Amor de Lacquer: OPI Designer Series Luxurious & Indulgence

Every so often, OPI likes to grace us nail polish lovers with a polish or two from their Diamond Dust-Infused Designer Series. These polishes aren’t just regular ole’ nail polishes. They are usually holographic beauties whose appearance alone have you captivated. Now and days, I spy more glitter than holographic wonderness in these polishes. Which kinda sucks (I mean, who doesn’t love holographic polishes?) but the sheer beauty of these high shine shades makes up for it a bit. Check out the newest kids on the playground…

Luxurious is described as a captivating coral-red with a golden glisten.

 It looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting but this kid is 10x more vibrant. The gold glitter is so dense and tightly packed that my nails would shine in the dark when I wore this polish. It’s just a beaut. Look at that…

On fire. Literally.

Then there’s Indulgence which is described as a a radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish. At first glance, I wasn’t insanely impressed with this polish but on the nails, it comes alive. It isn’t as striking as Luxurious but it is still absolutely gorgeous.

Not too shabby, uh?

I’m not gonna lie – I really do wish OPI would pick back up with including holographic shades in their Designer Series. While these polishes are beautiful, it’s hard to justify their $12.50 price tag. Many of us nail polish lovers don’t have a problem with shelling out our pretty pennies for holographic polishes but super glittery polish…meh?

If you’ve got to add one to your collection, it should definitely be Luxurious. It’s a stunner.

You can get both of these at professional salons, including Dillard’s, JCPenney and ULTA, for $12.50 a pop.

Whatcha think? Are you loving these two?

Last Q-tips Tipster Post + Giveaway! Sephora gift card. (3 winners!)

Welp, it’s my very last Q-tips video and giveaway. Can y’all believe it’s been almost a year since I was selected to be a Q-tips ambassador? I have been spreading the gospel about the awesomeness that are these cotton-y stick thingies and just because my term is ending doesn’t mean I’ll stop braggin’ about them.

This video showcases 5 ways I like to use Q-tips while traveling. I’ve been working on limiting what I pack with me and whaddya know…you can actually save space by leaving some of your makeup brushes behind and just packing some Q-tips. The video is a bit jumbled up but what can I say? I’m so rusty. I don’t think I’ve done 5 videos this whole year. Meanwhile, years ago, I’d do 1 video a week. Ack!!

Let’s jump to the good giveaway stuffs. You know the deal! Give the good ole’ Rafflecopter some time to load.

Good luuuuuck!

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Amor de Lacquer: Cult Nails Deception collection

Maria and the Cult Nails crew has done it again! A few weeks back, I managed to trek on down (or over…I need to look at a map) to the Cult Nails headquarters and attended a nail polish party/photoshoot with my fellow Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida gal pals. We had a BLAST! That was my first social event in months and I was glad that Baby Clumps didn’t have me feeling nauseous or uncomfortable. Courtney of Phyrra did an awesome post chronicling our fun time.

While there, we all got to play around with the newest Cult Nails collection…Deception.

I am beyond impressed and didn’t see this one coming! For one, all of these polishes are intended to be used as top coats. That means while you can wear them solo, they’ll look 10x better layered over another polish – especially a black polish. Like Cult Nails’ 1-coat wonder Nevermore. That polish isn’t included in this collection but I had to showcase it just to give you an idea of how great of a base it is with the Deception polishes layered on top.

See how beautifully dark Nevermore is?

Yes girl! If you need a lusciously creamy black polish that reaches an opaque finish with just one coat…this is it!

The Deception dream team…

 

Alter Ego casts a gold/green tinge over the nails. Which is weird because the polish itself looks like an opalescent pink, right? Very deceptive! :wink: When it hits natural light it gives off a shimmery hunter green effect.

Charlatan is multi-chromatic wonderment. I don’t really even know how to explain this one because it’s just THAT stunning. I found it to be the thicker of all 5 polishes but I didn’t struggle with application. Sometimes it looks like a shimmery blue and other times it looks purple. And sometimes it’s both. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Love love love!

Deception reminds me of those popular cotton candy-type shades from the 90’s. I actually really like it by itself but it looks fantastic layered over Nevermore too. It has a faint purple/hot pink shimmer that really comes alive when the nails hit the light.

