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A Blue Franken

Posted by manicuremania on November 15, 2009

I wore a new shirt the other day that’s such a beautiful shade of blue, I was inspired to make a matching franken!

I used Color Club Naughtycal Navy and a bunch of Wet n Wilds – red, white, and black, and a ton of clear, cause I was going for a jelly effect.

frank cobaltIt was quite pretty! But plain colors are just boring so I had to kick it up a notch. Enter CND Ice Blue Shimmer Effect!

frank cobalt 2Muuuuuuch improved, I actually wore this for two days. Well OK, I mostly wore it for two days because I had no time to change it, bust still, it was very pretty!


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my bottle dilemma

Posted by manicuremania on August 6, 2009

i have got to find some smaller bottles for frankens!

i feel so, i dunno, guilty making huge bottles of polish that i’ll never use or might mess up and it seems so wasteful to buy small polishes just to pour out and use the bottles.

i have scoured the interwebs and i just cannot find any bottles smaller than .5 ounces. i’m now considering buying a polish lot on ebay – if i like the colors, score! and if i don’t like the colors, they become frankens. that seems reasonable, right?

…but i can’t buy a 100 polish lot!!!


this is driving me crazy.

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Good Girl Gone Red

Posted by manicuremania on August 2, 2009

My inspiration for this one was Lippmann’s Good Girl Gone Bad, and although it ended up not even being close, I’m still pretty happy with it.

Good Girl Gone Red

Good Girl Gone Red

This is, like…what Lubu Heels should’ve been. It actually matches the Lubu Heels bottle fairly closely, but I’m sure that anyone reading this blog would know that Lubu heels looks like a dark red glitter in the bottle, but ends up being red glitter in an almost black base on your nails. Lame!


Ruby Pumps on the left, Lubu Heels on the right

I got Lubu Heels in the second batch of non-drugstore polishes I ever purchased, and I was pretty disappointed with it. I’ve only worn it on my toes so far, though, and I think that because toes are so far away from everyone’s eyes the sparkles end up being almost invisible in that dark, dark base! I’ll probably try  it on my nails one of these days and we’ll see. Except that I don’t really like wearing black (or near black) polishes on my fingers. Ruby Pumps arrived in the mail yesterday also, along with Color Club Art of Seduction. Ruby Pumps was a lot redder than I thought it would be though. It’s very sad, I haven’t even tried either of those out yet and here I go making yet another red glitter!

The cast of characters:

I used all Wet n Wild polishes. Base was 2/3 full bottle of clear, and I added 10 drops of red, 8 drops of black, a scoop of red glitter, and a scoop of dark pink glitter.

black, red, clear, two colors of glitter

black, red, clear, two colors of glitter

My critique:

I should’ve gone for only pink glitter in order to lighten it up a bit. I also intended to make it a little less red and a little more burgundy. And, I think there’s a little too much glitter in it. I tried to make it sort of jellyish. I’m not exactly sure what the difference between a jelly and a sheer is, but this was definitely sheer. This was 3 coats. Odd how my camera picked up the sheerness of it…on my nails it looks even and perfectly opaque.

tips gggr

ta da!

I am loving this color! Glitters on my nails provide me with all-day-long entertainment because I can’t stop holding my hands up and wiggling them to make the glitter sparkle.

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Steel My Kisses

Posted by manicuremania on August 2, 2009

So I checked my stash and picked out an extremely ugly polish:



This must be one of my oldest polishes, and I have probably never worn it, and it is SO. UGLY. Is it purple? Brown? It’s terrible! So I gathered some other stuff I had laying around:


L-R: yuck, blue, white, and clear polishes, Everyday Minerals Silver Spoons eyeshadow

And this is what I ended up with:



It’s ended up as sort of a steely grayish blue. I am so rotten at thinking of names for things, which is sad because nail polish names are like half the fun!

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Frankening: In The Beginning

Posted by manicuremania on August 1, 2009

Today my empty polish bottles arrived in the mail (along with my new Color Club polishes), and I also went out and bought a bunch of other stuff for frankening.
from ebay

from ebay

I’m dying to find smaller bottles for this, but I can’t find them anywhere. I think 1/2 ounce bottles are just too big, since I’ve never in my life finished a bottle of nailpolish. Not to mention that I will probably screw up and make some that are completely crappy. I’d love to get 1/4 ounce bottles, but I just can’t find them anywhere! I did find some 1/8 ounce bottles, but those…I think are just too small, plus the one site I found them on looked slightly shady.

So, the stuff I bought just for frankening:

verrrry cheap polishes to start out with

verrrry cheap polishes

I figured I’d get some $1 polishes to start out with and see how it goes. The three on the bottom I got just cause I liked them! Also, some supplies:

other people can franken with stuff they have on hand...why not me???

BBs for mixing, set of glitter tools (funnels, brush, tiny scoop, mixing...knife), mixing palette, more tiny funnels (i forgot the first set included funnels!).

I found a ton of other types of glitters that I’d like to try, but I read a post on one of the nail blogs I read, that warned about using toxic pigments and stuff in frankens. I don’t remember which blog it was but it involved cadmium making your bones dissolve, so now I’m all freaked out about toxic ingredients. Cadmium is like an artist paint ingredient I think, so I assume any glitters are probably fine, but some of them were making me suspicious because they didn’t specifically say that they were non-toxic. Some even just said “Don’t ingest.”

Geez, glitter is going to be covering everything I own.

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