Sephora Play! June 2017 – Your Summer Starters

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Oops! I left town without finishing my homework…

Without further ado, here’s June box/bag, “Your Summer Starters”: Benefit The POREfessional (so much of this stuff, but it works); OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil (smells so good); First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (excited to try); Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel (ooooh, more coconut); Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liquid in “K-Dub” (This is SO my color, well…my old car’s color; Also, I used the alias ‘L-Dub’ on another blog years ago); and Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium (nope).

A great box, cannot wait to use more of the products!

I wish I could use the 50 point bonus cards on online orders – I hardly EVER go into the store.

If you haven’t signed up yet, do so now. This is by far the best subscription box I get every month. Sephora Play is only $10/month. You can sign up at sephora.com/play.

That Lil

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After doing my daughter Lily’s nails for Field Day next week (they had to be YELLOW to match her Field Day shirt), I let her take the wheel and pick out something for my nails. She carefully picked out two of her NYX polishes (from last Xmas) – a bright pink creme and a shimmery fuchsia. (On a side note, I HATE that these tiny polishes do not have names on the bottle. In fact, they likely do not have names at all. The OCD in me cannot handle it.) She demanded that I alternate nails and then do contrasting dots…that Lil has an eye for design!

After Sally Hansen Diamond Shine for a base coat, I followed Lil’s directions. Slowly, I dotted my nails. I tried to keep them neat and geometric, but they’re not perfect. I finished with “HK Girl”. My left hand only smeared a bit on the pinky…but my right hand looks horror show – like a rain of pink and fuchsia comets. SIGH. Patience was never my strong suit.

Maybe I should let Lil pick all my polish looks?

Furious Poisonberry

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After years of painting, I’ve finally found THE polish that matches my car perfectly. And I didn’t even find it myself – it just appeared in my last Target Beauty Box.

This is Sinful Colors “Poisonberry” – two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. Just…wow. The first coat was smooth, not streaky – and totally opaque. The second coat self-evened perfectly.

It’s very similar to Kat Von D “Bauhau5”, which is slightly more berry colored.

April Julep Maven Box – Brights + White

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Julep’s April collection is very, very interesting – “Brights + White”, a collection of vivid sheer polishes, meant to be layered.

This month’s beauty product is Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Stick. It’s like a stick of deodorant, but oils and enzymes to clean your face. I also got the Kaolin Clay Konjac Sponge (it even came with a little suction hook to hang it to dry – LOVE that) to go with it. I tried it last night – it was weird, but my face felt very clean and impossibly smooth after using them.

I couldn’t pick just one of the vivd sheer polishes, so in addition to It Girl “Ari”extreme fuchsia vivid sheer, I got It Girl “Delaney”blue atoll vivid sheer – and Boho Glam “Gigi”zesty mandarin vivid sheer. The collection came with Classic with a Twist “Brigitte”bright white creme – to use under the sheers to make them pop. I used more jules and also added Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat – I was out! Since I added three products, I got a free bonus – Classic with a Twist “Lulu”wisteria mist soft focus (demi-matte).

My only complaint was the candy in the box. Sour Apple Air Heads. I HATE Sour Apple ANYTHING and Air Heads are asking for a visit to the dentist.

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Bela Lugosi’s Dead

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Now that Xmas is over-ish, back to the grind…OK, not a grind exactly – but you know what I mean.

This is Kat Von D vs Formula X “Bauhau5” (Bela Lugosi’s dead…undead, undead, undead). It’s a matte deep raspberry…or, um fuchsia. It’s very similar to Sonia Kashuk “Jewel Orchid”, which is still on my toes.

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat, then two coats of “Bauhau5”, then “HK Girl”. The first coat was streaky, but the second coat went on smoothly.

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The “Bauhau5” Studded Kiss Lipstick isn’t an exact match – it seems a little lighter than the polish.

This lipstick has good staying power. It lasted through a juicy Fuddrucker’s hamburger for lunch and then mexican food for dinner. I did use a little gloss to revive it after lunch, but my lips were pretty pink until I got ready for bed.

Oh yeah, ignore my tit zit.

Taffeta, Darling

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Yeah, I took this picture in my car – so?

