31 Days of Halloween- Day 29: Easy Peasy Mani

I know this is a swatch-type day, but I wanted to show you guys that doing your nails up for Halloween doesn’t have to mean a whole lot of pomp and circumstance–unless you want it to. 🙂

For example, I simply painted my nails in a basic orange (you can totally use any base color you wish… sparkles… glitter… you name it). Purple would also work really well here, or maybe something to match that costume you’re wearing to that party. You get the drift.

Then you simply coat it with a layer of black crackle-type polish (there are probably hundreds on the market now). I find that crackle coats work best with three quick strokes. Don’t worry about applying it perfectly–it’s going to crack anyhow.

Add a layer of top coat, and BOOM. Done.

The color combination here is what screams Halloween. And it was crazy simple to do.

You could also probably paint your nails a lighter color, coat them with a glow in the dark polish, then crackle.


Swatch: China Glaze Crackle Glazes pt 3

Ok, so this is the last installment of the China Glaze Crackle Glazes that I have for you. If you missed Part One or Part Two, click the respective linkage. Now, on to the picture… 🙂

This is Crushed Candy over Purple Nurple.

I didn’t pick up the white crackle called Lightning Bolt. I just didn’t want it. I couldn’t foresee myself using it, so it got put to the back of the line. I may pick it up one day before Sally’s runs out of it (I know the one in Biloxi will have it at least until the beginning of March because the display isn’t even out yet). But I’m just as likely to not pick it up.

And because my darling friend Becky asked me to show the gray crackle (Cracked Concrete) over a purple, here are two examples on my thumb:

Over Purple Nurple


Over ChG Grape Juice

These were shot under an OttLite, but they’re fairly accurate. I like the dark better.

Swatch: China Glaze Crackle Glazes pt 2

If you missed part one, click here.

Part two of my China Glaze Crackle Glaze swatches includes Cracked Concrete (gray) and Black Mesh (which is… black).

These are both swatched over ***my own franken, Electric Cherries*** which I am still super excited about!!!

In my not-so-humble opinion, the Black Mesh reminds me of my childhood in the 80’s. I am pretty sure I had one of those short skirts with attached leggings in that same pattern.

To me, the gray looks more modern and edgy. I likes it.

Another picture, under an OttLite (shows the gray better):

Swatch: China Glaze Crackle Glazes pt 1

Two of them, to be exact.

I have been scouring the Sally Beauty Supply stores everywhere I went this weekend. I found three of these beauties in Slidell, LA. In the above picture, the pink crackle is Broken Hearted and the purple crackle is Fault Line. They’re both layered over the Sinful Colors Mint Apple I previously had on.

I also picked up Crushed Candy, which is a beautiful turquoise shade of blue, to be swatched later.

But I would not be stymied in my search for the black crackle polish (Black Mesh) or the gray one (Cracked Concrete). On the way home from LA, I decided to go to the Sally Beauty right across the street from the beach in Biloxi, MS.

Only to find they didn’t have any out on display. Oh, I was a sad panda to be sure.

So I asked the SA if they had them. I even showed her my swatched nails so she could see just how awesome it was. She hadn’t even heard of them.

But the manager had. They weren’t scheduled to put them out until March. The manager went to the back and pulled out these lovely gems:

These will be swatched later along with Crushed Candy. Stay tuned!