6.30.2010

China Glaze Hey Doll

When I first read the release of Vintage Vixen, China Glaze's 2010 Fall Collection, I was most excited about Hey Doll, which was listed as a rose frost with shimmer.  I adore rose colored nail polishes since that's what my Mom wore when I was a little girl.  Actually it may have been more of a rose gold, but it was just very classic, elegant, and hey, it was Mom.


I used Seche Natural for my base, 2 coats of Hey Doll and topped with Seche Vite.  Unfortunately, I did not fall in love with this polish.


Oddly enough, the shimmer is pretty muted and the rose was almost too brown for me.  I have a hard time calling this a "red" until I put it against the browns of the collection - then you can tell it's red.  But if I just picked this bottle up on its own, I'd be slightly confused.


More oddly still, in the indirect sun, there was almost a raisin purple brown showing.  This color just didn't win my heart, and that makes me a sad panda.



China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

6.29.2010

China Glaze Ingrid



This is another one of those bottles from the Vintage Vixen collection that I kind of just looked at going "um"?  Thankfully Ingrid is not an "um" color!  Listed as "greige creme with copper microglitter."  Okay seriously, what is greige?  Merriam-Webster says that it's "being in an unbleached undyed state as taken from a loom - used of textiles".  Ohhh, it's a French word.  That explains it.


Okay back to reality - so I was really excited about the copper microglitter.  If you remember from the other day, Goin' My Way? had a copper shimmer... you know I'm not the biggest fan of gold (in jewelry especially) but copper is pretty neat.


I used Seche Retain for my base (had some nail issues), only one coat of Ingrid, and topped with some Seche Vite.  The formula on this was the same as the others but with more opacity, so I only needed one coat.


Look at this beautiful application!  It's just the right color of muddy brown and I love it.


I think this is one of those colors that is like Rescue Beauty Lounge "No More War".  I think you're either going to love it or hate it.


Heh you can see my camera and other hand in this indirect sun picture.  No shade - I kept getting green hands.


You really didn't see as much of the microglitter in this shade, but that was okay with me!  In the bottle, up close, you can see it suspended in the creme, but on the nail, not so much.  Overall, this is a definite keeper.



China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

6.28.2010

Essie "Made In The Shade"


Do you see what I see?!  A glitterly blue?  Go Essie!  I may have to pick that one up even though I'm getting a small collection going of sparkly blues.

Essie can be purchased on their website [official website] or etailers like Head2ToeBeauty [official website] or TransDesign [official website].

China Glaze Swing Baby

Hey look - more Vintage Vixen!  Swing Baby is listed as a taupe frost with silver micro glitter.  Boy, they weren't kidding.  I'm not even going to mess with talk, just picture spam.


I used Seche Natural for my base, two coats of Swing Baby, and a top coat of Seche Vite.

Smell that frost.  It looks a little bit like a metallic in nature.  This next picture was by accident but shows off some bling in the frost.
The bottle is showing some rainbow in it, you see them?!


Then I turned my back and got an indirect sun picture.
Uh, whoa.


I mean, WHOA.


Bling!  I'm seriously at a loss for words on this color.  It was a complete surprise.  I'm feeling this frost thing, really.



China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

6.27.2010

China Glaze Classic Camel

Stay with me on this one.  When I saw this bottle, I wasn't too excited either.  It reminds me of vanilla ice cream that was frostbitten.  But Classic Camel from the Vintage Vixen Fall 2010 Collection is AWESOME.  I had to stop myself from just making this my entire manicure.


It almost gave me mannequin hands, which I'm not complaining!  Such a cool color packed with microglitter.  China Glaze describes it as khaki creme with gold micro glitter and boy, does it ever have gold microglitter in it.  


I used Seche Natural for my base, 2 coats of Classic Camel, and a top of Seche Vite.  My brush on this bottle was a bit weird - almost like a fan brush - flat.  But that actually made application easier.  Go figure.


See!  Buttery yellow awesomeness!


Do you SEE that microglitter?!


Here's one in indirect sun.
Calm, cool, collected.


Finally a shade picture to finish you off:
This was when I was seeing mannequin hands but not quite in the pictures.  Either way, this is a fast favorite - and a yellow at that... without the problems of yellow!  YAY!






China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.


6.26.2010

China Glaze Goin' My Way?

I constantly say that I'm looking for a good neutral office color polish, but I don't work in an office.  I have the awesome gift of getting to work at home, so no one is going to give me a tsk if I show up at my computer wearing bright blue neon polish.  Regardless, I'm still looking for some good neutrals.


I have to say, at first, I was kinda "ho-hum" about the entire Vintage Vixen collection until I remembered that this is a FALL collection.  Now, Texas doesn't really have a "fall", but I did live in Oregon for awhile, so I remember leaves changing colors and falling down.  Once I remembered that, I was all excited for this collection again.


Goin' My Way? is listed as brown frost with copper shimmer and that's pretty much dead on.  I used Seche Natural for my base, 1 coat of Goin' My Way? and a top coat of Seche Vite.  This formula was interesting - no pooling in my cuticles but it seemed a tad thick runny at first, if that makes sense.  I worked it out.


