Author: Lara


Pistachio Praline

I figured it out!

Well, not really…someone told me how to fix my Grand Canyon issue. Someone in the Sinful Colors fb group suggested NOT using a base coat. I’ll be a sonofabitch…it worked! Just two coats of Sinful Colors “Pistachio Praline” and there’s not a streak in sight. Perfection!

I’ve never personally encountered a Pistachio Praline…I would eat the shit out of one. I loooove pralines. All of the new Sinful Colors polishes make me hungry!


Rosewater Delight

Crackle nail polish can be great…if it is SUPPOSED to crackle. Unfortunately, Sinful Colors “Rosewater Delight” is NOT a crackle polish. “Rosewater Delight” is from the Confection Crush Velvet Matte Collection.

This is two coats of “Rosewater Delight” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. The Grand Canyon on my thumb nail is completely puzzling to me – why did that happen? There are creeks like that on most of my nails…what on earth?

I need to do some research…



I’ve got a new obsession…it’s an Indie Fragrance House called Sucreabeille. My sister sent me a link months and months ago, but I hadn’t made a purchase until this past Black Friday…I delayed my posting a bit, because I didn’t want to spoil a gift. I got so many different scents, that it did take me a bit to work through them all.

All of Sucreabeille’s scents are available in either perfume oil or eau de Parfum. I prefer EDP, so that’s what I ordered.

I couldn’t resist the Challenging Discovery Set ($28), which includes 5 1 ml samples of strange and unusual scents: “Black Honey” (a rich blend of honeys and incense); “Chloroform” (an indole heavy gardenia – unfortunately, it literally smells like cat shit on me); “Final Boss” (and now I know that synthetic ambergris smells like cat piss on me – maybe I should try “Final Boss” and “Chloroform” together); “Cute Rage” (all I smell is APPLE); and “What Fresh Hell is This?” (smells like a black jelly bean on me – giving it to my son). I’d say that this was a wasted purchase, except I really had fun trying the scents and torturing my family with them. “Final Boss” was the only one bad enough that I had to wipe off immediately, and I am in LOVE with “Black Honey”.

I also selected a set of 5 sample drams ($60) to try out: “Goth. As. Fuck.” (I’d argue that this is also a challenging scent – incense, patchouli and beeswax – but I am up to this challenge); “I Come From a Long Line of Terrifying Women” (I admit, I bought it just for the name, but the mix of whiskey and tobacco is intriguing); “Lilith Fury” (Again, the name got me – it’s a spicy chai scent); “Mouthy Broad” (whiskey and roses); and my favorite of the whole order, “Memento Mori” (the mix of incense and Egyptian Musk is an almost exact dupe of the Blue Rose incense we used to buy at Scarborough Faire – it brought back a flood of memories.)

Since I bought during a black Friday sale, I got lots of freebies. I got a whole-ass oil rollerball of “Krampus” (a delicious gingerbread scent), as well as 3 oil drams from the Winter Collection: “Frozen Moon” (sugar plums and marshmallows), “Whispering Black” (cedar and rain), and “Heartwood” (rose wood and cedar wood, it reminds me of the cedar balls my mother kept in her armoire).

Did I mention there is a monthly subscription box, too? I sure did sign up!

There was a killer after-Holiday sale, so I have another order coming!

If you’d like to try out Sucreabeille, use my referral link and we’ll both get a $5 off coupon!



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.