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LA Colors Nail Treatment Review: Part 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Here's my review of some LA Colors nail treatments that I picked up at Family Dollar for $2 each.

In the video below, I tell how I tested them and how well they performed.



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Time Stamps for Each:
Calcium Strong & Healthy Nails: 3:25
Diamond Top Coat: 5:33
Pro Gel Treatment: 6:23

Post with Part One (featuring Dollar Tree Nail Treatments):  HERE

Dollar Tree Haul - Epic Fluffy Halloween Pens and Other Stuff

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Life has been absolutely mad and stressful lately.  I haven't been shopping quite as much as I usually do.  So the moment I got some time, I ran my happy butt out to Dollar Tree for some much needed bargain therapy.  :)

I didn't find a whole lot, because my stores are kind of meh lately.  I did find a few neat things, and I thought I would share with y'all.


Say hello to my new friends!


Halloween Fluffy Bird Friends

I was waiting in line to check out, and these lovely fluff balls caught my eye.  Y'all know I couldn't resist.  It was a like a match made in muppet destiny or some crap.

I will not be over these for awhile. 


Halloween Flexible Ice Cube Trays

I am not actually using these for ice.  In my experience, these make really freezer burnt ice.

I am using these for molds.  I'm going to make embeds for soap and lotion bars with these.  I have also seen a lot of people on youtube make wax tarts with them.  For a dollar, you can't beat it. 


Sewing Kit

This sucker comes with a set of 14 needles, a threader, a fabric measuring tape, a wee pair of scissors, 5 spools of thread, a thimble, a bunch of buttons, and some safety pins.  Like, holy crap on a stick!

Try buying all that for a buck at the craft store.  If you hand sew a lot like me, be on the lookout for this.  The bag comes in 4-5 different colors as well.

Compact Mirror

This has the normal mirror and the 2x magnified mirror in it.  I thought it was cute for a gift.

Hair Removal Wax Strips

I pray to the deities of unwanted hair that these work.  I have never found wax or strips that worked for my face at all or that weren't harsh.

We will see after I let my glorious moustache grow out a couple of days along with my fancy chin whiskers.  Teenage boys would be jealous of my face. haha!

Yep, we don't shy away from this stuff on my blog.  I don't live in a fantasy land where women are hairless, blemishless objects of  fantasy.  We embrace it all!  And if that bothers you, you need to grow up.

Color Shoe Laces

I just love these!  I have been waiting to find some cool shoe laces for cheap.  Now, my old converses will get an upgrade.


Fashion Cleaning Towels - 2pk

I had bought these with the hot pink zebra design in my last haul, and they turned out to be amazing cleaning towels.  I used just one to clean my whole kitchen.

I would buy them no matter the print, because they are very very good.

Coffee Mug

I seriously don't need anymore coffee mugs, but I had to have this one.  It is so stinkin' heavy duty.  It is like those old office cups from the 50s.  Like, it could be used as a bludgeoning weapon in dire times.  I just have a thing for well-made and sturdy things.  I don't know.


Snack Bags - 50pk

This is just a great deal on snacks.  I usually would wait to coupon these down, but my dad is running a festival booth for his church and they need like 1000 of these.  So, I'm fine with a buck.

Back Scratcher

This was like Christmas for me.  I have been wanting one of these forever, but the ones I find are always like $3-4.

So, no more rubbing my back on wall corners like an angry bear.  No more contorting my body to try to reach that spot.  No more tramatizing my hair brush with my dry as the desert, itchy back.  And no more inner dilemma when I get an itch while I'm eating and have to hold back using the fork.  YES!!!!!


Festival Stuff for My Dad (Below)

So, my dad is running a booth at our local fall festival to raise money for his church.  They are going to be selling craft items, baked goods, snack mixes, and who knows what else.  (It's the Clinch River Fall Festival for y'all in the greater Knoxville, TN area.)

