Franken Femme

Hi girls! I’m back from my little blogcation. I took a little break and now I’m ready to get back to blogging. I missed you all and can’t wait to catch back up on what I’ve missed.

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a post in one of my (many) Facebook nail polish groups that I’m a part of. Becca from Franken Femme posted looking for bloggers to showcase her beautiful franken polish creations and to get the word out about her blog, which is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to create their own polishes. She asked what my favorite kind of polish was and she would work to create a special mini for myself. Well ok! I wont turn that idea down.

Becca has been fabulous the whole step of the way. I let her know that I love blue and teal polishes and that I like creams, shimmers, and glitters. I suggested maybe a teal with red glitter would be pretty!

Are you ready to see what she came up with?

ImageShe seriously blew the idea I had out of the water. When I opened my package I just sat there in shock for a moment. She used a fine red shimmer with red spark for the base color and satin mint green hexes with matte teal hexes. I’m wearing two coats of polish with a base and top coat.

ImageIn the direct sunlight it looks like the base color is white. But it shifts to red. I love it! My sister in law even commented that she wouldn’t be able to stop staring at it if she was wearing it. Mission accomplished.

ImageHow do you think she did? Head over to Becca’s blog at http://frankenfemme.blogspot.com to check out all of her other creations as well as learning tips and trick on creating your own polishes.

Connect the Dots

I was finally able to get my hands on one of the Lynnderella’s I’ve been wanting for awhile. Connect the Dots! I’m not a huge fan of her polishes mainly because of the price tag on them. This polish is listed on Ebay for $22 and up. I can’t afford to get addicted to a brand of polish with that kind of price tag. A lot of girls do (and spend even more!) but it’s not in my tiny budget as a stay at home mom.

Buuuut! That’s where Facebook swap groups are awesome! One night I found someone selling a few of her Lynnderella’s. I snatched this one up for a much better resale price of $15. I’m hoping to come across Love, Lace, and Lilacs one day for a good price too. She was also selling that one but someone had faster fingers than I did.

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Connect the Dots is packed full of different shapes and sizes of black and white glitter in a shimmery clear base. The shimmer is very subtle. I layered one coat of this over top of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise. 

Image I thought this black and white polish would look good layered over a Turquoise. What color would you layer this over?

Image ImageSince Lynnderella’s creation of this polish, there have been a lot of dupes to come out. I know off the top of my head that Sephora has a glitter topper called Chaotic for around $12. It’s a very close dupe and I’ve almost bought it several times.

Alright, now I need to get off this computer and start coming up with my idea for “Inspired by a Pattern” mani for tomorrows challenge. See ya all tomorrow! 🙂

Maya and Jane

It’s Friday!!! I hope you all survived the week just fine 🙂

Recently Julep came out with a limited edition polish called Jane. It’s a full coverage rose gold glitter and was named after the company founder, Jane Park. I am in love <3. You all know I love glitter but they suckered me in with the limited edition title. I had to get it.

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I don’t regret my purchase one bit. In fact, I’m debating on if I should order another for a back up seeing as it’s limited edition you know ;). I’m wearing two coats of Jane and two coats of Glisten and Glow HK Girl top coat to smooth it out and make it super shiny.

Maya is a light pink, shimmery polish. It reminds me of sea shells I used to find when I was little. Maya’s application was a bit tough. I have some killer brush strokes as you can see in the pictures and I had to fight with cuticle flooding. I also got a bubble on my pinky. So I’m not too impressed with Maya. Although she’s pretty and I think she made a perfect match with Jane.

ImageI wanted to give you a closer picture of Jane too. Gorgeous, don’t you agree?

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Julep Julia

I really am so in love with Julep’s December box. I haven’t found a color yet this month that I don’t like. Julep Julia is proof of how awesome it is.

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Julia is an orchid purple with tons of gold shimmery micro glitter throughout. I can’t even put into words how in love I am with this color. It’s so stunning.

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I think I’ll be using this one again soon in one of my days of the nail art challenge ;).

*** I forgot to add that this is 3 coats of Julia and 1 coat of HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat .

Kaleidoscope

Happy Veterans Day to all of my followers in the United States!

I wanted to wear some patriotic-ish nails in honor of our Veterans today. My grandfather, uncle, and cousin are all military veterans and I appreciate them and all of our other veterans on all of their hard work and dedication for our country!

Today’s polish is one coat of Color Club Berry and Bright with a coat of Northern Star Polish Kaleidoscope on top.

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Berry and Bright is a shimmery red part of the Winter Affair Collection. It’s very pretty alone. I wish I would have captured a picture of this color by itself too.

