Murder House

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HOW on earth did I forget about Delush Polish “Murder House”?

I was looking for a perfect black, red and white polish for Texas Frightmare Weekend and went digging…I came across “Murder House” and it was perfect. I checked the site just for fun and I found NO record of ever trying it. Wha? I got the whole Scream Supreme Collection nearly three years ago!

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and did two quick coats. The first coat was thin and streaky, but it only took one more coat to get 100% full coverage. (I forgot how GOOD Delush polishes are.) I finished with “HK Girl”.

I thought it would be a bitch to get off, but it really wasn’t that bad with this particular top coat. Go Sinful!

Forever Young

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Someday, I’ll learn how to use white polish without getting crusty edges around my cuticles…someday.

This here, is Delush Polish “Forever Young”, from their Downton Abbey themed Collection – “Downton A-List”. I’ve never seen a second of the show, but when I caught this mini on sale, I thought it was ridiculously cute. It’s a white base with opalescent and mint glitter, with a generous helping of red hearts. There are so many hearts that I would get 1-2 on each brushful – so nice.

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and topped with “HK Girl”. Next time, I’ll try not to slop it all over my cuticles.

Sea Cadet

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I’ve been taking biotin over a year, but the last bottle I bought was high dose and I really have noticed a difference in my nails. I finally just cut them all to nubbins – they hadn’t been breaking like they used to. When I cut them, I filed them with my new Delush Crystal Nail file. What used to take me forever with an emery board, took a matter of minutes. Not only was this file faster, it didn’t change the shape I had cut – it just made the edges as smooth as marble. I LOVE it.

I decided to try out two of my newest polishes on my new nubbins. I started with Funky Fingers “Space Cadet”, a solar polish that’s a creamy light turquoise in the shade and morphs into a sickly pale green in the sunlight.

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To jazz up the polish, I topped it with Funky Fingers “Broken Sea Glass” – opalescent white, light pink, bright green and purple hex glitter in a clear base. It would really look a lot better over a white or pale blue polish. (I’m thinking Sinful Colors “Tokyo Pearl” or “Cinderella”.)

This is Orly Bonder, 2 coats of “Space Cadet”, one coat of “Broken Sea Glass”, and Dream Polish Gem Glam.

My nails look like toothpaste. Really expensive toothpaste.

Xmas in June

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I received the last package from my online shopping binge yesterday – my Delushies!

I couldn’t pass up the chance to get my hands on a few soon-to-be discontinued shades – “Forever Young” ($3.00) – a beautiful creamy white base with iridescent shimmer and floating red hearts, and “Sugar Plum Surprise” ($2.50) – plum jelly filled with an array of holographic navy, pink, green glitters accented by gold dots.

I also took this opportunity to get a Crystal Glass Nail File – they are supposed to be the absolute BEST. For the first time ever, I am actually looking forward to cutting my nails!

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I couldn’t wait – I had to try “Sugar Plum Surprise” immediately.

This is two coats on top of Orly Bonder. There was plenty of glitter – I didn’t have to work to get it out of the bottle. For the top coat, I used Dream Polish Gem Glam. I prefer a thicker top coat over glitter or maybe I should have done 2 coats?

Online Shopping Binge

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I kind went nuts last week with the online shopping – between Thursday night and Saturday morning , I placed no less than 6 online orders…so many sales and coupons in my inbox…I couldn’t resist.

With the long holiday weekend and biblical flooding, almost all of the packages hit at once yesterday. Instead of half a dozen different posts, I figured I’d stuff most of them into one…

I am fairly shameless, so I’m not going to show the pile of underwear from Victoria’s Secret. Yup, I hoard panties, too.

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I had been eyeing the Sephora Sun Safety Kit – I need to protect my easily scorched skin. Inside the kit are 16 different sun protection products in a cute travel bag: – AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light MediumDr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 SunscreenDr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30Ole Henriksen total truth eye crème SPF 15Origins VitaZing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with MangosteenPeter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce Broad Spectrum Water Resistant (80 Minutes)St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-MediumSupergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, and Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50. PHEW – that’s a lot of sunscreen!

For my 3 samples, I chose Viktor & Rolf “Flowerbomb” (spicy and flowery, reminds me of a Victoria’s Secret scent), Maison Martin Margiela REPLICA “Beach Walk” (this doesn’t smell like a perfume – it smells like a thing – LOVE), and dr. brandt Do Not Age. Sephora was also running a Jetsetter deal – pick 3 extra samples – so I got Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, and boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel. My face is gonna be SMOOTH.

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I can’t say no to Birchbox’s Limited Edition Boxes. As soon as I got the email got the “Under the Sun” ($55) box, I knew I would eventually order it…but not until I got that 25% coupon. 25% off and $10 in Birchbox points and ADD TO CART. Inside the box: Baggu Tote Bag (I had my fingers crossed for this elephant print!), Cynthia Rowley Beauty Beauty on the Go Multi Blush & Bronzer Duo (meh), Laura Mercier Bakes Eye Color in “Cameo” (yasss), Sugarpova Flirty Candy (why does Maria Sharapova sell candy?), Chloe + Isabel Birchbox Exclusive Medina Convertible Pendant Necklace (my favorite part of the box!), Knockaround Premium Sunglasses (silver!), ncLA Nail Lacquer in “Bikinis & Martinis” (it’s the color of bubble gum you’d find stuck under a picnic table), and Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Suncreen with Olive Polythenols SPF 40.

