Amor de Lacquer: Layla Magnetic nail polish review

Ohmigoodness. I’m in love. Judge me all you want, but yes. Yours truly is in love with a nail polish. And I don’t really care what people say about. Forget matte nail polishes. Forget crackles and glitters too. I’d give them all up if it meant only having magnetic nail polishes for the rest of my life.

Now I know magnetic nail polish isn’t anything new. I know that Lancome released one some time ago. As did L’Oreal. It looks as if magnetic nail polishes are making a comeback, and I for one, can not be happier. Here’s the thing about these kids though:

-The cost quite a bit ($16 USD)
-They are hard to find in stores
-Shipping can be costly

While Nails Inc. has released gray and purple magnetic polishes at Sephora, I have yet to actually find these in stores. It has taken everything in me to not spend over $30 (not including shipping) on two bottles of polish. But I couldn’t hold out any longer. I searched on Amazon and before I knew it I was purchasing Layla Magneffect Magnetic in Purple Galaxy.

 

Bottom line: Is this worth $16?

YES, yes and YES!!!! And this is coming Cheapy McBritty here. This polish has such an amazing and beautiful finish that I could stare aimlessly at my nails for minutes at a time. The concept is easy. The magnet sits at at the top of the handle.

The polish is thick in consistency, which you will later find out, is a good thing.

In order to get the magnet to work correctly, you HAVE to apply a generous amount of polish. I find that applying a thin first coat and then a nice and thick second coat is the best way to go. Immediately following that second coat, flip the polish top over the nails (be careful not to smudge) and within seconds, lines will appear.

It really is magic. It takes no more than 1-3 seconds for the magnet to do its work. The best way to get the BEST appearance is by using the magnet after applying the second coat to each nail. So it’s Polish-Magnet-Polish-Magnet-Polish-Magnet.

The results are stunning, uh?


I want more. I think I’ll wait for Sephora’s Friends & Family deal before I snag one from Nails Inc. You can find several retailers selling Layla Magneffect Magnetic nail polish. And we can only hope that other nail polish brands will soon release magnetic polishes at a more affordable price.

So whatcha think? Want to give magnetic nails a try?

 

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

Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Wish Nets

Ooooh, how pretty!

I first reviewed Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips here and this is my first time playing around with them again. The Wish Nets design is one of 5 limited edition Halloween designs.

I forgot how tricky these kids can be. Then again I do have extra long and wide nail beds. Still. I love how this looks.

You can find these at your local drugstore. Or you can get them from Ulta.com for $9.99. Snag ’em quickly though. They are limited edition and won’t be around for long.

Have you tried these nail strips yet?

L’Occitane, L’Occitane. How I love thee, L’Occitane.

I absolutely love L’Occitane. I love saying their name. I love walking into the stores and I absolutely adore the packaging of their products. I am in complete and total shock that I have yet to try their World Famous hand cream. Wellllls, I finally got my hands on it (hehe, no pun intended). I can totally see why just about everyone who tries it loves it.

Isn’t the packaging just beautiful? The limited edition packaging  for the Shea Butter collection, which includes Ultra Rich Body Cream, Hand Cream and Lip Balms are inspired by Bogolan traditional fabrics. I love when beauty products and packaging have some kind of meaning behind them.

But that’s not it…the scent of these products also come from an inspiration; more specifically flowers that are indigenous to the African continent. Desert Rose from Morocco, Hibiscus from Egypt and Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast are pleasantly placed in the Shea Butter collection products. Let’s rap about the Hand Cream first.

Retailing at $26 for 5.2 oz and $10 for 1 oz, this is perhaps L’Ocittane’s post popular product. Rightfully so. With a faint hint of hibiscus, this hand cream will find a permanent spot in my makeup bag. Yes, it’s a bit on the pricey side but if you don’t mind making a splurge on a skincare product, I’d definitely snag this hand lotion. The consistency is creamy and totally ash bashing.

