Monday, June 20, 2011

Queen's Bounty: Color Club Broken Tokens

Hello ladies,

When I created this manicure, I was thinking about pearls, diamonds and silver pieces spilling out of a black velvet bag. I imagined jewel encrusted brooches and golden pendants, a bounty for a queen.

I began with a basic black mini polish from Color Club. I drew a diagonal line with an Art Club striper in Gold Hologram. I varied the angle of the line on each hand. With silver crackling polish, I filled in half the nail. On the left hand, I added Broken Tokens to the lower half; on the right, towards the top of the nail. Decals, silver and gold gems and pearls were chosen from the Pretty Shiny Things Kit.  

The Art Club Gold Hologram striper makes exquisite rainbows. 

Butterfly bush

My right hand showing varied placement of striper lines and silver polish.

Daisy flower ring on my right hand. 

A baby praying mantis!

Like a prayer.

Reaching a foot to its mouth like a human baby. So sweet!

A baby bunny! She has natural eyebrow markings! Adorable!

Bye, bye bunny!

Broken Tokens is my first crackling polish since the Cover Girl line from many Halloweens past. The formula is easy to work with. I prefer layering on a thick coat for bolder fault lines. The shimmer is elegant in Broken Tokens. I highly recommend adding this color to your collection. 
I hope you enjoyed my experiment with the Fractured polish. I am looking forward to trying the rest of the collection. Perhaps the next shades I have for review Smash Hit (black) and Clean Break (white) will attract more garden friends. If you like mantids, check out the baby praying mantis I met last summer. Have you ladies seen any baby animals recently?  

Items mentioned in this post were sent for review. Broken Tokens, part of the Fractured Collection, is available for purchase at They also sell the Art Club Pretty Shiny Things Kit.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. Wow!!
    Your mani is gorgeous!!
    I love it!
    Cute bunny!
    You're lucky to be able to see them like that!!

  2. Gorgeous mani and pics! Love them! :)

  3. Fabulous manicure, and that bunny made me "awwwww" as did the tiny mantis!

  4. this is just beautiful! great job.

  5. That manicure is stunning. One of your best, ever.

    That little baby mantis... Awww!

  6. This mani is one of my favorites so far! I love the art on the diagonal.

    There was a bee outside my car window on Friday,and I later told my husband, I thought we might have a hive nearby. Yesterday,evening he came in from Walgreens,and asked,"WHAT did you do?!" I was clueless. Then he proceeded to explain that the bee hive was lying on the ground in front. My hubby is funny that way, he sometimes makes insinuations that I am a witch. lol.

  7. I like the complexity of this mani. Very chic.

    I have a friend that seems to have a hatchery for mantis. The bush is covered in babies.

    We have lot of baby chameleons on the patio. No longer than a quarter.

  8. I think you really achieved your vision with this one, it reminds me of royal jewels and hidden treasure :) and OMG BUNNEH

  9. rock-or-not: Thanks! So glad you like the manicure! Animals seem to be as curious about me as I am about them. ;)

    Liz: Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

    Kayono: Thank you! I appreciate your kind words. <3

    Laura: Thanks, sweetie! I love being out with my camera this time of year. I make lots of new garden friends. :)

  10. Enamel Girl: Thank you, kindly. <3

    Ice Queen: Thanks! I thought you would enjoy this look. It seems like your style. My little mantis friend is quite irresistible! :)

    thalie: Thank you! I love working with stripers. So much fun! If I need someone to mentally levitate a bee hive, you are at the top of my list! ;)

  11. Kimberly: Thanks so much! I had an idea of what I wanted and then I kept adding rhinestones. ;)

    I can't imagine a bush of mantids hopping about. They are so springy and playful. I love lizards! Baby chameleons! So cute!

    Silhouette Screams: Thank you! I'm glad I was able to translate my jeweled fantasy into a manicure. Seeing a wild baby bunny was such a treat! I adore them so!

  12. It's so gorgeous! It looks so difficult to make :)

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous manicure. I may need that Pretty Shiny Things kit (you know, like a crow...). :-)

    Love the crackle on the diagonal - really makes a statement. Fabulous.

  14. ART OF NAIL: Thanks so much, sweetie! <3

    Silva: Thank you! It wasn't too difficult, I promise. It was just time consuming to adhere all the gems.

    Jamie D. Thanks! The Pretty Shiny Things Kit and the Boudoir Collection are standouts among Art Club's stellar nail art ensembles. I only used Pretty Shiny Things for this manicure (with a few stray gems from Boudoir), but I think you would get lots of use out of both. :)

  15. This has to be one of the most classic and elegant manicure you have ever made! I absolutely love it, it's gorgeous! I would definitely wear it at a wedding! :D

  16. Akuma Kanji: Thanks so much! I was so excited to experiment with a silver crackling polish. There is a gold from the Fractured line coming out soon. I may dress that one up too. :)


    Ahem. LOVE the manicure as well :D

  18. Rachel: Animals always find me! Someday they will sing and do my housework. Glad you liked the nail art too! Thanks! :)

  19. Another spectacular manicure. Love how you used the crackle polish. Your little friends are adorable.

  20. The manicure is striking. I feels like I am in the middle ages. A bold contrast of black and silver. Even the praying mantis had to check it out. That rabbit with the eyebrows is hysterical. I mean --- hilarious.


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