Amor de Lacquer: Improved storage for 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.

Remember HERE where I showed you all my terrible nail polish storage? I thought and I thought and I wrecked my brain trying to think of a neat polish storage solution. I didn’t want anything that took up too much space.

Here’s the thing about me….I don’t like clutter. And I don’t like owning a lot of anything. Books are the only exception. And while I love my nail polish collection, I didn’t want it to keep growing and eventually push me out of my own closet.

I remembered having the SAME issue when I was in college and living in dorms. For my freshman and sophomore years I had to share itty bitty closet spaces with my roommates.

I don’t know how I did it but it really wasn’t that bad. I ran to Ikea (the best store in the WORLD…after Sephora….and Office Depot….and Best Buy….and Whole Foods) and found the exact same little closet organizer that I used in undergrad.

Ta da!

I had one in the dorms and used it to store my shirts, shoes and belts. It was perfect because everything was confined to just THAT one spot. It also works best for polishes. Here’s how it looks in the closet.


It works! I found cheap little crates and organized my polishes by colors. Say “hello” to the purps.


On the side of organizer, I labeled each cubby hole like this:


That way I won’t have to waste time pulling them out trying to figure out where each color is.

After I finished organizing everything, I realized that I still had 3 remaining cubby holes (I love saying that…it reminds me of kindergarten. HA!) left. I found uses for them!

The bases, topcoats, nail/cuticle treatment department

The Design Corner…can’t find my Konad scraper. :(


The Tool Box


Everything works out perfectly and is neat and nice. If I find out that I am outgrowing any of my crates then I start giving away polishes.

Perfect!

Or….I’ll just buy another closet organizer. But hopefully it won’t get to that point.

I don’t think.

Well….it shouldn’t.

Anyone find an ideal way to store polishes?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Polishes for Cheap

In continuing with a week of “Amor de Lacquer”, I would be loca to not tell you where I make my polish purchases.

People ask me all the time.

“B, how in the world are you able to afford so many polishes?”

Friends and family, if yall haven’t noticed already, I am cheap. LOL, seriously. I like nice things like most people, but I am always trying to stretch a dollar.

Nail polish purchasing is no exception. I do the majority of my nail polish purchasing online at the following e-tailers.

I highly recommend them ALL. I honestly don’t have a favorite because customer service, and product availability is superb with all of them. And chances are if one of them doesn’t have it, the other two probably do.

AND….they release nail polish collections waaaay before they hit stores.

AND…the prices are usually 30-50% less than what you would pay in stores.

For in-store nail polish purchasing, I

stalk visit Ulta. Sometimes their clearance racks have insane discounts on China Glaze, Ulta brand and Essie polishes. I’m talkin’ around $2.99 or so.

Other cheap in-store nail polish spots?

Drug stores: Wal-greens has Sinful Colors’ polishes for $1.99. Wet ‘N Wild and Milani are ALWAYS on sale for under $3-$4.

Dollar stores: I have found some wonders in The Dollar Tree and those 99 Cents stores.

Swapin’ with friends: Honestly, how many polishes can you stand to get rid of? Chances are a girlfriend of yours does too. Swap!

See! You don’t have to spend $10 on OPI (I never have, ha!) to sport beautifully polished nails.

Where do you generally make your polish purchases?

Polish pretty,


Amor de Lacquer: Yuck colors on brown skin, part I

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Well well well….finally! I have gotten around to start doing some posts on nail polishes that aren’t so flattering on brown skin.

Now don’t think for one second that I came up with this idea. Yall know that I think that us brown skinned people can wear any nail polish color. And I still believe that. But after rummaging through my stash, I have come across some colors that just aren’t so flattering on brown skin.

They aren’t bad. But they aren’t gorgeous either. In fact, I call them “Yuck colors”.

Here’s Yuck Color #1
Misa Hot Couture with flash


No flash

Don’t even try to make me feel good about this one. This color is just awful. I’m not sure how it would look on any skintone really. It’s just funky and I think I purchased it JUST to prove a point. I knew I wouldn’t like it.

I would best describe this color as “browning honey mustard. It takes only two coats and I like the finish but that’s all that I like about it.

Yuck Color #2
OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques

I don’t care what anyone says…this color looks terrible on me. My sister, J over at Betty Brown Beautification shares the same sentiments. In fact we laugh and say that this color looks like dirty mop water. Tis is true! I am all for uniqueness but this looks gaudy and extremely unflattering on brown skin. See what I mean…

And it looks far worse without the flash…


I don’t even feel pretty with this color on my tips.


