Sunday, August 10, 2014

Enchanted Polish sale results!

Thank you all so much for your interest in the Enchanted Polishes I had for sale!! Lots of movement at the very end - exciting!!!

Here are the results:

Austin Powers - $60
Dragon Spit - $150
Sour Patch Kid - $120
Yellow Submarine - $130
Gummy Worm - $100
Green Goblin - $100
Octopus's Garden - $25
Vampire's Dessert - $55

I will be contacting the winners for addresses and will calculate your final totals. Anything that did not sell will be added to my Storenvy.

Thanks again everyone!!! YYY

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Enchanted Polish sale

08/09/14 Update - Sorry folks, but I won't be able to email current high bidders tonight.  However, nothing has changed from yesterday, so if you received an email yesterday, you are still in the lead! I'm sorry for not emailing, but I am out of town and am having trouble getting all your addresses to load on my phone. :(

UPDATE!!! As per bidder request, I am going to update the current offer for each polish each evening!

Hi there -

Things have gotten rather tough in Normal Girl Nail-land, so I'm currently taking offers for several Enchanted Polishes in the slim round bottles. If you are interested, please hit the contact button over in the sidebar and let me know your offer. I will be leaving this open until Sunday, August 10th at 6pm CST. At that point, whoever has the highest offer will be the winner. In the case of tied offers, the first time stamp will be accepted. I will ship anywhere, though the buyer is responsible for actual shipping costs. I would suggest insurance, as I am unable to replace or refund if these are lost or damaged in shipping!

Here is what I have available:

Austin Powers - current offer: $45 (08/09)
Dragon Spit - current offer: $120 (08/09)
Sour Patch Kid - current offer: $80 (08/09)
Yellow Submarine - current offer: $130 (08/09)
Gummy Worm - current offer: $25 (08/09)
Green Goblin - current offer: $90 (08/09)
Across the Universe
Hey Jude
Octopus's Garden - current offer: $25 (08/09)
Mean Mr. Mustard
Hello New York

I also have Vampire's Dessert (current offer: $30 (08/09)), but it is currently hiding from me, so I don't currently have pictures. You may make offers for it as well, and I will update with photos as soon as I find it!! :)

Pictures of each polish are below. I will list the usage below each picture, but they have all been worn once or swatched once, except for Austin Powers, which has been used for two manis and so is more like 80%. Please contact with me any questions!


Austin Powers, used for two manis, ~80% full (probably closer to 90%)

Dragon Spit, used for one mani

Sour Patch Kid, used for one mani

Yellow Submarine, used for one mani

Gummy Worm, used for one mani

Green Goblin, used for one mani

Across the Universe, swatched a couple of times

Hey Jude, swatched

Octopus's Garden, swatched

Mean Mr. Mustard, swatched

Hello New York, one mani

Additional pictures available upon request!!

Also, don't forget to check out my sale over at StorEnvy - link is in the sidebar!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

blog sale update!

Hi all!

I now have 500 items listed for sale at Store Envy! 500 is the limit on Store Envy and I have AT LEAST another 200 items to list, so please help me out by purchasing so I can list more!!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blog Sale at Store Envy!

I'm reopening my blog sale, but doing it on Store Envy this time. I'm working on adding products (500+), but you can begin to access it here:

Normal Girl Nails @ StoreEnvy

Thanks so much!! <3

Monday, September 24, 2012

Not quite back... but a Blog Sale!

Hi all!  Is anyone still out there?!?!  I know, tomorrow will be a year since I've posted.  *sigh*  I plan to come back when life settles down a bit, but until then, how about helping me unload over 400 unloved polishes??

Yeah, you read that right.  Over 400.  Eeeep!  Just because I haven't posted doesn't mean I haven't been buying!  But, as most of us polish collectors have found, my tastes have changed over the years and I have many things just sitting and taking up precious space that I desperately need if I'm going to stay in the 4 melmers I have limited myself to!

As there are so many polishes, I don't currently have pics, but I will take them upon request.

I have a cat and though I don't polish her nails, her hair tends to get into everything.  If a few cat hairs in your package bother you, this probably isn't the blog sale you're looking for.  ;)

All polishes are either swatched or used for 1 mani, unless otherwise noted.

Prices are somewhat negotiable, but please, no low-balling.  My drugstore polishes are priced pretty low as-is.

