Month: July 2023


July 2023 Ipsy Bag – The Great Escape

This month’s ipsy bag was a bit odd…

Not only were the items odd, but the bag was odd. The violet and yellow satin pouch is from ipsy’s sister brand Refreshments, which appears to be a monthly razor and/or deodorant subscription. I’d check it out if the the family wasn’t already set up on Dollar Shave Club (which is somehow no longer a dollar, but more like three or four per razor). It’s fine, I can always use more pouches.

This month’s product choice was Dew of the Gods Cutie Fruities Blemish Stickers. I haven’t been able to test them out yet, somehow my skin has been fairly clear this summer.

Also in this month’s ipsy bag: First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA (I’ve been using this on my chest and bikini line – it makes everything so smooth!); Mudmasky Vitamin-A Booster French Clay Mask (I used this last week – it was like powerwashing my pores); Mo Beauty Divinely Defined – Precision Brow Pencil & Brush in “Light Brown” (it was empty and unusable, but I am too lazy to complain to ipsy about it); and Seraphine Botanicals Amla Nude – Silky Nude Eyeshadow Palette in “Dawn Light” (I actually gave this to my stepmother-in-law to wear to a wedding, so she could feel sparkly and fancy). A good – but odd – mix of products.

I’m glad next month is an Icon Box (curated by Vanessa Hudgens!), so I can get some full size products.

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Barbie: The Movie

Yesterday, I went with both my kids, LaLa and Miss Lisa to go see the Barbie movie in Lufkin…we’d been planning this for MONTHS, and I assure you…we were NOT disappointed. It was everything we wanted it to be, and more. But this isn’t knobbyverse, so I’ll save the rest of my thoughts for the official review.

Of COURSE, we all (except Logan) did Barbie nails for the film. After reviewing dozens of pink polishes, I decided that I wanted to do a combo of Color Street Nail Strips and a pink polish. I wanted to use Formula X “Astrolady”…but it was totally dried up! Even OPI Nail Lacquer thinner couldn’t save her…but I had a backup plan. Julep “Cadance” is a similar textured pink polish, just without as much gold sparkle. I painted two coats of “Cadance” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals”.

The pink polish was an accent for black and white stripes and chevrons – I wanted to represent the first Barbie’s iconic swimsuit. There is NO WAY I could paint stripes, so I decided to use Color Street Nail strips. I started with plain white – “Swiss and Tell”. I then topped those nails with black and clear nail strips. I used “Between the Lines” for the stripes and “Keep Calm and Chevron” for the chevrons. Thank GOODNESS for nail strips!

I hope these nails last a few more days – I absolutely LOVE them.


You Can Dance, You Can Die…Havin’ the Time of Your Life

This is Lucky 13 Lacquer “You Can Dance, You Can Die…Havin’ the Time of Your Life” from June’s Polish Pickup – Misheard Song Lyrics.

I know…it’s a really long and awkward title…but that’s the thing about misheard song lyrics – while not always long, they are almost always awkward.

The real lyric from ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” is “You can dance, You can jive” – no seriously, that’s the real lyric. I had no idea until I looked it up. I think I thought the lyric was “You can dance, You can try” – but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either. “Try” makes more sense than “jive” though, right? RIGHT?

Looking at the bottle, I assumed it was a scattered holographic polish, but NO – I was wrong. It’s a dense red microglitter! I could’ve left it without a top coat, but I wanted to enjoy the polish longer than a day, so after Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and two coats of polish, I topped with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and then a coat of Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”. Even using the Glitter Grabber, the texture of the glitter came through. I didn’t hate it.


Revved Up Like a Douche

Admit it, you thought the lyric was “Revved up like a douche”, too.

Originally written and released by Bruce Springsteen, the cover by Manfred Mann is the better known version of “Blinded by the Light”. This version includes the oft misheard lyric “Revved up like a deuce”…but wouldn’t if be more fun to be revved up like a douche?

Swamp Gloss Indie Polish “Revved Up Like a Douche” is from June’s Polish Pickup – Misheard Song Lyrics. It’s a sheer, but buildable crelly jam-packed with different shapes and sizes of glitter. It’s also giving me heavy 90s Taco Bell vibes.

This is two coats of “Revved Up Like a Douche” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and under both Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”.


Polish Pickup June 2023 – Misheard Song Lyrics

I love a good misheard song lyric, don’t you?

June’s Polish Pickup theme is indeed Misheard Song Lyrics, and I had a hard time picking just one…or two…so I picked four!

Zombie Claw “I Wanna Have Boobies” ($13.50) is a baby pink polish inspired by Pussycat Dolls’ “I Wanna Grow Up”. I’m not keeping this one – it was a get well gift for a friend going through some boobie “stuff”.

Lucky 13 Lacquer “You Can Dance, You Can Die, Havin’ the Time of Your Life” ($11) is a red glitter mix inspired by ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”.

Danglefoot Nail Polish “Wooaaaaaah Pigeon on a Chair” ($13) is a blue glitter mix inspired by Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

Last, but not least, Swamp Gloss “Revved Up Like a Douche” ($13.50) is a turquoise glitter mix inspired by Manfred Mann’s “Blinded by the Light”. Come on, we ALL sang douche instead of deuce!

Not a cheap order…but these babies are worth it!


Sage Simulation

OPI Infinite Shine “Sage Simulation” is CLEARLY misnamed. Although sage has a greyish tinge, it is green?

I supposed it’s possible that OPI means ‘sage’ as an adjective – a profoundly wise person – but then I looked at OPI’s website description of “Sage Simulation”. They really DO be thinking this is a sage green nail polish. Is their nail polish name colorblind?

I admit, the polish has a shimmery grey finish that doesn’t come through my phone camera…but this is simply NOT green. It was FREE though, so whatever.

This is two coats of “Sage Simulation” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and under Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”.


Last (Semi-Annual) Chance!

Believe it or not, I only hit Bath & Body Works ONCE during this Semi-Annual Sale…it was the first day of the sale, so they had lots of stuff, but the discounts weren’t there.

About a week in though, they had a really good coupon code – 20% off AND free shipping, so I loaded up my cart with hand soaps, plus some of the Aromatherapy line was 75% off, so I decided to try “Orange Flower Sandalwood” Body Wash and Ultimate Hydration Cream – it’s really good! Most orange products are sickly sweet, but the Sandalwood gives it a nice woody undertone.

Technically, I guess I hit the sale twice…I believe that TODAY is the last day of the sale, so go get some soap!