Thursday, July 30, 2015

TJ Maxx Collectively Small Haul


I've been thinking and thinking about what I wanted to post today and finally decided to share a couple of recent (entire month of July) finds at TJ Maxx.  One item was an absolutely necessary purchase, the other 2...not so much.  Isn't that how it always happens in TJ Maxx?  My teeny-tiny haul actually took place over 3 different visits.  I've been checking out the store a lot lately in search of nice, summery clothes for decent prices for an upcoming trip in September.

Let's start off with the necessity.  Earlier in the year I had purchased what I thought would be a nice sturdy carry-on bag for traveling.  Flash forward to trip to Chicago at the end of June and the zipper on the main part of the bag completely failed!!  On the flight home I was literally using a hair claw-thing and part of my keychain to attempt to hold it slightly closed.  Obviously, I needed a new carry-on, which I found within 10 minutes of walking into the store.  Even better?  The price - $9.99!
This is a cabin approved size carry on with 2 zipper pulls on the main portion of the bag.  Inside the bag, there is a nice shoulder strap (with padded area) waiting to be attached.  The bag also has a few stretchy pockets inside the bag, as well as a little mirror.  On the outside of the bag, there are a couple of pockets as well.  There was also a coordinating set of suitcases, but all I truly needed was the carry-on (while I borrow regular luggage from family).  If you're curious, the brand is "It Luggage" and has dimensions of 13.4x11.8x8.7" and despite being so light weight (1.46 lbs), feels pretty sturdy.  I'll be trying this bag out next weekend (but not for flying) when I head to an out-of-state family reunion.  I feel like I can put a lot into this. 

As for the completely unnecessary part of this collective haul, 2 nail polishes that were purchased separately. 
 butter LONDON Big Smoke and SPA Ritual Pioneer
In the label shot, you can see a sneak peak of it on my ring finger over top of Nicole by OPI Be Ama-Zing!.  Honestly, I like it better in the bottle than on the nail.  The matte white circle glitters all sink down and even after the bottle being upside down for several minutes, I still had a hard time getting any.  If it wasn't for those circle glitters and a more milky white base, this would basically be FingerPaints Hollywood Decadence all over again.  I also felt that it looked more "flat" than I was expecting.  Yes, it's a matte finish, but even the metallic glitters looked dull.  I'll play around with it more - I might like it better on its own or over a different color, but one of my first thoughts with this current application is "meh, maybe I'll pass it on" and I rarely say that.  At least it was only $3.99.
Big Smoke is a gorgeous deep navy that looks a bit metallic in the bottle.  I haven't used it on my nails yet, but I have high hopes that I'll like it.  Right now, and when I bought it, I couldn't think of a similar polish in my stash.  As I was typing this, I just put it on my swatch wheel.  It has a smokey quality to it, as the name suggests, 2 coats covers well - you just have to be slightly mindful of brushstrokes since it is slightly metallic.  This polish was $4.99.

These are all of the non-clothing items (other than a pair of Nine West sunglasses I'm loving!) that I've purchased in the last month or so.  I feel like I should be cutting back on the clothing purchases, and especially with shopping at stores like TJ Maxx (or Marshall's), the selection is so hit or miss that finding summery shirts that I like now is getting less likely.  Won't keep me from looking when I'm out of the house, though, which is sadly now, not nearly as often as it used to be.

Have you found anything good at TJ Maxx or Marshall's lately?  

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wet 'n Wild Warm Filter with China Glaze I Herd That


I thought today I'd share one of my nail combos from earlier in this month.  Hopefully this will inspire me to do my nails today (and my toes!).

For today's combo, I've got a Wet 'n Wild polish that came out this Spring and then topped it with an untried China Glaze glitter that I just had to have back when it came out.  I suppose you could call this a "throwback" post since both polishes are probably pretty hard to track down now, at least in person.

For my base color, I used 2 coats of Wet 'n Wild Warm Filter on all my nails.  Warm Filter is from the Spring 2015 Silver Lake collection.  Unless you can still find this in stores (Walgreens, KMart, etc), it's not available anywhere.

Then I pulled out my bottle of China Glaze I Herd That and had some fun.  I Herd That is from the Fall 2012 On Safari collection.
I did 1 medium coat on my pinkies and ring fingers and did diagonal color blocking on my middle fingers (free-hand, of course).  I don't think I put on top coat before any of my pictures.
I took a lot of pictures to try to get this polish to show up even somewhat as gorgeous as it is in real life.  This post's very first picture is the best I could do (and that's in my car with my cell phone).  It's got pretty gold glitter, maybe a splash of red glitter, and holo particles in it...all super fine and in a perfectly ideal clear base.  I can't believe I took so long to wear this pretty!  While it's long gone from being in store, it is still available online for a variety of prices.

