When I was a kid, my parents didn’t have much money for things that weren’t absolute necessities so I didn’t always get the newest and coolest toys. This is something that can be hard to explain to a kid, but I learned quickly not to ask for things that I knew were expensive. One particular toy that I always wanted was My Little Pony. I must have wanted it badly enough for my mom to remember it years later when she came home from a garage sale with a My Little Pony toy. Although I was already in my late teens, it meant a lot to me and to this day I still remember the look on my mom’s face when she gave it to me. This makes me wonder if I’m spoiling my nephews too much because I buy them EVERYTHING they want–will they appreciate things as much when they basically get new toys all the time? The reason I’m talking about this is because I have a polish from the My Little Pony Collection to share with you today: China Glaze Too Busy Being Awesome. I also used it in a stamped mani so let me show you what I did with it below. Continue reading “China Glaze Too Busy Being Awesome”
Woot, woot! Friday is here again, and I’m gearing up to have a major lazyfest this weekend since I have 4 days off. Do you have any exciting plans this weekend? Since I will have a couple of extra days, I’m going to do some dusty hunting. Now that I’m committed to doing #vintagepolishfriday on the regular, I want to have a pretty decent stash of oldies. Today I’m going to show you a China Glaze In The Mood polish that I found at one of my dusties. The In The Mood line was allegedly released in 2001, and it’s pretty hard to find reliable information online. The only information that seems somewhat legit is that which I found here. Unfortunately, my bottle did not have a name and it appears that they used to have a sticker on the back of the bottle with the name of the polish. Let me show you some swatches below. Continue reading “China Glaze In The Mood – #vintagepolishfriday”
Happy Friday! I’m so glad the weekend is almost upon us so I can veg a little, and maybe work on organizing my melmers. I don’t know what to do about my nail polish storage situation, so I guess that’s the reason why I have been shopping my stash lately. Although I see plenty of pretty new polishes being released on a weekly basis, I cringe at the idea of trying to find the space to store the steady stream of polishes that I get. One thing that I haven’t been able to stop doing is checking out destashes and evilbay for old discontinued polishes. Because of this, I wanted to resume doing something: Vintage Polish Friday. Continue reading “China Glaze QT – #vintagepolishfriday”
Today I’m reeeaaaaallly looking back into my archives for material. I have slowly been collecting the polishes from the China Glaze OMG Collection through Ebay, random blog sales and destashes. Because holographic polish is not a novelty anymore the way it was when the OMG Collection came out, I am not in a huge rush to get them all but it would be nice to get a full set. I always remember the first–and only time–that I found a polish from this collection in a store setting. Click here if you want a laugh. I’m sure that you’re all super over seeing swatches of these polishes since the collection is from 2008 after all, but it’s a new experience to me so here I am sharing it with you. Let me show you some swatches of China Glaze 2NITE below. Continue reading “China Glaze 2NITE”
Well hello there! How was your Thanksgiving? (I’m assuming that you’re American, here.) Mine was really nice despite the ham/car mishap that I had. Since I don’t eat turkey, I made a ham for Thanksgiving dinner. I was driving so carefully on my way to my brother’s house and then I took a sharp turn…which made all the ham juices fly out of my dish. My car now smells like glazed ham, but I guess it could be worse. Despite that, we had a really great time with a lot of friends and family. I ended up taking an extra day off so today is my first day back to work since last Wednesday. It’s so hard to go back to work after a short break–it sucks being an adult. Anywho, today I’m here to show you my swatches of the China Glaze Seas and Greetings Collection for Holiday 2016. Holiday, you say? You must be mistaken, you say. Now, now…don’t get all worked up about the lack of true seasonal colors or even a holiday vibe from this collection. Let’s take a look at my swatches below.
China Glaze Eat Pink Be Merry
China Glaze Let’s Shell-ebrate
China Glaze Sand In My Mistletoes
China Glaze Snow Way
China Glaze Good Tide-ings
China Glaze Joy To The Waves
China Glaze Partridge In A Palm Tree
China Glaze Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish
China Glaze Seas and Greetings
China Glaze ‘Tis The Sea-sun
China Glaze Warm Wishes
China Glaze The More The Berrier
I’m torn here because I do like some of these shades quite a bit, but I just don’t get holiday from this collection. I do think there is a cute play on words for this collection and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if these shades weren’t part of a holiday collection. I’m used to seeing tons of glitters, sparkle and jewel tones from China Glaze, but this year they just went another direction. My picks from this collection are: Seas and Greetings, Warm Wishes, Good Tide-ings and Snow Way. I’m sad that you can really see the gorgeous shimmer in Snow Way from my pictures but I promise it’s there. In fact, it’s the white equivalent of Pearl Jammin’. I really did not care for Partridge In A Pear Tree because it’s difficult to work with due to the matte formula. I think the color is beautiful, but the formula not so much. Now for some details on where you can get these shades: Ulta will not be carrying this collection in stores or online. Sally Beauty will be carrying six shades from this collection in stores; the complete collection will be available online at SallyBeauty.com. These will be sold in stores:
· ‘Tis the Sea-Sun
· The More, The Berrier
· Seas and Greetings
· Let’s Shell-ebrate
· Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish
· Joy to the Waves
So what do you think about this collection? Are there any shades that you interested in? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!
