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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!

Franken-free Friday: “Hot Messes” & others

Posted in Barielle, Blue, foil, Green, Grey, Lippmann, manglaze, Ruby Kisses, Zoya with tags , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello franken-friends!
After much thought, I’ve decided to start doing a weekly “Franken-Free Friday”, which is exactly as it sounds. Instead of frankens, I’ll show you some of my favorite polishes (new & old) and other polish related things. Of course frankening is my number one love, and the very reason I started this blog…but with being a new homeowner, and doing lots of renovations on my house, time has been stretched very thin lately. I figured this would be a nice balance in between frankening, and I can still talk about polish! 🙂

So, to kick off FFF, I have some recent mani pics to show you! First up are some Hot Messes! I used my ManGlaze Hot Mess, and while it was quite awesome on its own…I found that it is even hotter layered! I have several (ahem, understatement) sheer colors that are so pretty but go unworn because I can’t stand visible nail lines. And my nails are REALLY stained…who wants to see that?!
Here is 2 coats of Hot Mess with 1 coat of Ruby Kisses Neon Green over it:

And also with Lippmann Rehab…poor Rehab has gone neglected for a loooong time:

If you love the “foily” look…you need this! I’ve worn Hot Mess alone, and also with others over it, like 5 times since I got it not too long ago. That is practically unheard of in my household! HM is one tough cookie though…no chipping or peeling, so it’s perfect when you want something that will last you a while.

Another recent and instant love for me is the Zoya Sparkle collection. There are no words to express how cool and unique these are! My favorite of the bunch, no surprise, was Invanka…the green! This is two coats in artificial light:

And outdoor in partial sun:

The really weird thing about these Zoya Sparkles…they look just as beautiful, if not better, in shade! The tiny flakey glitter really stands out and catches your eye. And the best part? Removal was a breeze! Usually the super glittery colors put up a fight, but this came off very easily with felt & remover.

And my last non-franken for today…Barielle Out-Grey-Geous. In the bottle, I thought it may be a dupe for OPI Brand New Skates…but it’s actually quite different. It has tiny flecks of holo gold in it, and I instantly fell in love with it. I have a small collection of Barielle colors, but I think I need more. This applied very nicely, and held up well against chipping. This is 3 coats:

I hope you enjoyed my “Franken-free Friday”… I look forward to showing you more of my favorite colors next week. I also have a neat green franken coming up, and tomorrow will be doing a giveaway…so check back! 😉

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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!

To make a blue foil finish polish, I used Blueberry pigment from TBK Trading and Hard Candy Trailer Trash.


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.


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


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

Lucky Charm

Posted in foil, Green with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

You know, the though of frankening a foil finish polish has never crossed my mind, which is odd, since I love them so much.

My friend Gab hooked me up yet again with cool franken supplies! She had a couple extra bottle of Hard Candy Trailer Trash ( a beautiful foily silver) that she sent my way. I went to work right away, determined to create something really spectacular! Since green is my favorite color, what better way to kick off my foil franken family than with a cool green?

To accompany HC Trailer Trash, I chose Apple Green pigment from TKB Trading.


I used a smaller sized bottle for this one since I am *gasp* completely out of regular sized empty bottles! I have an order on the way, but I’m impatient and wanted to try this out now! I used 1 teaspoon of pigment, mixed into a .25 oz bottle (half the size of a normal sized bottle).


Mmmm, minty green!


Thanks for looking, and stay tuned for more!