Makeup Wars: Color Wars

This is probably the funniest (yes, that’s a word….for today) Makeup Wars ever! Each of us gals signed up for a color and we are going to be sharing some of our favorite products featuring that color. I picked purple! For the record, I don’t have a favorite color. And if I did it would be rainbow and since a rainbow has a TON of colors I’m not sure that really counts.

I know. I’m so complicated but picking a favorite color when there are so many beautiful ones out there just ain’t easy. I picked purple because there are just sooooo many gorgeous purple picks when it comes to the beauty world. Here are 3 of my faves.

Purple nail polish

I love love looooove purple nail polish. Especially when it is unexpected and has some kind of funky shimmer or whatnot. It’s hard to pick a favorite (especially since I did so in our last Makeup Wars post) but Zoya’s Aurora is by far the prettiest purple nail polish in the world.

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You can’t deny it. You KNOW you can’t. Sidenote: I sooooo miss my longer nails. Can’t wait until I can do this shape again.

Ah yes…purple lips. You either love ’em or hate ’em. I can easily get down with some purple lips and it was MAC’s All of My Purple Life that had me going bananas.

Pay no attention to my beach hurr but to that stunning purple gloss. Yas! Yas!

When it comes to eyes, I think purple eyeshadows look amazing on everyone – especially on brown eyed girls. Make Up For Ever’s #92 is epic. I mean, epic. I think I’ve lost this baby because I haven’t seen it in awhile but years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve used it) but it was the bee’s knees back in the day. I took this picture back when I didn’t care much about photography.

That about does it…a few of my favorite purple picks. Of course I’ve got more but I don’t want to make this post insanely lengthy. I’ve always wanted purple hair but my jobs never allowed it. Womp. Check out the colors my other Makeup Wars sisters picked!

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Pretty Polishes from butter LONDON

It’s going to be Nail Polish Week here on Clumps of Mascara because I have a ton of reviews that I need to crank them out before 2014. You don’t mind, do you? I know I’m not the only nail polish fanatic out there so I know a great heap of y’all are going to appreciate these.

And for those that are alike “Who cares about nail polish?” just push through with me, won’t you? Let’s talk about the awesome butter LONDON first. I’ve got a few of their pretties that I just couldn’t wait to show y’all. I received these for review and as I feel about all of my bLs, they are absolute perfection. Just look at Pitter Patter.

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Pitter Patter nail polish

Described as a opaque aubergine shimmer Pitter Patter was designed just for the royal baby-to-be! I live under a British rock so I’m not sure what they named him but I think a purple like this is pretty fitting for a boy or a girl. At the time I don’t think they knew the gender of this sweet babelet. It’s a decent looking purple. Nothing super unique from bL but it’s nice enough.

Silly Billy nail polish

Butter London Silly Billy

Silly Billy is my kind of shade. Then again I love me some orange nail polish. Especially an opaque, fire orange crème like this one. It applies beautifully in 2 coats but an extra 3rd coat really makes it come alive.

Lillibet's Jubilee nail polish

Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

Lillibet’s Jubilee is a pretty lavender metallic foil fit for a queen. No really. This shade was made for the Queen in honor of her holding the throne for 60 years. It’s not terrible but I don’t know, I think I would have picked more of a flashier color for the Queen. After all, she’s pretty colorful and has been seen wearing many different shades. A foil? Well, I don’t know if that does her much justice.

Still, these are butter LONDON polishes which means they are perfect in every way possible. You can grab these from Butter London’s website and they are sold at Ulta and sometimes select department stores. Which one is your fave?

China Glaze Texture nail polish collection

My nails are going through some craziness and right before they all popped off I got the chance to swatch China Glaze’s Texture collection. I am still obsessing over texture nail polishes. China Glaze’s are a little different from the Zoya Pixie Dust nail polishes though. These are TRUE textured polishes. They feel bumpy , matte and eccentric. I received this collection to review and if you are a fan of the textured nail polish look, I’m thinking you’ll love these.

China Glaze Texture collection

See!

China Glaze Unrefined

Unrefined is a baby pink. Y’all know I’m no fan of pink polishes but this one definitely has some personality.

China Glaze Of Coarse!

Of Coarse! is a bright, cobalt-blue and I thought for sure this one would stain the nails but a good base coat prevented that from happening.

