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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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


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):

New Release: Deborah Lippmann — Message In a Bottle (Spring 2017)

Collection: Deborah Lippmann 2017 Spring, Message In a Bottle

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

Message In a Bottle consists of four shades:

  • Message In a Bottle (sheer holographic mauve shimmer)
  • Beachin’ (taupe brown crème)
  • Cake By the Ocean (baby pink crème)
  • Sea of Love (misty blue crème)
Deborah Lippmann Message In a Bottle collection (Spring 2017)
Deborah Lippmann Message In a Bottle collection (Spring 2017)

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

Happy shopping!

The Police, “Message In a Bottle” (1979):

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Deborah Lippmann — Glamorous Life (Nail Color)

Brand: Deborah Lippmann

I don’t know exactly when this shade was released, but a quick Google tells me that the earliest online reviews are from 2011, and that Deborah Lippmann spent ages trying to get a nail polish to match a rose gold Rolex watch. That is exactly the kind of dedication I like in my nail polish brands!

Rolex Day-Date watch in Everrose Gold
Rolex Day-Date in Everrose Gold
Image: rolex.com

As a result, Glamorous Life—pity she didn’t go with a horologically-inspired name—is less of a pink rose gold and more of a classic jewelry rose gold. It’s not basically pink (see The Semiotics of “Rose Gold”), but a regular yellow gold that’s been slightly warmed up with the addition of some copper, making it less brassy and more bashful.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life

It’s weird when I Google for images of this polish, because a few of them look quite blush pink, and the others look more like mine, a soft gold, or maybe a touch copper. It could be that the color has changed over the years, but I don’t really remember this bottle looking especially pink when I got it, either. It also looks gold in the photos by a couple of bloggers who swatched back in 2011/12, so maybe I’ll just chalk it all up to lighting differences. I can’t see my bottle looking very pink under any lights, though. Batch inconsistencies could be a culprit, too.

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Nails Inc. Superfood Nail Fuel Collection

Haulage! Sephora Fall Sale (November 2016)

Time for annual Sephora haulage! It’s hard to pass up 20% off, even when I haven’t been shopping much at Sephora all year.

Ugh, you know it’s winter when everyone starts getting sick! My husband started feeling a little under the weather yesterday, and this morning poor Peanut started feeling badly, too. A couple of barf-ups later, he’s much better—I have a sinking feeling it’s a norovirus-kind of bug. We all got hit with it around December last year, and I hate it. I remember hugging the toilet half the night, yet not actually barfing. I hope I don’t come down with it again (if I do, it’ll probably be tonight! Joy!) and especially that our little infant Olive doesn’t get affected.

Anyway, on to the fun stuff. (Cleaning up barf? Not fun.) I posted my first order here; also, just before the sale ended, I snuck in one extra order! Here are all the goodies from both orders:

  • Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set (8 color polishes + Hard Rock base & top coat)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses Noir
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C406
  • Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in Sally
  • Nails Inc. Superfood Nail Fuel Collection (4 color polishes + NailKale Superfood Base Coat)
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey
  • Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Pro Essential Brush Stash


  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser & Rose Face Mask (Sephora Birthday 2016 deluxe samples)
  • Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil Cologne Absolue EDP (sample)
  • Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale Cologne Absolue EDP (sample)
  • Maison Margiela Replica: Lipstick On EDT (sample)
  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP (sample)
  • Versace Bright Crystal EDT (sample)they didn’t send this! 😦
  • Versace Eros Pour Femme EDP (sample)

And with this haul, I am VIB for 2017, as well.

Haulage Photos

Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set
Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set:
Emperor’s New Clothes, Ever After, King of the Road, Blue Blood, Crown Velvet,
If I Ruled the World, Hard Rock Nail Strengthening Base & Top Coat,
Reign of Love, Queen of the Night (all Deluxe Sizes).

I actually still have a couple Deborah Lippmann sets to go through from previous years (yes, not one but two). I promise to go through them SOON! Aaaack. Also, super excited to try the new Gel Lab Pro line in this set.

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Sephora Fall Sale: My Haulage!

As I’m VIB at Sephora this year, I finally got to place my order with the 20% off 20VIB code today!

I haven’t spent much at Sephora this year, and it was a bit of a struggle to try to get VIB for next year. Part of me wonders if I should have bothered, but Sephora’s semi-annual sale coincides with my birthday month and it gets so tempting to splurge!

Here’s what I ordered (with 4% ebates cashback, as well):

My final shopping cart. (Prices not yet reflecting 20% VIB discount.)

I chose the Fresh skincare birthday gift instead of the Marc Jacobs makeup gift, since I already have the eyeliner in the Marc Jacobs set. The lipstick would have been nice to have, but it’s just a red, and I have enough of those!Read More »

New Release: Deborah Lippmann — Very Berry (Fall 2016)

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Collection: Deborah Lippmann 2016 Fall, Very Berry

Deborah Lippmann has released a new deluxe mini set of Gel Lab Pro nail polishes.

Very Berry consists of six lush berry shades:

  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Cranberry Kiss
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Mulberry’s Dream
  • Cherries Jubilee
  • Boys N Berries

Isn’t this set perfect for the holidays?

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro retails for US$36 for this set of six deluxe-sized 8 mL bottles.

Happy shopping!