Girls Just Wanna…

Have no nail lines. Seriously. Having OCD, I tend to get weird and often silly obsessions. One thing I can’t stand is chipped nails. When I get a chip, I either touch it up or all of the polish is removed. Another is visible nail lines. Makes me insane.  With that said, I want to discuss Deborah Lippmann. Usually her nail polishes are very appealing. The colors are like jewels and I love looking at a Deborah Lippmann display. When I saw Girls Just Want to Have Fun, I believed it was kismet. I love anything coral and Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a beautiful coral creme. Cyndi Lauper is also one of my idols. I swear. Even with all of the orange and pink polishes I have, I needed it. I spent $17 US on nail polish. My name is Jessica and I am a Product Hoochie.

Crush on coral

Crush on coral

My friend, Lindz of Girl in the Glasses, and I were discussing nail polish and she mentioned that she thought some of the Lippmann glitter polishes and metallics are really good. I told her I would send her a few unused bottles. Why, you ask? Because I have a few Lippmann polishes that are less than stellar. (I fully disclosed this to my buddy and she might just have more luck!) Girls Just Want to Have Fun was really a snap decision. I was using a coupon, it caught my eye, and I had my usual “what the heck?” echoing in my head. When I got home that afternoon, I gave myself a manicure and sent Lindz a picture via Facebook. After three coats, I still had visible nail lines. Still. Three coats of $17 nail polish. Talk about waste. We agreed that Lippmann cremes are not the best choice.

Picture I sent Lindz!

Picture I sent Lindz!

Being fair, I gave myself another manicure today. I started with NailTek Foundation II Ridge-Filling Base Coat. A great base coat, it smooths the nails out and is a bit white so color is more vibrant. Then I applied my first coat of Girls Just Want to Have Fun…

Photo taken with flash.

Photo taken with flash.

Now, with one coat of polish, seeing the nail lines is acceptable. Onto coat number two…

With flash!

With flash!

The color gets brighter and the nail lines are less visible but I can still see them. Insert aggravation here. Onto numero tres.

Still flashing.

Still flashing. Pardon the mess.

I still spy nail lines. But at this point, three coats later on a late Friday afternoon, I really have had enough. I need to pee. I need to write this post. I need to live! I applied my favorite Nails Inc. Caviar Top Coat and hope for the best.  And to be fair, here are two more pictures of my complete manicure. I still need to clean them up but you decide if this polish is worth $17 US. I know what I think!

With flash

With flash

Without flash

Without flash

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

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A Mask for Your Fingers

A few days ago, I did a review on a mask from the Face Shop. The Face Shop is a store that was born in Korea in 2003. They have started to make their way over to our shores fairly recently and I paid them a visit. One of the interesting items I found was the Face It 01 Milk Calcium Nail Pack. Basically, it is a mask for your nails and cuticles.  Since I suffer from brittle nails and dry cuticles, I figured I would give it a try. The  Face It 01 Milk Calcium Nail Pack was about $2.00 US and is in a single use packet. It has colostrums, a very nutrient rich protein from milk, that helps to strengthen the nail,

Does a body good.

Does a body good.

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I didn’t know what to expect when I cut open the packet for my right hand. Inside were five cloth caps that your put over your each fingernail. They were all generous in size and there is one for the thumb. I washed my hands and then got to it. Putting them on was a bit messy. They had a lot of serum on them so it was a bit difficult, especially when I started to put the caps on my left hand.

Capped off.

Capped off.

At first I was a little disgusted…

Clearly disgusted.

It was also Saturday morning and only one cup of coffee in.

The nail serum was a bit runny and since the caps were saturated, they were a little drippy. I am glad I decided not to do anything, though the website does mention I can get my hair done, and I sat on my couch for 15 minutes watching mindless TV. Once the 15 minutes were up, I removed the masks and rubbed the extra serum into my nails and cuticles. I have to say that my nails did look better. The cuticle area was very soft and my nails kept some shine, even after washing the dishes. I did buy another nail pack and I will give that a try next week.

