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Friday, August 31, 2012

MK's Jewelry Store Opening


I decided to leave the original entry below but the site/store is closed. -MK


I have news that is not quite news as there has always been a link to my other site but if I don't promote myself, I'm evidently not going to get anywhere so... My jewelry store is now open, over on Angelfire where the site has been re-vamped and updated (I'm only paying fees to PayPal this way) and although I've still got plenty of work to do, everything is operational. If my work garners enough interest, I may open a store on Etsy later on down the road but that's much later.

You've seen the logo, now click here and go see the jewelry. 
-MK

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Anonymous Comments

Like any blogger, I love receiving comments and to encourage that, I removed the word verification a couple months ago because I realized how annoying it is. I don't moderate the comments left either except for those that Blogger flags as spam and these are most often compliments with a suspicious link left by anonymous users which I do not like. Until recently, the anonymous comments were harmless and not a problem but every day it seems one is now flagged. If you want to leave a compliment, suggest something, ask a question or even add a link to your own blog, I'm fine with that, I may even check it out... but from now on, you'll have to do it with an account, OpenID, Google, whatever. -MK

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Items of Interest

Links checked 12/12/13

A few random items of interest for this entry (as opposed to my last editorial rambling) about China Glaze New Bohemian collection polish, jewelry and craft supplies and finally, a stereo recommendation.

News for those of you that saw the China Glaze press release that has been all over the blog world: it had a lot of us lusting after the collection but so far, no swatches that I know of. The collection was due out August 2012, but Ulta already has them listed on their website individually for $9.00

Alternately, you can also find the whole collection sans display on eBay from two different sellers for $29.00 + $6.00 shipping which would make these a "whopping" $5.83 a bottle. Both US sellers have 100% feedback rating, one is based upon 11 ratings and the other 33- my normal inclination is to avoid newer sellers but 100% is 100% (Amazon marketplace ratings have been far less reliable in my experience). However, since atoznailsupply does not accept returns, I would go with buying from The China Glaze Store. Thank goodness for birthday presents or this would go on my wish list, not my purchase list.  

The second portion of this: jewelry and craft supplies. I've seen that many of you shop at A.C.Moore but there doesn't happen to be one of those around me so I am stuck with Michaels or Hobby Lobby- until yesterday! Because yesterday, in my one-mile-radius for shopping, they put in a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. This store probably isn't new to you, nor really to me since I've seen the name since I was a "kid" but I'd never been in one before. Anyone remember the episode of Married with Children where the Bundys moved into the grocery store? Well I want to live in Jo-Ann's, right smack in the middle of the sparkly beads isle... one of them because there were several. And the prices, up to 50% off jewelry supplies (online right now, too) offset the buyers remorse... and that I wasn't paying for it myself, again, thank you to birthdays, husbands and fathers.

Now lastly, music and stereo systems but let me specify- "bookshelf systems", not component stereos with huge free-standing speakers, sub woofers, separate receivers, CD players and amplifiers which is what my Dad has. Having a quality stereo to play my massive library is important, (more so than having a TV if you ask me) but since I spent most of my life being told to, "Turn that s**t down!" and am now an apartment dweller, my chosen stereo has to be small but powerful not to mention that I prefer having two, one for my bedroom and another for the living room.

What I have is this, Sony MHC-EC709iP from Best Buy. This particular system has at total of 360 watts, the iPod docking station for the ultimate in portable music and it's rather diminutive size makes it perfect for any room. But don't let the size fool you, the sound is just as good in my larger living room as it does my smaller bedroom. Priced at $150.00.
-MK

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday Musings

I didn't intend for this entry to be "controversial" but since it's struck a chord with a few of you, I've added some comments.

While it seems like I forgot about the blog momentarily and all tasks associated with it- including all those photo-comparison-posts I'm supposed to be working on, I haven't. I've been occupying my free time with my second love, jewelry making (my first love is art which would make the polish thing a close third) and while I'll never be rich from it, it takes up time and materials. I also happen to have one of those Baby Boomer generation parents who thinks computers are evil incarnate despite the fact that he has a $2k + computer system he doesn't know how to use and so my computer time is limited here. But that's not why I'm here.

