Franken 1: Rumpelstiltskin




I really wanted a pastel-neon green nail polish (I was really lusting after this polish), but I couldn't find one...so I decided to try to make it myself.




The name came from the short story by the Brothers Grimm. You know the end of the story, where Rumpelstitskin is jumping up and down is consternation from being found out? I thought this color described that emotion well - bright and green (since green seems to always equal envy with nail polish naming...how many green polishes have you seen with the name Green With Envy?).



Another great use for acetone besides removing nail polish? When removing sticky labels, the left-over gunk stuck to the bottle can be removed with acetone. This is a method I used to clean up the old nail polish bottle I was using for this franken. It worked out quite well.

I added the labels to the bottle using blank adhesive mailing labels that I sent through the printer and then cut out to fit the bottle.



For this franken, I emptied an old Top Coat bottle and filled it with about 20 drops of Island Girl Neon Green, one third of the bottle of SinfulColors Neon Melon, one sixth of the bottle of Nailene's French Manicure White (what was left of the bottle), about 20 drops of Santee Neon Green, and 15 drops of Wet and Wild White.



This is two coats with a top coat. It was opaque in two coats, but a little thick.



This green shade will work quite well for the coming Halloween, or even in Spring for St. Patrick's Day.



So what do you think? Would you wear this color?

If you haven't tried frankening yet (the mixing of old/bought nail polish to make a new nail polish shade), I definitely recommend it! For my first frankening experiment, this was quite easy.

A few helpful tips for frankening:

A clean space is helpful for setting up to mix your franken. I simply opened the empty bottle and the polish bottle I was pouring from and would put the lip of one against the other to combine them. Also, you can reuse those tiny ball bearings from old nail polish by pouring out what is left of the nail polish onto foil or a paper plate (something disposable), until the balls in the old bottle fall out. Then you can rinse them off with a little acetone, wait for them to dry, and add them to your franken for mixing!

I hope you enjoyed this post on my first frankenpolish. I'd love to hear your thoughts on frankening, or if you have any tips or tricks you found helpful when making your own frankenpolish!

My first giveaway, ends tonight!

Hey guys my first giveaway ends tonight at 12 midnight PST, make sure to get your entries in! I'm hoping to be able to announce the winner by Sunday night, so keep a look out here and in your email!



Incoco nail strips, leopard!

Hey guys! Today I used my nail strips that I got in my Sept Birchbox, and they are awesome! Mine are called "femme fatale"

They were pretty easy to put on, although you have to be careful not to have creases in them, my thumb on my left hand ended up with a crease :/ You file off the end leftover just like other nail strips, and I used my tweezers to get the extra on the sides off, then cleaned up with some acetone, and topped it with a top coat :)

They have some super cute designs that range from $8.99 to $10.99 on their website, Incoco



What do you think?

Until next time, happy painting!

September Birchbox

Hey guys! I FINALLY got my September Birchbox today, after it being shipped on the 7th! I contacted the company and got a refund and everything because we all believed it had gotten lost, then low and behold it showed up today!

Best part? Everyone got nail strips this month!!

Here's what I got.




I LOVE the nail strips!! and I think I'm going to wear those next :D

Have you guys tried Birchbox? It's $10 a month and you get beauty goodies once a month to try :)

Until next time, happy painting!


Butter London, Halloween mani #2

Hey guys! In yesterday's nail mail I received my first Butter London polish, a beautiful pink creme called Primrose Hill Panic. I *had* to use it right away!

It only took ONE coat! I could have done two for good measure but I was happy with the one, and it is just like the name, butter! I am officially in love, and I'm going to *need* more of these polishes!

So after I painted them I wanted to use some more of my Halloween stamp designs from Konad plate 13, which is also being given in my Halloween giveaway, then for good measure I added a few silver rhinestones (I don't have black ones yet *sad*) to each accent nail too :)

Here's how it turned out :)





How do you think it turned out?

Until next time! Happy painting :D



Halloween Nail Mail!

Hey guys! Today I got some nail mail, from who else but my love Jessica :D She sent me 9 polishes! woohoo :D

I updated my stash list already with them too ;) I'll try to keep up with that as best as I can!

She sent my Butter London (my first one!) primrose hill panic, Sally Hansen pumpkin spice, Orly sweet peacock, and a bunch of pumpkins! they are all un-named, so on my stash list their "names" are just the description of what they are :P She also sent me Fantasy Makers loose holo glitter powder, and a glow in the dark body glitter :D I am SET for Halloween!

I took a few close-ups of the glitter pumpkins, the first is a dark grey/black glitter with silver moons, next is a black and orange bar glitter, and the light orange has tiny little holo glitter in it. The other glitter is round orange pieces and I didn't think it needed a close up :) three of the 6 pumpkins are glow in the dark too! So exciting :D









So what do you think?

Until next time! Happy painting! :)


Updated stash list!

Hey guys, for those of you that didn't notice, I posted my stash list in a new "page" (right hand side of the screen) and tonight I updated it with links to the blog posts that go along with the colors I have used before :)

If you have any requests for ones not already blogged about, let me know! Thanks :)

Until next time, happy painting!

First Halloween mani of the season!

Hey guys! Today I got the Konad plate 13 in the mail today (I ordered two, one for myself and the other for my Halloween giveaway) Even though I know it's not October yet, I just *had* to try it out!

I have never used any sort of stamping up until today! So I'm really pleased with how it came out! The green color is Sinful Colors Innocent, with Wet N Wild (OTP collection) Tangled In My Web. I used WnW Ink Well (also OTP) for the stamp because I don't have the Konad stamping polish yet :P I topped it all off with Fantasy Makers Night Glow (a glow in the dark top coat)

The glow polish works pretty well but I could NOT get a picture of it to save my life!

So here it is, I'm calling this mani "Zombie Girl"!



What do you guys think?

Until next time! Happy painting!

Glitter....well and some polish ;)

Hey guys! you know what today is! Thursday! Which means blue and orange mani for me! For all my new readers, I'm the president of the honor society at my college, and our school colors are dark blue and orange :)

Today was club rush for the semester and it took a lot of planning and organizing, and well let's face it, stressing on my part to get it all together. So after the event (from 10-1) we counted up all our money, we sold tri-tip like we always do ;) and we made $368.05!!! :D So I'm super proud of my members and myself!

So here is the mani I had today, pardon the dry fingers, I forgot my lotion in my bookbag today! O.o

So it's Chine Glaze starboard, with loose orange glitter on top :)



What do you think?

Until next time! Happy painting!

Halloween giveaway! ***CLOSED***

Hey guys! I'm starting my Halloween giveaway tonight :) It will go from now until midnight on Oct 16th. ONE winner will receive 7 Fantasy Makers polishes, all brand and different, Halloween candy goodies, two Halloween stamping plates as well as a stamp and scraper for the plates!

Woohoo! There might even be an extra surprise or two added in ;)

This giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents, I'm sorry to my international followers! You MUST be a follower of my blog in order to enter, I will check :)

And here are the goodies! (sorry the pictures aren't wonderful, my camera is officially dead and I had to take pics with the video camera :P)













Essence nail art twins, Bonnie & Clyde

Hey guys! I received all my nail art twins from Spain in the mail yesterday and decided I *had* to use Bonnie & Clyde first!

Bonnie is a dark turquoise blue that went on in only one coat (woohoo!!) and Clyde has turquoise glass fleck glitters, and big square shaped silver glitters. You can wear them on their own or together :)

Funny this is the girl that sits beside me in Bio today asked me if these were some of the ones I was waiting on from Spain lol! I guess I talk to much, maybe I'll pull her to the dark side ;)

I am in LOVE with these! and I honestly don't even want to take them off tonight to try something new, even though I have so many twins to try now! funny right?




Both pictures are outside with no flash, first in the sun second in the shade.

What do you think?

Until next time! Happy painting!

International nail mail!

Hey guys! Today when I got home from school I had a great big smile on my face!! All of my Essence twins arrived from Spain! And even better? in less than a week!! Not only that, but 7 of the 8 from the On The Prowl collection by Wet-n-Wild arrived too!

I was stoked! 23 polishes in all (two for a giveaway to be announced later, two for a friend and the rest are mine!), what a great way to start off the week!!

From the top left we have Romeo & Juliet, Thelma & Louise, Chuck & Blair, Bonnie & Clyde, Bella & Edward, and Gabriella & Troy. The OTP collection we have correction tape, jungle fever, ready to pounce, behind closed doors, buy me a drink, ink well, and cougar attack. Not pictured is tangled in my web (which I bought this weekend, woohoo!)



What do you think? Did any of you get awesome beginning of the week nail mail?

Until next time! Happy painting!

My first frankens!

Hey guys! Yesterday I started to try my hand at doing frankens, for those of you that don't know it's making your own polish! You start with whatever base polish you want, add color, glitter etc to get it the way you want it :)

I just bought some cheap WnW polishes (two clear and one purple) because I didn't want to mess up my polish :P I had ideas already and bought some glitter.

I like how all three of them turned out, BUT I wish they were jelly bases (I don't know where to find those)

From left to right you have spooky pumpkin, franken-berry, and black widow. First picture is one coat, second picture is two coats.





Spooky Pumpkin has green, orange and black glitter in it. Franken-Berry is purple with green glitter, and Black Widow is a light red with red and black glitter :)

What do you think?

Until next time! Happy painting!

Orly royal velvet

Hey guys! So as far as I know you cannot buy royal velvet in stores anymore (but you can find it online) but it was on my wish list, when one of the lovely ladies in F&F posted that she needed to get rid of some polish, and it was on her list I jumped on it!

I'm not really sure what you would classify this polish as, not really a multi-chrome but not really a docherome (sp?) either, either way it's really pretty! With one coat it's not completely sheer but you can see bald spots, and it's a dark purple color. Add a second coat and it's this subtle shimmery dark blue, so pretty! I took a few pictures trying to capture the different shades to it :)






First one is inside with flash, inside with natural light, and two outside.

It's pretty right? :)

Until next time! Happy Painting!


Orly star of bombay and Fantasy Makers creepy pumpkin

Hey guys! Sorry it's been so long since I last posted, I've been super busy with school and home stuff!

This was last weeks school spirit mani :) The dark blue is Orly star of bombay, and the orange on my ring finger is Fantasy Makers creepy pumpkin (which really surprised me! It's not nearly as sheer as I thought it would be!) the Orly was one coat, and the Fantasy Makers was two coats. I used a small nail art brush to write my Greek letters on my ring fingers :)



What do you think?

Until next time! Happy painting :)