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Rose Gold Haul

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Sometimes, it is more satisfying to go shopping in person than placing an online order. Especially when it’s Friday, and work is pissing you off…off to Ulta for stress shopping!

The main product I’d been coveting is the new Ulta Beauty 24k Magic Metallic Peel Off Mask ($14). Of course I picked the rose gold version, instead of the regular gold. I tried it out that night and the mask was really nice – results similar to the GlamGlow GravityMud ($59), at a much cheaper price!

Since Ulta was offering a loaded makeup bag as a gift with $19.50 purchase, I rounded up my purchase with 2 additional single use $3 Ulta Beauty Masks (also on promo for Buy 2, Get 1 free) – “Detoxifying Charcoal” Deep Cleansing Clay Mask and “Strawberries & Champagne” Hydrating Glitter Peel Off Mask. I also added a pack of Exfoliating Cotton Pads and a 6-way Nail Buffer. I even got to use a $3.50 off coupon and still get the freebie.

Of course, I picked the Rose Gold version of the Makeup Bag. Inside this suspiciously familiar bag (which looks to be the same one as a gift with purchase I got in June 2017): On-the-Go Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes; a 6 shade eyeshadow palette; a bronzer/illuminator palette; Limitless Lashes Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara; Gel Eye Liner in “Black Out”; Lipstick in “Stay Fierce”; Brow Tint in “Medium”; Tinted Eye Primer in “Satin Blush”; Matte Metallic Liquid Lipstick (no shade name, but I LOVE the color on me); Matte Makeup Setting Spray; a blush brush, an eye shadow brush and a $5 off $15 Ulta Beauty Coupon. The colors in the shadow and lippies are sunset-y fall colors – I am SO ready for fall colors!

All this…for about $23 – not bad. Just $532.50 to Diamond Status…not likely!

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Target Beauty Box – August 2018

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So…does my box look a little…wilted…to you?

When I pulled this month’s box out of the mailbox, it was rather moist. I thought it was due to rain earlier in the day…I was wrong. The moist-ness was coming from inside the box! It was the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Soft Waves Tropical Banana Sea Salt Spray. The bottle is now half empty and everything in is smells like fake bananas. Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

I cannot stand banana scented crap. If Lily doesn’t want it, this shit is going into the trash.

Also in this month’s box: Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes (great for correcting eye makeup); Acure Brilliant Brightening Day Cream (another great brand); bliss Fab Foaming Face Wash; Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Body Lotion; and Schick Intuition F.A.B. Razor (5 bi-directional blades that shave forward AND backward – sounds dangerous!).

Other than the leaky sea salt spray, this is a great value box for $7. As usual, free shipping, 5% off with my Red Card and a $3 off $15 coupon.

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Cozette

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“Cozette” is NOT “Cosette”, the character is Les Miz. I couldn’t find any famous Cozettes, but it is French for “little thing.”

Julep “Cozette” is no little thing – this is a BIG polish. It’s a peacock teal shimmer, but there is a bold hint of purple underneath that teal.

This is is two coats of “Cozette”, over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It’s lasting well so far, but the formula was a bit thick, so the polish pooled around the edges, combining with the top coat to make a few jagged edges. I hate it when that happens!

 

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August 2018 Birchbox – Snapshots from Summer

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Last month, it was the Silicone Makeup Applicator (that I still haven’t tried) that made me keep Birchbox. This month, it was the Birchbox Kabuki Brush…because I need a back-up kabuki brush. Don’t judge!

The rest of this month’s curated box is somewhat lackluster for me. The box included Doucce Cosmetics Cheek Blush in “RSVP” (color actually looks nice); Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask (What is Fango? Is it like Faygo?); Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styler (Send me more Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo/Conditioner – if it wasn’t $45 each, I’d use it daily); and Amika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam (um…foam is not dry).

Birchbox…you live one more month.

If you would like to try Birchbox, click on my referral link – https://www.birchbox.com/invite/5453f – I’ll get 50 points if you join.

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Texas Sunset

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Doesn’t this polish remind you of a Texas Sunset?

WHAT? You’ve never seen a Texas Sunset? They are RED and AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL and UNIQUE…and intensified by dust and pollution. Yeah…all those crazy colors are due to red/orange wavelengths of light traveling more easily over the gas molecules (and dust and smog) than blue/violet wavelengths. And that’s your science lesson for today…

This beautiful polish is Julep “Saryn” – coral sunset iridescent shimmer – from this month’s Julep box. I am loving the gold/orange shimmer underneath the coral. This is two coats of “Saryn” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

“Saryn” is a unique name. I googled it and the only stuff that came up was about a character from a video game called Warframe. I’ve never ever heard of it – I am OLD.

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August 2018 Julep Maven Box – Light & Luster

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Is it me, or are the Julep boxes getting slimmer and slimmer? They used to be filled to the brim with shredded paper and candy and an insert describing the month’s collection. No shreds, no candy and no insert this month. Am I spoiled, or what?

I didn’t skip the Beauty Product this month – perk it Under-Eye Treatment Brightener in “light”. It’s a little bit concealer, a little bit corrector. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I am optimistic that it will hide the face that I never, ever sleep.

For polishes, I chose Classic with a Twist “Saryn”coral sunset iridescent shimmer – and Boho Glam “Petra”cranberry magenta shimmer. I used Jules to add another polish to my box – It Girl “Cozette”peacock teal shimmer. I gotta have all the shimmers!

