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March 2020 Sephora Play! – Wild Beauty

Hmmm…only slightly fewer repeats in March’s Sephora Play! box.

I’ve gotten the Glamglow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in “Nude Glow” in TWO different Play! boxes: November 2019 and March 2017. I ain’t even mad though, because I love this moisturizer. I use it up as soon as I get it.

I’d gotten a sample of NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in “Starwoman” a few years ago, but I don’t think I even used it. I’ll use it this time?

I recently gotten a sample of Moschino Toy 2 in an Ulta Sample Bag, but hadn’t tried it yet. I wore it today and was surprised to find that it’s a keeper! The main accord is green apple and somehow, I LOVE it.

Also is this month’s “Wild Beauty” bag: Laura Mercier Caviar Chrome Eyeshadow Stick in “Metallic Taupe”; Fresh Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment (waiting on my bedside table to be applied before bed); and Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray (at least it’s not dry shampoo).

Not a bad box – I’ll use almost everything.

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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Brita

“Brita” is a fantastic name – it’s not just for water filters. In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 front-runner, Brita Filter, there’s Brit(t)a from Community and I even have a great, great, great grandmother named Brita.

Julep “Brita” is a sleek frozen raspberry chrome. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. There were a few little pinprick bubbles, but nothing too bad. It lasted fairly well. If anything, it was too ordinary – I’ve been spoiled by weird textures and smells!

“Brita” is one of the mini polishes from the Hypnotic Frenzy Set.

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March 2020 Allure Beauty Box – Spring Vibes

Oh come on Allure Beauty Box – you gotta do better than this!

I hate when Beauty Boxes just throw a bunch of random old products in a box together. I got Floss My New Favorite Lip Gloss in “Lax” in last June’s box. Don’t even get me started on the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Zero” – I think I have about 12 of these.

I wasn’t upset to get Mamonde Red Energy Recovery Serum – I’ve been wearing it every morning after my show. I’m not sure what it is helping my skin recover from, but it feels nice.

Also in this month’s box: Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL; Dr. Botanicals Lemon Superfood All-in-One Rescue Butter; and Lapcos Ceramide Firming Mask.

Okay Allure Beauty Box – you’re on warning! No more crappy boxes or I am gonna have to cancel!

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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Chocolate Cake

Sinful Colors “Chocolate Cake” had an even stronger scent than “Cookies & Cream”! It wasn’t the same scent either – it was more of a rich dark chocolate, whereas “Cookies & Cream” was more milky scent.

“Chocolate Cake” also has a crumbly texture, similar to “Cheese Puff”. It also seemed shinier. It’s settled – the sweet scents have a far stronger scent throw than the salty ones.

This is two layers of “Chocolate Cake” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I feel like “Chocolate Cake” chipped faster than “Cheese puff”, but that might have been an optical illusion because the polish is so dark and it’s more obvious right away.

I really hope Sinful Colors comes out with more fun scented polishes – maybe some fruit scents? Or ice cream? Their scented polishes also make me think that Sally Hansen REALLY missed an opportunity to add scents to their Jelly Belly collaboration .

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Orange Capsule

I know it’s super cliched…but this palette is SO PIGMENTED.

This PIGMENTED palette is the Sugarpill C2 Orange Capsule ($42), an Ulta exclusive. This is my first experience with Sugarpill shadows, and I am very impressed. No primer needed with these shadows – they spread on the lid like butter. I was drawn to this palette for one particular shade – that bright turquoise shimmer – “Skyrise”. Even though I loved they way it looked on me, my husband said I look like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. He doesn’t understand FASHION. Now I want the Pink Capsule Palette!

I also tried out a new brow pencil – Colourpop Brow Boss in “Dark Brown” ($6). It’s a great price, but still not as good my Ulta Holy Grail for a few dollars more. It doesn’t blend as well and fades throughout the day. It’s fine for work, though.

Black Moon Lippies are 30% off ($12.60, down from $18) – I wonder if this means they are dropping the brand? Anyway, I picked up “Warrior”, a Breast Cancer Awareness nude matte.

Oh, and I got a Women Founded Beauty Sample Bag, with it Cosmetics Mini Blurring Foundation Brush; Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer, Sweet Spot Labs Vanilla Blossom Gentle Wash (it says “gynecologist recommended”, so I guess it is for my vajayjay?); Benefit The POREfessional, Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (I’ve tried this before and really like the smell); Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum; Pattern Heavy Conditioner for Coilies (will be gifted to a curly-headed friend); Sagely Naturals CBD Cream (I tried a previous sample of this while in Vegas, and it TINGLED so bad – I loved it); DefineMe Sofia Isabel Fragrance (an orangey vanilla rollerball); and Drybar Jump Start Quick Dry Blowout Serum.

I was able to use a $3.50 off coupon, leaving me with $1,007 more to get to Diamond again.

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Unbroken

I was skeptical…until I actually put it on.

Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer in “Unbroken” reminds me of silly putty. It’s a neutral taupe that leans slightly purple. It looks bland in the bottle, but it is really striking on the nail. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Oh, and I even have a matching lipstick – Kat Von D “Haze”!

I really enjoy trying out new (to me anyway) brands via my ipsy bag – they need to keep it up!

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March 2020 Ipsy Bag – Celebrate You

I am all out of order this month – I barely know what day it is or what subscriptions I’ve gotten!

This month commemorates Ipsy’s 100th Glam Bag! I haven’t been a subscriber since the start, but I’ve gotten at least 60-70 of those bags. This month’s bag is one of the more homely color schemes – teal and chartreuse.

