Thursday, June 17, 2010


I'll be MIA for the next week while we're on our Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas, St Maarten and St Thomas. I hear St Thomas has a Del Sol and MAC store in the shopping district. Fun!

Hopefully I'll score a cool polish or two to swatch when I get back. I've been eyeing the Dol Sol color changers.

See ya! Hope everyone has a good week!!

Red Holographic Franken #2

Here is my 2nd red holo. I feel like a bit of a tease, cuz like the previous one, my camera absolutely refused to capture any holo effect at all. Believe me I tried!

This one is more of a true red, it photographs a bit pinker than it is IRL. I used the same yellow holo glitter as the 1st franken I posted, so when the holo does show up, it's multicolored. I wish my camera would have taken a better pick for you! This is a bit gritty having used glitter in it, so it needs a top coat (which I did not apply in the swatch pick).


Maybelline Imperial Red (Dollar Tree color), Sheba yellow holographic glitter and WnW Clear.

Red Holographic Franken #1

The last batch of frankens are from my attempt to create a red holographic polish.

This first one is a chunky holo glitter, kinda like the new Milani's.

This is actually a very purple-ly / burgandy-ish red with large flecks of holo glitter. Very pretty.

Here is a closeup of the flecky glitter. My camera absolutely refuses to capture the holo effect when it comes to reds, so this is the closest I could get. It's kind of like the Milani's, the holo effect isn't strong to begin with, but you do see it in the sunlight.


Nicole by OPI in Imagine If and OPI Quarter of a Cent-Cherry.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Franken: Another Un-Named

Today I have another un-named franken, but this time it's not my fault 8-) I got the recipe from Makeup Alley, and the girl who created it hadn't named it. Here is a link to the post:

This is a purple jelly with silver and red glitter.

2/3 DW, 1/3 Ravishing, Dahling, several drops of ChG Ruby Pumps. OK, I don't have Ravishing Dahling, so I substituted a different red in it's place, but for the life of me, I can't remember which one I used. Sorry!

If you check out the MUA post, there are several other recipes using Dorothy Who. Very creative.


Franken: Galaxy

Today's franken is another one from my Shmoopy....and I have to give her props, she is an EXCELLENT frankener! Maybe I'll try to get her to post some of her creations here one day 8-) Umm, please ignore the beer cap! LOL.

It's a black thick jelly with silver glitter and silver holo hex glitter mixed in. I'm sure you can see why it named it galaxy.

I don't have the recipe for this one, but I'm sure if you mixed a black cream with clear and both types of glitter, you could make a close dupe.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Franken: Parade in Times Square

Today's franken was created for me by my BF Shmoopy. Thanks to Donna, she is no longer un-named ☺

It's a blue jelly with silver glitter and large purple holographic diamond glitter. If you enlarge the pick you can see the detail a bit better.


WnW clear, Chelsea Oscar Blue, Martha Stewart silver glitter and Sheba diamond glitter. Here is a shot of the Sheba glitter.

Like the glitter I used in the other franken, I got this directly from the Sheba store. I think you can get a better idea of the holo-ish effect of the glitter from this shot.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Franken: Un-named

To start off franken week, I'm posting my favorite of all my frankens, I just ADORE it. Make sure you enlarge the picks so you can see the detail.

It's a charcoal brown color very similar to the Quirius I posted earlier, the glitter shines a multicolored holo. It's so pretty IRL! But chunky and needs a good top coat. I used the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails on the swatch and I don't think it dulled the holo one bit.

Here's a blurred pick to show off the colors:


I used WnW clear with a couple of drops of Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine in Glossy and a lot of gold holographic glitter I picked up at a local nail supply store.

Here is the glitter I used:

I know Sheba Nail supply has an online store, but I can't vouch for it. Their office is located close to my house, so I went directly to the store to get my stuff. They had all sorts of great frankening materials and I think I may feel another trip coming on!!

So, this guy is nameless right now, any suggestions?

Chelsea Kaleidoscope

This is Chelsea's Kaleidoscope. It's a duochrome that flashes grayish blue and green.

Does anyone remember my post about the Toma Metallic Illusion polishes? Toma's Heavenly Body is a dead on dupe to Kaleidoscope. Here is a side by side comparison; the Toma one is on the left and Chelsea is on the right.....

Pretty close, huh?

So, I've decided the rest of this week is going to be Franken week, and I have some good ones to show you later ♥

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Toma Vibrant with Colorama Ruby Rays

So today's NOTD is inspired by tonight's True Blood premier:

I picked up this Toma from a dusty last weekend, and I have nothing but raves for it. The formula and brush were awesome and application was a breeze. I topped it with Colorama's Ruby Rays, which is my favorite flakie color, especially when layered over a deep red. It flashes orange and green.

I think I need a Ruby Rays backup. I was eyeballing Nfu Oh 44, they seem similar to me. Does anyone have both? I think I need more flakies in my life!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Quirius: The Arabian Nights

Here's another one I got whilst dusty hunting. QRS or Quirius in The Arabian Nights. It's an awesome black jelly with multi-colored holo glitter. It's a little lumpy and definitely needs a top coat, but put that sucker in the sunlight and WOW. Pretty! Here's a quick swatch, I'll be wearing this one in a full mani soon and will post better picks then. If you enlarge the pick, you can see the colors better.

NDB Nail Lacquer: Green Tea

I went dusty hunting over the weekend, and picked up this little guy. It's a nice aqua blue foil from a brand called NDB.

So, I've never really used cuticle oil or cream before, and was thinking of picking up Lemony Flutter. Do you normally put it on after a manicure or every night? Do you think using it makes a noticeable difference?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sally Hansen Nail Prism: Turquoise Opal

I just got this one in a couple of days ago, Turquoise Opal. WOW, what a pretty color! It flashes teal and purple and has a very strong duochrome effect. Like the others, this is one heavy coat over WnW Black Creme:

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

OPI Holiday on Broadway

Sadly I only have two colors from this collection, but one day I hope to own them all ♥

I had so much fun with yesterdays popsicle stick swatches, that I decided to do two more.. This is La Boheme, one heavy coat over WnW Black Creme. Reds are definitely my favorite polish color and this one over black is just plain awesome. I'm not as thrilled with it on it's own though, I like the blacked look here better.

The next one is Movin' Out. I saw a post on MUA about this color and went and bought it off eBay the very same day. It's a very pretty duochrome, it flashes purple and green. Again, one coat over WnW Black Creme.

I hope the popsicle swatches aren't too boring! I really enjoy doing them 8-)