September Birthday Extravaganza #1

Now that things are almost back to normal with all my blog drama, I am launching my first Birthday Month Giveaway…The Notorious BMG. Nice!

A month ago when Ulta was clearing out their essence stock, I purchased so many polishes with the idea of using them in a giveaway. I really do love these polishes because the formula is great, and they have awesome colors as well.  So for this giveaway, I have 5 lovely shades:

Ultimate Pink, Let’s Get Lost, Just In Case, Space Queen and Where Is The Party?

Here are some swatches of the colors. Don’t worry…I used my own bottles of these polishes for the swatches. The bottles that are up for the giveaway are brand new and unused. 🙂

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While you are at it, don’t forget to enter my other giveaway for a FREE Julep Maven Intro Box. There are only a couple of days left to enter and it’s 100% free.

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Today has just been a crappy and hot day. I feel so lethargic when it gets this hot. I am sure you’re all getting tired of hearing me complain about the heat by now. I just hope that the heat lets up because this is when the wildfires get insane in California.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with something I like to call THE SANDWICH. Actually, Lesley and Nicole also call it the same thing and I think it was Lesley who initially called it that. My brother is a huge fan of THE SANDWICH and he asked me to make him one for dinner tonight since he works until around 8:30. THE SANDWICH consists of: Tuna, mayo, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg and cheese of your choice–I like provolone. Does it sound disgusting? Well, it isn’t. It’s such a delicious combination. Today I decided to add bacon to it since I need another push towards coronary artery disease. I wanted to add avocado but it doesn’t look like it’s ripe enough yet. 🙁 I usually make it on plain wheat or white bread, but tonight I took it another step closer to culinary armageddon: a crusty baguette. Behold my creation:


Does it look disgusting to you? Well let me tell you: this sandwich = foodgasm. Ladies who have had this, back me up. lol The thing I want to warn you about when you eat this sandwich is the heinous breath that you will get afterwards. Yes, it is worse than you imagine.  The use of the baguette and the bacon pushes this sandwich to another level so I had to think about it. This sandwich will now be known as The Pantagruel. If you don’t know who Pantagruel is (I’m sure my lovely French readers will get the allusion), he is a character in a series of novels written by Francois Rabelais. Pantagruel and his father, Gargantua, were crude, excessive and obscene–kind of like this sandwich! See? It fits perfectly. By the way, we get the word gargantuan from from Rabelais’ Gargantua. I always like knowing tidbits like that. I’m easily amused.

Oh, and I also got my Sephora order today:

I don’t usually buy too many Sephora by OPI polishes unless they are on clearance. I got all three polishes for $13–not bad considering each polish sells for $9.50. Since Sephora was offering free shipping to VIBs last week, I ordered these without having to pay for shipping. I also redeemed 100 BI Points to get a small bottle of Coach Poppy. Yay!

This is probably the longest and most rambling giveaway post ever,  but I had a lot to say!  Don’t forget to check out my “Giveaway Alerts” page to see other giveaways that other lovely ladies are currently running. See? I’m looking out for you and want you to win polishes. 😉

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

63 thoughts on “September Birthday Extravaganza #1

  1. Happy Birthday month & thanks for another fantabulous giveaway, Essence is a brand I've never tried.

    I love the look of that Pinkish OPI polish too! O_O

    1. Thank you! I love essence for their color variety and price. I hope whoever wins them, really enjoys them. 🙂

      I can't wait to try the milky pink SOPI.

  2. I am LOVING The Notorious BMG!!! Clever name and a fabulous selection, especially for my oddly-Essence deprived self. I may go to Ulta this week (I am trying to avoid the lure of the Urban Decay Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun palettes, but feel like I need to decide a.s.a.p. because their stock is always so crappy), and if I do, I will just out-and-out ask about them (although I bet they won't know).

    I totally get the weather. I felt so sluggish at work today…it is so damn hard to concentrate. I hate how stuffy it gets on the upper level of the house, too…ugh. My good friend's husband is a firefighter and she hates the summer, too, because he ends up away for long periods of time on strike teams, which are obviously also scary.

    So, firstly, to anyone reading, original THE SANDWICH is, indeed, quite tasty. I have had it three times thus far. I feared that the bacon and/or avocado may be overkill, but this does look pretty delish (albeit ridiculous), and Cynthia has never steered me wrong, so, I may have to try THE PANTAGRUEL (doubled over laughing at that!). And yes, indeed, your breath will smell quite malodorously, so don't count on having any sexy times, or really even interacting with people closely in general, afterward!

    Yay, the UPS man showed up! I just smelled a sample of Coach Poppy (I think in the Ulta mailer) and I liked it! I think I like florals more than I admit to myself. My favorite scents (for me) are Flower by Kenzo and Sensuous by Estee Lauder.

    Oh, and Essence, the party is in Brick's pants…it's the pants party.

    1. I am actually very surprised still that you don't have any essence polishes. I know the bottles are smaller than the usual drugstore polishes so they are a little more expensive than they appear, but they are still an awesome deal when you take the formula and variety into consideration.

      How was the weather in your neck of the woods? I think it was a little cooler today but it was also raining and sprinkling at random times during the day. That's so retarded. I did enjoy that it wasn't as hot and hope that the trend continues.

