Mascara Monday: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber mascara

Well, well, welllll….what do we have here? Looks like Maybelline is starting the year off with a new fiber mascara. Considering I find fiber mascaras to be one of my favorite kind of mascaras (after volumizing mascaras, of course), I could not have been more happy. And Maybelline rarely disappoints me when it comes to mascaras. Let’s hope this one won me over…

The packaging looks a bit like Lash Stiletto, uh?

Price: $8.95 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims:  “Defy the rules with new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara. A Maybelline New York first, this new mascara features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes – 4mm visibly longer looking lashes to be exact!

How does it work? Maybelline New York incorporates 4mm black fibers into our formula. These elongated, dark fibers provide a dramatic, almost illegal length to lashes. Our exclusive Fiber Fix formula actually seals the fibers to each lash while the Fiber Fix Brush catches each lash for optimal fiber placement. Lashes extend to their fullest, most traffic stopping lengths! No flaking – no breaking.” (via press release)

The Truth: This wand is the best at defining, y’all. The best!

What I Loved About It: The wand. It’s just amaziiiiing!

What I Didn’t Like: When I think of something, I’ll let you know.

Overall: Maybelline does it again! *does the cabbage patch* I’m so excited! Okay, let’s get back at square one. You know what a fiber mascara is, don’t you? Essentially these little fibers give you dramatic length by attaching themselves on the tips of your lashes. You know how some women wear hair extensions to make their hair longer and fuller? Fiber mascaras do the same thing for eyelashes. I’ve discovered that there are 2 kinds of fiber mascaras; ones that promise volume and others that promise length. Both types of mascaras have to have great wands to be effective. Illegal Length Fiber is winning in that department.

Because of the wand’s slimness, I was able to apply the mascara on the tiny tips of my lashes. This can be challenging with a larger mascara wand but ILF was perfect. Like most fiber lengthening mascaras, the consistency of the formula was far from thick. Which is another good thing. A thick formula would make it difficult for you see the bristles on the wand and applying would be a wee bit of a hazard. Another plus of the wand (can you tell that I’m obsessed with it?) is that because the bristles are so stiff and tiny, applying on the lower lashes are super easy. Woot! Oh and even if length isn’t what you’re going for, the wand does an amazing job at helping you comb your lashes.

ILF lasted all day (most fiber mascaras do) without any smudging or flaking. This mascara also comes in a waterproof formula and I’m interested to see the differences between that and the non-waterproof one.

The best way to apply a fiber mascara for optimum results? Apply it on top of your favorite volumizing mascara. A coat of Maybelline The Falsies + Illegal Length Fiber, I imagine would be an amazing combination. I don’t mind wearing ILF solo though. And like all fiber mascaras, removal is easy peasy. Simply wet your fingers and gently massage your lashes. It’s off  faaaaaast.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats




Do I recommend it?: Oh yeahhhh. If you’re one of those guys or gals with super tiny lashes and REALLY want them to stand out, go for Illegal Length Fiber.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

Palette Lovin': Black Opal Hana’s Pot of Gold

Is it just me or do you think of leprechauns when you think of a pot of gold too? Leprechauns freak me out, y’all. Seriously. Somehow, I’ve managed to not get freaked out over this darling little palette of wondrous eyeshadow. This is an online exclusive so if you find yourself heavily lusting over it, you may need to go ahead and get your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone ready.

Pretty, uh?

Palettes that are trios are always my favorite because I feel that’s just the right amount of colors you’ll need to crank out a decent look. Sometimes those palettes with 10+ shades leave you all confused with deciding what goes where, but this palette is easy.


And don’t you adore how they’ve embellished with shadows with the letter B?


I’m so honored that Black Opal thought so much of me that they put my initial on the shadows. Oh wait. The B stands for Black Opal. Oh yeah.

I knew that.

Each shadow is silky and pops nicely on my skin.

But you know me. If I plan on wearing eyeshadow, I HAVE to wear an eyeshadow base. The thing about these is — you don’t have to wear a colored base. If you’re like me and love Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance, a dab of one of those on each lid is really all you need. The shadow has produced a nice intense look while not being too over the top.

Which I did a bit sloppily but you get the idea. Another darling attribute about this palette? It’s so slim and portable. It’s smaller than my phone…

…which means if I do need to touch up for Happy Hour (lol – like I’m a drinker…), it won’t take up too much space in my purse. Win, win, win. A pretty hot deal for only $7.95. Grab it with the quickness on Black Opal’s website.

And in food news, last week Esposo made the most delectable batch of Thai coconut curry soup.

It was so good, y’all. Sooooo good. This was his first time making it and he blew it out of the park. Normally when I go to Thai restaurants, I order Tom Kha Gai with tofu and his version was much better. I found the recipe on Pinterest – where I find most of our recipe ideas. That’s how it works in our house. I find the recipes and Esposo cooks. I mean yeahhhh, I can cook but Esposo is like a culinary wiz in the kitchen yo.

Meanwhile in Tile Land, I can scrub the MESS out of  bathtub. Yeah boi!

 

Schick’s Hydro Silk. The razor you need in your life.

A new razor has hit town, y’all. And it’s a big deal. Laugh if you want, but if you’re like me and endure an insane amount of razor nicks from dealing with crappy razors, you know finding a GOOD razor is a serious, mega and colossal deal. Shick is bringing us their new Hydro Silk Razor. And uh…I hope this doesn’t seem to forward but you need to get one.

Like fo real fo real. This razor is amazing. And for several reasons.

