Tag: China Glaze
Is it too early to be feeling Grinchy?
Or maybe it’s not that I’m feeling Grinchy, it’s just that humanity is really showing it’s ass right now…
In any case, I needed a sparkly green nail polish to match my recently pedicured toes, so I grabbed China Glaze “Grinchworthy”.
This is two coats of “Grinchworthy” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
Turned Up Turquoise
It’s so difficult to get good sunlight polishes of turquoise nail polishes and China Glaze “Turned Up Turquoise” is no exception. The pictures I was able to get are straight blue, but the polish has a bit more green in it in real life. It is absolutely a chameleon of a polish.
The polish was a gift from my dear friend Lisa and I was excited to try it immediately. I was not expecting a pearly matte finish! From the bottle, it appears to be a plain old creme polish, but I was pleasantly surprised with the pearly qualities.
This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Even with the top coat, it chipped rather quickly – I was disappointed.
“Turned Up Turquoise” is originally from the 2008 Summer Ink Collection – no wonder it’s so thick! The collection is modeled on tattoo colors, which is right on with the turquoise in blue rose tattoos on my arm. I was very fortunate to get my hands on this classic and sought after polish.
What’s YOUR Hogwarts House?
You want to cause chaos in your household? Pick up a couple of Hogwarts House Bath Bombs for your kids and watch them freak out when their bath bomb tells them they are in the wrong house. No joke, my little Hufflepuff daughter was scandalized when her bath bomb told her she should be in Slytherin. My Slytherin son wanted to get into HER bath and kick her out, and even a week later, he is too scared to use his own bath bomb. The Harry Potter x Ulta Beauty Mystery Hogwarts House Bath Bombs are $8 each – purchase at your own risk.
The Harry Potter x Ulta Beauty Hogwarts House Lotion ($12 each) is a much safer bet. I got one for each member of the family: Gryffindor (berry vanilla), Hufflepuff (wildflowers), Ravenclaw (cucumber), and Slytherin (raindrops). They all smell very good.
I added a few odds and ends to my order – a China Glaze Striper in “Paint it Black” ($1.05, down from $1.50) and a Marc Anthony Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Conditioning Packet ($1.79, down from $2.99).
I got a Clinique Beauty Break with my order, with Clinique High Impact Mascara, Lipstick in “Bare Pop”, and Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. I also used my trusty $3.50 0ff $15 coupon.
Just $418 to Diamond in 2021.
This is my Street
This is it – number twelve, the last polish of the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Collection.
Lily demanded that that I save China Glaze “This is my Street” for last, because it was the best one. I tend to agree, as it’s not just a rainbow glitter, but a rainbow holographic glitter. It’s not quite full coverage, but it’s pretty close. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. I feel like a third coat would’ve given full coverage, but then I never would’ve gotten it off my nails.
I’ve always gotta see how a glitter looks mattified, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my ring finger. I used my usual, Glisten & Glow Top Coat, on the rest of my nails. I feel like it somehow muted to holographic effect of this polish. It was much more…sparkly…glittery…something…before I put a top coat on it. Maybe the top coat distorts they way that light reflects off of the glitter?
Done! I don’t know why this little project was so painful for me – I guess because I like just grabbing a polish on a whim, and not having a “plan”? Or maybe it’s just because holding those tiny bottles is so damn awkward?
Giggling All the Way
When I think of “giggling” on Sesame Street, of course I think of Elmo…but Elmo isn’t pink? Elmo already got his red polish though, so maybe this pearly pink polish is for Prairie Dawn – she’s a pink puppet.
China Glaze “Giggling All the Way” is a shimmery coral pink polish – it gives off definite flamingo vibes. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.
My first three nails (thumb, index and middle) are shiny, topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. My ring finger is regular matte, with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I wanted to see how it would look rubberized, so I used Sinful Colors Rubber Top Coat on my pinky. The rubber top coat definitely gave my pinky a lot of grainy texture and made the shimmer POP – it almost looks like a holographic polish!
This is #11 – just one more polish left to swatch!
We are drawing near to the end of the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary polishes with the 10 polish – China Glaze “Cele-Bert”.
“Cele-Bert” is a green-leaning gold glitter polish, which I’m assuming is named for the unibrowed muppet. It is far more green in the bottle than on the nail. It’s a full coverage glitter, and not too sharp either.
This is two coats of “Cele-Bert” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I actually like it mattified with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat (ring and pinky) than glossy with Glisten & Glow Top Coat (Thumb, index and middle).
Two more to go…
Brought to You By…
This fantastic emerald teal shimmer is China Glaze “Brought to You By…” from the Sesame Street 50 Year Anniversary Collection. The best part of every episode of Sesame Street – besides the Count – was finding out what letter and number the episode was brought by.
This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
The last week was super hard on my nails, so I had to chop them down super short. They feel so WEIRD.
T is for Tinsel
I wanted to use the rainbow-y looking glitter, but Queen Lilith demanded that I use that polish last…so I picked China Glaze “T is for Tinsel” for my Las Vegas trip.
“T is for Tinsel” is a packed silver holographic glitter, with a little bit of blue litter scattered within. This is full coverage in two coats, over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I feel like I was disappointed in the wear power of this polish, but that might not have been entirely fair. After just five days of wear, several of my nails were ~50% chipped away! Las Vegas is so hard on fingernails – the dry environment, plus washing my hands so much with cheap casino soap. I’m going to give this polish the benefit of the doubt, since I haven’t had performance that poor with any other shade of China Glaze.
Viva Las Vegas!
I really don’t know how else to describe China Glaze “On the Nice List”, except that it looks the bathroom floor after Elmo gives his fuzzy balls a trim.
When I first applied, I thought “On the Nice List” was a sparse microglitter, but upon closer inspection, it’s a sparse micro bar glitter. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I probably could’ve gotten full coverage in 3 or even 4 coats, but I didn’t want to totally torture my nails. It’s so friggin’ hard to take of glitter polish, especially bars.
7 down, 5 to go – I’m on the home stretch, baby!
Me Ate Santa’s Cookies!
I mean…who else would eat Santa’s cookies besides Cookie Monster?
This is China Glaze “Me Ate Santa’s Cookies!” from the Sesame Street 50 Year Anniversary Collection. It’s a shimmery baby blue, just like Cookie Monster himself. It’s beautiful!
This is two coats of “Me Ate Santa’s Cookies!” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I’m halfway through the whole collection!