Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recent NOTD: CQ Vintage

I reached for CQ Vintage, an pale pinky beige creme, because I was ready for something quiet after the bright purple glitter sandwich. Light as this one is, I was surprised to only need two coats of it.





This wore quite well for me with my usual base and top coats, but by day five, I was bored as bored could be with it and had to add something, so I turned to crack, wonderful crack. I used one of the 2012 by Cherimoya colors I'd picked up at Walgreens, Mayan, a rosy brown creme crackle. EverythingsDiamond had commented on the display post that she'd tried one and it smelled awful, and hoo boy, she was right. Mayan was old school stinky; it's probably got all sorts of throwback chemicals in it. It dried matte-ish; here's a pre-cleanup shot so you can see the finish without top coat:



I added the crack in a hotel room, and because I'd flown there, I didn't have my acetone and cleanup brush. What I did have was something else I'd found at Walgreens recently, and which the TSA allowed on the plane: L.A. Colors Nail Polish Remover Pads. These come in various fruit scents; I got Melon, but there were also Lemon, Grape, Peach, and Pear in the display I saw, and cherryculture.com has Strawberry as well. These are acetone-free, so I wasn't too sure how well they'd work for me (I love acetone for how fast it is). To use them for cleanup, I grabbed the pad with my tweezers so I wouldn't mess up my polish, and it actually worked pretty well.





I added a layer of topcoat after cleanup and wore the combination another few days.





I'm glad I decided to bring along the crack and stuff on my trip. Now if I could only figure out a travel lightbox solution, I'd be all set.

17 comments:

  1. Great combo!!
    Really "caky" : chocolate and cream!

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  2. I love that CQ on it's own! But the crackle with it is just as awesome! :)

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  3. Scented remover sounds awesome...I'll have to keep this in mind if I ever do an online order!

    Crack was perfect to extend your mani...very unique colour!

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  4. The light one reminds me of vanilla ice cream :) I love the brown crackle - haven't seen much like that yet!

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  5. Love this combo!! I'll be needing that CQ!

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  6. Love this combination ..... haven't seen brown crack before .... those la pads sound awesome need to get some of those!

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  7. i love the nude its soo stunning!
    i dont think ive seen one like that & its love at first sight(:

    <3 BB

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  8. CQ Polishes are surprisingly amazing, and this one is no exception. I haven't seen brown crackle before, but this is a nice combination!

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  9. I love this combo! I love that CQ, too!

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  10. I'm surprised you only need two coats as well! It looks like there is three or four coats! lol.

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  11. The brown crackle makes me think of chocolate. :)
    Never seen those remover pads, but might grab some if I ever do.

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  12. I love the crackle! Those colors go so well together!

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  13. No lie, this is the first time I have seen brown crackle. That is crazy. Looks good though.

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  14. love the base color, love the crackle... awesome combo :-D

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  15. Brown crakle I had never saw one. The nail polish colour is really elegant:)

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