Monday, August 03, 2009

Quiet...I've been....DUSTY HUNTING.

I truly now know the thrill of it all......the thrill of finding polish as cheap as chips.

I was binging (not as catchy as googling, eh?) the other day for beauty/nail supply stores in my area. I came across one of the only stores with a review. The reviewer even refered to it as a DUSTY. Of course, I had to stop by.

Saturday morning I set out for my adventure. I was in for such a surprise! This little store is great, I was greeted with a friendly staffer with a cheery smile and a little bucket for my purchases. I took my mother along with me, as she enjoys a good deal as well (I learned from the best!), and we searched the racks of polishes, seeing what we could find.

We must have been there for 30 minutes at least. There were three displays of polish for $1.50....yeah, $1.50. There were displays for 75 cents and even 50 cents. I raked through each of the displays about 3 times....

30 minutes later, here's what I left with:

Jessica Emerald

I saw these Jessica nail polishes and at first didn't recognize the brand. When I got home and did some research and I'm assuming it's the same Jessica brand that I only know of. I'm also assuming that these are old bottles. Emerald is stunning, green and silver shimmer swirled together. Guh. I love green.

Jessica Rainforest

WOW. Can I say WOW again? This is BEAUTIFUL. Not even this picture can capture the true color. It's a flippin' gorgeous olive green with a subtle gold shimmer. The first thing that came to mind was "I need an eyeshadow this color...." I can't stop staring, it has such a pretty glow!

Jessica Tiger Eye

Yummy!! This reminds me so much of NYC's Molten Metal. A cool silver/gold with shimmer. Each of these Jessica polishes were 50 cents ;)

Next.....some Zoya's!

Zoya Poppy

This is my first affair with Zoya. This store had so much Zoya, I had to control myself. There were tons of shades, and even some in old bottles (same bottle, but a slightly different cap and a different font). Poppy is a pretty, cool coral orange. I've never tried coral/orange on my nails before, but it's a softer variation so I couldn't help but try it.

Zoya Melodie

I think this might have been the first polish I threw in my bucket. Melodie is a light pink with silver shimmer. The shimmer looks kinda scary since it's confined to one area in the bottle, but on it's even shimmer and it looks oh-so-pretty!! I've been wanting to find a pretty, light polish since I've decided to shun Essie's Jackie Oh My! for the rest of my life.

Zoya Max

This polish was so hard to capture on camera. It looks bright orange/red, but it's a pretty hot pink in person. Just by looking at the consistancy, I think this is a jelly finish. So pretty, I have to try this before summer is over!! Each Zoya only cost me $1.50.

And speaking of Essie......

Essie Grape Crush

I saw these on the rack and I was rather puzzled. They looked like cough syrup. I took the bottle to the sales assistant and asked what the story on these were. She said they were a tint, so they were more liquidy than a regular polish. Grape crush looks like a purpley-wineish tint. I decided, why the hell not, right? I don't know what I'm going to do with them, but the gist of it sounds nifty.

Essie Night Cap

Another cough-syrup "tint". This time, blue. These are in old bottles (with out the "Essie" on the bottle and no "e" on the top of the I right about this?) and stink like high-hell (yay fumes!!!). But damed if I was going to just leave these on the shelf for 50 cents!!!

All in all- it was a successful haul. All my mother found was a heart-patterned nail file for $1. There were also a decent selection of old OPI and Orly, as well as random brands. I was surprised to see the new collections from China Glaze and the new matte shades from OPI (I was thisclose to getting one, but in person nothing wow-ed me).

To close this nail-licious post, here is my current NOTD:

Sephora by OPI in Ocean Love Potion

Excuse me? Who's nails are THOSE? I feel like I'm getting a little better with my application each time I change my polish. I love the formula of the Sephora/OPI polishes, I had no problems with application and the color went on opaque and even in 2 coats. And can we talk about that color? The perfect blend of green and blue, and not too dark and not too light. I also just switched up my base coat and top coat Orly Ridgefiller and Poshe), and I'm liking it much better than what I was using (Orly Bonder and Seche Vite) before.

Hope everyone has a great week!! Things are going to cool off in my part of California (I can't hang with this 110 nonsense)...finally dropping into the low 90s and 80s. Do you think I'm jumping the gun by busting out my peacoats and long-sleved sweaters?


Askmewhats said...

I really love your nail polish application, so neat :D

ndoodles said...

Really like the bright coral one from Zoya! So cheap and pretty - wish I had a little store like that near here.

Deez Nailz ~ where the CANADIAN Bloggers at ? said...

=clicking on this made me insanely jealous!!!!! I loe bargains like this and I don't thisnk I would have the will-power to walk out of a store lke that without buying a tonne of polish.

Those 'Jessica's' are soooooooo pretty = I hope you swatch those soon!

Recessionista! said...

Wow wow wow! What a haul!! You scored BIG, girl! So jealous! :)

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Paul Smith said...

In my opinion, Zoya Melodie is the best tone in this series. It's neutral and looks oh-so-pretty! There are plenty of colors to choose but this is my own choice.
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