Amor de Lacquer: Revlon’s Runway Collection Nails

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I had the opportunity to test drive Revlon’s Runway glue-on nails. I haven’t worn a pair of fake nails since early middle school. My Mom was sooo against me wearing acrylic so I would buy a pack of nails and rock them on the weekends. Giiiiirl, you couldn’t tell me nothin‘. Fast forward to high school and college where acrylics rocked my world. I’ve been acrylic free for almost two years but I have to admit…I LOVE the way these nails look.

The mess I made…

Let’s talk about the design…

French nails are so blah to me. I like how the snazzy glitter design jazzes things up a bit. I would probably never regularly wear a design like this simply because it isn’t my style but they don’t look bad!

Each box contains 24 nails in 12 sizes. Because I have such long nail beds, I just knew it would be a struggle trying to find a size that fit me. Buuuut….

I did! There were sizes for all 10 of my fingers. I loved how the length was not THAT much longer than my natural nails. I don’t like my nails looking super long.

The process…

I forgot how much of a mess applying fake nails can be. You really have to take your time. The glue STICKS and it does not budge. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing.

Good because that means the nails will stay on for at least 7-10 days! I kept mine on for 8 days.

Bad because if you make a mistake with the initial application…girl, you’re in trouble.

I love the overall though! Don’t they look like I got them done at a salon?

I think they look good!

Whatcha think?

Would you buy a pack of these?

Polish Pretty,

[EDIT: I forgot to mention the removal process. Uh….don’t be like me and rip them off. They need to be soaked in pure acetone. Forcefully removing them results in 3 beat-up nails that will take months to heal. Not that I know from experience or anything. Hehe. I mean, *sobs*—Thanks Brooke!]

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Summer 2009 La-Di-Da Collection

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Leave it to my nails to start acting a fool around the time these fabulous Summer nail polish collections are being released! I have been breaking nails left and right which has been making swatching virtually impossible. I have managed to grow them out so I can finally show off 1 of 2 Zoya Summer 2009 collections. Brace yourself…these polishes are so not for the weak!

But first…let’s have a photoshoot with the sexy six.

Note: Photographing neon polishes is craaaazy difficult. These polishes are a lot more vibrant in real life. My photos do not do them justice.

First up, Renee. This color is described as an ultra bright pink and honey…it is just that. I know this photo makes it look like it is a “safe for work” pink but it really isn’t. In real life is it is bold and the perfect summer pedi color.

‘ello there Pippa! Yep yep….it’s another yellow. Yellow nail polish is SO the color of the season. Pippa ain’t too shabby. As with most yellows, I endure some kind of application issues, but I didn’t have a problem with this one. And it only took two coats with minimal streaks. Loves it!

Say hello to my favorite polish out of the bunch. Paz is seriously the brightest color I have EVER seen. This ultra-bright neon orange polish had to force its way off of my toes. I rocked this on my toes for a good two weeks before it started to chip. If there is one color you need from this collection, this one would be it. It dries with a matte finish but with a good top coat, you can literally blind people with your toes. Seriously…

Dita is a soft dark pink berry creme. In my opinion this is the most “average” color of the bunch. Non nail polish wearin’ folx….this one is for you. Long gone are the days when colors like Dita make me swoon. Dita topped with glitter, however…..

America! I love the name of this polish. I mean…this is the ultimate red. I’m not a fan of red polishes but I can get down with this one. The creme finish is absolutely flawless. This is the kind of red that I wasn’t allowed to wear as a little girl. Wait—was I the only one who couldn’t wear red polishes until high school? LOL!

It’s my second favorite color of the bunch! Heyyyyy Ali! This color is so BRIGHT! It is an ultra bright neon pink that I found itself on my nails AND toes this past weekend. Ali is like the big sister of Renee. This is definitely a must have too!

Go Zoya! I am loviiiiing this collection. I didn’t have any application issues. Zoya polishes always apply flawlessly for me. I applied two coats for each color and I didn’t seem to have not one problem child. Pippa was a little tricky but that is the case with most yellows.

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Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Remove +

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For someone who polishes her nails every day I need a GREAT nail polish remover. No, I mean spectacular! I need a remover that not only gets rid of every bit of polish on my nails, but also conditions my nails and cuticles. It would also help if it didn’t smell absolutely horrid. I never thought such a polish remover existed until I tried Zoya’s Remove +.

I don’t think that I will EVER purchase another nail polish remover.

Here’s what Zoya says about Remove +:

Color Lock-Step 1: Big Flipper Bottle filled with Remove+.Three in one-The perfect remover, nail cleaner and nail prep product all together in on great solution. Great lavender scent.”

Here’s what I say about it:

-Smells so much better than traditional nail polish remover
-Conditions cuticles and nail beds
-Is a beautiful shade of purple.

I am kidding about that last bit but my 8 oz bottle is almost hittin’ the bottom.

My bottle was $9 and probably a little steep for a nail polish remover. However, I’ll spend the extra dollars to have my nails look the way they do after using Zoya’s Remove +.

To find out more information about Zoya Remove +, click HERE. What kind of nail polish remover do you use?

Polish pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Simple Nail Art

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Okay, I will be honest.

I’m really not IN to nail art. I can admire it all day. I may even play around with it a little but at the end of the day, I really prefer regular ole’ painted nails. Call it the conservative side of B if you want. I attribute my sentiments to nail art to having gone overboard with them in high school.

I had nail designs for EVERY holiday back in ‘tha day. I had looks for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and I even got my nails done in gold and green for my high school graduation.

Now and days, I don’t dabble into the nail design so much. In fact, the most I will do is this:

*snore* I know.

And even though I have products like these in my stash…

…I rarely touch them. I even did a nail art tutorial for Amor de Lacquer week, but trust me when I tell yall it is a JOKE. Instead, I found a beautiful YouTube-r who does beautiful nail art designs and her video is easy to follow along.

….and if you really want to see some dynamic nail art, check out my girl Nikki over at Ask Me Whats.

Whatcha think? Are you into nail art or not so much?

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Improved storage for polishes

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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.


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

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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

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

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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,