Month: April 2015
I’ve been scared of jellies for so long, but sometimes you just have to pull up your big girl britches and do it.
I was scared of how sheer and see-through they are…and how hard they are to apply. I never should have worried about that with Zoya “Paloma” – a sheer deep fuchsia-berry with a buildable jelly gloss finish. FUCHSIA! It went on smoothly, without streaks. This is two coats and you can still see the nail line. It might take 3-4 coats to get absolute coverage. My one nitpick is that the polish immediately pulled away from the tips as I put on the top coat. I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor, so next time I am going to try “HK Girl” to stop the dragging.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Did you know that Deep Woods Off! melts nail polish? I didn’t…until I found out the hard way yesterday, while wiping down my daughter and her BFF. Julep “Coretta” became all sticky and melty and I had to take it off…
This is Julep “Cassidy” from this month’s Paradise Collection. It’s almost exactly Tiffany Blue – I just need a white satin bow.
Again, I used Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and guess what? NO BUBBLES! I’m liking this base coat…I used “HK Girl” for the top coat – super smooth and shiny…I wonder how it would look with some silver glitter?
April Beauty Box 5 – Bloom
I totally forgot to post this month’s Beauty Box 5 – “Bloom”.
This is an…interesting…box. Inside my box – Lasting Smiles Passionfruit Mango Organic Lip Balm (Lasting Smiles funds cleft surgeries for children in the developing world); Dancin’ Goat Hula Bliss Body Lotion (Mmmm, goat’s milk lotion); Incoco (not to be confused with Nanacoco?) Nail Polish Applique Set (these don’t require heat like Jamberry, hmmmm…); Style Essentials TwinGloss (2 colors in one tube); and 3 foil packets of First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser.
I can’t decide whether or not to keep Beauty Box 5 or not. The products are really weird and from brands I’ve never heard of. Sometimes the lotions smell off, like they’ve gone bad. Any opinions out there?
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
Actually, I don’t think Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. AA batteries are a girl’s best friend, but that’s a story for another time.
This is Julep “Coretta” – Diamond for April. I’ve worn it before, but I wanted to try it again in the right month. I took the picture in full sun this time – isn’t it amazing?
I used Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat (a gimme from my BFF, since she doesn’t do her own nails) and then two coats of “Coretta”. No top coat, so I could feel the fine texture. I am hoping that Julep’s glitter polishes stick to this base coat better than what I’ve been getting with other base coats. It’s been about a day and no chips so far…
Beauty Insider Love #3
My second Sephora order arrived yesterday, part of a huge pile of boxes – 2 Amazon, a Victoria’s Secret and my husband’s Loot Crate.
I could resist no longer…I finally broke down and ordered the Kat Von D Monarch Palette. I’ve been coveting my BFF’s Monarch and now I have one of my own…tomorrow morning I will emerge from my cocoon…
Not pictured is the Kat Von D Studded Kiss “Bauhaus” lipstick that I ordered for Loo. She was so helpful in taking the kids to school and starting dinner when I was out of town, that she deserved a little treat.
For samples, I picked out all fragrances. For my husband, I picked Dolce & Gabbana “the one” – it’s a horrible, wretched fragrance. He wrinkled his nose and his eyes started watering, so I guess he’s not going to be wearing it. He described it as “nasty.” The other two were for me – Elizabeth and James “Nirvana Black” and Tory Burch. “Nirvana Black” is also wretched. I don’t care if the Olsen Twins designed it, it’s fucking foul. Tory Burch, on the other hand, is absolutely lovely. It has notes of grapefruit and peony and I can totally see myself buying it in the near future.
This milky, white beautifulness is Funky Fingers “Jawbreaker”. Doesn’t it look just like candy?
I started with Zoya Anchor Base Coat and then did 2 coats of “Jawbreaker”. It is a dense glitter – no fishing to get the big chunks. I topped with Zoya Matte Velvet Top Coat to bring out the layers.
Ignore my little nubbin fingernails. I had to trim them all – they were starting to peel.
I think “Jawbreaker” might be a dupe of China Glaze “It’s a Trap-eze”. I need to try it out and do a comparison.
Beauty Insider Love #1
I got my first BILOVE 10% off order yesterday – I was so happy to get the Too Faced “Natural Matte” Palette in my hot little hands. I tried to get it at Ulta a few weeks ago, with my 20% off coupon, but the store had just done a rest and only had it online. I looked it up online and it was excluded from the coupon. DISAPPOINTMENT. At least I got it for 10% off…
I used it this morning and it was absolutely beautiful. I think “Sexpresso” is my second favorite eye shadow name ever. (“Sugar Walls” from Too Faced’s “Boudoir” Palette is #1.)
For samples, I picked Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil and belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb (I have no idea what an aqua bomb is). I also got an envelope full of postcard scent samples.
Sephora Flash is gonna be expensive…
April Ipsy Bag – Beautifully Bohemian
Just in time for Coachella, Ipsy sent out April’s “Beautifully Bohemian” bag.
Inside my woven, macramé-esque bag: Hikari blush in “Tango”; Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in “cuddle”; Mullein & Sparrow Mini Cheek & Lip Tint (it’s patchouli scented – WTF?); Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum; and theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Eyeshadow Single in “Flirty” (shimmering golden violet). I LOVE the stuff I got this month!
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The Black Lodge
I’ve had this Twin Peaks themed manicure in my head for months…and I finally was able to test it out. This is a dry run of how I plan to do my nails in a few weeks to attend Texas Frightmare Weekend – Sherilyn Fenn and Jennifer Lynch will be there!
I did the Jamberry portion first – “Black & White Chevrons” on my index finger and I used “Newsprint on Neutral” to cut a “b” and an “r” for my ring fingers. (I know they should have been capital letters, but I couldn’t find any on the wrap.) I then did 2 coats of Sally Hansen Total Manicure “Sweet Talker” on my ring finger to seal it. I then used Sinful Colors Base Coat on the rest of my nails. I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors “No Text Red” on my thumb and pinky. I used 2 coats of Hare Polish “The Red Room” on my middle finger. I sealed all of my painted nails with “HK Girl”.
I absolutely LOVE how my nails turned out. I am going to make a few changes next time, including incorporating “How’s Annie?” into the mix.
I can’t wait for another trip!
Influenster Vox Box – Fresh is Fierce Vox Box
Influenster sent my vajayjay a gift!
Inside my Fresh is Fierce Vox Box is a 20 pack of Carefree acti-fresh pantiliners. Carefree is my regular brand, so I was quite happy to save a dollar and get a free pack. Ever since getting my Mirena three years ago, pantiliners are all I’ve needed. (IUDs are the next best thing to a hysterectomy!)
I also got a 50 cents off coupon – score!
As always, product received complimentary for testing purposes. Want some complimentary stuff? Check out Influenster for yourself…