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February 2020 Ipsy Bag – Feel the Love

As soon as I saw the velvety quilted bag, I snatched it and rubbed it against my cheek – it is so soft and smooth!

For this month’s product choice, I selected PUR Love Your Selfie Foundation in LN2 Fair Ivory. I’ve been pleased with the PUR powder foundation I selected in last month’s ipsy bag, so I figured I’d try the liquid, too. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, though.

Also in this month’s “Feel the Love” bag: MURAD Renewing Eye Cream (even though I use eye cream almost every day to clean up eye shadow fallout, I have more than I’ll probably ever use); IBY Beauty Headliner Eyeshadow (I tried it out and it’s so-so – it didn’t apply completely smoothly without primer, so I’ll have to try it again with primer); TULA The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser (I’ve been using this one as well – the smell reminds me of a swimming pool, a slightly chemical smell…but not in an off putting way); and It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Primer + Oil Free (I usually like It products, so looking forward to trying this one).

A pretty good bag, although heavy on the face products.

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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10 Polishes

That’s right – I bought 10 bottles of nail polish on Saturday. I can stop any time.

I started with one bottle – Sinful Colors “Track $tar” – at Walmart. I found the rest of the new Sporty Brights at HEB, but “Track $tar” is a Walmart exclusive color, so I saw it and sprung for it.

The other nine polishes were from my grocery store stop at HEB. There was a 3/$5 coupon in the MyHEB app, which is a good deal on the regular $1.98 polishes…and a GREAT deal on the new Quick Bliss polishes, which are listed for $3.98!

First, I grabbed all the Quick Bliss polishes. Quick Bliss is Sinful Colors’ newest formula, which includes Cherry Oil and supposedly dries in a minute. Left to right, the polishes are “Ice Ice Cherry!”, “Climaxxx”, “Flushed”, “Blackcherry”, “Sweet Cheeks (Sheer)”, “Cherry Chaser”, “Hit the Spot”, and “Bite”. Is it me, or are these names kinda sexual?

I needed to buy 9 polishes to make the coupon work, so I added Sinful Shine “Prosecco”, a polish that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

It turns out that there are 9 Quick Bliss polishes though. It appears that I missed “Juicy”, which may possibly be a Walmart exclusive. My closest Walmart doesn’t have the Quick Bliss lines yet though – so I’ll have to try again later.

All told, I got 10 polishes (~$38 worth) for ~$18.

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Valentine’s Mood

I really don’t get into celebrating Valentine’s Day. I just don’t see the point…of any of it. I remember getting all bent out of shape at my college boyfriend for giving me a tiny Grocery Store cake one Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t a money thing – it was a lazy thing – he obviously put zero thought into it. I was right to be mad, because he put zero effort into our relationship the rest of the time, too. To this day, I stand by my anger, because it’s really about how your partner treats you every day. My anger was a culmination of YEARS of disappointment. Strangely enough, my husband and I usually don’t even bother to celebrate Valentine’s Day (except when we do), at least not with flowers or candy…wink, wink.

I will, however, do my nails for Valentine’s Day. I decided on Jelly Belly x Sally Hansen Insta Dri in “Strawberry Cheesecake”. It’s different sizes of hot pink metallic glitter in a milky light pink base. It’s very similar to “Buttered Popcorn”.

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I got fairly full coverage with two coats, but you can definitely still see my nail line. I decided to go all matte with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat – my nails looked like Jawbreakers.

I wonder if I can figure out the base shade from Sally Hansen that these glitters were in – it’s almost exactly my skin tone.

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Brought to You By…

This fantastic emerald teal shimmer is China Glaze “Brought to You By…” from the Sesame Street 50 Year Anniversary Collection. The best part of every episode of Sesame Street – besides the Count – was finding out what letter and number the episode was brought by.

This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

The last week was super hard on my nails, so I had to chop them down super short. They feel so WEIRD.

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Vegas Birthday

As many times as we’ve been to Vegas – I’ve never been on my actual birthday!

My lips were getting dry and I forgot to pack extra lip moisture. I dragged my husband into Sephora, with the intention of buying a mini Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (like I did last time), but they did not have any of the minis in stock and I didn’t feel like spending $26 on lip stuff. My husband had shown me a Kiehl’s Lip Balm for $10, which was what I was getting until I saw the bin of Smith’s by the checkout. Grabbed two Rosebud Perfume Co. tubes: Rosebud Salve in a Tube ($7) and Menthol and Eucalyptus Lip Balm ($7). They were very moisturizing and I could share with my husband.

I also used this opportunity to pick up this year’s birthday gift. I was gonna wait and order online to get the Jo Malone sample, but I decided to go ahead and get the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream and Coco Cabana Cream Set – that stuff smells so good! There were also gifts from Milk Makeup and Briogeo available.

