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Target Beauty Boxes – October 2018

 

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Two boxes for two months in a row? Yes, please!

The “Hello Bright Eyes!” box is ALL eye products – I have two of them! The product that excited me the most was the Sonia Kashuk Brow Line + Fill Brush with Spoolie. I don’t have a full size Brow Brush – I’ve been using the tiny brush that came with an ABH Dip Brow Sample. This product alone is worth the price of the box. Also in this box: Acure Radically Rejuvenating Under Eye Hydrogel Mask; Lumify Eye Drops; Covergirl Get in Line Liquid Eyeliner; and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Mini. This box is the total package!

The other box is “Hello Autumn Groove” – products for the changing seasons. I squee’ed when I saw the Olay Total Effects Whips Moisturizer – I love this stuff. The Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo and Conditioner also went straight into my shower. Also in this box: Tom’s Luminous White Toothpaste with Flouride (not a fan of this stuff – tastes weird); bliss Makeup Melt Dry/Wet Gentle Jelly Cleanser with Rose Flower; and Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

And you cannot really see them in the picture, but even the boxes themselves are fancy. They have designed on them, kind of like Birchboxes.

Both boxes had the usual $3 off a Beauty/Personal Care purchase of $15 or more. (I already used one of them yesterday – both my kids were out of shampoo/conditioner…and OF COURSE they each demand a different brand.) Each box was $7, with free shipping and 5% off with my Red Card.

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I’ve got a Fetish…or Two

 

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I found myself pleasantly surprised last week, when a friend in one of my fb groups added me to her list for Sephora’s Friends & Family Event – a day of 20% off shopping!

I may have splurged a little bit…not only did I order the Kat Von D Fetish Eyeshadow Palette ($63), but I also got the Kat Von D Fetish Blush + Highlighter Palette ($43). I thought there was supposed to be a lipstick set to, but it never launched…probably because people got their panties in a bunch over “Underage Red” again.

I’ve been using both palettes this week and let me just say…neither of them are subtle! The matte eyeshadows are VERY pigmented and the shimmer/glitters are pigmented AND super glimmery. I am struggling with how I would wear this palette to work. The lighter matte colors in the palette are deceptive – they are NOT light once they get on your face. I do feel that there is sort of a disconnect between the eye palette and the cheek palette. The cheek colors are almost neon, but the shadows are all dark and goth. The cheek colors are seem to lean cool, as well – no warm colors. I’m still experimenting with the blushes and and highlighters, but I’m not sold on the cheek palette yet.

I also splurged on a Bite Beauty Sweet Treats Agave Lip Care Set ($12). It’s a Xmas set that includes Agave Sugar Lip Scrub Packette, Agave Lip Balm and Agave Lip Mask – I am addicted to the Lip Mask that I picked up in Vegas.

I used 250 points A Rosy Duo by Fresh Beauty, which comes with a Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream and Sugar Lip Treatment in “Rose”. (I know I just got one of these – shut it.) The other samples I got are Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, Clinique Self-Heating Blackhead Extractor, and Klorane Soothing and Anti-Irritating Gel Shampoo & Conditioner with Peony (looking forward to trying this one – I love peony almost as much as rose).

Just $106 to Rouge Status for 2019…it will be a breeze!

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Nita

 

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Julep “Nita” is muy bonita, eh? It’s my first pick from this month’s box.

“Nita” is cinder ash microglitter – I think microglitter is my favorite finish by Julep. No other polish brand does this fine-grit, sandy finish like Julep does. It adds a dimension to the polish that is unlike any other.

This is two coats of “Nita” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – no top coat.

You know what else this polish reminds me of? It’s something my children have never seen – and probably never will see. TELEVISION STATIC. They will never know the harsh sight & sound of TV static, while accidentally switching between Broadcast TV and the VCR. They will never know what it was like to adjust an antenna “just so” to turn static into a somewhat watchable channel. There’s an art to it! I almost want to find out how to get static back onto my TV, just to fuck with them. THEY’RE HEEEEEEEEEEERE.

