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Monday, February 28, 2011

Fault Line Crackle

I forgot to mention that before I removed Nubar Verde the other night, I did try China Glaze Fault Line over it. Now I have heard MANY say that it doesn't crackle as good as the rest of the China Glaze, but I didn't really experience much of a difference.  Here it is with no top coat.

and now with SV on top

Sunday, February 27, 2011

WARNING - Nekkid pictures ahead (of stained nails, lol)

Morning! Remember how I told you all that Nubar Verde was not very nice to me or my nails. Well I just wanted to show you guys how I semi fixed it. As you can see, I kind of already fixed my pointer, before I decided to take pics, and share with you all. You can still see the icky staining on the others. I hope I don't gross you guys out, lol.

Well using my square purple buffing block, I lightly buffed my nails, and most of the stains out. Now I don't recommend this if your nails are thin or weak, but mine are fairly strong, so just a tad light buffing, doesn't really damage them.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Nubar Verde....It's magical!!

Well I finally own a Nubar. While searching eBay for some new polishes, I came across this. So I did what I always do, and googled imaged my heart out looking at swatches, and decided to get it. OMG, thank god I did, it's such a different color that's sooo pretty. I can't even describe the color, it's way to complex. I'll let the pictures say it all.

Oh but I will say, since my lazy butt didn't put a base on, it stained like crazy, grrrr. Well I'll show you how I semi fixed that tomorrow. Okay, onto the mani.

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. Patty Patchwork

Okay, so I'll take a break from the Crackles *sigh* lol. Well since St. Patricks Day is coming up, isn't it, and I have a brand new St. Patty's Day polish from Five Below, I figured I should do a green Patchwork mani. For this I used OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Funky Fingers Erin & Sinful Black on Black.

I started with 3 coats of Gargantuan Green Grape, 3, yep you heard right 3 freaking coats, man I forgot how much of a PITA this was. Oh well.

Then I taped them off, and added the Funky Fingers Erin. Such a pretty sparkly green, which I can say, I don't own anything like it. I then added a coat of SV.

For my final color, I added my fave go to black from Sinful. and another coat of SV

 I am loving this soooo much!!!! If you are looking for a How-To on this, I have one posted up above in my 'Tutorials' tab.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My New Barry M's with...yep more Crackle!!

So I received some Barry M polishes in my swap, and I have never used this brand before so I was so excited! I wish these were available in the US, but thanks to a new friend, Suzanne, I have my first 3! The third is the Barry M crackle, and I will be playing with that later on in the week. For this I started with Barry M, Cyan Blue. The formula on this was perfect!

Then I added Barry M, Silver Sea. I love this, it is very sheer, but has such pretty silver glitter bits in it!!

then because I just wanted to play, I added China Glaze Crushed Candy over top, but I didn't add a coat of SV.

Okay I promise to give you all a Crackle break after this, lol. I received my 2nd swap package and it contained some more amazing pretties that I can't wait to share with you all!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Crackle fun!

The other night I played a little more with my crackles. Man, I just love this stuff, lol. I also want to apologize for my late responses to comments and emails. I have just been so crazy with work lately. I am getting to them though. At least I have post for you guys, right? lol.  Okay back to the fun. For this I started with L.A. Girls Hot Pink Matte.

Then I used Cracked Concrete again over top.

with a coat of SV on top

Then for fun I added China Glaze Crackle Lighting Bolt over top. 

now with SV on top

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crackle Craze

So crackle polishes are everywhere now, and I'm thrilled. I know some of you just don't like the effect, and if you don't, you can skip this post and maybe tomorrows, lol. I just love the look. You also know how much I love my Funky Finger polishes, especially their glitters. Since I had finally received my China Glaze Crackles, I had to play, and like I mentioned, tomorrows post might be a few other manis I did with them. For this mani, I used China Glaze Cracked Concrete and Funky Fingers Blitzen, from the 2010 Holiday collection.

I started with 2 coats of Blitzen

Then added Cracked Concrete. This is pre SV

Now with SV

I actually kind of prefer it prior to my top coat. I think the effect and look is really cool!

Monday, February 21, 2011

GOSH Holo and an amazing package!

I actually completed my first international swap, and it wasn't so bad, lol. This package came from an amazingly sweet reader, Suzanne. I completely squealed with excitement and kissed every single one when I saw them. My hubby said 'Umm...I didn't even get a kiss when you got home', LOLOLOL. Well come on we have priorities :P I can't wait to play with them all!!!! Man, why can't all polishes be available everywhere, these are amazing!  Well since I knew that Saturday was going to be sunny, I knew I had to try out GOSH Holo. I am seriously in love, and it is now my fave holo!! I literally looked at my nails every 30 seconds.
Here are all the pretties I received

and of course tons of pics of GOSH Holo!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Umm...Not how I pictured in my head

Okay, so not all my ideas are great, lol. If only you guys could see in my head, the way this was supposed to turn out! Anyways, this is the idea that I didn't finish on my previous post, because I thought with the glitter it would have been too much. Well I just don't like it with the butterfly. Oh well.  For this I used Sinful's Black on Black and Confetti Debutante.

Once again, I started with my black

Then this is how I cut my tape. I didn't want perfectly straight lines, so I did this.




with all my nails taped, polished then a coat of SV on. 




now this is the wheel of butterfly fimos that I ordered off of eBay
and finally with a cute butterfly. I am just not feeling the look of this, and had it pictured different in my head.