Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Gems and Jewels Holiday 2011 collection

Who better to break in the holiday nail polish collections than my dear ole’ Zoya? This is one fantastic collection simply because it contains lots of stunning colors AND glitters. Yup.

Go ahead and get your dance on.


Izzy is a bright magenta that is just gorgeous. It has a bit of a foil-y finish and will make a fantastic pedi color.


Holly is a bright green metallic that rocks my world. I remember when there weren’t many emerald green polishes on the market and I’m glad to see another one.


Noel is a light denim blue. I can’t put my finger on any shades like it in my stash. I much prefer darker and richer blues but this one is okay.

Rina is opaque at 3 coats but I wanted to show you swatches of it at one so you can get an idea of how it looks on its own. Thank you for this one, Zoya! An emerald bar glitter? I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this.

Twila is another bar glitter with a bit of holographic shimmer in it. I used 3 coats for this one.

Kissy is like a party in a bottle. It is fantastic alone but really shines over Izzy. Izzy and Kissy. Hahahaa!

The corresponding colors and their glitters.

Holly and Rina

Izzy and Kissy

Noel and Twila

I really love this collection. I’ve never come across a Zoya polish whose consistency bugged me and these are no exceptions. I used 2 coats for each polish but did 3 coats for the glitter. I was glad to see that they gave me an opaque finish. It would have sucked something serious if these glitters were super sheer. This is one unique holiday collection and aside from it being a great little stocking stuffer, I think it’ll please nail polish lovers everywhere. You can get it online at Zoya.com for $8 a bottle or $48 for the whole set.

Must Haves:
-Holly: But only if you don’t already have a stunning emerald polish.
-Kissy: Nothing else like it exists. Well, not that I know of.
-Twila: Sheer blue beauty in a bottle.

See any you like?

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Amor de Lacquer: OPI Muppets collection, Part 1-The Glitters

Ohmigoodness, look! The Muppets have a collection!

How groovy is that?

Now I’ll be honest. I never got into the Muppets. I don’t recall ever watching any of the movies. In fact, the only Muppets I remember are Muppet Babies that used to come on Nick Jr. in the 90’s. I know. I’m such a child. I still know the theme song too.

Someone out there is probably like, “OMG B, how did you not get into The Muppets?” Your guess is as good as mine. But whether I knew them or not doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that they’ve got a super cool nail polish collection. Let’s check out the glitters first.


Rainbow Connection  is total glitter bomb but you don’t need me to tell you that. Because the glitter in a clear base, I think 2 coats of RC would be fantastic over a darker polish. I’m still impressed at how well it does with 3 coats by itself though. I like this kid way more than I like Deborah Lippman’s Happy Birthday. Moreso Rainbow Connection is a lot cheaper.


Gone Gonzo. Look at that beautiful silver hex glitter! I don’t think I own any polishes that have hex glitters that stand out so much. Gone Gonzo is quite possibly my second favorite of the bunch simply because this glitter gave me an opaque finish with only two coats. Mind you, I did two THICK coats. It is still a sheer glitter.


Fresh Frog of Bel-Air. Such a cute and witty name, OPI. I see what you did there. 8) The emerald version of Gone Gonzo isn’t as opaque for me. I probably could have pushed it to the limit and applied a 4th coat, but I didn’t want to take it there. I can’t wait to see how this will look over an emerald polish.


Excuse Moi! is supposed to look like a hot pink but in reality, it’s more of a bright strawberry jelly pink on me. I think it’s fantastic. I used 3 coats for this baby too. If you look closely, the silver hex glitter looks to be smaller in comparison to the other glitters. Or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. I can never be sure. Plus, it isn’t sheer like its siblings. Score!


Divine Swine is a magenta glitter but depending on how you look at it, it can go for purple-ish too. DS layered over a dark purple polish would be sheer love. I can’t wait to try that combo.

Gettin’ Miss. Piggy Wit It. There goes another shade name that makes me giggle. Last but not least, GMPWI received 3 coats from me and will make a fantastic holiday color. This is red just screams “Christmas time”. Swine Christmas Time. Bahahaaaa! I crack myself up.

