Saturday, March 31, 2012

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Ingrid

Hello gentle readers.

This next polish in my Colour Series is one I originally purchased solely based on the name. Say hello to Ingrid. A lovely, warm golden greige with gold shimmer. I know what you are thinking. "That polish is brown. And you don't like brown." You're right. I don't normally care for brown polish and I honestly didn't expect to like this one but for some reason, when I got it on my nails, I found myself really liking it. Maybe it's the greyed tone and the strong gold shimmer... And the fact that I am trying to be a little more open minded, a little less hidebound in my attitude and I am trying to appreciate the beauty in colours I don't normally like.

We'll see how that goes. :P

This swatch is two coats and top coat. I shot this photograph in full sun.



Get yourself an eyeful of that shimmer! 

The formula on China Glaze Ingrid is pretty nice. The first coat went on a little thin, a bit streaky and had a few bald patches but the second coat just smoothed on flawlessly and gave me a perfect, opaque finish. This polish was pretty easy to handle, I didn't have any real application issues and I didn't have to do much cleanup, either. Dry time is decent, a fast dry top coat is useful.

What do you think of our girl Ingrid? I am liking her a lot and I am going to wear this polish, now and again. Maybe this is my gateway brown? You never know. If you like this swatch and think that you might like to own this polish, Ingrid is part of China Glaze's core line and you should find it anywhere China Glaze is sold.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a lovely day and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Midnight Mission

Hello gentle readers.

The next installment in my Colour Series is China Glaze Midnight Mission. This dark blue shimmer has an additional silver shimmer and shine. Glowing. Gorgeous. This is the blue beauty of this collection and my personal favourite.

This swatch is two coats and top coat. I shot this photograph in the sun.




China Glaze Midnight Mission is a beautiful polish with a beautiful formula. Smooth, jelly-like, biddable and sweet. I applied two coats so swiftly and easily, I had little cleanup and no problems with dragging, bubbles or cuticle pooling. Just perfect. Dry time is decent, tho not stellar. I don't much care; with all of this pretty, I can be careful a little while longer.

How do you like China Glaze Midnight Mission? Love it as much as I do? If so, you can easily acquire this from many different e-tailers, Amazon (where I got mine) the odd beauty supply and most likely E-Bay, as well.

Thank you for dropping in and reading. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Bogie

Hello gentle readers.

It be Thursday. Not that that really has anything to do with anything to do with this post. I just felt like saying it. I also felt like showing you a really, really gorgeous ass polish. This is China Glaze Bogie. Probably one of the prettiest purple polishes ever. I would describe this beauty as a blackened aubergine. With shimmer. Tons of shimmer. As if you dipped an eggplant in glass fleck and hung it in the sun.

This swatch is two coats with top coat. I took this photograph in direct sun.




The formula on Bogie was a tad thick. It wasn't too difficult to work with, in fact it was rather pleasant but I could see this needing thinning, in the near future. Other than it being a bit thick, it was nice to work with; it flowed off of the brush and settled in where I wanted it to. There was no running or pooling. I didn't have any dragging or streaking and no bubbles. Dry time is fast with this polish. It does dry a little satin matte so to get it to really shine, you need top coat.

What do you think of China Glaze Bogie? Like? If so, it isn't too hard to acquire. I got mine from Amazon, you should be able to find it in the usual places.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Riveter Rouge

Hello gentle readers.

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen continues with Riveter Rouge. This polish is a warm rich garnet red shimmer sparked with gold micro glitter. This polish is five kinds of wow. I took photograph after photograph of this because it changed and shifted and went darker and lighter, deeper and brighter, depending on the angle and the amount of light in which it was viewed. It took me forever to narrow down the photos I had to this one.

I applied three coats and topped it with top coat for this swatch. This photograph was shot in full sun.




China Glaze Riveter Rouge is undeniably beautiful. Unfortunately, it is a little bit of a bitch, with it. Some gals are just like that, I suppose. Fantastic to look at, but look out... The formula on Riveter Rouge is a bit thin. I had some difficulty with this polish, it ran, flooded my cuticles on a couple of my nails and pooled here and there. I had to do quite a bit of cleanup and I wasn't terribly happy about that. Especially since the thin formula came with opacity issues and I had to apply three coats. Yeah. Grrr! I will say that I did get the hang of this polish and the second and third coats weren't as problematic for me as the first was. A thinner formula did make this polish a bit better than it's sisters in the dry time department. This one dried in very nice time.

Please don't think that I dislike this polish. I don't. I am now aware of it's eccentricities and am better able to cope with it and won't have to struggle with it so much, next time I wear it. And, yes, I will wear this beauty, again. Hey, I love a beautiful red, as you probably well know. And bitchy it may be. I am a bigger bitch. I can handle it.

China Glaze Riveter Rouge is part of the Vintage Vixen Autumn 2010 Collection. If you think that this lovely colour should be part of your collection, it is pretty easy to get your hot little hands on. I bought my bottle from Amazon. You can also find it at various e-tailers and probably E-Bay, as well. I imagine that the odd beauty supply store may even have this floating around. It isn't rare, hard to find or discontinued, so don't let anyone rook you into paying more than fair asking price for it. The same goes for this entire collection, of course.

