Manicure Mania!

Posts Tagged ‘China Glaze’

Small Haul

Posted by manicuremania on October 18, 2009

I picked up some polishes this weekend!

From Sally’s:

  • sallysChina Glaze Flying Dragon
  • China Glaze Strawberry Fields
  • Orly Blue Suede
  • Nina Ultra Pro Leaf Me Alone
  • Nina Ultra Pro In A Tiff

Still didn’t manage to hit the $25 mark for the 15% off coupon next month, but I’m kinda OK with that because I think that except for basics like files and Orly basecoat, I’m kinda done with Sally’s. I mean, the selection of polishes is so very limited, and I’ve pretty much gotten the ones I really want…I think I’ll have to get the rest of the China Glazes that I’ve been wanting online. Plus, my Sally’s never seems to have the new collections that I keep hearing about other people getting in there. Like, I STILL haven’t seen Orly Pixie Dust. Also, WTF is up with the China Glaze Matte Magic? I went in there prepared to buy it but…it’s $6 for a MINI?????????? I can stick with Matte About You, thank you!

From Walmart:

  • walmartPure Ice Kiss Me Here (I adore gray polishes)
  • Pure Ice Cheatin (damn damn damn, this is a dupe)
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear In The Navy
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Deep Purple

From the Halloween Store:

  • halloweenFantasy Makers Black Magic (had planned to pass on this one, but I weakened)

I also got something else fabulous in the Halloween store, plus I recieved my awesome package from Sasse, coming in future posts!

I’ve got lots of plans for posts coming up, I just hope to be able to find the time to actually do them soon! My nails have been neglected lately. I’m also totally behind on organizing, I’ve got polishes everywhere, tried polishes mixed up with new ones, and none of the new ones have been catalogued. 😦

Advertisements

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Barielle Slate Of Affairs (matte)

Posted by manicuremania on October 11, 2009

I layered Slate of Affairs with China Glaze Fairy Dust (the BEST glitter topcoat EVER!!!!) and while that is pretty…it’s awesome matted with Essie Matte About You!

slate matte

slate matte 2

slate matte 3

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Marbled Nails

Posted by manicuremania on October 6, 2009

I am so excited to finally try marbling!

I used China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le for the base, and Barielle Expressive and Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (#27) for the marbling.

marbling 1I like it! The purple color didn’t really show up at all though. I noticed while practicing a bit that some polishes (like the Barielles) seem to sort of instantly pretty much dissolve in the water, and others, like the Sally Hansens, stay formed into a little droplet on the surface of the water until I break it up and spread it out. Odd.

marbling no flash

marbling 2

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

China Glaze – Grape Juice

Posted by manicuremania on September 27, 2009

cg grape juice 3

This polish is really pretty! It’s an awfully sheer purple that is absolutely loaded with  shimmer. It’s so shimmery that it looks silvery in some lights because of all the reflection. I would buy this in every shade of the rainbow if China Glaze would just agree to make them! I think that China Glaze makes a really good shimmer, but I do wish it wasn’t quite so sheer. Also I wonder if this will be hard to remove – I had to patch a nail today on my pretty hand and I generally try to avoid glitters and hard-to-remove polishes when I’m wearing patches so that I don’t have to  change them so often.

cg grape juice

cg grape juice 2

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

China Glaze – Naked

Posted by manicuremania on September 25, 2009

Whew, I’ve broken my polish losing streak! I was getting sick of sounding so negative in every post, so I pulled out a polish I’d been saving because I knew I’d love the color. Well, OK, I actually decided to wear it because it exactly matched one of the colors in my outfit today, but that doesn’t sound as good. I don’t EVER match my polish to anything I’m wearing, ever, but today it just seemed right! I wonder if most people do though?

cg naked

This is a medium, almost hot pink, with a bit of coral to it. It’s a really nice color, but the application wasn’t as great. Well, more the consistency, really. I had to use four coats and I still had VNL, so it’s a high maintenance polish – it takes FOREVER to let four coats of polish dry enough to apply the next coat! This has a lot of very subtle shimmer.

cg naked 2

cg naked 3

I have been sooo boring lately with my nails! I haven’t done a bit of Konading or nail art, or anything except slapping on polish! I am going to try hard to find the time to do some nail art this weekend.

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Tiger Stripes

Posted by manicuremania on September 16, 2009

When I was in high school, I used to use fine paintbrushes to paint flowers and stuff on my nails, but I really haven’t done any nail art since then. Today I decided to try tiger stripes!

