Laura Mercier Limited Edition Luxe Eye Portfolio

Who wants to see another beautiful eyeshadow palette? The last time I played around with Laura Mercier was when I dabbled around in the foundation and I was in love. I’ve heard great things about the eyeshadows and haven’t had a chance to test drive them until now.

How stunning is the Limited Edition Luxe Eye Portfolio?

Okay, so as pretty as it is, it comes with a price. Literally. This baby goes for  whopping $98. While some of y’all may be gasping in horror, some guys and gals out there have no problems spending close to $100 on an eyeshadow palette. Just because you may not spend as much on a beauty product, doesn’t mean someone else won’t, ya know? The good news is, if you do spend your pennies on this palette, you won’t be disappointed.

What LauraMercier.com has to say about the palette:

Perfect for home or travel, this beautifully packaged faux snakeskin organizer includes a collection of twelve new, exclusive and top selling Eye Colour shades, plus three mini professional Brushes that allow you to mix and match shades to customize your look.

The faux snakeskin portfolio feels nice and extra luxe. No cheap material here yo! And I love how totable and small the palette is for throwing in a purse, bag or suitcase.

Y’all know how I feel about traveling with extra bulk so this palette is the perfect size for me. Aaaaand, it’s small enough to sit snuggly where ever you store your makeup at home. To the left of the eyeshadows sit 3 travel size makeup brushes.

It took me a second to figure out what their functions were until uh…I flipped ’em over.

Each brush is stiff but I didn’t find any of them particularly useful for applying eyeshadow. The crease brush is great for applying eyeshadow on the Crease and the Ponytail brush seems to be a longer version of the Crease brush. So yeah…I can pass on the brushes. The shadows totally make up for the brushes’ disappointing marks.

The color selection and textures in this palette is superb. You’ve got good selections for highlighting the browbone, good neutral shades and shades that can create a bangin’ smokey eye. As far of textures, you’ve got mattes, shimmers and frosts. And do you see that matte black? Yes! I always jump for joy when I see matte black eyeshadows in palettes. Laura Mercier must have had beauty bloggers in mind because the shadow names are listed on the palette. I love that!

  • Rich Senna : A fantastic muted brown with subtle shimmer that will be great for work looks.
  • Morning Dew: A matte white that is great for sweeping under the browbone.
  • Black Coffee: Ahhh, the wonders you can do with a matte black. This one is silky and lovely.
  • Rosewood: Another great shimmer with a rosy touch.
  • Pink Crystal: This is the only shade that will require some packing on.
  • Sable: A gray-ish purple that isn’t as pigmented but nice.

  • Royal Gold: A muted gold great for applying right on the lid.
  • African Violent: A purple and gold wonderland of a shadow. This baby has lots of personality.
  • Mica: A pleasant glitter bomb of a silver.
  • Golden Cream: Another great shimmer to apply under the browbone.
  • Fig: A matte violet that that takes a bit of applying to really pop
  • Sparkling Night: A beauty navy blue.
These shadows really surprised me. Even the ones that were just so so at initial swatch really  came to life with a bit of packing on. I didn’t experience any fall out from these shadows either.
Perfection, I say. Perfection.
Who is this palette for?
  • Those who want an all-in-one palette.
  • Those who don’t mind spending close to $100 on a palette.
  • Super duper Laura Mercier fans.
So yes, the price point is up there but with MAC eyeshadows going for $10.50 a pan, getting these 12 shadows for under $100 isn’t a bad idea. If you just HAVE to get this palette better get it quickly. Remember, it’s limited edition! Snag it from LauraMercier.

Pearl lips by Maybelline ColorSensational

Who loves lipsticks more than lip glosses? I do, darlings. I really do. Maybe it’s the old soul that’s in me but I find lipsticks to be classic and rather riveting. I feel like a “woman” when I apply them. I mean, don’t get me wrong…I love a good gloss but if I had to get rid of those or lipsticks. I’d send glosses to the curb in a heartbeat.

With the holidays rolling around, I’m going to do my best to show y’all lots of cheap lippies for holiday parties, gifts and stocking stuffers. Let’s start with these Maybelline ColorSensational jewels. You can grab these kids anywhere Maybelline products are sold and on Drugstore.com. All of these lipsticks have a pearl finish and like most lipsticks, are a wee bit drying. I wear a lip balm underneath to keep the moisture in my lips locked in.

Coral Lustre – I’ve never thought that coral lip colors were terribly flattering on my skin complexion. They are a little too cool and pink for my liking. Somehow, this one isn’t half bad. I actually feel okay wearing it without a lipliner.

Disco Pink – is a super pink with a whole heap of shimmer. I think it’s fantastic!

Glisten Up Pink is slightly cooler than Disco Pink whose shimmer isn’t as sparkly.

Nude Glow is a shiny caramel that actually works for me. I’m pretty picky with nudes and I really like this one.