Okay. I must get to my day. I have laundry to do, hair to colour, polishes to swatch. I picked up one more of the Hunger Games polishes, a few more of the Electropop colours (can't resist them!) and a new Orly, too. Heh heh. I went in to Sally's telling myself that I was there to buy hair colour supplies. Period. Yeah. Right.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have yourselves a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Swing Baby

Hello gentle readers.

Today's Colour Series ~ Vintage Vixen polish is the oh so beautiful Swing Baby. A soft, pale, antique gold that is, in my opinion one of the prettiest gold polishes I have ever clapped my little eyeballs on. This polish shines and glows and in the sun fires off sparks of rainbow and gold.

I applied three coats and top coat for this swatch. This photograph was shot out in full sun.




The formula on China Glaze Swing Baby is fantastic. This polish floated off the brush, sat right down where I placed it and didn't give me even a moment's trouble or argument. There were no nasty tricks from this beauty; no running, pooling, dragging or pesky bubbles. Dry time was a teensy bit slow but fast dry top coat helps.

How do you like Swing Baby? Are you a fan of precious metal polishes? Do you "do" gold? If so, you might really like this one. China Glaze Swing Baby is a recent addition to China Glaze's core line and is (or should be) available anywhere you buy China Glaze. I see it at my local Sally's all of the time.

Oh! Speaking of Sally's... Keep your polish money ready; in April, all polishes are buy two, get one free. (Check to be sure that your local store is running the same special... I don't know if they vary by area, but I don't want anyone to be pissed with me because you couldn't get the deal, in your area.) Yepper. Guess who is going to be stocking up on a few wishlist items, next month. Maybe those new Orly Spring polishes... I love sales. And, I have a new 15% off award ready to go, as well. :D

Thank you so much for coming by and hanging out for a bit. Have yourself a fabulous day and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Hey Doll

Hello gentle readers.

I have decided to run my Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen. I am behind on swatching, again thanks to having had the flu so posting these polishes will give me time to get caught up, again. And, I really want to show off these beauties, so  now's the time. I chose this collection for a Colour Series because it is a little older collection; this one is from Autumn 2010 and it is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest Autumn collections that China Glaze has ever produced.

Let us begin with Hey Doll. This polish is a beautiful, rich cocoa rose shimmer. A colour that isn't boring but it is work appropriate and would hang beautifully in even the most conservative environment while still giving your tips some real pizzazz.

This swatch is three coats and top coat and I shot this photograph in full sun.




The formula on China Glaze Hey Doll is lovely. It is surprisingly smooth for a shimmer, it's base is a bit jelly and it has that somewhat odd slithery, moves by it's self quality that some jelly shimmers can have. In spite of that, this polish goes on smoothly and doesn't drag, pool, flood or bubble. There is a bit of tip pull from this polish, I found that three coats were most effective in minimizing that. Dry time is pretty good, fast dry top coat helps that process to be faster.

What do you think of Hey Doll? Like it? If you are interested in acquiring this beautiful polish, it is available from various e-tailers and Amazon. I imagine that you could also find it on E-Bay, please don't quote me on that one, tho as I never shop there. You might also find this as a dusty at the odd salon or beauty supply.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, March 23, 2012

China Glaze Dance Baby: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I see that Blogger is futzing around with stuff, again. Are these improvements? Have they fixed the glitch that has kept me from editing my frakking blogroll? I have a pile of blogs bookmarked that I haven't been able to add to my blogroll in an eternity and I am a little tired of it not working. So, Blogger, instead of changing shit, fix the shit that is already here.

Okay, now that I have gotten that off my chest...

How'z about a quick look at China Glaze Dance Baby. Remember when I said that I had bought enough of the Electropop polishes? I lied. Like a rug. *shrug* I picked up Dance Baby and Sweet Hook. Guess this collection grabbed on to me a little harder than I thought it would. I keep acquiring polishes from it. Dance Baby is a very pretty pink with a slight lilac lean. It reminds me a lot of Essie French Affair. Both polishes are that sweet, ladylike, girlie pink with a hit of lilac. But the formula on China Glaze Dance Baby is far, far superior. But more about that, later.

I applied two coats and used top coat for this swatch. This photograph was shot in full sun.




China Glaze Dance Baby has a beautiful formula. Smooth, silky creme goodness that just floats off the brush, sits sweetly on the nail and settles in without streaking, dragging, running, pooling or making annoying bubbles. Dry time for this baby is great, too. If you have been considering buying Essie French Affair, I highly recommend passing it and buying China Glaze Dance Baby, instead. The colour is just as pretty and the formula blows the Essie out of the water.

I want to thank all of you who passed along get well wishes. I am getting over this flu. Slowly. lol I finally felt well enough to do a few easy chores around my house, shower, wash my manky hair and brush the sweaters off my teeth, yesterday. I am still badly congested and cough a lot when I move around the house, but I am back on my feet. Sorta. Heh heh. It is good to be feeling more human and I am looking forward to getting back to 100%. Being sick blows and I have been down long enough! :P

Okay, time to toddle along. Thank you so very much for popping in. Have a great day, stay healthy! And may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

China Glaze Grape Juice: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I have one more of the China Glaze Summer Days polishes to share with you. This bright purple jelly is just swimming with glass fleck shimmer. Grape Juice is a beautiful silvery purple, thanks to the juicy jelly base and the dense swim of glorious glass fleck shimmer. This is another one that is just magically sparkly in the sun.

