Amor de Lacquer: Milani 3D Holographic polishes

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.

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed Milani polishes. But don’t get it twisted…I actually own about 7 of their polishes.  And yep, I love them! But this collection is just…AMAZING.

I mean, holos? Wow! Y’all know how much I love holographic polishes. I’ll admit that when I first saw these polishes in my local CVS, I blew them off. I felt as if I already had seen the best of the best of holo polishes. I was so wrong!

And here’s why…


HD

What an awesome silver holo! It looks deceiving because in the bottle and far away, it looks like a glitter. It is crazy blingy- and applies beautifully.

Hi-Tech

I reallllly love Hi-Tech. A lot! It really impressed me more on the nails than in the bottle. This is such a true holo. It looks good with two coats but three coats ensure that you get an opaque finish with a whole bunh of lemon-lime lovin’!

And it’s WAY better than  China Glaze’s L8R G8R!

Cyberspace 

I think that Cyberspace looks a little funny on my nails, but I like it anyway. I love that it isn’t too warm or too cool. It reminds me of Miami Beach  and its sparkling water.


Hi-Res

 
Well hello there, you hot purple thang! This holo is absolutely stunning. And it took only two coats to achieve this radiant frosted plum finish.
I am missing a pink and gold. I’m not the biggest fan of gold nail polishes and the pink just wasn’t rockin’ my boat. Although some of these reach an opaque finish …If it weren’t for my girl, Yana over at MyOwnJudge.net, I would still be passing these babies by. I highly recommend them. You can snag them at your local drugstore for about $4.99.
Are you a fan of holographic polishes? Whatcha think about these?


Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Dark Grapes

I don’t know how I’m doing so many updates. Things have been slow at my job, so I’ve had the time. I created a new look yesterday called Dark Grapes. It was all in good fun. Check it out:

Okay, so here it is with opened eyes.

Closed eyes….

Okayyy, I hope you’re ready for what’s next to come because it is a bit shocking!
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Craziness, riiiight? But I like it! I really do. I was initially just doing the eyes, but I was like, “What the hell…” and dabbed some Grape pigment on the lips for fun.

But I have to admit….I like it. I was bored last night while packing up my apartment and started playing around. Damn shame that I have to get in the car to take pics with my cell phone. LOL, I know I’m a mess.

But I do believe this is an interesting look. I didn’t go anywhere with it on….the Purple lips is a bit too much for. The eyes—perhaps, but the lips. Ummm, I ain’t THAT bold.

I used:
UDPP (my BFF!)

Milani Shock
MAC Nocturnelle
MAC Grape pigment
MAC Vanilla pigment
MAC Trax
MAC Platinum pigment
MAC Blitz&Glitz fluidline
MAC Stud brow pencil
Loreal Volumious mascara
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner
Jordana dark brown lip pencil
Burts Bee’s lip balm (or lip chap like Saaphyri says!!!)
MAC Who’s That Lady lip gelee

That’s a helluva lot, uh? I didn’t do any StudioFix and will continue to not wear face make-up for awhile. My skin is looking a lot better and I think it’s because my disuse of StudioFix.

Tis it for now.

Review & Ish….

My FOTD is blah again. I need some help. Some nice neutral colors….I’m really sad. Someone help me!

Okay….I’ll be aight. Been tryin‘ some new non-MAC things and thought I’d give some quick reviews because I don’t know ’bout yall, but I learn about what’s hot and not from other folx like myself. Thanks Ms. Riss—-I inspire you, you inspire me!

So….top 4 mention-worthy cheap non-MAC steals would be:
(1) Loreal HIP’s gel liner:

Yeah yeahhhh, I know it’s not MAC’s Fluidline. But it’s just AS good. I think I only spent $7.99 on it. I do think it’s more expensive than that, but I got a deal. I got the black (similar to MAC’s Blacktrak) and it was niiice. Put it on with my watercolor brush, nice texture and strong color. I would purchase again. But only if Walgreen’s or CVS have a BOGO sale. If you buy it regular price, you should jus gon and spend 2 mo dollars and get MAC. Ya know?

