Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Yesterday!

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It's a Generic Holiday Season miracle!  It feels like I should explain my absence...but we'll get to that next time.  For now, let's just marvel at how long my nails have gotten since my last post.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Shopper - 11/20 through 11/26

I'm posting?  Weird, right?  There are some SERIOUS sales coming up for Black Friday, so I've popped back up to spread the word.  I've also got some of my recent sightings ready to show you....but after the important stuff, the sales!  You'll wanna read these carefully...

The HOT Black Friday Sales (11/24-11/26):

  • Select Wet n Wild gift sets at $4.99, get $4 ExtraBucks, limit 3.
  • $5 ExtraBucks when you buy other select Wet n Wild gift sets, limit 3.
  • Select NYX lip color 2/$11.98, get $10 ExtraBucks on 2, limit 3. 
  • CoverGirl Katy Kat products 2/$16, get $8 ExtraBucks on 2, limit 3.
  • Sally Hansen buy two, get one free (excludes Miracle Gel and Extreme Wear).
  • Revlon classic nail polish $4.99, get $3 ExtraBucks, limit 6.
  • Select Physicians Formula mascaras $9, get $9 ExtraBucks.

Rite Aid - Wet n Wild nail gift sets $2.99.

Walgreens -
  • 5/$5 on Sinful Colors nail polish.
  • 25% off regular priced items with coupon in circular.
  • 50% off select Wet n Wild gift sets.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

OPI Washington DC - My Picks: Pt. 1

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Who else is 400% ready for Fall?  I've been swatching some of my recent purchases and it's about to get autumnal in here!  Let's kick off the best season with a look at four creams that set the fall mood just right...

Do we like the text on the collage?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Where's The Green!?

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If you're still reading this blog, hey.  I kinda wandered off again, didn't I?  July got hectic.  I had an ear infection, then a minor-ish allergic reaction to the antibiotics.  Then it was Beard's birthday and I went way overboard with the cake.  The local fair is the same week, and we always go, because goats.  A gummy bear making obsession also took over my free time.  In sadder news, one of my family cats (posted by my sister) lost a long battle with health problems.  The last couple of weeks have been a blur of headaches, hives, gelatin, livestock, and cat nostalgia.  Blogging fell by the wayside.  This "evolving" mani is from weeks ago, but I liked it too much not to share it.

Here's where it wound up...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wet n Wild Pop! Back To School - My Picks

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Jellies!  Aaahh!  The moment I saw photos of Wet n Wild's new Pop! Back To School collection, I knew I needed at least a couple of the Candy Gloss Nail Tints.  I skipped Edie In Pink...because pink, but I got the other three and scampered to try them out.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sinful Colors Star Struck

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Happy Fourth of July!  I'm way late with this.  I'd planned to do this post around Memorial Day and that just didn't happen.  I'm still seeing this collection lingering in stores and there was no way I was leaving Bangin' Blue unswatched, so...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel - My Picks

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If high prices and special topcoats have kept you from trying other brands' no-lamp gels, you'll wanna check these out.  1 Step Wonder Gel doesn't need a special top coat, which sets it apart from most polishes of this type.  It's in an opaque black bottle because it has a light-cured polymer in it, along with all of the usual conventional polish ingredients.  This isn't just a "gel-like" formula, but it still dries like conventional polish.  I'm waaaay late in posting these, considering that I first found the displays and bought my picks in January.  'Better late than never' has pretty much become my motto, we are...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Shopper - 6/12 through 6/18

It's been forever, hasn't it?  I was stuck in bed for most of April and now we're in the summer doldrums.  There isn't much new stuff out there and the sales are pretty weak right now too.  Walgreens probably "wins" this week, with Sinful Colors two for $3.  At this point, I'm thinking that the 99 cents sale might be a thing of the past...but I hope not.  There are a bunch of ExtraBucks deals at CVS too and kinda bupkis at Rite Aid.

