Author: Lara

 
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Tree of Dollars

I got a hot tip that Dollar Tree is stocking two packs of old Sinful Colors polishes for $1. I’ve been paying up to $2.98 for the newest shades, but I’ll definitely buy a bunch at 50 cents each.

My first haul was just 4 polishes. One of the packs were Sinful Shines, which are normally $2.99. Both shades were from the 2017 “Bayou Babes” Collection – “Nola Way”, a gold sparkle, and “I Ain’t Jambalayan!”, a peach with gold shimmer.

The other two pack contained regular Sinful Colors polishes: “Flame Game”, iridescent flakie topper in a clear base, and “Pop Queen” from the Moon Metal Collection, a blue globe glitter topper.

I would’ve gotten more, but almost every single two pack contained “Nola Way”. I need to hit a few different Dollar Trees to find more. I hit the Hempstead Dollar Tree on the way to pick up my son from East Texas, and I was disappointed to find NO Sinful Colors. I’ll keep trying…

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Wine Not?

I don’t drink wine, I wish I could. I seem to have developed a mild histamine response to wine after I had my son. Before pregnancy, I just got a headache from wine, but now I get red and blotchy, and my throat closes slightly. I suspect it’s from the skins, because I can drink White Lambrusco (thanks Beth) and Sweet Icelandic Wine (thanks Carin), both of which are fermented WITHOUT the skins.

What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, I was trying to make a pun with the name of this nail polish – Sinful Colors “Wine Not?” I got distracted and fucked it up.

Isn’t “Wine Not?” beautiful though? The Sinful Shines have a remarkable shimmer, they are really growing on me. This is two coats of “Wine Not?” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I need a wine expert to guide me through finding wines with grape skins that don’t give me a headache or a rash.

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Conditioner Hoarding

I found something new to hoard! I am so excited!

Even though I have two full sets of shampoo & conditioner in my shower (Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky and Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint), I discovered Love Beauty & Planet Indian Lilac and Clove Leaf Positively Shine Shampoo & Conditioner ($6.99 each). I had to order them and immediately try them. I didn’t know how much I love lilac. I was hoping for more of a clove scent, so I could reminisce about smoking cloves in a Denny’s and coughing up blood, but all I smell is lilac.

So, what’s up with the lonely bottle of Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner? That’s what I received in my original order, instead of the Indian Lilac. I put in a ticket and Target sent me the correct conditioner AND let me keep this one. Shit, now I have to buy a matching shampoo…

I also decided to get a bunch of deep conditioning packs. I only ordered one HASK Keratin Protein Pack ($1.79), but they sent me 2 – another score! I tried one today and my hair is strong enough to pull a car! Probably, I didn’t test it.

I also ordered an OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Hair Mask ($3.99), SheaMoisture Jamaican Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque ($2.99), SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Recovery Treatment Masque ($2.99), and SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque ($2.99). Even with my super-long, needing-a-haircut-bad hair, I can get two uses out of each packet, so if I use two packets a month, my hair should be in REALLY good condition in 6 months or so…

I used the $3 off coupon from my April Beauty Boxes. I also bought enough Beauty products to get a $5 Target Gift Card to use later (I used it the other day to order Contact Solution and Love Home & Planet Laundry Detergent).

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Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?

Light nail polishes…you never know what you’re gonna get.

I like it, but I don’t It reminds me of silly putty…or a piece of chewed up Juicy Fruit. This is the polish from this month’s ipsy bag Sundays “No. 6”. It’s a pale…almond color? It’s high quality and I really like the Sundays brush…but I don’t know if I like this shade for summer. Maybe if I tried it matte?

This is two coats of “No. 6” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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May 2020 Allure Beauty Box – Got to Glow

Ipsy’s May theme is “Get That Glow” and Allure’s theme is “Got to Glow” – I am suspicious of the synchronicity.

I got the weirdest email from Allure that I “may” have received a mislabeled product…some customers received a cleanser instead of Curology Smooth Sailing Moisturizer. The email suggested sampling it and if it bubbles, then it’s a cleanser. Well, I tried it and it did not bubble. I put it on my face – and it did not absorb either. WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT? I’ve tried it on my hand and on my face and it doesn’t bubble or foam…but it doesn’t absorb either. It just sits there, like a white glob. Yeah, this product is going in the trash. The email included a link to request a replacement, but I’m not even going to bother.

Also in this month’s “Glow” box: Skin Inc. My Daily Dose of Glow (I need to try this serum, but I’m still using up a Boot No7 Serum); AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face (meh); VDL Lumilayer Primer (what?); Acure Resurfacing Glycolic & Unicron Root Cleanser (This is the only product I’m interested in trying); and When Glamour Base Sheet Mask.

I am not mad about a skincare focused box, however, most of these products seem kind of lame. Bah.

The Allure Beauty Box is $15/month, but they give you $5 off your first box. They also offer an option for $150/year – a savings of $30. Sign up via my referral link.

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Heart of Sass

I love me some flakies!

Sally Hansen “Heart of Sass” was an impulse clearance purchase on an Ulta order around last Thanksgiving. I wanted something different, so I dug into my pile of untried polish…

This is two coats of “Heart of Sass” over Sally Hansen Double Duty. The first three fingers are glossy, topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. My ring finger and pinky were matte, with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I absolutely prefer the matte look – it reminds me of a Pink Grapefruit gummy bear – my favorite flavor.

