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.

 

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!

Light box? Check.

After a Saturday morning spent trying to  find the newest Essie display at one of the three Rite Aids in town and coming up empty-handed, I decided to channel my frustration into making a light box. One box, a utility knife, some Hello Kitty duct tape and some clear-ish flexible chopping mats I had from one of my many Dollar Tree hauls made for a pretty damn good light box if I do say so myself. Here are some test shots of frankens I’ve made just for myself (I have no patience or attention span to become the next indie darling).