FOTD Friday: How to Wear A Red Lip

Hmmm mmmm, so y’all thought I was done talking about red lips, uh? Nope! You see…there are STILL several brown girls who think they can’t rock a red lip. Seriously, y’all? I can understand not wanting to wear a red lip work or class as it tends to be a little bold in those surroundings. But haven’t you had some moments when you just felt…”bad”? Fearless? Powerful? Some days call for a red lip. And so, my sisters…we’re going to find some ways to ease into wearing one.

You red-y?

First, remember this…if you’re not used to wearing the color red in the first place, it’s going to be mega hard getting used to wearing it on your lips. Take baby steps with the color. If you can’t rock it on the lips just yet, try wearing a red flower.

Yes, I know it’s very Niecy Nash of me but it’s Spring in Florida and this is how we roll, son! Ha! Okay, so even if you’re not down with wearing a red flower in your hair, try red finger nail polish.

Orly’s Poison Apple and Zoya’s America look stunning on the nails and can make you feel a wee bit more comfortable about rocking a red lip.

When it comes to wearing red lips, I always like to have a pretty neutral eye look. For today’s look I only used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Sin on the lid and liner on the waterline and lower lash line.

See the difference the liner on the left (my right) eye makes? Oh yeah! The reds we will be using today are MAC’s Port Red and Maybelline’s Are You Red-dy.

Never eeeever judge a lipstick by how it looks on the outside. What looks to be scary and highly pigmented lipstick can really be a moderately build-able lipstick. Don’t be intimidated!

Check out the differences between Port Red and Are You Red-dy.

Do you see how Port Red has a bit of a blue undertone to it? If you’re not used to rocking reds, this may not be the kind of red you want to start off with. One light coat of Are You Red-dy gives the lip a little red tint. 

Rock this for a while and then head on other to step two. So you’re red-y (okay, I’ll stop…hehe) to get a little more red in, uh? Careful now. One swipe of Port Red is pretty heavy.


If the red is still TOO red for you, you can always tone it down with a lip liner. Take MAC’s Vino for example…

This liner has a little pink in it and will darken the red. But, my sisters…puhlease do NOT forget to blend. The following is not a good look.

Yes…blend blend blend!

So while this lip is slightly darker than the previous one, it’s still red. I LOVE red lipstick. I’m not the type to wear it all the time but I love it when I’m feelin’ like a bad mamma jamma. So again, I urge my brown girls out there…try a red lip. No, you’re lips aren’t too big and no, your complexion is NOT too dark. There are many ways to rock a red lip. Do what works for you and feel confident doing it.

Love y’all!

Amor de Lacquer: Taking care of the cuticles

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We talk a lot about nail polish collections and application but I can’t believe that I am jut now getting around to doing a post about cuticle care. And I should know better because I am constantly moisturizing mine.

Seriously. Every time I wash my hands, I moisturize my cuticles. I do it twice a day after showers. I do it before bed. I do in in the car. I do it while waiting in long lines. I am seriously a cuticle moisturizing fiend.

Before we go any further, let me show you exactly what cuticles are:

This picture is the perfect example because mine look AWFUL.

You can use anything to moisturize them. I tend to use my regular hand cream but I also have Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle cream in my purse and at home.

Words can not express how much I love this stuff. It is absolutely divine! The lemony smell makes my heart content and I always feel like I’ve had a wonderful little manicure each time I massage this in my cuticles.

Some people cut their cuticles off. I can’t say I’m a fan of this because cuticles help protect the nails and act as a shield. The most I do is push them down during manicures. But you have to do what works for you and what compliments your nails best.

Want to know more about cuticle care? Check out the following links.

The Best Way to care for cuticles
Cuticle Care
How to care for cuticles

Polish pretty,

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Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Risqué Reds collection

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Nubar really knows how to release collections that make your heard turn. I love how most of their collections have color or formula themes. We’ve seen a collection of greens, mattes, browns (mega rare and unique!) and glitters. When it comes to themed collections, Nubar raises the bar and takes it to a whole ‘notha level.

Now they are bringing us a collection of colors that goes back to home.


Enchanting Red is nice. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a red like this but I can dig it.

Fiery Red is more up my alley. It’s one of those “Look at my red nails!” colors. Loves it!

Torrid Red is described as a dark red with pronounced shimmer. It’s not my favorite in the bunch but it’s an awesome fall color.