Have I mentioned before that Fall polish collections are my absolute favorite? As much as I love super bright and flashy colors that tend to pop up during the Summer months, I am a lover of all things dark and moody. Fall collections always bring out rich and saturated darker colors that I just crave. I have quite a few Fall collections to share with you in the next week so I’m uber excited. I don’t know about you, but I think that China Glaze always tends to do some pretty awesome collections with great themes. This fall, the China Glaze Rebel Collection takes us back to the 90’s. Being born in 1979, I feel equally part 80’s and part 90’s kid so this was a fun blast to the past. Let me show you my swatches below before I get into my thoughts.
China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss
China Glaze Dope Taupe
China Glaze Jagged Little Teal
China Glaze Pearl Jammin’
China Glaze Purple Fiction
China Glaze Y’all Red-y For This?
China Glaze Combat Blue-ts
China Glaze Teen Spirit
China Glaze Blue-Ya!
China Glaze Heroine Chic
China Glaze Don’t Mesh With Me (over Combat Blue-ts)
China Glaze Holo At Ya Girl! (over Pearl Jammin’)
I’ve got to admit that I love this collection not just because of all the 90’s references, but because it has so much variety! You are bound to find at least a few shades to love even if they are not all your cup of tea. Fresh Prince-ss seems a little out of place in a traditional Fall collection but it’s a beautiful pink in west Philadelphia born and raised…uh, nevermind. The formula was ok: I applied 3 thin coats and one coat of glossy top coat. The only other polish that required 3 coats was Pearl Jammin’ but it is one of those transformer shades that can make another polish look amazing when applied over it thinly. I rather like wearing it on its own and think that the three coats is well worth it. The rest of the shades were easy two coaters and all of my swatches show a coat of glossy top coat except for Combat Blue-ts. Because Combat Blue-ts dries to a matte finish, it can be a little finicky. I overworked the second coat a bit so it doesn’t look as smooth as it could be, but the color is so rich and vibrant that I can overlook it. I didn’t top coat the polish because I wanted to show it in its satin/matte finish, but I will definitely gloss it up in the future. Overall, I am very happy with the China Glaze Rebel Collection and think there are are some gorgeous shades here that should not be missed. My favorites are: Dope Taupe, Teen Spirit, Blue Ya! and Pearl Jammin’. These are the main standouts for me, but I do like other shades from this collection. What do you think about this collection? Do you see any shades that you will be picking up? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.
I was totally expecting to have this review up yesterday, but it just didn’t work out. I did get all the swatching done on Saturday, but I was so pooped I had to take a break. Then on Sunday I had too much going on so I just didn’t have enough time to put the post together. I know I’ve been super slow at getting content up lately, but I’m not going to apologize for it anymore. I love nail polish, but I also like having a life. Maybe I’m just a slow swatcher, but swatching a collection this big really takes a lot of time. I ended up swatching 2 12-piece collections on Saturday so between that and editing the pictures, I just did not have enough time to do more. The good news is that I still freaking love doing this but I need to have a little balance and not spend all my free time swatching so that I don’t get burned out. I’m thinking of sticking to posting 3 times a week–what do you think? Well, the awesomeness that I have for you today is the China Glaze Lite Brites Collection for Summer 2016. This collection is the perfect representation of 80’s Summers! Let me show you my swatches below and then I’ll get into the dirty deets.
China Glaze Lip Smackin’ Good
China Glaze Bite Me
China Glaze I’ll Pink To That
China Glaze Whip It Good
China Glaze Lime After Lime
China Glaze What I Like About Blue
China Glaze Let’s Jam
China Glaze I Got A Blue Attitude
China Glaze Hot Flash
China Glaze None Of Your Risky Business
China Glaze Papa Don’t Peach
China Glaze We Got The Beet
Welp, these are awesome. Everything you have read online about how great these are is 10000000000% true. Before I get into it, what do you think about the addition of a third one nail macro? I don’t have a fancy camera or anything so I think the quality could be better, but I kind of like this. My cuticles weren’t in the best shape, but now I know that I need major preparation for future swatch fests. Anyway, I really loved this collection. It has a great variety of colors: some creams, some shimmers and some jelly glitters. All in all, the formula on these was absolutely great. I think that every time I hear “neons” I get a little scared because the formula on a lot of neons can be quite problematic. You will not encounter any issues with these gorgeous and bright shades. I’ll Pink To That is my new favorite hot pink–you cannot understand how bright this color is; my pictures don’t do it justice. If you’re looking for a fun Summer collection, look no further because you will love these all. Do you have any favorite shades from this collection? Let me know what you think below. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!
