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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! 🙂

Franken-free Friday: Zoya Wicked & Wonderfuls

Posted in Bronze/Brown, foil, Green, Grey, Purple, Red, Zoya with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today I have a few of my favorites from Zoya’s recent collections, Wicked and Wonderful. Both collections are full of beautiful shades, so it was difficult to choose which ones were my absolute favorites. What I really like about these two releases is the variety! So many colors to choose from, in both cremes and shimmers, that it really has something for everyone. These were all two coaters, and applied wonderfully.

First up, Cheryl, from the “Wicked” foily-shimmer collection. This is a gorgeous chocolate-bronze shade, and stood out immediately to me. It is the perfect fall color, and although I am not quite ready for fall yet, I still loved wearing this.

Kelly is another definite standout shade. It is a dark grey creme, with a hint of blue/purple to it. Very unique and versatile…I think this is one of my new “go to” colors when I’m not sure what I feel like wearing.

Edyta was the one I was anticipating the most, and it didn’t disappoint! It is green-ish, with grey and tiny multi-color shimmer. A weird color, but weird in a good way!

Kristi just may be my new favorite red. I know I don’t give the reds nearly enough love. Red is probably the one shade I have trouble pulling off. But Kristi was extremely flattering on, and is a true classic, pretty red. I ended up wearing this for three days (that’s long for me) because I loved it so much.

Julieanne, oh sweet purple Julieanne! All you purple lovers out there need to get this one. You won’t be let down! It’s dark and shimmery, and doesn’t look black in low light.

This entire Wicked and Wonderful collections are truly amazing colors, great job Zoya!:-)

Franken-free Friday: China Glaze Vintage Vixens

Posted in Bronze/Brown, China Glaze, foil, Glitter, Gold, Green, Grey, Purple with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

I received the China Glaze Vintage Vixen polishes a couple days ago, and have picked my five favorites to show you today. This is a quite diverse collection, and certainly has a range of colors for everyone. One of the reasons I love China Glaze…their collections are always filled with different shades, so you’d be hard pressed not to find a few that work for you!

First Class Ticket is a rich, shimmery purple that has tiny blue microglitter in it. Quite appropriately named, since it has a very luxurious feel to it. Two coats covered well:

Swing Baby gave me a difficult time because the formula was very thin, but the color won me over! It reminds me of bubbly champagne, very foily and shimmery and just gorgeous. This was a three coater:

Jitterbug also has a foil-like finish to it, and was another favorite in this collection. It is a slate grey with the slightest blue tinge to it…very unique. I don’t think I own anything else that looks like this! This one was good to go with two coats:

Of course, Emerald Fitzgerald is in my top favorites as well. China Glaze is quite generous with the greens, and they know how to do them right! I love that this is a dark, vampy green, but never looks black, even under low light. It isn’t green-green, but has a bit of a blue cast to it. I see myself wearing this one a lot. This was two coats:

Now, even though I adore EF (and greens in general)…one color really stood out. My favorite of this collection is Ingrid, a strange choice for me, but I am oddly fascinated with this color! Ingrid reminds me of mud. Yes, mud. But pretty mud with a beautiful gold shimmer. My fiance, who rarely ever comments on my polish, noticed this right after I finished my mani and said he really liked the color. This one was also a bit on the thin side, but was even and opaque in three coats:

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully I will have a fun 4th of July mani to show you on Sunday…I’m still trying to figure out what I should do!
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Eye of the Tiger

Posted in Bronze/Brown, Glitter with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Ok, I will apologize in advance for any urges you may have to go watch all the “Rocky” movies now! 😛 This franken is quite different than my usual colors, but I’ve been trying to branch out into different things lately.

I used an unnamed bronze Jordana polish (it is quite sheer), Martha Stewart glitter in Sunstone, fine black glitter from TKB Trading, and NYC clear.

It looks like it could be a cousin to Lippmann’s “Superstar”, but the glitter in this is more fine.

I was surprised I actually liked this once I put it on. Bronze colors are hit and miss with me, but this is definitely a keeper!

I took these pictures without a topcoat on, so it is actually much shinier and pretty once I added my SV on.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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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Playing with Pigments- Part 3

Posted in Bronze/Brown, Gold, Recipes with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I’ve been having so much fun with these pigment samples!
I decided to try one of the more unique colors, “Paradise Shimmer Tan Mica”. Despite the name, it is actually more of a rich, shimmery bronze than tan. It looks dazzling in the sample bag!
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Clear is a good choice to use with this pigment. Since the pigment color is gorgeous on its own, we don’t want to distract from that. I’m going to use 2/3 full bottle of NYC Clear. NYC is one of my favorite brands to use in frankening because it is so cheap (less than 99 cents each), but the quality of their polishes is good.
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Using a paper funnel, I began adding the pigment in. I was originally going to add the entire bag (approx. 1 teaspoon) but only used half. I added ballz and shook the mixture, and was surprised how such a small amount of pigment really saturated the clear!
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I’ll be honest, I’m not usually fond of gold or bronze polishes. In fact, most I’ve tried have looked terrible on me! But there was something about this particular polish that appealed to me. It reminded me ofa darker Zoya Richelle, which is a bronze-y gold that I love.
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Thank you again, Gabrielle, for sending me these to try out! The quality of the pigments was unbelievable! After experimenting with many different brands, I think I’ve found a favorite. I will be placing an order for more colors with Coastal Scents very soon. Which means more lovely frankens for you all to enjoy!
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