Essie is Celebrating its 40th Birthday!

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Can you believe Essie has been around for 40 years? Well, it’s true! America’s favorite nail polish company is 40 years old. To celebrate, they have released special editions of classic and fan favorites like “ballet slippers,” “clambake,” “sugar daddy,” “summit of style” “waltz” and “birthday girl”.

I picked up a “birthday girl” (I may get a commission from this link) to use as an overlay on my favorite color care shade  “Sheers to You” at CVS. I also grabbed the cute stickers I used to make this graphic and got $2 off!

Visit your local CVS store to find $2 off coupons, stickers and a great buy 4 get one free polish offer!

80s Vintage Lip Balms Are Back

Strawberry and Watermelon Lip Licking Lip Balms

Memba these?

If you grew up in the 80s you will probably remember the popular flavored lip balms that can in a small tin. In addition to smelling great, Lip Licking Lip Balms also left a tasty residue on your lips, hence the name. A company called Tinte Cosmetics has brought these classic lip balms back, along with another popular 80s lip product, Kissing Potion.

The lip balms come in 28 flavors, including popular ones like watermelon and strawberry. you can also get several double tins that have two flavors in one. They seem to be smaller than the originals, but so was I.

Lip Licking Balms start at $5.50 each and are available in a variety of holiday gift sets. The Kissing Potions come in six flavors and start at $12 each. Kissing Potion also has a rollup lip balm called Kissing Stick. For the Christmas holidays, they sold a special card with a lip balm attached so maybe they will do something similar for Valentine’s Day.

Kissing Potion, courtesy Tinte Cosmetics

Review- Not Your Mother’s Triple Threat Brunette Blue Treatment Shampoo

Designed for brunettes, this affordable shampoo is a great toning shampoo for “blue” blondes.

One of the main ways people rejuvenate blonde and highlighted hair is with toning shampoos and conditioners. Most of these shampoos are blue, but not everyone has the same undertones in their hair. There are many people whose hair looks better with a blue-toned shampoo instead. In an earlier post on this site, I tell you how to figure out which one you are.

For me, the gold standard in blue shampoo is Joico’s Color Balance Blue Shampoo. Unfortunately, I have been trouble finding it and it starts at $16.99 a bottle. I saw this shampoo at ULTA and thought I would give it a try.  It comes in an 8-ounce squeeze bottle and costs around $8.49. I have also seen it at Walmart and (I could get a commission from this link) Amazon.

A lot of people complain that color shampoos are drying. I don’t think that Not Your Mother’s Triple Threat Brunette Shampoo is any different. It lathers and washes out just like any regular shampoo. I did not use the conditioner because I always use my regular treatment conditioner. I liked the color it produces and I use it every other day or so when my roots start showing and the blonde starts to fade.

Verdict: I like this just as much as the Joico version and I will continue using it as long as I can find it. At half the price, I might try the conditioner too!

Sephora Now Delivering Through Instacart

Out of your favorite mascara? Get in delivered in one hour!

If you’re a beauty junkie and always seem to be running low on something, you’ll rejoice in this new partnership. Sephora and Instacart are joining forces to get your favorite beauty products delivered in as little as one hour. Just log into Instacart, search “Sephora” and click add to cart. The new service is available now in select markets and will be in all 400 stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year.

Orders are limited to what’s available at your local stores, but you can still take advantage of daily deals and rack up points in your Beauty VIB account. Normal Instacart fees apply.

The Best Retinol You’ll Ever Use and It’s Under $6

The Ordinary’s Retinol Serum is the perfect pick me up for aging skin.

Retinol, or Vitamin A is a popular skincare ingredient in wrinkle creams and serums. It works by stimulating cell turnover, increasing circulation and  boosting collagen production. The super vitamin can cure uneven skintone, plump skin and reduce fine lines. It also works on large pores and acne. In short, its a super product you can use daily to turn back the clock.

Once only available through a dermatologist, Retinol is available over the counter in a variety of strengths and prices. But just because a product is expensive, doesn’t mean it delivers. One of the best retinol treatments on the market is sold in a non-descript bottle for just $5.80.

The Ordinary’s Retinol in squalane is a nighttime treatment that leaves your skin moisturized, plump and younger after a few treatments. With regular use, my pores are smaller, lines less noticeable, skin tone is more even and my skin is plumper. I really regret it when I go to bed without putting this stuff on. The only negative for me is that it comes in a glass bottle with an eyedropper, because I am prone to spilling. Fortunately, I can afford to pick another one up. Unfortunately, it’s out of stock a lot.

The Ordinary retinol serum is available in strengths ranging from .01 to .05 percent. Start on the lower end until your skin gets used to it. Too much too fast and you’ll get red, flaking skin. It comes in a base of Squalane, a high moisture oil found naturally in the human body. You can find it ULTA Beauty, Sephora and Deciem.com for just $5.80