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

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.

Got your eye on any of these babies here? Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com.

Lately Zoya has been making news all over. Stay up to date with what’s going on in the Zoya world by subscribing to their blog.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

NYX Cosmetics 10 Year Anniversary Sale

Oh.mi.goodness…check this out!

One of my favorite brands NYX is having a 10 year anniversary sale.

50% off of EVERYTHING from May 1-May 15

Use code: NYX50

For U.S. online purchases only

…and get this: if you click HERE, they have eye shadows singles for $1.25!!! Whaaat?!

If you have ever been interesting about trying this GREAT recession-friendly brand….now is the time. I think I’m going to indulge this time.

What about you?
Passing it by?
Already at the website?

Click HERE to get your shop on!

…..congratulations to Naimah! She is the lucky recipient of a $50 gift certificate to BeautyTicket.com!

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen mascara

Happy happy Monday! As always….I have another mascara review! This happens to be L’Oreal’s newest. I received a total of 9 requests for this mascara.

Do we have another L’Oreal Voluminous winner?

Check the review…..

L’Oreal Extra Volume
Collagen mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for $9.99 at Walgreens but you get can it from Target for $6.49)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: Opps…I threw the packaging away! *cries* And we all know how well these drugst0re brands are at updating their sites. NOT!

The truth:
I mean….it’s okay. Just average. Nothing spectacular.

What I loved about it: I liked the wand…easy to use with minimal excess mascara on the brush.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t give me enough volume. I mean…it was just mediocre.

Overall: Okay…so basically this mascara is supposed to use collagen technology to plump your lashes up 12x their natural volume. 12x is a little dramatic but aren’t all mascara claims? To be honest….this mascara didn’t really impress me. Granted I wasn’t completely turned off by it but it didn’t make me want to throw a party either. It is an average mascara with no spectacular results.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Not really. I think that there are other great mascaras out there. I would only snag this one if it was on sale.

*yawn* See how excited I am about this baby? Peep the video review:

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Am I the only one missing the spark or is it really just average? What say you?

Check out my other L’Oreal mascara reviews:
L’Oreal Voluminous
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara
L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara

A crazed mascara reviewer,

The Best and Worse Sunscreens

Happy Sunday, family!!

Ah yessss….just yesterday I took a nap on the grass. There was an Earth Day celebration in downtown Orlando and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I ended up knocking out by the lake. I didn’t anticipate falling asleep with UV rays banging on my skin but my skin was protected! I’ll do a review on my favorite sunscreen later but for right now check out this Total Beauty article listing the best and worse in sunscreens.

What’s your favorite?

TotalBeauty.com
The Best and Worst Sunscreens

See which products will prevent your skin from looking lobster-like all summer long

Whether we like it or not, sunscreen is a must for all of us. And according to Heidi Waldorf, M.D. of Waldorf Dermatology & Laser Associates in Nanuet, NY, we need “an SPF of at least a 15 daily.” No one wants to spend all summer slathering on sunblock, but with these reader favorites maybe it wont seem like such a chore.

See sunscreens

No. 14: Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel, $45

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 6*

Why: Readers complain that it “is too orange” and “the brush bristles break off and shed…”

No. 3: Philosophy A Pigment Of Your Imagination SPF 18, $30

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 5.5*

Why: Readers didn’t like the “thick and sticky” formula and hue, which “turns my skin yellowish and made me look like I was sick…”

The Best: No. 14: Dermalogica Super Sensitive Face Block SPF 30, $40.50

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.2*

Why: Readers like that it is SPF 30 and that it is “not greasy, doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts.”

Want to see the rest of the list? Click here!

Honey Pot: Mascara Winner & BeautyTicket.com Reminder


Hey chicas! Someone’s Friday is going to get a little bit better!
Remember THIS Mascara Monday where I reviewed Revlon DoubleTwist Volumizing mascara? Oh yeah, girl…..I SO wasn’t diggin’ that mascara. Many of you questioned why I even gave it a “2” when it really deserved a “1”. True, true…but I liked the uniqueness of a wand. Whether it worked or not is another story.

