Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Franken - Aurora Australis

WOW, awesome response to the Ulta3 giveaway yesterday.  They are all but gone.  There are five polishes left and if no one takes them in the next day or so, I might pull them and create some much better frankenpolishes with them, and given those away instead?  What do you think?  Especially as the leftover ones are three glitters (which the coverage is pretty poor) and two neons.

Speaking of Frankenpolishes, here is my latest, which I have named Aurora Australis. 

The Aurora Australis are the southern hemisphere version of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, and are generally only viewable from Antarctica, but can also be seen from Tasmania.  I picked this name because, well I live in Australia and because this polish is a black jelly with holographic glitter.  The black jelly is like the night sky and the holo glitter is like the multicoloured lights that appear over the south pole.

Next, the obligatory blurry shot to see the glitter.

And now up close to see the glitter.  This was meant to be in focus, my bad.

I made this starting with a 3/4 full bottle of clear polish and adding a tiny bit of black oxide pigment.  Now I mean a tiny bit, like half the size of a glass pin head.  Then I added about a teaspoon of holographic glitter.  I was super happy with how jelly like the black polish remained.  I can't believe how little black pigment you need to use.  I didn't want it to get too pigmented, otherwise you can't see the glitter within the coats. This was two coats with top coat.

Glitters are so hard to photograph, and without the sunshine, I had to resort to taking these under the tastic lights in the bathroom.  I have to work out a better lighting solution for cloudy days.


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