Essie Nail Color in Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife is sort of the Queen of Teal Nail Polish.

She is legendary among teals.

Essie describes her as “smart. gorgeous. successful. perfect deep teal pearl polish creates triple threat manicures and pedicures that are to have and to hold forever.”

She’s more of a brighter teal, methinks.


She’s beautiful on my nails. I can see why she’s famous. The color is simply divine.

It looks a touch sheer in some spots with even two coats. If you want to buy this, would aim for three coats just to be safe.


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Sephora & Ebay Haul

I ordered from both Sephora and found trial sizes of lots of skincare goodies from Ebay.



-bareMinerals Powder Foundation in Golden Medium
-Ole Henriksen Empower Featherweight Moisturizer
-Sephora Collection Colour Inner Rim Gel Eyeliner in Wide Eyed
-Samples of: Tocca Florence perfume, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super Complex 7, Atelier Cologne Mandarin Glaciale travel spray, Phyto Phytoelixir Cleansing Care Cream deluxe sample, Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, VIB Rouge Welcome Package.


-Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser
-Avene Thermal Spring Water
-Avene Body Oil
-Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil
-Caudalie Grape Water

These are all trial sizes from Ebay.

The seller who sold me the Avene products is very friendly and nice to deal with. She even sent me a free sheet mask! Here is her profile. 


What would you like me to review first?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 12

Since Friday I have had astonishingly good days at work. I learned how to do EKGs at work, and since that has been more helpful to the nurse, she has been nicer to me. It’s a relief, because my anxiety needed a break.

Here is my self-care for the week:

1) Had a nice cuddle session with Zoe. She draped herself across my lap and let me baby her. I think she really enjoys cuddle time.

2) 90s nostalgia hit me so hard, I placed an order for Bath and Body Works retired scents: Pearberry, Sun Ripened Raspberry, Cucumber Melon, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Twilight Woods, Plumeria. I selected all lotions and creams. I went to the store on Park Avenue South and saw that they were also promoting the “buy three, get three free sale”. I picked up 6 shower gels.

3) I bought ” Fallen Through Time” off the Outlander soundtrack. It’s my favorite song off the soundtrack. I actually think I like the soundtrack more than I like the show.

4) My Sephora order came in! I already photographed my haul and the post will be up tomorrow.

5) I’ve been reading Into Temptation blog. I’m friends with its operator. If you like jewelry a lot, check it out.


What sort of self care have you all done this week?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 23

We made it to September! Bring on the apple cider, changing leaves and the return of my favorite TV shows.

I’m looking at you, Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead (and Reign, because let’s face it, I love costumes too much to avoid that show. Glaring historical inaccuracies aside).

We’re hoping to get a new oven soon. I hope we do. I need to get back to baking.

Here is what I’ve been loving recently.

1) French Madeleines: I buy the decidedly less epicurean Entemann’s version, but madeleines taste great no matter who makes them.

2) The Nanny: Yesterday I marathon watched the last 14 episodes and finished it! The ending was bittersweet. And hilarious. I loved it. I’m so glad I watched the entire show from start to finish. I loved all the celebrity guest spots and cameos. Do you all remember Fran’s wedding dress? Gorgeous!

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3) Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance mist: My 90s nostalgia has taken full hold over me. I got curious about my favorite skin care brand from when I was a teen and placed an order. It was a “buy 3, get 3 free” deal. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I found out that my aunt owns a bottle of their JCB mist. I’ve been swiping some every morning for the past week.

4) Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Eyeshadow Palette: I can now understand the hype surrounding this one! The eyeshadows are buttery smooth and the palette smells amazing. I have been using this palette every day for the past two weeks.

5) My NMAI Amber Bead earrings: I’ve been wearing these to work a lot lately. One patient even complimented me on them. She said they were pretty.🙂


What have you been loving lately?

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Fast Favorites: Voluminizing Mascara

Is there a volumizing mascara you really love?

Mine are:

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume mascara.


Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara.


Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express mascara.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquers in Purple Fiction and Don’t Mesh With Me

I bought just two shades from the Fall 2016.

Purple Fiction (named after Pulp Fiction) is a jewel purple shimmer.


Don’t  Mesh With Me is a sheer lavender shimmer/glitter that can be built up in layers. This is one of those polishes that are made to be a top coat for other polishes.

Below I did, from left to right, one coat to four coats.


As you can see, it takes at least 4 coats for it to fully cover the nail.





Tbh, I don’t really get the 90s reference to this one. If someone figures it out let me know.

What do you think of the colors?

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OPI Washington DC Collection Swatches

I have three of the collection’s shades: We the Female, Suzi-First Lady of Nails and Squeaker of the House.

We the Female is described as an “empowering garnet”. It’s a medium garnet creme.



Suzi-First Lady of Nails is described as a “chic olive green”. It’s a dusty military olive green.


Squeaker of the House is described as a “chocolate brown”. It’s a mouse brown creme.





I just noticed that I bought 3 cremes for this post.🙂

Overall I had good results with these. They went on smooth and covered my nails well in just two coats. SotH is a slight pinkish brown (I don’t recall if I have ever seen a mushroom taupe brown with pink tones before), but other than that I think these are not especially unique. I love reds and I don’t own an olive green creme, so I think I will keep these.

What do you think of the collection? Is there anything you bought from this collection?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 11

Wow, so we’re at 11? That’s amazing!

I hope you all practiced self-care this past week. Yesterday was Labor Day, so I had a 3 day weekend. I stayed in watching The Nanny and eating cake and ice cream. I was determined to have a relaxing weekend.

Here is what I did:

1) Got my Venus earrings in the mail! They’re from the Metropolitan Museum of Art but mine are a vintage pair I found on eBay. Princess Diana wore a pair just like these.


2) I made double chocolate brownies and pound cake. I had to use a friend’s oven, but I got it done.

3) I pulled the trigger on a Sephora order. Don’t worry, it was things I need. I also got samples of lemmings (for those who don’t know, lemmings are beauty products you really want), so I can try before I buy. That was fortunate!

4) I’ve been listening to Bon Jovi’s “Keep the Faith”. The critics pan them, but Jon isn’t so bad to look at.🙂

5) I slept as late as I wanted to this weekend. There was no rush to get up at all.

What have you done for yourself lately?

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish in Coffee Love

I dug this polish out of the untried box. I still have as few more Laylas to swatch.

Coffee Love is a dark brown holo.


At certain angles the holo effect looks great. But for the most part this isn’t too exciting, and that’s a real shame. I don’t see dark brown holos too often, and I was rooting for this one.

It dries down sort of matte and looks dull after just a day of wear. A holo should do more for a person.

I will try to improve this with a shiny top coat, but I don’t recommend it. I’m disappointed because I love holos and I don’t own one like this.

Are there any dark brown holos you like?

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E.L.F Haul

I hadn’t ordered directly from e.l.f in ages. When a friend sent me a notice about a current promotion going on.

You spend at least $25 and receive a gift worth $20.

This is what I got.


Mascara fan brush, Ultimate blending brush,Contouring brush, Dramatic false lashes, Pressed powder in Sand, Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte eye-shadow in Soft Beige, Glide-on gel liner in Bronzed Brown.

And here is the free gift they sent.


It contains an eyeshadow quint, lip gloss, blush, mirror, smudge brush and large kabuki brush.


Not a bad haul at all.🙂

Which one should I review first?

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