September 15, 2014

Mail-time: A Haul to Gloriously Conclude My No-Buy!

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!

Good Ham.

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 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 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??


  1. Hi Ham!!! This entire post is making me drool. I think Color4Nails is my favorite e-tailer!

  2. Growing up, we had a German Shepherd, Holly, who loved c-a-r-r-o-t-s (we had to spell out or she went berserk). For 14 years, she got 2 carrots a day. She was a good girl.

    Your shopping spree (instead of haul?) is great! I didn't know about the those e-tailer so I'm checking those out. I've seen the Choo-Choo Choose You in I'm thinking I need to get it.

  3. Good to know! I'll definitely be ordering from them in the future! :)

  4. Haha! It's about the same around here. Did you know Ham is half German Shepherd? I love GSDs! They are full of personality!

    I'm still wearing Choo Choo at the moment, and it's great!

  5. Monet's Garden is one of my most favorite polishes and I can't wait to see your swatches of I Choo-Choo-Choose You!

  6. Awesome new colors you picked up!

  7. Hah, I have been admiring Monet's Garden for so long!! :)

  8. Those all look so lovely! And yes, Choo-Choo Choose You.. that looks glorious! I should probably go on a no-buy soon. I bet my hubby would appreciate that... lol

  9. Ham wins the most adorable dog award....every single time :) Nail polish additions? Nail mail? Not sure what you could use besides haul, I don't really like saying haul either but I'm also really weird about spending money. I can't wait to see swatches of the Emilys and the Picture polishes, they look amazing!!!

  10. So much goodness!! I too snagged some PPs from color4nails. I chose Forget Me Not and Bette (already have the Ozotic versions of Pandora and Eyre, tho I still wanted them). I will definitely get Unicorn and Fools Gold another time, looking forward to that post!

    Ham is playing you for carrots! I wonder if my dogs would like carrots...

    I do super love Orly Sparking Garbage btw....I have two! And those China Glazes look good too... :D:D:D !!!!!!

  11. Wow, wow, wow! I wouldn't know what to start with first, great haul!

  12. Ooooooooooh there are a few in there that I absolutely love! Monet#s Garden and Serenity are just plain amazing!

  13. LOL, he so IS playing me for carrots. In my (fairly vast) experience, I've only known one dog to refuse carrots. They're pretty healthy for them too! :)

    Also, I have definitely admired PP Bette, but saved it for another day!

  14. Thank you! And, haha! I don't even think my boyfriend noticed I didn't buy polish for three months. Hmph.

  15. Haha, thanks Erin! I'm gonna stick with "nail mail" I think!

  16. That's exactly how I feel! I'm just going to start slowly swatching them I think.

  17. Ugh, I am so excited about those two!! :D