This peachy-orange and gold combo is perfectly summery looking and is making me want to put a nice bright color on my toes right now!

How often do you come across untried polishes in your stash?  Any that when you finally use them, you ask yourself "why did I wait so long to use this?"

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NARS Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette - Swatches & First Impressions


I was super excited when i was seeing the previews on Instagram last month for the July Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Even though I had to patiently wait for the sale to open up to non-Nordstrom card holders, I still managed to get what I wanted (although I am still waiting on the second item I ordered to arrive...hello back-order).  Oh, if you're wondering where all the nail polish posts are lately, I haven't really been buying any, other than a couple random ones from TJ Maxx.  I'm all caught up on Spring/Summer releases and haven't seen anything newly released that's caught my eye.  I do have some older manis to share (and right now I've got some patches on my nails thanks to peeling and breaking nails so I'm not doing too much to them).

So in an effort to stay more up-to-date on sharing my purchases, today I've got my swatches and first impressions of the NARS Blame It On NARS Cheek Palette.  Now the site does state that the palette is a "Beauty Exclusive" so I'm guessing that means the palette is going to be exclusive to Nordstrom.  It retails for $59 and claims to have a $160 value - I always wonder how they determine the value??
The palette (pictured below - above is the box with ingredients) is a nice, sturdy plastic with a good latch on it.  It's a little bit thicker than the Virtual Domination palette that's in my collection, but the other dimensions are the same.
Satellite of Love and Day Dream (the 2 left shades) have sparkles/shimmers, but they were very camera shy.
Swatches in the lightbox (using my cell phone since I was not happy with the regular camera's pictures).  I did build up each of the shades to get better swatches for the pictures.
 I thought that Casino Bronzing Powder was matte, but it's showing up more satin in my swatches.

 Normal room light...still couldn't capture the pretty gold shimmers in Satellite of Love:
As I was looking it, I got the feeling that the blushes were a little bit smaller than my other NARS cheek palette - the Virtual Domination palette - and they are.  3 of the 4 shades in the Blame It On NARS palette weigh in at 4 g. while the 4th is 4.5 g.  In the Domination palette, 4 of the colors are 4.5 g with the 5th being 10g.  There are no repeat colors between the 2 palettes.  The new Blame It On NARS palette does contain a mini ITA kabuki brush.

I haven't gotten to use the palette yet since I've only left the house far enough to go out to the garden and pull weeds, so the only "makeup" this week has been translucent powder to set my sunscreen so it doesn't run into my eyes - it's only 90 degrees and full sun...  I can't wait to put on some real makeup one of these days.  :-)

If you're curious, these are the samples I picked out:
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (2 packets, I believe 5.5 is the shade)
Shiseido Ultimate Power Infusing Concentrate
MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover .2 fl. oz. bottle (super tiny - smaller than a Maybelline polish bottle)

Is the NARS Blame It On NARS Cheek Palette something that interests you?  Do you like NARS blushes, or are they too pricey?

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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner Review


Today's been a busy day!  I wrote out my next 2 Project Finish Updates, did some serious weeding in the flower bed, cleaned up the kitchen some, and I still have to do something with the piles of clothes laying around (all the Mister's...shhh, don't tell).  Anyway, lately I've been on the hunt for a truly waterproof black eyeliner since my current favorite gel liner (Essence) completely failed me when we were in Chicago.  I'm talking gel liner migrating into and completely across the crease.  No, it wasn't hot - my eye was watering, probably due to the wind, and I looked a hot mess at only half way through the day.  So the hunt is on!

