Author: Lara

 
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Dark Romance

I couldn’t wait to get Sinful Colors “Dark Romance” on my fingers!

“Dark Romance” is from the Bebe Rexha/”Velvet Obsession” Collection. It is a brownish burgundy matte shimmer. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat, with NO top coat. The first layer was very, VERY streaky. The polish dries very quickly, which is great…but that also make the polish prone to cracking. I had to be very careful with the second coat – I think I filled in all the cracks. I suspect that the base coat didn’t smooth the surface of my nails enough, so next time I’ll use the Ridge Filling Top Coat.

Like all matte polishes, the lack of top coat means that the polish chips quickly, I feel like this one chipped even more quickly than usual, but it may just have been so obvious because it is a dark polish.

At first, I thought this might be a dupe for Sinful Colors “Haute Koffee” from Kylie’s Collection, but it’s not very similar at all. The base colors are similar, I guess – and they are both matte, but “Dark Romance” has a bold silver shimmer that is very prominent.

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Velvet Obsession

I ran ALL around Walmart last weekend, looking for the new Sinful Colors x Bebe Rexha Collaboration, as well as a new Blacklight Halloween Collection. I didn’t find them at Walmart, but I found three of the Bebe Rexha polishes at HEB for $2.98 each.

The Bebe Rexha Collaboration is called “Velvet Obsession” and is a collection of eight velvet-y matte polishes, three of which were chosen by Bebe herself. It seems that I found the three Bebe shades: “Glam N’ Roses” – a light pink, “Twisted Obsession” – a bright purple, and “Dark Romance” – a dark brownish burgundy.

Okay, now I need the other five…I really don’t give a shit about Bebe Rexha, but these polishes are noice.

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Rose Flush

So, I’m still working on my National Nail Polish Day haul…

This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in “Rose Flush”. “Rose Flush” is a peachy rose gold polish, with a matte finish. It reminds me of NARS “Orgasm”.

I started with Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat and then two coats of “Rose Flush”…and NO top coat! The polish lasted just fine without the top coat, but since it was generally neutral, the chips blended in.

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Exes & Oh’s

Okay, this was a total impulse buy – there was a huge Colour Pop display on the endcap where I was waiting in line to check out…so I didn’t hesitate to drop the ColourPop Cosmetics “Exes & Oh’s” Palette ($16) into my bag. I’d been wanting to try their eyeshadow for the longest time. Their palettes are super affordable for a lot of colors! My only complaint is that the lighter shimmer shades all turn into the same copper color on me. I find this problem a lot with budget beauty brands, like Wet n Wild or Makeup Revolution – very little color differentiation on the skin. Even so, the colors stay vibrant all day. The biggest issue I have is the name of the palette. I guess it’s not the name itself – I love the song “Exes & Ohs” – it’s that extraneous apostrophe! That apostrophe indicates that “Oh’s” is either possessive or a contraction…bullshit! I took a DNA Test and it turns out I am 100% that grammar nazi bitch.

The rest of the bag is stuff I picked up, while waiting for Lily’s haircut. I picked up a Headband/Shower Cap Set ($9.99) from The Vintage Cosmetic Company, because PINK FLAMINGOS. I also picked up a new mask from Freeman Beauty – Canadian Hemp Seed Clay Clay Mask ($4.29). The clay was weirdly plastic feeling, but I really do feel like it worked well on my skin. I also grabbed a few clearance hairbrushes for my kids.

My purchase was just big enough to use a $10 OFF $40 coupon. $517 to Diamond…

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Punk the Town

I wanted some fun purple nails on Labor Day, so I decided to play with Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat “Punk the Town”. I’ve had it over two years and have never played with it! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it do anything with any of the polishes I chose.

I’m not sure if the fact that I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat contributed to the top coat not transforming….hmmm.

The first thing I tried was mixing with a glitter on my thumb – Sinful Colors “Drag Queen”. No luck – it barely changed the polish at all. Then, I thought a super light polish would work – I chose a pastel blue for my index finger, Sinful Colors “Under the Inbluence” – nope, it barely mixed. I even tried another purple on my middle finger – Sinful Colors “Amazon Woman”. Nada.

I tried reversing the orders of the polish on my ring finger and pinky – still nothing. I declare that “Punk the Town” is a dud.

I do like the way my nails turned out, however, after topping with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Matte forever!