(2) Milani compacts & quads

Some beauty folx trash talk brands like Milani but no matter how much I love MAC, I will never discredit this brand of products. They are great! The color payoff is incredible and one color compact is…get this, $2.99! Now c’mon….even if you don’t like the color/quality (which, I’m sure you will) you can’t complain too much because it’s only $3. Say whatcho want…..I’m buyinMilani ’til the day I die. Or ’til I can’t afford MAC anymore. Which ever comes first. OH—and their quads. So worth the price.

(3) Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

[WARNING] I’m ’bout to have a WG Moment. OMG, I like totalllly love this stuff. It’s freakin‘ awesome in every way! [Return to Black vernacular] No seriously, this is my staple eyeliner. It’s thin, you don’t have to sharpen it (I’ve cut my eye on damn eyeliners) and it stays on foreeever. I’ve gone to sleep in this stuff and have arisen to eyes that still look pretty decent. Not raccoon eyes. I love it and plan on writing my prenuptial vows for this eyeliner. Another BOGO product from your local drugstores. Regular price I believe is no more than $6.99. Lasts foreveeeer!

(4) Burt’s Beeswask Lip Balm

Sooo, before I got into this whole make-up thing, I actually wore nothing but natural products that my Mom, the herbalist, made for me. Now, I looove me some Burt’s Bees! With a passion. This stuff not only soothes ya lippies, but the menthol keeps them tingling soft and oh so kissable. Ehhh, can’t remember the price. My Mom tried to duplicate the same product and she did a great job. But please get up on this stuff here!

4 is such a random number, I know, but that’s all that I could think of. Also worth mentioning is Loreal HIP’s Mascara. Ummm, so good. And Ms. Riss, that Loreal Voluminous mascara is pure greatness. I purchased it yesterday and loved it!!

Also heard Milani’s loose powders are pretty decent. Completely threw away my Isa Dora stash…was I the only one really into that drugstore brand? I mean I really reallly loved them. I look back at when I used to be a Beauty Advisor at Walgreens and realize how much I did NOT know. So sad. But then again I worked in a neighborhood where the standards were kind of low. If you know what I mean.

But ahhh welll…..off to a meeting. Check out my Beauty Marks (to the left!) I’m getting a collection of so many great blogs. If you know any more, lemme know!

Peace and piece of mind.

Review & Ish….

My FOTD is blah again. I need some help. Some nice neutral colors….I’m really sad. Someone help me!

Okay….I’ll be aight. Been tryin‘ some new non-MAC things and thought I’d give some quick reviews because I don’t know ’bout yall, but I learn about what’s hot and not from other folx like myself. Thanks Ms. Riss—-I inspire you, you inspire me!

So….top 4 mention-worthy cheap non-MAC steals would be:
(1) Loreal HIP’s gel liner:

Yeah yeahhhh, I know it’s not MAC’s Fluidline. But it’s just AS good. I think I only spent $7.99 on it. I do think it’s more expensive than that, but I got a deal. I got the black (similar to MAC’s Blacktrak) and it was niiice. Put it on with my watercolor brush, nice texture and strong color. I would purchase again. But only if Walgreen’s or CVS have a BOGO sale. If you buy it regular price, you should jus gon and spend 2 mo dollars and get MAC. Ya know?

(2) Milani compacts & quads

Some beauty folx trash talk brands like Milani but no matter how much I love MAC, I will never discredit this brand of products. They are great! The color payoff is incredible and one color compact is…get this, $2.99! Now c’mon….even if you don’t like the color/quality (which, I’m sure you will) you can’t complain too much because it’s only $3. Say whatcho want…..I’m buyinMilani ’til the day I die. Or ’til I can’t afford MAC anymore. Which ever comes first. OH—and their quads. So worth the price.

(3) Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

[WARNING] I’m ’bout to have a WG Moment. OMG, I like totalllly love this stuff. It’s freakin‘ awesome in every way! [Return to Black vernacular] No seriously, this is my staple eyeliner. It’s thin, you don’t have to sharpen it (I’ve cut my eye on damn eyeliners) and it stays on foreeever. I’ve gone to sleep in this stuff and have arisen to eyes that still look pretty decent. Not raccoon eyes. I love it and plan on writing my prenuptial vows for this eyeliner. Another BOGO product from your local drugstores. Regular price I believe is no more than $6.99. Lasts foreveeeer!

