So I went to one of my favourite nail places to shop today & guess what I found?! Colored crackle nail polish!!! According to the store owner, they have 24 shades in total! That’s 23 shades more than OPI’s black shatter & 18 shades more than China Glaze’s upcoming 6 shades crackle collection!
Here is a picture of the display
Here is a sample swatch palette
I tried my best to take the best pictures with my iphone but times like this…… I wished I have the iphone 4 already. Oh well.
The brand is Crazed Expression & they are supposed to have a website http://www.crazedexpression.com. However I went to that website & it’s not even up yet! So either this is a super new brand on the market or the marketing dept needs to get going 😛
Size is relatively tiny at 0.3 oz. Just for comparison, OPI & China Glaze are both 0.5 oz so this is only 60% of the size. It’s also relatively expensive at almost US$10 (inclusive of tax) for the bottle. However I couldn’t resist! Colored crackle! 😀
Here is a blurry iphone picture of the green crackle over China Glaze Pelican Grey on my pinky
I wore it as a pinky mani without top coat & it still looks good 8 hours later! 😀 I’m impressed! I think I’m heading back to get more 😀
*** Not affiliated with the company. The nail polishes were purchased by myself.
Before I start, in case you didn’t know, I’m doing a blog sale of the elusive Clarins 230 nail polish here. Do check it out 😀
OPI Absolutely Alice is one of my favourite blue glitters. However this was limited edition and is starting to become hard to find color. When I saw someone use this recipe, I had to give it a try!
Try guessing which was my franken & which was OPI Absolutely Alice 😀
Answer: The one on top in the first 3 pictures (left in the last picture) is OPI Absolutely Alice.
Pretty close in my opinion! 😀
I used the LA Colors Art Deco Nail Art nail polishes (skinny bottles with thin brushes) in blue & gold. It is an estimated 8:2 or 9:1 ration of blue to gold. I just poured without measuring so this is an estimate. 😀
So for those of you who missed out on OPI Absolutely Alice, this is a cheap way to get something similar for alot less!
*** I purchased all polishes shown.
*** You can find Art Deco nail polish at the Dollar Tree in most areas.
LOL Maybe my blog should be named beautyandme instead? Been focusing quite a bit on nail polish recently. However I still love my makeup and am starting to buy makeup again 😀 Will post pictures when I get inspired again.
I got 3 nail polishes from the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection 2011. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. With Anchors Away, Tronica & Crackles Collection, China Glaze is starting to feel a little MAC-ish. Especially since they limited the supply of Tronica to only Cosmoprof & Sally’s Beauty. Anyway on with the swatches! 😀 All were done with 2 coats (except Essie which needed 3) & I used a top coat on top.
I think the names are pretty much self explanatory on the pictures 😀 Been trying out the popsicle stick system as opposed to the nail wheels system & I think I like this better for now. It’s definitely easier to take comparison pictures! 😀
Hope this post helped you 😀
*** All the above nail polishes were purchased by myself.
LOL I seem to be blogging about deals recently but this deal is hot!!!!
There is a $10 for $20 Amazon Gift card deal at livingsocial at the moment. I think they are a website similar to Groupon. Anyway I signed up & got one! 😀 Amazon has tons of stuff & I’m sure I’ll find something to spend this on! 😀 You can access the deal here.
If you don’t have a livingsocial account, you can help me out by signing up using me as a referral here.
Enjoy the deal!!! 😀
*** Not affiliated with livingsocial.com
There is a GroupOn deal right now on Bath & Body Work.
You can either purchase a $15 for $30 value gift card or $10 for $20 value gift card! However the deal is only for online purchases & this deal will be on for another approx 23 hours so get it fast if you’re interested!
$15 for $30 value gift card here.
$10 for $20 value gift card here.
If you’ve not joined yet & want to join via my referral, my referral link is here.
*** Not affiliated with GroupOn or Bath & Body Works.
I only got three from this collection as I’m trying to be good 😀 Without any further ado, on with the pictures!
From left to right:
Below Deck, Starboard, First Mate
All were two coats without top coat. Starboard seems a little thin but was fine with the second coat. Below Deck is an amazing one coater! First Mate could possibly work with one thick coat but two coats would be perfect!
When I was swatching Below Deck, I was thinking how similar it seems to OPI Parlez-vous OPI?
Please excuse the bumps as I was swatching in a hurry.
Left to right:
OPI Parlez-vous OPI?, China Glaze Below Deck
Hope this helps!
*** All nail polishes featured were purchased by myself.
So I got tagged by one of my favorite person in the world! 😀 Thanks Olivia142 from maquillageobscura.blogspot.com
So if I read this right, it’s to tag blogs that are fairly unknown.
The rules are as follows:
* Post about this award and copy the rules. Link the person that had tagged you.
* Choose 3 – 5 Blogs you would like to tag and link them too. Leave them a comment on their blog that you’ve linked them.
* Important: This award is for unknown blogs or the ones that are starting out.
Here are my choices:
* Cheri (previously Gobraves47 on MUA)
She’s the one that started me on blushes. Like seriously, I attribute my huge blush collection to her 😀 She;s a total sweetheart plus who can resist Oscar? 😀
I don’t know if I can link back to the one that tagged me but seriously, this gal is the bomb! 😀 She’s simply amazing & if I get rich, I’m hiring her as my makeup artist 😀
The rest are harder. Honestly I don’t read that many blogs. Ones I keep up with is Olivia142’s 😀 Of course I head to Scrangie, Lacquerized, etc when I need to see nail swatches. Hmmmm…..
This is one seriously talented lady. She can draw, take great pictures, sing, write songs & am just so witty. 😀
* Shades of Becca
So hard to find Becca swatches & I love Lynn’s personality.