A Mini Haul

Is it still a “haul” when it’s disorganized, unplanned, and mini? I am not sure. But I wanted to do a nail blog post today, and I didn’t have any nail mail available. And I didn’t have anything else ready yet for the other posts I want to do. I’m still in the midst of over-thinking those, actually. So … *ahem*

These are a few polishes I picked up randomly here and there over the past week. No matter how many times I tell myself I will NOT do this, I always do it. I always, always, always look at the nail polish in any store I go into. And, if anything catches my eye, I will often pick it up. It’s a very impulse-buy sort of thing, which isn’t great. At the same time, I have gotten some fabulous polishes this way. So I guess it’s a mixed bag: a bad habit … but it feels oh-so-good. What can I say? I have a problem, guys.

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China Glaze, Spontaneous. This is a mid-toned, rather grape-ish purple creme. I found the formula to be quite nice. It was nearly opaque in 1 coat, but I used 2 coats plus top coat for my swatch picture.

I grabbed this little pretty on a recent trip into my local Rite-Aid. Was I there for polish? No. Not at all. But she came home with me, anyhow. This one really caught my eye off of the display as soon as I walked in the door. My Rite-Aid isn’t the best. They don’t have a huge selection of China Glaze, and they aren’t good about changing out or switching the selection. So, even though I look every time I go into the store, it’s usually the same polishes staring back at me. I hadn’t seen this purple before, which is probably why it caught my attention so easily.

I love this! It’s pretty and rather dusty or muted … but not overly muted. Does this even make sense? I don’t know. But I’ve been in a bit of a purple and pink mood lately. And this one has a “Fall” feeling to it, at least to me. It feels perfect for the upcoming season.

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Orly, Feel the Funk. This is a clear or, perhaps, slightly tinted base packed with light purple and holographic glitters. The formula wasn’t bad. It tends toward the sheer side of life, but it can become opaque on its own. It is also nice as a topper. I tried 2 coats as a topper over black and a light, whited-out gray. I needed 3 coats of it on its own for an opacity level that made me happy.

This one was an impulse buy at my local Target. I hadn’t seen it on the shelf before, and it jumped right out at me because it’s so sparkly and beautifully holographic. I hesitated about a nano-second over getting it because it’s rather light-toned. In the end, I decided to snatch it up, as it was the last bottle of this color on the rack. Also, did I mention my recent Wear All The Pink & Purple phase? Um … yeah. I quite like this one! It has a delicate and ethereal look on the nail. I find I prefer it on its own, even with having to do at least 3 coats.

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Orly Breathable, Power Packed. This is a whited-out gray. Formula is lovely. It’s nearly a 1-coater, but I used 2. It dries very glossy, and I think part of the hook for the Breathable polishes is that you don’t need a top coat with them. I always use a glossy top coat, though. It’s a very ingrained habit. (I always use base coat, too. Again — habit.)

So, I went to my local Walgreen’s because I wanted to get a polish for my Nail Bestie. And … since I was doing something nice for someone else, I deserved a reward, right? Right? o.o Well, deserved or not, this little pretty found her way into my shopping basket pretty quickly. I have looked at this polish in the display ever since the store put out the Breathable line of polishes. I kept on walking away from it, but, really, it was only a matter of time before this one became mine. And this past week was the time. I love the light tone of this. It rides the line between white and gray. I think it would work great under nail art, but I also love it by itself. It will give me that “white nails” look without being overly stark or harsh. Also, I’ve wanted OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls for years. I couldn’t help wondering if this one might be at least close enough to satisfy that desire.

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Sinful Colors, Clay Me. This is a earthy, terra-cotta orange. Or, perhaps, an orange-brown? It has a lovely formula. It was nearly opaque in 1 coat, and easily opaque for me in 2.

So … This color won’t be for everyone. I know that. It’s an odd color, and it kinda falls into “ugly-pretty” territory. My local Rite-Aid only put out the Sinful Colors “Stone Crystal Shimmer” display about a month ago. I mentioned that my store kind of sucks with regard to nail polish, right? Well, ever since they put out this display, I have looked at this color. I probably should do a post on this collection, actually, because I ended up with quite a few of them. But I digress. Where was I?

Oh, yeah. Looking at this color. Every time I go into the store, I look at the display, and I debate over this polish. It appealed to me because it’s different. When you buy a lot of polish … and wear a lot of polish … and own a lot of polish … Well, “different” tends to jump out and grab you by the hair. The last time I was in the store, this past Saturday, there was only 1 bottle of this polish left on the display. And that decided it for me. I needed it. I grabbed it. I ran for the check-out counter.

You know what? I really, really, really like this one on my nails! This surprised the heck out of me. As I was purchasing it, I kept thinking it would be one of those polishes that I would look at and think, “Why did I buy this?” Heck, even at that moment, I was thinking, “Why am I buying this?” I got home and swatched it, and realized I love it on my nails. It’s a weird but fun color. And it will be such perfection for Fall.

And that’s it for my mini, random shopping haul. I would call all of my impulse purchases successes this time. Yay! That doesn’t always happen, so it’s nice when a plan comes together. Not that I had a plan. But, you know … whatever.

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