Have you ever tried a nail mask before?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I Have A Lot of Beauty Boxes to Recycle

There were more. Trust me.

There were more. Trust me.

And I only mean that after I have opened them and emptied the contents! I got FIVE beauty packages in the mail this week. In this post, we will take a gander at my GlossyBox and Birchbox deliveries. In the next post, we need to discuss the HauteLook Summer Beauty bag and a package all the way from someone Short (and Sweet) in Texas. I will give you a quick rundown of each box and then pick and choose the items I really think you need to know about in future posts.  Here we go!

First up is the July GlossyBox, le Grand Bleu, or the Big Blue, or the Grand Indigo (I made that up.) Very disappointing delivery- probably most disappointing of the lot and there was no magazine! Actually, that’s good news because that means things will be looking up from here. There were five products plus a “bonus.” At $21 a month, I deserve a bonus. Unfortunately, I will not use three of them and only one is a full size product and the cheapest in the box.

Okay, okay, give to my sister, okay, throw in travel bag, give to someone that needs it

Okay, give to Cindy, give to my sister, okay, throw in travel bag, give to someone that needs it

The Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Mask will be used up when I need to deep condition. (Remind me to tell you my Rio acai story sometime. I was fun in my 20s!)  Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel is the third product from the white tea fragrance line. Though I like the scent, enough alread, my friend Cindy likes the smell and just like I passed off the soap to her, she will get the shower gel. Nails Inc. Baker Street Nail Polish may look like a regular bottle but it is small and I know because I already own it. My sister is lucky. That girl ends up with everything. Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Balm Tube is full size and is $9 US. I thought it was an L’Occitane hand cream. Nope. I will use it since I like the way the tube looks. My “bonus” is Nicka K New York Absolute! Make-Up Cleansing towelettes. I have said it before and I will say it again- they sell this brand at my local beauty supply and the make-up runs around $3 US on average. Lastly is the Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum. I rarely get acne and I like my good old tea tree to handle that.  I am not impressed with this month’s selections- they are way too run of the mill and small!

Every year, the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) have the Insiders’ Beauty Awards. Birchbox curated two boxes of winners. They were recently on sale- $26 for both. I thought that was pretty good and had some points left, so I managed to score both for $23.31. I’ll start with the Prestige Headliners – Birchbox for CEW. Originally priced at $18 US, this little box had the stuff you could buy at Sephora or a department store.

Birchbox Presige Box

Birchbox Prestige Headliners

Since there are so many, I’ll list:

-IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil (might be a full size- Sam over at Samandro22 got me into filling in my brows!)

-Living Proof Prime Style Extender (Decent sized tube. Eh.)

-Julep Nail Color in Teri (It’s a full bottle!)

-Julep Essential Cuticle Oil (Another biggie! For my dry cuticles, I need a miracle.)

-Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Triple Defense Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (“Deluxe”Sample)

-La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser, Scented (2 wipes. I’m cool with that.)

Next is the Birchbox for CEW Mass Market Finalists. This box is a treasure trove of drugstore finds and I have only tried two out of the six! Five of the products are full size, making for a great value.

On the cheap.

On the cheap.

-Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment (Sample tube but it should last a bit because you only use a few drops at a time.)

-Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (Love these!)

-L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in #557 Glistening Garnet (I hope it is way better than the Armani Eyes to Kill one I bought.)

-Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream (Full size tube- since I finished my most recent favorite, I will try this next.)

-Nivea A Kiss of Olive OIl & Lemon Moisture Rich Lip Care (Finally! My favorite balm is LaBello- it is Nivea in the States and this flavor is more European!)

-Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On (I love eye rolls…)

What do you think? I have a lot of work ahead of me, huh?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Friday Night Beauty

Welcome to the weekend!  After writing about my husband’s shaving habits yesterday with #hydformen and knowing I have a pretty jammed packed Saturday and a probably busy enough Sunday, I figured tonight I would take care of some grooming. I started off with my eyebrows. I do them myself- I hate getting them waxed and I prefer to pluck and trim them on my own. I start by combing them up so the longs ones stand out and then I trim with an eyebrow scissor by Sally Hansen. Once I am trimmed on top, I pluck the ends with my beloved Tweezerman. My eyebrows have a decent shape so a good clean up every week or so is all I need. I don’t have a uni-brow so I don’t have to deal with it. I might test out some eyebrow powder tomorrow to fill in the sparse spots which I think are more evident in photos or it could just be the fact that I just ignore them.

Giving myself a haircut.

Giving myself a haircut.

Once I was done plucking, I washed my face with my favorite Moody Sisters Foaming Wash and then applied NUXE Paris Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute. (That is missing all sorts of accent marks. Just saying.) It is a 24 hour soothing mask that hydrates skin. Truth is I was afraid to try it. I will now have to buy it. I applied it and left it on for about 40 minutes (The website says ten minutes. Like I ever pay attention. My little sample tube had no instructions.) It smells like oolong tea and jasmine. As it penetrated my face, it got a bit oily so I got a wash cloth and gently removed it. My skin is so soft right now that I might actually have to buy this.

You do want to touch my face. It's a little scary.

You do want to touch my face. It’s a little scary.

My last step was painting my nails. I did go for a manicure and pedicure this week but the polish started to chip and look blah so I took it all off. At least my cuticles look good and my nails kept their shape. I painted on a coat of NailTek Foundation II and then two coats of Revlon Color Stay Longwear Nail Enamel in Trade Winds. On my ring finger, I applied two coats of P2 Sand Style Polish in Strict. (Thanks to Girl in the Glasses!) I love this sand polish because it had a shiny application and I don’t mind it shiny. Then I used Nails Inc. Nail Caviar Topcooat (dries polish in 45 seconds!)  Here is what I got!

Conservative with a little edge.

Conservative with a little edge.

My hubs put on “Battleship.” I figured out the entire plot in the first five minutes (maybe less) and then the whole reason why I would even watch the movie got killed off. Right now, I see water and smoke on my TV screen. And a pretty blonde.

What did you do tonight? I hope you were out and carousing!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I’m a Model. You know what I mean.

Hey dolls! In my last post, I showed you a bunch of cosmetics that my mom and sister bought me while they were in London. Today I have my first review! After reading a bunch of blogs over the past year, I was especially loving Models Own nail polish and super jealous I can’t find it stateside. One of my requests was a Models Own polish, though I wrote “Models Inc.” and eventually realized that was a bad TV show geared toward tweens and teens in the early 90s. Anyway, my sister picked up  Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duo in Utopia Ocean. I gave myself a very quick manicure on Wednesday.

Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duos are dual ended and combine popular colors with popular nail effects. The Paint it! side is the base color and the Cover it! side is the special effects topcoat.

Utopia Ocean- Paint It! in Utopia and Cover It! in Indian Ocean

Utopia Ocean- Paint it! in Utopia and Cover it! in Indian Ocean

I started with a base coat of NailTek Ridge Filling Base Coat Foundation II. My nails are very brittle and can have ridges so this helps smooth them out. I topped off my full manicure with my favorite Nails Inc. London Caviar Topcoat. I put them together in the picture because I have a few photos for you.

From bottom to top.

From bottom to top.

I then did one coat of Utopia on my nails.The color is a light gray but with a bit of lilac so it really doesn’t look like cement- it is softer. It was a little streaky but I was pressed for time and figured the Cover it! side would hide a bit of the streakiness. (Is “streakiness” even a word? It should be!) I gave it a minute or two of dry time and then started to apply the nail effects Cover it! in Indian Ocean. I loved the effect of the topcoat and though it covered a great deal of streaks, I did need to retouch a few nails. Why not do it right the first time, Jessica?!

