Yesterday Miss MaSucree and I decided to meet up on her day off and go shopping together in the city! With my limited spending money I had to try to be restrained, but I still managed to get quite a few things I’m quite excited about ^_^
I promise, at the end you get to see some totally awesome water marbled nails (that I’m completely vain about).
Our first stop was Smith & Caughey’s, which was having a massive sale! It was extremely difficult, but I managed to restrain myself to just one polish, and some rose-scented sachets for in my clothes drawers. This winter has been quite damp and our flat doesn’t have the best insulation, so everything tends to get a bit musty. They smell lovely, and were down from $20 to $8, so I’m happy.
Don’t stress, I’m showing you the polish. It’s OPI Designer… De Better! from the 2011 Muppets collection. I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t want to take off my marbled nails, but I’ve been swooning over online swatches for ages. I’m quite pleased that I’ve gotten my hands on it now for only $15 (as opposed to around $25). It looks to be a pretty champagney silvery foil with bronze flecks in it, yay!
After we had escaped the hordes of sale-incensed women, I dragged MaSu to Gifts Galore in the MidCity Arcade, a totally cute Asian giftware shop. It’s all cute plushies and stationery ^_^ I went in there with the distinct purpose of picking up coloured strips of paper >_< Because I’m awesome. And I use them to make theeeese:
Paper stars ^_^ I don’t really have a reason for making them, it’s just soothing to do when I’m watching tv at night. Maybe one day I’ll put them in a cute glass jar and gift them.
Anyway, then we made the ever-fatal mistake of visiting Miss Vivian at Exotic Shoe World (in Atrium on Elliot), and of course I came out with a pair of totally cute shoes that I’m completely in love with.
MaSu did not escaped unharmed either, she came out with a new pair of heels. I loooooove my new suede-look fringed Oxford loafers! They are super soft and comfy :3
Then, (and this is totally interesting), I went to buy new socks. I’m including this only to point out the ridiculous tomato-patterned ones that MaSu forced me to buy 😄
Then we visited the lovely ladies at Makeup Direct (who see us all-too-often), and picked out two Isabelle Dupont polishes to test. I’ve got an Isabelle Dupont lipstick that I’m quite fond of, and MaSu has about a million of them. So now I want to see what the polishes are like! I picked up #222, a nudish champagney beigey shimmer (wow, I’m good at describing…), and #270, which is an interesting-looking mix of red, green, blue, silver, and a smidge of gold glitter.
Then to the Body Shop, because I had a $10 voucher to use before it expired. I already have like 3 different scented spritzes from the Body Shop (I’m a hoarder and I like variety), but when MaSu got me to try the Satsuma one I couldn’t just walk away. It’s so lovely and refreshing and bright and fruity and springy! Yum :3
I SWEAR I’M ALMOST DONE!
And last but not least, (and possibly most excitingly), we found some cheap magnetic polishes to try!! I’m always quite cautious about polish fads (I was the same with shatters too), because they get done so often that I get sick of them. And yet I still wanna try them for myself… My solution is to find a cheap alternative. Then if I confirm I like it, I feel more comfortable about going out and paying more for the better brands. Anyway, this is #10 (pink), #15 (red), #13 (orangey-red), and #11 (champagney bronze). Woooo!
*ahem* That’s all the shopping >_< Onto my shopping nails-of-the-day!
After my first (quite) successful water marbling attempt, I was very keen to give it another go!
This time I went for a much different palette – blues and greens. I already knew that Jordana polishes work very well for marbling, so I opted for three more ^_^
This is Jordana Sapphire; Boy Oh Boy; and Mint Candy. Boy Oh Boy is actually more green-toned than this photo is making it look, but hey what can you do.
And here is the glorious result! I know that Boy Oh Boy stains like a mother, so I was extra careful to apply a base coat, two coats of white polish, AND a fast-dry top coat before I even thought of letting it near my nails. Worth it!
Here’s proof that I do indeed do both hands 😉
I received SO MANY comments about these while we were out! I thought it was quite funny because I’m so used to seeing much more impressive water-marbles and other impressive nail art, as I spend so much time online, and in my opinion these are cool but still quite noob. But New Zealand is seriously lacking in the awesome-nails department and to be honest most girls I see don’t even wear polish. I guess this vibrant look kind of stood out.
*happy sigh* See why I don’t want to take them off? I know I will soon though. I always do… Two days is a stretch for me >_<
So ta-dah! What do you all think? ^_^
Until next time (it probably won’t feature shopping, because I’m poor now).