My birthday is a couple days away, the big 34 and that gets me thinking. I have an almost 18 y/o sister and one who'll be 38 so right now, I feel neither young or old- old enough to view an 18 year old as a baby, young enough that I still dread my 50s- still comfortably middle-of-the-road. And I like middle-of-the-road. Stay with me here, I'm slow to get to it but I have a point. When my mother was in her mid-30s, she was a single mother of a teenage daughter (me) and worked too much to have free time to dabble with arts and crafts. By the time I left the house, she was married again but had another baby to take care of (her baby, not mine lol) and even less free time. All that was in complete contrast to how I grew up since until I was 13, my parents were married, Mom stayed at home with my older sister and I, and had plenty of time to be as artsy as she wanted.

You might as well say I'm married and since my husband makes a decent income, I'm able to be a stay-at-home mother too, but my sons are verging on 13 and 15 and beyond the "Mommy" years. That's half my point- I have two boys, no daughters, neither with an artistic bone in their bodies. The second half is that one day I'll hit the age I'm "too old" to be wearing flashy polish and jewelry, and probably too blind to be screwing around with tiny jumprings and 4mm beads... so where will all my jewelry, polish and art supplies go? Perhaps if I am fortunate- make that exceedingly lucky- one of my boys will marry a chick I actually like and is interested in such things.

It's apparently the "too old" comment of mine that struck a chord. I love getting comments on my entries but I certainly wasn't trying to offend any woman of any age- or chosen style. I'm not saying there is anything wrong or improper with colored hair, bright clothing and flashy adornments if worn after a certain age- this is an individual choice based on personality, is it not? As one of my readers phrased it, "Yes, it is true, as you get older certain clothes, colors, fashions don't suit you anymore" and I agree. I am also one of those people that aim to "fade into the wallpaper", not attracting undue attention with my appearance. Let my work stand out, not my face. For those women that are willing and/or strive to be the opposite, to be the color in our lives and theirs and probably, more importantly, comfortable in their own skin at every age- good for you! Confidence is a beautiful thing. -MK

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Malware Update

As a refresher, in an entry I posted June 16th, I stated that there was a rash of malware attaching itself to various blogs and because of this, I removed the blog lists containing links to my followers' blogs and to other frankeners' blogs. At that time, there were too many blogs to count that were infected or contained a link to one that was but it has since calmed down.

I am preparing to add the blog roll again. I've gone through my Reading List from the Dashboard side and found those blogs that are still infected. Thus far, the blog titled "KKnails" should be avoided and removed from your own lists as this seems to be the root.

The blogs "Queen of Friggen Crap" and "Swaafie" have also been removed from my list because they contain a link to "immhappy" that is itself infected. If you know these blog owners, please inform them of that link so they may remove it.

The blog "Oje Vitrini" contains a link to "nemolatte" that is infected and has been removed.

-MK

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Conservatorie July 4th Sale


Welcome from The Conservatorie Team!!
This Summer season is starting to get HOT but what is causing a HEATWAVE is The Conservatorie HOT NEW ITEMS! We promise not to make you sweat...because at this degree, you’ll be melting like a popsicle on the 4th of July! To keep things cool, you’re invited to take 15% off our entire inventory this 4th of July-after party sale! From July 4th-6th PST. If you’re not cool enough, just wait until you see your prices fall like rain drops!
To activate your 4th of July savings, enter the coupon code July4 at time of purchase.
With no further a due, our HOT NEW ITEMS!
If you love making cosmetics you might want to try making nail polish.

Our new items include:
  • Nail polish suspension base New!
  • Nail Polish Bottles New!
  • Mixing Balls New!
  • Solvent resistant glitters Coming soon!

