Amor de Lacquer: Night Skyline and 2010 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.

Nubar tries again to wow us with another unique collection. And like ALL of their collections, it works. This is one brand that keeps me on my toes as far as collection excitement goes. You never know what they’re going to come out with next.


Night Skyline consists of what Nubar calls ‘the shifting colors of  the evening’s sky’ (source). The 4-piece collection retailed at $24.99 includes three polish with a matte finish and a top coat. The idea is to rock the matte polish in all of its shine-less fashion AND apply a top coat if you need some extra bling. I get it, Nubar but this is what a lot of us have been doing for quite some time. I’ve always deemed matte polishes as versatile because you can wear them two different ways.

So the idea isn’t new but with Nubar’s creative collection theme and name, you can’t help be but drawn in.

Sunset is a stunning rich gold that is one of the few golds that compliments my skin tone. I think I prefer gold matte. It just looks so interesting and silky smooth.

Twilight reminds me a lot of Zoya’s Loredana, a similar gray matte polish that debuted in their Matte Velvet collection. Twilight does have a wee bit more silver in it but going on with the night sky theme, it works!

Midnight is your typical matte black polish. What I like about this one is that it has a bit of shine to it. In fact, it doesn’t look matte at all. Could this be enough to sway our matte haters?

In a separate 1-piece collection comes Nubar’s 2010.


If you’ve been on the hunt for its twin, Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure, this is the best way to go. 2010 is intended to be used as topcoat and it is a winner with all of its reflective glitter in a polychromatic base. Sounds technical, I know but watch this…



Hot stuff, uh? And it can be used on ANY kind of polish. Not bad for $7.49. You can cop that here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles
Prims 
Sparkles
Risque Reds
Fortress

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




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Amor de Lacquer: Kiss Paint & Stencil Kit

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.
A lot of you have been asking me about nail art and designs. I SO wish I had the time to do them more often but I have a hard time even polishing my nails these days. I know, I know. So unlike me but I’ve been one lazy lady these days. 

I had the opportunity to test drive Kiss’s Paint & Stencil kit and had super high hopes for it.

Hit the jump to see if it rocked my world. Or…not.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to nail art and design, a kit like this is the way to go.

This one comes with two pages of stencils and three nail art polishes. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use the stencils.

BAM! Seems pretty simple, right? To test it out, I used Illamasqua’s hot pink polish in Collide.


First up, the application of the stencil.

And then a bit of white nail art polish on top.

I gently pulled the tab and…

Um…is that it? I was expecting some magic. I tried again with the black polish and another stencil.

Uh? Not so much. I left the stencils alone and tried to play around with the nail art polishes a bit.

The consistencies of the black and white seemed to be a little too watery for my liking. But I managed to crank out a bit of a design anyway.

The kit isn’t priced badly and for $6.99, I thought it would deliver. But nope…between the watery polishes and stencils that you CAN’T re-use, I’m not sure if I would use it again. The good news is, you can always use the brushes with a polish of your choice.

See! There’s always a bright side!

To get more info about the kit, check it out here.


Your fellow nail polish junkie,
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Amor de Lacquer: Kiss Paint & Stencil Kit

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.
A lot of you have been asking me about nail art and designs. I SO wish I had the time to do them more often but I have a hard time even polishing my nails these days. I know, I know. So unlike me but I’ve been one lazy lady these days. 

I had the opportunity to test drive Kiss’s Paint & Stencil kit and had super high hopes for it.

Hit the jump to see if it rocked my world. Or…not.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to nail art and design, a kit like this is the way to go.

This one comes with two pages of stencils and three nail art polishes. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use the stencils.

BAM! Seems pretty simple, right? To test it out, I used Illamasqua’s hot pink polish in Collide.


First up, the application of the stencil.

And then a bit of white nail art polish on top.

I gently pulled the tab and…

Um…is that it? I was expecting some magic. I tried again with the black polish and another stencil.

