Archive for April, 2009

Blue Hawaiian

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Gold, Green with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today’s franken is another pretty summer shade, and one of my favorites (so far)!

I used China Glaze Golden Enchantment gold holo glitter, Sinful Irish Green, and Blueberry pigment from TKB Trading.

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I mixed 1/2 Golden Enchantment with 1/2 Irish Green, then added 1/2 teaspoon of Blueberry pigment.

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I’m really disappointed that you can’t see the glitter in the pic very well, but on the nail, it really sparkles!!!

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As always, give me a shout if there’s a color you’d like to see! I have a few more summer shades coming up soon.
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Purple Paradise

Posted in Purple with tags , , , on April 26, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Ahhhh, summer. It’s just around the corner! Here in chilly NY, we got a taste of summer with an unusual 80 degree day. Perfect inspiration for some hot summery colors!

I used Wet N Wild clear, Grape pigment from TKB Trading, and Revlon Colorstay in Forever Scarlett.

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I filled an empty bottle with 1/3 clear, and just a little less 2/3 Forever Scarlet, to leave room for the pigment. I added in 1 tablespoon of Grape pigment, and shook the mixture well.

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Voila! Purple Paradise!I love how shiny this is! And it looks like it’s glowing!

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Thanks for looking…I have more summery colors on the way!

Swimsuit Mishap

Posted in Blue, jelly with tags , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Ok, I am sure you’re scratching your head at the name of today’s franken!
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I’ve been working hard on all the franken requests I’ve received lately. Kerriann emailed me a request for a dupe to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Bikini Bottom. This proved to be quite the challenge for me…and after much experimenting, “Swimsuit Mishap” was born. It seemed like a fitting name for this, since it was a bit of a problem child for me! RBL’s Bikini Bottom is a lovely pale blue with a distinct jelly finish to it, and I wanted to make sure my franken captured that same “squishyness”. Sadly, I don’t own BB, so I had to make my franken based on pictures of it.

I used Sally Girl Surf’s Up blue creme, Wet N’ Wild French White Creme, and Wet ‘N Wild clear.

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I filled an empty bottle half full with clear, then added in just a tiny bit less than 1/4 each of the white and blue. I added ballz and mixed it up well.

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The polish is not quite as bright as my picture shows, and it is much more jelly-like in real life.

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I used 4 thin coats, although 3 probably would have been sufficient. This polish was truly a franken challenge, but I did have fun making it! Thanks for the request, Kerriann!
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Grapesicle

Posted in Pastel, Purple with tags , , , , on April 19, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have another pretty pastel for you today! These are so easy to make, and I wanted to add a couple other colors to my creme pastel family. I received an email from Julie, asking if I could make a light purple. Request granted!

I used Sinful Dream On, which is an insanely bright purple neon, and Wet ‘N Wild French White Creme.

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I added 3/4 white into an empty bottle, and used *almost* 1/4 of Dream On. Since Dream On is soooo bright, I really didn’t need much. Of course, if you’d like your polish a bit darker…you can use more!

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This one really turned out beautiful. I love how smooth and creamy it looks! It has a slight pinkish tone to it, but not quite as much as it appears in the photo. In real life, it is more purple.

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Thank you to all of you who sent me ideas and requests, and I assure you I am working on them all and should have more soon!
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Baby Chickadee

Posted in Pastel, Yellow with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I received a request from reader Carrie, asking me if I could make a “baby chick” soft yellow. As you all know, I love a good challenge, so I got right to work.

I used Wet N Wild French White Creme and Zoya Creamy yellow creme. I was originally going to use the same white I used for Orange Julius (Sally Hansen Insta Di Whirlwind White), but I wanted this polish to be a bit softer & the WnW is not quite as stark white as the SH.

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I added 3/4 of the white into an empty bottle, and topped it off with 1/4 of Zoya Creamy.

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The result is a soft yellow non-chalky pastel. It does look like a little baby chick, and I hope this is what Carrie had in mind.

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I have some more reader requests coming up, so check back soon.
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Orange Julius

Posted in Orange, Pastel with tags , , , , on April 13, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for summer! I’ve started making some bright, fun colors to get into the summer vibe.

I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Whirlwind White (any white creme will do), Tangerine pigment from TKB Trading, and Hot Topic Neon Orange.

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I added 1 tablespoon of Tangerine pigment into 3/4 of white. To give this polish a little extra spunk, I added in about 12 drops of neon orange.

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A perfect summery orange! Now I am craving warm weather AND an orange julius!

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Pastels are fun & easy to make, so if there’s a certain color you’d like to see…give me a shout!
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King Crow

Posted in Black, foil, Silver with tags , , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today I have the final foil polish to show you!

I thought a black/silver would look really cool, so I used Hard Candy Trailer Trash and Black Mica pigment from TKB Trading.

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I used the smaller 0.25 oz sized bottles for this. I mixed 1/2 teaspoon of the Black Mica pigment into the bottle with TT, but if you’re using a full sized bottle, you’ll want to double that.

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I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous black and silver shade! I used 2 coats, and it covered perfectly.

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The color looks similar to Sally Hansen Raven’s Wing from the Tracy Reese collection, which was a pleasant surprise, since the application of RW was a nightmare for me!

Thanks for looking…stay tuned for some cool summery colors I have coming up!

Cadbury Easter Egg

Posted in foil, Purple with tags , , , , on April 7, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I love purples almost as much as greens, so of course I need a purple for my foil family!

I mixed it up a bit for this one, using another silver foil (Maybelline Silver Speed) instead of HC Trailor Trash. Silver Speed has been showing up at my dollar store, so I grabbed a bunch to play with. I paired Orly Gorgeous with it.

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The SS gives an excellent foil effect, and is a bit easier to get ahold of, if you’re looking to make some of your own.

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This brilliant lilac foil is a pretty color for spring! My friend Jess thought it looked like a Cadbury Candy Egg wrapper, which is perfect since Easter is coming up soon.

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Thanks for looking!

Pearls On Ice

Posted in foil, Green, Silver with tags , , , , on April 4, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have more foil for you today!

I’ve been saving the lovely MAC Reflects Green pigment I got from Lynn for something special. When I began mixing up my family of foils, I decided it would be a good addition.

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I mixed 1 teaspoon of the MAC pigment into a full 0.5 oz bottle filled with Hard Candy Trailor Trash.

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The greenish blue subtle flash in this really is gorgeous! It spices up the silver without being too over the top.

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Check back for more foil fun! 🙂

Ice Veil

Posted in Blue, foil with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Well franken-friends…I have more foil for you today!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve gotten into the habit of making “collections”. I just get so excited about my new creations that I am compelled to make them in various colors!
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To make a blue foil finish polish, I used Blueberry pigment from TBK Trading and Hard Candy Trailer Trash.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was all out of regular bottles, so I was using the extra small bottles I had handy (0.25 oz). I filled the bottle almost full with HC TT, then added 1 teaspoon of pigment in the mix.

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This was 2 very thin coats, and it covered great!

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I have a couple more foil surprises for you, so be sure to check back!