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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OPI Gift Cards for Everyone Swatched – and a Great Price for the Set

When I posted about Ulta’s OPI promo for December, I was non-plussed. But I’m a sucker for green polish and OPI’s been a little slack on the deep green front, so when I was in the store this weekend, I asked whether the holiday colors were available for regular purchase (they were) and to see the green and purple. The purple won me over; it is a deeper more interesting color than I realized. Once I was doing that, I could get all three colors for $17, and I had a $5 off $10 coupon so they came out to about $4 each. The $5 coupon was on a mailer, but there’s a $3.50 off coupon you can print out online here. The purple color – Gift Cards for Everyone – was also the color for which I hadn’t been able to find swatches online to help you all out, so it became my duty – nay, my privilege – to help with this! I had a very hard time capturing the small blue (and some green! eee!) glitter in this but it was the final straw in making the purchase.

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Ulta B2G1 on Polishes Starting December 1

Ulta will have B2G1 on Orly, China Glaze, Piggy Polish, and Zoya from December 1 to December 24. They have a $5 off $10 coupon on the flyer; these often go on the web site. With the two deals together, you could be looking at $11 for 3 Zoya polishes – not a bad deal at all! Also with purchase of 2 OPI colors Ulta will have one of three OPI “Holiday Exclusive” colors – Skip the Gift Wrap (green), Last Minute Shopper (red), or Gift Cards for Everyone (purple). These are full sizes of the same three colors that are in the Ulta mini set. 

Cut and Blow Has the OPI Muppets Collection for $5 Each

I haven’t ordered from them before, but Cut and Blow is currently selling the OPI Muppets polishes. Unfortunately Rainbow Connection is sold out but the other 11 colors appear to be available. They also had a China Glaze set that is now sold out but looks like it was a good deal – I’ve added this one to my daily list of check-ins.

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