Amor de Lacquer: You can grow long nails!


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I didn’t plan this post but I just had to share some posts that 2 of my favorite nail bloggers have done. Polishing your nails is one thing but taking care of them so that they grow nice and long (if that is your preference) is another thing.

  • Steph over at Nail Juice was a chronic nail biter for 17 years and now you can’t even tell! She drops some tips on how you can keep your nails growing long…and beautiful like hers.
  • I would have never thought that Katee at E-Polishblog ever had shorter nails, but she did! She too drops some tips (including my favorite: wear rubber gloves when cleaning) on how you can go from little nubbies to longer and more beautiful nails.

What kind of nails are you rocking? Short? Long and witch like? Acrylic? Non-existent? Tell me! I’ve always had freakishly long nail beds that are pretty sturdy so that’s one gene that I thank the parentals for.

And you know that no post is complete without a NOTD (nail of the day).

China Glaze’s Romantique collection doesn’t come out until January of 2009 and I really had no intentions of snagging anything from it until I saw Katee’s swatches. I ordered Harmony and Joy and here is the beauty that is Joy.

It only took 2 coats from this metallic iced grape color to come out perfectly. I topped it off with Seche Vite top coat and it lasted for a good 2 days. It looks a little bling-y inside but outside it is more subdued and just perfect.

What do you think about this color? Not your style? A must have?

Polish Pretty,

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Petticoat MSF

Good day, beautiful people! I bring to you a requested post from a reader who was just dyiiiiing to get my opinion on one of MAC’s newest collection. Obviously, I’m being dramatical again. :) MAC Cosmetics just recently released a collection called Sheer Minerals; a collection that I really had no interest in. Until of course I visited my girl Safia (MAC Pro Orlando, holla!). She sneakily slid the Mineralize Skinfinish in Petticoat ($25) in my hand.

“Um, what is this?” I inquired.

“You’ll love it,” she exclaimed.

LOVE is an understatement. As I watched her apply this velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish (source) on the BFF’s cheek bones, I knew I had to have it.

This baby just look amazing and I love it just as much if not more than my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie.

Petticoat is to the left, Bobbi Brown’s Brownie to the right.

Petticoat, still with its subtlety, manages to bring out a certain “POP” on my cheeks. And not with chunky glitter stuffs either. Here’s where I place it.

Yes, that’s an eyeshadow brush….and what? LOL! Yall know I keep it real.

Petticoat brings out those high cheekbones that I thought I DIDN’T have. It truly is amazing.

And yall just KNOW how I feel about multi-purpose items. I can see myself using this as a highlight and even a lid color. Definitely something worth checking out.

And in other news….look who has been inspired to some nail designs. This one’s for you, Nikki! China Glaze’s Avalanche is a fun gunmetal lavender and the crazy black swiggly lines give the nails some character.

Stay beautiful, fam!!

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FOTD: Fuchsia Lippies!


Happy Friday, beautiful people. I am singing Marvin Sapp’s “Neeeeever would have made it wiiiithout youuuuu,” Ohh wee–this was a trying week but I made it through. I’m spending the weekend with SisterClumps3 and doing some volunteering at the Obama4Orlando office so I hope to have a good weekend!

Last week MAC Cosmetics dropped the Manish Arora collection available only online and at a few (I think like two….) MAC locations. I had no intentions of snagging anything from this collection but the packaging was just divine. But I’m still broke and despite the fact that gas is around $2.99/gallon, I still need to pinch pennies. Hence the reason why I only grabbed two lippies. But booooy, do I love Girl About Town lipstick and Pink Manish Lip glass.

Peep the FOTD:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Cargo Medium Bronzer
Too Faced Mocha Meteor
Clinique Almost Peach
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner
Max Factor Volume Couture mascara (still lovin’ it!)

LIPS:
MAC Girl About Town lipstick (fabulous fuchsia )
MAC Pink Manish Lip glass (frosted fuchsia with multi-color pearl)

FACE:
Nada..can’t you tell. I’m shinning something serious!

Girl About Time alone…I was being a little extra giddy.

Oh wait…that’s how I ALWAYS am. HA!


