Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spotted - Snowman Polishes at Rite Aid

**nothing purchased

While I've got quite a few collections that need their own editions of Spotted, Hauled & Swatched...I'm not up to sorting and editing all the pictures that they need (there's at least 6 of those posts that need to be done...).  I feel like I'm on the verge of a headache and my ear is really bothering me - maybe they're related.  At least I've gotten laundry done, so after this I can get some rest and slowly work on editing while taking frequent breaks.  Apparently I'm also in a bit of a chatty mood.  

Anyway...let's see the return of the Snowman polishes at Rite Aid.  I actually spotted these little cuties back at the start of October but, at least at that location, they aren't really moving like some times.  Maybe because they were on the bottom shelf and people aren't quite ready for Snowman.  These guys are $3.99 each.
There's a mix of just about everything in here - neons/brights, pastels, chunky glitters, fine glitters, milky glitters...
The fact that they all have blinged out hats this year is just adorable!

I only got somewhat close-up shots of some of the display.
~the front left snowman is red and green glitter.  I won't purchase him since I just bought a holiday Sinful Colors one that is the same combo (that should be in an upcoming post)
~the snowman behind him is just shiny gold glitter
~the front right snowman is superfine red and some gold glitters.  I believe I bought last year's version, which I am planning on swatching in the upcoming weeks.
~the blue and purple glitter on the right looks to be the same as one that came in a mini set from a prior Halloween, so if you'd like to see a swatch, click here and scroll down to the 3rd swatch
~I believe that the multi-colored glitter is the same as the one I've purchased in a previous year...if you'd like to see a swatch of him, click here and scroll down to number 4
~the pinky glitter on the left also looks to be the same as one that I've purchased before in my Halloween mini set, so if you'd like to see that one swatched, click here and scroll down to the 2nd swatch

It seems like I've seen an additional holiday display from the Blue Cross brand recently, but I don't believe I got any pictures of it.  While I may not be planning on getting any of these polishes, I do have my eye on a holiday gift set that Rite Aid has (the Satina Perfectly Airbrushed set of 4 brushes & a "beauty blender" imitator...although according to a comment on Nouveau Cheap's page, the fan brush is 'terrible').  Decisions, decisions.

Do you have any Snowman Polishes in your collection?  Are you eyeing up any of the holiday gift sets for either yourself or to give?

**nothing purchased
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spotted, Hauled...a couple, & Swatched - Orly Surreal and Secret Society Collections

**all items purchased by me

I thought today would be a good day to share the couple of polishes that I've picked up from the 2 most recent releases from Orly.  The first is from the fall collection - Surreal.  The second is from the new holiday collection - Secret Society.

Let's get started with the Fall 2013 Surreal collection's display:
 I ended up purchasing 2 of the polishes at 2 different times.
Digital Glitter (which I actually already showed in an Ulta haul but figured I would include it again)
Pixie Powder, which I purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply (at the same time as 2 polishes from China Glaze's Monsters Ball collection)

Now for the latest collection, Secret Society for Holiday 2013.  I actually saw the ad for this collection on the back of the most recent Nail It magazine and then saw it in Ulta just a couple days ago.  I haven't been to Sally's yet to see if it's there as well.

~the gold glitter actually has some teeny tiny bar glitters in it
~the blue and black shades are also glitter shades...I really wish I had gotten some close-ups

I only purchased one polish from the collection (so far).  
Masked Ceremony
And swatches:
 Digital Glitter, Pixie Powder, Masked Ceremony
~2 coats each~
~Digital Glitter is has pink/purple duo-chrome tendencies along with pretty small magenta and maybe taupe(?) hex glitter; there's also a spattering of small silvery square glitters in a clear base
~Pixie Powder is a pretty pink-lilac purple sheer fine glitter topper
~Masked Ceremony is a fairly pigmented gunmetal gray that has enough shimmer it almost reminds me of a foil; it's also got small magenta hex glitters and more of the silvery square glitter (quite a bit more squares than Digital Glitter).  There's enough pigment to this one that if you're careful, you might be able to get a way with one coat

I'm not sure if I'll be getting any more polishes from the Secret Society collection or not.  If I do it would probably be the blue and gold ones, but I'm waiting until I see swatches of these before I decide.  There was just something about the square glitters that drew me to Masked Ceremony (and I had my 20% off coupon in my purse) that made me get it before any swatches.

