Month: December 2021



Welcome to my last mani of 2021!

I was feeling matchy-matchy, so I wanted to match my nails to my new Stitch Fix dress. How fortuitous that the polish from this month’s ipsy bag is a match?

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Complex Culture “Hustle”. “Hustle” is an orange-leaning red and brilliantly glossy. I wanted a little accent, so I used Nicole by OPI “Pick of the Glitter”, followed by Glitter Grabber on my thumbs and ring fingers. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, EXCEPT for my pinkies – I wanted to see “Hustle” mattified, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I was taking a risk with “Pick of the Glitter” – blue and rose gold glitter on a red polish – but it turned out fantastic. The little bit of blue is really eye-catching.


Watch out for that Semi!

…And just like that, the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is upon us!

Since the sale just started, I took it easy on the hand soap – only 4 made it into my bag. The sale hand soaps were still $3.50 each, plus, I just stocked up.

I DID stock up on $3.50 Wallflower Refills – I didn’t mean to buy 8, but my child kept putting them into my cart!

I have been wanting to try the “Rose” scent, so I jumped on 50% off Body Lotion and Shower Gel. I let Lily pick a Shower Gel and she got “Berry Waffle Cone” for 75% off.

I got a $10 off $40 coupon in the mail – nothing in my email yet. I need another coupon so I can go back!


My Nails and My Living Room

I am OBSESSED with my goth Xmas Tree…it’s a black, artificial tree, decorated with red, black and white ornaments. It’s especially striking against the backdrop of my turquoise living room walls. I took my obsession to the next level by reproducing that color scheme on my nails for Xmas week.

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “Fool for Azul” as a proxy for my living room paint. There’s a wee bit more green in my wall paint – “Fool for Azul” is more of a Tiffany blue – but the match was close enough for me. The white snowflake glitter is Funky Fingers “Olaf” and the red glitter is Funky Fingers “Red Ryder”. I topped the glittery fingers with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and then topped them all with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I. Love. These. Nails.

I’ll be honest, my husband gave me a big ration of shit for matching my nails to my living room, but I could not care less – they turned out FANTASTIC.


December 2021 Ipsy Bag – Time to Shine

After last month’s Glam Bag X, the regular ipsy bag is almost a let down. Almost…

My product selection this month is Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash in White Willow Bark. This is a nice, creamy face wash – I like it.

Also in this month’s bag: Codage Paris Moisturizing Mask; Complex Culture Get Set Nail Polish in “Hustle” (a nice orange leaning red); Tarte Surfer Curl Volumizing Mascara; and a Hipdot Contour Brush (I am about to fucking rage on all these makeup brushes – how do I make it stop?)

The rose gold bag is really nice. I want to put it in my big “mom purse”, but I feel like the glitter would flake off and end up in the bottom of my purse.

I subscribe to the basic ipsy bag for $12/month and Glam Bag X for an extra $43/quarterly. Oh wait, I just saw on the site that the price went up to $13 in October – I’d better check my credit card statement! If you’d like to try Ipsy –  click here. I’ll earn 250 points if you sign up through my referral link.



Sinful Colors Quick Bliss “Sugarplum Sucker” is a nice lavender and all, but it wasn’t what I was trying to do. Originally, I was planning on doing ALL of my nails with Delush Polish “Sugar Plum Surprise”, after 6 years on the shelf, I could tell that there wasn’t going to be enough in the bottle to do all my nails. Why not do a combo with another sugar plum?

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I did two coats of both “Sugarplum Sucker” and “Sugar Plum Surprise”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, but the two glitter nails got a coat of Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber first.

The Glitter Grabber really made a difference in the finish. It’s hard to compare with my original use of “Sugar Plum Sucker” six years ago. Why didn’t anyone tell me that my phone camera was so crappy? Also, is it “sugarplum” or “sugar plum”? What is a “sugar plum”? WHY is a “Sugar plum”?


Make Way for 2021

I know, I know – no need to “Make Way for 2021” – 2021 is almost over. But I got a freebie bottle of Glisten & Glow “Make Way for 2021” with my Black Friday order, so I figure, why not?

“Make Way for 2021” is a shimmery concrete gray, with just a hint of blue fire. This is two coats of “Make Way for 2021” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

This is the first polish I’ve tried from Glisten & Glow – it’s REALLY good quality. It’s not streaky and it self levels.