Wow! Who would have thought a fuchsia lipstick would be so beautiful! I mean, it’s not something I can wear to work but it’s kinda jazzy. I can dig it. What do you think?


This lippie is so bright, it looks like it’s glowing!


I love my simple neutral eye combination. Bronzer on the lids is truly amzing!


I was excited about Pink Manish because I really don’t have a pink gloss like this…no really, I don’t. Like….I’m not even kidding.

NOTD (Nail of the day) is China Glaze’s For Audrey. Not one of my favorites but it’s a cool and funky shade.


‘Tis all. I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend! Oh, but wait…


I’ve been quiet this month in reference to Breast Cancer awareness but I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work for Total Beauty, Total Cure campaign. As a participating blog, I am also on the tech committee making sure everything runs smoothly for the daily giveaways! Tune in next week….I’ll drop you the scoop for each and every giveaway and benefit.

….Breast Cancer awareness? Now that’s beautiful!

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: Oh La Tempting

Happy Friday, lovelies!!! I am still in Chicago and hopefully I am having a ball. Um, it’s strange talking about myself in the 4th person??

Ha! So if you know me beauty-wise, you know that I am Queen Itsadupe (it’s a dupe). I have this obsession with assuming that MAC’s newest collections with eye shadows can be duped with other eye shadows from not only MAC but other brands. Hence why I didn’t feel the need to haul the palettes from the Cult of Cherry collection. Not to mention, I am very fickle and anal when it comes to not only cleanliness but having 2 of the same anything. Especially eye shadows.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think the colors were gorgeous. In fact I thought that Tempting was beautiful!! I had to try to find similar colors. Here’s how I tried to recreate the quad.


Tempting (top-left): Milani Golden Bronze
Dark Edge (top-right): MAC Signed Sealed
Next to Nothing (bottom-left): Clinique Almost Peach
Sharp (bottom-right): MAC Eyepopping

Dig the swatches on the hand…


Pretty darn close, uh?

I used…

EYES:

(the colors stated up, of course)
Milani Cocomo Lipliner (I know, I know…I didn’t have brown eyeliner and was just experimenting)
Maybelline Unstoppable eye liner
A mascara that I haven’t reviewed yet but me gusta!

CHEEKS:
Mineral Concepts Dessert Dawn blush

LIPS:
(1st look)
MAC Nightmoth Lip pencil
MAC Jampacked Lip glass

(2nd look)
NYC somethin’….name rubbed off.





OMG, my lip liner so isn’t blended. Clumps of Mascara strikes again. Gotta love it! And check out how different this look is without the bright lip.

I am also thinking that despite the bright green shadow, the look is still subtle enough for work. And brown liner on the lower lash line is crazy beautiful. I have to incorporate that in more looks. Except I hope to use a eye pencil next time instead of a lip pencil. Shhh, don’t act like you’ve never done it before. HA!

What do you people think? I think my dupes are almost identical. I shall be returning to Florida tomorrow evening. I hope that everyone has wonderful weekends!

Stay beautiful!

[NOTE]: I ended up wearing this look to an after-5 lounge and at work and it was beautiful!

(picture source)

Cult of Cherry: Bing’s a Winner!


Cult of Cherry


(photo courtesy of kissandmakeup.tv)


So as I mentioned in this post, I had the chance to attend a Cult of Cherry release party at MAC last week. I had a wonderful time! I don’t drink alcohol but the Godiva Lacquer drinks were delicious. I spent 30 minutes actin’ a fool with my favorite make-up artists Sophia and Thai at the Orlando PRO store and gazing at the new products.

I won’t do the list of all of the products as I try not to get too caught up in posting collection product rundowns but I have to say that everything was absolutely beautiful. I have not been impressed with a MAC Collection in quite awhile but I had a great vibe with Cult of Cherry.

Did it make it want to buy the entire collection?
Um…no. But when have I ever purchased an entire collection? LOL! If yall don’t know by now, your Head Newb here is cheap. I can’t spend that much money on make-up despite the obsession.

