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Color Club’s “Winter Affair” set of mini nail lacquers

Winter Affair Nail Polish Swatches

If you are still in need of stocking stuffers for that beauty lover on your list then this Color Club “Winter Affair” set of mini nail lacquers may be just what you need.

Winter Affair Color Club set

The Winter Affair nail lacquer set is made up of 3 beautiful shimmery polishes and a flakie top coat….and yes as the label suggests, they are scented!  This was the first time I’d ever noticed the brand “Color Club” at Sally Beauty Supply but had heard a lot about them on-line, so I was excited to pick up this set and give them a try.

Color Club 2012 Christmas Set

This set of minis from Color Club is currently available in stores for $6.99 US or $8.99 CAD.

These mini nail polishes didn’t state the actual shades on them anywhere, so I had to look them up on-line and found the following information.

"Winter Affair" Nail polish swatches by Color Club

“Berry and Bright” is the shimmering red and smells like…well…berries!  The scent could also be compared to sugar plums.  It is a very festive berry scent.

The green you see is “Ho-Ho-Holly” and to me, smelled exactly the way a pine or mistletoe candle would.

The shimmering blue nail polish is called “Gift of Sparkle”.  For some reason, depending on where you purchase this set “Gift of Sparkle” is actually a different colour.  Sally Beauty offers the blue and at other locations you might find a glitzy purple with the same name.  I can’t speak for the scent of the purple one, but the blue one smells like vanilla…but a very strong vanilla.

The flakie polish on the end is called “Snow-flakes” and is the only one from the set that isn’t scented.  When I saw this in the bottle, I was actually hoping it was  similar to Make a Spectacle from China Glaze’s Halloween collection, but it wasn’t anything like it.  The reflective nature of this polish is very subtle on the nail and much more pronounced in the bottle.  At certain angles you can’t see it at all, but if the light hits it just right, then you will see multiple shades reflected in these flakes.  I think next time I will actually try out this top coat with more than one coat and see how that changes things.  Regardless of my high hopes and slight disappointment, it is still pretty!

Snow-Flakes swatch by Color Club

The formula of these polishes was fantastic, not too thick and not to thin.  These pictures are actually all with just one coat if you can believe it!  So these polishes are perfect for when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for 2-3 coats to dry.

Please note: I don’t recommend using multiple polishes for a manicure like I did here.  The mixing aromas was a little overpowering for me and I had to change this mani over to a single color mani.  But when I had on only “Berry and Bright” it was just a nice soft scent and very manageable.  If you have a sensitive nose though, these might be too much for you.

This was my first adventure into the world of scented nail polish and I haven’t made up my mind yet as to how I feel about it.  How about you?  Do you like scented nail polish and have a brand you turn to?

Thanks for reading!  Happy shopping for those of you that still have some left!

xox,
Shannon

Mini Nail Lacquer gift set "Winter Affair" by Color Club


China Glaze’s Cirque du Soleil Collection feat. “It’s a Trap-Eze!”

Confetti nail polish by China Glaze, Cirque du Soleil collection

China Glaze’s Cirque du Soleil collection has been available in the US for a little while, but just recently hit the shelves in Canada.

Cirque du Soleil nail polish collection 2012

There are a lot of beautiful colours in this collection and they aren’t limiting this winter collection to muted or classic winter shades.  They’ve really gone out of their way to add some very fun and bright shades to help you cure the winter blues.


It’s A Trap-Eze!

Whirled Away

Escaping Reality

Surreal Appeal

Def Defying

Running In Circles

Hanging In The Balance

Water You Waiting For

Creative Fantasy

Bend Over Backwards

Igniting Love

Get Carried Away

Colour Palette courtesy of www.chinaglaze.com

I was hoping to get my hands on Creative Fantasy, Running in Circles and It’s a Trap-Eze!  But out of the two Sally Beauty Supply stores I went to, neither of them had any of the three shades out on display.  Only when I asked, was I lucky enough to find out that they had some “It’s a Trap-Eze!” tucked away in the back.  Not sure why that was the case, but I was glad I asked nonetheless.

So,  I wanted to share with you this very unique nail polish that I’ve just added to my collection.

Its a trapeze nail polish by China Glaze/confetti nail polish by China Glaze

It’s a Trap-Eze! reminds me of confetti, frosting and angel food cake all at the same time.  This nail polish truly looks delicious!

China Glaze confetti nail polish

It is made up of medium and small sized hexagon shaped glitters in a variety of fun, bright colours that are floating in a creamy, milky base.

China Glaze nail lacquer "It's a Trap-Eze!"

This is what two coats looks like:

swatch of Its a Trapeze nail polish by China Glaze

The creamy soft coloured base makes this mani perfect for winter and the holidays!