The BIG Deals:

CVS - $3 ExtraBucks with $8 Wet n Wild purchase, $4 ExtraBucks with $10 Revlon purchase, and more.
Rite Aid - $4.99 Wet n Wild products 3/$10 or $3.99 each.
Walgreens - Sinful Colors 2/$3.

New Stuff:

Sinful Colors Miami Pop (LE)

Shade names:
Graphic Girl * Factory Fad
Dream On * Folly * Innocent * White On White * Lapis It Up * Mod Muse

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Whole Damn Year!?

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Has it really been a YEAR since I started this blog?  Really?  Anniversaries always make me sentimental and introspective, so there will be some rambling on my blogging past and future after the polishy part of this post.

It wouldn't be one of my blogaversaries without a magnetic polish.  They're basically what got me started four (FOUR!?) years ago.  Quick recap of my blogging origin story for any new readers...  My blog ex-wife, Nichole of Bedlam Beauty, and I were entranced by a YouTube video of Layla Magneffect polishes waaay back maybe five years ago.  When drugstore and salon brands started putting out magnetics, I bought Sally Hansen Silver Elements and instantly needed more.  A google rabbithole led me to Scrangie's swatches of a few Nabi Magnetic shades.  I had to have some, especially Wine.  I ordered Dark Wine by mistake and posted about that four years ago today, but me being me, Wine was still sitting around untried.  Since it's my blogaversary and magnetics are back, it's time to fix that.  I decided to merge an old polish and a new magnet.

Wine is a deep red magnetic with a red pull.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


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Today's post is brought to you by confusion.  Where'd this LIT NYC brand come from?  Does CVS actually carry it?  Why does the cap have a light in it?  No clue.  Around xmas the best CVS in my area randomly just had a bunch of these in a wicker basket.  They've moved them around a few times and they don't seem to be selling.  There was a shelf display (in this post) at one point too.  The $7.50 price tag was keeping me away, but eventually I had a bunch of coupons and the need to buy something, so it happened.  Sassy is one of two shades I took pity on.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pahlish Patisserie de Pahlish - My Picks

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The deeper you get into a polish addiction, the more appealing indies start to look.  I don't think my love for drugstore and salon polishes will ever die, but my indie love is growing.  Pahlish gets a good chunk of that love.  Their collections come and go fairly quickly, but it keeps the selection fresh.  Today I've got three from last month's Patisserie de Pahlish collection.  The creams from this collection are (probably) discontinued, but Shannon told me the toppers will be back in a future restock.  That's great news, because you need them.  Seriously.  Look at them...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Essie Off Tropic

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Could this possibly be the first Essie review I've posted on here?  Really?  I swatched a couple from last year's fall collection, but the light was bad so the colors were off and I never posted the photos.  They the whole Starry Starry Night "reissue" rigmarole happened.  I bought it at full price and I'm kinda furious at them because it's bullshit and they're liars...but more on that some other time.  Just when I was considering taking an Essie break because of the lies they told about SSN, they go and release this...

Off Tropic is a deep blue-green cream.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I'm Back!!

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My surgery went well!  I wound up staying in the hospital for four nights instead of just one, but that meant that by the time I got home I was mostly just tired and sore.  I came back to work this past Friday and my life is pretty much back to normal.  Normal isn't even the right word.  Now that the fatigue from the recovery is fading, I'm feeling better than I have in maybe a year or more.

What better way to return to blogging than with my first post-surgery purchase?  I'd been lemming CrowsToes Even Sugar Melts In The Devil's Mouth for a long time, but it was an A Box, Indied exclusive and always got snapped up from destashes before I could catch it.  Suddenly there it was in a Storenvy listing on my first full day back home.  Yay!  I'm a complete failure at low-buys.  There was no way I was passing this up.

Even Sugar Melts In The Devil's Mouth has silvery-white flakes and fuchsia and copper microflakes in a deep, plummy jelly base.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It's Just About That Time...