 

Doppleganger is a milky kid that gives the nails a blue/green shimmer. It’s the most interesting of the top coats and at first I didn’t think I like it but after rockin’ it on the nails for a few days…it ain’t so bad. I can’t wait to play around with this one with other shades. Maybe layered over a dark blue? Hmmm….

 

Two Timer is deceptive too because while the polish looks gold, it actually looks more green on the nails. But not green like Alter Ego. This one is more of a jewel-toned green and doesn’t nearly have as much shimmer as Alter Ego does.

 

I swatched each top coat over my bare nails just to give you an idea of how they look by themselves.

Pretty awesome collection, uh? The options are endless and I find these fantastic for when you want to switch up your nail polish a bit without completely removing it. Maria has a ton of other layering options on the Cult Nails blog.

This collection is currently available for purchase at $10 a bottle.

Which top coat is your fave?

Too Faced’s The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, random story but when I was growing up, using the word “sexy” under the age of 18 (or maybe 20. I can’t remember..ha!) was unheard of. It was a word that only grownups used and no child went around saying it. Not around their parents at least. The other day I saw a little girl around the age of 4 years old rockin’ a tee that said, “I’m Sexy And I Know It”. The gal pal I was with thought it was adorable. I thought it was just a tad bit inappropriate.

Does that mean I’m going to be some super strict Mama that won’t let Baby Clumps use the word “sexy” or wear red nail polish until she’s like…14? Maybe y’all. Maybe.

But we’re all adults up in this joint so let’s talk about the sexiness this palette offers.

Oooooh weee, ain’t that sexy? Too Faced knows how make a gal pull out her wallet.

Currently available at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, this palette retails for $48 and has a bunch of little jewels inside. In addition to the sexy eye shadow palette, you get a travel-sized tube of one of the BEST eye shadow primers on the market, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance…

Such a perfect size for this bud. I usually tote the larger one so this is perfect when it comes to space savin’ travel. You also get a full sized eyeliner.

Which is wickedly awesome considering these cost $18 a pop. This paraben-free eyeliner is one of my favorites because although it’s creamy, it’s super dark and long-lasting. And then you’ve got the main attraction….

The sexy palette herself. She’s broken up in 3 categories to help you crank out SIX distinct looks. In fact, if you look to the right of the mirror, you’ll find 3 look cards.

Cool, uh? Stuck on where to apply which eyeshadow? These cards got you covered.

The Ingenue is the tamer of the 3. These shadows are on the neutral side and probably the one I’d be tangling with the most.

The Icon sits comfortably between the 3 cards and is the perfect blend of tame shades and daring shades. In fact, the more I play around with this one, the more I love it. That jewel toned purple and pink just gives me life!

And lastly is The Bombshell. These day and night looks are perfect for my smoky eye lovin’ gals.

Quality of the Eye shadows: At first glance it appears that each of these shadows were shimmery glitter bombs. But nope! Too Faced has snuck in what I see as a good 2-3 different formulas. While the shimmer do dominate the palette, the white shadow in The Icon is a nice and creamy matte and the black eye shadow in The Bombshell has a bit of a matte finish with just a little bit of silver sparkle. All of the shadows apply beautifully and with ease. I find shimmers hard to wear because I don’t think they are the most subtle (read: work-appropriate) shadows in the world, but a light hand, good brush and great base can make these work.

Overall: Who is this palette for? Um…anyone who wants it! Newbies will love it because the look cards will be extremely helpful. Professional makeup artists will love it because they’ll be getting 15 dynamic eye colors in one palette. And those who just want a new beauty toy will love it because it’s just so much fun to play with. Plus it’s only $48 which is nothing when you think about how much you’re getting. Get more deets and purchase this palette here.

Yes. This palette’s sexiness continues to knock me ovah. Whatcha think?

Mascara Monday: Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers

Well hot dang! When was the last time you saw me review a mascara primer? It’s been a minute, uh? I sit on a thin line with these things. Sometimes I feel they can be super influential in the outcome of your lashes and sometimes I feel they are gimmicky products that don’t too much but taunt your wallet.

But Make Up For Ever’s primer is just a weeee bit different. This baby has FIBERS in it. Ooooooh!!!

Price: $21 at Sephora.com and Sephora stores nationwide.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Fibers are the perfect way to add length and volume to your lashes. A Sephora exclusive, these lashes are a great base to mascara.” (source)

The Truth: The fibers! I can actually see them.

