esther is a rose-tinted neutral. Perfect picks!


Elyte….

Now we all know how much much I love a good red lipstick. This one gives life, honey! It also has a bit of a berry finish to it that I can appreciate


And then there’s Esther. I’ve never actually worn a nude like that. In fact, I don’t wear many nudes period. Which is a plum shame because um, uh…how do I say this without sounding cocky? Well…I kinda dig the way I look in this nude lippy. And darn me for not having given them many chances before. To show the true color of Esther, I used different lighting.


Like I do with all lipsticks, I used a balm underneath them to prevent drying. Wear time is average and I re-applied after a good 4-5 hours.

I’m so proud of my girl Safia and I will forever be a super fan of the brand Lipstick Mixtapes. Support indie brands and scoop up one of her shades. I’ve got my eyes on the hot pink Grindtime and the deep red The Blood next.

While Safia wanted to give me these to review, I felt better purchasing them from her. If you do end up purchasing from Lipstick Mixtapes, tell her B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

Mascara Monday : Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete mascara

There is a first time for everything. And that’s what I love about life. While sitting in a comfort zone ain’t always a bad thing – taking a walk on the wild side can be exhilarating. That said, this is my first time reviewing a Guerlain mascara. This is a big deal because Guerlain is such a luxury brand. One that I’ve always had a crush on. And while this mascara may be pricey, honey…using it was an experience. I feel so refined now. I know. I’m so dramatic.

Hold on…I think Hollywood is calling.


Price:$49 at Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This innovative mascara combines the extravagant luxury of a mirrored jewel case with a do-it-all formula that adds volume, lengthens, and curls. Black Pigments create perfectly defined eyes without any risk of smearing, smudging, or clumping. A fortifying agent helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin for fortification and lash growth. Noir G goes one step further in creativity with its refillable applicator, making it convenient and easy to switch to a new wand as soon as you need it.” (source)

The Truth: I just….I can’t find the words.

What I Loved About It: This packaging is like a piece of jewelry. It’s amazing!

What I Didn’t Like: The fragrance. Thankfully it dissipated after application.

Overall: Before you get to griping about how much this mascara is, remember that there are folx who don’t mind dropping close to $50 on mascaras. The same goes for clothes, shoes and purses. Makeup, for many, is like an accessory and if making hefty investments in cosmetics is your thang, I say go for it! I will be reviewing this mascara based on its performance not on the premise of “OMG, it’s so expensive.” bit. Sound good?

That said, before I even pulled out the wand, I was impressed with the mascara’s feel.

It really feels more like a piece of jewelry than a mascara. It’s heavy so it probably won’t be great for toting around but for keeping on your beauty boudoir? It’s the perfect piece. The wand though? Meh.


It’s not the best wand I’ve ever seen but it isn’t the worse either. What makes the wand tricky to use is the mascara’s thick formula. This mascara’s formula reminds me of the formula of a mascara that has gone bad. Instead of it being fluid, it’s thick and it takes some swirling around in the tube to pick up enough mascara to get through the lashes. I actually prefer thinner formulas because I feel like they allow for build-ablility and can lessen the chance of clumping.

Luckily, the mascara didn’t give me clumps. Buuuut after 2 coats of mascara it gave me heavy matte lashes. Matte lashes are better than crunchy lashes but I found that hours after wear, the mascara started to flake away. No bueno.

While it lasted, it looked good. Not great. Not amazing. But good.

Oh! And there’s one more thing you should know about this mascara. It has a fragrance to it. It almost smells like a perfume. It  doesn’t stink. And while it was pleasant, I could have done without it. The smell dissipates after application but leave it to Guerlain to give you some “umph” in your mascara, uh?

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If your wallet can handle it and you’re looking for something extra fancy, I’d give this one a try. I did expect more because of the price point. The good news is, if you find yourself loooooving this mascara, you can buy the refill for $26. Which is a whole ‘lot better than having to pay another $49.

What say you? Is this mascara one you think you’d want to try?

 


3 Beauty Treatments I Realllly Want To Do

You gals know how I am. As much as I looooove makeup, it’s really skincare that’s my first love. What comes next is a statement that I promise you’ll never hear me say (err, write) ever again. In a sense, having adult acne is a blessing because it has allowed to realize just how important my skin is. Yeah – I know. I just used “acne” and “blessing” in the same sentence. I promise this Florida heat hasn’t driven me mad.

What I mean is…I really care about my skin. Despite the adult acne, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, dermatitis, eczema and childhood scars, I really take pride in my skin. Which sounds crazy, but come on…considering it covers MOST of my body, how can I not love the skin that I’m in? Lately I’ve been dabbling around with the idea of treating my skin to luxurious treatments and I’ve narrowed down three that I want to plan to have this year.

