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Blue-Tiful Horizon

essie “Blue-Tiful Horizon” is the first polish I sampled from my National Nail Polish Day haul – it was just too tempting.

I was fooled by the bottle – it appears so much lighter – like a sky blue – in the bottle. On the nails though, it turns to the color of a thunderstorm rolling in – it’s absolutely insane. I think it’s the pink flash that is so deceiving. It’s like sunset during a thunderstorm, when the light is almost yellow.

This is two coats of “Blue-Tiful Horizon” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I didn’t mattify any of my nails this time – my matte top coat is almost empty!

By the way, Glisten & Glow is having a customer appreciation sale – 15% off using code EmailBlast1 – go get you some!

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Tuesday X

Sephora discontinued their Formula X Nail polishes about two years ago – I remember, because I bought a shit-ton of them for $2. Imagine my surprise when I waltzed into a Tuesday Morning in Lufkin, TX and found hundreds of them…for $1.98 each!

Somehow, I managed to limit myself to just 5. I picked up (left to right) “Spark” (an iridescent copper glitter topper), “Astrolady” (a pink shimmer with gold flash), “Brainchild” (fuchsia!), “Aphrodite” (I think it’s a rainbow microglitter?), and “Moon Glow” (teal shimmer).

I already have regrets that I did not pick up more. I NEED more.

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Semi-Annual Split

God bless the employees at Bath & Body Works. They let me split my order into two transactions, so I could use two $10 off $40 coupons.

The first bag is nothing but Hand Soap. I got 14 of them. Most were $3 or $3.25, but one of them was $1.65 (75% off). One of them was “Black Cherry Merlot”, my daughter’s favorite scent.

The second bag is mostly $3 Wallflowers – I picked up 11 of them. Again, I picked up 2 “Black Cherry Merlot” for my daughter’s Wallflowers. The rest are a variety of scents. I also picked up another loofah ($3.95) and a Neon Flamingo Scentportable Holder ($4.25).

The sale should be going on for another couple of weeks – I’m fairly sure this is not my last trip, especially since I just got a 20% off $25 coupon in my email today.

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Tainted Love

Sinful Colors “Tainted Love” is the third polish I’ve samples from their new Pride Collection.

This polish is so beautiful that I had to share TWO pics – one in sunlight and one in shade. Don’t get spoiled and start expecting two pics. This is two coats of “Tainted Love” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. Again, I just had to see it matte, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my pinky and the Regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the other nails.

Is it totally off-putting to say that this polish reminds me of menstrual blood? I haven’t had to deal with it for about 6 years…and I am pretty sure I don’t miss it…but maybe I do? I think I’d rather just have this polish, though.

It reminds me a bit of “Ruby Glisten”, but with a lot more glitter.

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National Nail Polish Day

Did you know that June 1st is National Nail Polish Day? Me either! Even though it sounds like a totally made up holiday, I am willing to play along since Target offered 25% off on nail products that day. I was too lazy to go there in person, so I placed an online order…

The first one I added was OPI “Tuti Frutti Tonga”, on clearance for $2.84. I also added essie “Blue-Tiful Horizon” ($6.59), which is a stunning periwinkle blue with a pink flash.

Target was also had a deal offering a $5 gift card with the purchase of 3 Sally Hansen polishes. I jumped on that deal. I picked up Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Rose Flush” ($3.99) and two of the Color Therapy polishes – “Reflection Pool” ($6.79) and “Burnished Bronze” ($7.99). I haven’t tried the Color Therapy formula, but I’ve read that it is REALLY good.

So with my 25% off + %5 off with my Target Red Card + $3 off $15 from last month’s Target Beauty Box + free shipping, my order total was $21.61 for five polishes. The $5 gift card (which I just used towards a new Mr. Coffee) brings the total down to ~$15 for five polishes. Not bad, if I do say so myself!

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Tutti Fucking Fruitti

“Don’t you NEVER turn your back on a fuckin’ clown when he’s talkin’ to you!” Whoops, wrong website…although this IS kind of a clown polish.

I am fucking obsessed with this polish, clowns or not. This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Tutti-Fruitti” from the Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Collaboration. I don’t know how they made a polish look like a jelly bean, but they fucking did. I don’t even know that I know what tutti fruitti even tastes like – generic fake fruit flavor?

This is two coats of “Tutti-Fruitti” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. The matte top coat muted a glitters a bit and made it look like a jelly bean.

I wish I had picked this polish up for Easter – it would’ve been PERFECT!

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Tight Squeeze

Take a look at the next polish from Sinful Colors’ Pride Collection. This is “Tight Squeeze”, a tangerine jelly glitter. It is absolutely fantastic.

I usually badmouth orange polishes, but this one is a beauty. I got full coverage in two coats. I liked it so much that I also did my toes to match.

I used Sinful Colors Base Coat, 2 coats of “Tight Squeeze” and topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat, except for my thumb and ring finger, which got the regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I think I like it better matte than glossy.

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Triple Freebie Haul

Not 10 minutes after I placed that last Sephora order, I placed this Ulta order…I had kept adding things to my shopping cart over the past month and when the freebies were just right…I made my move.

