This week’s manicure came about when I was playing around with my family this weekend. I spent the sunny Saturday afternoon in my mom’s backyard swatching makeup and nail polish. It was great, I got a ton done but I didn’t intend on putting this China Glaze Crackle on. It’s only when I saw my teenage sister doing it that I got envious.
I started by applying the new Mark fuchsia from their new nail polish duo (more on that later, it’s really cute) without really trying to be neat about it since I was in a bit of a rush. I figured that would lend itself to the crackle effect anyhow. Then I applied China Glaze’s Crackle in Fault Line. It seemed much thicker than their regular formulas which made it a little tricky to apply but it leveled out well on the nail. Within minutes, the crackling effect started to appear. Fault Line dried down a little dull but one coat of Seche Vite on top and its metallic qualities came back to life.
I love how bold this combination is together but next time I’m going to try something brighter underneath to make the crackle really pop, maybe some yellow so I can be sporting some University of Washington Husky style nails. Have you tried a crackle top coat yet? What have you paired it with? Inquiring minds want to know.
If you missed out on the OPI Crackle phenomenon, fear not! China Glaze kicks it up a notch with their new Crackle collection of polishes. Where OPI gave us 1 shade, this new China Glaze collection introduces 6 shades of polish to create an edge new look on your nails. The shades in this collection include:
- Lightning Bolt – white crackle
- Black Mesh – black crackle
- Broken Hearted – pink crackle
- Cracked Concrete – grey crackle
- Fault Line – purple crackle
- Crushed Candy – teal crackle
This works by applying the Crackle shade as a top coat over the color base of your choosing, either 1 or 2 coats. Then apply a thin layer of your Crackle shade over the top and within 5 minutes, the crackled look is completely formed. You can go over it with a top coat to seal the crackle in. You can find this collection in stores this month.
I’m happy that China Glaze gave us options, as opposed to OPI’s 1 shade, but really wish there was a gold or silver in the mix. That may be easily resolved though. As soon as I get my hands on some Crackle, I will definitely be experimenting. Will you be picking up a bottle or two? Are you on-board the Crackle train?
The new China Glaze Anchors Away collection for spring 2011 will be hitting stores soon (or has it already landed in a store near you?) and I am very, very excited about it. I’ve been looking forward to this collection for quite awhile, ever since a little birdy showed me these images early last fall. This new collection gives us 12 new glitter and creme polishes for spring… and you know I love glitters and cremes!
- Life Preserver – highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème.
- Hey Sailor – vibrant crème red.
- Ahoy! – intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
- First Mate – rich navy crème.
- Starboard – playful green crème.
- Lighthouse – multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.
- White Cap – sparkling multi-dimensional white.
- Pelican Gray – high shine, cool toned grey crème.
- Sea Spray – pale blue crème.
- Below Deck – mix of taupe and violet.
- Sunset Sail – peachy pink high shine crème.
- Knotty – micro-particle beige shimmer.
Last year’s spring collection was a favorite of mine and I have high hopes for this collection. I can’t deny my attraction to Life Preserver (poppy creme) and Hey Sailor (red creme), I am a red girl after all but I’m also excited to see Sea Spray (hello possible Chanel Riva dupe) and Below Deck. I can’t wait to do some Just Another Mani Monday’s with these.
How about you? Which colors are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.
Our recap of the Best of 2010 continues with our favorite nail polishes of 2010. We were all over the board last year — glitters, smooth neutrals, bold colors, pastels. There were many amazing polishes and collections, and here are the ones that stood out the most to us.
Essie’s Resort Collection transported us to a five-star resort in the tropics with shades like “Turquoise and Caicos” and “Lapis of Luxury.” We loved every single one of these polishes, and the inclusion of the cement-like neutral Playa Del Platinum was like the tie that binds.