I don't know why it took me so long to write this review when I pretty much made up my mind on the first use in an eye look.  I spied this Rimmel London ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner that claims to be waterproof and lasts 24 hours.  I picked it up at Giant Eagle (grocery store) - I won't be doing that again since --spoiler alert -- I kinda wish I could take this back...  At least this was only around $6, and I will continue to use it until it runs out...just only when the conditions are right for it to perform.
Packaging claims:
  • 2-in-1 felt tip liner for a customized look, intense colour
  • Uniquely slanted 2-in-1 felt tip for thick or thin line, depending how you hold it
  • Long lasting ultra-black colour stays put for up to 24 hours
  • Waterproof, Smudge-proof, Tear-proof, Sweat-proof, Heat-proof, Humidity-proof and Scandal-proof
  • Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested

The 2 sided felt-tip:
Originally when I swatched this, I thought it looked pretty black, but looking at my picture...not so much.  It looks weak, almost gray.
A few minutes after I swatched this on my hand, I rubbed my hand across part of the lines.  They moved and smeared.  Well, I thought, maybe after a longer wait time I'll check it again.  Probably 10 minutes later, I got my finger slightly damp and went at my swatches again - gone.  Totally not waterproof.  Also, wearing the liner now that it's been fairly consistently hot, I have noticed fading.  
I do like how easy it is to get a nice smooth line in my preferred shape - thin in the inner corner, thicker across the middle into a cat eye/wing shape.  Also, I did not run into the same issues as the CoverGirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner when used over shadows.  If only the wear time was better and it was more black and actually waterproof.

So to sum up my thoughts on the Rimmel Thick & Thin Eyeliner:  easy to apply but the wear time is mediocre and the water/smudge/tear/sweat/heat/humidity proof claim is totally bogus.

So, my search continues.  I swatched the Stila Stay All Day liquid liner on my hand at Ulta - it washed off my hand a couple hours later using just regular hand soap.  Nope.  I did find a Urban Decay Perversion liquid liner in my stash that I'm currently testing.  I have about a month and a half to find my "perfect" liner, and I would prefer either liquid or gel.

What's your favorite, truly waterproof, black eyeliner?

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, Part 37 - December 2014

**all items purchased by me / g.w.p. / requested samples

I'm finishing up the year of 2014 empties, finally!!  Can't believe it took me until the end of July to get around to it.  At least my bathroom is looking cleaner with each bag of empties I get shared here on the blog.  December was a pretty busy month for me with finishing up full size products, samples and more purging of no-good-to-me products.  Just like the December 2013 installment, I'll be looking through all my Updates of 2014 to tally what all has left my stash whether through finishing or trashing.
Secret pH Balanced Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Spring Breeze - small size.  This is the only brand of deodorant that I use due to allergies to other brands.  I only use either Invisible Solid or the gel that I tried out for Influenster a while ago.  Will continue to repurchase.
Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial Hand Soap - purchased...again and again and again, etc.... Will continue to repurchase.
Bath & Body Works Breathe Energy Skin Conditioning In-Shower Moisturizer.  After I finished the Comfort bottle in the prior month, I pulled out the Energy bottle which was equally as old and discontinued, bought on clearance ages ago.  Again, it worked perfectly for shaving my legs with no irritation.  In-shower moisturizers and/or hair conditioner is definitely the way to go for me for super smooth, nick-free shaving.
Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion - purchased from Ulta.  I use this in the colder months for an added layer of moisture since when my skin changes to the drier side, it really changes.  When I use this, I see a noticeable difference in how my skin feels and looks more plump.  I would "chase" this with whatever serum I was using at the time, then follow that up with argan oil and seal it all in with a moisturizer (obviously that was all at night).  I'd also use this in the morning before serum and SPF moisturizer.  Have repurchased - the equivalent of one bottle lasts me for my entire "dry-skin season."
Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer - came in acne trial kit purchased from Sephora.  I was using this moisturizer in the Fall/early Winter and just didn't think it moisturized enough.  I only used it at night time since I use SPF during the day.  Plus, it's in a tub that you have to stick your fingers in - not very hygienic for something that came in an acne kit.  Won't repurchase.
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado - sample from Nordstrom's.  This is nice and moisturizing, but I think it's too thick for my personal preference.  A little does go a long way, but it also takes a while to work in since it is so thick.  Won't purchase.
Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion - purchased from Ulta.  I love this product - I'd actually consider it a "Holy Grail" item as I've gone through multiple bottles.  I'm nearly out of my current replacement bottle and will be repurchasing shortly.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser (combo skin) - gift with purchase from Dillards.  This is geared for combination skin, but I felt like it left my skin too dry/stripped feeling.  This might be better for someone with straight-up oily skin, but my skin was uncomfortable with this.  That's why it took so long to finish - I'd use it one or 2 nights in a row then leave it for a week or more, on an on like that.  I also didn't notice any of the "exfoliating" factor it claims to have.  Won't purchase.