Hey there! Nice to see you here on this lovely Monday morning! I had a pretty busy weekend so I feel like I barely even got some time to rest. My nephew had his birthday party which was a lot of fun. He turned 2 last week, and it’s like he’s a mini-adult now. I love hearing him talk–even if he still can’t pronounce a lot of sounds. He’s such a cutie pie! On Sunday, I spent most of the day doing laundry, running errands and just cleaning my place. I hate it when things are all messy and out of place so I got lot of stuff done. I guess I should feel rested since it’s barely the start of the work week, but I feel exhausted! You know what I am excited about? The Thanksgiving holiday!!! After Thanksgiving, it’s a hop, skip and a jump over to Christmas and then the new year. Can you believe 2015 is almost over? And with all the holidays, we can expect all the holiday collections to land in stores near you. Today I have for you the China Glaze Cheers! Collection which is the holiday offering for 2015. I was really looking forward to trying out all the glitters because they all looked so pretty. Check out my swatches below before I tell you what I thought about the collection overall.
I want to mention a few things. To start with, I’m sorry about my wonky nail in my swatches for Mix and Mingle. I had a nail file mishap and didn’t notice how jagged and frayed my nail edge looked until I uploaded the pictures. I also wanted to mention that I used all of the glitters on their own. For all my swatches I used 2 coats of polish–some thicker than others. While the glitters would be infinitely more manageable if you used them over a similarly colored base, I just felt like swatching them on their own. As you know, glitters can be difficult to work with and it’s usually best to use the dabbing method when using glitterbombs. I did use more of a dabbing method when I worked with the glitters and that seemed to work fine and they glitters weren’t too much of a pain. While most of the polishes here are lovely, I am not SUPER excited about them with the exception of Mix and Mingle, Don’t Get Elfed Up and I Soiree I Didn’t Do It. These three are definitely my absolute favorites. Don’t get me wrong–some of these are nice staples, but I probably have something similar in my stash. Don’t I always have something similar in my stash? So what do you think about this collection? I know it has been out for a couple of weeks already, so maybe you’ve already picked up some of these shades. Let me know what you think and if you have any favorites. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!
Hey, happy Monday everyone. Today I feel like I am definitely tardy to the party with my swatches of this collection. I purchased them like over a month ago and then I went on a blog break, and I just got behind on everything. Halloween was a week ago, so excuse me for missing the boat on posting my review so late. The China Glaze Ghouls Night Out Collection for Halloween 2015 is pretty typical of what I have come to expect from Halloween collections. There is nothing groundbreaking here, but I ended up liking a couple of these shades A LOT! Let me show you my swatches:
China Glaze Looking Bootiful
The purple! The purple! Ahhh! I love Looking Bootiful because it’s the perfect purple for my skin tone. It is a jelly polish so you will need a few coats to get it opaque, but it’s just so squishy looking that it’s worth it. My other favorite is the green Drink Up Witches–which I keep reading as Drink Up Bitches. The glitters are ok–they aren’t anything we haven’t seen variations of before. I am actually really happy with this little collection and this colors can be used at any time–they aren’t just for Halloween! What are your thoughts on this mini collection? Since my melmers are overflowing, I decided to put this set up for sale. If you’re interested, I’m selling the 6-pice collection for $22 shipped so send me an email if you want to purchase these. Well, I hope you’re doing well and thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hey there! Welcome back. Apparently this will be “Fall Week” on Of Life and Lacquer because today I have the China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection for Fall 2015. When I first saw pictures of this collection, I wasn’t SUPER excited. I wasn’t On Safari excited, if you know what I mean. Still, I felt there were quite a few shades that looked interesting so I was still looking forward to trying out all of them. What else can a polish addict say? I am kind of in a better mood because the weather has decided to cool down a bit which I am eternally grateful for. I hate getting the heat rages so you know that I’ve been much more mellow as of late. One thing that has come up is that my car is on the outs again. I bought this car 2 years ago and have logged like 16,000 miles. Two months ago my transmission crapped out so it was repaired under my warranty and now I’m sensing the same issue again where my car does not shift out of first gear. Seriously? I am going to have the biggest fit if this is just going to be a revolving door of issues. I bought a brand new car so I shouldn’t have to deal with these issues so early on, right? Anyway, enough complaining about my car and let me show you my swatches.
I think this collection is weird, but weird in a good way. Isn’t S’More Fun like the weirdest color to make an appearance in a fall collection??? If you like yellow/green polishes, you’re going to love this one regardless of how much it sticks out like a sore thumb. I am absolutely in love with My Lodge or Yours? and Change Your Altitude–they are such gorgeous neutrals but again, they seem to be more spring appropriate. This whole collection has a little bit of everything: delicious cremes, glitter, foils and duochromes. I had ZERO issues with the formula of these which is always such a wonderful thing to say because you know that if the formulation sucks, nothing will save it. The China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection is available NOW at all the usual places where you can purchase the brand such as Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply. So which shades will you be picking up (or have already picked up)? Let me know what you think! Thanks for the visit today, and I will catch up with you soon.