Usually I’m not festive with my nails but in an attempt to get into the holiday spirit (I was having such a hard time with that this year!), I wanted to show you my nails for last and for this week, both shades from the China Glaze ‘Tis the Season To Be Naughty and Nice Holiday collection. I reached for China Glaze’s Party Hearty for my Christmas mani. I wanted my nails look like a Christmas tree and the presents underneath the tree all at the same time. With three coats of Party Hearty, that’s what I had. This glitter nail polish was quite a hit with friends and family as well as out in the stores during all my last minute shopping… and it did make me a little bit cheerier.
This week’s mani is China Glaze’s Sugar Plums. I was tempted to go with one of the reds from the collection like Phat Santa but I decided to try out Sugar Plums instead. I’m not a big metallic shade gal but this plum with micro-glitter shade won me over at first pass, I’m really loving the way it looks on my nails. The finish is a little bumpy, as glitters typically are but a top coat helps reduce that a bit. I liked the formula a lot, thin enough to not get all goopy on me when I apply additional coats and it is was well pigmented. This will be the nail color I ring in the new year with.
How about you? What has been on your nails this holiday season?
With Halloween coming up in just a few days, these China Glaze nail polishes from the Awakening collection are perfect! At around $6.50 each (and sometimes better!) these definitely fit the “Ten or Less” bill for the week. The collection consists of 3 new shades:
- Mummy May I: Vampy, wine colored purple with flecks of hot pink glitter.
- Zombie Zest: A mossy green shade with gold flecks of micro glitter.
- Ick-A-Body: A dark green base chock full of orange glitter.
If you’re a fool for glitter shades like I am, you need at least one of these shades in your life. I don’t have shades in my stash like Zombie Zest (my favorite shade in the bunch) and Ick-A-Body so I was pretty excited to see them. There are a few shades you may want to pick up as dupes for more expensive shades. Zombie Zest can fill in for SpaRitual’s Optical Illusion and Mummy May I is a great substitute for Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance, only Bad Romance has some chunkier glitter in it.
I’m going to pull out Zombie Zest for a Halloween mani, a little something festive to show the kiddies I hope will be trick-or-treating at my door this year. I’ve never had a kid stop by but this year I’m in a new apartment, maybe I’ll get lucky. How about you? Are you doing a Halloween inspired mani? Have you checked out this collection yet? Let us know in the comments.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many companies show their support by donating proceeds from special edition “pink” products towards breast cancer research. Even though October is almost over, there’s still time for some pink power. Here’s a few of our favorite “pink” beauty buys for 2010.
Stila released a special palette in their travel series, Empowered in Pink. It is available at Ulta this October. For $10, you get a convertible color and four eyeshadows.
Happy Labor Day everyone! Hope you have something fun planned for the day. My idea of fun today will be to relax and read a book and watch copious amounts of HGTV. No actual labor for this girl today! For this week’s mani, I reached for Ingrid from China Glaze’s Vintage Vixen collection. This is one gorgeous selection of nail colors – deep fall colors with tons of subtle shimmer.
Ingrid is described as a greige creme with copper micro-glitter. You can’t really see the copper glitter in my photo, but once the sun hits the nail it comes alive. Sadly, there’s no sun today yet. Ingrid is less of a greige and more of a straight brown. The copper glitter gives it a nice dimension and it’s a very unique shade. Application was OK. The consitency of Ingrid is on the thin side and it doesn’t seem as opaque as other China Glaze polishes in my opinion. I only used two coats but probably could have stood a third if I was more patient.
What are you wearing on your nails this week? Any fun plans today — have a great Labor Day!
The China Glaze Up and Away collection has been one of my favorite releases this year. I love creme formulas in polishes and this collection stole my heart with its bright shades and creamy pastels. There’s a shade for every gal in this collection and I’ve collecting all of them.
The collection includes:
- Grape Pop – bright plum
- Sugar High – petal pink
- Something Sweet – cotton candy
- Light As Air – periwinkle
- Heli – Yum – raspberry
- Flyin’ High – teal
- Four Leaf Clover – kelly green
- Re-Fresh Mint – spearmint
- Peachy Keen – nectar
- High Hopes – guava
- Happy Go Lucky – sunshine yellow
- Lemon Fizz – banana