Not a Julep Maven? Click HERE to join – I’ll get a $15 credit and you’ll get your first box free!

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Vegas – Summer 2018

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We did it! The bestie and I lived through a trip to Las Vegas in the Dog Days of Summer!

Seriously, walking outside was like walking into an oven…an oven full of melted plastic tourists. I went several stretches of 24+ hours without going outside, and even then – only at night. It’s 99 degrees outside at night. Anyone who says Texas is a hellscape during the summer has never been to Nevada.

Strangely enough, my skin loved the Vegas weather. Or maybe it loved that I did not go outside and sweat in my car? In any case, the breakouts on my chest and back disappeared and my skin was lovely. Even my hair decided to behave in the humidity-less desert. The one problem I had was my lips – they were so dry that my upper lip felt like it would split at any moment. I brought probably a hundred liquid lipsticks, but I couldn’t wear ANY of them!

Sephora to the rescue! We bopped into the Miracle Mile Location and begged for help with our parched pouts. The castmember immediately led us to try the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks ($24). DOH! I still have a sample of this at home and didn’t think to pack it. I also asked to look at some Fresh products, but another lip balm wasn’t going to do the job. She then showed me the Bite Beauty Nude Lip Essentials Set ($15), which came with a mini tube of the Agave Lip Mask and a tube of Amuse Bouche Lipstick in “Pepper”. It was a smoking deal, so I grabbed it. I swore I looked all around for something else to buy, but this location didn’t have any Jo Malone to check out. Another castmember directed me to the Sephora in The Venetian…but that would require too much walking.

The one thing about shopping in-store – usually no samples, but this time we got samples of Drunk Elephant Lala Cream. Nice!

Sally also made a GlamGlow purchase, but gave me her points, so just $384 until Rouge. I just saw that the 20% sale is coming next week – August 24th…is there even anything left I can buy???

Oh, did you know there is a Morphe store in Vegas now? Yup, just a few hundred feet away from Sephora. Sally was finally able to get her hands on the Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette, although they were sold out of most of the new summer collection – the Thirsty Palette was no where to be seen and all of the good lipstick colors were gone. We were also able to see the Laura Lee and Manny MUA Palettes up close…ugh, we were not impressed.

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I was THRILLED to find that my bestie brought me a gift all the way from Scotland – the new Pressed Glitter Palette from Makeup Revolution!

I’d been seeing demos on Insta for a bit, but I did not realize how much I needed it in my life. There’s a wide variety of fiery pinks, reds and golds…although I’m a bit scared of “Inflamed”, which appears to be red/green glitter.

We tried out the glitters over the Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette. We used Urban Decay Primer Potion as a fixative – worked like a charm. The primer kept it from flaking all over our faces.

One caveat…I AM still finding random pieces of glitter on my face…four days later.

I had a fun trip with the bestie – it was our first time spending so long together, but it felt like we’d been doing it for decades. It’s a relief to know that there a like-minded people out there who just want drink ridiculous amounts of rum and people-watch, as opposed to those who want to hump anything that roves into their field of vision. Vacation partners for life!

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Vegas Nails, Take 4

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And here’s the last of my $1.74 Ulta HaulChina Glaze “Ma-Holo at Me”.

“Ma-Holo at Me” is a slate blue holographic polish. I figured this is the perfect polish to get me through a trip to Las Vegas – shiny and will match ANYTHING.

Sure, this polish looks nice NOW, but the application was SO problematic. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. The first coat was super streaky, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that each brush stroke made the polish glob onto the previous brush stroke and left weird bald spots. I did the best I could to get a thin, even first coat. The second coat was slightly better, filling in some of the bald streaks, but not all of them. It was SO weird. Without the top coat, the polish was somewhat matte. If I wasn’t going a week without changing my polish, I might have tried it out. Luckily, Glisten & Glow Top Coat is very, VERY forgiving and his most of the bald spots and flaws. My nails ended up looking so much better than they should have.

I’ll be going on hiatus for a week or so while on vacation. Enjoy this spiffy new WordPress theme while I’m out. Vaya con dios!

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Don’t Be Sea Salty

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All the flavors in the world…and you chose to be salty?

This polish is actual the opposite of salty – it’s so, so sweet. China Glaze “Don’t be Sea Salty” is a finish you don’t see very often – it’s a plastic-y matte shimmer. The shimmer is very, very subtle – but it’s there.

This is two coats of “Don’t be Sea Salty” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.

Like most matte polishes, the edges wore VERY quickly – no top coat. Even so, it lasted at least a day or so longer than the usual 2 days before looking like total shit. This one is definitely a keeper.

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Let’s Have a KIKI!

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I wanna have a kiki…lock the doors TIGHT.

That’s right, I only bought China Glaze “Kiki in our Tiki” because of the name. I don’t normally gravitate towards orangey polishes, but for $1.74 – why not?

At full price (usually $7.50), I usually don’t bother with China Glaze polishes…but when they are on sale, I snatch them up. China Glaze is usually good quality, with large bottles…even if the names are cringey puns. How can you even have a kiki inside of a tiki? Maybe if they mean a tiki hut? Ugh, at least it’s not “Keke, do you love me?”

This is two coats of “Kiki in our Tiki” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.