Left is only Utopia and the right is Utopia with Indian Ocean topcoat

Left is only Utopia and the right is Utopia with Indian Ocean topcoat

They were total Monets- looked good from far away but up close…

Anyhoo, take a look at my thumbnail. Half is just Utopia and the other is Utopia with Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean adds some great shimmer and this picture gives it no justice.

I'm all thumbs.

I’m all thumbs.

I topped my nails with Caviar Topcoat because I have no patience and nails that dry in 45 seconds are my style. Here is the final look. Mind you, I did not clean them up.

Flash on top (Get it? Teehee)

Flash on top (Get it? Teehee) Bottom picture is a bit prudish.

Since it is Saturday, I want to tell you that I did notice a few chips yesterday but not really awful. Besides, I need to get over chipped polish. I really do. It’s terrible.

This is my right hand. My left held up a bit better.

This is my right hand. My left held up a bit better.

Okay, I’ll give you my left!

See?

See?

I love the color of this polish. Shazzer, my sister, and I went to see Cyndi Lauper that same Wednesday and I showed her my manicure. She said, “It is so pretty and caught my eye. I should have bought myself one!”

I think Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duos are really great and offer creative combinations. If you can get ’em, buy ’em!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

GLOSSYBOX and I are Exclusive- Almost.

Hello, gorgeous! I hope the week as treated you well and that the weekend treats you even better. I have some interesting PH news to share. It actually isn’t that interesting but after months of complaining and disappointment, I have cancelled my Birchbox subscription. I really thought about it, considering it has started to get a little better but when I received the email that it would be renewed on July 1st, I took the plunge and bid Birchbox adieu. I would post pictures of some of my monthly boxes but why live in the past? Besides. my ipsy and GLOSSYBOX subscriptions should keep me busy enough. I also decided to keep up with FabFitFun, since the first box was excellent and they only ship four times a year.

And after waiting a looooong month, I did get my June GLOSSYBOX today. Curated by Dallas Shaw, the theme is “American Beauty Box.” (You can read more about Dallas Shaw by visiting her website. I really had no clue about her until I read a bit about her today.) I purchased a six month subscription to GLOSSYBOX for $90 US, which was a decent discount. The June box is better than those I have gotten recently. Are you ready?

Pull tab here.

Pull tab here.

On top is the GLOSSYBOX magazine. I really wish they would save a tree. I always find typos and it takes all of five minutes to read.

Good things come in small packages.

Good things come in small packages.

The box has an illustration by Dallas Shaw and this one might be a keeper. Inside there is an insert with the same illustration, a note, and a listing of products.

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

The body and hair care portion of the box is actually quite nice. First up is c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist (2 oz. bottle, $4 US value): An oil that can be used on the body and the face, it absorbs quickly and leaves a “light, lasting glow.” I am attending a wedding tonight and I will try this out of the shower. (Full Size 8 oz., $8 US).

For my tresses, there is Philip B. Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioner (2 fl oz tube, $8 US) which seems to be a frizz fighting, color saving, heat protector for you tresses. My two ounce tube will come in handy since I am running out of my usual hair cream. It is also a Paraben & Phthalate Free Formula.

I will smell so nice.

I will smell so nice.

I got an email from GLOSSYBOX about two weeks ago stating that some product was unavailable but that there would be a great replacement. I don’t really remember if these Essential Luxuries by Oscar de la Renta are the consolation prize or if it is another product in the box. Whatever the case, I like three out of the six samples. This is Uncle Oscar’s tailored line of six scents that are “imbued with his love of beauty and luxury.” They are: Granada (love it), Oriental Lace (smells divine), Sargasso (I can’t even- delicious), Coralina (yeah, no), Santo Domingo (for those of a certain age), and Mi Corazon (gardenia- a lot of gardenia). A 3.4 ounce bottle of one is $150 US. Pure peanuts in my book, especially if I love it.

