Wet ‘n Wild SaGreena the Teenage Witch polish

So I thought about it…do I ALWAYS have to only do nail polish posts in the Amor de Lacquer series? Nope! From now on, I’ll be sprinkling random nail polish posts all over. Sound good?

How awesome is this baby?

There are two great things about Wet ‘n Wild polishes:
-They cost no more than $2 a pop
-They have excellent shade selections.

Have you seen such a beautiful emerald? It took a good 3 coats to reach an opaque finish but this is hands down one of my favorite greens. Who remembers Sabrina the Teenage Witch? I freaking loved that show. Sabrina and her Aunts…and Harvey. And that witty Salem. Growing up in the 1990’s rocked.

So yeah, add this green to your nail polish collection. Priced at $2, it won’t break the bank.

Amor de Lacquer: Layla Magnetic nail polish review

Ohmigoodness. I’m in love. Judge me all you want, but yes. Yours truly is in love with a nail polish. And I don’t really care what people say about. Forget matte nail polishes. Forget crackles and glitters too. I’d give them all up if it meant only having magnetic nail polishes for the rest of my life.

Now I know magnetic nail polish isn’t anything new. I know that Lancome released one some time ago. As did L’Oreal. It looks as if magnetic nail polishes are making a comeback, and I for one, can not be happier. Here’s the thing about these kids though:

-The cost quite a bit ($16 USD)
-They are hard to find in stores
-Shipping can be costly

While Nails Inc. has released gray and purple magnetic polishes at Sephora, I have yet to actually find these in stores. It has taken everything in me to not spend over $30 (not including shipping) on two bottles of polish. But I couldn’t hold out any longer. I searched on Amazon and before I knew it I was purchasing Layla Magneffect Magnetic in Purple Galaxy.

 

Bottom line: Is this worth $16?

YES, yes and YES!!!! And this is coming Cheapy McBritty here. This polish has such an amazing and beautiful finish that I could stare aimlessly at my nails for minutes at a time. The concept is easy. The magnet sits at at the top of the handle.

The polish is thick in consistency, which you will later find out, is a good thing.

In order to get the magnet to work correctly, you HAVE to apply a generous amount of polish. I find that applying a thin first coat and then a nice and thick second coat is the best way to go. Immediately following that second coat, flip the polish top over the nails (be careful not to smudge) and within seconds, lines will appear.

It really is magic. It takes no more than 1-3 seconds for the magnet to do its work. The best way to get the BEST appearance is by using the magnet after applying the second coat to each nail. So it’s Polish-Magnet-Polish-Magnet-Polish-Magnet.

The results are stunning, uh?


I want more. I think I’ll wait for Sephora’s Friends & Family deal before I snag one from Nails Inc. You can find several retailers selling Layla Magneffect Magnetic nail polish. And we can only hope that other nail polish brands will soon release magnetic polishes at a more affordable price.

So whatcha think? Want to give magnetic nails a try?

 

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suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Wish Nets

Ooooh, how pretty!

I first reviewed Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips here and this is my first time playing around with them again. The Wish Nets design is one of 5 limited edition Halloween designs.

I forgot how tricky these kids can be. Then again I do have extra long and wide nail beds. Still. I love how this looks.

You can find these at your local drugstore. Or you can get them from Ulta.com for $9.99. Snag ‘em quickly though. They are limited edition and won’t be around for long.

Have you tried these nail strips yet?

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?

 

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: OPI Touring collection (part II)

If you missed Part I of this collection, you can check it out here. Time to round up the other 6 shades. These gals are little brighter than their vampy siblings.



Honk If You Love OPI is a cool-toned grape/dark purple cream that looks to be the purple version of Road House Blues. That of course means I love it.


I Eat Mainely Lobster is a vibrant coral with subtle shimmer. I’m not a fan of coral polishes, but like I’ve always said, if I’m going to wear them, they’ve got to have shimmer.


Color to Diner For is a slightly dark Americana red with subtle gold and rose shimmer is is absolutely stunning. Even if it’s been seen before.


My Address is “Hollywood” is a creamy rose shade with subtle shimmer. Pretty sweet if you’re in the mood to rock Spring-y shades during the Fall and Winter months.


I Brake For Manicures is a dark eggplant shade with warm plum undertones that looks black inside but comes to life the minute you hit some light.

 


Are We There Yet? is a juicy melon shade with subtle shimmer that I’ll be rocking pretty regularly this season. This baby is gorgeous!

My favs? I Brake For Manicures and Color to Diner for are fabulous!

See any you like?

 

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Amor de Lacquer: OPI Touring collection (part I)

I’m a wee bit late in reviewing this collection but please don’t hate the player. Hate her nails. My nails have been crackin’ so badly for the past few months that I haven’t even been inspired to polish my nails. They are getting a bit better now and so I’m back with a nail polish collection that has been out for quite some time but still worth bloggin’ about. This is a massive collection of 12 polishes and so I’ll be doing 6 at a time. First up, the darker and vampy shades.

 

Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window is a dark olive cream and is one of those fugly shades that I surprisingly like.

 


Get in the Expresso Lane is a rich dark chocolate brown cream but my camera can’t seem to get an accurate shot of it. In the bottle it looks like more of a murky brown.

 


French Quarter For Your Thoughts is a cool-toned pale grey cream and not entirely unique but will be even more stunning when topped off with your favorite glitter topcoat. And please pardon my cracking cuticles. I told you my nails are goin’ through some thangs…

 

Road House Blues is an inky dark blue cream and wow, I am in love with this kid. It’s one of those blues that can almost look black but when you catch it in the light, be ready to be blown away.

 


A-Taupe the Space Needle is a dark taupe cream with olive undertones and another shade that I would consider fuguly. I don’t know, maybe polishes like this just aren’t flattering on my skin tone. What do you think?

 


Suzi Takes the Wheel is a pale grey cream and at first glance, it almost looks like French Quarter For Your Thoughts. My eyes may be playing tricks on me but I think FQFYR looks to have a little more green in it.

 

My favs? Definitely Road House Blues and Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. Road House Blues, I thought, would be streaky but it didn’t give me any problems. I used 2 coats for each polish but when I don’t think a 3rd coat would hurt.

What do you think? See any you like?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests,
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NYFW S/S 2012: Bright Lights from butter LONDON

Oh wow. I have yet to try any of butter LONDON’s polishes but ohmigoodness, their runway Skittle nails are rocking my world! butter LONDON, the cult phenomenon of the nail industry, is a backstage staple once again – creating the nail looks for top shows this season including Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Erin Fetherston and more. Founding Creative Director Nonie Creme is known throughout the industry for her innovative design and technique and custom blended colors that are always Fashion Week highlights.

At the Erickson Beamon show on Sunday, September 11th, Nonie created a technicolor palette with custom colors, presented by Beauty.com

Creme describes the look:
“The story is super duper theatrical – we stuck with a palette of bright colors and painted each nail a different color. No side by side nails with the same color, no two models with the same pattern – a whimsical free for all! We wanted the nails to look almost like little flickering lights while the dancers were moving.”

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?

 

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