Payment is by Paypal ONLY.  I would prefer a gift, but will invoice (including fees - 2.9% + $.30) upon request.  I have feedback on MUA here and eBay here.

US shipping - $3 for the first, $.50 additional until we get to $5, then we'll look at Priority options.  Will include Delivery Confirmation.

International shipping - actual shipping costs plus $1 for shipping/packing materials.  At your own risk, as there will be no tracking.

Contact me at with sales or questions!

Here are a few of the polishes you'll find in the sale!

All That Glitters - Plum and Plummer - $8
All That Glitters - Valentine Massacre - $8
All That Glitters - Vinyl Junkie - $8
Candeo Colors - Orchid - $9  
Dollish Polish - Fat Guy in a Little Coat - $8  
Dollish Polish - Material Girl - $8  SOLD
Dollish Polish - Puttin' on the Ritz - $8
Dollish Polish - Random Dancing - $8 - slightly tinted base, glitter still vibrant
Dollish Polish - Team Salvatore - $8 - original square bottle - slightly tinted base, glitter still vibrant  SOLD
Dollish Polish - Zombie Flesh - $8 - some evaporation, 85-90% full
Happy Hands - Flowers on the Highway - $8
Lush Lacquer - Slime Time - $7
OPI - Absolutely Alice - $18 - 2 available - AUTHENTIC!  Found at my local grocery store!
OPI - Mad as a Hatter - $35 - 2 available - AUTHENTIC!  Found at my local grocery store!
Nail Pattern Boldness - Le Big Party - $8
Nail Venturous Lacquers - Toxic - $45 OBO - swatched once
Nerd Lacquer - Antisocial Media - $45 OBO - swatched once  SOLD
Nerd Lacquer - Selfish Green - $50 OBO - swatched once  SOLD
Nerd Lacquer - Webinarmy - $45 OBO - 1 mani  SOLD

And many, MANY more here!

Thanks for looking and I hope to see ya'll soon!  :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A few updates!

Hi all -
I know most of you follow through Google Reader, so you probably haven't noticed the few little updates to my site.  In the sidebar, I'm now linking to my Spreadsheet, Wishlist, and Swaplist (though that one is still a work-in-progress).  My Spreadsheet hasn't been updated since late July (yikes!!), but feel free to browse and if you see something you want swatched, either leave me a comment or hit the Contact Me button.  Sometimes I'm not sure what to try next - the current thing you are seeing everywhere or something totally different?  Let me know what you want to see!

Also, I'm trying to get into Twitter.  I just don't get it though.  I mean, I do... but how the heck do you keep up with everyone?  I'm only following 22 people, but I can't keep up!  Suggestions?

I don't have a Facebook account, but I'm trying out Google+ to see how that goes.  You can add me by email I think... it's threnodynx @ gmail . com.

While I've always been a big fan of technology and being social on the web, for some reason I am really struggling with all this social media!  I hated MySpace (only had one because a friend made me, I deleted it 2 years ago), I don't like Facebook (I'm a boss - I don't want my employees to know all about my personal life, mmmkay?), and Twitter is just like WTFBBQ?!!>?! when I start looking at my stream.  However, it's important in this day in age to be visible on something, ya know?  Email just isn't enough!  *shakes head*

It's been especially different since the whole MUA Nail Board split thing.  I think I moved to the new one.  I say think because I don't really feel like I'm a part of either community now.  I don't lurk on the new one as much as I did on MUA, but I also haven't developed that close bond that so many others have.  I'm leading a Lynnderella group order though, so maybe that will help?  I haven't posted on MUA since the split, and I haven't even read the board in a few days.  Trolls galore and the community has just changed.  A lot of lovely ladies I have gotten to know are not posting on either board, and I think that is part of the problem for me.  I can't keep up with all the different subforums on the new one, but I don't like MUA anymore.  *sigh*  So now I need some kinda social media to stay connected.  *grumbles*

My blog turned a year old Labor Day weekend, and I also hit 100 followers the week before.  Plus I turned 30 two weeks before that.  I promise, I am going to do something to commemorate such a special occasion, I just haven't gotten to it yet.  What would you guys like to see in a giveaway?  BN or swatched once?  HTF or LE seasonal collections?  I have access to Meijer, which usually gets LE drugstore collections when they are HTF throughout the rest of the country.  Frankening supplies?  Makeup?  I'm actually quite makeup-addicted, though I don't feature it on this site.  I have A LOT to learn about applying it, so don't worry, you won't be seeing it here.  Foreign polishes?  I would appreciate any feedback you might have.  I'm always broke, so I want my one year giveaway to be something special - there won't be another one for a long time!  :D