      Ok, the Pantagruel was kinda epic. It was super delicious but wayyyy too rich to eat often. I mean, this is like a once a month type of sandwich because it's just cray cray how fattening it must be. My brother was in heaven when he ate it so I know it wasn't just me who enjoyed it. I think that you should definitely try it. I expect a full report back in the near future. haha! OMG…when I read that whole sexy times comment I kind of threw up in my mouth a little. I just imagined having that breath…and…uggggggggggh!!!!!!

      I think there is a different UPS man that delivers a couple of times a week because even though my door was open, he just left the box like a yard away from my door! WTF…or maybe he was scared of what he may see. lol My usual UPS man always comes up to the door and knocks so who knows if it's a different guy. I do like Poppy but it is super flowery. My favorite scents right now (especially now that fall is around the corner) are Kate Walsh Boyfriend and Tom Ford Black Orchid. I also like Philosophy Amazing Grace as an everyday type of scent because it's so light and fresh.

      LOL @ the pants party. I was calling my brother Tits McGee today.

    1. Thanks so much! It's still ongoing but at least it's getting better. 🙂 I have lost a lot of info and data but I can deal with that if they fix all my subscriber info.

  3. Did you know that I had to subscribe again to your site? Now I'm subscribed to 2 of life and lacquer. weird wordpress.. well anyways, i shared it on my blog…!! so more panamanian and people from guatemala that follows the blog participate.!

    1. Omg…I figured this out because of your comment. So it looks like I lost all of my follower info. Supposedly, wordpress can transfer (who knows when they will get to it) my email subscribers but not the people who signed up via the wordpress reader. There were about 70 people subscribed via the wordpress reader so unless they follow my blog like you, it will look like I just stopped posting. It's really annoying but there isn't anything I can do now. 🙁 Happy birthday to me. lol Thank you for sharing my giveaway info! 🙂

  4. Super la référence à Pantagruel 😉

    Foodgasm!!! Le sandwich a l'air trooop bon!!!

    Joyeux anniversaire! Super giveaway, merci, j'espère que tu vas avoir plein d'entrées 🙂

    J'adore les vernis de ta commande Sephora!

    Bisous 🙂

  5. Happy birthday month to your fabulous self! 🙂 Thanks for another giveaway…Let's Get Lost is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    1. My blog is still having issues, apparently. 🙁 Apart from losing all of my subscribers with the host switch, everything is just fine and dandy. lol I'm glad you found your way again!

  6. I would totally eat that sandwich. Happy Birthday month! But when is your birthday day? We need to get this bday group going so you don't miss out!

    1. Trust me, the sandwich is AWESOME but the breath that accompanies it is no joke. I just created the group on FB earlier so hopefully I don't mess it up. I'll work on the spreadsheet and get it out to everyone once I have all the info. Yay! Fun times.

  7. Happy Birthmonth and may your sammies never give you tummy trouble. Cos DANG, girl, that thing looks like a delicious monster. 🙂

    1. Omg…it is a true monster. This sandwich, The Pantagruel, is a once a month type of thing if that. It's just too crazy rich to eat often. I do get tons of stomach issues and surprisingly this didn't phase me.

  8. Well I posted my comment on the wrong post…lol…so when you see that one and are confused about why it's posted there, I messed up! LOL It's late and I should be in bed. I wanted to say that your blog looks great! I know what a PITA it is to change a blog's look, so I'm glad you're back up and running. I also want to try your sandwich ASAP! It looks super tasty! I had tuna for lunch today (with pickle relish!) but I might have to have tuna again tomorrow! lol Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Birthday Month!!! 🙂

    1. Omg, you're so funny! I was just looking at it thinking…hmmm…what sandwich…it's just Julep Sasha. Haha! I didn't mean to intentionally change the look of my blog. I just wanted to change from free wordpress hosting to host gator so I had more content control over my blog, but it became a huge mess. I was able to recover most of the data (posts, comments, pictures) that were initially GONE after the switch but I did lose all of my subscribers. I am upset about that the most. WordPress might be able to transfer over over people who signed up via email but not those who signed up via the wordpress reader follow function on my old blog. So there isn't much that I can do except hope that they somehow make it over to my "new" blog and subscribe again via the email function…besides that, they are gone. 🙁

      You already won a giveaway from me so you might have a lucky streak! Thanks for entering again.

  9. Dang now THIS is a monstrosity.. I don't even know what Pantagruel means but it fits this… this… THING! It's a damn frankensandwich!! Hahaha. Now bacon??? Oh my. Anyway- the good news is that I'm still seeing your blog updates on my reader (phewwww). I'm glad your UPS man finally came after teasing you and making you wait! That feisty older man… 😉 Thanks for another awesome giveway.. I love how it's your bday but we get presents! Soul mate. 😉

  10. Happy Birthday and thank you so much for the giveaway! I've been eyeing the polishes from Essence but they are hard to come by!

  11. Oh dear lord I want that sandwich. Pretty much all I can focus on right now. I don't know why I haven't thought to put bacon and hard-cooked eggs together in food, but it seems so natural.

  12. Definitely gonna try the “sandwhich” but I recently just purchased a new cheese “Amish Swiss” that I hope will go well with the sandwhich! P.S. I hope to win considering I have THE worst luck in the entire earth!

  13. I’ve actually never tried Essence nail polishes before that I know of. These look so lovely!Thank you so much for the chance! 🙂

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