What I Loved About It: Well, I love the fact that it’s a fiber primer. Wait…does that rhyme? Fiber primer, fiber primer…teheheee!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite it’s coolness, I’m not sure it dramatically changed the look of my lashes.

Overall: Welp. It’s a mascara primer. As I’ve mentioned, some have been epic and some of been a waste of money. Harsh, I know but hey…I’m being honest. How do you determine if you need a primer? Well. That’s a tough question. Do you have a mascara that works beautifully? Chances are you may not desire a primer. Do you chronically purchase mascaras and have yet to find one that REALLY gives you the results that you’re looking for? Well then. You may be an ideal mascara primer purchaser.

I find MUFE’s Lash Fibers to be on the up and up in terms of primers. Yes, it’s all because of the fibers. I’m a ginormous fan of fiber mascaras so to see a fiber primer is pretty exciting. Application of this primer is just like how you’d apply a fiber mascara. If you’re desirous of more length, focus on applying the primer to the tips of the lashes. If you’re a lover of volume, sweep the brush to the base of the lashes and wiggle up. It really is that simple. Especially if you’re used to regularly applying fiber mascaras.

The formula of this stuff is just like most primers. It’s white in color, has a bit of a creamy consistency and dries quickly on the lashes if left unattended. I found that applying one coat did the trick and immediately after applying that one coat, I’d apply to the other lash and then follow up with a mascara. Easy, right?

Well folx – I didn’t really see any major differences. I tested this for over a week and would apply the primer and 2 coats of mascara to just one eye and wear my regular mascara on the other. I wore a mascara that I’m already in love and so I was looking for added length and volume. But I didn’t see much. Or any! Hmph. I tried again and again with other brands of mascara and still didn’t note much of a difference. Ah well. That’s the thing with fiber mascaras. Sometimes they work. And sometimes they don’t. I’m not disappointed. I still think this primer is worth a try if you love mascara primers though. Have I mentioned that it’s a fiber primer? :cool:

Oh! The wand…

Meh. Not amazing and not horrible but it does a good job at application.

 

Lashes with 1 coat of primer



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


The eye to the left is the one with primer and 1 coat of mascara.

The eye to the right just has 1 coat of mascara.

I don’t see much of a difference. You?


Do I recommend it?: Only if you love mascara primers AND fiber mascaras. This is a nice blend of the two.

Whatcha think? Is this a mascara primer that you’d try?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 60

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Pink Sith – HOT PINK FUCHSIA SEX ON A SITCK! Do I have your attention? I thought so. Check out the NARS 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. It lives up to the all caps introduction.

Prime Beauty – welcomes Fall with bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette, the perfect mix of neutral and jewel tones!

Phyrra – gives in to her desires and loves the Urban Decay Vice Palette. She reviews, swatches and shares a few tutorials.

we heart this – You know the fabulous Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel that everyone always touts as a must have (us included)? Hiney pimples and arm bumps, be warned, it now comes in a Body Towel.

Beauty Junkies Unite – In the event that you haven’t seen how hyped up the blogosphere is over Urban Decay’s new eyeshadow collection, The Vice Palette, you better check out the preview & swatches before it hits stores officially on the 27th!

Clumps of Mascara – Tarte can do no wrong in my book. Such is the case with these awesome Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks. They’re long lasting lippies made of clay. Hot stuff, uh?

EauMG – Is there anything better than champagne? If you answered, “no”, you need to try Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois perfume. It could change your mind. It’s that good.

Gouldylox Reviews – Ever wonder what it’s like to get serious hair extensions ala every celebrity in Hollywood? I took the plunge for science and am sharing every gory detail!

Nouveau Cheap – finally found the L’Oreal Limited Edition Fall 2012 Project Runway Collection at her local drugstore and picked up the mysterious purple lipgloss. Was it everything she hoped for?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Well, going with the Fragrance theme, I thought I would share with you one of my fave fragrance blogs. It’s called Eyeliner On A Cat. Carrie Meridith is clever and knowledgeable and just an all around fun read! Enjoy!

Question of the Week:

Your three favorite fragrances, name them…

 

B says, “Wellll, we all know that I can’t wear traditional fragrances due to migraines. Most days I don’t wear any fragrances but if I need a lil’ somethin’ I like my LUSH solid perfumes. That’s about it. Fragrance-free is the life for me!”

