Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sephora Memorial Day sale

I see something in the Memorial Day Sale at Sephora that I'm tempted by, so I thought I'd share:
This is the Gel Lab Pro top-coat and base-coat set. You can get 2 mini-size bottles for $16.80 or two full-size bottles for 31.50. Many of the polishes are marked down to $14, as well. (Actually it looks like everything Deborah Lippmann is marked down.)

Among non-polish items, the adorable Tarte mermaid-handle brushes are marked down to $29 for the set:
I had really been coveting these, but then I read the reviews, and it looks like these are very soft brushes, which usually are not my thing. Instead I bought a different but sort-of-on-theme set from Sephora Collection (which is not marked down):
These are all fan brushes, which is something I don't already have and would like to. The Tarte ones are a better deal right now, though, if they suit your needs and/or wants.

There are a lot of other good deals in there, but these are what caught my eye! I already ordered the brush set above; I'm trying to talk myself out of ordering one of the Lippmann sets just to try it out, too.

Added: one more thing that's not on sale, because it's cute polish and the duo name is Flock You, which makes me laugh:
However, it's currently out of stock. Maybe it will get restocked before long. These not my colors, particularly, but I still think they're cute. And these duos are $15, which is normally the price of a single NailsInc polish - and they are full-size. (I do have a couple of different duos from them - this one which I showed just yesterday, and this unicorn-themed one.)

Friday, May 25, 2018

NailsInc Holler-Graphic

This is another one of those NailsInc duos, this one called Holler-Graphic:

These two are called Ghetto Galactic and Rocket Fuel

This is Rocket Fuel...
...and Ghetto Galactic, which I gather is the name of a song?
I don't love that name, really - but hey, it's pretty! Pink sparkly holo. The two formulas seem pretty much identical except for the color.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NOTD: Always Be A Dragon

I bought several things from Lucky 13 that I haven't remembered to take pictures of yet. (That was toward the end of my big March-April binge.) This one is Always Be A Dragon:
It's slightly less bright in real life than it appears on the monitor I'm looking at now. You can maybe see a little of the linear holo; I think it's also got some metallic shifty stuff in it. I have a couple of other holos in "dragon" colors but I like this one the best. (Both of the other two are darker greens, I think that's why.)

This comes from the Always Be Yourself collection, which comes from that meme I've been seeing a lot the last year or so; the version I've seen the most often is: "Always be yourself ...unless you can be a unicorn, then be a unicorn" (or substitute whatever you might prefer: dragon or mermaid or Batman - or Hermione.) (Lucky 13 did not do Hermione, but they did all of the others and maybe a couple more things I've forgotten.)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Target box #1 (incl.Galax-Sea)

I bought two April Target boxes - the last I looked these were both still available but they may well be gone by now. It took me a while to get around to posting all this stuff. As you can see, this one is called "Be You(tiful)". Like (I think) all of Target's boxes, it cost $7 including shipping.This one actually has a nail polish in it, along with a bunch of other stuff.

Here's the list:
  1. Sinful Colors Galax-sea (green glitter)
  2. Nexxus Keraphix shampoo and conditioner, 3 oz each
  3. Olly Beauty Vitamin (1 serving of 2 pieces) flavor Grapefruit Glam (contains biotin, vit amins C, E, & borage oil
  4. e.l.f. Gotta Glow lip tint in Perfect Pink (.11 oz)
  5. L'Oreal Pure-clay Cleanser
  6. Honest Younger Face deep hydration day (.17 oz, 5ml)
  7. Simple micellar makeup remover eye pads - 30 pads 
(+ coupons for several of these)

Galax-sea is a mixed-size green glitter. I think all the glitter is the same shade of green.

On the whole - I won't use all this stuff but I think I'll use more than I won't, in this case. The polish is not anything exciting, honestly. I ate the vitamins right after I took the picture (it was two of them, with a gummy formula - but of course one dose of vitamins can't possibly do anything noticeable). Shampoo, especially, is something I'll always use - and probably the conditioner too, eventually. I've been messing with the micellar pads, and I've tried the Honest moisturizer and the lip tint. I don't really think I'll use the clay cleanser. On the whole this is a good box, though.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Topic Tuesday: Polishes I regret buying

"Polishes I regret buying" is kind of a standard topic for nail bloggers, on YouTube, especially - I'll put up a couple of links to some below. But it's not something I've talked about before so I decided it's time to do it. The standard "this is just my opinion" disclaimer applies here: especially, don't take this as a slam on your taste if you like some of these. Things that bug me may not bug you, the colors that look awful on me may be great for you, etc!

