Wednesday, November 30, 2016

China Glaze Seas and Greetings Collection | Holidays 2016 ~ Part 1


Hello there.

Today, I have the first 6 polishes from the China Glaze Seas and Greetings Holiday Collection.  While at first -- and perhaps second and third -- glance this collection seems completely out of place for a holiday release, I like to think of this as the collection meant for those that go away to a resort for Christmas or the end of the year.  Or, barring that, China Glaze chose to reflect the entire Southern Hemisphere which celebrates November/December during their summer.

Regardless, there are quite a number of real beauties here that are worth a whirl.

My apologies for the quality of these photos.  Our lighting is totally not set up yet so I had to take these on the floor of our bathroom, working off the meekest natural sunlight coming through the window.  It wasn't pretty and these are the best I could muster given the atrocious lighting situation.  Please forgive me!
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Joy to the Waves
I can see this in part of a "classic" holiday collection, given its cool frosty finish, but I sense that Joy to the Waves' semi metallic, periwinkleness is there really to simulate the ocean.  While not my favorite kinda of polish, the formula was pretty good on this: thin on the first coat but covering evenly on the second with minimal brush strokes.
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Eat, Pink, Be Merry
This delicate pink is simply an all year round shade!  And add in that delicate rosy iridescent shimmer and you have a match made in heaven!  This is a bit crelly so rely on thinner but multiple coats with time to try in between.  A must have for any pink lovers!

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Let's Shell-ebrate
over Eat, Pink, Be Merry
For those liking both matte and metallic, Let's Shell-ebrate is a great glitter topper.  The coverage is even in one coat and the color combo is superb (who doesn't love pink, purple, and rose gold?).

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Partridge in a Palm Tree
Trying another matte (remember Combat Blue-ts?), China Glaze gives us this minty version.  Not my favorite in the bunch since it's super chalky and dries very fast so you need to have a super steady hand to make this work well.  I've seen swatches with a top coat over it and there's a lovely shimmer in it.  But for me, this is a pass.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish
over Partridge in a Palm Tree
This oceanic seafoam flakie topper absolutely glowed over our mint matte and made my camera go a bit haywire (although the combination of bad lighting and mints with my skin tone probably didn't help matters).  For those that like a little mermaid bling, this is a great little gem for you.

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Snow Way!
Perhaps my favorite is this soft, yet full coverage white polish with a visible, yet soft iridescent shimmer.  My goodness, I adore this polish.  My only complaint is the formula which has a tendency to run into your cuticles and leave a shimmery residue everywhere.  However, the payoff is sooo worth it.  Ugh, love everything about this.

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Still 6 more shades to come!

You can purchase the China Glaze Seas and Greetings Collection at Sally Beauty.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Spam Swatches...Catching Up


Going through my camera, I see that I have a lot of one off photos of swatches.  Polishes that I didn't necessarily wear to review, but wore because I wanted to (novel concept, right?) and took photos of it because I wanted to share eventually but because we as bloggers have become profligate at swatching collections, it's hard to find the time to show a random polish or two.  So making the time to clear out my camera and stretching my blogging muscle for a lot of collections ahead, here are a number of polishes I have stored from months back I wore and never shared.  Hope you enjoy!
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Essie Color Binge
From the Fall 2015 Collection, I actually picked this up this past spring when I found it in a clearance bin at a beauty supply store.  I typically shy away from oranges but there was enough red in this base to make me want this.  Plus anything Rebecca Minkoff makes me go weak at the knees (I believe this may have been her first collaborative collection with the polish brand).  The formula was fabulous but once it gets in your cuticles, beware, it stays there.  
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Essie Go Go Geisha
The most recent polish of the bunch is definitely this gorgeous pale lilac pink mauve from the Fall 2016 collection, once again curated with Rebecca Minkoff and inspired by her trip to Tokyo.  The formula was a bit thick and I should've used a bit of thinner before application but regardless, this color is just magical to me.  I've been really drawn to shades like this all season and keep picking up polishes like this.  I can't even imagine what's going to happen once I get sick of it and have like 50 bottles of this color sitting around with nothing to do.  Oh well.  In the meantime, I adore Go Go Geisha.
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Color Club Bermuda Beaches
Despite my new found love of lilac mauves, I've always loved pale pinks with delicate shimmers.  So it's no shock that I love this soft jelly from the Ticket to Paradise Resort 2015 Collection.  Three coats and this is a perfect neutral and work place appropriate shade but the blue flash of shimmer still makes this super special.  Just lovely!
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OPI My Private Jet
I've worn and tried to photograph this OPI classic about a million and half times.  This charcoal cocoa crelly with scattered holographic crystals just refuses to be captured for me.  It's the most frustrating thing in the world.  Perhaps one of my favorite polishes, it applies like a dream, covers in 2-3 coats, shimmers delicately without being in your face holo-y, and still competes with newer, more robust holo polishes.  It's just special, you know?  I guess that's while it's called a classic.


