SAKS Fifth Avenue offers have been incredible this year. On the morning of 05/11/15, I woke up to find a surprise, unique discount code for 20% off. It included beauty purchases. Passing a discount like that is near impossible, but ebates was also celebrating its birthday. At the time, a number of stores were participating in 16% cash back. Of course, SAKS was one of them. That meant, I would get 20% off the subtotal and 16% back after the purchase. Paying 16% back after removing 20% works out to a 32.8% discount, which is incredible. Neither the discount code nor the cash back had many limitations making it available on items and brands that do not see regular discounts. Unless there is a reason you cannot partake in an offer like this, you always should.
When it comes to creative ideas, I will never be of any help to anyone. My artistic abilities are lacking and hover near nil. Say hover near nil five times really fast! Some Beautytalk readers may have already seen these, because I actually shared them there just before I intended on writing this article. Well life and a million other things got in the way. This is the look I came up with for my nails, which I painted on Valentine’s Day.
February 18th started like any other day. My beautiful niece, Sammy, had been in the hospital since the 16th. Prior to the 16th no one knew anything was wrong with her. She woke up with swollen limbs, and my sister rushed her to the hospital to find out why. For two days, the doctors told my sister that her daughter’s heart condition was beyond repair. From one hospital to the next, my sister was in search of a better trained hospital and a more favorable prognosis.
Every time my sister told me there was no hope, I refused to believe it. Some might say I was in denial. After all, she was healthy or so I thought. I prayed constantly and asked my friends to do the same. There were leagues of people praying for one little girl to overcome her ailments.
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My hands are not the best, so I have a love/hate relationship with nail polish. On the one hand (sorry that I could not help the pun), unkempt hands get ignored. That way, no one notices them. At the same time, all hands look better with a nice manicure and a little polish. Yes, more people will notice them, but at least they will look as good as they can. So, I invite all of you on my journey to keep my rough, man-hands polished as much as possible. I’ve joined a nail polish challenge and plan to paint my nails at least once a week for the remainder of 2015.
Nail polish Saturday will be my new “thing.” I started collecting nail polish in May 2013. Prior to that, I only owned a couple of older bottles that I tossed when my new collection started. That means my current collection is all less than two years old with some being very near the two year mark and others that just arrived today. My newest haul from Julep just came in with two polishes and a plush pout. Of course, I will always swatch new items for you.
Welcome to the January edition of Swatches and Looks. I want to catalog the items that did not make it into another article, so I will post these when applicable. If they’ve made it into another article, they will not appear here.
Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland. The color is a pinkish/coral with a touch of red. I love this color. These lippies fall between a gloss and a lipstick. This particular one is a little less sticky than other colors I’ve tried from the same line. It leaves a slightly sticky mess as it fades, so the formula is not my favorite.
Urban Decay Liar. I find the color and the formula okay. There is nothing overly special or terrible about either.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It goes on clear and hardens on the skin. I did leave it on for about 25 minutes (it suggests 20-30). From a single foil, I did not get a full feeling of how well it worked. My skin did look slightly nicer afterward, but I would need to experiment longer to give a true opinion on this.
Have you tried any of these items? What do you think of them?
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