Saturday, April 28, 2012

Franken Attempt With Purchased Glitter

So, I used a bottle of Wet n Wild clear polish and some of the glitter I purchased to make this. I bought maybe twelve colors/sizes/types of glitter, and I used several in this one, in addition to a little pink nail polish for tint. Not bad for a first attempt. In my opinion, at least.

I'm already trying to decide what glitters to get next! I've read on other blogs that there's a special base you can buy in order to make your own polish from scratch that does a bit better with the glitter you add, so I've ordered some. There are some very pretty glitter polishes being made, especially the glitter topcoats. I'm rather partial to glitter. Over the years when I've worn polish, I've never really felt my manicures were complete until I added some type of glittery, shimmery topcoat. I mentioned before that I love cremes because you can experiment with the way they look if you have a variety of topcoats. Well, glitter topcoats are the best for this, in my opinion. I've purchased quite a few glitter topcoats from the stores (brands like China Glaze, Milani, and OPI), but I've also supported "indie" nail polish designers and I've purchased a few from Etsy as well. But there's nothing like making your own!

Friday, April 20, 2012

So I liked the blue and white so much that I just had to add more Milani Gems to a couple more bottles of clear shimmer/glitter nail polish.

Here they are, in all of their beauty:

I just like glittery opaques so much.  In a way, these remind me of the glitter-based pink polishes like Lippmann Candy Shop (which I own one of) and Claire's, well, Candy Shop (and I have two bottles of this).  Here is a side by side of my glitter-based green with Claire's Candy Shop:

Mine on the right, of course.

My green (like the blue, yellow, and white) doesn't have as much glitter as Candy Shop.  I mentioned before that since I'm using Milani Gems to franken with, I can only get so much glitter density.

I hear, however, that there are places where I can buy glitter that works in nail polish.  It's special and solvent resistant.  I tried sometime last year making my own glitter nail polish with glitter that I bought at Michael's, and while it looked nice for about an hour, it soon turned into a mess.  So I'll buy nail-polish safe glitter and see what I can do with it!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Another New Franken: In Blue

I used the same Milani Gems as I did for the opaque white glitter polish--only I added a little of both blue and white creme nail polish to the bottle to get a pretty sky-blue tint.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Franken Manicure

So today I tried the white glitter franken.  Here is a quick shot of it on:

I must say that I like it.  I would like it with more glitter, but I guess that's something I can control only if making polish from "scratch" instead of blending existing ones.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Experimenting With Frankening

Been away for awhile. Actually, I kind of forgot that this blog existed. But I'm back now! Still buying polish like crazy and always looking for somewhere to store it. But you know what's better than buying polish? Designing your own! Nail bloggers have termed it "frankening" when you take existing polishes and mix them together to create something new. Artsy-craftsy type that I've always been, this is right up my alley! My first franken is a store-bought glitter polish (Milani Gems) mixed with a store bought white.

I know for sure that more of these will follow. I've found a place to order glitter of my own, so that I can add the colors and the amounts that I want, and I'm also looking into buying bottles for them. This is fun.