Hypnotic Transforming

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Sometimes, you just gotta pay full price.

I had been seeing Sinful Colors‘ new collection of Hypnotic Transforming Top Coats and I had to have them all…and I was willing to pay the full price of $1.99 each. On the way back from dinner, I scammed my husband into letting me “pop” into Walgreen’s. We drove by a Walgreen’s in Richmond that I’d never been to…lo and behold, there is a pristine display of of the top coats I am looking for!

I grabbed all five: “Redrum” – red, “Rebel Rebel” – blue, “Concrete Jungle” – gray, “Purpunk” – light lavender, and “Punk the Town” – plum. These polishes appear to be a step beyond crackle top coats – they make bubbles and streaks. So excited to try them!

Ultimately, I didn’t end up paying full price for my polishes – I had $5 in Walgreen’s points from their Beauty Enthusiast program. I’d finally spent $50 on beauty products there.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find this year’s new Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor”: “Crispy Taco”, “Everything Bagel” and “Fried Green Tomatoes”. I even found my sister’s first and middle name on Coke bottles. This was a very productive trip!

 

Buckshot

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Doesn’t this look like my hand just got hit with a load of buckshot?

Sinful Colors “Cherish Me” is from the new “Moon Metals” Collection and it is just flat out weird. It’s super sheer, which is disappointing, but I guess necessary with this tiny, tiny glitter. This is two coats (over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under “HK Girl”) and you can barely see it. And the glitter…there isn’t much of it!

I’ll be honest, I am not in love with this polish.

Jonna Iguana

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This is it – I’ve found it. Julep “Jonna” is THE GREATEST POLISH EVER MADE.

Described as an iguana green duochrome, “Jonna” is possibly the most amazing and beautiful polish ever. It shifts from a pale green to a vibrant turquoise – I don’t even know how that’s possible. Science.

“Jonna” reminds me of the iguana we used to have, “Cheech”. He was one of the most beautiful iguanas I’ve ever seen and reasonably tame. I think he thought I was his girlfriend – he mounted my arm and bit my finger once when I was hand-feeding him.

The polish went on smoothly – no brush marks like many chromed polishes. This is two coats with Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and “HK Girl”.

The polish was super long-lasting as well. I was able to wear it from Thursday to Wednesday with minimal wear – a whole week!

August Julep Maven Box – Build. Blend. Your Way.

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WHOA! This month’s box is all about skin. It’s called “Build. Blend. Your Way.”

The only polish that caught my eye was It Girl “Jonna” – Iguana Green Duochrome. I used 700 Jules to add it to my box, because I wanted the two new skin products: Cushion Complexion Skin Perfector in “120 – Linen” and Insta-Filter Translucent Powder. My choice was good – the Cushion Complexion works as the best under-eye concealer I’ve ever tried. I also used it to highlight – it’s a multi-tasking marvel. Insta-Filter is also the best translucent powder I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a bunch. I wore JUST these two products on my skin over the weekend and that is all I needed. That is WOW. They carry BOTH of these products at Ulta, too.

This box made me SO happy…keep it up, Julep!!

Not a Julep Maven? Click HERE to join – I’ll get a $15 credit and you’ll get your first box free!

Peri-Twinkle

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Ooooh…BLURPLE!

Sinful Colors “Peri-Twinkle” is a very sheer blurple shimmer. It leans more blue than purple, but the purple is definitely there. This is just two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. It was a thinner formula – very easy to apply.

“Peri-Twinkle” is from a Christmas Collection. It doesn’t feel very Christmas to me, but maybe Hanukkah? Yes, let’s say that this is a Hanukkah polish!

Cheeto Dust

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My animosity towards the color orange is well known. It just isn’t my color. But for some reason, I intentionally chose this very orange polish in last month’s Julep box. Why? I do not know.

This is not Construction Paper Orange. This is not Traffic Cone Orange. This is not Tang Orange. This is not Pumpkin Orange. This is not Longhorn Orange. This is not Doritos Orange. This is…Cheeto Dust orange! Not Cheetos themselves, but that delicious dust…the best part really is the licking of the fingers, isn’t it?

This is two coats of Julep “Nadine” over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”.

Jam Out with your Clam Out

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I needed to clear my nail “palate” after the very glittery “Serenity”. I grabbed Sinful Colors “Jam Out”, a new addition to their core collection.

“Jam Out” looks like a washed out pastel pink on first glance…but there’s more. There’s a luminous green shimmer underneath that pink. Can you see it on the bottle?

This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under “HK Girl”.

I can’t hear the phrase “Jam Out” without adding “with your clam out”. I am so sorry – I know something is wrong with me…but isn’t this polish kind of…”clam” colored?

Serenity Now

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Argh, matte polishes can be so frustrating.

Formula X “Serenity” is a glitter matte, but it’s kind of chunky – not smooth. It’s got purple glitter in a black matte base. It’s only slightly gritty, not a full sand polish like Zoya’s Pixie Dusts. It’s just weird. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat. It dried quickly and did not dent, but the finish was just weird looking.

Oh…and it did not last for shit. I spent Sunday morning taping off the trim in my living room to continue painting my Island Oasis…and it was gone.

At least it was only $2.

Jade Kat

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Sinful Colors “Jade Kat” was the first polish I grabbed from last week’s haul. I needed a contrast from the pink of “Hayat”, so I went with this bluish green shimmer. It’s a new add to the core collection – I dig it.

“Jade Kat” was sheerer than I expected. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under “HK Girl”.

I cut my nails back down to nubs. I should’ve trimmed my index finger more, but it’s growing in so strong – I couldn’t cut off my best nail!

So we painted our breakfast nook yellow. Or shall I say, “Equatorial”. New nail pic background #1!

Ten and One to Grow On…

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It’s about fucking time Walgreen’s. I’ve waited so long for another Sinful Colors sale. Hypothetically, I guess I could have missed a sale…I’m not as eagle-eyed as I used to be…but the last sale I was able to participate was last Black Friday!

Like last time, it was 5/$5 – so I had to find a store with a good selection. The first two Walgreen’s that I hit were picked over – they didn’t have many of the new collections. The third store had a better selection – I was able to pick five good polishes…but none of the collection polishes rang up for the sale price. I made sure that I didn’t grab any Sinful Shine or Kandee Johnson polishes, but they wouldn’t fix the prices, so I left empty handed.

The fourth store made it up to me. I grabbed several polishes from this year’s Valentine’s Day Collection – “SWAK: Sealed With A Kiss”: “Kissful Thinking” (1st), “It’s About Valen-Time” (3rd), “Break Dance Not Hearts” (4th), and “Readie or Not” (5th). The last polish I picked (pictured 2nd) is a new core collection polish called “Jam Out”.

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I couldn’t just stop at five. The next day, I hit a fifth Walgreen’s. I was in luck – this one had different collections. Whereas my first batch was pink and purple, I went blue and green. It wasn’t intentional, but it kind of worked out. I ended up getting six, because one was already on clearance for 99 cents – “Peri-Twinkle” (5th) from the 2016 Holiday Collection, “Bow-lieve In Magic”.

“Starlight” (1st) and “Cherish Me” (2nd) are from the new “Moon Metals” collection. “So Daupe” (3rd) and “Jade Kat” (6th) are also new core collection polishes. I did grab one from the new fall collection “Back to School: #GetBright – “Under the Inbluence” (4th).

This purchase pushed me over the $50 mark in Beauty Enthusiast points – I have $5 off my next purchase.

I’m hoping I don’t have to wait until Black Friday to see another Sinful Colors sale!