My fun trip to Walgreens

22 Apr

Sinful Colors from Walgreens I heard through the grapevine that Sinful Colors polish was $.99 this week at Walgreens.  Sinful Colors is a brand I stayed away from for a while despite the fun, colorful store display because at $2.00 a bottle normally I assumed it was cheap, and therefore, crummy.  When I heard others start recommended it a while back, I figured why not try it?  So I picked up a few shades at Walmart and realized it was pretty nice after all.  I’ve picked up a couple here and there since then and wanted a few more, but heard about the sales Walgreens occasionally has, so I held out.

Until today.

And thanks to the Walgreens Balance Rewards program, I got all these colors for a grand total of $4.60.


Told you it was a fun trip.

I actually pulled out my phone and looked up what colors I already had because I wanted to make sure I didn’t buy duplicates, and this made the sweet little older lady working the cosmetics counter curious.  She asked what I was picking them out for.

“Um. . . me.”

Then, I guess thinking she was being helpful she suggested that if any of them seemed a little too thick, I could add a few drops of polish remover to the bottles to thin them out.

Now, I’m no polish expert (yet!), but I want to tell you and anyone who will listen not to add polish REMOVER to a bottle to thin it out.


You hear me?

There are products made specifically for thinning out polish, special products that aren’t designed to dissolve polish like remover does, okay?

Stuff like this:

Polish Thinner, Sally Beauty Supplysource

Stuff you can pick up at Sally Beauty Supply.

Or Target.

Or, uh .  .  .  WALGREENS.

*cough cough*

And I guess someday when I’m a little old lady working behind the cosmetics counter at Walgreens I’ll be able to share my wisdom with clueless polish buyers as well, but I’ll actually know what I’m talking about.

What I wore today (for the last time)

13 Apr


  • Cardigan:  Target
  • Sequin tee:  Kohl’s
  • Skirt:  Talbots
  • Shoes:  Guess
  • Necklace:  Judith Ripka

Well, this skirt had a pretty good run, didn’t it?  From what I can tell I’ve had it for a couple of years now.  Today I snagged it in not one, but two different places, and after attempting to put all the threads back where they belong, I gave up and realized it’s just time to let it go.

No, I still haven’t seen Frozen, but I’m sure my last sentence just made someone somewhere break into song.



OPI Toucan Do It If You Try

1 Apr

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try |

Put on your sunglasses because I’ve got a BRIGHT polish to share with you today.  It’s OPI Toucan Do It If You Try from the Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try |

I did my best to  capture the intensity of this shade, but I’ll admit, it’s still much brighter in person than it looks in my photos.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try | whenlifehandsyouapearThink neon.


And traffic cones.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try

And Cheetos.

Or at least the dust Cheetos leave behind on your fingers.  Seriously.

I’m a little disappointed because the color is so much brighter on my nails than in the bottle where it looks more coral and less ‘fluorescent safety vest’.  Some people said the formulas in this collection were perfect, but I had some issues with streakiness and opacity on this color.  The jury is still out on whether or not I’m keeping this one.

I mean, I like it.   It is fun and unexpected, and it looks like summer.

But man, it’s BRIGHT.


What do you do with nail polish you’re not sure about?  Do you hang onto it hoping it’ll grow on you, or do you pass it on to someone who will give it the love it deserves?

What I wore today

30 Mar

  • Top:  Banana Republic Non-iron shirt
  • Skirt:  Talbots Bonded Lace Pencil Skirt
  • Belt: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes:  Nine West, TJ Maxx
  • Necklace:  Banana Republic

I really wanted to wear my shirt tucked in and eliminate the belt today, but I couldn’t because, thanks to my pearness, the waist band of this skirt is a few inches too big and gapes like crazy.

And I DESPISE paying for alterations.  I realize it’s a fact of life, especially for someone as short and curvy as myself, but unless I suddenly become an expert seamstress, it’s something I need to get used to.

Because I’ve spent so much the last few times I’ve gotten things altered I’ve finally learned that I need to keep that expense in mind when selecting clothes.  I may love a dress that almost fits, but if I’m going to have to pay another $30 to have the shoulders taken up, do I still love the dress and am I willing to pay that?

OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby

26 Mar

OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. | whenlifehandsyouapear.comThis is OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby from the Gwen Stefani collection.  It’s a beautiful matte gold, so it has some shimmer especially when paired with a top coat, but isn’t quite as ‘in your face’ as a lot of gold polishes out right now.

OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. |

I love it and see myself wearing it quite a bit, especially this summer.  Since the Gwen Stefani collection of polishes has been out for a while now I’ve seen it on clearance at Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA.


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