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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

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Penguin Nail Art

I came across this adorable Penguin Nail Art video tutorial and knew I just had to try it!

Here was my final product:

Penguin Manicure Tutorial

I took some progress pictures so you can see them coming together:

First, I painted all of my nails with a basic black nail polish.  I used Liquid Vinyl by Orly.

Black nail polish by Orly

Then, using my new dotting tools, I did my best to create hearts on top of the black using a white nail polish.  I used Paper Mache nail polish by Fingerpaints.  This was definitely the most difficult part of this manicure, especially when working on my right hand with my left.

How to: Penguin Nails

The little penguins start to take shape once you start the next step and begin adding the orange on.  I didn’t have a nail striper in yellowy-orange like she does in the video, so I decided to use my nail dotters and a basic orange nail polish (I used Hi Def – Sephora by OPI).  I did my best to add little feet and beaks similar to what she did in her tutorial.

penguin manicure tutorial

Next up was the eyes.  I started with black dots, gave them a minute or two to set…

Penguin Mani

…and then added the white dots on top.

Penguin Manicure, nail art

Part of me actually prefers them without the white dot on top.  They are so cute with the big fat black eyes.  Either way though, they are very adorable and I was so happy I found this tutorial on youtube.

Here is the complete video tutorial I followed, I hope you check it out!

This kind of nail art was totally new to me and definitely a challenge.  But I found it very rewarding because of how fun they looked afterwards.  I’m looking forward to trying out something like this again soon.

What are your favourite Winter/Holiday inspired nails this season?

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


Peppermint Nails

Candycane Nails

Today I felt like nail marbling and although I wasn’t trying to create what I will fondly refer to here on out as “Peppermint Nails” I sort of stumbled upon this look by accident. Because “Heart of Africa” and “Watermelon Rind” nail polishes work so nice in the water, I decided I’d put them together and because I just picked up “Swing Baby” I wanted to include it. As soon as I saw the first nail come out, I couldn’t think about anything other than “that looks like a candy cane – perfect!” So here we are.

Holiday Nail Polishes

Heart of Africa, Swing Baby, Watermelon Rind

To note:  I did not use the white base coat on my nails.  This wasn’t because I thought it would look better, but simply out of sheer laziness.  It was already late and I wanted to save a step.  I have no doubt that the white base coat would make these Peppermint Nails really pop.

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