I digress….

One lucky lady will win this mascara and provide us with her own written review (with pictures). I am excited to get a mascara review from a different point of view. According to random.org the winner is:

!!Mary Joyce!!

Congratulations, darling…shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com and we’ll get that mascara to you. Can’t WAIT to see your review.

I still have one more giveaway going on. Click HERE to get details.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Honey Pot: Mascara Winner & BeautyTicket.com Reminder


Hey chicas! Someone’s Friday is going to get a little bit better!
Remember THIS Mascara Monday where I reviewed Revlon DoubleTwist Volumizing mascara? Oh yeah, girl…..I SO wasn’t diggin’ that mascara. Many of you questioned why I even gave it a “2” when it really deserved a “1”. True, true…but I liked the uniqueness of a wand. Whether it worked or not is another story.

I digress….

One lucky lady will win this mascara and provide us with her own written review (with pictures). I am excited to get a mascara review from a different point of view. According to random.org the winner is:

!!Mary Joyce!!

Congratulations, darling…shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com and we’ll get that mascara to you. Can’t WAIT to see your review.

I still have one more giveaway going on. Click HERE to get details.

Enjoy your weekend!!

FOTD Friday: An Uh-Oh Look *pic heavy*


Happy Friday! Okay, brace yourself….this should make for a pretty interesting FOTD Friday. I attempted to create what I thought would be a crazy cute look but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

Remember when I got that Urban Decay Ammo Eye palette? I have been playing around with it ALL week. In addition to that I have really been trying to improve my eyeshadow application by using different techniques.

This time I tried applying my crease color first. Here is how the palette looks…..

I’m not as in love with these colors now that I’ve gotten to know them a little better. The glitter factor is a little too much for me. But don’t get me wrong! It’s still a fun little palette.

I started off with Last Call eyeshadow on the crease….


I like the idea of applying the crease color first. Next I applied Grifter, a lavender glittery color, to the lid.

Because I have a freakin’ mile of space on my eyelid, I am finding that it makes sense to apply a brown eyeshadow between my crease and highlight color. Smog eyeshadow worked perfectly for this!


And Sin eyeshadow for the highlight…


I probably should have stopped there but of course I had to push it to the limit. Which I wish I would not have done. But of course I’m Ms. Clumps of Mascara for a reason!


I didn’t intend for the look to come out so harsh. And I definitely could have blended a little better.



Um yeah….I have a pimple. LOL!! What would you have done to make this look a little better? Eased up on the black eyeshadow? Selected another lid color? Hmmmm…..tell me what you think!

Happy Weekend,

Honey Pot: BeautyTicket.com Giveaway!


Time to stick your hands in the honey pot, family! The Honey Pot is the giveaway series here at Clumps of Mascara. And it’s rather simple. At least it is this go ’round.

And I know you are needing a little pick me up. You know…with it being the middle of the week and all.

BeautyTicket.com is probably the most recession friendly website I have seen in a long time. Seriously!! You can save up to 85% on name brand beauty products!

That means….

-Stila
-China Glaze (!!!)
-Smashbox
….etc.

Girl yes, you can get an entire China Glaze collection for under $20. Stroll on over to the website HERE.

What kind of brands would you like to see at BeautyTicket.com? One lucky winner who tells me her answer will win the following….


Details:
-This contest is for U.S. and Canada residents only.
-Simply tell me what brand(s) you would like to see on BeautyTicket.com.
-Leave your name AND email address.
-Have you won a contest/giveaway at Clumps in the past 6 months? Keep it movin’, sister…give someone else a chance.
-No submissions will be accepted after Sunday, May 13, 2009 at 12:00 P.M. EST.
-Winner will be selected at random.

Tis all!

…..in the meantime, if you enter this promo code: CLUMPSOFMASCARA—you will save 10% on your entire purchase! Good until June 1, 2009. Click HERE to get your shop on!

I would LOVE if Bobbi Brown was on BeautyTicket.com. Oh wee, I wouldn’t know how to act.

Happy Hump Day!