The Official Nail Polish 101 post

My YouTube family has been been requesting this post/video for quite some time now. It’s true…..I love nail polishes. Like, a lot. So I guess it was high time for me to talk about nail polish in general. But I didn’t just ramble in this video. I had a list and I stuck to it!


I talked about different finishes of polishes. Including glitter which I just….SO love.


And I also talked about prices and even wondered if I should come out with my own nail polish color and name.


LOL, I’m kidding. Or am I? Hehe….

Enjoy!


Beauty Review: The Body Shop Nutriganics Skincare line…

Yaaaay! The Body Shop has done it again! They’ve come out with another fabulous line of skincare products.

Let me introduce you to Nutriganics.

I’ve been test driving this line for a good 2 months and since my face didn’t act a plum fool, I figured now would be a good time to review it.

What what exactly does the Nutriganics line do? Glad you asked! The Body Shop says that it, can, “…..reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin’s elasticity and protect your skin against sun damage.” (source) In addition to that, this line contains Community Trade organic babassu oil. One of the things I love about The Body Shop are their values. They truly believe in making sure that their suppliers are treated fairly. Read more about that here. Aaaand, at least 98% of the total ingredients from the products below are from natural origin.

Well well now..that’s something that we can ALL appreciate. Let’s have a quick meet and greet with the kids now.

Foaming Face Wash ($14)


I always feel like a kid when I use foaming face washes. They are just so fun! I LOVED this one. It didn’t leave my face streaky but at the same time I felt like the cleanser gave me a thorough cleanse. The scent was a little strong though. It has a natural, grassy, root-nutty smell. If that makes any sense at all.

Refreshing Toner ($14)


Now I can’t say that I’m much a toner user. My acne prone skin can be oily at times but I never saw a toner alleviate that problem. I gave this one a whirl for a while and I liked it. I didn’t notice any changes in my skin but I loved the way it felt. It was a nice little follow-up to the face wash.

Smoothing Day Cream ($22) and
Smoothing Night Cream ($24)

These two were so identical in how they treated my skin, that I just ended up using the Day Cream during the day AND night. (someone play Kid Cudi). I could not distinguish between the two, which I suppose is not a bad thing. I think my skin appreciated the creams more at night. They seemed to “sink” in better. Application during the day felt a tad bit oily for my jacked up skin. I think these would work better for drier skin; especially those of y’all living in colder climates. As I type this, it is 83 degrees in Central Florida. Winter? What winter?

To sum up….I can dig the Nutriganics line. I think the prices are reasonable for natural skincare products. Although I am wondering why the Night Cream is more expensive than the Day Cream. Hmm… I can appreciate the smell but if you have a sensitive nose and can’t get down with “natural” smelling products, this may not be the line for you. And did i mention that this line smooths lines and wrinkles? I know I don’t have any now but preventive aging is a good look at any age. Yea mon!

You can find out more about the The Body Shop’s Nutriganics line here.

In the meantime, tell me what you think. Have you tried any of their skin products? Like ‘em? Love ‘em? Loathe ‘em?

Tell me!

Primers, primers, primers….


So we all know how important primers are.

Or do you?

If I plan on wearing eyeshadow I ALWAYS have to put down a base. My eyelids are greasier than than a mofo….trust me on this one, y’all. They are just a hot greasy oily mess. Eye shadow primers are lifesavers and my shadow colors vibrant and lasting all day.

The above are my favorite.

What kind of primers do you use? Concealer, pencils, gel liners, potions, paint pots?

The Most Glittery-est Polish to date!

Just some random shots of China Glaze’s Spellbound.

This is by far the most glittery-est polish I own. It is insane!


You can it get it from Head2Toe Beauty for only $2.99. Wow-sers.

And don’t even get me started on Massini polishes…


I’ll be reviewing those babies soon! Just teasing y’all for now. :)

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Fall 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.

Yep! I’ve got another Diamond Cosmetics collection for you. This time we’re bringin’ in the Fall with fabulous fall colors. You ready?



Crushed Velvet


What a fabulous name! Crushed Velvet reminds me a lot of Diamond Cosmetics’ Plum Pie in the Sky. Except this baby has more purple in it. Vampy purples that actually LOOK purple (and not black) are so stunning to me. And I love that I got complete coverage with just one coat. Holla!

….and then I matte-d it up with Essie’s Matte on You. I think I like it better shiny though.

Smokey Rose


If I had to rename this color, it would be Grandma’s favorite. No joke…my paternal Grandmommy used to wear a color JUST like this when I was growing up. It is definitely a Grandma-color, I think. I didn’t quite like it on me. I could really only rock this color with some kind of design on it. By itself it’s a little *yawn*
Mulberry Mahem


Please oh please excuse the application of this baby. It was a tad bit watery. It isn’t the most unique color but I love bright berries like this….we’ve seen them before but they still make me happy.


Cherry Tobacco


Well, hello there, hottie! What a fantastic fall color. You can’t have a fall collection without a color like this. I LOVE Cherry Tobacco. Definitely my favorite color in this collection.


Well, this isn’t my FAVORITE Diamond Cosmetics’ collection but it’s a good one. There is something for everyone. I mean, think about it—if you got this collection, you’ve got colors that your Grandma, little sister, Mom and teenage niece would like. I’m just sayin’….not all collections ‘got it like that’.

For $2 a bottle, I think they are worth it! But I will always say that because….they are $2 a bottle! Seriously….how can you NOT buy at least one?

I highly recommend Crushed Velvet and Cherry Tobacco. They are fantabulous!

Get ‘em here!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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)