Archive | July, 2011

Spy pics – displays

28 Jul

This is kind of funny. Last Friday I went to Harmon’s Beauty Discount. For those of you that are not familiar with the store, it is owned by the same company that owns Bed Bath & Beyond. And, you can use BB&B coupons! They sell all type of beauty items and your staple drugstore items like vitamins and pain relievers. I love walking around the makeup section, especially the displays. Here is what I found: (and I apologize for some crappy pictures, but I did get nervous about taking pictures in a store!!)

Revlon display for Carbonite. I think they are trying to have  something similar to Chanel Graphite.

Next up is the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Limited Edition Collection.

And guess what? More crackle! This time they are from LA Splash. According to the display there is a special basecoat and topcoat.

Finally, I have two Sinful Colors displays. I am pretty sure that these are repromotes because I see some of the colors from the Adventure Island display.

First up is Hollywood Glam:

Finally, H2o:

Now interestingly enough, I didn’t purchase one polish! I was tempted by the Revlon display, but I decided that it probably wouldn’t look good on my skin and I really don’t need it. It’s been about 3 weeks since I bought a polish. Go me!! (Until Septemberish…)

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OPI Mexico Collection

25 Jul

There aren’t many whole nail polish collections that I want. I wish I was more into nail polish back in 2006. OPI released their Mexico collection. I love Mexico! I have been there at least 6 times and it is my favorite vacation spot.

Here are some pictures of the collection:

(pictures from Angels Beauty Supply)

I have to research these and really scope out MUA and eBay for these colors. I know that Amazon has some below $8. The hardest color to find will be Los Cabos Coral. That color is very expensive on eBay! I will have to keep track of these colors and find the cheapest price. There are 12 colors in total – so if I buy it at full price we are talking about over $100 without shipping!

The colors are:

Will You Mari-achi Me?
Magnifico Mexico
A Dozen Rosas
OPI Por Favor
Los Cabos Coral
Strawberry Margarita
Pink-o de Gallo
My Chihuahua Bites!
Cozu-melted in the Sun
Tijuana Dance?
Puerta Vallarta Violeta
You Rock-apulco Red

I am on a ban right now, but I will treat myself to this in September. Why? Because I hope to be 10 pounds lighter by then. I have already lost 5 and I promised myself that I would treat myself to this when I lose all the weight I want to lose. Wish me luck!

Sinful Colors and L’Oreal

24 Jul

Yesterday I updated my manicure and pedicure. Yay! It wasn’t too hard for me to pick a pedicure color since I am very into bright pinks and oranges in the summer. More on that in a minute.

Here is my current manicure, Sinful Colors Big Daddy:

This applied like a dream in one coat, but I really wanted to do two coats. This is such a bright magenta pink – I’d almost call it a classic pink color. There is a bit of shrinkage (very slight) due to Seche Vite. I see it on my pinky, but it doesn’t bother me. I have to say, I am very impressed with Sinful Colors. I have a lot of their NPs that can be considered one coaters. This will definitely be one of my top and favorite colors. Have you noticed that there are a lot of racy Sinful Colors names? Ex: Happy Ending, Big Daddy, Under 18 and Gogo Girl. Or maybe I just have a pervy mind!

I never take pictures of my pedicure because I think my feet are funky. Well more like my big toe. I didn’t feel like taking a picture of a nail polish bottle, so here is L’Oreal Pink Shells on my toes:

Notice how I cut out my big toe! And yes, I am wearing furry leopard printed slippers in the summer! Anyway, L’Oreal Pink Shells is to die for! It is certainly pretty on my hands, but I love it on my feet too. You get even coverage in 2 coats, but I prefer to do 3 so the color just seems brighter. This is also going on my favorites list.

Essie Mint Candy Apple

21 Jul

I’ve finally gotten around to wearing this! Here is Essie’s Mint Candy Apple:

I got this nail polish in my first nail polish exchange last year. This dried very quickly and was even in 2 coats. I’ll need to do a comparison of this and Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Barracuda. I think they may be similar, but SH might be lighter.

Also, I am using Seche Vite and Seche Base. CVS had a packaged deal where you got both items for the price of one. I usually use Seche Vite at the nail salon, but I have never personally used it. I am pretty impressed and love how shiny it is. So I was about to say how wonderful my nails look with no chips, but guess what? There is a chip on my left middle finger. UGH! It’s not that big, but enough to bother me. Good thing I’m doing a new manicure on Saturday.

But to end this on a positive note – Essie Mint Candy Apple = love!

More manicures

19 Jul

I have decided to stop numbering these manicures because I always lose track. Here are some fairly recent ones:

Sinful ColorsSeaweed:

This went on very smooth in two coats, and guess what? It’s a dupe for OPI Stranger Tides!

OPICome to Poppy:

This is from OPI’s Nice Stems collection. I wanted this mostly for the name, but I absolutely love this color. It does look a bit frosty with the flash, but it is a very nice summer color. This is two coats.

EssieMeat Balls

This is a “black label” Essie that I have been wanting for a while. It was hard to find because it is certainly mislabeled a lot! Some websites list it as Meet Balls while others have it as Meat Balls. Well I found it on eBay and the official name is Meat Balls! This is a beautiful mauve colored nail polish with some gold flecks in it. This I think, is 3 coats.

Wet N WildMagic Trident

This is from WnW’s Mermaid’s Cove collection. Magic Trident is a bright, frosty orange but it is beautiful! I think it is such a fun color and definitely a good pedicure color as well. This is two coats.

And finally,

EssieChubby Cheeks

I have this on my toes and hands right now, but I don’t have an actual manicure picture. I found Chubby Cheeks at Ulta. Looking at Essie.com, it doesn’t seem like it is a part of their permanent line. (It says it is unavailable) You can certianly find it for cheap at Amazon.com, but I happened to be at Ulta and I needed a few more dollars to make a coupon work. This color is a dusty coral and according to Essie.com it is a creamy bright red-orange sunet. Okay, I am not sure if it looks like that on my nails though. I want to do a comparison one day of Color Club‘s Love Links and this color. A friend of mine bought China Glaze‘s Life Preserver and she says it is very similar to this color. (She has this Essie too). I don’t have that color, but I will see if I can borrow it.

Now I don’t know what color to paint my nails tomorrow! I have been very annoyed with my nails lately. Chipping starts the same day now! My nails are just splitting once again and I don’t think Nail Envy is helping anymore!

My embarrassing collection

4 Jul

I finally decided to take pictures of my nail polish collection. These pictures do not include nail treatments and tools. Maybe one day I will take pictures of them by brand.

China Glaze, Color Club, Essie, OPI, Sally Hansen Complete Manicure, Ulta and Zoya:

These are in a hat box lined with that drawer liner stuff. There is one spot open for an Essie I am waiting on.

Random nail polish effects (glitters, flakies, crackles), Other Sally Hansens and Revlon, Rimmel and NYC Color:

These are laid on top of the first batch of polish. The next tray goes in the box too.

Randoms – L’Oreal, Avon, Gosh, Goldie, etc.

Then I have a little side tray with the Color Club Starry Temptress collection:

Next up is a smaller hat box with Sinful Colors and Wet N Wild. This box also has the Mermaid’s Cove collection (WnW) and Adventure Island collection. (Sinful Colors)

Here is the outside of the box:

So I am running out of room. I just have to find some little boxes small enough for my small hatbox. The only 2 collections I want right now are the not yet released Muppets Collection from OPI and an older collection – OPI’s Mexico collection. Wish me luck!