Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dollar Store Haul - Awesome Finds!

Yesterday was awful. (Note the lack of blog post yesterday... I just couldn't write. Blah!) It was one of those days where everything I touched went wrong, everything I said was misunderstood, and ended up with me sitting in the car with my husband, crying like an idiot because things were just so horrible. The tears didn't last long, and my husband is an amazing guy who managed to cheer me up immensely. Still, it was a very unpleasant day.

He decided a trip to the Dollar Tree was in order. We were right across the street filling my monthly meds anyway, so it wasn't a big deal to hop on over. He even acted as my hands while I used my crutches to hobble around the store. (It's kind of hard to shop when you can't carry a basket or push a cart!)

I ended up finding lots of goodies! Normally my local Dollar Tree doesn't have that great a selection because it's so small, but yesterday was definitely the exception to the rule! There was the usual selection of LA Colors Art Deco stripers, of which I only own a few. I picked up blue and silver glitters, because everyone needs glitter stripers, yes? But tucked away in a little hidey-hole were these four Maybelline Express Finish polishes!

Now, ages ago (before I started this blog!) I'd seen a post by Colette about her massive Dollar Tree haul, and I saw some polishes that I absolutely NEEDED. The aluminum line seemed so interesting to me, but I knew there was no way I'd find them at my tiny little store. But there they were- two aluminums, a matte gold, and a water polish! Can you believe it??

The water polish is downright bizarre to me. It's so thin and pale and runny, I don't quite get the point. Is it just supposed to make your nails look bruised and discolored? Do you wear it over something else? Do you layer it til it's... I don't even know. But one blah polish out of 6 isn't bad at all!

The glitter stripers are cute. They're good for nail art, and they're also good for frankening. I cannot get over how gorgeous that blue is... I picked up two other glitter polishes that color yesterday and put them back, so I'm glad to have gotten this one! It's just vivid sapphire blue glitter in a clear base, but I absolutely adore it!

The silver glitter is your typical, run-of-the-mill silver glitter in a clear base, but I didn't realize I didn't have one until the other day when I reached to grab one and then saw I didn't have it! That was an interesting moment! So when I saw this at the Dollar Tree, I grabbed it!

Then there are the other items I got. I needed some basics, since my lace nails destroyed my large emery board and my 4-sided buffer block. That was a LOT of buffing, let me tell you! So I bought a 4-pack of emery boards and a 8 sided buffer. I thought that was going to be that, and it was more than enough, but once we got to Walgreens to pick up my meds, I saw the most perfect set of nail decals EVER.

That pack of nail decals? OH. MY. DOG!!! There are cupcakes n crossbones, little skulls in bows and skulls in top hats, devil kitties and bats and... it's SO ADORABLE I could DIE!!! I mean it... I saw these and squealed so loudly that my husband heard me all the way across the store. It was worth it, too! Just look!

So, that was my haul. Other than a quick 1 coat swatch on all of them, I haven't done my nails in 3 days. It's been really, really grumpy in Laynieland. I'm hoping to change that soon! To help that, tell me about your latest purchases- have you found something amazing and vintage? A hard-to-find? Cheer me up! :D


  1. The dollar store fairies knew you needed some cheering up. That's why you found such great stuff!

    The water polishes are odd but they look cool over white or silver. And they're great for making creme polishes into jellies.

  2. Great haul! Those water ones were meant for layering, if I recall correctly--I still have my Violet Water from back when they first came out. My DTs have been crap lately, but that's okay; they've been good to me in the past so I can just play with the pretties I already have.

  3. I went to walgreens today looking for those nail decals.. no luck! Going to have to check out the walgreens a few towns over.

  4. OMG! I read this and couldn't help but laugh:

    "The water polish is downright bizarre to me. It's so thin and pale and runny, I don't quite get the point. Is it just supposed to make your nails look bruised and discolored?"

    I got 4 other Aluminums at the Dollar Tree I went to about 2 months ago. I only liked Bronze Aluminum enough to keep so they're going to a swap pile for a swap I'm doing soon. But you did score on that blue one - pretty!

  5. I want those decals damn it. I don't have a Walgreen's any where by me :(.

  6. great haul! i love the matte gold and the water polish is funny to me too :)

  7. Awesome haul!
    Oooh, Maybellines for a dollar, you say?!?!
    I'm going there, I don't care if I live in Ireland, I'm going there.

    Water polish? I never heard of such a thing.
    Maybe you layering..that'll be quite useful c:

    I bought a Catrice polish recently, but turns out I hate it. xD

  8. Alisa- that makes sense. On its own, it's not very attractive!

    KarenD- My Dollar Trees have always sucked as far as nail polish goes. That's why I was so elated to find these!! There's an enormous DT on the other side of Baton Rouge I'm dying to go to, but getting there is such a PITA. Ah well, one day.

    Mistress Zombie- Oh, I hope you found them! I haven't used them yet, but I am so looking forward to it!

    kittypolishnbags- *giggles* Good! I blog so I can hopefully make people laugh sometimes. Hearing that I succeeded makes my day!

    I'm loving the Aluminums I got... they stamp so beautifully! So does the gold... but that's another post entirely!

    MissMidnightBlue- There are two sets, but the second is mostly words. I wasn't too interested in it. I hope you can find these! I bet they're in other places...

    kelliegonzo- The water polish is just... well named. It's like dipping your fingers in really weak KoolAid. The matte gold is soooo nice...

    AnnKiins'♥- Yes!! I've seen Maybelline, Art Club, LA Colors, Sally Hansen... Now, you never know what you're gonna get, unfortunately. It's a total luck of the draw... but sometimes you get lucky!


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