Monday, May 27, 2013

Haul of the Month - May 2013

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Hi guys! I'm going to do haul posts again to keep track of my spending and curb the impulse to buy nail polish. I've been good since I got back home. The below is all I got! Yay! :D (I am posting now because there is no way I can for the next couple of days. Lots of stuff happening.)

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter-A-Peel

First off, I purchased what could be one of the answers to preventing the agony of removing glitter polishes. I'm still testing it out right now!

OPI Black Spotted

Yes, this is THE OPI Black Spotted. I bought it from ebay for $19.95 (+ free shipping). OPI Black Spotted was only available to some countries (I think all were European ones), possibly because of an ingredient deemed harmful by the authoritative bodies.

OPI Oy - Another Polish Joke!
OPI A Woman's Prague-ative
OPI  My Vampire is Buff

I got these four OPI's from Cut and Blow for $5.75 each! Cut and Blow holds events (usually lasts at least 5 or 6 days) in which it sells beauty products, ranging from hairstyling tools to nail polish, for less than their retail prices. Here is my referral link for those who'd like to join in on the fun!

LA Girl Teal Dimension
LA Girl Green Sand
LA Girl Uninhibited
LA Splash Golden Seahorse
NYX Girl Gilded Glitter
NYX Girl Dreamy Glitter
NYX Girl Dorothy
China Glaze Luxe and Lush

Cherry Culture e-mailed me about its Memorial Day coupon for 20% off all items. I was so happy and got a bunch of polishes! Even though all of them were already on sale, the coupon code still worked on them. :D I believe I paid roughly $26 for everything! (This figure also includes shipping and tax.)

Messy Jessi Lacquer Quail
Messy Jessi Lacquer Snowy Plover
Messy Jessi Lacquer Mockingbird
Messy Jessi Lacquer Easter Bunny
Messy Jessi Lacquer House Wren

Lastly, I purchased these Messy Jessi Lacquer polishes! Messy Jessi Lacquer is a relatively new indie and its inaugural collection is its take on the Illamasqua speckled polishes. I personally prefer Messy Jessi Lacquer's version because the glitters are bigger. The collection is on sale now and you can purchase it here. (Unfortunately, only Easter Bunny and Mockingbird are still available.)

Hopefully, I will be better next month! But believe it or not, this is actually a good starting point for me. Most of my previous hauls were much larger than this.

I'm beginning to dose off now... See you guys on the other side of the day!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Just a Little Longer + OPI Stay the Night

Hello everyone! I was about to blog regularly again soon, but I broke my nail yesterday. I was trying out a different nail shape (oval-ish) and it seems that squared nails are better for me. (I also tested this shape out and had no broken nails.) I am so sad I have nubs now, but they feel so liberating! For the next several posts, I will have swatches from the vault. Hopefully, I have enough posts until my nails grow out and are shaped.

Textured polishes are really popular right now. Glitter-infused and creme textured polishes are ubiquitous (think Zoya Pixie Dust, JulieG Gumdrops, OPI, and Milani), but there is also the lesser-known leather effect (Nails Inc. - which I hope to show you guys soon!). Today, I have one of my first textured polishes to show you guys!

OPI Stay the Night

Stay the Night has sparkly magenta glitter in a black textured base. I love it! It looks like glowing lava when you move your fingers. I used 3 thin coats. Using thin coats will help it dry faster and become more textured. Thick coats will dry less textured and a little glossy.  I didn't know what to expect, but the formula was really good. Dry time was fine as well. However, the wear time wasn't at all. I found some chips on my right middle finger after taking a shower the next day. I didn't use a base coat because it dried to a lesser textured finish when I tested it. Pictures below show Stay the Night with top coat.

I'm glad to be (almost) back! See you guys on the other side of the day!


P.S. Hellooooo to all my new followers! :D