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FingerPaints What Have Hue Done
I guess I'm having a pink phase because here's another one.  A creme, this baby pink is more opaque although did have some balding issues so I'd suggest more coats with time between each.  What's pretty about this FingerPaints is the strong blue ribbons of shimmer when the light catches it.  You can sort of make it out in the bottle but not as much on the nail, sadly.  But if you click on my picture and enlarge you can make it out bigger.  Either way, this is a certainly a more delicate and chicer way of doing baby pink without any chalky undertones.
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FingerPaints Blushing With Excitement
Yup, clearly I'm all about pinks and mauves because here's Blushing With Excitement, the nude-pink from the Ashley Nell Tipton Collection, winner of Project Runway, from FingerPaints.  I picked up 3 of the 6 polishes from this collection but somehow only this swatch came out well.  The other two gave me serious lobster hands so I chose not to include them in this post.  Oh well.  Nonetheless, this color is so in now and I completely recommend anyone near a Sally Beauty check their clearance bins because I imagine this collection is circulating around those for a serious discount about now.  This creamy formula and kickass formula to boot, it's so worth digging around for this gem.
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So there you have it!  I cleaned up some of my swatches from the past few months and shared some random manis.  It's funny to see that I had a "type."



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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Soulstice Spa Nail Colour | Fall/Winter 2016



Soulstice Spa, run by the super lovely Kayse, is a day spa with two location in Northern California that in addition to their local services offers beautiful vegan and 5 Free polish available online to the polish lover.  Today, I have six of the newest shades available for purchase that are perfect for this fall/winter's dusky neutral trend.

Take a look!
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Woodacre
A burnt burgundy, Woodacre is actually unique in its a dusty quality.  I love the rosiness of the mauve undertones that keeps this color very on trend.  The formula was perfection and applies gorgeously.  A true autumnal shade.
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Stinson Beach
At first I thought this was going to be a total pass.  A super sheer pink?  I can't wear this; my nails have a yellow tint since they are always covered in polish.  But with three thin coats (waiting a bit between each to avoid dragging), this actually gave me a really nice appearance of a "no mani" look.  Clean and simple with no yellowing.  Color me shocked.

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Nicasio
All I could think while applying Nicasio was melted milk chocolate.  This milky brown creme is literally the color of that.  It's not necessarily my favorite color of the bunch but it's nice enough and I know it will make a fantastic nude on other skin tones.  The formula is divine and dries to a really beautiful shine.
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Tomales
Deeper greys with green undertones are hit or miss but Tomales has a cool freshness that I really like.  It gave me a bit of lobster hands but that's okay, the color is pretty enough to make up for that.  Perfect for fall and winter without being too stark.  A really great neutral in my book.

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Mill Valley
I have many a mint polish but I really love the fresh take here of Mill Valley.  A crelly, this doesn't have a white base so it's not chalky.  Instead, the base is almost greige, so it's kind of neutral, bordering on pastel but not quite.  I can't explain.  Like if this was in a spring collection I'd question why but wearing it now makes more sense.  Either way, it's fabulous and a must have for anyone that loves a good mint and wants to brand into different shades of the color.
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Sausalito
I'm all about taupe this season so Sausalito is really my jam.  It balances brown, grey, and purple so brilliantly to make a medium neutral color that doesn't wash out in a nude shade so you definite get a punch of color.  Love this.
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Soulstice Spa Nail Colour is vegan and 5 Free and can be purchased by clicking here for $12.  I highly recommend checking out some of the other shades available since this brand carries so many truly lovely colors that flatter any skin tone!



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Monday, October 24, 2016

China Glaze Rebel Collection | Fall 2016



So I'm married now, folks.  Weird to say, but now that it's done, I feel an insane amount of relief and an amazing amount of pressure to blog again.  Thankfully, I do have some swatches that are on reserve from pre-wedding that of course I have yet to post so since I have off today, I figure why not post them before these become VHTF polishes and I become a relic myself in the blogosphere.  So don't hate me dear readers and China Glaze PR people (please!) and kindly appreciate this post for what it is: a fall collection in fall!

