Sinful Colors “Lit-Terally” was my first pick to try from the Neon Collection. It’s a bright kelly green, leprechaun green, grass green, the greenest of the green!
I am impressed that I was able to get this bright of a finish without starting with a layer of white first. This is just two coats of “Lit-Terally” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I wanted to see matte and glossy, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on the index, middle and pinky – and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the thumb and ring fingers. Please do not ask me which one I like better – I cannot decide.
I was really impressed by the longevity of the polish – my nails looked flawless for 5+ days. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Neon polishes!
The Neon Collection
Oh guess what!
Sinful Colors is selling full collections of their polishes directly on Amazon (affiliate link below). What the hell – the price is $16.09 now…but I paid $17.76. Fucking Amazon and their ridiculous pricing algorithms.
This new Neon Collection is bright as hell and has some shimmer. It includes six polishes: “Popped” (a watermelon-esque reddish pink), “Juiced” (reminds me of mango juice), “Extra AF” (hot ass yellow), “Lit-Terally” (greener than Kermit’s ass), “Zzzapped” (so blue), and “Hella Bright” (planetary purple).
I cannot wait to see what application is like…
I’ve been so distracted by bright Spring colors – I’ve been neglecting my “Naughty Nudes”.
This beauty is Sinful Colors “Tease”, a sheer nude polish with a lot of shimmer – it reminds me of those shimmer tights that you wear for dance recitals. It’s very sophisticated – like lingerie for your fingers.
This is two thin coats of “Tease” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger and I used regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest of my fingers.
“Tease” reminds me of “You Just Wait” , except without shifting green.
All this “controlling my purchases” is making me tired.
A few weeks back, Sephora’s spring bonus event hit and I placed, the tiniest, most pitiful order. I’d been stalking Dolce Garden since I got a sample of it and used the whole thing. I was going to get the purse spray for $29, but then I saw the Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Travel Set ($45), which includes purse sprays of Dolce, Dolce Garden and Dolce Rosa Excelsa – fuck yeah, I’ll get that. I’ve been alternating between the three sprays for the past week or so. I smell rich.
I also picked up another Cocofloss in “Pure Strawberries” ($9). Best floss ever – just ask my work wife.
My husband was not impressed that I got him a Sephora Collection Shear Genius Eyebrow Trimmer ($11). I guess I’ll have to use it on him in his sleep.
For samples, I got a sample I chose – philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser and one I did not – belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. I don’t mind about the belif though – I love it.
If I would’ve been smart, I would’ve ordered a birthday gift for my sister during the bonus period, but I forgot and did it Friday. Yes, I love her enough to pay full price. $794 to Rouge. Fuck.
Frightmare Nails, Version 2
This year’s Frightmare Nails didn’t turn out quite like I expected. I was going for bloody bathtub, a la Psycho, but they just look kinda pink.
These Transforming Top Coats are finicky! After Sinful Colors Base Coat, I painted one coat of Sinful Colors “Snow Me White” on each nail and immediately topped with Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat in “Redrum”. I decided to top with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat, to give it a different look. It turned out nice, but maybe a glossy top coat would’ve been spookier?
I had totally forgotten that I also used “Redrum” for last year’s Frightmare Nails. The white was more of a contrast than the gray – but maybe I need to try white on top next time? I just didn’t want to ruin the white polish with streaks of red, but maybe I can use a different brush?
April 2019 Ipsy Bag – Bloom
Oh ipsy, you give me months and months of great bags…and then you confuse me with a bag of bizarro products.
The only mainstream brand included is tarte – it’s a sample of tarte base tape hydrating primer. It must be a new product? I’ll give it a spin I guess.
Also in this month’s super cute lemon bag: Law Beauty Essentials 100% Vegan Nail Polish in “PURRRRPLICIOUS” (fooled me with a bottle that is an exact dupe of Butter London’s); Vasanti Contour Eyeshadow Brush; Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lip Oil in “Watermelon” (it’s like a watermelon Jolly Rancher); and 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum Nac Y2 (I do not understand the name on the tube – I am doing the best I can).
If you’d like to try Ipsy – click here. I’ll earn 250 points if you sign up through my link.
Upon my friend Angie’s advice, I decided to try a few different L.A. Colors polishes. I must say, I may have hit the mermaid jackpot.
I picked up a bottle of L.A. Colors Mermaid Magic in “Mermaid” a few weeks ago. At $1.98 at Walmart, how can you go wrong? “Mermaid” is an iridescent blue green with a gold shimmer. It is PERFECT.
