Tag Archives: Ebay

Saving On A Lapis Bib Necklace

10 Apr

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Isn’t it awesome when we find something somewhere for less? I have been loving bib-style necklaces and blue lapis, and for some time I have been eying the Treasure Blue Piccas Necklace on sale at Planet Blue (http://shopplanetblue.com/treasure-blue-piccas-necklace-5283). It’s a great piece, but not a great price of $95. I did; however, find a very similar, almost identical necklace for $42 on Ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRIBAL-LAPIS-OVERSIZED-BIB-FESTOON-NECKLACE-/251257945638?pt=Fashion_Jewelry&hash=item3a8023fe26). Free shipping and no tax!

Must Have Jewelry Armoire

11 Dec

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Have you ever thought of something you wished some one made, and then found out someone actually made it? Well, this mirror with jewelry armoire by Mirrortek is an example of just that happening to me.
I used to store my jewelry in a drawer with dividers and jewelry boxes. I often found that my necklaces ended up getting tangled or kinked and I had to spend time polishing things that were stored laying down instead of hanging. I also ended up forgetting about pieces, like stud earrings, because they are so small, and with so many stored in a little box or space, I’d have to jumble things around to find the matching pair, and it wasn’t even worth the time in some instances.
I tried looking for cute things that could assist me in a better system for organizing my jewelry. I found options like cute necklace stands or ring holders, but I always ran into the problem of where to hang really long necklaces, where to find a place to put a stand, and I’d still have to look for separate solutions for each category of jewelry.
I have a long mirror in my bathroom that opens up to shelves that house toiletries the length of the mirror. I love it, it saves a ton of space. I thought, I wish some one made something like this, but for jewelry. I went on Ebay, and behold, I found the mirror that was everything I envisioned and more. This mirror is made in different colors (I chose white), and it can also be hung over a door if wall mounting isn’t an option. This is the perfect size for me, is pretty inexpensive, and has tons of hanging space (with options for different necklace lengths), 12 little storage compartments for things that can’t hang (like watches, cuffs and chunky rings), and slots for rings, earrings (all types: hoops, clips, studs), and bracelets. Everything is at eye level, and there is even a small mirror on the inside. I also already had perfect place on the wall where I wanted it. This is probably somewhere in my top 3 best Ebay finds ever.
On sale at Mirrortek.com for $150.00 +tax and shipping. Or, you can get yours for less on Ebay for $130 (tax included), with free shipping. Use search words type in “mirror jewelry armoire,” and sort by Price + Shipping: lowest to highest. You can also submit a best offer to seller: kcsclocksandstuff, and see if you can barter for a better deal. This seller looks really reputable, its always good to check feedback from who or where you purchase from. It’s also nice to have a return option, but sometimes, the return shipping can be a little pricey for something this large, so you might want to be sure you want it before bidding. Take it from me, I’m sure you will love it!

Cure Your Wallet With At Home Gelicures

8 Dec

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How much would you save if you were to do your manicures at home? My local nail salon charges $50 for one Gel Manicure. In one year, I would save $1,200 in manicures alone if I just did them myself at home.
I have been getting my nails done since I was a pre-teen, and tried every type of manicure and full set from acrylic with and with out a fake nail, silk, pink and white powder, and gel polish. My nails have always been brittle and polish would always chip in days, if not hours of getting a regular manicure. I have always liked a natural looking nail, so I found that gel polish looks the most natural, works the best for my active lifestyle, and doesn’t run the risk of ruining my nails. I found silk, acrylic, and other powders use harsh buffers, chemicals, and/or methods to take off a full set and destroys my already thin nails. The gel manicure uses a set of polishes that cures under a light, there is no drying time when all is done, and the polish lasts at least two weeks.
When the girl who usually does my nails left on vacation, I wasn’t very satisfied with the other nail technicians at the salon, so I looked into what it would take to get all of the equipment and what it would cost me. After many times of witnessing how to do a gel manicure from a professional and researching the products, I thought I would share a step by step process of everything you will need to know to do a gelicure at home with the same salon outcome.
Since these products aren’t usually sold in regular drug or beauty stores, I used trusty Ebay to buy everything. The brand name that I trust, because that is what is used at the salon, is Gelish. The following products are what I purchased: LED 18W curing light ($75), Gelish Ph Bond ($10), Foundation ($10), Polish (Color) ($9), Structure ($13), Nail Art Brush ($2), Top Coat ($10), Nail Surface Cleanse ($8), Cuticle Oil Pen ($12 from Sephora), and Soak Off Liquid ($8). Everything you will need will cost around $160.00, more of less. Everything will vary depending on which Ebay store you purchase from and the curing light you chose which can range from $30 up to $250, the higher end would be what they use in the salon. You could probably opt for a cheaper lamp. I chose an LED light in the middle price range, because I like the auto timer system and the fact that it turns on automatically with you put your fingers (or toes) in, but didn’t think I needed to buy a commercial grade light. UV lights are also something we should all stay away from.
After you do the norm of removing old polish, clipping, filing and lightly buffing your nails, cleaning- up, cutting, and pushing back your cuticles, and washing your hands so your nails are clean, you are ready to start painting. I do one hand at a time. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Paint with Ph Bond
2. Paint with Gelish Foundation and cure under light for 90 seconds
3. Add structure with nail art brush (this is optional, helps with strengthening nails so there’s no bending or chipping, but not necessary) and cure for 90 seconds
4. Paint Gelish Polish (color of your choice) and cure for 90 seconds after each coat. I usually do two solid coats and three if I want to add a coat of glitter
5. Paint with Top Coat and cure for 90 seconds
6. Use a cotton ball or tissue with Nail Surface Cleanse to remove any residue and your nails
7. Treat Cuticles with Cuticle Oil

In order to take of the gel polish after two weeks, you will need to soak a part of a cotton ball in the soak off liquid (just enough to cover your nail), lay the soaked cotton ball on your nails and wrap in foil (leave on for 10 minutes). The color will lift of, and you can use a cuticle tool to lightly scrape off all of the old polish. I do one hand at a time. In my opinion, soaking your fingers in nail polish remover can be extremely harsh so despite this liquid costing $8, it keeps your nails healthy.

Save your nails, save some money, and your pretty nails and wallet will thank you. With all the money you save, maybe you can use it towards a new wallet.

Shoe Blue, Baby I Love You

5 Dec

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Have you ever been so infatuated with a shoe, that you will think about it years later and kicked yourself for not buying it? Well, the great thing is, with today’s market and technology, there is an ability to find something that is no longer in stores through online stores and bidding sites, like Ebay.

I’m at work on this Hump Day and I am wearing a pair of high heel blue patent leather Gucci loafers. I actually didn’t buy them years ago, when they were for sale at Gucci and when I had the chance. I did at that time; however, purchase them in gray. It turns out I really wanted the blue pair and regretted that I ever purchased the gray instead of the blue. After obsessing over this blue pump, I went on my trusty Ebay account and began my search. Of course it wasn’t easy and it took me many, many searches of “blue patent leather Gucci pump” or a combination of a few or more of those search words and several filters. I finally found them in my size after a few months of checking on if any one had listed a pair. I bargained with the seller to sell them for lower than the listing price. The original retail price on these babies was probably upwards of $600. I got them at (in my opinion) a great deal: $150.00. These pumps are perfect for work and I paid a lot less than I would have initially. The gray ones got the shaft (I really just sold them on Ebay). After all my searching, I found my true, blue shoe love.