A Little Shopping and Learning to Crackle

Hello gentle readers. Phew! I finally got here. lol Some days...

So, I had a few quid to spend and did a little shopping. I picked up some facial cleanser, baby wipes for taking off makeup and so forth. I also got some polish and some cute, man proof floppers.

 Let's see what we have here... Two Color Club Wicked Sweet collections found at Ross. One for me, one for... Well, you will just have to wait and see. ;) A Sally Hansen glitter called Rock Candy. Two Creative Arts polishes, kind of neon-y purple and pink (these don't have shade names, that I can find) also from Ross. China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Crushed Candy and Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Antiqued Gold. A gold crackle. Yeah, baby! :D

 My very girlie floppers. (AKA flip flops.) I found these at Ross for four dollars. I usually buy plain, dark coloured cheapie floppers at a mart store or drugstore for a couple of bucks. Why pay a lot for floppers, right? The problem is, my husband and son end up "borrowing" them. They won't buy their own and since I have huge feet, (size ten, C) they can wear my floppers and they end up taking them over and I am left barefoot or looking for "their" floppers. Well, I seriously doubt either will decide to borrow these. What self respecting guy would be caught dead in floppers covered in glitter and Hello Kitty? Heh, heh. 

I decided to give my new gold crackle a test run, today. My red polish was still in very good condition. I had a little tip wear and a minor chip, so I did a quick and dirty touch up, then I applied Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat. It went on okay, a little uneven. Some nails have thicker coats than others and it dragged a little on occasion. Due more to my application than the fault of the polish, I suspect. I set it dry and crack and... Woh, woh. I mean, I got some cracking but nothing like I see in pictures all over the blogs or what I was expecting. 
Maybe I didn't wait long enough? Overworked it while applying? I don't know. I seem to suck big green donkey dicks when it comes to applying crackle. lol The funny thing is, it seems that I got a little more cracking after I applied Seche Vite. I'll definitely give it another shot. I will conquer this! I will persevere! I will succeed!

Dramatic, much? :P

I took a few pictures of my nails with my red and gold crackle. I like the combination. I want to like the crackle. Pictures are clickable, of course.

 In shade. Sorry about the blur. For some reason I had trouble with focus, today. Some days I think my camera just doesn't want to do it's job.This crackle looks like a soft, slightly antiqued gold foil in the shade. There is a softness to this gold that I really love.

 In sun. It gets very bright and you can see sparkles in direct sun.

See how bright and shiny? I think that enlarging may show the multicoloured fins sparkle. Not a lot fo crackling or shattering, tho. Just cracks. I dunno...

The formula on this polish is weird, it dries fast, fast and it can gloop up on the rim of the bottle. It can drag, if you don't have plenty of polish on the brush. The brush is skinny and round and I had trouble getting plenty of polish on it to get smooth application. This would have been a good place for a wider, thicker brush, methinks. This stuff dries fast. It didn't crackle impressively for me. Maybe my polish was too cured. I will try this over freshly applied polish that is just barely dry without a topcoat and see how it works. If it does...

I might get the black, grey and dark blue... If I can get this stuff to work. I am going to give my new bottle of China Glaze crackle a try soon, too. I just don't know how much of my tiny polish budget I am willing to invest in crackle polishes. 

I think I wrote yesterday that today was my blogoversary. Actually, it is tomorrow. So, my gushing and special announcement will just have to wait until tomorrow. ^^  Yes, that second Wicked Sweet collection I purchased yesterday has something to do with it. :)

Okay, I guess that is about all I have, for right now. thank you all so much for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.

7 comments

  1. Very cute flip flops and what a good idea to keep them from "walking off!"

    Thanks for showing what the SH gold crackle looks like. I got the SH white and blue crackles last week and the white crackle works extremely well - like lots of lightning. It was interesting to hear the gold one crackled more with application of seche vite. I didn't have that experience with the white crackle.

    Oh and I'm looking forward to seeing what the Wicked Sweet collection looks like, as I've been debating getting it. (I already have the last two CC summer/neon collections.)

    Happy blog-iversary!

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  2. You have to have really dry base polish! I have that crackle in the pink (Fuschia Shocker or something like that) and it was great, same as OPI Black Shatter which I also have.

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  3. Happy Blogiversary to you!!!

    Those flip flops are cute!!!!

    And the color combo with the crackle looks smart.

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  4. Love the gold crackle. I just ordered a set of china glaze crackle online. It should be here in a few days. I spent my whole budget on nail stuff this week. I want to learn to do this myself instead of going to the salon. Happy Blogaversary!

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  5. Oh, did you use thicker coats for the crackling? It kind of looks like it, but you can just experiment. The SH crackles I've gotten have been the best ones I've worked with!
    I stopped by one of the local Ross' here, and absolutely positively NO CC sets. Disappointed! I was even hoping to see some of the older ones. Oh well, you never know what you're gonna get when you hit up a Ross huh?

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  6. So jealous...no SH crackles here yet :(

    Love the adorable man proof flipflops!

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  7. I like my opi black the best of the ones i have tried. Nails have to be very dry and i don't top coat the polish or the shatter/crackle. The shatter has to be applied thinly and you can not work it...one coat....and if i do it in 2 or 3 parts i just figure what i miss will work as a break. I have also found i get the most break over glitter polishes..though they feel rough and they keep breaking up over the next 3-4 days, next smooth finish polishes that have a particle look, then shimmer. When i have tried it over a matte polish i didn't get as much break and didn't like the effect. I currently have some back ordered that i figure i will never see...but i will look for the gold you bought as i think it will be great over dark purple.

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