Archive for June, 2009

Last Shuttle To Pluto

Posted in Black, Blue, Duochromes, Purple with tags , , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today I have the grand finale to our planetary journey into duochromes. It seems fitting that our last planetary polish should be Pluto! I know, I know…Pluto is actually no longer considered a planet.

I decided to use Wet ‘N Wild black again because I thought it was a good choice to compliment the Travel to Pluto pigment from TKB Trading. I filled an empty 0.25 oz bottle with 3/4 black, and mixed in 1 teaspoon of Pluto pigment.

Is it grey? Purple? Blue? I think I even see a bit of green in there! As you can see, I needed several pics to capture the color morphing going on here!

Again, no sun here. Grrr! This one is truly spectacular in person, and I am glad I saved it for last!

Although this duochromes were fun to make, they were a pain in the butt to photograph! I may attempt some more in the future, but I’ll be moving on to other ventures so check back soon.
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Swimming on Neptune

Posted in Blue, Duochromes, Pink with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

All aboard…next stop…Neptune! Here’s a fun fact…did you know that the planet Neptune was named after the Roman god of the sea? When I think of the sea, I think of swimming…so that’s where the name for my franken came from.

I’ve experimented with different colors for each of my duochromes, and the possibilities are endless. The neat thing about these Planetary pigments are that they look different when mixed with alternate colors.

For today’s franken, I used Revlon Color in True Camisole, which is a sheer pink, and Travel to Neptune pigment from TKB Trading. Travel to Neptune is a shimmery pink with a strong blue flash. I filled a 0.25 oz bottle 3/4 full with True Camisole, then added in 1 teaspoon of Neptune pigment.

I love how this one turned out! It’s like OPI Rosey Future on steroids!

The great thing about these pigments is that even when mixed with a sheer or clear polish, they are completely opaque in 2 thin coats!

Of course it has been raining here for a week straight, so sadly, I had no sun to work with. The blue flash in this is really more vibrant in real life.
Thanks for looking, and hopefully you aren’t tired of duochromes yet because I still have a few more for you!
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Mercury Rising

Posted in Bronze/Brown, Duochromes, Green, Orange with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today our visit into franken-land will be taking us to Mercury!

I used Maybelline clear, and Travel to Mercury pigment from TKB Trading. Mercury is a deep bronzy/orange with flashes of green and gold.

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I filled a 0.25 oz empty bottle with 3/4 clear, and then added in 1 teaspoon of Mercury pigment.

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The color shift in this one was definitely more noticeable in the bottle than on the nail, but it’s still cool looking.

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We still have more travels through the galaxy to cover, so check back soon!
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Goddess of the Earth

Posted in Duochromes, Green, White with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have another planetary delight for you today!

For this one, I used Maybelline clear polish and Travel to Earth pigment from TKB Trading.

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I filled a 0.25 oz bottle 3/4 full of clear, and added 1 teaspoon of Earth pigment. Earth is a shimmery white, with a pretty green flash.

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I love this! White that flashes green? Big thumbs up!

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Thanks for looking…check back for more Planetary fun!

I Don’t Think This Is Mars

Posted in Blue, Duochromes, Purple with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I am really excited about the “Planetary Sampler” pigments I got from TKB Trading! I haven’t attempted any duochrome polishes yet…so these are new territory for me.

For the first one I have up, I used Wet ‘N Wild black and Travel to Mars pigment from TKB Trading. Travel to Mars has a lovely blue flash to it. Now when I think of Mars….I think red. But hey, it’s still a neat color and gives me an excuse to use another silly name!
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I used the smaller, 0.25 oz sized bottles for these, since this was a test run. I filled the bottle 3/4 full with black, then added 1 teaspoon of Mars pigment.

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The end result is a shimmery purple with blue flash. Just a note…my pictures don’t do these justice! I have such a hard time photographing duochromes, but hopefully the color shift is noticeable!

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The Planetary Sampler came with seven lovely colors, so you can expect a bunch more of these!
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Renaissance Rose

Posted in Purple, Red with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have another lovely dark shade for you today!

