Category Archives: Non-nad Nail Art

Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Fractured Foil Review

For those of you who are still following my blog in hopes of some nail related update, here we go. It’s not Konad, but it’s kinda cute πŸ™‚ I picked up a bottle of the new Sally Hansen Crackle in Fractured Foil (which looks very similar to Zoya Trixie BTW and decided to give it a go. I got mine at Rite-Aid for $6.99, but I have seen them at Walgreens and Ulta as well. The instructions says “Do not apply to bare nails. Apply two coats of your favorite Sally Hansen nail color. Once dried, add a thin or thick coat (depending on desired effect) of any Crackle Overcoat shade. Do not leave the bottle open, close tightly when not in use. Allow it to dry and seal with any Sally Hansen top coat.” Obviously, you don’t need to use your favorite Sally Hansen nail color under the Crackle Overcoat nor do you need a Sally Hansen top coat to seal it off. I’m sure most of you know that, but I figured I’d throw that out there.

My sandwich is as follows:

  1. Base coat: American Classics Gelous Nail Gel
  2. Base color: One coat of Barry M Cobalt Blue
  3. Crackle color: One coat of SH Crackle Overcoat Fractured Foil (more on this below)
  4. Top coat: One coat of Seche Vite

I didn’t wait until my base color (Barry M Cobalt Blue) to dry completely before I applied the Crackle and it seemed to have cracked just fine. I basically painted my 10 nails with the Cobalt Blue then went over it with the Crackle. No problems. The application method is a bit different with the crackle. If you want a bolder look, then you need to start with a big glob of crackle, making sure that you don’t make a huge mess. It didn’t really want to crack when I quickly applied two thin coats of Crackle. I think that a one-swipe motion worked better for me.

Enough with the gabbing: here is the result:

Barry M Cobalt Blue with Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Fractured Foil

The lasting power is pretty much the same as any other Sally Hansen color that I own. It held up pretty well over the weekend where I did a lot of cleaning, sticker picking (I know I know), etc. By the way, for those of you who has owned the CoverGirl Crackles back when they had those in the mid 90s, this is a million times better!

Bottom line: it’s pretty neat! I would give it a 4 out of 5. I knocked off a point because of the globbing method you need to do to achieve a more opaque look over dark colors. It’s not that big of a deal though.


Really, it has been 2 months?

Whoa, sorry for the lack of updates. Let’s not lie: I’ve been terrible about Konading the past 6 months and my nails look horrible and my cuticles are peely and dry. It’s time to put them back into an acceptable state.

The truth, is, I’ve been putting more love into my hair lately. I got some feather hair extensions put in yesterday and I’m really digging them. I’ll probably add more with different colors in the next month or two.

This is not very exciting, I know. The good news for all you Konad fans, I did update the polish page πŸ™‚ and for the MUA fans I also updated the NBShopsSavvy notepad as well.

Hello from Phoenix

Hey guys! Just wanted to post a quick update!

Heaven forbid, my nails and toes have been naked for almost a week. I was gonna do my nails before I left for my BFF’s, but I just didn’t have the time and my Gelous base coat was getting very goopy. Today I’ll be getting a pro pedi with my BFF. Despite the fact that pro salons are so overpriced, I do like an occasional pro pedi since the foot massage part is awesome!

My BFF and I have been friends for about 14 years. We met in school and despite the fact that both of us had the crazy growing up years th0usands of miles apart, we remained friends all these years. She flew me from Portland so I can visit for a week πŸ™‚ Last night we had a girls’ night out and we went to paint pottery (which was my first time ever). It was a blast and here’s the pre-fired pieces we made. Hers is a change jar for her new cake decorating business, and mine is a beer stein for my DH. Since we brew beer and all, I figured that would be appropriate πŸ˜‰

Fired pieces will be ready next week πŸ™‚ I will post the pictures when we pick them up πŸ™‚

Sally Hansen Spectrum featuring Smart Nails

I’m back! So I figured I would come back with a non-‘nad post! I decided to pick up some Smart Nails stencils because there was particularly one of the patterns that really stood out for me. These waves are so cool!

How it works: Basically it’s like a patterned version of your favorite french tip nail guides. Stick it on your fully dried polished nail, paint, then peel it off. The consistency of the stickers are a lot like a thin, flexible version of clear contact paper.

Unfortunately, I had to use one sticker per nail (using the whole package for one mani) because the intricate curlies would get warped after I peeled it off. They were super easy to use (easier than ‘nadding!), and when you peeled of the sticker, there was little to no residue: leaving a super clean look! For the long run (at least for intricate designs like the wave), this is a lot more expensive if you’re doing nail art daily. At $2.99 per package,Β  it can costΒ  up to that much per mani. However, this is a lot easier than ‘nadding for those of you who want to spruce up your nails every now and then, this is the perfect option!

Sally Hansen Spectrum over OPI Parvlez Vous OPI? and Smart Nails N019 with Sally Hansen Whirlwind White

Thanks for looking!

L’Oreal Star Magnet

Okay, so I’m cheating a bit here again! No matter what ‘nad designs I go out with, people (boys and girls) always comment on this when I wear it. They would get excited and ask me where I got it, then get bummed when they realize that they’re not available in the US (however, they do pop up on eBay every now and then).

I’m lucky enough to have friends in Europe to pick them up for me. This is the Silver color:

L’Oreal Star Magnets Silver

For those of you have have this, here is how I apply (I’m using my handy hand chart here):

  1. Apply base coat (I used NailTek II Foundation) on fingers 1-10.
  2. Apply one coat of Star Magnet on fingers 1-10.
  3. Apply second coat of Star Magnet to finger 1, then put finger one on magnet holder (but make sure polish doesn’t touch the magnet) and hold for 10-20 seconds.
  4. Repeat step 3 for remaining fingers.
  5. Apply one coat of Top Coat (I used Poshe).

Hope this helps! Thanks for looking!

Happy Halloween!

As promised, I’m going to post all the entries from the Halloween Konad Kontest a few weeks ago. To give you a refresher, here are the winners:

The First Prize (Coraline Kit A) goes to:

Sanna from

The two second place prizes goes to:

Manicure Mania and Lisa from Glammed-up Blog

The five dusty prizes goes to:

Kae from TheHungryAsian Blog, Sanna from, Celene, Barbara from, and Lea

Here are the rest of the entries (in chronological order based on entry date):

YouTube user Mraya22


Hope E










Christy B.













Hope you enjoyed looking all these beautiful entries! I know I did! Thanks again for entering!

Halloween Non-Nads

Here is my super weak attempt of nail art with a free hand. This shows that someone as not artistic as me can ‘nad! Anyway, here’s a scary pumpkin that I attempted:

China Glaze Fortune Teller and China Glaze Dreamsicle

I know… that was bad. Maybe it’s better off with white glitter:

China Glaze Cloud 9 over China Glaze White on White and Milani Black Magic

I think I’ll stick with ‘nadding. Thanks for looking!