Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday Poll


A week or so ago I was alerted to a very suspicious auction on ebay.  It seems the seller was selling one of those god awful Sally Hansen nail polish pens and had used my pictures (with my watermark) and my actual text from the review to sell this craptacular item.  Normally I would be super pissed off that someone was STEALING my content.  It's not enough that I stay up to all hours of the night editing photos and writing prose so hilarious that it will make a Supreme Court Judge laugh (<-- Not a fact), it's the reality that I do this because I love it and when someone steals my stuff it makes all my hard work for naught.  But this case. This case was special. I didn't get pissed once I saw the auction.  Well. Actually it was the fact that I gave this nail polish pen a bad review that I was stunned at how incredibly stupid one would have to be to use it to actually SELL the damn thing.  My review was the antithesis of a commercial for Sally Hansen. Mind you I have used other SH product with much delight, but hey, even the best brands have a stinker or two in the mix.  Either this seller had no firm grasp on reading comprehension, which happens more often that you would believe, or they couldn't read English, or the bastardized form of English that I attempt to communicate in. (<---See! I just ended the sentence with a preposition! and used too many exclamation marks pointing it out to you!!)  So instead of reporting the auction to ebay, I decided to screw with the seller.  A friend pointed out that the person didn't actually cut and past my review and images, they actually linked directly to my review.  That meant that if I changed the image or replaced it, their auction would be altered as well. I could have been a real dick and replaced it with some pornographic troll like image. But I thought better of that and decided to alter one image by adding some text to it.  This was the auction HERE.  and here is my review of the Sally Hansen Nail Polish Pen.  See what I did?  See how I added the text?  I thought it was sufficient enough to send a message and clean enough (minus the "douchebag" comment) to put on my blog and their e-bay listing.  Next day I check the e-bay listing and the seller has closed the auction. MUWAHAHAHA.  The fool must have looked at the picture I altered an decided to take down the whole auction.  That pleased me to no end.  Now I COULD go back and restore the photograph in MY REVIEW, but I think I'll leave it there, just as a fond memory of the complete idiocy that is able to survive in the world. 
On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Pink Explosion.  This is so much lighter than Rose Tourbillon and a perfect bright pink for my otherwise drab clothing.

2.  Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - Oh yes. Selling and buying. I did quite a lot of that many years ago.  I remember buying things on ebay as far back as 1999/2000. Now, within the last year or more, I just am not interested.  Some things I still look for, but there is so much fraud with fake cosmetics, shoes, purses etc. that I just as soon buy the real thing from somewhere else.  Plus the seller fees are so high it's not even worth it to sell anymore.

3.  Current Beauty Lemming? - Well after seeing The Beauty Look Book review and swatch of the Burberry Midnight Brown eyeshadow I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT!  I would also like a new perfume, but not sure what to get...yet.

4.  Have you ever had anything stolen from you? If so, what was it? - Oh boy. Let's see. I have had my Diamondback Mountain Bike stolen at college, I had a roommate that stole clothes and cash from me. I had someone steal my wallet once. I was living in London and put my jacket down for a second at a club and poof it was gone.  Thankfully I was a poor college student so they didn't get much but my tube pass 40 quid and my ID. Oh and I had someone steal the Redskins Football car magnet from my car..while at a Redskins game!

5.  Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? - I love the IDEA of the polish pens, but I have yet to find one that I like.  I wish I had empty pens that I could load up with a little polish from my current manicure to take care of any chips that might occur during the day, before I can get home to fix it.

15 comments:

  1. That is absolutely priceless! I can't even believe the idiocy of some people!! Anyways, on to the poll:

    1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Rose Tourbillon. So much darker than Pink Explosion Ha! :-P


    2. Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - I have bought and sold. Mostly bought. Sometimes being in Canada it's a good way to get your hands on something you otherwise can't but I don't do it often.

    3. Current Beauty Lemming? - Yes also the Burberry Midnight Brown eyeshadow thanks to Cafe Makeup and The Beauty Look Book! I feel an overwhelming need for this but of course there is nowhere I can order Burberry from online to my home in Canada. Boo!

    4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? I can't really recall ever having anything stolen? If I have it must not have been to important ;-) Although apparently before my blog started there was an image of me from Specktra that I'd posted that was part of an invitation for a trade show in Bogota, Columbia! I never saw it which irks me still but my Specktra pal that's in the biz received the online invitation but wasn't able to figure out a way to send it to me.

    5. Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? I don't even think I would attempt a nail polish pen. Sounds like a disaster in the making!

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  2. OMG 5. is a great idea! you should sell the idea/ what it yourself! I would so buy an empty nail polish pen just for that!

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  3. You. are. awesomesauce. The text you added is fantastic. I didn't even know you COULD just link to another website's pic - what losers.

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  4. Hilarious! Good for you, screwing them the way you did. It's nice to know that every once in a while good prevails over evil!

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  5. Ha! Revenge is awesome - way to go Elvira!

    1. Blush Of The Day? - You know the answer to that one LOL

    2. Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - I was seriously into evilbay about 5 yrs ago - I'd stalk discontinued bags, I even sold a few. But now I can't remember the last time I went on it, all the bargains seem to me gone.

    3. Current Beauty Lemming? - I want fall things but not sure exactly what yet.

    4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? If so, what was it? - Yah, had my car stolen. And my wallet and bag. I think some 10-yr old Tawny Port also stole an evening , but I don't remember any of it.

    5. Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? - Me ,too. I like the idea but most of them are just crap.

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  6. You sold cadavers on ebay? bwahahahah!!! yes yes I know I'm just nitpicking on a typo, but a funny one damnit!
    You've just been elevated even higher on my list of snarky people that I <3. Still under Gregory House in terms of standing tho, you know how it is.

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  7. Nail polish pens can be a pain - but they can be pretty easily decanted into empty nail polish bottles! I managed to disassemble 6 of the Nic's Sticks pens (about 5 minutes per pen) without breaking them or getting color on the brush, so I think you could actually make a touch up pen with any color you wanted to after cleaning the polish tube out with acetone.

    To get the pens apart, I used some pliers and that grippy shelf liner stuff to gently twist off the inner cap. After that, you just use a skewer or orange stick to push the tube out the bottom, unscrew the cap on the tube, and voila! I saved the empty pens, so I think I might try reloading one for touch ups. :D

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  8. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Mac Ripe Peach; I'm currently trying to get out of my rut and wear blushes that haven't been worn for quite a while.

    2. Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - Yes, from chick lit books to washing machine, I have sold quite a few things. Great way to make money from dusty stuff for makeup shopping :) I don't buy, though, I only sell. But I have bought makeup from blogsales, though.

    3. Current Beauty Lemming? - I feel lemming free right now and it's starting to worry me. oh no, wait : I want Illamasqua pink lose powder, but it's currently OOS

    4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? If so, what was it? - a schoolbag I had left in my car, after they broke the window to get it, and there wasn't anything remotely worth money in there (excepted if you think of my marketing books).
    And money and CD's from my student room, too. IT SUCKS.

    5. Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? - no, and no, I'm not really interested.

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  9. Blush of the Day? Dior bronzer in Aurora (could believe that the ShoppersDrugs mart close to work still has it to sell!!!) with Lancome Shimmer pink pool

    Have you ever purchased and or sold stuff on e-bay?
    Sold - no, purchase 2 hand bag and then I decide it was not for me :P

    Current beauty Lemming? Just purchase LMdB Splendid Frost should be in my hand next week but really I looking to purchase a new foundation brush and an angle blush for the eyes (maybe Bobbi Brown)

    Have you ever had anything stolen from you? yes
    it was my bike and I discovered it after my honeymoon!!! what a great surprise (not!)

    Do you like nail polish pen? NO, I not really into nail polish.

    Valerie

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  10. I honestly cannot believe that anyone would be that dumb. Well, at least they understood the added text well enough to take the auction down!

    1. Blush Of The Day? - err...I don't wear blush.

    2. Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - No, I prefer buying from Amazon (just the things that are sold directly by Amazon. I just hear too many stories about fraud on ebay).

    3. Current Beauty Lemming? - Maybelline Pop Sticks! They look so cool in the tube. But I cannot find them anywhere grrr.

    4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? If so, what was it? - mmm, my roommate from camp used to steal my food, so I had to resort to hiding it in my friend's room down the hall. Then I'd sneak into her room at 5 in the morning to snack LOL.

    5. Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? - Nah, they don't seem very effective.

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  11. 1. Blush Of The Day? - R&R Foreplay with Estee Lauder Duo bronzer & MAC Improvise as a highlight.

    2. Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - I've bought quite a bit of stuff on ebay, but as for selling I've only sold textbooks on Half.com.

    3. Current Beauty Lemming? - I really want Chanel Epatant, but I'm waiting 'til after the double points so I can use my Nordstrom notes to buy it hehe. And a ton of perfumes - Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, Jicky, and Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere to name a few.

    4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? If so, what was it? - Yes... the one that comes to mind most readily is when my old roommates ... neglected to return my bright yellow GAP umbrella. Four years later and I have still yet to find an umbrella I loved as much as that one. =/

    5. Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? - I'm with you. I've only tried the Sally Hansen ones and I was not impressed at all. But if someone made one that actually worked and came in lovely colors I'd be all over it.

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  12. LMAO! you are a genius. What a sneaky way to screw with the seller

    1. tarte amazonian clay in exposed or something like that. '

    2. yep, i purchase alot. Never sold though.

    3. Im lemming chantecaille rose gold shadow, LMDB face kaleidoscope and Armani concealer

    4. I've had a cell phone stolen from me but that's about it(that I can remember)

    5. I think they sound cool but I've never owned one and probably never will

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  13. LOL you are bloody amazing!

    1. Blush Of The Day? - Nothing today (lazy day at home), but yesterday it was a tiny bit of MAC Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base with Milani Corallina Baked Blush on top

    2. Have you ever purchased and/or sold stiff on e-bay (a.k.a. evilbay)? - Hellyeah, I'm almost addicted to it! I'm a bit obsessed with buying MAC lipsticks on ebay (from reputable sellers of course!) and I just got into asian cosmetics so I've been watching and making a few purchases of those too.

    3. Current Beauty Lemming? - I wrong up a long ass list last night, and it's too long to mention but it features about half the NARS blush line, NARS Carthage lipstick, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed and the cheek stain from the Tarte True Blood collection.

    4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? If so, what was it? - Nothing big enough to really remember, though I did write and post a short story online and this ~internet friend I had stole it and conned her girlfriend into thinking that she'd written it. Then said girlfriend posted it on her Piczo page and claimed she'd been there when this girl wrote it. Fortunately the Piczo admins took it down right away when I contacted them.

    5. Do you like nail polish pens, and have you found one that you really like? I like the idea of them, because I'm clumsy as hell when it comes to polish and I'd like to think I'd actually be able to use them without painting all over my cuticles. Haven't tried any though, reviews are usually negative and I just don't think brands have really 'mastered' them yet.

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  14. I read this earlier today and I was definitely LMAO. Priceless:)

    Blush of the day is tarte amazonian 12 long hour blush in bliss. I wear it almost everday.

    I as well (LOL) am looking for a new perfume. I always go for the same fruity, sweet scents. I want to try something different.

    I have not sold on ebay only bought, but I have sold a bunch of books on amazon and had no problem.

    I have not tried any polish pens and I really don't have a desire too.

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  15. I now love you. And I almost wish someone else would do the same to you just so you can screw 'em again >:D

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