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September Haul

New month, new haul… right? Some of these are old and some of them are new. I’m behind on the textured polish trend because I honestly didn’t like it at all until just recently (but I adore it now!) so a lot of these have been posted before on other blogs. However, I’ve never been one to check on whether or not my posts include the most up-to-date polishes. I would like to do more of that though so I’m beginning to make it a point to find newly minted colors. I’m pretty sure I found some stuff that comes from 2013 fall collections so without further adieu, my September haul:

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First up are the glitter polishes! From L to R we have…

  1. You Tacht to Know Better by Finger Paints
  2. Hue Brighten my Day by Finger Paints
  3. Call the Coppers by Nina Ultra Pro
  4. Glamrock by Nina Ultra Pro (Glamrock was swatched and reviewed in my last post.)
  5. Peaceful Opposition by ORLY

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Aren’t they gorgeous?! I took closeup photos of these so you could really see the glitter. The lighting became altered between each photo due to changes in my position but the photos are true to their beauty!

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And then we have the China Glaze and Seche Vites… Sally’s Beauty Supply had a “buy one, get one” sale on the Seche Vite which I had to take advantage of! You can never have enough topcoat anyway (this time I got a base coat too… we’ll see how it goes!). From L to R:

  1. Kiss My Glass by China Glaze
  2. First Matte by China Glaze
  3. Base Coat by Seche Vite
  4. Dry Fast Top Coat by Seche Vite

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Now for the textured polishes I picked up! From L to R:

  1. Sweetie from the Sugar Coat line of Sally Hansen
  2. Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat line of Sally Hansen
  3. Unrefined by China Glaze
  4. Blue-Berry Sweet on You from the Gumdrops line by Nicole by O.P.I.

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Remember when I got three bottles of polish from Spellbound Nails and two of them were broken? Well, when I placed an order for two more bottles from her shop she was kind enough to include the original polishes that didn’t make it one piece. She even left a sweet handwritten note in the box! Now to the polish! From L to R:

  1. Pishsalver/Drink Me! by Spellbound Nails
  2. Upelkuchen/Eat me! by Spellbound Nails
  3. Jaded for Green by Spellbound Nails
  4. Lilac You by Spellbound Nails

I will start swatching more of these beauties as soon as possible. I have tried every single one on at least one nail though and so far, so good!

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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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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Score!

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So I was at the MCX (Marine Corps Exchange store on base that is basically like a Target that also sells designer stuff) today and found a whole stand full of butter by London polish for just $11 a bottle! I wish I hadn’t spent nearly $30 on the two bottles I ordered online last night. I thought I was being thrifty too because I had found websites selling them for up to $15 or even more but apparently I was missing out. 

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Of course I picked up two bottles while I was there. I got Jasper and Bossy Boots. I also picked up a polish by Sally Hansen called Fuzz-sea. Fuzz-sea is part of their newer line of “fuzzy” polishes and I hadn’t seen them ever before (which is why I’m assuming it’s at least new-ish). They were really awesome looking so I picked up the bottle that was a mix of yellows, greens, and blues; very summery! 

Obviously I’m a huge fan of butter by London so this “review” will be short but very sweet. Here are the two colors on a nail wheel:

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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

Review Post #012

 

It’s safe to say I need to take a break from purchasing polish after yesterday. I did not intend on buying so much but I definitely have an addiction. I don’t want for much and never really go shopping that often but for some reason polish is something I just have to have constantly (maybe because it’s freaking awesome?). Whatever the case I’m fine with it for the most part but when I think about how much money I’ve spent on my 95 bottles it kind of makes my head spin. If you average each bottle out to about $6.50 that’s a total of $617.50, I shit you not. Obviously much of my polish wasn’t purchased within the past few weeks as I’ve been collecting it over the years but still! I had no idea I’d spent so much money on nail lacquer…

Anyway, here’s my haul:

I also got another brand of cuticle remover after reading several good reviews in other blogs. This bottle is huge and it only cost a few bucks but it works extremely well nonetheless. As you can see in the following photos my cuticles were angry looking after I used it and sloughed off all that dead skin (gross…) but they look much better today.

Right now I’m just going to leave you with these swatches but I’ll come back later and edit this post to include actual reviews. I will say both polishes are gorgeous. I had high hopes for the Elle polish too because I paid $10 for each bottle which is probably the most expensive polish I’ve bought thus far. I’m used to seeing $8 for Essie and OPI but not this. Then again I’ve been looking at indie polishes on Etsy and it seems like a popular price for them is $12 a bottle. There seems to be an indie craze going on but I honestly can’t get on that wagon quite yet. I’m just not that in love with most of the polishes I’ve seen thus far. Maybe I need to keep looking around.

Click below for more gorgeous swatches!

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