Lips and tips weren’t left out either. I have been itching to try SpaRitual Favorites Nail Polish, as it is vegan, certified organic, and made with fair-trade ingredients. Clay Creme was in my box and though I am not particularly fond of the color, it will make for a nice autumn shade. (Full Size bottle $12 US)

Tarte’s Complexion Enhancing Lipstick in Medium to Tan is an interesting addition. I am kind of on the light to medium skintone side, though maybe with a little sun, more medium. I will give this a try in about a week after I get a little more sun (and yes, I use SPF and I never bake myself.) It is a jelly core lipstick in a nude shade that will give the appearance of more youthful lips. I am hoping this works for me because I love a good nude lip. (Full Size Tube $14.50 US).

Lips and my tips!

Lips and my tips!

This month’s GLOSSYBOX retail value is roughly $36 US, which isn’t bad since six months was 90 bucks.

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

I think the lipstick and nail polish are my favorites though the oil and hair cream will be useful. If you would like to try GLOSSYBOX, use my referral code by clicking here.

See you soon!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

E.L.F. Studio Store in NYC!

Last week, I googled E.L.F. cosmetics for no good reason. I soon discovered they opened a store in Greenwich Village. Greenwich Village is in the lower part of Manhattan, not exactly downtown and near SoHo. I have a love/hate relationship with that area now, as it has become very commercialized. It used to be the place to go for vintage clothes at Canal Jeans or one of the other boutiques that offered unique items. I don’t mean to go back in time- we will never get the 90s back (not that everything about the 90s was good.) Anyway, when I heard about the E.L.F. Studio Store, I decided that I could make an exception and go shopping on my old stomping grounds.

My sister and I visited on the Monday of Memorial Day weekend. The store has a cool white facade with black lettering.

Looks very sleek and cool.

Looks very sleek and cool.

Upon entering, we were greeted by a make-up artist that was very helpful. I asked if I could take a few pictures and met with the store manager. She was very accomodating. I explained that this was the “little blog that could” and she laughed and told me to photograph what I needed. I just want to point out that some photos were taken by my sister, Shazzer.

All about eyes!

All about eyes!

I think the store pretty much carried the entire line. Products start at $1 US and I found a few items that ran over $6 US. Most of the E.L.F. Studio range runs between $3 US-$6 US. I picked up some tinted moisturizer and an SPF powder for $6 each and some Long-Lasting Luminous Eye Shadows for $3 each.

Saving Face.

Saving Face.

E.L.F. powders are excellent- especially for the price!

Brushing off on me.

Brushing me off.

I find the E.L.F. Studio Brushes to be good quality for roughly $3 US a piece.

Eye got to have it.

Eye got to have it.

I have been using their Cream Eyeliner for a long time and am very impressed with it and its price tag.

Nailed.

Nailed.

E.L.F. nail polish is 3-Free! Not bad for $2 US.

An array of DIY.

An array of DIY.

There are great pre-made kits you can switch up out of a compact or you can buy eye shadow singles to customize your own palette. Refill pans are $1 US each.

To the moon!

To the moon!

With great palettes with colors that blend together easily,  E.L.F. also carries trendy cosmetics, like moon-baked eye shadow, blush, bronzer, and powder.

Started to get lippy.

Started to get lippy.

Clearly taken by Shazzer, I check out the wide range of lipstick and lip gloss that cost about $3 US each.

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I am clearly concentrating.

I was very happy with the great selection and friendly staff at the E.L.F. Studio Store. Be on the look out for one near you!

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If you were wondering if I got any compensation for the post, that is a no. I spent $52! There will be an additional post on the haul.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Sunday Funday and Brooklyn Make-Up Studio!