Algae Body Treatment

Okay, I proooomise I didn’t make this one up. And I know it sounds weird and icky but if you’ve ever read a description of what an algae body treatment entails, I guarantee you, you’d be tossing your pennies over to a spa. Quite frankly, the thought of being covered in seaweed and relaxing while the seaweed goes to work to not only draw out toxins from my skin but ALSO provide moisture, sounds just divine. I’d attempt to do this at home, but honestly…how much algae can you gather from the ocean before you start to look like a creep?

Microdermabrasion

I’ve only had one facial in my entire life and while I don’t feel so inclined to have another one (it huuuurt!), I would totally do microdermabrasion. I exfoliate regularly, but microdermabrasion is like exfoliating to the 10th power. In a good way, of course. A good microdermabrasion treatment removes those dead skin cells and can reveal baby soft smooth skin for days and weeks at a time. Sign me up, yo! And while microdermabrasion can be a bit on the pricey side, I do like the fact that there are plenty of products on the market that can allow me to do microdermabrasion at home. Score! You can find a great selection of these products online, at retailers like ShopNBC.

Paraffin Wax Hand Treatment

Oooh how I’d love nothing more than super smooth hands. Unfortunately, I’m not so sure that I have ’em. Because I find them uncomfortable, I don’t wear gloves when I lift weights at the gym aaaand so I’ve got blistered up gym hands.

Unsexy, I know. And despite my obsession of regularly moisturizing my hands, my hands still aren’t as soft as I’d like them to be. Regular dips into a tub of hot parrafin wax would do my hands some good. Mama Clumps used to have one back in the day. Maybe I’ll go rummaging in her garage to look for it the next time I visit. 😉

What about you? Any spa treatments that you’d drop your pennies on? Facials, scrubs, body wraps? Or how about pedicures where little fish eat your dead skin cells?

Anyone?

 

*This is a partnered post brought to you by ShopNBC, but all opinions are my own.

Cleanin’ pretty with Nuance Salma Hayek’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Did y’all know the gorgeous Salma Hayek had a line at CVS Pharmacy? I didn’t! Aaaand, did you know the collection primarily consists of paraben-free products? Of course that reason is why I am already so in love with the brand. I’ve got my hands on a few of the products but first up, I’ll be showcasing the amazing Detoxifying Facial Cleansing & Toning Towelettes.

These are just wonderful. Especially for lazy biddies like me who want to wash their faces at night but don’t feel like going through the whole ‘turn the water on, lather up, massage, rinse and dry’ thing. Don’t get me wrong. Washing the face is ALWAYS a must but I love these towelette alternatives. And since these have so many claims, well…I expected a lot.

What the towelettes say they’ll do:

Cleanse and soothe the skin in one step with a gentle blend of Quillaja Extract, Chamomile and Citric Acid, balanced to remove impurities, soften and moisturize.

Packaging-wise, I think the 25 pre-moistened towelettes for $7.99 is a pretty good deal. I do wish they would have rounded off to 30 though. That way, at least you’d have a month worth of towelettes.

Opening, closing and removing towelettes is easy enough.

I love that there is sturdy plastic cover. Many brands have stickers on their facial towelettes and while they may work, they often dry the towelettes out quicker. This top will ensure that the cleanser stays ON the towelette without drying up.

For a second, I thought that these would be great for removing makeup too, but nope…stick with cleansing the skin. These are nice and cotton-y but also lint-ty. Which is great for removing concealer, foundation and the day’s dirt from the skin but not for removing mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow.

Your best bet is to thoroughly remove eye makeup before using these.

Ingredients-wise, I can so appreciate how these are paraben and alcohol-free.

I do take the term “Non-irritating” with a grain of salt though. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products, ya know?

Pro’s

-Perfect for traveling, overnight bags or for keeping at your desk or in your car for quick “I need to refresh my face” fixes.
-Wipe stays moistened long enough to clean the face…and neck. 8)
-Feels REALLY good and my dry skin doesn’t feel all tight afterwards.
-Oh yeah…it’s paraben-free. Y’all know how much I appreciate paraben-free products.

Con’s

-The fragrance of these is a little strong for me. I definitely wish they were fragrance-free. I’d love them so much more. Buuuut, the fragrance definitely doesn’t linger so that’s a good thing.
-Because they are a bit linty, you want to avoid the eye area to prevent lint from falling into the eyes.

Overall: I really like these. They are the perfect addition to the other Nuance Salma Hayek items. I so think all makeup lovin’ guys and gals should keep facial towelettes on hands. Not just for those lazy days but also for cleaning up brushes quickly. I loves ’em.

Are you a fan of cleansing towelettes?

Amor de Lacquer: Butter London Spring/Summer collection

It’s official. Butter London is my favorite higher-end nail polish brand. Yes, I love Deborah Lippman, Dior, Chanel and the rest of ’em but when it comes to packaging, polish names, formula and overall brand uniqueness…Butter London wins.

