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Swatchin’ It Up

First swatches show the matte polish by Revlon. It’s on top of Revlon’s Top Speed color called Essence. I LOVE matte topcoats! They can totally change the look of any polish with the swipe of a brush. It’s almost like having two totally different polishes in one bottle.

 

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Second polish is my very own. It doesn’t have a name yet but it’s a slightly textured glitter polish. It can be toned down with a top coat or shown in all its textured glory.

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Would you use either of these?

Review: Muse by Revlon

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Muse by Revlon essentially looks like a cross between Marine green (the green used for PT and gear by the Marine Corps) and khaki. I hear that greens are going to be “in” this fall and immediately thought of this color. Not only is it a “fall color” to begin with, it’s also somewhat green. Like all Revlon polishes it is great quality. You only need two coats and they apply smoothly. Add a topcoat for best effect.

Mish Mash

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Today’s post is a mish mash of items. I’ve got a review, two manicures, and some glitter.

First up is this simple manicure I did using In the Cab-ana by essie. This is easily one of my favorite polishes and I use it all the time, especially when it’s such an awesome summer color. Today I simply applied two coats of polish and let them dry. Afterwards I applied some Seche Vite topcoat to the tips of my nails and sprinkled glitter on top. I let this dry and then used Seche Vite on the entire nail to help seal in the glitter. What resulted was an awesome, easy-to-do manicure!

More below!

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Addicted.

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It’s official: I’m addicted to indie and franken polish. I’ve been “frankening” all week and  come up with five particular bottles I enjoy quite a lot. I’ve also ordered some suspension liquid, empty bottles, and other items to start making legitimate nail polish. Ultimately I would like to sell it but we’ll see how that goes.

In the mean time I’ll continue doing what I do: buying absurd amounts of polish and writing about it all here. This past week I’ve purchased:

  • Violette Coquette by Lancome (first Lancome polish)
  • Rose Boudoir by Lancome
  • Sunbaker by butter by London
  • Secret Peri-winkle by China Glaze
  • Sweet Hook by China Glaze
  • Scattered & Tattered by China Glaze
  • Lightning Bolt by China Glaze
  • Van Gogh’s Violet by Finger Paints
  • Paper Mache by Finger Paints
  • Set in Stones by Essie
  • Haley Good Lookin’ by Nicole by OPI
  • Confetti Fun by Nicole by OPI
  • Beige-a-vu by Nina Ultra Pro
  • Sparkling by Revlon
  • Seche Vite topcoat

Like I said though, I’ve been so wrapped up with mixing polishes that I’ve barely tried any of this new stuff out except for Rose Boudoir by Lancome and Set in Stones by Essie (which is AH-MAZ-ING, by the way!).  Here are a few bottles I’ve come up with:

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Sew Psyched by Essie and Girly by Revlon

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Today’s reviews are for Sew Psyched by Essie and Girly by Revlon.

Could I have picked two polishes any more opposite? Nope, I don’t think so! Both were purchased at a local drug store for their regular prices (Essie is roughly $8.00 a bottle and Revlon is usually about $4.99 a bottle).

First up is Sew Psyched.

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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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Randomness

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So I am going to write three or four different posts today. The first is a collection of random things that don’t go anywhere else. I would like to introduce my son, Jameson. He LOVES getting a hold of my nail polish bottles which obviously isn’t a good thing most of the time. I would be in a world of trouble if he somehow opened one. However, I let him have it last night while I was re-organizing my collection. He went back and forth from the box of polish to a bedside table and started lining bottles of Essie polish up. It was freaking adorable.

He actually lined them up on this box top first. He did a pretty good job for a 19 month old!

Anyway, I don’t know about y’all but I love looking at other people’s collections. I wish I could have another “nail polish room” like I did in Virginia but our house here in North Carolina only has three bedrooms. Ah well. For now everything will have to stay in my dresser drawer.

Here’s a photo of the Revlon polishes I have. Revlon was the first brand I really liked and it’s available in pretty much any store that sells polish. It’s great quality stuff for the price (usually between $3.50 and $4.99 but sometimes more depending on which line; never over $8 though). Every bottle I’ve ever gotten has applied smoothly and stays on for up to a week without chipping in spite of washing dishes, changing diapers nonstop, etc. It’s a good brand to start out with if you’re just getting into nail polish.

More posts to come!

 

A Face Lift, an Update, a Manicure, and a Review

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Today’s post is going to be quite substantial as it contains a backlog of reviews and even a manicure. There’s also a lengthy update about the page itself and my plans for the future. Polishes reviewed include Resurrection by Sally Hansen (Complete Salon Manicure) and Lollipop by Orly.

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Tutorial #005: Ombre Nails

Ombre nails are some of the most awesome patterns a person can do. You wouldn’t know it by looking at them but they’re easy to achieve, even for a beginner. In fact, they’re hard to mess up as long as you use the right polishes and good sponges.

Keep on reading for the actual tutorial and tons of photos of other ombre manicures!

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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