Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Toxic Chocolate- My New Fave Franken?

Good morning my lovely ladies! Hope everyone has had a great start to their week! My boyfriend's brother is moving in with us today for a temporary time period and I used last night to relish the last of my time in a house not overrun by men. That's what leads me to today's post! Awhile ago I had asked on Facebook what people would like to see more of on the blog and a couple responses I got were a brown, a neutral, and a matte. I decided to create a little something that combined all three! So when I got down to swatching last night, my jaw kind of dropped. I am absolutely in LOVE with this polish and I can't wait to show it to you!

So for this polish I started with a matte base (Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love) and filled up a mini bottle 3/4 of the way. Next I added about two scoops of Lancome Copper Lights which is actually a highly shimmered copper colored makeup pigment (swatches can be found here). I then followed it up by adding a couple good sized scoops of TKB's Gold Flakies. Now it looked gorgeous in the bottle as it was but because I can't leave well enough alone, I added one scoop of TKB's Seawitch Green (green glass fleck shimmer). I called this one Toxic Chocolate, partially because I like the way it rolled off my tongue, partially because I lack creativity and apparently have a knack for calling EVERYTHING toxic, and partly because it just plain fits...

Oh hello, I'm a bottle macro shot, perhaps you've heard of me? I'm kind of a big deal

Check out that sweet flakie goodness

And because I couldn't leave well enough alone... again, I topcoated it.  And BOOM fell in love with it again.

Check out how glorious it isssssss!

Now onto the formula, this is way easier than my last matte mishap. It still dried quickly since its a matte polish but I didn't have any issues with balding, dragging, or clumping. Swatches show three coats. Top coated swatches are with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry. I've said it before and I will say it again, I love Love LOVE this polish; such a sassy brown! It's glowy and the flakies and glass fleck show really well in the matte base. Now I know my opinion doesn't account for everything, so I'd love to hear what you have to say about this one!

Well that's all for today my loves, be back on Friday with a glow in the dark beaut! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love: sadly discontinued but any matte top coat will work
* Lancome Copper Lights Pigment: This appears to have been discontinued but any makeup loose pigment that is coppery/metallic/shimmery should work
* TKB Gold Flakies and Seawitch Green: TKB Trading

Monday, July 29, 2013

Pretty & Polished I Want Candy! - Review and some nail art! (pic heavy)

Hello ladies! Monday is upon us again and all too soon...

So how's about I pep things up with a few swatches of Pretty & Polished I Want Candy! (which I purchased during their sale not too long ago) The Pretty & Polished website describes the polish as a sweet neon pink with linear holographic sparkle. To me, I see slight red undertones. Check it out!

Here's a close up of the bottle to show the linear holo

The best picture I could get to even somewhat coax out the holo

Swatches show 3 coats with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dry. I love the color of this polish. While it is linear, I would definitely consider this more of a subtle holo. Its not as in your face as say, a Jade holo, but it is absolutely gorgeous nonetheless! Formula was relatively easy as long as you wait a minute or so in between coats as not doing so will cause dragging. Not fun. 

Now, I just want to show you a quick mani I did using I Want Candy! and a previous franken of mine, Butterfly Wings (an iridescent glitter topper). I did a simple glitter gradient using the franken and the polish brush.

To be honest with you guys, I kind of love this. It's so fun! Well that's all for today my loves! I will see you back on Wednesday for a brand new creation. It may or may not be glow in the dark, I dunno ;). But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Pretty & Polished can be purchased here or followed via Facebook!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lily Pad

Happy Friday my dears! I'm going to keep today's post short (like me!) so let's get right into it shall we? I started with about 3/4 of a mini bottle of TKB's Glamour Base. I followed it up with one scoop of TKB Pennsylvania Green (a slight yellow mid toned green powder pigment with sheen), 2 good sized scoops of Seawitch Green glass fleck, and a little bit less than one scoop of Luminosity holo glitter.  After combining them together, I realized this polish reminder me of a lily pad, a shimmery sparkly lily pad. Check it out!

Oh hai green glass fleck, so nice to see you!

If I were to recreate this polish again, I think I would use a different color glass fleck to help it stand out. But, overall, I think it'd be a great, fresh, Spring polish. Swatches shows three coats and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dry. 

