Monday, May 24, 2010

♥ Franken - 'Deco-Rate' ♥

2 coats of Franken DecoRate with 1 coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

Here is a lovely light purple creme I made using N.Y.C. 'China Town' a dark, almost black shimmery purple and a stark white creme polish - 'Billie French White'. With 3/4 of the Billie white in the bottle, I added approximately 15 drops of the N.Y.C. 'China Town' and this is how it turned out. While I haven't really been into the light -almost white- pastel shades of spring, doing a test drive of this franken made me appreciate them a little more.

I named this polish 'Deco-Rate' As I will be doing some crafty and not so fun around the home things in the next few days; I switched from trophy wife length nails to shorter sturdier sporty length Nailene active square nails and will be modeling those for ' Rimmel Week' which is coming up... ummmmmm.... this week.  I will be totally impressed with myself if I can stick to a theme week for more than 4 polish changes.


Flash - I wish I knew how I got the camera to get a photo like this..... cuz this is perfect!




 Indoor Flourescent

I used Billie French White & N.Y.C. Chinatown for this dusty lilac franken

Sunday, May 23, 2010

♥ 'Opal Radish'- franken ♥

3 coats of Opal Radish with 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat
I know I write this about every franken I make, but I am elated about this franken 'Opal Radish' and the other franken I made with Sally Hansen Opal Truth; 'My Precious'. I think they are marvelous and like a few other frankens I have made, I will be searching for a 'real' polish just like this.

I whipped this up using an older Sally Hansen Maximum Growth polish, and a few drops of another older polish; Hard As Nails 'Radish'. I used 3 older empty polish bottles and filled each one approximately half way with the Opal Truth, then added a few drops of polish colour. These 3 frankens were on the sheer side, and so I applied 3 to 5 thin coats waiting for each to dry - which didn't take long, thankfully.

Even though my franken-ing skillz have gotten pretty amazing over the year or so - it still hasn't stopped my from wanted to purchase every single bottle of polish I see at the grocery store/ department store. Thankfully there is alot of beautiful and decent quality polish available at those stores that are in-expensive and easily available.

Anyhoo- here is a bunch of photos- I have already worn this pretty franken in a chevron funky french HERE, but needed to wear this beauty on it's own and get some sunshine pic's for my records.

Shade with Flash


Shade with Flash


 Sally Hansen 'Opal Truth' Frankens L to R - Opal Radish, Shower For Three, and My Precious
L to R - Opal Radish, and My Precious, Shower For Three w/ Top Coat

- Below -
 Sally Hansen Opal Truth, Sally Hansen 'Radish' China Glaze 'Shower Together', Claire's Matte Cobalt

The remnants of Sally Hansen Opal Truth

Shower for Three, My Precious, Opal Radish and Sally Hansen 'Blue It'

L to R - 
Sally Hansen Blue Me Away (Thumb)
Franken - Shower for Three
Franken My Precious
Franken Opal Radish
Sally Hansen 'Blue It' (pinky)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

♥ Candied Cobalt franken and Claire's Matte Cobalt ♥

2 coats of Claire's Matte cobalt with 1 coat of Franken Candied Cobalt. 
Ring is 5 thin coats of Candied Cobalt

Here is another franken polish I made using Sally Hansen Candy Lace, and added a few drops of Claire's Matte Cobalt. I had intended to wear Claire's Matte Cobalt for the day, but while painting my nails outside, they were covered in pollen and dust I just slapped on a coat of my franken. I like the irregular flecks in this polish.They are very subtle. My Ring finger is 5 thin coats and is still very sheer,  I think this franken polish will either need to be re-frankened to make it a little more opaque or just be used as a layering polish.

My ring finger is finally healing and don't want to photo shop my healing process. Hope it doesn't disturb anyone.





Sun - no TC
Shade - no TC

Flash - no TC

I'm not em-biggen-ing this pollen & bubble filled photo

Friday, May 21, 2010

♥ Franken - 'Candied Radish' ♥

franken Candied Radish 5 thin coats w Nailene Acrylic Strong T.C.
RING 2 coats Claire's Matte Cobalt with 1 coat of Candied Radish

Here is a franken I made with an old skool S.H. New Length's - 'Candy Lace' and S.H. Hard as Nails 'Radish'. This ended up being a very pretty red based purple with irregular flecks. The ending numbers of both of these polish's is 04, what a neat coincidence! I'm very pleased with this one and did not mind painting on 4 to 5 thin coats as they each  dried really fast.

On my ring finger is Claire's Matte Cobalt - an awesome matte dark blue polish that is very, very pigmented . I have layered 1 coat of my franken 'Candied Radish' over it -  but removed it shortly to do a comparison with China Glaze Grape Juice.

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!

indoor Fluorescent



bottle shots - S.H. old skool H.A.N. ' Radish' and S.H New Lengths 'Candy Lace'

Indoor Fluorescent

I'm holding Claire's Matte Cobalt, which is 2 coats on my ring finger


Comparison with China Glaze 'Grape Juice'

China Glaze Grape Juice 2 coats ( heart )

Thursday, May 20, 2010

♥ 'Candied Togeteher-ness' and Skittles ♥

franken Candied Togetherness 4 thin coats with a coat of T.C.

This is 4 thin coats of my latest Franken - Candied Togetherness, on my PINKY is 2 coats of Claire's Matte Green, with 1 coat of Candied Togetherness. I whipped this franken up using Sally Hansen 'Candy Lace' and a few drops of China Glaze 'Shower Together'. While this needed like 4 coats to get to an acceptable opacity, it dried super, duper fast, so it wasn't much of a hassle (thank goodness).

I have made a series of frankens using 3 base colours, Claire's Matte Cobalt, Sally Hansen Radish (older polish) and China glaze Shower Together.  I have paired these three with an awesome older Sally Hansen polish that I found at a bargain store in my town; S.H. Candy Lace. I really love the random sized flakey chunks of whatever is in this polish. The flakes are not opalescent nor do they have any flash or flair to them. I am guessing there are just a run of the mill mica. While that sounds boring, I appreciate the texture of this polish and have tried on 3 separate occasions to make frankens with 'Candy Lace'.

My problem was that i was adding creme finish polish's to the franken mix, when I should have been adding DROPS of sharp, richly pigmented colours to tint the base of this polish which would allow the mica to show through ( nothing that would have white in it ). And so I have created 3 pretty polish's that look great layered or can hold their own with 3 to 5 thin coats.

Candied Lace, on it's own and in the bottle looks neat, it's interesting but lacks any sorta pizazz that i definitely need for my mani's.

Also; the purple arrows are covering up a bad cut on my ring finger..... this was way easier then trying to disguise it with photo shop.

Also ( geez did I write enough stuff already, dang! ) If you are into frankens and need some great base colours, these Claire's Matte polish's are SUPER DUPER AWESOME for frankens. They are unbelievably pigmented and are on the bargain 10 items for $10 bucks racks right now at Claire's stores. *( Sorry everyone in my town I bought alot!!!!! )*




Indoor Fluorescent



- Top To Bottom - 

 S.H Candied Lace with Claire's Matte Cobalt,
S.H Candied Lace with S.H. Radish, 
S.H Candied Lace with ChG Shower Together
pinky = 2 coats of Matte Green no Tc

No Top Coat


With 1 Coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat


L to R - Sally Hansen Candied Lace, ChG Shower Together, S.H. Radish, Claire's Matte Cobalt

Sally Hansen Candied Lace Frankens