Fragrances: LUSH knows Love and Cocktails

Have I told y’all how much of a fragrance snob I’ve become? I haven’t worn anything other than all-natural roll-on’s and solid perfumes all year. There’s just something about traditional fragrances. I don’t really like them anymore. They make my allergies go nuts and I just prefer lighter close to natural scents. Hence why I love my LUSH Gorilla perfumes.

Remember when I reviewed that bad boy Karma? Uh yeahhhhh. I am still in love with that fragrance. But wait, there are some new kids on the block.

LUSH has added 13 new scents to the Gorilla Perfume line-up and I’ve got my hands on two of ‘em.

Say hello to Love and Cocktail.

Love: With a name like Love, you’ve got expect a scent to smell good. Because if it doesn’t, you’re all like, “Love stinks” and well, that….that just ain’t good. Kudos to LUSH for giving Love justice. Literally. This fresh apple and cinnamon spice fragrance can fancy girly girls, manly men and everyone in between. I absolutely love this scent but The Guy didn’t think it would suit him too well. But whatever. What does he know anyway? 8) Love’s main notes Lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang

Cocktail: The Guy, however, DID like Cocktail. “Now this,” he said. “Is better.” Cocktail certainly has a bit of bite to it. It is unique in its own right and its creation is an homage to traditional French 1930s perfumeries. It is a little on the stronger side for me but somehow…I still like it. It’s a floral fragrance with notes of ylang ylang, cananga, jasmine, rose, orange blossom, oakmoss and sandalwood.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of these fragrances. I’ve got Superworld Unknown and 1000 Kisses on my radar. Solid perfumes are so what’s hot when on the go.

You can toss ‘em in your purse, carry-on and bookbag. The solid perfumes retail for $12.95 but if you are more of a spritz-y guy or gal, LUSH has them in various sizes to suit your needs. But you can only snag ‘em  online here.

Amor de Lacquer: Essie Cocktail Bling Collection 2011

I haven’t hung out with good ole’ Essie since this summer. June to be exact. I loved that Braziliant collection. Essie is shocking me again! And that’s a good thing. While I love the formula of the polishes, when it comes to surprising me with super cool collections, Essie has never done that. If Essie were a girl, she’d be she’d be a prim and proper Prude-y Judy kind of gal. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’m just sayin’…

I’m missing some of the polishes from this collection, but we’ll work with what we got, okie dokie?

Bangle Jangle is a lavender amethyst which looks to be dainty enough for those little girls whose Mommies won’t let them wear too much on their nails. That’s not to say that us older folx can’t wear it either. It’ a creme for goodness sakes. I have never and will never turn down a creme nail polish.


Size Matters is a blazing hot ruby-red that doesn’t look to be that much different from most red polishes. It’s a deep red so it’ll be perfect for the holidays.


School of Hard Knocks is so beautiful!! This teal reminds of of an old school chalkboard. You know…the ones teachers used to write on before they had those dry erase boards. I am loving everything about this teals. It is creamy perfection.


Cocktail Bling precious pale gray. It has a tinge of blue in it and is one of the more unique winter shades.


I’m missing Bobbing for Baubles and Brooch the Subject.

Have you spotted this collection in stores yet? Which one is your absolute fave? I’m voting for School of Hard Rocks!

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

Too Faced’s has paraben-free liners? ZOMG!

It has been forever and a day since I’ve played around with products from Too Faced. Back when Clumps of Mascara was an itty bitty beauty blog, I fell head over heels in love with Too Faced. It’s been a minute since I’ve actually purchased something but I am forever keeping them on my radar. After all, they’ve got some of the most dynamic eyeshadow palettes on the markets. Like….fo real. They also have these stunning paraben-free waterproof eyeliners too.

I am picky about eyeliners. Well, I’m not. But my eyes are. Quite frankly, I’ll wear whatever. My eyes, on the other hand, demand sturdy liners. Anything less than that will result in smudging within minutes. Simply put, Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliners are fantastic. Aside from actually staying put on the waterline, the formula is creamy and feels niiiiice. Because of its creamy consistency, it is perfect for smudging right on the waterline. A smudge brush conveniently sits across from the pencil making it the perfect partner for smokey eyes.

(l-r) Perfect Brown, Perfect Teal

Despite their ability to last on the waterline, I actually prefer them on the lower lashline. I am always struggling with trying to achieve an ideal cat eye and these liners make it easy because they are super duper creamy.

Perfect Brown is like any brown eyeliner. It’s perfect for gals who want a little something without looking too dramatic. I’m not the biggest fan of brown liners but this is a nice one.

And then there’s Perfect Teal, a stunning teal with a ton of personality.

But worry not. They dry quickly and remove easily with a makeup remover. The pencils go for $18 a pop which seems to be a bit steep from the Too Faced that I remember. But hey….at least you’re getting your money’s worth.