Well, that's all for today my loves. Short and sweet like I promised! I have some pretty awesome polishes that I can't wait to show you, so stay tuned. See you on Monday! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* All of today's ingredients came from TKB Trading

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stump the Femme- Vintage Batman

Hello my lovelies and welcome to today's edition of Stump the Femme brought to you by the lovely Leah G.! Leah's idea was Batman. Now I'm going to be honest, I was ready to go all sorts of Christian Bale all up in this polish until I spoke with Leah and found out she picked this polish in honor of a convention; which then made me think vintage Batman (a la Mr. Adam West). So I based my polish off this photo I found:

This photo is NOT my own, unfortunately I can't find the credit. Sad face :(

So after finding my inspiration, I took 3/4 of a bottle's worth of TKB Glamour base. I then added one scoop of TKB black mica, 2 small scoops of Glitter Mix Boutiques .035 square Rainbow Matte mix, one scoop of .032 turquoise holo hex, and one scoop of .015 lime holo hex. Finally, BOOM! POW! I came up with this bad boy... (errrr... good guy?)

The black, of course, represents the color everyone associates with The Bat. The matte glitters signify the bright primary colors that were often used in the costumes and scenery of the show. The holo bits represent that little bit of extra POW! that you see every time Batman kicks an enemies tush! Swatches show three coats plus one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dry. It was pretty easy to get the glitters out of the bottle and spread them evenly on the nail. The base color was translucent enough to show all the awesome glitter suspended in there. Well that's all for today's Stump the Femme. Congrats to Leah! Everyone else, remember to like my Facebook page as I will periodically ask for Stump the Femme ideas and the winner will receive a free polish! 

Well my loves, see you around next time to see what other creative juices we have flowing up in the franken lab! Until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!

Today's Supplies Are From:
* Glamour Base and black mica: TKB Trading
* All Glitters From Today's Post: Glitter Mix Boutique

Monday, July 22, 2013

Blue Lagoon

So Monday, we meet again. You are a formidable and unrelenting adversary. I will try to ward you off with copious amounts of caffeinated beverages. Good thing is, I was able to rest up on Sunday so I guess I am as ready for a Monday as I will ever be!

How about I pep things up with a new franken? Today's creation started with about 3/4 of a mini bottle's worth of TKB Luster Base. I then followed it up with a little bit less than one full scoop of TKB EZB College Blue powder pigment and two full scoops of TKB Shanira Sun ( which is a glass fleck shimmer that shifts from gold to green similar to the shift in Chanel Peridot). I call this one Blue Lagoon!

Super macro goodness

Swatches show three coats and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. It self leveled well and applied like buttah!  Given that the glass fleck was used in a blue based polish, the glass fleck now has a subtle shift between green and blue. I love it! It's so summary and beachy!  If the beach isn't a cure for a Monday, I don't know what is.

So there you have it, Blue Lagoon! See everyone back on Wednesday for more franken awesome sauce! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* All Supplies are From: TKB Trading

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Review- Misfits on 8th Dot Glitters!

* Provided for review *

Happy Sunday evening everyone! Hope the weekend was wonderful for you! I for one, took the initiative to reach for the stars and be as lazy as I could possibly be today. Thank goodness since I was already a pro, mission was easily accomplished :)

The things I would do if I really owned a cape...

So today I bring you the last of my Misfits on 8th franken supply review, the dot glitters! If you remember I have already reviewed glow in the dark pigment, thermal pigment, and neon pigment/fleck. So without further ado, I bring you the dot glitters!

Here we have the Americuh! Mix (this is red, white, and blue dots with silver micro glitter), black matter, blue matte, forrest green matte, pink matte, pink metal, purple metal red matte, ruby red, silver, and white. I can honestly say that for my purposes thus far (which would be using TKB suspension base and testing the glitters for 2+ weeks), the glitter has not bled, dissolved, or curled. So that's great news! But also remember that glitters WILL react differently in different bases. I will say however, that some of the glitters do sink, so if you are selling your polishes commercially, make sure you inform your customers. It's nothing a little shaking won't cure! Dots are .078" in size so I would classify that as a good medium sized glitter. Well that's all for today my frankening lovers! I will see you back tomorrow for more awesome creations! Remember to always keep it classy and creative!


Don't Forget to Check Out Misfits on 8th!

