Friday, August 13, 2010

Hi there sweetie darlings! I hope your day is going well, and you are healthy and happy.

I am so tired because of moving, and not only that I have been averaging about three or four hours of sleep. It is a long story, but once I start a pattern of not sleeping it takes a while to alter it. One good thing is I got a free night at a Hilton ($119 + tax), plus the $40 breakfast buffet and $19 parking because there were parties in the suites above us for two nights running. I complained multiple times and the parties were evicted,on Saturday night around 1am or so. I was so upset and tired I was having heart palpitations.

I discussed this situation with the hotel management and received the free comps as a result of asking politely and appropriately dramatizing my distress and unhappiness. Because I saved so much dough, my husband agreed to allow me a shopping spree, so I didn't actually "save" any money, in fact it cost him some more ; ) So it could be worse!
I got a bunch of Bobbi Brown Makeup plus the free gift Nordstroms was giving away. Basically I spent $170 and got about "$340 worth" (debatable) of stuff. Oh and I found a dress on sale at Anthropologie half price in my fave color ORANGE! I bought it to go out with my husband's new boss and his boss' boss. But it fell through, so all that hard shopping was kind of a waste, except my husband liked the dress so much I got to keep it Yaay!

And best of all my dears, I bought MORE nail polish at Claire's!! I got two more MOOD polishes! I also bought a cool layered polish, but I am not so sure about using it. Yes, I have acquired what we can call a "shopping mania". It is beginning to abate now that I am home. On to pictures of my first MOOD polish. This stuff is SO FUN!





Today I have pictures of Bored/Excited Mood Polish by Claire's. Orange is my favorite color, and coral is close enough. Here is a shot of what this polish looks like most of the time. Bored, the warm color is a beautiful shade of pale peach. Excited, the cool color, is a scrumptiously tasty coral shade, which is the personality you see when you look at the bottle. I loved this glass work of art so I thought I would add my artistic touch to it.


Here is the warm personality, bored. It changes quickly from one color to the other. Now here is the cool personality, excited!!!!



Now here I played with polish and warmed my tips on my coffee cup and did a reverse from the normal appearance.


And for the piece de resistance,

I got bored with plain mood polish, and stroked on some string glitter from Sally Hansen and went to The Wedge, a world class surf spot. I had my toes in the sand and it felt sooooooooo good. You can see I was cold because of my polish color. The weather in California along the coast has been "terrible" because it hasn't warmed up much. Local beach goers were complaining. I tried not to crack a smile.
Yesterday, after our return home, our town had a record high of 102 degrees. It was so humid and hot I could not stay outside for more than three minutes at a stretch. After 11 days in paradise, I am sooo not liking this heat! I can't wait to pack up and get out of here.
My computer is getting packed up on Sunday. Then it will be about one week until we get to where we are going. Then the movers should show up shortly thereafter. I won't be blogging as much as I would like, but I will try to sneak in a post or two.
Next I will post pictures of Claire's Mood Polish shades confident/peaceful (teal) and wild/calm (purple). I am wearing the purple today and it is very lovely, maybe the best of all the three, though it is hard to pick a favorite among these, they are so gorgeous and fun.
Oh, and the product I tried at the bridal show is by BEAUTICONTROL. There is a spa quality hand scrub and a lotion. The scrub is called Show of Hands instant manicure. The brochure for the scrub says, "No time for professional manicures? Get an instant manicure and younger looking hands and cuticles with Show of Hands. Busy women love it." "See and feel an immediate difference". I can verify that this works as it states, my hands actually look and feel better and possibly even younger after one scrub treatment. It is Dead Sea salt (to remove dead skin) and moisturizing natural oils such as tea tree , avocado, macadamia, safflower and orange. The lotion is called REGENERATION Extreme Repair. A little dab after the Show of Hands and your hands really are smoother and softer. I was given samples by a representative named Kathy Misich, who is a delightful and generous person. Hi Kathy and thank you! The website listed on the sample is http://www.beautipage.com/
I can highly recommend these items and will be purchasing them in the future. I get no compensation for this review, these samples were provided to me for free.
Happy hands and polish to you today!