Sample time!
Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (deluxe sample g.w.p.) in Black.  This was actually a pretty good waterproof mascara.  I don't remember it leaving my lashes too stiff/crunchy and I didn't have any flakes/smudging that I can think of, even when it'd been open a while.  If I remember correctly, it also removed pretty easily - well, as easily as a waterproof mascara can.  I'd consider repurchasing at some point (maybe to get my total high enough to qualify for a g.w.p. at some point).
Urban Decay SuperCurl Curling Mascara - deluxe sample that came in a palette.  It has a curved rubber wand which was a pretty good shape for my eyes.  It says it's "supercurl" but my lashes already have a decent natural curl to them which I think it did enhance.  I remember liking it well enough, but I'm not sure that I'd purchase - especially since I still have so many untried mascaras in my stash that might end up really triggering a love.
DermaDoctor DD Cream sample - got it made for me at Sephora.  This was all right, but not as outstanding as I thought it was going to be based on watching a few YouTubers reviewing it.  Wouldn't purchase.
MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream - got it made for me at the MAC counter in Macy's.  I'm always looking for an eye cream that can help with putting moisture in my under eye area, while also helping to alleviate the natural dark circles I have, all while not causing milia.  I didn't have any irritation, but I also didn't notice anything that great either.  Won't purchase.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Face Cream - got it made for me at Sephora.  This was a nice nighttime moisturizer for my skin at night.  I didn't notice any irritation/breakouts from it.  I believe I have a deluxe sample still in my stash waiting on me.  Haven't decided one way or the other as for purchasing.
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potions (sample cards) - I used both the Brightening side and the Pore Perfecting side.  I have purchased the "brightening and tightening" formula in a full size, which I believe is just listed as brightening on the card.

Clearly, December was when I started cleaning out products I did not like at all for whatever reason (kind of a prequel for upcoming Updates).  Let's see why these products are in the "Trashed, but Not Finished" section.
Revlon Creme Gloss in 060 Peachy Sheen - I don't remember where I bought this.  I never did really like this.  It's thick and sticky.  Won't repurchase (if the formula is even available anymore).
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Bronzer in 80 Glistening Sun - purchased from Rite Aid.  This particular shade was, I believe, part of a limited edition collection.  When I spotted it on clearance, I figured I'd give it a chance.  Well, turns out I don't care for the way that cream-type products sit on my skin over my foundation.  Maybe I just don't have the hang of using this type of product but since I have so many powdered bronzers (both matte and shimmery) that I really like, why bother trying to work with it.  Won't repurchase any of the Dream Bouncy line.
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 10 Pink Frosting - purchased from Giant Eagle.  I feel the same way about this blush as I do about the bronzer.  Also, the one time I did actually leave the house with this on, it had completely disappeared by the time I returned a few hours later.  Again, I have loads of powder blushes that I really like and enjoy using, so why bother with something I'm not fond of?  Won't repurchase any of the Dream Bouncy line.
Physicians' Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Blush in Warming Organics - purchased from Dollar Tree.  No color payoff at all.  I can see why this formula was discontinued.  I think that I still have one of the blushes from this line in my stash that actually has some payoff.
Lancome Teinte Idole Ultra 24 H Foundation - samples from Dillards (I don't remember the shades).  There's something about this foundation that my skin does not like.  I had whiteheads come up within hours of putting this on.  It did have a nice finish but if my skin can't tolerate it, then no.  Won't purchase.

Now it's time for the calculations to begin!  I always like to know how many full size products I've used up as well as how many samples were finished.  It's also interesting to see how many products went in the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category.

Tools: 1 (Clarisonic head - if I was more consistent with use, there would have been more)
Full Size:  78
Sample size (deluxe, foil, custom made):  44
"Trashed, but Not Finished":   29

For a total of 152 items leaving the house one way or the other!  That's actually really good!  Plus this isn't even counting the makeup/skin care/hair care that I purged into a box for family to go through.  And I can tell you right now, that I'm well on my way for a high number for 2015 - which, if all goes as planned, 2015 Updates will be starting next week.

Do you like to keep track of the number of items you finish?  Do you immediately repurchase the same item or do you try out something new?

**all items purchased by me / g.w.p. / requested samples
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Friday, July 24, 2015

Spotted, Hauled & Swatched - Wet 'n Wild Venice Beach Pigment Collection


I started this post yesterday, but life happened and it's now the next day that I'm finishing and publishing.  Oops.

