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August 27th, 2011

OPI Simmer and Shimmer, Fingerpaints Vintage Velvet


Last night I popped into CVS last night to pick up some last minute hurricane supplies, along with three-fourths of the rest of New Yorkers.  Of course, with my CLIF bars, batteries, and beef jerky in hand I couldn’t resist wandering by the cosmetics section.  Although this CVS rarely updates their OPI’s they happened to have Simmer and Shimmer from OPI’s Burlesque collection.

This was my existing mani – Vintage Velvet from Fingerpaints Fall 2011.  Love this subdued greyish teal so much.  It’s just the right balance between teal and hunter green, in my opinion.  I would love a vintage velvet blazer in this color.  And yes, I tried a little Cracked Concrete China Glaze crackle as an accent nail but that didn’t show up too well.

Then I glitterfied it!  This blue-toned glitter dried in a flash and covered completely in two coats (on top of my existing color – not sure how it would fare on a bare nail).

Closeup you can see the rainbow colored glitter, even though blue is predominant.

Then I shattered it!  Used China Glaze here but any other black crackle would do the same thing.  Any glitter under crackle = beyootiful.  I used a goodly coat of Seche Vite on top to even out the surface and add glossiness.

Hope my peeps in the East Coast will stay safe this weekend and weather Hurricane Irene without event.  Hopefully I won’t have to paint my nails by candlelight!


~ Allison ~


August 1st, 2011

China Glaze Cracked Medallion Metallic Crackle Glaze

Here’s what China Glaze Cracked Medallion looks like over yesterday’s manicure.  This is the only metallic crackle I picked up because I don’t have a comparable copper color in my collection.  It’s super foily.  Although I like the China Glaze crackle formulas I don’t usually do a shimmer crackle over shimmer base coast.  I think the shimmer bomb distracts from the contrast between the two colors.  Kind of negates the crackle when you can’t see it!  My preferences is to use a creme base with a foil crackle and vice versa.

As with all crackles/shatter polishes you’ll end up with a lumpy and somewhat matte nail surface.  Although I didn’t use it for this pic, a coat or two of clear top coat will smooth it out to a mirror shine.


~ Allison ~

July 9th, 2011

Bunch of Mini Swatches – Pic Heavy!

When taking off my polish I like to play, so here are some one-finger swatches I just did.  I used all of these.  Follow the jump to see much much more!

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July 9th, 2011

Today’s Haul – Brooklyn Beauty Supply Haul

Today I hit the three beauty supply stores in my neighborhood and came away smiling, with a droolicious haul.  It’s amazing to have these resources within walking distance of my apartment but such a danger to my wallet…

Anyway, I must share! I wasn’t exactly planning to buy 11 polishes, but I found so many beautiful things.  Feast your eyes… after the jump!

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