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Pink, Raspberry Pink

I still find it strange how much I like red and pink by now. I used to think these would be the colours I never wear, but now I have all kinds…

Today, I’m wearing a polish released for last spring — Depend No 218.

This is similar to  MIYO Raspberry I wore recently, but instead of the golden micro-glitter, this has subtle silver micro-glitter.

It’s subtle, but still visible on the nail. Two coats for opacity and I really liked wearing this polish. It looks a bit more vivid and cooler in natural light. 🙂 But overall a true raspberry pink.

Spring is definitely here! 🙂

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Black & White Challenge – Day 6

I’ve been really getting back into teal and blue lately, so for this mani of the challenge, I chose an old favourite.

Here’s my entry for Day 6 – Colour Base with White.

This was two coats of Snowcrystal No 446 — a beautiful blue-side teal shimmer with slightly bigger teal sparkle pieces. I seem to recall that this polish was a dupe for OPI’s Yodel Me On My Cell…

The colour is beautiful and it’s been way over a year since I last wore it, so it seems to me it was high time to revisit this pretty. 🙂 For the white I added Depend’s White Crackle Effect. I still consider Depend crackle polishes to be the best I’ve tried and as an added bonus they’re also the cheapest with the largest collection of colours available. 😀

Yay! Just four entries to go until completion of this challenge. 🙂

You can find more information on the challenge, plus all the bloggers playing along HERE. 🙂

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Black & White Challenge – Day 3

I kinda feel like I’m cheating a bit today. But it’s such an amazingly pretty sunny day outside that I had to have a tad more than “a little” colour. 😉

Here’s my entry for Day 3 – Black Base with Colour.

It’s one of the first days this year that I’ve been able to take sunlight pictures. *sigh* No matter how good the lamp, nothing beats sunlight. 🙂

This time, I started out with Orly’s Iron Butterfly for my base. This is at two coats, and the silver glitter in this gorgeous matte polish is fantastic in direct lighting.

I would have been happy just wearing this polish, actually. But then I added two bright crackle polishes for the colour. I did a stripe down the middle of my nails using Depend’s lime green crackle effect (you can win this one in my giveaway, which closes in a week!) and then did the sides with China Glaze’s Broken Hearted. I think the colour work well together. 🙂

I did not add any top coats anywhere in the process as I wanted to keep the matte look of both Iron Butterfly and the crackles which dry matte.

You can find more information on the challenge, plus all the bloggers playing along HERE. 🙂

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Hideaway

Soo… chromes. I have a few. 🙂 And I really like them in theory — the whole metal nails look and quick dry-time deal. Unfortunately, I think they don’t love me much in return as so as with the last time I wore a chrome polish, after an hour or so of looking at the irregularities and ridges on my nails, I added a crackle polish on top:

Now, this look… I can get behind. 😉 Two coats of the beautiful cool gold chrome from China Glaze 2030 topped with the baby blue with silver mico-glitter from Depend — No 5007.

I just really like the blue and gold combo in all variations, I guess.

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Blueberry Crash

Some time in early August I was picking blueberries in the forest. This was the mani to match.

For my base, I used the perfect purple creme that is China Glaze’s Grape Pop. Of course, it photographs just a bit on the blue side.

Then I added one of my lovely little Depend Crackle Effects — No 5006 — a lilac creme crackle.

And of course I liked it. 🙂 But I liked it even more after a matte top coat.

Well, these were totally camouflage nails for picking blueberries. 🙂

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Crackle Sparkle

Still continuing with the crackles here! 😉 Now, beware, this post contains my stained nails and a sheer polish. Just in case you don’t want to see that.

I used two polishes — GOSH’s Vanilla Ice for the base and Depend Crackle Effect No 5007 for the crackle top coat.

Vanilla Ice is a super sheer polish — flecks of silvery shimmer/glitter in a milky base. It’s a cousin to China Glaze’s White Cap, but the shimmer is whitish-silvery instead of golden.

I used three coats here and as you can see, this is still very very sheer. You can also see how yellowed the tips of my nails are, which kinda changes the colour of the polish. 😛

I wasn’t worried about the sheerness, though, as I added the Crackle Effect No 5007 — a baby blue with heavy silver shimmer.

with top coat

without top coat

I kinda like this. I think it crackled well (though I’ve never had a problem with that) but it’s a bit too much. Too much shimmer, that is, and not enough contrast. Next time, I’m gonna try this crackle polish with either a creme polish or something darker underneath. Just a little too sweet this is.

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p.s. Vanilla Ice makes for an amazing sparkle top coat! 😉

Orange Lime

Guess what I did? I added one of my spanking new Depend Crackle Effects to the orange neon that is China Glaze’s Sun Worshiper.

I still kept the entire thing matte by adding no top coats.

My love for this mani knows no bounds. It’s so bright and fun and in your face. Adore it. 🙂

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