My least-favorite Zoya of all time is Ali (and bear in mind that I've bought 80+ Zoyas over the years so it's a big pool!):
This is a color thing. I like this picture because you can get a good sense of how bright it is. Basically neons don't work for me because they are warm colors and I am definitely a person who looks good in cool colors. Mostly I have the sense not to buy out-and-out neons, but I guess I didn't realize how neon this one was. Here's an old entry where I tried to get it to work for me, and mostly failed. I haven't worn it since then, I'm pretty sure. (I thought I still had this polish, but I think maybe I finally gave it away to my cousin last year.)

Worst application issues: Terrybly Moving Mauve, which I bought heavily marked down, but it wasn't even worth the $7 I paid for it (much less the $30!!! it retailed for).

I don't seem to much like multicolor glitters: Funky Fingers Unicorn Farts and WnW Party of Five Glitters are two that come to mind for the regret list. (Recently I wore Daphne's Birthday Party, which is better but I'm still not in love with it.)

Here's one I didn't actually buy: Shake Your Money Maker
I didn't buy this, but if I had it would definitely belong here. I gave my sister a list and this was on it, so that sort of counts, to my mind - if I hadn't asked for it I could presumably have gotten something I'd like better, at least in theory. It looks awesome in the bottle, but I've just never been able to make it live up to that on the nail. (I'm guessing it's a good thing that I didn't ask for Lippmann Happy Birthday.)

(It's not that I hate every multicolor glitter - if I did I would have given up on them sooner. I had a big flirtation with holiday-themed glitters, although I think I'm sort of over it now. On the whole I like small glitters better than big ones.)

I thought about putting Hard Candy Sky on this list because it just doesn't look good on me, but really, it's a famous and famously-HTF polish, and I'm not sorry I bought it just because it is what it is. I don't have many things like that! (But I've tried several times to wear it and it never works on me, so it's just a collector's item, as far as I'm concerned.)

I could probably come up with some more, but I'll stop. Here are some YouTube people's opinions. I don't think I own any of the polishes they talk about.

Monday, May 21, 2018

April Boxy Charm box

I had never heard of Boxy Charm until lately - it's a box that costs twice as much as most boxes like Ipsy and Sephora Play (i.e., $20 instead of $10 or so), but it gives you full-size products instead of large samples. I believe they say that the products always have a retail value of at least $100 - although that doesn't always impress me too much because if it's not something I want then I figure it doesn't have much actual value to me. Still, I looked at what was included in some of the boxes and I decided to try it.

(I say that about the value but actually I have lots of female relatives who get grab-bags of my leftover items from various boxes as gifts, and who usually act like it's the most awesome thing in the world. So there is a value to people who I give gifts to even if it's not something I'll use myself!)

  1. Colourpop You Had Me At Hello palette - 12 shades, mostly neutrals (MSRP $18)
  2. Tarteist Pro Glow (liquid highlighter) in Sparkler - sort of a golden-tan color (.56 oz, MSRP $29)
  3. Dr Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (pore refining mask) (1 oz, MSRP $47)
  4. Adresse Hi-Definition Liquid Lipstick - don't see a color name, it's sort of a clay/tan color (.23 oz, MSRP $24)
  5. The BrowGal Instatint tinted eyebrow gel - brown hair 02 (I've mislaid the card but I did a search and places seem to be selling it for $20-22 so I'm guessing the MSRP is probably $22)
These are lovely products and definitely a good value if you look at the MSRPs (total of about $140), but I don't really think I'll end up using much of this, so this will become future gifts, I'm sure. I did not actually cancel this yet, though - I'll have the May box coming later. (Added: I decided over the weekend that I was keeping the palette after all - I originally looked at it and went, "too neutral" but later looked at it again and decided the colors were more interesting than I thought!)

Here's Kathleen Lights talking about her April box, which seems to have been about the same as mine, except she got a different palette:

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Purple Monkey Dishwasher

This is Purple Monkey Dishwasher, from Pretty Serious:
I almost bought this several years ago because I thought the name was funny, and I ended up buying Poltergeist Puddle instead, which I adore so I definitely don't regret that. But I finally got around to buying this and it's pretty cool, too. Other than being purple they're not really that much alike.

From PS's website (it's still there & marked down):
"Purple Monkey Dishwasher does not contain any actual monkeys (hey, we're vegan and cruelty free!), and it won't actually wash your dishes for you, but it is 100% purple! Sparkly purple!"

(Apparently this is a nonsense phrase popularized by The Simpsons but predating it - at least that's what somebody on Urban Dictionary says. Somebody further down in the entry says it's sometimes used for microphone checks because nothing else sounds very much like it - which makes sense to me as a reason why it would previously have existed.)