fivezero's Luckyscent fragrance/perfume sample haulage (September 2018)

Mini Haulage! Lucky Scent Fragrance Samples (2018)

Happy Friday, everybody! I have been AWOL from the land of nail polish for many months, and my renewed obsession with perfume has taken over.

I had been on a bit of a perfume hiatus for about three years, from 2014 to late last year, mainly because I was having kids and wasn’t fussed with scented things at all for that period. Now that the kids are both bigger tots, I’ve revived my interest in perfume.

The kids are loving it, as well. They enjoy testing a scent on their shirtsleeves while I’m browsing the testers in-store; Peanut (who’s now 4 and in kindergarten!) always picks an interesting-looking bottle and claims that it smells the way it looks. So something like Versace Dylan Blue “smells like blueberries!” (No, it doesn’t!) But, by default, everything smells like “Strawberries!” or “Potato juice!” I don’t understand that last one, either. Olive, who is now 2, does a little dab to mimic me sniffing my wrists, even though she’s not wearing any scent.

So, I’ve spent the last nine months or so catching up on all the new department store releases I’ve been able to get my hands on.

I found many new loves in both the designer realm (Love by Chloé, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum, Lanvin Me), among the drugstore offerings (Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu, Jessica Simpson Fancy, Britney Spears Private Show), and in that space between (MAC Créme d’Nude and Velvet Teddy, Aramis Calligraphy Rose). I’ve even discovered a few beauties from decades past (Chanel Cristalle EDP, Chloé Narcisse, Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies).

Niche-land, however, is where I’ve yet to explore further. I’ve dabbled a bit (Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu, Berdoues Assam of India), but there’s a massive world of niche out there that seems exponentially larger now than it was when I last visited it.

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New Release: Julep — October 2018 “Up All Night”

Collection: Julep 2018 October “Up All Night”

Julep’s October 2018 collection consists of five new and one repromoted shades of deep and rich nail colors, plus two new shades of Take a Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment (8 mL for $18 / $14.40 Maven): Sheer Orchid and Sheer Peach.

From Julep:

The beauty of darkness is everything it lets shine. Like stars in the sky, these shimmer and glitter finishes thrive in the depths of darkness.

Here are the two nail treatments and six polishes for October:

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New Release: Julep — September 2018 “Seize the Day”

Collection: Julep 2018 September “Seize the Day”

Julep’s September 2018 collection consists of four new and two repromoted shades of muted nail colors, plus three new shades of It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon (2 g for $20 / $16 Maven): Canyon Rose, Melon Nude, and Sepia Mauve.

From Julep:

Go all day, every day with these seriously chic new polish shades. They’ll take you there and then some with a little extra shimmer on the side.

Here are the six polishes for September:

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New Release: Julep — August 2018 “Light & Luster”

Collection: Julep 2018 August “Light & Luster”

Julep’s August 2018 collection consists of five new and one repromoted shades of bright nail color, plus a new face product, Perk It Under-Eye Treatment Brightener (1.4 g for $26 / $20.80 Maven), which comes in five shades.

From Julep:

Summer may be winding down soon, but the future looks brighter than ever. This month’s illuminated collection captures the beaming energy of the season starting with the launch of our new under-eye brightener with skincare ingredients built right in. And of course, we had to round it out with a high-shimmer polish collection in saturated colors inspired by dreamy, exotic getaways to faraway lands.

Get ready to see the end of summer in a whole new light!

Shining, shimmering, splendid. This month’s glistening nail polish collection takes you on a wild ride with full-spectrum colors that capture the richness of late-summer sunsets. Go bold or go barely-there—either way, just go and see where the magic takes you.

Did they just quote “A Whole New World” from Aladdin? Here are the six polishes for August:

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New Release: Julep — July 2018 “Hot Tropics”

Collection: Julep 2018 July “Hot Tropics”

Julep’s July 2018 collection consists of six new and one repromoted shades of bright nail color, plus a new body cleanser, Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Cleansing Oil (296 mL for $38 / $30.40 Maven):

Julep Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Cleansing Oil (July 2018)

This month’s Nail Color shades are mostly brights (one vampy) in shimmery, metallic, frosty, and holographic finishes.

From Julep:

Welcome to the Jungle

Heat waves and dripping humidity meet cool reflection with vibrant jewels-of-the-jungle polish shades. Get drenched in energetic flora tones with radiating finishes.

Here are the seven polishes for July:

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Free Canada Day Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada (2018)

Hi everybody! Once again, in anticipation of Canada Day on July 1, Nail Polish Canada is giving away a number of Canada Day nail vinyls by Whats Up Nails!

The first ten people (Canadian addresses only, please) to use the coupon code QJRG3846006 will receive the nail vinyls for free.

Nail Polish Canada free Canada Day Nail Vinyls by Whats Up Nails

If all ten have already been redeemed, you can check Nail Polish Canada for a list of other participating blogs, each with a unique redemption code.

My free vinyls haven’t arrived yet, but I’ll post pics here when they do! 🇨🇦

Disclaimer: This product is a press sample and was provided by Nail Polish Canada as part of a promotion. There are no referral links in this post.

[Images: nailpolishcanada.com / Whats Up Nails.]

New Release: OPI — Pop Culture (Summer 2018)

 

Collection: OPI 2018 Summer, Pop Culture

OPI has released a new effects collection, Pop Culture, for Summer 2018!

Introducing six new vibrant colors infused with bubble-like translucent particles for textured nails like you’ve never seen before.

 

The new collection consists of 6 new limited edition shades of Nail Lacquer. Frankly, I hate most textured polishes, and a bubble effect on the nail just makes me think of disease. Shudder. Hard pass for me.

At least the colors look cute! They’re a little shimmery, too.

Pink Bubbly
Ahhh, sip slowly and enjoy a nail polish manicure of pure pink effervescence.

OPI Pops
Raspberry red nail polish to make your nails POP-POP-POP!

Hate to Burst Your Bubble
A not so mellow yellow nail polish that treats your nails to an explosive burst of color.

Bumpy Road Ahead
Hang on! A galactic blue nail polish that will launch your nails into another dimension.

Days of Pop
Let your nail polish tell a story about your favorite old jeans and a bottle of pop.

Pop Star
Bring on the paparazzi! This poppin’ purple nail polish is ready to pounce.

4-pc Mini Set
OPI Pops, Pink Bubbly, Pop Star, Days of Pop

Happy Shopping!

[Images via opi.com]