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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Collection - Skittles!!!

After swatching Orly Pure Porecelain and Here Comes Trouble I decided to bring out my China Glaze Crackle Glazes and pop them on top of each to see that would look like! I have these crackles for over a month but have just *barely* played with them... pathetic, I know! :( Although I only did skittle swatches of the four China Glaze Crackle Glazes I own (I don't have Lightning Bolt [white] or Black Mesh [black]) they turned out kinda FUN, so thought I'd share them!!! On to the pictures - Review at the end! :)

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China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Orly Pure Porecelain (L to R: China Glaze Cracked Concrete, Crushed Candy Broken Hearted, Fault Line)

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China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Orly Pure Porecelain (L to R: China Glaze Cracked Concrete, Crushed Candy Broken Hearted, Fault Line)

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China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Orly Here Comes Trouble (T to B: China Glaze Cracked Concrete, Crushed Candy Broken Hearted, Fault Line)

So, I DEFINITELY liked the crackles over Pure Porecelain MORE than Here Comes Trouble, which was a bit of a surprise! I've seen a lot of swatches of the China Glaze Crackles over glitters and foils that look amazing! Maybe it was the depth and pigmentation of this particular glitter?? Possibly they would look better over a lighter colored glitter? Not sure, but it was a fun experiment anyway!

The formula was fine - crackle polishes are a different animal so we can't expect them to behave like regular nail polish or to have the same formula.

I've noticed that the China Glaze crackles polishes (and other brands of crackle polish, too), are quite prone to developing "boogers". I'm not sure why this happens, but it doesn't seem to matter how much you shake the polish before use or anything else I've been able to determine. If you get a crackle "booger" (a thick, gummy glop of crackle polish coating the brush and sometimes the stem as well), the best thing I've found to do is to wipe the brush off with a tissue from stem to tip. That has solved the problem for me. Otherwise, boogers can be difficult to wipe off against the bottle neck and if left on the brush can really mess with your mojo while you're trying to create your crackle art! Not cool!

I came across a couple polish "boogers" that weren't a major deal, but otherwise I felt the formula was easy to apply and consistent, with the exception of Fault Line (purple). Fault Line was a little thicker and did not crackle as well. It is also the only color of the four shades I own that contains a little shimmer, so maybe that has something to do with it. But, when all is said and done, it still crackles enough for me and isn't really difficult to apply, it just takes a bit more care than the others. All of them dry very quickly and semi-matte. They will also flake off without top coat, so top coat is a must with crackles. That's no big deal in my book, plus, it gets rid of the ridgy texture you'll otherwise feel from all those crazy cracks!

Last but not least, have to say that I'm really loving Orly Pure Porecelain as a base for crackle! It's so creeeaaammmmy! I wanted to look at it alll day!

Orly Here Comes Trouble - Orly Summer 2011 Pin-up Collection

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Orly Here Comes Trouble

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Orly Here Comes Trouble

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Orly Here Comes Trouble


Here Comes Trouble is from the Orly Summer 2011 Pin-up Collection. It's a bright, very slightly yellow-based green glitter. The base is a sheer yellow-green and is PACKED with regular and hex-shaped bright green glitter.

The above pictures show three coats of Here Comes Trouble. The coverage was quite good with two coats but there were a few bald spots and patchy areas that needed to be evened out. For full opacity, I needed three coats. That's not bad at all for a full out glitter! And the color is soooo vibrant! Green lovers will enjoy this color! I'm a huge fan of green (my fave color!) and I find it decidedly delicious! :) Texture is quite thick but not unwieldy. It did take a while to dry and needed drying time between coats to avoid brush drag. It has a fairly bumpy texture from the massive amount of glitter so prepare to use an extra coat of top coat for a smooth, lustrous finish.

Despite the longer dry time and bumpy texture, the combination of regular and hex-shaped glitter packed so tightly in this polish along with the gorgeous color make it a definite no-brainer for me! Bubbly Bombshell, also in the Pin-up Collection, is the same type of glitter but in a gorgeous purple! I don't have it yet (it was out of stock when I was shopping) but it's on my list!!! The other two colros in the Pin-up Collection are crèmes in shades that aren't terribly interesting to me so I don't think I'll be picking them up.

What are your thoughts on the Orly Summer 2011 Pin-up Collection? Do you plan on purchasing any or all of the colors?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Orly Pure Porecelain - Orly Spring 2011 Precious Collection

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Orly Pure Porecelain
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Orly Pure Porecelain

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Orly Pure Porecelain


Today I have Orly Pure Porecelain for you. This polish is from the Orly Spring 2011 Precious Collection.

