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Franken-free Friday: Some golden oldies

Posted in Blue, Duochromes, Green, Liquid Euphoria, MAC, Purple, Theons with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today, I have a few really old colors that I wore this past week to show you. With all the awesome new polishes coming out, I’ve been neglecting my “oldies”, so I decided to give them some love.

This first one…I’m only showing it because I *do* like the color, but I must say there aren’t enough swear words to properly describe the application. Theons #116 is a pretty pale mint/pistachio color. Looks very promising in the bottle, but five ( yes FIVE) coats later…I still had a bit of streaking on my ring finger. I have a couple other Theons colors, and haven’t had this problem, so I’m not sure what’s up with this one.

Next up…MAC Tilt. I got this from a friend of mine who has had the bottle since high school, so this one is literally old school! Tilt is a shimmery light blue/green color with a gold flash. It’s very similar to NYX Paradise, only a bit more opaque. I did two coats for this.

I saved the best for last! One of my most prized polishes in my collection is Liquid Euphoria Bliss. Sadly, this one is super hard to find, but if you are lucky enough to come across it…it’s a winner! Bliss is probably the closest dupe to the equally hard to find Clarins 230, and it is just gorgeous! I got my bottle from my sister, who was cleaning out some cosmetics when she was moving. She showed up with a bunch of polishes in hand, telling me they were old and might not be anything I wanted. As soon as I saw Bliss, I had a giant thrill fit which involved me shrieking, squealing and some sort of dancing. I think I scared her LOL. So here is Bliss in all it’s well deserved glory at various lighting…I did three coats.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 🙂

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: NailGirls

Posted in Blue, Coral, NailGirls, Pink, Purple with tags , , , on July 9, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today I have a few colors that I received earlier this week for review. They are a brand called NailGirls, and this is the first I have heard of them. They are a small, London based spa/salon that carries their own brand of polish colors…much like RBL does. I poked around their website and discovered they have a lot of colors, even some mattes! Not boring shades, either. I spotted a couple greens and some nice greys.

I received three colors to try out. I was REALLY excited to see that these have a lovely square bottle shape, similar to the American Apparel bottles. They fit so much better in a Helmer, and are just more aesthetically pleasing (to me, anyway!). Now, NailGirls are up there in price, retailing for 10 pounds, or approximately $15 and change U.S. dollars. They applied effortlessly and smooth, and I found the application and formula to be on par with a RBL or Lippmann. So you are definitely getting your moneys’ worth!

First up, Teal #2. This one is actually a pale blue rather than teal. I own a ton of blues, but this wasn’t a dupe for any of them. The first coat was a bit on the sheer side, so I did three coats on this one to make it nice and opaque, but I probably would have gotten away with only two:

Pink #2, is actually a pinky-purple shimmer. I really didn’t think this looked impressive in the bottle, but it is much prettier on! 2 coats:

The last one, Coral #1, was my favorite out of the three. It is a gorgeous coral creme, and completely opaque in two coats. I left the bottle out on my desk when I was done, because I plan to use this as a pedi this weekend. Such a great summer color!

The only complaint I have about these? The names! I wish they had “real” names, rather than just a color and a number. The quality of the polishes and the packaging was excellent, so I just think they deserve some catchy and cute names!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
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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: Overseas Beauties

Posted in Black, Blue, BYS, Glitter, GOSH, Green, Holographic, Mavala, Silver, Stargazer with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!
I have some more overseas colors to show you today. Most of these aren’t terribly hard to find, and I’ve even seen a few pop up on ebay from time to time.

First up, a long time lemmings satisfied (once again by my good friend Vikki in the U.K. <3), Stargazer #232. I have a couple other Stargazer colors, and while I am not crazy about the round, bubble-like bottle shape…the colors are very pretty and apply nicely. #232 is a silver chrome with a mirror-like finish to it. Despite being a metallic, it really wasn’t hard to work with. I had very minimal visible brush strokes, and it covered in 2 thin coats.

Next, another U.K. silver…but this one is a holographic! And not just any old holo. GOSH Holographic is THE best silver holo I own. I’ve actually had this one a while and have worn it several times. It never fails to amaze me. 2 coats over Nailtek Foundation II…liquid awesome!

