Amor de Lacquer: OPI New York City Ballet SoftShades

Well, well, welllll…isn’t this refreshing? While corals, neons and glitters are dominating the nail scene this spring, OPI is hookin’ us with with softer shades. I’m not hatin’ on this collection, y’all. I love loud colors like most but I also really enjoy wearing soft shades every now and then. Especially when they give me an opaque finish with no more than 3 coats. Such was the case with these. Weeee!!

According to OPI, this collection was ‘inspired by the New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the world’s premiere dance companies’. Very cute. Oh! And this is also the debut of my newly shaped nails. Some of my older nail polish posts will sport the square look but the newer posts will be showing the oval look. This is such a big deal for me since I haven’t changed my nail shape since uh….ever. 8)

Care To Danse? is a creamy lilac. In fact, it’s so faint that it almost looks pink. It definitely looks more “lilac” in the bottle.

Barre My Soul is a sheer beige and it gives the the perfect “naked” look for nails. This is the kind of nail polish I’d wear on a job interview. 

You Callin’ Me A Lyre? is an ascending pink that would be perfect for an American manicure. Not that I’d wear one because American (and French) manicures are like soooooo 1990’s. Agree or disagree?



My Pointe Exactly is a gorgeous sheer gray that looks blue in the bottle and on my nails. It’s a strange shade for a sheer but somehow it works.

Don’t Touch My Tutu! is the one shade that I’d wear the most often. I just love how creamy this white is. It’s stunning and classy and everything I’d want from a sheer white cream.

Pirouette My Whistle is a silver sparkle that looks okay with 3 coats but is probably better layered over a polish. My nails are stained so it doesn’t look the best solo. 

Pirouette My Whistle over Care to Danse?

Must Have’s:
-You Callin’ Me A Lyre?: I could wear this one everyday.
-My Pointe Exactly: There is something so pleasantly unusual about this one….
-Don’t Touch My Tutu: Ooooh, how wonderful is this white creme?

I was a little nervous when I saw the promo for this collection. While I like sheer polishes, a lot of ’em are a pain to deal with because it’s hard to get them to apply to an opaque finish. Soooo not the case with these kids. I applied 3 coats for each polish and they were all completely opaque. Fan-freaking-tastic. I love love looooove these.

Are you a fan of sheer polishes or not so much?

 

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Pretty Polishes: Pure Ice Green With Silver Crackle

Pure Ice was another one of the amaziiiiing sponsors for our March Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida meetup. It’s been forever and a day since I’ve tried anything from Pure Ice. The good news is, the formula is still as good as I remembered it.

Pretty green, uh? It’s a nice hunter green with a subtle shimmer. I applied 2 coats and whoa mama…it dried quickly. I so don’t remember Pure Ice polishes drying THAT quickly. Not that I’m complaining or anything.

Then I added a coat of silver crackle polish…


It’s definitely one of the better crackle polishes I’ve seen. I haven’t worn a crackle polish in a loooooong time (I think I wore ’em  too much when they first came out) so this was refreshing. Glad to see Pure Ice is cranking out gorgeous polishes.

You can grab this duo from Walmart and online for less than $6. Noooot bad.

Special thanks to Pure Ice for sponsoring us beauty obsessed gals in Central Florida.

Have you tried anything from Pure Ice lately?

Amor de Lacquer: Butter London Spring/Summer collection

It’s official. Butter London is my favorite higher-end nail polish brand. Yes, I love Deborah Lippman, Dior, Chanel and the rest of ’em but when it comes to packaging, polish names, formula and overall brand uniqueness…Butter London wins.

I love everything about this collection. And I love how every polish has a story behind it. Check this out…

Bossy Boots is an opaque light pistachio green. The definition for this slang word is a derogatory name for someone who is pushy or bossy, (usually reserved for children). I call it wonderful! This baby gave intense pigment with only 2 coats. It’s not the most unique shade in the collection but it’s still purty.

Disco Biscuit is a tropical hot pink with an undercurrent of tiny iridescent glitter particles. What they forgot to leave out is that is also contains neon blue specs. See!

It’s one of the coolest pink polishes I own. I used 3 coats for it and it dries to a dull finish so you’ll have to wear a top coat over it. It also works beautifully as a top coat over another pink polish. Or check this…a purple polish.

Trout Pout is an opaque shade of cantaloupe, pale and retro. It’s cruel slang for a woman who has “over done” the collagen in her lips, leaving her with a rather fishy face. See why I love Butter London? Every polish has a story. And you know what? I am so over hating coral polishes. I think – I think – I think I’m starting to love them.



Knackered is a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles. The Brit definition of it? To be tired or exhausted. “Wow, you look knackered. What did you get up to last night?!” This polish is heavenly. Sure, it took me 4 coats to get an opaque finish but it is such an interesting shade. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Knackered blurred out…

And Knackered up close…

Slapper is a truly teal lacquer, bold and very bright. Aaaaaand of course my camera can not capture its awesomeness. It’s Brit-speak for ”slut”. ‘Bout sums that up, uh? Ha! This is a super bright teal. I mean, bright! It’ll stain the nails too. Even with a base coat. But if you like teals, you’ll love this one.

