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Attack of the nail polish!
How I Organized My Nail Polishes
Earlier this week, I asked readers how they organize their nail polish to get some input on how to organize mine! Surprisingly, the majority of these polishes are from awhile ago – I go in phases with nail polish; I buy bottle after bottle for a few weeks, but then nothing for months.
Anyway, I’ve always just stored them upright in plastic “shoe box” containers from The Container Store, but there’s never been any organization within that method beyond keeping them in one place! (Sometimes, I hate The Container Store, and sometimes, I love it…)
The stash was kind of growing out of control, so I figured it was time to think about actually organizing it with some method to the madness — I ended up going for by brand, and then by color. I don’t have enough polishes to start micro-organizing (e.g. further organizing by finish) quite yet. Even with what seemed like a healthy amount of polishes, I ended up mixing brands within the same container!
I love, love The Container Store’s Clear Storage Boxes – I use them for EVERYTHING. I have like 20 shoe-box sized containers, lots of the sweater boxes… They’re just really affordable, easy-to-use, and they all stack together, which is something I like. I like the shoe-box size for polishes because they’re just high enough to fit even the taller polishes (I think Dolce & Gabbana is the tallest brand I have), but not so tall that you feel like you’re wasting space.
One thing I noticed is that usually there is a little gap of space on the side, since the polishes don’t fit perfectly snug in them. I’m going to have to pick up a few rolls of non-skid material to lay underneath the polishes so they stay in place better. In the meanwhile, I put some bubblewrap in the gaps to keep everything in place ’til I get the non-skid stuff in. Otherwise, I’m satisfied with the solution!
P.S. - I know others enjoy Ikea’s Helmers, but I just found it so cheap-feeling, way too wobbly, and doesn’t really go with anything in my house, so that just wasn’t a viable option for me. (But trust, I love me some Ikea — a TON of my furniture is from there–huge fan of the Expedit series! This particular piece just wasn’t for me.)
The Random Acts of Kindness of Clarisonic
You know I’m a BIG, BIG fan of Clarisonic, right? I’ve been a fan since the very first Clarisonic (aka the Original) came out. It helps to cleanse and gently exfoliate skin on a regular basis. Clarisonic wants to make your holidays a little brighter (and cleaner!) by giving Temptalia readers a chance to win one of their very own.
What You’ll Win
THREE lucky winners will win a set of Clarisonics (yes — TWO Clarisonics) of their choice! You’ll get to choose the model and color — make it the perfect one for you!
Clarisonic has three versions available to choose from:
- MIA Smaller, more compact than the originalm with one speed ($149) (my review)
- Classic The original, two-speed cleansing system ($195) (my review)
- PLUS Three speeds, plus a “body mode” and a brush for the body ($225) (it’s the only one I don’t have!)
Clarisonic also offers an excellent comparison chart for easy shopping between models.
How to Enter
Leave a comment on this post nominating someone in your life to receive a free Clarisonic of their choice and tell us why you think they should win!
All entries must be submitted by December 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Please make sure to use a valid e-mail address when leaving your comment. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated once winners have been confirmed.
I’m pretty much out of my mind with the opportunity and Clarisonic’s generosity (they’re even extending it to ALL readers, U.S. or not!), so I hope you are as well! Lots of gratitude and thank yous to the lovely folks at Clarisonic!
Congratulations to Brittany, Cherie, & Lynn!
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MAC Love Lace Collection: Eyes
Today, MAC released Love Lace–a week early (it was originally slated for release on the 26th–but my freestanding store confirmed that Warm & Cozy was still launching the 26th). It’s a short ‘n sweet launch, with just two lipsticks, two lipglasses, four eyeshadows, three kohl powers, one nail lacquer, and then a few repromotes of permanent items. It reminds me a bit of last year’s Chill Collection.
I’m going to focus on reviewing the four eyeshadows and three kohl powers in this post, with a follow-up post on the lipsticks and lipglasses, and a final post on the nail lacquer–so stay tuned!
- Love Lace is a dusty darkened blue with a slightly shimmered finish (it is a veluxe pearl, after all) with a very smooth, soft feel. It’s decently pigmented. This reminded me of a more muted Deep Truth kind of shade.
- Suave Intentions is an icy cool-toned medium blue with icy silver shimmer and sheen. If you had to, you might consider duping this with Tilt (which is a little more teal). This was the most pigmented shade of the four.
- Pincurl is a mauvey-gray with icy pink shimmer and sheen. It’s a repromote from Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead. It has a sort of dusty look to it.
- Hypnotizing is a darkened, smoked out mauve-plum with a touch of brown.
- Feline is an intense black.
- Raven is a deep burgundy with black pearl.
- Sense of Style is a darkened blue-teal with blue and teal shimmer. It’s much bluer than Mystery kohl power.
Light Affair Nail Lacquer
MAC Love Lace Collection: Light Affair Nail Lacquer
The final product I’m reviewing from MAC’s Love Lace Collection is a new, limited edition shade of nail lacquer. Light Affair is a creamy, pale gray with a touch of lilac/purple. It’s cool-toned, and it looks quite pale against my skin tone. I really just want to call it a lilac-y gray, but it doesn’t really have that much lilac in it. It’s an interesting shade–it’s a much, much paler and lighter version of Cool Reserve from fall.