Sunday, September 14, 2014

Feast of San Gennaro Polish Haul

Hello peanuts,

Quick update first. I've been quiet for the last few days as there haven't been any sample sales and I am still struggling to edit photos for polish reviews that are ready to go. It is insanely frustrating sometimes to get the magic box to do what I want it do and give me color accurate photos to post. I am trying my best to get as close as possible to color accurate photos but I may just post the reviews without photos if the editing doesn't work out.

OK, back to business. This is a bit of an unusual haul for me. If you did not know, right now in NY we are celebrating the Feast of San Gennaro. It's an annual event where a bunch of vendors take over a small area in Little Italy/Chinatown. This year the event is taking place from September 11 through September 21. The layout generally doesn't change that much which is why I headed straight for the corner of Hester and Mott to check out the beauty bargains this year. And... I may have gotten a little carried away.
First let's start with the only non-polish purchase. I know I overpaid for these and I should have just gone to bornpretty. I don't know what I was thinking. 
I picked up a bottle of Essie First Base Base Coat as I've been struggling with staining for a while and I want to see if changing up my base coat will improve things. I used to use Milani's base coat and then I switched to Orly Bonder. All Essie products were $4 or 3 for $10.
I got a bottle of Matte About You because even though I don't do matte nails that much, you can never have enough Matte About You. I'm tempted to go back and get more bottles.
I also got Essie Grow Faster Base Coat to see if using something thicker than First Base would make a difference. There were some other Essie nail treatment products there like the Apricot Cuticle Oil but I didn't want to go crazy. If you have any recommendations for Essie base coats, top coats, or nail treatments though, please leave them in the comments.
Essie Shearling Darling. This polish is darker in person. Yes, we're going to go down the oxblood rabbit hole again.
Essie Blue Rhapsody. I want this to be Confetti Rhapsody in Blue so badly. It's not going to be but I'll be excited to try it out anyway.
290 Maybelline Purple Icon. This is darker in person as well. It's more purple. This photo makes it look like Essie Sure Shot, which I would love because Essie Sure Shot is one of my favorite polishes. 
270 Maybelline Dressed to Kill. Again, this one is darker in person. I couldn't resist the name.
Milani 552 Pink Flare. This polish is absolutely gorgeous in the bottle. I hope it's this beautiful on the nail. I'm very excited about this one. I'm not sure why but I've been drawn to pink, girly glitters lately.
OK, now I'm going to need some help. I have no idea what these Pure Ice polishes are named because the stickers fell off. I bought them anyway. I have a problem. I've never seen these polishes before as they are Walmart exclusive so I'm counting on one of you to know the names so I can do proper reviews.
This is a very pretty shimmery bright pink. I think there might be some duochrome shimmer. I have no idea what it's called. My best guess is Jamaica Me Crazy.
Superstar! You can't have enough white polishes, right? I'm always looking for a good cheap one as right now my favorite (Cult Nails Tempest) is way too expensive to be my go to white nail polish. 
Pure Ice First Love. I feel like this is going to be annoying but sometimes pearlescent polishes just call to me. I want to find that perfect mother of pearl shade.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Triumph Lingerie Sample Sale Report September 2014

Hello lovelies,
Are you all enjoying Fashion Week so far? I never know quite how to chime in so I think I'll sit this one out. Instead, for the moment let's all turn our attention to the Triumph sample sale taking place at 168 Bowery this week. The sale will run from Friday September 5 through Sunday September 7 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. I already let you know about the pop up in the same space a few weeks ago and I was interested to see what they would do with the place for a sample sale. Well, enough padding, let's get on with it.
I'd say that pricing is fair for this sale given the sample sale prices at Natori, Hanky Panky, and Cosabella. Most Triumph bras aren't that expensive to begin with (you can find a lot of them retailing in the $50-$60 range) so this isn't the most dramatic discount but $25 is still an affordable price for a good bra. Everyone can't be Natori. I was informed that they would be replenishing the stock but that no new styles would be added. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted.
Bras are neatly organized by size and there should be no bra envy at this sale as most styles come in a wide range of sizes. As the little red tags are rather small, I thought I'd save some time and simply write out all the available sizes.
34 A, 36 A, 32 B, 34 B, 36 B, 38 B, 32 C, 34 C, 36 C, 38 C, 40 C, 32 D, 34 D, 36 D, 38 D, 40 D, 
32 DD, 34 DD, 36 DD, 38 DD, 40 DD, 42 DD, 32 DDD, 34 DDD, 38 DDD, 40 DDD, 42 DDD, 
34 G, 36 G, 38 G, 40 G, 34 H, 36 H, 38 H
All "homewear" is $15. Shirts, camis, robes, and pants range in size from small to XL.
Panties are $5 or 7 for $25. They are arranged in bins based on size also from small to XL.
Swimwear might be the best deal with items going for $15 and an additional BOGO Free offer. I mainly saw smalls among the one pieces but you'll have to check the tags. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hot Pink Polish Comparison Post: Essie Sure Shot, Essie Fruit Sangria, Essie Watermelon, Maybelline Pink Shock, Sheswai Babe

