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Monday, April 21, 2014

More Daiso Haulage: A Natural Plant Sponge

Yes, I'm still dragging out my Daiso goodies. I told you there were a lot. I'm try to space them out, post wise, so you don't get too overloaded. One of the things I was really hoping to find was a konjac sponge. I read an article last year about them, and I figured this would be the big Asian import for 2014. 

Looks like I was right, because tons of companies have come out with their own versions. I really didn't want to spend close to $20 for the Boscia one, so I was very glad to spy this "Natural Plant Sponge" at Daiso. I'm guessing that it is, in fact, a konjac sponge. I think I may need to make monthly trips up there, just for random things like this.

Walgreens 99¢ Sinful Colors Sale Spam

It's that time again already!  It's only been two months since the last 99¢ Sinful Colors sale at Walgreens, but they're doing it again.  It's been just long enough since the last one that I need to update my spam.  It always varies from one location to another, but in general the xmas stuff is probably gone.  Boldacious is a long-shot.  The Valentine's Day Tough Love display may still be lingering, so I've included it, but it's really a maybe at this point.  Even the Mod Mod World display has been out for a while, so some shades from that may be gone from your local Walgreens.  They also seem to be changing the core display, though none in my area have yet.  If you have more than one Walgreens near you, it's worth scoping them all out because you never really know what you might find!

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Picks from Sinful Colors Spring '14 - updated

The titles of my Sinful Colors posts often feel a bit vague.  This time it's my fault.  Rite Aid has two spring displays from them, called Mod In Bloom and Oh My Mod.  Nouveau Cheap posted about them back in January, and I bought my picks from those two displays in February or March.  Since then Walgreens has gotten the same shades, but combined into one larger display.  I swore I'd taken photos of it and...nope!  So now I don't remember what that display was called or if there were additional repromoted shades in it.  Derp.  I might be updating this post sometime in the next few days.  Gotta go to Walgreens to scope out clearanced easter candy on Monday anyway, right?  Derping aside, I wound up with two from each of the two spring displays.  Picking only four from thirteen new shades may seem un-me, but between pastels and near-dupes (as pointed out in this post on Nouveau Cheap), I didn't feel as drawn to these displays.  Oh My Mod also features Energetic Red, which I swatched last summer, so there's a rerun of that at the bottom of this post too.

-update- I am derping left and right. It turns out that Nouveau Cheap did post about the big Walgreens display back in March.  I've added more reruns to the bottom of the post.  Dream On is also included in this larger display, but it's the new version.  They changed the color but kept the name and number.  I'll have a swatch of that up pretty soon.

Violets Are Blue is a light cornflower blue with silvery-white microfleck shimmer.

My First French Manicure in a Long Time

It has been a long while since I was able to go bare nailed and not feel weird about it. My nails still aren't the flawless color they used to be, but they are definitely improving. I finally decided to try a simple-ish french, to see just how far I had come since the last time I tried this.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Picks from Wet n Wild MegaRocks

Back in early January I tried out one of Wet n Wild's new MegaRocks glitters, Stick It To The Man, and wound up loving it so much that I decided to try a few more from this new permanent line.  I wound up getting four more, but I got a bad case of layerer's block and finding bases I liked for these took way longer than I'd ever have expected.  Like I mentioned in my previous review, they just don't have as much going on as Stick It To The Man.  Unfortunately, that wasn't the only issue I had with them.  Nichole tried Creative Control and Slap The Bass and had a lot of the same difficulties.  I'm not writing this line off entirely, but beyond Stick It To The Man...well...please read on and see.

Waiting For My Solo has three sizes of gold hexagonal glitter.

over OPI Scores A Goal!

Manhattan Awakening

I love it when the polish names actually work out to be a neat post title. I was feeling a little down today, and meh moods always make me reach for vampy colors. As I was digging around in the disaster area I call my stash, I pawed over this shiny goldy plum...and inspiration struck!

its art, bitches.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cult Nails Blaze

Having to wear "SFW" polish has its ups and downs.  One of the best ups is the excuse "I can probably wear this to work."  It's a great rationalization for pretty much any nude, neutral, soft gold, or sheer shimmer.  Without that line of thinking, I'm not sure I could have justified my order from Cult Nails' $3 clearance sale right at the start of my low-er-ish buy last month.  I wound up spending only $60 on polish, and half of that was this epic clearance haul.  Most of my order had the SFW justification, and I'm making my way through them faster than I usually do for stuff that isn't new.  I topped with Deception and wore Mazo to work with complete confidence.  Blaze turned out to be so nice that I swatched it twice!

Blaze has gold and copper microglitter in a clear base.

over Revlon Trade Winds

My Daiso Haul: A Shampoo Brush?

Another thing I picked up at Daiso was this funny little brush. Its supposed to be a scalp brush/shampoo brush. The idea behind it is that you massage your scalp while shampooing, and it stimulates blood flow and cleanses your hair more thoroughly. I had been looking at them on Amazon for a while, but I couldn't justify the cost. At $1.50...I couldn't not buy it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NYC Mimosa Bouquet

After the Philly area weather's flirtation with summer over the past few days, spring came drizzling back last night.  I only have a few springtime polish picks left in my swatching basket and with a little luck maybe I'll have them all done and posted by the end of the week.  Summer swatching is right around the corner and I'm looking forward to brighter (and...ahem...more flattering) colors.  Zoya's Tickled and Bubbly collections should be on their way to me pretty soon and another collection will be announced on Thursday.  Getting back on track though, I finally got to a Rite Aid last week and spotted NYC's City Bloom collection.  Like most of their bigger seasonal displays, there's a little bit of "everything", from polish to eyeshadow to face powder...but I'm predictable and only bought polish.  Mimosa Bouquet wasn't my only pick, but the new Shimmer Blast shade called Sweet Candy needs a post all to itself.  I originally considered just buying two bottles of Sweet Candy (NYC was BOGO50 at Rite Aid last week), but got a wild hair to try another pastel yellow.  If you've read us for a while, you probably know I get these strange whims...and that they sometimes end badly.  I had a looming sense of doubt by the time I'd gotten back to my car with my purchase, but decided to stick with it anyway.'d it go?

Mimosa Bouquet is a soft pastel yellow with a hint of silvery white shimmer.

A Different Kind of Gradient

I feel like its been a little while since I've done a proper gradient. I sat down today, fully intending to redo an old gradient I did a long time ago...and then I saw those damned circle-paper-reinforcer-things...mocking me. I never seem to get half moons done well. Because I'm insane, I decided to combine the two. 

why cant you photograph right, charisma!

I'm actually glad I did. Everything turned out better than expected!
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