Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Spring 2012 – True and Fleck Effect collections

I love nail polish brands that stay up on the trends. Some choose to ignore them completely and others become annoyingly obsessed with them. Zoya sits right in the middle and still remains to shock us beauty bloggers. I’m shooting you with 2 collections in one post but only because I didn’t want you to have to wait for me to crank out another post.

I’m so nice, uh? And modest too. 8)

First up, it’s the True collection!

This collection is full of traditional Spring-y shades but with a TON of personality to them. Now that I think about it…they aren’t so traditional at all. Which is quite refreshing. I also found that each and every one of these polishes were opaque at 2 coats. Yes. TWO. That hardly ever happens with softer creams. Zoya is boss, yo.

Skylar is a silvered slate blue metallic. It looks a bit muted outside but when some light hits it…oh baby, this blue is the bomb. I don’t think I have a shade like this. The best thing about it is while it does have glitter specs in it, it isn’t difficult to remove. Very pretty. Oh, and I know like 13 kids under the age of 5 with the name Skylar. It’s one of those popular names, ya know? Like Brittany. Pfft.

Bevin is a pale sage green green that looks to be a little on the dusty/gray side. I love it though. It’s so mod and unusual. It is definitely Spring-y in that it reminds me a lot of…well, okay…it doesn’t really remind me of anything. It’s just so darn groovy.


Farah is a latte beige cream. Want to know the truth about this color? I don’t know if I like it or not. I know, I know. I should have made up my mind by now but I just….I don’t know. On one hand, I think shades like this look a little fugly on my complexion and on the other hand, I think it looks classy. I just…I don’t know about you, Farah, darling. I’ll tell you one thing about this kid…she is one opaque mama!


Tru is described as a  gilded purple orchid metallic. Dear heavens this shade is gorgeous. It is so up my alley, y’all. Yes, yes, I know….I pretty much love purple everything but this is just stunning.


Cho is a full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic and it took everything in me to not remove the C and add a P. P for Pho. I love pho. Anywhoovers, this shade….*sigh* I am still on the fence with it like I am with Farah. I guess I’m not used to seeing these kind of shades on me and so I have to get used to them.


Lotus is a full coverage, light lotus purple metallic and another winner in my book. As the description says, it’s a lighter purple so it isn’t as rich in color like Tru. It has a bit more gray in it and you can see neon pink shimmer in it when it hits the sun.


Must Haves:
-Tru. For reals. Don’t even play around and NOT get this one.
-Bevin. Because have you seen a green so pretty AND so opaque?

Next up is the Fleck Effect collection. Keep in mind that these 3 polishes are intended to go on top of other shades. They are layering polishes. Can you wear them solo? Well, yeah…. No one is going to stop you from doing that. But they REALLY come to life when layered on top of nail polishes. I think flakies look amazing over dark polishes. Ideally blacks, greens, burgundies and murky purples. Zoya is giving us 3 special kind of flakie polishes. What makes them special? They are emerged in a colorful base. I’ve never seen that before! Go Zoya go!

The shades…

Opal – Green tint with mylar green fleck effect
Chloe – Pink tint with mylar green and gold fleck effect
Maisie – Blue tint with mylar green fleck effect

Aaaand, up close.


Just to give you an idea of how they do over light and dark colors, I swatched a nail with each shade. The base for this is Zoya’s Cho.

Not my idea of a good time. The party really starts over a darker base. The base here is Zoya’s Envy, a dark green polish, almost black.


Pretty cool, uh? Please forgive me as I get acquainted with this new lens that I have. Considering flakies are the newest trend, I would definitely scoop these up if I were you. You can never have too many. Maisie and Chloe look a lot alike but if I had to choose one over the other, I’d go with Chloe.

This collection will be available on January 13th at Zoya.com. Get your pennies ready!

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.

Fabulous berry lips for a steal with Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick

Lipstick and I have a rocky past. Until recently, I was very, very afraid of lipstick and gravitated more towards lip glosses and tinted lip balms; for some odd reason the idea of lipstick was just too much! Nowadays, I’m much more used to wearing color on my lips and I find it so fun to spruce up a look with a fun lipstick. The one I want to share with you today- Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick in #522A Dark Wine- was my first “bold” dive into lip color.

