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….


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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…


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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!

Brown & Blushin': Illamasqua blush in Thrust


Well, I couldn’t just stare at Illamasqua without purchasing, could I? Granted I have no problem window shopping (story of my life, HA!) but I owe it to Clumps readers to test drive the car you may be thinking of purchasing, right? That’s what I’m here for!

Sooo, I thought long and hard about the Illa product I first wanted to review.

Blush was one of the winners, baby! Now if this doesn’t convince brown girls that we CAN wear blush, then I’m going to have to go on a traveling tour called “Listen brown girls, we can wear blush”.

Seriously.

Thrust is the business!


Prettyful, uh? Illamasqua describes this as “magenta” and it retails for $23. You can find out more about it here.

So I applied a generous amount on the cheeks….


And wowsers! I like it!


Blush does a body good and I’ll be visiting my Sephora again to check out some more of Illamasqua’s blushes…or powder blushers they call them.

Loves ’em!

Have you tried any of Illa’s blushes yet?

You don’t wear blush don’t you? Hmmm…..

Brown & Blushin': Illamasqua blush in Thrust


Well, I couldn’t just stare at Illamasqua without purchasing, could I? Granted I have no problem window shopping (story of my life, HA!) but I owe it to Clumps readers to test drive the car you may be thinking of purchasing, right? That’s what I’m here for!

Sooo, I thought long and hard about the Illa product I first wanted to review.

Blush was one of the winners, baby! Now if this doesn’t convince brown girls that we CAN wear blush, then I’m going to have to go on a traveling tour called “Listen brown girls, we can wear blush”.

Seriously.

Thrust is the business!


Prettyful, uh? Illamasqua describes this as “magenta” and it retails for $23. You can find out more about it here.

So I applied a generous amount on the cheeks….


And wowsers! I like it!


Blush does a body good and I’ll be visiting my Sephora again to check out some more of Illamasqua’s blushes…or powder blushers they call them.

Loves ’em!

Have you tried any of Illa’s blushes yet?

You don’t wear blush don’t you? Hmmm…..

Stila Barbie Smudge Pots

Y’all know I’m a Stila girl. It’s no surprise really. I enjoy many of their products and have hailed the Lip glaze as one of my favorite glosses on the market. Which says a lot considering there are A LOT of glosses on the market.

And my crazy self feels as if I need to review them all. HA!

But I digress.

I had my eyes on these smudge pots since I first got the press release about them. The colors just called my name. I don’t have many gel liners despite my affinity for them. I love Lancome‘s and MAC’s Fluidlines have always been a staple for me. L’Oreal HIP’s are a bit dry and Clinique’s are too smudge-y.

I find that Stila’s smudge pots work great not only as bases but as liners are well. And look how beautiful the Barbies collection ones are!

Stila’s smudge pots are hot stuff. I tweeted a photo of them when I was in Miami.

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Little Black Dress (it has pink sparkles in it!)
Cobalt Clutch
Purple Pumps

Purple Pumps is the greatest thing since….I don’t know, it’s just great! I’ve been wearing it almost every day I’ve had it. I have never seen such a beautiful purple cream liner.

I even wore it at Blogalicious ’09 this past weekend.

I cut out my homie Luvvie of that photo but
I’ll re-post it with her fabulous self in it. :)

I’m in love the smudge pots. I’ll be back showing you how fabulous Cobalt Clutch looks. In the meantime, check them out here. You can snag them from Sephora, Sephora.com or Stila.com for $20/each.

A fan of Stila smudge pots? Have these? Want these?

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,


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