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July 2020 Allure Beauty Box – The Little Things

Allure is back on the skincare kick again, giving us an all skincare box for July.

The star of this month’s box is a full size – 40ml – Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum. I’ve gotten a few samples of this before with Ulta GWPs and even used up one of them. It’s a nice, light serum full of hyaluronic acid. The only downside is that it doesn’t smell like peach…or lily, for that matter. I’ve been using it every morning before work.

I’ve also been using the Osea Ocean Cleanser. It has a really odd, slimy texture and smells very…green? It smells like seaweed or something? It’s okay, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself.

Also in this month’s box: Beautaniq Beauty Butter Lip & Cheek Balm; Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream (a different product than the Correcting Cream I got in April, but I did get this gel in a Sephora Play! box in 2017); Lapcos Daily Skin Mask in Charcoal; and Avarelle Acne Cover Patches.

The Allure Beauty Box is $15/month, but they give you $5 off your first box. They also offer an option for $150/year – a savings of $30. Sign up via my referral link.

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Tint for Tat

Sheer polishes are gamble. Unless your nails are immaculately clean and exquisitely shaped, you run the risk of a sheer polish revealing every flaw. My nails are far from perfect, but they’re in better shape than usual…

I went ahead and took the risk to try Funky Fingers “Tint for Tat”, a sheer purple. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. On its own, the polish was very shiny, so I decided to go matte instead. I topped ALL of my nails with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I thought this polish would chip away to nothing immediately, but it lasted pretty well, with only minor edge wear after three days.

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Ultraviolet Gryffindor

The new Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Ultraviolet Palette ($49) launched at Ulta on July 5th, several weeks after the launch at Sephora, but I wanted to wait to buy it at Ulta so that I could use points to get it. Patience is a virtue…

I’m glad that I used points to get the Ultraviolet Palette – it’s somewhat underwhelming. The color story is…odd. I never would’ve put peach and purple together, but it is doable. The shadows are not as “buttery” and soft as the first several Naked Palettes – I had a harder time blending them on my bare skin. The brushes included with the palette is very nice though. I’m still experimenting with this palette, but I feel like it will be easily forgotten, kind of like Naked Smoky.

Ohhhhh, Ulta just launched a Harry Potter Collaboration. Several items were already sold out – include all of the lip pencils and the Vault with all of the House Shadow Palettes. I did get the Harry Potter x Ulta Beauty Gryffindor Eye Shadow Palette ($16) for myself. The color story is reminiscent of the rosy chestnut tones that I love. The quality was very good, similar to last summer’s Frida Kahlo collaboration. I knew that my daughter would be Slytherin GREEN with envy, so I picked her up 2 of the Harry Potter Lip Glosses: “Hedwig” (a clear glitter topper) and “9¾” (a peachy topper). Normally $10, they were BOGO Half.

I cannot say no to inflatable Flamingos, to I snagged the Ulta Meet Me Poolside Kit ($10, down from $20). The inflatable Flamingo Drink floatie looks like the perfect size for Barbie. The kit also includes the Meet Me Poolside Eye Shadow Palette, You’re Golden Matte Bronzer, Dive-In Bouncy Blush, Summertime Shine Lip Jelly, all in a cute Cosmetic Bag.

Another reason that I’m glad I waited to order from Ulta is all the gifts with purchase I was able to rack up on my order. I got ANOTHER Palm Tree Tote 4 piece gift like the one I got last month with $25 in Ulta products purchase – I gave it to Lily. I also got a Platinum/Diamond Exclusive Gift with a $30 Makeup purchase…turns out it was the Fall 2019 gift with purchase that I got in November. The Zebra Beauty Bag (free with an $85 purchase) was NOT a dupe though. Inside the rainbow zebra bag: Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profundo; Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti-Frizz Dry Oil Mist; Kenra Prime Conditioner Style Enhancing Shampoo & Conditioner (deluxe sizes!); Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (yes!); Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream; Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil; MAC Fix+ Magic Radiance; Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream; Becca Ignite Highlighter; Tan Towel Plus (NOPE); PÜR 4-in-1 Correcting Primer; Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream; Mamonde Rose Water Toner (good, I’ve almost used up my last sample); touch in SOL No Poreblem Primer (Ooooh, I’ve been wanting to try this one); Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask; and philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse (intrigued). Yeah, this bag is packed with cool new products I’ve never tried before and few ones I really love.

So I managed to use $50 in points and a $3.50 off coupon, ultimately only spending $39.51 for the whole box…$682 to Diamond.

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Juicy

Juicy is one of those words…some people cringe at the word “moist”, but “juicy” is the word that makes me gag. The worst is when someone refers to their ass as “juicy” – no ma’am!

Sinful Colors Quick Bliss “Juicy”, on the other hand, is a perfect pink creme. It reminds me a plastic pink flamingo!

This is two coats of “Juicy” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It’s very shiny alone, but it looks even…juicier…with a shiny top coat. Yeah, I went there.

Be warned, this polish is definitely a streaky one – prepare yourself to be cursing the drag marks in your nails during application.

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Lucky Libra

Libra, Libra…do I know any Libras? I cannot think of any of any Libras in my life, off the top of my head…my life is full of Virgos and Scorpios, but I cannot think of any Libras…

This is Julep “Lucky Libra”, a prosperous teal iridescent. I LOVE it. Teal is really an underrated shade. This is two coats of “Lucky Libra” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat…except for my ring finger, which was topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

Dark polishes like this usually stain my nails, but I got lucky with “Lucky Libra” – no stains at all.

