China Glaze Crackle Glaze Swatches, Review, Photos (Part 1)

Half of the fun of these Crackles is finding good base colors to layer underneath one of the Crackle Glazes. I can’t compare the formula to any other brands, past or present, as I really don’t have any experience with them. I vaguely remember CoverGirl Crackles, but I don’t think I owned any (I wasn’t allowed to wear nail polish until I was in my late teens). I like these, and they were easy enough to work with–hey, the look itself is edgy and a little messy, so minor mistakes are easily forgiven. Lightning Bolt might take one or two attempts, but I think I just went too thick.

P.S. — I’ll be posting a video later today showing the polish as it crackles, because I found it pretty cool.

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final thoughts: If you dig the effect, definitely worth picking up a couple of shades.  I think Black Mesh performed the best out of the six, followed by Cracked Concrete.

where to buy: Sally’s

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Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette ($79.00 or 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition color palette for spring. It is a refillable palette, and the eyeshadows are easily removed if one desires. Inside, there is a base color, eye color, cheek color, and eye definer. There is a raise turtle design on each shade, and the turtle itself has a metallic sheen overlay (which disappears upon first swatch).

The base color is a pale, gilded beige with pale gold shimmer-sheen. The eye color is a medium-dark brown with slight warm undertones finished with a soft satin sheen. The cheek color is a pink-peach with a peach-gold sheen–think shades like MAC Springsheen, NARS Orgasm, etc. but less shimmer, less golden, and pinker. The eye definer shade is a charcoal forest green with a frosted finish. All four shades were silky smooth and nicely pigmented; there were no issues with the textures or the colors at all.

The three eye colors can all be used wet or dry, though I had no issues with pigmentation and they went on so prettily dry I didn’t even think to use them wet until I read the description of Chantecaille’s eyeshadows online! Funny enough, this palette is cheaper (by the ounce, at $188/oz.) than MAC ($290/oz.), Make Up For Ever ($238/oz.), NARS ($228/oz.), and Urban Decay ($340/oz.).

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Summery Bronzes with Lancome Bronze Amour

Summery Bronzes with Lancome Bronze Amour

Wore this for the Viva Glam Gaga reviews, though I fully intended to change the lip to something more appropriate originally, I didn’t quite end up doing so in time to take photos.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249.  Apply the pale gold eyeshadow to the inner half of the lid and tearduct with the 239.  Next, apply the orange-copper eyeshadow to the outer half of the lid with the 239.  Using the 222, apply the the medium dark brown eyeshadow to the crease and blend towards the inner crease.  Deepen the crease by applying the chocolate brown eyeshadow with the 219, then diffuse with the 222.  Highlight the brow bone with Trench eyeshadow with the 239.  Apply Bourbon liner on the lower lash line.  Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Blush G blush on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with fingers.

For lips, apply Viva Glam Gaga 2 lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #068

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 lipstick/lipglass

Weekend plans:  School, school, school!

Where do you apply your makeup:  Spare bathroom, luckily it’s all mine and just for makeup.

Keep adding your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…


Pink is surprisingly his color!

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