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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!:-)

For Elmor

Posted in Blue, Green with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello, all!

Today I have a color that was a request by a friend of mine. She wanted something along the lines of China Glaze For Audrey, but with a squishy, jelly finish like RBL Bikini Bottom. This one was actually super easy to make, and I nailed it on my first try. My friend Elma was quite pleased with it as well, so I named it after her (Elmor is a silly nickname I have for her).

I used Wet ‘N Wild French White Creme, New York Summer Hot Sky Blue, Tropical Manicure #13, and NYC Clear.

I filled an empty bottle half full of clear, added in just a tad less of 1/4 each of Hot Sky Blue & TM #13, then added in about 5 drops of white.

I loved the color so much, and am glad I made an extra bottle for myself to show off on here! I used 3 thickish coats, because we all know how I feel about VNL’s. This one is very versatile, so you can wear it as sheer or as opaque as you want!

Thanks for stopping by! More coming up soon 🙂

Flux Capacitor

Posted in Black, Glitter, Purple with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello, everyone!
I actually made this franken and took pics of it a while ago…and then forgot about it completely. Which is terrible because it was a color I really loved! And I borrowed the name from one of my all time favorite movies, Back to the Future. No matter how many times I see it…it never gets old! And who doesn’t secretly lust after a time traveling DeLorean?

I used NYC Clear, Pure Ice Electric, and fine purple glitter from INM. I poured about half each of clear and Electric into an empty bottle, and added about one tablespoon of INM glitter.

Love glitters! Especially dark, vampy ones!

Indoors:

Outside in the sun…here you can really see how gorgeous this is:

Thanks for stopping by….I have more pretties coming soon, as well as a giveaway! 😛

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!

Red Light District

Posted in Orange, Red with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning, all!
This cold or whatever it is, is reluctant to go away…so I am still feeling yucky. I have a quick & easy franken for you today, and some U.K pretties lined up for Friday!

For this franken, I used A Perfect 10 After Party, NYC Times Square Tangerine Creme, and an old red L’Oreal creme.

I filled an empty bottle with 1/2 of After Party, slightly less than 1/2 of Times Square Tangerine, and added 20 drops of red.

I love how juicy this one is!

Up close to show the shimmer!

Pretty, and fairly easy to make. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Franken-free Friday: A couple new Orlys

Posted in Blue, Orly with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Happy Friday!
Boy, it couldn’t come soon enough. I somehow managed to catch a summer cold, and it has totally wiped me out this week. I mustered enough energy to do a couple of the newer Orly colors, so I have those to show you! I only bought the 2 blues, since they looked the most appealing.

First up, is Bailamos. This is a bright blue shimmer that has a bit of a green tinge to it. Reminds me of tropical waters…very soothing and pretty looking. The first coat made me nervous, since it went on VERY streaky and sheer, but I did a bit of a thicker 2nd coat and it evened up just fine. I could probably have done a 3rd coat, but since I wasn’t feeling well, I left it at 2 and was happy with it.


The other blue I got was La Playa, a dark cobalt blue creme. This applied much better, very smooth and even. I did 2 coats and that definitely was sufficient. While this isn’t a terribly unique color (I am pretty sure China Glaze has a dupe), its still a lovely shade!

Thanks for stopping by…hopefully I kick this damn cold soon so I can get back to swatchin’ and mixin’!
🙂

Scrambled Eggs

Posted in Glitter, Yellow with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning!

Ok, be warned…today’s franken is definitely a weird one, in case you couldn’t tell by the name! My sister actually gave me the idea for this one. A good majority of my frankens end up going home with her whenever she comes over, and last time she visited she said I should make a “scrambled eggs” color…yellow with black glitter, like pepper! So I figured, why not? I like weird colors anyway!

I used Zoya Creamy, an unlabled orange shimmer I found, and fine black glitter from TKB Trading.

I filled an empty bottle with 3/4 of the orange shimmer, added in a teeny bit less and 1/4 of Creamy, and mixed in 2 teaspoons of fine black glitter.

Oh yes…this is weird, for sure. Maybe even hideous looking! I can honestly say I have never seen a polish like this…so at least it’s an original LOL. I actually kinda like it! But again, I like weird things.

Up close:

Thanks for stopping by! I have a bit more “normal” coming up next, so check back! 😀

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!

Paper Sparrow

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Green with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning!
I have a pretty green to show you today….and this is another one I really love and it has become an instant favorite. And it is so easy to make!

I used China Glaze Blue Sparrow and Paper Chasing, both which are very pretty on their own.

I filled an empty bottle with half each of Blue Sparrow and Paper Chasing, and shook well. See…told you it was quick and easy!

This one is truly gorgeous…I love the blue shimmer against the vivid green!

Up close, outdoors in the sun…this is 2 thin coats with no topcoat.

Thanks for stopping by! I have some pretty non-frankens coming up on Friday! And don’t forget to enter the Del Sol Giveaway! 🙂

Moonage Daydream

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Green with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello everyone!
Yes, the name of today’s franken was borrowed from a David Bowie song. 😛 I love Bowie, and for some reason the colors in this polish made me think of this song!

I used Sinful Daddy’s Girl, Zoya Kotori, and Jade Sparkle Emerald.

I filled an empty bottle with 1/3 of each color, and shook the mix well.

This one took 3 coats to be opaque, but I didn’t mind because it was so pretty!

*sings*Press your space face close to mine…
Ahem, yes here it is outdoors in partial sun…

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to enter my Del Sol giveaway! 😉