Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Metal Chic Metallic Matte 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.

Okay, so can I do one more matte nail polish review? Pretty please? I really think you’ll like this one. And I promise it will be the last for a while. I don’t know if the trend is over or not but who cares? Orly has swept me away again. Check THIS out…

Glam Rock is a cool lookin’ cooper that is a little warmer than a penny. I love the way it looks matte. For some reason, I don’t think colors like this compliment my complexion when they are all shiny.

Iron Butterfly is another velvet-ty matte black. We’ve seen this before from Zoya’s Dovima. Iron Butterfly has more silver which makes it unique. And I love that name…Iron Butterfly. Hot!

Solid Gold is a matte gold. WOW! I’ve never been a fan of golds on my warm skin but this works!


Oh, Orly….how I love thee. I thought you stole my heart with your first matte collection. But nope…this one definitely trumps the predecessor. The consistency of these polishes remind me of Zoya’s Velvets and OPI’s Suedes. Think smooth and…velvet-y. Tiny silver specks give the “metallic” affect.

These polishes were a little thick and didn’t leave me wanting to apply a third coat. Not that I needed to as two coats seemed to be just fine.

I used two coats for each and didn’t have any application problems although Glam Rock did have some streaky issues.

Buy these and more for $3.19/bottle at TransDesign or anywhere Orly polishes are sold.

Are you sick of the matte trend yet?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,


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

Wednesday’s Sales & Spotlights!-Week of 1/24/10

It’s been awhile but I’m back with some sales and spotlights for you. Enjoy!

Fashion Addiction hosts giveaway!


Three lucky ladies will win fabulous products from Sothys. Click the website to enter. Good luck!

JESMakeup’s Look re-creation contest!

My girl, Jes is giving away some awesome gifts to any of her subscribers that re-create one of her looks. Click the video to get the details. If you enter, let me know so I can support you!

ThanksForBeingThere.com

Y’all know I try to stay super positive, right? And not only do I like to live that way, but I like to spread positive vibes too. ThanksForBeingThere gives you the chance to send a “thank you” to a friend, family member, SO, co-worker…anyone! Simply upload a message and photo and viola! The whole world now knows how thankful you are for that someone special. Websites like this and Operation Beautiful show that the interwebs ain’t full of trolls. Guess who I sent mine too? Hehehe….typos and all.

This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from January 24th-January 30th

  • Maybelline foundation, concealer, powder, blush–40% off
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics facial moisturizers or lotions–buy 1, get 1 50% off

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from January 24th-January 30th

  • (with card) L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara, $10.49

Sales are a bit weak this week. Boo!!

Wednesday’s Sales & Spotlights!-Week of 1/24/10

It’s been awhile but I’m back with some sales and spotlights for you. Enjoy!

Fashion Addiction hosts giveaway!


Three lucky ladies will win fabulous products from Sothys. Click the website to enter. Good luck!

JESMakeup’s Look re-creation contest!

My girl, Jes is giving away some awesome gifts to any of her subscribers that re-create one of her looks. Click the video to get the details. If you enter, let me know so I can support you!

ThanksForBeingThere.com

Y’all know I try to stay super positive, right? And not only do I like to live that way, but I like to spread positive vibes too. ThanksForBeingThere gives you the chance to send a “thank you” to a friend, family member, SO, co-worker…anyone! Simply upload a message and photo and viola! The whole world now knows how thankful you are for that someone special. Websites like this and Operation Beautiful show that the interwebs ain’t full of trolls. Guess who I sent mine too? Hehehe….typos and all.

This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from January 24th-January 30th

  • Maybelline foundation, concealer, powder, blush–40% off
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics facial moisturizers or lotions–buy 1, get 1 50% off

_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from January 24th-January 30th

  • (with card) L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara, $10.49

Sales are a bit weak this week. Boo!!

Degree Sponsored SAG awards party

So guess who had a Degree sponsored Screen Actor’s Guild award show party? Clumps of Mascara did! And we had a ball! Guests walked in to a display table of goodies….


It was later decorated with tons of door prizes. I so forgot to take a picture of that though. As ladies t
rickled in, they made their way to the manicure table.

That’s right…Serendity Day Spa came to us and treated us to wonderful fabulous manicures. And uh, wha? Do we see one of my favorite nail polish brands?


Yep! They love Zoya just as much as I do.


The ladies gave the best hand/arm massages ever! We talked beauty stuffs before the SAG awards but before we knew it, celebs were walking the red carpet and we all headed over to see the fabulous dresses and suits.

Now I only watch one current show on TV. And that’s Glee. I was pretty much the only person shrieking when I saw Mark Salling as Puck hit the screen.


Like OMG, he is soooo dreamy! And as far as our favorite dresses and make-up looks…

Diane Kruger and her orange dress…


I love love loooove this color and the style of this dress. And she’s sporting a red lip with it? We loved it! And Monique, who won an award, looked fab too.

It’s not the most colorful dress in the world but we loved her hair and make-up. Is that a Sam Fine job? After more screaming over who was hot and who was not, it was time for the big deal giveaway. A $100 gift card to Macy’s. Everyone put their name in a hat…

Except me. Because, you know….that wouldn’t be fair. LOL!