I remember it like yesterday: it was a year ago in the fall, and I wanted to play around with color without breaking my student budget. I ran to my nearest Walgreens to peruse the beauty aisle, and as I glanced over the Wet ‘n’ Wild display, Dark Wine practically leaped off the shelf and into my hands. Was it possible to pay $.99 for a deep, berry red lipstick? Yes, indeed!

#522A Dark Wine is the only Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick I own, but I’m in love with everything about it. The formula is smooth, pigmented, and long lasting. It provides opaque coverage in one application, and the color is just divine- the creamy, berry hue pops against my skin tone. At first I was hesitant to wear it- my favorite way to pull it off was to use it more like a stain. I would apply the lipstick and then dab my lips with a tissue to lighten it. As I’ve become more comfortable with it, however, I enjoy the bold look it achieves.

If you’re weary about how much quality can be packed into a lipstick less than one dollar, fear
not! Dark Wine lasts on my lips for 4-5 hours, even through eating. I wore it to work earlier this week and though the color needed touching up, I still received compliments on it after 7 hours.

The only complaint I have is that Wet ‘n’ Wild doesn’t offer many other wearable, frost-free
shades (many other Silk Finish lipsticks have an abundance of shimmer- if you like frosty
lipsticks, you are in luck!). Other than that, I’m obsessed with Dark Wine for its last abilities, smooth color, and comfortable wear.

If you’re in the market for a great dark red lipstick to complement your winter makeup wardrobe
(and on a tight budget like myself), definitely take a lot at what Wet ‘n’ Wild has to offer. This one ranks high on my list of favorites; I foresee getting plenty of use out of it in the coming colder months!

Stephanie’s Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I’m a 20 year old fashion business major going to school in the windy city. My studies keep me pretty busy, but in my free time I enjoy staying up-to-date on the newest beauty products and trends as well as writing about all things makeup at my blog, In Her Makeup Bag. Being a student with no income makes it hard to sustain an obsession with makeup, so my focus is beauty on a budget!

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Muppets collection, Part 2

Yes, I’m totally nuts for just NOW posting this but don’t blame me. Okay, yes…blame me but love my anyway, kay? 8) Yay for Part II of OPI’s The Muppets collection. If you missed Part 1 (The Glitters), don’t forget to check it out. The other 6 siblings of the collection aren’t glittery, but they are just as fantastic.

Let’s take a look-see, shall we?


Wocka Wocka really isn’t ALL that unique but it applied beautifullllly on my nails. I’m pretty sure I have a color like this but I can’t put my finger on why I’m so attracted to this deep berry. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Meep Meep Meep is a beautiful fuchsia that has flakies in it! I love spotting flakies in polish. They are so totally rare. This, of course, makes Triple M and a triple threat. It’s a bright fuchsia that has a darling name AND contains flakies. Ooooh yeah.

Designer…De Better looked to be your average silver foil-y polish but a closer look makes it appear as if a little cinnamon was sprinkled in that silver formula. I was quick to write this off as an average silver polish but it’s actually quite fantastic.


Pepe’s Purple Passion. Never mind that I had to do a Google-search to see who Pepe actually was. Known as The Muppet’s Prawn, Pepe used to be a chef until he was mistaken for a meal. Hilarious, right? This shade definitely does Pepe justice. Like Meep Meep Meep, this dark purple will be my Vamp Shade of the Season. Flakies pretty much make everything better.

Warm & Fozzie. Despite not remembering much about The Muppets, I do remember Fozzie. What a cutie pie that guy is. This shade is SO him. This metallic copper actually really compliments my complexion.


Animal-istic. LOL @ how Animal’s name is Animal. That just cracks me up. This bright red contains a few specks of glitter. It’s really nothing out of the ordinary which is a shame because Animal is one unique dude.

Being the glitter lover that I am, I , of course love the glitters most from this 12-piece collection, but if I had to choose some must haves from these babies, they would be:

-Wocka Wocka Wocka: I just can’t explain how beautiful this is. You may have a dupe in your collection, but with a name like this Wocka times 3, you just HAVE to have this one.

