Hey everyone! I've solved my lighting / speedlight dilemma for now (I picked up a Yongnuo YN-560 II, if you're curious, and so far it's doing wonderfully!), so I'm finally able to swatch properly and share this glorious, glorious mail time* with you!
*Also, ugh, I loathe the word "haul" in relation to shopping / consumerism. But,what else do you call this?!
I know you haven't seen Ham so much on the blog lately (although, he's been on IG), so I took many, many photos!
Inspecting the goods:
Some kind of canine/ nail varnish still life?
I have no idea what this is about. I asked him if he thought carrots were yummy. I was trying to get him to lick his chops!
It is the long-suffering expression + guilt-trip ray combo! And, it was super effective: many carrot pieces ensued!
At any rate, this mail-time is really three separate mail-times/ orders! They did happen to arrive all on the same day though, which was a lucky coincidence, as I didn't place the orders at the same time! It did make for an epic mail day for me!
So, first, the real straw that broke the camel's (no-buy's) back was the Emily de Molly restock on NailPolishCanada.com. I really couldn't pass up the opportunity to own Cosmic Forces at long last (especially after seeing it in person when I was able to snag it for my Santee during this polish swap). Plus, there were new colors recently released! How could I say no??
Luckily, the restock almost perfectly coincided with the official end of my no-buy (end of August).
Emily de Mollys from Nail Polish Canada:
left to right: Pyrite, Tread Lightly, Serenity, Monet's Garden, Cosmic Forces
All of these, other than Tread Lightly (already swatched here), are long time lemmings of mine, so it was a nice feeling to finally have them in hand!
I am in love with these!
I do want to mention that NailPolishCanada has free shipping to the US for orders over $50. That's a good deal when you're stalking an EdM restock! Also, they usually ship orders ridiculously quickly!
Next, and equally as exciting, is the order I placed from Color4Nails.com. I may be slightly oblivious, but I just learned that they carry Picture Polish, so I had to jump on that since I'd been eyeing a lot of the new collaboration shades. It was my first experience with Color4Nails, and it was a good one!
Picture Polishes from Color4Nails:
left to right: Unicorn, Fool's Gold, Eerie, Amethyst, Blue Dog
I've already swatched Unicorn and am processing the photos, so stay tuned for that one! I wore Unicorn for about five days, so that should tell you something about how much I ended up adoring it!
Yum! I'm excited to wear all of these!
Last, I made an order from 8ty8Beauty Supply. If you can get past the janky name, I recommend this e-tailer. Shipping is not calculated until after you've checked out, and that is really the only downside I can see. My order's shipping charge ended up being $12 even, and I ordered 11 polishes. That's a bit steep, but their polishes are much, much cheaper than anywhere I can find these brands in person.
Orlys from 8ty8Beauty:
left to right: Smoked Out, Brush It On, Edgy, Sparkling Garbage
The three polishes farthest to the left are from the new Fall 2014 collection called Smoky. Sparkling Garbage is one that I was initially not attracted to, but I kept seeing people rave about it, so I had to satisfy my curiosity! I can tell you that it is gorgeous in the bottle!
I have to say that Orly is really bringing it lately! I've liked the brand for a long time, but they've really been coming out with unique, quality colors, especially for a commercial brand!
I also picked up quite a few China Glaze polishes, from various releases:
China Glaze- Grass Is Lime Greener.
Grass Is Lime Greener is from the Spring 2014 City Flourish collection, and I'd initally passed on it, but it grew on me. What can I say?!
China Glaze The Giver polishes:
China Glaze- Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage, China Glaze- Boundary of Memory
These two are from the recent The Giver- inspired collection. I was intrigued by the grey, since many people are describing it as blue-leaning (and it is), but I feel like I probably already have something similar. Boundary of Memory, on the other hand, is an amazing, dense glitter! It's like the brown-bronze version of China Glaze- Skyscraper from the Fall 2011 Metro Collection, which I own and love.
China Glaze Fall 2014 All Aboard polishes:
left to right: Mind The Gap, Nice Caboose!, Choo-Choo Choose You, Lug Your Designer Baggage
I also picked up four shades from the new China Glaze Fall collection! To be honest, this entire collection appeals to me, so it's a wonder I was able to narrow it down to four! I've already photographed swatches of these guys, so that post is also in the works.
Spoiler Alert (not): Choo-Choo Choose You is my stand-out favorite!
And, that's all folks! I have a lot of new stuff to try, and should probably go on another extended no-buy, stat!
Have you guys received any interesting polish in the mail recently??