nail polish

Sally Beauty February Mini Haul (Sale!)

Everyone run, run, run to Sally Beauty right now (especially if you’re a Beauty Club member) and take advantage of these fabulous nail polish deals before they expire.  I believe these sales are only available through tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?

If you’re a Beauty Club member, you should have received an email coupon for $1.50 off China Glaze polishes.  There is a two polish limit, and you’ll pay just a little more than if you purchased them through an online distributor, but if you like to look at polish in person before you buy it, then it’s still a pretty good deal.  I picked up these two beauties:

China Glaze Mosaic Madness and Grafitti Glitter

From the new(ish) Glitz ‘N Pieces collection (Bits & Pieces?  I don’t know, everywhere it’s listed differenty), Mosaic Madness (blue) and Graffiti Glitter (green).  Sidebar: graffiti is spelled incorrectly on the polish bottle.  I was going to snatch up the silver one, but then I realized I have at least three polishes that look exactly like it, so I passed on it…for now.

Next up was the Orly 2 for $11 sale — which is still sort of high, but whatever, I wanted to get my coupon for next month — so I put these two on the counter:

Orly Hot Shot and Gilded Coral

Say hello to Orly Hot Shot (super neon red) and Gilded Coral (the very work appropriate pink).  What do you think of the new bottles?  Personally, I’m not a fan.  I could always tell my Orlys by the purple cap but now…eh.

I was immediately drawn to the new Finger Paints collection, so I had to pick up this shade:

Finger Paints Fishin' for Fun

Finger Paints Fishin’ for Fun.  Love the glitter, hate the name.  Then I brought it up to the register and surprise!  Free coupon bonus!


Any Finger Paints purchase came with a free bottle of Finger Paints top coat!  I am never one to turn down something for free okay.

And finally, my bottle(s) of Seche were at that horrible point in their lifespans where they have about 1/4 of the bottle left but they just turn into disgusting, thick mush.  I have no idea why this happens.  I’ve added thinner and you just can’t salvage it.  So, I had to get a new top coat and it came with another coupon surprise…

Seche Vite top coat and base coat

A free Seche Vite base coat!  I’ve never used their base coat, but I needed a new one anyway since my bottle of Orly Top 2 Bottom was biting the dust, so I’ll see how it works out.

For all of these treasures, I only paid $30.96 before tax, including my Beauty Club savings.  Plus, I got a 15% off coupon to use between now and March 10 on my receipt.  Annnnd I spent enough to earn my 15% off reward for next month.  I approve, Sally Beauty, I approve.  Hope you can catch these sales before they’re gone!

Bits and Pieces (AKA I used the word “try” in this post about six million times)

So much for that “more blogging” thing, huh?  Luckily, I’ve been doing better with other aspects of my life, including finding the old wordpress dashboard page (ugh the new one — especially the post page — is fucking terrible) and planning out my year.  Normally I’m not one to schedule stuff that happens so far in advance unless there’s a concert, but I have so many things to look forward to over the course of the next 11 months, it’s insane.  I’ll get to that in a minute, but I’ve also switched jobs for awhile (RETAIL ONLY ONCE A WEEK!) to work a “grown-up” job temporarily and I’m on a never-ending diet.  I want to look super cute by the end of October because…


Now, this is exciting for many reasons.  Even though I’ve spent the last several years traveling around the country, mostly, it’s been for concerts.  My friends and I didn’t stick around to look at where exactly we were, we’d just hop in the car once a show was over and drive to another show.  Well, it’s time to begin (stop singing Imagine Dragons in your heads, now) to take some time to stop, smell the roses, and not be rushing everywhere all the time.  So instead of taking 40 road trips this year, I’m taking one real vacation.  It’s long, too, I’ll be gone for over a week, and I’m actually going out of the country.  Sort of.  I’ve got a cabin booked on the Backstreet cruise to the Bahamas (I guess there is one concert involved, so sue me) and as soon as the boat docks, my friend and I are going to DISNEY WORLD.  I know.  I KNOW.  I haven’t been since I was six years old, and needless to say, it was time to go again.  I just wanted to go for a day to preview it for when I take my niece in a few years when she’s old enough to remember some of it, and my friend was like, “Oh, no, you can’t just go for one day!”  So, we’re making a full out vacation of it.  Disney on a budget.  It’s not gonna stop me from getting a pirate makeover or having dinner at the dinosaur restaurant, but she priced out something that’s actually affordable, especially since you can pay in installments.  Did you know that?  If you book through Disney you can.  Lord knows, I’ll never have $700 at one time, but now that I can pay over months, that shit is so getting booked.  Plus, we’ll be there through Halloween, which means I am going to get some magic back into my favorite holiday.  Needless to say, many future posts will be about planning this trip to end all trips.  I’ll put it in the subject, so that if it’s not your schtick, you can skip them.

