OPI Nail Lacquer in Deer Valley Spice

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Nail Lacquer — Deer Valley Spice

Collection: OPI 1993 Fall/Winter, Alpine

I’m not sure how long OPI kept producing this color after its initial release in 1993, but this is certainly one of my oldest OPIs in terms of collection year.

The Alpine collection consisted of polishes with fun names like Banff Boogie (being in Canada, I’d love to find this one!), Chilly Chile, and Taos Twist. Deer Valley Spice (NL A90) is, unfortunately, the only polish I own from this collection.

It’s a surprisingly warm, midtoned fuchsia shimmer that I find really wearable. On my yellow-toned skin, I usually shy away from hot pinks, but Deer Valley Spice somehow just works! I’d guess it’s because it leans more red than pink. I’d really recommend this for all skintones.

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Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Haulage! Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Fall 2015)

On the last day of August, since I knew I was starting a fall low-buy, I decided to splurge one last time! I knew Hudson’s Bay was running an Estée Lauder GWP, and eBates.ca (referral link) was offering an additional 5% cashback. Plus, I’d had Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose on my wishlist ever since I bought it for my mom last year. Then, last week, Stashmatters praised the blush, and basically, all the stars aligned and I finally ordered it. It costs just enough to qualify for the GWP, as well!

Well, I should say that most of the stars aligned. I recently updated my Firefox browser, and I don’t know if it was the browser update or Hudson’s Bay updating their online store, but I suddenly could not add anything into my shopping cart. I also couldn’t remove existing items from my shopping cart. Both actions prompted JavaScript errors.

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Winners Canada Haulage, NARS, SpaRitual, Anna Sui nail polish

Haulage! My Winners (The Canadian TJ Maxx) Purchases for Summer 2015

As we are entering the fall months on this first day of September—though fall doesn’t technically begin here in Canada until September 23—I thought it would be a very responsible idea to enter a low-buy for the upcoming season. After all, I’ve gotta start saving money for those post-holiday deals, right?

Plus, the Canadian dollar is so weak at the moment, and prices are slowly going up. We’re down to 75¢ to the US dollar, guys! It hasn’t been this low since the 90s, I think.

So I have resolved to “shop my stash” more and stop buying so much bloody nail polish until December. You might start to see reviews of things I bought over a year ago…

To get myself in the mood for a low-buy, here’s a roundup of my Winners purchases since about April. That’s about five months, basically since my last Winners haul post, so this post is really more like: Purchases for the Second Half of Spring, and Summer.

Now, I love shopping at the TJ Maxx stores (that’s Winners and HomeSense in Canada, though we also recently got Marshalls, too). They’re obviously a bit hit/miss, but the hits can be fantastic!

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Talia

Zoya — Professional Lacquer — Talia

Collection: Zoya 2015 Summer, Island Fun

I recently picked up six Zoyas during their Color Cube sale last month, and here’s the another swatch from that batch of colors.

Talia (ZP798) is described by Zoya as a “true turquoise” in a cream finish. I personally envision turquoise as a lighter, evenly balanced blue-green:

turquoise stones
Image: boumcreative.com

So, I find Talia a bit bluer, deeper, and slightly more muted than a “true turquoise”. It’s an intense, plumage-evoking turquoise blue cream, and I find it quite stunning in person.

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Sample of Deborah Lippmann Sale on Discontinued Nail Color (Stronger, Across the Universe, Flash Dance)

Sale Alert! Deborah Lippmann Sweet Sixteen Sale (20% Off, Online Only)

Happy 16th birthday to Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer!

Deborah Lippmann is holding an online sale to celebrate this milestone. Get 20% off the entire site until September 3, 2015. Use the code ANNY16.

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Sixteen Sale, September 2015
Image: deborahlippmann.com

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer is free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is cruelty-free.

Drugstore Haulage, GOSH, Sally Hansen, Nubar nail polish

Haulage! My Drugstore Purchases for Summer 2015

As we are entering the fall months on this last day of August—though fall doesn’t technically begin here in Canada until September 23—I thought it would be a very responsible idea to enter a low-buy for the upcoming season. After all, you gotta start saving money for those post-holiday deals, right?

Plus, the Canadian dollar is so weak at the moment, and prices are slowly going up. We’re down to 75¢ to the US dollar, guys! It hasn’t been this low since the 90s, I think.

So I have resolved to “shop my stash” and stop buying so much bloody nail polish until December.

To get myself in the mood to do so, here’s a roundup of my drugstore purchases since about June (that’s about three months, but doesn’t include my last Shoppers Optimum Points haul, since that was basically free).

Also, I just want to add that everything here was purchased on sale at either Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, or Well.ca.

Retail is for suckers, Kramer, Seinfeld
“Retail is for suckers.” —Seinfeld

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OPI Nail Lacquer in I Have a Herring Problem

OPI — Nail Lacquer — I Have a Herring Problem (With a Discourse on Canned Fish)

Collection: OPI 2012 Spring/Summer, Holland

I previously reviewed Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? from the 2012 Holland collection, and was quite disappointed by it. My second polish from this collection is also slightly disappointing, but on the whole, it’s much better than DYJLO.

I Have a Herring Problem (NL H58) is a stormy blue-grey with silver shimmer. There’s a touch of dirty seafoam green to it, as well.

And now, you will have to pardon an interlude, my ode to small fish…

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