Thursday, June 21, 2012

Franken: Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Hi everyone!  I've been taking a break from selling Lacquer Convention since last week.  I had some things both good and bad that kept me busy, the good being that I was a bridesmaid for two of my good friends in their wedding over the weekend.  I was actually playing cake designer and manicurist to the bride too!  I sadly did not actually get pictures of the bride's nails because of all the excitement, but I will recreate the art she picked for you.  I did take pictures of my nails for the event and I'm going to show them to you today!

Here's a glamour shot!  I actually was planning to wear a sheer pink with coral jelly polka dots and I had been planning it because it would have been a fun but not too bright bit of color against my royal blue dress.  However, I sat down to play with some new glitters before doing the mani and mixed the glitter test bottle in this photo... and kind of fell in love.  I bought the chocolate brown glitter in the first place because I personally wanted a brown glitter like no one's business, so no surprise that I liked this franken.  I decided to swatch it so my BFF could give me some name ideas and she told me to layer it over Designer De Better from the OPI Muppet Collection... which I don't own...

I don't know why I don't own it.  I borrowed it from her last December and I loved it.  I Googled swatches and kicked myself for not buying it.  So I decided to try to franken something close.  I had some recently cleaned out (from failed curling glitter tests, booooo!) mini bottles, so I only made a small amount... I may have to make a full size some day!  (Or search for a bottle of Designer De Better!)

And of course I didn't measure or keep track of my ratios here, so I will have to experiment again.  At least I wrote down what I used in it, if not how much of each polish and pigment!

Once I had these swatches done, I knew pink polka dots were out the window.  I was wearing this, whether or not with the brown glitter.

I just happened to be super lucky that this glitter blend turned out so pretty.  It definitely started as a brown and evolved to include various sizes of copper, orange, gold and burgundy glitters.

It might not have been exactly summery, but it was an evening wedding, and hey, no one should have been looking at my nails, and they weren't after what I painted on the bride's!

My BFF's verdict for a name?  Polka Dots and Moonbeams!  I really dig it.  At first I thought that would be better suited for something more bright and girly, but as I thought about it, I really, really, liked it!  The song isn't really cutesy like that, it's more warm and rich and dreamy.  So there you go!  Here's the version of the song by Sarah Vaughan!

This was just a test bottle for myself.  I would like to offer it in my store at some point, but I have been testing the brown glitter for any solvency issues.  It's been sitting in some base by itself for a while, but I just couldn't wait to play with it any longer!

This was a big hit with a lot of cashiers I ran into over the weekend.  They loved the combination and were all so surprised when my husband would butt in and tell them I made it, ha ha.  He's really getting into this whole "nail polish thing."

Here are a couple bottle shots of Polka Dots and Moonbeams.

Thanks for reading!