I painted my nails with China Glaze’s Secret Peri-Wink-Le, added a coat of Seche and let it dry. Then I collected my polish palette and my brushes, and I looked through my stash of black polish. My “stash” consists of a Wet n’ Wild black, O.P.I. Black Onyx, and Konad Special Polish in Black. I tried the O.P.I. first, but it really needs two coats for opacity, so I went with the Konad polish in the end. I used a thicker brush than I normally would because I wanted the stripes to be thicker.

tiger art

Anyway, I used a fine art brush to make squiggly lines in random patterns, starting from the edge of my nails.

tiger art 3

tiger art 2I added forks randomly, and really just tried to keep the lines wiggly, and to not repeat the same pattern on two nails.

Using the Konad polish was totally a mistake. It dried to the touch, but when I added topcoat it smeared like craaaaaazy. So I’m still on the lookout for an opaque black polish for stuff like this.

tiger art 4

tiger art 5

tiger art 6

tiger art 7

tiger art 8

tiger art 9

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , | 4 Comments »

China Glaze – Secret Peri-Wink-Le

Posted by manicuremania on September 16, 2009

The name of this polish bugs me!!! Secret Peri-Wink-Le? I don’t think adding all those dashes made the name as cute as was intended.

cg secret peri

The color is awesome, though! It’s a purply blue creme, and I really love it. And on top of that, this was a two-coater, which makes me happy cause all of my recent polishes have needed three coats!

cg secret peri 2

cg secret peri 3

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

China Glaze – Blue Sparrow

Posted by manicuremania on September 15, 2009

cg blue sparrow

…Weird? Why does China Glaze insist that this is a neon? What’s more, why does it dry matte, as neons do, and yet it’s…not actually neon? I mean, it’s a fairly bright blue, but in no way would I call this neon.

cg blue sparrow 3

It’s got…large shimmer. Almost a glitter. But, the glitter doesn’t sparkle through the polish, it just sort of sits underneath, barely visible, and gives it a slight bumpy texture. No topcoat here:

cg blue sparrow 1

cg blue sparrow 2

Well this was definitely meant to be worn with a topcoat. The glitter sparkles very nicely with a topcoat, but without it just sort of sits under the polish, with no sparkle at all.

cg blue sparrow compare

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Barielle – Slate Of Affairs

Posted by manicuremania on September 14, 2009

My goodness, I am on a roll with the awesome polishes lately!

bar slate

Slate Of Affairs is like…a slate blue with grey tones that shimmers bright blue. I love it.

One thing I’ve noticed about these new Barielles is that some of them are super thick and hard to control. Of course, some others are wonderfully runny (the way I prefer them) and those apply beautifully. Anyway, this was one of the bad ones – it took three coats and I still had a few sort of bald spots.

Barielle’s swatch:

bar slate swatchFairly accurate again!

bar slate 2

bar slate 3

Of course…I just couldn’t leave this beaautiful polish alone. I happened to go shopping today (it’s ok though, Sally’s giftcards totally don’t count) and I picked up…China Glaze Fairy Dust, among other things.

ch fairy dust

I’d never heard of this polish before, and I don’t understand why because it’s gorgeous! It’s very very fine holo glitter in a clear base, and I needed to try it out today!

bar slate 4Left blurry to show the holographic goodness!

bar slate 5

bar slate 6

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

French Week – half-moon manicure

Posted by manicuremania on August 31, 2009

french week
Now, this isn’t a french, exactly, but it’s french-like. French-adjacent. I think it still counts for french week, because I’ve been wanting to do it for a while!

ch ravishing reverse french 2

flash!

It’s an interesting look, and I used China Glaze Ravishing Dahling, which is a wonderful jelly-ish polish.

ch ravishing reverse french 3

no flash!

I think you can see the full effect more when the pictures aren’t cropped so tightly, but I had an issue with my thumbnail that I had to “fix.”

no flash!

I have used my expert Photoshopping skillz to edit out the enormous smudge that happened on the way outside to take the pics.

I freehanded the moons, which turned out OK. I just followed the curve of my natural moons (is there a real term for those?) with the polish brush, and then cleaned them up a bit with acetone and a paintbrush.

As always, here is my list of complaints/things I will do differently next time:

I’d liked to not follow the curve of my moons, and instead make them larger and more curved in order to increase the drama of the effect. I think I could’ve done with a third coat of polish to make it darker and more vampy and 1940’s-ish, and I also think I need an actual color for the moons instead of just leaving them bare, because there’s not enough contrast between the moons and my skin. Also interesting would be to include a french tip, I think – maybe with a dull white color for the moons and tips.

Posted in Nails | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »