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The Dollar Tree Pillage*

Posted by manicuremania on December 5, 2009

Is it crazy that when I get new polish I cannot wait to get home and post pictures of the bottles? I think yes.

So anyway. I’ve always haunted Dollar Tree stores to see if they have any good old polishes, but I’ve never found any, like ever. But, Collette inspired me with her enormous Dollar Tree haul the other day, so I got down to business today.

I hit 3 Dollar Trees before I ran out of steam, and the only one that really had anything was the first (really, really big) one. I might try a couple more stores that I know of, pretty soon, but they’re kinda small stores and I now figure that it must be the bigger stores with the nice polishes. I shall keep looking though, because I know there are more that I want – I only found two of the mattes, which is just not going to work for me.

OK, so this is what I got. With the exception of a couple of the striper poolishes, these all came from the first store I went to. The cashier seemed suspicious when I brought all these to be rung up. She asked what we were “up to,” and somehow didn’t believe me when I said I was a collector!

OK, so the stripey polishes – Art Deco by L.A. Colors – awesome!!!!! I only had a few before this. And now eleven more! I got every one they had:

  • yellow: my dad declared this one “ugly” but he approved of all the pinks
  • bright green
  • green glitter
  • blue glitter
  • intense pink
  • bright orange
  • red glitter
  • silver glitter
  • baby pink
  • black
  • magenta

I managed to only get one dupe! OK but oddly…I have already broken two of these since I’ve been home with them tonight – one just by knocking it onto its side on my desk – the bottles just snapped apart at the necks! Weird?

And now the polishes!!! Every one is by Maybelline, and here they are again, unboxed, because I’m excited about them!

First, let’s talk about their existence at the Dollar Tree. OK, these all (except for Red Comet) seem to be normal, non-boxed polishes that were repackaged in generic Maybelline wrapping specifically for the Dollar Tree.

And…I think they are OLD, right? I keep a fairly close eye on nailpolish displays, and I don’t really remember any of these in the past few years. Plus some of them have price tags on them from other stores:

How long has it been since A) Maybelline nailpolish was under $3…or heck, under $4! and B) since stores used sticky price tags instead of scanners???? I found a reference on one blog saying that the matte collection is from the late ’90s, and I feel like that’s gotta be about right for a lot of these. Cool!!!!!!

OK, and now on to the polishes themselves. There were tons more than the ones I got, but no interesting colors besides these – just a ton of pinks, mauves, and reds. I…pretty much got every interesting color I could get my sweaty little hands on. And I’m pretty sure I squealed a lot. And there was jumping.

The mattes:

I so need to find the rest of the matte collection! I love that the trend of giving matte polishes matte bottles has kept up in the present day – it’s so cute!

  • Matte Red
  • Matte Gold

The aluminums:

Now, these look verrrrrry interesting. They seem to be very opaque with lots of tiny silver shimmer. Again, I’ll be on the lookout for the rest of these. The ones I found are mostly different shades of purple.

**edit** ok, I was going through and shaking all the bottles and adding thinner where needed, and I discovered that the aluminums aren’t glittery after all – once they’re all shaken up, they’re more of a metallic shimmer. The glitter seems to have…clumped up with age? They’re not quite as cool anymore!!!

  • Violet Aluminum
  • Plum Aluminum
  • Lime Aluminum
  • Purple Aluminum
  • Bronze Aluminum

The glitters!:

  • Shooting Stars: silver glitter and blue bar glitter – AWESOME
  • Red Comet: OMG this one is so bright and gorgeous! Notice the unusual label on it…
  • Bronze Beam: surprisingly pretty for a brown, lots of glitter
  • Night Affair: I feel like a polish with this name should be blue, not red
  • Purple Comet
  • Twinkle Twinkle: I have heard that this is somewhat close to Essie Starry Starry Night, which I will toooootally never own, so yay!!! I’m excited about this one, it’s so pretty!

The random colors:

  • City Slick: I adore all gray polishes.
  • Indigo Chic: looks like Twinkle Tinkle without the glitter
  • Blue Chill
  • Mod Mauve: boring, but this kind of mauve is right up my alley
  • Ruby Desire
  • Khaki Fringe: very unusual color!
  • Purple Rage

More randoms:

  • Santa Fe
  • Fuchsia Comet: pretty pink glitter!
  • Orange Water: this will be horrible, but it’s cool! Nice concept but probably not the best idea really.
  • Taupe Tulle: this came in a two pack with Fuchsia Comet, which I really wanted

Overall, I’m very very, verrrrrry pleased with all of these! Now I just have to figure out where the heck to PUT them!

Now I need to go get out my polish thinner and limber up my fingers to add all of these to my polish spreadsheet. Oh god, and type out labels, and swatch them on my nail wheels, and FIND A PLACE TO PUT THEM

*Credit for the title goes to the boyfriend – he was nice enough to hold a basket and wait patiently while I looked through every single polish in the store, and he also pretty much managed to keep his appalled-ness in check. AND THEN he took me to a second Dollar Tree!


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Today’s Plunder, Part One

Posted by manicuremania on December 5, 2009

From Ross:

Nothing much interesting at Ross last night, but I did pick up this Elf Jewel Tones set.

  • Dark Navy
  • Royal Purple
  • an irritatingly unnamed polish: Well it looks stupid anyway, grrrr! Maybe the sticker fell off.

From Sallys:

  • Fingerpaints Decked WIth Dazzle
  • Orly Iron Butterfly
  • Orly Solid Gold
  • Orly Glam Rock

I was going to only get Decked With Dazzle, but when I plopped my stuff down on the counter to check out, I noticed the display of the new Orly matte metals next to the register, and my hand just swooped out and grabbed them all at once! I hadn’t realized this collection was out yet, it looks verrrrrry interesting to me.


  • Irene
  • Veruschka: gorgeous, I can’t wait to try this one
  • Kate: Pretty!
  • Suvi
  • Sunny: odd color…sort of a shimmery orangy pink
  • Midori: My only Green Friday dupe

Zoyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaa! This is my Green Friday order. I was sooo wiped out from all the other online shopping I’d been doing for the past couple of days that I pretty much just picked three random polishes to get my free greens. The other two greens are backordered.

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Randomness pt 2

Posted by manicuremania on November 25, 2009

So I found a theme! It is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. Every other WP theme I’ve tried has been modifiable, but only through editing the PHP and CSS files. And I can do that…but I’m uncomfortable making large changes to someone else’s code, it would take forever unless I built it from scratch myself and knew where everything was and how it was specified…and yeah actually, that would still take forever!

But then I found Atahualpa. Crazy name, but OMIGOODNESS. There are options to edit the theme directly from the WP admin panel. Like, a LOT of options. In fact it’s so thorough that so far, I haven’t found anything that I want to change and can’t. I have not once had to edit a php or CSS file (and I don’t think I would anyway, I suspect making random changes under the hood could really screw this up). It is amazing and awesome. LOOK AT THIS!!!!!

OK, so in nail news, I went to Rite Aid today to pick up a few things. Since when did Rite Aid start selling Sinful Colors? I thought that was a Walgreen’s brand.

I guess I was in a sort of neutral  color mood, huh?

  • Wet n Wild Craze in Shield and Goldmine
  • Sally Hansen Opulent Cloud
  • Wet n Wild Flirt Gumdrop

And also I saw these and couldn’t resist because I can’t figure out how they could possibly work, or even really what they’re supposed to do. And fromt he small amount of testing I’ve done with them so far…my suspicion was right, they’re crap.

Oh, and I am so all over the Zoya Green Friday promotion this week. If Zoya continues to give me free stuff, I might go broke, though. 😀

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another haul

Posted by manicuremania on November 12, 2009

OMG, this weekend I had such a good nailpolish shopping day! At Ross, I found this:

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It is way too big for my light box, but. Color Club! In a STORE!!!! I’ve never seen that before and I think I did a little happy dance right there in the aisle! I always hear about people finding stuff like this in these little discount stores, but I’ve never had the chance to experience it myself before, it is awesome!

Pretty, huh?

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The individual polishes don’t have labels on them, which is annoying. I wonder if that’s normal? Or if it’s a Ross thing somehow?

