Nail Art, Shmail Art

Dag. I haven’t done some nail art stuffs in forever yo. I don’t know what it is but man…I have really been falling in love this nail polishes these days. It’s like I can’t get enough of doing my nails. For once in their wretched little lives, they are finally growing and that couldn’t make me happier.

I scooped up my first Dior nail polish at the Lucky Dior Event. Apparat is a nice garnet.

Playing around with polka dots…

And the nail art pens…




Tis all.

Black Opal’s True Color Lipstick Kit Razzle Dazzle

Nothing like some good lip color palette porn to get a beauty lover excited, uh?

The prude that is me had a hard time typing palette porn. 8-O Let me move forward and attempt to forget about it before I delete it. Ha!



But yes, darlings…this is a quick feature of Black Opal’s True Color Lipstick Kit Razzle Dazzle. This limited edition palette retails for $20 which is  a decent price for a palette chockfull of fall lip colors.

I’m not sure how flattering these natural and nude-y shades will be on my skin complexion but that won’t stop me from trying them out.

Ohmigoodness, did I really type porn AND nude in the same post?

I’m just awful.

I think palettes like these are better suited for makeup artists than for gals like myself who usually do makeup in under 5 minutes.  Are you a fan of lip palettes?

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Gems and Jewels Holiday 2011 collection

Who better to break in the holiday nail polish collections than my dear ole’ Zoya? This is one fantastic collection simply because it contains lots of stunning colors AND glitters. Yup.

Go ahead and get your dance on.


Izzy is a bright magenta that is just gorgeous. It has a bit of a foil-y finish and will make a fantastic pedi color.


Holly is a bright green metallic that rocks my world. I remember when there weren’t many emerald green polishes on the market and I’m glad to see another one.


Noel is a light denim blue. I can’t put my finger on any shades like it in my stash. I much prefer darker and richer blues but this one is okay.

Rina is opaque at 3 coats but I wanted to show you swatches of it at one so you can get an idea of how it looks on its own. Thank you for this one, Zoya! An emerald bar glitter? I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this.

Twila is another bar glitter with a bit of holographic shimmer in it. I used 3 coats for this one.

Kissy is like a party in a bottle. It is fantastic alone but really shines over Izzy. Izzy and Kissy. Hahahaa!

The corresponding colors and their glitters.

Holly and Rina

Izzy and Kissy

Noel and Twila

I really love this collection. I’ve never come across a Zoya polish whose consistency bugged me and these are no exceptions. I used 2 coats for each polish but did 3 coats for the glitter. I was glad to see that they gave me an opaque finish. It would have sucked something serious if these glitters were super sheer. This is one unique holiday collection and aside from it being a great little stocking stuffer, I think it’ll please nail polish lovers everywhere. You can get it online at Zoya.com for $8 a bottle or $48 for the whole set.

Must Haves:
-Holly: But only if you don’t already have a stunning emerald polish.
-Kissy: Nothing else like it exists. Well, not that I know of.
-Twila: Sheer blue beauty in a bottle.

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.

Avon ANEW GENICS Treatment Cream

If there is one kind of product that I don’t review enough on Clumps of Mascara, it’s anti-aging products. I’m not going to pretend that I’m some pre-teen with perfect skin but I’m not exactly an octogenarian either. I sit comfortably in the middle. Unlike most women, I don’t lie about my age. I am 26 and proud yo! Buuuut, I do battle acne and while my skincare regimen isn’t full of anti-aging products, I do use eye creams and wrinkle creams. Not because I feel like I have to but you know…just to get myself in the habit.

Avon has recently released ANEW GENICS Treatment Cream and it comes with a whole heap of promises. According to the website, users can undo up to 10 years with just 4 weeks of regular use.

Do I think that’s a bit of a stretch? Maybe. But with its rave reviews and decent price point at $38, I definitely think it’s worth a try. I took it for a bit of a test drive to get an idea of the consistency and um yeah…it kinda rocks.

While intended to be used as a night cream, I find it to be moisturizing enough to wear during the day as well. It’s thick enough to provide enough moisture on your skin but didn’t appear to be too greasy or oily.

Which is always a plus if you suffer from acne-prone skin. In addition to reducing the look of wrinkles, the Anew Genetics Treatment cream can improve the appearance of discoloration. My gals with hyperpigmentation are singing praises as I type.

So yes, while I don’t think I have much use for this cream at the moment, what kind of beauty blogger would I be, if I didn’t let you know about the latest and greatest in skincare?

You can snag this anti-aging piece of wonder from the Avon website or flag down your favorite Avon representative to place an order.

So what do you think? Do you get down with using anti-aging products?

St Ives’ newest: Naturally Smooth Body Lotion

We all know our how much I love St. Ives. And I mean, I LOVE St. Ives. Even more so now that they’ve become paraben-free. My eczema-ridden skin sings praises. I’ve tried several of St. Ives lotions and I am excited to announce that they are adding a new kid to the crew.

According to St. Ives, “Formulated with a natural, fruit-derived AHA complex, the dual-action, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to provide intense hydration while a multi-fruit blend with alpha hydroxies gently exfoliates skin by promoting cell turnover. Perfect for all skin types, Naturally Smooth Body Lotion works to improve texture, revealing fresher, smoother and younger looking skin – naturally!”



Like all of the newly formulated St. Ives lotions, this one feels absolutely wonderful on the skin.

Aaaand, the paraben-free formula means that my skin won’t have to go haywire shortly after application. I’m not the biggest fan of this fragrance though. While it isn’t overpowering, it doesn’t smell THAT good. It has a plasic-y/fruity smell. The good news is that is dissipates quickly and is virtually hard to sniff once on your skin. Woot!

