Amor de Lacquer: Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen, Spring ’09

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 really wanted to save this post for the week of Amor de Lacquer but I just couldn’t help it!

Zoya’s Spring collection, Twist, may need to scoot over and share positions as my favorite Spring ’09 nail polish collection. Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009 is sick! I have no words for the beauty of this collection. There is a little something for everyone. For the conservative nail polish wearer and for the lady who doesn’t mind rockin’ crazy colors.

First up, my favorite in the collection….


Night Hydrangea


Well of course it’s going to be my favorite. It’s purple. As I’ve mentioned before…every nail polish addict has a color preference and mine will always be purple. This may be the BEST purple I have ever seen. Seriously. And look how beautifully it photographs. I don’t have any color even close to this so I just love it!

Honeydrew


Ohh, pretty. I actually wore this color a weekend or so back and didn’t even want to take it off for work. It is such a fun color. I can’t wait to rock it on my toes.

Nasturtium


Try pronouncing the name of that bad boy. I love this color! My swatch is a little unclear. I’m not sure why I had so many issues photographing it but don’t let my picture quality discourage you from snagging this one. If this doesn’t scream “perfect summer pedi color”, I don’t know what does.

Forsythia


What’s with the names of this collection, SH? Maybe there is some hidden meaning that I don’t know about. I LOVE this color. I have a thing for yellow polishes. Maybe it’s because they are unexpected. And since I LOVE being the exception to any rule, I just adore this one. Brown skinned babes, you better not utter, “But I can’t wear…” Yes, you can. Didn’t President Obama teach you anything? Okay, I’m lame. Moving on….

 

Tassel


I don’t like gold polishes. There, I said it. I don’t like their foil finishes. I don’t like how they look against my brown skin. Zoya’s Richelle is almost okay with me but for the most part I don’t like golds. BUT…..if I did, I would love Tassel.

I used only 2 coats for each color and each one applied beautifully–as all of my Sally Hansen polishes do. These babies don’t come out until later this month and when they are released, you better run like a mad woman or man because it is hard as Hades trying to find Sally Hansen’s newest nail polish releases. Of course they are at drugstores and will run you a good $6-$8.

See any must haves? Tell me!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

[EDIT: Thanks Ma'at for letting me know that most of these polishes are named after flowering plants!]

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Summer Collections 2009 revealed!


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.

On Tuesday I posted one of 12 colors that Zoya released to only 12 beauty bloggers. We have now collected all of them and what do we have?

Two hot collections in one.

OOH-LA-LA

(6 – bright and sunny creams)
America
, Dita, Renee, Paz, Alix, Pippa


LA-DI-DA


(6 – gorgeous metallics)

Katy, Tallulah, Midori, Goldie, Emme, Ginessa

I can’t wait! Yellows are popping up in so many Spring and Summer nail polish collections. Is it crazy that I want to grab each and every one of them? And that sparkling green called Midori shall be mine!

Oh yes, darlings…for you, “I don’t really wear nail polish” ladies out there, I guarantee you that you will want at least one of these babies. We have a little over a month until the become available but in the meantime check out what other colors you can grab for $6/bottle at Zoya.com

What do you think?
Excited about this upcoming collection?
Not so much?

Tell me what you think!

Polish pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Sinful Colors Canary Yellow


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 have gotten a few emails about yellow nail polishes. I have quite a few but the first one that came to mind was Sinful Colors’ Canary Yellow.

First of all, I LOVE yellow polish on brown skin. And not just on my toes as a beautiful summer color. But on my nails on the weekends when I am feeling funky. A few years ago, I would have never worn yellow polish but I am embracing this color even more now.

Here is Canary Yellow in different lighting (no coats).




I konad-ed my pinkie finger; just playing around. I didn’t finish the rest of the nails because that would have been a little too much…..even for me.

Sinful Colors’ can be found at Wal-greens for only $1.99. They aren’t the BEST polishes as they can be a little streaky but for under $2, you won’t catch me complaining. I am almost positive that they contain nasty toxic stuffs i.e. toluene, DHP and formaldehyde. Most of my polishes are “Big 3 Free” so my nose can detect when yucky chemicals are at bay.

But it is a fabulous yellow nonetheless. And I am happy to have it in the my collection of yellow polishes. And I am loving Sinful Colors’ collections. These things pop up randomly and I always manage to catch them on a quick trip to Wal-greens.