I know I can’t be the only gal out there who prefers being fragrance-free? Anyone? And if you’d rather go around spritzing smelly stuffs…what fragrances are you lovin’ these days?

 

See you next week!

 

Baby Clumps: 21 Weeks + How many kids do you want?

Aaaaand we’re back! I didn’t update last week and some of y’all were like “Heyyyyy, where are the Baby Clumps updates?” Last week I had an ultrasound and wanted to wait to get those updates before I did a formal update. Good news! Baby Clumps is tall and right on mark with with everything. The ultrasound technician spend a good 30 minutes pointing out itty bitty baby goodies. Her 4-chamber heart was a beatin’ and Esposo and I were happy to see that she was in good health. She did some kicking and moving and I got all emotional. Because yeah, I know there’s a baby in there but…there’s actually a BABY in there.

Freaky!

What the babe is up to this week….

“Your beautiful little miracle-gro baby will be putting on a full ounce and a half this week. Over in the dermatology department: your sweet lil bun’s thin soft skin is very red, rather translucent, and a bit wrinkled. Lastly, the beginnings of what is commonly called “brown fat” is just starting to fill in to help your baby retain some body heat, which is crucial as they’re not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature.” (source)

Baby girl has officially gone from flutters to kicks. She’s super active in the morning and I can often feel her kicking away after I drink cold water. I never get sick of feeling it. I’ll probably be biting those words when I’m 8 months pregnant. But  I enjoy having the the reminder that she’s doing okay. I don’t feel so in the dark with how she’s doing anymore. Thank God!

Physically, I feel just fine. Nausea has disappeared completely and each day, I feel…good. I have very few complaints. Fatigue comes in spurts. Some days I’ll be fine and others I can’t stay up past 9pm. Backaches are regular but manageable. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day ain’t an option and my coworkers are more than aware of my discomfort. I am forever going from standing up and sitting down. The other day I was working on my laptop while on my knees. Yeah.

The belly is shrinking less and less and most days I’ve got a pretty prominent belly. Larger clothes are a must so I’ve been spending a few pennies on those instead of maternity clothes. Most are dresses because finding flattering maternity jeans/pants has been virtually impossible. Some days I don’t feel like I look THAT pregnant. But I soooo feel it.

Soooo lately, Esposo and I have been talking about how many children we want and how we want to space these kiddos out. Having kids back-to-back terrifies me a little because having to deal with being pregnant AND juggling a toddler just sounds…unpleasant. Sure plenty of women do it with no problem but I have to be realistic about what may work with our family. But at the same time, do I really want to wait 5+ years? We’re entertaining the idea of having no more than 3 children but I am completely lost at how spacing will go. I don’t even want to think about getting pregnant again until Baby Clumps is at least 2 years old. Maybe 3 years old.

Quick Bean Stats!

Weight Gain: I have officially gained 1 lb this entire pregnancy. I’m hoping not to gain any more than 20 lbs this pregnancy. I’m not sure if that’s realistic or not but yeahhh.

Fitness?: I had a barre class this week and it was AWESOME. I will definitely be going in my post-natal days. I’m doing yoga/kegal exercises each morning and they are so renewing. Next week will be longer walks with the dog. 20-30 minutes a day if I can.

Ugly Symptom: Heartburn. Tums keeps it away but if I don’t have a Tums around, oooooh weeeee.

Most Common Pregnancy Comment: “You don’t look pregnant at all.”

Food Stats: I am still anti-meat but doing a lot better with incorporating veggies in my diet. The gag reflex and most food aversions have disappeared. I would like to meet with a nutritionist to ensure I’m getting enough iron. I don’t think I am. I eat some junk food too (Salt and Vinegar chips, Skittles, french fries) but in moderation. The fear of gestational diabetes is in the back of my mind so I’m careful.

Stretch marks?: Yep. But I had them on my belly pre-pregnancy. The pregnancy marks are darker though. Somehow I don’t care. I’m growing a life here.

Goals for Upcoming Week: Purchase and start reading The Vaccine Book by Robert Sears. I am not okay with how many shots babies are getting at such young ages. Esposo and I will be doing some hardcore research on this. It’s also time to sign up for a childbirth or child raising class. I would like for us both to be aware of how to do CPR on a baby.

Moms and gals who want to be Mommies….how many kiddies do you want? And how far apart do you want to space them?