August 2019 Ipsy Bag – Bare Yourself
Oh, ipsy I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned how much I don’t want waterproof products last month – I got 2 of them this month!
Waterproof eye shadow? Ugh, like I am going to wear a full face to the pool? Regardless, the Suva Beauty Eyeshadow in “Turmeric” is a “water-resistant” gold foil. The Huda Beauty Lip Contour in “Trophy Wife” is also listed as waterproof, which makes a bit more sense for a longwear lip lip liner.
Also in this month’s shockingly weird dark green, pyramid studded vinyl bag: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer (my product selection for the month – looking forward to sampling this one); Nails Inc. Nail Polish in “Weekend Superpowers” (the same weird, flat dark green as the makeup bag); and Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Moisture Cleansing Foam.
I didn’t add on any products this month – nothing looked tempting.
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The Spice Must Flow…
There are really so many different spice references I could have made – Pumpkin Spice, The Spice Girls, Sugar & Spice…but I decided to go with the obvious Dune reference, because this polish is a sandy rose gold, perfect for any sandworm to glide through!
I had to finish off my my trio of Sinful Shines – this is two coats of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Spice”. I used Sinful Colors Base Coat to start and finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.
I checked HEB today to see if the 3/$5 coupon was still there, but it was gone. So, so sad!
My husband has an odd way of judging nail polish. He judges my nail polish by how it would look on a car. I bring it up, because this polish literally reminds me of a friend’s car, back in college. He had this sparkly, blue Mustang 5.0 – Stacy named it ‘Crystal Blue Smurf’ – and it was this exact shade of sparkly blue. I wonder whatever happened to the ‘Crystal Blue Smurf’?
This smurfy shade is Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Shimmarine”. I painted two coats, over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Again, I got a few bubbles, but less than with “Magic Dragon”.
I googled “Shimmarine” and the only results were related to this fingernail polish – it’s a made up word, in case you were wondering.
Puff the Magic Dragon
That song irritates the fuck out of me. Stupid hippies.
ANYWAY, this is the magical Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Magic Dragon”. It’s teal shimmer/holo – I cannot tell which. The formula is great – full coverage in two coats, with no streaks. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I did get a few bubbles – I don’t know if it was because I layered the coats too fast, or if the top coat doesn’t like the Sinful Shine formula.
I also put it on my toes – it’s the perfect summer polish.
Sephora Play! July 2019 – Isle of Beauty
Sooooo…it’s August 8th and I am just now finishing up my July boxes. I guess a 10 day vacation put me more behind schedule than I thought.
July’s Sephora Play! box is “Isle of Beauty” or products to take with you to a desert island. Hmmmm, I may disagree with a few of these choices, but overall, they are not bad picks.
The Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask is definitely giving me island vibes – I cannot wait to try it. Also in this month’s box: Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips (good stuff); Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in “Glace”; Caudalie Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum (I am not so sure that I will care about how big my pores are on a desert island, but ya never know); Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser with Bamboo Booster; and Marc Jacobs Daisy Love (musky raspberryish).
Hand lotion – if I was stranded on a desert island, I’d want hand lotion…and some fucking SPF!
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HEB is Sinful
NEWSFLASH! HEB has the best deal I’ve ever seen on Sinful Colors Nail Polish!
Courtesy of their little yellow coupons, HEB is offering Sinful Colors Nail Polish for 3/$5! That might not sound like an amazing deal, at $1.32 each. It is true, Walgreens used to have 3/$5 quite often, and even 5/$5 on Black Friday…but their sales never included Sinful Shine ($2.98 each, instead of $1.98).
That’s right, Sinful Shines worked with the coupon! I made sure and had the checker scan them last and them immediately scan the coupon – no issues at all! I was conservative and just picked up three: “Shimmarine”, “Magic Dragon”, and “Spice”.
There were no special collections or displays at my regular store…part of me wants to scope out a few nearby locations to see if there are any with the new Bebe Rexha Collection…
July 2019 Allure Beauty Box – Lessons Learned
I opened this month’s Allure Beauty Box and my first thought was, fuck it’s Kim Kardashian. Then I realized it wasn’t her – just someone who looks very, very similar.
July’s guest curator for the Allure Beauty Box is Huda Kattan, creator of Huda Beauty. I’ve tried exactly one lippie by Huda Beauty, but I liked it quite a bit. This box is a mix of Huda’s own products and those that she loves.
The centerpiece of the box is a full size tube of Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in “Alluring”, a shade exclusive to the box. It’s an orangey red, which I normally would stay away from, but I tried it and it is SUPER flattering on me. I was SHOOK. The formula is really good – it isn’t streaky, it doesn’t dry out my lips, and stayed all day.
Also in Huda’s box: Huda Beauty Classic Lash in “Samantha” (why does Allure keep sending fake eyelashes?); Kayali Vanilla 28 (a rich vanilla scent that is very tolerable and not at all like a little tree air freshener); Too Faced Hangover Primer (some people got Benefit Ka-Brow or an Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil); OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray; and a TONYMOLY Intense Care Snail Hydrogel Mask (oooooh, snail trail).