I love everything about this collection. And I love how every polish has a story behind it. Check this out…

Bossy Boots is an opaque light pistachio green. The definition for this slang word is a derogatory name for someone who is pushy or bossy, (usually reserved for children). I call it wonderful! This baby gave intense pigment with only 2 coats. It’s not the most unique shade in the collection but it’s still purty.

Disco Biscuit is a tropical hot pink with an undercurrent of tiny iridescent glitter particles. What they forgot to leave out is that is also contains neon blue specs. See!

It’s one of the coolest pink polishes I own. I used 3 coats for it and it dries to a dull finish so you’ll have to wear a top coat over it. It also works beautifully as a top coat over another pink polish. Or check this…a purple polish.

Trout Pout is an opaque shade of cantaloupe, pale and retro. It’s cruel slang for a woman who has “over done” the collagen in her lips, leaving her with a rather fishy face. See why I love Butter London? Every polish has a story. And you know what? I am so over hating coral polishes. I think – I think – I think I’m starting to love them.



Knackered is a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles. The Brit definition of it? To be tired or exhausted. “Wow, you look knackered. What did you get up to last night?!” This polish is heavenly. Sure, it took me 4 coats to get an opaque finish but it is such an interesting shade. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Knackered blurred out…

And Knackered up close…

Slapper is a truly teal lacquer, bold and very bright. Aaaaaand of course my camera can not capture its awesomeness. It’s Brit-speak for ”slut”. ‘Bout sums that up, uh? Ha! This is a super bright teal. I mean, bright! It’ll stain the nails too. Even with a base coat. But if you like teals, you’ll love this one.

 

Must Haves:
-Disco Biscuit. Because this pink will be perfect for summer.
-Knackered. Chances are you haven’t seen a shade with cool and unusual.

The formula of these were great. I never have a problem with Butter London’s polishes. I used 2 coats for all except Disco Biscuit and Knackered. I used 4 coats for those babies. You can grab these from Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com (that’s what I did – free shipping!) and ButterLondon.com for $14 a bottle.

How cool is this collection? Which one is your fave?

 

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

My first Bobbi Brown lipstick. I’m such a big girl!

Every beauty lover has those brands that they REALLY love but don’t try many of their products. I’m that way about Sleep Makeup and Guerlain. Be it lack of availability or price, it kinda bugs me that I can’t play around with these brands more. Add Bobbi Brown to that list.

Okay yeah. BB is here in the states but those prices are just a little too steep for moi. The packaging of the products are just so so and only every now and then do the collections make me swoon. A few weeks ago, I was visiting some gal pals in Tampa Bay. We ventured into Macy’s and found our way at the Bobbi Brown makeup counter. We were swatchin’ and proddin’ when I came across the beautiful Cosmic Raspberry.

How did I miss when this baby launched last year? I love everything about this bright pink fuchsia. I mean, what’s not to love about a bright pink that looks stunning WITHOUT a lipliner?

Very rarely can I find a bright lippie that compliments my complexion without bringing TOO much attention to my lips.

$21 later Cosmic Raspberry was mine. Not a huge dent in my wallet. Plus it’s gorg.


So yeah. Even though I’m a drugstore lover, it doesn’t hurt to splurge on the higher end stuff every now and then.

Any Bobbi Brown lover in the house?

Pretty Polishes: Cult Nails Captivated and Seduction

It’s easier to love a brand when you know the founder. Having met Maria of Cult Nails twice, I am just even more enamored with her mission and passion behind Cult Nails. And her ability to connect with her fans is just superb. Maria rocks and she’s totally one my sheros.

Maria gifted the gals of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group with two premium nail polishes. Captivated is has been re-released and Seduction will debut in the upcoming Divas & Drama collection. Both are fantastic and both are ones that you’ll WANT to snag sooner rather than later. Trust me on this. Because both polishes are sheer, I layered them over solid creme polishes.

Seduction is in a purple/red sheer jelly base with red, blue and pink iridescent flakes. It is amaziiiiiing!

 Cult Nails does flakies beautifully. And this one is no different. Seduction is layered over a dark purple polish but the purple in the polish appears a bit blue in the sun after the flakies hit it. Which is cool. Look how majestic this looks…

Amazing, right? Then there’s Captivated. This baby took my breath away…

Dear heavens I love Captivated. I applied two coats of it over an orange creme and it just MADE the manicure. I should have tried Captivated solo as it probably could look like a shimmery jelly polish. I’m so confused as to what the golden specs that reside in Captivated are. They aren’t glitter and they aren’t flakies. I don’t know what they are but this bright tangerine is just stunning. So glad Maria brought this one back.

Both retail for $10 and can be purchased at CultNails.com. For now, Seduction can only be purchased in the Divas & Drama collection.

Whatcha think? Are these polishes not amazing or what?