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April 2019 Allure Beauty Box – A Masterful Selection

This month’s Allure Beauty Box is curated by Beauty YouTuber Carli Bybel. I’ll be honest – she is not really in my orbit. I’ve never watched her videos, nor could I pick her out of a lineup. Her selections are fairly generic – she one of those “Copper Eye, Nude Lips” gurus.

I cannot say that I am disappointed though – there’s a lot of value in this month’s box. I’ve been curious about Natasha Denona since I started seeing her $129 palettes at Sephora. No shit – $129 for a 15 pan palette. I received Natasha Denona Mono Shadow in “124k Bronzage” – and I admit, it applies beautifully and is very pigmented.

Also in this month’s box: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Pure Hollywood” (a little light for my taste, but it looks pretty good combined with a slightly darker lip liner – I used Kat Von D “Lolita II”); Luxie 231 Small Tapered Blending Brush Rose Gold (I really like Luxie brushes); Laura Geller Inkcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil in “Brown” (looks good combined with the “Bronzage” eye shadow); and Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme.

The one product I will NOT be using: Vita Liberata Phenomenal Organic Tan Infused Cloths. Nope.

This month’s box also included a scratch off card with a sneak peek of the brands included in next month’s box: AmorePacific, Laritzy, Lue by Jean Sea, No6, St. Tropez, Laneige and ModelCo.

Oh, and this month’s clutch is CLEAR. They sure do keep me guessing.

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. Sign up via my referral link.

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Poison Apple

Sinful Colors SinfulShine “Poison Apple” may just have snuck itself into my shopping cart during a recent trip to HEB…Shhhhhhh…

While just as shiny as her sister “Shine Annie”, “Poison Apple” is different type of finish – more of a shimmer than a jelly with flakies. “Poison Apple” is also more of an apple color – a bit cooler than “Shine Annie”, which has a hint of orange and reminds me of Julep “Jacqueline”.

This is two coats of “Poison Apple” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Which SinfulShine should I get next?

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Target Beauty Boxes – April 2019

Two boxes for April – an “Au Naturel Beauty” box, with natural products and an “April Showers” box with rainy day products.

Inside the “Au Naturel Beauty Box”: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wash & Scrub (I like this stuff, even though it smells odd); The Good Stuff Repair Balm (a no-rinse conditioner for hair); Schmidt’s Cedarwood-Juniper Bar Soap (hmmm); Love Beauty & Planet Muru Muru Mask Sachet (oh yeah, I love this scent); Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Hand Cream (another scent I love); and Burt’s Bees Enamel Care Mountain Mint Toothpaste. I will try ALL of these, except maybe the conditioner.

The “April Showers” box is far less impressive: TIGI Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream (a tiny ass little foil pack); Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches; Dove Dry Shampoo Volume & Fullness (the lid was cracked); Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste in “Vibrant Peppermint”; Degree for Women Black + White Dry Spray Antiperspirant; and Bliss That’s Incredi-peel (another damn foil pack).

The “Au Naturel Beauty” box is a good value for $7, but the “April Showers” box is kind of a rip-off for that much. As usual, free shipping, 5% off with my Red Card and both came with a $3 off $15 coupon. The weird thing is that one box had a bar code to scan the coupon into the app, but the other box had an old fashioned coupon. So weird. I did not manage to use my coupon last month either, but I have high hopes for this month’s coupons.

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Xmas in April

When work gets stressful, the only cure is lunchtime retail therapy. Mama is on a budget right now, so that means a trip to Big Lots, my favorite dirt mall. I did spend 40 cents in tolls each way though – big spender.

I saw it was like Xmas in April because I loaded up on Sinful Colors Xmas polishes. There was a huge end cap of Xmas-y colors, so I indulged in 8 of them. Hell – only at only $1.95, why not? That is 3 cents cheaper than Walmart.

Starting from the top left: “Queen of Green” – forest green with gold shimmer, “Tealing Power” – from the “Stoned Crystal Shimmer” Collection, “That’s Elfed Up” – a Xmas-y glitter, “Sassy Lassie” – a bright green shimmer, “Santa Claws” – another Xmas glitter, “Mint Candy” – green jelly topper, “Candy Apple” – a red jelly topper, and “Rock Candy” – a blue/silver jelly topper.

Oh, I also cheated on Bath & Body Works by picking up a bottle of cheap-ass Simple Pleasures Hand Soap in “Rosewater Peony” – I couldn’t resist the scent. I doubt this $1 soap will replace my brand…but you never know…

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Unicorn Princess

I consider myself a connoisseur of cheap nail polish, but somehow – I’ve never tried L.A. Colors. Very odd, because I know my daughter has some L.A. Colors sets from the grocery store.

I decided to check out Daiso, a Japanese dollar store that my fellow natural nail enthusiast, Angie, told me about. Technically, I guess it is a $1.50 store, since most things there are $1.50. Inflation, I guess? Anyway, I about died of cuteness overload – all the stationary and art supplies had me dying. I definitely need to bring the kids by here to stock up for the summer.