When he started worrying about where to get their table set-up items, I pointed him to Dollar Tree.  I used to run a flea market booth for quite awhile, and that's honestly where I got all my supplies.

So, here we go:


Rectangular Platters

These are going to be great for displaying baked goods and whatnot.  Also they will keep the flavors separated.  With a festival as big as they are doing, keeping a customers visual interest is key.

I think these will work nice.


Round Platter Tray

Since we got the rectangular ones above, we changed it up with some rounded flower-shaped ones.  Also, they got red, white, and blue so that they could use them any time.


Plastic Picture Frames

I love these plastic frames for table signage.  They are cheap, easy to switch out, and look nice and clean on the table.  I used these for all my table signs at the flea market I used to do.

Price Stickers

These are just awesome and you get 420 assorted ones for a buck.  It saves so much time and aggravation when people constantly ask about prices.

Dollar Tree Haul - Seasonal, Nail Polish, and More

Saturday, September 13, 2014


It's that time yet again!!!

More pics, details, and even more below!!!

Let's get this started right with some seasonal crap!  :D


Giant Googly Eyes

These glow in the dark too!  The possibilities are endless! 

(Let's be real.  I'll probably stick these on the fridge and give it a name.  Then, use it as a corny joke until no one in the house can take it.  Muahahahahah!!!!!)

Ribbon (3 yds each)

I usually stay far away from seasonal patterns, because I feel that lose value when you can only use them at certain times during the year.  I like these though.  I think they could be holiday or any time. 


Solar Dancers!!!

I saw Trisha Fernandes (Her Channel) haul these on youtube, and I knew that I would find them and make them mine! She also just told me that they are supposed to be coming out with Halloween themed ones soon.  YES!

I could watch these scarecrows boogie all day.  Oh yeah!

Also, the flowers come in 3 different colored pots: yellow, red, and purple.

Luminessence Mason Jar Candles

Harvest Seasonal Spice, Sugar Cookie, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie

I have been seeing people haul these all over youtube.  So, I thought I'd try them out.

They seem to be heavily fragranced.   I just hope they have a good burning time, scent throw, and all that.


Hand Sanitizers

Cherry Vanilla, Cucumber Melon

Dollar Tree just keeps getting better and better hand sanitizers in.   These are too cute!  And y'all know that I'll be repurposing the caribiners too. 

Hairbands (4pk)

I actually meant to include these in the stationary stuff picture, because that's what I use these for.  I use them to put around notebooks and novels that I carry in my purse to help keep them together and not get bent.

They are almost identical to the book bands you see at book store for WAY more.  (They are actually identical to the one I paid way too much for from the crazily overpriced Erin Condren, just without the logo.  Still miffed about that.) 

Lip Smacker

I picked these up for gifts.  One is a regular stick (vanilla flavor) and the other is a liquid which I thought was interesting.  Dollar Tree is also killing it with chapsticks and lip balms lately.

Owl Manicure Sets

I have been searching for these for weeks!  They are finally mine, YES!

The pouch itself is a little owl and there's a lot of stuff in it: tweezers, nail clippers, scissors, and a metal file.


LA Colors Color Craze Polishes

In above picture order:

Electra
Crushin'
Bam!
Meadow
Scream
Nuclear Energy
Reckless
Sky High
Energy Source

I actually had time to look through the display.  That's always dangerous.  haha  I can't wait to try out the ones with the iridescent micro glitters.  Eeeee!


Bird Pen

I am so happy to find this little guy.  (I've named him Bert.  His fav color is pink.  No regrets!) 

I used to love pens like this when I was in school, and I just love the looks from people that I get when I use it.  :D

Monthly Planner

Maybe the sad kitty on the front will motivate me to keep my schedules and what not.  Motivate me, sad kitty!

Mini Notebook

I just thought this notebook was so pretty.  So, I got it.  That's all.  :)


Stor It Cover-Ups

These are awesome.  They are little saran wrap covers that stretch over bowls for left overs, you get 20 for a buck.  Whoohoo!

