More for the Helmer

I know I have been AWOL the last week, and I apologize. I have been travelling, and working, and kind of generally worn out. But now I am back to it! 

Here’s the latest set of purchases.


These are the Ulta OPI exclusive polishes and a mini Max Factor Fantasy Fire.


Milani and Revlon polishes from the CVS 75% off sale.


Zoya Casey (free from the flash sale), Jem, Julieanne, and Logan ($11 total at Ulta after B2G1 and $5 off a $10 purchase coupon).


Tons of Julep – Leah, Stefani, Julia, Morgan, Melanie, Leslie. .  .



. . . Vivien, Harper, Mila, Ivy and Alfre.





My Dusty Haul From This Week

In the spirit of Dusty Hunting – Part 2, here’s what I snagged this week at the salon. These all came from the same place. I then went to three more salons and struck out because the polishes I found there were all resale colors for me, and they didn’t have any new bottles. The total for these seven I did buy was $43. I paid $4 each for the China Glazes, Black Tie Optional, $5 for What’s Dune, $9 each for Holiday Glow and Merry Midnight, and $8 for Blue Moon Lagoon. $9 is the highest I’ve seen a salon charge for new polish bottles, but for these guys I was ok with it.

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Latest Haul

Whew – it’s been a long week (exactly) with sales. I think it’s time to go back to some more pictures. Here’s what came home with me this week. I’ll get around to swatching some of it but please ask if there’s anything you’d like to see!

First the miscellany. From Urban Outfitters: Lollipop (a pink glitter that reminds me of cupcakes) and Mystic, which reminds me a lot of the Layla Ceramic Effects I bought last week – but at about half the price. A Seche topcoat called Collage Overlay, the last Sephora polish I needed from Pantone Universe (Rose Dawn), and Color Club Love ‘Em/Leave ‘Em.


Next, LOTS of China Glaze due to a misunderstanding about a sale price at Sally’s. I also had a 20% off coupon so these were $3 each: Secret Peri-Winkle, Dorothy Who?, Glistening Snow, Fairy Dust, Watermelon Rind, and Black Diamond.

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And Running in Circles, Water You Waiting For, It’s a Trap-eze, Grape Juice and Avalanche.

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Perhaps most exciting of all, my Rescue Beauty order. You can’t really get the great depth and shimmer in the one picture where you can clearly see Recycle, but Recycle is just black in the other picture, so here’s both. Yes, I have ordered a lightbox. 🙂 By the way, Aqua Lily lasted approximately 30 hours before selling out again this week. It’s so beautiful! Aqua Lily, Insouciant, Poco A Poco, Ghost, Recycle, and Moxie (the surprise love here – not “surprised it’s beautiful” but “surprised that I think it will get more use than I thought” since I normally am not that into white polish).

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This Week’s Haul (so far)

Here’s what I’ve picked up this week. Let me know of anything that needs to move to the top of the swatch list!

I found all these Color Club polishes at TJ Maxx. For $10 I got the set of 6 colors with top coat, and for $4 I got these two pairs of the Winter Affair polishes I didn’t get at Sally. Note there’s an extra of this sparkle top coat that will end up in the swap list – but this was the same price for 2 polishes as for just the one at Sally. And I got the four minis for $5 – In True Fashion duochromes.




Next, my Butter London Fishwife arrived!


Essie Smooth Sailing ($4 at TJ’s) and Over the Top (full price at Ulta).


These two came from Ulta, which has 5 for $5 on polishes, hand lotion, and a ton of other stuff. This purple looks very similar to the Color Club purple with holo glitter.


Zoya Storm! I wasn’t interested from the original Zoya swatches but fell in love in the store.


One more Layla Ceramic Effects (remember it’s about $6.50 plus tax if you use your $3.50 off $10 coupon at Ulta).


FingerPaints holiday polishes – Elve’s Bells and Santa’s Magic. These were the two of the six that didn’t seem overly duplicative to me of other things I have.

And finally, here’s the Julep haul from two intro boxes and an add-on. Apparently this month they sent lots of glitter pots! The polishes are Sophie, Jodie, Toni, Michelle, and Caroline.


WHEW! Just typing that wore me out!

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