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But, I was able to overcome that problem:

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Pretend you don’t see the numbers at the bottom, that’s just part of my crazy organizational system. That’s for a future post!

I also found some other stuff which I may use for a giveaway or a gift at some point…I just couldn’t resist buying it! Color Club! IN A STORE!

OK, and then at Ulta I got Russian Navy Suede. I don’t have much interest in the normal version, or in the matte version, but I’ve been drooling over the suede collection for a while now.

russian navy

Also at Ulta, a few clearance Essies: two (Soiree Mauve and Big Bag Theory) that just seemed like pretty enough colors, and also Sag Harbor which I’ve actually been wanting. I have to say, the Essie bottles are kind of adorable.

essie haulYay, a good polish shopping day! It was very exciting!

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Posted by manicuremania on November 6, 2009

Haul posts are pretty boring I know, but I enjoy them anyway. When I get a bright shiny new pile of polish I can’t very well wear them all at once, but I have to do SOMETHING with them!! So I take pictures and post them on the internet. 😀


Orly Pixie Dust – I’ve been wanting this forrrrrrever! My Sally’s never had it.

China Glaze Emerald Dream – I was desperate to not miss this one, it’s limited edition, right?

China Glaze 2Nite – I adore holos!

Orly Smudge Fixer – I intend to try it for some gradients soon.

The charm on the Orly is pretty cute I guess:


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Small Haul

Posted by manicuremania on October 18, 2009

I picked up some polishes this weekend!

From Sally’s:

  • sallysChina Glaze Flying Dragon
  • China Glaze Strawberry Fields
  • Orly Blue Suede
  • Nina Ultra Pro Leaf Me Alone
  • Nina Ultra Pro In A Tiff

Still didn’t manage to hit the $25 mark for the 15% off coupon next month, but I’m kinda OK with that because I think that except for basics like files and Orly basecoat, I’m kinda done with Sally’s. I mean, the selection of polishes is so very limited, and I’ve pretty much gotten the ones I really want…I think I’ll have to get the rest of the China Glazes that I’ve been wanting online. Plus, my Sally’s never seems to have the new collections that I keep hearing about other people getting in there. Like, I STILL haven’t seen Orly Pixie Dust. Also, WTF is up with the China Glaze Matte Magic? I went in there prepared to buy it but…it’s $6 for a MINI?????????? I can stick with Matte About You, thank you!

From Walmart:

  • walmartPure Ice Kiss Me Here (I adore gray polishes)
  • Pure Ice Cheatin (damn damn damn, this is a dupe)
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear In The Navy
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Deep Purple

From the Halloween Store:

  • halloweenFantasy Makers Black Magic (had planned to pass on this one, but I weakened)

I also got something else fabulous in the Halloween store, plus I recieved my awesome package from Sasse, coming in future posts!

I’ve got lots of plans for posts coming up, I just hope to be able to find the time to actually do them soon! My nails have been neglected lately. I’m also totally behind on organizing, I’ve got polishes everywhere, tried polishes mixed up with new ones, and none of the new ones have been catalogued. 😦

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Mini Haul

Posted by manicuremania on October 3, 2009

You know, I should really stop making impulse polish buys, seriously. Every time I go in a store, I pick up a couple of bottles that catch my eye, and it’s silly! I mean, if I took the money I spent on random Target polish I could make a big order at an online nail supply, and get some of the polishes I’ve been drooling over for months!! I have never really made a big online multi-brand polish purchase before, because I feel weird about spending enough on polish to make it worth it with shipping – sure, China Glaze is ~$3 at head2toebeauty, but with ~$10 shipping, I’d have to buy quite a few bottles to make the actual price of each bottle less than I could get it at a local Sally’s. It is a dilemma!!

Anyway, here’s what I got in Walmart today when I was supposed to be getting groceries:

haul5Pure Ice Busted and Cheatin, and Sally Hansen White On and Rockstar Pink. Busted looks SO PRETTY!!!! And I’m always on the lookout for glitters in a clear base, for layering.

And this is what I got in the Dollar Store, which happens to be right next to Walmart:

haul jewels 5Sticky nail jewel designs and rhinstones!

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