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Sephora Favorites Hello! Beauty Icons Set

Just a month after Sephora unceremoniously killed their $10 monthly Beauty Box subscription, they release a $10 sample set. OhhhhhhKAY, I’ll bite.

Yeah, I picked up the $10 Sephora Favorites Hello! Beauty Icons Set. Honestly, I wouldn’t have bothered if I had to pay for shipping with it, but Sephora is still offering free shipping for COVID.

Why do I have so much Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb? I get samples from every service, month after month. It’s fine, I even wore it today. I’d never buy it, but it’s an okay scent if you have half a dozen samples of it.

I used the Living proof. Restore Repair Mask on my hair this morning – it smells so expensive, but didn’t make is noticeably softer.

Also in the kit: NARS Lipstick in “Toléde”; Youth to The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleaner (I’ve gotten this in a box previously – it’s good); Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze in “Sunkissed”; and Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (love this stuff, going to put it on before bed tonight).

Oh, and the set included 15% off coupons for full sizes of the included products. Yeah, I will never use them.

I also got regular Sephora samples: Verb Ghost Shampoo & Conditioner and Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. Just $198 to maintain my VIB status.

FYI, the set is currently still available on Sephora’s site, so go get it here.

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Berry Blue

I buy so much cheap nail polish, that sometimes I forgot what all I’ve got!

I reached WAY back in the TV cabinet and found Sally Hansen Insta Dri x Jelly Belly “Berry Blue”. I cannot believe I let this beauty sit for nearly a year without trying it! It’s a beautiful opaque blue, smooth and self leveling.

This is two coats of “Berry Blue” over Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat. I tried it glossy, using Glisten & Glow Top Coat on my first three fingers and matte, with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my last two fingers. Hands down, I prefer the matte look – it’s that much more sophisticated…well, as sophisticated as blue nail polish can be.

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Back to Back Ulta Hauls

I know I just ordered, but June 1st was Diamond Day, with a whole load of Diamond Exclusive Offers…

I shopped so long that I missed a Special Diamond Gift Bag and Nail Purchase Bag – they were both sold out by the time I placed my order – well, shit. I did still get the Makeup Revolution “Fierce Mind” Eyeshadow Palette for free with $25 makeup purchase. It’s got 4 huge pans of neutral shimmer shades that can easily be used as blush, too. The makeup I picked to get it was a mix of new products. I wanted to try Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lip ($7) in “Cypress Chill”, a bricky red. It is a matte liquid lipstick, but with a muted finish – it does appear to be blotted down and soft focus. I want more shades! I also tried the new NYX Dip Shape Go Longwear Brow Pomade in “Dark Brown” (usually $11, but all NYX was 40% off, so it was $6.60). This is similar to Julep’s Don’t Leave Your Brows at Home, but in a pomade form. If I’m gonna use a pomade, I’d prefer this all in one form, instead of the brush and pot being separate. That being said, this product did give me fuller brows, but I did have to finish them off with a slim pencil for definition. This product is not one and done.

Coincidentally, I did buy a back-up of my favorite brow pencil – the Ulta Ultra Slim Brow Pencil in “Dark Brown” ($10) – it counted as makeup towards the free eyeshadow AND towards an Ulta 4 piece gift, with $19.50 purchase. The gift contained a HUGE clear tote bag, a small palm tree patterned makeup bag, Ulta Watermelon Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes, and Ulta Watermelon Waves Juicy Gloss. Oh, the other purchase was Ulta Brush Cleaning Solid Soap ($10). I am devastated that Ulta no longer carries the Japonesque Solid Soap, but I’m holding in my tears and trying another brand.

I went all in on stocking up on skincare to get ANOTHER Skincare gift with purchase. My son has been breaking out lately, so I got him Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub ($8.49) and Biore T-Zone Targeted Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($9.99). I was all excited when I showed him, but he said he felt personally attacked. Rude!

