Top Beauty Finds of 2012

You knew it was comin’. I’ll save my whole spiel about “OMG, I can’t believe it’s already almost 2013″ and whatnot and just get right down to the nitty gritty.

Okay, wait. I lied. Seriously though – can y’all believe how quickly 2012 flew by? I mean, dang! Okay okay…here are some of my top  beauty finds of 2012. Keep in mind that these aren’t ALL of them. I’m far too lazy to list them all. Hey! I’m bein’ honest. Something you can continue to expect in 2013. :cool: Hollerrrrrrr.

Hereeeee we goooo….

Top Mascaras

 

So in this post I listed 6 of my favorite mascaras. Not included in that list are the following…

  • CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara – Because how many mascaras don’t kill your lashes after you’ve applied a good 3 coats to them? Not many. We’ve seen a lot of Lash Blast mascaras but I’m happy to say that this one really doesn’t clump.

 

Top Nail Polish Brands/Collections

 

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  • butter LONDON – I was head over heels in love with this nail polish brand this year. Why? They were always releasing beautiful nail polishes that didn’t look like other polishes that I owned. At $14 a bottle, they are a bit on the higher-end side of nail polishes but who cares. We all need a hobby and one of mine is collection bL polishes until I die. Yep.
  • Cult Nails Coco’s Untamed collection – Oooh boy, I couldn’t get enough of this collection either. Even more impressive is that a 13-year old came up with all of these gorgeous shades. Yuuuup.

 

Top Lippies

 

 

  • I listed 4 of my favorite lippies here. Included in that list is the ever so awesome Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.

 

 Top Skincare Products

 

 

  • Check out this list of 7 skincare products that rocked my world.
  • Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash – It’s far from paraben-free and contains more ingredients than I like my skincare products to have but this has been the only body wash that not only soothes but keeps my eczema at bay.
  • Josie Maran skincare products – Okay, I’m cheating here because I haven’t really done a post for her products yet but I’ve been using them for weeks now and I am obsessed. Ob.sessed. Josie Maran drops argan oil in all of her products and I’ve been slathering everything from her hair oil, sunscreen and whipped argan butter allllll over.
  • Clarisonic Aria – This is another product that I haven’t reviewed (or tried) but I plan on getting my hands on it in 2013. I’m just so in love with this version of the awesome Clarisonic face brush that I just HAVE to have it.

Best in Foundations

 

 

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – Oh geez, I love this stuff. I am actually at the bottom of my first bottle and I am thisclose to buying another. This foundation actually turned me into liking foundation. Which says a lot.

I totally didn’t even try to do a “Best in Eyes”. There were just too many products to choose from. Yeah, I know. I suck.

 

 

What were some of your favorite products in 2012?

Amor de Lacquer: Diosa nail polishes

A few months ago, I was asked to be a be a featured Diosa. What’s a Diosa? She’s a woman in her 20’s or 30’s who inspires her peers and the girls in their lives who are in need of positive role models. The vision comes from Diana, a New York City native who wanted to create a brand of nail polishes that could also tell a story. You can learn more about Diana here. She’s pretty awesome. I wanted to show off some of the pretty Diosa polishes. If you love supporting indie nail polish brands, I think you’ll love this one.

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See what I mean?

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Puff Pastry is a super sheer jelly that would probably work best on an American manicure. I like it by itself though. Because it’s so sheer, it’ll take a good 3 coats to achieve some kind of opaque finish.

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Dawn Over Provence is a pale lavender. It’s got a dusty finish and while it looks great on solo, it’ll really shine with some kind of sparkle or glitter on top.

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Dime Piece is a grey. Can’t go wrong with grey nail polishes!

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Bali Blaze is a super bright red that leans more on the orange side. It’s goooorgeous.

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Somethin’ Extra is a holographic glitter. It’s a stunner!

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Fuchsia Plans photographs funky but this is a gorgeous fuchsia. It dries down to a semi-matte finish. Of course a top coat will make it glossy but I actually really like the semi-matte finish.

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I Sea You is a bright blue that reminds me a lot of Nubar’s Blueberry nail polish. Which happens to be my favorite blue nail polish evahhhh! I Sea You is a close second. And as beautiful as it is, I love that it doesn’t stain the nails. Woot!

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Purple Reign is a dark purple polish that actually LOOKS purple on the nails instead of black. I love when this happens!