For more information regarding nail polish making, please get connected with our Nail Treasures Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/ NailTreasures where you can communicate with other nail polish crafters.
Packaging is the most important aspect in the cosmetic industry. We offer great quality with low prices!
Our Packaging NEWEST addition includes:
  • 10 ml. Lipgloss tubes New!
  • TP-3 Top and Middle jars 3gNew!
  • Lipgloss Click pens New!
  • Dial up pens New!
   
 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer

Why is it that summer vacation from school for my boys never seems to be extra time for me to get things I want to do, done?

This summer, because my boys are finally old enough, and because my father is... less than kind towards his grandsons, I made the decision to let my boys stay home while I fulfill my commitment of coming to my father's home- the Bermuda Triangle of Kentucky. It's the biggest house I've ever seen that somehow disappears from the road when you're on the outside and that the world forgets the people who exist on the inside. But that's all figuratively speaking.

Instead, my jobs double during the summer, keeping up with two houses, two men and one bad mood 12 hours of every day. And my boys, rugrats that they are, don't do the cleaning at home for me, poor pitiful me! I am still glad I don't have hormonal daughters like me but boys are pigs. Ok, I'm done complaining.

The summer is here, the Fourth of July is coming so while you try to beat the heat, enjoy your holidays. -MK

Friday, June 22, 2012

Matte Glitter Suppliers

This page is currently being updated 6/27/16

I used to get asked frequently "Where can I find matte glitters?" so I compiled yet another list. Below are places you may be able to find what you're looking for but as you can see, there still aren't a lot of stores that sell matte glitters.

BoroughBabeSupply (etsy) Updated 6/27/16
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: USA
Shipping Method
What's availableSearch results for Matte glitters
Other Info

ColorCraze2000 (etsy) Updated 6/27/16
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: USA
Shipping Method: USPS 
What's available: small selection of matte glitters and mixes, sold under the Glitter section.
Other Info

Fierce Nail Haze Currently under maintenance
Payment:
Store Location
Shipping Method
What's available:
Other Info: (old info)
A moderate selection of matte glitters. I have no idea if they are solvent resistant. Sold per 1/2 teaspoon, $1.00. 

Glitter Hippo Updated 6/27/16
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: USA
Shipping MethodUSPS
What's available
Matte 1/128", $5.00, 30 grams
Other Info

The Glitter Source Updated 6/27/16
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: South Carolina
Shipping Method: unknown
What's available
Search Results for "matte" in this shop. 5 colors at this time, $4.00 for 1 fl. oz.  
Other Info

Glitter Unique Updated 6/27/16
Payment: PayPal
Store LocationUSA
Shipping Method: USPS
What's available: A massive collection of various sizes and colors of matte glitters. Click the link there to view only the mattes or go to the shop directly and view all by color. A lot of hex cuts but also some squares and slices. Items sold per 1/2 oz up to 4 oz.
Other Info

Glitties Nail Art Updated 6/23/16
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: Utah
Shipping Method: USPS
What's available:
Matte Glitter 5g jar $3.95, 10g $5.95
Other Info: Also sells bulk glitter- 3 lb minimum. Huge inventory, browse all categories so you don't miss a thing.

GirlyBits Updated
Payment:
Store Location
Shipping Method
What's available:
Other Info

Impulse Cosmetics
Payment:
Store Location
Shipping Method
What's available: A small selection of matte glitters and mixes that are listed as solvent resistant.
Other Info:

Spectraflair4u Updated 6/27/16
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: USA
Shipping Method: USPS 

TKB Trading Updated 6/27/16
Payment: Paypal
Store Location: Florida, USA
Shipping Method
What's available:
Shaplies, available in blackwhite and blue (also in gold but doesn't pertain to this entry)
Sample:  $1.50
1 ounce: $3.25
4 ounces: $12.00
Other Info

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Duochrome Comparisons Part 1

Links checked 12/12/13

I am long overdue doing a comparison of the duochrome pigments I own and after acquiring samples of the most recent ones from Anna'sArt Asylum, the color spectrum got broader. Included in this are TKB Trading's Moon Dusts, Star Bites and the solitary Red Sparks (the only Sparks with a discernable color shift.). As a recap…