Seductive Red is a winner in my book. What a flawless magenta-esque red. I love it! Even if it did drag on the cuticles a bit.

Sultry Red is another polish that drags to the cuticles. The formula is a wee bit watery on this baby. Still a nice subdued fire engine red with shimmer.

Sensual Red is my favorite because it is a stunning cream and applied beautifully.

Cabaret Red and Lustful Red are missing but not because I didn’t swatch them but because I got all mixed up when I organized this post. I couldn’t remember which polish was which! It frustrated me to no end. I mean, look at this…

These polishes look so much alike. Sure, one has more magenta in it than the other, but they are so close in color. I would have liked to see red glitter for layering. While I like this collection, I don’t think that all 8 of the polishes are must haves. A good one or two should be just fine.

I did have a few application problems with some of these babies. Some were a little watery; hence the dragging on the cuticles. While it’s not my favorite Nubar collection, I still give mad props to the company for releasing another cool themed collection.

You can buy the collection for $49.95 or purchase them individually for $7.49 here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles 

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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Beauty Review: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay eye pencil

Okay seriously…the title of this post is like…way too long. Right? Don’t blame me, loves. Blame Sally Hansen for having a super long product name. But you know what? That’s the only thing I can complain about when it comes to this product.

Seriously, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

Need some quick pros? Okay, check this…

-It doesn’t have any parabens
-It’s affordable ($7.49? Holla!)
-It is waterproof and doesn’t budge. At all. No really. Not at all!

Oh, and did I mention that it is affordable? That’s reason enough to love it. This Natural Beauty collection by Carmindy is really wow-ing me.

Those that know me know well know that I swear by Urban Decay’s liners. And I will never stop loving them. The prices are a little steep but in terms of waterproof liners in a ton of colors that actually STAY put? They deliver! However (don’t you hate when teachers/professors say that? Blah!), these aren’t too bad.

Those are the stats of the liner. It being paraben free is HUGE in my book. If you don’t know about parabens, read this article. I can’t say that ALL of the beauty products I use are paraben-free but owning a liner like this is certainly a step in the right direction.

For $7.49, you get a nice size liner with a smooth tip.

It doesn’t require any special pencil sharpener either. What really impressed me about the pencil is how dark, rich and creamy it is…

Oh la la, right? There was absolutely no tugging on the water line. Check out how it compares to Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero.

And then we did a quick smudge test….

And a water test…

Sally Hansen holds up pretty good, uh?

It’s great, y’all. Great! As far as its availability, you should be able to find it your local CVS and Rite Aid stores. A lot of U.S. Clumps readers have been able to find it so yay to Sally Hansen for having it all over. I just hope that it doesn’t get discontinued like…tomorrow. That would suck. A lot.

Have you tried this liner yet? Have you tried any drugstore liners that rocked your world? Or not so much?

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Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Flash Collection

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Yay for more creams! This is the perfect Spring time collection…especially those new to nail polishes. Most of these polishes are dupe-able meaning you can find colors by Zoya and in other brands. The good news is that these are all stunning! The bad news is…I’m missing one. Dana arrived me to cracked and left her remnants all over her fellow sisters. No bueno.  But the other kids look hot!


Now this is one blue that rocks my world. It was a wee bit streaky with initial application. A good two coats should set it straight. It almost reminds me of Zoya’s Yummy except it is a tad bit darker.


Look! It’s Zoya Malia’s twin. Lavender purple creams are just delish, aren’t they?


I am currently wearing this baby on my toes. It’s a little safe for me but it is streak-proof and perfect for Spring!


Maura is kind of like Zoya’s America. Which is another striking red; which of course is a total staple in every girl’s polish collection.


Love it! It reminds me of an orange float. I want to lick my fingers every time I wear this color. It looks so tasty on my nails!

Great collection, Zoya! I do think that most of these colors have twins but if you are new to Zoya or don’t have any colors like this, get them! I used 2 coats for each and if you experience any streakiness, try applying a base coat before applying the colors. These babies are $7 each and you can get them here.

Which one is your favorite? 

Buy these and more for $7/bottle at

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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Beauty Review: Milani 3D Glitzy Gloss

If there is a product that you desperately need in your life, how many drugstores would you hit up in order to find it and take it home?