It's taken me quite a few tries to get all 3 palettes from the latest Wet 'n Wild Venice Beach collection, but I did it!  I just picked up the 3rd palette from Rite Aid this week - the other 2 I had gotten from KMart.  I've also seen this at Walgreens.  Fair warning - the center palette, High Flying Colors, is the one that I kept seeing sold out so good luck if you want mostly blues!

This collection is technically called the Color Icon PIGMENT collection, rather than eyeshadow collection.  I decided to purchase these in hopes that they could be used collectively as an Urban Decay Electric Palette (not my post) substitution.  For once, I actually looked at the back of the palette and it's got a little description of the collection:
Time for swatches!  I did not use any primer/lotion on my hand before, and really dried my hand off between palettes.  Boardwalk Boozing:
High Flying Colors:
 Hemporary Solutions:
 This last picture is off all 3 palettes in natural, filtered daylight:
There are several shades between the 3 palettes that look like repeats of each other, but when I was swatching everything only 2 are actually true repeats.  Those 2 are the silver and the yellow.  There's enough difference between all of the blues, greens, oranges and pinks that while they look similar, they are, in fact, different colors.

During my swatching, I thought that most of the colors felt nice and creamy BUT I did have problems with crumbling.  So while I only dipped into each color one time for each swatch, I did have to spend some time smoothing out each swatch to get rid of "crumbs" and then blowing off what I couldn't get blended smooth.  I think that with certain shades especially, these will take some finesse to not end up with color all over your face.  I'd actually strongly recommend doing the eyes before any face makeup.  I do like that not all the shades are matte - there's at least one metallic shade in each palette.

I've got another recommendation after playing around with these a bit before washing off yesterday's makeup.  Use your fingertip to press on the shadow/pigment where you want it.  I tried using a stiffer brush and while it looked like there was a bunch of product on the bristles, hardly anything transferred to my lid.  Using only the brush I had to build and build and build.  As soon as I tried my fingertip, it was "oh, all done with that shade."  I didn't try blending any yet since I was just playing around with a pop of color on the center of my lid - any blending was done just by patting the edges.  Also as I suspected, attempting to use a brush ended with fallout on my cheeks.

I did end up picking up one MegaLast Retractable Liner in Misty Eyes.  Bottom is just one line, above that I went back and forth a few times to make the swatch wider.  I think it's a pretty light turquoise color, and it's unique to my collection.
I haven't tried this on my eyes yet, but the swatches did hang on to my hand through a few hand washes.  Of course, this color would make an excellent base for some of the lighter blues, maybe even the lighter greens, shades in the palettes.  Who knows, I might end up getting some more of the liners to use as "bases," especially if I could score them on sale (but not the chubby Idol Eyes - I recently destashed the core colors of those I had).

Is the Wet 'n Wild Venice Beach Pigment Collection something that interests you?  How do you feel about applying shadows using your fingers?

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

Lorac Pro Metal Palette - Swatches + First Impressions


I recently picked up a new makeup pretty - the Lorac Pro Metal Palette!  This was the first of the new releases I grabbed since the Pro Metal was labeled as limited edition; the matte palette is supposedly permanent so I'll eventually get that one.  It retails for $28 and I believe is an Ulta exclusive.  When I bought it, there was a gift with purchase, which is the Pro + Fiber Mascara deluxe sample.  I won't be opening that any time soon as I'm trying to work through my oldest unopened mascaras first so it'll go into the drawer for future.
In the typical Lorac style, the palette is sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure.  While my pictures aren't showing it, the finish of the palette is actually kind of a foil finish.
Also in the typical Lorac style, there's a clear protective sheet with the Lorac logo.
 There's 8 shades and is slightly over half the length of the Pro Palettes.
Swatches in my lightbox.  There's no primer/moisturizer; I did not build up the swatches any.  I did smooth them out a bit since the shadows are so soft they are a bit crumbly.  All of them have a nice smooth creamy feeling.  While they are all metallic in finish, Onyx is the least metallic - it almost looks satin/matte in my swatch.
The same swatches in natural, filtered daylight.
I can't wait to put these shadows on my eyes!  Although I do think I'll be reaching for at least a matte transition shade to help make a smoother transition to the brow bone.  I pretty much always put down a skintone shade all over for me, most likely this won't be a stand-alone palette.