I had a good reason – I just can’t remember what it was. I think I was afraid it would be raining when I got home from work (it wasn’t). Well, whatever the reason – the lighting in my car was really good today.

This is Julep “Cally” from August’s “Muse Montreal” Collection – festival fuchsia iridescent chrome. I can’t resist a fuchsia. There’s the slightest hint of an orange shimmer – it reminds me of those color shifting Taffeta Prom Dresses from the 80s/90s…I never had one, but Seventeen Magazine was full of them.

This is two coats with Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and “HK Girl”. The polish is thin, but gives great coverage.

I Fixed It!

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I was so unhappy with my not-NEON nails…but instead of taking it off and starting over, I decided to make the best of a bad situation and experiment…

I started with OPI “Super Bass Shatter” on my thumb. (Yes, I own a Nicki Minaj Collection nail polish – wanna fight?) OPI makes the best shatter/crackle polishes and this one is the best of ALL. It looks AMAZING with the yellow. Next, I tried Julep “Shoshanna” on my index finger. The yellow holo glitter really brings out the NEON. I also used “Shoshanna” on my ring finger, underneath a coat of “Super Bass Shatter”. I used Julep “Rita” for polka dots on my middle finger – I love this finger the best! Finally, I went glittery with Orly “Bubbly Bombshell” on my pinky.

I finished all of my nails with another coat of “HK Girl”. So between the base coat, three coats of “The Bright Thing” and the toppers, there are 7-8 coats of polish on each of my nails. Either they will go a week without chipping, or I’ll try to take it off and it’ll take FOREVER.

I absolutely LOVE how my nails look now. All it took was a little fuchsia.

Lainey is Spelled Wrong

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Don’t they know that’s NOT how you spell “Lane”??? Gosh.

I picked this polish because it is my sister’s name, even if it’s not spelled correctly…although she would never every wear this color. Julep “Lainey” is summer berry shimmer – but it looks fuchsia to me.

I used Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat with two coats of “Lainey”. I waited between coats, but there are still a few dratted bubbles! I topped with “HK Girl”.

Notice my little nubbins – usually I would have had a break by now, but the Biotin has made them strong. But I’m going fishing this weekend, so I’ve got to be prepared for baiting and gutting…

August Julep Maven Box – Muse Montreal Collection

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Sooo…did you notice that I never posted a review of Julep’s July box? That’s because I didn’t fucking get it. I canceled my card because I suspected fraud (turns out it was a false alarm) and I figured I would get an email to remind me to change my card number, but I didn’t fucking get that either. Oh well. It’s fixed now…

August’s collection is called “Muse Montreal”, inspired by the Canadian city. The new beauty product this month is Skip the Brush Crème-to-Powder Blush Stick. I chose “Moonlit Sand”, a glittery taupe. For polishes, I chose Wonder Maven “Laure”blazing red-orange stardust – and Boho Glam “Cally”festival fuchsia iridescent chrome. I added on a few polishes from last month’s “Drenched” Collection – Wonder Maven “Lainey”summer berry shimmer – and Boho Glam “Magdalene”blue curacao shimmer. I also grabbed this month’s “Back from the Vault” shade – “Mila” – charcoal multi-colored glitter. Since I got three add-on’s, I got Wonder Maven “Lee”spitfire red crème – for free! I also got a set of “metal marks” – mini temporary tattoos. (Very similar to the ones in last month’s BB5.)

This month’s box also included as card to fill out and share what #BravePretty means to you. To me, it’s all about my daughter – she’s NEVER going to see me hesitate to put on a swimsuit and play with her because I’m afraid of how I’ll look. Maybe because I’m lazy, but never because I feel fat.

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The Lace is On

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Okay, I promise – this is the last one tonight.

Lily was again kind enough to let me borrow one of her polishes. This is essie “The Lace is On”, a polish I bought her a while back at Nordstrom Rack for $2.75. (She didn’t have to ask but once – it’s a lovely fuchsia.) The formula is perfect – 2 coats, no clumps or streaks.

I’m trying to use up all my random base coats, so I used Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat. I stuck with “HK Girl” for the top coat though – I use my other top coats on Lily – she chews off her polish within 48 hours, so it doesn’t really matter.