Category:Glitter’

My First Franken!

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I have long admired the frankens I have seen posted by other beauty bloggers. Making your own polish colors? How cool is that?!?! I have been meaning to try it for a while, and I finally decided to take the plunge. I have a set of Color Club polishes that I bought at Ross, All About Color, for $7.99. I could not find any information online and unlike the other Color Club sets I have, the names of the polish were not printed on the box. I have had this set for a while, but never blogged about them as they were mystery colors. For my first franken, I decided to use a Barbie pink from this set and jazz it up with some holographic and pink cosmetic glitter. I added three small scoops of each to the base color and mixed it up. The result looked good in the bottle, so my hopes were high. I tried my new concoction on a nail wheel and was dismayed to see that I had some very bumpy polish that looked like it had a bad rash! :-( Uggh. I though the polish was too thick, but I did not have any thiner on hand as I never finish a bottle. Since the bottle was already ruined I took a chance and added a few drops of polish remover. I again applied it to the nail wheel with disappointing results. I added a second coat anyway, and a top coat. The top coat smoothed the polish and made the glitter particles more visible! Although the polish was not amazing, it was pretty cute. Now the mystery polish is a Barbie pink with the subtle twinkle of glitter. I am calling it Princess Polish. I have ordered some polish thinner, and can’t wait to give frankening another crack!

my first franken Princess Polish

Princess Polish in sunlight

Application was ok. The formula was a bit bumpy and uneven. Most issues were smoothed out with a top coat. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Princess Polish

Mystery polish on the left, "rash" polish next to it and Princess Polish on the right

What do you think? Do you franken?

Princess Polish

Princess Polish


Butter London Knackered

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Knackered,  extremely tired or a horse that is no longer able to work being rendered into glue or dog food, is a lovely polish. It looks like neither of those things to me. You can be assured that I will not be sending my bottle off to be made into glue! The Butter London website describes it as, “a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles.” I have no clue why they would describe the color as oyster. To my eye it is a silvery duochrome that shifts from purple to a greyish-green. It is also infused with very fine holographic glitter. Me like!! :-D

Butter London Knackered

Butter London Knackered in natural light

Butter London Knackered

Butter London Knackered in sunlight

Butter London Knackered

Butter London Knackered in sunlight

This polish is quite sheer. I used five coats , and I still have some VNL. Other than being sheer, the application was very good. Five coats really is a lot though. It might be a good bet for layering. Five coats and a top coat shown.

Butter London Disco Biscuit, Butter London Slapper & Butter London Knackered

Butter London Disco Biscuit, Butter London Slapper & Butter London Knackered

piCture pOlish hypnotic

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Ahhh, flakie glitter. Fun! I think it looks like magic fish food, although my brother who works with fish disagrees. Regardless, with its green, orange and blue duochrome glitter flakes this is cool top coat! :-)

piCture pOlish hypnotic

piCture pOlish hypnotic layered over Zoya Ibiza in natural light

Application was very good. Two coats of Zoya’s Ibiza with two coats of hypnotic.

piCture pOlish hypnotic

piCture pOlish hypnotic

Orly Androgynie

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Androgynie is from Orly’s Holiday Soireé collection. The combination of the sheer black base and the gold and multi-colored glitter make me think of New Year’s Eve. This is a fun color, and I got a lot of compliments while wearing it.

Orly Androgogynie

Orly Androgogynie in natural light

Application was ok. I would have liked the hex glitter pieces to have distributed more evenly (some nails got more pieces than others).  Three coats and a top coat shown.

Orly Androgogynie

Orly Androgogynie

Christmas Stuff

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This year for Christmas my husband gave me a number of goodies from my wish list, but he also surprised me with some fun nail stuff. I recently organized my nail polish and labeled items that were “swatched,” “untried,” etc. He checked my nail polish bins and blog to determine what I didn’t already have, so he could decided what to get. He was right I didn’t have them, and I was so touched. I loved the research and thought that went into the gift! :-) I managed to break my thumbnail pretty badly yesterday (and attempted a repair), so hopefully I will still have have length to my nails. However even if I end up trimming my nails all the way down, my sappy self is cheered by my sweet husband. :-D I still wish I was a bit less clumsy though!

I am hoping to try my hand at a bit of frankening in the coming year. It seems like the glitter is going to make a huge mess, but it sounds like fun!