I love clay masks and I was expecting the Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask to be BRIGHT PURPLE. It was not. It was nice on my skin and made it soft and silky, though.

Also in this month’s 100th glam bag (with a bonus 6th product!): Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Pro Precision Tapered Brush; Awake Lip Therapy Mask; Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer in “Unbroken”; Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream (my product choice this month); and Belle en Argent Lip Luire Gloss in “Jealous of Us”.

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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Pizza Party

I know you’re DYING to find out – Sinful Colors “Pizza Party” smells like oregano. Slightly spicy oregano. It definitely has the weakest scent so far.

This is two coats of “Pizza Party” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. Much like “Cookies & Cream” the bar glitters started lifting and peeling almost immediately.

I’m trying to figure out the ingredients in this pizza…The base is a light tan, so I am assuming it is the crust, because sauce would be red. So this pizza has no sauce. There is black microglitter – so there is pepper on the crust. As for toppings, we’ve got red circle glitter – pepperoni, yellow circle glitter – mushrooms?, and white bar glitter – mozzarella cheese. So – a peppery pizza with no sauce, topped with pepperoni, mushrooms and scant cheese. No thank you, Sinful Colors, that sounds DISGUSTING!

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FabFitFun – Spring 2020

reVive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle and Anti-Aging Light Device: So while being quarantined and I figured what the hell, I’ll get a FabFitFun box and see what this wand is all about. Well ladies, buy it. Only after using it every day for about a week I’ve noticed my “mom lines” or 11’s as they call them in the Botox world have gone down. I use it nightly in spots I think I need it after I wash and put my serums on. You just hold it in place for three minutes, mind you, you look like a unicorn when taking care of those mom lines, but it’s super easy. True test is what happens after a month of use. But I like it. Worth the price to buy at $68.

WEI Two in one Purify and Glow Mask: One mask looks and smells like honey and brown sugar mixed together. Ya slap that on with your hand because the brush they give you doesn’t work with this mask. Wait five minutes, run it in to exfoliate and rinse off with warm water, it was good, nothing crazy. The second mask is a mud mask, this does work well with the brush, goes oh smooth, definitely tingles and honestly doesn’t smell bad. Made my face feel smooth after i had it on for 20 mins. Takes a little rubbing to get it off, that’s what she said, but it’s mud, kinda expect that from those kinds of masks. Now it retails for $45 for the set of 8 masks. I do one after the other so it’s like $11.25 each set, and that’s not to bad for these masks. Would I buy it again, possibly.

Spongelle Body Wash infused buffer: Honestly no idea how many uses this baby will get. It says multi use but is that 2, 5, 10?? Who knows. I do know it’s smells absolutely amazing! Scent is black orchid, never smelled one but if it smells like this, sign me up for a dozen. But would I pay $16 for this thing……. I don’t know. Maybe if I was on a splurge and saw them I might, but it would I be perfect for a week long vacation. It definitely exfoliates and leaves you smelling sweet! The sponge is hard when dry and definitely has a lot of soap in it.

Whish Blue Matcha Restoring Mask: So the directions say to keep in till it goes white from blue. It’s not really blue, it’s more of a grey. Applied easy with my brush, it doesn’t come with one. It smells great and doesn’t do that flake off thing lots of clay like masks do. My face feels amazing after using it and looks so healthy and glowing, my pores look smaller too. This jar is heavy, lots of product. Always love simple packaging. It retails for $58! Yikes right. But if you look at it in how many times you would get use out of it. It’s pricey but not bad for the amount of mask you get and the results. It would definitely be on my must have purchase list if I have some extra bucks to spend.

Calpak packing cubes: Eh. You get 3 cubes, large, medium and small. They are pretty colored and made ok. They retail for $40, I wouldn’t spend that much when you can get more on amazon for half that price, I have them in purple myself. Cool, yes! Worth the $40 to spend, nope. Save your $ and go to Amazon.

Stone Cold Fox tea towels: Love these! Basic color and design but well made and larger sized kitchen towels. Saving these babies to put out when we redo the kitchen. They retail for $38 for two. Would I spend that on kitchen towels, no, but I do love them and happy I got them.

AG Hair Fast Food Leave in: I’m super weird about leave ins. I have thin hair and lots of stuff tends to weigh it down. This smells great and if you’re heat styling or have over processed hair it’s great! Big tube of product. Retails for $24 and for all the product you get, it’s fantastic. I don’t use a lot of it, so it will last me a long time! Hair didn’t feel weighed down at all.

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray: I’ve never been a water spray face person. Not sure if I like it or if I don’t. It’s cool. Retails for $14. Says it’s good for sunburns, skin issues, razor burn, diaper rash. I used it after my mask and it felt great. This probably needs to be used more to understand it’s full effect. New to the water spray game I guess. I did use it after I shaved my legs and they felt super refreshed. So would I buy it again at $14, yeah why not.

FabFitFun is delivered quarterly and costs $49.99. You can get $10 off your first box by clicking my referral link.

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Kaia

Oh HIEEEEEEEEEEE. I’m back from a little staycay in East Texas.

I keep seeing this color everywhere – golden reddish orange? What shall we call it – “grorange”? This is Julep “Kaia” and they describe it as flaming red orange metallic.

This is two coats of “Kaia” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It lasted well, but again – DISHES were my downfall.

I also applied to my toes – it’s a great Spring polish.