Archive for March, 2009

Lucky Charm

Posted in foil, Green with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

You know, the though of frankening a foil finish polish has never crossed my mind, which is odd, since I love them so much.

My friend Gab hooked me up yet again with cool franken supplies! She had a couple extra bottle of Hard Candy Trailer Trash ( a beautiful foily silver) that she sent my way. I went to work right away, determined to create something really spectacular! Since green is my favorite color, what better way to kick off my foil franken family than with a cool green?

To accompany HC Trailer Trash, I chose Apple Green pigment from TKB Trading.

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I used a smaller sized bottle for this one since I am *gasp* completely out of regular sized empty bottles! I have an order on the way, but I’m impatient and wanted to try this out now! I used 1 teaspoon of pigment, mixed into a .25 oz bottle (half the size of a normal sized bottle).

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Mmmm, minty green!

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Thanks for looking, and stay tuned for more!

Dr. Who?

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Holographic with tags , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today’s franken is a modification of one of my previous creations. A “refrankened franken”, if you will! You may remember the sparkley blue I used in my “Frankenpolish 101” tutorial. While working on my recent family of holo polishes, I came across it and couldn’t resist jazzing it up a little bit more.

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I filled up an empty bottle halfway with a plain silver holo (Color Club’s Worth the Risque), then topped it off with my blue franken.

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The holo effect is subtle, but really breathes new life into this franken. The finished mix has a foily look to it, and it just may be my favorite franken so far.

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I sent off a few bottles of this baby to some friends, and they all agree it is very similar to the long discontinued “Dorothy Who?” by China Glaze. So it was been appropriately dubbed “Dr. Who?” So there you have it…a “refrankened franken”. It just goes to show you it’s never to late to improve on a good thing!

Velvet Castle

Posted in Gold, Holographic, Purple with tags , , , , on March 23, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

There are a lot of lovely purple holos available, but I wanted a very deep, rich purple. The best part about being a mad frankening fool is that if I can’t find a particular color I want, I can just whip one up…usually!
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I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Uptempo Plum, China Glaze GR8 gold holo, and Grape pigment from TKB Trading.

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I filled an empty bottle with 3/4 GR8 gold holo, 20 drops of Uptempo Plum, and 1 tablespoon Grape pigment. Pigment is a bit stubborn when it comes to mixing it with a holo base, so it takes a lot of shaking…but once mixed well, it is fine.

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It applied very smoothly, and was completely opaque in two coats.

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This rich, regal purple needed an equally fancy name…so “Velvet Castle” seemed fitting! I have one more lovely holo for you, so stay tuned!

Crimson Crown

Posted in Gold, Holographic, Red with tags , , , on March 20, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have another holo-ific polish for you today!

It dawned on me a few days ago that my franken collection is seriously lacking in the red department. I confess that red isn’t my favorite color to wear, but since I’ve been on a holo making kick, I can take this opportunity to make a fun red. Plus, I’ve had a few requests for a red holo, so this works out well!

For a simple and easy red holo, I used China Glaze GR8 ( a lovely gold holo) and Revlon Colorstay in Ultimate Wine.
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I used equal quantities of the gold holo and red creme, tossed in a couple ballz, and shook the mixture well.

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There is something “fancy” about red and gold together, and this polish is a perfect example. I feel like a queen!

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Thank you to my friend Jess for helping me name this one!
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Sparkling Clean Slate

Posted in Blue, Holographic with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have a ton of blue holos in my collection…but none like today’s slate blue holo franken!

As with the previous holo, I am using Color Club’s Worth the Risque for the base. Everyday Minerals pigment in Silver Spoons was my first choice to mix with, since I’ve used it in the past to franken with.

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The slate color in the pigment really comes to life once mixed into the polish!

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I was a little concerned that mixing pigment with a holographic polish base would cause clumping, but as you can see, it applied smooth and even!

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As always, I’m open to requests, so give me a shout if there’s a color you’d like to see!
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Spreading the Love!

Posted in Other on March 14, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have some more holographic goodness coming soon, but I’d like to thank all the wonderful bloggers who awarded me with the “Fabulous” award!

