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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!:-)

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Franken-free Friday: white, grey and sparkley all over!

Posted in BB Couture, Grey, Holographic, White, Zoya with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s post is a mixed bag of some random NOTD’s I have done recently. Grey is a very close second to green as my favorite polish color, and what I mostly wore this past week.

Up first…one of my favorite whites, Zoya Ginessa. This color reminds me of freshly fallen snow. Crisp, clean and shimmery. It was opaque in two coats, but I did three for a little extra sparkle.

Another beloved holo of mine is China Glaze Let’s Do It In 3-D, a charcoal grey holo. The entire Kaleidoscope collection is incredible (and sadly discontinued), but this one really stands out because it is so unique. It’s not black, it’s not silver…but somewhere in between. This is two thin coats, and it applied quite nicely.

Color Club’s Who Are You Wearing is a pale greyish/lavender color quite similar to my beloved BB Couture Intake Valve, but a bit lighter and the formula wasn’t as good. The first and second coats went on a bit streaky, but it was good to go in three. I’m digging these weird grey-ish colors lately.

Oh, and speaking of BB Couture…I wore one of their awesome greys, Opposites Attract this week. OA is a medium grey cream with tiny flecks of silver glitter in it. It reminds me of a sidewalk! I know I’ve raved about BBC before (and probably will again!) but it is only because it is well-deserved praise. Their formula is outstanding…one of the best I have ever used. This is two thin coats, and of course it covered beautifully.

I buy all my BB Coutures from Overallbeauty.com, and they also carry a variety of other cosmetics as well. In fact, Kim (the owner) recently sent me some pigment samples of their colors to use in frankening. I am excited about these…so excited, in fact, that I will be showing them off all next week. That’s right, a franken every day! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, all!
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Franken-free Friday: British Invasion!

Posted in Barry M, Blue, Boots, OPI, Orly, Purple, Sally Hansen, Zoya with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!
Today I have a few colors to show you from across the pond. I recently received these pretties from my friend Vikki in the U.K., and had to wear them all immediately. These are all 2 coats.

First up, Barry M Berry Ice Cream, a beautiful light purple creme.

I think out of all the non-U.S. brands I own, I have the most Barry M’s. I have a huge collection of them, because they are AWESOME. The application is always perfect, and I love their color range.

Here is another of the newer colors, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, a light blue cream that is bright, but not neon. I’ve seen this one pop up on a few other blogs lately, and I can see why it is so popular!

I thought it might be useful to include some comparisons for this one, so here are a few other blues. Thumb to pinky: Orly Snowcone, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Blue Blast, Zoya Robyn, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, and OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui. None of them are exact dupes, but the SH Insta-Dri is very close. Snowcone has much more purple in it, Robyn is more neon, and SSFS isn’t really close at all, but I included it anyway for reference!

Another nice U.K. brand is Boots No. 7. Although I only own a couple of these, I’ve had good luck with this brand and no complaints. Here’s Totally Teal, a dark jelly-ish teal. I have never considered teal to be a vampy color, but this sure does a good job of convincing me:

And lately for today…Boots Violetta, a dark purple creme.

As I mentioned earlier, I have a TON of Barry M’s as well as other U.K. and foreign brands…so I may have those for you next Friday! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend! 🙂

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! 😉