Amor de Lacquer: Night Skyline and 2010 collection

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

Nubar tries again to wow us with another unique collection. And like ALL of their collections, it works. This is one brand that keeps me on my toes as far as collection excitement goes. You never know what they’re going to come out with next.


Night Skyline consists of what Nubar calls ‘the shifting colors of  the evening’s sky’ (source). The 4-piece collection retailed at $24.99 includes three polish with a matte finish and a top coat. The idea is to rock the matte polish in all of its shine-less fashion AND apply a top coat if you need some extra bling. I get it, Nubar but this is what a lot of us have been doing for quite some time. I’ve always deemed matte polishes as versatile because you can wear them two different ways.

So the idea isn’t new but with Nubar’s creative collection theme and name, you can’t help be but drawn in.

Sunset is a stunning rich gold that is one of the few golds that compliments my skin tone. I think I prefer gold matte. It just looks so interesting and silky smooth.

Twilight reminds me a lot of Zoya’s Loredana, a similar gray matte polish that debuted in their Matte Velvet collection. Twilight does have a wee bit more silver in it but going on with the night sky theme, it works!

Midnight is your typical matte black polish. What I like about this one is that it has a bit of shine to it. In fact, it doesn’t look matte at all. Could this be enough to sway our matte haters?

In a separate 1-piece collection comes Nubar’s 2010.


If you’ve been on the hunt for its twin, Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure, this is the best way to go. 2010 is intended to be used as topcoat and it is a winner with all of its reflective glitter in a polychromatic base. Sounds technical, I know but watch this…



Hot stuff, uh? And it can be used on ANY kind of polish. Not bad for $7.49. You can cop that here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles
Prims 
Sparkles
Risque Reds
Fortress

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Discount mascaras for my UK girls

The U.S. ladies have beauty discount sites like Beauty Crunch and Beauty Ticket. But what about my UK girlies who want the same discounts without paying an arm and a leg in shipping?

Ta da…Beauty 21!

Beauty 21 is a UK based online beauty boutique offering top brands at discounted prices. Beauty21 offer makeup, skincare, perfumes, self tan and hair extension from a range of brands including Lancome, Clinique, Clarins, Stila, Elizabeth Arden, Maybelline, Rimmel and many more. Beauty21 offer a hassle-free ordering and delivery service, allowing you to order all your favourite beauty products online, delivered to your door. Delivery is only £1.50 in the UK and £4 worldwide.

Beauty21 specialise in finding products that are now difficult to get hold of. So many popular products are discontinued, with loyal shoppers left looking for them. Beauty21 have a wide range of mascara’s – currently over 35 different mascara’s in store including the discontinued Lancome Fatale Mascara and Maybelline Lash Stylist.

And we ALL know how wonderful Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara was.

Get your shop on!

Amor de Lacquer: Kiss Paint & Stencil Kit

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.
A lot of you have been asking me about nail art and designs. I SO wish I had the time to do them more often but I have a hard time even polishing my nails these days. I know, I know. So unlike me but I’ve been one lazy lady these days. 

I had the opportunity to test drive Kiss’s Paint & Stencil kit and had super high hopes for it.

Hit the jump to see if it rocked my world. Or…not.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to nail art and design, a kit like this is the way to go.

This one comes with two pages of stencils and three nail art polishes. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use the stencils.

BAM! Seems pretty simple, right? To test it out, I used Illamasqua’s hot pink polish in Collide.


First up, the application of the stencil.

And then a bit of white nail art polish on top.

I gently pulled the tab and…

Um…is that it? I was expecting some magic. I tried again with the black polish and another stencil.

Uh? Not so much. I left the stencils alone and tried to play around with the nail art polishes a bit.

The consistencies of the black and white seemed to be a little too watery for my liking. But I managed to crank out a bit of a design anyway.

The kit isn’t priced badly and for $6.99, I thought it would deliver. But nope…between the watery polishes and stencils that you CAN’T re-use, I’m not sure if I would use it again. The good news is, you can always use the brushes with a polish of your choice.

See! There’s always a bright side!

To get more info about the kit, check it out here.


Your fellow nail polish junkie,
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Amor de Lacquer: Kiss Paint & Stencil Kit

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.
A lot of you have been asking me about nail art and designs. I SO wish I had the time to do them more often but I have a hard time even polishing my nails these days. I know, I know. So unlike me but I’ve been one lazy lady these days. 

I had the opportunity to test drive Kiss’s Paint & Stencil kit and had super high hopes for it.

Hit the jump to see if it rocked my world. Or…not.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to nail art and design, a kit like this is the way to go.

This one comes with two pages of stencils and three nail art polishes. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use the stencils.

BAM! Seems pretty simple, right? To test it out, I used Illamasqua’s hot pink polish in Collide.


First up, the application of the stencil.

And then a bit of white nail art polish on top.

I gently pulled the tab and…

Um…is that it? I was expecting some magic. I tried again with the black polish and another stencil.

Uh? Not so much. I left the stencils alone and tried to play around with the nail art polishes a bit.

The consistencies of the black and white seemed to be a little too watery for my liking. But I managed to crank out a bit of a design anyway.

The kit isn’t priced badly and for $6.99, I thought it would deliver. But nope…between the watery polishes and stencils that you CAN’T re-use, I’m not sure if I would use it again. The good news is, you can always use the brushes with a polish of your choice.

See! There’s always a bright side!

To get more info about the kit, check it out here.


Your fellow nail polish junkie,
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Review: COVERGIRL LiquiLine Blast Eye Liners

Remember when I was trying to sell my left leg to buy excited about COVERGIRL’s newest eyeliners?

