Haulage! Sephora VIB Sale (April 2017)

Sephora’s annual spring sale started yesterday for VIB Rouge members, and the VIB sale starts today! I’m VIB so I just did my shopping. Everyone else (Beauty Insiders) can get 10% off starting tomorrow.

The sale runs from April 18 through 24, 2017.

VIB ROUGE (April 18–24)
15% off with the code: ROUGESPRING

VIB (April 19–24)
15% off with the code VIBSPRING

Beauty Insider (April 20–24)
10% off with the code BISPRING

My total order was over $100, so I split up my order into two $50+ orders so I could get twice the samples (you get 3 per order) and still receive free shipping in Canada. I waited a few hours in between the orders so that Sephora refreshed the samples and I could find three more I wanted.

Unfortunately, there weren’t any Rewards I wanted to redeem my Sephora Points for.

Here’s what I ended up getting (prices are in CA$ and are pre-15% off discount):

Order 1

Yeah, I couldn’t resist another lipstick!

  • Make Up For Ever Metal Palette ($16)
  • Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04
  • tarte Tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal
  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day (sample)
  • First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (sample)
  • Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (sample)

Order 2

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One Lovely Blog Award

The One Lovely Blog Award

This is straight-up embarrassing, but I was nominated for this award 1½ years ago, and I never got around to doing it! I have a minor backlog of these awards/tags, so I’m going to finish them up on Tag Tuesdays, starting today!

Becca-Anne Beauty first nominated me for this award; she hasn’t blogged for about a year now, but she still has some great makeup and beauty posts on her site!

Then, earlier this month, I was nominated for the same award by Meg Kem Magic, who’s a relatively new blogger (like, a month old!) so please go check out her lovely beauty blog!

Thanks so much to both Becca-Anne and Meg! 😁

The One Lovely Blogger Award stipulates that I need to share 7 facts about myself. Since I’m combining two nominations in one post, I’ll do 14 facts.

The One Lovely Blog Award

The rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thanking the person that nominated you and leaving a link to their blog
  • Posting about the award
  • Sharing seven facts about yourself
  • Nominating at most 15 people
  • Letting your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

7 14 Facts About Myself

I hope I haven’t repeated any of these from previous posts!

1

My favorite color was red, for the longest time. Several years ago, I somehow no longer felt like it was, and I do not currently have a favorite color. I can find most every color appealing—it just has to be used the right way!

2

Blue cheese is my favorite kind of cheese. Cashel Blue and Saint Agur are my favorites of the blues I’ve tried (I’ve gone through Auvergne, Bénédictin, Bresse, Cambozola, Gorgonzola, Maytag, Météorite, Roquefort, Stilton, and a few others). Both are so buttery and creamy, and not the most pungent blues you’ll find, so they’re great entry-level blues, too. I really should try some more, but these two are so yummy and readily available where I am that I tend not to stray!

Blue cheese section of the Cheese Wall at Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws, Toronto, ON, Canada
Blue cheese section of the Cheese Wall at Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws
Image: fivezero.ca

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fivezero's IPSY Glam Bag "Sideshow" April 2017

Ipsy — April 2017 Glam Bag “Sideshow”

My Ipsy bag arrived on Thursday, and I’m quite happy with it this month because—drumroll, maestro!—I got another nail polish! It’s actually a duo, so I kind of got two in one.

Ipsy Glam Bag, April 2017, Sideshow

Ipsy April 2017 Glam Bag: “Sideshow”
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow in Show Me Your Glow (0.7 g sample; 10 g full size US$25)
  • Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel (10 g travel size; 100 g full size; US$30)
  • Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey (10 mL full size; US$10)
  • OFRA Blush in Rendezvous (4 g full size refill pan; US$12, $15 with compact)
  • TONY MOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom (3.5 mL full size; US$10, US$6.19 at Cosmetic Love)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, March 2017, Sideshow

fivezero’s Ipsy March 2017 Glam Bag: “Sideshow”
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Elizabeth Mott: 50% off any purchase with code GLOW50 (through 05/31/2017)
  • Hanalei: 30% off any purchase with code ALOE30 (through 05/31/2017)
  • Meg: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 05/31/2017; US only)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code Ipsy30 (through 04/30/2017; US & CA only)
  • TONY MOLY (US): 20% off + a free gift with any $45+ purchase with code IPSYTM (through 05/31/2017; US only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Zoya’s Annual Earth Day Exchange 2017

Just a reminder to everyone that Zoya’s annual Earth Day Exchange is running from April 10–May 10 this year. Earth Day takes place on April 22, 2017.