Hello honeydews,
I thought I'd end August with a quick little comparison post. I don't think it's fair to compare polishes based on how the application of polish to one nail but I have linked to each of my reviews in the key that follows.
Thumb- Essie Sure Shot
Pointer- Essie Fruit Sangria
Middle- Essie Watermelon
Ring- Maybelline Pink Shock
Pinky- Sheswai Babe
Since I'm just swatching for a comparison post and none of the polishes were super sheer, I just painted two coats of each polish.

Essie Sure Shot and Essie Fruit Sangria are shimmer polishes. Essie Watermelon and Sheswai Babe are creme polishes. Maybelline Pink Shock is a jelly polish. As you can see, Essie Sure Shot is clearly darker than the others while Sheswai Babe is more of a true pink. Maybelline Pink Shock stands out without top coat because it has an almost rubbery look like certain matte polishes. Fruit Sangria and Watermelon are the closest matches but as you can see, there are no exact dupes here.
Left: Essie Fruit Sangria
Right: Essie Watermelon
 Left: Essie Fruit Sangria
Right: Essie Watermelon

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Triumph Pop Up Experience

Hi chickadees!
I usually don't do lifestyle/event posts like this because my life really isn't that exciting. I know. You're super shocked. However once in a while I have a pleasant if confusing afternoon and I want to share it with you. That's what happened last Saturday when I signed up for the Triumph Pop Up Experience on a whim. This is not a sponsored post. I simply signed up for the event and felt like reporting back to you.
I would like to thank Christina and Mina from The Village Beauty Lounge for a relaxing neck and shoulder massage and a very pretty pink manicure. My only complaint was that after she scraped the polish off my skin with her fingernail she didn't go back to do any clean up so I had to take care of that at home. Otherwise, it was a very nice, smooth paint job. I just asked for a polish change as I was in a rush. Obviously since I didn't do the manicure myself I can't write a review but I did get a free bottle of OPI Amourette Spotlight so I'll probably be reviewing it in the future. In the meantime, here are some swatches of Amourette Spotlight. She used two coats of polish.

 If you'd like to get your own bottle of Amourette Spotlight, Triumph is giving a bottle away with any purchase on their website over $75. Just use the offer code TRIUMPHxOPI. 
I was also able to have a bra fitting and to take a free bra home. I chose the Body Makeup Magic Wire Bra. After giving it a test drive, I find it to be fairly comfortable though the wide band can stab into my side a little if my posture isn't straight.
If you'd like to shop for Triumph lingerie for yourself in person and you can't make it out to storefront in Long Island, they are actually having a sample sale from Friday September 5th through Sunday September 7th at the same location at 168 Bowery. Hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will covering this sale.

REVIEW of Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in I'm Wired With SWATCHES

Hello zettabytes,
I've got a quick review for you today. This is yet another Sephora by OPI nail polish from the Tinseltown set I picked up ages ago. It might be more than a year now. Keep reading to hear what I think so you can decide if you want to go through the trouble of tracking it down.