The biggest part of my haul was Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner (regularly $20 each, on sale 2/$24). I’d samples this duo a few months ago at my sister’s house – it made my hair feel amazing! The price has held me back – even on sale, this is the most expensive shampoo/conditioner I’ve purchased yet. I’m going to give it a trial before switching for good…

I had sworn off Nair when I was 15 – I tried it once and it made me look like I had leg measles and didn’t melt the hair off. I was swayed by a new product – Nair Charcoal Brighten & Smooth Leg Mask ($11.99). I tested a large patch on my shin and it actually worked this time. I left it on for the 10 minutes recommended and it actually worked on me – I was shocked. It still smells like burning diapers, but it didn’t give me a rash. I am trying my entire leg in a few days – fingers crossed.

I also tried a new deodorant – Meow Meow Tweet Grapefruit Baking Soda Free Deodorant Stick ($14). I know, I know – I’ve scoffed at fancy hippy deodorants for years…but I’d noticed periodic rashes from regular antiperspirants over the last few years, and since my surgery, I’d stopped using them almost altogether. I live in Texas though – I probably should use something. I’ve been using the Meow Meow Tweet and I feel like is working at repelling odor – but it doesn’t stop my pits from getting moist. I may have to start alternating with an antiperspirant to see if that helps.

I’ve been eyeing the Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly collaboration for a while and finally decided to pick up the Sally Hansen Insta Dri x Jelly Belly Nail Color Duo Pack with “Berry Blue” and “Tutti Fruiti” ($7.99).

Ulta was offering a free 3 piece gift with $19.50 purchase – a huge Beach Bag, a Matte Bronzer, and Lip Plumping Transforming Top Coat. I am paranoid about going without eyebrows, so I got a back-up Ulta Ultra Slim Brow Pencil in “Dark Brown” ($10). I also snagged the Mercury in Retrograde 5 Piece Rose Quartz Look Book ($16). I got the set solely based on a lyric from the song “Wasted Youth” by Jenny Lewis – the line about “Mercury in Retrograde” has been in my head for weeks. (The whole album “On the Line” is amazing – you should check it out.) The kit includes Confidence Boost Facial Mist, Be-You-Tiful Cream Eyeshadow (light pink shadow with shimmer), Self Love Lip Crayon (creamy, rosy pink), Crystal Blush (rosy-toned pearl blush), and Rose Quartz Face Gems (54 count). The blush is my favorite part, but I was pleasantly surprised by the cream eyeshadow.

And the freebies…I got a Glow All Day 5 Piece Sampler with my $65 purchase: Murad Resurgence Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel; Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer; Derma e Vitamin C Concentrated Serum; Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask; and Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum. I got a Step Up 7 Piece Sampler with my $75 purchase: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels; Botanics Hydration Burst Sheet Mask; Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Creme; Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion; Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair; I Dew Care Cake My Day Hydrating Sprinkle Wash-Off Mask; and First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser. My skin is going to feel FANTASTIC!

Looks like this haul made me Platinum for 2020 – just $733 to Diamond status. I also am up to $53 in points…hmmmm, what do I want to buy???

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Sugar Strawberry

I cannot believe I paid $33 for a fucking face wash.

Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash ($33) is a new product and it’s not exactly what I expected. I was expecting a cloying fake strawberry scent, but it was a natural raw strawberry smell – very subtle. The scrub has two different sizes of sugar crystals – it’s very refreshing. The grapeseed oil leaves my face hydrated, but not greasy. I am still not sure I’ll buy it again – $33 goddamn – but I do like the product.

I also picked up another new skin product – Sephora Collection Hemp Mousse Instant Mask ($7). It’s supposed to target blemishes, but I used it and couldn’t really tell if it did anything. Oh, and it vaguely smells like pot, which is weird.

As usual, I stopped by the Sale page…I picked up a Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in “Magenta Luster” ($3, down from $16). I feel like I got this formula in a Play! box and liked it?

I used a promo code to get a set from Tata Harper – Regenerating Cleanser and Resurfacing Mask. I only got ONE of the free samples I chose at check-out – the Glow Recipe Avocado Sleeping Mask – and I cannot wait to try it. I was so annoyed that a sample was missing, that I contacted customer care. They did give me 200 points, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.

$741 to Rouge status in 2020…

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Marika

Believe it or not, I still have a bunch of Julep polishes that I haven’t tried yet – at least a dozen or so!

This is Julep Boho Glam “Marika”, stone matte metallic, from the January 2016 box. Yes, it’s been sitting in my “untried” basket that long!

I am out of Julep Base Coats and it looks like they will not be restocking, which pisses me off. I keep checking the site periodically, but no luck so far. I used Glisten & Glow Base Coat, which is fine, I guess. This is two coats of “Marika”, topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I feel like the Matte Top Coat made it kind of cloudy, if that makes sense? I feel like the polish looked crisper and more saturated without the top coat, but what can you do? I went without a top coat for literally DECADES, but now I am a full believer.