Archive for May, 2010

Franken-free Friday: Sally Hansens and some nail art!

Posted in Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Sally Hansen with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today I have a few of the newer Sally Hansens to show you, as well as my attempt at some nail art. Nothing fancy, just playing around…but I figured I would post the pics anyway!

As you all may know, Sally Hansen recently revamped their entire “Salon” polish line…new colors, new brushes, and new bottle design. While I don’t particularly like the new bottles (I’m a square lover!), I do really love the brush. It’s bigger and has a rounded shape, similar to the Insta-Dri style. The rounded shape works excellent for getting a nice “gap”, and the bigger brush covers more of my nail, so I can paint faster!

First up, Lavender Cloud! Pretty name, even prettier color! It’s a clean, crisp pale white-lavender. I was really impressed at how smooth this went on. No streaks, no runny mess. I did 2 coats, and it was completely opaque:

Next, of course, the green! Grass Slipper (which I think is a hilarious name) is a green creme, and also applied nicely and covered great in 2 coats:

I jazzed this up a little by using french mani guides to make a diagonal design. The pink is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Rose Rush. I love these Insta-Dri colors because they cover completely in only one coat, so I didn’t need to put much effort into this.

And lastly, one of the new Salon colors that I think has been greatly overlooked. Calypso Blue, which honestly doesn’t look like much in the bottle, is really gorgeous. It is an electric shimmery blue, and not the least bit sheer. 2 thin coats and I was good to go.

I snazzed this one up after a few days, using my new stencils from SmARTnails. After seeing a post about these on the nail board, I decided to order a few to try out. This is the “Small Teeth” design, and I used another Insta-Dri, Sea Breeze, as an accent color. It’s subtle, but that’s what I was going for. And I was a bit nervous about screwing up, I admit. These were foolproof, and not messy at all.

That’s all for today…I hope you all have a great Memorial weekend! 🙂

Scrambled Eggs

Posted in Glitter, Yellow with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning!

Ok, be warned…today’s franken is definitely a weird one, in case you couldn’t tell by the name! My sister actually gave me the idea for this one. A good majority of my frankens end up going home with her whenever she comes over, and last time she visited she said I should make a “scrambled eggs” color…yellow with black glitter, like pepper! So I figured, why not? I like weird colors anyway!

I used Zoya Creamy, an unlabled orange shimmer I found, and fine black glitter from TKB Trading.

I filled an empty bottle with 3/4 of the orange shimmer, added in a teeny bit less and 1/4 of Creamy, and mixed in 2 teaspoons of fine black glitter.

Oh yes…this is weird, for sure. Maybe even hideous looking! I can honestly say I have never seen a polish like this…so at least it’s an original LOL. I actually kinda like it! But again, I like weird things.

Up close:

Thanks for stopping by! I have a bit more “normal” coming up next, so check back! 😀

Franken-free Friday: BB Coutures!

Posted in BB Couture, Green, Grey, jelly, Orange, Red with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today I have a few polishes to show you from one of my absolute favorite brands, BB Couture. BB Couture may not be as well known as OPI or Essie, but their polishes are AMAZING. The have some of the coolest and unique colors, and their formula is one of the best I have ever used, hands down.

First, is a color that is near and dear to me. Frosty Meadow was the first BB Couture polish I bought a few years back, and not only is it GREEN…but it’s a green jelly with glitter! Of course I didn’t notice until later on my pictures of this all came out slightly blurry, but you get the idea. This is 2 coats, as are the rest:

Napa Valley Red is another one of my BBC favorites. This has the same jelly-like base with glitter, but with a vampy twist! Very fitting, since this is one of the colors created by Kelly from Vampy Varnish.

Painted Lady is one of the newer BBC summer colors from the Ladybug Collection. It’s a gorgeous orange jelly with glitter, and so perfect for summer.

