Five Thing Friday – Nail Polish

My 5 favorite nail polishes right now!


  1. Trust Fund Beauty in No Filter ($15) – “A deep neutral with greyish-purple undertones.” A seriously pretty, serious, sophisticated neutral.  Opaque, easy to apply, minimal wear and tear.
  2. Ciate in Spinning Teacup ($13) – Pale lavender with good coverage and light enough to not notice chips.
  3. Sally Hansen in Greyfitti ($7) – I don’t understand why this is “gel” color, and it’s not exceptionally hearty (ed. I guess I’m supposed to use their Miracle Gel top coat because OF COURSE I am), but the pale, ceramic gray beautiful.  Not too dark to be unprofessional, but just subversive enough to be an edgy neutral.  Yeah, I just described a nail color as subversive…  Tangent – What is greyfitti?  Is it trying to be confetti?  Or Nefertitti? Why doesn’t it have sparkles?
  4. Sinful Colors in Kule as a Kukumber ($4) – Cucumbers are NOT this color green (maybe ones spelled Kukumber are?), but this pale, sea foam green color with a bit of sparkle makes the herculean task of removing sparkle nail polish worth it.
  5. Essie in Skirting the Issue ($9)- The only real fall color of the bunch, this is a smoky merlot.  It is slightly transparent and requires careful application, or else your nail beds look like they’re bleeding.  My own inadequate application is why I stick mostly to lighter colors, but sometimes you just want the badass, sexy red nail.

Makeup Monday: Money Spending Frenzy

This happens every few months or so. I drop a couple hundred dollars on things I don’t need. $50 of those dollars went to Sephora because they had a 5 free samples promo.  I’ve already tried all of the free samples, so those reviews are below, but first here’s what I actually spent money on.


  • Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette ($36) – I have way too many neutral eyeshadow palettes and this looked like a good antidote.  Plus, it comes with a “glamour guide tutorial.”
  • Nails Inc. in London Court ($14) – Too much to spend on a nailpolish?  Absolutely.  Exactly enough to bring me up to free shipping?  You betcha!  It’s the perfect, opaque, pale pink/white color.


  • |★★★★☆| Caudalie Premiere Cru the Eye Cream ($99) – Eye cream.  Good.  Nothing worth $99 though.
  • |★★★☆☆| Clinique Cleanser, Exfoliant, and Lotion ($26) – Very mild 3 piece cleansing routine.  Mild, but drying.  I needed the lotion by the end.
  • |★★★☆☆| bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($19) – Somehow, something called both bare minerals AND domination seems a little at odds.  Lengthening, but not thickening.
  • |★★★★★| Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26) – LOVE THIS!  A mask that’s also a lipstick.  I’m wearing the Champagne color below and it’s gorgeous.
  • |★★☆☆☆| Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation ($39) – Extremely liquidy, very sheer coverage.  Not my color or my cup of tea.  Though I will admit, non-matte foundations photograph better as evidenced below.

I am actually wearing all of the samples in this picture.

I’ll review my purchases soon.  As well as the Sephora PLAY! box I just got, which I forgot I was getting, and probably rendered this shopping spree unnecessary…oops.

Make Up Monday: Affordable Sephora Christmas List

This list couldn’t possibly include everything I want from Sephora (all pictures from, but here some of the things I can afford that I’ve been drawn to while shopping for others (and subsequently added them to my own Christmas list).

His & Hers Minimergency Kits ($14 and $16, respectively) – How cute would these be for the wedding?!  And how on earth do they have everything you’d need and still cost less than $20?!?!  Way to go, Sephora!  Seriously, the girl one has a tampon, breath freshener, sewing kit, double sided tape…the list goes on…and on…and on.

L’Occitane Almond Delights ($16) – This comes with a body wash, hand and body lotion, but under fancy names.  Literally, I had to read the description to figure out what the hell “milk concentrate” does.  BUT, who doesn’t love the smell of almonds and feeling fancy?  All for $16?  Sign me up!

Sephora Wishes Come True Palette ($15) – This is the same category as the Dreams palette I bought a few months ago and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (seriously, I use it more than my Make Up For Ever palette and it costs $40 less).  So, I’d be pretty stoked to get the Wishes Come True palette which has less eyeshadow, but more variety of color, and has a pink blush plus two highlighters.

Deborah Lippmann Undressed Shades of Nude nailpolish set ($34) – Usually, I’m all about the bright, unexpected colors (think opaque, matte lime green), but lately I’ve been drawn to more neutral nails (maybe it’s the bride in me?).  I love this set of, which would make ombre neutral nails pretty easy.  THe name is pretty cute, too!

Makeup Monday – Sephora Outrageous Curl & Gel Manicures

I’ve been itching to try a new mascara even though I have FOUR in rotation right now, so I went back to my LashStash box to review the next one = Sephora Outrageous Curl ($15).  This is affordable and I’ve used Sephora mascaras I’ve liked before.  This particular one has a very weird brush.  It’s one of the rubber brushes, but the spiky bristles are more like little nubs, so they don’t really separate, and even tend to clump.



It’s not lengthening or even really volumizing (unless you could clumping as volumizing), but it does seem to hold the curl and, since I have long lashes, it looks pretty nice.

In other news, I got a gel manicure kit for Christmas.  I’ve tried it twice and I do not think I’ll be making it a regular thing.  You have to be able to put on nail polish perfectly, including the clear base coat.  Once it gets on your skin and cures, it’s stuck there and it looks terrible.  The polish also isn’t as viscous as regular nail polish, so it spreads and pools while you’re  doing your other nails.  This could be avoided by “curing” one nail at a time under the LED lights, but that ups your risk of cancer (what doesn’t these days?) and would take forever.  It also left my nails in a terrible state when I took off the polish AND new colors are at least $2 more expensive than regular polish.  I’m over it.



It’s bad. It’s really bad.