This swatch is three coats and top coat, I shot this photograph in the sun.


I am still working on my photograph my right hand technique, so please to forgive the pose. :D

The formula on this polish is, like all of the polishes in this collection is lovely. Silky, juicy and smooth. Application is so easy, there is no running, pooling, dragging or bubbles. Dry time is a tiny bit slow. A fast dry top coat, like Seche Vite is a huge help with that. 

If I remember correctly, China Glaze Grape Juice is part of the China Glaze core collection and is available where you find China Glaze. You can also find it on Amazon and probably E-Bay and from various e-tailers. It's not hard to get your hands on, if you are craving it.

Thank you so much for dropping by. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

China Glaze Raspberry Festival: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I am still alive. Barely. This flu has been a real ass kicker, let me tell you. Next year; flu shot. No way I am getting this, again. lol

I am going to queue up a few more posts to keep things going and hopefully, by the end of the week, I am going to feel more like swatching, taking photos and so forth, again. Any movement right now still makes me hack up a lung... Anywhoozle, 'nuff of my crying the blues. This swatch is of the oh so lovely, the oh so juicy, the oh so sparkly China Glaze Raspberry Festival, a polish from the Summer Days Collection from Summer of '09. This beautiful raspberry red jelly is packed with the glass fleck that China Glaze does so well, glass fleck that makes this polish dance, sparkle and scintillate in the sun.

I applied three coats and top coat for this swatch. This photographs was shot out in the sun.




The formula on this polish is typical China Glaze fabulousity. The polish is smooth and easy to apply, I had no trouble with running or pooling or dragging. No bubbles dared show themselves, either. Dry time for this beauty is a tad slow. A good fast dry top coat, like Seche Vite should assist in getting this one good to go for the day.

Do you own this juicy, fresh, bright polish? Think that you might like to? I bought mine from a seller on Amazon, it is also available from e-tailers, probably on E-Bay and at different beauty supply stores that stock China Glaze.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Back to Nubbin Town in Sinful Colors Bare

Hello gentle readers.

Yepper. For the third time in as many months, out came the grinder and the glass file and my Mambo buffer and back to nubbins went my nails. I don't know what the heck is going on, lately but my nails have been a real pain in my arse. Even with my daily doses of Biotin and gentle care, they are fragile and split and crack and peel and... Gah! They looked so bad this last time I grew them out that by the time I got to the last Hunger Games polish, they were trashed.

After I ground them down and smoothed and polished them with my glass file and Mambo buffer, I painted on what I thought was going to be a quick and easy and neutral manicure.

Ha! Sinful Colors Bare is, indeed, neutral. A soft, slightly beige toned rose creme with a lovely silver/white microshimmer that keeps it from being too flat or boring. This is just warm enough and rosy enough to be a mannequin hands polish for me but not look dead or unflattering with my skin tone. I applied two coats and topped it with with Seche Vite.


Get a load of that shimmah! 

The formula on Sinful Colors Bare was a nightmare. Thick, gloopy, difficult to handle I almost threw this one against a wall several times while trying to do my nails. This polish wanted to build unevenly, lump and, strangely, run and pool, too. Gah! Then after I finally got it looking halfway decent, I mucked it up doing cleanup and had to take it off a couple of nails and re paint them. I was fast coming down with the flu, was ill, cranky and that polish almost sent me over the edge. When I finished applying it, I dumped in a bunch of thinner and shook it like I meant it. Maybe it will behave a little better, next time. If it doesn't, It is history. I don't care how pretty it is. Dry time was slow. Really slow but wear time was good. It was a full four days before I saw much tip wear and didn't get chips. So, it wasn't all bad.

Do you own this polish? I do believe that it is part of the newer Spring shades recently released by Sinful Colors. I bought it at my local Walgreen's. Unless you like a very thick, fractious polish or want to thin it, I don't recommend this one.

ETA: I still have this polish on, as of this post publishing. (I queued this post.) I have tip wear and a tiny chip on my right index nail but overall, it is still hanging in for me. I still don't feel up to messing with it so I will probably wear it another day. For such bothersome polish, it is holding up amazingly well! :D

Thank you for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

China Glaze Riveting: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have the final polish of the six Colours From the Capitol polishes I purchased. This final offering is Riveting; this brilliant, intense, slightly reddened orange jelly is packed with gold glass fleck. How many ways can you say juicy, sparkly, scintillating and bright? Yowza! This colour says Summer love. This swatch is three coats and top coat.



The formula on this polish is a nice one, indeed. It is just lovely, so easy and self levels like a dream. I had to apply three coats but I didn't mind one little bit, as it was so nice to paint on.

So, there you have it, my swatches and reviews of the China Glaze Colours From the Capitol Collection polishes I bought for myself. Which ones have you made a part of your collection? Did you select just one? A few? Go all out and treat yourself to the whole collection? Please do share.

Thank you so very much for coming by. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

China Glaze Electrify: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Okay, am I the only one scratching my head over a gold and red glitter released as part of a Spring collection? While I don't necessarily let the season dictate my polish choices all of the time, I do find it a little funny that this gorgeous tiny gold square and small round red glitter mix polish is headed our way for the warmer months.

