Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 4/25/10

Butterflydiary gives you anecdotal evidence of what happens when two beauty products look vaguely similar….

The Beauty Alchemist dazzles with new MAC Superglass

Krasey Beauty explores the new Bobbi Brown Color Strips, and promptly falls in love.

Clumps of Mascara meets Iman!

Diva Debbi gives Jergens Natural Glow Firming a second chance

The Product Pasha chats with Cover FX’s Jenny Frankel about primers and is giving away a Big Cover Up Kit.

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.

Beauty Review: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay eye pencil

Okay seriously…the title of this post is like…way too long. Right? Don’t blame me, loves. Blame Sally Hansen for having a super long product name. But you know what? That’s the only thing I can complain about when it comes to this product.

Seriously, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

Need some quick pros? Okay, check this…

-It doesn’t have any parabens
-It’s affordable ($7.49? Holla!)
-It is waterproof and doesn’t budge. At all. No really. Not at all!


Oh, and did I mention that it is affordable? That’s reason enough to love it. This Natural Beauty collection by Carmindy is really wow-ing me.

Those that know me know well know that I swear by Urban Decay’s liners. And I will never stop loving them. The prices are a little steep but in terms of waterproof liners in a ton of colors that actually STAY put? They deliver! However (don’t you hate when teachers/professors say that? Blah!), these aren’t too bad.

Those are the stats of the liner. It being paraben free is HUGE in my book. If you don’t know about parabens, read this article. I can’t say that ALL of the beauty products I use are paraben-free but owning a liner like this is certainly a step in the right direction.

For $7.49, you get a nice size liner with a smooth tip.

It doesn’t require any special pencil sharpener either. What really impressed me about the pencil is how dark, rich and creamy it is…

Oh la la, right? There was absolutely no tugging on the water line. Check out how it compares to Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero.

And then we did a quick smudge test….

And a water test…

Sally Hansen holds up pretty good, uh?

It’s great, y’all. Great! As far as its availability, you should be able to find it your local CVS and Rite Aid stores. A lot of U.S. Clumps readers have been able to find it so yay to Sally Hansen for having it all over. I just hope that it doesn’t get discontinued like…tomorrow. That would suck. A lot.

Have you tried this liner yet? Have you tried any drugstore liners that rocked your world? Or not so much?

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

Mascara Monday: Guess how many I’ve reviewed?

Check out one of my tweets from last night…

 It’s true!!

And feel free to count the reviews if you don’t believe me. 😉

If all else fails in this thing called life, I can always say my contribution to (wo)mankind was providing honest mascara reviews. Ha! I’m taking a break this go ’round to get some commentary from you guys.

What’s your absolute FAVORITE mascara? And what’s one that you hate? Are you a dedicated buyer of the same mascara or do you like to buy the newest ones hitting the shelf?  Got any recs, tips or questions for me?

Let me know! I’ll be back next week with the 83rd mascara review.  I think by the time we  hit 100, I should have a massive mascara giveaway. Maybe giving away one a day for a week? Hmm….whatcha think?

Have a great Monday!

FOTD Friday: The Iman and Clumps video

Happy Friday, guys! This week has gone by soooo fast. Like…what happened to Tuesday? Sheesh. I tried to take some pictures of my boring bronze look but um…it was that boring.

Seriously. That’s the most exciting look. I don’t think my face is feeling the camera this week. Ha! I’ll be back next week to showcase bronzed cheeks. In the meantime, check out my recap of my experience at the Iman Cosmetics blogger event.


…and I won’t tell y’all how it took me 503 years to do that video. So much for all that I learned when I was doing video production in college.

Off I go, darlings. I’m packing up to move into another apartment. Wish me luck! Don’t forget to check out the Facebook group for a chance to win some EcoTools goodies.

Have a fabulous weekend!

EcoTools 6 Piece Eye Brush Set



                                                     Not my car. I rented this darling buttercup for a road trip. 

Happy Earth Day!!!! I hit the road a lot. I’m traveling at least 2-3 weekends out of a month. It may have something to do with finally having a car that is reliable enough to take on the highways and byways. But see…my trips are usually crazy spontaneous. Meaning, I’ll decide on Thursday evening that I want to pack up my car  and head 4 hours South or 9 hours North. To prevent myself from forgetting the necessities, I always have a pre-packed bag. Somethin’ like this…

 Lately I’ve been tossing this inside…

It’s baby EcoTools brushes!

These are darling. They are about an inch smaller than the full size EcoTools brushes.

That makes them big enough to hold and grip when applying make-up but small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or cosmetic bag. Each brush is printed with its name. Oh, you didn’t know that “certain” brushes do certain things? Yes ma’am!

This is great for the make-up newbie! And since we’ve come to expect the best from EcoTools, they don’t skimp in the packaging department either.

 Not a bad buy for $7.99, uh? Oh! And EcoTools has pretty cool tutorials on YouTube now. This one talks about how to achieve the cat eye look.



Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products
EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone 
EcoTools bamboo bronzer brush

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,



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

Beauty Review: Milani 3D Glitzy Gloss

If there is a product that you desperately need in your life, how many drugstores would you hit up in order to find it and take it home?

That’s not a trick question, y’all. And don’t judge me when I say this but I searched almost 12 CVS’ and Walgreens to find these lippies. Yeah, I know you’re giving me the side eye but I did this for you guys. I promise! If I weren’t a blogger, I darn sure wouldn’t be doing crazy stuffs like this. But when I heard that Milani came out with a blue gloss, all I could think was, “Must.Get.It.Now.”

But first, let’s talk about Milani’s Fashion Diva and how similar it is to MAC’s Funtabulous. I reviewed Funtabulous sometime ago and it always been one of my favorite lip glosses EVA! But while I am an enormous fan of MAC’s Dazzleglass, I was never a fan of spending $18 for one. That’s a hefty price tag for a gloss yo. My collection of them as never been more than 3 because of this.

Milani’s 3D Glitz glosses are pretty good dupes for the Dazzleglasses. The consistency is not as thick, sticky and pigmented as the Dazzleglass, though. These of course means that they aren’t as long lasting.

Still a steal nonetheless. And Fashion Diva looks A LOT like Funtabulous and it’s only $6.49. Heyyy!!!

And now back to Movie Star because this blue gloss is truly rocking my world. When used alone, it is rather sheer and the neon blue sparkles are hardly noticed.

I wanted to see how it look layered on top of one of my favorite Inglot lipsticks.

Loves it! Now I hate to be a dream basher but finding Movie Star is like THEE hardest thing ever. I haven’t seem to locate it in a good 2 months. Hopefully you’ll be able to track down Movie Star and her other 6 friends. You can find them at CVS, Walgreens and K-Mart.

Have you tried these yet? How do you think they compare to MAC’s Dazzleglass?