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October 2018 Julep Maven Box – Up All Night

 

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Oh hey – I got some boxes piling up! I’ve been helping my sister move this week and been a little preoccupied…

I know I already have a bottle (somewhere) of Take a Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment – but this one is a new color – “Sheer Orchid”. Maybe after Halloween, I’ll let my nails breath and have a little break from polishes…

For polishes, I had a hard time choosing from all the rich Fall colors. Ultimately, I chose Bombshell “Nita”, Cinder Ash Microglitter, and Bombshell “Cecilia”, Nightshade Microshimmer. Microglitter, Microshimmer – why does everything have to be so tiny?

OH! And at the bottom of the box, a page of black cat nail decals. I can make Merkin nails!

Not a Julep Maven? Click HERE to join – I’ll get a $15 credit and you’ll get your first box free!

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Witch, Please

 

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Of course, Sinful Colors “Witch, Please” was the first polish I sampled from my score last week. I love a sassy nail polish name.

“Witch, Please” is a bright blue jelly base, filled with iridescent flakies. Although a single coat was somewhat sheer, I got nearly full coverage in two coats. The sheer quality of the polish gives the finished look a certain depth of field, since you can see the flakies layered upon one another.

This is two coats of “Witch, Please” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I admit, “Witch, Please” is very similar to a Halloween polish from last year – Pure Ice “I Want You to Haunt Me”. The Pure Ice one is more purple leaning, while “Witch, Please” is a truer blue.

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On Wednesday, We Shop at Walgreen’s (and Ulta)

 

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Sinful Colors were 5/$5 this week – only 6 weeks or so since the last sale!

I set aside my entire Wednesday to Walgreen’s hop, so I’d be sure to find Halloween polishes. As luck would have it, I found most of the 2018 Halloween Collection, “Conjured Color”, at the first Walgreen’s. I picked up “Witch, Please”, “Mist-erious”, “Bitten”, “Bad Witch”, and “Spellbound”. Score! I also grabbed a few Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks from the Halloween Display – “Bewitched” and “Shady Witch”. No “Zombie Blush” in the Halloween Display though. I didn’t realize it, but I had accrued $10 in Bonus Bucks – Score again!

I hit three more Walgreen’s in search of “Zombie Blush” – nothing. (That might sound like a lot of driving, but it was a really tight circle in the Richmond/Katy area. Plus, I drive a Hybrid, so…) I made a quick stop at my Ulta, but no luck there…at first. I immediately spied an OPI Grease Collection Mini Set ($10.97, down from $14.50) and grabbed it for Lily (and myself, I admit). I was about to leave, when I checked a random aisle of hair ties and stuff…and there was the Wet N Wild “Zombie Blush” Display!!! It was $5.99, plus I grabbed another Halloween Liquid Catsuit – “Pink Your Poison”. I hate when ulta has the lame 20% off one item coupons. I couldn’t use it on a clearance item, so I got 20% off my “Zombie Blush” – a measly $1.20 off. At least they have a 3x points for Platinum going this week.

The “Zombie Blush” is amazing! It looks like a grungy grey-green in the pan, but shifts to a rusty reddish shade on your cheeks or eyes. Be warned – a little goes a long, LONG way. It is reminiscent of the color shifting shade in the “Plaid to the Bone” Quad I got a while back.

On a side note, on Friday, I went to a fifth Walgreen’s, still searching for more colors. I found 4 polishes, plus the Matte Top Coat from the “Radical Matte” Collection…but when I went to check out and this collection wasn’t included in the sale. I had to walk away…

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Mellow Mood

 

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It’s not nearly cold enough (in Texas) to try out a mood polish, but I was thinking that my nails are long enough that the tips would be colder than my body temperature.

They weren’t.

That’s okay – I was able to get my daughter to help me fake it with an ice pop. She held it on my nails for a minute or so, and then jumped out of frame.