(4) Burt’s Beeswask Lip Balm

Sooo, before I got into this whole make-up thing, I actually wore nothing but natural products that my Mom, the herbalist, made for me. Now, I looove me some Burt’s Bees! With a passion. This stuff not only soothes ya lippies, but the menthol keeps them tingling soft and oh so kissable. Ehhh, can’t remember the price. My Mom tried to duplicate the same product and she did a great job. But please get up on this stuff here!

4 is such a random number, I know, but that’s all that I could think of. Also worth mentioning is Loreal HIP’s Mascara. Ummm, so good. And Ms. Riss, that Loreal Voluminous mascara is pure greatness. I purchased it yesterday and loved it!!

Also heard Milani’s loose powders are pretty decent. Completely threw away my Isa Dora stash…was I the only one really into that drugstore brand? I mean I really reallly loved them. I look back at when I used to be a Beauty Advisor at Walgreens and realize how much I did NOT know. So sad. But then again I worked in a neighborhood where the standards were kind of low. If you know what I mean.

But ahhh welll…..off to a meeting. Check out my Beauty Marks (to the left!) I’m getting a collection of so many great blogs. If you know any more, lemme know!

Peace and piece of mind.

Greenvious! (pics)

Hi gorgeous people!

I’ve been wonderful in the make-up department. Just doing as much learning, research and practicing as I can. I can still work on my blending, but it’s getting better since I now I have a blending brush! Yessss!! In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few goodies since I last made an entry. I got:

-Sonia Kashku (however you spell it) brushes….I love them!!
-Black tied….via Specktra sale
-Cranberry….via Specktra sale
-Loreal HIP black gel liner. It’s GREAT! Just as good as MAC’s. And I got it for only $4.99
-Milani’s Antique Gold. Interesting color
-Rimmel teal liquid liner….just for fun and crazy looks
-Milani liquid liner. This is what I used before Fluidlines. I got it again to do a crazy cat eye look.

So I think I’ve done pretty well at fulfilling my make-up wish list which is getting smaller and smaller. I’ve also ordered 9 pigment samples via Specktra. I can’t wait until they arrive!!

Today I’m bustin’ green and decided to do some green eyes. Something I’ve never done…..I used Eyepopping on the inner lid and Swimming on outer lid. And of course Vex everywhere else. Vex and Trax have become my favorite colors of all time because they are subtle, yet you can still seem them. Here’s the look that I call:

Greenvious

Okay….that’s the “in love” look. I’m not, but I’m lusting kinda hard because I had a fabulous date last night, but I digress!! LOL—here’s the thugged out look:

And of course….you’re gonna need some close ups, riiiiight?

Close dem eyes, guuuuuurl…..

And of course you need a full face look even though there’s too much light in this one.

I think I like the green look. I have another one called “Scream Green” but this to me is more fun. Scream Green is defintely an after-dark look. My face is still a HOT mess, ehhh….but whatever. Day 9 of my fast and it has been clearing up but not as much as I’d like it to. I’ll be patient. Still not wearing too much Studio Fix. I’ve only worn it twice in a week and a half.

Also, to those of you who have make-up blogs, please let me know so that I can add you to a list. Some list…..I don’t know how to make this Blogger stuff all pretty. But I’ll figure it out one day. I really enjoy reading some of you all’s things. It is really helping me.

Peace and have a Happy 4th (even though this is THEIR America….lol, sorry, that’s my Radical rant! Got a whole ‘notha blog for that!)

Practicing-attempt 1 (pics)

Sooo, I find myself thinking about make-up A LOT. I’m so excited. I wish I had $300 just to spend on items that I want so I could really do the things I want to do. I only have limited colors and that….well, that sucks. I only have 10 MAC colors. Can’t do much with 10 and I have Isa Dora, Revlon, Loreal HIP and Milani shadows and the only ones that come CLOSE to MAC’s performance is Milani.

Everyone else is terrible…..well, the ones listed above.

So I played around yesterday and came up with TWO hot designs called Parisian Dream and Too Fast. I love them!!

Here goes…..

Look @ Too Fast!

I absolutely love this combo. I probably should not have taken Electric Eel all the way over. I should have done half and half. But I’m lovin‘ the look!!