** These products were provided to me for an unbiased review. My loyalty is to my readers who deserve the utmost respect and honesty **

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mint Manis for Talia- Never Forgotton

Hi ladies, super late and super quick post. But when I heard that Nail Polish Wars wanted to do a mint mani based Talia Castellano's last Instagram pic, it was hard not to want to take part in such a great cause. Now for those of you who have managed to miss the other posts, Talia Castellano was an extraordinary 13 year girl who was fighting two forms of cancer and who decided to empower herself and others through makeup. She posted a number of tutorials and was eventually recognized as an inspiration for her upbeat attitude. She was even featured on Ellen. Now for those of you who haven't seen this girl's makeup skills, she was crazy talented. Here is her last Instagram photo. So in her remembrance, here is my mint mani

This mani was made using Orly Coachella Dweller (which is the closest I have to a mint polish unfortunately), Butter London Jack the Lad, and a franken made from Misfits on 8th neon green pigment and suspension base. Dots were made using a dotting tool

Talia Joy, rest in peace sweet girl

Photo Courtesy of Angels for Talia Facebook Group
Learn more about Talia here, here, here, and here

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Franken Flub? Crushed Velvet

Hello my loves. We've hit Wednesday, woot! I only feel mildly drained so far into the week so fingers crossed I can finish out strong! Or, I could just completely and entirely fall on my face, whateva!

Anywho, today I have a franken for you that I am teetering on the edge of calling a failure. I will let you decide. I started off with about 2/3 of a mini bottle's worth of Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love top coat. I followed it up with one scoop of TKB True Blue powder pigment, one scoop of Misfits on 8th Neon Green Powder Pigment, one scoop of TKB Green Sparks!, and finally, one small scoop of Star Trinkets fine green shimmer. I was hoping for a matte turquoise polish that looked like it glowed from the inside with green shimmer. I got this

 Bottle macro shot. So much shimmer, so much potential!

Shimmer? You can kinda see it... I guess

I love the color, I'm just bummed at the lack of shimmer and the fact that it made my nails look like CRAP. Of course, that could also be my Elmer's glue base coat which sometimes dries down a little bumpy. Still...meh. What do you guys think? How would you improve it? Swatches show two coats and required a little help with leveling.

Well that's all for today my frankening lovers. See you back on Friday for a showcase of about 1204982626085 types of DOT glitters. Yay! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* TKB True Blue pigment and Green Sparks!: TKB Trading
* Neon Green Pigment: Misfits on 8th
* Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love: this has sadly been discontinued but might be found on Amazon or Ebay. If not, googling matte top coat should get you some results
* Fine Green Shimmer: Start Trinkets (this web shop is now closed :( )

Monday, July 15, 2013

Butterfly Wings

Hello my awesome, lovely, beautiful readers! Did everyone have a wonderful weekend? It seemed to fly waaaay too fast. I guess that's what happens when you have fun!


So here we are at another Monday. Hopefully I can brighten it up with a brand new franken! I started it off with about 3/4 of a mini bottle of TKB's Luster Base. I then added one scoop of Glitter Mix Boutique's .008 lavender hex, two scoops of .015 matte blue hex, and two and a half scoops of the Magic Square mix. Super simple. I ended up with this gorgeous, colorful, iridescent awesomeness!

Swatches show one coat of Butterfly Wings over a basic white cream and dark purple cream. It is unbelievable how different one polish can look when over different base colors. It's almost like having two polishes! This glitter topper is one that will definitely match over a variety of base colors. However, I did have to add a little thinner to this polish but overall, the formula required no dabbling or placing, and self leveled on its own. Gaaahhhhhh I love this!

Well that's all for today my friends, see you back on Wednesday for some more creations! Also, I'm thinking of bringing back Drugstore Digits in the near future. Would you guys be up for that?

Anywho, until next time, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:

* Luster Base: TKB Trading
* .008 Lavender Hexes, .015 Matte Blue Hexes, and Magic Square Mix: Glitter Mix Boutique

Friday, July 12, 2013

Review- Misfits on 8th Pigments (Glow in the Dark)

* Press Sample*

Hello ladies! Happy Friday! Hope everyone's week wasn't too stressful.  I know I'm ready to sleep in and maybe get into some debauchery. Well today I bring you yet another installment of pigments from Misfits on 8th,  and this time, it's glow in the dark pigments!

Shown here is one scoop of pigment in TKB Glamour Base

Swatches above is one coat each, left to right, of the green, aqua, and pink glow

Swatches have been charged under my daylight lamps for about 20 seconds

The pink pigment is a little more pink in real life but my DSLR was having a hissy

The finish was surprisingly smooth given the particle size of the pigment. I will warn you that the pigment does make base  super thick and may require thinner for the over polish. Overall, I was impressed with how readily the pigment dispersed in the base and how glowy they were. The pigment "charged" super fast and retained it's glow for at least 5 minutes afterwards.  

Well that's all for today my dears! Hope everyone's Friday goes by quickly. I will see you back on Monday for more franken creations! Until next time, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Don't Forget to Check Out Misfits on 8th!

** These products were provided to me for an unbiased review. My loyalty is to my readers who deserve the utmost respect and honesty **

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