Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection

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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 Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Today I will be introducing you to a brand that is new to me. Diamond Cosmetics asked me to review their Summer 09 Collection and I couldn’t be more happy that I did.

Here is a little more information about the company:

“Diamond Cosmetics, Inc. is a manufacturer/distributor of quality cosmetics. The bulk of our business includes nail products, such as nail enamel and nail treatments, as well as lip products, such as lipstick and lip gloss.

We first opened our doors in 1982 and began by selling eye and lip pencils to retain chains and independent drug stores. Since then, we have expanded our scope of business to include 3 separate divisions: retail, professional, and private label.” (source)

I could do a whole blog post on how awesome it is that they do private labels but to get more information about that, click here. In the meantime, let’s check out the hot summer collection!


Don’t Teal My Heart Away did not photograph as nicely as I wanted it to. The color is really a lot more vibrant in color and is the PERFECT teal. The color is unique in a sense because $0.25 from each bottle is donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Beauty and a cause! You know I love it.

Now what color does this one look like? Oh, Tiff could be China Glaze’s for Audrey’s long lost cousin. I couldn’t do a comparison because in a massive “clean out and give away” moment, I gave away For Audrey. I suppose Oh, Tiff is just as wonderful. The application was to die for!

Fiery Coral may look red but really it is coral with a kick. It is a cream that isn’t terribly unique. I’m not sure how I feel about corals against my skin tone. I don’t hate them but I don’t run to them either. Fiery Coral is still hot, though!


Here comes my favorite color out of the bunch! Hot Summer Pink is officially my “Trip to the Bahamas 2009″ color. I love love love this one. I saved the flash on this photo only because WITH the flash, it is insanely bright. It has tiny blue/silver glitter particles in it that makes it look a little more neon. I can’t say enough of that this color. It is just awesome!


Awww, it’s another creamy baby pink. Pink polishes have never been my favorite but when they are creams, I tend to like them a little more. Cotton Candy looks good enough to eat and is sweet on the nails.

I had trouble photographing Pink Passion too. It isn’t as dark as it looks in the photo. It is really more of a muted magenta. I am sure there are many colors like this one too but colors like this are always welcomed in my collection. When I don’t want crazy colors but don’t want to leave the nails bare, I rock colors like Pink Passion.

I applied 2 coats with each color. All were used over Zoya’s Nail Ridge filler.

Overall I think Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection has something for everyone. It will appeal to the safe-color wearin’ ladies and the crazy color wearin’ chica like myself. I am THRILLED that they are Big 3 free meaning they don’t have DHP, toluene and formaldehyde. Yesss! Another brand lacking the yucky chemicals. I love it! Aaaand….they are only $2!!! Not bad at all!

These colors haven’t popped up on their site yet but they have a ton of other colors that I have my eyes on. You can find out more about DiamondCosmetics here.

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Bee-haviors: MAC Style Warrior collection

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

This time last year I was still obsessed with MAC Cosmetics. I would run to the store the minute collections were released. I would save all of my pennies to buy products just for packaging-sake. I have been showing love to other make-up brands in the past year or so MAC doesn’t get so much of my attention. But this new Style Warrior collection is absolutely beautiful!

Have you seen it?


Giiirl, I just want to grab every bit of it. But I haven’t yet. I’ve depleted my funds for the month AND I have similar colors, but I can’t deny how beautiful the packaging is.

So riddle me this….

Did you haul anything from MAC’s Style
Warriors Collection?

If so, what? Any must-haves? Tell me!

(photo source)

Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant

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Any deodorant fans out there?

Silly question. I’m sure MOST of us are. Uh, I almost have to be with living in Florida and all. I had the opportunity to give you guys a sneak peek of the newest member to the Dove Deodorant family…

Dove Visibly Smooth

What Dove says about it,

“Dove Visibly Smooth minimizes the appearance of hair when used over time and conditions underarm skin, all while providing the odor and wetness protection you’d expect from a Dove deodorant.”

Now I know what you’re thinking. A deodorant that minimizes the appearance of hair probably contains some kind of harsh ingredients that can irritate the already sensitive underarm skin. NOPE! Not at all, babes. Dove Visibly Smooth makes your underarm air softer and finer thus making it easier to remove!

Which is great for ladies like me. I am soooo prone to razor bumps and irritations under the arms. And sometimes it gets pretty bad.

Check out the packaging:


I’ve been using it for a good two weeks now and I have noticed that the skin under my arms is a lot smoother. And, of course the hair is still growing like normal but it is much softer. Results are better the longer you use it so I can’t wait to see where I am in a month or so.

You can find out more about Dove Visibly Smooth here. Oh! And check out their Facebook page too. You can get there anywhere Dove deodorants are sold!

ImanCosmetics.com Revamped!

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Expect some reviews from Iman Cosmetics coming from me in the near future. I have been dabbling quite a bit with their concealers and even the foundations. And….I’m impressed!

Until I get those reviews up, check out ImanCosmetics.com. It is user-friendly and does an awesome job and trying to “guess” what shade you are by other brands.

Por ejemplo (Spanish for “for example”):

Let’s say you are NW45 in MAC’s foundation. According to Iman Cosmetic’s chart, you would be Earth 3 for their foundation.


