Month: April 2023


April 2023 Ipsy Bag – Anything is Possible

Seriously…what am I going to do with ANOTHER beauty blender type sponge??? Maybe I can give that V Kosmetik Beauty Sponge to the squirrels out back, to make a cute little house?

This month’s product choice was Pur~lisse Dragonfruit + Niacinamide Moisturizer. I feel like this product is triggering me, because my child just let two somewhat expensive dragonfruit go rotten on my kitchen counter this week. The moisturizer is nice though…I love Pur~lisse.

Also in this month’s canvas bag: Beauty for Certain Deluxe Lipstick in “#17” (ew, regular lipstick…do people still use regular lipstick?); Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Good Cleanup Mini Foam Cleanser (I like the cleanser, although I DO NOT like the metal dispenser it is in); and Shaina B Miami B.Free Eyeshadow Duo (not very wearable, but I’ll give them a spin).

A so-so bag this month…I am looking forward to next month’s Icon Box, which replaces the Glam Bag X box.

I subscribe to the basic ipsy bag for $13/month and Glam Bag X for an extra $43/quarterly. If you’d like to try Ipsy –  click here. I’ll earn 250 points if you sign up through my referral link.


Nude Mood

…but it’s NOT a nude. It’s a deep eggplant purple, with a gold shimmer.

I know, I know…I need to stop having imaginary arguments with the folks who name nail polishes…it just irks me when a nail polish name makes no kinda sense. I am renaming this polish, “Grey Sweatpants Weather.”

This is two coats of Sinful Colors “Nude Mood” – from the Naughty Nudes Collection – over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It was a rather long wearing nail polish – 8 days!


PEEPS Pink Bunny

I know Easter is over, but I REALLY like these textured PEEPS polishes.

This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “PEEPS Pink Bunny” and it reminds me of those molded plastic chairs from kindergarten. I remember nervously running my fingers over the texture of the plastic, over and over, waiting for recess. Kindergarten was so fucking boring!

This is two coats of “PEEPS Pink Bunny” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I was shocked at how long this polish lasted – a full week with minimal edge wear!


Influenster Vox Box – That JLo Glow Serum

There is no universe in which I would spend $79 on facial serum, even from JLo. I received a full size sample of JLO Beauty That JLo Glow Serum, complimentary from JLO Beauty and Influenster in exchange for my honest review.

I like using serums in the summer – they are moisturizing, but not heavy. I feel like moisturizer creams are too much for my skin in the summer. I was expecting a clear serum, with a luxe scent…but JLo’s serum is milky, with NO scent. I cannot complain about NO scent, but I was expecting something a little more luxurious. It hasn’t made me break out, so there’s that? I wish I could say more about the product, but it’s just expensive and bland. I mean…the bottle is real nice?

So…I don’t know that I’ve got “that JLo glow” quite yet…maybe I should try using it on a yacht, while Ben Affleck sucks my toes?


Ride or Die

“Milk Nails” are a hot celeb nail trend right now, at least according to Glamour. Good thing I got Trust Fund Beauty “Ride or Die” in last month’s ipsy bag!

This is two coats of “Ride or Die” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Top Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I appreciated the gloss and depth of a milky nail polish – but it was also a bit streaky. I HATE streaks! The top coat made the streaks more forgivable…

I am also digging Trust Fund Beauty’s new bottle look – it’s not as elegant as the old bottles, but the new logo and font is definitely a lot more fun.


PEEPS Blue Chick

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “PEEPS Blue Chick” is the perfect polish for Easter!

Last year’s PEEPS polishes were glossy, but THIS year’s PEEPS polishes have a sugar texture! Or a cat’s tongue…whatever floats your boat.

This is two coats of “PEEPS Blue Chick” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.

Hopefully, the rest of the collection will be on clearance tomorrow…along with all the jelly beans!


21 Days of Beauty x 2

I never think I am going to see something I want during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale…and then I always do. This time, I ordered two different times!

The first order – I forget which day of the sale it was – had two products I wanted for 50% off: Zitsticka Goo Getter Surface Zit Hydrocolloid Patches ($8, down from $16) for Lily and it Brushes for Ulta Brush Bath Purifying Solid Brush Cleanser ($11.50, down from $23). I haven’t used the brush cleaner (maybe this weekend), but Lily has been using the zitstickas and loves them. I saw her putting on on her tush the other day…I also added Megababe The Geo Deo ($14) to my order, because I wanted to try it out. I don’t like it as much as Rosy Pits, but it is a nice basic “clean” smelling deodorant.

The second order…how could I pass up half price Ulta Ultra Slim Brow Pencil for half-price? They were $5, down from $10, so I bought two, “Medium Brown” and “Dark Brown.” Then I just threw some stuff into my cart…a tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask Packet ($2.99), because I want to use it with the tgin shampoo and conditioner I just got off Amazon…Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x PEEPS Nail Polish Duo Pack ($11.99), which also came with a free Tumbler full of PEEPS lip gloss…Cetaphil products were BOGO 40% off, so I got Extra Gentle Daily Scrub Exfoliating Face Wash and Gentle Skin Cleanser Face Wash For Sensitive Skin.

$886 to Diamond – I better get a move on!