Diosa nail polishes apply beautifully. Some of the shades were a bit on the watery side (namely Puff Pastry and Dime Piece) so thin and even coats are the best way to apply these polishes. I’m lovin’ these inaugural shades. Diosa nails officially launched in July 2012 and I think this is a great intro to the nail polish world. You can buy these babies for $8 online.

Oh! And check out my Diosa feature here.

Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit

‘Tis the season to start scooping up gifts and as a beauty gal, I can confidently say I know what other beauty girls want. Okay yeah, so not everyone is into nail polish. Fine. But nobody wants to walk around with raggedy and jagged nails. Which is why this Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit is such an adorable stocking stuffer.

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Oh, and how lame is it that my current home doesn’t have a mantle? I move just about every year (one day I’ll settle in one place…one day) and most of my places have had mantles but not this one. *tears* Ahhh yes, but where was I? Oh yeah…this darling kit as a stocking stuffer.

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Who doesn’t love the classic houndstooth design? I mean, honestly…the packaging is everything. And what’s inside ain’t too shabby either.

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Ideal for tossing in a cosmetic bag or in some luggage for travel, this is just a nifty and uesful little kit. And uh, if you’re like me some of those tools can also be seen as multi-purpose. Like the little scissors? I would totally use those for grooming the brows. Or clipping my ‘stache. Yeah, I said it. I know I’m not the only one with a bit of fuzz on the upper lip. Such a sweet little kit. And it’s only $20 so there’s no bank breakin’ here. I scooped one up for a friend. You know…that friend that is also wanting something super useful and fancy and awesome just because you happen to be a beauty editor.

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Way to go, Sephora! Scoop this up at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Pretty Polishes: nails inc. The After Party trio

Soooo, once again I suck. I’ve been eyeing the brand Nails Inc. for many moons now and this my first time actually featuring some of their products on Clumps of Mascara. See how much I suck? Yeah. Badly. But hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see how awesome this After Party collection is.

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See what I mean? Look at all of that glittery, shimmery and holographic wonderness.

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I just sneezed glitter. I mean yasssss. This is what I’m talking about. And this little trio is only $25 which ain’t shabby for 3 gorgeous nail polishes. Let’s get a closer look at them, shall we?

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Disco Lane is a black holographic shimmer and I can’t say much else because the description is right on. I love everything about this polish. I applied 3 coats of it to the nails and it looks a bit gritty solo but it shines beautifully with a top coat. I didn’t apply one here as I wanted to show the polish in its true form. I don’t have many black holographic polishes and it’s rare to find them THIS holographic-y. So yeah. I love Disco Lane. I love discos too. They should really bring ‘em back.

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Soho Street is a chunky rainbow glitter and it’s not terribly unique as it looks like many glitter polishes on the market now. The good thing about this one though? It works beautifully for layering and it reaches an opaque finish at 3 coats. Not too shabby, uh?

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Covent Garden Market is a red full coverage glitter and I fell in love with it at first glance. But applying this baby wasn’t easy. You can get away with 2 coats but I pushed it to 3 and when I did that, it started to drag on me a bit. But at the same time I felt like 2 coats weren’t enough. I’ve gotta tweak this one a bit because it’s such a beautiful red. I’ve GOT to make it work.

What a beautiful trio. And yeah. Only $25. You can grab it Sephora and Sephora.com. It’ll make the perfeeeect stocking stuffer for your favorite nail polish lovin’ lady or lad.

 

 

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Introducing…CVS Beauty’s Nail HQ kiosks!

Well, well, well…as if shopping at CVS would get any better…

See all of those nail goodies?

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You can find all of those and more at CVS locations nationwide. But wait, a select few locations (2,000 to be exact) have recently launched a special in-store kiosk for for nail polish and accessories. I knowwww! How freaking cool is that? CVS has been paying attention and they understand just how popular nail polish, art and trends have become. They are finding ways to really appeal to their beauty buyin’ consumers and this is so the way to do it. I mean, they already had me in love with ‘em with the Beauty Club but now a special section just for nail polish lovers? *dreamy sigh*

The kiosk looks a lil’ somethin’ like this…

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Fancy, uh? I have yet to find it in my neck of the woods but don’t think that I’m not stalkin’ every CVS I come around to see if they have the in-store kiosks. I am so on the hunt.

CVS Beauty gifted me with some of their most popular nail polish brands and trends and you knowwwww I am all over these. Especially this little baby here…

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Gel polishes are so big right now and many brands are creating little kits that are allowing you to do gel nails at home. Pretty freaking cool, if you ask me.