For myself, I got Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Cream ($9, but I swear it was $28 when I looked at it a few weeks ago). I’d gotten this sample a few times, and although CBD seems to be a bullshit ingredient, the tingly menthol in this moisturizer is not bullshit – it feels AMAZING on my face. I also got Freeman CBD Balance Jelly Mask + Scrub ($9.99) and Dr. Organic Rose Restoring Face Scrub ($15.99). Both are bit more pricey than I usually get, but I am a sucker for scrubs and roses.

The “Be Your Own Sunshine” Sample Bag includes Ulta Beauty Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes, Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof; Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (more eye cream!); proactivMD Deep Cleansing Face Wash; it Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream; Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate; Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum; and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. That’s a lot of skincare!

The only coupon available was $3.50 off – but hey, better than nothing. I’m now $784 to Diamond Status and I have accrued $50 in points!

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Ulta Breakout & Chill

I’d been saving The Sign Tribe’s Remove and Chill Nail Enamel Remover ($14.99, $11.99 after 20% off coupon) in my cart for a quite a while, waiting for a good gift with purchase or coupon. I had both, so I ordered!

This product is a game change for anyone who cannot stand the smell of nail polish remover. It’s a cream that you put on your fingernails that melts off the nail polish remover. There’s no chemical scent, it’s just like a super moisturizing cuticle cream. I’ll be honest, it takes a loooong time to dissolve the polish, and it takes a double application because of the thick top coat that I use. I’ve used it twice (on Sinful Colors “I Ain’t Jambalayan” and Sally Hansen “Berry Blue”) and it’s removed all the polish both times, but neither of those are glitters, so I’ll reserve my full judgement until I try it on a glitter and on my toenails. It’s also quite expensive, even compared to my $10 Zoya Remove+.

The other part of my purchase was the Kate Somerville Breakout Fighters Kit ($55). This kit is kind of bullshit, but it’s my own damn fault, because I should’ve checked the sizes it contained. The main reason I bought it was for the 1 oz EradiKate Acne Treatment ($26 alone), because I was close to running out. This smelly sulfur elixir is the only thing that tames the acne on my chest. The kit also contains a 1 oz EradiKate Daily Cleanser Foaming Cleanser Acne Treatment – but I thought it was the 4 oz size, which is normally $38. That means the 1 oz is worth $9.50. The kit also contains EradiKate Salicylic Acid Treatment (0.33 oz) – the full 1 oz size is $58, so I guess this tiny sample is supposed to be worth $19.33. The Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer (which is very, very nice on my face) is $65 for 1.7 oz, so that makes the .5 oz size about $19.12. I still don’t feel like I got that great of a deal, even if it is all worth $73.95 together…boo.

The Skinfatuation gift with purchase was also disappointing – but AGAIN, my own damn fault. I didn’t realize that it was exclusively eye creams, which I barely use and have a shit ton of. The gift includes Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels; it Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream (I love the moisturizer, so I bet this one is good, too); StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles; Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel; La Roche-Posay Toleriance Ultra Eyes Soothing Repair Moisturizer; and CeraVe Eye Repair Cream.

$874 to go until Diamond in 2021.

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I Ain’t Jambalayan

I could not wait to dig into my Dollar Tree haul.

Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “I Ain’t Jambalayan” is a shrimpy peach shimmer with a gold overtone. It’s from the 2016 or 2017 “Bayou Babes” collection.

This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It’s so shiny!

Man, now I’m craving cajun food!

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Tree of Dollars

I got a hot tip that Dollar Tree is stocking two packs of old Sinful Colors polishes for $1. I’ve been paying up to $2.98 for the newest shades, but I’ll definitely buy a bunch at 50 cents each.

My first haul was just 4 polishes. One of the packs were Sinful Shines, which are normally $2.99. Both shades were from the 2017 “Bayou Babes” Collection – “Nola Way”, a gold sparkle, and “I Ain’t Jambalayan!”, a peach with gold shimmer.

The other two pack contained regular Sinful Colors polishes: “Flame Game”, iridescent flakie topper in a clear base, and “Pop Queen” from the Moon Metal Collection, a blue globe glitter topper.