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So I am joining in on the fun! Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which you think are fabulous.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blogs.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

And here are all my “fabulous” blog choices:

-The Nailphile
-A Stroke of Color
-The Edge of Sanity
-Getcha Nails Did
-Neglelakkmani
-Scrangie
-Polish Pixie
-Nixxy’s Nails
-Misa Polish Blog
-Casual Lavish
-Alexlyndra
-Pretty Perfect Beauty
-The Polish Addict
-Alexlyndra
-Kitty’s Closet
-Scratching the Surface

Make sure to check them out!

Fireworks in the Forest

Posted in Green, Holographic with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today I have some beautiful holographic spring bling for you! Ok, so it’s not *quite* spring yet…but I can dream, right?

For our holo base, Color Club’s Worth the Risque (silver holo) will do nicely. For green, I’m using some of my leftover New York Summer Amaranth (a dark green creme) and Wet ‘N Wild Black creme.

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I filled an empty bottle halfway with the CC holo, and the remaining half with NYS Amaranth. I topped off the mix with 10 drops of black. Depending on the shade of green you want to achieve, the quantities can be adjusted.

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The holo really compliments this lovely forest green shade!

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I just might have to make a few more of these holo polishes. **wink wink** Suggestions are always welcome, so let me know if there’s a certain color you’d like to see! Thank you to Jess for helping me name this!
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Unicorn Tears

Posted in Glitter, Gold, Pink with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I promise, this isn’t another Alien Donut Sprinkles…this is a pretty franken!

Everyone needs a little silliness in their life…and what better than funny named nail polish? Scrangie, who not only has gorgeous nails and one of my favorite blogs, is a hilarious girl that always makes me laugh. She actually came up with “Unicorn Tears”, and let me use it as a franken name.
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The beautiful pigment samples I got from Lynn seemed like an excellent choice for such a franken. MAC Reflects Very Pink is super glittery and just screams “Unicorn Tears” (well, to me at least)! I had a spare bottle of Revlon Colorstay Golden Sparks that I thought would work perfectly with the pigment.

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I filled an empty bottle 3/4 full with Gold Sparks and added 1 tablespoon of Reflects Very Pink pigment. Even with vigorous shaking, the pigment settled a little bit (certainly not enough to render the polish unusable).

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I solved the settling problem by simply rolling the bottle in my hand a few times before using it. I used three coats for my mani.

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And here’s a close up that really shows the beautiful pink and gold micro glitter…

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So there you have it…Unicorn Tears!
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Jackie Green Jelly

Posted in Green, jelly, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

My friend Jackie recently asked me if I could make a dark green jelly for her. Green? Jelly? Well, my arm didn’t need to be twisted! I got to work, and whipped up a pretty color I thought she’d really enjoy. A few days later, as I was finalizing my blog entry, I received and email from reader Teresa, asking if I could make a polish similar to NARS Zulu. For those of you unaware, Zulu was a gorgeous dark green jelly that NARS released a few years ago around the holidays as a limited edition. Zulu still turns up on ebay occasionally, but it usually sells for $$$.

For this polish, I used Wet ‘N Wild clear, Wet ‘N Wild Black Creme, and New York Summer Amaranth.
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I mixed 1/2 the clear polish with 1/2 NYS Amaranth. I added the black in a couple drops at at time, shaking and swatching in between, until I had the shade of dark green I was happy with.

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I don’t have Zulu to compare, but from pictures I have seen, mine looks a bit lighter. I was considering adding more black to darken it up, but after doing a mani with it, I’m happy with it just how it is.

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The picture was taken without a top coat on the polish, so you can see how shiny it is on it’s own. I can see why Zulu was so popular…and hopefully this quick & easy franken can help out those craving Zulu.
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Candy City

Posted in jelly, Pink, Recipes with tags , , , , on March 6, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Ok, here is the last of my glitters…for now!

For this one, I used Wet N’ Wild Psycho, Wet ‘N Wild clear, and NYC Pink Promenade.

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I filled up an empty bottle half full with WnW Psycho, then added 1/4 each of clear and NYC Pink Promenade. The result is a pinkish coral jelly, with beautiful sparkle!

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It looks like candy on my nails! Tasty, sparkley candy!

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I just love jelly polishes…and I have a very special one coming up very soon, so check back!
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