Their collection themes are just darling but I wish they would do a better job at updating their website. Grr!

Would you rock yellow nail polish? Or not so much?

You can check out more of my reviews of Sinful Color polishes HERE.

Have a Happy Hump Day,

Amor de Lacquer: Dark but not Black purples


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 got an email from a reader who was annoyed with finding the same boring purple shades of polish. I don’t know what it is about purple polishes but they are really my polish color of choice. I have more purples in my collection than any other color. And I can’t stop purchasing them. Exactly how many shades of purple polish does anyone need?

I don’t even know, yall. But I feel like I need to have them all. This one is for you, Tiffany. Some of these polishes have already made their appearance here at Clumps of Mascara but they are so lovely that I had to bring them back!

 

Zoya’s Malia


I love this color. Nothing beats Zoya’s formulas and application. They are turning me into quite the “healthy polish” snob. Zoya’s polishes don’t contain toluene, formaldehyde and DHP. You can snag this at Zoya.com for only $6.

 

Sally Hansen’s Night Hydrangea


Ohmigoodness! I have no words for the amazement of this purple. It is crazy unique and looks great on the nails and toes. This polish comes from the Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring ’09 collection. This baby won’t hit stores until March but I’m telling you now…you better get ready because it will be hard to find these $8 polishes at your drugstores. They go fast!

 

OPI Can You Dig It?


Yes, I can. Sheer beauty. And it’s a cream. This is probaly one of my top 10 favorite polishes. If you can’t find this one in stores, you can get it for $4.75 at my one of my favorite e-tailers HERE.

Revlon’s Primal Purple


Ohhh la laaaa, it’s a jewel-toned purple. And it’s dark but not quite black. I love this purple. It had blue undertones and sparkles like an amethyst.

 

Misa’s Forbidden Lust


This is one polish that I can rock for at least 3 days. It is just a show-stoppin’ kind of color. My friend Ellis almost tried to snag this one from me but as much as I love her, she wasn’t gettin’ this baby! You can also get Misa polishes for only $3 at Head2ToeBeauty.com

I hope this helps, Tiffany! Purple polishes do indeed look beautiful on brown skin. You better rock ‘em, girl! Which shade do you like the best? Got a purple you think I should try?

Polish Pretty,

This Day in Black (African) History:

1996-Elected leader and first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah,
ousted in military coup while he is away on a peace mission to Vietnam.

 

Amor de Lacquer: $5 off of Zoya purchaes $20 and more


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

If you are a regular viewer of the Amor de Lacquer series then you already know how much of a stan I am for Zoya polishes. I can’t get enough of them. But what do I love most about this company? Not the beautiful polishes. Not the fast shipping and great customer service. Not even that their polishes omit the toxic ingredients like toluene and DHP. But that they are constantly having sales/deals. This is one sure way to keep me as a customer!

Check out the newest deal:

As the thank you for your loaylty, take $5 off any order over $20 online on any Zoya or Qtica order.

Use code: TAKE5

This offer is valid through 2/20/2009, This is a web only offer on www.zoya.com, www.qtica.comor www.artofbeauty.com. This offer is not valid with any other coupons or offers. One code per order.

If you have not yet signed up for their newsletter, what are you waiting on? Still haven’t tried any polishes from Zoya? Here’s a Persiphony; one of my first Zoya purchases.

My nails were so short then. This is a great Spring color. Got your eyes on any Zoya or Qtica items? How about any recommendations? I think I may take another Zoya plunge.

Also….

Congrats to Tiffany!!!

She was the winner for the The Body Shop Moroccan Mystery giveaway.

Don’t be a hater. I will replenish the Honey Pot soon.
Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Amor de Lacquer: MAC’s Hello Kitty Something About Pink


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.

Beauty bloggers, make-up enthusiasts and Hello Kitty fans (I am all of the above, HA!) alike have been lemming after MAC’s Hello Kitty collection for quite some time. While I was quiet in my thoughts about the collection before the launch, I went from 0 to 193 when I saw the collection in person this past Monday.

I am sure you have heard much about it but if not visit HERE and HERE. Some of my favorite beauty bloggers have already tackled the collection, details and all. I have decided not to do a complete run down of the collection because I am far too lazy to do all of that AND I’m cheap. I only purchased 3 items. HA!

Enough of my rambling…let’s get to chattin‘ about one of the highlights of this collection.

