Sunday, September 25, 2011

Must Have Halloween Frankens continued

So another one of Amber's fabulous Halloween Frankens has donned my nails recently.

Fairy Frightening is very dimensional. It's a deep purple base with flashes of blue shimmer and 2 sizes of fuchsia colored glitter. It almost looks like Bad Romance had a baby with something like Illamasqua Boo! haha. You wouldn't guess it from the first coat, but it's definitely pigmented enough to be opaque in 2 coats. Usually large glitter is hard to work with. This one isn't very frustrating. It's not like you can just throw it on but it's really not that bad. Of course the large glitter tends to give the finish a slightly lumpy surface. But I love Gelous Basecoat. You put it over top of any glitter and it smooths everything out. Then your topcoat can give it some shine. Two coats of your regular topcoat might work well enough though if you don't have Gelous.

So here's a few pictures. All are Seche Restore for a basecoat, 2 coats of Fairy Frightening, 1 coat of Gelous and 1 coat of Out the Door.

Day Light:

Flash (check out that blue!):

You can see what I mean about the dimension! Lots of fun little elements making this just pop. I was complimented several time the day I wore this to work. 

Again, this lovely polish was created by Amber and her husband over at My Nail Graffiti. This and the other 3 wonderful creations in this collection are available for sale. At least until her glitter supply runs out, so don't miss out!

You can see my orginal post on her frankens Here.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Must Have Halloween Frankens

So about 2 weeks ago this awesome girl named Amber posted about some Halloween inspired frankens that her husband decided to create. I know, I know. I thought the same thing too. "A married man playing with nail polish? This ought to be good."  Well the joke was on me because these babies were AMAZING! When I first saw her post about it in PaA I realized I needed these to add to my growing collection of Halloweenies. Lucky for me (and all of you as well) they decided to make these creations available for a reasonable price.

So on to the Pictures! (unfortunately I only got pictures of Pumpkin Patch swatched but I'll link you to Amber's swatches at the bottom)

I love the homemade labels!
And the pumpkin stickers are an adorable touch =)
Magic Dust has a slightly pinkish shimmery base with multi glitters including purple, blue and orange.
Fairy Frightening looks like DL's Bad Romance but cooler because is has a purple jelly base and blue shimmer.
Pumpkin Patch is a very happy orange with green glitters (in 2 sizes). 
Black Raven is an incredible blue/purple shimmer in a black base.

The green glitter is a great idea. This could have been opaque with only 1 thick coat but I opted for 2 thin. Unfortunately this doesn't quite get the orange color right. It's not as red. 

Here it is on my nephew (he's a funny little guy lol). It's 1 coat and a better idea of what the color looks like. 

Here's the best idea of the color of the orange. I decided to have a little fun the second day I had this on. I used Zoya's Ivanka for the leaves and vines.

I have played with all 4 of the polishes in this collection. They're all amazing. Black Raven is highly pigmented and is slightly slow to dry (but don't let that deter you). Magic Dust is so pretty and colorful. I can't wait to try it over various base colors. And although Fairy Frightening looks like it may be a DL Bad Romance dupe I think its much prettier. It seems to have more depth and dimension to it then Bad Romance. As with most large glittered polishes it may take a little extra work to get the big hexes where you want them but its definitely not that hard. And as usual I recommend using Gelous Basecoat over top to smooth out the glitters.

I am so glad I jumped on these when I did. They are super original and very fun. Anyone who like Halloween as much as I do will definitely want to get their hands on these ASAP! I can't want to see Amber's hubby's next creations!

For swatches of all 4 polishes as well as how to contact Amber to purchase these pretties you can visit her blog at My Nail Graffiti
Did I mention she's only as $16 for all 4 of them?? ;-)

Check out Fairy Frightening in my follow up post Here.