Like all glitters, these are a pain to remove. I have long stopped complaining about glitter nail polishes simply because, I love them. Don’t let the removal process of these turn you away from buying them. I do wish that they were all opaque but considering they are unique and have cool names, I can overlook the sheerness of some of ‘em.

My must haves of the bunch:
-Gone Gonzo
-Rainbow Connection
-Excuse Moi!

I’m almost positive that Rainbow Connection will be the first one to sell out so if you find these, grab them with the quickness. They are in stores now.

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

Amor de Lacquer: Color Club Pride: Live Your Life in collection

What’s better than gorgeous nail polishes? Gorgeous nail polishes that have beautiful toppers and donate proceeds to great charities. Color Club Pride collection is alllllll of that. The Live Your Life benefits New York-based AIDS charities. I absolutely love the concept behind this collection and I am even more in love with the polishes. By the way, all of these polishes (except for Not Just For Kelly) are existing polishes in the Color Club clan.

 

 

 

P is for Pride is your average fire engine red polish. It has more blue in it than red. There’s nothing unique about it but it’s still purty.

 


Polish For All is a neon orange. It took a good 3 coats to straighten this out and it was one of the best neon polishes that I’ve used.

 


Dress for the Parade is a super duper yellow. It’s a 4-coater and can be a little on the the thick side but it’s beautiful nonetheless.


Not Just For Kelly is an amazing green. It took a good 3 coats to reach an opaque finish but it’s a beautiful and flawless green creme.

 


Boys Wear Blue is a bright blue. Can’t wait to top glitter on top of this kid.

 


Express Yourself is going to look blue-y since my camera doesn’t capture purples well but really it’s a one of the best purple cremes I’ve seen. And I’ve seen A LOT of gorgeous purple polishes.

It’s been awhile since I’ve played around with Color Club and this collection is a great “Welcome Back” treat. The consistency of the polishes were a bit on the water side (hence why some of the polish ran to my cuticles) but using a liberal amount and doing slow strokes helps with application. Oh! And as far as the handles…

 

They’re plastic and can be removed. I won’t be removing mine though. The collection retails for a steep $48 and you can snag it from ShopColorClub.com.

 

 

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Amor de Lacquer: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri jewel toned polishes

I absolutely loved this collection from Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. My living room and bedroom follow a similar color palette with the jewel toned burgundies and golds, and this collection was totally up my alley. Like most of Sally Hansen’s nail products, these are difficult to find. But if you do manage to spot them at your local drugstore, don’t think twice about gettin’ them. I don’t think these will be around for long.

 

Quick Brick is a jewel toned burgundy and hands down one of my favorite polishes ever. This is absolutely stunning on nails. It looks like sparkling garnet jewels. Just gorge!

 


Teal-y Fast is fabulousity in a bottle. If you are a teal lover, this is a polish that you HAVE to have.

 


Bronze Ablaze is just what the name says. A bronze. It looks interesting on my skin complexion.

 


Presto Pewter is a silver that you’ve probably seen before. I can never get enough silver polishes though.

 


Cocoa A-Go-Go reminds me of a hair color that I once had. It has sparkles of gold and bronze. Without those sparkles, it would probably be a milk chocolate brown but the sparkles give it lots of personality.

 


Ruby Rush is my second favorite. It’s a stunning shade that has neon magenta sparkles that is overshadowed by its dark base.

 


Grapescape is such a beautiful purple. I’ve never been a fan of purple but shades like this make me change my mind. And my poor camera. It was having a hard time capturing the essence of this purple. It is rich and deep and while it looks dark in the bottle, it looks phenomenally purple on the nails.

 

I used only 2 coats for each polish. The formula on these are fantastic. In fact, you could probably get away with only one coat. Wear time is always good for Insta-Dri. And since I’ve got those long and wide nail beds, the large brush (similar to OPI’s Pro Wide brush) is perfect for me. You can get these for under $8 anywhere Sally Hansen nail polishes are sold.

See any you like?

 

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Amor de Lacquer: Are Julep’s handcare products worth the price tags?

Remember when I did that post on Julep nail products for Beauty Stat? I have since had the opportunity to test drive some of their products. Their hand treatment products to be exact. Here’s the thing about hand scrubs and creams…they have to be almost as amazing as kale for me to say good things about them.