If my experience is any indication, this polish might be a hard polish to get in store and you might need to order it on-line if you want to ensure you don’t miss out.  If any one knows of any dupes to this, please be sure to comment below!

As for the formula, It’s a Trap-Eze! glides on very easily and you don’t have to fuss with the glitter at all to get an even distribution.  My only complaint with this polish is that I experienced minor chips along my tips after just a day and a half.  Within 3 days, almost every nail showed signs of wear.  So although, I love the polish, I wish it held up to the elements better.  That won’t stop me from wearing this unique polish though, it is just too fun to keep on a shelf.

Did you pick up any of these limited edition polishes from the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil collection?

xox,
Shannon


Holiday Joy Collection: China Glaze 2012

China Glaze - Glitter All The Way Nail Polish - Holiday Joy 2012 Collection

The holidays are quickly approaching and the big nail polish brands are all coming out with their special collections and limited edition polishes.

China Glaze has a very pretty collection this year called “Holiday Joy”.  It is what you would expect, lots of reds and lots of glitzy glitters.  Here is a look at this years colour palette courtesy of chinaglaze.com


Merry Berry

Cranberry Splash

Red Satin

With Love

Pure Joy

Champagne Kisses

Winter Holly

Glitter All The Way

Angel Wings

Glistening Snow

Blue Bells Ring

Pizzazz

There were two nail lacquers I was especially excited to get my hands on from this collection.  Angel Wings being one and Glitter All The Way being the other.  I still might break down and pick up a couple more…Merry Berry and Winter Holly are both so pretty!  *sigh*

For now, I just have the two, but I thought I would share my swatches of them with you anyway.

Angel Wings is a clear base polish packed with gold micro glitters and holographic micro glitters dispersed throughout it.

Holiday Joy 2012 Nail Polish Collection by China Glaze - "Angel Wings"

It’s a really pretty polish!  This lacquer offers that insanely sparkly glitzy look that is perfect for the holiday season.  With Angel Wings you can expect mostly opaque coverage after two coats, but will need three if you want complete coverage.  Like most glitter polishes, it will dry gritty and grainy to the touch, so you will most likely want a top coat.

I had a bit of a hard time capturing its true look on camera, so I’ve included both a swatch without flash and one with flash:

Angel Wings Nail Polish Swatch

Angel Wings swatch without flash

"Angel Wings" swatch, China Glaze Holiday Joy 2012 Collection

Angel Wings swatch with flash

Glitter All The Way quickly became one of my all-time favourite glitter polishes.  As you can see, it is super fun and uber colourful.  I had nothing even remotely like it in my collection.

China Glaze - Glitter All The Way Nail Polish - Holiday Joy 2012 Collection

This polish contains gold, red, purple and green glitters – all packed in a clear base.  The glitters themselves aren’t as fine as the ones in Angel Wings but they are by no means chunky or bulky.  Glitter All The Way will be opaque after 3 coats, or will serve as a very pretty top coat if you just want to add some glitz and glam to your already existing manicure (it looks very beautiful over any really dark polishes like black or vampy red).  I think it’s a perfect polish for this years holiday parties!

And for the sake of consistency I’m also sharing pictures of this one without flash and with flash:

"Glitter All The Way" nail polish swatch

Glitter All The Way swatch without flash

multi coloured nail polish (glitter)

Glitter All The Way swatch with flash

Which polishes and new collections have you most excited this year?  What polish will you be wearing to your holiday parties?

xox,
Shannon


Wicked: a China Glaze collection for Halloween 2012

Roguish Red Manicure with Glitter Goblin tips - a Halloween manicure

This collection has been out for a few weeks already, but unfortunately I am just getting around to sharing it now.

WICKED is China Glaze’s 2012 Halloween Collection.  It is made up of 6 new polishes plus a Ghoulish Glow in the dark nail polish.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Collection "Wicked"

From Left to Right: Cast a Spell, Immortal, Bizarre Blurple, Glitter Goblin, Roguish Red, Make a Spectacle

Ghoulish Glow is however only available in their special 4 pack of nail lacquers, where as 3 of the shades above are only sold individually (Cast a Spell, Immortal and Make a Spectacle).  I grabbed the 4 pack as well as “Make a Spectacle” because it was just TOO pretty of a glitter to walk away from.

Value Pack from China Glaze's Halloween 2012 "Wicked" Collection

The 4 pack is an incredible value at $11.99 CAD or $9.99 US at Sally Beauty Supply Store’s.  Otherwise, the polishes are sold individually for $5.99 CAD or $4.99 US.

Roguish Red, Glitter Goblin, Bizarre Blurple and Ghoulish Glow (China Glaze's Wicked Collection)

Here is a look at Roguish Red complete with Glitter Goblin Tips.