China Glaze Itty, Bitty & Gritty

Itty, Bitty & Gritty is a melon that I actually looks nice. I’m always iffy about shades like this one but somehow it works.

China Glaze In The Rough

In The Rough is a light lime green. I had a hard time photographing this but it is definitely as bright as it appears. I’m not sure how flattering it is on me though…

China Glaze Toe-tally Textured

Toe-tally Textured is tangerine-orange but it is really very neon. I mean CRAZY neon. I like it!

China Glaze Bump & Grind

Bump & Grind is a hot pinkish-red. I had tough time photographing this one too but it’s probably the most “regular” of all of the colors.

Must Haves:
Toe-tally Textured: It’s just crazy bright and awesome.
Itty, Bitty & Gritty: It’s perfect and sweet and great for those who aren’t really into textures but want to try something different.

I like these textures. A LOT. I really didn’t think I’d like them this much. I found the formula to be easy to work with. For foolproof application try waiting a good 3-5 minutes before applying the second coat. I’m not sure these last as long as a regular nail polish though. In fact, I found them to chip pretty quickly. But whatever…they are still worth the effort because I just think they are that captivating. Way to go China Glaze! Of course you can get these anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold but if you don’t mind waiting and paying for shipping, you can snag them for $3.25 a pop at Head2ToeBeauty.com.

Yay or nay to these polishes?

Angel Beauty Box – The beauty subscription box for brown girls!

I’ve reviewed a tooooon of beauty subscription boxes. These things are so popular these days and it doesn’t look like the trend is ending any time soon. There are a ton of boxes for EVERY interest. I received the Angel Beauty Box for review and I am pleasantly surprised and for several reasons. For one…it is a box catered to brown girls. And unlike many beauty subscription boxes, it has a nice little system that guarantees you get products that you will actually use. Let’s take a peek…

Angel Box

Yes, I kissed the box. Y’all know I’m silly. 😎 Like most boxes, this one came with a good amount of single-use samples. I got several from Mizani.

Mizani Hair Care

Mizani True Textures

I’m familiar with Mizani but haven’t used their products since I’ve been natural. It’s been forever since they’ve been on my radar but I’m actually looking forward to trying out that hair oil. Especially since it’s silicone-free.

Skincare wise, I got two 8 oz bottles of lotion from a brand named Ziaja.

Ziaja Lotion

I’ve never tried their products before and I found both bottles of lotion to be a bit strong in fragrance but I was still surprised to see such large “samples”. This never happens in beauty subscription boxes!

Also in the skincare department, I got 2 small samples of a Biao creme.

Biao samples

That makes TWO skincare brands that I haven’t heard of. I tend to get excited when I am introduced to brands that I haven’t heard of. At the same time, I like seeing familiar brands in my box too. A nice mix of the two makes me happy.

This unidentified tub of pink stuff landed in my box as well.

Homemade lip balm

I’m not sure what it is as there wasn’t a label or anything on it. I’ve got far too many allergies to play Russian roulette so I left that baby alone. I’m pretty sure it’s a lip balm.

I got a nail polish from the brand RGB!

HIP RBG nail polish

I’m not sure I how I feel about brown polishes on me but I love the concept behind the brand RGB. And I’ve played around a bit with this polish and I love how creamy it is.

And lastly I got 2 custom made all natural goodies!

Angel Beauty Box

Angel Beauty Box scrub

What a nice treat! Unfortunately, I didn’t get an ingredients list with these so I didn’t want to use them. I have to look at the ingredients of products that I put on my skin before I use them. It’s a shame because both the scrub and lavender lotion appeared to be free from synethetic fragrances (that’s just me guessing) but I didn’t want to chance it.

OVERALL: For $20, this appears to be one of the better beauty subscription boxes that I’ve come across. I like how you get so many different products ranging from hair care, skincare and cosmetics. I really enjoyed taking the survey online at that Angel Beauty Box website. The press sample of my box didn’t come with a list of the products (boo…) but subscriptions can expect a magazine listing the featured products.

Have you tried this beauty box? Or are you sick of ’em?

Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 collection

Zoya does it again! But they always do it, don’t they? This is 1 of 2 of their gorgeous summer collections. This collection is full of vibrant cremes that are nice and wearable and nice additions of their already stellar profile. I got these for review and I’ve been struggling to figure out which one is my fave…

Zoya Stunning nail polish collection

See what I mean?

Zoya Yana

Yana is a geranium pink and for someone who has never been thrilled by pink nail polishes, I just beyond in love with this one. It’s pink, yes, but there’s something special about this one. Who knows. Maybe I love it this much because I have an awesome gal pal named Yana. *shrugs*

Zoya Thandie

Thandie is a citrus orange. I’ll never get sick of orange nail polishes. Especially ones that remind me of orange sherbet. Yumzzzzz.

Zoya Rocky

Rocky is a serene blue. I think Zoya has done quite a bit of these so Rocky is pretty but she isn’t anything spectacular.

Zoya Micky

Micky is a gorgeous coral and I’m finally 100% really into corals these days. So I LOVE Micky. I really think corals like amazing on everyone.

Zoya Josie

Josie is a grassy green cream. She’s a pretty mint green. Not insanely unique but how can you really dislike a dusty green?

Zoya Darcy

Darcy is a sunny yellow and really has more of a richer and butter-y yellow hue to her. If that makes any sense. Like all yellows, she was tough to apply but stunning nonetheless.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $8/bottle or $48 for the collection
Availability: At Zoya.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Yana, Thandie, Micky 
 
 

I love this collection. But of course! I’m a lover of creme nail polishes. I found that 3 coats worked for these as 2 coats made them a bit streaky. They are stunning nonetheless and perfect for summer.

China Glaze Hologlam collection

This is a massive nail polish collection. I typically put collections this large in 2 posts but nope, I’m going to go ahead and give you the whole enchilada, baby. I got these for a review awhile back and they were such a pleasure to apply. I’m a holo lover like the next nail polish lover and while these weren’t as blingy as I thought they would be, they were still nice and fun to use.

China Glaze Hologram

Here we goooo…

China Glaze Astro-Hot nail polish

Astro-Hot is a soft baby pink. Softer holographic nail polishes never really seem to do it for me but I surprisingly liked this one. And I loved that the pink still shows well even though it’s pretty…soft.

China Glaze Take A Trek nail polish

Take A Trek is a cool denim blue. Ugh, blue holographic polishes are the best and this one isn’t any exception. This one applied beautifully and really does look like denim.

China Glaze Galatic Gray nail polish

Galatic Gray is a stunning silver metal and I really didn’t expect for the holo bits to be as apparent in this one. But they definitely are!

China Glaze Not In This Galaxy nail polish

Not In This Galaxy is a bright warm coral and it’s the perfect holo for those who want to take baby steps into wearing holographic polishes. And she’s totally work appropriate too!

China Glaze OMG A UFO nail polish

OMG A UFO is a warm moss green. It’s everything I could ever want in a green holo. Well, a light green holo. I much prefer darker ones but this one isn’t too bad.

China Glaze Sci-Fly By nail polish

Sci-Fly By is a silver blue. This one didn’t look so holographic to me. Not too much of a loss because it is a gorgeous blue by itself.

China Glaze Get Outta My Space nail polish

Get Outta My Space is a powdered violet. She’s sweet and dainty.

China Glaze Strap On Your Moonboots nail polish

Strap On Your Moonboots is a midnight sky blue has a subtle holographic effect but it is still so gorgeous.

China Glaze When Stars Collide nail polish

When Stars Collide is a warm maroon. I didn’t think I’d like this one as much but it’s surprisingly interesting.

China Glaze Cosmic Dust nail polish

Cosmic Dust is a silver metal that has a nice amount of holographic shimmer but I’ve seen better silver holographics.

China Glaze Infa-Red nail polish

Infa-Red is my favorite of the bunch. This warm magenta pink has the most holographic shimmer. It is perfect!

China Glaze Don't Be A Luna-tic nail polish

Don’t Be a Luna-tic is a turquoise aqua. She isn’t as gorgeous as the other blues though.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $14/bottle – pricer b/c of the holographic particles.
Availability: At e-tailers and Sally Beauty Supply. Maybe Ulta? 
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Galatic Gray, Strap On Your Moonboots, When Stars Collide,  Infa-Red
 
 

I didn’t expect to love this collection as much as I did. I mean, of course I knew I’d love them because they ARE holographic polishes but they really aren’t as holographic as I would have liked. Still… they are super easy to apply (after you make sure to shake the bottle a bit), wear for quite some time and look stunning on the nails. If you have polishes with more of a holographic shimmer these may not excite you too much. But if you are looking to spruce up your holographic nail polish collection, these may work. But are they as awesome at the OMG collection? Not really.

