I Spy…OPI Nicki Minaj Collection at Blooming Beauty 1/3/12

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OK, Kimberly….breathe!!! I got my 1000th follower this morning. I’m giddy with excitement but, then I started to think…there have been at least 1000 people stop by and read my stuff. Eeps! If I could wrap my brain around it, I would get nervous.

But, luckily, I’m not and I’m getting really brave about taking photos in retail stores (ones that I’m not working in). For the most part, no one cares. On the other hand, there will always be people who I call ‘gate-keepers’. They get a (false) sense of control by enforcing silly rules they don’t know the reason for them.

But, I found some very nice, young ladies at Blooming Beauty today. They remember me from before as the nail polish blog lady that gets overly excited about new nail polishes.

But, I really do get excited. Like finding these today…

This is OPI’s newest collection highlighting Nicki Minaj. After doing serious spending during the holidays, I refrained from buying any. But they are so pretty to look at.

I almost missed these with all the gawking I did on OPI…

 Venique is totally new to me. I’ve never heard of them. With a quick Google search, I found that Nails Beautiqued did a post on this brand not to long ago. Nails Beautiqued is one of my ‘go to’ nail blogs for what’s new and what is looking hot on her nails. Yes, do go look!

 I used my phone camera to snap these photos. As in many cases, the colors are not true, but you can get a broad idea. Like that red in the lower right side…it is a Christmas red that sparkles. Think of Ruby Slippers.

These are a couple of shades that I liked…

Again, I didn’t get any because I have a tremendous backlog of polishes to swatch and, I didn’t see anything that was way different than stuff I already have. I popped off these photos to just share with you.

And, speaking about photos, I have set out to create better photos for myself, personally, and, for my blog. I have taken a class, will be taking more classes, have joined a photography forum and a local club. When I get into something, I don’t dally around!

Reason for telling you this, I have an assignment this week. The photography club has started a weekly challenge: each week, starting with the letter ‘A’, take a photo of something starting with that letter.

I was scratching my head wondering what I could come up with. Funny how I was looking down as I was brainstorming…

Ammonite. Found in the floor tile at the mall I worked at today.

I Spy…Glow In The Dark Polish at Claire’s

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I went to visit a client at an outlet mall today. I stopped in at Claire’s and they had their Halloween jewelry and accessories out. It was just one tower for now. But I found some glow in the dark polishes…

I’m really pleased that this photo does a great job in capturing the true colors of these polishes. The price was $3.99 each. I got it on the sly from the manager…she said come back next week and the Halloween stuff would be buy one, get one half off.

But what I really wanted to get were these…

You wind them up and they walk. See their little feet? They glow in the dark. How sweet is that mummy!! I think these were $4.99 or so.

Another client I visited is a large hotel over by a big-ass convention center. It was the one that hosted the Orlando Premiere in June that I went to. Parking is not cheap there, but I am. I park in the Walgreens’ parking lot and walk to the hotel. I know the parking lot is for Walgreens’ customers so that is why when I come back I make a point of going in there. Clever, eh?

Here’s what I saw…

Sinful Colors ‘Go Plaid’ collection. I’m underwhelmed by this one. I have read on other blogs that the purple ‘Amethyst’ is a new color. I didn’t think it was anything that I don’t have 7 of already. I was tempted by the orange ‘Chelsea Orange’, I believe is the name. But, I’m still holding onto my money for some Wet ‘n Wild collections and Metro China Glaze collection. Oh, and Sinful Colors are 99 cents this week, however, this store didn’t have one sale sign up for their Sinful Colors.

Once the sales clerk moved her….body, I was able to get a photo of this OPI collection…

It’s good and plenty picked at, so I know it’s not new. However, it seems odd to see OPI in Walgreens.
And, see how nice the polish remover bottles are placed around it? The sales clerk worked extra long and hard to arrange these just so perfectly. (Yea, I don’t have anything else to do either.)

On Saturday, I went on an expedition; I wanted the Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Dream Weaver’ collection!!! I googled up 3 Winn Dixie’s right in my area and plotted my attack. If you check out Nouveau Cheap‘s blog, she has a map that shows were these deviously shy motha’s are found. I noticed that a lot of them were found at Winn Dixie’s and that is were I, previously, found the ‘Victorian Collection.’ So off I went.

At the second store, I found them. Just like this…

Holy Moly!! Do they not have any idea how precious these are?!!! They had all of them but one. Here’s what I got…

 

I haven’t owned any makeup more coveted. I wore the ‘Earth Looks Small…’ (last one) on Saturday to Maria’s, at Cult Nail‘s, birthday party. Today I wore ‘Dancing in the Clouds’ (third from the left…or right, either way). I’m pleasantly surprised that the three shades with ‘Dancing…’ work so well together. I wouldn’t have imagined that. I do have to say, I will have to wear a shadow primer to keep this one in place.

Now I’m out for the BIG score…Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘On the Prowl‘ collection. Just check out Vampy Varnish‘s swatches of these and tell me how delightfully ‘trick-or-treat’-ish they are!!!

And, hey, if you don’t know this already, many Walgreens get their holiday items out on the floor and prepped but, they have them on the high shelves over the products.

Last year I was pulling the Halloweeen Wet ‘n Wild’s down and helping myself. The sales clerk magically appeared to ask me if I needed help. I said ‘Yea. Hold this while I get another display down.’ She proceeded to tell me that these where not ‘out’ yet and I couldn’t get them. I must have the icy-est stare because she backed down in a hurry. And, I walked out with new Halloween makeup.

I Spy…New Stuff At Walgreens 6/28

Just a quickly before I spam you tomorrow with a July 4th manicure.

This week, I must have stopped off in 5 different Walgreens looking for new Wet ‘n Wild stuff. Nada!! But, this display was new to me and caught my eye…

This is Revlon’s new, summer edition called ‘Sweety Seductive.’

There are 6 sets of polish with a matching lippy.

This is why they caught my attention…

Sparkles!!!

And, you can see just a bit from the yellow shade that these are scented.

Quite honestly, I am surprised I didn’t cave. But then, I had an orthopedic doctor’s appointment the following day and I didn’t know if I was going to have to have surgery or not. Happy, happy!!!!…I do not! We, originally, thought I had a partially torn rotator cuff. But it is just hugely inflamed.

Anyway, back to makeup world…I can see why it may be a problem in finding some of the new Sinful Colors displays if other stores follow suit…

Maybe only one has sold out of this new collection. The display backboard is jammed up behind the shelf above it; you can’t tell what collection this is. I think this is the ‘Get Swirling’ collection.

As a merchandiser, I think the company that sells Sinful Colors would have an issue with their product’s placement. Did you know brands ‘rent’ spots (or, real estate, as we merchandisers call it) where their merchandise is placed? When you see a particular brand or product being displayed in a window or an endcap, that company is paying the store extra to have that exposure.

Even people in retail don’t know this and thus, never realize that there is a ‘purpose’ for plan-o-grams. Thus, why I have a job; companies don’t trust stores to put products where they are supposed to. That’s what I get to do. 🙂