I Spy…New Polishes at Walgreens; Hard Candy at Walmart

Today, after doing four projects in four different stores, I still had a conference call at 3. It was getting close in time, so I stopped off at Walgreens just to pass some time. OK…and to look for new stuff.

When I find something new to share in the ‘I Spy’ posts, I’ll let you know if it is new to me. That means I don’t recall hearing or reading about it in all the blogs, tweets and Facebook posts I come across. That doesn’t mean no one else has blogged about it, though. Otherwise, I will comment that I have seen or read about it in the blog universe.

So, here’s what I found/discovered at Walgreens today…

A ‘new to me’ display of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polishes. There are four polishes they call a base and then 4 glitter overcoats coordinating with the base colors.

Looky here…

These photos are with my phone so the colors are not as vivid as they are in true life. But here’s one that I liked the best…

It is just a bit more multi-colored than the photo shows. But not by much. This had to have been a newly set up display because only one polish was missing.

And, next to it was this Revlon display…

If you check out the model’s hand, you can see that, even with this washed-out photo, that the polish color is damn near the color of her skin. It is. And when I saw this display, it took my brain to see that comparison to realize that the polish isn’t white. It’s just a little bitty bit off. It’s one of those colors that doesn’t fit so nicely in a description. My go at it is to say it is the lightest ever taupy-white. Here’s what I do know: this isn’t a color that interests me.

And one final find. I saw this display at Walmart…

Here’s four Hard Candy products. I have seen these, in quick passing, in the regular makeup aisle. However, this one caught my eye and gave me perchance to pause. This display is called a ‘sidekick’. It hangs on the side of the end shelves and that is called an endcap. I see a lot of sidekicks at Walgreens. And, I’m seeing them more and more at Walmart too. It’s just another way to cram more product into the store. 🙂

In recap: I didn’t buy one item. Nope. I’m saving my money for the Orlando Premiere show coming up in June and then the Makeup Show that is in September. This is going to take more discipline than passing on cake and cookies!

Have you seen any of these items? Did you purchase any and tell me what you think about them.

Polish Colors for the Holidays

Today’s mani and pedi made me feel in a festive mood.  Both make great holiday colors.

I get the feeling that when most people see me they think of someone mind-mannered, middle of the road and ‘safe.’  I only appear that way because some of the places I work don’t like that (you fill in that alternative) look. 

So over the years I have found ways that I can push the envelope.  One of those ways is with nail polish colors.  I can keep my nails rather short, if need be, but not stubby.  But if there is no rule on the colors, I go for it!

This is Hard Candy’s ‘Zombie.’  Uhm, OK…don’t get the Zombie part but it is a cool color.  Maybe ‘Zombie Apocalypse Aftermath’ would be more interesting.  I think it is.

Can you see the glitter?  Well, hell yes you can!!!  This is pure glitter.  Purple/magenta and teal.  All overloaded with more shimmer than the disco ball from Studio 54.

This is the ‘I can’t take my eyes off of’ color.  And man, this type of glitter makes me have to be reallllly super diligent with clean up.  I think I’ll hunt up more like this for the practice that I need.  And it’s the angle of my thumb making it look askew.  It’s totally level when I check it out from the back side.

I got a fair amount of practice with ‘Zombie’ because I used at least 4 coats.  I had some serious bald spots that needed work.  I used a base, then Seche Clear, tons of coats of color, 2 Seche Clears then topped off with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.  After all that, my nails are not terribly gritty.  I am not looking forward to removal though.  So I’m going to wear this another day.

Here’s another color for the holidays I picked for the toes…

Orly’s Holiday collection presenting ‘Rockin’ Rocket.’  I’m saying it’s a perfect color for the holidays and, if you can wear a red polish to work, this one isn’t going to bug out the eyes of those looking down noses.  It’s a burgundy red that seems well-mannered.  However, when you peek closer, ‘Rockin’ Rocket’ is set to blast off!  

Sparkly sass!

 I have some sexy, strappy red high-heel shoes this would go with.  Those cool shoes that I haven’t worn yet…in over 2 years…with no place to wear them to.  *grimace*

‘Rockin’ Rocket’ only needed one good coat.  I used 2 just to make sure.  Orly works splendidly.  Color ends up true to what you see in the bottle.  Nothing negative with this one.  Mrs. Claus has this pedi color for when her man gets home from work!!!!

If you are not in the food or medical industry, do you have nail polish restrictions?  And, if you feel your work dress code is strict, do you push the envelope and, how?