I want to say THANK YOU to all my followers - it means so much to see your little pictures in my sidebar.  I especially want to thank those early supporters who inspired me to keep going - Jaybird, Kris in Philly, Lindsay, Cilucia, and many others.  If those of you who had blogs hadn't followed, a) I wouldn't have any followers, and b) I probably would have given up early on.  I know what I have here isn't top-notch, but I am proud of it and the work I've put into it.

In personal news, today is Daniel and I's 7th anniversary!  He has to work all day today though, so not much fun.  We are going to see Elsinore tonight, which is an amazing band, plus they are local, so it's the best of the best.  And I got the tickets free through my work!  We are both on vacation starting Monday (well, mine started Saturday), so yay for no work!  Daniel is taking me on a mystery vacation from Tuesday-Friday - I have no idea where we're going!  If you knew Daniel, you would realize this is totally out of character for him, but I'm loving it!  I know that we're staying in the state, that we haven't been there before, there will be wine there, and he expects us to be able to walk wherever we want to go.  ?!?!?!?  I'm totally clueless!  I was assuming we were going to the bed and breakfast we stayed at on our honeymoon and we were going to hit the wine trails of Southern IL, but he said we'd never been to this place before... and we can walk everywhere.  That is definitely not Southern IL, as he lived there for 5 years, we visit often, and there is no way you can walk to anything down there.

Sooo... I won't be posting or anything until at least Friday.  That shouldn't be a big deal, considering I go weeks without posting!  lol  I will try to check emails, but it might only be once a day, so if you do send me feedback on everything I asked for up there, please understand I might not get back to you until I return.  I thought about scheduling a post while I was gone, but I don't think I will have the time.  I put the Google+ app on my phone, so if you are interested in finding out where I'm going, add me - I'll be updating on my way!

I hope you all have a great week.  Thank you all SO much for your support!  *hugs*

Orly Mineral FX Collection

As a follow-up to last year’s Cosmic FX collection, Orly has released Mineral FX for Fall 2011.  These also carry the higher price point ($7.99 at Sally Beauty, $10 everywhere else), but they also have some extra-special finishes that makes them worth it.  Think of the FX series as Orly’s version of OPI’s DS series.  You pay a little more, but it’s worth it!  Or is it…??

While last year’s FX collection was mostly unique, or was the cheaper option if there was a dupe, this year it seems that there are a couple of dupes and you will be paying the same or more for the Orly, depending on where you get it.  I did not purchase Rock The World or Rococo A-Go-Go for this reason.  While not an exact dupe to either, Rock The World is VERY similar to Zoya’s Faye and OPI’s Rally Pretty Pink, just a bit darker.  Rococo A-Go-Go is pretty much a dead-on dupe to Zoya’s Valerie (which is almost dead-on to Zoya’s Jem too).  The PolishAholic has done great comps on these – you can see Rock The World here and Rococo A-Go-Go here.

So let’s move on to the ones I did buy, the non-dupes!  :D


Emberstone is a glowy, orange-leaning sparkly red with tiny gold and purple flecks.  I’m not sure if you can see them, but they are there and that’s what makes this one unique.  Great formula too – two coats to perfection!


I’m not so sure it’s a fall color, but I do love it!  Too bad it wasn’t around this summer, I would have worn it half to death.  The shimmer is a larger particle, smaller than a normal flakey, but it is more like little flakes than your typical shimmer. 


For a sparkly red, it’s actually pretty unique.  I have seen it mentioned to be dupey to Hard Candy – Lava (ring) and Zoya – Kimmy (index), but as you can see, they are a little different.  First off, Lava is a glitter, while the other two are shimmers.  Lava’s glitter is much less dense than the shimmer in Emberstone and Kimmy, so it looks kinda patchy by comparison.  Kimmy is similar in its base color and density of shimmer, but it’s the shape, size, and color of that shimmer that sets Emberstone apart.  Kimmy has the standard shimmer, straight gold, while Emberstone’s is larger, more flake-like, and it is purple and orangey-gold.  You can decide for yourself if you need all three, but I’m not sure I can part with one!