Totally cool, right? You can do the same for Black Opal, Fashion Fair, L’Oreal and Revlon.

My favorite part of the site? The makeovers!! Click here to see what I’m talking about it.

To my darker brown girls….Iman has you covered!

Anyone a fan of Iman Cosmetics? I can’t wait to get those reviews out for y’all. Stay tuned!

Beauty Review: Ms. Pedicure’s The Foot Spahh!


“Ahhhhh…..”

Don’t tell me you don’t say this when you soak your tired feet.

Please tell me you soak your feet. Giiiirl, my feet not only love the pampering but they need it. My obsession with feet care has hit another level with this darling little Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh set.


In this little set you get:
-a Pumice stone
-6 oz exfoliating foot scrub
-6 oz moisture-rich foot lotion
-2 oz invigorating foot and leg rub
-Massager

And it all comes in reusable tote bag–which makes it easy to transport the feet goodies while traveling. I decided to give the set a little swirl one weekend.

First I soaked my feets in a Dr. Scholl’s foot spa.

Don’t have one of these? A tub of warm water works just fine.

I grabbed the pumice stone and foot scrub and hit the feets. Because I love y’all, I will spare pictures of zee toes. Don’t get me wrong, they are fly and all but um, yeahhh….lol.

The scrub feels good!!

It has a nice clean smell and instead of giving me a streaky clean, it left my feet nice and soft.

And then there is the lotion which is equally wonderful.

It slathers on nice and smooth with no stickiness or greasiness.

Now the leg rub…hmmm, not too sure about that.

It feels like a serum and takes forever to dry. It doesn’t smell as pretty as the scrub and lotion and I didn’t find much use for it.

And the massager, as cute as it is….is probably more fun if someone else was doing it for you.


Of course I had to pull out my tools and do the rest of the pedi-work.


Overall, I like The Foot Spahh! My feet really do feel revitalized and refreshed. Not bad for $12.99. A lot cheaper than going to a salon.

What do you think? Would you invest in a Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh?

You can find them where-ever Ms. Manicure and Ms. Pedicure products are sold.

Because yo feet need a break too,

Beauty Bubble: Top 10 Worst Skin Cities

Last week we listed Top 10 Best Skin Cities.

And remember last week how I was ranting about how I didn’t think it was fair that polluted NYC was on the “Top 10 Best Skin Cities” list? Well, I’m ranting again, dog-on it!!

My favorite Floridian city Tampa Bay is on this list. What the! The commentary says it is because we “flock to tanning salons”. We who?

*looks around*

Not this brown girl. Floridians aren’t as tanned obsessed as people makes us to be. Los Angeles, on the other hand….whoa!

Check the list and come back and rant with me. Do your think your city is one of the top 10 worst skin cities?

Tell me!



TotalBeauty.com
The 13 Worst-Skin Cities

The environmental aggressors in these towns could be damaging your skin

Before blowing your next paycheck at the derm’s office or on pricey skin care products, take a closer look at the place you call home. We looked at pollution levels, sunshine and humidity averages, skin cancer, smoking rates, and even tanning salons per capita to determine which U.S. locales could be disastrous for your skin. Did your city make the list?

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FOTD Friday: The just some liner look

Hi family!

It’s Friday—ohmigoodness, I totally love short weeks. Actually, no I don’t. They go slower than regular weeks. Don’t ask to try and explain that either. I know someone out there knows what I’m talking about. HA!

Before I drop the one-photo look for today, I wanted to update you on what’s going on via Clumps:

  • I will be traveling for all of next week. Don’t fret! Posts will still air as usual however I will not be able to respond to comments immediately. This year’s family vacay is back to the Bahamas. You know I will take tons of photos!
  • The Makeup Show highlights will take a brief intermission next week but will resume shortly after.
  • I will be attending the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event on June 7th. If there is anything you would like for me to check out, shoot me an email and let me know!
  • Clumps will celebrate its two year anniversary on Friday, June 12th. It will be quite the celebration ‘roun these parts! That means giveaways, giveaways and more giveaways! Maybe some contests and other surprises. Stay tuned. Anyone want to be on the party planning committee?
  • My fellow blog sister and friend Kia at Yummy411 celebrates a birthday on Sunday, June 7th so shoot her some Happy B-Day love!
  • The lovely Tamar will be babysitting Clumps while I am away so feel free to email any housekeeping questions to her at TamarForClumps@gmail.com.

I think that’s it for now, jello pops. Will ya’ll miss me? *tears* Because I shall miss you!

And now for my look:

….and that’s it! I’m serious. I’m supporting some liner, gloss and of course, mascara! I was getting a makeover at D&G Cosmetics in New York City and this was the BEFORE. Nothing special here, uh?

Off I go! Have a wonderful week, lovelies!

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 3-Body Art galore

It is easy to miss a lot at The Makeup Shows. Between the seminars, meet-ups, photo opps, workshops and exploring it is almost impossible to see EVERYTHING. But you really have to be blind as a bat to miss all of the fabulous body art around the show. Mehron does mouth-droppin’ kind of make-up.



….even Make Up For Ever artists got in on the act.


It was amazing watching the models transform. Body art makes me have an even greater appreciation for make-up!

What do you think, fam?