Originally, I didn't plan on getting any of the colors from Orly's Precious Collection - they all looked pretty ho-hum to me, most of all the off-white color, Pure Porecelain. Then I was in Sally Beauty Supply on Sunday evening and happened to see Pure Porecelain in person! I was bewitched! Seldom have I been so strongly drawn to any non-glitter, non-foil, non-metallic, SFW-colored polish in my entire life - in fact, I'd say NEVER before! It was funny to me! I HAD to buy Pure Porecelain and I couldn't WAIT to get home and try it on!

Pure Porecelain applied very nicely - the texture is great, not too thick, not too thin, very easy to control. It covered well, too - the pictures above show full coverage in two coats, with zero streaks or bald patches! Very impressive for such a light crème! Drying time was so-so - a little longer than the average China Glaze, for example, but not nearly as long as many Orly colors I've tried in the past, which was a MAJOR plus in my book. I used a second coat of fast-dry top coat to speed things up a bit and that worked out great!

I'm extremely pleased to say that I have a new love in my life - a crème love that's even paler than me (now THAT'S saying something ;-D)! I think it makes me feel TAN - LOL!!! Whatever the reason, I just know I'm in love with Orly Pure Porecelain... Mmmmmmm!!! <3

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tascha Twinkletoes - Franken!

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Tascha Twinkletoes

This is a franken I created a few days ago. It's the second franken I've ever done and I'm really happy with how it turned out! I definitely don't have any other polishes like it in my collection. YAY!! :) But I had trouble capturing the true color with my camera. Grrr... Oh well. In real life, the jelly base is less purple and more blue - leaning *slightly* toward teal, even. And as you can see from the picture - both in the bottle and on the nail - it's jam-packed with hot pink and bright blue string glitter!

I named it Tascha Twinkletoes. Tascha is a dear friend of mine - we've seen each other through a lot over the past few years and we also share a mutual love of beauty products!!! We were fast friends from our very first meeting and she's priceless to me! Also, in nail polish she's a glitter FIEND and especially loves blues, purples, and greens! This franken SHOUTED Tascha to me right away! :D I'm now thinking of trying to create a small "collection" of frankens dedicated to her... We'll have to see what my brain comes up with! ;)

This is 3 coats, however, I could have gotten away with 2 coats if I had been more careful in application as even for a jelly-glitter this baby is opaque after 2 coats of medium thickness! But I had a few bald spots from brush drag so ended up just applying a full third coat to even everything out. Also, pictured here is my third day  of wear and I still have no chips and barely any tip wear! Tascha Twinkletoes dries somewhat slowly and kind of dull so a fast-dry top coat is a must in my book. It has a bit of texture when dry as well, due to all the string glitter, but it is easily smoothed out with 1 coat of top coat. 


What do you think of Tascha Twinkletoes? Do you franken? How do you name your creations?

Hope you have a wonderful day and a Happy Easter (to those that celebrate it)! <3

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sephora by OPI Midnight Mambo

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Sephora by OPI Midnight Mambo

I purchased Sephora by OPI Midnight Mambo at least a year ago but hadn't tried it until THIS WEEK! Aaargh! It's too pretty to have let sit for so long! Yes, I love nail polish... and makeup... and good-smelling bath and body products! :-D

So, I'm Ruthie, and this is my blog, Frostbite Alley. So named because I live in the "frozen midwest" and often it feels to me as if I'm about to die of cold. Did I mention that I take a chill easily?? Yeah...

Anyway, welcome and thanks for reading. :) I plan to focus on pictures and reviews of beauty products, mainly, but I'll probably throw in a smattering of a lot of different subjects over time. Feel free to give me your suggestions and requests and I'll see what I can do: ruthie.girl@live.com.

Back to Sephora by OPI Midnight Mambo: The formula is thicker than average but not overly thick (e.g. "overly thick" to me is OPI Teenage Dream - at least the bottle I got had a consistency not unlike corn syrup at room temperature in a non-tropical climate!) and it dries very quickly. The finish is not too bumpy, especially considering the amount of glitter this baby has, but it dries semi-matte so top coat is a must if you want to really show off the full luster of that delicious glitterfest on your nails! I used 3 coats in the picture above to even out my application but I'm sure most people would only need 2 - I have a lot of difficulty with fine motor skills so it's not uncommon that I'll need an extra coat and you'll probably see me repeat that often. :)
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