Not that I am complaining. I loves me a nice glitter and this one is a good one. Highly reflective and sparkly, this glitter can work as a topper or stand on it's own, paving the nails in dancing light. I did this swatch in both ways. Pinkie, middle and index nails are one coat over China Glaze Agro and ring is three coats to show how it can be (mostly, to get it fully opaque, methinks four coats would be good) opaque and really deliver the goods.




The gold is a little lost against the gold shimmer in Agro, especially out in the sun but I really wanted you to get an eyeful of the sparkle and reflective quality of this glitter. And I thought that it was just so beautiful over the green.

Electrify is an easy glitter to work with. The clear jelly base is smooth and not too thick, not too thin. The glitter distributes easily and smoothly up the nail with simple stroking application. I didn't have to do much patting or placing to get great placement. Dry time is good, this one dries a little satin, so a good top coat is needed. I used Gelous for this swatch.

What say you of China Glaze Electrify? Are you as enamored of glitters as I am? If you are thinking that owning i this is what you need to do, this collection is in wide release, right now. I have seen it at various stores that sell China Glaze, on e-tailer sites and on Amazon.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, March 16, 2012

China Glaze Agro: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Say hello to Agro from the China Glaze Colours From the Capitol Collection. This polish is a lovely olive green with a gold shimmer that fires in the sun. Agro is warm, rich, metallic and just plain pretty. I applied two coats and top coat for this swatch.

Yum! 

China Glaze Agro has a beautiful formula. This polish is thick and velvety and so easy and pleasant to apply and control. Dry time is great, too. I could have got on with my day with this stuff on my nails, as soon as I shot the photographs I took of this one. 

Do you own this beautiful polish, yet? What other shades from this collection have you treated yourself to? 

Thank you so  much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I am going to make this quick. I have the flu, I am ill, whiny, cranky and for the life of me, I can't seem to form a coherent sentence.

Today's swatch is the third of the China Glaze Colours From the Capitol polishes I recently picked up. This is Smoke and Ashes; a dark greyed blue base packed with emerald green and blue glass fleck. This polish is gorgeous. It is dark and rich and complex and sparkles like nobody's business out in the sun. I applied two coats  for this swatch.




You have to see this one in person to get the full scope of just how truly splendid this polish really is.

The formula on Smoke and Ashes is, like the rest of the polishes I bought from this collection just fantastic. It was smooth and fluid, it flowed off the brush and sat right where I placed it. I had no trouble at all with it wanting to run or pool or drag. There was no bubbling or streaking, either. This polish is, like most deep blues, highly pigmented and it will stain if you neglect to use a good base coat or are careless when removing it. (Ask me how I know these things... ;))

Smoke and Ashes is one of the standouts of the Colours From the Capitol Collection, for me. I love this one. Lots and lots.

Did you pick this beauty up, yet? Think that you might like to? The collection is available in stores and from e-tailers, now.

Okay, time for me to go to bed. I hope that I am still sleeping soundly when this posts in the morning and you read it. This flu is kicking my ass. And I am going to kick my husband's ass for giving it to me. Then, I am going to hunt down the person who gave it to him and thrash them, as well. I hate being sick and I hate germbags. Hell, I hate the world, right now. lol

Thank you for popping in and reading and putting up with my whining. I hope that you are all well and flu free. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

China Glaze Lux and Lush: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have the next polish in the China Glaze Colours From the Capitol polish that I bought at Sally Beauty Supply. This one is Lux and Lush, a beautiful iridescent shard flakie that shifts gold, green, bronze and even sparks of blue and pink in a slightly milky clear jelly base. This is a topper polish, it couldn't be opaque, unless you were willing to pack and pat on so many coats that it would be an impossible mass on your fingertips. Not an attractive thought. I applied one coat over China Glaze Stone Cold then topped it with Gelous. I like this combo. A lot. The shiny flakies over the dark, cold grey is a fab combo.

I am including one photograph shot in the sun and one in shade. Check it out.






The formula on this polish is about what you would expect for a flakie/shard type of topper. The jelly base is milky in the bottle but applies and dries clear. The flakies apply somewhat unevenly, stroked on with the brush. I had better luck patting them into place. Lux and Lush dries satin matte, if you want shiny, you need a shiny top coat. Dry time is respectable.

There isn't anything groundbreaking or even all that unusual about this polish. There are a lot of the same ilk out there and even in our collections. I didn't really need this one, but I thought that it would be fun to have and I liked the way it looked in the bottle. I may use it from time to time. Meanwhile, it will hang out in my Melmer with it's sisters in this collection.

What say you about Lux and Lush? Think that you might need it? Think that you might just need to collect it? Do tell.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a good one and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

China Glaze Stone Cold: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have one of the six China Glaze Colours From the Capitol (Hunger Games) Collection polishes that I picked up the last time I was in Sally's. I thought that I might buy all of them but only six of them really caught my fancy. I have to say, this is an odd collection for Spring. The colours evoke Autumn, to me. Not that I am opposed to wearing strong or dark shades in the warmer months. I don't really let the season dictate my polish colour choices. I will slap on a deep, vampy shade in the middle of the Dog Days and splash on a soft yellow or lavender in the dead of Winter.