My skin does 10x better with products that aren’t heavily scented and loaded with synthetic ingredients. Which is why St. Ives is one of my top drugstore-friendly skincare lines.Them being super cheap has something to do with it too. ;) Because I’ve only been using this for a few weeks, I can’t really speak on if my skin has improved or not. My guess would be that it would take a good month or so to determine that. The good news is, because this lotion feels good all over and is great at ash bashin’, the likeliness of me using it to actually see results is pretty high. It’s getting a little colder ‘roun these parts and this lotion will be one of the ones in my stash.

Any St. Ives lovers in the house?

Pretty Polishes: Wet ‘n Wild Diamond in the Rough

Nail polish fanatics are going nuts over Wet ‘n Wild’s Ice Baby collection. If you spot this collection in stores, get it now. I mean…NOW. These holographic glitters are ridiculously insane and there isn’t anything like them. I pretty much say that about everything though. One of the kids from that collection is Diamond in the Rough.

Craziness, right? I blurred out the last picture just to give you an idea of how sparkly this polish is. It’s one of the more chunkier glitters so that means removal will be PIA but it’s worth it. I actually really prefer this polish over black. It looks all galaxy-like ‘n stuff. See…

It is quite the chunk monster on its own.

Freaking awesome. It’s a little more expensive than most Wet ‘n Wild polishes and retails for a whopping $2.99. Total wallet breaker, uh? Save even more with Target coupons.


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Mascara Monday: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLash Clinical mascara

I’ve been on a Wet ‘n Wild sugar high for quite some time now. Granted, I’ve AWLAYS loved their products but it’s like the brand is continually getting better and better. While some drugstore brands stay consistent and others get…lame, Wet ‘n Wild is always keeping us on the edge of our seats beauty-wise. AND, the products are still ridiculously affordable. Let’s see how this mascara does.

Price: $4.99 from drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the website

Boost your batting average: Get longer, thicker, fuller-looking lashes instantly! Research shows 87% of women saw an instant improvement in the length and volume of their lashes.* Breakthrough P-Charged+™ technology delivers a peptide complex that promotes visibly longer, thicker lashes. A conditioning and activation complex provides oils, vitamins, and nutrients to condition and stimulate stronger lashes for a “wow” factor that can’t be missed. 

 

And per packaging:

The Truth: Wow…um impressed!

What I Loved About It: The wand and its curved handle makes for easy application. And the formula is really nice too.

What I Didn’t Like: I would have liked more volume.

Overall: Well, well, welllll. Check you out, Wet ‘n Wild. While this mascara isn’t one of the best ones I’ve tried, it isn’t bad. And that says A LOT considering it only costs $4.99. It’s such a relief knowing you don’t have to spend $20+ to get a good mascara. And this kid definitely proves that. Let’s take a look at the wand first…

Not a bad lookin’ wand, uh? I love how the handle curves a bit. It makes a huge difference when applying. The bristles of the wand are also nice and stiff making it easy to go right through those lashes.

Keep in mind that this mascara is supposed to be be used over a long period of time. And I don’t mean every day for a week. To achieve the results that Wet ‘n Wild claims, one would would have to use it for several weeks. That’s just my assumption but since I’m a blogger who only reserves a week to test mascaras, I wasn’t able to really take this baby for a REAL testdrive. That said, my review will be based off of the mascara’s formula performance and overall feel. I can’t attest to if it promoted any growth.

I was really impressed with the formula. It wasn’t too thick and wasn’t too thin either. In fact, if anything, it doesn’t appear to have a sturdy stopper. Stoppers help catch some of the mascara residue so that you don’t end up with globs of mascara all over your wand. The stopper on my mascara didn’t do its job too well so I had to clean up quite a bit before applying. My hope is that this is a manufacture problem in my mascara and not a problem among all of the MegaLash Clinical mascaras. I still managed to coat the lashes with a good 2 coats. This isn’t a mascara that will get insanely clumpy after a coat or two. Which is a great thing. At the same time, I wouldn’t describe it as a buildable mascara either simply because even if you apply 10 coats, you won’t get THAT much volume added on your lashes. Definition? Yes? Dark and sultry lashes? Yep. Volume? Not a lot. The mascara feels nice throughout the day and I didn’t experience any flaking.

But it’s all good in the hood. I still found it to be one of my favorite Wet ‘n Wild mascaras. If your goal is to use it for quite some time to see if can promote growth, the formula is nice enough to allow you to do so.

Oh, and can we talk about how cute the packaging is?

Niiiiice!

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats

See. It’s not terrible but it’s not POW either.

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s affordable, it does a decent job and uh…it’s affordable!

Any Wet ‘n Wild lovers in the house?

NYC New York Color’s Designer Denim palette

With the holidays coming up, I’m going to be cranking out a ton of reviews and features of eyeshadow palettes. Between traveling and searching for stocking stuffers, portable eyeshadow suffers will so come in handy. First up NYC New York Color’s IndividualEyes Designer Design palette. While this was “created for brown eyes”, it will, of course work for everyone.

Oh, and when you see brands list products being for “brown eyes” or “green eyes”, please don’t think that you can’t wear them. Certain colors make can enhance brown and green eyes by making them pop. It’s not just a marketing ploy to get you to buy palettes but also a guide to help you look your bestest.  But enough of my rambling. Let’s check out this palette…


These palettes freaking rock my world. The color payoff of each shade is always super pigmented. And whatever isn’t can easily pop over a primer or base. I wanted to go for a bit of a dramatic look with this one.


With lots of blending, these colors will mesh together beautifully. For extra drama, I angled the shadow and drew my brow out a bit. Which, um…I NEVER do.

I don’t wear it much but I really love blue eyeshadow.

 And of course you can get this palette for a smokin’ $4.99 at drugstores.

What do you think? Are you a fan of blue eyeshadows?