Author: Lara

 
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Gingerbread Spice, Orange Slice

I promise, this was not planned…but my brunch matched my nails!

Over the Thanksgiving Break, I was running errands with my son and we stopped for brunch at First Watch. As a special treat, we ordered Gingerbread Spice Donut Holes for an appetizer. Not only were they FUCKING DELICIOUS, but they matched my nails!

I am wearing Sinful Colors “Orange Slice” from last winter’s Confection Crush Collection. It’s one of the gumdrop textured polishes and it does NOT look at all like the gummy orange slice candy. I was annoyed until I realized that it looks like candied orange peel! My father-in-law makes them sometimes, and they are delightful.

This is two coats of “Orange Slice” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.

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I’ll Be Home

Of course, the first product from this month’s Glam Bag X that I tried out was the nail polish!

This is two coats of Lights Lacquer “I’ll Be Home” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s a matte polish! I think I’ll try it with a snowflake top coat next!

I did top my index and middle fingers with Glisten & Glow Top Coat for two reasons. First, I wanted to see what the polish looked like with a shiny finish…but my second reason was that these two nails always chip quickly. Instead of my usual thumb/ring finger accent nails, I’ve started doing my index/middle fingers if it involves more layers of polish or top coat. I’ll say that it paid off, because with those two nails protected – the manicure lasted much longer! I actually did my thumb and index finger on my right hand – I recently ripped off my right thumb nail in a freak laptop accident and it’s super weak.

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November 2022 Glam Bag X – Becky G

Sure, I’ve heard of Becky G…DISGUSTANG!

I kid, I kid…I know she is a music person of some sort. She’s the curator for this quarter’s Glam Bag X.

I am on the fence about my product choices this month. I really like the nail polish set that I picked – Lights Lacquer Nail Duo in “Mila” and “I’ll Be Home”. This brand is new to me – it’s from a YouTuber named Kathleenlights. The lippie I picked it mid – Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Pink Vibes”…but the lipstick isn’t pink – it’s more of a terra cotta? I haven’t had a chance to try the Balance Me Tri-Molecular Hyaluronic Serum yet.

So. Too Faced has been on my “no buy” list since the brand was outed as SUPER TRANSPHOBIC, not to mention RACIST. I just don’t feel the need to give them my money…so I was super disappointed to receive the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette instead of one of the Tresluce Beauty palettes. Oh well. I’ve been using it this week, and it’s fine I guess…but only two of the shades are peach? The shades in this palette are super confusing to me – why so much purple? The peachy scent is nice, at least.

Also in this quarter’s Glam Bag X: F.A.R.A.H. The Skin Retreat Set (looks like magic wands for my face – I haven’t played with them yet); Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Soft Moisture Cream (this one has a slightly dank odor – like mushrooms or something?); Kate Somerville DeliKate Soothing Cleanser (it’s VERY creamy); and Milk Makeup Rise Lifting & Lengthening Mascara (my daughter tried to steal it, but I wouldn’t let her have it).

A great bag this quarter and I’ll use at least 75% of it!

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.

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Thanksgiving Skittles

Today, I am thankful for several hundred bottles of Julep nail polish, which allowed me to pick the perfect shades for a Thanksgiving Skittles Mani. (A Skittles Mani is simply a different shade on each nail, so that it appears that you are holding a handful of Skittles.)

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and then two coats of each, starting with my thumb: Julep “Maryam”, Julep “Mercedes”; Julep “Zoe”, Julep “Tatiana”, and Julep “Dahlia”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat…don’t you love it? (BTW, Glisten & Glow is having a 35% off Black Friday Sale – I’ve already placed an order.)

I initially was going for Fall Cremes, but I came across “Dahlia” and “Tatiana” and HAD to use them. I did set aside some other possible Skittles combos, so keep an eye out!

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$2.95 Hand Soap, now with Coupon Stacking!

This past Saturday was $2.95 Hand Soap day!

I bought my 20 bottle limit…and was pleased to find that this year, they allowed coupon stacking! I was able to use my 20% off coupon, which brought the bottle price down to $2.21/$2.22 each. I was also able to get a free body product, so I chose a Shower Gel in “Strawberry Snowflakes”. I really wanted more “Strawberry Poundcake”, but they did not have any. Maybe I’ll get lucky at the After-Christmas Semi-Annual Sale.

According to the receipt, I spent $47.46 and saved $124.25.

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Sour Melon Crush

“Sour Melon Crush” would make a disgusting candy…but it makes a delicious nail polish.

Yup, this is Sinful Colors “Sour Melon Crush”, from last year’s Confection Crush Collection. It’s another one of those gumdrop textured polishes.

I did two coats of “Sour Melon Crush” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. No top coat.

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Cloud 9

I could’ve SWORN that I’ve worn Sinful Colors “Cloud 9” before…but a thorough searching on the site tells me that I have not posted about it since purchasing for Lily in 2016. The bottle is only 2/3 full, so SOMEONE has been wearing it…

This is two coats of “Cloud 9” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Top Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Such a great Autumn/Turkey Day color!

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October 2022 Ipsy Bag – ???

I wonder what this month’s official theme is? There was no insert in the October bag! I’d received this bag before my trip to New York, but I hadn’t opened it before I left town…oops!

My product choice this month was Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum with Niacinamide. I use a lot of witch hazel as a toner and I assumed that this was more of a toner…oops, it’s more of a serum! I tried to moisten a cotton round and it just soaked in, with none left for my skin. I applied with my fingers and it was much better. Why doesn’t it come with a dropper or any more obvious way to apply?

I really liked the First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Calamine Pore Purging Mask. I went on really smoothly and shrank my pores down to Ant-Man size. The only bummer was that there was only one use in the tube.

Also included in this month’s spooky bag: Dito Magic Feather Intense Volume Mascara (at first glance, I thought this was tarte Mascara – the packaging is very similar); Firma Beauty 405 Precision Angled Blending Brush Pro; and Jazmine Beauty Lip Lock Lipstick in “Stay Cozy” – I haven’t tried any of these products yet.

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.

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Mantis Nails

This is the last set of Halloween Nails…I promise!

I did these nails to match my Halloween costume – I was a scary Praying Mantis!

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “Bite”. There’s a slight texture, which is why I picked it. I topped it with Zoya Leopard Spot Topper, and then Glisten & Glow Top Coat to make it shiny.

I really liked these nails.

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DNKN Nails

I didn’t pack any nail stuff when I went to New York…I thought my Color Street would last…but after about nine days, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to dig into my sister’s nail stash for a nail fix.

This is two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Peppy Le Fuchsia” with L.A. Colors “Fancy Pants” on my accent nail. No base coat, because she didn’t have one handy…but she did have a top coat! For the top coat, I used Nail-Aid Quick Dry Glass Shine Top Coat. I’ve never heard of Nail-Aid, but it was a decent top coat…although not quite as quick to dry as my Glisten & Glow…

I was excited to find that my nails matched my Dunkin Donuts cup…I am OBSESSED with the Peanut Butter Cup Macchiato.