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May 2020 Ipsy Bag – Get That Glow

I am impressed by how color-coordinated this month’s products are with the sunset ombre bag. Ipsy keeps on stepping it up.

My product choice this month was another tube of my favorite mascara – Benefit Roller Lash. I think I have a decade supply now…or at least three tubes.

Also in this month’s “Get That Glow” bag: Sundays Studio Nail Polish in “No. 6”; tarte H20 Gloss in “hang ten”; Etat Libre d’Orange “She Was An Anomaly” Eau de Parfum (full size, 100ml is $149 and I cannot even – it smells like almost nothing) and Niu Body Pina Colada Sugar Lip Polish.

I subscribe to the basic ipsy bag for $12/month. If you’d like to try Ipsy – click here. I’ll earn 250 points if you sign up through my referral link. I am starting to get tempted to subscribe to the yearly plan…

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Target Beauty Boxes – May 2020

For the fifth month in a row, Target’s given us TWO Beauty Boxes to choose from…but why choose just one, when you can have them both?

Even though I don’t plan on going outside much this summer, I grabbed the “Sunscreen Queen” box. I did happen to visit Lala’s pool this weekend and got to try out two of the sunscreens! The first day, I used CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Face Lotion with Sunscreen – SPF 30. It did well in the pool, although I must admit that I just lounged and didn’t go completely underwater. The second day, I opted for a bit stronger protection with Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen – SPF 50 Mineral Lotion. It protected my face well – I should’ve put it on my shoulders! Also in this box: Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Spry – SPF 30; Bare Republic Mineral Shimmer Holographic Shimmer Stick (weird – I am paranoid to try these); La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt-in Sunscreen Milk – SPF 60 (you got my attention with SPF 60…but the milk part is scaring me away); and RoC Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer – SPF 30. I’m ready for the 3 or 4 times I have to go outside this summer!

The “Summer Hair & Skin Care” box has a wider range of products. I’ve already used the HASK Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner Packet – it was great for my hair, but didn’t smell as nice as the Unwined line. Also in this box: CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face – SPF 50; Heritage Store Rosewater Spray (the bottle says to spray on face, hair, body…okay!); Biore Charcoal Deep Cleansing Pore Strips; COLAB Original Dry Shampoo; Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray with Tropical Banana Fragrance (do I want my hair to smell like banana?); and Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer.

Each box was $7, with free shipping, plus 5% off with my Target Red Card. Both boxes came with $3 off $15 coupons, and the coupons have an extended expiration date of 9/4/20. I used one of last month’s coupons to get these boxes, and I used the other one to hoard shampoo and conditioner (post coming soon).

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Bernadette!

Black nail polish is usually more trouble than it’s worth. Sure, it looks amazing…for about 10 minutes, until it chips and you want to take it off immediately. Black nail polish – and really, any dark color – looks really, really bad when it chips. Guess what, motherfucker? Julep “Bernadette – Black Onyx for February” is the longest wearing black nail polish I’ve ever used.

Technically, “Bernadette” is not black, it’s black onyx birthstone microshimmer with silver glitter. Whatever, this stuff did NOT chip on me. It lasted 6 days with minimal edge wear. Fantastic.

This is two coats of “Bernadette” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I LOVE it – it warms my goth little heart.

Oh, and since when did February have another birthstone besides Amethyst? As a Februarian, why is this the first I’m hearing of it? Off I go to replace my tons of Amethyst jewelry with Black Onyx.

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Mother’s Day in the Bag

The Mother’s Day Tote Bag from Bath & Body Works is kind of a big deal. I don’t get it every single year – the products aren’t always exciting – but this year’s products are just what I wanted.

I have been excited about “Perfect Peony” since it launched a few months ago…I’ve been biding my time for an opportunity to try it. This bag included “Perfect Peony” Fine Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel and 24 Hour Moisture Lotion. I would have preferred Body Cream, but I’ll cope. I really like the scent. Obviously, it’s very similar to the original “Peony” scent (of which I still have several bottles stashed), but it’s different enough that I can tell them apart. There’s an underlying herbal scent to “Perfect Peony” – it reminds me of the old “Flowering Herbs” scent from the 90s. I like it and hope it sticks around.

Also inside the Mother’s Day bag: “Cactus Blossom” 3 Wick Candle, “Cactus Blossom” Foaming Hand Soap; a “Strawberry Pound Cake” Jar Candle, “Strawberry Pound Cake” Hand Cream and “Strawberry Pound Cake” HAND SANITIZER. WOO HOO! As much as I love “Perfect Peony”, I am obsessed with “Strawberry Pound Cake” – that will be my next acquisition, I guarantee it.

The bag itself is a bit disappointing. I was expecting a heavier bag, but it’s made out of the stuff that reusable grocery bags are made of. Hmmm, I guess I can use it Aldi?

I spent WAY too much on Hand Soaps to get the bag for $30 with a $30 purchase. 6/$26 is HIGHWAY ROBBERY! But I’ve been quarantining for over two months and I’ve been washing my hands A LOT. I got 7 soaps and by far, the big winner was the “Blueberry Lemonade” Foaming Hand Soap. I need more of that scent in my life.

So what’s the word on the street for Semi Annual Sale? Shouldn’t that be starting soon?