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Palm to Palm

I did not wear “Weekend Superpowers” very long – I did not feel glamorous wearing it.

I was happy to move on to July’s ipsy polishColor Club “Palm to Palm”. A vibrant crelly, I was surprised that it dried so sheer – you can see my nail line. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I ended up with a lot of extra polish in the edges of my nails – the brush was all fucked up. It looked like a rooster’s tail…after a tussle with a weedeater. So, I am wondering if the brush being all fucked up was a fluke thing or if lower quality bottles were intentionally off-loaded on ipsy…hmmmm…Regardless, it is a lovely color and I’ll use it again.

OH! And it also stained a bit when I took it off – be careful with this polish!

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Sephora SUMMER SAVE

It’s that time of year again…Sephora’s end-of-summer sale event – 20% off!

I had been keeping Rosebud Perfume Co. Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm ($8) in my cart for my next order, so I finally got it! It’s subtle scented and very slick – I’ve been using it before bedtime.

The email with my promo code showed me the new Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks, so I ordered two Minis ($7) – “Aquamarine” and “Hibiscus” – I’ll have to wait another few weeks until my hair fades more, but I am excited to try them.

Not impressed by her latest launches, I did order one of the new Kat Von D Kitten Minis – Crush on Blush – Highlighter + Blush Duo ($22). The blush shade is “Nova” which matches my fave lipstick “Lolita” perfectly – it’s a better match than my actual “Lolita” blush. I’ve been using the highlighter, “Gammaray” for eyeshadow – I LOVE it.

I wasn’t planning on getting a new foundation, but I was poking around on the site and came across bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation for Acne Prone Skin in “2N” ($29). When I opened it up, my first thought was FUCK, it’s too dark. That’s what I get for letting the site choose for me – I had them match the last foundation that I felt was a really good match for me, Fenty Beauty in “150”. Once I got it on my face, it wasn’t really too dark – darker than my usual, but not too dark. This is a full coverage powder – more full coverage than I am used to, so I may save it for special occasions and not wear it to work every day. It wears okay, but I feel like it oxidizes by the end of day – maybe not the best for summer sweating.

Again, I got neither of the two samples I picked. Instead of REPLICA Whispers in the Library, I got Lancome La vie est Belle. Instead of Glamglow Waterburst, I got Clinique iD Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. Boo.

I know if probably doesn’t seem like it, but I’ve really reduced my spending this year. This order doesn’t quite get me to VIB status for 2020 – my total spend year-to-date has been $338, believe it or not. Another $662 just isn’t in the cards this year, unless I win the lottery!

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Nails on a Chalkboard

…or is it a chalkboard on my nails?

Honestly, that didn’t even cross my mind with this polish at first – I just kept thinking of of army/camo green. It wasn’t until I tested the matte top coat of my pinky that I saw it – it’s just like an old fashioned, dark green chalkboard.

This is Nails, Inc. “Weekend Superpowers” from this month’s ipsy bag. I groaned audibly when I saw the color – it’s just so…dull. It doesn’t make sense at all for summer – it is more of a fall/winter polish. A friend mentioned that she received a peach polish, so I guess not everyone received this funky color. Or maybe it makes sense, in a “Back to School” sorta way?

This is two coats of “Weekend Superpowers” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat, except for the pinky with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

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August 2019 Allure Beauty Box – Summer Brights

Well this is a rather random assortment of summer-y products. Weird flex, but okay, Allure…

Inside this month’s neon yellow pouch: Benefit They’re Real Mascara (a solid mascara, but not as good as Rollerlash); Erno Lazlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask; Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream; Nuria Defend Triple Action Eye Cream; Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color in “Bordeaux”; Laritzy Cosmetics Liquid Beam in “Topaz” (ugh, wet finish eye shadow – ewww); and Makeup Eraser The Mini in “Black” (I keep meaning to try one of these).

Confession…I haven’t sampled any of this month’s products – they just are not that interesting. Bummer of a box this month!

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$5 Friday

I know I said I’d use up what I had before I bought more…but $5!

Last Friday, I got that magical email from Bath & Body Works that “selected fragrances” were on sale for $5 – shower gel, body cream, even fine fragrance mist! When I got there, it was all the new scents! It was Friday – I had the beginnings of a migraine – so I treated myself to a full set of both “Midnight Peony” (the muskier sister to my old favorite “Peony”) and “Rose Water and Ivy” (maybe my new favorite – it’s very similar to the long discontinued “Delicate Petals” from Victoria’s Secret).

I also had a coupon for a free item up to $14, so I got a “Hello Beautiful” Shower Gel to fill up my travel size bottle. So that was 7 products for $30 – that’s a smoking deal!

I also sampled another new scent that I’m adding to my wishlist – “Kaleidoscope”. (It wasn’t on sale, or I would’ve gotten it.) The main note is pink pepper – I have no idea what that really is, but it’s spicy and I love it. I think Tory Burch also has Pink Pepper, because that’s what it reminds me of.

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August 2019 Ipsy Bag – Bare Yourself

Oh, ipsy I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned how much I don’t want waterproof products last month – I got 2 of them this month!

Waterproof eye shadow? Ugh, like I am going to wear a full face to the pool? Regardless, the Suva Beauty Eyeshadow in “Turmeric” is a “water-resistant” gold foil. The Huda Beauty Lip Contour in “Trophy Wife” is also listed as waterproof, which makes a bit more sense for a longwear lip lip liner.

Also in this month’s shockingly weird dark green, pyramid studded vinyl bag: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer (my product selection for the month – looking forward to sampling this one); Nails Inc. Nail Polish in “Weekend Superpowers” (the same weird, flat dark green as the makeup bag); and Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Moisture Cleansing Foam.

I didn’t add on any products this month – nothing looked tempting.

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The Spice Must Flow…

There are really so many different spice references I could have made – Pumpkin Spice, The Spice Girls, Sugar & Spice…but I decided to go with the obvious Dune reference, because this polish is a sandy rose gold, perfect for any sandworm to glide through!

I had to finish off my my trio of Sinful Shines – this is two coats of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Spice”. I used Sinful Colors Base Coat to start and finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.

I checked HEB today to see if the 3/$5 coupon was still there, but it was gone. So, so sad!

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Shimmarine

My husband has an odd way of judging nail polish. He judges my nail polish by how it would look on a car. I bring it up, because this polish literally reminds me of a friend’s car, back in college. He had this sparkly, blue Mustang 5.0 – Stacy named it ‘Crystal Blue Smurf’ – and it was this exact shade of sparkly blue. I wonder whatever happened to the ‘Crystal Blue Smurf’?

This smurfy shade is Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Shimmarine”. I painted two coats, over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Again, I got a few bubbles, but less than with “Magic Dragon”.

I googled “Shimmarine” and the only results were related to this fingernail polish – it’s a made up word, in case you were wondering.

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Puff the Magic Dragon

That song irritates the fuck out of me. Stupid hippies.

ANYWAY, this is the magical Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Magic Dragon”. It’s teal shimmer/holo – I cannot tell which. The formula is great – full coverage in two coats, with no streaks. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I did get a few bubbles – I don’t know if it was because I layered the coats too fast, or if the top coat doesn’t like the Sinful Shine formula.

I also put it on my toes – it’s the perfect summer polish.

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Sephora Play! July 2019 – Isle of Beauty

Sooooo…it’s August 8th and I am just now finishing up my July boxes. I guess a 10 day vacation put me more behind schedule than I thought.

July’s Sephora Play! box is “Isle of Beauty” or products to take with you to a desert island. Hmmmm, I may disagree with a few of these choices, but overall, they are not bad picks.

The Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask is definitely giving me island vibes – I cannot wait to try it. Also in this month’s box: Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips (good stuff); Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in “Glace”; Caudalie Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum (I am not so sure that I will care about how big my pores are on a desert island, but ya never know); Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser with Bamboo Booster; and Marc Jacobs Daisy Love (musky raspberryish).

Hand lotion – if I was stranded on a desert island, I’d want hand lotion…and some fucking SPF!

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