As for if there's any dupes for shades to the Pro 1 and 2 palettes (I didn't compare to the Mega Pro since that was super limited edition), I did find a couple similarities.  In my opinion Amber (Pro Metal) is a dupe to Gold (Pro 1).  Rose Gold (Pro Metal) is right between Rose and Mocha (Pro 2).  Quartz (Pro Metal) is similar, but ever so slightly pinker and lighter than, Snow (Pro 2).  I didn't compare Cobalt (Pro Metal) to Navy (Pro 2) since they are different finishes.

Is the Lorac Pro Metal Palette something that appeals to you?  Is there a particular color that jumps out at you?

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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Stash Sharing - Salon Perfect - 2014 Glitters + 2015 New Core Glitters


I managed to get a day off from golf - and instead spent the day doing some light cleaning and gardening.  I say "light" since it was around 90 degrees with super high humidity so even inside the air conditioning was struggling.  The heat/humidity really wiped me out today so as soon as I get the laundry put away and the Mister's shirt ironed for tomorrow, I'll be calling it a day.  

Anyway, let's get on to today's post - the last of my Salon Perfect stash.  I've got bits and pieces from 2 different limited edition collections, as well as a couple of the new to the core lineup colors that I bought early this year.

First up is the 2014 patriotic collection called Paint the Town Red, White & Blue
Starred & Striped, Star Spangled, Save Me A Spot, Wild Blue Yonder
Also in this collection, but shown in last week's post, Speck-Tacular and Boom Boom Boom.  The 3 glitters shown above, plus the 2 just mentioned are all shown on my nails in the 2014 link (above).

Next up are the polishes I have from the 2014 Top of the Class collection (minus 1 which I'll explain below).  The link provided goes to another blogger's swatch post(s, if you follow the link in her post) since I procrastinated so much the display was long gone by the time I got to taking swatch pictures.
Disco Ballin', Ruby's Cubes, Mad About Mod, Square Pegs, Flower Power, Foxy Lady
I just realized while I was looking up what the name of the collection was that I neglected the 7th polish that I purchased from the collection (it was pulled out for an upcoming post I'm planning).  I also have Spot On (black and white circle glitters).  There was one other glitter (Disco Diva) that I did not purchase since it was all metallic bar glitters.

Notes:  The entire collection is the Top (Coat) of the Class (again, outside link), which is broken up into sub-collections.  Spot On, Mad About Mod and Flower Power are from the 60's Mod Squad Collection.  Ruby's Cubes and Square Pegs are from the Totally 80's section.  Disco Ballin' and Foxy Lady are from the 70's Disco Divas division (as is the un-purchased Disco Diva).  I have played around with Mod About You but didn't get that shared yet.

These last 2 were added to the core lineup this year:
 Rough Around the Edges and Razzle Dazzle
 I included a blurred photo of Razzle Dazzle to show the scattered holo off better.  :-)

I believe that finishes off my Salon Perfect polishes (minus the actual picture of 1 - just the notation that I do have it).  I love how unique Salon Perfect has been with it's glitter combinations.  Now if only the formula was a wee bit better it'd be all good.  I've noticed that all of the "shaped" glitter has glitters that tend to sink in the bottle and need placement and can tend to bubble as well.  But if I use them for glitter placements or over a base color that disguises those pesky bubbles, then it's all good.  I just have to plan ahead.

Do you have any of these Salon Perfect glitters in your stash?  Do you know of any dupes/similar polishes from other brands (even indies) for anyone that wants one of these but can't get it?  (I spied Ruby's Cubes on eBay for nearly $14!! what?!)

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, part 36 - November 2014


It's been a busy week for the Mister and I - he had us out on the golf course Tuesday through this morning...and yesterday and today we played the full 18 holes.  He's wearing me out!! and leaving me with no time to do my own thing.  Luckily I had this post all ready to go early in the week.

Anyway, let's get onto the post.  November wasn't the most product month for finishing things, but I did finish up several full-size items, plus cleared out a couple of samples and got rid of some dried out eyeliners.  Yay for cleaning out the stash!