Uh? Not so much. I left the stencils alone and tried to play around with the nail art polishes a bit.

The consistencies of the black and white seemed to be a little too watery for my liking. But I managed to crank out a bit of a design anyway.

The kit isn’t priced badly and for $6.99, I thought it would deliver. But nope…between the watery polishes and stencils that you CAN’T re-use, I’m not sure if I would use it again. The good news is, you can always use the brushes with a polish of your choice.

See! There’s always a bright side!

To get more info about the kit, check it out here.


Your fellow nail polish junkie,
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Amor de Lacquer: OPI + Konad

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.

I love OPI. After all “The It Color” is featured in my Amor de Lacquer banner. But I don’t dabble into OPI as much as I used to so I’ve been catching up these day. But wait…when was the last time you visited their website? I may be late but I love the swatches features.

 You can choose any color, choose your skin tone and desired nail length. I spent a good 20 minutes playing around on that site. #dontjudgeme And how awesome is this trio?

I first ran into Jade is the New Black from the Hong Kong Collection when I got a manicure in NYC for my meet and greet with Iman. I just recently picked it up a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it.

I don’t own a green like this. I love how dusty it is. And I get the most professional looking nails when I used OPI polishes. That pro-wide brush is the bomb diggity!

I love that not so close to the cuticles look but it’s so hard to achieve–except when I’m using OPI.

And then there’s Suzi Says Feng Shui also from the Hong Kong Collection.

My camera makes it look cooler than what it is. It is actually a dustier blue with a tinge of gray. I wanted to have some fun with these kids so I decided to use Fiercely Fiona from the Shrek 3 Collection to play around with some water marbling.

Two nails later and I decided it wasn’t for me.

I’ve tried with several brands, colors and finishes and I just suck at water marbling. iFail at it. I am clearly no Colette and I can live with that. Konad and freehand on the other hand….

…are a little bit more up my alley. I’ve never used this design before but I am lovin’ it!

If I weren’t so lazy I would konad my nails more often. But I can honestly say I’m done with water marbling. I just can’t seem to get it right.

What was your last OPI haul? Whatcha think about the Shrek 3 collection?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer 2010 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.

It’s summertime, y’all! I know so because the heat index in Central Florida stays around 109 degrees Fahrenheit. And what’s the only think that can cool a sista down in heat like that? That’s right…some cool AC. But pretty nail polishes from Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection don’t hurt either. :)


Magens Bay Blue

I LOVE this robin blue. It almost reminds me of Zoya’s Yummy but Magens Blue Bay is a wee bit cooler.

South Beach Pink

Not a super unique shade but the next time I take a stroll on South Beach’s Collins Ave, I’m going to rock!

Pelican Peak Purple

Although we may have seen several pastel purples, I’m thinking Diamond Cosmetics needed this. I haven’t seen a purple cream from them before. It applies beautifully but reminds me more of Spring than Summer.

I recently did a random weekend manicure and Magens Blue Bay and South Beach Pink

 

I applied 2 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems. It’s not the most exciting collection from Diamond Cosmetics but if you don’t have similar colors, you can grab the entire collection for $8! Click here to snag it…you know you want it. :)


Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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Amor de Lacquer: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ polishes

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.

Ohmigoodness…I can NOT believe I am just now reviewing OCC’s nail polishes. I’ve been eye-ing them for over a year now. I blame Scrangie. Do y’all follow her blog? My goodness…good ole’ Scrange will have you foaming at the mouth over her beautiful nail polish swatches.

And so when I went to The Makeup Show NYC this year, I made it my business to run over to OCC and get get myself acquainted with a few of the polishes.

You ready?

Wasabi

I have a thing for chartreuse polishes. They are just so striking to me. Wasabi is was a wee bit watery for me…hence the sinking of it in my cuticles. But it’s awesome nonetheless! I don’t have OPI’s Who The Shrek Are You, but I think that they may be dupes.