-Warm & Fozzie: Chances are you don’t have a polish like this in your collection. It’s so cool!

-Meep Meep Meep: It’s a red polish with flakies. Enough said.

Got your eyes on any of ‘em?

A Sweaty Betty Approved Brow Gel.

Got crazy brows? Me too. I’ve complained enough about them so I’ll save the ranting for another post. While I’ve admitted to just letting them be and do their own thang, I do groom them a bit. It’s very rare that I leave the house without smoothing a brow gel over them. I mean…I kinda have to. For if I don’t, I’ll look like 2 fuzzy caterpillars attacked my face. Don’t know what I would do without my beloved Anastasia Brow Gel.

I scooped this up at Sephora a few moons ago and ohmigoodness, I LOVE it. I’m not gonna lie…it’s not the cheapest product in the world. At $21, I did quite the side eye when I spotted it.

And I’m not lyin’ when I say this brow gel was worth every penny. And here’s the thing about brow gels…when you use them reguarly, there are certain things you have to look for.

  • Non tackiness. Because honestly…who wants to deal with sticky product that will eventually make brows sticky?
  • Nice sized wand. Too big and you may end up getting brow gel everywhere and too tiny and you’ll have to do a ton of strokes.
  • Nice packaging. I’ve come across brow gels where the tops don’t close tightly enough. This, of course, will result in the gel drying out sooner rather than later.
  • Long lasting formula. Because what’s the point of wearing a brow gel if it’s just going to dissipate after a few hours? That’s wack yo.

This brow gel has it all, y’all. And a cute little wand to match.

Considering I’m a Sweaty Betty (and that’s putting it nicely) I am in love at how long this brow gel lasts. It stays put alllllllll day. And it doesn’t flake up and get all nasty either. Yes girl. This brow gel is the bomb dot com and is totally worth the 20+ dollars I spent on it.

Do you use brow gels? Or not so much?

Guest Post: Mimi’s Peacock Nails

I was quite flattered to be asked by Brittany to write a guest post for Clumps, you have no idea! It’s like a blogging celebrity thing. The blogging equivalent to Paula Deen asking you for your macaroni & cheese recipe.

I was Googling around, looking for patterns to inspire some new nail designs when I found this picture of a rug.


It was so simple, yet definitely captured the essence of peacocks (side note- peahens really got short end of the stick. Nature definitely did not leave any beauty for them!).

I freehanded the design. I bet there is probably a nail stamping plate that you could use to easily stamp the light green background pattern, but sometimes there is great joy and satisfaction in doing something completely by hand.

I used:

From left to right: Sally Hansen Fairy Teal, Orly Sweet Peacock, Spoiled I Only Eat Salads and a mixture of Sally Hansen Polar Bare + Ulta Snow White for the base white color.

Second side note: Have you ever seen a peacock fly? Up until recently, I didn’t even know they could, figured they were too heavy, that all those feathers must drag them down. I recently saw a video of one taking flight, it’s quite spooky how graceful and quiet they are. Birds can be sneaky. Never forget that.
Author Bio:
Mimi is the brilliant mediocre writer of Makeup Withdrawal, a beauty blog that has it all- makeup, nails, hair and fragrance. She has finished cosmetology school, is now back in college intending to study engineering and has a great love of bears and fast cars (not at the same time, that’s dangerous.)
Note from B:
Thank you so much, Mimi! Oh, and Clumps kids..be sure to follow Mimi on Twitter too.

 

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Alba Botanica Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash is la-la-lovely.

Guess who, for the first time in a looooong time, has stepped away from bars of soap to play around with body washes again? Meeeee! I think I’ve forgotten how awesome body washes are. I’ve been so stuck on making my own soap that I haven’t even touched body wash until a few weeks ago. This divine bottle of liquid gold that is Alba Bontanica’s Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash broke my fast.

Have you seen these in stores? I’ve spotted them in Target and Whole Foods. The fragrance of this body wash is just absolutely incredible. It reminds me of Hawaiian punch with a citrus kick to it. Folx always hate me for bragging about how it’s a good 80 degrees in Florida in November, but a whiff of this body wash will transport you to a tropical paradise.

