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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!

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.


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!

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!

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.


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


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


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.

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!

I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Uptempo Plum, China Glaze GR8 gold holo, and Grape pigment from TKB Trading.


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.


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


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!