Tag: China Glaze

 
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Ho, Ho, NO

Xmas is long past, but it’s taken me this long get my hands on my daughter’s Grinch polishes! I got her the set of minis for Xmas, but she is insisting on trying the polishes before letting me try them. Can you believe that? The nerve…and that is exactly what I would do.

The first one she allowed me to sample is China Glaze “Ho, Ho, No”. It’s an orangey red polish, with a thick gold shimmer. How can a shimmer be thick, you ask? I don’t exactly know – the polish just seems to have more of a texture than the usual shimmer – it’s like the shimmer is actually chunky? I don’t even know how to explain it, except that I felt like it snagged on stuff – even with a top coat.

This is two coats of “Ho, Ho, No” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Three nail posts in a row – I better start mixing things up!

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Xmas Eve Nails

Waylaid by the flu, I am a wee bit late on posts. Christmas is but a memory, but here I am, sharing my Xmas Eve Nails.

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “Ruby Glisten” as the background for my tree. To make my trees, I used China Glaze “For Rhinestones Only” to draw a tree shape and dipped each nail in the little pot of Grinchworthy Grinch Tinsel. Yeah, it pretty much got everywhere. For the stars on the trees, I fished them out of Sinful Colors “Star Studded”. For the decorations, I used a dotting tool dipped in Sinful Colors “Queen of Beauty”. I topped it all with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Several gloppy coats and they were still bumpy.

I think they turned out all right, but the texture was intolerable. I could not handle it for more than a day…and then it took more than an hour to scrub these trees off my nails. Do not recommend.

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Grinchworthy

 

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This is it – I have found the ultimate Xmas polish!

I ordered The Grinchworthy Nail Art Duo in my last Ulta order. The bottle of adhesive – “For Rhinestones Only” – had shattered either in the warehouse or during shipping and had oozed all over the set, so I had to have them send me another one. It arrived within two days and I was able to get to work…

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I did two coats of “Grinchworthy” on every nail. I then used “For Rhinestones Only” on my thumb and ring finger…and then dipped it into the little pot of…Grinch pubes? Is that what it is supposed to be? It was like microscopic bits of easter grass, fertilizing my entire house. I then coated each nail with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, going extra thick on my Grinch pube nails. Even so, I felt like I was molting green bits for days.

I have fallen in love with China Glaze “Grinchworthy”. I want to be a Grinch 365 days a year.

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Cyber Fundays 2018

 

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This Xmas, I did my Ulta shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving, during the “Cyber Fundays” event. They had some smoking deals that I couldn’t pass up! There were also some decent Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but mostly on stuff I already had, like half price Modern Renaissance and Naked Heat. Boo!

If you’re thinking that this order looks skimpy…it’s because I pulled out the gifts I ordered for my daughter. She doesn’t come here, but her brother does – and I trust him about as far as I can throw him with one hand.

I was excited to snatch the NYX Lip Snacks Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream Set ($15, down from $25) for myself. It’s a set of 12 minis of my favorite lip formula from NYX, specially scented like buttercream. I’ve onlhy sampled 2 so far, but they are the BEST. I also got a half-price Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in “Demolition” ($11, down from $22) – I think a shiny brown cat eye will look good on me.

The biggest bummer was a broken bottle in the China Glaze The Grinch Grinchworthy Nail Art Duo ($10). It wasn’t the “Grinchworthy” polish itself, but the “For Rhinestones Only” adhesive – the stem of the bottle broke inside the cap and it leaked everywhere. I called Ulta Customer Service and they sent me out another one immediately, no questions asked – so now I have 2 bottles of “Grinchworthy” and 2 pots of green felt. I cannot wait to make my nails look like Astroturf! Oh, and I got another tidbit from Customer Service – they won’t be including samples in orders again until January. Cheap bastards.

I added a bottle of Zoya Remove+ to get me over the $65 mark, to get the glittery pink 18-piece Cyber Fundays sample bag. The sample bag was STUFFED – it had: Too Faced Glitter Glue (saving for a special occasion); Cover FX Blurring Primer; Urban Decay Perversion Mascara; Patchology Flashpatch Restoring Night Eye Gels (this is the third set I’ve gotten – I guess I should use them); philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar; Clinique Happy; 2 Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Glosses in “Vintage” (2!!!); Lime Crime Unicorn Hair in “bunny” (ugh, another one); bliss lemon & sage body butter; Biolage Hydra Source Shampoo & Conditioner; L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer/Base for Mascara; philosophy Amazing Grace; Armani Code Cashmere; Skin Laundry Hydrating Cream Face Wash; L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Cleanser Detox-Brighten (this black one is my fave); MAC False Lashes Mascara in “Extreme Black”; and Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate. There were also 2 hot coupons – $15 off $75 (only good in December) and another $5 off $15 Ulta Beauty Collection (good until 2/1/19).

I was also able to use a $10 off coupon, bringing my order down to $64.49 before tax – but I still got the bag. I was sweating for a hot minute! Just $301 to Diamond…I do predict another order before the end of the year, but not that much!

 

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Vegas Nails, Take 4

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And here’s the last of my $1.74 Ulta HaulChina Glaze “Ma-Holo at Me”.

“Ma-Holo at Me” is a slate blue holographic polish. I figured this is the perfect polish to get me through a trip to Las Vegas – shiny and will match ANYTHING.