  • This is Schick’s first 5-blade razor. Finally! Why the fellas always got 5 blades and us gals didn’t is beyond me.
  • There are skin guards on the top of the blades to help smooth the skin while shaving.
  • The inclusion of water-activated moisturizing serum is genius. I don’t know how it works but this lubricating strip stays slick for several shaves.

 

Oh, and then you’ve got the nice handle that makes moving around easy peasy .

Because I suffer from razor bumps, burns, nicks, scraps, cuts (you get the idea)…I like that the razor has 5 blades.

That means, I’m not only getting rid of the hair with one swipe, but my skin is left smooth and irritation free. It’s a fantastic razor, y’all.

If you can find it in your drugstore, get it with the quickness. It retails for $9.99 for a razor and 1 cartridge. I loves it.

In extremely random news, how beautiful was the sky the other day?

I have this thing for glaring up at the sky and taking pictures of it. It’s the little things, you know? I get this calming wave of relaxation when I look up at the sky. Even if it’s in the middle of a lunch break.

XOXO –

B

Amor de Lacquer: Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe collection

Okay, don’t laugh. I so meant to post this before the holiday but uh….yeah. I kinda got behind. No worries. If you’re still lusting for anything in this collection, you can still grab if you can find it. This glitter trend just won’t stop. And I will be the last person to complain about it. You either love glitter polishes or you hate them. There is no in between. I hate removing them but honey, I LOVE me some glitter polishes. This collection is glitter overload and I just loooove it.

 Gingerbread is a pretty soft gold with a dash of holographic glitter. It’s one of your softer holos and doesn’t stand out as much as its siblings. It’s still pretty though.

Sugar Plum Fairy is my favorite of the bunch. This baby is a bright silver glitter with a gorgeous holo effect. I spot a little bit of purple in it but this is perhaps the most dominant glitter that has the holo effect.


Holiday Splendor is a green jelly glitter. I LOVE this one. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a glitter OR jelly that gave so much coverage in only 2 coats. Freaking fantastic.


Jingle Jangle is is the blue kid of the family but it isn’t as holographic as the others. Which is okay. I also spot a some purple in the mix. I am so going to layering this over a purple.


Beyond The Mistletoe has more green than Jingle Jangle but it is still a blue-based holo glitter. It’s just okay to me.

Candy Cane is a pink glitter that doesn’t appear to have any holographic effect. Call me nuts, but I don’t see many pink glitters. This one is jewel! And this is coming from someone who doesn’t dig pink polishes.


Must Haves:
-Sugar Plum Fairy: It’s super holographic and fantastic!
-Holiday Splendor: Because seriously, when have you ever seen a green jelly glitter?

I applied 2 coats for each polish but if you really want to push it to the limit, 3 coats is best. My favorite thing about ‘em? They are super diverse! One coat will be great for layering but they are also opaque enough to be worn solo. Very rarely do we see glitter polishes with just much holographic in ‘em so I’m just so in love with this collection. Go Color Club go! Find more information about the brand and where you can find it here.

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.

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL LashBlast 24HR mascara

Ohhhhh, check it out. COVERGIRL is hittin’ us with a new mascara in 2012. Well, technically this mascara came out in 2011 but still….a lot of y’all have sent me emails letting me know that you are just now seeing it in your neck of the woods. Gosh. It’s been FOREVER since I’ve reviewed a COVERGIRL mascara. They’ve been a bit quiet on the mascara scene so I was really excited to review this one.

Even if was another Lash Blast one. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I loved Lash Blast. But we’ve seen the original, Lash Blast Length, Luxe AND Fusion. They are kinda doing that whole Maybelline Falsies thing. Same mascara with different attributes. It bugs me but hey…if the mascaras work then I’ll take it.


Price: $8.95 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Combines a longwear formula and an incredible volumizing brush for full, captivating lashes that last up to 24 hours.”

The Truth: Dang. This bad boy certainly lasts.

What I Loved About It: It certainly lived up to its claims.

What I Didn’t Like: Removing can be difficult.

Overall: Okay, here’s the thing: I don’t need a mascara to last 24 hours. Not even 10 hours. I get where COVERGIRL is going with this but come on, y’all. Use your better judgment. I don’t think anyone should wear any kind of makeup for hours and hours at a time. Mascara included. But because I really wanted to see how long this mascara could last, I actually rocked it for an entire 24 hours. Don’t worry. I still bathed and washed my face. I just didn’t do any mascara removing. And I must say…it stayed put. Seriously. It didn’t move at all.

Because it’s a Lash Blast mascara, it has the exact same wand we’ve seen in the other kids…

Yep, I’m still a fan of this wand. You either love it or hate it. There really isn’t an in between. Is it tough to control because it’s so big? Yep. Does it make sweeping through the little lashes challenging? Yep. But does it do a darn good job at bringing out the lashes and coating with them mascara? Oh yeah. I will always love this wand. The formula for this mascara, however, was just okay. While the consistency seems to be just like the original Lash Blast, I felt like I had a tough time getting it on the lashes. But when I did, I got a good amount of volume and was so so in lengthening department.

In terms of longevity, the mascara will last. It’s almost TOO good at lasting. It took a dozen or so swipes of my ol’ faithful Lancome Bi-Fail to finally get rid of the mascara. Yikes! The good news is, while it does take some time to get off, once you apply this mascara, you can rest assure that you won’t endure any smudging or flaking.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats


Do I recommend it?: I suppose. If you’re a die hard fan of Lash Blast, you’ll like this mascara. Is it difficult to remove? Yep. Is the volume and lengthening as GREAT as the original Lash Blast? Sure. And if it’s longevity you’re looking for in a mascara, this baby has it.

It was great, COVERGIRL. Now give me somethin’ else grand. Just not another Lash Blast. Kthanx.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

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?