Something About Pink nail polish

Ah yes…$11 for a bottle of polish. Definitely out of my price range considering I usually don’t spend more than $4/bottle on average but this was definitely a MUST have.

Yes, this cream looks perfectly pink in the picture but in real life it is a loud pink poppin‘ polish. And do I love it? Hells yea!

I wish I could, but I simply can not take credit for the beautiful application of it on my nails. If they look better than usual, it’s because I had a pro do them! My friend, Curls is a professional in the spa business and he actually doesn’t mind doing my nails. *gasp* I know, he’s great. His application was perfect despite the fact that SAP was a little thick.

“It drags a little bit at the cuticles,” he said.

2 coats and a clean-up later and I had a masterpiece. I had a serious photo shoot with this polish so don’t mind the artistic shots. LOL!



I know those watermarks are just horrific but there are some nail polish photo-swippinmofos on the net. It’s ridiculous. I can’t stop people from jackin‘ me but they’ll be doing some Clumps advertising too. HA!

You can get Something About Pink at any MAC store, counter and at maccosmetics.com for as long as supplies last. Which probably won’t be long since this is a serious coveted item!

Polish Pretty,


This Day in Black History:

1909-The NAACP was founded in New York City

1956-The first Black late night talk show host, Arsenio Hall was born.
1962-Bus boycotting started in Macon, Georgia.

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Twist Collection, Part 2

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 week or so back, I introduced you lovely people to Zoya’s Spring ’09 collection: Twist. Part 1 is here. Onward we go to Part Deux.

First up we have Jo. What a wonderful blue to my collection. I only applied two coats here but I would probably do three just because I love a complete opaque look. Jo has tons of sparkle but nothing too crazy. I would definitely rock this on the weekends for the perfect subtle yet showy nail color.


I really like Moxie! But then again, I would because it’s a creme. This color applied like a dream; I usually don’t have application problems with Zoya polishes. Moxie is a beautiful berry beet color that isn’t terribly unique but I love it just the same. I probably have a good 2 colors similar to this but nothing beats the application of a Zoya polish.

Think pink! Barbie pink that is. This photo may not show it but this polish is crazy bubble gum pink. It looks a little muted here but it really is a loud pink. Which I think is very pretty! I prefer it more on toes but would not mind rockin’ it on the hands either.


All in all, I am enamored with Zoya’s Twist collection. The colors are diverse and there is something for everyone–be it the nail polish addict or the conservative polish wearer. Malia would be my favorite out of the bunch with Harley coming in at a close second. This is my second Zoya collection and I can honestly say that I am a bonafide fan!

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com. Or better yet, get the Sampler for only $36!

A fan of Zoya’s Twist collection? Interesting? Not so much…..tell me what you think.

Polish Pretty,

Beauty Review: Dazzle Dry System

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 given the opportunity to test drive the Dazzle Dry’s Quick Dry Nail System kit. If you aren’t familiar with this brand, here are some quick tidbits.

  • The supreme 4-step system for natural nail manicures that air-dries THOROUGHLY in a dazzling 5-10 minutes (um, it’s actually less than that).
  • Free of formaldehyde, nitrocellulose, toluene and phthalate.
  • Formulated for natural nails to keep polish lasting longer (not recommended for use on acrylic and artificial nails).
  • Lacquers contain a UV screen for color protection.

If you purchase the kit, you will get all of this…

Dazzle Dry Nail Prep
Base Coat
Color Lacquers (2)
Top Coat

In my video review, I apply each of the products and show just how quickly the products dry. I even run my finger over water. This stuff is serious!!



Dazzle Dry Nail System Kit from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.


Verdict:
It works!! No….I mean, it really works. My nails are ready to go in 2 minutes or less. The entire kit retails for $54 which is a little steep for nail products, in general. I am “into” my nails more than the average person so this is one investment that I can justify indulging in.

Do you have to use Dazzle Dry polishes with the base and top coat?
Actually, you don’t. I’ve used the Nail prep and both the base and top coats with several other brands and it worked perfectly. However, using THEIR color polishes ensures that the polish dries almost instantaneously. Which is to be expected.

Here’s my NOTD (nail of the day) using Dazzle Dry’s Scarlet Desire. I used the entire system and only did two coats of Scarlet Desire.

How gorgeous is that color? I love this system and highly recommend it! Check out the Dazzle Dry System and other cool thangs at VBcosmetics.com.

Polish pretty,