April Ipsy Bag – Sideshow

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I literally SQUEALED when I opened this month’s ipsy bag and saw the Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush. Who didn’t have EVERYTHING Lisa Frank back in the 80s? So psyched to get a pre-release from this new collection!

Also in this month’s “Sideshow” bag”: H2O+ Beauty Keep It Fresh Cleanser (I am loving getting to try so many new cleansers); Luseta Beauty Volume Reviving Dry Shampoo in “Potpourri”; defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in “Paradise Island”; and ColourPop Cosmetics Crème Gel Pencil in “Show Me”vivid true copper (I was assuming this would be blue based on the color of the box, but I was wrong).

Is it me, or are ipsy bags getting WAY better?

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Pastel Rainbow Dotticure

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I was “inspired” by my friend Carrie to totally rip off the pastel rainbow dotticure she shared on Instagram a few weeks ago. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery, so….

I started off with Sinful Colors Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “You Just Wait”. I forgot that even though it looks pink in the bottle, it’s green/gold on my nails. Eh…

Finding a “pastel” red was the hardest. I finally decided on Julep “Nan”. I followed with Julep “Mariska”, Sinful Colors “Otaku Anime”, Julep “Tatum”, Julep “Jeanne” and Julep “Paulette”. If I had the right yellow, I could’ve done ALL Julep.

I finished off with “HK Girl”. I’m really liking it! I need to do more dotticures.

Robin Eggs

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How’s this for an Easter Manicure? Robin eggs!

I started with Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and then two coats of Julep “Cassidy” (Bondi blue creme). The blue wasn’t quite right – it’s not quite dusty enough…but it’s close. For the speckles, I used Funky Fingers “Varsity Blue”. Maybe robin eggs don’t have such shiny speckles, so instead of a shiny top coat, I used Zoya Velvet Matte Top Coat to mute some of that shine and sparkles.

Even though my nails wouldn’t exactly blend into Mama Robin’s nest, I’m quite happy with how they turned out.

Target Beauty Boxes – April 2017

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I skipped last month, but April’s boxes were so nice, I had to snag them both.

The box on the left is the “regular” box, which includes: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser (fancy); Sally Hansen Double-Duty Base & Top Coat (it’s not quick dry, so I doubt I’ll use it for anything but a base coat); HASK Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner; Dr Teals Lavender Foaming Bath (I don’t have a bathtun!); eb5 Facial Cleanser (Yeah, more cleanser!); Rimmel Colour Precise White Eyeliner (this has me both excited AND scared – what crazy looks can I do with this?); and Banana Boat Dry Balance SPF 50 (ooooooh, matte sun protection).

The box on the right is the “natural”box, which includes: SheaMoisture Kukui Nut Facial Cream Cleanser + Face & Neck Cream; Juice Organics Deluxe-Size Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner; Burt’s Bees White Tea Extract Facial Cleansing Towelettes (I hope these don’t burn like the other ones do); Hello Extra Whitening Pure Mint Flouride Toothpaste; Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask (So excited to try this); ACURE Pore Clarifying Red Clay Scrub; and Raw Sugar Lemon Sugar Body Wash.

Wow, both boxes are amazing!

Each box was $7 and came with a $3 off $15 coupon. 5% off with my Red Card, too!

Ming Says Spring!

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Somehow, Julep “Ming” made it into my Julep box this month. Described by Julep as as sheer wild orchid jelly, it is the “Spring-iest” polish ever. A true jelly, it is indeed very, very, very sheer.

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat. I was tempted to do one more, but I stopped. I was afraid it would get too thick around the edges. I topped with “HK Girl”…and it still got a bit thick around the edges.

“Ming” would be great in a glitter jelly sandwich…I got ideas.

Hand Jive

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Have you ever been confused by how a polish turns out? Funky Fingers “Hand Jive” didn’t turn out the way I expected at all.

“Hand Jive” looks so orange in the bottle – neon orange, even. On my nails, not so much. It turned out peachy. Not that anything’s wrong with that…it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I should have remembered the formula from the other “Grease” polishes, but to be fair – that was over two years ago!

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and then two fairly goopy coats of “Hand Jive” followed. I topped with “HK Girl”.

I think this manicure would have lasted a week or so, but to be honest…it was too boring for me. I had to let it go.

That Would Be Enough

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I can’t resist a Hamilton reference to go with Julep “Eliza”.

My sole polish pick from this month’s box, “Eliza” is described as infinite ocean holographic. I don’t see much of that infinite ocean off the Gulf of Mexico, but I got a taste of it in Mexico last summer. It really does seem like glitters on forever.

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. It’s an extremely smooth applying polish. It wears forever, too. I’m on day four and it should last a few more days.

It’s polishes like this that make me think…how lucky we are to be alive right now.

That was bad – I apologize.

April Julep Maven Box – Relax & Remix

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So, I wasn’t feeling all of the Spring-like polishes available in this month’s “Relax & Remix” Collection. So I picked just one polish – Julep Bombshell “Eliza”, infinite ocean holographic. No idea why Julep It Girl “Ming”wild orchid jelly – is in my box. Thanks, I guess?

I decided to enlarge my makeup collection. I picked a new shade of Feels Like Velvet Full Coverage Eye Shadow Duo – “cinnamon & spice”. I LOVE these colors on me. They’re very warm and light up my face. I’m also impressed with the creamy formula – they stayed put all day without primer. I also picked a matching lippie – It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in “Say Hello”, rich marsala matte. It’s Whipped doesn’t last through meal, well…not tablitas and fajitas, anyway. I’m not sure ANY lippie would last through the juicy smoked ribs I ate yesterday.

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

Bling Dipper

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Funky Fingers “Bling Dipper” after my splurge. Or more accurately, I couldn’t wait to get Funky Fingers “Bling Dipper” on my hands…

As usual, my expectations for a color-changing solar polish were a bit too high. Going by the label, I was expecting a more dramatic shift in color, but all I got was a slight shift to light pink. Even so, I like this polish a lot – the holographic glitter is really dense, giving a lot of coverage – this is just two coats. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat – a brand new bottle! I was a bit surprised at the bottle, they actually gave the Base Coat a name – it’s called “First in Line”. I can’t tell if they changed the formula as well – it seemed a lot thinner than my previous bottles, but it could just be because it is a new bottle. I finished up with “HK Girl”.

I need to try “Bling Dipper” over a coat of white – maybe that will give a more drastic change?

 

$1 Buckets

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You know I can’t just walk past a bucket of $1 nail polish…much less 4 buckets!

I was bored at work yesterday, so I swung by Five Below during my lunch hour yesterday. I grabbed some random crap for the kids and as I was checking out…I spied buckets of nail polish for $1. I had already checked the nail polish display and there weren’t any new polishes, so I passed.

I picked out five Funky Fingers that caught my eye: “Bling Dipper” (Ooooh, a color-changing solar polish); “Comet Me Bro” (another color changer); “Oh Be One” (I think a Star Wars polish); “Very Purpley”; and “Hand Jive” (Grease themed, I think).

I’m so silly, these polishes are regularly $1.67-$2.50 at most – it’s not even that big of a discount.