Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm

I'm a stalker. There, I said it. Not of the Facebook-creeper type (ok, well maybe I indulge in a little of that from time to time too), but of the drugstore type. I think it's a disorder. Every time I hear about a new beauty product that's due to be released soon I HAVE TO FIND IT. So when Nivea buzzed about their Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm, I HAD TO FIND IT. First they said it was due out at CVS on Aug 1. Well, Aug 1 came and went (and I came and went to about 4857920 CVS stores) and no dice. Then they said mid-Aug at CVS. Well, I happened to be online-stalking it too and fiiiinally drugstore.com put it up! Well hey guess what?! I have my handy little free ShopRunner membership with free 2 day shipping, and Drugstore is one of the included merchants! So because part of my I Have To Find It Disorder includes the side effect of What If They Discontinue It Before I Can Buy More?!, I added 3 to my cart on Sat morning and on Tues afternoon UPS was knocking on my door! 

(If anyone would like a free ShopRunner trial, visit http://www.shoprunner.com/invite/a0QG0000004ShkQMAS). 

(You can see by the lip marks that it's already well-loved!)

My Holy Grail nighttime lip balm has been Nivea A Kiss of Moisture pretty much since it came out. During the daytime I've been using Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals, which is great too, but I love the nub of Fresh Sugar lip balm that I have left because of its lemony essence. But I've only gotten that once because it came in a set during the holidays and was much cheaper than usual. I refuse to spend over $20 for a lip balm unless it makes me look like Angelina Jolie. So I've been on the hunt for something to satisfy that lemon craving. The lemon lip balms from C.O. Bigelow at Bath & Body Works just didn't do it for me. But now...THIS does. It's not identical; there is the hint of olive oil in with the lemon of course, and it doesn't quite melt like butter on my lips like the Fresh one, but it DOES keep my lips feeling moisturized and I can somehow "taste" the lemon on my lips without actually licking them, ya know what I mean?! And when I can get 8-9 tubes of this for the same as one tube of Fresh...yeah. Is there even a question here?! PLEASE NIVEA...NEVER STOP MAKING THIS!!! DO YOU HEAR ME?

Have you found this yet? If so, where? And what do you think of it?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wet 'n Wild Fergie polish at Meijer, including a Zoya dupe

On my usual cruise by the endcaps at Meijer yesterday, I saw they now have WnW Fergie nail polish. This is a larger display than what I've seen at Walgreens. I'm not sure if they're just carrying a larger quantity, or if there are any additional colors, but I can tell you that I definitely DID NOT see this shade when I checked out the untouched Walgreens display - so either they didn't have it, or I had an 11-month-old distracting me. I'm not ruling either out ;-)

Anyway, this fantastical shade is Ferguson Crest Syrah. In the store I thought it reminded me of what is a top contender for one of my all-time favorite polishes, Zoya Valerie. So for the low low price of $2.99 I made her mine! And at home I was not disappointed.

 (2 coats of each; Fergie is on the left)

So what do you think? Total dupe-age, right?! It's nice to know I have access to a "backup" (um, even though I already have a backup...) of my favorite polish without having to spend $8!