Sweet Cherry Drop

Sinful Colors “Sweet Cherry Drop” has the privilege of being the first of my 20 new polishes to be tried.

The finish of the “Sweet & Sugary” Collection is very unique. It’s similar to the sandy feel of any other textures polish, but it’s got a little bit extra – bits of white glitter that float to the top to look just like a sugar-coated gumdrop.

This is just two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.


Lara’s Big Nail Polish Adventure

I have been trying to get my hands on the new Target-exclusive Sinful Colors Collections for like a MONTH. As soon as I started seeing posts on Instagram, I hit the closest Target…nothing. (This was before Thanksgiving.) At the second Target, I asked a Beauty Advisor and she looked them up – they weren’t going to be stocked there, but they were now in stock at the FIRST Target. I go back to the first Target and ask the Beauty Advisor…she sees them in inventory, but the “shelf date” was November 28th. I wasn’t too pressed – that would save me from having to leave the house on Black Friday…

…And like clockwork, the polishes were available on the Target website on Sunday, November 28th. I added them to my basket, but my gut was telling me to WAIT for Cyber Monday, so I did. Low and behold, The Cyber Monday special was 25% Beauty! Instead of $59.60, my cart was $44.70, or $41.72 using my Red Card. I quickly checked out…and somehow managed to send 20 nail polishes to my sister in New York. What the FUCK Target App? When I called the 800 number, they were unable to send a shipping label to her to return them, but they DID send me a $15 gift card to cover the cost of her shipping them to me AND said they fixed the issue with the default address. Finally, my beauties made it here this week…

The Sweet & Sugary Collection has a sugar coated finish: “Watermelon Obsession” (light pink), “Orange Slice” (this one looks more terra cotta than orange); “Sweet Cherry Drop” (red); “It’s So Grape” (um, gray?); and “Sour Melon Crush”.

The Velvet Matte Collection looks to be similar to the Bebe Rexha Velvet Mattes: “Strawberry Cheesecake” (dark pink); “Raspberries ‘N’ Cream” (light pink); “Blueberry Macaron” (light blue); “Pistachio Praline” (light green); and “Rosewater Delight” (lighter pink).

The Sheer Matte Collection is similar to Tulle Temptations Sheer Mattes: “Petals in Pink” (pink); “Iced Petit Four” (periwinkle); “Frosted Sugar Cookie” (accurate – looks like cookie dough); “Lavender Notes” (lavender, duh); and “Icing on the Cake” (melon pink).

The Glossy Candy Collection is in their Quick Bliss formula: “Candied Grapefruit” (pink); “Royal Cake Pop” (silver); “Sugarplum Sucker” (light violet); “Green Apple Craze” (hate the name, love the polish); and “Candy Coated Mint” (another cookie dough polish).

This oughta keep me busy for a while…


That’s Elfed Up!

Sinful Colors “That’s Elfed Up!” was my pick to try out a new product – Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber! I pounced on a Black Friday sale to restock on Glisten & Glow Top Coat and decided to purchase Glitter Grabber. It’s supposed to create a smoother surface on pokey glitters.

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Top Coat and then two coats of “That’s Elfed Up!” I painted a single coat of Glitter Grabber and then topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Although “That’s Elfed Up!” isn’t especially dense, but I could still tell a difference in how smooth the Glitter Grabber made the surface. Glitter Grabber also makes glitters more photogenic. My crappy phone picture looks great!

I cannot WAIT to try the Glitter Grabber on some of the chunkier glitters that I own, especially the Delushies.


Power Packed

Help! What color is this???

It’s definitely not white…but it’s not gray exactly, either. There’s a hint of blue, but that’s not exactly right either. It’s the color of the sky on an overcast day, the sun nowhere in sight. Or wall putty. Or whiteout. Ugh. The polish is Orly Breathable “Power Packed” and I cheated and looked on their website – it’s described as a powder blue/grey créme.

Orly has launched the first Muslim friendly nail polish with the water permeable formula in their Breathable line. I was skeptical at first, but this polish has GREAT staying power. There is nothing on my nails except two coats of “Power Packed” and it lasted a full week with minimal chipping. It was also very easy to remove. Technology!