Mascara Monday: Benefit BadGal Lash mascara

It’s been a long time coming but I’m back with a mascara review! I know, I know…don’t hate me. Blogger duties have called and I’ve been traveling for the past three weekends. And I’ll be traveling again this weekend so hang in there with me, fam!

Here’s a mascara review that has been highly requested for almost a year now. And I am JUST now getting around to it. Is it bad as in good or bad as in bad?

Check the review!

Benefit Bad Gal mascara


Price: 2 out of 5 (around $19.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “The BADgal line of mascaras from Benefit are full of “BAD-itude!” The rich, sexy formula and oversized brush build thick, beautiful and bodacious lashes.”

The truth:
That wand is a little too massive for my liking.

What I loved about it: Umm, I don’t think there was anything that I REALLY loved about it.

What I didn’t like: The wand. Seriously too big.

Overall: I think the world loves this mascara. I say this because I have gotten so many requests to review it. But then a lot of you have been skeptical. So leave it to your head Mascara Reviewer to bring you the nitty gritty.

Well, I don’t have THAT much to say about this baby here. It’s just okay. While I’ve heard a lot of people say that looooove it, I find it to be pretty average as far as mascaras go. The wand is HUGE!


And no me gusta. I find that wands this large make for difficult control. And for my ladies with shorter lashes and lids…this ain’t the one for y’all. The bristles are a little tight together and don’t make for much room to flow through the lashes.

As far as the mascara’s overall performance. It’s okay. But it’s not spectacular. I find that it does what it needs to do but does not go beyond the average mascara. Like ALL of my reviews, this is completely relative but I don’t….BadGal just didn’t surprise me. Plus I think it is far too expensive for it to not have any cool tricks.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Not bad…but I’ve seen better.

Would I recommend it?: Not so much. I know of other mascaras that do more for half the price.

A fan of this baby? Does it work wonders for you?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,


(photo source)

Amor de Lacquer: Polish Pal=love!


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 story time, kids! Grab your favorite blanket and gather around for another tale from

“The top on this polish is too hard to open and
I think my fingers are about to pop off”

Once upon a time in a hot-behind state where curls dropped from humidity, there lived a polish lovin’ lady named B. B loved her polishes and was known to polish her nails daily. Every once in a while, though, she ran into a difficult to open polish.


These polishes brought her sadness, sore fingers and jacked up teeth (Opening polishes with teeth=no bueno).

And then one day a pal came her way.


A polish pal that is!


B loved how comfortably it fit in her hands.


And she loved how it was able to open nail polish bottles of all shapes and sizes.


B was happy and so were her hands. No more struggling with trying to open polishes. She knew this little Polish Pal would benefit not only those suffering from arthritis, but also the little girls who wanted to polish their nails but had troubles opening the bottles.

All was well with the world.

Order The Polish Pal from Execulon.com. It’s only $8.95….a must have for the avid nail polish-er.

What would you do for longer lashes?

Have you ever thought about it?

I mean, really….

Clumps of Mascara focuses on all areas of beauty with mascara (obviously) being the product we show the most love to. I enjoy reviewing them because the demand is there and for whatever reason a lot of us are sooo in love with the idea of having thicker and longer lashes.

But how far would you go?

Check out this parody. It makes you think…

Thoughts? Funny? Scary? Or are you just speechless?

Thanks Aziza

Amor de Lacquer: OPI’s YDKJ in 3 forms


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.

Dear O.P.I.
Y’all are real funny. Who comes out with three polishes with three different finishes but yet they have the SAME name? Come on now…. Are y’all trying to confuse me? I’m just sayin’….Love you anyway, though. You’re one of my favorite brands of polish and I can’t wait until y’all drop a polish named ‘Cause Everybody Ain’t There Yet” or “You Don’t Know Me Like That” or “Tweet Ya Later”.

XOXO,
B

Nooo, I didn’t really send O.P.I. that letter. But I may.

Raise your hand if you remember me first reviewing You Don’t Know Jacques? I labeled it as a “yuck color” on brown skin. I’m sorry….but this color was anything but flattering. Nothing NOTHING was going to make me like it. Oh..you don’t remember what it looked like?

*gags*

It’s not pretty on me. And you know what? I’m fine with that. But what I’m not fine with is O.P.I. forcing me to like this color. How, you ask?