Why, you ask?

Because, let’s face it…the truth is, if you’ve got a good body scrub and good body lotion, then who’s to say you can’t use the them on your hands? Do you see where I’m getting at? That said, while I think Julep’s nail care products are wonderful, I’m not sure if they are worth their steep price tags.

Let’s start with the Facial for Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub that retails for $32.00.

Well now…$32 is pretty steep for any kind of scrub, much less one that is specifically for hands. What makes this scrub so special? According to Julep, “Potent glycolic acid combined with apricot seeds provides powerful double exfoliation that leaves your hands feeling noticeably softer and looking younger after just one use. Naturally scented with orange oil for a refreshing aromatherapy boost with each use.” (source) This paraben-free scrub feels absolutely wonderful. The apricot seeds feel so good and feel even better if you’ve got someone to massage your hands for you. It’s a nicely fragranced scrub that leaves your hands feeling beyond smooth.

To follow up with that scrub there’s the Everyday SPF Hand Cream that retails for $28.00.

I love that this cream has SPF in it. While I’m always sure to use facial moisturizers with SPF in them, I always forget to apply a moisturizer with SPF in it on my hands. This streak-free and paraben-free moisturizer smells just like a sunscreen; a smell that I know shouldn’t bug me but does. I do love that it’s not super greasy. I’d love to see a smaller version of this. I think I’d be more inclined to use a hand lotion with SPF in it if it was small enough to throw in my purse, car or desk at work.

And then there’s the Julep Essential Cuticle Oil that retails for $18. This product is my favorite out of the bunch. It’s perfect for using on the go.

I’m obsessed with constantly moisturizing my cuticles and the rollerball makes it super easy to do so.

The fragrance smells just like an essential oil blend that my Mom would mix up.

Products-wise, I think Julep does a phenomenal job. But their prices can certainly use some work. When purchased together, the scrub and hand cream go for a whopping $60. Wow-sers. The cuticle oil, while nice, I don’t think is worth $18. From a consumer’s point of view, I think these products would be a lot more appealing, if the prices were slashed in half. Would I spend $30 on a hand scrub and moisturizer? Sure. But would I spend $60 on them? Absolutely not.

That said, if you’re in the market to try something new and don’t mind the splurge, give Julep’s hand and nail treatments a try. You’ll definitely get what you pay for. Head on over to the site to start a buyin’.

What do you think? Have you tried anything from Julep yet?

 

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Amor de Lacquer: Nicole by OPI. Target exclusives that you so need.

Finally! My nails want to act normal and not chip every 3.2 seconds. They aren’t as long as I’d like but they’re polishable and I’ll take ‘em. I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed any Nicole by OPI polishes. Which is pretty funny because I’ve been loving this brand forever. Nicole is the younger and more affordable sister of OPI. While OPI polishes can go for $9-$10, you can snag Nicole for $7.

Check out some of the gorgeous shades sitting on Target shelves….



Green Up Your Act is one of my favorite Nicole by OPI polishes. This cream applies absolutely stunning. It reminds me of my murky hunter green.

If you’ve seen one foil-y bright red, you’ve seen them all. Doesn’t make this one any less purty though.

This blue reminds me of a pair of jeans I had when I was 15. They were these dark denim sparkly jeans. This polish is the perfect recreation of that fashion bomb.

I couldn’t quite capture the true color of this polish but it certainly isn’t purple like a grape. Not sure where Nicole by OPI got that one from. If anything, I found it to be a dark amber with bronze shimmer. It’s the perfect Fall color!

I used 2 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems. You can grab these Target exclusive at Target stores and on Target.com.

Which shade is your fav?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests,
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Amor de Lacquer: Essence’s polishes- 99 cents but 100% aweseome.

Oh. snap. Those were my words the minute I saw just how beautiful Essence Colour & Go nail polishes I applied. Have y’all heard of this affordable brand? They are located in Ulta and I am just lovin’ everything I’ve discovered so far. Their mascaras aren’t half bad and the polishes are totally worth the 99-cent price tag. And I’m not even kidding. These babies are less than a dollar per bottle. Cool, uh?