Monday, September 30, 2013

The Femme DIY's - Mineral Veil

Hello my dears! So I've decided to throw in a post every once in awhile where I DIY other things, not just polish. Now my sweet polish fiends, don't you worry, these posts will be few and far between. However, I figured this might be a great way to get through my ginormous list of Pinterest projects while inviting you along for the ride!

Today's project is DIY mineral veil!

Now, I started with this post and then tweaked it to something that works for me. So let's check it out shall we? As stated in the linked post, I started this powder off with one TBSP of corn starch and one TSP of baby powder. It is said that these are the basic ingredients in your higher end mineral veils (think smash box, etc).  How crazy (and overly expensive) is that?? However, for me, I also added 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon each of Rimmel Natural Bronzer and Physician's Formula Color Correcting Powder. I do have a couple reasons for this. One, this powder is eerily white with just the baby powder and corn starch (but still buffs out translucent). Second, I had pretty bad skin growing up so I prefer the color correcting properties added in to help balance out my skin tone. If you prefer to keep it natural, stick with the first two ingredients. If you want to cater it more to your skin's needs as I did with mine, you can simply add extra powder.

Next, I combined all of these ingredients in a metal mixing bowl and literally whisked them together.

Anyone up for some mineral veil batter?

Finally, once thoroughly combined, I poured the powder onto a piece of paper, folded it in half, and put it in an old pot (in my case an old makeup primer jar)

I use my mineral veil after I have applied my liquid foundation but prior to my blush and bronzer. I simply use a fluffy brush and buff it in.

Hey mineral veil, you hiding?

Now, I have combination oily skin. You could use  my T-zone as a landing strip and/or WD40 substitute if necessary.... it's that shiny fo real. Not only that, but I have very sensitive skin that tends to break out at the drop of a hat (try not to get TOO jealous). I have tested this mineral veil out for well over a year and can genuinely say I love it and it works for me. The corn starch helps to keep my skin from getting overly oily and shiny and the powder buffs in to a smooth finish. So, if you're feeling adventurous, I say give it a go! What have you got to lose (other than your own personal landing strip)?

Well my dears, that is all for today! See you back Wednesday for more frank magic! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Came From:
* All supplies came from either Walmart or Target

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Autumn Sunrise

Hump daaaaay! Hope everyone's week is going well! I'd like to start off by announcing the winners of my giveaway. Congratulations Nancy and Katherine! You have 48 hours from the time of this post (which would be 10 am on Friday EST!) to respond via e-mail or another winner will be chosen. For everyone else, don't worry, I see another stump the femme in the future and that always means a free polish!

Anywho, I am especially excited about today's franken because it was the one thing I envisioned that turned out EXACTLY how I'd hoped! Check out the sneak peek

Oooooooh yeah!

This polish started out with about 3/4 of a mini bottle's worth of TKB Glamour Base. I then added about 4-6 drops of gloss black colorant (this is very thick and very opaque so I thinned my colorant down with nail polish thinner until it was a nice viscous consistency). Next, I added 2 small scoops of TKB Travel to Mercury powder pigment (which TKB describes as a reddish coppery color which shifts from warm bronze to an almost greenish gold). Finally I added two small scoops of Wonder Beauty Products Prismatic Platinum Illusion Powder. What I created was an AWESOME multichrome polish with gorgeous linear holo.

Swatches show two coats over a basic blackened purple base. I had no issues with the formula and dry time was pretty average. It dried down to a smooth finish but I did topcoat it to try and extend the life of the mani.

However, I did save the best photos for last. Check THIS out

Contrary to what my camera would have you believe, the linear holo is VERY apparent in real life. Also, thanks to Melissa at Lacquer Reverie, I was able to add in a gratuitous, out of focus food shot. I definitely took this picture while I was at work and I tried to hid the fact that I was taking a picture with an apple, lol. Well that's all for today my loves! See you back on Friday for more franken awesomeness! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!

Today's Supplies Are From: 
* Glamour base, gloss black colorant, and Travel to Mercury pigment: TKB Trading
* Prismatic Platinum Illusion Powder: Wonder Beauty Products

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review- I Love Nail Polish Birefringence

Hello my dears and welcome to the start of what I hope to be a super productive week! Hope everyone is ready to be up and at em. I got myself some Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer recently so chances are that is largely the reason I am even mildly presentable on this Monday.