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Blame it on my Juiced

It’s September…Summer is supposed to be in its last gasps…yeah right, this is Texas. It was over 100 degrees today. So instead of a pumpkin, this bright, juicy orange is just an orange.

This juicy orange is Sinful Colors “Juiced” from the matte Neon Collection. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat (ooooh, I’m running low). I painted two coats of “Juiced”. There were a few streaks remaining in the second coat, but not enough for me to risk a third coat and a goopy mess. I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat for extra matte protection.

I took pictures in my kitchen and on my back porch, in varying levels of light. It doesn’t even look like the same polish from picture to picture!

You cannot see it in the pictures, but the thing I love about this matte collection is the faint touch of a shimmer in the polishes.

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Clip Clip, Squeeze Squeeze

So…my favorite Scunci Octopus Clip broke. One of the arms broke clean off! I’ve had it less than a year – I’m devastated. I was going to put together an online order, but I couldn’t wait – I had to go to Ulta during my lunch and get a new one.

My work Ulta didn’t have the same Scunci Octopus Clip I got online, but they had cheap Riviera Knock-off Octopus Clips – 2 for $8. I tried them out and they’re working so far. We’ll see how long they last…

Oh, and I also bought what my husband says are the stupidest thing – Tube Squeezers (2 for $6)! They are shaped like lips and you put them on your tubes to squeeze all the product out. I don’t care of they are stupid – my toothpaste NEEDED them,

Oh, and Ulta sent a 20% off coupon to coincide with Sephora’s – but it wouldn’t work on prestige brands. No PUR Barbie Palette for me.

$575 to Diamond!

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Sephora SUMMER SAVE, Part II

So you know I had to slip another small order in, while my 20% off code was still active…and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty just happened to drop a new product – the Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler ($20). I know I should be more self conscious of the fact that I have to try nearly every brow product that hits the market…but I DO.

I ordered the MVP in “Dark Brown” – but I feel like it is lighter than the “Dark Brown” I use from Ulta. Even so, it looks shockingly natural – like little baby hairs. I am intrigued by the styling brush – it is NOT another spoolie, but more like an Artis eyeshadow brush – I like how it feels on my face, so soft. I’ve been using it for the past 3-4 days and am really liking it – but I do not know if it will replace my Ulta. I DO like it better than ABH Brow Wiz.

I also ordered a brand new lip product – Urban Decay Vice Lip Chemistry in “Stacked” ($22). It’s supposed to change color to match your own “unique chemistry”. It does have a nice staining effect – it doesn’t wear quite all day, but a good 6-8 hours. I like it, but not sure if I would pay full price for more shades.

Oooohhh…I actually received BOTH of the samples I chose at checkout! I chose a OUAI Treatment Mask (for my hair) and a trio of samples from Farsali – Rose Gold Elixir, Unicorn Essence and Skintune Blur. I wore the Skintune Blur yesterday and I noticed nothing different about my skin – just like I never noticed a difference with the Unicorn Essence. Bah.

$628 to Rouge…

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Astrolady

I LOVE being surprised by a polish! I had no idea that Formula X “Astrolady” was a textured polish!

I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and painted a single coat. The first coat was a bit streaky – it reminded me of crackle polish. The second coat smoothed it out, but it wasn’t until I started to apply Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat to my pinky that I noticed that it was a sandy texture. I was planning on using a glossy top coat on the other nails, but decided to skip it.

I LOVE “Astrolady” – it might be my favorite textured polish ever. I want to try it with the Zoya Leopard Print Topper!

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August 2019 Sephora Play! – Your Beauty Sidekicks

This month’s Play! box is Superhero themed, full of killer sidekick products.

First off, I gotta point out that my REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream was busted – the tube was slashed somehow! It looks like the plastic cracked? I am lucky that the content congealed and didn’t leak into the box…into the trash it goes.

I am normally excited about Glamglow, but I am not sure how I feel about Glamglow Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner. It’s a thick gray liquid – it’s charcoal. Hmmmm…

Also in this month’s box: Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara; Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in “Hot Toddy”; Clinique Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator; and Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Ant-Aging Smoothing Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter (TWO caviar products – suspicious?).

Sephora Play gives you 5-6 prestige samples a month. Sephora Play is only $10/month. You can sign up at sephora.com/play