First up, what I actually finished:
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potions (sample card) - I used both the Brightening side and the Pore Perfecting side.  I have purchased the "brightening and tightening" formula in a full size, which I believe is just listed as brightening on the card.
Lancome DreamTone Shade 1 - bought from Dillards.  This was a nice skin serum type product.  I liked it, my skin looked nice with it on.  But I didn't really  notice any results in my hyper-pigmentation lessening; it was just more of an overall brightening effect.  It was nice but didn't "wow" me for the price (over $100).  Probably won't repurchase, but I will use up samples in my stash and any I might receive in the future.
MAC Brush Cleanser - bought from MAC counter in Macy's.  This is a really good brush cleanser.  Even after I had washed my foundation brush with my usual (baby shampoo) this cleanser still got more foundation out and left my brush looking like new.  Some times it does take a few times to get all the foundation out, but I really like how it works and how easy it is to rinse out.  Have repurchased.
Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial Hand Soap - purchased from Walmart/Target/Giant Eagle.  I sound like a broken record with this, but this is my go-to hand soap for my bathroom.  The scent is nice and it doesn't dry my hands out.  Plus the cost is perfect.  Will continue to repurchase.
Bath & Body Works Breath Comfort Skin Conditioning In-Shower Moisturizer - bought at a semi-annual clearance sale years ago.  I was working through products stashed away in the cabinet.  I used this to shave my legs with.  I really liked the way my skin felt after using it, and didn't have any irritation.  This is long-discontinued.  Haven't touched shave gel/cream/foam since I started using an in-shower moisturizer or hair conditioner and have had less irritation after shaving.
Softsoap Pure Cashmere Body Hydrating Wash - purchased from Walmart.  This was a nice, creamy body wash.  It smelled nice, but I don't remember it being OMG this is a wonderful smell that I must buy again.  Probably won't repurchase.  I don't really have a go-to body wash brand or scent other than it can't be a super strong scent.

These last 3 items are in the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category since all 3 were too dried out to be able to apply easily to the eye.
Maybelline Unstoppable liner in Sapphire - purchased from Walmart.  I didn't really care for their interpretation of Sapphire blue so I rarely used it.  Won't repurchase.
Master Drama by EyeStudio liners in Vibrant Violet and Sapphire Strength - purchased from Walmart/Rite Aid.  Vibrant Violet is a really pretty jewel toned purple; I might repurchase Vibrant Violet since I do like purple with my eyes.  Sapphire Strength is, again, not the blue shade I was hoping for.  Plus the lid cracked at the non-opening end so the pencil really dried out quickly.  Won't repurchase Sapphire Strength.  Although I do have to say that these days I prefer gel/creme liners applied with a brush or liquid liners to pencils so...

What's your favorite way of cleaning makeup brushes?  What's your favorite type of eyeliner formula?

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

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sally Hansen CSM Sequin Overcoats - Clearance Prices + Dupes!!


Trying to write a blog post while not scratching the latest batch of mosquito  It's been so wet in Ohio this season that you basically can't go out at anytime of the day without getting bit.

Anyway, I thought I'd do a quick little post today about some recent finds I had at Walgreens with their lovely orange clearance stickers.  Now, this collection was released with 7 different "sequin overcoats" a.k.a. glitter toppers.  Originally I bought 3, but spaced them out from each other - at $8 a piece, the Complete Salon Manicure formula is quite pricey so I tend to not buy them unless there's something special/unique.  But just a couple of days ago, I was in Walgreens and the entire collection is now on clearance for $1.99 each!  So of course, I snapped up one more.  I now have a total of 4 of the overcoats, plus 2 dupes that I already had in my collection.  There is one more that I know I wouldn't really use.
Blush Over Hue, Crown Jewels, Over the Rainblue, 
(Glare Necessities - grabbed the bottle, then remembered to take the picture), 
Strawberry Shields, Open Mica Night, Cheery On Top

Description from the Sally Hansen site:
Dress Up Your Manicure! Layered over your favorite Complete Salon Manicure color, the new overcoat shades add a pop of sequin shine. Signed, Sealed and Sequined!
Now, I could have sworn that I had done a blog post about these way back when they first came out in their Signed, Sealed and Sequined display (not my post).  But nothing is coming up - I looked through all of the latter half of 2013 blog posts that were published.  On second thought, maybe in my mind I'm mixing them up with a different CSM collection release (Bling in the New Year).  So since that's probably the case, it's time to produce some better bottle shots, label shots and pictures of the swatch wheel.  If you want to see what the last polish looks like, up close, check out the link above (Signed, Sealed...).
Crown Jewels, Strawberry Shields, Open Mica Night, Glare Necessities
 the left 3 swatches are all about 1.5 coats on the wheel; Glare Necessities on the right is 1

Open Mica Night is silver holo square glitters (all one size, nothing else added)! If you're wondering if Hard Candy's Celebrate Sequins is a dupe, it's not since it contains microglitter as well as the squares.  OPI's In True Stefani Fashion is also not a dupe (it's closer to H.C. Celebrate Sequins). Glare Necessities - the one I just picked up - is more purple than my pictures are showing and also has metallic silver hex glitters (both colors are in multiple sizes).  Strawberry Shields is multiple shades of red hex glitter in a clear base.  Crown Jewels is a gold multi-sized hex glitter that seems to have a touch of green cast to the green.  All are in a nice clear base, all applied pretty easily to the wheel.