 

Must Haves:
-Disco Biscuit. Because this pink will be perfect for summer.
-Knackered. Chances are you haven’t seen a shade with cool and unusual.

The formula of these were great. I never have a problem with Butter London’s polishes. I used 2 coats for all except Disco Biscuit and Knackered. I used 4 coats for those babies. You can grab these from Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com (that’s what I did – free shipping!) and ButterLondon.com for $14 a bottle.

How cool is this collection? Which one is your fave?

 

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suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl polishes rock!

You know what sucks? Falling in love with a brand that you can’t get in your city. I know, there really are more important things to be worried about in the world. I should feel petty for caring about something so little. It’s the beauty blogger in me. Really, it is.

Take these polishes from Jesse’s Girl….

Gorgeous, right? But I can’t even find them here in Florida. Back when I lived in Los Angeles, I never gave the brand a second glance but now that I am thousands of miles away, of course I want to hoard ALL of their products. Especially their polishes.

Check out Julie G…

Now y’all know I have never ever been a fan of pink polishes (or pink the color…yucky) but this baby is awesoooome! She isn’t as “neon” as a hot pink but isn’t super coral either. She’s like a Pepto Bismol pink with a ton of coral thrown in. I loooooove it!

I love Glee too!

 Glee was hard to capture so I ended taking two pictures with two different cameras. The one above shows its truest color. In natural lighting, this foil-y polish with turquoise shimmer leans more on the blue side.


What’s not to love about a polish that reminds me of mermaids?

So yeah. I am loving these two Jesse’s Girl polishes. Must.have.more. The formula for both were excellent. The dry time was surprisingly fast and I can always appreciate a polish that dries with the quickness. You can grab Jesse’s Girl polishes at Rite Aid and online for $2.99.

Have you tried anything from Jesse’s Girl?

 

Amor de Lacquer: SpaRitual Water collection

Say “hi” to SpaRitual, y’all! This is my first time featuring Orly’s big sister and I couldn’t be happier. SpaRitual is one of those brands that isn’t as “well-known” as Orly, China Glaze and OPI. The vegan brand is commonly located in all-natural settings like Whole Foods, natural and holistic spas and natural food stores nationwide. SpaRitual isn’t about staying up on the trends but instead appeals to a demographic of nail polish lovers who enjoy simple shades with earthy undertones.

And I love SpaRitual for that. Their collections are always so refreshing and Water is no exception. According to the press release I received, the Water collection “is inspired by the creative flow of energy that travels through us, much in the same way water travels throughout the earth.” Deep, uh? SpaRitual often supports organizations that have the same passion for our environment, health and wellness. 20% of proceeds of the Water collection will be donated to Surge, an organization whose mission is to deliver clean drinking water to those who are in need. Amazing. Makes the $10 price tag seem a lot more do-able.

Check out these beauties…

Hidden Reef is a shimmery coral that I actually like. That says a lot because I’m not a fan of many corals.

Deep is described as an iridescent reflection of moonlight and man, this baby is beautiful. While it photographs green for some reason, it is actually a dark gray polish with faint magenta shimmer. It’s gorgeous and I just love how it looks.

How Deep REALLY looks…

Ripple Effect is a creamy and dusty mauve that Mama Clumps would so swipe if she were around. There is nothing prettier than a dusty grayple. Grayple equals gray and purple.

Lucid is a lilac blue and while it looks more on the blue side, it really has more purple in it. It’s pretty, dainty and very appropriate for Spring.

Undercurrent is a dark blue that rocks my world. There is nothing better than a dark blue nail polish. Nothing, I say!

 Ebb & Flow photographs a little brighter than what it looks like. It real life, this is a light aqua that looks stunning on the toes. I love everything about this polish. Except the severe staining it gave my nails. I had to soak my nails in lemon juice for a good 20 minutes because they were stained so badly. :(

 

Must Haves:
-Deep. What a stunning gray.
-Ripple Effect. Because you can never have too many purples.
-Undercurrent. A gorgeous blue!

The formula of these was just okay. Most were on the thicker side. And the brushes for these polishes were so skinny. Then again – I do have long and wide nail beds so maybe it’s just me. I expected the formula to be a bit better considering the $10 price tag. Still. I’m all for brands that bring awareness to global issues and for that reason, I will always love and support SpaRitual. You can grab these polishes in spas and salons nationwide, as well as select natural food stores and online at Beauty.com.

 

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: Essie Luxeffects collection

No need to adjust your computer. These are actual glitter polishes. From Essie. Insane, right?

Essie does a lot of things well. When it comes to formula, bridal nail polish colors and shades that won’t scare those who don’t want too much bling on their nails, Essie rules. I would have never put them and glitter together. I am so excited to see this collection from them. While none of these glitters are groundbreaking, they are fantastic.

Because they are intended to be worn OVER nail polishes, I’m featuring each polish here over one coat of a black nail polish.

