Amor de Lacquer: Nubar’s Fall 2009 Modern Matte 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.

Yesssss, more mattes. Am I loving this trend or what? I am having a ball reviewing collections from different brands. Everyone’s mattes are different and I have yet run into one that I didn’t like.

Nubar baby!!


You’ve seen me review Nubar before. Remember the Going Green collection? I am STILL in love with that Reclaim. Seriously the best green holo ever. Anywhoovers….let’s check out their mattes.

Prevail is one of those colors that you don’t see everyday. It’s very interesting. Like a dirty eggplant. Doesn’t look too matte-y though. Which is fine with me because it’s a funky and unique color anyway.

Oh wow….now I can get down with this. Contempo would be pretty boring if it wasn’t a matte. But since it is, it kinda rocks. It’s like a pearlized velvety tomato. I love it!

Vital is cool. Nothing spectacular. I didn’t think about it then but it would probably be insane with a glittery topcoat.


How ’bout Avant-Garde or Avant-Gorg! I love the way this baby pops on my skin.


Nubar’s mattes remind me a lot of Zoya’s mattes. They’ve got that velvet-y thing goin’ on. I’ve learned to appreciate mattes like this. They aren’t super super matte but are shiny enough to appease even the most anti-matte chica.

My only issues with these is that they are a bit of struggle to remove. And yes, like most mattes—you’ll see chipping after a day or so. But I love ‘em so much that I don’t even care.

You can snag these darlings here. Only $25 for the entire set. Not bad at ‘tal!

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: YSL Parisienne perfume

Even as a little girl, I wanted to smell like like a grown woman.

I know…ain’t that somethin’? I was like 7 years old and would sneak in my Mom’s bathroom to spritz a little eau de parfum on my neck. YSL Parisienne reminds me of one of those fragrances that I would have used back in the day. Only now I’m twenty fo’ and I’m at the right perfume wearin’ age.

Introducing YSL’s Parisienne…


Parisienne is a floral fragrance that has hints of sandalwood and blackberry. I like it. I’m not sure how popular it would be among many chicas my age but it is definitely something that I can spritz on when I’m headed to church or to some luncheon. It makes me feel grown up.

Has anyone tried it? Love it? Hate it?

…and I know, fragrances don’t seem to last all that long on me either. I usually have to dab grapeseed oil my neck and wrists before spritzing. I find that it helps the scent last longer.

You can grab this fragrance from Sephora and Sephora.com. Find out more about it here.

Mascara Monday: YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Luxurious mascara

‘ello there, darlings! And did everyone have a wonderful weekend? Enjoy Halloween? I spent mine at Bayside in Miami with the BFF and cousins. As much as I love the North, I also love this unseasonably warm winter in Central and South Florida. 90 degrees in November is SO what’s hot right now.

Is my first YSL cosmetic experience just as hot? Check the review….

YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’
Luxurious mascara

Price: 2 out of 5 ($28 from Nordstrom)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Luxurious mascara for a false lash effect. An intense look in a single stroke. The secret? A triple-film complex—a coating film for intensity, conditioning film for curve and fixing film for long-lasting effectiveness.” (source)

The truth:
I feel all luxurious and whatnot. I mean, wow…YSL mascara. Ohhh, dawliiing!

What I loved about it: That golden tube makes me feel like I’m holding a piece of…gold. I love it! And I love how this mascara comes in SIX colors. That’s dope, son!!

What I didn’t like: Blue, where you went? You went on beautifully but within minutes you disappeared. Dude, WTFrack…

Overall: So a few of y’all requested this mascara. I probably would not have reviewed it otherwise. But being that I’ve never tried a YSL mascara, I decided to give it a whirl.

I’m kinda glad I did because it’s a pretty cool mascara! First of all….10 points for YSL for having a burgundy and gray mascara. How cool is that? I’ll have to play around with those soon. It took me forever to figure out what color I was going to get. I wanted to be safe and stick with black but lately many of y’all have been asking me about colored mascaras, so I picked up #6 Deep Night and took it home.

Well….look how blue it is!


So pretty! The wand is decent. Not good, not bad but not ah-mazing, ya know? I really like colored mascaras but I get kind of annoyed when they don’t show up so well on dark brown/black lashes. I would love to see how this looks on blond lashes! Or even red…wow!

But I digress…to really see if I could get blue blue lashes, I rolled the mascara on top of my lashes. Like this…

This was after I applied on coat the “regular way”. It came out like this…


Boo. Clumpy and just..confused. LOL! This is without flash but they aren’t even that blue in person. *sigh*

So I applied it again the “regular way”.

Lashes without mascara
(photo from lash week)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Well, hot darn! That’s some pretty good volume and length. Not bad at all. And the lashes look all curly too. They almost look like falsies.

But wait. Here’s a far-away-shot. I’ve got the mascara on the left eye only. Does it look as good? And can you see the blue?

I guess it’s okay. But darn it! I want more blue! I’m still satisfied. It is a really good mascara.

Would I recommend it?: Yep! If you have close to $30 to spend on a mascara (which I don’t…see how much I love, y’all? LOL!), this isn’t a bad one to try.

Has anyone tried this one yet? I’m really itching to try the gray. Hmmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Permanent Hair color

I have a confession, y’all…

It’s this….

…and this


I LOVE hair color. Like, a lot. I’ve been loving hair color since 9th grade when I first got highlights. When I couldn’t get my hair professionally done I would dye it with Kool-Aid. I know, I know….but it was a hit and if there was a superlative for it I would have been “Most Likely to Have Amazing Hair Color from Kool-Aid”.