Note about this collection: love the 90s references in the names, really.  But what I don't get at all are the colors in relation to each other or the season.  Individually, there are some real winners here (which I'll note), but cohesively, I just don't get it.  But when you put out a 12-piece collection, I guess the goal is to just create as many colors that will sell.  That being said, China Glaze does have some of the best formulation of polish out there so the hits are pretty high.  Anyway, that being said, on to the polish!
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Purple Fiction
A semi metallic purple, I really like the blue and violet micro shimmer in this color.  The formula is a bit thin but builds up nicely in multiple thin coats.  Nothing really unique but still really pretty and glows from within.
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Don't Mesh With Me
over Purple Fiction
A sheer iridescent sheer topper, a really love how the blue and pink iridescence picked up the microshimmer of Purple Fiction.  I can see this color doing wonders over a lot of shades, particularly darker metallics with shimmers in them and those that like to layer would really do themselves a favor in picking this one up.  It also spreads so evenly which I find to be problemsome with toppers sometimes and creates that horrible unevenness over some fingers that I really can't stand.

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Combat Blue-ts
While I was super excited to try this matte midnight navy, I'm a bit bummed at the formula.  I hoped it would be a dupe of the Sephora Formula X Prophecy (which it appears to be) but the aggravation at how quickly it dries, creating crumbling at the edges and really nonsmooth tip and uneven cuticle line brings my initial excitement down quite a bit.  The color is really pretty though and having seen swatches of it top coated is even lovelier but damn, what is this such a yucky matte?

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Holo At Ya Girl!
over Jagged Little Teal
This isn't a holo so I really don't understand the name at all.  This silvery blue basic glitter is really nothing special and I really don't like it.  I don't like glitters typically so for something that doesn't do much but cause massive mess to my fingertips at removal, I'm going to recommend a pass at this, stupid name and all.

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Y'all Red-y for This?
I'm a sucker for reds so I of course appreciated this cherry red crelly with glass flecks interspersed throughout.  Nothing crazy unique here but it did have a fairly watery formula so it bled quite a lot into my cuticles leaving a really weird line around my index finger I couldn't get rid of.  Oh well.

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Dope Taupe
My FAVORITE of this entire collection is Dope Taupe.  I've worn this baby probably about 3 times already and I just adore it.  This purple tone grey nude is simple gorgeous and the formula of this creme is divine.  Honestly, this may be my go-to color for fall 2016 and I think every girl needs to own this color immediately.  Gahhh, it's just STUNNING.

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Pearl Jammin'
over Dope Taupe
Not wanting to remove Dope Taupe, I layered the iridescent Pearl Jammin' over my favorite creme.  This pearly blue-pink sheer semi frost is pretty amazing and gave the taupe a really ethereal tone without any shimmer (maybe there is a super, super fine microshimmer that I can't make out but that's what makes this very special).  Most swatches of this polish are on its own but I prefer this layered to really catch its depth and over this neutral, I'm really smitten.

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Heroine Chic
I feel like I need to like Heroine Chic more than I do.  A charcoal semi metallic with copper flakie glitter pieces seems almost indie-esque to me (like something Colores de Carol would create).  However, maybe because I might own something like this (perhaps, from Carol de Carol in fact) that makes me think this isn't as special as it is.


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Blue-ya
A teal blue jelly base with golden and navy shimmer, Blue-ya is rich, autumnal shade that reminds me of something out of the Zoya Ignite Collection.  Formula was perfect and built up nicely.  Definitely a win with this one.


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Jagged Little Teal
I have a hard time pulling off teals given my skin tone but the dusty quality of this shade really makes this color quite flattering.  Plus this formula is so buttery and great.  Love it!


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Teen Spirit
A gorgeous blackened jelly base with bright teal (seems to be the color of this collection) shimmer, this is another great polish from the Rebel Collection.  Builds up nicely and looks great on, I can see myself wearing this beauty quite a lot over the winter.


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Fresh Prince-ss
A stark pinky peach pastel, Fresh Prince-ss feels very spring to me.  The formula is truly terrible and considering that China Glaze has produced some really great pastels in the past, I have a hard time forgiving this chalky left of center misfit.  Pretty color, but I just don't get it.
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The China Glaze Rebel Collection is available now at Sally Beauty, Ulta, Harmon, and other China Glaze retailers.



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