Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Random Musings: Snowman Polishes, My Elfster, Palette Storage Idea

Above & Below: My Elfster package from Kae! She sent the sweetest notes and included not only polishes from my wishlist, but also a Stila set. I love Stila and actually have an order coming later this week from them. She sent some of the Milani Black Magic (is that what they're called?) polishes, China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling, and the Stila set, which I can't wait to play with!
Below: I picked 2 of these Caboodles vanity cases up at TJ Maxx today to store some of my palettes and other cosmetics in so they won't be hidden away so much. They're the perfect size and have a fabric exterior, and the best part? They were only $2.99 each!
Below: Rite Aid had the Blue Cross Snowman polishes and yes, I bought them because they're cute! I posted their Halloween ones last month and didn't care for the quality, but these look like they'd make fantastic top coats if they're too sheer.
Below: I don't have too many CQ or Petites brand polishes, but these colors caught my eye. They quality isn't always the best, but I couldn't resist the swirls of gold in CQ's Cosmic Plum or the simplistic beauty of CQ's Silver Taupe. And one can never have too many black glitter shades, so Petites Midnight Frost jumped into my cart also.
It's been cloudy and rainy all day, so I didn't see the point in swatching and picture taking. But I do have a couple of things to share with you! First Elfster package arrived and I couldn't be happier with my presents. I was happier still to find that Kae, the multi-talented lady behind The Hungry Asian blog, had drawn my name. If you're not familiar with her blog, check it out because she has one of the prettiest sets of nails I've ever seen, and she also does some extremely beautiful nail art. Simply put, she is lovely, talented, and very sweet. Thank you Kae, for selecting such a wonderful array of of my wishes and turning them into a reality! I'd also like to thank Nicole for all of her hard work in setting up "Elfster 2009" for us.

One of the gifts Kae sent me was the Stila Gift of Glow set and if you saw my post about a month ago regarding re-organizing my nail polish stash, I'm also starting to re-organize my makeup stash. After I finished up the way I store my nail polish (out in the open as opposed to in drawers where I can't see them), I realized that so much of my makeup is also stored away in drawers and the bathroom closet, making it difficult for me to enjoy them...out of sight, out of to speak. Just looking at the colors and textures of polishes and makeup is something that makes me happy (crazy lady, I know!), and I thought it might be nice to bring some of my palettes and newer items I get "out". I think I'll rotate them occasionally, so they all get used instead of being forgotten about. I'm just starting this project, and I think it's safe to say that if I have a nail polish problem, I also have a problem with cosmetics. Admitting it is the first step, isn't that what they say? I picked up the cutest little Caboodles vanity boxes at TJ Maxx today for $2.99 each, and I think they'll be perfect for some of my palettes. I also saw some nice sturdy photo boxes with lids that have a black and white damask pattern, so those may come home with me someday soon to assist in my project. I stopped at Rite-Aid to see if they had Wet n Wild's 2 new Holiday palettes, but they didn't have them yet. I always feel bad walking out of a store without buying anything, so I picked up some Blue Cross Snowman polishes, a Petites polish, and a couple of CQ polishes. Now I'd better go do something productive and start organizing my makeup!


  1. You got a great package! I love the snowman bottles; so cute!

  2. Wow at what Kae sent! And she even warpped it all cute :) Also I really like those Caboodles boxes. I'll have to check my local TjMaxx

  3. Such a cute package :) You must really enjoy every single piece.

  4. Great package! The snowman's are adorable! I'ma be looking around at rite-aid hehe

  5. What a sweet package! I love the snowmen polishes and hate that we don't have rite aid.
    Enjoy your goodies!

  6. Hi Mary! I love those caboodle boxes, really 2.99 at tjmaxx? I have to go check it out. I don't own much makeup but it's so messy in my bathroom. Those snowman polishes look adorable, I have to go get those! Oh and speaking of having to go get those, ever since you showed us that china glaze halloween glitter for VNS I've been dying to get it so I ordered 2 bottles just a couple days ago lol!

  7. What a wonderful Christmas gift you got from Kae! How sweet she is and she does have the most gorgeous nails. Those snowmen are cute. How can you not buy them. I have a huge makeup problem also. I just bought the big Christmas set from Lancome today. My girlfriend bought the Estee Lauder gift set. We're uttng them under the tree for Christmas. Those caboodles are really nice. Are the large?

  8. How funny. I am going to Rite-Aid today for the snowman polishes. They are just too danged cute.

  9. GildedAngel~the polish iteself may or may not be very good, but the cute factor won me over!

    sparklingpinkgorilla~Kae is fantastic! I've heard others are finding them, so good luck at your TJ Maxx!

    Jessica~I have a feeling they may work well as a top coat, but they are cute in the bottle!

    AllYouDesire~I do indeed love everything she sent :)

    Nail Fanatic~Kae did a very good job! Hope you find the polishes, they had some other shades too.

    Evil Angel~thanks, I loved my package! Rite Aid is the store in my town that gets everything first. Not that anyone in this small town gets everything I want, but they do a pretty good job.

    Kae~thanks again, the package made my day! I'm glad you were able to get the VNS polishes, I really like it.

    Lucy~no, they're not that big, probably 8" wide x 6" and about 4-5" deep. Enjoy your goodies...if you can leave them under the tree until Christmas arrives!

    Mighty Lambchop~I like the way the polish looks, hope it works out!