I used two coats of Nubar 'Hollywood Pink' and then a coat of Seche Vite 'dry fast top coat'. Once dry I applied one coat of OPI 'Black Shatter'.
The instructions for the 'Black Shatter' said to apply over completely dry nails which is why I applied a coat of the Seche Vite first and I only waited a few minutes before applying the crackle polish. It was late and I wanted to get finished. I wasn't sure if it would work as I didn't leave the base polish to dry longer but I am very happy with the finish.
I tried with different thickness of the 'Black Shatter' but it didn't make any difference to the finish.
This was the easiest crackle polish I have used and highly recommend it to lovers of the crackle finish.
I managed to get the full set of China Glaze 'Crackle Glaze' yesterday and so will be trying them soon.
A great combination for this time of year. I love both the colour 'Just Red' and the effect 'Red Sparkle' by CND. They both painted really well and gave excellent coverage with no streaking. I can't wait to try 'Red Sparkle' effect over other colours in the CND range.
I won the China Glaze 'Rejoice!' pack from Mary at http://www.body-soulbeauty.com/ which arrived at the end of December. The photo above is showing Mrs. Claus, which was one of the polishes included in the pack, the other was Mistletoe Kisses which I will be showing later. Also included was a red candle. I love this set and am so delighted to have won it!
'Mrs Claus' is a pink glitter in a jelly base. I used three coats but two did give good coverage.
Glow up Already! is part of the OPI Burlesque collection for Winter 2010. It is a multi coloured glitter. In some lights it looks a greeny gold and in others a silver. It also has a pink, purple and blue sparkle as it moves in the light.
It was very thick to apply but did give good coverage.
This is 'Tinsel' by China Glaze. I am not sure how many coats I went with in the end as I lost count. I found it took a few to cover and then a few more to even it out. It was very sheer. I think another time I might use silver under it so I don't need as many coats. It is very pretty and sparkly.
I used China Glaze 'Tinsel' as a base and then painted two coats of China Glaze 'Party Hearty' over the top. I love the effect! As usual it is better in real life. It is very Christmassy.
I love 'Emerald Sparkle' by China Glaze. It is my favourite green, so far and perfect for this time of year. I am posting two photos to try and show how pretty it is. It is a dark green with lighter green sparkle.
I painted one coat of Nubar 'Tiara' over the 'Sapphire' thinking it would make them sparkly. I am disappointed with the effect as it muted the blue and only has a slight sparkle under certain light. I would have been better using one of the other glitter top coats, I live and learn. LOL
'Chocolate Coffee Bean' by Nubar is very dark brown with purple flecks. The purple flecks only show up in strong light but do add to the look. The polish looks almost black unless seen in bright light.
I decided to have another go at some nail art. The above photo shows both 'Chocolate Coffee Bean' and '24K' by Nubar. The line looks straighter/smoother in real life, thank goodness. I love '24K' it is a lovely gold shade.
I have been poorly and haven't felt well enough to paint my nails until now.
Nubar 'Prize' is a red-pink holographic. It looks similar to China Glaze 'Tickle my Triangle' in the bottle but is different on the nail. 'Prize' is very sparkly and when the nail is moved in the light it looks like twinkling fairy lights. It is gorgeous!
This is 'Arencia' by Nubar. It is from the 'Venetian Glass' collection. I love the colour; it is a really rich orangey-bronze with shimmer. It gave great coverage; I only used two coats instead of my usual three.
Sorry for the photos, I struggled to get decent ones. It has been dark and rainy all day so I had to take them from inside and I haven't mastered flash photography yet. :(
I decided to try stamping again, this time using a Bundle Monster plate (BM13). I only did my ring finger nails as I thought it would be a bit much on all nails. I used the spider web with black special Konad polish. Then I added one clear gem. I am really happy the way this turned out. As usual it does look better in real life.
I had a bad nail day yesterday. I had just removed my polish and was about to do a patch on a split. Then I moved something and it caught my nail and ripped it off shorter than a nail should be. OUCH! I ended up taking all my nails down so they are all short now (not as short as the naughty one :) ) It has been awhile since my nails have been this short and it does feel strange, especially when I am typing. It doesn't help that my finger is still sore.
I still decided to have a go at my first water marbling.
I painted my nails with 'Hot Orange' from the Nubar 'Get Hot' collection and then used that and 'Noir' from Nubar's 'Black Tie Affair' collection for the water marbling. I had trouble getting the polishes to behave when I was dragging them with an orange stick to make the pattern. I definitely need practice. Overall I am happy with my first attempt.
This is CND Copper Chrome with one coat each of Jade Sparkle and Amethyst Sparkle. I have to say I am disappointed with this one as the effects are so subtle they don't show. The Copper Chrome was also very thick and not easy to paint with. It did give good coverage in one coat but I would have preferred it to be thinner and have done more coats.
It has been a longer break than normal before posts as I have been poorly and haven't felt up to painting my nails.
This is three coats of Cupcake Magenta by Nubar. Another Nubar that was great to use. It is a very bright pink.
Being artistically challenged I haven't attempted much nail art but they say practice makes perfect so I decided to start having a go more often. This is my first attempt with a dotting tool. Okay, I got a bit carried away but I was having fun. :) I only did my ring fingers on both hands as I decided I was dotty enough. :)
Midnight Matte by Nubar is a dark grey with hints of silver, very pretty. It gave good coverage in two coats although I added a third coat. It did look good matte and I was tempted to leave it without a top coat, but in the end decided to go glossy so added one coat of Seche Vite.
Nubar is my favourite nail polish now. I love the colour selection and the way it applies. Also I love that it is 3-free, cruelty-free and vegan. What more does a polish addict need? I will still be using nail polish from other companies but Nubar will be the predominate brand. When I get time I want to go through my polish collection and get rid of some that I don't plan to wear anymore.
I painted the BK Cracking blue polish over an off white. I was in a rush when I applied it and wasn't as careful with the top coat as normal. Being the first time I used this I hadn't realised that where you miss top coat the polish comes off. I didn't take a photo straight away and so it isn't looking the best, at least I know for the future.
Also the next time I use it I will use a whiter white for the base colour to make the cracks show up more.
I love the look and will definitely be using this again soon and hopefully neater.
Contempo is from Nubar's Modern Matte Collection. It gave good coverage and dried quickly. I applied two coats and a top coat of Seche Vite.
In some light it looks bright red and in others maroon or even a pinky red. The above photo was taken outside on a cloudy day.
So far I have been very impressed with Nubar polishes the only one I have had trouble painting with is Hot Yellow from the Get Hot collection, which went on streaky. I will try it again another day to see if I was just having an off day.
The photo above shows the tips painted with Nubar Tiara. It does look better in real life; I couldn't get a decent photo.
I love the look of Tiara and next time will try it all over the nail. It is a fine multi coloured glitter top coat.