Thursday, April 9, 2009

Recent drugstore finds...


Back in February, I pondered if anyone else remembered the mid-1990s trend of scented nail polish. Well, guess what, it's back! Back then, the trend was mimicking popular scents such as Tommy Girl and CK One. Revlon's new line, Fruitful Temptations, has brought the scented polish back to life! I picked up Not So Blue-Berry, a light blurple duochrome jam-packed with silver shimmer. If I were to pick by smell, I would've picked another but I prefer a unique color to smell.

The smell? Well, it smells...like berry, I guess. Kind of how a berry-flavored cereal kind of tastes like berries...but not really. Obviously its a lab-created scent, so a realistic smell isn't the real goal here. It's rather pleasant, yet kind of strong.

...Until you eat. That's the kicker for me. After taking these pictures, I decided to stop by a gas station for some Cajun boiled peanuts. Never had boiled peanuts? Well, let me tell you about these awesome briny gems from the Deep South...it doesn't taste like those peanuts you get in a can. They're mushier and salty, if done right. I buy a 32 oz. cup from a local gas station that is HEAVILY spiced with red chile pepper flakes. It's not for the faint of heart. However, after I popped open the shell then went to eat those delicious goobers...something wasn't right. I didn't get my usual earthy/spicy aroma, I smelled...fake blueberries. :X ...Weeeird.

The day I bought the polish, I swatched it on a plastic nail tip and left it on my desk. My baby sister later asked me to accompany her to the grocery store to satisfy her sudden craving for Trix cereal. I told her about the new polish and she exclaimed, "THAT'S WHAT I SMELLED! I smelled something that reminded me of Trix and I HAD TO HAVE IT NOW!"


I also picked up two other polishes, Sinful Colors' Purple Diamond and Glass Pink. These were my first Sinful Colors purchases and I was pretty impressed with them. Since both of the ones I picked up are relatively sheer, I need to pick up other colors to accurately judge the brand, but I've heard great things from you readers and fellow bloggers out there :) Both have a similar silver shimmer/microglitter finish like Not So Blue-Berry. I picked Glass Pink because it bears similarity to Nicole by OPI's Dream Maker. I don't know about y'all, but I'm not down with paying $6.99 for a drugstore brand. I've dropped some serious cash for Chanel (with a few disastrous results), but I just can't stomach that for Nicole by OPI. I get annoyed by the fact that Sally Hansen is getting real uppity with their prices!

Speaking of Sally Hansen, I bought one of their nail art pens as well. I finally tracked down the white pen the same time I picked up all the other colors. It is shown as a French tip under Sinful Colors Glass Pink. I used it for a quickie French manicure today, but the wear sucked. Granted, I applied the nail art pen without a base coat and only used one coat of OPI Nail Envy over it. (I've been suffering from a horrible case of nail procrastination.)

I had the worst luck with nail products today! Not only did I spill nail polish (China Glaze DV8 and White-Kwik-Silvr), I also spilled a copious amount of nail polish remover! Luckily it was just a cheap side table, but UGH! Not to mention, thanks to these spills, I completely ruined my manicure. After redoing this certain mani TWICE, I decided to switch to Lancome Midnight Glam and China Glaze Rated Holographic.


I found Lancome Midnight Glam at TJ Maxx for $7.99 this weekend. It reminds me of Chanel Blue Satin, but a little more blurple. I don't own Blue Satin, but I kind of wish I did now; it would be better than the US Vamp I DID pick up instead the day I planned on buying it. It reminds me of a darker OPI Russian Navy, which it looks like in the bottle. However, on the nail, Midnight Glam has less purple than Russian Navy. China Glaze Rated Holographic was picked up at a nail salon. Rated Holographic is part of the sadly discontinued Kaleidoscope collection. If you love holo and don't have any Kaleidoscopes, get one NOW! While I'm not a big fan of Rated Holographic's shade of pink, the crazy glittery holographic goodness makes up for it. I found this gem at a nail salon. While most of the other colors I bought were used, this baby was not!

Next up, if my Konad skills willing: Easter nail art! I have a feeling I may have jinxed myself already...

12 comments:

clockwork said...

Will have to look for these scented ones. My fav. of the scented variety from the past were the Anna Sui polishes..well even the mascara,lippy and shadows had this amazing rosey scent.

Nessa said...

I told you it was hard to eat with 'smelly' nails :)
I picked up the rest of the collection at Ulta (buy 1 get 1 free)
I figure I'd rather them smell like something different than just np!

Anonymous said...

I totally just found your blog because I googled "ck one scented nail polish." I just bought the Not So Blue-berry Revlon today and it left me longing for the ck one scented days of yore. Great blog by the way!

Lucy said...

Sorry you had such a crazy day. Today I was taking off my nail polish using the finger in the jar method. I dozed off with the jar on my lap. Half the remover spilled all over me. Thankfully I didn't ruin my clothes. I don't know about scented polish. I liked both of your manicures.

The Asian Girl said...

Clockwork--I wish I could get those! I'd prefer a more perfume-y scent than something that's supposed to smell like food!

Nessa--Great deal! I wasn't really impressed with the rest of the colors; I did want the white but I cannot stand the smell of coconut.

Anonymous--I KNEW I wasn't the only one who remembered that trend! I would really like another Cool Water Woman scented nail polish! Thanks a lot!

Lucy--You're really lucky! My sister spilled some np remover on my mother's new dining table :X

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