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
Glitter All The Way
Blue Bells Ring
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.
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:
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.
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:
Which polishes and new collections have you most excited this year? What polish will you be wearing to your holiday parties?
The weather here in Ottawa has certainly cooled off and autumn seems to be in full swing. I definitely felt it was time to paint my nails with some more earthy, season appropriate shades.
I opted for Foie Gras Nail Polish by China Glaze (from their Hunger Games collection) as well as Don’t Mess with O.P.I. (from their Texas collection). Both shades are creams with no shimmer or glitter.
Of course, if you want to replicate this and don’t have access to these two limited edition shades, just find yourself any two earth tone shades that contrast enough to create a fun look for fall.
Begin by using a base coat on all nails, this will help prevent your nail polishes from leaving any sort of stain on your nails. I used Seche Vite’s Clear Base Coat.
Once dry, I started out by painting half of my nails green and the other half brown, alternating for each finger. (Totally unecessary, but it was fun leaving them for a day like this)
Then, the next day you want to take some clear tape (whatever you have around the house will work fine) and create whatever patterns you would like on your nails. (If you don’t want to wait a day in between, use a fast drying top coat to help set the base polish, because if it isn’t 100% dry, the tape will pull it up and ruin your manicure!)
The tape helps you create perfectly straight lines for dual toned manicures. No mess!
What do your nails look like this fall?
As you can see, Sunday was a perfect day in Ottawa to stay in, watch a movie and paint your nails!
A few months back I did a tutorial on how to create the gradient nail effect. For that tutorial I used a neon pink and purple by China Glaze and wanted to see how the technique held up with glitter/shimmer polishes. (For gradient manicures I like to use two contrasting colours to create a more dramatic effect, but of course you can use similar shades for a more subtle effect.)
I started with Orly’s Winter Wonderland polish, a white shimmer polish, heavy with tiny silver glitter.
Then, I began adding a second coat of Watermelon Rind, but this time, starting further up the nail. (Leaving the lightest part of green untouched where it meets the white)
Repeat with a third coat, starting even further up the nail this time, focusing on the tips of each nail. At this point, you should really notice the gradient effect. (Don’t worry about it getting all over your skin, that is normal!)
Then, you simply take a q-tip with nail polish remover and clean up the skin around the nails.
Have you tried out gradient nails yet? Do you have a favourite colour combination? Or a different method you prefer?
It had been far too long since I’d put any effort into how my nails looked. So I decided to go all out and do a nail marble, instead of just painting them a single boring colour.
Depending on how familiar you are with Nail Marbling, you might want to first visit my full picture tutorial “The Art of Nail Marbling“.
I wasn’t actually blown away by how this manicure turned out. I found it, just “okay”. I blame it on my being rusty! But I figured I’d still post about it and let you all take a peek anyway.
To start out, I used a white basecoat: Paper Mache by Fingerpaints. I did two coats and let dry.
Then I taped around each nail on one hand using scotch tape.
For my marbling colours, I went with a green, red and blue nail polish – all from China Glaze. (I’ve used these polishes multiple times for nail marbling and have never had any problems getting them to expand in the water.)
I decided I wanted a lot of white in this manicure, so I alternated each colour with a drop of white in between (again, using Paper Mache nail lacquer by Fingerpaints as my white). My bullseye pattern ended up looking like this:
Using a toothpick I created a design.
After my “too dark for Spring” mani “Seduce Me“, I was ready for something bright, fun and refreshing. I decided to go with a new neon I picked up from the China Glaze summer neon collection for 2012, “Flirty Tankini”. This shade reminds me a bit of “Flip Flop Fantasy”, another neon by China Glaze (from their permanent collection).
Flirty Tankini is a super pretty coral neon with just the right amount of shimmer!
I was dying to use my new top coat by Nicole that is a clear base with tiny little glitters and big chunky hearts (purchased at Wal-Mart for about $9).
If you are wanting a heart on each nail, be prepared to do some fishing to pull them out of the bottle. It’s not overly convenient, but very much worth it in my opinion!
Because the hearts are so large, they will stick up off your nail a little bit. Once I had them all in place, after about a minute I top coated again with this polish (avoiding the hearts) to help seal them into the manicure. It really helped smooth out the texture on my nail and I’ve had no issues with any hearts falling off.
What do you think of this fun coral manicure? Do you have a favourite from the China Glaze 2012 Summer Neon Collection?
A very popular nail trend right now is the Jelly Sandwich Manicure. I’m seeing it everywhere and can’t help but think it is insanely cute.