My surgery is TOMORROW!!  Eek.  My semi-hiatus turned out to be pretty damn complete.  I haven't posted in over a month.  Between feeling horrible, doctor visits, tests, and stressing out...and all of the normal life stuff too...I just wasn't up to blogging.  I wasn't up to much of anything at all, really.  I've barely done my nails this whole time.  I've kept them painted, but only changed about every two weeks.

The first "real" step toward getting ready for surgery was...sigh...nubbing my nails.

Wet n Wild Condensed Milk and Dance Legend The Creation Of Man,
Illamasqua Melange accent, Butter London Matte Top Coat on all

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Shopper - 2/21 through 2/27

Not a big post today, and it's very Walgreens-centric.  I actually found everything for today's post in the same store.  My hunch about the Sinful Colors Play Your Cards right collection was right and I found a few other things too.  Walgreens also has a Sinful Colors sale this week.  It's not the 99¢ sale I was hoping for, but 2/$3 is ok.  They've done it before.  I won't be grabbing quite as many of the new core shades as I was going to, but I'll probably get a couple.  Anyway...

The HOT Sales:

CVS - 40% off Rimmel. BOGO50% on NYX, Revlon, L'Oreal, and CoverGirl.

Rite Aid - 40% off ALL Wet n Wild. Revlon lip or eye $5.99 and nail enamel $3.99. BOGO50% on Sally Hansen, Physicians Formula, Neutrogena, Maybelline, select CoverGirl, and L'Oreal eye.  There's some Plenti Points event too, but it's not making sense to me right now.

Walgreens - Sinful Colors 2/$3! 25% off select Wet n Wild nail. 5x Everyday points when you spend $10 or more, with coupon from circular.

New Stuff:

Sinful Colors Play Your Cards Right (LE) - Walgreens version

Shade names:
Ice Dream * Aced Out * Energetic Red * I'm All In * Blue La La * Trump Card * Cash Game * I'm All In

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Shopper - 2/14 through 2/20

So much new stuff today!  I forgot something though.  Revlon Untamed has finally turned up in the core display, but I derped and didn't get a photo.  If you've been looking for it, check your CVS Revlon wall display.  There's a lot to show you and a bunch of sales, so let's get to it!

The HOT Sales:

CVS - ExtraBucks Galore! $2 EB when you buy 1 Wet n Wild Wonder Gel (limit 3), $5 EB on $15 NYX purchase (limit 1), $3 EB for a $10 Revlon purchase (limit SIX!!), and more.  BOGO50 on CoverGirl eye and all Milani.  BOGO75 on Physicians Formula.

Rite Aid - BOGO50 on Almay, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Revlon, and CoverGirl. $5 Plenti points for $15 CoverGirl purchase.

Walgreens - 50 Everyday Points per dollar on purchases of $10 or more through 2/27, with coupon and card. BOGO50 on select Jordana, Revlon, Covergirl, L'Oreal, and Maybelline products. $2 off Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.

New Stuff:

Sinful Colors Play Your Cards Right (LE)

Shade names:
Queen Of Beauty * Blue La La * Trump Card * Energetic Red * I'm All In * Energetic Red * Sugar Sugar * All About You

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Neverending Mani

Sorry to vanish on you for over three weeks.  Know what's nuts?  I wore the same mani for most of that time, from January 17th to February 4th.  That's gotta be a record for me.  The worst part is that it was flawed the whole damn time.  It bothered me, but not enough to fix it.  Between appointments with doctors, getting snowed in at work, and the rest of it, well...the days and the mani just kinda wore on.

If you can look past the topcoat fuckup on my middle finger and my so-so shaping job, it started off looking good.

Monday, January 18, 2016

SMonday Shopper - 1/17 through 1/23

Late again, dammit!  This week's Shopper (maybe I should just call it Shopper and stop caring when I post it) is a mix of Sally Hansen and Bonita, with a dash of Kmart clearance stuff, and a strong suspicion.  Sally Hansen is doing something somewhat confusing, but I think I've cracked their code.  More on that in a moment.  Sales first.  This is a great week for Wet n Wild...

The HOT Sales:

CVS - $5 ExtraBucks when you spend $15 on Sally Hansen naile.l.f., or Maybelline. $4 ExtraBucks when you spend $10 on Milani. 25% off Wet n Wild.

Rite Aid - 40% off Wet n Wild mascara and nail.

Walgreens - $1 off Wet n Wild priced $2.99 or more. $2 off Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, plus get 1000 points when you buy 2. From 1/17 through 1/19, get 5000 points when you spend $30 or more.

New Stuff:

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - new shades (CVS)

Shade names (new shades are underlined):
Punk-ish Purple * Scarlet Starlet * Digi-teal * Let's Get Digital * Gigabryte * Rock On * Stilettos & Studs
S-teal The Show * World Wide Red * Scarlet Starlet * Midnight Mood * Punk-ish Purple * Motley Hue * Flash-ionista
Chocoholic * Head Bang * Pink-terest * Slate-r Girl * Electric Pop * Pink Stiletto * Flash-ionista
(I didn't notice the other two shades to the right and I can't read the labels in this photo. Sorry!)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sinful Colors Love Bombs

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Something on this blog is actually...early?  Shocking, I know.  Love Bombs is the new shade in Sinful Colors' Love Bites Valentine's collection, so I'm a whole damn month ahead of the holiday.  Wow!  It's also kinda the only thing I have ready for a quick post right now.  I'll probably put up a post of the rest of my picks from this collection (and Love Bombs over a dark color) in a week or two.  For now, let's look at this glitter blend over a sheer nude...

Love Bombs has pink and silver glitter, fine blue shimmer, and a scattering of blue hearts in a clear base.

over Sally Hansen Shelling Secrets

This is how you do shape glitter if you don't want to pack a polish with it.  Star Studded from last year's holiday collection (never made it onto the blog, but see it on IG) had a similar complexity.  Love Bombs doesn't have nearly as many hearts as Star Studded has stars.  I really had to work to get that single one out...but I'm ok with that.  Shape glitter toppers can very easily become overkill.  The shimmer and variety of other glitter keeps Love Bombs from feeling skimpy or boring.  Application was easy too.

over Sally Hansen Shelling Secrets

Bottom line: Lots of laying potential.  Plenty of visual interest.  Not all that many hearts.

Have you seen this Valentine's Day display at Rite Aid, Walgreens, or Target yet?  I bought this bottle at Wegmans, and haven't seen it anywhere else so far.

 all products in this post were purchased by me 

Sunday Shopper - 1/10 through 1/16

Ok, so it's Monday.  This post was already late, then I found even more stuff.  Little bit of everything today...some Valentine's, some early spring, and some new core stuff.  January is THE time for new products, core overhauls, etc, and I'm sure there are even more things on the way before the month is over.  This has turned into a pretty large post, so let's get on with it...

The HOT Sales:

CVS - $3 EB when you buy 2 Wet n Wild Wonder Gels.  $3 EB when you buy $8 of Rimmel.
Rite Aid - The usual.
Walgreens - Nothing of note.

New Stuff:

Sinful Colors Love Bites (Wegmans)

Shade names:
Feeling Great * Sail La Vie * Pink Smart * GoGo Girl * Tempest * (top coat) * Love Bombs

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Starting 2016 Fresh

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Happy New-ish Year!  I'm still getting back into the swing of things after the whole car accident thing, but I actually felt like blogging today.  Yay!  Speaking of yay...I have a new car!  Brand new!  Six years until it's really mine, but still.  Yay!  My car isn't the only thing that's new.  There's also this...

Sally Hansen Shelling Secrets