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A. Ham

Have you watched Hamilton yet? If you haven’t, beg/borrow/steal a Disney Plus account and watch it. Even though I brought my son to see the touring version a few years ago, there’s nothing like seeing the original cast shine in their roles. Shortly after watching, I had the idea for Hamilton nails.

I was shocked to find that I had NO nail polish with black star glitter. I had silver and gold, as well as red, white and blue – but not black. I also didn’t have any black star decals. I then started raiding the kids’s stickers, nope. I sure as hell wasn’t going to try to paint stars freehand, but then I remembered the moYou London stamping plates that I got in Vegas all those years ago…

I didn’t have a plate with a single star, but one of the plates had a small grouping of stars, so I went with that one. I started with two coats of Sinful Colors SinfulShine “Nola Way” over Glisten & Glow Base Ridge Filling Base Coat. I stamped the stars over my nails and I was shocked that it worked better than I remembered. I’d been avoiding playing with stamping because it seemed too annoying before…but it was kind of fun. I even got cocky enough to try a little fairy stamp on my pinky.

I topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, which didn’t smear most of my nails. I must have stamped too heavily on the middle finger of my right hand (not pictured), because it looked like a cluster of shooting stars.

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Clementine California

I’m the type of person that will spend $25 on a tiny tube of the best smelling hand cream ever made…only to discover that she had already used up her Deluxe Spray of the matching perfume.

I did literally jump to order Atelier Cologne Clementine California Hand Cream and it IS the best smelling hand cream on earth. Even though I used up the bigger spray I had, I was able to find another sample vial of it from a Play! box, so I can be matchy matchy.

I used a code to get a deluxe sample of NEST Wild Poppy – I’ve been wearing it and I like, although not as much as Clementine California. For my regular samples, I got Playa Everyday Shampoo and Supernatural Conditioner (I already used the foil pack – they are very beachy smelling), and Miu Miu Twist, which I REALLY like.

$173 to spend to keep my VIB status in 2021…it will be a struggle.

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Semi-Annual Lame

I’ve been watching the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale online and it was slim pickings, so I figured I’d have better luck in person. I masked up…and was very disappointed.

There was just no good deals on body care. The 75% off section was a single table with a handful of ugly Easter Bunny candle holders. I was interested in picking up a set of “Strawberry Poundcake”, which I would’ve considered for 50% off, but there was no shower gel left.

I did end up picking up 5 Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizers at 5/$8, which is a so-so deal – they are usually about $1 each. I also replenished my Wallflower Refills at a non-sale price – 5/$26. I was excited to get a new Flamingo Wallflower Nightlight Plug for 50% off ($7.25, down from $14.50).

I feel like Bath & Body Works is taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation and not offering good sales on hand soaps and hand sanitizer, due to the current demand. Supply and demand – that makes sense to me, but not sure why there are not good deals on other stuff, like body care. I guess I’ll hang tight until better deals come along.

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Captain Marvel Vibes

It must be my OCD/hoarder tendencies, but a nail polish without a name just bugs the everliving SHIT out of me. NEITHER of these Wet ‘n Wild WIldshine nail polishes have a name! I searched all over the internet and couldn’t find these shades, either on the main brand page or on any blogposts. What’s that about?

The first thing we watched on our new Disney Plus subscription was Captain Marvel, so her blue and red costume must have been on my mind when I put this combination together – it wasn’t intentional!

This is two coats of the Wet ‘n Wild Blue polish over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. I used the pink, red and white Wet ‘n Wild glitter on the tips. I may have glooped it on too thickly, because the Glisten & Glow Top Coat did NOT play well with these polishes. It was almost as if the top coat was floating – dried – on top of the wet glitter polish. Several of my nails wrinkled and folded around the edges – it was ugly as hell. Oh well – thin coats, ya’ll!

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Target Beauty Box – June 2020

Just one Target Beauty Box in June? How rude!

June’s theme is “Beauty Trendsetters” and includes products promoted by celebrity makeup artists and Instagram influencers. The first thing I noticed was a heavily photoshopped Kardashian glaring at me from the box. Turns out Khloe is a spokesperson for Tanologist Drops Sunless Tanning Treatments. 100% fuck no on this product.

The rest of the products in the box are a mix of cool and questionable. I’ve gotten samples of Lumify Redness Reliever Drops before and they’re pretty good. I’ve been using the Honestly pHresh Prebiotic Deodorant in “Sea Mineral” and it works as well as my other natural deodorants. I haven’t had a chance to use the tenoverten Rose Polish Remover Wipes or the Yuni Travel Shower Sheet Wipes. Ditto on the Waterl<ss Instant Moisture Dry Conditioner.

I’m intrigued by the Rae DeStress Capsules – lord knows I need to destress right now. I Tried to figure out what was in them by reading the package – a “Proprietary Blend” with Ashwagandha Root Extract and Bacopa Monnniera Whole Aerial Extract. Uhhhhhhh…I guess it’s not the most questionable thing I’ve taken, so I might as well give it a spin – down the hatch!

This box was $7, with free shipping, plus 5% off with my Target Red Card. The box came with a $3 off $15 coupon, and the coupon has an extended expiration date of 10/1/20. I still have a coupon from last month left, so I’m glad Target is giving extra time to redeem.