Funky Fingers “Mellow Mood” is a basic lavender creme polish. When cold is applied, it turns a darker purple. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I think I need to get a new bottle of Top Coat. I’ve been carefully refilling my bottle, but I feel like what’s in the bottle is thickening enough to get uneven results on my nails. I got some wrinkling on the edges of my middle and ring fingers.

Remind me to get this one back out in January!

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Soapy Saturday

 

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$3 for ALL Hand Soaps, plus a 20% off coupon? That wasn’t even the most exciting part…

…a new Bath & Body Works opened up closer to me! I was checking traffic on Google and there it was – a location I had apparently never noticed before, in the Shops at Bella Terra. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by an very exuberant employee named Toby. (I am pretty sure Toby is gonna be my new BFF.) I asked how long they’d been open and he told me three weeks. Frankly, I’m shocked that it took me three weeks to notice.

There wasn’t a limit, but I limited myself to 15 soaps, which ended up as $2.40 each after coupon. I was excited to get some Halloween soaps, like “Vampire Blood” – I put them out immediately. I also let me kids pick a scent. My son picked “Flannel” (he is so grunge, like me) and my daughter picked “Coconut Pumpkin Latte” (is she becoming basic, like me?). Merkin does NOT look impressed by my haul, does she?

I also grabbed a Moisture Lip Crayon in “Peony” ($6.50, down from $8.50), but it was so disappointing. “Peony” was only the color, not the scent. The scent was…bubblegum. Gag.

I cannot WAIT to go see Toby again!

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Frida

 

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I never thought it could take me so long to spend $6!

It’s a long story…my insurance requires me to get all my prescriptions at CVS – I have no choice as a consumer. I hate CVS, but mostly because of poor experiences at the location by my old house. This new location is actually not bad. The one benefit to filling prescriptions at CVS is the $5 in ExtraBucks for every 10 prescriptions, although I vastly preferred Target’s old system of 5% coupons, but that went away when CVS ate the Target Pharmacy. ANYWAY, with all my surgeries, I am up to my 3rd $5 in ExtraBucks, plus an additional $1 from I don’t even know where. I had made a trip a few weeks ago, birthday shopping for the bestie – but forgot to use it. So I went back….an wandered around the store for nearly an hour and could not find a single damn thing to buy. BUT…

…BUT then, I saw some very unique nail polishes in the bins by the checkout. Frida Kahlo Nail Polish! There was a red, a yellow and a blue – I picked the blue – “FKN.37” – a sort of dusty turquoise, really. What an unartistic polish name though, especially considering the work that went into the fantastic bottle art.

This is two coats of “FKN.37” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. The polish was on the thick side, but the brush was very good quality and gave a lot of control. I might have been able to go with one coat, but it was just a bit streaky, so I went with two.

I don’t know that the polish was worth $8.49 – but definitely worth $2.49.

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September 2018 Allure Beauty Box – Best of Beauty Award Winner

 

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First, this box had me like “YASSSS” – but then I was like “WEEEEAK”.

This month’s “Best of Beauty” box includes a FULL SIZE MAC Lipstick ($18.50 value) in either “Ruby Woo” or “Lustering”. I was pumped, expecting to receive a tube of MAC’s most well known shade….but I received “Lustering” – a glossy watermelon pink. Boo.

And then I saw the fancy set of tarte Tarteist Pro Girl Boss Lashes and Tarteist Pro Lash Adhesive in “Clear”. I don’t really like the feel of spiders glued to me eyes, so it’s gonna be a no from me.

There were two possible hair products – either Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (an awesome product that gives your hair volume and staying power) or IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel (for natural curls). Guess which one I got – the IGK one.

All hope is not lost. The box also includes Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. The other option was Lala Retro Whipped Cream, which I also would have enjoyed. At least my skin will be happy!

I need to stop my bitching – this is a high value box

The Allure Beauty Box is $15/month, but they give you $5 off your first box. They also offer an option for $150/year – a savings of $30. You can sign up at https://beautybox.allure.com.