Sunday, July 1, 2012

A trip to Sally's

I have always enjoyed going to Sally's Beauty Supply but especially since I moved back to Iowa, as the Sally's employees are the friendliest people one could ever wish to meet.  On my first visit to my new store, I realized I had the wrong set of keys when I got to the counter and didn't have my Sally's card with me.  "But you have one, right?" the cashier said to me, eyes wide.  When I assured her that I did, she breathed a sigh of relief.  "It just makes me so sad when people don't have Sally's cards!"  And she meant it.  Never have I encountered a group of employees who give so much of a shit about what they're selling.

On today's visit I renewed my Sally's membership, which expired yesterday, to the delight of the cashier, an older woman who I have no doubt deserves a World's Best Grandma sweatshirt.  She commented on my choice of three Fingerpaints neons (Fingerpaints are buy 2, get 1 free at Sally's this month!) saying that she had put them out very recently.  When I told her I'd heard great things about them, she said, "That is so nice to hear.  That's how we get the best feedback, from our customers!" I half-expected her to lean across the counter and give me a hug.  And you know what, I wouldn't have minded.

Friday, July 29, 2011

So many colors...

Barielle has been offering free shipping this week (it ends tonight, so order now!) so I took advantage of it. This was not a hard sell since their polishes are buy one 50% off to begin with; the free shipping was just icing on the proverbial cake. I ordered Hidden Hideaway (an exotic metallic purple), Berry Blue (creamy navy blue), Decadence (turquoise metallic), and Falling Star (marine blue with gold glitter). Within minutes someone from the company e-mailed me to say they were out of Falling Star and asked if I would like to hold my order until it was available in early August. I responded and asked if I could get Blackened Bleu (black with sapphire sparkle) instead, and they replied very quickly and said they would change my order and ship it that day. How's that for customer service?

Unfortunately I don't think the color swatches on their website are very accurate so I am relying on swatches from All Lacquered Up to reinforce my color choices. As far as I can tell from her swatches I am going to really like all these colors. The only problem is going to be deciding which one to try first. This is a recurring problem with me. Nearly every time I go to paint my nails, I can't decide which polish to use. It's the nail polish version of "I have 500 channels but there is nothing to watch on TV." Apparently the solution to this problem is to just buy more nail polish. I will keep doing that.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

China Glaze Tree Hugger

So I'm pretty much in love with this color. I don't have a lot of greens and this one caught my eye when I was browsing at Sally's yesterday. It's a great green apple color with a slight shimmer. Of course the picture doesn't do it justice, but if you like green I highly suggest picking this one up. I achieved nearly perfect coverage with two coats and have a couple small bald patches, but that is probably due more to user application error than the formula itself.

Side note: I usually use Orly Sec 'n' Dry top coat and it seems to me that when I do, it kind of diminishes the shimmer. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just my imagination?

Anyway, here's Tree Hugger in all its glory.

I also bought a bottle of Palladio Fuse base coat that I'm trying out. Even though I have nail polish ADD I'm going to try to ride this manicure out until it wears out.

SUMMARY: I'm loving on this color, and it applied like a dream with the exception of a couple tiny bald patches.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Le sigh

Yesterday I did one of those boneheaded things that I knew was not going to end well while I was doing it, but did it anyway. Long story short, when I was retrieving one of my nail polish totes from the closet, the lid came off and it tumbled to the ground. No polishes were harmed...except Teenage Dream, which must have hit the track for the closet just right as the bottle shattered and beautiful pink sparkles were spilled everywhere. I was able to get most of it out of the carpet (and am thankful that it was a light color with a thin formula that shattered and not, say, a black creme) although there are a few remaining sparkles. Decoration!

I am super bummed to lose Teenage Dream, though, a polish that I looked for everywhere, ordered for a jacked up price on the internet, and then waited an extra several days for after it went on back order. But it could have been much worse, so I'll cut my losses and move on. American Apparel Neon Red is helping me do just that today!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rainbows and hearts

Since this weekend was Pride I decided I wanted a rainbow-themed manicure for the festival - perhaps my favorite summer festival in the Twin Cities. I thought about doing each nail a different color, but couldn't decide which colors to leave out. I went to Google for some inspiration and decided on rainbow stripes.

I bought a little nail art kit with the intention to use the precision brush to make my stripes but ultimately ended up freehanding it. The stripes aren't perfect, but who is? I thought they turned out pretty darn well. It was a little time consuming but worth the effort and I love how it turned out. I chose these colors because they each have a bit of shimmer and did two coats of each.

Red: Sephora by OPI Sample Sale
Orange: Revlon Top Speed Poppy (1st coat), Sally Hansen HD Three D (2nd coat) - Poppy looked like the best orange on paper, but on the nail it was a little too pink. I think it worked out great because the Three D is a little sheer.
Yellow: Revlon Top Speed Electric - for whatever reason, this was a little goopy on the second coat but it turned out okay.
Green: Sally Hansen Hi-Def
Blue: Sephora by OPI Skinny Jeans
Purple: Maybelline Express Finish Grape Times

I wanted something simple for my toes so I went with all white. However, the nail art kit came with little stencils and even though I'm not a big fan of nail art, I suddenly couldn't go on without having tiny hot pink hearts on my big toe. It looks super cute, but my attempts at a photo failed miserably so you'll just have to use your imaginations!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Finger Paints Tiffany Impostor

I apologize for the fact that my camera sucks*. I think the pictures I took with the flash make the color look a little too bright, but they look more accurate than the ones taken without. I unfortunately have nothing from Tiffany to compare the color to (boo!) but as far as I can tell it is an accurate impostor for the famous Tiffany blue. The color is absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot, and I was impressed with the formula. I thought it would be thin and hard to get good coverage, but it wasn't like that at all, and I achieved complete coverage with two coats. Win!

SUMMARY: Beautiful color, great formula

*and for my gross-looking fingers. Ew.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What's new in Me-Land

I have been a lazy blogger and an even lazier picture taker. My camera sucks and I have a hard time capturing the true look of my nail polishes, so for the time being I have kind of given up trying.

A few weeks ago after I went on a wild goose chase for OPI Black Shatter and Mermaid's Tears I finally gave up and ordered them online, along with Teenage Dream. I'm rocking Teenage Dream on my toes right now and it might just say there the rest of the summer, since removing glitter polishes is a pain in the ass. But it looks adorable so I am okay with that. I think I used three coats (I could have gone with just two) and two coats of top coat to make it feel like my toes were not covered in gravel.

I am in L-O-V-E with Black Shatter. It was worth the wait and I wore it for a week or so over Sally Hansen Barracuda and I want to wear it over every color forever.

Mermaid's Tears is the saddest name ever for a nail polish, but it's such a lovely color that I will be coming back to time and time again, I am sure. Right now I am wearing Essie Coat Azure. This is my first Essie polish, and it looks perfect after two coats (save for a smudge that was completely my own stupid fault) and the color is gorgeous and I'm just smitten. Is every Essie nail polish this perfect a formula? I was blown away and it makes me only want to buy Essie for the rest of my life.

I became a Sally beauty club member yesterday, which I'm sure will be dangerous.