Scotch Tape

Duct tape.  Cup Cakes.  It needs no other words.

Garbage Bags (4gal, 50pk)

Good price.  Not exciting.  Moving on...


Sugar in the Raw (25pk)

I was so happy to find this, because I just ran out of the Florida Crystals organic sugar that I always use.  I hope these are just as good, because they are cheap, cheap, cheap.

Brach's 1lb Party Mix

I bought 4 of these for my dad.  He loves party mix, but I've been having to Frankenstein my own from several candies at the ol' DT.  So, I was beyond elated (see, I didn't say happy) to find this.


Cat Collars

Once upon a time, when I was young and dumb (as opposed to old and dumb now), I bought fancy collars for my furry babies.  I have since figured out that they tear them up at the same rate as these $1 ones.  Lesson learned.  Wallet saved.

Link to my video of this haul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh1DrhfHpts&

Nails of the Day: Super Chic Lacquer Fuchure Drive Me Insane

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I love, love, love Super Chic Lacquer.  It's the brand that got me into Indies.

This one is called Fuchure Drive Me Insane.  It is from a couple of collections ago, but it's still one of my favorite polishes in my personal collection.

[Picture taken outside close to dark.]

Nails of the Day: Fomula X by Sephora

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Yes, I actually took a picture of my other hand today.  GASP!  ;)

I still can't believe I picked these Formula X polishes at Big Lots for $2.50.  The formula on these was just so good.  The color just pops in a way that most of my other polishes don't.

Polishes Used:


Formula X by Sephora in Jaded

Formula X By Sephora in Trouble Maker

Essie in As Gold as it Gets

I used scotch tape to do the triangle and a small dotting tool for the gold.  This is by far one of my favorite manis that I've worn in a while.  I was sad to take it off.

And, I swear Jaded is my new favorite polish in my whole collection. I'm fighting the urge to put it right back on.

Empties Reviews: Summer 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014


Wow, I used up a whole lot of health and beauty products this summer.  I'm still embarassed by the amount of skin care.  :/

Video with Reviews Below:


Empties: Summer 2014:

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Nail Products: 0:35; Body: 2:17; Dental: 3:39; Hair: 4:44; Misc: 7:54; Skin Care: 9:36; Facial Sheet Masks: 15:44

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Link to watch it on Youtube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoasYKc_kAk&

Nails of the Day: Wet n Wild Megalast HeatWave

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Oh, how I love this polish!  It is just an orangey almost watermelon color.

Polishes Used:


Base Color:  Wet n Wild Megalast in Heatwave

Accent:  Spoiled in Visually Slimming

Dollar Tree Haul: A Little Bit of Everything

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


After being sick all last week, a trip to the Dollar Tree was in order.  Whoohoo!

Pictures, descriptions, and even more below:



First, I got some pet stuff:


Pet Wipes - 25ct

I just so hope these work as good as the more expensive ones.  I just don't have the heart to put my cat through the stress of a water bath again.

Cat Bowls

These are too cute. I didn't even know that dollar tree had pet bowls like this.

So far, the cats are loving them.  They are shallow enough that the cats actually eat all the food before begging.  Instead of the usual eating of just the middle part of the food.

Next, I got some household stuff:


Coffee Creamer in French Vanilla

This stuff is good.  I've bought it before, but...

The container is half empty when you buy it.  It's just cheaper to buy the quart size of the Kroger brand for like $2.50.  Seriously, it's half empty.  I hate it when products are like that.  RAGE!  :)

Ice Pop Maker (makes 4)

I got these to try out this ice facial idea that I saw on youtube.  I don't know if it will work or not.

Worse case scenario: delicious popsicles instead of cold facials

Plastic Clothes Lines with Hook

I bought this to rig a backdrop for my youtube videos.  I ended up finding and using something else in the end.  But...things like this are useful.  So, no complaints.

