Wednesday, August 11, 2010
How it works is you enter your zip, choose from a list of restaurants, and purchase (simple, no?). Typically, the deal is about half off ($4.50 for $10 worth of food), but when they have sales like the one below, it's even cheaper.
Use coupon code BIG to receive 80% off at restaurant.com and purchase $25 gift certificates for as low as $2.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I love Target, but I love my gay friends, my gay family, and human rights more.
What can you do to send a message to Target?
- Join the rapidly growing group on Facebook.
- Stop shopping at Target and then email, mail or call Target’s corporate offices and let them know that until they take some sort of corrective action, you will not patronize their stores (contact info on the Facebook page link above).
- If you are a fan or “like” Target on Facebook, comment on a thread showing your disgust for their actions, then unlike the page.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
It was one night last week, in somewhat of a sleep-deprived haze, I went to Walgreens and stumbled across a line called Renpure Organics. The bottle was cute and red and I loved seeing the “no sulfates” label. What I also really loved was seeing the “buy one get one free” offer from Walgreens as well as the $6.99 rebate on the bottles. Knowing nothing about the product or brand, I was dubious, but you can’t beat free, right? Worst case scenario, it becomes something I donate to someone else.
I purchased the “My Pretty Hair is Parched” versions of the shampoo and conditioner. I was VERY happy to find that this non-sulfate shampoo actually lathered. It actually lathered quite a bit. The conditioner was thick and spread well and rinsed really easily – no standing in the shower for 10 minutes trying to wash the residue off my back. Best of all, my hair looked and felt fabulous after! Soft, shiny and my halo frizzies were all gone – something that not even extra moisturizing conditioners have managed to get rid of in the past.
98% of shampoo (even the expensive brands) on the market contain sulfates. Sulfates are, essentially, detergents. SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) is used in dish-washing detergents and degreasers. It’s cheap and it gets really foamy so it’s a very common ingredient in shampoo because people like that squeaky-clean feeling. Unfortunately, as you might imagine, that squeaky-clean feeling comes at the expense of the condition of your hair. Additionally, shampoo companies will add silicone ingredients back into shampoo or conditioner so you don’t actually realize how damaging the shampoo has been. Silicone coats your hair to make it feel smoother, but it also can build up easily and actually causes more frizz in some hair types.
As it turns out, Renpure is owned and was created by the Redmond family who originated the Aussie line. If you can’t find the products at Walgreen’s, it’s also available online at Ulta.com and Amazon.
Bottom line: I am VERY happy with my Renpure and would totally buy again!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Desire is an odd thing. Sometimes wanting something is almost better than how you feel when you actually get what you want. Does this mean I have a shopping addiction or am I merely your typical consumer? Eh, who cares. I’m not up for a deep psychological exploration of my purchasing habits this early on a Saturday.
Coastal Scents 88 Metal Mania Palette
I have the other three 88 palettes from Coastal Scents and the Metal Mania palette is their latest. I love the neutral colors and I hear that the finish is really nice – not glittery, not a shimmer, but a true metallic finish. That said, I have yet to bring myself to order. Do I need MORE eyeshadow? If I add together the three palettes I already have, I own 264 shades. And, I am approaching “that age” where I am supposed to stick with matte eyeshadow… Ah hell, you can never have too many eyeshadow colors, right? And who cares what “they” say.
Bargain Tip: This palette (and the other 88s) are not actually manufactured by Coastal Scents. I have, in fact, purchased all three of mine brand new on eBay. Granted, they are shipped from China and the shipping time can be lengthy, but I saved about $10 each. Just do a search on “88 palette” if you want to check them out.
Glowing Vieques Ring with Gold
Well, it looks like this beauty sold (which is why I couldn’t say exactly what the price was). I am not surprised. At least I can stare at the photo, right? If you want to check out EsotericaBazaar‘s other Etsy items, you can view her shop here.
Edit: Ah… she has another for sale! Or perhaps someone bought the first and changed their mind?
Leopard-Print Handkerchief-Hem Halter Dress
This dress is so me… yet so not me. I suppose my hesitation was that I’ve not had great luck with halter tops in the past, but the style of this one is different. I’ve also had some sizing issues with Newport News. I’ve followed their size charts in the past and typically, I find they are way too large.
Note: I decided to bite the bullet and buy this. Of course, by the time I decided to purchase, my size was out of stock.
Essie Vermillionaire & Essie Haute As Hello
UPDATE: I bought Vermillionaire (bargain price on eBay, thank you very much) and it's almost identical to a shade I already own. C'est la vie.
Those who know me know that I have a serious thing for anything coral, salmon, melon, or orange in color (I shall refer to these shades as “corsameor” from now on). It’s the color I always gravitate to when I shop for clothing, am making jewelry, or shopping for nail polish. Unfortunately, in the polish realm, a really good non-neon corsameor is really hard to find, so unless it’s cheap, I am reluctant to buy. While these Essie shades are lovely, at $8 per bottle, I have yet to overcome my fear of the dreaded surprise neon nail.
Note: These photos are from Temptalia’s blog. I LOVE her reviews and her eye makeup looks!
Friday, July 23, 2010
For my fellow polish lovers, here is a list of my favorite blogs to that feed my newest obsession:
- Polish Mayhem: This nail diva has tried (and photographed) more polish than I could have ever imagined was possible. She gives great reviews, takes amazing photos, and gives good advice. She also posts about sales and specials. She goes by the user name MollyHell on Flickr and you can browse her extensive gallery of nail polish swatches. http://polishmayhem.blogspot.com/ or you can view her Flickr gallery here
- The Nailphile: Again, lots of swatches and great information on new polish releases before they are released to stores. http://thenailphile.blogspot.com/
- Short and Sweet Nails: If you have shorter fingernails, this is the blog for you. All polish is swatched on short fingernails which can give you a better sense of how different colors and finishes will look on your own nails. http://shortandsweetnails.blogspot.com/
- Steph’s Closet Photo Gallery: She swatches polish colors you can find at most drugstores (which I LOVE). She also has short nails, so again, a good representation for the shorties! http://www.stephscloset.com/blog/gallery
- Lastly, though not really a blog, Community Nail Polish Gallery is a huge gallery of reader-contributed photos of nail polish swatches. Search by color, brand, finish, and polish name. There are also galleries of nail art and layering experiments. If you wonder what’s available from Essie or need to find the perfect purple for your bridesmaid gown, this is the spot! http://nailgal.com/index.php
Thursday, July 22, 2010
When a co-worker (the fabulous Molly of Fat Bottom Boudoir) told me about Nana’s a few months ago, my first reaction was “Why are we going to eat at a soup kitchen?” What I discovered is that A) I need to listen more carefully to what people say, and B) Nana’s makes awesome soup.
Nana’s is in an old house in Fremont that feels like one of those places I would have hung out in during college – it’s funky, earthy, small, crowded, and has that distinct Seattle nouveau-hippie vibe. Thankfully it does not smell like patchouli or clove cigarettes.
They serve wraps, salads, paninis, wraps, microbrews, espresso, and (you guessed it) soup. I opted for the soup/salad combo – creamy tomato basil, spinach salad with almonds and mandarin slices, and a cornbread muffin. It’s not cheap, but the food is good and you get a lot for your money.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Back to the 21st century… Amazingly, this $1.99 wonder goes on exceptionally well. This is one of their fancier formulas, so it costs $1 more than their base line. While I’m not opposed to paying $8+ for quality polish, I love a bargain (have I mentioned I love a bargain?) and was so pleasantly surprised by this one. The Megalast formula is supposed to last a long time. I, however, like to change polish frequently, so will probably never get to truly test this.
The color gives me what I’ve seen referred to as “mannequin hands” meaning it’s in the same family as my skin tone and blends right in with my skin. Obviously, this will depend on your own skin tone to see if it provides the same effect. I’d call it a medium neutral beige with a hint of pink. It’s a creme formula (no shimmer, glitter, or metallic tones).
In thinking about blogging I’d always shied away from it wondering A) what I’d write about and B) if anyone would care about what I was writing about. I mean, how embarrassing to put your stuff out there for public consumption and not be interesting enough for people to want to check in, right? While I’ve done the whole SME writing thing before and drawn an audience, this is the first time I’ve wanted something to be just about me and crap I care about. And, well… that’s a little more scary.
I know some of you will find some of the crap I care about tedious, pedestrian, shallow, and mind-numbingly bland. Others might actually be offended. But, frankly, I am 39 years old. I suppose at this point, I need to own who I am and that includes the crap I care about. I’ve never been one of those “Take me or leave me” kinds of people, so hopefully, this will be therapeutic.
So, this first post is inspired by and dedicated to my lovely co-worker Layla (who has her own fabulous blog). She may very well be the only person actually reading this, but that’s OK. It was after reading her blog that I started thinking about blogging and mentioned it to her. She urged me on with the following inspirational words – “You should blog…I would read your crap.”
So, Layla, you asked for it. Here is my crap.
Crap this blog will most likely discuss:
- The boy
- Our cattins
- Girl stuff including, but not limited to, nail polish, fashion, makeup, hair and jewelry (I swear I am not 13)
- Bargains – for me, it’s not about the money you save, it’s about the find.
- Goals, accomplishments, wishes as well as random thoughts and observations
- Food. Anything goes including recipes, photos of food, and weight discussion.
- Stuff I take photos of
- Ways I can find more balance in my life