Donate or safely dispose of your old nail polish—older polishes are particularly bad for the environment due to toxic chemicals like toluene and phthalates, which leach into the groundwater. You have the option of donating your old polish, mailing your old polish to Zoya, or dropping them off at your local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) location (EPA link, Canadian link). My city, Toronto, holds Community Environment Days at various locations, and I like to save up my electronic waste and HHW for when an event is held in my neighborhood.

Details from Zoya:

Once you receive your order, decide if you are going to send in your unwanted polishes or donate them to a local cause. We are using the honor code to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish as quickly as possible! Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. If you do choose to send us your old polish, we promise to properly dispose of it according to environmental guidelines. If you choose to ship back polishes, please include a copy of your invoice with your order and make sure to comply with the shipping guidelines by your carrier of choice. You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering, there is no limit! Please note: You will need to check with your carrier of choice for guidelines and restrictions on shipping nail polish.

Use the code EARTHLUV to receive 50% off your purchase of 6–24 bottles of nail polish (salons must purchase 12–48 bottles). Excluded from the promotion are Zoya Treatments and Naked Manicure Base and Top Coats. Shipping is free, though there is an ~$10 processing fee for Canadian addresses. This promotion is open to Continental US and Canadian customers only.

I’ve just placed my order (Amira, Claudine, Lacey, Logan, Millie, and Zara; I also got 3 “fun sized” bottles—Cece, Neely, and Temperance—from their Easter promo, which are 7 mL and $6 each, though the current deal is 3/$10 and the Earth Day 50% off doesn’t work on top of that; the mini bottle of Remove Plus is a freebie). I didn’t realize until just now that I got a lot of green in my order! Earth Day must have been on my mind! 🌎

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017, fivezero's order

fivezero’s Zoya Earth Day Exchange order, 2017

As I’m not yet ready to organize old polishes to toss/donate, I will be making donations to the Environmental Defense Fund (US-based) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada for my part of the exchange this year.

Today, it has become especially imperative that we fight for our planet.

Climate change is not a hoaxnor is it a joke.

[Relevant xkcd.]

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017

Images: zoya.com

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Zoya — Tallulah (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2009 Summer, Ooh-La-La

It’s Throwback Thursday again, and here is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. That’s saying a lot, because I have a lot of blue nail polish!

Tallulah (ZP481) is a beautiful, fairly true blue with a touch of cornflower. It doesn’t read overly cool, so it still works well on my warm skintone. The superfine silvery aqua shimmer also has an iridescent violet flash.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Vert Époque, swatch

L’Oréal — Vert Époque (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile)

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2017, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line. I’m happy to report that they’ve released several new shades for the spring, and while I haven’t been able to find all of them in stores by me—I’ve only seen two or three, one being a plain black cream, Noir Noir—I did manage to pick up one lonely new shade.

Here’s Vert Époque (770), a gorgeous midtoned turquoise cream. It’s bright enough to be spring-y, yet subdued enough to be effortlessly chic. This could very well be my new pedi shade for the spring!

The shade name literally means “green era/epoch”, though I’m unsure whether there’s a more specific meaning in French.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

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New Release: Deborah Lippmann — Cool In the Summer (Summer 2017)

Collection: Deborah Lippmann 2017 Summer, Cool In the Summer

Deborah Lippmann has released a new collection of Gel Lab Pro nail polishes for Summer 2017.

Inspired by the modern jetsetter’s wanderlust and the pulsating energy found at exotic locations around the globe… This collection features psychedelic and vivid new shades.

A compelling combination of clashing colors for an exciting, fearless vibe.

Cool In the Summer consists of four shades:

  • Hot Child In the City (full coverage bright orange creme)
  • Shut Up and Dance (full coverage poppy pink creme)
  • I’m Too Sexy (full coverage sandy nude creme)
  • Stargasm (full coverage rose gold shimmer)

Hot Child In the City, Shut Up and Dance

I’m Too Sexy, Stargasm

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Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro retails for US$20. The set of four shades is available for $64, as well.

Happy shopping!

Demi Lovato, “Cool For the Summer” (2015):