Plum Shine isn’t as dark as a “plum” and that’s a good thing because I’ve had my fair share of burgundy lipsticks. Plum Shine is more of light red wine.

I’ve never claimed to be the best when it comes lipstick swatches so try to stifle those laughs if you see some lipstick creeping up on my check or somethin’. 8)

Whatcha think? See any you like? Disco Pink and Glisten Up Pink are definitely my faves.

Amor de Lacquer: butter LONDON’s Holiday collection

Although I haven’t reviewed many of their polishes, I am reallllly loving what Butter London has to offer. Formula-wise, these babies are phenomenal. butter LONDON and Founding Creative Director Nonie Creme are giving us three beauty limited edition shades for the holiday season.

Tart With a Heart is described as the life of the party in dazzling “liquid metal” rose pink. I concur. This is a ridiculously awesome pink chrome. I don’t have many chrome polishes and this one has my heart jumping for joy. It is such an unexpected holiday shade. I love it!


Fairy Lights is described as a pale pink parade of glitter carries a dash of grey to tone down the sugar and ramp up the spice. This polish is opaque at 3 coats and has a gorgeous holographic shimmer. It will also work great as a layering polish and really pops with a top coat.

The Black Knight is described as a dark dazzler with a glitter fusion contains black, pink, blue and silver suspended in a black base. You HAVE to see this in person. It was opaque after only 2 coats and it is one stunning glitter. The pink and blue shimmer pop beautifully. This may be one of my favorite nail polish colors of 2011.

butter LONDON’s price point at $14 is pretty steep and if you don’t want to splurge on all of those babies, definitely go for Black Knight. Or you can get grab butter LONDON Holiday Glitter Trio for $36 at butterLONDON.com.

 

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

Pretty Polishes: Wet ‘n Wild Cost Is No Issue

Check out this glitter bomb from the Wet ‘n Wild Ie Baby collection.

Infused with teal micro glitter and bright blue hexagon glitter, this polish reached opacity with only two coats.

Its formula is 10x better than Diamond in the Rough. It isn’t as chunky and really shines with a top coat thrown on top.

Hopefully you’re able to spot this $2.99 wonder in your neck in the woods. If not, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map. This collection maaaaay be closer to you than you think. 😉

Nails to the Yeah!: Zoya Charla & Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters Sophistishe mommy blog

Mascara Monday: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum mascara

Nothing excites me more than getting the opportunities to test drive mascaras from brands that I’ve never tried. It’s like meeting a new friend. And hoping that they don’t stink. I always have high expectations. Did this mascara wonder from Hourglass impress me?

Price: $28 from Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Film Noir’s signature hourglass-shaped brush is designed for optimal application, adding volume, length, lift, and separation to lashes. The intense concentration of Panthenol (ProVitamin B5) adds a reflective, jet-black sheen for dramatic impact.

The Truth: This may be one of the best paraben-free mascaras that I’ve ever tried.

What I Loved About It: Pretty groovy wand. It’s nice and stiff and breezes through the lashes with ease.

What I Didn’t Like: I wish it would have given me a little more volume.

Overall: Have you ever heard of Hourglass? This is my first time covering the paraben-free brand. Launched in 2004 by beauty guru Carisa Janes, Hourglass has the style and grace of a higher end brand without overloading the products with synthetic ingredients. While the products are steep in price, I admire the purpose behind the brand. If I’m going to spend close to $30 on a mascara, I love that it would come without the yucky ingredients. That is such a rarity in higher-end cosmetics.

In terms of the mascara, it delivers! I didn’t get as much volume as I would have liked, but it did well. The wand made for easy distribution and application. Wands like these are my absolute favorite. I wish more brands would take the hint and give us wands that work for everyone.

Despite being free of parabens, the formula for Film Noir was nice and consist. It sat comfortably between being too watery and being too thick. The mascara also did a phenomenal job at lasting throughout the day. Despite my love for natural mascaras, I also get irritated with how flaky they can. I have yet to find one that would hold up throughout the day. Film Noir was epic. I didn’t experience any flakiness and it lasted throughout my 12-hour work day.

There is one downfall though. It can be a wee bit clumpy. I applied 3 coats here but even after 2 coats, the mascara clumped up on me. Key with this kid? Slow strokes are best. You won’t get insane volume with one coat but it’s the best way to guarantee zero clumps.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 3 coats

Do I recommend it?: Yep! Yes, I know a lot of ladies may not want to spend close to $30 on a mascara, but some don’t mind. If you’re conscious about the ingredients in your beauty products and don’t mind splurging, this is a great mascara to check out.

What do you think? Think this baby could be worth your money?