In addition to some cards and a shit-ton of Pocky, I came home with L.A. Colors Unicorn Sparkle “Flurry Shine”. It was $2, instead of $1.50 – fancy.

It took three thick coats of “Flurry Shine” to barely get full coverage. The polish was very, very thin – but I don’t know if that is true of all L.A. Colors, or just the Unicorn Sparkle collection. I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and topped with Glisten and Glow Top Coat – a nice thick layer.

It also did not wear as well as I am used to – I got major edge wear and chips after just two days. I am not impressed by this $2 polish. If I am gonna spend $2 on polish, it is gonna be Sinful Colors.

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Shine Annie

Sooooo…For my first SinfulShine, I thought I was buying “Poison Apple”, but it turns out that I grabbed “Shine Annie” by accident. Oops. (I fixed that at HEB today – I made sure I picked the correct “Poison Apple”.)

I’ve never tried the SinfulShine formula before. I was a little scared of the “with Gel Tech” on the label – it’s sold as a two step system, with a special top coat…I was afraid it would be similar to the Sally Hansen Two Step Gels,. which I hated. I asked around and I was assured that it’s pretty much a regular polish and I can use any top coat I wanted. And then there was the price point – $2.98. Well, I can afford one or two…

I am in LOVE with the SInfulShine formula. It’s more like a jelly polish than a gel polish. I thought it would be too sheer after the first coat, but I got full coverage with the second coat. I am gonna have to control myself with these polishes!

This is two coats of Sinful Colors SinfulShine “Shine Annie” over Sinful Colors Top Coat (which I still have not figured out where to restock from) and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It lasted FOREVER. I repainted after five days, only because I wanted to repaint my toenails – I feel like this is a good 10 day polish!

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Fairy Princess

I’m a fairy princess!

Or, more accurately, I am a Unicorn Fairy Princess, since this is Funky Fingers “Unicorn Dust”. It’s a fantastic glitter topper, but you know me – I’ll go out with only a top on, Winnie the Pooh-ing my fingernails, so to speak…

This is two coats of “Unicorn Dust” on top of Glisten & Glow Base Coat and underneath Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I love a good matte glitter.

And yes, I chopped the hell out of my nails. I have not figured out if they each grow at different speeds, or if I wear them down at different speeds – but they all match now.

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Wall Flamingo

I am running out of plugs to stick my Wallflowers in!

I had seen this Flamingo Wallflower ($12.50) on Insta, and had plotting to bring it home for several weeks. It just turned out that Lily needed a gift for a birthday party this weekend…how convenient. I even remembered to bring the coupons I got in the mail: a free gift worth $5.50, a single wick candle for $5 and 20% off my entire purchase.

We quickly added the Flamingo and a gift set to our shopping bag. The $5.50 gift could be either a travel size or a purse size hand cream, so I chose a hand cream in “Rose Quartz”. Aromatherapy was B2G2, which is better than the usual B3G3, so I picked out some “Love” scented products – Rose and Vanilla. I chose 2 Aromatherapy Body Washes ($13.50), an Aromatherapy Body Cream ($13.50) and an Aromatherapy Pillow Spray ($15.50). My pillows will put me in the mood now!

As for the candle, I was gonna grab a random rose scent until Lily found this “French Baguette” candle ($5, down from $14.50). I was skeptical, but it really does smell like crusty french bread. My mom would have been OBSESSED with this candle – it’s so buttery! I need the body spray….

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Matte Mexico

Work was HORRIBLE today. My work wife is in Mexico on vacation and I had no one to coordinate playlists with…

…but before she left, she sent a pic of her nail plans. I had to be a total copycat, so my nails could be there in spirit. I decided to pull out Frida Kahlo “FKN.37”. This is two coats of Frida 37 over Glisten & Glow Top Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I LOOOOOVE it.

This color never fails to remind me of my parents’ old house. They don’t live there anymore – my dad and sis moved to the Finger Lakes last year – but I drove by the old house last week and it was like an out of body experience. I couldn’t help thinking about how much I laughed when my dad painted the house this color. I think it was his way of trying to cheer my mom up, as she was getting sicker and sicker. It’s such a ridiculous color for a house…so you know I loved it. Even if I don’t get to hang out at the turquoise house anymore, I can always have home on my nails.

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Break Dance, Not Hearts

Oh purple, I cain’t quit you.

Yes, this is my third purple polish in a row. I’ve just been feeling purple lately.

This lovely purple/silver metallic is Sinful Colors “Break Dance Not Hearts” from last year’s Valentine’s Day Collection. yes, it’s been sitting in my basket over a year. What is even wrong with me? The past few weeks – no, longer than that – I’ve only been painting my nails every 5-6 days. What? That’s not like me at all. I admit, I’ve been kind of busy, but also bummed about the end of my Julep boxes. Even if I don’t have a steady stream of new polishes every month, I’ve got plenty of untried polishes waiting for me.

This is two coats of “Break Dance Not Hearts” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. She was a shiny one before the matte top coat, but I wanted to see how she looked. Quite nice, if I say so myself.