Like…for reals. The best thing about this body wash is what it doesn’t have.


Yep, my skin and I are both product snobs (unapologetically so) and I love how this body wash does a whole lot of omitting of the stuff that my skin hates. It is chock full of artificial fragrance but it smells so pleasant that I don’t mind using it for time to time.


Not bad for $8.95. You down for a tropical body wash?

Mascara Monday: Black Opal Lash Defining mascara

Woo hoo! This is the first time ever that I’m reviewing a Black Opal mascara. I always feel like throwing a party when I review a brand’s mascara for the first time. I love me some Black Opal. This drugstore brand is most popular among women of color simply because their drugstore foundations selection is phenomenal! Quite the rarity for many brands and especially drugstore brands. While I love their eyeshdaows, lippies and brow products, could I possibly be a fan of the mascara too?

Price: $4.95 at Black Opal Beauty
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Give yourself luscious lashes with this hypoallergenic formula infused with Vitamin E and Panthenol, which help condition lashes while a unique spiral brush works to separate and lengthen.
 (source)

The Truth: Hmm , not too shabby.

What I Loved About It: What a cool lookin’ wand!

 

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t do much and the fragrance was just waaaaay too much.

Overall: Off hand I can only think of 2 other mascaras that have strong smells. Somehow the fragrances of those mascaras didn’t bother me as much as this one did. For a gal who wears fragrance-free oils and lotions and runs away from bottled perfumes, to have my mascara smell this strongly was just…interesting. While the scent disappeared after application, it was just way too much for me to handle while sweeping the wand through my lashes. And don’t get me wrong. It didn’t stink. It had a clean smell…like a shampoo. It wasn’t horrible but if fragrances aren’t your thing when it comes to cosmetics, you may have some trouble with this guy.

The good news is – the wand is pretty cool. It’s great for sweeping through the brows with ease. And call me loco, but I find it to be aesthetically pleasing too. I didn’t have any problems with using it. In fact, it was quite the honor. *bows down to thee mascara wand*

The formula was a little on the thick side. This wouldn’t be a problem if this was a volume mascara but considering it’s a lengthening mascara, I was expecting it to be a little thinner. Application wasn’t a problem and instead of giving me a great deal of length, I found the mascara gave me volume! Not bad. But still…that wasn’t what it was supposed to be. I know it sounds silly complaining about volume but when a mascara promises length, then dang it, length is what I want .

Lengthening was minimal and volume was decent though. Nothing to write home about but it was good.

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: The mascara is less than $5 so it’s definitely worth a try. If you can handle the smell, of course.

Are you a fan of Black Opal?

Make Up For Ever’s Wild & Chic palette – Rawrrrr!

Ooooh Make Up For Ever lovers…where are youuuu? I’ve been in love with Make Up For Ever for many years now. They do everything perfectly. I’m even in love with their foundation and that says a lot considering I don’t like many foundations. This season, Make Up For Ever’s Wild & Chic palette is stealing hearts and pulling out wallets. One of the babes from that collection happens to be the uber adorable Wild & Chic Eye Shadow Palette.

Exclusive to Sephora’s inside JCPenney’s, the palette gives you 6 gorgeous shades and a mini AquaEyes pencil for $39. Considering one MUFE shadow goes for $19. Sure the shadows are a lot smaller than a full size shadow but I think it’s a great value for the MUFE lover. Plus, I think the color selection is bangin’.

(L-R)
#84 – Bronze
#123 – Khaki
#152 – Pearly Light Pink
#17 – Brown Black
#122 – Metallic Copper
#126 – Beige
Aqua Eyes #0L – Matte Black

I can count a good 5-6 color combinations I can do with those. Like all Make Up For Ever shadows, these look phenomenal. Of course you’ll need a base but they look amazing when swatched solo.


From day looks to night looks, I think you’ll be able to do A LOT with this palette. And don’t even get me started on how cute the packaging is.

 

Oh! And the AquaEyes liner is so teeny tiny.

I love it. Perfect for grabbin’ and travelin’. Well done Make Up For Ever. Well done.

Whatcha think about this palette? Aren’t the colors goooorgeous?