This is two coats of “Mermaid” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I think it would be outstanding mattified as well.
I used it on my toes, to – I am rather impressed with the staying power.
Sephora Play! April 2019 – Winning Beauty
April is spilling into May, BIG TIME. Oops.
April’s Sephora Play! theme is “Winning Beauty” – and I tend to agree, based on Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in “Black”, which is one of my favorite mascaras and happens to be the one I am using currently.
Also in “Winning Beauty”: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator (I feel like the product is over-named); Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream (it’s made of fungus, hrmmmm…); It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil in “Universal Taupe” (I feel like it is too light for me, but have not had a chance to try it); and Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water.
Instead of a fragrance, this month’s bonus is a card sample of Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. Ugh, I don’t feel like cleansing balms work on my skin – but I’ll give Clinique a chance.
Sephora Play is a reliable subscription box with high-end products. Sephora Play is only $10/month. You can sign up at sephora.com/play.
Even though the Julep Maven program ended months ago, I still have a dozen…or maybe more…Julep polishes that I haven’t tried yet. Who knows – you could be still seeing “new” Julep polishes years from now.
This beautiful honey gold polish is Julep “Tranqil Taurus” from the Zodiac Collection. I’m not a Taurus, but my little sister is. I’m bummed that “Adventurous Aquarius” wasn’t an option when I picked my last box, but oh well.
This is two coats of “Tranquil Taurus” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. This was sadly the last use out of the Ridge Filling Base Coat – I like it more than the regular Glisten & Glow Base Coat and I will add some to my next order.
Fanny Pack Haul
I never thought I’d see the day that my children would be fighting over a fanny pack!
I really try NOT to buy things just for the “gift with purchase”, but there was a little bit of that in this purchase. A $20 NYX purchase gets you a Coachella hot pink NYX Fanny Pack with NYX Pore Filler and NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. I was gonna use it myself, so I could be like my bestie Sally…but Lily is BEGGING to use it for Frightmare next weekend. My son says he wants it too, but I think he is just being annoying – I’ll probably let Lily “borrow” it. Good thing I am IN LOVE with all four lippies that I picked up – no guilt. The NYX Soft Matte Metallic Lip Creams were on sale for $5, down from $7. They are my absolute favorite NYX formula – I picked up “Rome” and “Budapest”. I’ve been alternating them the past few days. I also tried out two of the new lippies. NYX Glitter Goals Liquid Lipstick in “Cherry Quartz” was a bit pricey at $9, but worth it. It starts out matte, but turns to glitter with friction and wear. It lasts well. NYX Line & Load All-in-One Lippie in “Ride or Die” was $8 and a genius product. It’s a super thin doe-foot applicator that alllows you to line your lips with precision and it DOES NOT BLEED. I need this in red – ALL red lipstick bleed on me.
So…last week, I found out that my son was scrubbing his face with a toothbrush (not the one he uses in his mouth – ew). I freaked out and ordered him an Ulta Advanced Cleansing Rotating Facial Cleansing Brush ($12.50, on sale from $25) and replacement heads ($4, on sales from $8). I mean, if I was rich, I would’ve bought him a Clarisonic like mine – but he can rough it with the Ulta version. Lily was bugging me for some bobbie pins the other day, so I added some of those, too. All Ulta Skin was on sale, so I added a few Single Use Face Masks to my cart ($1.50 each, down from $3) – a Calming Rose Sheet Mask and a Soothing Calamine Mud Mask. I used the Calamine Mask yesterday and it was wonderful. It applied like a regular mud mask, but it didn’t dry down like a normal mud mask – it stayed flexible and felt almost hydrating.
Did I forget to mention a few bottles of Zoya Remove+? My Holy Grail…
No order is complete without a freebie bag. The coolest thing in the bag is the Real Techniques Travel Sponge Case – I’ve just been throwing my Beauty Blender into my makeup bag like a savage! Also in the freebie bag: Sun Bum Revitalizing Dry Shampoo; Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk; OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Shampoo; Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Anti-wrinkle and Firming Correcting Cream; Wunder2 Wunderkiss Essential Lip Scrub; Tweezerman Browmousse (weird); Maybelline MasterPrecise All Day Liquid Liner; L’Oreal Pure-Clay Cleanser Detox-Brighten (m y favorite one); and wet n wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in “Royal Calyx” (interesting – a blue highlighter).
On top of all the freebies and gifts with purchase, there was that 20% off coupon. I’ve just one or two more orders to get to Platinum status – $64. I’ve also managed to accrue another $33 in points. Diamond Status isn’t out of the question this year…