Sunday, January 9, 2011

odds n ends

Batteries now in the camera so here are a few things of note: first up, room 114 of the Home for Wayward Polishes. This is one of the smaller rooms.
The boxes that all the MPJs came out of-imagine my excitement stumbling across these! Room 114 has a lot of only a few shades of polish it seems. I keep seeing the same 3 China Glaze shades there. You can't see it in the video but there's also a 3-wheeled bicycle in there. Not sure what that's about but it may have been used to transport stuff between that room and a truck as it's got a big basket on the back.

I have to give a thank you to the groupthink that is the MUA Nail Board for getting me to buy Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Skin Therapy Lotion w/Shea Butter. That's good stuff! I like it better than Neutrogena Hand Cream at least for winter. I'm using Weleda Skin Food on my cuticles at night but haven't really seen a difference. I have been dehydrated due to dry winter air so the best thing for me to do is drink more water which I've been slack about. Hydration is key!

Spotted this week-the new WnW fast dry polishes that have a Lipmann Happy Birthday dupe-they were mislabeled as being .99 instead of $1.99 at my Kmart so I grabbed Party of Five and the 2 jelly holo shades (pink and blue). Can't remember their names off the top of my head. Been stalking Walrusmart to see when the Essies are coming without any luck but I did find three of the Nicole Justiin Bieber polishes-the red glass fleck one (OMB), the purple glitter and the blue w/holo glitter. So far I'm impressed with the red and the purple ones-JB has pretty good taste in picking polishes. I read on another blog he will have a spring collection out as well since this one did so well. SMH. I guess if Duran Duran had slapped their names on  polishes my friends and I would have bought them all so it's generational. Except Duran Duran were actually talented. ;-)  Click to embiggen!

Also from Walrusmart I succumbed to the new Sally Hansen minx things-I got Frock Star only because the pink camo ones were already sold out (big surprise, living in Redneck Central and there be a run on pink camo!) I got them for $7.50 thanks to a coupon I'd snagged at Walgreen's. Have only tried them on one pinky but I like the concept very much they just aren't economical. I saw that the latest 4 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears were made permanent-Grey Area et al? Also some new Diamond Shines with wedding-themed names and some new Insta-Dry colors too (a crazy intense cobalt blue shimmer and something that looked just like Commander in Chic).

Last week's Forever 21 order-I love those bottles, so substantial looking! I wish there was an actual store closer that 2 hours away so I could see more colors in person but for $2.80 each it's not a total loss if you end up with a dud.  Here's some single shots-

That navy polish hs a secret gold shimmer-it's going to be the first of these I'll wear. It's not very navy either, but a dusty medium dark blue. Yum!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Will work for nail polish.

Had the day off today so I went down to visit Mr.B and help him out a bit. I know a fair bit about nail polish but pretty much nothing about any other areas of the beauty supply. I can tell you today that I learned there are umpteen-million different colors of Redken Shades EQ and Paul Mitchell "The Color". I'm relieved that I don't dye my hair because one false misread of those tiny little numbers and you could possibly have issues. Or a lawsuit!

It's still colder than it should be in the warehouse. It was in the mid 50's today but inside on that concrete floor (I stayed on the ground floor today) it was around 40. I'm going back later this week and will be dressing in layers so as not to be miserable.  So I worked for 4 hours and instead of getting paid in cash Mr. B  paid me in polishes. I got a backup of MPJ for myself, DS Coronation, OPI Russian to a Party for a reader and Pink Before You Leap from OPI. Plus I brought back some more things to put up on the sale blog.

I get so giddy and discombobulated when I'm there that I lose track of time; plus all the disarray makes my OCD go into overdrive. I know this sounds melodramatic but when I leave there I'm worn out mentally. I'd planned to skip on over to Ulta and see if I could find any Barielle holiday polishes left but couldn't remember how to get there. I did pop into Cosmoprof and pick up a few things plus found some Barielle Camo base coat at TJX so I was happy. And my Forever 21 polishes came in today as well so I don't know where to start. As Liz Lemon would say, "blergh".

I took a picture and a short video of the room I was in today while at the warehouse but my camera batteries are dead so will deal with that tomorrow. Can't wait to let you see what I dig through!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year! (2 days late)

Oh, hello there 2011! Lemme tell you something, bub-I sure as heck hope you are better than 2010 was or I'm going to be writing a strongly worded letter to that Baby New Year's publicist. I'm just glad that school starts back tomorrow; my poor child is getting bored of me but is too polite to say anything. I am stoked that I won't have to wrestle him for computer time and wear myself out entertaining him in the evenings.

I've made no resolutions this year out loud at least. The usual ones are in my noggin like "drink more water" and "make a budget" and "stop eating take out for lunch". I do really want to weed out duplicates in my nail polish stash. Christmas day I was snowbound and alone (kiddo was at his father's) so I expelled a shoebox full of polishes. Nothing exciting I don't think. I don't know what to do with them. Might go on a wild frankening streak or something. I like the concept of frankening and have made some fairly acceptable new shades but for every "keeper" there are a dozen epic fails. I filled a spaghetti sauce jar with epic fails this year and am starting a new jar soon.

In dusty-ing news, this week (either Tuesday or Saturday) I'm heading to the Home for Wayward Polishes, wishlist and waitlist in hand to see what I can find. I hope Mr. B has found him a new assistant so I won't feel so bad for not being able to help him out. Maybe I'll go both days and see if I can lend him a hand. He can buy me hot dogs again for lunch! I'm definitely bringing the good camera this time to get some shots of the place. Words just don't do it justice I tell ya.

I've read about some great dusty finds from gals on the MUA nail board that give me hope. One girl found 2 bottles of OPI's La Boheme! That is at the top of my list. I cheated and indulged in some eBaying of one of the polishes I swore I would wait and hunt for-DS Glamour. This of course means that this week I'll find a box of them. Murphy's Law and whatnot.  I really don't have many lemmings right now-the only thing I really want to find is the OMG collex on my next dig. Since Tronika looks like scattered holo and I'm a linear kinda gal, the OMGs need to be obtained. That and OPI's SRO Silver or Paris Couture For Sure (I wanna say "Fer Sure" because I grew up in the 80s when Valley Girls were a thing).