China Glaze Wrinkling the Sheets

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I guess this is turning into a GREEN week! China Glaze Wrinkling the Sheets is one of the ‘crinkled chrome’ shades. This is definitely a love it or hate it finish. It is textured, and I find it very cool and space age!

The formula on this polish is excellent, and it wears like iron! I love how the texture looks, and the color is pretty. This is totally opaque in ONE coat and it dries quickly. I’m a fan! I’m glad that I randomly picked this up, but my one regret is not grabbing another shade!

What do you think? Love it? Hate it?

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2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Polish Picks!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. I thought it would be fun to share some of my polish picks in that shade range. As you can see, some are dark, some are bright, and some are in the nude shade range.

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Essie Play Date– This is described as “soft purple.” It’s coming across a little dark here; it’s a little brighter in person.

OPI You’re Such a Budapest– This is a purple toned periwinkle shade. This is a really great color for winter and spring because it truly pops on the nail!

Maybelline Lust for Lilac– I think that this is Maybelline’s answer to Radiant Orchid, because this is a new shade for 2014.

Butter London Molly Coddled– This is the perfect choice, as it is described as “lavender orchid cream.”

China Glaze Sweet Hook– I seriously love this color. It’s a pale lavender shade that is white-based.

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Essie Bangle Jangle– This is one of the first polishes I bought when I stopped biting my nails. Described as “lavender amethyst”, this looks a lot darker here than in person.

Zoya Rue– I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this color. This is a pink toned nude from Zoya’s spring collection that appears to be Radiant Orchid inspired.

Zoya Kennedy– This is a cool beige cream shade that has a slight lavender tint. This is a great nude!

Revlon Gray Suede– This is another nude in the same color family as Kennedy and Rue. It has some slight shimmer to it. Very office appropriate!

Essie Go Ginza– This is a milky, white-based lavender. It’s like the purple version of Fiji.

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There are a lot of great picks out there if you want to get into the Radiant Orchid craze! My favorites from this bunch are China Glaze Sweet Hook (my favorite of them all!), Essie Go Ginza, and OPI You’re Such a Budapest.

Are you enjoying this year’s color of the year?

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On

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Keep Calm, Paint On is another polish from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection. It is a light mint shade with a subtle pearl finish and pearl shimmer. The shimmer is really hard to pick up on camera, which you can see if you search this shade in Google images!

Though I have a million and one mint colors, I surprisingly do not have anything quite like this one. This seems to be a true seafoam color, and the shimmer is to die for. The formula is good too. No streaking and opaque in two coats.

I love this shade! What are your favorite mint polishes?

China Glaze Snap My Dragon

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Snap My Dragon is a shade from the Avant Garden collection by China Glaze. I remember seeing this collection on a few blogs and it didn’t really catch my attention until I saw it in person at Sally’s. By then it was on super clearance and I picked up a few shades, including this one. You NEED this polish if you love pink like I do. This color is incredible!

This shade is a glowy, pink red; kind of a raspberry type shade. This is just one coat, and it dries quickly, too! This might be one of my favorite colors of the year. It is a polish I would back up for sure! I haven’t tried this with White Cap over it yet, but I’m thinking it would look amazing.

What do you think of this shade? I just love those polishes that look lit from within.

Manicure Spam 4

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Hey Everyone! I had to reformat my memory card and noticed I had a few old manicures on it, so I decided to make this very blue themed manicure spam post! First up is Illamasqua Noble with Revlon Sequins on top. Sequins is a limited edition shade that came out over the holidays last year. It is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow. I love this glitter and am glad that I busted it out again. Gold glitters are a favorite of mine, which is funny because there was a time in my life where I hated gold anything.

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This photo isn’t the greatest as it is quite dark, but this is Models Own Boobloo with Sally Hansen Ice Pop on top. Ice Pop is really gorgeous as a topper; it is limited edition, comprised of very tiny gold glitters and some shimmer as well. Boobloo is a nice baby blue; the formula is a little thick but not impossible to work with.

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Finally, China Glaze Aquadelic topped with Finger Paints Fall of Surprises glitter. This was so much prettier in person since this shot doesn’t capture the sparkle of the glitter! Aquadelic is an amazing polish. It is opaque in ONE coat and it is really bright!

Do you have any glitter top coats I need to know about?

China Glaze Son of a Peach

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Son of a Peach from China Glaze is from the summer Sunsational collection. It is a peachy neon, and the color is so difficult to capture on the camera! While it may look flat-out orange, it is lighter and more white-based in person. It is super bright and beautiful!

This is a much talked about polish this summer. Unfortunately, the formula is incredibly difficult to work with. It is VERY streaky and it doesn’t flow very well onto the nail. The color is so unique that it is worth the trouble. This is three coats.

Have you tried this shade? What do you think of it?

China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around

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I haven’t been paying much attention to China Glaze lately. I had no interest in the “Transitions” shades or the holographic polishes. The Avant Garden collection was pretty, but I didn’t go chasing the shades by any means. Recently I was in Sally Beauty Supply and the shades from that collection were 50% off, so I ended up with quite a few that I really think are beautiful!

I know I’ve said this before, but I LOVE wearing white polish. It’s just so clean and crisp (Mom, I sound like you…with cotton!!). Dandy Lyin’ Around is a milky base with very, very fine shimmer throughout. It was hard to pick it up on camera. It is pretty sheer. I used two coats so there’s still some visible nail line, and there were no problems with the formula.

You know how when you paint your nails, and can’t stop staring at your hands because you love the polish so much? That was me with Dandy Lyin’ Around. This polish is GORGEOUS. If you love white polish like I do, check this one out for sure!