Archive for Green

Fireworks in the Forest

Posted in Green, Holographic with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today I have some beautiful holographic spring bling for you! Ok, so it’s not *quite* spring yet…but I can dream, right?

For our holo base, Color Club’s Worth the Risque (silver holo) will do nicely. For green, I’m using some of my leftover New York Summer Amaranth (a dark green creme) and Wet ‘N Wild Black creme.

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I filled an empty bottle halfway with the CC holo, and the remaining half with NYS Amaranth. I topped off the mix with 10 drops of black. Depending on the shade of green you want to achieve, the quantities can be adjusted.

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The holo really compliments this lovely forest green shade!

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I just might have to make a few more of these holo polishes. **wink wink** Suggestions are always welcome, so let me know if there’s a certain color you’d like to see! Thank you to Jess for helping me name this!
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Jackie Green Jelly

Posted in Green, jelly, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

My friend Jackie recently asked me if I could make a dark green jelly for her. Green? Jelly? Well, my arm didn’t need to be twisted! I got to work, and whipped up a pretty color I thought she’d really enjoy. A few days later, as I was finalizing my blog entry, I received and email from reader Teresa, asking if I could make a polish similar to NARS Zulu. For those of you unaware, Zulu was a gorgeous dark green jelly that NARS released a few years ago around the holidays as a limited edition. Zulu still turns up on ebay occasionally, but it usually sells for $$$.

For this polish, I used Wet ‘N Wild clear, Wet ‘N Wild Black Creme, and New York Summer Amaranth.
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I mixed 1/2 the clear polish with 1/2 NYS Amaranth. I added the black in a couple drops at at time, shaking and swatching in between, until I had the shade of dark green I was happy with.

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I don’t have Zulu to compare, but from pictures I have seen, mine looks a bit lighter. I was considering adding more black to darken it up, but after doing a mani with it, I’m happy with it just how it is.

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The picture was taken without a top coat on the polish, so you can see how shiny it is on it’s own. I can see why Zulu was so popular…and hopefully this quick & easy franken can help out those craving Zulu.
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Lime Sherbet

Posted in Green, Pastel with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

You know you’re a true nail polish junkie when you find inspiration for polish colors at the supermarket!
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On this particular grocery trip, it was lemon lime sherbet that caught my eye. Delicious, and what a pretty color, too. I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to franken this shade, so I got to work. I had an extra bottle of Pure Ice Electric, a vibrant lime green creme, just begging to be used. Pairing it with a white creme such as NYC French Tip White will soften the green and give it a more pastel hue.

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I mixed 1/4 Pure Ice Electric into 3/4 of the white creme (NYC French Tip White).

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It almost looks good enough to eat, and reminds me of a hot summer day!

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Now if only all this icky snow would go away! 😉

More Matte!

Posted in Blue, Green, Grey, matte, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

What, you thought I’d stop with just one?
Armed with a plethora of new pigment samples from wonderful ladies, I set out to come up with some colorful friends for “Cauldron”. I’ve been busy swatching, and today I have the first three to show you!

All of these frankens are made with Nailtek Foundation II as a base.

Grey is a hot color right now…so what’s hotter than a matte grey? This was simple to make. I mixed together 2/3 back polish with 1/3 white to get the shade of grey I was aiming for, then added it to my Nailtek. If a lighter, dove grey is what you want, add more white and less black.
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This strange green is reminiscent of Misa’s Dirty Sexy Money, but darker. It’s definitely an odd shade, but I like it! I made this with a teal pigment sample (TY, Miriel!) and a few drops each of plain black and white polishes (for the greyish cast & to give the mixture some opacity).
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This interesting blue was just an easy mix of a little pigment (from the brilliant Elma, who came up with the matte franken idea) & Nailtek!

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That’s all for today…stay tuned for more!

Green Glitter Makes Everything Better!

Posted in Glitter, Green with tags , , , , on February 5, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello Franken-friends!

I was shopping at Wal-Mart a few days ago, and came across a craft glitter set that was on clearance.  It was Marsha Stewart brand, and looked like it was left over from Christmas. I usually prefer cosmetic glitter when frankening, but decided to try this since most of the bottles in the set were very fine grit. And, well, just look at the gorgeous green on the far right! 🙂
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For the base, I decided on clear (NYC brand clear) with a few drops of Sally Hansen Emerald City for a subtle tint.  I filled the bottle up 3/4 full, leaving room for my glitter.

Using the paper funnel method, I added my glitter. I wanted to make this particular polish extra sparkly, so I used a lot of glitter (approx. 1 tablespoon).  After adding my ballz and shaking, I let the polish sit for about an hour while I busied myself with other things.  I was slightly disappointed when I returned to the polish and found the glitter had settled at the bottom.    Usually when this happens, I consider the polish a FAIL, and move on to the next.  But I was so mesmerized by the color, I refused to accept that this polish was not worth keeping. I gently shook the bottle again, making sure it was mixed well, then swatched it on a nail wheel.

Talk about WOW! I didn’t even wait for the swatch to dry before I was quickly doing a full mani.  I could not stop staring at my nails!  As much as I hate having to shake polishes before I use them, I’m willing to make exceptions! This is DEFINITELY a keeper, as you can see by the many photos I took!
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I will have to try out the other glitter that came in the set soon…hopefully they will be just as stunning!