Some other friends and I are also planning a trip to our local Comic-Con (where we’re dressing up and staying the whole time, whoop!) and in February I’m going to this The Walking Dead panel thingy…I bought VIP tickets because my friend wanted to go…but I had never seen the show.  Oops.  I’m currently in the middle of season two, and it’s pissing me off hardcore so I had to stop.  Without spoilers, let’s just say, I have never hated characters on television like I hate some of these.  I’m just praying for the fucking zombies to eat them.  Seriously.  Anyway, apparently these tickets were extremely hard to get, especially the VIP ones, so I’d better hurry up and catch up in between everything else that’s going on right now.

I’m trying to be more active on my twitter account (you can find links to it just about everywhere on this page) where I’m archiving my nail polish.  I’m attempting to try all of the ones I have in a year, which means every time I change my polish, I have to use multiple colors.  I’m cataloging them all right now, and I’m currently at 23 pages in this Word document…and I haven’t even started on my salon polish.  No more nail polish for me this year.  I need cash to buy a ton of Disney cupcakes.  Priorities, people.  So you can find that over there.  I’d post pictures but by the time my self-manicures look halfway decent cuticle wise, I have chips and stuff.  When I get more time to make my nails picture ready, I’ll have that stuff over there.  I’m also really into tweeting/live tweeting whatever tv show I’m watching at the moment (most recently it was The Lying Game) and I’ll be writing about those more on the blog.

I know I’ve been slacking on my Anime Mondays posts, but the next one will be up sometime on Monday (I know because I’m writing it right after this post, haha) and will have a crunchyroll guest pass up for grabs.  This new season is amazing already, especially since my beloved Chihayafuru is back.  I’ve already checked out a couple other new shows, as well, and it’s not going to be crap like seasons past.  I haven’t forgotten about my best of 2012 posts, either, and I want to talk more about music when I get a chance.  My new work schedule is completely different from what I’m used to, so I’m still getting adjusted to it, aka: my spare time is spent sleeping or doing something work-related.  It’s getting there, though!

So that’s what’s been happening in my 2013 so far.  What have you guys been up to?  Comment and let me know!  I’ve rambled enough, so now it’s time to put some posts in the queue so I don’t look like such a slacker.  I mean, I’ll always be a slacker, but it’s nice to at least try 😉

Color Club finds at TJ Maxx

I wanted to get this out to you before all the stock is depleted, so look what I found at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago!  Click on the pictures to make them bigger!


Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe Collection

Color Club Winter Affair Two Pack

The best find of the day was last year’s Color Club Holiday collection, the Beyond the Mistletoe 7 Pack.  It includes full size bottles of Beyond the Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Sugarplum Fairy, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Jingle Jangle, and a bottle of Club Clear Topcoat.  Guess how much it was.  No, seriously.  Guess.  Transdesign has it for $22.75 which is pretty low.  But I paid less.  Guess!  Okay, I know this is not “Let’s Make a Deal!” so I’ll tell you.  I paid $9.99 for the whole set.  Amazing right??  This was by the line to check out, so it wasn’t by the normal beauty products or anything.  I’ll have an in depth look at all the polishes soon, and I can’t wait to try them out!

The other steal of the day was a two pack from this year’s Color Club Holiday collection, Winter Affair.  It came with full size bottles of Winter Affair and Snow-Flakes.  TJ Maxx had this priced at $3.99.  I am in love.  They’re going at beauty supply sites right now for $3.25 apiece so this is a steal.  These were the only packs I saw, but the stock at TJ Maxx changes all the time, so get them while you can.  Happy shopping!

November 2012 Ipsy (MyGlam) Bag

I love beauty products.  Okay, I’ll be real, I am a makeup junkie.  Although my normal drug of choice is MAC, I also love trying out new stuff…some of which exceeds even my beloved brand.  Each month I receive a Birchbox (for now, anyway, more on that later) and an Ipsy (formerly MyGlam) bag.  Most of the products that replace my MAC staples come from these Ipsy bags.  For $10 a month, you get an actual makeup bag or purse, 4/5 beauty products (some of them full sized!) and exclusive discounts for select makeup brands.  Last month, I discovered my new favorite eyeliner from Be a Bombshell and this month came with something just as awesome: a full size nail polish!  Oh yes.  What a win.  Let’s check out November’s Party Perfect! Ipsy bag.  Be sure to click on the pictures if you want to see them bigger!

You always know when your Ipsy bag shows up because it comes in this cute metallic pink mailer.  Love, love, love.

This is the bag that all your items arrive in.  It usually follows some sort of theme.  For November it was Party Perfect!  I don’t know what an ugly brown makeup pouch has to do with a party, but the items inside of it make up for the ugly purse.  Sometimes there are wristlets AKA a free purse that you can spill vodka on at the bar and not feel bad.  More wristlets, please, Ipsy!