I would’ve gotten more, but almost every single two pack contained “Nola Way”. I need to hit a few different Dollar Trees to find more. I hit the Hempstead Dollar Tree on the way to pick up my son from East Texas, and I was disappointed to find NO Sinful Colors. I’ll keep trying…

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Wine Not?

I don’t drink wine, I wish I could. I seem to have developed a mild histamine response to wine after I had my son. Before pregnancy, I just got a headache from wine, but now I get red and blotchy, and my throat closes slightly. I suspect it’s from the skins, because I can drink White Lambrusco (thanks Beth) and Sweet Icelandic Wine (thanks Carin), both of which are fermented WITHOUT the skins.

What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, I was trying to make a pun with the name of this nail polish – Sinful Colors “Wine Not?” I got distracted and fucked it up.

Isn’t “Wine Not?” beautiful though? The Sinful Shines have a remarkable shimmer, they are really growing on me. This is two coats of “Wine Not?” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I need a wine expert to guide me through finding wines with grape skins that don’t give me a headache or a rash.

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Conditioner Hoarding

I found something new to hoard! I am so excited!

Even though I have two full sets of shampoo & conditioner in my shower (Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky and Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint), I discovered Love Beauty & Planet Indian Lilac and Clove Leaf Positively Shine Shampoo & Conditioner ($6.99 each). I had to order them and immediately try them. I didn’t know how much I love lilac. I was hoping for more of a clove scent, so I could reminisce about smoking cloves in a Denny’s and coughing up blood, but all I smell is lilac.

So, what’s up with the lonely bottle of Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner? That’s what I received in my original order, instead of the Indian Lilac. I put in a ticket and Target sent me the correct conditioner AND let me keep this one. Shit, now I have to buy a matching shampoo…

I also decided to get a bunch of deep conditioning packs. I only ordered one HASK Keratin Protein Pack ($1.79), but they sent me 2 – another score! I tried one today and my hair is strong enough to pull a car! Probably, I didn’t test it.

I also ordered an OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Hair Mask ($3.99), SheaMoisture Jamaican Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque ($2.99), SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Recovery Treatment Masque ($2.99), and SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque ($2.99). Even with my super-long, needing-a-haircut-bad hair, I can get two uses out of each packet, so if I use two packets a month, my hair should be in REALLY good condition in 6 months or so…

I used the $3 off coupon from my April Beauty Boxes. I also bought enough Beauty products to get a $5 Target Gift Card to use later (I used it the other day to order Contact Solution and Love Home & Planet Laundry Detergent).

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Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?

Light nail polishes…you never know what you’re gonna get.

I like it, but I don’t It reminds me of silly putty…or a piece of chewed up Juicy Fruit. This is the polish from this month’s ipsy bag Sundays “No. 6”. It’s a pale…almond color? It’s high quality and I really like the Sundays brush…but I don’t know if I like this shade for summer. Maybe if I tried it matte?

This is two coats of “No. 6” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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May 2020 Allure Beauty Box – Got to Glow

Ipsy’s May theme is “Get That Glow” and Allure’s theme is “Got to Glow” – I am suspicious of the synchronicity.

I got the weirdest email from Allure that I “may” have received a mislabeled product…some customers received a cleanser instead of Curology Smooth Sailing Moisturizer. The email suggested sampling it and if it bubbles, then it’s a cleanser. Well, I tried it and it did not bubble. I put it on my face – and it did not absorb either. WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT? I’ve tried it on my hand and on my face and it doesn’t bubble or foam…but it doesn’t absorb either. It just sits there, like a white glob. Yeah, this product is going in the trash. The email included a link to request a replacement, but I’m not even going to bother.

Also in this month’s “Glow” box: Skin Inc. My Daily Dose of Glow (I need to try this serum, but I’m still using up a Boot No7 Serum); AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face (meh); VDL Lumilayer Primer (what?); Acure Resurfacing Glycolic & Unicron Root Cleanser (This is the only product I’m interested in trying); and When Glamour Base Sheet Mask.

I am not mad about a skincare focused box, however, most of these products seem kind of lame. Bah.

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