Sure, this polish looks nice NOW, but the application was SO problematic. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. The first coat was super streaky, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that each brush stroke made the polish glob onto the previous brush stroke and left weird bald spots. I did the best I could to get a thin, even first coat. The second coat was slightly better, filling in some of the bald streaks, but not all of them. It was SO weird. Without the top coat, the polish was somewhat matte. If I wasn’t going a week without changing my polish, I might have tried it out. Luckily, Glisten & Glow Top Coat is very, VERY forgiving and his most of the bald spots and flaws. My nails ended up looking so much better than they should have.

I’ll be going on hiatus for a week or so while on vacation. Enjoy this spiffy new WordPress theme while I’m out. Vaya con dios!

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Don’t Be Sea Salty

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All the flavors in the world…and you chose to be salty?

This polish is actual the opposite of salty – it’s so, so sweet. China Glaze “Don’t be Sea Salty” is a finish you don’t see very often – it’s a plastic-y matte shimmer. The shimmer is very, very subtle – but it’s there.

This is two coats of “Don’t be Sea Salty” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.

Like most matte polishes, the edges wore VERY quickly – no top coat. Even so, it lasted at least a day or so longer than the usual 2 days before looking like total shit. This one is definitely a keeper.

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Let’s Have a KIKI!

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I wanna have a kiki…lock the doors TIGHT.

That’s right, I only bought China Glaze “Kiki in our Tiki” because of the name. I don’t normally gravitate towards orangey polishes, but for $1.74 – why not?

At full price (usually $7.50), I usually don’t bother with China Glaze polishes…but when they are on sale, I snatch them up. China Glaze is usually good quality, with large bottles…even if the names are cringey puns. How can you even have a kiki inside of a tiki? Maybe if they mean a tiki hut? Ugh, at least it’s not “Keke, do you love me?”

This is two coats of “Kiki in our Tiki” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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Flights of Fancy

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I’ve been eyeing the Limited Edition wet n wild “Flights of Fancy” set on Instagram for a few months. As soon as I noticed the set hit Ulta for $34.99, it was in my cart and I was checking out before I could talk myself out of it.

What did I get for $34.99? Three Color Icon Eyeshadow Quads“Stop Ruffling My Feathers”, “Flock Party”, and “Hasta La Costa Baby”. The quality is so-so, but I was impressed by the blendability. Three Baked Blushes“Don’t Flutter Yourself”, “Hummingbird Hype”, and “Dare to Soar”. Warning, these blushes are SUPER pigmented. I looked like a clown after trying the hot pink one, “Dare to Soar”. Four Color Icon Lip Glosses“Fly Gal“, “Featherless”, “Pout of Paradise”, and “Shut the Pluck Up” (this one is my fave). Two Liquid Eyeliners“Gilded Wings” and “Winged n’ Wild”. I am not quite sure how to use the Photofocus Primer Water Spray, but I liked that it went on very thin – perfect for sweating in the summer. Last, but not least, PerfectPout Lip Scrub in “Pecker Up” – it’s watermelon flavored!

I am still super-bummed that I was never ever to find the wet n wild Goth-O-Graphic set at Ulta, so I wasn’t about to pass this super cheap set. It’s definitely worth $34.99 – the eyeshadows and lip glosses are usually $4.99 each, so just those would be $35 by themselves.

So what else did I get? Megababes Bust Dust ($16), because even though my new boobs are a lot perkier than they used to be, it IS summer in Texas. Although it keeps things dry for a bit, I feel like I would have to put it on 10 times a day to get full relief. Ugh. I also stumbled upon China Glaze polishes from their “Shades of Paradise” Collection for $1.74 each – score! I picked up “Ma-Holo at Me”, “Don’t Be Sea Salty” and “Kiki in Our Tiki”.

I got to use a $3.50 off coupon AND got an Estee Lauder Beauty Break with my purchase. Inside the Beauty Break: Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam, Day Wear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Cream, and Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in “Insolent Plum” – what a name! I did get a sample pack this time, with Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup in 3 shades, and Emporio Armani Stronger With You (both the husband and the son passed on it).

So, between this order and THREE haircuts for the family on Saturday, only $554.49 to Diamond Status…Hmmm…maybe within reach?

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Pony Sia

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For Xmas, I think, I got my daughter the China Glaze My Little Pony Songbird Serenade Set. I had forgotten about it…until now.

Songbird Serenade is the name of Sia’s rock star pony in the My Little Pony movie. I’ve managed to avoid watching it…so far. I know my days are numbered once it hits cable. The black sparkly polish is the titular “Songbird Serenade” and the gold chrome polish is “Best Ponies Forever”. I feel like a Sia Pony wearing these polishes together.

This is two coats on each nail, over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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Independence Nails

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I wasn’t gonna do special nails for the 4th today…I just wasn’t feeling it. The weather was awful and rainy today, we didn’t leave the house, and to be honest, I’m not very proud to be American right now. When I broke a nail putting laundry in the dryer, it was a good excuse to my nails. I even took the decision out of my own hands, by letting Lily pick the polishes for us to use…joke’s on me – she picked 4th of July colors.

My nails were long and at the point of breaking, so I went ahead and trimmed them all down before I got started. After Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, I started with e.l.f. “Liquid Metal”. It was one of those tiny bottles from a holiday set and it was like spreading peanut butter on my nails – there was barely enough for a single coat. Lily then dictated that I do a swipe of red (China Glaze “Applejack of my Eye”) on the left, and blue (China Glaze “Too Busy Being Awesome”) on the right. Both the red and blue were from the China Glaze My Little Pony Collection. I finished off with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Our nails turned out pretty nice. I did all the swipes freehand, but since the brushes were tiny, I was able to get somewhat clean lines.