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China Glaze Crackle vs OPI Shatter

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Alright folks, after trying OPI Shatter in Black and Silver I really didn’t have a strong desire to buy any of the first line of China Glaze Crackle Polishes. Then the China Glaze Crackle Metals came out…and I thought the Tarnished Gold Crackle deserved a place in my nail polish collection. So on a trip to Sally Beauty a few weeks ago, I picked it up…and forgot about it. But last night I remember it again! And I wanted to pit it against OPI Shatter in the same nail design. For this design, I wanted a bright summery base so I chose Sinful Colors Neon Melon, a color I thought was a fluorescent yellow when I bought it but really has some green undertones that reminds me a lot of China Glaze Electric Pineapple. I think I would best describe the color as that of a tennis ball. I then painted a single white line down the middle of each nail using my white Art Deco Nail Art Striper. Last, I painted China Glaze Crackle in Tarnished Gold on the left and OPI Silver Shatter on the right.

Now lets talk about smoothness of application…I did not find it easy with China Glaze at all. It was quite clumpy. Because of the thickness, it didn’t spread on the nail easily and it takes a much longer time for the crackling to get crackin’. OPI Shatter begins shattering moments after application but with the China Glaze, I left it on for severak minutes to allow the crackling to take place before applying a top coat. I wasn’t really a fan of that.

I think OPI Shatter wins the battle this time. I may try a couple drops of nail polish thinner in the China Glaze Crackle before using it for another manicure. :-/ Did any other nail divas struggle with China Glaze Crackle Metals?

P.S. Check out that morning light streaming into that top picture! Manicures look so much better in natural light.

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Lavender Dots

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Spring is beginning to spring so I think this cheery manicure is right on time! I went crazy with the dotting tool and added lavender, silver and white dots in diagonal lines on top of a dark lavender color. Who doesn’t love a good polka dot pattern?

The colors I used were:
Ulta Tutu Cute for the base (dark lavender)
OPI Rumple’s Wiggin’ (light lavendar dots; Shrek Forever collection)
Orly Shine (silver dots; Foil FX collection)
Sinful Color’s Snow Me White (white dots)

I’ve been waiting for months to break out all of my pastels and brights so April will be a fun month for nail design. 🙂

Purple Leopard

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It’s Friday so this will be short and sweet…I’m kinda hooked on this pattern so get sassy for this weekend with this purple leopard print nail design. Ow oww!

The colors I used were China Glaze Purple Panic for the base color, Sinful Colors Dream On for the slightly darker purple details and China Glaze Liquid Leather for the black details.

The song in today’s post really puts me in the mood to go out and paint the town red….or purple leopard print ;-).

Enjoy the weekend folks!