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I found this set of 5 Rimmel Long Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish at Ross last night for $6.99 for the set. That works out to $1.25 per bottle, yes I did the math, pretty much in my head, it wasn’t a hard one to figure out. I don’t have a lot of Rimmel nail polish because the 5 drug stores in my town carry the same 4 colors, white, red,blue and steel grey. So I was excited to get this set. English Rose and Cherry Fashion particularly look like pretty polishes and I think I will like them.

Also at Ross was this set of 5 L’Oreal for the same price. I do not have any of these colors. I especially wanted to try Nottingham Hill Blues from their London collection because I think that is the one I sent to Diana. One of the names is Boozy Bruch which I think is a mistake? Shouldn’t it be Boozy Brunch?. I don’t know but I’m happy to add these to my collection of L’Oreal because I’ve always had good luck with L’Oreal nail polishes. And at $1.25 per bottle it’s a great deal. The Rimmel at $1.25 wasn’t such a great deal because they are already $1.99, but the L’Oreal sell between $5.99-$7.99 so this was a SCORE!

Then I went over to T J Maxx looking for Spa Ritual Polish and I found this set of 2 Orly polishes for $6.99 which is a good buy because I believe Orly usually runs around $9 per bottle. Orly nail polishes also all have the Leaping Bunny logo on them so you know I like seeing that. I like both these colors Mind’s Eye and Prince Charming which looks suspiciously like Commander in Chic but oh well!

So once again I am buying nail polish as if it is about to be outlawed! I don’t know what it is I just can’t resist, especially when they are such good deals! For me they are anyway!
Maybe I should do a blog sale? Anyone interested in some bargain priced nail polish? Let me know, and I will be happy to sell some of my ‘stash’.

๐Ÿ’… As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

For those of you new to my blog, welcome! This is a series I do every Sunday. It’s where I use a polish from my collection that I have never worn, for whatever reason. It’s a way for me to use my polish, not just look at it, but wear it. I hope this inspires you to take a look at your collection and maybe wear one you haven’t. You’d be surprised at the gem you might find!

This is from Orly called Sterling Silver Rose. I bought this polish a few months ago. I found it in the discount bin at Sally’s Beauty Supply.

I have a Sterling Silver Rose bush in my yard, so of course I had to buy it. I have never worn it because it is a frost finish. I do not care for a frost finish, on me. I like that look on others, I love the look of the white frosted nails, on others. Just not for me. As we all know, October is Breast Care Awareness (BCA) and because of this I have chose to wear pink for the month. It has been a little hard finding a pink polish, that I haven’t worn yet. This was an easy one to use for 50 Shades of Sunday, even though a gem was not discovered for me maybe someone else will like it. It has gone into the “find a new home” section of my nail polish collection. ๐Ÿ˜ช

About a month ago, I showed this blush from Sleek, called Flamingo. I had dropped it, resulting in the blush going into a thousand pieces. As stated on that video I said I would still use every bit of it because I loved it, it is my favorite blush. A viewer left a comment telling me about another video out there, that shows how to repair your broken blush, eye shadows, face powder, whatever has been dropped and shattered.

As you can see, I did repair it. It is very easy. All I did was add rubbing alchohol to the case, let the alchohol mix with the blush to create a paste like substance. I used a plastic knife to mix it up a bit and then I used the back of the knife to smooth it. Once dried, the blush is back to normal. Not quite as good as new, but not a bad! There are tons of videos on this subject on You Tube. Most of them said to crush the product first into a powder. I did not do that. I just poured the alchohol directly into the pan. It became a paste pretty quickly. I don’t think you need to crush prior to pouring the alchohol.
๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’—I’m so happy to have my favorite blush back in one piece!!!


My beautiful kids with me at Costco. They were arguing over whose Costco card they would use to get us in. Then a discussion of pictures on the cards revealed that when held upside down, Jilly and I look the same! It was cute. The kids thought they were embarrassing me, but they weren’t. They can never embarrass me. Those 2 people are my whole world. ๐Ÿ‘ซ

**UPDATE! I noticed the pictures of the blush look different, but only because the first time I took the pic, it was a bright sunny day and I used a pink background. Today is dark and cloudy and I used a yellow background. The color did not change from using the alchohol. The texture did change, however. This is a picture of a blush from the same company called Lifes a Peach. It is what Flamngo used to look like :

The next picture shows Flamingo after being repaired and how with one tiny swipe of the blush brush a ton of color is on the brush. For the peach blush above, I used several swipes to get the smallest bit of color.

To clarify, the color did not change, nor the way it blends into your cheeks flawlessly but the texture did change in that it takes the smallest of swipes to get enough blush to do both cheeks with some left over. This is a very highly pigmented blush, so you only need a small amount. The same goes for Life’s A Peach, pictured.

These are both blushes from the same company, Sleek. The pink one was repaired after a terrible accident. The peach remains intact. I’m hoping you can see how the texture of the pink one changed. I still think this is a great way to repair make up that has been in a terrible accident. Especially for those favorite blushes!

๐Ÿ’…As always, thanks for stopping by.