Roguish Red Manicure with Glitter Goblin tips - a Halloween manicure

Roguish Red is an orange-red creme nail lacquer.  It has a very nice opaque formula with which you can almost get away with one coat.  You will need two to make it perfectly opaque though.

China Glaze's 2012 Halloween Collection "Wicked"

Glitter Goblin is a clear base polish packed with orange, silver and iridescent glitters.  They are very fine and will require multiple coats if you are going for full coverage.

Festive Manicure, Halloween Nails, manicures for short nails

My favourite use of “Make a Spectacle” so far is in a Jelly Sandwich manicure.

Katherine Nail Polish by Zoya in "Jelly Sandwich Nails"

But it is an absolutely gorgeous opalescent glitter with a clear base that makes for a beautiful top coat, no matter the base colour.  Here I have layered it over top of “Bizarre Blurple”.

"Make A Spectacle" Glitter Top Coat - a Nail Lacquer from China Glaze

“Bizarre Blurple” on its own is a very pretty polish too.  It is a rich blue-purple shade (no shock given the name) with mainly blue shimmer.  Depending on how the light hits it, it can appear more blue or more purple.  I experienced slight bubbling with this polish, but it is definitely my fault and not that of Bizarre Blurple.  I know I was impatient and didn’t wait long enough in between coats and my first coat wasn’t completely dry.

swatch on nails of Bizarre Blurple by China Glaze

I’m still debating whether or not go to back for “Cast a Spell”.  It is a very dark polish that appears completely black in lots of lighting.  But it is actually a dark olive base with gold and green shimmer.  If I end up caving and picking it up, I will be sure to add it to this post.

All in all I’m very happy with this collection.  Make a Spectacle is my new favourite glitter polish that I own and the 4 pack is great value.  I wasn’t sure I would like Roguish Red very much when I grabbed the set, but after wearing it last week with the glitter tips, I managed to fall in love – so I’m super happy I now have an orangey-red in my collection.

What polishes are you most excited about this Halloween?

Do you have a favourite from China Glaze’s “Wicked” Collection?

xox,
Shannon


Jelly Sandwich Extravaganza with the Fall 2012 “Gloss” Collection by Zoya

green jelly sandwich nails, blue jelly sandwich nails

Jelly Sandwich nails are probably my most favourite manicures.  They are simple, pretty, easy to create and the longest lasting of any manicures I’ve had.

I only had one jelly polish and was having a hard time tracking them down.  So when I heard Zoya had come out with a fall collection featuring all jellies, I was excited.  I’ve never had a Zoya polish before as they aren’t the most accessible here in Canada, but I know how popular they are south of the border.

Gloss Collection - fall 2012 - Zoya

So I decided to grab this “Gloss” Collection from nailpolishcanada.com for $24.00.  You can also purchase it for the same price online at zoya.com (if you are in the US) or ebay/amazon.  They are sold everywhere for $8.00/each or $24.00 for the set.

Fall 2012 Gloss Collection by Zoya

This collection contains Katherine, Paloma and Frida – all beautiful jewel toned jelly polishes.  They are sheer, build-able and great for layering.

Katherine

Katherine was the first shade that I tried.  It is a sheer, dark plum.

Katherine swatch - jelly polish by Zoya

One coat:

Katherine jelly polish - swatch and review

Four to Five coats are required to get mostly opaque coverage:

Katherine nail polish by Zoya - swatch and review

Using “Make a Spectacle” glitter polish from China Glaze’s new Halloween collection, I applied one top coat.

how to make jelly sandwich nails

Glitter nail polish from China Glaze 2012 Halloween Collection - "Make a Spectacle"

In order to make a jelly sandwich manicure, I added another layer of “Katherine” on top.  This gives the illusion that the glitter is floating inside the jelly polish, creating a cool 3D effect.  You can see the difference here, with and without the jelly polish on top:

what are jelly sandwich nails?

This mani ended up being a beautiful dark and vampy jelly sandwich.

dark and vampy jelly sandwich manicure

Paloma

Paloma is a nice bright fuscia jelly lacquer.

One coat:

Paloma swatch - Zoya Gloss polish

Three to four coats:

"Paloma" by Zoya - nail polish swatch and review

*I found it was slightly less sheer than the other two in the collection and required less coats to reach an opaque look.*

For this jelly sandwich manicure, I also used “Make a Spectacle” glitter nail polish from China Glaze.

Zoya's "Paloma" and China Glaze's "Make a Spectacle"

jelly sandwich nails using "Paloma" by Zoya

Frida

Frida is my favourite polish from this Gloss collection.  It is a nice rich teal.  It is however the most sheer of the three.

