• Beauty,  color,  Julep,  nail art,  nail polish

    Swatch: Butter London Knackered over Julep Toni

    I wanted to try swatching my new Butter London Knackered polish over my existing purple-gray manicure of Julep Toni.

    One coat of Knackered deposits the subtle holographic purple-green color and finely flecked multi-colored glitter. It really enhances the purple base coat and looks very pretty. From what I’m told Knackered solo is quite sheer, so if you’re looking for an opaque holographic polish, I would really recommend layering it like this. I think it looks quite lovely.

    For reference, here’s a pic of the original manicure with Toni (outdoors, daylight):

    Here’s Toni + Knackered indoors, with daylight…

    And here’s Toni + Knackered indoors with direct sunlight:

  • Beauty

    NYX haul from Ulta!

    I finally popped into Ulta on Saturday to catch the tail end of their 40% off NYX promotion, and I just wanted to share a few pics of the goodies I got.

    I picked up:

    • NYX Shine Killer Primer, regularly $12.99
    • NYX Eye Shadow Base White, regularly $6.99
    • NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencils in French Fries and Sparkle Green, regularly $4.49 each
    • NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee, regularly $4.49 each

    Here are some close-up shots of the pencils:

    Pink Nude (back) has some shimmer in it, so I don’t know how I’ll like it. Irish Coffee (front) is more of a creme color.

    The Sparkle Green color (back) is a deep shimmery jade, while French Fries (front) is a copper color and seems to have a bare hint of shimmer in it.

    I’m pretty happy with my little haul! I’ve been needing new primers and pencils for a while now, so it was nice to get everything on sale. I can’t wait to swatch everything and try them out (and I’ll definitely post reviews here on the blog!).

  • accessories,  color,  DIY,  shopping

    Check out this awesome clutch I found at T.J. Maxx for $2! (Yes, $2!)

    Okay, I don’t want to brag…but I scored the mother of all deals on this cute clutch yesterday at T.J. Maxx.

    This striped box clutch from T.J. Maxx had a $32 price tag on it, but was sitting on the clearance rack for $2:

    Why? Someone had caught the chain strap in the clasp, forcing one of the links open so that the strap was only attached at one end. It was a problem that took just a moment with the pliers to fix, and now the chain is reattached.

    It just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find on the clearance rack. I also once found a dress that was on the clearance rack because it was missing a decorative button on the front; I removed the remaining two buttons and sewed on three new ones. Easy-peasy.

    Even if you’re not crafty there are lots of great items that wind up in the clearance section of your favorite stores, sometimes simply because they’re the last item in stock and the store wants to make room for new merchandise–so don’t overlook the clearance rack while you’re out shopping! Who know what you’ll find?

  • Beauty,  Halloween,  holidays

    Spotted: $10 Hard Candy Halloween makeup kits

    I spotted these two Hard Candy Halloween makeup kits while I was shopping at Walmart last night.

    This first one is for a “cat”. It contains a single pan eyeshadow, a pink blush, black liquid eyeliner, pink lip gloss, a regular black eyeliner pencil, and false lashes; it retails for $10.

    The second kit is for a “vamp”, and it also retails for $10. It contains a single pan eyeshadow, eyeshadow primer, gold glittery liquid eyeliner, red lipstick, a regular black eyeliner pencil, and false lashes.

    I don’t think there’s anything in either of these kits that I don’t already own, but they’re cute!

    I kind of wonder if lots of girls will dress up as traditional cats and vamps this year, or if they’ll lean more toward Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman and a vamp version of Bella Swan? I still haven’t made up my mind for my own costume–I’ll probably decide at the last minute, like always!

  • Beauty,  cruelty-free,  nail polish,  shopping

    My Coterie order (Butter London) finally arrived!

    Well, it seems like it took forever, but my Coterie order arrived yesterday!

    As you might remember, a couple of weeks ago I told you about the new members-only flash sale site Coterie, which features beauty deals on top brands like Butter London and Stila. At the time they were featuring a deal on Butter London polishes, plus a massive intro promo code, so I had to place an order. Seriously, I got these polishes for about $4 a pop, even with the shipping thrown in–compare that to $14 apiece at a store like ULTA.

    Anyway, I’ve been impatiently waiting for my order to arrive, and it finally showed up, so I wanted to tell you what I thought about it!

    First, I wasn’t impressed with the packaging. I’m a bit of a shipping/packaging snob, and I prefer that any breakable beauty items like nail polish be padded to the max. My polishes were loosely wrapped in a single sheet of bubble wrap and were rattling around in the package–not good. I wasn’t pleased, but none of them were damaged, so I guess I’ll let it slide…for now.

    Second, I think they could have been a bit more timely. I did hear that shipping was backed up due to the high volume of orders, and that packages might not ship out for five to ten days–but I heard this secondhand from another blogger, not from Coterie itself. I got an e-mail to confirm that my order had been placed, but I didn’t get any of those nice little e-mail reminders telling you that your order has been delayed, that your order has been shipped, etc. etc., which I found annoying.

    I suppose I’m just nitpicky! On a side note I placed orders with Urban Decay and Julep Maven at the same time as my Coterie order and both shipped quite quickly, so it seemed a bit laggy of Coterie to ship soooooo slowly.

    Third, the packaging was all-around no-frills: no special boxes, no colored paper, just a single fancy greeting card welcoming me to Coterie and an order sheet (shown). I can’t really find fault with the presentation, and on the bright side, the order sheet does include a helpful full set of return instructions and a pre-printed return label.

    Fourth: my Butter London polish bottles have the Leaping Bunny logo on them! At first I thought my eyes deceived me, because they aren’t listed on LB’s company list online. (They are PETA-listed.) I sent an e-mail to Leaping Bunny to clarify the matter and will share their response (if any) here on the blog when (if?) I get it. When I stopped into ULTA today I saw that none of their Butter London polishes had this logo, so I’m a bit confused as to why my Coterie bottles would feature it and not the regular stock at a beauty supply store. If this is an add-on by Coterie you can be sure they’re going to hear about it! Stay tuned…

    Now, the polishes: I ordered Bluey, Knackered, and Wallis, along with the P. D. Hardwear Quick Dry Top Coat (not shown).

    I’m really excited to try out these polishes and will definitely post swatches as soon as I can! I’m thinking of swatching Knackered over my current manicure in Julep Toni to see what it looks like, and then moving on to straight swatches from there.