As you can tell in the sun, my camera went OOH SHIMMER, so you see a lot of copper in these pictures mixed with the brown frost.


But in the shade, oh yum that brown frost comes alive.  This is a good office color to me.
Look how rich that is!  Reminds me of a chocolate bar.  Mmm chocolate.



China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

6.25.2010

China Glaze Foxy

Do you see this?!  I was pretty excited about this color when it came in.  Apart of the Vintage Vixen collection, Foxy is as a burgundy frost with shimmer.  At first, I wondered if my Foxy and Riveter Rouge had their labels switched!  The bottle itself is so pretty!  I don't think I should take pictures at this time of day though with the sun nearly directly overhead - it makes my bottle pictures awkward.

I took another picture of the bottle so you could see the pretty shimmer but let me tell you, I didn't think this was a frost!  Actually, I'm horrible with finishes, so I'm going to link you now to Lacquerized and her amazing post on finishes [click here].

Anywho, now for pictures!  I used a base coat of Seche Natural, 2 thin coats of Foxy, and a top coat of Seche Vite.
I can see the "frost" now, because of the brush strokes, but WHO CARES?  I love this red - and there's an added amazing bonus.

Gold tones in the sun!  I'm a huge fan of anything red gold, and this polish is just that for me.  

Reds and I don't do well in the shade I'm learning, so I took an indirect sun picture (note how you can't see my pinkie finger?  It's all blown out in sun, heh).  I had to fight myself from making this a whole manicure - I really want to get this whole collection out first.  Plus I have so many more polishes to swatch still!  ^_^

I would buy this polish again, hands down if nothing else, for the gold shimmer tone.  Lovely lovely lovely.



China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

6.24.2010

China Glaze Riveter Rouge

Launching July 6th, the Vintage Vixen Fall Collection looks pretty amazing.  Even though FedEx seriously attempted to crush my package (and I made the carrier list that the box was seriously CRUSHED before I'd sign  for it), all my polishes were happily in their boxes.  Riveter Rouge is listed as a "deep red shimmer" but do you see what's in the front of my bottle?  GLITTER.  Oh yes, glitter.  Teeny tiny silvery gold microglitter.  HEART.


I used a base coat of Seche Natural, only one coat of Riveter Rouge, and a top coat of Seche Vite.  The formula was pretty awesome - no pooling but it wasn't too thin.  After looking at my sun pictures, I could have probably afforded a second coat, but I was just too excited.


As you can see, the microglitter isn't as defined on the nail as it is in my bottle but look at that red!  It reminds me a bit of China Glaze Drive In from the Retro Diva collection, but I know they aren't exactly the same.  There's a bit of brush strokey ickness in this color but it's totally tolerable.  I just recently buffed my nails, so it's not my natural ridges.


Check out the back of my bottle - all that microglitter is gone!  It's like it all floated to the front of my bottle, possibly in shipment.  Oddly, this reminds me a LOT of the Specialty/Glitters & Cremes collection that China Glaze came out with... tons of glitter in the bottle, not so much on the nail, but still beautiful.


In the shade picture, you can really can't see the glitter or the brush strokes at all - just a nice pretty red shimmer.  How many reds can one girl have?  Well this girl can have this one too.  Happy camper!



China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

6.23.2010

Glitter Comparison



I have a problem with shiny objects.  I see all the glittery pretty objects and my mind goes to La La land.  I will almost always buy rainbow glitter nail polish, even though I have tons of it.  I haven't EVEN gotten to all the rainbow glitter polish that China Glaze came out with for the Specialty collection, also called Glitters and Cremes.  Oy.  Deliberately blurry picture ahead!




China Glaze Polar Ice is from aforementioned Specialty/Glitters and Cremes collection.  China Glaze Fairy Dust is from Fashion Fairy collection.  Cover Girl City Lights 430is apart of the Boundless Color and is considered a top coat.  It was made to replace the discontinued Cover Girl Continuous shade Quicksilver 130.  Finally, Savvy Femme Couture "Touch of Glitter" was at my local Sally's in their summer displays.  These were all under $5 (more like $3.50, but I can't find my receipts so I'm guessing).


I knew that trying to post these on the nail bare, wasn't going to work.  Instead, I took a single coat of CND Blackjack over Seche Natural, and then just one coat of each glitter.  Here's the result.


As you can see Polar Ice has this blue/green flash to it, with large square glitter.  Fairy Dust and City Lights are totally dupes - both have the same coverage, the same amount of glitter.  Touch of Glitter is horrible.  Very sparse glitter.


I really liked Polar Ice so I took a super macro shot for you.


Yay!  Ultimately, Cover Girl City Lights was cheaper than China Glaze Fairy Dust BUT I only found one bottle of Cover Girl City Lights in my whole town and I had to literally sit on the floor to find it.  China Glaze Fairy Dust is in CG's core collection at Sally's (which is also at eye level and higher at my store).  I am pretty frustrated with Savvy though.  I have another bottle of it up on my untries and I just want to chunk it.  What's your favorite glitter from my 4?  (PS: this is just 4 swatched... I have like 10 more rainbow glitters including a bar glitter.)
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