One day, after cleaning my room back when I was in elementary school, I asked my mom for an allowance and tried to justify it as compensation for a job well done. Her reply? “When someone starts paying me for making dinner and washing clothes, then you get an allowance.”
Oh, snap! Score one for Team Mom.
I still managed to scrape together a few bucks here and there, like the one my grandma gave me for being cute. “You’re so cute!” she said. “Here’s a dollar!”
I strutted around with that dollar in my pocket for days, like I was some kind of third-grade baller.
Yes, those formative years probably have something to do with why I love bargain beauty deals so much. My newest cheap thrill: the 99-cent Essence Colour & Go Nail Polishes.
They’re from the same drugstore line responsible for the kick-arse Stay With Me Longlasting Lipglosses, and they come in a bunch of different colors — 22, in fact — spread out among three finishes in shimmery, creamy and holographic.
The 0.16-oz. bottles are quite a bit smaller than regular nail polish bottles (which are typically 0.5 fluid ounces), but I’m fine with that. Heck, I can’t recall the last time I finished a regular bottle of polish, so the smaller size of these doesn’t bother me at all.
From the left: Wake Up, Mellow Yellow, Irreplaceable and You Belong to Me
From the left: Let’s Get Lost, Where Is The Party, Dress for a Moment
Swatches from the left: Wake Up, Mellow Yellow and You Belong To Me
Swatches from the left: Dress for a Moment, Let’s Get Lost and Mellow Yellow
I’ve been playing with seven of the shades, and the ones in the shimmer and holographic finishes are absolutely my faves. They require just two coats to reach full opacity and have a wonderful, smooth formula that really shines.
From my little experience with the creams, the darker ones appear to deliver, but the pastels apply thick, with streaks.
Essence refers to the entire line as fast, thanks to a flat brush and a quick-drying formula that they claim dries in mere seconds. According to my stopwatch, I don’t know about that. On average, layers take between 4-5 minutes to dry, which is actually pretty darn good. It may not live up to the claim…but they’re just 99 cents.
As for wear time, I’m seeing chips around the fourth day. I might be bugged a bit if these were $20 apiece, or maybe even $10, but for a price like this, I can let it go.
I think Essence has another winner on their hands (and ours), particularly for ladies who like to change their polish weekly, or more often than that.
PRICE: $0.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
If you need me, I’ll be at Lulu’s
HOLY WOW! I have to give it up to MBB reader Ana (thank you, Ana!) for introducing me to Lulus.com in the comments yesterday. I. AM. HOOKED!
It’s an online store with some really cute juniors stuff like clothes, accessories and shoes. Earlier today I asked the gals on Twitter what their customer service experiences have been like and got some great, positive feedback, too.
I decided to take the plunge and order this Marigold Strapless Dress.
The site has a wide selection of clothes with prices comparable to Macy’s and Nordstrom, and they also have a Super Sale section stocked with $15 items.
I’ve been going through a phase where I’ve been doing a lot of my clothes shopping online, not only because it’s quicker than going to the stores, but also because some of the websites make it so easy to find things on sale.
Do you ever buy clothing online, or do you stick mostly to stores?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,