Friday, August 14, 2015

Household Product Shopping in Poland

No, this isn't about me shopping for pillow cases or pictures 
since I'm only renting my apartment for a couple of months. 
In the US, I've been used to sale hunting for household cleaning/ household products
cause face it, a container of detergent ain't cheap. 

This habit carried on into my time here in Warsaw. 
I've searched store aisle getting ideas of what stores are more expensive. 
For example: 
MarcPol is very expensive for tissues, toilet paper, paper towels and detergent. 
Biedronka is best for cleaning sprays like window cleaner. 
Carrefour Express has a very limited supply of cleaning and paper products.
Additionally they have very few personal care items like deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste. 
Rossmann is so far my favourite for home supplies, and personal care. 

First off, they have an easy to navigate online store, so you already know how the shelves will be stocked.  The online store also shows all the current promos, so you can walk into the store with already how much you will spend.  
They also have a promo magazine online that shows everything and the promo price.  

So how much are household basics?

Alouette 100 tissue box
My guests used up a box of tissues, so I figured I would restock. 
or about 91 US cents

Paper Towels:
On my own one roll of paper towels lasted me about 2-3 weeks, but with guests I used up that roll.  
The four pack was the best deal. 
At home we go through a lot more paper towels but that's mostly because we have a dog that we need to clean up after, and using dish towels just doesn't cut it. 
or about 1.51 USD

Vanish OxiAction Płyn (Oxi Action Cleaner)
In the US Vanish is SO hard to find, and very expensive.  In the Polish markets, it's about 20 bucks for the same size bottle, but it works SO well.  In MarcPol the same bottle is 24.99 PLN. Talk about a price difference!
or 2.70 USD

E Active Caps Color 30 Count
This was on sale and a better deal than the previously used Domol 20 capsules so I picked this one up.  Between Domol and these on the promo price, there was a 3 PLN difference.  
or about 6.21 USD

Garnier Fructis Shampoo
I am running low and this was on promo too.  I was going to get a different brand but since this was even less than the others, I figured might as well use good old Garnier. 
or 2.16 USD

My total came to 49.95PLN or 13.50 USD. 
Without the promo discounts I would have spent 
64.15PLN or 17.34 USD.
I think this is extremely reasonable for these items especially since it includes detergent, paper towels and stain booster. 

Generally, household cleaning products aren't expensive in Poland. 
But you can still save from your budget by knowing where to shop. 
I saved 5 bucks or about 18.50 PLN which could cover a nice lunch. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Gradient Nails

I posted not to long ago that I disliked the OPI Its Hippo to be Square, 
but I think I cracked the code of how to use it 
in an enjoyable way.  

Now by this point, that polish has gotten pretty thick, and even though I polish thinner
it's a hassle to still deal with (plus I'm low on my thinner anyways)
But, I remembered that Cherish, from the youtube channel PrettyPistol86
had amazing gradient nails and referred me to Mary, or ALoveTart's

I figured, that if the polish is too thick to use on its own, 
I can try to sponge it onto my nails and slowly use it up that way. 
I was a little concerned that the sponge would soak up way too much, and could
potentially create a lot of waste, BUT
it really didn't.  
I probably used about the same or little less than what I would have used in a mani.  

My other polishes I used included: 
- Rimmel 60 Seconds Polish in 120 Hot Chilli Pepper
-Lovely Summer Trend Nr. 8
- Sephora by OPI It's Hippo to be Square
-Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hardener Top Coat

I used a triangle makeup sponge, and overall I really like the look. 

Some tips I would add though:

-Once you finish one hand, cut the used portion and start new because the polish builds up and leaves bumps due to previous dried polish.  A fresh sponge will make it smoother. 

-If using three colors, make the middle portion bigger than the upper and lower, as you wiggle the sponge the colors will mix and the middle color will start to disappear.  

I can't wait to try to use this method on other older polishes that are too thick even after polish thinner.  
What color combos will you try?