Sunday, March 30, 2014

Haul: March!!

Hello, blogfriends!

Since I haven't posted in awhile, I'll obviously be taking a bit of a break from blogging -- we're moving again! This one is the Big Move back to Minnesota, so, not only did we take a little vacation to check off the last items on the list of stuff we wanted to see and do before we left the East Coast, but we've also got tons to do before we go... and I've got about 430 bottles of polish to bubble wrap... oofda!

But, that doesn't mean I haven't been doing my nails! I've got plenty to show you once we get settled and into a routine! For now, here's March's haul!

Sally's Loot! Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
First purchase was early in the month at Sally's -- I went in for OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, got distracted by the Muppets Most Wanted Collection display, and then scored some OPI Gwen Stefani Collection polishes from the clearance bin! I came home with OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, OPI Toucan Do it if you Try, OPI Muppets World Tour, OPI Push and Shove, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Orly Naked Canvas, and Orly Love Each Other.

Sally's Loot! Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
My super awesome husband was paying close attention while I was talking polish at him one day, so for my birthday, he knew I wanted Polished by KPT Nostalgia. And he picked out a second one, Dichromatic, that he thought looked interesting. I love it when he does this, because I initially breezed right on by the listing for Dichromatic, but I really love it after wearing it!

Birthday Presents! Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
Next, I treated myself to another significant Rainbow Honey haul... Happy Birthday to me! I picked up Trifolium, Xoxo, Metalmark, Midnight Fountain, Sword Lily, and Birdcage. I had these shipped to my sister in Minnesota so I wouldn't have to move them! She very kindly unwrapped and unboxed them all to snap this picture for us.

Thanks, sister!
I picked up these two pretty glitters from Sinful Colors at Walgreens. I was shopping with a friend this weekend during a visit to Virginia Beach, and I think I may have infected her with the polish bug.... oopsies. The Walgreens there had Essence polishes and cosmetics! So, be on the lookout -- Essence might be making a move on the US market, which is excellent news! Maybe we'll start to see more of the seasonal offerings! Anyway, this is I Dream in Jewels and Shine on Me from Sinful Colors.

Random Walgreens Loot! Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
Finally, I got super lucky! I was almost finished with this post, but wandered over to check Facebook to find Colores de Carol had just posted about putting more polishes up for sale. From the collage picture on the post, I could see Emily de Molly Majestic Flight was one of them!!! It has been discontinued, and it was my number one lemming. I was fortunate to find this bottle for sale! Since I completed my order just minutes before finalizing this post, I don't have a picture, but here's a link to one!

Okay, so we're moving the last weekend in April, so I'll be back sometime after that... once I unpack, find a job, and catch up with all the friends and family I haven't seen in six months! Happy polishing until then, my friends!

More in May! ^_^

Friday, March 7, 2014

Stash Swatch Initiative: Revlon Pink Pineapple


Today I have Revlon Pink Pineapple to show you!

Revlon Pink Pineapple. Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
Pink Pineapple is a baby pink creme that smells like pineapple once dry. It is soft and pretty. And how adorable is that bottle?!

Revlon Pink Pineapple. Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
Swatches today are one coat of Duri Rejuvacote, one coat of Sinful Colors Nail Hardener, four coats of Pink Pineapple, and one coat of Seche Vite. The formula is really streaky and doesn't self-level too well. This was opaque in three coats, but streaky, so I did a fourth coat. I started with two thin coats, then did two thicker coats. The Seche Vite also helped this to level out a lot. It wasn't terrible to work with, and I think that had I been more patient, this could have gone better for me. In hindsight, I should've stuck to thinner coats and waited until each was completely dry before moving on. I had some issues with balding and dragging, so I think the key here is to be patient!

Revlon Pink Pineapple. Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
I purchased my bottle just last week at CVS!

More soon! ^_^

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: Skittle


For those of you who are regular readers, this looks a bit familiar! I swatched Cult Nails Mayhem for yesterday's post and realized I was well on my way to this weeks GOT Polish prompt, "Skittle".

I started with a base coat, and the following polishes:

Indoors, direct filtered sunlight, no flash.
Left hand, thumb to pinkie: Essie Armed and ReadyZoya IbizaZoya ArizonaPure Ice Wild Thing, and Color Club Gossip Column. All of which definitely qualify for the challenge as they're all at least a year old!

Indoors, direct filtered sunlight, no flash.
Right hand, thumb to pinkie: Sinful Colors Amethyst, OPI Koala Bear-y, Barielle Lemondrops, Zoya Robyn, and Models Own Pink Punch. Amethyst and Pink Punch are newer polishes, but the rest have been around awhile. I'm counting 8 of 10 polishes as good enough here!

I added one coat of Cult Nails Mayhem, a holographic topcoat, to unify the look. Then, I placed rhinestones and shapes from a nail art wheel on each finger adhered with topcoat. Fun and vibrant!

More soon! ^_^