Category: Nails

 
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Brita

“Brita” is a fantastic name – it’s not just for water filters. In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 front-runner, Brita Filter, there’s Brit(t)a from Community and I even have a great, great, great grandmother named Brita.

Julep “Brita” is a sleek frozen raspberry chrome. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. There were a few little pinprick bubbles, but nothing too bad. It lasted fairly well. If anything, it was too ordinary – I’ve been spoiled by weird textures and smells!

“Brita” is one of the mini polishes from the Hypnotic Frenzy Set.

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Chocolate Cake

Sinful Colors “Chocolate Cake” had an even stronger scent than “Cookies & Cream”! It wasn’t the same scent either – it was more of a rich dark chocolate, whereas “Cookies & Cream” was more milky scent.

“Chocolate Cake” also has a crumbly texture, similar to “Cheese Puff”. It also seemed shinier. It’s settled – the sweet scents have a far stronger scent throw than the salty ones.

This is two layers of “Chocolate Cake” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I feel like “Chocolate Cake” chipped faster than “Cheese puff”, but that might have been an optical illusion because the polish is so dark and it’s more obvious right away.

I really hope Sinful Colors comes out with more fun scented polishes – maybe some fruit scents? Or ice cream? Their scented polishes also make me think that Sally Hansen REALLY missed an opportunity to add scents to their Jelly Belly collaboration .

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Unbroken

I was skeptical…until I actually put it on.

Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer in “Unbroken” reminds me of silly putty. It’s a neutral taupe that leans slightly purple. It looks bland in the bottle, but it is really striking on the nail. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Oh, and I even have a matching lipstick – Kat Von D “Haze”!

I really enjoy trying out new (to me anyway) brands via my ipsy bag – they need to keep it up!

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March 2020 Ipsy Bag – Celebrate You

I am all out of order this month – I barely know what day it is or what subscriptions I’ve gotten!

This month commemorates Ipsy’s 100th Glam Bag! I haven’t been a subscriber since the start, but I’ve gotten at least 60-70 of those bags. This month’s bag is one of the more homely color schemes – teal and chartreuse.

I love clay masks and I was expecting the Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask to be BRIGHT PURPLE. It was not. It was nice on my skin and made it soft and silky, though.

Also in this month’s 100th glam bag (with a bonus 6th product!): Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Pro Precision Tapered Brush; Awake Lip Therapy Mask; Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer in “Unbroken”; Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream (my product choice this month); and Belle en Argent Lip Luire Gloss in “Jealous of Us”.

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.

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Pizza Party

I know you’re DYING to find out – Sinful Colors “Pizza Party” smells like oregano. Slightly spicy oregano. It definitely has the weakest scent so far.

This is two coats of “Pizza Party” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. Much like “Cookies & Cream” the bar glitters started lifting and peeling almost immediately.

I’m trying to figure out the ingredients in this pizza…The base is a light tan, so I am assuming it is the crust, because sauce would be red. So this pizza has no sauce. There is black microglitter – so there is pepper on the crust. As for toppings, we’ve got red circle glitter – pepperoni, yellow circle glitter – mushrooms?, and white bar glitter – mozzarella cheese. So – a peppery pizza with no sauce, topped with pepperoni, mushrooms and scant cheese. No thank you, Sinful Colors, that sounds DISGUSTING!

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Kaia

Oh HIEEEEEEEEEEE. I’m back from a little staycay in East Texas.

I keep seeing this color everywhere – golden reddish orange? What shall we call it – “grorange”? This is Julep “Kaia” and they describe it as flaming red orange metallic.

This is two coats of “Kaia” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It lasted well, but again – DISHES were my downfall.

I also applied to my toes – it’s a great Spring polish.

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Bite Me

No…you stay over there…six feet away!

Sinful Colors Quick Bliss in “Bite” is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day nail polish. It reminds me of an iguana – green with a bluish textured shimmer. The texture was a surprise – I’d seen swatches in Instagram, but I thought it was a trick of the light or glitter. Sinful Colors is full of surprises!

This is two coats, over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. Again, no top coat, so I could enjoy the texture. The newer textured Sinful Colors polishes have amazing staying power – much better than earlier batches.

With all the “social distancing” and working from home, the days are running together. When I woke up Monday, I was convinced it was St. Patrick’s Day – I threw on my “Shenanigans” tank top…about half way through the day, I was looking at the date on something at work…SONOFABITCH. So, I didn’t have anything green to wear today, although there is a little bit of green on the Wicked Witch Shirt I’m wearing today…*sigh*…maybe next year.

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Cookies & Cream

I am happy to report that Sinful Colors “Cookies & Cream” smells DELIGHTFULLY like Cookies & Cream Ice Cream. The scent was WAY stronger than Cheese Puff – it was still going strong after 4 days, although it was fainter. I couldn’t stop sniffing my fingers! I probably looked like a pervert, surreptitiously trying to sniff my fingers like Mary Catherine Gallagher.

My main complaint was that, without a top coat, the large hex glitters started lifting and flaking off immediately. But I wouldn’t be able to sniff my fingers with a top coat, so I guess that’s the trade-off? This is two coats of “Cookies & Cream” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.

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This is my Street

This is it – number twelve, the last polish of the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Collection.

Lily demanded that that I save China Glaze “This is my Street” for last, because it was the best one. I tend to agree, as it’s not just a rainbow glitter, but a rainbow holographic glitter. It’s not quite full coverage, but it’s pretty close. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. I feel like a third coat would’ve given full coverage, but then I never would’ve gotten it off my nails.

I’ve always gotta see how a glitter looks mattified, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my ring finger. I used my usual, Glisten & Glow Top Coat, on the rest of my nails. I feel like it somehow muted to holographic effect of this polish. It was much more…sparkly…glittery…something…before I put a top coat on it. Maybe the top coat distorts they way that light reflects off of the glitter?

Done! I don’t know why this little project was so painful for me – I guess because I like just grabbing a polish on a whim, and not having a “plan”? Or maybe it’s just because holding those tiny bottles is so damn awkward?

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Exact Haul

Ulta has a weird purchase requirement for their Spring GWPs – $19.50. Challenge accepted.

Why yes, I do buy a brow pencil with every Ulta order. This time, it was my Holy Grail – Ulta Ultra Slim Brow Pencil in “Dark Brown” ($10). I also got Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil in “Tangerine” ($9) – this is my absolute favorite way to remove longwear lipstick. No scrubbing, no harsh chemicals – it just melts away. I also got another 4-way Buffing Block ($4) – I go through those like toilet paper.

But that’s $23…until I added a $3.50 off coupon. BOOM.

This Spring’s Gift with Purchase is fantastic. The large white and coral bag includes: BLOOM Eyeshadow Palette (this palette is FANTASTIC – it’s floral shimmers are perfect for everyday wear); BLUSH Cheek Palette (the blush is a dupe for NARS “Orgasm”); Luxe Lipstick in “Nudely Interupt”; Pre-Moistened Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes; Poreless Face Primer; Jelly Gloss Lip Gel; Matte Eye Primer in “Nude”; Maximum Lashes Mascara in “Black” (I really like this mascara – Ulta is on their game); and a Powder Brush. What a great bag!

This is a super small order, but they were having free shipping for everyone that day!

$1,068 to Diamond status!