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Lazy Daze

Posted in Glitter, Orange with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hi, all!

I’ve got a nice summery orange for you today! I used Pure Luxe Pigment in Mai Tai and Maybelline Sunsplash polish. The Mai Tai pigment is a pretty orange with glitter sparkles in it…another one I love to wear as an eyeshadow, so I figured it would make a cool polish color.

I actually added in about 10 drops of plain orange creme to darken this a touch.

This isn’t an over the top, neon orange…in fact, it leans more towards peach. It was a little on the sheer side, so I did three coats.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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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: 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! 🙂

Serpentine

Posted in Green with tags , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Good morning!

For today’s franken, I decided to use one of my pigment samples that I had laying around. It is a brand called Aromaleigh, and I had never tried frankening with their pigments before. This one was almost too pretty to mix with…I’ve worn it a couple times as an eyeshadow and it’s gorgeous!

I used NYC Clear, and Aromaleigh pigment in Arabesque.

I filled an empty bottle 2/3 full of clear, then mixed in 1 teaspoon of Arabesque pigment. This mixed fairly easily with light shaking, so I knew I was off to a good start!

The color reminds me of OPI Creme De Menthe or Chanel Jade…but I don’t think it’s a dead on dupe for either. It is quite pretty, though!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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! 😉

Sparkles & Fangs

Posted in Glitter, Purple with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello franken-friends…I’m back!

I’ve had quite a few requests for “vampire themed/Twilight themed” frankens, so I went ahead and used one of my awesome new Franken Juggs from Manglaze to make one.

I used Jade Twinkling Purple, Sally Hansen Red Awakening, Orly Love Each Other, and Sally Hansen Glossy.

I filled the bottle with 1/3 each of Love Each Other and Twinkling Purple, then added 1/4 of Glossy, followed by about 20 drops of Red Awakening.

‘Tis sparkley! Just like vampires! Errr, well, certain vampires at least. LOL.

I admit I was a bit intimidated by the Franken Jugg. It’s quite different looking than a typical polish bottle, but I found the cap design didn’t hinder my application of the polish at all. In fact, my mani actually came out GREAT and required zero cleanup. I was quite pleased with the brush as well, so ManGlaze really has a winner with these! And my favorite part?


Look at the mouth on that baby! So much easier for adding polish/pigments/glitter into the jugg. Even when I use my little paper funnels with normal polish bottles, I still make a huge mess…this really will be beneficial! Just be careful not to knock it over 😉

Thanks for stopping by…be sure to come back Friday. I have something a little bit different for you coming up! 😀

Mermaid Tale

Posted in Blue with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I received a gorgeous teal pigment from a friend a while back, and have been waiting for a chance to use it. I absolutely love how this one turned out…it’s the perfect summer shade!

I used Maybelline clear and Eleanor pigment by Taylor Made Minerals.

I filled an empty bottle 3/4 full of clear, added in 1 tablespoon of Eleanor pigment, a couple ballz, and shook well.

What an amazing color! It really wowed me once I put it on, and I can’t wait to try it as a pedi color next.

Thanks for looking! 😉