After all the dust settled from my move, DB indulged me in a little after-work hauling (using my leftover reward money from passing my last requirement for accreditation!)
We hadn't had much time to explore the area yet, so we took off to a nearby township (I think I'm just starting to get used to North Jersey and their overlapping towns) where I had identified a TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Harmon Discount.
Based on the NB over at MUA, I was crossing my fingers hoping to find some Barielle goodies at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
TJ Maxx was a complete bust. The section for bath and beauty was tiny and cluttered. Nothing good here :(
Next, we drove over to another strip mall with the Marshalls in it. It also looked small, and I was starting to get a knot in my stomach that I'd have no luck all night. Then, I spotted down the strip mall a Sallys! Hooray! We (read: me) decided to go there after Marshalls.
The bath and beauty section at Marshalls was a bit larger, but there were very few things. DB spotted a 3 pack of Barielle polishes (for french manicures) for $6.
Barielle Shades in Enduring, Top Shield, and Cherish
I was not thrilled at these boring colours, but DB loves sheers and pinks, so I indulged him :p Plus, at $6 you can't really go wrong for 3 bottles, right? Also, I wanted to make sure I didn't come away that night empty-handed!
After digging around some more, DB found more Barielle products, since he knew what the packaging looked like now.
Barielle Manicure Extender and Camo Base Coat
He found the Manicure Extended and Camo Base Coat (both the last bottles there) hidden among some creams and lotions. I snatched these up at $4 each :D Hooray! I was hoping to find the Hydrating Ridge Filler, but no luck. I'll have to come back later and look again :)
Next, we hopped over to Sallys. It was an older store, but the good thing was none of the polishes had those annoying magnetic stickers on them to prevent theft. I suppose this was a low traffic area, since the other 2 Sallys I went to both had the obnoxious stickers over everything, and even the caps taped to the bottle to prevent people from opening them! Can you imagine all the residue on the bottle after you peeled everything off?? Ick!
I didn't see any new collections at Sallys, but spied a little rack of clearance items. At the very bottom, I spied a little box...
ORLY Enchanted Forest and Prisma Gloss Gold
Both for $1.99!!! I had Enchanted Forest on my wishlist, and was thrilled to pick it up for $2.
Close-up of Orly Prisma Gloss Gold
I was indifferent about the topcoat, since it seemed useless to me, but after using it, I quite like it over cremes! The glitter goes on sparsely, but looks a bit holographic. So, BONUS!
Since I didn't see anything else, I was about to check out and then DB, being a tall lanky boy that he is, spied an old China Glaze display at the very top shelf (which I could neither see nor reach) and we found these bad boys:
China Glaze Emerald Sparkle and Atlantis
For $1.99 and $3.99 respectively. SCORE! There were some other polishes on clearance for $2-4, but none of them appealed to me.
Close-up of China Glaze Atlantis
When I got home and looked closer at this bottle, there seemed to be quite a bit of polish missing. I wonder if this was a return? Or does all that glitter "absorb" the polish? Who knows!
China Glaze Atlantis over OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
I'm not usually fond of glitters, but I threw it on for fun later that weekend.
China Glaze Atlantis close-up
I've been won over!! Look at that O_O!!!
Close-up of China Glaze Emerald Sparkle
Can't wait to wear this! I'm going to put it on my toes this weekend.
We left Sallys (me, reluctantly; DB, happily) and headed to the Final Destination: Harmon Discount Beauty Supply. I never heard of this store until I moved to NJ, and it seems to be owned by Bed, Bath & Beyond. I was glad to find there was one here, because the other one I had been seeing was on the highway (and on the "inconvenient" side) which I wasn't dying to go to.
I had a 20% off entire purchase coupon that came in my moving package of coupons from the postal office, after I changed addresses. I think usually you only get coupons at BBB for 20% off a single item, so I'm happy :)
I was fully prepared to make a big haul here, to maximize my savings, but I didn't think I'd get so many polishes...
Essie Van D'Go, Mink Muffs, Marabou
We looked at Essie polishes first. None of them made it into my basket, because DB was being difficult and only wanting sheers and pinks, etc.
Then, it turns out there was a larger display of Essie at the other end of the store. This is where their permanent line was showcased, and DB was in awe. He said, "I think I like this brand". I told him to pick out whatever boring pink he wanted, and I'd get it, and he picked up Mademoiselle. LOL. I told him I already bought it! Then I showed him how to identify sheers from opaques, and he proceeded to pick up every bottle. He had a hard time doing this, so I told him to discreetly open the polish and see how it dripped off the brush.
He picked out Marabou and Van D'Go and couldn't decide, so I took both :p
At this point, he was smitten with Essie and said all Essie's were "safe" and "cute". I ran back to the other Essie display and grabbed Mink Muffs. Woohoo! I got a "poopy" colour, according to him.
Part of the nail polish deal is that DB would get to choose my mani and pedi. He chose that awful sheer Barielle pink at first, but I protested (my nails are still stained from Charla), and he picked both Essie Marabou and Van D'Go.
Essie Van D'Go with Orly Prisma Gloss Gold
Van D'Go dried a lot more bright/orange on my nails than it looks in the bottle. I do like it, though. I still have Marabou on my toesies. It's so.. safe!
I layered the Orly Prisma Gold Gloss on top to see what it was like, and was pleasantly surprised!
Next up was Color Club! According to DB, I got all "ugly" colours.
Color Club Fashion Addict and Revvvolution
I was a little wary about getting holos, but I decided to trust in the widsom of the NB.
Color Club Fashion Addict
Guys, I love this!!!
Color Club Love 'Em Leave 'Em and Emerald Depths
Originally, Love 'Em Leave 'Em didn't make it into my basket, but at the cash register they had another display of CCs, and it "accidently" made its way into my obscenely large checkout pile.
Color Club Love 'em Leave 'em
I like how this is a blingy take on a "safe" colour.
Finally, they had some OPI for $7.50, so I decided to pick up a couple colours I had been thinking about.
OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui and Samoan Sand
Usually blue is too "ugly" for DB, but when I told him this was from the Hong Kong collection, he was all over it. Man, this boy does not make sense!!
Loving Samoan Sand! What a great neutral. I was a little worried about it on my skin tone, but I quite like it :)
OPI SSFS and Orly Prisma Gloss Gold
Here's SSFS with the Orly top coat on it :)
Anyways, all in, I managed to go $22 over my allocated "reward" money. Oh well. At least everything I got was on sale, right? :)
My next haul is contingent on catching up on a month's worth of studying. It'll be a 10 bottle minimum, plus I'm allowing myself a bonus 1 bottle for every time I get my lazy butt to the gym. I was going to go yesterday, but got home late from work, so I'll try again tonight!!!