One coat:

"Frida" review - nail polish by Zoya

Four to five coats:

"Frida" swatch - jelly nail polish by Zoya

To make this into a jelly sandwich manicure, I used “Mermaid Tale” by Orly.

polishes to make a green/teal jelly sandwich

teal jelly sandwich nails using "Frida" nail polish by Zoya

I really love all three of the shades in this collection and they are just perfect for this time of year.  No better time to sport jewel toned polishes!  They are gorgeous with or without the jelly sandwich, but I love the little bit of fun the glitter adds to each manicure.

Remember: Removing glitter nail polish doesn’t have to be a chore.  Check out my tutorial on removing glitter nail polish – the easy way!

What is your favourite polish this fall?  Do you have a favourite from this “Gloss” collection from Zoya?

xox,

Shannon

jelly sandwich manicure using Frida and Mermaid Tale


Summer 2012 Nail Polish Collections feat. China Glaze, Fingerpaints, OPI and Orly

China Glaze Crackle Glitter

Even though Spring has been fighting to make an appearance around here, the 2012 summer nail polish collections are starting to hit the shelves.

China Glaze has been releasing their Crackle Glitters collection this month, featuring four bright funky shades.  They are receiving fantastic reviews saying the glitter creates a much nicer look than standard creme crackles.  I must say I am excited to try them!

China Glaze Crackle Glitter

From left to right: Glam-More, Gleam Me Up, Jade D and Luminous Lavender

Hitting stores next month is their gorgeous Summer Neons collection.  Featuring 12 new shades!!

Summer 2012 Nail polish collection by China Glaze

Top Row: Love’s a Beach, Hang-ten Toes, Beach Cruise-R, Under the Boardwalk, Ride the Waves, Splish Splash
Bottom Row: I’m with the Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed, Orange you Hot?, Surfin for Boys, Flirty Tankini, Pink Plumeria

I am looking forward to seeing what these look like in store because I do already have some neon China Glaze polishes and I don’t want to double up if they are too similar.  There are some really beautiful shades in this collection though, I can’t wait for them to come out in Canada at the Sally Beauty Supply stores!

Summer Neons by China Glaze

Finger paints (a brand exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply)  is coming out with a collection of neons as well, featuring 7 new shades.

neon polishes by Fingerpaints

OPI is hitting the shelves this summer with two unique collections.  Minnie Mouse featuring gorgeous pinks and a beautiful top coat complete with hearts…

Minnie Mouse summer 2012 collection by OPI

…and Spiderman!

Spiderman Nail Polish collection for summer 2012

Orly has a couple of collections due out as well.  First they have their Dark Shadows collection in honour of the movie hitting theatres May 11 starring Johnny Depp.

Orly 2012 summer nail polishesOrly 2012 summer nail polishes

And to not miss out on the neon trend, they are also releasing their “Feel the Vibe” collection for the summer of 2012 as well.

Orly 2012 summer polish collection

So tell me, is there anything you absolutely can’t wait to have or perhaps something you have already ran out and purchased?

Isn’t summer the best!?!?!

xox,

Shannon


Spring 2012 Nail Polish Collections feat. China Glaze, OPI, Orly and Fingerpaints

Spring 2012 Collection from Orly "Cool Romance"

Spring is just around the corner – or so I keep telling myself!  That means the special collections and limited edition products for this season are hitting the shelves.

The new Capitol Colours collection by China Glaze (inspired by the most anticipated movie of the year: The Hunger Games) just came out yesterday and has a wide range of shades.

Capitol Colours Collection from China Glaze

I happened to be in the area of a Sally’s Beauty Supply store so I popped in.  The display had already been ransacked with only about 5 polishes left.  I grabbed “Foie Gras”, “Hook and Line” and “Fast Track”.  I hope they replenish their collection soon, I would love to pick up “Luxe and Lush”!

***On a side note – I, along with thousands of others are not so patiently awaiting the China Glaze Magnetix collection to hit stores in Canada .  It has been advertised to show up this month, but not sure when.  I’m super excited to give it a try.***

OPI is on the scene with their Spring 2012 Holland Collection featuring a nice mix of brights, earth tones and muted shades.

Orly’s new 2012 Spring collection “Cool Romance” is out as well and the colours are beautiful.  You can purchase these at your local Sally’s Beauty Supply Store.

Spring 2012 Collection from Orly "Cool Romance"

And of course, Fingerpaints is keeping pace with an offer this month of “Free Basecoat” with the purchase of any Fingerpaints nail polish (a Sally’s promotion).  Their Spring 2012 collection “Gumdrops and Lollipops” is full of bright fun colours to get you excited for the coming seasons.

(I opted for Circus Peanuts and got myself the free Fingerpaints base-coat nail polish.  I couldn’t pass up a deal like that!)

So no matter what sort of colours you are feeling like this Spring, whether it be bright and bold, deep and rich,  or soft and muted, the big brands have you covered!

xox,

Shannon