And did I mention that they were paraben-free? That totally makes the price tag a little more likable. You can get these and 4 other shades from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara

Well, well, welllll….it’s been forever and a day since we’ve seen a mascara from L’Oreal. The last one I played around with was Voluminous Million Lashes and that was LAST YEAR. Sheesh. Let’s hope that this kid was worth the wait.

Price: $8.99 from drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: Well, it’s not THAT bad.

What I Loved About It: Verrrrry nice wand. Take a look at that.

What I Didn’t Like: It was beyond flaky. And the consistency was just…weird.

Overall: Okay, seriously…what’s with these brands re-using the SAME names? You’ve got L’Oreal Voluminous, Voluminous Million Lashes and now Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. It gets so confusing after awhile. And it doesn’t help that Million Lashes’ packaging looks a lot like False Fiber Lashes. Dag. Come on, L’Oreal. From a consumer and beauty editor’s point of view, me thinks you can be be a little more creative than that. I know it really shouldn’t bug me but it kinda does.

But anyway…

Simply put, this is a fiber mascara. It has tiny pieces of fiber that are supposed to attach themselves to your lashes and help elongate them. Sounds simple enough, uh? Funny thing is, I experienced more volume with this mascara than length. I’m not sure what’s up with the formula on this baby but it seemed to slowly disappear after awhile. I usually experience this with natural mascaras but have never had this problem with a L’Oreal mascara. Literally an hour after I applied 3 coats, the volume and length of my lashes just…dropped. What I was left with was flaky mascara bits oozing down my eyes. So not cool.

The crazy thing is when I applied it, I loved the outcome. I pushed it to the limit and applied 3 coats (I normally do 2) and while it was a bit clumpy dumpy, it looked great. But how could it just disappear like that? Your guess is as good as mine. Oh, and there’s one thing that I don’t like about this mascara. It’s so big!

It’s like an oversized mascara.

Such a whiny complaint, I know, but I don’t like it. It has a weird handle and can make applying a little challenging. The brush is nice to work with. It reminds me a lot of Maybelline the Falsies wand, except the bristles are stiffer and aren’t as spaced out. You won’t run into any troubles with actually applying the mascara. Whether it will last all day or not, however, is another question. The formula is on the thicker side which may be why it looks so clumpy after 3 coats. There’s a Waterproof version of this mascara too. Maybe that one is better.

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats

Do I recommend it?: Only if you’re itching to try something new. It’s not terrible but it certainly won’t last all day.

Yeahno. I had high hopes for this L’Oreal mascara but the formula is just not up to par.

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

Palette Lovin': LORAC Little Black Palette

Ah yesss ,darlings. Allow me to introduce another beautiful eyeshadow palette.

LORAC’s Little Black Palette is certainly a top contender for one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes for the year.

It’s so sexyyyyyy. Now y’all already know how much I looooove LORAC. Their mascaras rock my world and I absolutely adore their lipglosses. I dig their eyeshadows too. These paraben-free baked eyeshadows are also without sulfates, pthalates and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Winning!

What Sephora has to say about the palette:

“Everyone needs a Little Black Palette! Create long-lasting, hot looks for days, evenings, and after-hours in the city with this must-have palette. Shine in rich golds and bronzes with 4 color-coordinated, mineral-infused, silky-smooth, shimmering Baked Eye Shadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, all packed in a must-have sleek black case. Buy a little perfection with LORAC’s Little Black Palette—it’s the must-have accessory for every season!”

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I’m looking for convenience and quality. This baby comes with an eyeshadow primer and 4 GREAT eyeshadows and so its $33 price point is just right. Like all of LORAC’s eyeshadows, these are shimmery and feel silky smooth on the skin.

While I love the shimmer that they provide, I do kinda wish that there was a matte shadow thrown in the mix.

Definitely not a deal breaker, but what can I say? I’m a gal that loves matte shadows on her browbone. And then there’s the primer…

Cute lil’ kid, isn’t it? I am a picky eyeshadow primer user and while this one is a little too emollient to me, it actually gets the job done.

And even if I was completely against it, I wouldn’t care because the palette itself is just so fantastic. This is the perfect eyeshadow palette for gals who don’t need many options. The foil-y finishes of silver, gold, copper and brown can make for decent daytime and nighttime looks. I’m a no-fuss beauty traveler. I never really WANT to apply a bunch of makeup so this palette is perfect for me. Aaaaand, it’s only $33. I mean, come on…. That’s not bad for a bunch of paraben-free eyeshadows, uh?

So yeah. Just like every gal needs a little black dress, us makeup lovers need little black palettes too. You’ve done good, LORAC. You’ve done good. You can grab this wondrous palette at Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

Whatcha think about this palette? Yay or nay?

 

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.