Check this out!

Here’s to hoping their performance is as beautiful as they are. Chow!
First things first…here are some stats on the kids.

  • They retail for $7.99. And of course if you catch a buy 1, get 1 free sale…holla!
  • The amazing Pat McGrath, P&G Global Creative Design Director was one of the masterminds behind the gorgeous shade palettes.
  • These liners are infused with silicone to help keep them long lasting. 
  • They come in 6 shades; the three shown in this post, a silver, brown and black. 
At a glance, I thought that the three that I tested would all have the same finish, but it looks like Violet Spark  is matte.
Blue Bloom and Green Glow take on a bit of a creamier and semi-metallic finish. This is definitely my preference! In fact, out of all of them, Blue Bloom is my favorite.
 I think Green Glow is too cool for my skin tone And Violet Voltage in all of her matte-ness is a bit of a pain to apply. It takes a few strokes on the waterline to get it to really stay. But by then, you’re in tears!

On the opposite side of each liner comes a smudger tip.

I never really smudge my liner unless I’m going for a sultry night look but just to show y’all how easy it is, I gave it a whirl…

Now for some swatch tests. I do these tests each time I try a new eyeliner. I figure if they can stay put without budging on my hand, then they’ll do even better on my waterline.

Funny how Blue Bloom practically disappears because check it out after an 8 hour workday and jog outside.

Boo yah!

So are the liners worth a try? I think so. Blue Bloom is a must have. I’ve been wearing is daily since I got it!

Have you tried these kids yet?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here

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Ms. Manicure Handy Dandy Mani set

Here’s a pretty regular conversation between me and my girlfriends.

Friend: Hey B, let’s go and get our nails done.

Me: *side eye* Nah uh…that costs too much money. I’m trying to save money for, you know…life and stuff.

Friend: Really B? Come on! I know this place that only charges $10 for manicures and $15 for pedicures.

Me: $25?! You know what I could get with that? Two weeks worth of veggies, gas in my car, I could save up for a trip, *insert rambling*

It’s true. I’m THAT friend. The frugal one. The one that hasn’t gotten her nails done in a year because she’d rather save money and do them at home herself.

*insert Handy Dandy Mani set*

Now this is more my style! For $10, you can whip your nails into shape without breaking the bank. And you know the tools are clean because…they’re yours!

What comes in the set…

That’s everything you need! Except the nail polish which Mama knows I have enough of that. Some time ago I did a video of my At Home Manicure routine.

Do you do your nails at home too? You’ll definitely need the Handy Dandy Mani set. Click here to find out where you can get it.

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Review: LORAC 3D lipgloss

I’m pretty frugal when it comes to certain products. I’ll spend an arm and a leg on skincare products, but lipsticks and glosses? Eh. Aren’t $3 glosses just as good as glosses that cost over $20? There’s only one way to find out.

I was strolling in Sephora one fine day and came across a stunning lippie from LORAC.

Oh the beautiful glitter-ness!

This was my first time checking out any products from LORAC. I had to go home and do my research after making this purchase. What Sephora says,

“The Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss features a viscosity that visually retextures the lips, and smoothes away imperfections allowing color to appear more vivid and luminous. The unique formula is infused with antioxidants to help nourish and protect, while the creamy, moist texture helps lips look silky-smooth and ultra-glossy. It combines a liquid lipstick and lip lacquer for high-impact color and the 3-D Holographic effect will make your pout stand out!”

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrance
- Synthetic Dye
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan
(source)

Well look at that! It’s a green gloss. For my ladies who doubt that higher end brands do not come out with paraben-free products, I think y’all need to take a nice long look at LORAC.

And as for the gloss, I LOVE it! It almost reminds me of MAC’s Dazzleglass but not as thick. It is long wearing and this particular color (3D) makes for great layer. It’s pretty sheer when you wear it solo.

 But man does it POP when you layer it on top of a gloss. I like the wand too. Makes for even application.

For it to retail at $22, I say it does a darn good job. I’m itching to check out some more products from LORAC. I wonder if their mascara is just as green.

Have y’all tried anything from LORAC? Or am I like 10 years late in just now discovering this brand? 

Mascara Monday: NYX Doll Eye waterproof mascara

It only took 600 years but I am finally reviewing this mascara!

NYX Doll Eye mascara
Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims: “
Doll Eye mascara offers the latest advanced mascara formula for perfect all-around full lashes. Contains natural oils, vitamin E and fibers to extend and protect lashes.” (source)

The truth: It’s average.

What I loved about it: The wand was pretty groovy. It’s not original but helps with lengthening and separation.

What I didn’t like: While I like fiber mascaras, one of their flaws is the flakiness they tend to give you after you’ve coated your lashes. This isn’t the case with ALL fiber mascaras but it is certainly the case with NYX’s.

Overall:  Fiber mascaras ain’t for everybody. I think they are best suited for ladies who have short ladies. Small strokes and few coats are key for fiber mascaras. And if you have have super sensitive eyes, they may not be the best for you because of the flakiness. Doll Eye does well with one coat but I didn’t find it to be spectacular. The volume was so so but the lengthening wasn’t where it should be for a fiber mascara.The best thing about it is the removal process–simply wet the lashes, massage them and it’s off! It’s like magic!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)
Lashes with 1 coats of mascara

You can purchase it for $9 anywhere NYX Cosmetics products are sold. 

Would I recommend it?: Nope. While, it’s not a bad mascara per se, I didn’t find it to be one that I would purchase again.

Until next Monday…

A crazed mascara reviewer,



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