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My Haul and Some Tricks of the Trade

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So today I splurged… a lot. Not only did I pick up 17 bottles of polish, I also got some tools needed to do some proper “Franken polishing.” For those of you who may not know, franken polishing is when you mix together existing polishes or totally create your own from clear polish while using anything from eye shadow pigments to the actual chemicals involved in order to create legitimate polish. I have long wanted to create my own polish and this Indie kick has certainly made my desire even stronger.

All told I bought:

  1. butter London’s Jaffa
  2. butter London’s Royal Navy
  3. butter London’s Dosh
  4. China Glaze’s Lightning Bolt (crackle polish)
  5. China Glaze’s Scattered and Tattered
  6. China Glaze’s White on White (which I already own and love!)
  7. China Glaze’s Sweet Hook
  8. Nicole by OPI’s Selena
  9. Finger Paints’ Hue Left a Message?
  10. Finger Paints’ Vintage Vincent
  11. ORLY’s Harmonious Mess
  12. Revlon’s Spirit (a white I tested on the spot and it’s definitely not sheer!)
  13. Three bottles of Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color (clear polish)
  14. Two bottles of Cover Girl’s Outlast clear polish
  15. A plastic pallet set from Michael’s for mixing/”Frankening”
  16. Four glass jars for finished products (each are 2 oz. so they’re large)
  17. Six packs of fine glitter in white, gold, copper, silver, charcoal, and twilight
  18. Revlon’s Matte coat (my first matte polish)
  19. Adhesive faux pearls from Michael’s (the cheaper version of the stuff you buy at Sally’s Beauty Supply or any other similar store)
  20. More acetone–you can never have enough!

So there’s my haul. Believe it or not I spent less than $100! Where do the “tricks of the trade” come in? Read below!

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Update

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days! I took an impromptu trip 500 miles south and I’m staying with my mom and step-dad in Charleston, SC until Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll get out of dodge before hurricane Isaac makes its way over towards us. At least it won’t be a hurricane anymore by then.

Anyway, I have completely struck gold while here in Charleston. My mom doesn’t paint her nails often but has a good bit of polish all the same. She has ended up giving me tons of polish and I’ve also purchased about 10 bottles since I’ve been here.

These polishes include the following:
Royal (Revlon)
Gray Suede (Revlon)
Slapper (Butter London)
Air (Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect)
Sorbet (Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect)
Running Wild (Jesse’s Girl)
Spring Break (Jesse’s Girl)
9 to 5 (Julie)
Chic Cipro (Julie)
Dream in Pretty (Julie)
Silver Anniversary (Sally Hansen Diamond Strength)
Pink Promise (Sally Hansen Diamond Strength)
Gorgeous Gold (L’oreal)
Umber Glow (L’oreal)
Quick Dry (L’oreal)
Too Hot to Handle (Sparitual)
Through the Grapevine (Wet n Wild)
Deep Red (Sante)
Mint Sorbet (Sally Hansen X-treme Wear)
Island Bloom (Merle Norman)
Coral Pink (CQ)
Schiap (NARS)
Gold Shimmer (Clinique)

I now have about 130 bottles of polish. My collection is steadily growing out of control but I’m not complaining! I can’t wait to get home and put it all together and organize everything. Lame, I know.

I’ll update with two more posts later on today so check back soon! The following will be posted:
1. Review Post #014
2. A tutorial on ombre nails

Lastly I want to mention that I now have a Facebook page! Please check it out for updates and lots of photos: Rookie Nails Facebook Page