Monday, September 10, 2012

And I had been doing so well....

I had every intention of going to the fabric store today and picking up some interfacing, plus maybe 2 or 3 remnants, if anything was calling my name.  I succeeded perfectly in that.  I went to JoAnn and got a bolt of interfacing as well as 3 remnants, and didn't even bother to look at much else.

However, on the way there, I remembered that I had $6 of reward money to use at Rite Aid.  So what did I do?  I proceeded to spend about $35 there in addition.  I like most everything that I got.  I'll definitely use it. But I didn't want to spend that much.  I even convinced myself to put back several items that are in their respective brands' permanent lines, because I can always come back for them later.

But this is ridiculous.  Sure, I now do a lot better at controlling my spending than I used to.  Before I wouldn't have thought twice about having gone out and bought all of this, and then I'd do it again later in the week, too.  But I don't want to be like that anymore.  I want to be able to like a bunch of things, and then just pick out a couple things I really like.

Anyway, I do like what I got, and I was really excited to show it, but apparently my camera isn't so great at photographing certain nail polishes.  I already have at least one, if not two, more posts in mind regarding my thoughts on my spending habits, as well as possibly another post about a few other things I've bought, but I'm not sure I want to go back to posting everything I buy (on here or on Youtube) because that seems to give me problems.  So for now, here are pictures!

Bio-Oil on clearance for $2.99, since my local Rite-Aid is currently remodeling.  I've been wanting to try it out for my acne scarring for a while, but it's so expensive normally.

I found the Prestige My Longest Lashes mascara in the clearance bin for $1.87 and decided to give that a try.  After I purchased one of the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows in Barely Beige, I fell in love with it and had to go back and get two more.  They were BOGO 50% off, and $5 back if you spent $15, which was why I bought the next two items....

I've also been wishing I had a more taupey version of Revlon's Gold Coin.  One of the nail polishes from the limited edition collection, Metal Icon, looked nice for that.  The other color I got was Wine & Dined, as a less expensive substitute for Shoot for the Maroon from Nicole by OPI.  I like these colors a lot, but I'm terribly disappointed in the formula.  I'd talked to someone who said that although the colors in the LE collection were nice, they were very sheer, and for some reason I didn't listen to her and got these anyway.  After several coats, they do indeed look very nice, but for being such dark colors, they are much more sheer than I'd like.  The regular price is only $3.99, though, so BOGO, these were $6 for both.

These two were just about as hard to photograph as all the others.  I'm attracted to anything glittery, so I picked up the bottle of In a Flurry from the Sally Hansen Insta Dry line.  Unfortunately, it was love at first sight, and I paid the regular price of $4.95 for it.  Same with the Sinful Colors Sinfully Magnetic (presumably a new line.  First time I've seen it, anyway) in Polar Opposites.  I've shied away from buying magnetic polishes recently, as I've purchased two colors each from two separate brands and been disappointed with the results for the price.  However, for $4.99, I figured even if this one was a flop on the magnetic part, it was still a very interesting polish.  Metallic silver with iridescent blue-green glitter in it.

Finally, two colors that I'm somewhat disappointed in, one of which I may return (more on that below), Petites Color Fever in Zodiac and Wizard.

Swatches of the nail colors.  From left to right, on the bottom row, Zodiac, Wizard, Metal Icon, Wine & Dined, In A Flurry, and Polar Opposites.  Zodiac was disappointing because of how sheer it went on.  It took 3 coats to get it anywhere near opaque, but it's a very nice color, and unlike anything I have.  Wizard may be going back, because it looked like a purple with gold-green shimmer in the bottle, yet went on almost exactly the color of Bronze Ablaze from Sally Hansen (pictured above it), just slightly more glittery.  In A flurry looks like the Autumn and Winter cousin of my all time favorite happy nail polish, Kendall on the Katwalk, from the Kardashian collection (Nicole by OPI, pictured above it).  Rather than the green, blue, and purple glitter in a bright blue jelly base, they're in a navy blue-black base, which gives an entirely different effect.  Polar Opposites was a happy surprise.  Not only did the magnetic effect work well, it also was very opaque and easy to apply.  We'll see how it does on the nails, but I liked it while swatching, and hope it will live up to this first impression.

Finally, here are my fabric remnants.  I buy a lot of neutrals and solids to pair with brights and patterns I've already got for making bags.  I may at some point decide to try selling these bags again, but for now I'm just experimenting with new designs and seeing where that goes.

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