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Entries in China Glaze (3)

Saturday
May152010

OPI's Shrek and China Glaze's Fall 2010!

So I’ve been meaning to post this for at least 2 weeks, but yeah.. <enter excuses here>. Let’s call that excuse ConnerIsDoneWithSchoolMeetsVacationMeetsOtherArticlesInOtherPlacesDue, mk? Good.

First up! OPI’s Shrek Forever After Collection:

 

Marvelous, no? I had a bit of apprehension at first seeing as I’ll likely be the last girl on earth to put swampy green on my hands, but the others? Gorgeous. I especially love how this collection seems to offer complimentary manicure and pedicure colors! 

These pictures/swatches are all from All Lacquered Up (don’t you love her nails? Great blog, too!):

Funky Donkey - OPI 2010Grape creme!

And to compliment it:

Rumple’s Wiggin’ - OPI 2010Beautiful mani/pedi combo. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing these because I have similar colors (both OPI too). But, lovely nonetheless.

These I might actually buy:

Orge The Top Blue - OPI 2010

and it’s compliment:

What’s With The Cattitude - OPI 2010Those blue cremes are so vibrant (especially the first one). I only have 2 blues in my tiny excuse for a “collection” one being a dark navy and another being slightly opaque (think the latter is a China Glaze). So these would be far from what I already own. 

Ok, moving away from OPI and onto China Glaze, who recently announced/released the names and swatches (and samples to REAL nail polish blog’s for review) their FALL 2010 collection called Vintage Vixen.

Guys, these are drool-worthy. 

So glittery, which is my favorite type of polish. For those of you who have problems applying, which I still do, glitters are your BEST FRIEND. You don’t have to worry about lines or bumps because the shimmer hides it.

 

My favorites from this appear to be: (all of these swatches/reviews are from VampyVarnish.com - go check out the entire collection there!)

Classic Carmel - China Glaze Fall 2010Ingrid - China Glaze Fall 2010Goin’ My Way - China Glaze Fall 2010Emerald Fitzgerald - China Glaze Fall 2010First Class Ticket - China Glaze Fall 2010(but I’m as blue as a boy can be… :) )

Jitterbug - China Glaze Fall 2010The other colors are still gorgeous, but I either have something similar, or just don’t think the color would work well with my skin tone (like Hey Doll)

What do you think? Anything you are DYING to try? Leave it in the comments!

Wednesday
Mar242010

Spring/Summer Nail Polish I'm Dying To Get

Obviously from the title, you should know that I don’t YET own any of these polishes. (Polishes? Poli? No)

 

First up, OPI - Jade Is The New Black (Summer 2010 Hong Kong collection).

This looks SO DIFFERENT from other greens I’ve seen. Something about it has a steel grey tone to it. In all honesty, most of the colors in the Hong Kong collection don’t strike me as “summer lacquers”, but OH WELL. I get tired of neons all summer anyways.

Credit: http://www.scrangie.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.temptalia.com/opi-hong-kong-collection-review-photos-swatches-part-2

Red My Fortune Cookie - OPI (again in the Summer 2010 Hong Kong collection). This looks creamy and vibrant! This seems to summery, yet not. I could probably wear this in the Fall to add a little brightness to my day,

http://www.temptalia.com/opi-hong-kong-collection-review-photos-swatches-part-2

China Glaze’s Poolside Collection for Summer 2010 is a MUST OWN. Every color fits in with the 80s neons trend, and each one pops! You can’t not notice these colors.

http://www.temptalia.com/china-glaze-poolside-collection-review-photos-swatchesBright, right?

Absolutely show-stopping colors. 

On the top row (l to r): Pool Party, Flip Flop Fantasy, and Sun Worshipper

Bottom row (l to r): Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Kiwi Cool-Ada, and Towel Boy Toy

I’m not big on neon greens. They are a little too, oh.. I don’t know, 13? This one is nice though.

I’m more interested in the Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and that AMAZING Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper. Have to wonder if they are anything like one of my favorite orange-cremes from OPI - Atomic Orange. Although, I think it may have a little more brown in it than this China Glaze number.

OPI - Atomic Orange

Any personal favorites for Summer? What are you wearing now? I’m polish-less, and leaning towards diving into that Atomic Orange tonight!

 

Image Credits: Temptalia.com and Scrangie.com

Sunday
Jan032010

My Nail Polish Obsession

 

I might have a small addiction to nail polish of of late. It makes me feel less frumpy, no matter what I’m wearing, just to have my nails filed, primed and painted.

 

Here are a few polishes I’m either eying or am already in love with.

My first is ‘Dear Santa’ and ‘All Abordeaux The Sled!’ both from OPI’s Winter Holiday 2009 collection.

 

 

 


I own the ‘All Abordeaux The Sled!’ (got it at Ulta this week for 60% off!) and ‘Dear Santa’ was totally sold out. I used it for my Christmas Eve manicure. A perfect Christmas red with gold sparkles.

 

Next, is the China Glaze ‘Up & Away’ Collection for Spring 2010. This should be in stores sometime this week and I hope to snag a few.


Temptalia has an outstanding blog and she frequently reviews some of my favorite polish. All of these colors look so amazing! I doubt I could rock the bright green or bright yellow, but I love the mint and softer yellow as well as the peachy color and the red.
Here’s Temptalia’s review of the Up & Away collection from China Glaze.

 

 

Also part of the new collections coming out in Spring 2010 is OPI’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (obviously tied in with Tim Burton’s remake of Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp which will be in theaters this spring!)

 

I do love the shade of this blue, but I’m more drawn to the Madd as a Hater (appears purple in this photo):

 


Review post on this collection can be found here.

 

If you are interested in a “true red”, may I recommend ‘Big Red Apple’ by OPI? It’s bright, not too orangy or blue, and show stopping.

Next on my list (one that I don’t own nor have I tried), is by China Glaze - ‘Emerald Sprakle’. I found this through StephsCloset and you can read her review of the entire collection (including this dreamy green) on her blog.


For some of the more bold colors (I also love OPI’s ‘Midnight in Moscow’), I recommend a good base and top coat. I use OPI’s Start-To-Finish. It’s super easy to use and it protects my polish, gives it extra shine and makes polish removal easier.

 

 

 

I’m not a pro yet, but I do have a few tips for making polish go without a headache.

 

 

  • Trim your nails and buff away an excess skin.
  • Use cuticle oil.
  • Wait about half an hour or so (more if you can) before applying your base coat (just make sure you’ve rinsed off your cuticle oil).
  • Apply a thin, even coat of Start-To-Finish on all nails and wait about 20 minutes (must have patience!)
  • Apply a thin, even coat of your polish. Make sure to start at the bed of your nail and pull towards the tip. Only go one direction. Even if this coat is streaky, it’s ok. That’s typical.
  • WAIT 30 MINUTES! If you can not wait (this is the most critical wait in my opinion), try dipping your hands in ice cold water for 5 minutes. It will help set that first coat of color.
  • Now go in for the 2nd coat. Not too think, not too thin and make sure you are going in the same direction. This coat should “erase” your streaks.
  • Wait a bit for this coat to dry and apply a thin layer of top coat. For high-glitter polish, I like a thin 3rd coat and then the top coat.
What are your favorite polishes or brands? Is “polishes” even the plural for “polish”? See, this is why I’m not a nail polish blogger. I don’t even know how to properly cite a brand, line or color. OH WELL!