For samples, I got Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator and Sumita Jumon Contrast Eye Pencil. I also finally got my Birchbox Anniversary Keyring (not pictured).

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…and today, I got a big box of Deep Cleansing Hand Soap from Bath & Body Works. You know that I start to get the shakes if I have less than 30 bottles under the sink. They were all between $2.75 & $3.25, plus 20% off and free shipping. I threw in a handful of Scentportables for my car for good measure.

I also received my Dream Polish Gem Glam Topcoat in “Lily Flower” – yes, it’s scented! This another popular one on Instagram and it’s 5 free – I can’t wait to try it out.

I am still waiting on my sale order from Delush Polish – that’s the only one that hasn’t arrived. I think I have enough stuff to keep me busy…until next week when all my subscription boxes start rolling in!

Back from Hiatus

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Somehow I managed to get stacked with a business trip to Dallas and a Girl’s Weekend in New Orleans within the same week.

It was like I was on another planet for over a week!

At least I had the pleasure of coming home to a nice healthy pile of boxes – Birchbox, Ipsy, Beauty Box 5 and Influenster!

I’ve managed to open them all and peek inside, but it will probably take a few days to post them all…

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Since we were going to New Orleans, I had to bust out “Bitchcraft” from Delush Polish’s Scream Supreme Collection.

My nails had to look good as long as possible, so I used my best base coat – Orly Bonder – and topped it with 2 coats of Glisten & Glow “HK Girl”.

After 2 coats, my nails were as hard as rock.

Let me tell you, it was a sonuvabitch to get off – it took over 30 minutes.

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We had planned on doing a full American Horror Story Coven tour, but my hangover prevented us from going on any tours. I’m not as young as I used to be – I can’t hang with the big dogs. We did, however, go find Madame LaLaurie’s mansion in the French Quarter before we started drinking too heavily. They don’t allow tours anymore, which is a bummer, but we did peek into the courtyard and look into the windows.

I guess that just means we’ll have to go back again soon to get to see the Garden District house and all of the other locations we had planned on going to see!

Rubberman

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I bet you thought I forgot about my beautiful “Scream Supreme Collection” now that the 4th season of American Horror Story is over – nope!

This is Delush Polish “Rubberman”, inspired by the first season of American Horror Story. It’s a deep black jelly with holo glitters embedded. Instead of going slick and shiny, I decided to go matte with Zoya Matte Top Coat. I started with Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, then two coats of “Rubberman” and then one coat of Zoya Matte. It looks amazing, except for the Zoya Matte got a little crusty around my cuticles – blah. The formula is great – the first coat was thin and I was afraid it would be streaky, but the second coat created perfect full coverage.

Only one more Delush to try out…I need buy MORE……

A Night in the Asylum

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The end of Daylight Savings Time is giving my website Seasonal Affective Disorder. I don’t personally require sunlight to function, but I prefer to take my nail pictures in natural lighting…but my bathroom will have to do.

What do you think of Delush Polish “A Night in the Asylum”? This picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s an inky midnight jelly with teal/turquoise glitters and holographic dots. I used 3 thin coats and I did have to do a tiny bit of fishing to get the large dots, but it wasn’t too hard.

I used the Sinful Colors Base Coat – this stuff is a bitch to remove – I don’t need Orly Bonder’s help. I used Sally Hansen Diamond Flash for the top coat. “A Night in the Asylum” is fairly smooth, but I’m going to try 2 coats next time.

You HAVE to buy this set!

The Supreme

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So, since Daylight Savings Time ended, it’s dark when I get home and I have had to get creative to find good enough light to take nail pictures. My husband switched all of the bulbs to LED, which saves money…but LED lights SUCK for pictures. I get so-so results in my bathroom, but this time I used my son’s desk lamp. It’s better, but not ideal. Nothing beats sunlight, but I guess I’m screwed until March.

This is Delush Polish “The Supreme” from the “Scream Supreme Collection”, inspired by American Horror Story. It’s a blood red jelly, filled with different sizes of red glitter. The red is so deep that’s hard to see all the glitter. Orly Bonder for the base coat and I used Sally Hansen Diamond Flash for the top coat…except for my ring finger. I hadn’t tried out Zoya Matte Velvet Top Coat yet and OH MY GAWD. I love it so much more on this polish than the shiny shiny. It dries super quick, too – almost like a quick dry!

Only three more Delushies to try!

Freak Show Spectacle

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I feel like I’ve been gone forever! I usually paint my nails every other day, but I went three days on “Misty Day” because it looked so good…

This is Delush Polish “Freak Show Spectacle” from the “Scream Supreme” Collection. This polish is inspired by Season 4 – Freakshow. It’s a purple jelly filled with bright circus-y micro-glitter. This one is all tiny glitter and doesn’t have the bigger glitter like the others. It’s very patriotic – almost like Julep “America”.

I used Revlon Quick Dry Base and Top Coat. It did well enough, better than NYC “Grand Central Station” – but not as smooth as Sally Hansen Diamond Flash.