Category Archives: Franken
Today I have a combination of two very cute pastel polishes for you.
One of them is a franken I made with Essie Mademoiselle. I thought it looked a bit too much like one of the OPI NYC Ballet polishes, so I added quite a few drops of OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em to the bottle, turning it into a cute bubblegum pink jelly. I called it Mademoiselle F, the F is for franken, obviously.
This is nice and easy to apply, and I love that Essie drugstore brush! I wish all Essies could have them, the regular salon brush is way too thin for me. You’ll need a couple of coats of this for a subtle pink wash (perfect for french manis), but since my nails still have a lot of stains, I used four coats here.
I can’t just leave a blank canvas like this, so I picked out Happy Hands Motherboy from my untrieds drawer. This mix of pastel satin glitters in green, aqua, baby blue, pink, and lavender is from the Arrested Development inspired collection called “I’ve Made A Huge Mistake”. It looks super cute and delicate over this pink jelly, a really nice combination!
One coat is enough, and it’s nice and easy to apply with a little bit of dabbing here and there.
Happy Hands nail polish is sold on Etsy, the price is $8 a bottle.
Another franken saves the day!
I wasn’t quite happy with how sparse the glitters were in Spoiled Pet My Peacock, so I figured I’d franken something with it since it went so well the last time. I found a purple jelly I had frankened earlier, and in the glitter went! I don’t know if it’s my favorite polish in the world, but it is a lot more interesting than PMP on its own. Oh, and I called it Wild Peacock, you know, just because.
Not too shabby!
What do you do with polishes you’re not crazy about?
So there I was again, without a polish to write about for the next letter in the alphabet. Now what? Luckily, I went to town yesterday, and of course I had to pick up some polish while I was at it. One of the laquers I found was H&M Confetti, a DL Happy Birthday-inspired number. When I got home, I was looking at the bottle and wondering what I should do with it. I really don’t need another sheer layering glitter, so something had to be done. Suddenly, inspiration struck, and I poured the entire bottle into some sheer white, added 10 drops of NYX Inc, and voila! Quelle Surprise! was born.
The result is a baby blue jelly base with gold, silver, red, blue and green glitter in different sizes. Kinda like another Lippmann polish, Glitter In The Air, on steroids. Oh, and the name? I was just surprised that I actually made something that looked kinda cute.
What do you think of my spur of the moment franken? It’s super simple to make on your own, all you need is a mixed glitter with a sheer base and white, and a color of your choice to tint the base. Or you could leave it white, if you prefer that!
Isn’t it strange how you can go from hating a color to craving it like crazy? I used to hate turquoise polish on me, and I even sold my Orly Halley’s Comet, but suddenly I found myself desperate for a teal creme! I didn’t even have time to order something online, I had to have it instantly, so of course the answer was frankening.
I mixed nailstation haute voltige, IsaDora Vintage Mint and two drops of IsaDora Hunter Green, and my franken Turkeys was born! (You might wonder why the polish has such a random name, it’s simply because “turkeys” sounds like the Norwegian word for turquoise, turkis. Cheesy, I know, I know…)
Of course this blue/green wants to look blue and only blue in pictures, but it’s actually more green in real life. The perfect medium between blue and green, I’d say. A darker version of China Glaze For Audrey.
Have you ever done a 180 and gone from hating a polish color on you to wanting and loving it, or is it just me?
With true holographics becoming harder and harder to find, it’s nice to know that one true holo can give you double the bang for the buck. A while ago, I got OPI DS Sapphire in a swap. Sapphire is a light blue holo, very blah on its own, but it works beautifully for frankens! I split it in half and made two new holos from it, which I’m going to show you today.
The first one is made from about 50% OPI DS Sapphire and 50% Isadora Hunter Green. The result is a deep forest green scattered holo, something I’ve never seen before. I call this one Pan.
The second franken is a deep purple scattered holo which I’ve called Smoke On The Water. I mixed 50% OPI DS Sapphire with 50% GOSH Deep Purple. This one is pretty similar to Color Club Wild At Heart.
So which one do you prefer? I think they’re both beautiful, but I have a soft spot for Pan since I’ve never seen a deep green holo before.
Which colors would you franken with a holographic nail polish?