I often get asked what is the best brand of nail polish. Because of that, I have been working all summer on comparing different brands of nail polish. I compared over 3โƒฃ0โƒฃbrands of nail polish, all available in the US. Meaning this comparison of brands does not include any Barry M or other brands only available in the UK. I scored the different brands using these 5 items of criteria: brush/bottle, formula, price, dry time, and wear. These are the items that are important to me in a nail polish. When I was finished there were 3 brands that had all 5/5 stars! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
This is the complete list of polish I compared in this “study”. These are in alphabetical order

#9Butter London. 4/5. $35.00/oz
CND. 3/5. 31.40/ oz
CHANEL. 3/5. 65.00oz
China Glaze. 3.5/5. 16.00/oz
Ciate. 3/5. 19.86/oz
Color Club. 3/5. 11.66/oz
#10D Lippmann. 4/5. 36.00/oz
Estรฉe Lauder. 3/5. 41.85/oz
Essence. 3/5. 7.40/oz
Essie. 3/5. 17.39/oz
Illamasqua. 3/5. 32.00/oz
Julep. 2/5. 51.85/oz
#5-L’Oreal. 4/5. 15.38/oz
MAC. 3/5. 36.00/oz
Maybelline. 3/5. 26.08/oz
Megan Miller. 3/5. 28.00/oz
Nails, Inc. 3/5. 21.53/oz
Nars. 3/5. 32.00/oz
Nubar. 3/5. 14.00/oz
#8-OPI. 4/5. 18.00/oz
Orly. 3/5. 16.00/oz
#4-Revlon. 4/5. 13.98/oz
#2SH CSM. 5/5. 14.98/oz
SH Extreme. 3/5. 7.50/oz
SH Lustre Shine. 3/5. 21.18/oz
SH Nail Prism. 3/5. 23.30/oz
SH Magnetic. 3/5. 30.00/oz
Sinful Colors. 2/5. 4.00/oz
The New Black. 3/5. 44.00/oz
#3- Venique 5/5. 14.00/oz
WnW Fast Dry. 2/5. 3.33/oz
WnW Mega Last .5/5. 6.66/oz
#7-WnW Wild Shine 3/5 2.32/oz
#6 Zoya. 4/5. 16.00/oz

๐Ÿ’…3โƒฃ4โƒฃTOTAL BRANDS TESTED over a 5 month period from May thru September.

๐Ÿ’…US Brands NOT tested: Dior, Rimmell, NyC, Julie G, YSL, LE Mer Beaute, Elf, Pure Ice, Barielle, Nailtique, Sephora by OPI, Nicole by OPI , the Balm, Milani, Lancomme, Laura Mercier, Guerlain, Piggy Polish,

Yes, I can finally say I have a real bona-fide nail polish collection. I am so proud of myself. It has taken a lot of work, but the fun kind of work you like to do when organizing something you love. And I love my nail polishes. Okay, there I said it. I love my nail polishes. Not so much that I want to marry them, but I do love them. I love to look at them. I love to re-arrange them. I love to swatch them onto nail wheels, and then do it all over again but this time let’s do it by colors. As you all know, or should know, I recently found this odd little cabinet at a yard sale $2, and it was mine. This is what it looked like when I brought it home.

20120706-232700.jpgI knew with a minimum amount of work I could have it looking like this in no time.

20120706-232909.jpgI was right, wasn’t I? . It’s a thing of beauty! I see all these other nail polish storage units that people are buying on e-bay for $40-90 and I think my $2 cabinet beats theirs all to heck and back. (sorry to those of you that bought the pretty ones from e-bay, if you love it, that’s all that matters).
The other thing I’ve been doing and I haven’t told you about yet, is, I’ve been buying up old spice racks at yard sales and then spray painting them a cream color. So far I have 2 and they work so well for nail polish. Before I found my beautiful cabinet, the plan was to find enough spice racks, spray paint them and then hang them on the wall. I will continue to buy old spice racks because I think it’s a great idea and I may sell them with my polish, if I can ever get my on- line store up and running. I’m going to show a picture of what I mean

20120706-233705.jpgthis is in my bedroom where all my polish now lives. . No, your eyes aren’t bleeding,that is just the terrible color pink I have on my walls and have not got around to re-painting that room. All the other rooms have been re done but why is my bedroom always the last to get done? Anyway, as you can see, along with the cabinet I have the 2 spice racks, I’m sure I’ll add a few more here and there, but for the most part I am done organizing my polish and the best part is I have my dining room back! Remember what it looked like before?


20120706-234121.jpgthis is my dining room today. Not a nail polish in sight and I love it that way. I love having my corner china cupboard back for china and some of the chatchkees I found for Jilly but she hasn’t seen them yet. The other thing that is good about my polish collection being housed in my bedroom, is that is the room with the least amount of light, and we all know that light is not friends with your nail polish. Not for the long haul anyway.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to keep calm and paint your nails. ๐Ÿ’…

This chapter of my collection is heavy with gifts from friends. This is why I like this wheel so much, pretty colors, not all the same colors. As you all know I tend to buy the same color over and over again! ๐Ÿ˜
That’s part of why it is so much fun to receive polish from my friends on my birthday. I get different brands that I don’t have access to and I get the best colors this way.

When looking at this wheel of gorgeousness there are a couple of colors that immediately pop, one is from China Glaze For Audrey

The other one is the Pink Sterling Rose from Orly. My friend April sent me quite a few Orly polishes because I told her I didn’t have any Orly. Orly is her favorite brand so she sent me these, along with a couple of others.

My favorites of those is, well, all of them. They are all beautiful. I just took off Fowl Play. I love to wear the Sterling Rose with the Buried Treasue just on each accent nail. Looks so pretty with my rose gold watch and it looks good with MK handbag as well. I also love Go Go Pink from China Glaze. This was purchased with a kit containing the polish, a Seche Vite top coat and a little angel charm. Part of the proceeds went to breast cancer research. I still have the little angel charm on my key chain.



And finally, one of my top 5 polishes of all time would have to be Cords by China Glaze. I like the dirty purple, sandy, goldy color of this polish. As the light hits it goes from an white to dark asphalt color. Just my kind of polish.

    The marathon continues with Part 6 coming soon. You will be amazed and delighted by selections from Model’s Own, CND, a Gosh or 2, and more fabulous polishes you won’t want to miss.
    Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate your support.
    ๐Ÿ’…Remember to Stay Calm and Paint your Nails!

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