It leaves the skin feeling moisturized without feeling greasy. It is absolutely perfect. Even more so because it’s an actual hand cream.

Meaning it fits in your hands; making it perfect for purses, pockets and briefcases. And then there’s the lip balm ($12)…

At first glance, this balm looks a lot like the hand cream. Even after you pop the top, it looks exactly like the hand cream.

I’m not digging that as a lip applicator. It doesn’t make application difficult, but it isn’t ideal. Lip applicators should be smooth, gentle and pleasant. This one, on the other hand, isn’t as pretty. In fact, I much prefer to put a bit on my finger and then apply on the lips. Which, of course, isn’t exactly sanitary. The consistency of the balm is a lot like Carmex.

It isn’t super thick nor is it super thin. It sits comfortably in the middle. I will say, though, the smell and fragrance are 10x better than that of Carmex. It’s a nice long-lasting balm that I think is great for every day use.

As if I needed another reason to love L’Occitane.

You can snag these from Loccitane.com.

 

Disclosure: I was compensated for the contextual link listed in this post.

Mascara Monday: Mark Lash All You Want High Volume mascara

I always feel like throwing a welcome party every time I review a brand that’s new to Clumps. And then I feel all bad because I’m like…”Why haven’t I tried this brand before?”. That’s just one of the many guilts us beauty bloggers have. But sadness I will not feel in celebrating Mark and their mascara with an uber cool name.

Price: $10 from a Mark salesperson or online
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per MeetMark.com

Instantly add up to 12X the volume in just one coat! Unique brush has bristles at the tip to get at the tiniest lashes.

The Truth: Not bad. Not exceptionally good either though.

What I Loved About It: It has a realllllly nice wand.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t get as much volume as I would have liked.

Overall: You’ve heard of Mark, haven’t you? Similar to Avon and Mary Kay, Mark (or Meet Mark), Mark is sold online and from Independent Sales Representatives. Rep Tiffany was gracious enough to send me this mascara to review. In return, I decided to plug her the best way I could. 8) Mark’s products seemed to be geared to the younger gals of the makeup world. Where your Mom may love Mary Kay and your slightly younger Aunt may love Avon, you and your younger sister may love Mark. I may be off here but keep in mind, these are just my observations. I happen to love some of the goodies that Mark has to offer and I’m glad I could break the brand in with a mascara.

Just how awesome is the name Lash All You Want? It makes me giggle. The mascara, however, is just okay. I didn’t get a ton of volume or length, but what it did provide was okay. If you’re a lover of everyday-wear mascaras and mascaras that give a little somethin’ without being too dramatic, this mascara will be up your alley. It is a bit on the flaky side so your best bet is to go slowly with applying the coats. If you let the coats dry before applying a second or third coat, clumpiness and flakiness will be in your near future.

I’ve come to understand that not ALL mascaras have to give insane volume and length for them to be decent mascaras. Such is the case with Lash All You Want. Oh, and excuse my lids. They are a bit swollen due to my allergies.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure! While I prefer bigger and badder lashes, if you’re a lover of something not AS dramatic, this mascara may work for you.

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

Amor de Lacquer: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri jewel toned polishes

I absolutely loved this collection from Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. My living room and bedroom follow a similar color palette with the jewel toned burgundies and golds, and this collection was totally up my alley. Like most of Sally Hansen’s nail products, these are difficult to find. But if you do manage to spot them at your local drugstore, don’t think twice about gettin’ them. I don’t think these will be around for long.

 

Quick Brick is a jewel toned burgundy and hands down one of my favorite polishes ever. This is absolutely stunning on nails. It looks like sparkling garnet jewels. Just gorge!

 


Teal-y Fast is fabulousity in a bottle. If you are a teal lover, this is a polish that you HAVE to have.

 


Bronze Ablaze is just what the name says. A bronze. It looks interesting on my skin complexion.

 


Presto Pewter is a silver that you’ve probably seen before. I can never get enough silver polishes though.