These 2 OPI polishes are My Version Of/dupes that I already had in my collection before I started getting any of the Overcoats.  I would consider these "My Version of" Blush Over Hue and Cheery On Top (respectively).  According to comments in the outside post I linked to above, SinfulColors Full Spectrum (which I do have) is also a dupe of Blush Over Hue.
 Pink Yet Lavender and

And all together is a representation of 6 of the 7 polishes in the line.  If the blue hadn't been bar glitters, it'd probably be here in the line up as well...
The Sequin Overcoat polishes are on clearance at both Walgreens and CVS.  It's possible that they might show up on clearance at Rite Aid and other drugstores in the coming weeks.  Who knows?

Did you pick up any of the Sequin Overcoat glitters in their lifetime at the drugstores?  Will you now that they are being spotted on clearance?

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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Stash Sharing - Salon Perfect Neon POP! & Rockin' the Red White & Blue Collections


Time for another edition of Sunday Stash Sharing.  This week, we're visiting the Salon Perfect brand with all the polishes I've picked up this year, to date (plus a few that I got last year but were being re-promoted in the this year's display).  Since I've procrastinated so long since I've bought these polishes, I thought I'd also include their respective display pictures and swatches.  Think of this post as a Spotted, Hauled & Swatched (times 2) plus Sunday Stash Sharing all in one.

Let's get started with the polishes from the Neon POP! collection I picked up.

Loopy Lime, Bermuda Baby, Oh Snap!, Copacabana Girl, Mer-Made of Money, Purple POP!

Swatches on the wheel, same order as above.  These are all 2 coats, all dry matte.  I have worn one or 2 on my actual nails and wear-time is bad - not even 24 hours before major chips.  I did have better luck when I put a coat of a nude OPI shade as a base plus an all-over glitter topper and managed to get about a day and a half.
If I stumble across Wrap Around My Pink-Y, I'll pick it up since it's a limited edition shade and I don't have any neon light pinks.  The rest of the shades that I listed in the bubble with the display picture are actually supposed to be core shades (plus the white also in the display).

And now I have the polishes I picked up from the Rockin' the Red White & Blue collection, plus the 3 re-releases that I bought last year.
The other actual patriotic looking glitter is Let Freedom Bling, composed of bar glitters (I did not get it).  Other polishes include core colors in plain red, navy blue, burgundy, silver and white. Also available were "nail tattoos" and liners, a duo pack of tools, and the "manicure system".
1st 3 (and top row of label shots): Star Light Star Bright, Speck-Tacular, Boom Boom Boom
last 4 (bottom row of label shots) Pa-Tri-Otic, Liberty Bubbles, Spirit Fingers, Rockets' Red Glare

Swatches on the wheel!  (top, left to right) Pa-Tri-Otic, Liberty Bubbles, Spirit Fingers, Rockets' Red Glare.  Rockets' Red Glare is the only one that is 1 coat; the rest are 1 coat plus fishing/dabbing.  (bottom, left to right) Star Light Star Bright, Speck-Tacular, Boom Boom Boom.  Star Light is 2 coats; Speck-Tacular and Boom Boom Boom are roughly 1.5 coats
I did get a quick nail swatch of all 4 new ones I bought.  I put them all over a base color of SinfulColors Cool Gray.  The shaped glitters all had some fishing and placing/dabbing, resulting in bubbles.  Rockets' Red Glare behaved quite nicely as one generous coat.
I have worn Liberty Bubbles over a darker base color and loved the look (I even did a repeat back-to-back of the combo!).  So for the triangles, circles and stars (oh, my), I'd suggest a dark base to disguise any resulting bubbles from all the fishing/dabbing/placing to get as many glitters as you want.

I have one more post to share for Salon Perfect for Sunday Stash Sharing, but I feel like there's a brand that I was catching up on but didn't get the last chunk done.  I'll have to nose around in my posts and drawers to compare what's been shared or not.

How do you like Salon Perfect polishes?  Do you wish they were in more than just Walmart - and select Walmart locations for limited edition releases?

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