$316 to VIB…

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T is for Tinsel

I wanted to use the rainbow-y looking glitter, but Queen Lilith demanded that I use that polish last…so I picked China Glaze “T is for Tinsel” for my Las Vegas trip.

“T is for Tinsel” is a packed silver holographic glitter, with a little bit of blue litter scattered within. This is full coverage in two coats, over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I feel like I was disappointed in the wear power of this polish, but that might not have been entirely fair. After just five days of wear, several of my nails were ~50% chipped away! Las Vegas is so hard on fingernails – the dry environment, plus washing my hands so much with cheap casino soap. I’m going to give this polish the benefit of the doubt, since I haven’t had performance that poor with any other shade of China Glaze.

Viva Las Vegas!

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Fiddy Cents

Can you believe I got all this for fiddy cents? Actually, it was 46 cents plus 4 cents tax…how on earth did I get a deal like this?

I waited until the very last day to use my 20% off code to get the most bang for my buck. I’d been waiting until I got a code to get the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Prima 3000 Styling Iron ($179.95). Angie used it on my hair the last time I got it cut, and I fell in love with the idea of a tool that can straighten or wave my hair. It’s kind of hard to use and I’m still getting the hang of it, but it’s got adjustable temperatures and is difference than other irons I own. And I never, ever, ever would’ve paid full price for it.

I happened to notice several shelves of leftover Holiday Clearance and conservatively picked up a single nail polish – Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly in “Strawberry Cheesecake” ($2.49, down from $4.99).

In addition to the 20% off, I’d been saving my Ulta points for months and months…I’d saved up $144.50! I used them all on this purchase, which is how I got it down to 46 cents.

I also got a surprise packet of coupons for achieving Diamond Status. There was a coupon for ANY full size Clinique foundation, as well as a coupon for $25 off a Salon Visit. I used the Foundation coupon to try out Clinique Even Better Foundation in “Breeze” ($29.50). This is now my “holy grail” foundation. I’ve never had a foundation that blended this well. I applied over Make Up For Ever Step One Primer and topped with Make Up For Ever Setting Powder and my skin has never looked more poreless and perfect. The search is over!

My birthday gift from Ulta was a deluxe sample of Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara. I do not particularly like this formula – it makes my lashes bunch up together like Liza Minelli. I can make it look okay if I brush out my lashes, b ut that’s a pain in the ass, so I’ll probably just throw this tube away.

Since I bought this in my Birthday Month, I got double points…so, I guess I got one point. Just $1,149 to Diamond for 2021.

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Elmo Pubes

I really don’t know how else to describe China Glaze “On the Nice List”, except that it looks the bathroom floor after Elmo gives his fuzzy balls a trim.

When I first applied, I thought “On the Nice List” was a sparse microglitter, but upon closer inspection, it’s a sparse micro bar glitter. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I probably could’ve gotten full coverage in 3 or even 4 coats, but I didn’t want to totally torture my nails. It’s so friggin’ hard to take of glitter polish, especially bars.

7 down, 5 to go – I’m on the home stretch, baby!

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January Sephora Play! – Stress-Free Beauty

Oh, no matter how up to date I am on my posts, Sephora Play is always gonna be running late!

January’s theme is “Stress-Free Beauty” and includes products for your relaxation rituals.

So I wonder if Sephora knew that Kat Von D was jumping ship, when they put together this box? Did they know and use it as an opportunity to offload liners with the old branding? Or did was the move truly a surprise? Who knows? In any case, I have another Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner in “Trooper”.

Also in this month’s box: Cover FX High Performance Setting Spray; Glamglow SUPERMUD Activated Charcoal Treatment Mask; Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion (I JUST got this in October’s box!); Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer; and Giorgio Armani Beauty Si Passione (gross and stinky).

This box was meh. Sephora – do better!

Sephora Play gives you 5-6 prestige samples a month, for just $10! You can sign up at sephora.com/play

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Unwined

I finally found a solution for my shampoo problem!

My shampoo problem isn’t that uncommon – I buy matching shampoo and conditioner, but I always end up with more shampoo than conditioner. These little packets will be the solution to my extra shampoo issues.

These little Deep Conditioning packets from HASK were on clearance at Walmart for $1 each, down from $1.98. Each packet should give me two applications. I picked up 5 of them to start, although now I’m regretting not buying more. I wanted to try them all: HASK Greek Yogurt Color Protection Deep Conditioner, Sweet Escapes by HASK Vegas Baby Deep Conditioner, Unwined by HASK Sauvignon Blanc Shine & Nourish Deep Conditioner, Unwined by HASK Pinot Noir Repair & Moisturize Deep Conditioner, and Unwined by HASK Brut Rose Color Protect & Hydrate Deep Conditioner.

Of course, I already tried the Vegas Baby Deep Conditioner. It made my hair unbelievably shiny and bouncy, and it also smells amazing. Yeah, I definitely need to go back for more.