 


Cocoa A-Go-Go reminds me of a hair color that I once had. It has sparkles of gold and bronze. Without those sparkles, it would probably be a milk chocolate brown but the sparkles give it lots of personality.

 


Ruby Rush is my second favorite. It’s a stunning shade that has neon magenta sparkles that is overshadowed by its dark base.

 


Grapescape is such a beautiful purple. I’ve never been a fan of purple but shades like this make me change my mind. And my poor camera. It was having a hard time capturing the essence of this purple. It is rich and deep and while it looks dark in the bottle, it looks phenomenally purple on the nails.

 

I used only 2 coats for each polish. The formula on these are fantastic. In fact, you could probably get away with only one coat. Wear time is always good for Insta-Dri. And since I’ve got those long and wide nail beds, the large brush (similar to OPI’s Pro Wide brush) is perfect for me. You can get these for under $8 anywhere Sally Hansen nail polishes are sold.

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.

A Dragon’s Blood bar of soap?

Yup. I’m back with a pretty soap from Soap Hope. I am probably the weirdo in my neighborhood because who really goes around taking pictures of bars of soap chillin’ in wood chips? A beauty blogger, that’s who! And I have no shame in my game. Plus, I always feel like “natural products” look so much better in natural settings. Know what I mean?

This is another wonder from Indigo Wild’s ZumBars. Have you ever heard of Dragon’s Blood? Yeah…well, me neither. It’s a tree resin. And contrary to the name, it doesn’t really come from the blood of a dragon. At least I hope not. Even if it does, though…it smells just wonderful. I’m a gal who loves woodsy scents and this bar is giving me that and more.

Plus I found it to be one of the few ZumBar soaps whose scent lasts for quite some time. Of the three that I’ve tried, I think this one may be my favorite.

Not that I’d toss my Cedar and Citrus Mint away. Will forever love Soap Hope for making these soaps affordable.

Mascara Monday: d.j.v. beautenizer Volume Lash mascara

Okay y’all…I usually try to stay somewhat vague in my mascara intros but I’m so excited about this one. And I just can’t hide it. This is hands down one of the best mascaras that I’ve ever tried. In fact, I am so over the moon about it that I could probably end the review with that. But I won’t. I know you want more. You deserve more. And so more you get!

Price: $23.00 from Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Created by the makers of Fiberwig LX, this innovative film-coating formula encapsulates each lash within a smooth and non-clumping film. Ingredients include conditioning oils with botanical essences and panthenol for added strengthening and moisturizing. Better yet, the smudge-proof formula can be easily removed with warm water.

The Truth: If you don’t get any other mascara this year, GET THIS ONE! Yes, the caps were warranted.

What I Loved About It: It gave me an insane amount of volume. And it’s paraben free!

What I Didn’t Like: It dries quickly so if you goal is to have insane volume, you have to work quickly.

Overall: Oh dear heavens…this is currently the IT mascara for me. One that I will keep recommending for weeks and months to come. Especially to my gals and girls who know no price when it comes to mascara. I say that because beautenizer Volume Lash retails for $24 which can be pretty expensive for a mascara. However, I am positive that if you give this a try, you will be extremely satisfied.

This mascara has many attributes that makes it different from the average mascara. So many that I think making a list would be the best way to put it all out there for you.

-3D Film-Coating Formula
-Each stroke volumizes and dries quickly to prevent clumping
-Volume sculpting brush holds large amount of formula between bristles, which comb through each and every lash
-Mascara includes panthenol, a natural silk extract that helps to nourish and strengthen lashes.
-Removes easily with water without damaging lashes.

Wow, right? Each and every one of those attributes translate to amazing volumized lashes. Does the name and packaging look familiar? Who remembers Imju Fiberwig? I reviewed that mascara some years ago. A new Fiberwig has hit the scenes and I’ll be reviewing beautenizer Fiberwig LX soon.

So why should you buy this mascara? Why am I so excited about it? And is it really worth $24?