Christmas nail goodies

My Christmas nail goodies

Color Club Lumin-Icecent and Sugar Plum Yum

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Recently I tried to rescue a bad manicure by applying a glitter polish on top. Maybe I was just in a bad mood that day, but even with the addition of Color Club’s Sugar Plum Yum I still hated it. Every time I ran my fingers through my hair the chunky glitter  pulled my hair. Uggh! I had to get it off right away, and boy was it a pain to remove! :-( I was a bad blogger though, and did not even snap a picture. After the fact I realized that I should have at least gotten a picture. I decided I should try it again, but I did not want to remove the Sugar Plum Yum from 10 fingers. I decided to try a different base color and just do glitter on an accent nail. For the base I used Color Club’s Lumin-Icecent which is an icy blue foil finish polish. Sugar Plum Yum is a scented polish for the holidays. It is a clear base with green glitter, and larger bluish-purple hex glitter. I thought this combo was pretty cute, and the chunky glitter looked a bit like bubbles :-) I have to say I did not like the smell though. Scented polish sounds like a fun idea, but to me Sugar Plum Yum smells like one of those scented markers gone bad. The scent was barely noticeable after a while, but I would have liked the polish much better without it.

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum in sunlight

Application on Lumin-Icecent was excellent, and Sugar Plum Yum applied very well for such a chunky glitter. I would rate its application as good to very good.  Two coats of  Lumin-Icecent with a top coat and two coats of Sugar Plum Yum on the accent nail (I also used top coat over the Sugar Plum Yum).

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum

Zoya Izzy

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Izzy is a deep pink shimmer from Zoya’s holiday Gems & Jewels collection. It is such a happy, festive color. Looking at it on my nails really brought a smile to my face. Since I seem to have been infected with holiday glitter this year, I decided to add Kissy on my ring fingers as an accent. I figured that if I only use glitter on accent nails my pain will be greatly reduced when it is time to take it off! First I tried Kissy over Izzy. It looked good, but I noticed that in addition to pink and holographic bar glitter, Kissy was also full of fine red glitter. I tried it over Butter London Knees Up, and boy did they work nicely together! :-D When it came time to take my polish off, my plan worked and I was rewarded with a fairly easy removal :-D Please note that because  Izzy was so shimmery it was difficult to find lighting that equally flattered it and Kissy. Izzy looks much better in person!

Zoya Izzy with Butter London Knees Up and Zoya Kissy

Zoya Izzy in sunlight (with Butter London Knees Up and Zoya Kissy on accent nail)

Application was excellent. Two coats with a top coat shown (two coats of Butter London Knees Up and one coat of Kissy on accent nail).

Are you loving any of this year’s holiday glitters? Which ones?

Butter London Knees Up, Zoya Izzy and Kissy

Butter London Knees Up, Zoya Izzy, and Kissy

Color Club Foil Me Once with Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane

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Foil Me Once is a pretty color, and after wearing it around a bit I decided to freshen it up with a glitter top coat. Although it is still a total PITA to remove (I do hold remover soaked cotton balls on each nail for at least 30 seconds, but still…), I am warming to glitter polish a bit. Mmmm, holo sparkly! It reminds me of a tasty treat sprinkled with sugar crystals. Yummy! :-D

Color Club: Sugar Plum Fairy, Foil Me Once, and Candy Cane

Color Club: Sugar Plum Fairy, Foil Me Once, and Candy Cane in sunlight

Application was good. The picture shows two coats of Foil Me Once with one coat each of Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane (no top coat).

Color Club Sugar Plum Fairy, Color Club Foil Me Once, Color Club Candy Cane

Color Club: Sugar Plum Fairy, Foil Me Once, and Candy Cane

Urban Decay Ziggy

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Ziggy is a very sparkly gold and blue glitter polish from Urban Decay’s holiday kit. Although it is probably dense enough to stand on its own, I decided to use it as a top coat over other colors. I feel like it is not that unique, but it is fun and festive.

Urban Decay Ziggy

Urban Decay Ziggy in sunlight

Application was good. One coat shown over two coats Urban Decay’s Hot Mess (no top coat).

Urban Decay: Barlust, Mars, Wracked, Ziggy,Gunmetal, and Hot Mess

Urban Decay: Barlust, Mars, Wrecked, Ziggy,Gunmetal, and Hot Mess

Orly Rock Solid

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Rock Solid is one of the new polishes from Orly’s Mineral FX collection. It is a dark charcoal with s bit of silver shimmer and holographic glitter. Even with a top coat the polish has a textured finish. It reminds me of asphalt  with little bits twinkling in the sun. I mean it in the best possible way :-D  That may not sound pretty, but it is!

Orly Rock Solid

Orly Rock Solid in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Orly Rock Solid

Orly Rock Solid

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