Yikes! I know someone out there is wanting to throw a dagger at me. I know this is a highly coveted color. And while the application is to die for, the color itself is not. I am all for uniqueness but I would rather rock 1 inch french manicured nails than You Don’t Know Jacques.

LOL…it is that bad. And I have yet to trash it.

What do you think? Think these are “yuck colors”? Find them flattering? Or do you think I’m loca? Tell me!

Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: At Home French Manicures


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOMMY!!!!

Welcome back to another post from Amor de Lacquer week here at Clumps of Mascara! This is a reader requested post that challenged the mess out of me.

But yall know I love challenges.

Any French manicure fans out there?

I can’t say that I’m one. I used to rock them like crazy in college, though. I would get pink and white gel nails done religiously. See!


Focus on the nails, kids. Ignore the brows and mess dorm room. Here is another French manicure shot.


Oh yes….I wore it out! And I think one of the reasons why I don’t care for the look any more is because I wore it so much. That and I change my polish every day. But I still like to do it on my toes!

There are many ways to do at-home French manicures. While some like to purchase the kits, I find that I can do the same thing that the nail techs do!

Here is what I use:

-White polish…I love Sally Hansen’s InstaDri polish. The enormous wand is great for all-over coverage on the nail.


-Pure Acetone

-A firm brush (I use MAC 212 SE). I got this brush in a gift set and never used it. I found that it works perfectly for french manicures AND polish clean-up.

For this tutorial, we will be polishing these two bare nails.

Start off with polishing the tip of your nails. Don’t worry about neatness here.


Dip your brush into a little acetone…make sure that the brush isn’t TOO wet. You don’t it dripping but make sure that at least the tip of the brush is wet.

At this point, I turn my nails so that they are facing me (uncomfortable, but it works!) and move the brush upward to clean whatever mess I made in my initial application. Because my nail beds are longer, I like to have a significant amount of white on my tips. It just looks better to me.


And viola!


It is really is easy! I think I may play around with different colors on the tips, just for fun. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tropical manicure and African manicure…the latter really does exist. LOL!


Are you a french manicure kind of girl or not so much? Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Polish Pretty,


Amor de Lacquer: What Steph’s Closet Says…


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

In honor of Amor de Lacquer Week, I was able to snag some tips from some of my favorite nail bloggers.

Steph’s Closet

What I would give to be Steph’s little sister for a day and rummage in her closet. I would have a field day! Here is what she says is one of the most important tips when it comes to nail care.

“My most important nail tip is moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! A good hand cream (any brand) and cuticle oil (my fave, solar oil) are holy grail products that I can’t live without. All it takes, is a few rubs of creative’s solar oil when you see the first sign of dryness and tada!. It’s amazing! “

Visit Steph’s Closet HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Amor de Lacquer: Golden Gloves will save your nubs


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Be honest…do you use these?


I can’t even remember the last time I have touched a dish or any household cleanser without wearing my golden gloves.

“B, did you say golden gloves?”

That’s right. If I didn’t have these things, I wouldn’t touch a dish.

Okay, I’m lying. I am crazy when it comes to cleaning so not touching a dish is not an option for me. Wearing the golden gloves have dramatically changed the condition of my nails and hands.

If you aren’t quite sure why your nails aren’t as strong as they could be, submerging your hands into into dishwater for minutes at a time may be the reason.

Playtex has golden gloves on sale at Wal-greens for only $0.99 now until Saturday, April 4, 2009. Better stock up now! It even makes cleaning more fun.

Ahhhh….


Ohhh….


Yes!


I’m kidding about the latter but say it with me, “Golden gloves will save my nubs!”

Somebody out there is laughing with me…ahem, or at me.

Do you wear cleaning gloves? Please say you do! Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Shades by Barielle, Summer ’09 Collection

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Summer collections already? That’s right! And I couldn’t be more excited. This is my first time playing around in nail polishes by Barielle. Their Sugar Rush collection reminds me of delicious candies and satisfies my chronic candy cravings. And guess what? I am impressed with all of the colors!

And guess what else? There are a ton of creams. Yall know I love cream finishes. Brown girls who only wear different variations of berry colored polishes, brace yourselves for this one. While these colors rock my socks I know others may think they are “too bright”.

