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China Glaze Crackle Collection Swatches

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Hi guys! Guess what I have today….the Crackle Collection from China Glaze yaaaay! I think out of any collection coming out so far this year I have most eagerly anticipated this one! I’ve pretty much been stalking my local independent beauty supply waiting for them to get it in, like I have literally called every single day for the past 2 weeks or so haha. Much to my surprise I called yesterday morning and they had just gotten it in! Needless to say I drove over there as quickly as I could after work yesterday to buy all the polishes…they hadn’t even unpacked the boxes yet! Good thing they know me there so they don’t think I’m a big weirdo when I geek out over things like this.

The Crackle Collection consists of 6 colors of crack polish, these are definitely more crack vs. the shatter OPI gave us. It seems like these also had more of a learning curve, at least for me. If you use a thick coat they don’t crack very well IMO, which you can see in some of the pictures below.

First up, my personal favorite…Lightening Bolt which is a white crack polish. I have it layered over Finger Paints Chrysanthe-mum’s The Word below. I used a semi-thick coat for this one.

Black Mesh is the black crack polish, I have it layered over China Glaze Lighthouse below. Out of all of the polishes this one was the easiest to work with!

Broken Hearted is one that I was really looking forward to, it’s a bright pink crack polish. I was really disappointed with this one on the first go around over Zoya Pinta…it just didn’t cover very well. Also this one does not like thick coats as you can also see. But good news, I tried it again over a light base color. The second picture I layered it over Finger Paints Aren’t You Glad-iolous and used a very very thin coat of Broken Hearted and it looks 1000% better, I also like the way it cracked!

Cracked Concrete is a gray crack polish, I really love this one also. I used a semi thick coat of it over China Glaze Ahoy! for the picture below. I think it would work better with a thinner coat of Cracked Concrete.
Crushed Candy…oh how you have fooled me. In the promo pictures this looked very green and I’m not going to lie, I was disappointed when I got it and found out it’s not green at all. It’s blue, and nearly identical to For Audrey color wise. Once my disappointment faded I fell in love with this, it’s my second favorite after Lightening Bolt. I can’t wait to layer it over a million things. My only issue, there is a learning curve with this one…I couldn’t get it to crack how I wanted. The picture below is my 3rd attempt…I still like it but I just wish it would have cracked a little better. Crushed Candy is layered over Zoya Caitlin in the picture below.
Last up, the thorn in my side of this collection…Fault Line which is a shimmery purple crack. I was surprised when I got this one home and saw the bit of shimmer it has. However this one was a pain in the you know what to use. I don’t even know what attempt this is, 4 or 5. It did not crack how I wanted it to, thick coat= hardly any cracks at all, medium coat=pretty much the same, thin coat=better but still not looking how I would want it to. I don’t know if maybe it’s the shimmer in this that is making it difficult or what. It seemed like it only wanted to crack straight down 95% of the time, which you can see on the middle and ring finger in my picture below. I will need to keep playing with this one to figure out how to make it work how I’d like it to. Fault Line is layered over Finger Paints Did You Ast-her Out? below.
Overall, I love this collection…I love crack polish. But, I have to say I much prefer OPI Black Shatter it’s easier to work with and I prefer the way it cracks. I love all the color combinations that China Glaze has given us though. I really look forward to playing with these more! These should be available on Transdesign.com later this month, they say the 2/15 on their website. These will also be available at Sally Beauty Supply…I’m not sure if it’s exclusive to there or what. If you have independent beauty supplies around you that get the new collections in I would call and ask them if they are getting this, you might luck out like I did and they might already have it!
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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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