It is no secret that I love the local Brooklyn Make-Up Studio. It is a gem in the midst of commercialized beauty- the people that work in the store are not only make-up artists; they know every single product they sell. Every. Single. Product. Stacey Catapano, lead make-up artist, makes sure that her fellow MUAs are comfortable and patient with customers, while providing professional services.

At the end of April. Brooklyn Make-Up Studio hosted a fabulous event for Mother’s Day. I took a few quick snapshots of the event:

Brooklyn Make-Up Studio 447 Avenue P (Bet. East 2nd & 3rd Streets) Gravesend, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Make-Up Studio
447 Avenue P (Bet. East 2nd & 3rd Streets) Gravesend, Brooklyn

There were plenty of goods on hand. Among the Smashbox, Stila, and Too Faced, there were Sweet Treats by Christina, who not only makes beautiful desserts but also makes up beautiful faces.

Sweet Treats!

Sweet Treats!

Someone also brought in these…

Chocolate mousse cones!

Chocolate mousse cones!

A dizzying array of colors greet you in every corner…

Decisions, decisions.

Decisions, decisions. (Photo by Shazzer)

Nailing it!

Nailing it! (Photo by Shazzer)

Start Pouting!

Start Pouting! (Photo by Shazzer)

The studio bustled all day. Makeovers were doled out, along with friendly advice and gifts with purchase.

Looking Fab!

Looking Fab!

I didn’t have time to get made over but I did get a mini-facial with Caudalie products. I left looking refreshed and glowing. I also left with two Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks and Caudalie skincare. More on those another day…

Me in my Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal. I also love Fuchsia Flash.

Me in my Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal. I also love Fuchsia Flash.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, you should pop on by! From lips to tips, the  make-up artists are so welcoming and knowledgeable. You won’t be disappointed!

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For more information about Brooklyn Make-Up Studio, visit their website and their Facebook Page.

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Cupcakes courtesy of Sweet Treats by Christina (Photo by Shazzer)

For Sweet Treats by Christina, check her out here.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Disclaimer: I receive a discount from the Brooklyn Make-Up Studio. The discount has no influence on my review. 

Gucci Goes West

Post #125 already? I can’t believe that I have managed to write 125 posts, 99% about cosmetics. I guess I need to get a hobby… Anyhow, I’ve been getting a lot of make-up mail lately- a free deluxe sample of Bobbi Brown mascara, three Catrice eyeshadows from the lovely Sonia at Sweet MakeUp Tempations, an ipsy bag, and two deliveries from BirchBox. Today, I received the Revlon Edition from totalbeauty collection. It was $15.00 US and in it are four full size Revlon products from the Pacific Coast Collection by Gucci Westman. Considering most Revlon products run anywhere from $7.49 US- $14.00 US, this seemed to be a good deal. My sister, that lucky girl, is getting one, too.

The dress is a little Rainbow Brite, no?

The dress is a little Rainbow Brite, no?

I’ll keep the post brief, as I am half watching “Hannibal” and half pretending to be an FBI agent typing some top secret documents. (I’m fortunate to have a fabulous imagination. Who needs Calgon?)

FBI agent in 1939

FBI agent in 1939 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love Emma Stone and am happy that she is the spokeswoman. Something about her just seems, I don’t know, familiar? She is attractive but I really don’t feel she follows the Hollywood standard of beauty. She could be my friend.

She looks snazzier than usual here.

She looks snazzier than usual here.

The pamphlet has instructions for four looks. I photographed two. I rarely ever use these but I think I should try one. We’ll see how inspired I feel this week.

I always wanted to look like a surfer girl.

I have always wanted to look like a surfer girl.

The Revlon Colorstay palette in #585 Sea Mist has four shades: a light shimmery peach, dark amethyst, a blue shimmer shadow that errs on gray, and the green, a sparkling emerald.

The polish is Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in #320 Trade Winds. I happen to like this polish, as it does last. I just threw out the base coat, too, because it was old. Le sigh.