I’ll start with the safest color first. LOL!

Cotton Candy


Yum yum! Forget the rides at the fair, just buy me 3 big bags of cotton candy and I am good to go. I am pretty much addicted to the stuff. This color makes me want to lick my nails. HA! I’m not even kidding. It is a fun pink and I thought it was pretty boring in the bottle but it turned out to be fun against my brown skin.

Swizzle Stix

Wow oh wow!! This robin egg blue is the FIRST color like this in my collection. It is absolutely stunning. The application was a little wonky—which can happen with a lot of Big 3 Free polishes but I just adored the outcome. I can’t wait to wear this one on my toes!

Decadence

I wasn’t initially impressed with this color. It looked just “Okay” to me. After rocking it, I have decided that I love it tremendously. What an awesome color! If you can’t quite wear blues or greens, Decadence is the perfect place to start. It isn’t too CRAZY but shows that that you don’t mind “funkin’ up” your polish game a bit. I like it!

Grape Escape


Oh….mi…..goodness! It’s another purple cream, kids. My favorite kind of nail polish ever ever ever ever. Yall hear the echo? Oh yes, this color looks good enough to eat. It seriously looks like a piece of candy. The application of this polish was exceptional. Or maybe it’s because I am bias. I don’t know. Anyway, it is definitely my favorite out of bunch.

Lemondrops


First off, please excuse the application of this polish. There is something about yellows. They always seem to drag down to my cuticles. And clean up is never easy. But honestly, it’s worth it. This color was my official “Makeup Show LA” color. Every time I travel and every event I go to, there is a nail polish color that corresponds with that event. (My birthday-Zoya Tart. Inauguration-Zoya Marry J…see what I mean?) Lemondrops is absolutely beautiful against the brown skin. I think it’s my favorite yellow yet. It’s not TOO bright but isn’t too dull and ashy either. I have to show some colors against clothing or other objects so that yall can see it in a different light.


Go yellow!!

Sweet Addiction

Now this is a different color. I don’t think I have one like this. It reminds me of the ocean. LOL, don’t ask why. Polishes with cream finishes make me so happy. Don’t get me wrong, I am becoming a glitter lover and I can deal with shimmery finishes every now and then but at the end of the day, creams steal my heart. Sweet Addiction is no exception.

I used only 2 coats for each color. I found that some of the polishes were extra thick. I’m not sure why, but it wasn’t fun to deal with. I had to use some polish thinner to get a better formula and once I did that, everything worked out fine! I like Shades by Barielle. They don’t contain any of those yucky chemicals in their polishes (safe for the preggo ladies!) and are $8 a bottle. You can snag them HERE. Expect to see more of their colors from me!

So what do you think? Any of these colors makin’ you swoon?
Tell me!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Color Lock System and Giveaway!!

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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 can’t tell yall how much I love Zoya’s Color Lock Sytem. I love how each product works in conjunction with the other. I love when you use them all together, you can guarantee that your polish will stay put.


What Zoya says about the Color Lock System,

“Use Color Lock System Complete Kit from Step 1-5 to surround and protect great color to make it last! ZOYA’s unique color lock system surrounds polish with a protective barrier against moisture, bubbling, chipping and UV damage.” (source)

In each system you will get one of the following:

-Zoya Remove + nail polish remover (OMG, it is the best EVER!)
-Zoya Anchor basecoat
-Zoya Get Even Ridge filling basecoat
-Zoya Armor top coat & UV block
-Zoya Hurry Up speed dry drops
-Zoya Renew polish rejuvenator

I use each product ALL of the time. I find that they work well with all of my polishes but they work even better with Zoya polishes.

This system is not just for any ole’ polish wearin‘ lady. For $48 I think that this is an investment for the serious polish fiends out there. $48 doesn’t seem like a lot when you consider what you are getting. And who you are getting it from. Zoya is one of the best in the nail care industry.

You can find out more about the Zoya Color Lock System HERE.

Would you buy this? Let me know what you think.

BUT WAIT…..
(infomercial voice)

Shoot me a comment HERE including your name and email address telling me how much you want this and THREE lucky winners will snag this system. Only U.S. residents are eligible and you have until FRIDAY, April 3, 2009 (my Mommy’s b-day!) at midnight E.S.T. to get your entry in. Do not forget to include your email address! It is the only way that I can contact you.

Polish Pretty,