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Kaleidoscope is another one of the indies I purchased from Northern Star Polish on Etsy. NSP states on their Etsy page that it “consists of a clear base with matte and satin glitters in blues, green, pinks, and yellow. Ultra-fine silver holo was added for an extra sparkle, plus just dash of light blue diamonds.”

ImageI really liked this glitter. I think even more than Pumpkinlicous. I’d like to try it again with more layers of glitter and even different colored undies. All the possibilities!

Julep Maven November Box!

Guess what I got in the mail :)!!!! You guessed it! My November Julep Maven box. Like I did for October and my Trick or Treat box, I wanted to share my unboxing with you.

If you’re unsure of what Julep is, It’s a monthly subscription service for nail polish. You receive 2 polishes and a product a month. Unless your style profile is It Girl, in which you would only receive 3 polishes. The monthly cost to be a Julep Maven is $19.99. If you’re not a Maven yet, what are you waiting for?! Like I’ve said in my post in the past, it’s the only subscription service I’ve been a part of and actually love. Click here, complete the style profile quiz, and sign up with Julep. Use the code PENNY at check out to get your first intro box for only 1 penny!

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Now, on to the good stuff. This month Julep finally rolled the Suede’s out. People have been dreaming about these since Julep gave us a sneak peek months ago. I, however, am not a suede or matte polish fanatic. They’re pretty but I prefer shiny, glossy nails. Luckily, Julep listened to their Maven again this month and added a Maven Choice box. I missed out on the voting for it but was pretty happy with what they decided. Ready to see what’s in the box? Of course you are ;).

Every month Julep includes little post cards telling you about what’s in your box along with a cute little quote. ImageThis months quote says “It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy” -Unknown

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They included 3 polish remover pads. I used them to remove my rainbow mani and one pad removed the polish off of 4 of my nails.             Image

One of the main reasons I selected the Maven Choice box was for this. I love scrubs. The option coming in the other boxes was Body Frosting. I used this last night and I love it! It smells great and it really moisturized my skin. It also came with a scrub towel and a mitt. I forgot to take an individual picture of them and I’ve already used them but you can see what they look like here.                 Image

The polish! I received Trina and the Matte Top Coat. Trina is discribed by Julep as a deep aubergine shimmer.Image

All together now 🙂       Image

Ready for swatches?!

Here’s Trina. I took this picture in the sunlight. But she looks black. Totally not true to color. You can kind of see in the bottle how this color should have looked, but it didn’t. No worries though, I found a solution 😉Image

After I applied my Matte Top Coat and tried to take another picture in the sunlight. I was just getting frustrated. None of the pictures were true to color. So my next option. Artificial lighting! My skin looks a horrible orange/yellow but the nail polish is true to color which is all I care about. So here is Trina topped with the Julep Matte Top Coat.Image

Like I’ve said, I’m not a Matte fan. But boy do I like this color Mattified.

Here’s the polish with Matte and a glossy top coat for your viewing pleasure.

ImageWhat do you think of Trina? She’s pretty, right? I think this might be my new favorite purple.

Bizarre Blurple

Bizarre Blurple is one of the colors from the China Glaze 2012 Wicked Collection. I believe it’s a purple base with blue shimmer. It’s very pretty but so hard to capture the true color on camera.

I used 2 coats of Bizarre Blurple and these first two pictures were taken out doors. As you can see it looks more blue than purple in the pictures. But it’s VERY purple in real life.

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Sorry about the smudge on my index finger. Life with a 2 year old 🙂

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And this last picture was taken in doors with the flash on. The flash picked up a lot of the blue shimmer.

ImageYou can pick up Bizarre Blurple at Sally’s along with with other colors associated with the China Glaze Wicked Collection. XOXO

50 Shades of Purple

I’ve been having trouble trying to decide what color to paint my nails. That’s the sign that I have a ton of colors. Never too many though ;).

So I decided to do color weeks. I’m going to chose a color a week and make a post of that color every day for the week. Starting with purple. I really don’t wear my purples that often, at least I don’t think I do. So this is a good chance to break out the colors I don’t wear and try them out.

Now, I’m still participating in Paint Us Pink Mondays and I’m also contributing to a nail challenge in November. For those days I “plan” on making two posts a day. Now things always come up so I may not be able to do that but that’s the plan.

Here’s what I have to work with this week!                         ImageI only chose 7 out of these 17 colors. A few of these colors I’ve already used so I put those back in the Helmer.

Today I’m starting with OPI Significant Other Color. It’s a beautiful shimmery purple color. It also has hints of green depending on were the light hits it. Pretty, right?!

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It’s pretty sheer so I used 3 coats.

ImageWhat do you think? XOXO