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Franken-free Friday- China Glaze Halloween “Awakening”

Posted in Black, Bronze/Brown, China Glaze, Glitter, Green, Orange, Purple with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today I have the China Glaze “Awakening” Halloween colors to show you. I was so excited when these arrived, and it was hard to wait until my “non-franken day” to showcase them. China Glaze always does cool colors for holidays, and these are no exception!

Ick-a-Body has a deep, murky green jelly base with tons of orange glitter. The name makes me giggle, though. I can picture some unsuspecting couple strolling through the park at night, then screaming “Ick! A Body!” when they stumble upon a corpse half-hidden in the bushes. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Law & Order! But regardless of the name, this color is really unique and absolutely perfect for Halloween. I used two coats, and it covered great!

Zombie Zest is a yellowish-green jelly with green toned glitter in it. Very appropriately named, and what would Halloween be without zombies? I used two coats, and was surprised that this was smooth even before I got around to doing a topcoat!

Mummy May I is the pretty side of Halloween. Very girly, but still dark and vampy. The purple glitter really stands out against the black jelly base, and reminds me a lot of the new Lippmann color, Bad Romance, minus the chunky glitter. I almost caved and bought BR, but I think the lemming has been satisfied with Mummy May I! I used three coats of this, since it was a tiny bit more sheer than the others, but someone with shorter nails may get away with just two.

I loved all three of these, and it was impossible to pick a favorite. I always look forward to what China Glaze is going to come out with next, and they never disappoint! 🙂

Flux Capacitor

Posted in Black, Glitter, Purple with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello, everyone!
I actually made this franken and took pics of it a while ago…and then forgot about it completely. Which is terrible because it was a color I really loved! And I borrowed the name from one of my all time favorite movies, Back to the Future. No matter how many times I see it…it never gets old! And who doesn’t secretly lust after a time traveling DeLorean?

I used NYC Clear, Pure Ice Electric, and fine purple glitter from INM. I poured about half each of clear and Electric into an empty bottle, and added about one tablespoon of INM glitter.

Love glitters! Especially dark, vampy ones!


Outside in the sun…here you can really see how gorgeous this is:

Thanks for stopping by….I have more pretties coming soon, as well as a giveaway! 😛

Franken-free Friday: Overseas Beauties

Posted in Black, Blue, BYS, Glitter, GOSH, Green, Holographic, Mavala, Silver, Stargazer with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!
I have some more overseas colors to show you today. Most of these aren’t terribly hard to find, and I’ve even seen a few pop up on ebay from time to time.

First up, a long time lemmings satisfied (once again by my good friend Vikki in the U.K. <3), Stargazer #232. I have a couple other Stargazer colors, and while I am not crazy about the round, bubble-like bottle shape…the colors are very pretty and apply nicely. #232 is a silver chrome with a mirror-like finish to it. Despite being a metallic, it really wasn’t hard to work with. I had very minimal visible brush strokes, and it covered in 2 thin coats.

Next, another U.K. silver…but this one is a holographic! And not just any old holo. GOSH Holographic is THE best silver holo I own. I’ve actually had this one a while and have worn it several times. It never fails to amaze me. 2 coats over Nailtek Foundation II…liquid awesome!

I recently received my very first BYS polishes from Aussie blogger and friend Kaz (check her out at Pretty-Random). The first one I tried out, I fell head over heels in love with. Thunderstorm, which I admit I only wanted because of the name, is a very dark blue-almost-black with fine silver glitter and larger holo glitter pieces. It’s gorgeous. I wore it for 3 days and keep staring at my nails constantly. I applied 2 coats, and it was slightly lumpy on…but evened out with 1 thin coat of TC. The BYS polishes smell AWFUL, just to warn you. I think the waterproofing paint we used on our basement smelled better than these. But the color makes it totally worth it…this one is really unique.

And last up, Mavala Pygmee. Mavala is a Swiss brand, and has a lot of really neat colors. The bottles are teeny, but I have yet to be disappointed by what’s inside! Pygmee is a weird, swampy green shimmer that looks like the love child of RBL No More War and China Glaze Moonpool. The first coat went on a bit sheer, but it covered nicely with the second coat.

Thanks for stopping by! Check in tomorrow…I will have a review up of a couple “Hand Perfection” products I got to try out! 🙂
Have a great weekend, all!

Franken-free Friday: Some Borghese love!

Posted in Black, Blue, Borghese, Glitter, Green, jelly, Pink, Purple with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!
Today I’d like to show off some polishes from one of my favorite brands, Borghese. Borghese doesn’t get nearly enough love, and trust me, there’s a lot to love. Their formula is excellent, and if you are a cream lover, the Borghese creams apply like butter! My only complaint about Borghese was that they didn’t have enough color variety. You all know how I feel about my greens!
But recently, Borghese came out with a new collection called Tutti Gelati…with GREENS! And a yellow, too!

So here are some of my favorites, new & old, for you to enjoy! All of these are 2 coats over Nailtek Foundation II & no topcoat.

Tutti Gelati…a gorgeous shimmery pink that is very close to China Glaze 100 Proof Pink (which is now discontinued). They aren’t exact dupes, but if you love 100PP, then you need this one:

And one of my favorite reds, Borghese Red…this practically applied itself:

And we can’t forget Stellar Notte! Wow is all I can say.

Look how the color changes in the sunlight:

The color shift in this is awesome…it reminds me of an oil spill in a parking lot…that gorgeous blue/green/purple flash.

Another creme…Mezzanotte Blue. This is a very dark navy, but it doesn’t look black.

Outdoors in the sun…so smooth and shiny!

Borghese had a collection a couple years back, I believe it was called “Roman Holiday”, that had some amazing colors. Festa Cerise was one of my favorites. It’s a pink jelly with teeny pink glitter flecks in it.

And one of my favorite blacks, Notte Black, is not your typical black. It has the slightest shimmer to it, making it stand out amongst my collection. And it applied effortlessly…usually I make a huge mess with blacks and dark colors! I must apologize for my jaundiced looking hands in this photo….I had just taken off a dark green before applying Notte Black, and obviously didn’t do a very good cleanup job!

And speaking of greens, the last one I have to show you is a new acquisition that has quickly won me over. The new green, Pistachio. I think it speaks for itself!

You can find Borghese at most drug stores, and they are definitely worth checking out if you have never tried them before. I have a bunch more colors, but I’ll save those for another day! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow to see who won my giveaway! ❤

Happy Halloween!

Posted in Black, Orange with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

As promised, I have a ghoulish delight for you all today! I actually made this franken last Halloween, before I got into blogging. It was always a favorite of mine, so I decided to recreate it for you. I must warn you that my nails are in very bad shape right now. Between moving, house renovations and experimenting with a different brand of top coat…well, you’ll see soon enough.

For our Halloween franken, I used Wet ‘N Wild black creme, and Maybelline Express Finish in Sunsparkle.

I added 3/4 Sunsparkle into an empty bottle, then added in 1/3 of the black. A couple ballz, and some shaking produces a gorgeous glowy shade.

The beautiful orange glow doesn’t show up very well in the bottle picture, but once on the nail it really sparks to life!

I’m glad to be back blogging and frankening! I have much more coming up, and as always, feel free to email me with suggestions! 😉

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.

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.


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.


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.



Outdoors/full sun:


Close up/full sun:


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.


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!


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”.



Outdoors/full sun:


Close up/full sun:


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

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.


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!


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



Outdoors/full sun:


Close up/full sun:


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

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.


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!


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


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