Monday, August 2, 2010

What I bought on my trip

Here's what I picked up on my recent stay in Chicago:


Mario Badescu Drying Cream
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Sample of Mario Badescu Aloe moisturizer

Milani 3D Holographic polishes in Cyberspace, Hi-Tech, and Hi-Res

Kate Somerville sunscreen sample

I also picked up some M&Ms Pretzels which were surprisingly good! They're not yet available in Canada, and now I wish I had gotten more. I like the sweet + salty combination. Although I am slightly disappointed they are pretzel chunks in the chocolates, not actually a whole mini pretzel as the M&M x-ray suggested :P

The Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale was on that weekend, and while I checked it out I wasn't too excited about the offerings as most of the sets were quite expensive. Even though some of them are packaged in large sizes as value sets, since they weren't staples for me it didn't make sense to buy them.

Oh and remember how I did a post on the cosmetics I brought on my trip? It worked out quite well, since I was always too lazy to use eyeshadow and just stuck with blush & lipcolour. The only thing is I got SO BORED with alternating the same 2 colours over and over again! This is why I have such a large stash...I get bored easily :D

For the weekend, I tried the Milani 3D polish in Hi-Tech, which is a really awesome holo green!


It looks like a normal sparkly green in daylight:


But check out the holo effects at certain angles:



The above pictures are with 3 coats. The wear on the polish isn't the greatest unless you use a top coat, as I originally had 2 coats which was sufficient, but it started coming off in some areas so I added 1 more coat for these pictures.

Oh by the way have you ever wondered how holo polishes would look matte? I just tested it, since I'm removing the polish tonight anyway and the matte-ness just kills the holo effect. It turns into a flat mass of green specks. So yeah - there isn't really such a thing as a matte holographic effect since the 3D effect is removed.

17 comments: said...

Great haul!

Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty said...

Yay you got some Milani holos. They are awesome. I didn't even want to put a topcoat, worrying it might reduce the holo effect, so yeah, matte top coat would cancel it totally.

I saw the M&M pretzel in one of the flyers, so I think we have it now.

KimWen said...

i saw a pic of the pretzel m&m on a zellers ad so i think we should have them here soon but haven't check the stores for it yet. They are pretty tasty and i love the package w/ the xray of a m&m as well. you should try the coconut one if you see it not sure if they have it here or not but definitely in the states.

~Lisa said...

Looks like you had fun!!

I wish to go to Chicago one day too!

Georgina said...

i like the nail polish trio u got! nice haulin girl! :)

AskMeWhats said...

Milani polish looks gorgeous! it looks like those really expensive polishes :D

Maria Elizabeth said...

The Milani nail polish is really pretty! I need to try those sometime :)

Catherine said...

Ooooh I LOVE the Milani holos!! I have the purple one too. :D And I am also a huge fan of the MB Buffering Lotion and Drying Cream. I'm actually almost through my Buffering Lotion!

Connie De Alwis said...

neat haul! I've been meaning to try mario badescu. I have a few samples but haven't got to using them yet

Unknown said...

That is a lovely shade of grass! Which top coat do you use?

Nunu said...

Ooooh...Nordstrom sale...
How do you like the Mario Badesco stuff? I had a sample of the Drying Cream and all it did was....dry up -__-

mayaari said...

love the holo polishes - I have hi-res and the silver one :) the MB buffering lotion has definitely helped with some mean breakouts in the past! hope it works well for you!

Mona said...

so glad you picked up the holo polishes! they're gorgeous!

izumi said...

gorgeous milani color :) i picked up the purple one (of course) but i love the other shades, i might have to go pick up that one now.

Anonymous said...

^lol same w me. just dried up :T
but goooo milani~ i wore it the other day cause i remembered ur nails from saturday :P

ps thanks for the stuff!!! XD im having fun!

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Unknown said...

wow this is a gorgeous colour! thank you very much for sharing it :)

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