China Glaze’s The Hunger Games Will Have You Fall Hook and Line

If you haven’t heard about The Hunger Games books, you must live without electricity since it is talked about all over the media. I can now say that I have The Hunger Games on my Kindle Fire and will commence reading it. I don’t think I’ve come across anyone that hasn’t read it.

And a big question I’ll be looking for is, how do the polish names, from China Glaze’s The Hunger Games, match up to the story.

For instance, take a look at this frosty gravender (that’s gray and lavender mixed together)…

‘Hook and Line’ is probably both a frost and a metallic. Is that possible? Ehh, I’d rather just enjoy looking at it. I have 3 coats going on here…

It takes on different shades depending on the light shift. I’m thinking sometimes it is silver, sometimes beige…what color does it look like on you?


I rather like the shades of polish, or any color for that matter, that are hard to pin down. There’s quite a number of colors, it could be argued, that this polish could be. OK, I’m done trying to analyze it. I’m going to enjoy it for what it is. I guess I have fallen ‘Hook and Line’ and sinker.

This Just In…..China Glaze Metallic Crackles

Who says being nice to your Sally’s Manager doesn’t pay off? She called me today to say the China Glaze metallic crackles had just arrived.

Here they are…

Captured in the light of a hot, Florida evening.

Each one is just as pretty as the other…

Latticed Lilac, Haute Metal, Cracked Medallion

Tarnished Gold, Platinum Pieces, Oxidized Aqua

Do you see a favorite? I have no idea which one I want to try out first for a full mani. I think I’ll skittle my pink Cheeky Monkey mani that I have on already.

EDIT:  I couldn’t wait to show you…

‘Latticed Lilac’ over Cheeky Monkey’s ‘Man Chaser.’

Miss Independent – St. Valentine’s Day Manicure Marathon-Day 14


This is the final day of the Manicure Marathon.  And even though I have had tons of fun, I’m pinked (and red) out!  I have past the finish line!  Well, not quite yet but, that’s another post. 

My hubs got me this for Valentine’s Day…

Thankfully, it’s small and we did split it.  Very chocolaty!!

I got him this…

My hubs is a feracious reader.  Since retiring, he reads even more.  My brother and his family got me a Kindle for Christmas and my hubs has been pouting about it ever since. I share very easily but, he would have none of that.  So, I made him very happy with his very own.

I’m rounding out the marathon with a new Nicole by OPI nail polish.  This is my first Nicole purchase.  And this shade was the perfect introduction…

This is ‘Miss Independent.’  I saved this one for the last day for a reason. 

If you are flying solo during Valentine’s Day, it can be a very lonely day.  I had felt that way many times.  It wasn’t until I embraced my ‘single-hood’ that I stopped seeing the entire world as ‘coupled.’  So, I would spoil myself.  I’d get a special gift for myself.  I’d get a bouquet of flowers and put them on my kitchen table.  I spent the day gushing over everyone else’s flowers they got at work and then would go home to make my favorite meal and spend the evening remembering that I had no one to account to, I could leave my clothes anywhere I wanted, I didn’t have to ask anyone where they wanted to go out to eat!  I was Miss Independent.

The promotional piece from Nicole by OPI states that this is a lavender.  It’s a metallic lavender, yes.  Yet, it’s pastel, soft, pretty and reminds me of Valentine’s Day cards from the Victorian age.

The brush is a fat, flat one and I do like how it performs.  The polish did have some buckling and it didn’t dry as fast as I thought it would.  Hence, some smudges.  But I am in serious ‘like’ over the color.  I have 3 coats and, 2 would have been just fine.  I have a coat of Nailene’s Miracle Maker as the top coat.  One negative, I don’t like the shape of this bottle.  It makes it clumsy to hold while polishing.

‘Miss Independent’ wore fairly well.  I am showing it the 2nd day of wear.  It didn’t chip or peel.  And, metallics can get streaky but the brush, I’m sure, helps eliminate that issue.

How do you like the fatter, wider brushes?  Do you like this color for a Valentine’s day polish?  What has been your experience with using Nicole by OPI?

Nailene’s Miracle Maker was sent to me for review. These are my honest opinions on the product.

I Like Money, But…

I had lunch yesterday with Kari who runs OnceBitten.  I was smittened; I was having lunch with a nail blogger who I admire and she is a celebrity.  Kari is a puppeteer.  Like I told her, not the Punch and Judy stuff!  These puppets are truly dinosaur size!  Go check out her blog to find out more about her and to see her in depth reviews on nail polishes and beauty products.

As a follower, you may know my unpropitious feelings for boring nail polish names.  Here’s a surprise then.  Revlon’s ‘Copper Penny’ didn’t do it for me.  Yep, it was one I said ‘meh’ to. 

Sunny window photo.

Outdoors in the sunlight.  (It’s gorgeous here in Orlando today.)

Tip wear in under 24 hours.  Here in the sunny window again.

In the sunlight is the only attribute I find for ‘Copper Penny.’  It was fussy to apply.  I have just 2 coats here and maybe could have done 3.  I have 2 coats of Seche Clear and one Vite over this.  It’s got a few bubbles.

I do like metallic polishes and know they tend to be a pistol to apply.  Usually they are worth it.  I just don’t feel that ‘Copper Penny’ is.  A penny earned, here, is a penny not worth picking up.

What do you think?  Do you like the color?  Do you find metallic polishes hard to use?