Bling Bling Mani

Sally Beauty is well known for their clearance sales. But when I shop I usually wait till the big sales when all clearance goes to an additional 50% off. Oh yeah, they had one just last weekend and I picked up way too much stuff, but it was hard to resist when I was paying around $2 a bottle for Orly and China Glaze. It’s quite a savings. And it was old collections that they can’t be bothered with or aren’t made anymore.

So I want to show you a mani I did with two of the colors I picked up from the sale. I really should say a pedi, please don’t squeal if you don’t like toes. I’ll try not to be offensive! 🙂

I’ve been finding myself drawn to golden polishes more and more. I spotted Orly Glitz on the sale table and immediately grabbed it. My bottle simply says Glitz, but I think it’s called Glitz & Glamour from the 2010 Holiday collection, while Glitz is from their permanent collection. So I am confused by that one and don’t really know for sure. Just suffice it to say if you come across either – BUY it! This is just one coat of Glitz as my base color.

And the layering polish is China Glaze Electrify from the Hunger Games (nope never read it or saw it) Collection. I love the red and gold glitter in this one. And these two polishes together do not disappoint. My toes look like they glow. Since I’m a South Florida girl and nearly live in open toed shoes, I’ve had a lot of excitement from this combo when people see my toes! I love them together and how they really bring out the bling in each other. I can’t wait to try them as a mani when I have something happening where I really want to draw attention to me! Hahahaha

 

Hope I didn’t scare you off too bad with a toe picture. If you already own these polishes try putting them together and let me know how you like the combination!

Love that International Swap!

 

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I was involved with two international swaps last month and they were both so amazing! One was from Brazil (oolala) and the other was from the UK (yummy). Both ladies are super super super(!) sweet and are two of the best swappers I’ve ever met. Even though I sent what they asked for I feel that my boxes to them were so inadequatre compared to what I received from them! I’m waiting to hear back from both of them because I cannot believe that my boxes didn’t get to them yet. In both swaps we each shipped to each other on the same day. I just hope they are as happy with what they got as I am with what I got. If they aren’t, trust me I have no problem sending them moar! LOL

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So from Alice in the UK, and what started our whole swap was that awesome Max Factor Fantasy Fire! When I asked her what she would like and sent her my swap list, she said “All of it” (haha not quite), so I had to get busy finding other things I’d like to get from her. Since I’m not extremely familiar with UK brands except the MF, Gosh and Models Own, she gave me some ideas and what great ones they were! I also got MF Graffiti, Blue Odyssey, and Moon Dust; Models Own Gold Rush and Mixed Up; 17 Fury, Revenge, Sulk; Gosh Purple Heart, and she gifted me with George U the Sea and MUA Shade 10. Everything is so rich and gorgeous looking. From looking at all this it’s pretty obvious I’m not really into cremes! Yes the Max Factor are little, you can see all four of them in my hand.

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My swap from Brazil was already predetermined on the Hits! Heck yeah I knew I wanted some of those after seeing everybody’s beautiful swatches all over the internet! Glitter Forte, Unconventional, Artsy, Cutie Pie, Hestia, Apolo, Dionisio, Hefesto, Atena, and Zeus. What a gorgeous selection of polishes they are! But wait, there’s more! Ludurana Aurora Boreal; Rivka Carrie and Ellen Gold Cinza Chumbo (I love that name!), Prata, Roxo, Vermelho, and Rosa. She also got me 2 lovely bracelets, a convertible shopping bag and since I already carry several on my purse you’d think she read my mind! Carolina also gave me darling little note cards, emery boards (with cats and cheeta prints), and the neatest stamping plate with hearts, cats, teddys, dogs, bunnies, and other cute symbols on it.

These girls really made my collections come alive! I don’t know that I’m really a person with lots of lemmings, but if I was, they certainly filled those spots! And I also got a bottle of Savvy polish (from Sally’s) that my good friend Jane gave me when we went out to dinner the other night. She said, Well it was purple and all the Savvy are now 99c, so I bought them for you, my daughters, myself. Hmmmm Jody, now I’m starting to sound like you! LOL Yep, we converted another one ladies! Welcome to our Polish Kingdom, right?

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All of the international polishes were pretty small actually! The smallest were the Max Factor which are 4.5ml. The rest ranged in size from 6ml for The Hits, MUA, and maybe George to 8ml for 17, Ludurana, and Gosh. The largest were the Rivka at 10ml, Ellen Gold at 12ml, and Models Own at 14ml.

So what swaps have you done lately? For a couple of international ones (I have done two with Australia previously – oh yeah – Glitter Gals and Ozotics), I am really beyond words at how gorgeous their polishes are. Who is with me in thinking US makers need to step up their game?