I confess, I know next to nothing about The Hunger Games. I haven't read the books (tho I am now intrigued and think that I may just pick them up and give them a read) and won't see the movie until it comes out on PPV. (I don't like to pay to see a movie that I can wait and see for free, a few  months later.) I have, of course read this and that about what polish colour goes with what district and so forth but that is the extent of my knowledge so I will be skipping the tie in commentary and just sticking to describing and reviewing the polishes, themselves.

Today's swatch is of Stone Cold, a cool, charcoal grey matte polish with a strong silver shimmer. The shimmer isn't shiny or particularly sparkly but it does fire beautifully in the sun. This polish is sexy, sophisticated and a bit edgy, too. I have read that this polish is a one coat wonder for some. It isn't, for me. My nails are just too imperfect and my polishing technique too inconsistent to get the job done in one swipe, but I did get a lovely finish in two thin coats. I didn't apply top coat, of course.

This photograph was taken out in direct sun.




China Glaze Stone Cold has a lovely formula. For a matte, this polish is surprisingly smooth and pleasant to work with. I have had experience with another brand of matte and I wasn't all that impressed. In fact, it kind of put me off matte polishes but I do believe that my faith has been restored. Stone Cold flowed very nicely off the brush and sat right down where I placed it. I had little cleanup to do. This polish sets up and dries pretty quickly but you do have a few moments to smooth it before it becomes unworkable and drags.  Dry time is fast. I have read that wear time isn't great with this, as with most mattes, it chips and wears off quickly. I do wonder if a matte top coat would extend it's life? I need to pick one up and try it.

I like this polish. I am not really big on mattes but there is just something about this one that delights me. If you like the matte look and enjoy a good grey, Stone Cold may really suit you.

Have you picked up this polish, yet? Which polishes from this collection do you think you are going to make a member of your polish family? The China Glaze Colours From the Capitol Collection is available now wherever China Glaze polishes are sold.

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, March 12, 2012

China Glaze Reggae to Riches

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Monday to you all! No? Shut up? Get Lost? Fuck off? Well, all righty, then. heh heh Guess I was pushing it being so chipper on a Monday morning. I don't know why I am, exactly. I have a migraine and I think that I am coming down with whatever it is that my husband, that incubus of viral plague, has had for the last week. I suspect flu. Bleargh.

All that aside, I have a gorgeous polish to show you this morning. I have been eyeing this beauty for a long time. Every time I would go into Sally's I would consider picking it up, then decide, "Eh... I'll grab it next time I'm in." Then it would be sold out for a bit, then back in and the whole thing would start again. Well, I finally did grab it. Boy am I ever glad I did.

China Glaze Reggae to Riches is a beautiful red/violet jelly packed with blue microchimmer. This polish glows, simply glows, as if lit from within by some otherworldly inner fire that shifts up and down the bottle and up and down the nails. Translucent, squishy, juicy, this polish evokes mental pictures of an alien fruit, plucked from a shimmering vine, ripe and ready to bite, to experience something exquisite.

I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite to wear. I could have done three, if I had wanted to totally obliterate the VNL but honestly, it didn't bother me. Most of the time, the shimmer disguised my nail line just fine. If VNL isn't to your personal liking, a third coat should take care of it for you. I just felt that this looked as perfect as it could, at two.

I applied and photographed this polish on a cloudy, flurry filled day, so most photos were taken in my lightbox, lit with my OttLight. Oh, yes... Lots of photos. I couldn't stop snapping when I was shooting this beauty. Just letting you know, now that mere photographs, especially those taken with my camera (ugh!) can't do this polish justice. You are going to have to trust me when I say it is gorgeous.





This photo was taken outdoors in flurries to try to show the translucent squish and juiciness of this beautiful polish. I don't think that I was terribly successful. *sigh* Sorry about that. 

The formula on Reggae to Riches is just about as close to perfect as a polish lover could want. This thick, yet fluid jelly polish behaves like a true lady, flowing softly off the brush to sit and stay sweetly where it is placed. There is no running, pooling, dragging or bubbling nonsense. I did little cleanup while applying this polish and the little I did do was just fussbudget refining, because I can't not do that. Dry time, with Seche Vite was a tiny bit slow but not obnoxiously so. I just needed to exercise a little additional caution for a little while longer than normal. Wear time for this polish wasn't stellar. I had to remove it after three days. I don't mind, since I change my polish frequently, but if you are someone who likes a manicure to last at least a week, the short wear time might bug you.

China Glaze Reggae to Riches is part of the China Glaze core line and is available wherever China Glaze is sold. This shade is frequently sold out at my local Sally's which tells me that it is a much loved polish. If you might be interested in this stunner, run, don't walk to your nearest retailer and snap up this baby. You won't be sorry that you did. Especially when you wear it, say... This Summer with a little tan and a sundress on a hot, August night.

Okay, this is long. I am going to get my Colour Series: China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection polishes ready to run. I also have six of the new China Glaze Colours From the Capital (Hunger Games) polishes to swatch and feature. I also have a ton of the new Sinful Colors Spring and Cast Away Collection polishes to get swatched and ready to go. So, my fingers will be kept very busy, for the next little while.

Thank you so much for popping in. I hope that you all had a great weekend. I did. I didn't spend much time online, and enjoyed my little break and am refreshed and ready to roll, once again. Have a terrific Monday and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, March 9, 2012

And We Have a Winner!

Congratulations! 



