Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Sand art

Today I'm wearing the wonderful Oceania by Candeo Colors, and while it is very pretty, my hands bear the marks of tonights project - cleaning out nail polish bottles for frankening with acetone. Now, if I had a blog where I'd regularly show my hands to other people, I'd obviously want to wear gloves while doing such a task, in order to keep my fingers from looking like those of a ghostly zombie. It's probably a good thing I don't have a blog.

Instead I'll show you one of my all time favourite indie nail polishes, Sand Art by Pretty & Polished.

I was lucky enough to be able to snag myself this beautiful polish on the very last sale by Pretty & Polished so far, that had international shipping as an option. 

Here, I have layered it over China Glaze Kinetic Candy. Sand Art has blue, green, yellow, purple and pink matte glitter. It can be opaque in 2 or 3 coats, but I prefer to wear it over a base colour. It can achieve very different looks with different base colours, and it's versatility is one of the many reasons this is my current favourite indie nail polish.

What is your current favourite indie polish?

You can follow Pretty & Polished on Facebook here: Pretty & Polished
You can buy from her etsy shop here: Pretty & Polished
For international orders, you can buy Pretty & Polished from Llarowe here: Llarowe

Monday, 30 July 2012

Matte pastel lime franken

I made a new franken, and I've named it Sex&Candy in reference to the Marcy Playground song that has the phrase 'Disco lemonade', which really fits this polish.

I am quite happy with it, it is unlike anything else I have in my stash. The picture makes it look yellow, but it really is more of a lime colour.

Here it is on my nails:

It's a matte pastel lime, with purple, blue and pink glitter.

For this franken I used these polishes:

I started with about a quarter of a bottle of GOSH matte top coat. As this was the bottle I made the franken in, it was unavailable for a photograph with the other polishes in this franken.
I also used:
Wet 'n' Wild: French White Creme
Sally Hansen: Green With Envy
Flying A: unnamed gold glitter
HOT! Glitter Glam
Nubar: Sky Sparkle
Wet 'n' Wild: Sparked.

What do you think of the result?

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Dollish Polish

Dollish Polish is one of my favourite indie polish makers. She has the most beautiful polishes, and her names are always fun references to films and games. Her sales are always a rush to get anything as they sell out very fast!

As we speak (err.. type and read) I am waiting (im)patiently on her collection of Super Mario polishes that I managed to get my hands on in her most recent sale.

From an earlier sale I got Urban Camo. The name is a reference to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and while it's not one of my favourite games it always warms my nerdy gamer heart to have polishes named from games.

The polish is a glitter in clear polish, with green, gold, yellow, white and black glitter. Here it is on top of Nubar Stronghold:

Probably one of the most popular and sought after polishes from Dollosh Polish is Expecto Patronum, named after the Patronus spell from Harry Potter. I was lucky enough to be able to buy it from her a while back, and it is really quite gorgeous in it's simplicity. It's a white base with sprinkles of teal glitter.

I have plenty more of Dolly's polishes in my drawer, so look out for more swatches here soon!

You can find Dollish Polish on Facebook: Dollface22772
And her shop on Big Cartel: Dollish Polish

First frankening efforts...

I started playing with the idea of frankening a few months back. I like to be creative, I paint, create jewellery and so on... the idea of creating my own polish really appealed to me. So I got myself to the nearest craft store, bought myself some glitter and stocked up on clear nail polish and I was ready to go!

Yeah, right....

This is where those early experiments are today:

A terrible mess of goopy, sinking glitter. A party of discoloured and dissolved glitter, all lovely settled at the bottom of the bottles. Nowhere near the homemade party-in-a-bottle fiestas I had imagined.

So after a lot of research, I have figured out just how big a project it really is to make your own polishes. I have given up on the idea a few times, often because of the complete unavailability of suspension base in Europe.

I have now started mixing mainly from pre-made polishes, where the glitter already has suspension base and the pigments are already properly dissolved - I just have to mix and be merry!

I have also ordered this:

A Franken starter kit with a bit of base and glitters, for me to mix with my experiments with store bought polishes. I can't wait to get it!

Not starting a blog.

There are so many amazing nail polish blogs out there, and I really can't think of a good reason to start another one. So I won't. But I'll probably still be posting a lot of stuff about nail polish.

I have somehow accumulated A LOT of nail polish, and I want to share them all with anyone willing to listen (err.... read) for a bit. I have a love for indie polishes, I think that every indie polish I own are small pieces of art, and their little imperfections make them no less perfect. 

I have also started frankening (mixing my own polish) a bit, so far just mixing pre-made polishes into my own little pieces of art. I'll be sharing recipies for those on here too.

Or rather... that's what I would be doing if I had a blog!