Color: I'm Wired is an orange coral creme polish. It's not a guava/coral but it's softer than a basic orange polish.
Formula: Based on how it drips from the brush, I'd call it a thick polish but it applies like a thin polish.
Application: The first coat I applied with my dominant hand went on smoothly without any drag though it formed shallow ridges when I tried to even it out. The second coat also failed to go on evenly and was a bit streaky but again, there was no drag. I applied three coats for full opacity. There were no major application problems but it just didn't look like a great manicure because the polish didn't apply evenly and there was no way of fixing it. Applying the polish with my nondominant hand, the experience was essentially the same though the results were slightly worse.

CONCLUSION: This polish isn't awful but I wouldn't recommend it. For me, it's not the most flattering color so I wouldn't put up with the results. However, I will be interested to see how this compares to some of the other oranges in my collection. Let me know if you'd like to see a comparison post.

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SWATCHES

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cosabella Sample Sale Report August 2014

Hi honey bears,
I popped on over to the Cosabella Sample Sale pretty early to scope out all the merchandise for you. But before we get into that, let's get all the boring details out of the way. The sale is taking place from Sunday August 24 through Tuesday August 26. Hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday and 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. It is being held at the Cosabella flagship store in New York at 220 Lafayette Street between Spring and Kenmare. They are only taking credit cards... Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, as with previous Cosabella sample sales, you want to head all the way to the back of the shop past the curtains. There are sale items on the racks to the side but they are not part of the sample sale. I was drawn to the rack of nude bras that are true nudes as they come in a wide range of flesh tones.
The sale wasn't too chaotic when it opened. I'd say there were about 10-15 girls shopping at one time but the back room is small so things might be a little cramped. There is no changing area but some girls were trying on items. Dress accordingly if you're planning on trying things on. Items are arranged on racks and in bins. There's no real rhyme or reason to it. I'd suggest going to the sale with some idea of what you want. There's everything from your standard bras and thongs and hot pants to regular apparel like dresses, tops, and pants. There's also swimwear. Another good way to navigate is by color. If you're a fan of brightly colored unmentionables, this the sale for you.
Bra/Wire $45
Among all the bras I found a decent range of sizes. I saw everything from a 32B to a 36D. I think there were also some 32DD's among the softbras in the bins. Generally I think C's are going to do the best at this sale but it really depends on the style and color that you want. The band size range was 32-36 though and though I checked many tags I did not find any A's or anything above the DD's.


Clothing items and camisoles generally favor smalls and mediums but I did find some larges here and there. Again, it depends on the style and color you're looking for.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Naturebox Month 2 Review

Hello peanuts,

Well, I decided to keep my Naturebox subscription for another month. I think I convinced myself that I just needed to pick the right combination of snacks. This month I opted for the Everything Bagel Stix, Apple Pie Oat Clusters, Masa Crisps, Lemon Tea Biscuits, Italian Bistro Pretzels, Mexicana Mango, and South Pacific Plantains.
The Mexicana Mango was my favorite item in this month's Naturebox because I grew up eating dried mango. Of course, the dried mango I'm familiar with is thicker and loaded up with sugar which is why I can't have it as a regular snack. The slices of mango in this snack are much thinner and wafer-like. They aren't crusted with sugar so they aren't as sweet but they're still pretty sweet. If we're ranking things, Philippine dried mangoes are the sweetest followed by natural mangoes followed by this Mexicana Mango snack from Naturebox. Whether you like these will depend upon your personal tastes. I can see some people finding them a little bland. I was disappointed that they contained 30 grams of sugar for 3.5 pieces. I decided to compare them to Gold Key Dried Mangoes where a serving size of 7 pieces or 40 grams contains 140 calories and 30 grams of sugar. That's surprisingly more or less on par with this Mexicana Mango from Naturebox. I wasn't able to locate the brand that makes the dried mango with a ton of sugar but the Gold Key Dried Mangoes still have a good amount of sugar so Naturebox's Mexicana Mango is far from a notable improvement.

I wouldn't call the South Pacific Plantains a favorite but they were easy to snack on. Again, I'm used to dried banana and dried plantain snacks and I really didn't get any of that flavor from this Naturebox snack. The plantains are cut thin and taste more like a potato or starchy vegetable chip. I mean if you try really hard to detect it you may taste some plantain but you might also be deluding yourself. These were a bit on the salty side but I didn't find it too excessive.