Did you get any polishes from the Surreal collection when it first came out?  Are you planning on getting any from the Secret Society collection?  Do you like that Orly is using little square glitters in some of their polishes?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Neeka Nails

**all items purchased by me

Today has completely gotten away from me... but I did manage to get quite a bit of retail therapy in, so hopefully that has helped brighten my spirits and I'll be able to keep them up.  Since today is quickly running out, I thought I'd share the next letter of my ABC polish challenge:
For the letter N, I pulled out Zoya Neeka.  I applied 2 coats over a ridge-filling base coat (by the way - at Walmart tonight I saw the Pro-FX Fiberized Ridge Filler, which is what I used to use all the time and reviewed it here, back in the bigger salon-sized bubble-looking bottle).  I topped Neeka off with a nice coat of Out the Door.
Neeka is a pretty medium purple with a nice dustiness to it.  It's also got pretty slightly shy shimmer that looks to be pinkish-red with some gold thrown in to make it extra eye-catching.  Application was incredibly easy, which is what I've found to be true with nearly all...maybe all...the Zoya polishes I own.  For once, this is not a limited edition polish (under the next picture is a link directly to it on Zoya's site for your convenience).
According to Zoya's site, Neeka is:
Zoya nail polish in Neeka can be best described as: A greyed amethyst with subtle red duochrome shimmer and bright gold glitter accents.? A fascinating, unique shade that manages to be glittery but not too flashy.
Family - Red, Purple 
Finish - Metallic 
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque ) 
Tone - Cool 
When I bought Neeka, I did so during an online promo way back in January.  If you're not following Zoya on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, I highly suggest you do so since this brand tends to cook up some amazing promos and flash sales periodically (especially during December for the flash sales).  I'm hoping that they will do so again this year and I'll get lucky again.  Last year I managed to get a Hot Lips completely free.

Are you a fan of Zoya?  Any favorite polish from them I should keep my eye open for?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, October 28, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday - Black & White Roses for Halloween

**all items purchased by me

Can you believe that Halloween is merely a few days away?  I know I can't.  Back at the end of September/very start of October I had all kinds of plans and ideas for decorating, but then some health issues (and the moodiness from it being this month last year that my grandfather passed away) got the best of me and now the majority of my decorations from last year are still sitting in a box in the staircase to the attic and what I've made this year is scattered around on various desks in my office.  At least I can say that I managed to make a few new things this year (and now I've got a whole year to continue to work on others I didn't get to).  The black roses remind me of The Addams Family movies, so I kept thinking about those while playing around with my arrangements.

Basic supplies:
  • black and/or white roses 
  • milkglass vases
  • florists' foam
  • whatever other embellishments you want to use, if any
~for this one, I also used black wire-edged ribbon and "Expressions" mesh tubing

When I came home from my parents house Saturday night with some florists' foam stuff (that's the only thing I didn't buy - Mom shared her stash with me), I got to work on using my Halloween roses.  I bought my white blood-splattered roses from Michael's craft store a month or so ago on sale.  As for the black roses, I bought them a day or 2 after last Halloween on clearance from Walmart.  As I worked into the night I decided I'm going to buy some more after Halloween if I can find them.  So while I purchased enough large vases from Goodwill ($1 each for nice milkglass), I only ended up making 2 arrangements...  I did start the 3rd by putting in the foam and attaching the ribbons; that vase is now sitting in my craft cabinet waiting for flowers. 
~on this arrangement, I put blood splatter gel clings (although I think they will have to be taken off before storage and then re-done each year)
~no foam in this one

In addition to trying to purchase more black roses, I think I want to keep my eyes open at Goodwill for some more narrow vases (maybe taller, too) since I have some more black roses that are edged in orange and green.  If I happen to see more of the blood-splattered roses next year, I might get some more of those as well...but I bought all that Michaels had this year.  Now I need to go straighten up my office/craft room - it's a complete disaster!

Are you ready for Halloween?  Or did it sneak up on you?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions/designs are my own

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Stash Sharing - OPI...My Oldest Ones - Swiss collection, Colorcopia, Touring America

**all items purchased by me

Today I've got the next installment of Sunday Stash Sharing.  I'm still working on OPI polishes, so today I pulled my oldest OPIs, which I believe I bought the first winter after we moved into our house around 3 ago.  After today's post, there will be one more for OPI, then it will be on to a new brand.  Of course, if I've posted a mani before using any of these polishes, the link will be provided.