I have e-mailed the winner and have received a reply. She will be receiving her goodies, soon. :D

Thank you everyone who entered my giveaway and for your support of my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you and the time you take to swing by and read my natterings. I wish that I that I could offer prizes to each and every one of you. I have my second blog anniversary coming up, later this Spring and I have a little something in mind for that. 

Okay, I have a busy day ahead of me so I must run. Have a great day, everyone! <3

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Retailer Review: Apothica

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am writing up a review of Apothica, an online shop that specializes in mid tier and higher end cosmetics and beauty products.

I was recently approached by the PR firm that represents Apothica, Skincare Rx and Skinbotanica, a triad of purveyors of beauty, asking me if I would be willing to host a link and logo in exchange for a gift card that I could use to shop on any of their three sites. I thought about it for a little bit. Honestly, I was a tad reluctant, at first as I had never planned to agree to having a sponsor on this blog. I had to give it a good deal of thought. The more I thought about it, I knew that it was something I could be comfortable with. I always want my readers to be able to trust my word and I know, from all of the reviews that I have read that  Apothica/Skincare Rx is a good company, they have an excellent track record and I knew that I could feel good about hosting their link so I agreed.

I received my gift code by e-mail and set about perusing Skincare Rx and Apothica. It quickly became apparent to me that I wasn't going to choose skincare. Skincare Rx has a lot of beautiful products to offer but they are, sadly a bit out of my price range (for me, ROC at the drugstore is crazy spendy!) and I didn't want to try something so lovely, decide I can't live without it but have to because I couldn't afford to replace it, once it was gone. So, I decided to amble on over to Apothica and see what was to be had in the makeup and polish arena.

Surfing Apothica is like going on a treasure hunt and a scavenger hunt and a journey of exploration, all rolled into one. Something I loved about the site? Huge selection of many products and brands. Many. many. many products and brands. If there is something you want in mid tier and higher end beauty goodies, chances are good that you can find it there. Perusing the vast selection and making my choices was a hell of a lot of fun and a little frustrating in the very best way as I decided, compared, changed my mind, decided and finally took the plunge and bought my goodies.

Unfortunately, Apothica can be a little tough to navigate. I don't think that it is deliberate on their part, I think that as they expanded their product range and brought in new inventory, they just tacked on more space willy-nilly as they needed it and the result is that navigating around the site is like wandering aimlessly through the Winchester Mystery Mansion. There are a lot of delightful twists and turns and hidden areas to delight your adventurous spirit. Unfortunately, there are also dead ends, doorways to nowhere and staircases that will land you in strange places, scratching your head in puzzlement and looking around hoping that you can find your way back out, again. I don't mind that sort of thing, provided that I have the time to enjoy the journey. But streamlined, in and out shopping, Apothica.com isn't. hee hee Unless you are intimately acquainted with where your goodies of choice live, be ready to spend some time at your shopping.

My registration and ordering experience was smooth and swift. Once my order was placed, I immediately received a confirmation e-mail. A little while later, I received an e-mail letting me know that a couple of my choices were backordered but that the rest of my order would ship, soon. Shipping time was decent. Not lightening fast but I didn't have to wait forever, either. Like I said, decent. When I received my order, my items were well packed in plenty of bubble wrap and those pillow thingies. I also received a few very nice samples. One, a fragrance sample has become something I am going to need in full size. Soon. All of my items were in perfect condition.

One of my items had to ship from a different warehouse so it was a few days behind the rest of my items but it also arrived well packed and in perfect condition. I was concerned about my backordered item and gave them a shout. I got through to a live human being quickly and the customer care person was professional, friendly and accommodating. Customer service means a lot to me. A company can have a fancy-schmancy website with all of the bells and whistles, fab stuff and great prices but if their customer service is crappy, they are not going to get my business, again.

It took a little while to get all of my goodies in my hot little hands. I understand that a couple of items took a little extra time, since they are high demand goodies and I didn't mind all that much. And I did get them. My goodies. So, it is all good and I am happy.

Do I like Apothica and Skincare Rx? You betcha. Will I shop there, again. Oh, yeah. As soon as my budget eases up, me and my debit card are all over that site like a cheap suit. Do I recommend Apothica and Skincare Rx to my gentle readers? Yes, I do. Without reservation.

Oh! You probably want to know what I bought with my gift card. I decided that I would use the opportunity to splurge and buy some much wanted Deborah Lippmann polishes. I have lusted after some of those polishes for a long time but could never justify spending that kind of dough so I just admired from afar. Now, I am the proud owner of four beautiful new Deborah Lippmann polishes and an Essie to round it all out.




*sigh* just looking at those beautiful, heavy square glass bottles makes me inexplicably happy in a I love polish kind of way. From the left we have: Glitter in the Air, Lady Sings the Blues, Happy Birthday and Across the Universe. And, let us not forget Essie Cocktail Bling. I have shown you Cocktail Bling. If you have been reading blogs for any time, no doubt you have seen the Lippmann polishes a million and one times. If you would like to see any of these in action let me know and I'll get on it. I haven't cracked any of them, yet. I just like to look at them and pet them.

Do you shop with Apothica? Like their site? Find it a little confuzzling, like I do, but like it, all the same?