So, I'm sure by now that you have heard all the buzz around the ILNP Ultra Chromes; and with good reason too. Today I have the absolutely dazzling (not stunning, dazzling ;) ) Birefringence. ILNP describes this as a polish that shifts through an array blues, purples, reds, oranges, yellows, and even subtle greens! Does it live up to it's claims? Let's find out!

First things first, let's start off with the packaging. I was seriously impressed with the packaging. Every detail was clearly planned out down to the box the polish was mailed to me in. Awesome.

Now onto the money shots

Acvredinbwrijkbnqlrihnprh, I can't even handle the awesome! The color shift was very very apparent in real life so please make sure to not stare at your nails while driving, no matter how tempting (and it WILL be tempting). Swatches show two easy coats over a dark base and one coat of quick dry top coat. ILNP did say that these polishes were formulated not to need a dark base but I guess old habits die hard for me and I just couldn't bear to not use a dark base. I had some minor issues with dragging but I attribute that more to my ADD polishing skills rather than formulation faux pas. 

Well that's all for today, be sure to check out I Love Nail Polish's website and Facebook page! Don't forget to enter my giveaway, it's the last day! See you back here on Wednesday for a brand new franken! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!

* this polish was not provided for review and was purchased using my own money

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cactus Flower

Hello my loves! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I'm taking it pretty easy and totally digging it. Speaking of easy, have you entered my giveaway yet? Only 2 more days and the entries are super simple!

So here's a lil preview of today's franken

I started with about 2/3 of a mini bottle's worth of TKB Luster Base. I then added about 4-6 drops of TKB Jade Glycerine Dispersed Colorant. I finished the polish off with about 2 small scoops each of TKB Copper Sparks and Fairy Violet shimmer. What I got was an almost military green with gorgeous shimmer that added a ton of depth.

Sup shimma?

Swatches show three coats and VNL was not visible in real life. The formula was a little thick but went on like buttah! Dry time was relatively average. I love this as a nice palate cleanser from the chunky glitters and holos I've been doing lately. Plus, I feel like it's a perfect transition into the fall shades.

Well that's all for today my friends! See you back on Monday for more Femme awesomeness. But until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember to always keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* Woohoo! Everything is from TKB Trading

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Raspberry Beret

Be honest now, did you sing that title in your head in a high pitched Prince voice? If no, shame on you! If yes, good so did I! Haha I'm kidding... no I'm not. I totally sang it.

So getting right into the polish, here is a sneak peek

I started this polish with 2/3 of a mini bottle's worth of TKB Glamour Base. I then added about 3-4 drops of TKB Amethyst glycerine dispersed colorant (which is a dark slightly blue toned colorant). Next, I added about 6 good drops of Wonder Beauty Products Primary Red Color Base. I then also added a small scoop of TKB EZB 82nd Avenue powdered pigment (which is a bright semi neon pink toned purple pigment). Once I made a gorgeous raspberry wine jelly, I finally added 2 good sized scoops of YouMix .015 magenta holo hex glitter and one small scoop of TKB Luminosity scattered holo glitter.

Reader, please meet my super nubbin!

Swatches show 2 thick coats plus one coat of top coat. I love how the color is good to transition into Fall but not so dark that it's a vamp. The jelly of the polish is perfect for showcasing off the magenta holo glitter. The polish did dry a bit matte however, the formula was easy and the glitter glided on smoothly. Now... onto the bad news. Brace yourself folks

Seriously, what on earth is this nonsense!? Good gracious that's bad. I used my standard PVA basecoat and can honestly say I have NEVER had staining like this. However, I did find this awesome post that explains a little bit more about this staining fiasco. I don't think it's enough to turn me away from this polish though, it's just too vibrant and gorgeous. 

Well, that's all for today folks, don't forget to enter my giveaway, it ends in 6 days! So I leave you with this hilarious photo and a reminder to keep it classy and creative

Now THAT is funny (credit)

Today's Supplies Are from:
* Glamour Base, Luminosity Glitter, Amethyst colorant, EZB 82nd Avenue: TKB Trading
* Primary Red Color Base: Wonder Beauty Products
* Magenta Holo Glitter: You Mix Glitters

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fireside Marshmallow

Hello everybody! Hope your Monday has treated you well! Mine passed by pretty quickly and now I get to be home relaxing. We are in our final week for the giveaway so there is still time to enter if you haven't done so yet!

So today's franken is another one of those difficult to name ones (good to know some things don't change. I still suck at naming, meh). Anywho, I called this one Fireside Marshmallow because its reminds me of a gooey marshmallow being licked by the flames of a campfire. Om nom nom!

