Amor de Lacquer: Taking care of the cuticles

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.

We talk a lot about nail polish collections and application but I can’t believe that I am jut now getting around to doing a post about cuticle care. And I should know better because I am constantly moisturizing mine.

Seriously. Every time I wash my hands, I moisturize my cuticles. I do it twice a day after showers. I do it before bed. I do in in the car. I do it while waiting in long lines. I am seriously a cuticle moisturizing fiend.

Before we go any further, let me show you exactly what cuticles are:


This picture is the perfect example because mine look AWFUL.

You can use anything to moisturize them. I tend to use my regular hand cream but I also have Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle cream in my purse and at home.


Words can not express how much I love this stuff. It is absolutely divine! The lemony smell makes my heart content and I always feel like I’ve had a wonderful little manicure each time I massage this in my cuticles.

Some people cut their cuticles off. I can’t say I’m a fan of this because cuticles help protect the nails and act as a shield. The most I do is push them down during manicures. But you have to do what works for you and what compliments your nails best.

Want to know more about cuticle care? Check out the following links.

The Best Way to care for cuticles
Cuticle Care
How to care for cuticles


Polish pretty,


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Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Risqué Reds 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 really knows how to release collections that make your heard turn. I love how most of their collections have color or formula themes. We’ve seen a collection of greens, mattes, browns (mega rare and unique!) and glitters. When it comes to themed collections, Nubar raises the bar and takes it to a whole ‘notha level.

Now they are bringing us a collection of colors that goes back to home.

Reds!


Enchanting Red is nice. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a red like this but I can dig it.

Fiery Red is more up my alley. It’s one of those “Look at my red nails!” colors. Loves it!

Torrid Red is described as a dark red with pronounced shimmer. It’s not my favorite in the bunch but it’s an awesome fall color.


Seductive Red is a winner in my book. What a flawless magenta-esque red. I love it! Even if it did drag on the cuticles a bit.

Sultry Red is another polish that drags to the cuticles. The formula is a wee bit watery on this baby. Still a nice subdued fire engine red with shimmer.

Sensual Red is my favorite because it is a stunning cream and applied beautifully.

Cabaret Red and Lustful Red are missing but not because I didn’t swatch them but because I got all mixed up when I organized this post. I couldn’t remember which polish was which! It frustrated me to no end. I mean, look at this…

These polishes look so much alike. Sure, one has more magenta in it than the other, but they are so close in color. I would have liked to see red glitter for layering. While I like this collection, I don’t think that all 8 of the polishes are must haves. A good one or two should be just fine.

I did have a few application problems with some of these babies. Some were a little watery; hence the dragging on the cuticles. While it’s not my favorite Nubar collection, I still give mad props to the company for releasing another cool themed collection.

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

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




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

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Flash 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.

Yay for more creams! This is the perfect Spring time collection…especially those new to nail polishes. Most of these polishes are dupe-able meaning you can find colors by Zoya and in other brands. The good news is that these are all stunning! The bad news is…I’m missing one. Dana arrived me to cracked and left her remnants all over her fellow sisters. No bueno.  But the other kids look hot!

Robyn

Now this is one blue that rocks my world. It was a wee bit streaky with initial application. A good two coats should set it straight. It almost reminds me of Zoya’s Yummy except it is a tad bit darker.

Perrie

Look! It’s Zoya Malia’s twin. Lavender purple creams are just delish, aren’t they?

Jolene

I am currently wearing this baby on my toes. It’s a little safe for me but it is streak-proof and perfect for Spring!

Maura

Maura is kind of like Zoya’s America. Which is another striking red; which of course is a total staple in every girl’s polish collection.

Jancyn 

Love it! It reminds me of an orange float. I want to lick my fingers every time I wear this color. It looks so tasty on my nails!

Great collection, Zoya! I do think that most of these colors have twins but if you are new to Zoya or don’t have any colors like this, get them! I used 2 coats for each and if you experience any streakiness, try applying a base coat before applying the colors. These babies are $7 each and you can get them here.

Which one is your favorite? 

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

Your fellow nail polish junkie,



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Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Foil FX and Sweet Collections

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 was walking along, minding my business,
When out of an orange-colored sky,
Flash! Bam! Alakazam!
Wonderful you came by.”

I grew up on Nat King Cole and one of my favorite songs by him is “Orange Colored Sky”. I swear I started singing it when I first saw Orly’s Foil FX collection.

I know what you’re thinking. Something is missing right? Yep! I snagged 2 of Foil FX’s 3 polishes and 1 of 6 from the Sweet collection. I can explain. Watch this!