Finally, I have one of my other new favorites that I got with my last order, Intake Valve. This is one of the BB Couture “polish for men” colors, but of course it looks just as good on ladies! Intake Valve is a pale grey creme with a touch of purple and slight shimmer to it. Really cool looking! I love these grey/purple colors, and was pleased that I couldn’t find a dupe for this in my stash.

I buy all my BB Couture polishes from Overall Beauty, and have had nothing but outstanding experiences with them. Kim, the owner, is such a sweetheart, and always sends me personal emails with updates on my order, or answers to my questions.

Thanks for stopping by! I have some more fun frankens coming up, as well as goodies to giveaway, so check back!
😛

Serpentine

Posted in Green with tags , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning!

For today’s franken, I decided to use one of my pigment samples that I had laying around. It is a brand called Aromaleigh, and I had never tried frankening with their pigments before. This one was almost too pretty to mix with…I’ve worn it a couple times as an eyeshadow and it’s gorgeous!

I used NYC Clear, and Aromaleigh pigment in Arabesque.

I filled an empty bottle 2/3 full of clear, then mixed in 1 teaspoon of Arabesque pigment. This mixed fairly easily with light shaking, so I knew I was off to a good start!

The color reminds me of OPI Creme De Menthe or Chanel Jade…but I don’t think it’s a dead on dupe for either. It is quite pretty, though!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Winner Announced!

Posted in Other with tags on May 15, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Congratulations to Elizabeth/Lacquered Lizard, who is the winner of my Del Sol giveaway! Elizabeth, you should have received an automatic email, so please send me your address and I will get these pretties out to you asap!

Thanks everyone who entered, and I will have more goodies to giveaway soon! ❤

Franken-free Friday: A Couple Kleancolors

Posted in Green, Kleancolor, Purple with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

I have a couple Kleancolors that I just bought recently to show you. First off, I must say that I absolutely love their new bottle design. I’m partial to square shaped bottles, but these are really pretty. I have a modest collection of Kleancolors, and have always been pleased with the application & wear on them. Plus, they have really cool colors. One word of warning…they STINK to high heaven! Very chemical-y smelling…so make sure to open a window.

I purchased these from an ebay store, because I was only buying a few. Cherryculture.com also has a lot of Kleancolors, not to mention a ton of other goodies from NYX and such, and I usually order there when I’m making a fairly big order. This first one, I thought for sure was a misprint in the listing. They had it listed as “Vikini Green“, while Kleancolor’s site says “Bikini Green” (which makes more sense). But low and behold…when I got it….

Yup, that clearly says “Vikini Green”! Maybe I just got a misprinted one, but that’s alright. I think it’s silly, and it reminds me of my friend Vikki…so it’s all good. Anyway, here’s VG…

Looooooooove! This is what I’d call a neon-pastel. It’s very bright, but still has that soft, creamy look to it. This is two coats, and was perfect and streak free.

The other color I have to show you today is Neon Purple. Not a terribly fun name, but what it lacks in the creativity department it makes up for by what is inside the bottle. Again, two coats and it came out flawless. I hate photographing purples, because no mater what lighting/settings I use, they never come out 100% accurate. This one is a tad less blue in real life.

I was positive this was another neon creme, but I noticed later on it has a very subtle secret shimmer to it!

Thanks for stopping by…have a great weekend & don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see who won the Del Sol giveaway!

Paper Sparrow

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Green with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning!
I have a pretty green to show you today….and this is another one I really love and it has become an instant favorite. And it is so easy to make!

I used China Glaze Blue Sparrow and Paper Chasing, both which are very pretty on their own.

I filled an empty bottle with half each of Blue Sparrow and Paper Chasing, and shook well. See…told you it was quick and easy!

This one is truly gorgeous…I love the blue shimmer against the vivid green!

Up close, outdoors in the sun…this is 2 thin coats with no topcoat.

Thanks for stopping by! I have some pretty non-frankens coming up on Friday! And don’t forget to enter the Del Sol Giveaway! 🙂