Thank you for popping in and reading my ramblings. I will be in on Friday to announce my giveaway winner. I had hoped to have the winner drawn by now but I was sidetracked by a not well doggie and various and sundry other things, including a rebound migraine. I am going through test driving Imitrex... Don't know if it is going to work, yet. So, yeah. Friday. Then I am off for the weekend. I have a billion things to do and I want to swatch my rotten little fingers off and bank some photographs.

Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.



This review is my honest and fair opinion of a shopping website. I was offered a gift card for this site in exchange for hosting a link to the site but my feelings expressed about my experience are real and all mine and in my own words. I had a good experience and told you about it. If it had been not so good, I would have told you that, too. It is important to me that my readers trust my reviews and I won't betray that trust for anything. 

So, Do You Like Makeup? Want to Win Some? Read On

Hello gentle readers.

As you probably know, along with polish, I likes me some makeup. And every chance I get to get my hot little hands on some new makeup, I grab it. If you like makeup and want a chance to get your hot little hands on some, click here to enter Valentine Kisses's March Madness Giveaway. She has a great prize that includes something for eyes, lips, nails... Brands that range from E.L.F. to Stila. This giveaway is open through the end of this month.

Take a look at the beauty booty to be had, should you get lucky:


So, what are you waiting for, beauties? Get thee over there and enter.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Very First China Glaze Polish

Hello gentle readers.

The other day, Steph at Imperfectly Painted did a Saturday Bottle Spam featuring her first polishes when she got into polish in 2008. I thought that was a great idea and decided to steal her idea and modify it a bit. Rather than showing all of my first this brand or that brand all at once, I am going to make this a now and then feature.

Today I am going to share my very first ever bottle of China Glaze. I think that like many lacquer enthusiasts, I started with the famous and fabulous Ruby Pumps. I read so much about this polish by so many women who just loved it but it took me a long time to break down and finally buy it and try it.

What was I waiting for?!?! China Glaze Ruby Pumps is simply spectacular. I started painting that beauty on and fell deeply, irrevocably in love. I have worn this polish many times since I bought it and it remains one of my all time favourite polishes, ever. I feel a little sentimental about the bottle, too. When the level starts to drop, I buy minis around the holidays and I refill my original bottle with minis. That way, I keep it full and never have to toss out that very first bottle I bought.




I am sorry about this photograph. I had to manipulate the high holy hell out of it to get it to show anywhere close to colour accurate. I don't have or use Photoshop, so I had to do my crude editing in Paint. I am growing increasingly frustrated with my camera. It is showing it's age and driving me absolutely batshit crazy. I should get a nice letup in my budget, later this Spring and I should be able to replace it, then. *crosses fingers* Sorry about that. This isn't a rant about my camera. I just couldn't help venting a little.

So, what was your first China Glaze polish? Or any other brand... Perhaps you can do a post to tell us about it? It would be fun to read about everyone's beloved first polishes.

I am going to post a retailer review tomorrow, then I am taking a few days off. Nothing wrong, or anything. I am out of photographs. I just yesterday swatched and shot all of my China Glaze Vintage Vixen polishes to do a Colour Series but my photographs came out looking like dog vomit. Every. Damned. One. of. Them!!! Gah!!! So I have to re swatch and re shoot them. I also have all of my new Sinfuls to swatch and get ready for posting.

I am nearly ready to draw the winner of my giveaway. I am almost finished verifying the entries. I'll pop back in and post that, the moment I do. I should have that up on Thursday or Friday, Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I have come to the conclusion that Rafflecopter might just become my new best friend. I enjoy doing giveaways but verifying all of the entries and drawing the winner all by hand is a huge undertaking and I am, quite frankly, tired of it. lol I think that I am ready to turn the heavy lifting over to a nice, handy-dandy widget. So this will be my last old school, old fashioned run giveaway!

Okay, I'm out. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a wonderful day and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pink and Black: The Story of a Manicure Renovation

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a mani reno to share with you. I had a doctor's appointment, the other day and no time to change out my chipped polish. I didn't want to just clean off my polish, pile on some base coat and go with "bare" nails, I kind of wanted to extend my Wicked Style for a couple of more days. So, I grabbed Wicked Style, touched up the little chips then added a coat of Wet-N-Wild Tangled in My Web, that fun black glitter polish from last Autumn/Hallowe'en. I topped it with Seche Vite and enjoyed two more days of my manicure until it finally failed, chipped like crazy and had to come off.






This look was a lot of fun to wear, I really enjoyed it and I got a few very nice compliments on it, too. I was kind of sad to have to soak it off. But, alas, all manicures are fleeting. Good thing we have cameras, huh?

Thank you for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

China Glaze Sea Spray and Revlon Whimsical... A Match Made in Polish Heaven

Hello gentle readers. How's things?

Today I have a manicure I wore a little bit back. This is a combo of two lovely slightly greyed blue polishes; China Glaze Sea Spray from last Spring's Anchors Away Collection and Revlon Whimsical on my accent nails. Sea Spray is a beautiful, cool greyed blue creme packed with silver-white microshimmer. You don't really see the shimmer indoors, but take your nails out in the sun or under a bright, clean light and whoop, there it is! So pretty So, so, so pretty. I have a serious love for this polish. I lemming'd it for a long time, and was tickeled pink when it was made part of China Glaze's core line.

Revlon Whimsical is a slightly greyed, sheer milky blue jelly with tiny square blue, pink and green glitter, small round silver glitter and large blue and pink hex glitter. The glitter is a tad sparse and I had to place some of the glitter to get a more even application on my nails.