So let's get started with my oldest OPI bottles.  These are all from the Fall 2010 Swiss collection (12 polish collection).
 Cuckoo for this Color, Ski Teal We Drop, Yodel Me On My Cell
Just a Little Rosti at This, William Tell Me About OPI
~William Tell Me About OPI was recently purchased on clearance from the local supply store~

I bought these next 2 bottles at the same time as the first set.  These look to be re-released colors gathered up into the Summer 2009 Colorcopia collection - 20th Anniversary of OPI (12 polish collection).
 French Bordeaux and Florentine Fuchsia

These 2 are the next oldest, but I paid full price for these 2.  These 2 are from the Fall 2011 Touring America collection (12 polish collection).
 Color To Diner For and My Address is "Hollywood"

And now for my one mini OPI bottle I bought on clearance from Target after Christmas a couple years ago.
I think this is Unripened (I can make out NL 349 on the bottom of the bottle)
~if it is Unripened, it looks to be from the 2010 Go Goth Halloween collection (4 polish collection) idea why I found it after Christmas on a shelf with lots of other "stocking stuffers"~

What's your oldest polish in your collection?  Do you have any of these?  And of course, let me know if you'd like to see any of these on my nails soon!

Now I'm going to try to start getting ahead by working on next Sunday's post since we'll be traveling for the Mister's work again.  I'll be including a list of the past OPI versions of Sunday Stash Sharing posts for a convenient wrap-up.

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Friday, October 25, 2013

October Collective Ulta Haul - Peter Thomas Roth & Too Faced!

**all items purchased by me

Today has quickly gotten away from me.  I think a big part of why that's happened is that it's getting dark by 6:30-6:45 already so it really makes the day seem short.  So the best thing to post in this case is a collective haul from one store.  As you'll see, I've spent quite a bit of time - and money - at Ulta over the past month.  Mostly for replacement bottles of skincare...and one new makeup pretty.

The first thing I actually already posted on Instagram a month ago, but I figured that since I got it close to the end of September, I might as well include it so you can see how many of the items from the kit I purchased in September I'm replacing.
Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads

The next week, I wanted to get a "pretty" so I bought my first Too Faced product - the Pretty Rebel palette.  I'm glad I bought it when I did since the next visit they were gone.  I'd seen this a fair bit on YouTube as well as some blog posts on it, plus playing with it in person made me really want it.
 I love how the palette itself has a touch of 3D to it's design
 Isn't it pretty?!
I love the little eye chart booklet that was included (especially since lately I feel like I've been doing the same boring look over & over)

Week number 3...back to skincare.  
Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

Last week I bought this one:
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash
~I haven't used this one exactly - the one that came in the kit I had purchased was Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash, which the store was conveniently out of.  But so far, so good with this one...~

And finally, just this week I bought this:
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion, SPF 30
~This is the one product from the line that I didn't use up a sample of prior to buying, but the employee/esthetician recommended this one (and uses it himself)~
~he also recommended to essentially go down to just one brand/line of products since they are designed to work together (using various brands may cancel out the effects of each other)~
~the SPF lotion I used all summer isn't really working well for me anymore~

I'm a bit scared to add up how much I've spent on skincare over the last month, but at least the bottles are larger sizes so they should last for a while.  I'm really realizing that I really need to make both the monetary and time investment in my skin if I ever want to see it clear up...especially since prescriptions from the dermatologist either stop working (if the even did work to start with) or are too cost-prohibitive to repurchase...  I'm thisclose to cancelling my December derm. appointment, especially if this line continues to work for me.

Do you invest in your skincare, or are you lucky enough that drugstore options work for you?  Do you have the Pretty Rebel palette?  If so, what are your favorite combinations?  If you need to repurchase several pricier items close to the same time, do you do it all at once or stretch it out like I did?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mysterious Curse has a Magic Attraction

**all items purchased by me

Since I mentioned yesterday how I am so far behind in posting my ABC polish challenge manis, I figured today would be a good day to get one mani closer to being caught up.  This post brings me to letter...
So, over my usual base of Bridge the Ridge, I did 2 slow coats of Orly Mysterious Curse then applied Out the Door to speed things up.
Orly Mysterious Curse is an interesting blue to purple (or is it the other way around) duo-chrome that has some shimmer to it.  I polished slowly so that all the shimmers would be as neat looking as possible - kind of like applying a frost.  I also made sure to wait for several minutes after applying my base coat to ensure that it was dry all the way.  I've tried to wear this before but I think I went too quick then and had major bubbles on all my nails.  By waiting I avoided that.  Mysterious Curse is from the 2012 Dark Shadows collection.
After Mysterious Curse was good and dry, it was time to spice it up with holo micro-glitters in the form of Color Club Magic Attraction.  1 solid coat on my ring fingers and thumbs and 3 dots on the rest.
Color Club Magic Attraction is gorgeous silver holo micro glitter in a clear base with pretty much perfect consistency.  It was also a bit distracting while driving since it kept catching the sun and sparking like crazy.  Magic Attraction is from the Fall 2008 Glitter Vixen collection.  I got mine in a set from TJ Maxx, hence the hand-written label.
So pretty in the sun!!

