I've been meaning to post this haul for weeks and I'm already setting stuff aside for my next haul post, so I really think it's time to get this one done. This post should have gone up on Monday, but we had a really traumatic weekend where my 3 year old son was hit by a car. It was a terrifying experience and it is a complete miracle that he's okay. For a little boy who was hit and actually run over by the car, he just has some bumps, scrapes and bruises which is really incredible. After he got home from the hospital, we've spent the last few days cuddled up on the couch watching movies, so this was actually a really easy post to work on since there was no nail painting involved. For those of you that commented on my son's accident on Instagram and sent your love, prayers and good vibes, I thank you so much. It means a lot that on an account dedicated to something like nail polish, that people still took time to send us love and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. He's doing so great and I still can't believe it. He's playing and laughing and doing very normal 3 year old things and it's nice to get back to our regular routine so things can feel normal again.
I don't know if there's any non-awkward ways to transition from talking about a serious car accident to nail polish, so I'm just going to do it. Like I said it feels good to be normal and do things we love. Painting my nails and talking about nail polish makes me happy which is why I started this blog. So let's go to my happy place :)
Fall is short lived for us in Canada and before we know it there is snow on the ground and the air is dry and freezing. This does a number on my cuticles and hands so I took a recommendation from MissJenFabulous and decided to order Deborah Lippmann The Cure cuticle cream from Sephora. Besides my cuticles getting dry in the winter, they are also very thick from biting my nails for 20 years because I also bit the cuticles. You know how people always say 'don't cut your cuticles or they will grow back thicker'? That's exactly what happened to me! I'm not sure how to reverse 20 years of damage so I thought this cuticle cream would help since it's described on the website as being very "powerful" and MissJenFabulous said it "melts away her cuticles" when she puts it on. Sounded exactly like what I needed. But I have to say it wasn't a miracle worker for me. It's just a regular cuticle cream that works exactly the same as a $5-10 Sally Hansen cuticle cream. It's nice and light and I like wearing it during the day or before I take pictures of my nails because it sinks in quickly and doesn't look or feel greasy. It has a light perfumey scent. But as an ultra-nourishing overnight treatment it fell flat, even with the suggested cuticle oil first with The Cure on top. It's just an okay product and I wouldn't purchase it again (especially at $30 a jar). When I ordered this, it was a toss up between this one and Dior Abricot Creme. When I wasn't wowed by the Deborah Lippmann one, I ordered the Dior creme during the VIB sale so I'll have a review of that one in my next haul.
|Left: Deborah Lippmann The Cure Cuticle Cream|
Middle: Caudalie Lip Conditioner
Right: Caudalie: Hand and Nail Cream
Another recommendation from MissJenFabulous was this Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream. Since she's a nail art youtuber, she said she doesn't mind spending a bit more on a hand cream to keep her hands looking their best. I thought that sounded like a fantastic idea. She said her favourites were L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, and an Aveda one. The L'Occiitane cream was $12 for 1 oz, but Caudalie had a winter duo where you could get a 1 oz. hand cream plus their lip conditioner for $12. The lip conditioner is $12 by itself so I decided to go that route. I also liked that its says hand AND nail cream. But it came and I was disappointed by the fact that it is in the teeniest tiniest tube. I used it sparingly and it was still gone in 2 weeks. It has a floral perfumey "grape seed" scent which I don't love. It didn't do anything crazy or fantastic for my hands that a good moisturizing drug store hand cream couldn't do. The lip conditioner is fine, but I just bought my daughter a $1.50 tube of Nivea Hydro Care and it is literally the exact same thing. Same plastic tube packaging and same level of moisturization. Neither have a scent/flavour. I wouldn't splurge on either of these products again.
I did also order this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for my family. I had tried a sample of this and it was incredible so I ordered it for my kids who get eczema and dry patches of skin in the winter. It was $15 for 2 oz and I used this a few times for my hands and it's so wonderful. I would highly recommend this cream if you want a good intense hand or face cream for any reason (I originally used the sample on my eyelids when I had a bizarre reaction and had scaly dry eyelids for 2 weeks. It cleared it up in a day). I haven't been using this one daily, because I want to preserve it for my kids, and it's also a bit more intense than what I actually need on the daily. I purchased a few drugstore hand creams over the weekend, so they'll be in my next haul with reviews to see if I can find something that works great but is not so expensive.
More nail care! This order came from nailpolishcanada.com. I used my points to get a free bottle of Nailtiques Formula 2 to help combat my peeling nails. I've heard fantastic things about it, and it's kind of expensive, so I thought I'd spend my points and give it a go. I'm disappointed I spent all those points and got such a tiny bottle, but so far I'm really happy with what it's doing for my nails. I can tell a difference. I also ordered Essie Marshmallow, a long time lemming from my wish list and I'm so happy to have it. I still haven't tried it yet, but I'm excited to do some comparisons to other Essie whites like Tuck it In My Tux. Of course I ordered myself a bottle of Lady Like because I loved the mauve-nude polish so much when I borrowed it from my friend, that it needed to live in my own collection. I also got some Essie All-In-One base coat. My friend Bree recommended it so I thought I'd try it out. I'm currently working on a "Battle of the Top Coats" post where behind the scenes of my blog and instagram, I've been wearing the exact same nail polish over and over again to see how different Essie top coats perform. I eventually would like to do the same for a few different Essie base coats, so I ordered this for that purpose as well.
|Left to Right: Nailtiques Formula 2, Essie Marshmallow, Essie Lady Like and Essie All-In-One|
I also ordered a glass nail file, which I've read is the best to care for your nails. It doesn't make big tears in your nail like a regular nail file would, and since I'm trying to combat peeling nails I thought I'd try it. It takes longer to file my nails because the grit is so small, but I do really like it.
Alright, it's time for some nail polish. I found these babies at Winner's months ago for $5.99 each. The left is actually more of an orange called "Meet Me at Sunset" and the right is a true red called "Lacquered Up". Since discovering sparklecanada.com where I can get Essie's for $4.85 each, I haven't been snatching up my Winner's finds as quickly anymore. But then about a month ago, I came across both of them moved to the clearance shelf at Winner's with big red $4 clearance stickers. I hesitated because I have SO. MANY. REDS. and just left them there, but then regretted it, because I get comparison requests and these two polishes could help me show those comparisons. A week later I finally decided I would go back to get them. Only to discover they had been marked down even FURTHER to $3 each! That was a score.
|Left: Meet Me at Sunset|
Right: Lacquered Up
My camera is not capturing their true colours, so I apologize.
I also check out the shelves of my local Dollarama frequently to see if any Essie's show up. I found this polish called Cocktails & Coconuts for $3 and since I've had a few requests to compare Essie nudes I figured I would pick it up to add to my stash. I only have one other nude polish so I was happy to have it. I even added my thoughts and pics of it to my original 2014 Resort Fling Collection review.
|Essie Cocktails & Coconuts|
After doing some research, I had decided I wanted to add Bordeaux to my collection. It's a true Essie classic, since it was born almost 35 years ago and among the very first Essie polishes to be released (full post here). So I picked it up at Superstore, along with Master Plan which I had seen my friend Ruve wearing. I love both these polishes, but I have considered returning Master Plan since it's so close to other grey polishes I have. But I may also keep it because I'm an Essie fanatic and I like it :) (read full post here)
|Left: Essie Bordeaux|
Right: Essie Master Plan
I found this bottle of Fiji on the shelves of my local small town drugstore while I was waiting for a prescription to be filled. I bought it because it was the elusive "old formula" of Fiji, the one that is a beautiful pale pink (but crap) formula. To read all about it's reformulation go here and if you want some ideas for a replacement polish for old Fiji, read here.
|Essie Fiji (old formula)|
I know I was wordy today, but I hope my reviews of the more expensive nail and hand care products are useful to you. Like I said, I've already got products set aside for a future haul and I will have more reviews then. If you have any requests for future posts, please let me know in the comments! As you can see, sometimes I buy polishes based on your requests, so don't be afraid to ask.