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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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Valley of the Kings

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

You know, I used to hate gold polish. It wasn’t until recently that I started buying more gold colors and discovered I really love them! I’ve made a few gold-ish frankens, but I really wanted a true, blinged out gold.

I used Tony and Tina fine silver cosmetic glitter, Sally Hansen Gold Chrome, and Gold Reflects pigment from TKB Trading.

I filled an empty bottle a tad over 3/4 full with Gold Chrome, then added in 1 tablespoon each of the silver and gold glitters.

Oooo, bling-tastic! The glitter adds an extra punch to Gold Chrome, and really makes it sparkle.

Up close…

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back soon! 😉

Champagne After Dark

Posted in Glitter, Gold, Purple with tags , , , , on July 30, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Well, I’ve been catching up on my frankening, and I have a glittery treat for you today!

For this one, I used Revlon Color Stay in clear, NYC Purple Pizazz, and Gold Reflecks pigment from TKB Trading.

I filled an empty bottle a little bit less than 2/3 full of clear, then added in 1/3 of Purple Pizazz. I mixed in 1 tablespoon of Gold Reflecks pigment, and shook the mixture well.

I love how the gold shimmer stands out in this! It really does remind me of a sparkling wine.

Up close to really display the shimmer…

Thanks for looking! I have another batch of mattes coming up very soon, so check back! 😀

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!

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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Blue Hawaiian

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Gold, Green with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today’s franken is another pretty summer shade, and one of my favorites (so far)!

I used China Glaze Golden Enchantment gold holo glitter, Sinful Irish Green, and Blueberry pigment from TKB Trading.

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I mixed 1/2 Golden Enchantment with 1/2 Irish Green, then added 1/2 teaspoon of Blueberry pigment.

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I’m really disappointed that you can’t see the glitter in the pic very well, but on the nail, it really sparkles!!!

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As always, give me a shout if there’s a color you’d like to see! I have a few more summer shades coming up soon.
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Velvet Castle

Posted in Gold, Holographic, Purple with tags , , , , on March 23, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

There are a lot of lovely purple holos available, but I wanted a very deep, rich purple. The best part about being a mad frankening fool is that if I can’t find a particular color I want, I can just whip one up…usually!
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I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Uptempo Plum, China Glaze GR8 gold holo, and Grape pigment from TKB Trading.

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I filled an empty bottle with 3/4 GR8 gold holo, 20 drops of Uptempo Plum, and 1 tablespoon Grape pigment. Pigment is a bit stubborn when it comes to mixing it with a holo base, so it takes a lot of shaking…but once mixed well, it is fine.

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It applied very smoothly, and was completely opaque in two coats.

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This rich, regal purple needed an equally fancy name…so “Velvet Castle” seemed fitting! I have one more lovely holo for you, so stay tuned!

Crimson Crown

Posted in Gold, Holographic, Red with tags , , , on March 20, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have another holo-ific polish for you today!

It dawned on me a few days ago that my franken collection is seriously lacking in the red department. I confess that red isn’t my favorite color to wear, but since I’ve been on a holo making kick, I can take this opportunity to make a fun red. Plus, I’ve had a few requests for a red holo, so this works out well!

For a simple and easy red holo, I used China Glaze GR8 ( a lovely gold holo) and Revlon Colorstay in Ultimate Wine.
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I used equal quantities of the gold holo and red creme, tossed in a couple ballz, and shook the mixture well.

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There is something “fancy” about red and gold together, and this polish is a perfect example. I feel like a queen!

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Thank you to my friend Jess for helping me name this one!
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Unicorn Tears

Posted in Glitter, Gold, Pink with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I promise, this isn’t another Alien Donut Sprinkles…this is a pretty franken!

Everyone needs a little silliness in their life…and what better than funny named nail polish? Scrangie, who not only has gorgeous nails and one of my favorite blogs, is a hilarious girl that always makes me laugh. She actually came up with “Unicorn Tears”, and let me use it as a franken name.
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The beautiful pigment samples I got from Lynn seemed like an excellent choice for such a franken. MAC Reflects Very Pink is super glittery and just screams “Unicorn Tears” (well, to me at least)! I had a spare bottle of Revlon Colorstay Golden Sparks that I thought would work perfectly with the pigment.

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I filled an empty bottle 3/4 full with Gold Sparks and added 1 tablespoon of Reflects Very Pink pigment. Even with vigorous shaking, the pigment settled a little bit (certainly not enough to render the polish unusable).

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I solved the settling problem by simply rolling the bottle in my hand a few times before using it. I used three coats for my mani.

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And here’s a close up that really shows the beautiful pink and gold micro glitter…

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So there you have it…Unicorn Tears!
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The Matte Family Has Expanded!

Posted in Gold, matte, Pink, Purple with tags , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Once I began frankening these matte polishes, I couldn’t stop!

Today I have a few more members of our “matte family”. I think these will be the final bunch…for now.
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As with the rest of the “family”, these were all made with Nailtek Foundation II as a base, and pigment for the colors.

First up, a raspberry pink. This one is a little more vibrant than the previous set of mattes I posted, but hey, a little variety is good! Especially when it looks like this:
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And our family wouldn’t be complete without a purple. When I originally decided to do a purple, I was aiming for a dusty grey shade. I fell in love with this cheery grape and didn’t have the heart to tone it down.
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Every family has a problem child, and the last polish is it. It seemed like a good idea to include a yellow in the matte collection, but it proved to be a challenge. After a lot of experimenting, I ended up with a weird golden olive color. I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, but after swatching it, it’s grown on me. I used black, yellow and gold pigments. The gold shimmer is prominent even though this polish has a flat finish…giving it an “antique” look. Definitely not a color for everyone…but I thought I’d include it since it was different!
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I had a lot of fun making these matte polishes…I hope you enjoyed them! ❤