These jokers have come out with TWO other You Don’t Know Jacques’ with different finishes. See!


What in the post-it orange soda hell is this? Hmm….a matte and a suede? Surely they will look as crap-tastic as the predecessor, right? Umph!

Just look at this matte…


Well….wait a minute. It’s not SO bad. Definitely not as bad as the original. It applied flawlessly and only needed two coats. O.P.I.’s extra wide brushes are total BFFs with my longer nail beds. As a matte it looks more unusual than just downright ugly. I can deal with unusual. Shoot, I’m unusual. So this I can do as a matte.

Surely the suede finish can’t top this. Remember I’m supposed to loathe YDKJ.


*blinks* Is this the same color? Wait a minute….how is this possible? You Don’t Know Jacques with a suede finish looks….beautiful??? I feel tricked. How did we go from the original color that looked like dirty mop water to this stunning gold and brown love affair? I mean, look at it. It looks like gold and brown shared a passionate kiss. The result? You Don’t Know Jacques suede. I love it. I think it’s one of the most attractive colors I have ever seen.

Talk about a magic trick.

Yes y’all….they’ve fooled us. Or at least me. I-I-I-I like You Don’t Know Jacques. I really do!

You can be a high roller and pay a good $9 and up for the YDKJ….or you can get them from online retailers like TransDesign and pay around $4/bottle.

What do you think? Is YDKJ better in a matte or suede? Do you love the original?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: MAC Dazzleglass Creme

‘ello darlings!

I plan to crank out quite a few posts on lipsticks, glosses and balms. There are so many hot ones on the market right now and the gloss fiend in me wants to explore them allllll.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme
in Do It Up

I think the whole world knew how much I loved the original Dazzleglasses. I pretty much lived in Funtabulous for a good 3 months. They are full of glitter, can jazz up a lipstick and have good staying power.

Now MAC rolls out with the Dazzleglass creme. Are these just as great? I’ll say! I found them to apply similar to a Dazzleglass but with a creamier feel. The lips still more moisturized and it wasn’t as sticky as a Dazzleglass.

But you still get the the glitter effect if that’s yo thang!


I think I’m in love with these. I probably won’t purchase more than two because I’m cheap and I think the $18 price tag is a little steep. Hey, that rhymed!

….no but seriously. While I do love these babies I find that they tend to go pretty quickly if you use them regularly. It’s not the best beauty investment for my budget but at the same time a good two or so in my collection adds some diversity to the gloss family.

Not to mention Do It Up ain’t too bad on the lips.


Whatcha think?

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass creme lippies yet? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?

 

Beauty Review: Hirsana Capsules

Heyyy mamas!

How many of y’all have tried taking capsules? Beauty capsules, I mean.We spend a crap load of money on creams, lotions and serums. But think about it….clear skin, healthy hair and strong nails all start from within. I am a huge proponent of a healthy diet, vitamins and drinking a ton of water daily.

I gave Hirsana Capsules a spin a few weeks back and I think the results may surprise you. But first…let’s see what these babies claim to do.

“Extremely rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, golden millet oil has been proven to positively affect the growth and regeneration of hair, skin and nails. Hirsana golden millet oil capsules not only promote strong, thick, shiny hair but also help prevent hair loss. The capsules support natural skin functions, contributing to a healthy, radiant complexion. Hirsana also adds strength and luster to nails, fortifying, conditioning and brightening from head to toe.”

You read right. Hirsana capsules help beautify three areas most of us want radiant at all times; hair, skin and nails.

Did it work?
I already actively take a multi-vitamin, Vitamin C and fish oil pills so I was skeptical. But within a few weeks my nails were stronger than they have ever been. I’m talkin’ nails of steel! I can’t say much about my hair growth since my hair is in locs and as far as my skin? I didn’t notice much of a difference in that department but I’m sure with continued use, I may see some results.