I dyed my hair in college. I was jet blue black, red/orange, light brown and even did a huge blond streak. I just LOVE hair color.

Recently I dye-d my locs.


See the full story at LocRocker.com. I went from having tri-colored locs to permanently lightening all of my locs.

The result=love. Now I’ve dyed my hair at home many times before. But I’ve never done a permanent. I probably could have paid my loctician to do it but I really love doing my own hair. Not to mention I save money. Holla!

Anyone have any tips for taking care of permanently dyed hair? All hair types are welcome to respond.

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Dare Collection, Fall 2009


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.

Soooo, remember when I reviewed Zoya’s Truth Collection? I’m a little late but here’s the Dare collection. And between you and me…I LOVE this one a lot more than Truth. What can I say? I am definitely a Dare kinda girl. Holla!

Ciara is another berry. We’ve seen a lot of these Zoya. They do them beautifully. Ciara is no exception. Loves it!


Vanessa is described as a red blue cream. I totally love it. The application was flawless and it makes a wonderful pedicure color.



Pinta is a purple cream so you know that I’m in love, right? This purple makes my heart flutter. Isn’t it gorgeous?



Demi is one of those colors that you look at and just go “Eh”. But then when you apply it…you love it! This purple mauve is super unique. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.


Envy is such a fabulous army green. And it’s a green cream. What’s not to love?


Iziba is like…wow. I LOVE it! While it is super vampy, it looks blue….not black.

….it rocks when it comes to konading too!

Well, what can I say? This is one of my favorite Zoya collections ever. I love every single one. Definitely an amazing fall color.

I used two coats for each and didn’t have any application problems.

Buy these and more for $7/bottle at Zoya.com.

So who has ‘em? See any you like?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

FOTD Friday: Purples Eyes and Purple Nails


Purples have struck me again! Can you believe this? It’s out of control really. I think my last few FOTDs have been surrounded around purples. There is clearly something in the water. I’m hoping that I can break this streak and dabble into more colors. But for right now purples are rocking my world.

Remember when I showed ya’ll the fabulousness that is Stila’s Barbie Smudge pot in Purple Pumps? I decided to use it as a base. I find that it’s a little tricky because it is super glittery. It takes quite a bit of packing on.


But I managed to crank out a little somethin’-somethin’…

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

MAC blush in Sweet As Cocoa

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s

MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Lancome Oscillation mascara
LIPS:
Inglot lipstick in #204

I am lovin’ that lipstick!


….and then there are the nails. I used Essie’s Matte About You over Diamond Cosmetics’ Crushed Velvet. Whoa!

And I’ve fallen in love with Color Club’s Wild at Heart.


Seriously the best polish I have seen in my entire life. But I say that about everything right?

Purples are amazing. On the eyes, on the nails, on the lips, in the hair….I’ve done it all. And I hearby retire purples for at least a good 2 months!

Wait…


Okay….NOW I’m done. :)

Happy weekend, y’all!


Stay beautiful,

Iman Cosmetics overload!

If there is one brand of cosmetics Clumps readers demand more coverage of, it’s Iman Cosmetics. I dabbled in some of the foundations here but this is my first time playing around with the shadows and blushes.

Dude, what took me so long?

Thanks to the incredible prices of BeautyTicket.com (definitely check ‘em out…shadows are only $3.99 and blushes are $4.99!!) I was able to do a major haul with minor spending.

Check out the shadows….


(l-r)
Chili, Twigs, Mahogany

Can you believe I DON’T own colors like these? I guess because I always assumed that colors like this were a little too “safe” and predictable on brown skin. Don’t know what I was thinking because I find that all three of these babies are uniquely versatile.

And then there are the blushes…


(l-r)
Fressia, Website, Bark

You fainted, didn’t you? I know I did when I first saw them. I can’t wait to swatch them and incorporate them in looks to share with y’all.

I was really anxious to see how Chili eyeshadow would look on the lid. It is a matte so I packed it on and used Mahogany in my crease for a quick “off to work” look.


Not bad at ‘tal, uh? Stay tuned for a complete review of all of the shadows and blushes. In the meantime, head on over to Beauty Ticket and get your Iman Cosmetics haul on!

Amor de Lacquer: Halloween nail art


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.

It’s Halloween time, y’all! I don’t really get into the whole dressing up thing–although this year my girls want to go to Miami. In which case if I DO go, I’m dressin’ up as a cop. Or a “sexy cop” since most Halloween costumes for ladies are nothing more than baring more. HA!

I got a little inspired and wanted to play around with some new konad plates I got.

I finally ordered from OCNailArt.com. I HIGHLY recommend them. Kathleen is a pleasure to work with and shipping was fast. Gotta love it.

The plates I got…


I knew that I wanted to use China Glaze’s new Fortune Teller.


How amaziiiing is this color? It is black with orange glittery chunks. It looks SO good on its own. It really is a fabulous Halloween color. I got mine from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

I used a design on Konad plate m57.

I fudged up the pointer. My konad-ing skills STILL need some work.

Then I took China Glaze’s Style Wars and used a design on plate m61.


Can you believe I don’t have a black polish? 100-somethin’ polishes and not one is black? The horror! I ended up using Man Glaze’s The Death Tar. See my review here. A black polish would really make the art POP. So I guess I need to buy one.

I am really loving konad!


I was trying to do a fancy nail + face photo and look what happened?


I so messed up. HA!! I’m a mess, y’all.

Check out my konad tutorial here. Anyone doin’ any funky nail art for Halloween?

Or even dressing up for Halloween?

Tell meez!