Monday, August 9, 2010

Update-on House Hunting Trip

Whew, what a week. I am now in California, after a hectic ten days of travel planning, traveling and house hunting we have just signed on the dotted line and I have a new home for my nail polish. Now to just arrange for the inconsequential things to be moved, all the other household goods.

Upon my return home, I anticipate a wonderful gift to be waiting for me from the lovely lady author of R3daily, joria2006 on MUA. To my extreme delight, I won first prize in her amazing "cleaning out my polish" giveaway. Among others, I will be getting a Zoya polish, which I am particularly excited about, as it will be my very first. There are many others, which you can see on her blog at http://www.r3daily.com/2010/07/cleaning-out-my-polish.html. I am so excited about this development, I am a bit overwhelmed with desire to try them ALL as soon as possible!!! Thank you joria2006! You are too sweet and generous for words.

On a different and equally exciting note, I met a lovely lady here at my hotel during a bridal planning and show event. I don't have a wedding date, as I am married already, however I heard there were cake samples and giveaways. Since I am on a lucky streak lately, I tried my luck. For a $10 ticket price I was granted entree to the ballroom with displays of various wedding services. The only giveaways I saw at first were a pen, a lollipop and a $25 basket of Mary Kay, which I don't think I won or I would have heard. I went late at 2:45, they were already packing up because the attendance was bad and I was about to ask for a refund until I met Kathy. Kathy was a breath of fresh air, and she offered to demonstrate a product which is like an instant spa for your hands.

She had no trouble persuading me to scrub my hands with a fragrant salt scrub, and instructed me to especially rub it around my cuticles. My skin has been terrible lately, so dry it was cracking and painful. It was healing, but after she washed away the scrub with a pitcher of water my hands felt like silky buttery velvet. My mouth was gaping when I felt how soft and wonderful they felt. Then she gave me a little hand lotion to use as well. Just a small half inch out of a tube and it covered my hands and they felt so great it was amazing. The softness stayed all day through multiple hand washings. She provided me with samples of each product, and I will be posting more detail on this product with pictures.

I want to post her information , once I am back home I will get her name and website on here very soon.

I am wearing Claire's mood polish (bored/excited) on my trip. It chipped after two or so days even with topcoat, but it is so much fun to watch the colors change it doesn't bother me. I have had several people notice the unusual look to the peach/coral french type manicure. The Nordstroms' clerks freaked out and said they were going right over to Claire's on their breaks to buy the polishes which were bogo half off. So that is two for $7.50. Not too shabby for two bottles of fun multicolor ever-changing polish. I will post pictures once I get back to my home computer on Thursday or Friday, depending on my exhaustion quotient. Which I will say is quite high at this moment.

Tomorrow I "have" to go shopping for a new dress to wear to dinner with my hubby's new bosses, so I need to look just right. I am also getting my makeup done at the Bobbi Brown counter, and that is super fun. I had it done for the first time earlier this week and I looked good, or that is what a couple of guys said ; ) But one was trying to sell me something.

I can't wait to get home, I miss my furry children, my polishes and my computer. I have a couple of weeks of major upheaval, with movers coming, but once I get into the groove here I will be back into doing my nails and posting the pictures more frequently because I am really having fun doing this and expressing my love of art and nails together with you.

Nail polish tip for air travelers: Wrap your polish bottles in individual plastic wrap or a baggies inside your carry on quart bag you are allowed, or they may leak all over your other liquids. I learned this the hard way, fortunately my culprit was just an old clear double duty base and topcoat, but it was sure messy and smelly, and it ruined the appearance of some of my items, clouding clear plastic and removing chrome finish from a perfume roll on top. I guess you could also put the bottles in checked bags with your clothes, but make sure they are very well closed and tightly sealed so you can keep your clothing from ruin and your nails pretty at all times on travel. Who wants to be chipping when you are "tripping"?

Happy polishing!