I found the palettes to be dupe-able. My girl Sophia goes, “Brit, don’t you start….” because she knew I was thinking of similar colors that the palettes’ pans resembled. I can’t help it!

The lipsticks, however were divine. I had similar colors of most and the blushes did not look to be flattering on a dark skinned brown lady. Not to mention I have enough blushes to last me for a lifetime.

So here is what I got:

Mattene Lipstick in Bing


…and Lip Glass in Jampacked

Being that dark lips is IN for the Fall, I had to cop these two lippies. I was ambivalent for a minute though. Burgundy is one of those colors I always thought Black women needed to move away from. Who remembers how prominent burgundy lips was in the 90’s?

Check out this video for a reference:

But I am learning to except dark lips again. And not just for a Halloween/goth look. I’m thinking that we can rock a pretty dark lip anytime! Check out Bing by itself:


Bing goes Goth



Bing goes Glam

Bing goes mean


Bing’s night out!


I love love looove this lipstick. It is the best thing in my life right now. I think every woman needs to have a vampy burgundy lipstick in their collection.

“But Briiiit, OMG, it isn’t me!”

….if you are thinking this, you need to step out of the comfort zone and be a little daring. Life is short, honey bun. Live a little!

I give Cult of Cherry, the collection a thumbs up. I will be rocking Bing all up and down October and November. I even went vampy on the nails.


O.P.I’s Catherine the Grape is lovely!

….are you excited for Cult of Cherry? Likin’ the fall vampy look? Or not so much? Whatchu say?

Cool Heat ain’t hot…

I’ve been silent on the newest MAC Collection Cool Heat.

Why? Honestly…I’m not impressed. From the moment I saw the promo pictures I thought that every single eyeshadow color was dupe-able. I haven’t even gone to my MAC Pro to see it in person. I just knew I could create a Cool Heat look without…Cool Heat. So check it:

Here’s the palette I used.

These are the only blue/turquoise colors I own. I mean….how many does a gal need?

Here’s a little diagram to show where I placed the colors.

I used UDPP as a base. I found that using a colored primer (I tried Delft paint pot and a L’Oreal HIP creme liner) made the colors pop TOO much. Because these eyeshadow colors are so highly pigmented and blendable, I found that there was no need for colored bases.

I also used:
Vanilla pigment as a highlight
Clinique purple liner on waterline
Milani liquid liner on lower lash line
SpinLash mascara

LIPS:
Urgent Slimshine (thanks Nywele!)

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Bobbi Brown Brownie Shimmerbrick
(I seriously don’t see myself ever wearing foundation again. Is that bad? Heheheee….)



LOL, my flared nostrils. Cracks me up. I am really satisfied with passing on everything in the Cool Heat collection. However, if you are new to make-up or blues in general, this may be the perfect collection for you! I would love to hear your thoughts on this collection. And my look. Is there something I MUST take a look at? Whatcha thank?

Ciao chicas! Stay beautiful!

Site business & Neo Sci-Fi

Hi pretty people…my internet at home has been trippin’ like mad but I’m back and in action. Excuse the delay in responding to your emails. I know, I know…missed another Mascara Monday. But no worries. I’ve taken all of your suggestions and have some fab reviews coming up in the next few weeks.

  • Also, my reviews of those Costal Scents brushes AND a great skincare line are also in the works.

  • Aaaand…if you are like me and love perfumes but ain’t tryna break ya pocket on $50+ a bottle, I have the perfect solution for you. That will be in the next Let It Clump Series.

  • Aaaand, thanks to all of you sendin’ your love, pictures and quotes for the Brown & Blushin’ series. I am so excited because yall are so excited. A post will be coming soon .

  • And last but not least…Clumps of Mascara will be celebrating its (is my blog a male or female? Anyone know?) first anniversary next month and in honor of that, I will be unveiling a completely new look for the site. It’s going to be amaziiiing! Are yall ready? You should be because there will also be some giveaways! Heyyyy!!!

*sigh* Okayyy, got all of that news out of the way. Back to beauty…since I’m on make-up probation until June, I really couldn’t get excited about…


But I did. I still wanted to max out my credit card, deplete my savings and run to the nearest MAC store. But I didn’t. I was a good girl. Yall should be proud.

