Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Surf collection

Summer has totally surpassed Spring here in Orlando, Florida and I couldn’t be happier. Ask me that when the sweltering weather gets here and I may renege that I ever made this statement. Ha! This collection includes 6 gorgeous polishes with foil metallic finishes.

Mryta is medium-dark orange with lighter orange shimmer that reaches an opaque finish with 2 coats. This was my favorite of the bunch. I absolutely love orange nail polishes and so one with a foil finish just brings me so much joy. And I know what you’re thinking but no, this doesn’t look like China Glaze’s Riveting. Riveting is much brighter.

Kimber is a coral-red with warm orange-gold shimmer and of course it’s my second favorite. This baby is a beaut. It’s like a silvery and bright terracotta. It looks stunning and if you don’t get any other polish from this collection, this is definitely the one you’re going to want to get. 

Meg was probably named after the daughter from Family Guy but that’s neither here nor there. 8) This warm, lightened grassy green with chartreuse shimmer photographed so funky that I had to do some editing to show you its true color – so please excuse the pink in my fingers. This polish reminds me of money, baby. So of course I like it. Woot!

Zuza is blue-based aqua with silver shimmer and it’s quite reminiscent of the waters in the Bahamas. I’d love it more if it didn’t stain the nails. This is the case with many polishes of this hue. Even with a base, they tend to stain. Which is totally unfortunate because I adore beautiful aqua shades like Zuza. The first pic is of Zuzu after some doctoring up.

Carly is a rich eggplant purple with strong magenta-red undertones and magenta-pink and violet shimmer and whoa, how refreshing is it to see shades like this in summer collections? I love, I love, I looooove!

 Rory is a a silver-shimmered cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones and she’s pretty just now my style. You know…with her being pink ‘an all. My crazy cam is giving her more “purple” but nope, she pink. 

 

Must Have’s:
-Mryta: So gorge!
-Kimber: For the ultimate pedi color this summer!
-Carly: Hot stuff!

I received an opaque finish after 2 coats for each polish. I think Zoya did an awesome job with this collection. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Whatcha think? See any you like? You can grab these polishes for $8 a pop or the entire collection for $48 at Zoya.com.

 

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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?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
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Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild Spoiled polishes – only $1.99 a pop

Have y’all seen Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled collection in your local Walgreens? OMGGG….as if I needed another reason to love Wet ‘n Wild polishes. I am showcasing just 8 here but there are literally like…a hundred of ‘em. And they are only $1.99. I knowwwww. Okay, I’ll shut up and get to postin’.

Did I Dye It Too Blonde? is a neon yellow. Well, obviously, right? It’s a looooot brighter than this in real life. I applied 3 coats and had such a hard time with getting an opaque finish. Such is the case with most neon polishes. Still. I really really like this. Your best bet for getting opacity from neon polishes is to use a white polish as a base.

Shrimp On the Barbie is such a Spring-y shade. It isn’t the most unique color in the world, but the gold shimmer in the salmon pink polish makes it funny and girly.

I’m Ba-roque Bahahaaaa! Funniest name ever. Very witty, Wet ‘n Wild. This polish is a brown with a ton of silver shimmer all about. I actually really like this. I’ve seen a lot of brown polishes but never one with this much personality. It’s gorge! Oh, and excuse the remnants of Did I Dye It Too Blonde?. Apparently removing neon polish is trickier than I thought.


Trust Fund Baby is a red blue and gold glitter. Well, not really glitter but more of folded hexagon specs…thingies. Yeah. I never know what to call these. It’s a tricky glitter in that if  have to apply a good 2 coats because the brush won’t pick up enough specs the first go ’round. I layered Trust Fund Baby over Shrimp On the Barbie.

Plenty of Fish In The Sea looks blue but it is more on the green side. Ya’ll already know how loco my camera is when it comes to photographing blue/green shades. It has some shimmer to it but it’s subtle.

Pet My Peacock is a teal, gold and blue chunky glitter. 

Tip Your Waitress is a hooooot neon pink. I mean, it’s a “in yo face” kind of pink. This is really the only kind of pinks I like. It dries between a matte and glossy finish. Not quite gel-like though.

Shuffle The Deck is a silver, red and gray chunky glitter.

 

 

Since there are a billion of these (haha, I’m kidding – more like a few dozen), you’ve got a nice selection to choose from. This brand reminds me a lot of Sinful Colors. They are priced the same and have great formulas. I used 3 coats for each polish and find them to be really nice to work with. My favorite thing about ‘em? The wide brush. Yep. Since I’ve got wide nail beds those bigger brushes are definitely up my alley.

See any your like? Have you spotted these polishes in your neck of the woods?

 

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

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: Nicole by O.P.I. Kardashian Kolors Spring collection


Ooooh la laaaa, pretty new polishes from the Kardashian Kolors line. There are 7 of these and they look to be perfect for Spring and Summer. I spy a vampy and while vampy shades are typically worn around the Fall and Winter seasons, why says you can’t rock ‘em in April? Woot! Oh, and I know nothing about the Kardashian clan, y’all. I’m not a fan of much reality TV. I like before’s and after’s but following peoples’ lives is quite the snooze fest to me. But anywhoovers, let’s get on with the polishes.

Paparazzi Don’t Preach is a pinky peach that has more rose to it than my camera is showing you. I actually really like it. I don’t have anything like this in my collection so this color was quite the treat. It pops nicely against my skin, uh? It took a good 3 coats for this polish to apply with an opaque finish.