Fall shades from NYX Cosmetics’ Salon Formula nail polishes

Oh snaps! NYX Cosmetics has always been mediocre when it comes to nail polish but they have just stepped their game up with their new nail polishes. 144 of ’em to be exact. At $4.00 a bottle, I’m thinking that’s there’s got to be a polish with your name on it. While I’m not the traditional “stick to seasonal shades only” kind of gal, I am just lovin’ some of the fall shades that NYX has. Aaaaand, the formula of the polishes are pretty awesome too.

Gold is well…gold. It leans a bit on the orange-y side and has a nice foil-y finish.It almost looks like a lighter caramel with gold dust thrown in it.


Maroon should really have more of a descriptive name because it’s more than just…maroon. Okay, so yeah it is maroon but it has gorgeous bits of peach and neon purple shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t dominate the maroon shade much but its presence is quite complimentary and gorgeous.


Red Wine is a dark red creme that isn’t terribly unique. But never knock a good dark red. They are fantastic shades for nail designs and konading.


Power Red is just that. It is one powerful red! Despite what people say is professional or not, I’d probably rock a red like this to a job interview. This is the kind of red my Mom wouldn’t let me wear until I was in high school. Power Red has a ton of blue in it and if you aren’t the type to wear something as loud as a fire engine red, this one may suit you better.


I used 2 coats for each polish and even without a topcoat, they all had a nice and brilliant shine. The formula of these are nice but can be a tad bit on the watery side. Thin coats is the best route to take. If you’re in the market for new polishes, these aren’t bad. I think the price point at $4.00 is reasonable too. I can’t wait to try these out some of their glitter polishes. I’m impressed, NYX. You do polishes quite well. Get your shop on at NYXCosmetics.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Orly Birds of a Feather collection

This may be one of my favorite nail polish collections of 2011. Simply because it’s, well…it’s random.

While most nail polish collections follow a certain theme, this collection throws in polishes from various color families all free and willy nilly. Like a boss!! Orly was all like, “Forget what you know about collections where every polish has to come from a similar color family and finish.” This collection is so me. It’s awesome. Okay, well there is a BIT of a theme. Each of the polishes are named after birds. I don’t like that part because I actually really hate birds. They are just mean creatures. They’ll crap on your car instead of on a patch of grass. That’s just rude. But yeah, I digress.

Lucky Ducky is a true green creme that goes to an opaque finish with only 2 coats. It’s a fantastic green. It seems like this color should be yellow though, uh? That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Orly is so random. I love it!

Peachy Parrot is is a soft sherbet-y orange with streaks of silver. I didn’t think I’d like this shade when I first saw it but it’s actually quite fantastic.


Sea Gurl is really supposed to be “seagull”. Get it? Get it? Gosh, I love you, Orly. You witty thang you. In the bottle Sea Gurl looks to be a dirty silver but it has a bit of an olive touch to it. The chrome finish is just stunning on this one.


Sweet Peacock is perhaps one of the most beautiful blues that I have ever seen. It even trumps Zoya’s Tart and that is my favorite blue polish. This shocking metallic blue gives me life. Life!


Fowl Play is the shade that has us nail polish lovers going nuts. I can’t get over how beautiful this polish is. First of all…it’s a flakey. Nothing excites me more than a flakey. This dark berry polish contains bits and pieces of orange and blue glass-y lookin’ specs. It’s dynamic! While it does well on its own, when layered over another polish it can really pop.


Night Owl is hmm…how can I describe Night Owl? It’s a beige-y shimmery polish that may not flatter every skin complexion but is unique in its own right. It almost looks like mushy oatmeal. Without the oats.


Must Haves:
-Fowl Play: That’s a given. You pretty much need this polish.
-Sweet Peacock: Unless of course you already have something similar.
-Sea Gurl: This is such a chrome goddess of a polish.

I used 2 coats for each polish and didn’t use a topcoat. The formula was excellent. Orly polishes always have such great drying times on them. Oh! And who knew you could buy Orly polishes directly from their website? Snag ’em for $7.50 a pop.

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.

POLL: St. Ives Apricot Scrub…yay or nay?

If I could list my Top 10 Beauty Staples, this kid would definitely make the cut. I’ve been using St. Ives Apricot scrub since I was a teen Clumps. I mean, who HASN’T heard of this world famous scrub? While I only use it every now and then, I can alway guarantee,  that this baby will leave my skin smooth beyond smooth. And guess what? They’ve made the formula free of parabens and phthalates.

Yea mon! And yeah, I’ll sing praises over the almighty scrub that this is, but I have to admit…it isn’t all wonderful. When my skin is super  inflamed and my pimples are too tender to touch, the Apricot Scrub isn’t the best thing to use. In fact, those with super sensitive skin should probably stick with the Gentle formula of the scrub. While it is just as effective as the Naturally Clear, it isn’t as harsh. And who doesn’t love the faint but not overpowering apricot scent?

So what do you think, darlings?

 

ETA: How could I forget St. Ives’ Green Tea scrub? It is definitely a gentler version of the Apricot Scrub.

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