So today's delicious manicure snack started with about 2/3 of a mini bottle's worth of TKB Luster Base.  I then added about 6 good sized drops of Wet 'n' Wild French White Cream. Next, I added the tiniest of drops of TKB Gloss Brown base to keep the white base from being too stark when worn (just say no to white out nail polish). Finally, I added one good sized scoop of TKB Mo' Betta Brown micro glitter (I would seriously LOVE to hear the name behind Mo' Betta Brown because that's just ridiculous), one scoop of TKB gold square glitter, and two scoops of YouMix Glitter .040 brick red hexes.

I took this picture with my iphone; anyone else seeing stripes?

I love the creamy white deliciousness of the base color! It's perfect to show the glitter without hiding it. It's so fall appropriate too! S'mores anyone? Swatches shows three easy coats and top coat. There was no fishing for the glitter and no dragging or balding. Dry time was a smidge longer than normal.

Also, I've decided the next time I eat a S'more it'll be this guy

Buahaha kinda creepy I know. But creepy in the best Ghostbustin kinda way!

Well my loves, that's all for today. See you next time for more franken adventures!

Today's Supplies Are From:
* TKB Luster Base, Mo' Betta Brown Glitter, and Gloss Brown: TKB Trading 
(I also purchased my gold glitter from here but I cannot find it in stock, sad face)
* So don't kill me, but it also looks like the brick matte red houses are also no longer in stock at YouMix Glitter. So I found this possible alternative. It's a little brighter but still gorgeous!
* Wet 'n'  Wild French White Cream: Walmart

Friday, September 13, 2013


We are wrapping up the first week of the "I'm Sorry I Suck" giveaway, only one more week left to enter so get on it ladies (or gents :D )!

You know what doesn't suck? A brand new franken to kick off the weekend. Heck yessss! This new awesomeness is named Firefly

I started with about 1/2 a mini bottle's worth of TKB Luster Base. I followed it up with about 4-5 generous drops of TKB Turguoise glycerine dispersed colorant. Next, I added 3 good scoops of Glitter Unique's Blue-Green .035 iridescent square glitter and 2 small scoops of TKB Cherika Moon (glass fleck like shimmer that shifts from blue to purple to red orange)

Pretty easy right? Now, when mixed together you get this...

Just kidding. But you do get this

Swatches show three thick to medium coats plus top coat. The polish was a little thick so I would probably go back and add thinner if I intend to wear this polish again. This polish is seriously glowy, so much so, it even threw my camera off a bit. The shimmer and the glitter definitely play well together and in low lighting, you can definitely see some of the shift from the Cherika Moon (I just couldn't get a good photo of it, boo). So overall, I dig it!

So that's it for today my dears. Hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable, and relaxing weekend. See you next week! But until then don't forget to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* TKB Luster Base, Cherika Moon, and Turquoise Glycerine Dispersed Color: TKB Trading
* Blue to Green Iridescent .035 Square Glitter: Glitter Unique

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fish Scales

Hello my loves! Have you entered my giveaway yet? No?!? Well run, don't walk! A custom franken is just begging for a new home! How's about a new franken to hold you over until the end of the giveaway? I started with about half of a mini bottle's worth of TKB Luster base. I then added about 2-3 drops of TKB Basic Yellow Jellie and 1 drop of Basic Blue Jellie (I ended up thinning these colorants out with thinner in order to prevent myself from over coloring my base since they are so super pigmented). Next, I added a couple drops of Milani Black Magic cream polish. Finally, I  added two big scoops of .008 Gold to Gren shifting iridescent hexes from Glitter Unique and one scoop of TKB Shanika Sun (a gold to green to blue shifting larger particle size shimmer. Smaller than a glass fleck, larger than your standard shimmer). I called this one Fish Scales for reasons that are pretty self explanatory

I see you've noticed that Milani cap.... I got hungry.
... just kidding. My dog decided to express her artistic side.

You can see some of the shift in that macro!

Here is a split panel Iphone photo showing the yellow based green shift to the rich blue.

I loved how all of the facets of the polish came together to create that gorgeous green to blue shift! Swatches show two thick coats plus top coat. It self leveled easily and didn't drag or pool. Well, that's all for today's franken. Next time I see you, it will be Fridaaaaaay!!!! But until then, enter the giveaway, remember to keep it classy and creative, and never forget!



Today's Supplies Are From:
* Luster Base, Basic Blue Jellie, Basic Yellow Jellie, and Shanika Sun: TKB Trading
* Milani Black Magic: Target
* Gold to Green .008 iridescent glitter: Glitter Unique

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