Rock It is a deep wine shimmer with a bit of gold in it as well.  The sparkle and glow on this one is intense.  I absolutely love it and will be wearing it a lot this fall!


It’s close to a foil, but not quite.  Intense, densely-packed shimmer with a great formula – this could be a one-coater if you were careful.


Yes, Rock It has something quite similar… OPI’s The One That Got Away (on ring and index, Rock It on middle).  They are a bit different though.  For one, Rock It is a bit deeper in color, and a tad warmer.  For two, the shimmer in Rock It is more densely-packed than TOTGA.  While TOTGA looks super shimmery on its own, almost foil-like, compared to Rock It, it just looks like a regular shimmer. See below!


See?  The Orly looks crazy-glowy compared to the OPI!  I love them both, but if I had to choose, I would choose Rock It.  Thankfully, no one is making me!  :D


Stone Cold seems to be the fan favorite of the bunch.  A rich blue with larger blue flakes – it just barely misses the mark of being called a flakey.  The flakes are larger than the ones in Emberstone, but still not quite as large as a true flakey (flakie?) polish’s would be. 


The flakes give it such an amazing depth – I don’t see too many polishes like that.  It’s like the light glinting off of ocean waves.  Two coats, and it’s kinda thick.  I’ll add a bit of thinner next time.


Extra pic because… well, to be honest, I’m trying to love it, but I’m just not sure I do.  I don’t wear a lot of blue polish to begin with, and this color of blue least of all.  I guess I wish it leaned a little more green, a little more purple, or it was darker overall.  I really appreciate and respect it – I mean, the flakes are gorgeous, it really does remind me of the ocean, and I can see why everyone loves it.  I just don’t love it on me.  I’m going to try it at least one more time before I swap it though, the flakes are beautiful and I would hate to have regret!


I thought it looked awfully similar to last year’s Lunar Eclipse (ring) when I bought it, but when I compared the bottles, I realized LE leans much more purple, besides that whole flake difference thing.  I have seen a lot of questions asking if OPI’s Swimsuit… Nailed It! is dupe – as you can see, it isn’t.  A little greener, plus totally different finishes – the OPI is a foil.  SNI entered my top 20 (maybe even my top 10!) the first time I wore it and is by far my favorite blue, so you can figure out what I would pick if told to choose!


Another pic… because I am still trying to convince myself.  Am I crazy?  I totally prefer SNI here!  Then LE… and then Stone Cold.  Gahh!


Last up I have Rock Solid, a foily gunmetal with larger holographic glitter.  I haven’t ever seen a polish quite like this one!  The texture of the foily base is unique on it’s own (at least I don’t have anything similar), and to toss the holo glitter in with it?  Unheard of!


Rock Solid is also getting a lot of love, and again, I can see why.  It’s different and it’s really pretty.  However, again, I’m not totally sold.  If the holo glitter wasn’t in there, I would be all over this one.  “Like a duck on a beetle”, as Robert Jordan has said in Wheel of Time so many times (have I ever mentioned I was obsessed with this series?!).  While I love holographic polishes, I don’t find myself loving holo GLITTER polishes, especially not ones with such large glitter as this.  I’m keeping it though, as it is really unique and I might change my mind – it is quite pretty and sparkly!


I tried to find some similar polishes in my collection and came up short.  The closest I got was $OPI’s If You’ve Got it, Haunt It (from last year’s Halloween collection), and LA Girl’s Heavy Metal (from the Rock Star collection).  Maybe if you mixed the two together, it would be similar to Rock Solid?  IYGHI is a DENSE black and silver glitter with a sparser amount of… is that holo glitter in there?!  If it is, it primarily flashes blue or green with an orange flash every once in awhile.  It was a limited edition from Sephora last year and is quite HTF these days.  I haven’t seen it up for swap, on eBay, or in a blog sale… so maybe Rock Solid will be close enough to squash the lemming?  Heavy Metal is a much deeper base with multi-colored shimmer.  It isn’t a foil, but once applied, it kinda looks like one.

So, what do you think?  Have you picked up any Mineral FXs?  Are you planning on it?  Which is your favorite?  Am I cray-cray for not being head over heels for Stone Cold?!?