Bi-Weekly WTF :: Vol 4 – Racist Nail Polish Names

Racist Nail Polish Names - Wycon

You know, there’s a first time for everything. Even, apparently, slurs being used in racist nail polish names.

Pioneering Ignorance and Stupidity

Italian cosmetics company Wycon thought it would be smart to name some products based on songs. That would have been fine if just one person in their entire organization recognized that, “Thick as a Ni**a,” is not an appropriate or acceptable name for a nail polish color.

Or, you know, anything.

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The Haul-idays / No Buy / State of Things

No Buy

Haul

Since the sale I bought C Firma during, I allowed myself to spend a little more on beauty-related products during the holidays.

In addition to the MiroPure Straightening brush, I bought:

  • Another hair tool to try. There’s no universe in which I would have dropped money (>$125!) on a Beachwaver but I got the InstaWave for $25.
  • A few more Gelaze colors to play with. I hadn’t purchased any gel polish in nearly a year!
  • Some extra Clarisonic brush heads. There was a Cyber Monday sale – got two Radiance heads for $24. Not as excellent as my usual purchase of 4 for $64 (4 pack for $81 + 20% off).
  • A new (to me, not new release) Real Techniques brush. I didn’t really have anything to use on my whole, finished face to blend any edges that I missed, and for $4 on sale I figured it was fair.

Holiday Stuff

In all, I found myself yet again underwhelmed by the holiday offerings put out by most brands. It does look like Fenty Beauty rose to the occasion (still haven’t tried anything from Fenty, though), but everything else fell flat to me. Even Urban Decay who, in spite of my occasional criticism, I generally enjoy, swung and missed (me).

The only thing I found myself tempted by were the new Heavy Metal glitter liner shades – but given that I have few opportunities to even wear the one I own (Midnight Cowboy), I refrained from adding more to my collection. Glitter eyeliner, after all, is not appropriate for work.

State of Things

Now for some general, “state of things,” updates on things I’ve talked about but not super-recently.

No Buy

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Beauty Skeptic Amazon Storefront

This year, I didn’t bother writing any holiday gift guides. Between my real-life workload and something telling me, “There are enough out there this year,” I opted out.

In a related vein, though, I created an Amazon Storefront that features my favorite beauty products. We’re talking hair tools, skincare, makeup – the whole nine yards. Putting it together was a bit of a wake-up-call; it had me going, “Whoa, I use a lot of stuff.” In the end, I felt way more high maintenance than I was prepared to admit.

Beauty Skeptic Amazon Storefront

 

The above screenshot is just a small snippet of what I have up there. Items on that page are things that I use routinely – maybe not every day, but definitely often. It’s like the ultimate, comprehensive Beauty Skeptic Starter Pack.

Notes & Tips:

  • Everything in my Amazon storefront results in a small affiliate commission. I don’t link to things there that I don’t use and recommend. If you aren’t comfortable with that, you’re welcome to purchase items you’re interested in elsewhere. :)
  • Shop smart. Although Amazon frequently has the lowest price on certain things, they aren’t always the lowest.
    • Know your pricing!
      • I can often get micellar water and mascara cheaper at Target when they’re on sale + Cartwheel + manufacturer coupons.
        • But sometimes, Amazon has a sale + coupons, too!
      • OPI is frequently a better deal at Ulta (frequent BOGO 50% off) or Sally Beauty (occasional B2G1).
      • Bed Head is priced best from Costco, etc.
    • Also, Amazon pricing fluctuates a lot. I use the Keepa browser plugin for Chrome to guide my purchase timing to get better deals.
    • At the end of the day, price may not be the biggest motivator for you. I strongly believe there is a value to convenience and simplicity; for example, at this time of year I order more things from Amazon even if they cost a little more stores at Christmastime are crazy.
  • Prime is worth it!

Why the Amazon Storefront and affiliate links?

Although Beauty Skeptic is not my full-time, full-tilt job, there are operating costs. There’s fees for web hosting, domain registration, security – not to mention site design, branding, etc. Although there are products I would definitely buy and try no matter what, some of my purchases are influenced by thoughts along the lines of, “My readers has expressed interest in this,” or, “I think my readers would be interested in this.”

Purchases made via affiliate links offset those administrative costs and enable me to purchase and review products you’ve told me you want to know about or I think you’d be interested in. Basically, that small income enables me to continue consistently creating content. All earnings from affiliate programs like Amazon’s go right back into the blog.

The Bottom Line

My hope is that the Amazon Storefront offers you convenience. If not, disregard it and go about your day!

I’m taking Monday off to enjoy the holiday with my family. If you observe and celebrate, I hope you have a peaceful, joyful Christmas. If you don’t, I still hope you have a peaceful, joyful December 25. ;)

November 2017 Favorites

November 2017 FavoritesNovember 2017 Favorites
1. MiroPure Straightening Brush, $40 / 2. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, 3 for >$8 / 3. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $80 /
4. Vaseline Original, varies / 5. OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress, $8

American Thanksgiving has come and gone (somehow it was already like two weeks ago, WTF). The holidays are officially here. I have yet to decorate my apartment (because I have been drowning in work, as I shared on earlier this week). This weekend, I will get the wee tree up and then I will wrap all the things. I’ve been into tying gift bows lately and have some amazing peacock ribbon that I’m excited to use. Before we get into my November 2017 Favorites, don’t forget to check out (and enter, duh) my Real Techniques Sculpting Set Giveaway; there’s only a week left!

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OPI Gelcolor

OPI Gelcolor - Icelanded a Bottle of OPI

To date, I own two OPI Gelcolor polishes.

  • Bubble Bath – because I am boring practical it is pretty and simple.
  • I’m Not Really a Waitress – because it is a classic. As soon as I knew it existed in the OPI Gelcolor formula I had to buy it.

I’d own more if it weren’t so damn difficult to get my hands on. Like full-sized Gelish bottles, OPI Gelcolor is officially distributed only to professionals. You know, so us plebeians don’t destroy their reputation or something.

OPI Gelcolor Key Points (Mini-Review)

My experience with OPI Gelcolor has been overwhelmingly positive. The two colors I own:

  • apply with relative ease. On a five point scale, I’d rate it a 5
    (for reference, I’d call China Glaze Gelaze a 4 in ease of application, Red Carpet Manicure a 3, and Gelish a 2)
  • cure properly in both my original and new Sensationail LED lamps without issue
  • wears gracefully and with longevity – I usually get 12 solid days with my application.
    (important note: I don’t have the full OPI system – I don’t use their base and top coat when I DIY!)
  • soak-off removal is easy

The bad news:

  • INRAW isn’t quite the same as the classic, regular nail polish formula.
    This isn’t uncommon with gel versions of existing colors.

In short – I really enjoy the product even if my classic favorite is a bit different.

Deviating from the Norm

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