These polishes just look so fabulous together. If I remember correctly, I first saw this combo on another blog but for the life of me I can't remember who's. But I do know that I did not invent this combo. ;) Both of these photos were shot outdoors in the sun.




Just look at Sea Spray! Golly, isn't she pretty?!?!

China Glaze Sea Spray is just a gorgeous formula. I know... I sound like a broken record, don't I? But it's true. So many China Glaze polishes have such perfect formulas and I can't help crowing about them a bit. Application of this polish was dreamy easy, it behaved so beautifully, didn't run or pool or drag or bubble. Dry time was pretty good and, topped with Seche Vite, the wear was good, as well. I wore this mani a full five days before it showed enough tip wear that I felt the need to remove it. That, for me, is almost unprecedented wear!

Revlon Whimsical was a big lemming for me, as well. I searched my local drugstores and finally broke down and ordered if from Ulta. When it arrived, it was missing a bunch of the polish. I should be receiving a replacement bottle very soon. The formula on Whimsical is good, it is fluid and the base is easy to work with and apply smoothly. Unfortunately the glitter doesn't want to cooperate as I feel it should. I really had to go fishing and pat and place most of the larger bits in place, so just four accent nails took me a while to complete. That may have been partly due to the bottle I received... I don't know. I am going to try it, when I receive my replacement bottle and see if that one is any better. I don't mind placing glitter all that much, I kind of expect to have to do it, in fact but it would be nice to not have to work quite so hard for my sparkle. Whimsical dries kind of slowly, my accent nails were a bit thick and were dentable even hours later, even topped with Seche Vite.

Okay, so, do you own these polishes? Wear them together? Please do share.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a good one, everybody and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

China Glaze Gothic Lolita: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers  Today's swatch is the final polish from the China Glaze Electropop Collection for Spring that I own. I am not sure if I am going to purchase more of them, or not. The greedy, I-want-it-all! part of me wants more of these polishes, the cheap-cheap-cheap part of me is asking me what's the point. I am not sure at this point who is going to win. I really, really want Dance Baby and Techno and maybe Aquadelic... Sweet Hook...

Check out the swatch of a truly lovely purple polish from this collection. This is Gothic Lolita. This polish is undeniably beautiful; it is a medium purple crelly with a hidden magenta shimmer that likes to hide in normal, indoor light then fire brilliantly in the sun. There are also sparse hits of blue spark, here and there. This polish borders on the magical. It really is lovely. This swatch is two coats, no top coat. Photographs were shot out in sun.





I wish that my camera had been capable of capturing fully just how splendidly lovely this polish really is. 

The formula on this polish is absolutely fabulous. This polish is a crelly, a cross between a creme and a jelly. It is deeply pigmented and has the opacity of a creme and that touch of translucency and juiciness of a jelly. Add the microshimmer and tiny blue glitter sparks that come to life in the sun and you get alchemy. 

Application of Gothic Lolita is about as close to perfect as it gets. This polish flows easily and smoothly off the brush and sits it's self sweetly down where it is placed. It doesn't run, pool, drag or bubble. This polish self levels well so, if like me you tend to paint thicker coats and get things a bit uneven at times, you don't have to worry about how it will come out. Dry time is good for this beauty. 

Gothic Lolita is part of the China Glaze Spring Electropop Collection and is available now wherever China Glaze polish is sold. 

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a wonderful day and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, March 2, 2012

China Glaze Wicked Style

Hello gentle readers.

Today's swatch of an Electropop polish is Wicked Style. This bright watermelon pink creme is wicked smooth and shiny. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite. I wore this polish as a full mani. It is so bright and fun and very flattering. I kept looking at my nails and smiling.

Photographs shot in setting, cloud filtered late afternoon sun.




Like the rest of the polishes in this collection that I own (I don't have all of them) the formula on this polish is just smashing. Smooth, silky and creamy smooth. This polish behaves beautifully and doesn't give any trouble. No running, pooling, streaking or dragging. I did get some bubbling under the surface but I think that was due to my local weather conditions at the time I applied it. Polish can be a little sensitive to changing weather conditions and we had a swiftly moving Winter storm on it's way out, when I polished my nails. Dry time is pretty good. By the time I got this polish applied, topped with Seche Vite and photographed, it was pretty much good to go.

What do you think of this bright, pretty, fun pink polish? Do you own it? Think that perhaps you might like to?  It is in wide release, right now and should be easy to find wherever China Glaze polishes are sold.

Thank you so much for popping in and spending a little time with me. Have a wonderful day and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

China Glaze Gaga for Green: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Next in line in the China Glaze Electropop polishes that I have is Gaga for Green, a Spring green jelly. This is three coats. I didn't use top coat for this swatch. In fact, it seems that I didn't use top coat for any of the polishes in this collection.




China Glaze Gaga for Green is so lovely and silky smooth. Squishy and translucent, it gets to opaque in three coats.This polish is a little bit of a pain, thin coats are best when applying this polish so that it doesn't streak. This polish applies nicely, otherwise; it doesn't run or pool or drag and there was no bubbling. It set up pretty quickly, by the time I finished photographing this polish, were it a full manicure, I could have gotten on with my day.

What do you think of Gaga for Green? Have you picked this pretty polish up, yet?

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.