Anime

The pictures shown do known give Anime justice. It is a seriously bright neon pink. If I’m going to wear a pink on my nails, it needs to be loud and bright like this. Anime is sheer and it took a good 3 coats to reach some level of opacity.

Swamp Thing

Want to know the truth about Swamp Thing? I don’t really like it. It’s such a weird color and it just doesn’t compliment my skin well. I knew all of that before I got it. But it’s still slightly attractive to me in some way. I can’t explain it. It’s just so….weird. And here I am thinking I had never seen a color like this before until Yaya from My Own Judge reminds me that MAC’s Dirty Olive is a dead on dupe.

Er uh…she’s right!


Chalkboard

Shazaam! This looks like a fo real chalkboard. Remember those chalkboards back in the day? I was one of those kids that would have to clap the erasers after class. Don’t y’all judge me. I was a bit of a teacher’s pet. I LOVE this green. It’s a little watery though. Or maybe my application sucks. Not sure which one is true. Still a stunning green !

While Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is most known for their lip tars, I think their polishes deserve a bit of a look too. I found them to be a wee bit watery so they require small strokes at a time. I used 3 coats for each look and they wear pretty well too. You can snag them for $8 a bottle over at OCCMakeup.com. And yep…they are big 3 free!


Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Fortress 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.

Nubar hits us again with one of those “OMG, how did they think of this?” kind of collections.

Yes, girl…you eyes aren’t playin’ with you. It’s a bunch of grays and blacks. Brace yourself!

Citadel is described as a pale gray creme. It applies flawlessly without any streaks.

Marble Tower is almost looks Citadel except it is more pale. See the boo-boo I made on my middle finger? Gotta be careful with those creams. They tend to drag down to the cuticles a bit.

Barricade is a light gray that reminds me of wet cement.


Stronghold is a darker gray that is unlike any other gray that I own. I don’t know what it is about grays but I just love them!

Palisade isn’t the most unique of the bunch to me. Still a flawless gray nonetheless!

Dark Castle is described as a charcoal black with a subtle silver shimmer. When the light hits that shimmer, it radiates something beautiful.

Silver Sword is the perfect addition to this collection. Great polish, Nubar! I’ve never been a fan of gunmetal polishes but somehow this one works.

Knight’s Armor  is definitely my favorite. How awesome is the silver glitter?

I LOVED this collection. I love the theme and I love that Nubar is hittin’ us with polishes that a lot of brands steer away from. I didn’t have any application problems with any of these polishes, aside from Marble Tower dragging to my cuticles. Citadel and Marble Tower seem to be so much alike and I would have loved to see a bit of glitter thrown in one of them. A pale gray cream with silver glitter would be hot!

Are you a fan of black and gray polishes?

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 
Prims 
Sparkles
Risque Reds

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Sparkle 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.

Brace yourself, darlings. It’s part two of Zoya’s 2010 Spring collection. We played around with the creams of the Flash collection and now it’s time to sparkle!

Gilda

Gilda almost reminds me of darker version of China Glazes’ Strawberry Fields. I like Gilda a lot better though. It is crazy loud and super girly and pink and I love it!

Ivanka

How amazing is this green? I can’t get enough of it!

Charla

Charla is my absolute favorite of the bunch. Like…how can a polish sparkle and shine like this? Charla may very well be one of my favorite polishes EVER!

Mimi

Y’all know how I feel about purples and so of course there is nothing to NOT like about Mimi. It’s such a deep rich icy royal purple and I love it!

Nidhi and Alegra seemed to have disappeared from me during my move from one house to another. Or maybe one of my friends snagged them. Nidhi is pictured above as the stunning red and Alegra is a muted pink but still has the insane sparkle as its sisters.

What a fabulous collection, Zoya! I am so totally stoked, dude. The application is perfect and I used two coats for each polish. Despite the glitter in these babies, removal is super easy. Y’all aren’t gonna like me for it but I recommend hauling the entire collection. Yep. They are THAT gorgeous.

Whatcha think?

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

Your fellow nail polish junkie,



This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.