* Anna's 1st set are: #362801, #462805, #22808, #481804, #412604, #412605, #35202, #821502, #35204, #821502
* Anna's 2nd set of pigments are #50, #51, #52, #53, #55, #56, #57, #58, #59
* The Moon Dusts are: Aisha Gold, Crescent Crimson, Luna Blue, Indu Rose, Lavender Luz
* The Star Bites are: Marinda Star, Shanika Sun, Cherika Moon
* Red Sparks! is from TKB Trading's Sparks! Collection

I've taken comparison photos three different times, outside in sunlight, outside in daylight and the third I'm not sure, possibly a combination of indoors/outdoors. At any rate, I've tried to show accurate colors and the color shift to help you decide which ones you "gotta have", which ones you can live without and which ones look like those polishes or pigments you already own.

I think I'll begin with the easiest (translate that as the briefest) colors, the "Green Golds". This includes only 462805 (always left) and 22808 (always right) from Anna's 1st set because these two, while similar to each other, don't look like any of the rest.

Sunlight

Daylight

Not sure of lighting conditions

The second set I'm going to tackle today are those sort of odd green to blues… and I don't mean "aquas". This color range includes and is in the order of: 35204 and 221501, Shanika Sun of TKB's Star Bites and Aisha Gold from the Moon Dusts.

Sunlight

Another view in the sun.

Daylight

Not sure of lighting conditions

Part 2 will be posted when I get that far. -MK

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Blog List Malware Warning

I believe there is a a rash of malware attaching itself to various blogs that you should be aware of. The symptoms of this? While going to check my own blog last night, Google Chrome warned me that one of the blogs/websites Polish & Pigments had listed contained malware and that going there could cause problems. When the offending link was removed, Google ceased to give me the warning. It also occurred with several other blogs I went to visit this morning before happening again with mine and once again, removing the offending link stopped the warning. I'm not going to allow this to spread to my readers and followers simply because they want to visit my site so temporarily, I'm removing the "Fellow Frankeners" and "Other Great Polish Blogs" lists from my page. The blog rolls will be restored at a later date. If you are experiencing this issue yourself, try doing what I did.

Update 6/24/12: The malware is still floating around in blog cyberspace, triggering the same warning from the same sites as before including kknails. Adding these links to your blog is all it requires.

Update 7/7/12: I am preparing to add again my "blog roll" but before it's added to the main page, I'm going through my Reading List from the Dashboard side and finding those blogs that are still infected. Thus far, the blog titled "KKnails" should be avoided and removed from your own lists.


-MK

Thursday, May 31, 2012

NEW Anna's Art Asylum Duochromes 2

Links checked 12/12/13
Warning: Extremely Picture Heavy Entry...

Get ready for more duochromes because this entry continues (and completes) the collection from Anna’s Art Asylum, one of my favorite stores on eBay. This entry will cover numbers #55-#59, first dry swatches and then the polish swatches.

Anna’s Art Asylum has these ten colors priced the same as the first set, sold per gram and as an assortment of 5 for $20.00 ($/gram)- you pick your colors. Shipping is free via USPS. The ten are numbered #50-#59, no names and are an even mix of white and orange base colored powders. The picture below shows how the pigments are packaged, each gram in a small bag with the number written on a holographic label.  

#50-#54 in the top row, #55-#59 on the bottom. Photographed in daylight, indoors.


First up for individual dry swatches is #55
#55 is a golden pigment that, almost confusingly, goes from a pink to a subdued green to a vibrant one when in dry form. The particle size is somewhere between TKB Trading's MoonDusts and Star Bites, large enough to sparkle but small enough to give fairly even coverage.


The fingertip swatch doesn't show the lime color but it's there. Photo taken indoors, daylight lamp.

The dry pigment on double-sided sticky tape. The pink here is more rose-toned than bright.