That’s not a trick question, y’all. And don’t judge me when I say this but I searched almost 12 CVS’ and Walgreens to find these lippies. Yeah, I know you’re giving me the side eye but I did this for you guys. I promise! If I weren’t a blogger, I darn sure wouldn’t be doing crazy stuffs like this. But when I heard that Milani came out with a blue gloss, all I could think was, “Must.Get.It.Now.”

But first, let’s talk about Milani’s Fashion Diva and how similar it is to MAC’s Funtabulous. I reviewed Funtabulous sometime ago and it always been one of my favorite lip glosses EVA! But while I am an enormous fan of MAC’s Dazzleglass, I was never a fan of spending $18 for one. That’s a hefty price tag for a gloss yo. My collection of them as never been more than 3 because of this.

Milani’s 3D Glitz glosses are pretty good dupes for the Dazzleglasses. The consistency is not as thick, sticky and pigmented as the Dazzleglass, though. These of course means that they aren’t as long lasting.

Still a steal nonetheless. And Fashion Diva looks A LOT like Funtabulous and it’s only $6.49. Heyyy!!!

And now back to Movie Star because this blue gloss is truly rocking my world. When used alone, it is rather sheer and the neon blue sparkles are hardly noticed.

I wanted to see how it look layered on top of one of my favorite Inglot lipsticks.

Loves it! Now I hate to be a dream basher but finding Movie Star is like THEE hardest thing ever. I haven’t seem to locate it in a good 2 months. Hopefully you’ll be able to track down Movie Star and her other 6 friends. You can find them at CVS, Walgreens and K-Mart.

Have you tried these yet? How do you think they compare to MAC’s Dazzleglass?

Olay Complete’s New and not so Improved…

I’m not happy. I’m not. WHO told Olay to change their Olay Complete face moisturizer? I’m okay with packaging changes. But when you start dabbling in the ingredients, that’s when I get a little perturbed.

The old Olay Complete looked like this:

And the new one looks like this…

Packaging-wise, I can appreciate the new changes. But formula-wise? It gets an F from me. The new Olay Complete burns my skin, has a sunscreen-y smell and is a little oilier than its predecessor. My skin is left greasier and it’s just not pleasant. I feel better knowing that I’m not the only one hating the new Olay Complete.

Check out some of the reviews on the website:

Boo to Olay for disappointing so many customers. And then I saw a little note at the bottom of another bad review…

Talk about consumer power!

Have you had any new and not so improved products?

Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Foil FX and Sweet Collections

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“I was walking along, minding my business,
When out of an orange-colored sky,
Flash! Bam! Alakazam!
Wonderful you came by.”

I grew up on Nat King Cole and one of my favorite songs by him is “Orange Colored Sky”. I swear I started singing it when I first saw Orly’s Foil FX collection.

I know what you’re thinking. Something is missing right? Yep! I snagged 2 of Foil FX’s 3 polishes and 1 of 6 from the Sweet collection. I can explain. Watch this!

The color missing from the Foil FX collection is Rage; a rusty rose foil. It didn’t tickle my fancy so I passed on it. What was left from the collection were these two wonders.

Shine is amazing! This polish is seriously a must have. This is the foil-est polish I own. I got so many compliments when I wore it. While nothing can compare to getting your nails Minx-ed with silver foil, Shine ain’t too far behind.


Luxe is GOLD! Really really gold. It isn’t as bling-y as I wanted it to be but it is still a great foil. I’m not a fan of most gold polishes but this has enough shine power to keep me happy.


 The formula on the Foil FX polishes are impeccable. You can get complete coverage in a good 2 coats. I did 3 on these, though…just because I like to push it to the limit. Enormous fan of this collection, Orly!

Now of the 6 polishes in Orly’s Sweet collection, Snowcone was the only one that I really wanted. The other 5 were quite tempting but not terribly unique.

Snowcone is a blue yummy-lusciousness! Now that I’m looking at it, it may a dupe to Zoya’s Yummy.

I did have an incentive for buying this though. Each of the polishes in this collection come with a gloss.
I put mine on my keychain!
It’s a clear gloss but is surprisingly moisturizing and perfect for on the go.

That’s the thing about Orly. There are such a unique polish company. You’ve got the rubberized handles, cool polish names and you never know what cute little knick-knack you’re going to get with your polish.

I got these from for $3.50 a bottle.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,