What’s in the capsules?
Formulated with 200 mg of pure golden millet oil, each Hirsana capsule contains the following nutrients and associated health and beauty benefits:

* Essential Fatty Acids: Strengthen the skin’s barrier and regulate moisture content
* Vitamin E: serves as an antioxidant and protects against free radicals
* Vitamin B6: boosts metabolism
* Thiamin: promotes normal nervous system function
* Riboflavin: supports the formation of blood cells
* Pantothenic Acid: regulates the metabolic process for energy recovery
* Biotin: plays an important role in metabolic processes
* Zinc: supports the buildup of protein produced within the body

…..a ton of vitamins! No dangerous formulas here, folx. As always, consult with your doctor before consumption. Once you get the go, give these babies a whirl. I think they are worth a try!

30 capsules will run you $36 which is a bit steep but hey—we spend that much on a few glosses and shadows. Even my cheap self can’t put a price on health. Really!

You can purchase ‘em at www.hirsanausa.com and www.skinstore.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ 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.

Are you sick of matte nail polishes yet? Because I’m not. I have reviewed quite a few from various nail polish brands. They all had their issues. When I tell y’all Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes were the easiest to deal with…I’m so not kidding!

Check ‘em out!


Matte Mulberry took me by surprise. I expected it to be super matte, but it wasn’t. It was opaque in only one, that’s right ONE coat and quickly became my favorite in the bunch.

Matte Burgundy is so much fun! I was afraid that it would look super dark on the nails but it didn’t. It stayed true to its name and will definitely be one of my top color choices for Fall!


Matte Smoke is a matte gray without shimmer or shine. After purples, greens, blues and oranges (hehe!) grays are my favorite nail polish colors. Smoke didn’t give me any issues. It took longer to dry than the others but who am I to complain when I ended up with a fabulous mani?



Matte Black is just that. A matte black. I own about three of these and this one is probably my favorite. Flawless application, opaque in two coats and long lasting. Loves it!!

The gang altogether!

Well well wellll, another reason why I am a Diamond Cosmetics fan. These mattes are incredible, y’all! I didn’t have any issues that are prevalent with most mattes. These issues include:

-Chipping within hours
-Dragging
-Bubbling
-Drying too quickly resulting in uneven coverage
-Not drying quickly enough
-Denting
-Applying messily

They are buttery smooth and all are opaque with two coats. These are not super matte-y. If you have been itching to try mattes but don’t too much like the “matte” look…these may be right up your alley.

And guess what? They are only $2.

$2!!!!

That’s it. Seriously the best deal ever.

Buy these and more for $2/bottle at DiamondCosmetics.com.

Think these will make you fall for mattes? Have you tried any of Diamond Cosmetics’ polishes?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Konad Nail Art 101


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.

Lemme tell ya, kids….konading is one thing. Taking pictures of konading AND doing a video on konading is a whole ‘nother chore. But I had to do it after receiving so many requests from my YouTube fam.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that on most weekends I tweet what I call my “Weekend manicures”. These looks are usually outrageous, not safe for work and all around fun.

Last week I tweeted this…


This was my first REAL deal Konad. I’ve had the system for months but it wasn’t until last weekend when I really went crazy with it.

What is Konad?
Simply put—a nail art system. I remember seeing these things in the mall when I was in middle/high school and thought they were super lame. I always thought they were for little girls who wanted to play “Let’s go to the nail salon”. Don’t know what I was thinking. Konading is a heap of fun. But is it easy to do?

Not for newbies….i.e. me. It’s a process really.

First you have to get the kit. This includes some nail art plates, a stamper and scraper. I purchased mine at a kiosk in an outlet but you can also get them from websites like this one and this one.


Then you polish your nails. With any polish. I chose Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes. OMG, these are incredible–review coming soon.


Let the nails dry and apply a polish over a nail design on one of the Konad plates. Like so….

Use the scrapper to remove polish from the outside perimeter of the plate.


Take your stamper and stamp! The design transfers from the plate to the stamper.


This is the tricky part. The part that I ALWAYS screw up on…….transferring the design to the nail. My nail beds are wide and long. These designs never really cover my entire nail. Not even my pinky!


A few minutes later and I’ve done the entire hand….

Konading is still a challenge for me. Stamping my middle fingers is a nightmare. I end up having to stamp twice and then the designs overlap and it’s not as fancy and neat as the other nails. In my experience, Konad works well with all of the nail polishes I have used. The white polish is a “Konad Special polish” but I have also used a China Glaze, Essie and Zoya with no problem.

I did a video too! OMG, it took me forever, y’all…..LOL!

What do you think? Into Konading? Wanna try?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,