As Gold As It Gets is described as a polish with gilded lamé sparkles. Ooooh, fancy, uh? This polish has a nice combination of dense flakies and gold glitter. There’s nothing too over the top about it but I really love it. I can only imagine how beautiful this would love layered over an orange or red.

Shine of the Times is an all too popular flakie polish that Essie describes being scintillating opalescence. We’ve seen this before from Nubar’s 2010 and Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure. So yeah – this isn’t unique, but I’m glad to see a flakie like this again. You can never have too many of them. It turns any polish into such a majestic look. And how cute is Shine of the Times as a polish name? Loves it!


A Cut Above is a shattered pink diamond glitz that adds a pinky pop to any polish you’ve got. I spy some hexagon glitters and love how one coat of this polish gives such a beautiful display of pink glitter. I’m not a fan of pink and I love this. So girly!


Set in Stones is just the silver sister of A Cut Above. It’s just as pretty and I don’t mean to play favorites but I think I love ACA better.


Pure Pearlfection is a disco mirror ball chaos. Yep, that’s what Essie says. I agree. While this polish looks to be pretty blah in the bottle, I actually really like it. The subtle blue micro shimmer looks fantastic layered over darker polishes.


Must Haves:
-Shine Of The Times: Only if you don’t own any flakie top coats.
-A Cut Above: It’s just soooo pretty. And if you’re into making your own polishes, this polish will be a nice addition for mixing.
Pure Pearlfection: It’s just beautiful.

I used one coat for each polish and while I used black as a base, I think these will be great over any shades. Shine Of The Times does a darn good job layered over orange and I can’t wait to see how Set In Stones will look over Essie’s Mesmerize. I’m so proud of Essie. They stepped outside of the box on this one and I couldn’t be happier.

Had enough glitter polishes or are you liking these too?

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

Pretty Polishes: Finger Paints’ Twisted

Flakies. They are the newest nail polish trend. Which is hilarious to say because once upon a time, it was virtually impossible to find flakie nail polishes. There was always one of my favorite brands…Nfu-Oh, but shipping for their polishes are anything but cheap.

Between Zoya, Cult Nails and now Finger Paints releasing flakie polishes, it almost feels like the thrill is gone. Don’t get me wrong, I still love flakies but I loved ’em more when they were diamonds in the rough, ya know?

Still. Twisted is awesome…

Not much to say about this baby except it is probably one of the best flakie polishes out now. I will say this: Cult Nails’ Unicorn Puke and Clairvoyant (soon to be re-released) are twins except Clarivoyant has a blue base and Twisted has a  clear base.

Both are stunning but can I be honest? I love Clairvoyant better. It may or may not have to do with the fact that I’ve met Maria (the owner of Cult Nails) and think she’s just a doll. Twisted is cool too. I snagged it at Sally Beauty Supply before the holidays.

Are you into flakie polishes?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Muppets collection, Part 2

Yes, I’m totally nuts for just NOW posting this but don’t blame me. Okay, yes…blame me but love my anyway, kay? 8) Yay for Part II of OPI’s The Muppets collection. If you missed Part 1 (The Glitters), don’t forget to check it out. The other 6 siblings of the collection aren’t glittery, but they are just as fantastic.

Let’s take a look-see, shall we?


Wocka Wocka really isn’t ALL that unique but it applied beautifullllly on my nails. I’m pretty sure I have a color like this but I can’t put my finger on why I’m so attracted to this deep berry. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Meep Meep Meep is a beautiful fuchsia that has flakies in it! I love spotting flakies in polish. They are so totally rare. This, of course, makes Triple M and a triple threat. It’s a bright fuchsia that has a darling name AND contains flakies. Ooooh yeah.

Designer…De Better looked to be your average silver foil-y polish but a closer look makes it appear as if a little cinnamon was sprinkled in that silver formula. I was quick to write this off as an average silver polish but it’s actually quite fantastic.


Pepe’s Purple Passion. Never mind that I had to do a Google-search to see who Pepe actually was. Known as The Muppet’s Prawn, Pepe used to be a chef until he was mistaken for a meal. Hilarious, right? This shade definitely does Pepe justice. Like Meep Meep Meep, this dark purple will be my Vamp Shade of the Season. Flakies pretty much make everything better.

Warm & Fozzie. Despite not remembering much about The Muppets, I do remember Fozzie. What a cutie pie that guy is. This shade is SO him. This metallic copper actually really compliments my complexion.


Animal-istic. LOL @ how Animal’s name is Animal. That just cracks me up. This bright red contains a few specks of glitter. It’s really nothing out of the ordinary which is a shame because Animal is one unique dude.

Being the glitter lover that I am, I , of course love the glitters most from this 12-piece collection, but if I had to choose some must haves from these babies, they would be:

-Wocka Wocka Wocka: I just can’t explain how beautiful this is. You may have a dupe in your collection, but with a name like this Wocka times 3, you just HAVE to have this one.

Warm & Fozzie: Chances are you don’t have a polish like this in your collection. It’s so cool!

Meep Meep Meep: It’s a red polish with flakies. Enough said.

Got your eyes on any of ’em?