Cleaning Towels 2 pack

Does anything more really need to be said?  These are fabulous!


Storage Containers (Gallon, 3/4 Gallon, 1/2 Gallon)

I bought 2 of each of these.  Seriously, where else can you find these for a buck?!  I will probably go back and get a few more, because we got a lot of dry beans in this house.  Mmmm...beans.

Oh and they are made in the USA and BPA free.  Just putting that out there.


Emergency Phone Chargers

I had been looking for these after I saw a bunch of other people haul them.  You put a couple of AA batteries in there and connect your phone via USB.

Supposedly, it will charge your phone for an hour of operation.  Just a handy thing to have.

Heavy Duty Shop Wipes

I had bought my dad a pack of these awhile back.  He finally got around to using them, and he absolutely loved them.  He said that they were thick, saturated, and worked very well.

So, being afraid that they will disappear as so many other DT products do, I picked up a few packs for him.

Alright, now some office and stationary stuff:


Bubble Wrap
Bubble Mailer

I have a giveaway coming up on my youtube channel.  So, I thought that these would be useful.


Alphabet Stickers

This set actually includes the whole alphabet.  Yay!

Calendar Notepad

This was too cute to pass up.  I am obsessed with pink and tea.  It was destiny!

Animal Erasers 4pk

I thought these were super cute and picked them up for my giveaway.

Speech Bubble Stickers

I can't wait to play around with these.  I think that I am going to take pics of my family members and pets and have them saying dumb things. 

Now, on to health and beauty:


Soft lips 2pk

I used to use this brand a lot in high school (many many years ago).  I remember really liking it.  So, 2 for one buck.  Yes!

Lip Smacker Princess Aurora Lip Sugar

I picked this up for my giveaway upcoming on youtube.  It's just so oversized and cute.

Aquafina Lip Balm Cube

I had to pick this up, because I had heard how awesome they were.  And...they really are!

They don't really have a flavor, but they are very hydrating and not greasy at all.  So good!

Nail Stuff!!!


Fingrs Edge Nail Strips

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I am obsessed with all things nails.

So, when I saw these I had to pick them up.  Nail stickers are just great when you don't have time to really do your nails well.


LA Colors Polish in Candy Sprinkles

I saw someone haul this one youtube and knew that I had to get it if I found it.  It is so pretty!

Colormates Polish in OZ

I have never tried Colormates before, but I fell in love with this color when I saw someone else pick it up.  I am so impressed with the LA Colors polishes that I wanted to try these as well.

Update:  

I did a mani with this polish.  (Wearing it right now!)  It's pretty good and the color is still awesome.  It does dry a bit darker than in the bottle.

It has a really thick, fast-drying formula.  Like really fast drying.  It's a one coater.  So, far, so good.

It also dries to a very smooth and glossy finish.  It really looks like you already applied top coat.  Nice!

My biggest complaint would be the brush.  The brush it comes with is very stiff and very square.  So, it is very difficult sometimes to get a nice clean line. 

I also don't like the bottle itself too much, because it is top-heavy.  It wants to falls over.  (I'm just picky today.  haha)

Update2:

Just took this off today because it was chipping horribly on the 3rd day.  Be warned this stains nails!  My nails are blue tinted now.  :(

Maybelline Color Show Polish in Bronze Beam

Dollar Tree is slowly getting in a ton of Maybelline polishes.  (Don't forget that you can use coupons!  Limit of 4 newspaper and 2 printable per day)

This was the only one that caught my eye.

If you are wanting to beef up your polish collection, be on the lookout.  So far, I have seen the following collections there:  Leather, Metallics, Nudes, Shattered, and Denim.

Nail Art Pen from Sassy+Chic in Candy Scent

I haven't tried the other 2 that I have bought yet, but I went ahead and picked this one up.  It was the very last that my store had.  Y'all know how Dollar Tree is.  You gotta get it or it's gone!

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