What you need to create jelly sandwich nails:
- 1 jelly nail polish
- 1 glitter nail polish *personally I think the bigger the glitter, the cuter this look*
Jelly nail polishes aren’t the most common type of polish, but they are made to be layered (expect to use several coats). They are sheer, ultra shiny and the colours will become more vibrant as you add more coats. Jelly nail polishes are super nice to work with, they glide on easy, spread easily and you never have to worry about streaking or consistency problems.
The jelly sandwich manicure is when you use a jelly nail polish and layer glitter in between it.
How my first attempt turned out:
Confused? Don’t be!
- Start out with a sheer jelly polish of your choice, I went with Loreal’s “Wishful Pinking” nail color. It is a soft sheer baby pink. Paint your nails with 3 coats (at least) of your jelly polish. I used 4 coats to achieve the base colour I wanted (shown here):
- Let them dry completely.
- Apply 1 coat of your glitter nail polish. The important thing here is to select a glitter polish that has a clear base and only the glitter itself is coloured. If you use just a standard glitter with a coloured base, it will just cover your jelly nail polish that you used as a base and you won’t even be able to see it. Your jelly sandwich manicure is ruined! I learned this the hard way, take a look at what happened when I tried to use Some Like It Haute by China Glaze. For my successful Jelly Sandwich, I used essie “Set in Stones” luxeffects nail polish, shown here:
- Once your glitter is set, go ahead and apply 1 coat of your jelly nail polish on top. This creates the “sandwiched” look in your manicure (where the glitter looks like it is inside the jelly polish.)
What do you guys think? Have you tried out this hot new nail trend already? Or do you want to?
Personally, I can’t wait to go find some super giant glitter polishes. Does anyone have a favourite that they recommend?
Thanks for reading!
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Just a few days ago I was talking about the new Summer 2012 collections that are either out already/or are to be expected shortly for the big name nail polish brands…and today I made it to a Sally Beauty Supply store to see what had already hit the shelves in Canada. Crackle Glitter was there, so was the new Fingerpaints Neon collection and both of Orly’s collections were already available too. (China Glaze’s neon collection due to be released next month.)
With so many options and so many limited edition nail lacquers to choose from…it was not an easy decision. I ended up grabbing two Orly nail lacquers from the limited edition Dark Shadows collection.
Dark Shadows came out in theatres today May 11th, 2012 (starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton).
This nail polish collection struck me as the most unique with a couple of colours that really drew me in. I gravitated towards “Mysterious Curse” (second from the right) and “Decades of Dysfunction” (furthest right).
Decades of Dysfunction is a beautiful milky, creamy shade with a subtle hint of pink. This shade is perfect for spring or summer.
And Mysterious Curse is one of those shades that looks different every time you see it. Depending on how the light catches it, it could be blue or purple and sometimes you’ll even think you are seeing red. Mysterious Curse is just a beautiful, rich, metallic shade that is a lovely addition to any nail addicts collection.
Orly polishes are actually my favourite polishes. At $6.99CAD at Sally Beauty Supply stores, they aren’t the least expensive option, but you also recieve 20% more per bottle than their competition (each bottle of Orly is 18ml). Orly nail lacquers are always such an amazing texture and slide on so easily. I even have a few polishes from over 12 years ago that still aren’t chunky and unusable, you’d never be able to tell their age (other than the very dated old style of bottle). I’ve never needed to add my polish thinner to a bottle of Orly nail lacquer…and I think that is pretty damn awesome! I do end up with a fair amount of China Glaze polishes in my collection as well, mainly because I find they have a more extensive range of colours than Orly.
These two polishes didn’t disappoint either. I’m super happy with both shades and am glad, that with all of the options, I opted for Decades of Dysfunction and Mysterious Curse. (If I have any regrets though, I am wishing I’d grabbed all four shades from the Dark Shadows collection, Buried Alive and Grave Mistake are gorgeous too! I might need to head back.)
Now let’s take a look at my swatches and see just how many coats were required to reach an opaque affect.
I found that three coats was required for complete opaqueness. But I was doing very thin coats so you could see a real difference as the coats build. Generally I apply a heavier coat to start with and can get away with two coats, no matter the polish. (But that is just me and I have bad habits! LOL)
I hope you enjoyed this mini review for these two polishes and consider giving them a try, I can’t imagine you being disappointed if you do!!
What do you think of these two shades? Is there something else you can’t wait to get from the 2012 Summer Nail Polish Collections?