Yaaaay, I love this!!! Gotta perfect it, but I think the blending looks good and I’m absolutely in love with the colors. I wish that instead of Trax that I had MAC’s Parfait Amour. I hear that’s the BEST purple ever and has a great consistency.

Here’s what I used: Electric Eel/Trax on lid—–Swimming on Crease—–Vex on eyebrow—–Amberlights on eyeliner. HOOTTTT!

Now introducing….

Parisian Dream!

Hi lovely look. I’m likin‘ this one too…..

I really hope you’re clicking on the actual picture to view because it looks 10x better. The thumbnails don’t give the pics much justice. Yaaay!! Lovin‘ it!

I used: Tilt/Swimming on lid—–Amberlights on crease—–Vex on brow—–Tilt/Swimming on eyeliner. Check me out with both looks.

…..Couture, right? LOL….and check this OUT…

Me and Barbie are rockin’ fros….now ain’t THAT fly?

Eyebrows-attempt 1

I pretty much have the WORST ones ever. They were never good to me. Too thick, too curly and sooo unmanageable. And the sad thing is, I have YET figured out how to make them look good. I get them threaded on a regular but of all of my threading/waxing/tweezing experiences, I have only had ONE good one. The other ones have been “Ehhh…..it’ll do.”

Ugh, so silly me…..my entire life I thought that women with impeccable eyebrows were born that way! But nooo…..a great deal of ladies fill in their brows. I didn’t know that!!

Sooo, I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Milani’s Eyebrows Pencils and so I’m definitely going to get hip to that.
In the meantime, however….I’ve just been playing around and learning how to fill them in with a lipliner pencil. LOL, ayyyy…..don’t laugh. A sista has limited resources. I gotta work with what I got, yo!
Sooo, I tried to fill in the brow to the left. It’s waaaay too thick, right? But that’s definitely the shape that I’m looking to get. I’ve studied eyebrow structuring and have learned that the highest arch should be perpendicular to the end of my nostril. Or somethin‘ like that…..

And so I tried the same thing with my design Doxical and it didn’t come out AS good, but better than how my brows normally look.

Aaaand, here’s my attempt on BOTH brows. Ugh, not so good.

I’m thinking I’ll find better success once I actually use products that are FOR eyebrows. LOL….I’m really just playing around for now. My goal is to not be so dependent on getting them done. My best friend does her own brows and they are gorgeous. Sometimes we get too caught up in having someone do ours and then we look like hell until we can get them done again. I only want to go to my threading lady for re-definition of my arch, but I definitely want to maintain them myself. Imma get there!!

Here’s a full look shot with filled in brows and Doxical. No Studio Fix….remember, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to wear it all this week. Ugh, but I’m definitely detoxing next week because my skin has been terrible lately. You can’t tell in this pic, but it looks like I’m having some allergic reaction or somethingoin‘ on….I would just DIE if I were allergic to MAC.

…….too terrible to even think about.

C-Shock!

C-SHOCK!!!

Today MAC’s newest line came out and I am SOOOO excited. Only, I’m somewhat in a financial hole, so I can’t afford to indulge in these colors like I really want to. :( I thought about purchasing at least one color, but I can’t…..I have to buy at least 2 and that’s gonna run me $20 alone, so I’m just going to have to be patient and wait.

These colors are VIBRANT and will look great on darker skinned folx. ‘Bout time! I want the entire collection!

I’m going out tonight and want to do parrot eyes. I’m going to go home and practice and then do the real thing tonight.

Yessssss…..

New lessons for today?

(1) MAC’s lustres and frost are the best for my eyes. Go more towards them.
(2) Check out NYX brand…..I’ve been hearing good raves about it.
(3) Stick to Make-Up wish list and DO NOT purchase items outside of that list.
(4) Visit MAC Pro store in Orlando with Marissa…..and soon!
(5) Check out Milani’s purples….heard good things about them too.
(6) Eyebrows, eyebrows….work on them b/c they look A MESS!!!
(7) Test myself on the anatomy of the eye

Today’s look:

All MAC products…..UPDD primer (I can’t stress enough how wonderful primer is!!!), Amberlights on Inner V to mid-lid——Trax from mid-lid to outer V and VEX from Crease on up.