10 August 2009

TradeMe you evil, evil Temptress

Fellow beauty product junkies will sympathise with me when I say that online auction sites are damnably addictive. The thrill of chasing down a bargain or a hard to find cult favourite is unbeatable. So much so that there have been times when I've bought a polish not because I like the colour, but because it was too good a bargain to pass by. Which is exactly the case with two of the polishes below:

Regular readers will know that the two pale polishes on the right are not really my cup of tea, but given that Anna Sui retails for around NZ$13.00 a bottle and Clarins for NZ$30.00, the NZ$2.00 (plus petrol) that I paid for them was pretty gosh-darned good!

I remember reading somewhere that Anna Sui polishes had a fragrance, this one doesn't. Does anybody know whether the fragrance is a recent addition and I've got an older polish, or perhaps I bought a fake (but hey at that price who cares, the bottle's pretty!). Also, a warning: when sampling the fragrance of a nail polish, don't stick your nose right up to the bottle and sniff deeply cos, you know, chemical fumes. Also, does anybody else see the monkey riding the unicorn?

The other polish in the picture is Chanel Blue Satin. Normally my budget for a single polish on TradeMe is NZ$10.00 tops, but let me repeat: Chanel. Blue. Satin. As in cult favourite Chanel Blue Satin. So I was quite happy to pay NZ$20.00 plus postage for it, especially since Chanel polish retails for around NZ$40.00.


  1. Haha! I know exactly what you mean. I spend way too much time trawling through auction listings!!! I try to stop myself but it's just so addictive! I end up with all sorts I'd never have bought in the shops.
    That Chanel looks GORGEOUS!

  2. Oooh, just wait till you see it on! I'll post swatches later but I can tell you it is GORGEOUS!

  3. $20 on nail polish!! Ok, now I don't feel so bad about my running socks :-)

  4. lol - you have $20 runnng socks?

  5. I know I've seen Anna Sui on another blog. I believe she must have different polish lines. The bottle that smells like roses has a rose shape on it. She also has a dolly line with a dolly figure on the lid. I don't know anything else about her polishes. I just wish she sold online. I've never been on any auction sites or bought from ebay. It must be addicting.

  6. Oooh, once you start trawling the online auction sites it becomes so horribly addictive. It's a great way to pick up bargains, but before you know it all those bargains add up and the wallet looks a bit empty!