Our 9-year old name puller selected none other than Meagan from Lipstick Mixtapes. Look at her…getting her nails done all innocently.


Little did we know that she would strategically place her name in the hat so that it would be pulled. Yeah…we were hatin’. But leave it to sugary cake therapy to make us feel better.


Too bad we were too tired to play Taboo after the awards show. Ah well…maybe next Saturday!


And as far as at Degree’s Ultra Clear Satin? Loves iiiit!

Disclaimer: Degree sponsored this event in that I was provided a gift card to purchase necessities for the party. We were sent movies, their new Ultra Clear Red Satin deodorant, a Macy’s gift card to raffle and manicures by Serendipity Day Spa. I organized the event but was not paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

(photo credit)

EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone

Sooo, my ever so favorite EcoTools has come out with some darling eco-friendly (of course) cosmetic bags designed by the fabulous Alicia Silverstone.


I most remember her as Cher from Clueless. I know that movie word from word. Don’t judge me. I grew up in the 90’s and that was so one of the hottest movies. Ha! Let’s talk about the bags…

Overnight Bag
($19.99)


This is perfect! When I travel, I usually have a cosmetic bag and a bag for lotion/deodorant type products. I can toss everything in this one bag.

Cosmetic Brush Bag
($12.99)



This limited edition bag features a skunk brush that works beautifully on the cheeks. This bag is a MUST have.

Train case
($14.99)


This baby sits at my office and holds those “What if I have to freshen up?” goodies.

EcoTools has done it again. Great quality with eco-friendly high quality brushes and bags? And they’re affordable? EcoTools, will you marry me?

Okay, I got ahead of myself. My bad. You can find these kids where ever EcoTools products are sold including your favorite drugstore and Ulta stores.

Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products

(photo credit)

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

Giveaway Winner: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptous mascara

With all of the excitement of Clump’s new layout, I totally forgot to draw a winner for the Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptous brown mascara giveaway. Here we goooo….

Random.org says….



So that would be…



Congrats Evie! Shoot me an email with your mailing address so I can get that mascara to you. I’ll be having more giveaways soon, y’all. Stay tuned!

…and this will be the next mascara that I review. I hope it is as good as the original Lash Stiletto. Weeee!

Mascara Monday: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara

This was probably one of the most highly requested mascaras. And I am FINALLY getting to it. Is it worth the hype? Hmmm…

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $18 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims:
“Bare Escentuals Buxom® Lash Mascara – Blackest Black holds the style of your lashes for a continuous 12 hours with no flakiness. The silky, vitamin-rich formula darkens, lengthens, and thickens from root to tip without ever clumping. Its patented, hourglass-shaped brush is designed to lift and separate every lash while delivering the perfect amount of antioxidant-rich mascara needed for bigger, fuller lashes. “ (source)

The truth:
*yawn* Oh wait….what were we talking about again?
What I loved about it: It’s a green mascara so it lacks:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Phthalates

That’s pretty cool!

What I didn’t like: It claimed to be a volume mascara but I didn’t see much. That sucks.

Overall: This is one of those mascaras that took me almost a year to review. I’m not sure why. I received SO many requests to review it and just never got around to it. But here we are. I’m not all that impressed with Buxom. Like, at all…. First, let’s take a look at the wand.


This is what they call their hour glass buxom wand. As you can see, the middle of the wand sucks in and if you hold it vertically, it indeed looks like an hourglass. I mentioned in the video that I didn’t see the big deal in this but I guess it’s one of those things that companies like to do to make their wands appear “more unique”. Um yeah…whatever works.

It’s not a bad wand though. The bristles are long enough to effectively grab the lashes so they get an A+ in that area. It does, though, make for tough application in the inner lashes. The end of the wand is rounded and well..it is really hard to get in the corners.

As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t get much volume out of this mascara. The lengthening bit was okay but I wasn’t THAT impressed. Perhaps the best thing about this mascara is the fact that it is build-able. And it really doesn’t clump no matter how many coats you apply. But even that was enough to appease me. I needed more length and at least SOME volume.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)




Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

Okay, here’s a far away shot.

The lashes still look a puny to me. Boo!

I can appreciate that a little booklet thingie comes with the mascara though.


It gives neat tricks of how to apply the mascara with their special wand. Nothing that us veteran mascara users don’t know though.


Would I recommend it?: Nope. It’s pretty average and for $18, I think there are better out there.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

So…what do you think?

Happy Saturday, sweetums!

I am up super early to head out in the streets to run. I love running outside and can only do it on the weekends. I have been unofficially training for this 5K and lemme tell y’all…if I can do it, anyone can. This coming from a chick who at one point could bar

ely run for 5 seconds.

But I’ll save that talk for a 50 Million Pound challenge post.

What I really need is your opinion and advice.

 

Do you like Clumps’ new layout? Or do you hate it? What would you change? What do you love? Or miss? Click on the preview below to be be taken to our little survey. Be honest. It is completely anonymous. You all’s opinions mean A LOT to me. Help me help you.

And a very happy birthday to my sister Courtney who turns 20 today!!

Ciao for now, kiddos! Have a great weekend.