The color missing from the Foil FX collection is Rage; a rusty rose foil. It didn’t tickle my fancy so I passed on it. What was left from the collection were these two wonders.

Shine is amazing! This polish is seriously a must have. This is the foil-est polish I own. I got so many compliments when I wore it. While nothing can compare to getting your nails Minx-ed with silver foil, Shine ain’t too far behind.

 
  
 

Luxe is GOLD! Really really gold. It isn’t as bling-y as I wanted it to be but it is still a great foil. I’m not a fan of most gold polishes but this has enough shine power to keep me happy.

 
  

 The formula on the Foil FX polishes are impeccable. You can get complete coverage in a good 2 coats. I did 3 on these, though…just because I like to push it to the limit. Enormous fan of this collection, Orly!

Now of the 6 polishes in Orly’s Sweet collection, Snowcone was the only one that I really wanted. The other 5 were quite tempting but not terribly unique.

Snowcone is a blue yummy-lusciousness! Now that I’m looking at it, it may a dupe to Zoya’s Yummy.

 
I did have an incentive for buying this though. Each of the polishes in this collection come with a gloss.
I put mine on my keychain!
 
It’s a clear gloss but is surprisingly moisturizing and perfect for on the go.

That’s the thing about Orly. There are such a unique polish company. You’ve got the rubberized handles, cool polish names and you never know what cute little knick-knack you’re going to get with your polish.

I got these from Head2ToeBeauty.com for $3.50 a bottle.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,


Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics Spring 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.

La la la la laaaaah! Spring is in the air. At least it is here in Florida. For my ladies who are still in areas where it is a tad bit chilly, sometimes wearing Spring colors brings on Spring-like attitude. 

Wait…does that make sense? No? Okay…well, let’s just check on Diamond Cosmetics’ Spring collection!



Angelic

Razzmatazz is described as a dainty pink. It has pink and purple shimmer and is the quintessential Spring color. I like it!

Orange Blush

What a yummy orange! It almost reminds me of an orange pop. It’s a cream with a jelly finish that applies beautifully.

Hot Lips

Total hotness, right?  This almost neon magenta are my favorite kind of red-esque colors. They are loud and perfect pedicure colors. This is totally off topic but I would love a lipstick this color too!


Tranquility

 We’ve got a winner! What a gorgeous blue cream.
Gypsy Pink

It’s a color we’ve seen before but this soft red with white/pink shimmer is just screaming to be konad-ed or topped off with some design.

Serendipity

I can’t remember if I have a color like this or not. It is rather reminiscent of another color in time and for that reason, I love it. Everyone needs a pale blue-grey shimmer polish in their collection.

   

It’s another great collection from Diamond Cosmetics! I applied 2 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems. Like with most creams, Tranquility dragged at the cuticles a bit. But is it not worth the out coming?

Hit the image below to snag the entire collection for only $25!



Your fellow nail polish junkie,




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Amor de Lacquer: Milani 3D Holographic 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.

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed Milani polishes. But don’t get it twisted…I actually own about 7 of their polishes.  And yep, I love them! But this collection is just…AMAZING.

I mean, holos? Wow! Y’all know how much I love holographic polishes. I’ll admit that when I first saw these polishes in my local CVS, I blew them off. I felt as if I already had seen the best of the best of holo polishes. I was so wrong!

And here’s why…


HD

What an awesome silver holo! It looks deceiving because in the bottle and far away, it looks like a glitter. It is crazy blingy- and applies beautifully.

Hi-Tech

I reallllly love Hi-Tech. A lot! It really impressed me more on the nails than in the bottle. This is such a true holo. It looks good with two coats but three coats ensure that you get an opaque finish with a whole bunh of lemon-lime lovin’!

And it’s WAY better than  China Glaze’s L8R G8R!

Cyberspace 

I think that Cyberspace looks a little funny on my nails, but I like it anyway. I love that it isn’t too warm or too cool. It reminds me of Miami Beach  and its sparkling water.


Hi-Res

 
Well hello there, you hot purple thang! This holo is absolutely stunning. And it took only two coats to achieve this radiant frosted plum finish.
I am missing a pink and gold. I’m not the biggest fan of gold nail polishes and the pink just wasn’t rockin’ my boat. Although some of these reach an opaque finish …If it weren’t for my girl, Yana over at MyOwnJudge.net, I would still be passing these babies by. I highly recommend them. You can snag them at your local drugstore for about $4.99.
Are you a fan of holographic polishes? Whatcha think about these?


Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Sparkles 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.

When it comes to glitter nail polishes, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Love them, I do. Removing them, I don’t. But some are so nice that they are worth the trouble of removing.

Take Nubar’s Sparkle collection for example.

This collection of glitters takes only requires 1-2 coats to achieve an opaque finish. Don’t believe me? Watch this!


Meadow Sparkle is pretty cool! A light green glitter is something I could have never imagined. This was the only one that needed 3 coats but no worries…once applied, it sparkles just as good as its classmates.

 
  
 

Star Sparkle is one of my favorites! It’s more than just a silver glitter. It has a holographic look to it that is just blinding. I love it!

It is a little thicker than most of the other polishes. But it’s not TOO much of a bad thing because that means it only needs one coat. Holler!

 
 

Petunia Sparkle is my favorite. What a gorgeous color! My camera is unable to to capture the essence of this magenta. It is so pigmented and I always get compliments when I wear this color. It’s the best!

 
  
But it does have its flaws….
 
Removing is a nightmare. But I just deal with it because it is just a fabulous glitter!


Night Sparkle is another must have. Wow! What a blue. It is so important to put down a base coat to prevent staining with this baby. But…wow-sers!

 
 

Fire Sparkle almost reminded me of China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps but Fire Sparkle has A LOT more glitter. It is insane. Which of course means I love it!

 
  
 

Violet Sparkle is indeed the best. I love love LOVE it! If I had a favorite color, this would be it. It is a rich royal blue with a good amount of hot pink glitter. It is magnificent. I can’t stop looking at my nails when I wear this color. My camera is having a tough time capturing a color this awesome so please don’t mind how OFF it looks in these photos.

Nubar’s Swatch:

 
 

Missing from the collection is Hyacinth Sparkles, a light purple and Sky Sparkles, a light blue. I can’t seem to find those boogers anywhere. I LOVED this collection. I didn’t love the removing process that comes with most glitters. It’s not something you can avoid…even if you use a base coat. I found that while these glitter polishes were easier to remove, they still let tiny micro glitters all under my cuticles and under my nails. I’m so meticulous that it took me FOREVER to thoroughly rid my nails of the glitter.

With all of these you will get an opaque finish in only one coat. Which is huge! Most glitters require 2-3 coats for complete coverage. I did, however, use 3 coats for each simply because I wanted to see the differences the number of coats would make. The must haves in this collection are Petunia Sparkle and Violet Sparkle. They are amazing!

You can get the entire collection here for $49.95 or buy them individually for $7.49/ea.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles 
Prims

Any holo lovers out there?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,


This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.
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Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Up and Away 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 been a looooong time since I’ve indulged in a China Glaze collection. While most of them have been appealing to me, I’m trying to be a little more cautious with my polish purchasing. Sometimes you get to a point where you just have too many of the same color, or something similar, ya know?

But China Glaze got me this time around. Check out the promo pic…

A collection of creams? *faints* Must.snag.all!


But snag all I did not do. You see, I have this thing called an empty wallet self-control. I only purchased 4 of the 12 polishes. And those babies would beeee….

Re-Fresh Mint is soooo cool. I love pale creamy greens. I don’t have any colors like this is my collection. It is definitely a must have. Even if it does tend to drag at the cuticles a bit.

 
 

Four Leaf Clover is ridiculous. In a good way, I mean. What a beautiful green. It seems like I would have already owned a color like this, but nope! My camera shows Four Leaf Clover looking a bit aqua-ish, but nope…it is a true green.

 

It’s such a fun color and it made me want to pull out my dotting tool and get to work.

 

I ca-learly need to be practicing with the dotting tool a bit, eh? Come on, class. We digress.

Grape Pop smudged on me a bit and now that I’ve had it for awhile, I’m realizing that I have other purples like it. But exactly how many gorgeous purple creams can you have?

 
 

Lemon Fizz is such a gorgeous soft yellow. I don’t have a yellow like this. While most yellows send you to Streaky Land, Lemon Fizz was absolutely perfect. Am I the only one craving Lemon Heads?

 

I funk-ed it a bit with some straight glitter.

 

What a great collection, China Glaze! I am quite satisfied with my owning only one-third (did I do my math right?)of the collection. Up and Away also has pink, peach and orange-ish colors; all worth a try if you are in the market for some new and cool polishes.

I got these from Head2ToeBeauty.comfor $2.99 a bottle.

Have you seen this collection yet? What do you think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,