Except for the lashes, a pretty good box. It also includes a code for 25% at shophudabeauty.com.
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Inspired by Frida
My new Frida Kahlo collection has inspired me! For the past few months, I haven’t felt overly inspired to do any nail art of fancy combinations. I’ve just been painting my nails and going about my business…but playing with my new makeup has given me a few idea.
I decided to play with Frida Kahlo “FKN37”, probably my favorite polish right now. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and “FKN37”. I topped my thumb and ring finger with Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat in “Redrum.” I didn’t get much reaction on my thumb, but my ring finger turned out really cool. For the glitter on my middle finger and pinky, I used Funky Fingers “Red Wedding”. I left my index finger plain. I topped all of my nails with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
I love red and turquoise together. I wanted to paint my walls turquoise and red, but I’ve been forbidden from painting any walls red in my house. At least my living room is a similar shade of turquoise. Maybe the next couch I get can be red?
Now I need to check my 20 miles of CVS receipts to see if I have any coupons I can use on more Frida Kahlo Nail Polish!
July 2019 Ipsy Bag – Dive In
Dive in? Well, okay. I’m just glad that the “Dive In” theme isn’t all waterproof products – I cannot ever get that shit off.
My product choice this month was Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Lipstick in “Babe Alert”. Nude rose – I cannot get enough of nude rose lipstick.
Also in this month’s palm frond decorated ipsy bag: Billion Dollar Brows Eyebrow Brush (the insert says that the brush is infused with charcoal to resist bacteria – what? why?); Color Club Nail Polish in “Palm to Palm” (it matches the palm fronds on the makeup bag); FEEL Mindful Palo Santo Soothing Mask; and TheBalm Cosmetics Eyeshadow in “He Said, She Said” (I may need to try a primer woith this shade – I used it this morning, and the shimmery lavender shade was barely visible).
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Frida Kahlo x Ulta Beauty
It’s here – the collaboration of the year! Ulta Beauty just released a collaboration with the estate of Frida Kahlo. While Frida herself may have rolled her eyes at the commercialism aspect of her image and artwork being used to sell makeup, she LOVED beauty and I think would appreciate the celebration of her legacy.
The cornerstone of the collection is the Signature Box, which includes a 12 shade eye shadow palette and a New Hue Shadow Switching Pan in a Keepsake Box ($30). This is now my FAVORITE eye shadow palette – sorry KvD. I already have a New Hue Pan, but I don’t mind having another one. (Or Lily might get lucky…)
I also picked up the Face Primer ($15) – and it smells AMAZING. The scent is lightly floral, but not gagging. It’s a clear gel primer and it immediately blurs all my imperfections. It doesn’t break me out (so far) and it also works great as an eye shadow primer.
I splurged on all 4 of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($10 each). My favorite is “Pasion”, a universally flattering orangey red. “Surreal” is a dark mauve. I didn’t care for “Vida” – it is too light on me and was streaky. I’ll be trying the chestnut brown “Sensual” tomorrow. All the the lipsticks are super long-lasting – more so than other Ulta brand Liquid Lipsticks I’ve tried. They’re also not drying, which is crucial.
The last piece of the collection that I purchased was the Floral Headband ($18). My husband HATES it, but I LOVE it. He says it makes me look like an old lady, but I don’t care. I struggled a little bit with it – is it cultural appropriation? Ultimately, I decided it’s not different than when I wear floral headbands at the Ren Fest. It’s not necessarily work-appropriate, but fun for costumes.
I didn’t get the WHOLE collection – there is also the Artist Brush Set ($30), Liquid Illuminator ($10), Blush & Bronzer Duo ($12), a Brow Master Palette ($15 – and brows ARE what you think of when you think about Frida), and a Cosmetic Bag ($20). I really agonized over the Cosmetic Bag, but I couldn’t rationalize it with all the bags I already have. If any of it goes clearance, I might pick it up – as well as a back-up of the Primer.
I postponed my order until I could get a REALLY good gift with purchase – and not just one, but two of them. The Clinique gift was small, with deluxe samples of High Impact Mascara and Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. The Ulta gift (free with $60 purchase) was really nice. It was a big comfy Cosmetic bag with an eye shadow & cheek palette; Face Highlighting & Color Stick in “Pixie Dust”; Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes; Lip Crayon in “Festival”; Patent Shine Liquid Lipstick in “Verona”; Matte Eye Primer in “Nude”; Hydrating Face Primer; Ultamate Lashes Mascara in “Jet Black”; Cheek Brush; Mini Blending Sponge (OMG, the tiniest one I have ever seen – it looks like a hummingbird egg); 3 hair ties; and a $5 off $15 Ulta coupon
Not only did I use a $10 off coupon, but also $59 in Ulta points that I had accumulated. My whole order was just $34 + tax!
Oh…and this order made me platinum for 2020…will I get to Diamond? Maaaaaaybe.