Today’s Southern Orlando Haul

I woke up today feeling pretty yucky. I had a ‘recovery day’ scheduled from running, so I pushed myself into that. I had a feeling of a fever but I did my ‘pretend’ jump rope workout anyway. (I jump rope but don’t have a real rope to use; just go through the movements with my arms.) I had a work project scheduled early this morning, it was already 80 degrees before 10 AM, but I went and did it anyway. I wanted to come home and be inside where it is cool. However,  I went to Ulta (it really is on the way home) and made sure I used my $9 in points and my $3.50 off $10 coupon today.

Even then, I went to a large mall do finish up more work so I wouldn’t have to do it tomorrow. But I stopped in Forever 21 anyway and found some polish.

Semi-soothing, here are the goods…

 Sparkle babies. From left on: Currant, Silver and Coral.

But you have to check them out up close to get a good looky…

Currant. I merlot shade with red and gold glitter.

Silver. It is a much lighter shade of silver IRL, with iridescent micro-glitter.

Coral. A pinkish coral shade with red and fuchsia micro-glitter. This one might be a jelly. I’m not sure yet.

BUT WAIT!!!!! THERE’S MORE!!!!!!

Early July 4th sparklers! From the left on: Purple/Silver, Green/Clear and Red/Black/Silver. Oh, those names got me excited!!! *rolls eyes, one way then back the other*

 Silver/Purple. The base is clear with chunks of silver and a red-purple hexagon glitter.

Green/Clear. A clear base with chunky leaf green and silver hexagon glitter.

Red/Black/Silver. Again, a clear base with chunks of very red, black and silver hexagon glitter.

Any one of these three hexy glitters could make some interesting nail ‘sammich’ manicures.  I’m ready to experiment!

I did stop by CVS in the mall to check to see if I could find anything new. I found the new Limited Edition NYC polishes…

The coupons at the front expired on 6/1/11. Not nice. But one polish did come home with me (where at least 2 unexpired NYC coupons are)…

This is ‘Gramercy Glitz.’ It’s a pink, almost totally clear, base with tons of baby girl pink and iridescent micro-glitter. Not exactly a new shade but the kind I tend to gravitate to.

I’m a chick from the Midwest, I had to look this one up: Gramercy Park (/ˌgræmᵊrsi ˈpɑːrk/) is a small, fenced-in private park in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States.

It looks lovely. I’d like to visit it. Some day. When I go to New York. Where my hubs is from. NYC, where he got his Masters. Yea…some day.

See any shades that tickle your fancy?

When Is A Creme Not a Creme?

Is it that hard to come up with a witty name for a nail polish? Personally, ehhem, I feel I can do better.

Here’s a cute polish that has a total misname…

NYC makes ‘Classic Coral Creme.’  Really?  It’s not even a creme!  Even a novice like me can tell you that much.  And, I’m kinda iffy on the ‘classic’ part too.  I see that micro-micro glitter in there!  There’s pink, silver and a darker coral glitter in that bottle.  I’m not a ‘coral’ girl, however, I’m digging this gem.

But here’s what I can tell you; this is a fun, summery color.  I almost wore flip flops this color was so beachy.

Classic Coral Creme (blech!) is pretty watery.  I have about 4 coats here to give it some opacity.  However, since it’s waaaay down there on my toes, I didn’t care as much as I would with my fingernails.  I find the top skinny and not too easy to hold onto.  The brush is long and thin too.  But it is flexible enough to manage.

I have a top coat and the Vite on top.  And since my toes don’t get any of the wear my fingernails do, this wore well. 

Truly, I feel sorry for this pretty color.  It makes me think of Johnny Cash’s ‘‘A Boy Named Sue.’  Well, how do you do?  I’m naming you ‘Coral Glitters Too.’

Do you roll your eyes like I do when you see a nice polish with a totally lame name?  Or, do you roll your eyes when you read my new, made up names?

I Found My Silver Lining

My first nail polish was a Sally Hansen’s.  I’m sure it was one of my Mom’s.  My Mom used to have the most glamorous and long nails.  Gosh, I wish my scanner would work on my printer because I’d love to show you a photo of my mom…her senior photo.  She’s simply beautiful.  And I ended up looking like Dad!  No fair!!!

So, Sally’s Hansen has a looonngggg history.  And, fortunately, they have kept up with the times.  When the new limited collection of their Complete Salon Manicure came out and, after I snagged all the ‘Hidden Treasures’ I could find, I got this one next…

This is ‘Silver Lining.’  Right off, the photos do not show a true, accurate representation of this polish.  In real life, the sparkles are rich and iridescent in a silver base.  It looks like it could be watery, but it wasn’t.  Not quite.

Ah, that’s a better photo!  But sadly, I only took one of it as my pedicure.  I have no reason why.  Maybe I just forgot. :/

I’ll definitely swatch this one again as a manicure.  It’s a new favorite even though it is a lighter color.

And, along with this look, I did a manicure.  Here’s a polish that isn’t quite so bad for a cheapy, nail supply polish…

This photo shows the orange shimmer in this polish.  It has, what I would label,  a bright coral base.

Not a photo rich blog this time.  I guess I didn’t want any overkill on photos, this time.  Hmmmm….

So, I’ll wrap up by saying that this brand is ‘Cleopatra’ and the name of this shimmery coral is ‘Reconcilable Indifference.’  That’s a fun play on words.  This polish wasn’t a total wash-out like other cheapy, nail supply polishes.  It actually did OK with 2 coats.  It’s a bit watery but came out to my liking.

And my Mom is still one of the most beautiful women I know.

Have you ever bought a cheap polish that you ended up loving?  Can you actually get the owner of a nail supply shop to sell to you, even without a nail license?