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Štěstí Matte

Posted in Blue, Green, matte with tags , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Out of all the mattes I have made, the one I have to show you today is my absolute favorite!!
I used Hydrated Chromium Oxide Green pigment from TKB Trading, and Nailtek Foundation II for this one.

I filled an empty bottle 3/4 full of Nailtek, then added in 1 tablespoon of Oxide Green pigment. These mixed very easily with the help of a couple ballz and some light shaking.

I must repeat…THIS IS MY FAVORITE MATTE EVER! Very rarely have I worn my frankens (or the rest of my ginormous stash of “regular” polishes) more than once…but I have worn this one THREE times since making it! Can you see why?

I’m sure you are wondering about the name. “Štěstí” is the Czech word for luck. Although I am not normally a superstitious person, I’ve been wearing a lot of green polish lately for luck. Hopefully, it’s been working and I’ll have good news to share soon! 🙂

Glacier Matte

Posted in Blue, matte with tags , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Since my last batch of matte polishes were such a big hit, I decided to whip up another set! Lately, all the major polish companies have been releasing matte collections, so matte is definitely a hot look right now.

I used Colorona Dark Blue pigment from TKB Trading, and Nailtek Foundation II.

I filled an empty bottle 3/4 full of Nailtek, then added in 1/2 teaspoon of Dark Blue pigment.

The blue is slightly darker in real life, but the color really does pop!

You must excuse the sad state of my nails…they have been very finicky lately and not behaving!
I had more mattes coming up, including TWO really awesome greens so check back!!

Champagne After Dark

Posted in Glitter, Gold, Purple with tags , , , , on July 30, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Well, I’ve been catching up on my frankening, and I have a glittery treat for you today!

For this one, I used Revlon Color Stay in clear, NYC Purple Pizazz, and Gold Reflecks pigment from TKB Trading.

I filled an empty bottle a little bit less than 2/3 full of clear, then added in 1/3 of Purple Pizazz. I mixed in 1 tablespoon of Gold Reflecks pigment, and shook the mixture well.

I love how the gold shimmer stands out in this! It really does remind me of a sparkling wine.

Up close to really display the shimmer…

Thanks for looking! I have another batch of mattes coming up very soon, so check back! 😀

Last Shuttle To Pluto

Posted in Black, Blue, Duochromes, Purple with tags , , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today I have the grand finale to our planetary journey into duochromes. It seems fitting that our last planetary polish should be Pluto! I know, I know…Pluto is actually no longer considered a planet.

I decided to use Wet ‘N Wild black again because I thought it was a good choice to compliment the Travel to Pluto pigment from TKB Trading. I filled an empty 0.25 oz bottle with 3/4 black, and mixed in 1 teaspoon of Pluto pigment.

Is it grey? Purple? Blue? I think I even see a bit of green in there! As you can see, I needed several pics to capture the color morphing going on here!

Again, no sun here. Grrr! This one is truly spectacular in person, and I am glad I saved it for last!

Although this duochromes were fun to make, they were a pain in the butt to photograph! I may attempt some more in the future, but I’ll be moving on to other ventures so check back soon.

Swimming on Neptune

Posted in Blue, Duochromes, Pink with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

All aboard…next stop…Neptune! Here’s a fun fact…did you know that the planet Neptune was named after the Roman god of the sea? When I think of the sea, I think of swimming…so that’s where the name for my franken came from.

I’ve experimented with different colors for each of my duochromes, and the possibilities are endless. The neat thing about these Planetary pigments are that they look different when mixed with alternate colors.

For today’s franken, I used Revlon Color in True Camisole, which is a sheer pink, and Travel to Neptune pigment from TKB Trading. Travel to Neptune is a shimmery pink with a strong blue flash. I filled a 0.25 oz bottle 3/4 full with True Camisole, then added in 1 teaspoon of Neptune pigment.

I love how this one turned out! It’s like OPI Rosey Future on steroids!

The great thing about these pigments is that even when mixed with a sheer or clear polish, they are completely opaque in 2 thin coats!

Of course it has been raining here for a week straight, so sadly, I had no sun to work with. The blue flash in this is really more vibrant in real life.
Thanks for looking, and hopefully you aren’t tired of duochromes yet because I still have a few more for you!

Mercury Rising

Posted in Bronze/Brown, Duochromes, Green, Orange with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today our visit into franken-land will be taking us to Mercury!

I used Maybelline clear, and Travel to Mercury pigment from TKB Trading. Mercury is a deep bronzy/orange with flashes of green and gold.


I filled a 0.25 oz empty bottle with 3/4 clear, and then added in 1 teaspoon of Mercury pigment.



The color shift in this one was definitely more noticeable in the bottle than on the nail, but it’s still cool looking.



We still have more travels through the galaxy to cover, so check back soon!

I Don’t Think This Is Mars

Posted in Blue, Duochromes, Purple with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I am really excited about the “Planetary Sampler” pigments I got from TKB Trading! I haven’t attempted any duochrome polishes yet…so these are new territory for me.

For the first one I have up, I used Wet ‘N Wild black and Travel to Mars pigment from TKB Trading. Travel to Mars has a lovely blue flash to it. Now when I think of Mars….I think red. But hey, it’s still a neat color and gives me an excuse to use another silly name!

I used the smaller, 0.25 oz sized bottles for these, since this was a test run. I filled the bottle 3/4 full with black, then added 1 teaspoon of Mars pigment.



The end result is a shimmery purple with blue flash. Just a note…my pictures don’t do these justice! I have such a hard time photographing duochromes, but hopefully the color shift is noticeable!



The Planetary Sampler came with seven lovely colors, so you can expect a bunch more of these!