I had a bit more fun with this look than a lot since I busted out my dotting tool again!  I really need to use the whole set more often.  I've no idea why I keep forgetting about using it but I always love the results.  I ended up really liking the way that this looked.

Do you have either of these polishes?  Do you have dotting tools but keep forgetting to use them?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spotted, Hauled & Swatched - Sally Hansen Bling in the New Year

**all items purchased by me

Time for a new Spotted, Hauled & Swatched post!  Kind of scary with how quickly time is flying since this particular collection looks to be geared for the Christmas season and into New Years'.  This is a release of 4 new (possibly limited edition) Complete Salon Manicure formula glitter toppers.

As always, let's get started with the display picture.  I found mine at Giant Eagle:
new colors are: Twinkle Toes-ty, Fa-la-la-lavender, 3,2,1derland, and Midnight Glitz
older colors are: Snowglobe, Hi Ho Silver, Gilty Party, Black and Blue, Jungle Gem, Trouble Maker, Pat on the Black and Red My Lips
~there is a awesome coupon attached (at least to this particular display) for Buy 1 Get 1 Free (limit 1 per transaction)

Moving on to haul pictures...I bought these in pairs on 2 different days due to the coupon restriction.
Twinkle Toes-ty and Fa-la-la-lavender
3,2,1derland and Midnight Glitz
Bottle and label shots:

And we must have some swatches, right?
Twinkle Toes-ty, Fa-la-la-lavender, 3,2,1derland, Midnight Glitz

Twinkle Toes-ty and Midnight Glitz are about 2 coats
Fa-la-la-lavender and 3,2,1derland are one coat
~all are in a clear base with a fairly nice formula~
  • Twinkle Toes-ty is super holo-y goodness in 2 sizes of glitter, but they are all gold which is unique in my collection
  • 3,2,1derland has blue and green hex glitters in 2 sizes each
  • Fa-la-la-lavender is not a dupe for either OPI Pink Yet Lavender or Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle (Selena Gomez collection)
  • Midnight Glitz has matte black small hex glitters and teeny tiny black glitters along with the shiny golden hex glitters (bigger than the black ones) and holographic shimmers
Just for fun, here's a quick collage of all the bottles while I was standing by my favorite window:

I'm so ready to finish up my ABC challenge - in real life, there's only 5 more letters; I'm a lot farther behind in posting them.  Oops.  Once I do those last 5 manis I'm going to be playing with my new pretties.  Yay!  I'd also like to hopefully do a couple of Halloween-inspired looks if I can squeeze in the time.  I just can't believe how quickly this month is flying.

Have you come across this collection yet?  Do any catch your eye?  What colors would you layer all of these over to showcase the glitters?  And of course, if you'd like to see any of these on my nails soon, do let me know!

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Haul!

**all items purchased by me

If you're a fan of Urban Decay, then you most likely have heard much about the new Vice 2 palette.  Well, knowing how much I love my original Vice palette - as well as all my other U.D. palettes - I ordered mine not long after it came out...and I'm just now getting it posted.  This is still available on Urban Decay's site, as well as Ulta and Sephora.
Since there are so many swatches available from the pros like Leesha (XSparkage) and Cora (Vintage or Tacky), etc. I elected not to swatch since I'm still not the most skilled at that (and the day I was taking pictures I was rapidly running out of sun...).
~front and back of the packaging box~
~front of the actual palette and inside~
~one of the more color-accurate pictures~
~double ended eyeshadow brush with "ud VICE 2" monogrammed on~
~also more color accurate~

When I ordered my palette, there were some nice freebie/add-ons.  I ended up getting 2 nice and useful samples.
 Revolution Lipstick sample in 69 
~swatch is only one swipe!~
~I used a tissue to wipe this swatch off less than 10 minutes after applying and I had a slight stain where I applied it~
Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion in 3.7 ml / 0.13 US fl. oz. size tube

Note to self: I really need to get a better setup for taking better pictures...especially with Fall/Winter upon us (and yes, there actually is the possibility of snow in the forecast for the next couple days).  That means even shorter daylight hours.  I also decided I really need to spend a couple of days sorting and putting away things so that I can actually find them when I need them.

Are you a fan of Urban Decay makeup?  Did you get the Vice 2 palette (or the original when it was available)?  Are you planning on getting it?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated