No buy FAIL.

I admit it, I’m weak. When faced with shopping temptation I often cave. I especially am susceptible to sale goggles as you will see from the pictures below. group-shotGroup shot; from L to R top row: back Maybelline Sequins for frankening, 3 Sephora by OPIs, 3 bottles of Revlon Popular (to be frankened). Bottom row: Salon Perfect Snow Flurry (I think?), the Milani holos, and 2 Barielles.

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I would bet my right arm that this bottle of Salon Perfect’s holiday LE polish (Snow Flurry) is a 100% dupe for China Glaze Frosty from a past holiday collex. I never found Frosty locally but for $3.98 it works for me. Salon Perfect is made by American International Industries, Inc. which is the parent company of China Glaze. This LE holiday display (at WalMart) also contained a dupes of other past China Glaze holiday shades like Party Hearty and Mistletoe Kisses.

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Marshall’s at lunch yesterday again yielded some pretty cool finds. These are my first Sephora by OPIs-L to R are: Never Enough Shoes, Fancy Schmancy and Don’t Be Eggnog-ious. I’m collecting copper glitters to use in frankens-they are hard to find loose! I  only ever see copper glitter offered already in a polish.

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Also from Marshall’s, Barielle Envy and Wrapped in Ribbons. I’ve never seen Envy but it has a cool duochrome thing going on. Looks really cool layered over black!

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From Rite Aid today, these were 75% off and called out to me “Add stuff to me!!!”. Revlon Popular is a cool light pink base with tiny & medium sized silver hexes. I will be adding white, gunmetal and pink glitter to see how it shakes out. Get it, SHAKES out? Franken humor LOL.

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I never had a big yen for these when they were full price because they are scattered holo particles and I am a linear holo kinda girl. But for $1.37 a pop I will make an exception.

 

Physician’s Formula has new nude liquid eye liners

Hey, I just said I was on a nail polish no buy! Total impulse buy but since I really like the pencil version of the Nude Eyes eye liners I am hoping these will be good too. If they aren’t the lighter 2 shades might make nice liquid shadows. The black one has holographic sparkly bits! shimmer-strips-liquid-metal

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One caveat-these are really small-deceptively so in fact when you see them in the package. They might be all of 4″ in length with half of that being the lid so don’t be fooled like I was.

 

How do you organize your nail polish?

I have a good amount of polishes now. I’m not sure exactly how many because I refuse to count them because counting them leads to other mathematical things like figuring out how much I’ve spent on them. So, No.No. No.NO. NO NO NO. Hell no. NO. NO!tracyjordannononononohellno

 

With all these bottles of polish and no Ikea within 2 hours of here, I’ve had to improvise. My solution is clear shoe boxes from Sterilite and metal industrial shelving. Not very pretty but I’m the only one who has to see it. I do plan on getting 3 acrylic 90-bottle racks soon for my OPI/China Glaze/Essie collections but everything else is sorted by brand in the boxes. I’d like to some day do a spreadsheet but again, that arrives at a final number and I’m not having any of that. Here is a picture of some of the boxes:

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So how do you corral your stash? 

It’s a Christmas miracle!

As much as I love to shop for myself, I am not so swift at doing so for others. It must be because I’m a little self-centered to not have yet figured out the joy of giving. I don’t usually make a big deal out of Christmas either, much to the chagrin of my friends and family. When you are single it’s easier get a pass from all the decorating and cooking and crap that goes along with the holidays but as a parent, you feel as if everyone has DSS on speed dial and is just waiting to make an anonymous complaint about you if you aren’t Martha effin Stewart. Guilt, the greatest motivational tool ever.

It wasn’t guilt though that created this holiday miracle I am about to tell you about. It was Adam Levine. I don’t listen to Maroon 5 by choice but if you only have a car radio you are pretty much doomed to hear them eventually. And as a fan of Saturday Night Live, I saw them perform a few weeks ago. Wow, that boy has got it going on in the looks department! He may be a walking STD factory but dang if he isn’t easy on the eyes. So when I was at Target yesterday and came across his visage on the box for a digital drum set from First Act something in my brain screamed, “The Young One needs that!”  Well played, marketing department of First Act, well played indeed.

Since the box is pretty big, I decided I would go ahead and wrap it since it’s too big to hide. The kiddo was out somewhere with his Dad when I got home so it was no issue getting it inside. I used an entire roll of paper on that sucker! Now the pressure is on to get the tree up. Blerg. But I am proud of myself for not procrastinating on getting the holiday spirit started.  I may even make some ornaments for gifts this year, who knows? I bought clear glass ornaments and already have tons of glitter so I plan on making a huge mess very soon.

A franken and my last purchase of 2012 (she says hopefully)

So I have to spend money on other people besides me this month of December. Boooooo. Just kidding, I am looking forward to shopping for The Young One, my folks and even my SO this year. To do so I have to declare a No-Buy for me though as I didn’t win that stinkin Powerball earlier this week. Today I went to this weird dollar store and came out with $1 nail polish that doesn’t suck. L.A.Colors do some really nice polishes! Not a fan of the bottle but I can overlook that for a buck a pop. I got these for frankening helpers-that pink looks like OPI’s I Lily Love You to me and the blue glitter is what I used as a base for the last pics of my franken. The green will become a jelly for a Hare-esque polish idea I’ve been mulling over since my Glitter Unique order came.

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Literal glitter bomb. Ugh!

I received a big order of glitter yesterday-was so excited to play with it I didn’t pay much attention to the box and ripped into it. Well, one of the double-bagged baggies had a slit in it and as you can see, BOOM. Glitter bomb, everywhere. It had left a trail from outside at the mail box, down the driveway, into the garage, up the stairs, down the hall and into the kitchen before I figured out I was hemorrhaging tiny, shiny red squares. Thankfully, Glitter Unique has amazing customer service and is sending me a new bag of the red stuff. Behold the carnage!

Glitter is the herpes of frankening.

Glitter is the herpes of frankening.

After the cleanup, here are the ones that didn’t die tragically. I’m most excited for the holo blue squares I think. It’s hard to choose a favorite, really.

Oh, that red holo! Sha-wing!!

Oh, that red holo! Sha-wing!!

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Did I mention their great customer service yet? I just got an e-mail saying my replacement had shipped with a note from the owner saying she sent me a little extra. Squeeee!