I will be beach ready. Not that I wear make-up to the beach.

I will be beach ready. Not that I wear make-up to the beach.

I also received two Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in #047 Pink Lemonade, a light pink and #053 in Sorbet, a bright pink. People love the Lip Butters, as do I, and the colors are sheer yet can be layered for more pigmented glossy goodness.

Like Lip Buttah!

Like Lip Buttah!

That’s all I got for now. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY as the PRODUCT HOOCHIE.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Watch out, Walgreens! Here I come!

Walgreens

Walgreens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love Walgreens. I have loved it since I was a kid. Going to Walgreens for an errand with my grandparents was always a treat. Sick, I know, but we didn’t have them in NYC 20 years ago. Now, they are everywhere. I managed to catch a few good buys this past week and I want to share them with you.

Drugstore brands can be excellent, too.

Drugstore brands can be excellent, too.

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Colour in Starfish: My initial experience with the Sinful Colors line was not good. The polishes were streaky and they never would dry to a glossy shine. I recently purchased three new colors, Starfish being the most recent, and the formula is way better. Starfish is a cool dusty pink that errs on a light violet. I did my manicure on Tuesday or Wednesday and am just finding some tip-wear now. It is a great $1.99 US bargain. (My accent nail is a the new Julie Gumdrop polish. )

The only sin about this color is it is too pretty.

Maybe it’s purple.

Wet n Wild Color Wave Mini Nail Color Collection: There are six mini Wild Shine Nail Colors that range from pale pink to pink punch and a glittery topcoat. Wild Shine is the .99 cents polish line for WnW. The set is $3.99 US and there was a version with blue shades. I find that Wild Shine can turn up a bit flat but it is nothing a topcoat won’t fix.

Pretty in Pink!

Pretty in Pink!

Keeping with the Wet n Wild Trend…

Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet: Another pouty pink to add to my collection, the Fergie Collection lipsticks are great. They are way more moisturizing than the MegaLast lipsticks. I do find the colors to be a bit more edgy and the range is a bit small. This does not mean the lipstick isn’t fantastic. Walgreen’s had a display that read the price was $3.49 US a tube. When I got to the register, I was charged $3.99. More on that in a second…

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss in Pleasing Plum & Ruby Indulgence: My sister bought me one of these last year. We really like them- they apply like a gloss and stain the lip. The stain gloss has a bit of shine and is a little sheer.  They are not as drying as a regular stain BUT not as long lasting. I still love the way they look. Unfortunately, these were “Last Chance” and 50% off, which means they are either just changing the colors or getting rid of the entire line. I paid $4.99 US per tube.

I will be sad to see the stains go!

I will be sad to see the stains go!

Now, onto the Walgreens debacle…

I recently had a problem in two local Walgreens. Both had to do with Wet n Wild cosmetics. Basically, a store display had one price (which was cheaper) but when the product was scanned, it came up as 50 cents more. 50 cents isn’t a lot of money and I let the cashier know and she easily fixed it. The second time it happened, I didn’t bother and took pictures of the price display.

I see $3.49. I was charged $3.99. There was no Walgreens' sticker with the new price.

I see $3.49. I was charged $3.99. There was no Walgreens’ sticker with the new price.

And then I called the customer service number on the website. Actually, I emailed them first and never heard back. I spoke with a very nice woman that did look up my email and she had to “escalate” the message since no one got back to me in two days.

I did get $1 US off. The lipstick cost $2.99 US with the discount.

I did get $1 US off. The lipstick cost $2.99 US with the discount.

About 30 minutes later, I got a call from the first store with an apology but I never heard from the second store. I am sure I won’t but I am happy that one store realized their mistake. I just don’t want anyone to purchase a product and over-pay. So buyer beware! Keep a mindful eye on the cash register and what you pay for the items you purchase. We already spend too much for products!

Keep Calm and Primp On! XOXO