Ladies In The Limelight is a yellow-lime that is quite reminiscent of others shades. It’s not as green as OPI’s Who The Shrek Are You and since OPI’s Did It On ‘Em is a dead ringer for Who The Shrek Are You, it isn’t quite a dupe for Ladies In The Limelight either. I like this one better. It’s brighter and better and doesn’t look like barf. Which is always a good thing. Woot!

 

One Big Happy Fame-ily is a lavender shimmer and it’s all dainty and girly. I wasn’t head over heels in love with this shade but it’s pretty enough.


Back To Reality T.V. is a periwinkle with hot pink shimmer. It is awesooooome. I can’t put my finger on the Zoya polish it reminds me of, but man, this baby is pretty. If I wasn’t obsessed with polishing my nails daily, I could see myself rolling with this one for a while.

Strike A Pose is one bright orange-y coral. It’s gorgeous! It’s soooooo bright. Which is good thing considering I just adore bright colors on my toes. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright has the cutest name ever. It’s a pretty pink. Nothing you probably haven’t seen before but it’s the norm to have a pink in Spring collections. I’m just glad this one is brighter than most. 

Smile for the Glam-era is a deep and rich plum with subtle shimmer. I actually wore this one TWICE this week just because I didn’t want to take it off. I love the idea of wearing vampy polishes in “not vampy polish” season. And while I applied 3 coats, this baby was ready for a top coat after the 2nd coat. I love how opaque it is. 

Must Have’s:
-Paparazzi Don’t Preach: Don’t knock this shade yo. It is amaziiiiiing. Especially for days when you want a lil’ something without overdoing it.
-Back To Reality T.V. Just because it’s sooooo unique.
-Strike A Pose. This shade is popppppiiiiin’!

I applied 3 coats for each of these polishes and didn’t use a top coat. I’m impressed. While some of the shades are repeats (i.e. Ladies In The Limelight and Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright), the others are nice and not so predictable for Spring. These go for $7.99 and they are exclusive to CVS locations nationwide.

See any you like?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
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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?

 

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

Pretty Polishes: Cult Nails Captivated and Seduction

It’s easier to love a brand when you know the founder. Having met Maria of Cult Nails twice, I am just even more enamored with her mission and passion behind Cult Nails. And her ability to connect with her fans is just superb. Maria rocks and she’s totally one my sheros.

Maria gifted the gals of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group with two premium nail polishes. Captivated is has been re-released and Seduction will debut in the upcoming Divas & Drama collection. Both are fantastic and both are ones that you’ll WANT to snag sooner rather than later. Trust me on this. Because both polishes are sheer, I layered them over solid creme polishes.

Seduction is in a purple/red sheer jelly base with red, blue and pink iridescent flakes. It is amaziiiiiing!

 Cult Nails does flakies beautifully. And this one is no different. Seduction is layered over a dark purple polish but the purple in the polish appears a bit blue in the sun after the flakies hit it. Which is cool. Look how majestic this looks…

Amazing, right? Then there’s Captivated. This baby took my breath away…

Dear heavens I love Captivated. I applied two coats of it over an orange creme and it just MADE the manicure. I should have tried Captivated solo as it probably could look like a shimmery jelly polish. I’m so confused as to what the golden specs that reside in Captivated are. They aren’t glitter and they aren’t flakies. I don’t know what they are but this bright tangerine is just stunning. So glad Maria brought this one back.

Both retail for $10 and can be purchased at CultNails.com. For now, Seduction can only be purchased in the Divas & Drama collection.

Whatcha think? Are these polishes not amazing or what?

Pretty Polishes: Sally Hansen Smooth + Perfect polishes

Lately I’ve been letting my nails breathe a bit. It’s a necessity for gals like me who polish her nails at least 5-7 times a week. My poor nails take a beating. Not as bad as they were when I was wearing acrylic and gel nails (never again, yo) but I believe in going nail polish free often so that my nails can continue to be strong.

Of course that period of time really only lasts like 3 days. Ha! I can’t help! I love nail polish. Usually when I come off of a nail polish detox, I like start off with softer shades. You know…instead of jumping into the crazy bright neons and glitters. Sally Hansen’s Smooth and Perfect Color Care polishes are perfect for this…

 

Here’s what Sally Hansen says…

“These polishes are designed to hide ridges and imperfections. They have a uniquely breathable formula promotes stronger, healthier looking nails with a patented technology that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail. Ridges and imperfections are virtually erased and nails are left looking smooth, shiny and porcelain perfect.”

Niiiiice. These shades are all sheer, dainty and perfect for when you want to give your nails a break from all of the hardcore colors and finishes.

 

Sea is a light pistachio that I didn’t think I’d like but I really do. Aside from being very work-appropriate, this color will also look beautiful with some nail art on top.

 

Sorbet is so creamy and wonderful! Please excuse the bubbling on the pointer finger. This faint peach is so refreshing. Plus it reminds me of my paternal Grandma for some reason. :)

Dune appears to be a beige with just a touch of shimmer in it. The other polishes were creamy but I noticed a few lines of an opal finish in this one.

I used 3 coats for each of these and the best thing about ‘em is they aren’t streaky! It’s almost impossible to find polishes this faint that aren’t streaky. Sally Hansen has 5 more polishes similar to these and you can snag ‘em at drugstores nationwide for about $5.49. Oh! And you can also get them online at Drugstore.com.

Are you a fan of fairer shades or would you rather go bold or go home?