I recently received my very first BYS polishes from Aussie blogger and friend Kaz (check her out at Pretty-Random). The first one I tried out, I fell head over heels in love with. Thunderstorm, which I admit I only wanted because of the name, is a very dark blue-almost-black with fine silver glitter and larger holo glitter pieces. It’s gorgeous. I wore it for 3 days and keep staring at my nails constantly. I applied 2 coats, and it was slightly lumpy on…but evened out with 1 thin coat of TC. The BYS polishes smell AWFUL, just to warn you. I think the waterproofing paint we used on our basement smelled better than these. But the color makes it totally worth it…this one is really unique.

And last up, Mavala Pygmee. Mavala is a Swiss brand, and has a lot of really neat colors. The bottles are teeny, but I have yet to be disappointed by what’s inside! Pygmee is a weird, swampy green shimmer that looks like the love child of RBL No More War and China Glaze Moonpool. The first coat went on a bit sheer, but it covered nicely with the second coat.

Thanks for stopping by! Check in tomorrow…I will have a review up of a couple “Hand Perfection” products I got to try out! 🙂
Have a great weekend, all!

Franken-free Friday: Sally Hansens and some nail art!

Posted in Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Sally Hansen with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

Today I have a few of the newer Sally Hansens to show you, as well as my attempt at some nail art. Nothing fancy, just playing around…but I figured I would post the pics anyway!

As you all may know, Sally Hansen recently revamped their entire “Salon” polish line…new colors, new brushes, and new bottle design. While I don’t particularly like the new bottles (I’m a square lover!), I do really love the brush. It’s bigger and has a rounded shape, similar to the Insta-Dri style. The rounded shape works excellent for getting a nice “gap”, and the bigger brush covers more of my nail, so I can paint faster!

First up, Lavender Cloud! Pretty name, even prettier color! It’s a clean, crisp pale white-lavender. I was really impressed at how smooth this went on. No streaks, no runny mess. I did 2 coats, and it was completely opaque:

Next, of course, the green! Grass Slipper (which I think is a hilarious name) is a green creme, and also applied nicely and covered great in 2 coats:

I jazzed this up a little by using french mani guides to make a diagonal design. The pink is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Rose Rush. I love these Insta-Dri colors because they cover completely in only one coat, so I didn’t need to put much effort into this.

And lastly, one of the new Salon colors that I think has been greatly overlooked. Calypso Blue, which honestly doesn’t look like much in the bottle, is really gorgeous. It is an electric shimmery blue, and not the least bit sheer. 2 thin coats and I was good to go.

I snazzed this one up after a few days, using my new stencils from SmARTnails. After seeing a post about these on the nail board, I decided to order a few to try out. This is the “Small Teeth” design, and I used another Insta-Dri, Sea Breeze, as an accent color. It’s subtle, but that’s what I was going for. And I was a bit nervous about screwing up, I admit. These were foolproof, and not messy at all.

That’s all for today…I hope you all have a great Memorial weekend! 🙂

Franken-free Friday: A Couple Kleancolors

Posted in Green, Kleancolor, Purple with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!

I have a couple Kleancolors that I just bought recently to show you. First off, I must say that I absolutely love their new bottle design. I’m partial to square shaped bottles, but these are really pretty. I have a modest collection of Kleancolors, and have always been pleased with the application & wear on them. Plus, they have really cool colors. One word of warning…they STINK to high heaven! Very chemical-y smelling…so make sure to open a window.

I purchased these from an ebay store, because I was only buying a few. Cherryculture.com also has a lot of Kleancolors, not to mention a ton of other goodies from NYX and such, and I usually order there when I’m making a fairly big order. This first one, I thought for sure was a misprint in the listing. They had it listed as “Vikini Green“, while Kleancolor’s site says “Bikini Green” (which makes more sense). But low and behold…when I got it….

Yup, that clearly says “Vikini Green”! Maybe I just got a misprinted one, but that’s alright. I think it’s silly, and it reminds me of my friend Vikki…so it’s all good. Anyway, here’s VG…

Looooooooove! This is what I’d call a neon-pastel. It’s very bright, but still has that soft, creamy look to it. This is two coats, and was perfect and streak free.

The other color I have to show you today is Neon Purple. Not a terribly fun name, but what it lacks in the creativity department it makes up for by what is inside the bottle. Again, two coats and it came out flawless. I hate photographing purples, because no mater what lighting/settings I use, they never come out 100% accurate. This one is a tad less blue in real life.

I was positive this was another neon creme, but I noticed later on it has a very subtle secret shimmer to it!

Thanks for stopping by…have a great weekend & don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see who won the Del Sol giveaway!