Are you a fan of holographic polishes. What do you think about these?

Guess who has nail polishes now? Clinique does!

Well, well, well…I never saw this a comin’! Did you? Our favorite fragrance free cosmetic brand has a ton of new polishes and  I couldn’t be happier. But before you get all “So what? What brand DOESN’T have polishes these days?” on me, check this out…Clinique claims that their polishes are different in that they help minimize unwanted reactions to the nails, skin and eyes. They call it “A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins”.

And these are the babies that I got for review…

Clinique polishes

First of all, I didn’t even know that skins was a word. Bahahaaa! But seriously, the idea behind these totally make sense. How often are we touching our faces? A lot. And I never thought that the polish on our nails could be the cause of breakouts. Or negatively affect sensitive eyes. Clinique already has 12 permanent colors and the ones featured here are the limited edition shades for this season…

 

Clinique Summer in the City polish

Summer in the City is a gorgeous punchy pink/coral that has a nice jelly finish. I love how this one looks on my nails.

Clinique Strappy Sandals polish

Strappy Sandals is a silver foil. Nothing unique here but I reckon it’s always good to have a silver foil in a nail polish line.

Clinique Splish Splash polish

Splish Splash is a stunning blueberry. I can’t tell if it’s a creme or jelly. It looks like it’s a beautiful mix of the two while leaning more on the creme side.

 

Clinique Pinkini polish

Pinkini is a baby pink creme. Y’all know I’m not a fan of these kind of pinks but I bet this will be one of their most popular colors as a lot of nail polish lovers dig pink.

Clinique Juiced Up polish

Juiced Up is a coral with a jelly finish. I love this one. It’s such a great color for summer!

Clinique Hula Skirt polish

Hula Skirt is a mint green cream. It’s gorgeous but super streaky. A good 3 coats will even it out.

Clinique Grape Ice polish

Grape Ice is a purple magenta wonder bomb. I LOVE colors like this. It has a jelly/creme effect.

Clinique 70 degrees and Sunny polish

70 Degrees and Sunny is a yellow. It’s another streaky color but most yellows are. It’s so bright and fun and definitely worth the trouble.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $16/bottle 
Availability: At Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Limited Edition?: Yep
Favorites in collection: Grape Ice, Juiced Up, Splish Splash, Summer in the City
 
 

The formula for these are nice. Some are a bit streaky and watery but it looks like thin coats is the best way to even things out. The price point is good for Clinique and I’m very excited to see more of these polishes from them.

Any Clinique lovers excited about their polishes?

Pretty Polishes: butter LONDON for Goop.com

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It’s been a quick lil’ minute since butter LONDON has popped up on Clumps of Mascara. But don’t think it’s because I’ve fallen out of love with the brand. Because I haven’t. I am still ever so obsessed with bL’s. Yep. I still hoard them and place them on the “elite nail polish rack”. I was recently sent these little darlings and of course I couldn’t wait to share them with y’all.

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Tea & Toast is the perfect name for this polish! I’m not sure I like how this peanut buttery of a shade looks on me but it’s the closest polish I’ve ever come across that goes with the “mannequin nails” look.

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Big Smoke is a metallic navy blue with tons of personality. Outside of blueberry creme shades, this is my second favorite kind of blue polish to wear. It is flattering on just about everyone.

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Thames has been a part of my collection for quite some time and seeing her again reminded me why I fell in love with her in the first place. She is definitely the green version of HRH but more than anything she’s an emerald green. She’s this year’s color of the year and if you don’t have any emerald green polishes yet, you may want to consider getting this one.

These babies can be scooped up at butterLONDON.com but they are also sold as trios on Goop.com for $40. That’s a steal! If you’ve been itchin’ to get that bL fix under control, I’d hop on over to Goop.

Whatcha think? How do you feel about Tea & Toast on my complexion? Yay or nay?