You also always receive a card that lists the theme for the month and all the products that are in your bag.  On the back are the discount offers for the month.  There was a card for $20 off your first purchase at JustFab, as well.  I went to go check it out, and it seems to be mostly for shoes.  I wear a size 12, so this was pretty much worthless because no one makes cute shoes in a size 12.

Here are this month’s items, packaged and unpackaged: a full size nail polish from Nailtini in Millionaire, a full size brown eyeliner pencil from Starlet, a sample theBalm eyeshadow in Matt Batali (purple), a full size bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Daredevil, and a full size (I think) clear eyebrow gel from Chella.  WIN.

Here’s a close up of the Starlet eyeliner pencil.  I’m not a fan of eyeliners in pencil form, especially now that I’m spoiled with the Be a Bombshell marker, and I’ve never used a brown eyeliner in my life, but this might be fun to play around with when I have job interviews to give my normal black liner a rest.

Next up is the polish.  I love, love, love, love when I get nail polish in these bags.  Millionaire by Nailtini has a ton of bar glitter (not really my glitter of choice, but it’s my mom’s favorite…I know, I gave my mom cool nails.  I am awesome.) and has a pretty gold color.  Perfect for parties!

Here’s Matt Batali by theBalm.  It’s a matte purple eyeshadow.  This will be fun to play with because almost every eyeshadow I own has shimmer in it.  Even the black ones.  See, this is how I get obsessed with new shit, these bags.  Ugh.  Good ugh.

Next up is the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lip gloss.  This is completely my color.  I can’t wait to put this sucker on my face.

Finally, we have the Chella brow gel.  It’s clear (thank god) and I’ve never really used one of these before, but I might as well give it a shot.  It’s certainly better than the ones with a tint (looking at you, Birchbox), and if I can’t run to go get my eyebrows threaded before I go out, this might help a little, right?

So that’s November’s Ipsy bag.  It’s definitely the best subscription sample service I use, and I highly recommend it.  Look at all those full sized products you get for ten bucks!  The nail polish alone is like…$13 by itself.  Ipsy wins at life.

(I pay for this with my own cash.  I’m not a paid sponsor for Ipsy or any of their product brands.  I just want to share the beauty product love, okay?)

Anything that claims to be “no chip” is obviously lying (why I will never get another manicure with gel polish)

Apologies for the lack of posts.  I went on vacation for the weekend for my baby niece’s birthday and my days were filled with trips to the pumpkin patch and smiles the size of the equator.  Next time I’ll put some in the queue.

Anyway, before I went on vacation, I went to the nail salon to get a “no chip” manicure.  For anyone who doesn’t know what they are, it’s a manicure that’s not supposed to chip.  Wonk, wonk.  Basically, you use a special polish and stick your hands in some device that has a light inside and your manicure is supposed to be perfect for a couple of weeks.  First of all, that shit took FOREVER.  Like, longer than an hour.  I know, manicures are supposed to be relaxing or whatever, but I like to get in, get out and get on with my day.  Secondly, I used an OPI polish because I read somewhere that if you use a regular gel polish, your nails will get weak and break or tear off, and since I always get complimented on what nice nails I have when I get them done, I was not about to have some zombie hands, no matter how close it is to Halloween.  Of course, I looked through all the swatches, and what do I pick without even knowing the name of the polish?  OPI Ink AKA my go-to purple.  I wear that shit ALL THE TIME, but somehow, it looked different when it was a gel.

I’ll give it to the “no chip,” that shit dried quickly and didn’t smudge, even when I accidentally bumped my hand against the back of the machine that has the light inside.  But then I got home.  And then I realized that on one of my nails, my tech didn’t buff a piece of glitter off or something and there was a giant bubble.  Now, I have this thing where I paint all the way down to my cuticles.  I don’t like there to be any part of my nail exposed.  Well, not only were the sides of my nails bare, but down towards my cuticles, the coats of polish were so thin that I could peel the shit off.  Seriously?  I had peel off nail polish in a Tinkerbell bottle when I was a kid, I certainly don’t need that now.  And finally, I got a giant chip on the tip of my index finger on my left hand after THREE DAYS.  #1: I am right handed.  That’s not even my dominant hand.  #2: How the hell did it chip on the side?  I purposely watched what I was doing so I wouldn’t get chips, and yet, there it was.  On a “no chip” freaking manicure.

Needless to say, by the time my vacation was over, (with seven days total wear time) I had an entire nail full of polish that was peeling off by itself and a giant chip on my left hand’s thumb, which caused my nail to break.  And to get that shit “soaked off?”  It’s just the foil method.  I do that myself when I’m working with a really gnarly glitter polish.  Plus, just before I got the first chip, I realized how bored I was with one color and that I couldn’t even put any glitter top coat over it or it would defeat the purpose.  Next time I go on vacation, I’ll just bring an emergency polish with me in case my nails start to look rough.  Never again, gel polish manicure, never again.