Keeping it Sparkly

I’m catching up! This was a quick one fromΒ December. I needed an out-the-door in a few minutes mani and there’s really nothign as quick drying as a chrome and crackle top.

Could have kept it to just chrome, but that’s too unforgiving on my damaged nails. 😦



Here’s China Glaze Millennium with Isadora Pink Fame on top.

IMO, Pink Fame is still the most stunning glitter crackle top coat invented. It’s so insanely sparkly with the holo glitter and the cool light pink. Perfect with silver. πŸ˜‰


Besides being eye catching, this mani was pretty much dry by the time I finished with the last nail. Can’t ask for more than that! πŸ˜€





First off, I have to say I’m so over crackle polishes and glitter… that is until I saw this fabulous new creation from Isadora Graffiti line. A baby pink glitter crackle polish with large hex holo/multicoloured glitter pieces. OMG! πŸ™‚

Isadora’s Pink Fame is a girly dream in a bottle and when I first saw it in the store, I have to admit I hoped it was a regular polish… but even my tiredness of crackles didn’t stop me from picking this up.

I wanted to do a subtle, but very girly look, so I layered it over China Glaze’s Pelican Gray – a light, cool gray with subtle shimmer.

Can you see what happened? As per usual with crackles it dried matte, hiding away all the over the top glittery goodness. I actually like this look, don’t get me wrong! but I was definitely in the mood for what I saw in the bottle.

Luckily, top coat helped. πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, due to the seasonally gloomy and short days in this part of the world, I usually leave home at dark and get home when it’s dark thus getting no chance for daylight photos…

Lamplight will have to do until spring rolls around. So imagine this just a bit more sparkly!

See, now we’re talking! πŸ™‚

And really does translate from the bottle to the nail fantastically.

One of those definite must-have polishes imo. πŸ™‚


Crackle Graffiti

Once upon a time I wanted to try something different and I came up with this mani. Looks like a sort of multi-colour graffiti to me.

I painted my nails with Alix Avien No 60 (a white creme) and dabbed splotches of China Glaze Flyin’ High (a turquoise creme) Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Mellow Yellow and Sinful Colors Happy Ending (a bright green shimmer) over it.

Once done, I covered the entire thing with Isadora’s Spraycan Blue — a dark blue crackle polish.

I have to say, I liked this better in theory than in practice. Still, it’s fun to experiment! πŸ˜‰


Tree Trunk

I did this mani for a camping trip last weekend. Now, the mani was fun — Nubar’s Milk Chocolate under Isadora’s Latte Queen graffiti top coat — but the trip itself destroyed my nails. I broke not one, but three of them and had to file them down to nubbins.

Entirely suitable for nature and camping, this mani… Isn’t it? πŸ˜‰


Pink Wednesday

It’s that time of the week again! I’m going a little subtle on the pink front today covering the super-shiny pink metallic of Flormal’s No 360 with a little crackle thanks to Isadora’s Latte Queen.

I got the Flormal polish with stamping in mind, but unfortunately it’s a two-coater and not quite opaque enough for that. It’s a pretty and shiny pink, but not entirely ‘my’ colour.

I added Latte Queen on top to make this mani more comfortable for me.

I ended up really liking how this mani turned out. πŸ™‚


Latte Queen

At first, I wasn’t all that interested in Isadora’s spring collection of Graffitis — their crackle polishes. It’s a follow-up to their previous crackles with spring-y, pastel colours — pale blue, pale pink, pale beige and a chocolate brown crackle.

However, after a month or so of staring at it, I finally picked up the light beige crackle — Latte Queen.

I think this will work as a great neutraliser for more in-your-face polishes. But I’m also really excited to try this over other neutrals and especially taupes. πŸ™‚

Here it is without the top coat:

Kinda cool, if I do say so myself. πŸ™‚

Btw, this is over my previous many — Manhattan’s 87D.


Stockholm Mani

Sooo… besides swatching some Anchors Away, I’ve been wearing variants of black this week. But I’m going shopping in Sweden for the weekend, so I wanted to do something fun for that. πŸ™‚ Also, a really subtle reference to the Swedish flag. πŸ˜›

Besides that, I wanted something practical that wouldn’t really show chipping as I’m wearing it for 3-4 days.

I went with three coats of China Glaze’s White Cap for my base and did a thick coat of Isadora’s Spraycan Blue crackle polish on top. I figure the light base combined with the darker crackle on top will do a pretty good job of hiding any possible chips and stuff. πŸ˜‰

So, first of all, without a top coat (to show the matte of the crackle polish):

I actually prefer it matte over something as sparkly as White Cap, but added a top coat to help it stay in top condition for longer.

I really β™₯ this combination! Both with and without top coat.

And of course, I plan on raiding Stockholm for pretty polish. πŸ˜‰ Also got a couple of Catherine Arley holos in the mail today… Now I just have to figure out if I’m gonna wear them in winter or not. Seems like a waste of holo in this grey-grey-grey weather.

Have a great weekend! I plan to!