For this one, I used CQ Charcoal and Blackstar Red Mica pigment from TKB Trading.

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I filled and empty bottle up with 3/4 of Charcoal, then mixed in 1 1/2 tablespoons of Blackstar Red Mica pigment.

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I was really surprised how this one turned out. The color is a pretty dark plum, with a hint of red and a gorgeous shimmer.

Indoors/flash:

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Outdoors/full sun:

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Close up/full sun:

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Thanks to Elma for helping me name this! I have some really interesting polishes coming up that I’m very excited about, so stay tuned!
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King Midas Touch

Posted in Black, Glitter, Gold with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today’s franken is another request! The lovely Kim asked if I could make a black with shimmery gold, and as it turns out, I just got an order of TKB pigments in the mail, including a beautiful gold shimmer!

I used TKB Gold Reflecks micro glitter pigment, and Love My Nails black for this one.The LMN black is more sheer than the Wet ‘N Wild black I normally use, allowing the glitter to show up better. If you do use the WnW black, just mix it will clear to dilute it a bit.

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I filled an empty bottle 3/4 full of the black, and added in 2 tablespoons of the gold pigment. I tossed in a few ballz, and shook it up.

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I crossed my fingers and anxiously waited to see if the glitter would hold up in the polish. I let the polish sit overnight to be sure, and was pleased to see it was still sparkley and pretty the next day! Luckily, I had a nice sunny weekend, so I managed to get some sun pics.

Indoors/flash:

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Outdoors/full sun:

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Close up/full sun:

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Thanks for looking!

I’m Not Really A Jedi

Posted in Black, Blue, Glitter, Green with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have another interesting dark delight for you today!

I used New York Summer Class Act, Pure Ice Oh Baby, and Wet ‘N Wild black creme.

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I filled an empty bottle half full of Oh Baby, and added 1/4 each of Class Act and black. Darker colors require quite a bit of mixing, so be prepared to shake, shake, shake!

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Now, you’re probably wondering about the name. As soon as I swatched this polish, it immediately made me think of Jedi light sabers for some reason! I decided to name it “I’m Not Really A Jedi”, kind of a play off of OPI’s popular shade, “I’m Not Really A Waitress”.

Indoors/flash:

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Outdoors/full sun:

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Close up/full sun:

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This color definitely is up there with my favorite creations so far! I have a couple more darker colors coming soon, so check back!
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Iron Butterfly

Posted in Black, Purple with tags , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Purples have always been a favorite of mine, so naturally I need to include a dark purple with my newest family of creations!

For today’s polish I used Wet ‘N Wild black creme, Pure Ice Rio, and Creative Rock Royalty.

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I filled an empty bottle with 1/8 each of the black and Royal (really, any dark purple will do), then topped the bottle off with 3/4 of Rio. Again, these darker shades take a bit of extra shaking so if it doesn’t seem to be mixing together, be patient and keep shaking!

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This vampy purple has a glowy shimmer that is stunning when the sun catches it!

Indoors/flash:

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Outdoors/full sun:

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Close up/full sun:

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Thanks for looking! I have a few more of these that are really cool, so check back!
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Aztec Gold

Posted in Black, Gold with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I’ve been busy catching up on reader requests, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that have written in with ideas. My next set of frankens was inspired by a request I received from Sara, who asked if I could make some darker, “almost black” colors with shimmer. I had a lot of fun making these, and am quite pleased with how they turned out!

For today’s franken, “Aztec Gold”, I used Sally Hansen New Lengths in Tapestry…a shimmery gold color, and Wet ‘N Wild black creme.

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I filled an empty bottle with 3/4 of Tapestry, and 1/4 black creme. I shook this well, and let it sit for a while before shaking again. Mixing with a rich black such as the Wet N Wild black creme usually take a little extra shaking, but it’s well worth it!

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I am head over heels in love with this color! It is so unique and glowy!

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Now you know I have more of these dark colors up my sleeve…so check back soon!
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