Simply put…yes. While this mascara does require some technique, if you apply it correctly, you will end up with gorgeous and lush lashes. The key is to NOT let the mascara dry in between coats. I found that two coats was all I needed but if your goal is to go for three, letting the mascara dry will result in clumps. This is tricky because in theory, a lot of us mascara appliers like to apply 1 coat to one eye and another coat on the other and THEN start applying a second coat. Your best bet is to work on one eye at a time.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the wiggling method, I found this to be the best way to get maximum results. The wand is pretty groovy.

While it doesn’t make applying to the inner corners all that easy, it does deposit a good amount of mascara on each lash without overdoing it. Because the mascara has a film-coating formula, once it dries, you don’t have to worry about smudging or flaking. Removal is easy peasy in that you simply wet your fingers, gently massage your eye lashes and remove. Not that I like to fall asleep with mascara on, but if I did, this is the one I’d sleep in simply because it won’t smudge in the least.

Oh, and the fact that it’s paraben-free without synthetic dyes and fragrances makes me love it even more.

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

Aaaaand, this is what happens if you apply a first coat and let it dry before you apply a second coat.

Clumpy Wumpies. We don’t want those now do we?

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely. If there is one mascara splurge you make this year, it should be this one.

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

FOTD Friday: Violent Lips temporary tattoos

Halloween is comiiiing! Are you dressing up? Got a costume? Goin’ to a party? I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to do for Halloween. I really only get dressed up if I’m going to an event, but if I’m not, inhaling a bag of Halloween candy and then complaining about how much weight I’ve gained the following week should suffice. If you’re lookin’ to do somethin’ a little different for the spooky holiday, check out Violent Lips.

I know, right? Looks kinda cool/weird. Have you heard about these temporary tattoos? I think they are super practical for those of use who want to do something shocking without going over the top.

Okay, I lied. Wearing a temporary tattoo on your lips can be considered “over the top” but you know what? It’s fun, unexpected and totally innovative. So how do these work?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out but be prepared to spend a good 10+ minutes applying it as it takes time. Going too quickly can result in making some errors. Which of course will be spotted all over this post 8)

Spotted at Sephora and Sephora.com, you can get Violent Lips for $15. Considering you’d only wear these for special occasions, I think it’s a pretty good deal. Plus, you get three of them!

Here’s the thing…you have to know how to read. Thoroughly. Don’t give me the crazy face. The instructions are easy to understand but don’t try to be a Literary Speedy Gonzalez. Take…your…time.

Good thing the steps are easy to understand.

1. I popped the tattoos out and removed the plastic film.
2. Using cuticle scissors, I cut along the lines to get as close to my lips’ width and height. This part was tricky. I found the top lip to be easier than the bottom lip but it was still pretty tricky.
3. After measuring, I pressed the sticky side on bare and dry lips. And by dry I mean no lip balms or glosses.
4. Blot the tattoo with a bit of water on a cotton pad or washcloth for 40 seconds.

The entire process for both top and bottom lips may take you a while. Especially if you suck at measuring your lips. Which yeah….I did. I’m horrible at cutting paper so cutting temporary tattoos for my face ain’t all that easy. But I did the best I could.

The good news is that Violent Lips have a lot of cool designs so if it’s not sprinkles you like, they have a crazy selection on their website. I don’t fancy the sprinkles as much as I do some of the other designs. But still…it’s fun.

Pros
-Relatively affordable
-Several designs to choose from
-Fun!
-Application, wear and removal don’t damage your lips in any way
-They stay on for quite some time. Even while drinking. You can get a good 3-4 hour wear out of them

Cons
-Cutting the tattoo can be a bit tricky and time-consuming
-They leave your lips beyond dry. A balm on top will decrease wear time
-Stretching your lips before allowing them to dry can result in a distorted design
-Removal can be a little difficult. It took a bit of scrubbing for me to remove it all.

Whatcha think? Yay or nay to lip tattoos?