If you run into a CVS Nail HQ kiosk in your hood, let me know!

3 pretty babies from butter LONDON’s Holiday nail polish collection

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My nails have been crazy funky wonky the past few weeks and they were unavailable for pretty swatches but I still wanted to showcase  3 of  the 5 polishes that butter LONDON is giving us for the holidays. And can I just say how excited I was to even see this collection? I didn’t expect to see another release before the new year. Woo hoo! Go bL!

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Scallywag is a full coverage, bright turquoise glitter with a clear base. I applied 2 coats to the nail wheel and that’s really all this polish needs. I’m not even sure how well it could work as a layering polish because it’s THAT opaque. Which is A-OK with me. Removal is gonna suck with a glitter like this, but man…is she not worth it?

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Jack the Lad is an opaque, moss green shimmer with gold, turquoise and green micro glitter. It isn’t nearly as opaque as Scallywag and it’ll take 3 maybe even 4 coats to reach an opaque finish. It’s beautiful but it can be a bit streaky so patience in between coats is what this polish needs.

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Scuppered is an opaque, copper shimmer infused with pink, gold and green glitter and it’s something quite to see. I’ve never seen a polish like this before. The consistency is just like Jack the Lad in that it requires a few coats.

The crew altogether…

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Missing from this collection is Fairy Cakes, a silvery holographic glitter and Fiddlesticks, a raspberry magenta glitter. I adore glitters polishes so I think this is a perfect holiday collection. You’ve got the traditional red, green and silvery polishes but they have a nice glittery spin to them. Way to go, buttah!

Cost: $14/each

Where To Buy: Ulta, Ulta.com and butterlondon.com

 

Whatcha think, butter LONDON lovers? Is this not a fantastic holiday nail polish collection or what?

Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl nails for the holidays

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Now y’all know I’m not one to do a bunch of crazy designs on my nails. I neither have the patience, time or uh…patience. Yeah. But simple looks like dots? Well, even I can do that. A dotting tool costs just a few bucks and as long as you’ve got some nice and opaque polishes, practically anyone (even the clumsy folx like me) can get do nice little Christmas-y polka dot nails. For this look, I used 2 of the polishes from the JulieG Holiday Collection by Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. Remember when I reviewed some of those polishes? Yeah well, I’m still in love with them. Even if I can only get ‘em online. They are totally worth the shipping costs and all that jazz though.

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Big Red Bow is a cherry red with subtle shimmer and it’s such a sweet and shimmery red. It is definitely the ideal red for Christmas. I love it lots because I reached an opaque finish after only 2 coats. Hollaaaa!

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And then there’s Under Mistletoe, a pine green with subtle gold shimmer. It’s an interesting green because it isn’t super rich but still provide enough shimmer to where it looks pretty awesome on the nails. I didn’t think it would be opaque enough to show up well as dots over red polish but it worked beautifully!

There is also a gold, magenta and super awesome glitter polish in this collection and they can be scooped up at Rite Aid stores (if you’re lucky to live by one) or online for only $3.99 a bottle.

Any other Jesse’s Girl fans in the house? And have you ever done polka dots on your nails?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part II

‘ellllooooo. We’re back with part II of the gorgeous China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. If you missed it, check out part I here. This half of the collection has quite a few surprises. And you know what the means…glittahhhhh!!!

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Champagne Kisses is a bubbly rose gold glitter with a teeny bit of holographic shimmer. I didn’t expect this to be so glitterific, but it is. At the same time, it wasn’t too bad to remove which is great!

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With Love is a classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones. It’s squishy and pretty red. Nothing too strikingly unique though.

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Glitter All The Way is a multi-color glitter. It’s like Mardi Gras on the nails!

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Glistening Snow is the perfect name for this fine diamond-like silver glitter. It’s like the silver-y version of champagne kisses. It’s opaque and looks stunning on the nails. It’s a bit of a top coat hog so I had to apply a good 2 coats of top coat just to get some serious shine.

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Cranberry Splash is a ruby red shimmer and while thats’s China Glaze’s fancy definition of it, really it’s just more of a regular ole’ burgundy to me.

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Pizazz is a twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend and it’s beautiiiiful. I mean, yeah…we’ve see beautiful glitters like this one but there’s something special about Pizazz.

The collection altogether:

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Shouts out to China Glaze for giving us plenty of sparkle, glitter and shimmer in this collection! I think these are beautiful shades that are definitely holiday-appropriate.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com.