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: 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,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

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.

NYFW S/S 2012: OPI Samoan Sand at the BCBG Max Azria show

It looks like the nude nail polish trend will still be with us Spring 2012. OPI was backstage at the BCBG Max Azria show putting the nail polish Samoan Sand on the models’ nails and toes.

If you’re a fan of the “mannequin nails” look, check out the post I did on Mannequin Hands for Brown Girls. I used OPI’s San Tan-tonio I can’t say this is my favorite nail polish trend but hey, if you’re going to rock it Samoan Sand and San Tan-tonio are the shade to roll with.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes

We all know how much I love Sally Hansen, right? Remember that time I questioned if she was even a real person? Yeah. Who knows? And who cares. All I know is Sal Han better keep on keepin’ on because she rocks in every single way. Take these Xtreme Nails polishes for example.



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Let’s talk about the awesomeness of these guys, shall we? First up are the sheer stars. I didn’t bother to swatch these on my nails because, well…they are super sheer. They make for fantastic layering but don’t do much on their own.
(l-r) Teal-y Cool, Set the Stage, Twinkle Twinkle

Next up on the “Pretty Sheer” list would be Pink-y Ring. A neon pink glitter that looks like it shoooould reach an opaque finish but falls short. I applied 3 coats here.

And then there’s Pumpkin Spice. If this shade doesn’t have to ready for Halloween, I don’t know what will.

The following three polishes are a lot more opaque with stunning foil-y finishes. There’s Teeny Greeny Bikini…who was smudged right in the middle of this photoshoot.

Time to Shine falls between a gold and silver polish. It’s the perfect blend of both colors.

Midnight Sky is by far my favorite of the bunch. Oh la la laaaa…


 

Which polish is your fav? Wait…I won’t make you choose, girlfriend. But what you should do is snag some of these if you’re lookin’ to add some spice to your nail polish collection. I mean, honestly…they’re only $3 a pop. Three cheers for recession-proof beauty! To be so affordable, I find this line of Sally Hansen polishes to be one of my favorites. The color selection is always exciting and the formula can’t be beat. Ooooh yeahhhh. 8)

 

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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,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.