So to reward myself, I picked up a few Neo Sci Fi goodies. —but wait, I didn’t actually spend money. I returned a liner I didn’t like and utilized B2M. So, seeee….no money was spent. Now if that ain’t beauty hustlin’, I don’t know what is.

Check out Sci-Fi-Delity…..it is a frost described as burnt red with gold pearl. I had to snag it simply because I don’t have a color like this.

[No Flash]

[Floridian sunlight]


Ohhh, I should add that my make-up artist added Money Honey Dazzleglass on top. I thought it was a bit too much “dazzle” but she loved it.

Me realizing that I actually went to MAC, got 2 products and didn’t spend a dime.

Me realizing that traffic in Orlando during lunch hour really don’t make no sense.


* a mess*
And most of you are aware of my newest obsession with nail polishes. I already knew I was getting that Phosphor. It is going to be perfect on the toes….when my Shocking Pink starts a crackin’…on goes the bumble bee yellow!



Still not done with Neo Sci-Fi. When my probation is up, I’m thinking about snagging Pink Grapefruit lipglass and swatching Electro (you know..that orange lipstick). The packaging for this collection is my favorite. I don’t have a favorite color, but if I did….it would probably be orange (or urnge like us folx in the South say). This collection is kickin’!

What did you ladies snag and like? Disappointed? Obsessed? Let ya Head Newb know!

[image source: maccosmetics]

Site business & Neo Sci-Fi

Hi pretty people…my internet at home has been trippin’ like mad but I’m back and in action. Excuse the delay in responding to your emails. I know, I know…missed another Mascara Monday. But no worries. I’ve taken all of your suggestions and have some fab reviews coming up in the next few weeks.

  • Also, my reviews of those Costal Scents brushes AND a great skincare line are also in the works.

  • Aaaand…if you are like me and love perfumes but ain’t tryna break ya pocket on $50+ a bottle, I have the perfect solution for you. That will be in the next Let It Clump Series.

  • Aaaand, thanks to all of you sendin’ your love, pictures and quotes for the Brown & Blushin’ series. I am so excited because yall are so excited. A post will be coming soon .

  • And last but not least…Clumps of Mascara will be celebrating its (is my blog a male or female? Anyone know?) first anniversary next month and in honor of that, I will be unveiling a completely new look for the site. It’s going to be amaziiiing! Are yall ready? You should be because there will also be some giveaways! Heyyyy!!!

*sigh* Okayyy, got all of that news out of the way. Back to beauty…since I’m on make-up probation until June, I really couldn’t get excited about…


But I did. I still wanted to max out my credit card, deplete my savings and run to the nearest MAC store. But I didn’t. I was a good girl. Yall should be proud.

So to reward myself, I picked up a few Neo Sci Fi goodies. —but wait, I didn’t actually spend money. I returned a liner I didn’t like and utilized B2M. So, seeee….no money was spent. Now if that ain’t beauty hustlin’, I don’t know what is.

Check out Sci-Fi-Delity…..it is a frost described as burnt red with gold pearl. I had to snag it simply because I don’t have a color like this.

[No Flash]

[Floridian sunlight]


Ohhh, I should add that my make-up artist added Money Honey Dazzleglass on top. I thought it was a bit too much “dazzle” but she loved it.

Me realizing that I actually went to MAC, got 2 products and didn’t spend a dime.

Me realizing that traffic in Orlando during lunch hour really don’t make no sense.


* a mess*
And most of you are aware of my newest obsession with nail polishes. I already knew I was getting that Phosphor. It is going to be perfect on the toes….when my Shocking Pink starts a crackin’…on goes the bumble bee yellow!



Still not done with Neo Sci-Fi. When my probation is up, I’m thinking about snagging Pink Grapefruit lipglass and swatching Electro (you know..that orange lipstick). The packaging for this collection is my favorite. I don’t have a favorite color, but if I did….it would probably be orange (or urnge like us folx in the South say). This collection is kickin’!

What did you ladies snag and like? Disappointed? Obsessed? Let ya Head Newb know!

[image source: maccosmetics]