Next is #56
#56 is another slightly confusing pigment when you compare the various photos. In the bag and on paper, it looks like a pink to purple to a bluish purple transition but on the finger what comes out is pink & orange. The particle size is finer like that of TKB Trading's Moon Dusts- or #22808 from Anna's first set.

As I said, this swatch looks nothing like the others although I used the same camera settings and lighting. It looks so off I had to go back and make sure I didn't have the wrong pigment. Photo taken indoors, daylight lamp.


Captured here on double sided sticky tape.

Third in the lineup is #57
#57 is definitely an odd color. The pigment itself is a reddish pink but the color transition goes from a cheery pink into a light purple into a blue with brown undertones. The brown comes through in some lighting but it's not overwhelming. The particle size is larger and full of sparkle, like TKB's Shanika Sun.

It doesn't usually work out this way but this fingertip swatch shows the complexity of the colors well.

And my paper swatch. Until it hits blue, the brown is invisible.

Fourth is #58
#58 looks like TKB's Luna Blue from the Moon Dust collection in both color and particle size although they aren't quite the same hue.

Pale white powders never cooperate. Look close enough and you can see all three colors that, at first glance, could pass for a shadow.

I might have the paper swatch reversed here color-wise, maybe it should be going from aqua to purple since I compared it to Luna Blue but it demonstrates color shift either way.

And the last color, #59
I consider #59 to be the more green tinted cousin of TKB Trading's Red Sparks and with a larger particle size, the more sparkly of the two. And no, the fact that this is a golden powder while Red Sparks is white doesn't change my opinion. 

On the finger this is a very warm color, similar in appearance to #481804...

... but on paper the pink tone disappears and is replaced with orange and the green becomes sharper.


All five bottles, same order: #55, #56, #57, #58 and #59.

The recipe for these is a simple one, just 4 drops of pigment mixed with 1/3 clear and 2/3 Glamour Base- this ratio seems to work best for the consistency of the polish. The bottles are TKB's Elizabeth so these are between 5-6ml.

The nail swatches I did as skittles layered over black acrylic nails, which I think really brings out the color shift in duochromes. They are in the same order as the bottles, #55, #56, #57, #58 and #59.

This photo, like the others with the same background, was taken indoors under the daylight lamp.

Outdoors in daylight, no sun.


Alternate View:

#55
These photos are indoors, during daylight hours but under a "daylight" lamp.

And under different lighting, outside in daylight.

#56
These photos are indoors, during daylight hours but under a "daylight" lamp.

And under different lighting, outside in daylight.

#57
These photos are indoors, during daylight hours but under a "daylight" lamp.

And under different lighting, outside in daylight.

#58
These photos are indoors, during daylight hours but under a "daylight" lamp.

And under different lighting, outside in daylight.

#59
This photo was taken indoors, during daylight hours but under a "daylight" lamp.

And under different lighting, outside in daylight.


The group photos don't require a lot of editorial comments from me.

#54 & #55, indoors.
This isn't the best picture but I wanted to give you a frame of reference for comparison, because the outdoor photos are next. This was taken under the "daylight" lamp.


Outdoors, full sunlight.


Outdoors in daylight but no sun.


And the picture I concluded the last entry with, also outdoors.

#55 & #56, indoors

Outdoors and in daylight.


#55, #56, & #57 indoors.

Outdoors, daylight but no sun.

Outdoors, full sunlight.

#56 & #57 outdoors, full sunlight

And outdoors again.

#57 & #58, outdoors

  
#57 & #58, indoors and under "daylight" lamp.

#58 & #59 outside....



Indoors and under "daylight" lamp.

After part two is completed with accompanying text, #55-#59, I intend to do a comparison between Anna's 20 duochrome pigments and TKB Trading's Star Bites and Moon Dusts collections. I also intend to update the pictures for Anna's first duochrome set, the Star Bites and Moon Dusts along with more photos for the prior entry. -MK 


These were sent to me for review.
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