Month: January 2019

 
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January 2019 Julep Box – Face the Future

Well hell, I picked an odd assortment of colors this month, didn’t I?

I skipped this month’s featured beauty product – boost your radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Oil. I’d gotten it in the January 2017 box – I ended using it more as a lipstick remover than a facial oil. It smelled lovely, but my face doesn’t do well with oils.

It Girl “Sabina” is seashell matte glitter and Boho Glam “Zara” is oyster grey sheer holographic. Both are very bland and neutral. Boho Glam “Angelique” is dragonfly wing iridescent glitter, but it’s not from this month’s collection – it’s from a Mystery Box, but it called out to me when I was building my box. I also added a sheet of silver stripe decals – I’m not quite sure how I’m gonna use them – they are super long.

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Smurf Pox

Oh no! My fingers have Smurf Pox!

I mean…look at the bottle. Is what happened to my nails what you would expect by looking at the bottle? In the bottle, it looks like blue glitter in a sheer blue base. Nope. The base is actually clear, with a slight purple shimmer. It doesn’t even camouflage my yellowy nails.

This…travesty…in Sinful Colors “Cosmotion”, from the ‘Moon Metals’ Collection. This is THREE thick coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

“Cosmotion” is not totally useless – it would make a subtle top coat? Or maybe sandwich it between some other colors of glitter?

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Marleny

I cannot resist a good fuchsia nail polish. I have dozens and dozens of “Furious Fuchsia” nail polishes that match my old car – and I will continue to collect them. When I die, they can paint my coffin with it. Oh wait – I’m getting cremated…they can paint my urn with it.

This one is Julep “Marleny” from December’s Maven box. It’s got a good silver shimmer to it – it adds a depth to the polish.

This is two coats of “Marleny” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. For some reason, it seemed to wear down on my tips quickly. I don’t remember if I did some dishes or something – unlikely, but maybe.

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First Sephora Haul of 2019

It was an amazing test of willpower to wait until January 1st to place a Sephora order. The 1st was the final day of the “Sale on Sale” – 20% off Clearance items, but I didn’t want to make the same mistake as last year and place an order too early.

I only wanted one thing from the Sale Page – the tarte Let’s Flamingle brush Set. Do I need more makeup brushes? No. Do I want makeup brushes shaped like flamingos and pineapples? FUCK YES. I wasn’t feeling the original $44 price, or even the $25 sale price. $20 seemed like the right place. I haven’t used them yet, but I’ve unboxed them and they are soft and uber-fluffy.

I also picked up Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in “Flamingo Acid” ($18). Are you sensing a theme here? I’d been coveting the shade since it dropped as part of the 10/10 set – but I wasn’t about to buy 10 tubes of lipstick for just one shade. Luckily, they just released them all individually. I busted it out today – it is absolutely the perfect winter shade. It makes me look really white, but hey – I AM really white.

I’m super bummed that Sephora is still only offering two samples per order. (They’re also changing up the Rouge Benefits for 2019 – ugh, now I’ll have to pick between makeovers and free shipping – you cannot have both now.) I had picked a Jo Malone sample, but of course I didn’t get it. I got AmorePacific The Essential Creme Fluid and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I absolutely HATE powders on a postcard. Ugh, Sephora – get it together.

$952 to Rouge.

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Fairy Nails

I accidentally made fairy nails!

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, so I just grabbed a few polishes from my ‘untried’ basket, thinking that maybe I could make a wintry, blizzard type thing? I grabbed Pure Ice “Don’t You Wish” and…a nameless Style Essentials polish from a Beauty Box 5 almost 5 years ago!

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat (one of my faves, but almost empty). I then did two coats of “Don’t You Wish”. My nails are fairly unstained, if a bit yellowed, so I decided I could handle a sheer polish. For fun, I used the nameless polish on my thumb and ring finger. I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat and was astonished at the result! The matte made the iridescence of “Don’t You Wish” turn blue, except only visible with a light shining on it. I wasn’t able to capture the effect in a picture very well, but they were amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at them.

I don’t know exactly why I decided they were fairy nails – probably because they were white and gauzy and shimmery. The reminded me of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings.

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Sephora Play! December 2018 – Cheers to Beauty

It’s only the 3rd – late, but not too bad.

December’s box is really light – all of the products are very tiny. I am most excited about the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm. If my nose was working, I’d tell you how good it smells. Unfortunately, you’ll just have to pretend I told you it smells just like a yummy caramel swirl. I am religious about using heavy balms and masks on my lips every night, so this will be put to good use immediately.

Also in this month’s box: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer (the insert says it smells like peaches & cream); Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara in “Black”; MoroccanOil Treatment (for hair); and Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lip Liner in “Nothin’ But Nude”. As a bonus, they added a sixth sample to my box – Stellar Cosmic Face Powder in “Haze”. (I had no idea what this product is, so I had to look it up on Sephora’s site – it’s a mattifying translucent finishing powder – NICE). Not horrible products, but nothing really exciting either.

Another month without a fragrance sample. So sad.

I kind of miss the fabric pouches that used to come with the box. I mean…I don’t do anything with them, but I don’t do anything with these weird ziploc pouches either.

Sephora Play is usually my favorite monthly beauty box. Sephora Play is only $10/month. You can sign up at sephora.com/play.

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Imagine

I imagine there’s no better polish for New Year’s Eve than a flashy holographic. Even though I was on the couch with the kids all night, eating popcorn and a Swiss Colony Beef Log, while watching Ru-Paul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 – I needed to have the right nails for the occasion.

I selected Julep “Lennon” from this month’s Julep box. Can you believe that I got full coverage in a single coat? This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – I did two coats, just to make sure. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, but I’m curious how holographic polishes look with a Matte Top Coat.

Oh, did you noticed that I fixed my thumb and index finger? I shaped them to match the rest of my nails. I feel like I have a hangnail on my middle finger though – or it is about to split from the side. I might have to cut it down to the quick to prevent a catastrophe. Pray for my fingernail, please.