Halloween Manicure: China Glaze & Cult Nails

My nails haven’t had the limelight at the Vanity lately. I have been wearing polish and enjoying a lot of the Halloween polishes I purchased lately, though. This one seems to not only be my favorite but also the one where my cuticles look their best…

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The base color is Nevermore by Cult Nails. This one-coat black is a staple for me. I love it! The glitter polish is China Glaze’s Rest In Pieces. More than just a glitter polish with orange bar glitter, this one also has orange hex glitter and smaller green iridescent micro and bar glitter. I like that it gives the polish more dimension than with just the orange bar glitter alone.

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I have been using Nailtiques Formula 2 as my base coat and have been for over three months. The goal is to strengthen my nails without drying them out. It seems to have helped but, I also have been putting on some sort of cuticle oil, body oil or hand lotion on at least once an hour to get moisture into my nails and cuticles.

After the Nailtiques, it was one coat of Nevermore and one coat of Rest In Pieces. I topped it off with Seche Vite Top Coat and have been enjoying my spooky nails since.

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Have you had as much fun as I have checking out all the blogs showing their Halloween nail art and makeup looks?  There are some very creative and fun looks this year.

China Glaze’s Glitter Goblin Or, Cursing Camera Capturing

Allow me to do this post with my phone camera. I think it takes pretty good photos, however, I want to see how it translates to the blog.

China Glaze’s ‘Glitter Goblin’ looks so cool that I wanted to find a base color that would promote it efficiently…

Zoya’s creamy ‘Arizona’ worked quite well.

This is ‘Glitter Goblin’…

And ‘Arizona’, a perfect orange creme in my stash…

Using two coats of ‘Arizona’ and two coats of ‘Glitter Goblin’, the marriage produced a whimsical Halloween manicure…

Removing this glitter is exactly what you’d expect: nail scrubbing. Nothing to make me curse at a goblin, however. I cast my vote that it was worth the effort.

Have you seen ‘Glitter Goblin’ yet?

China Glaze’s Unpredictable Looks Like Monster Snot

There are some polishes that just make you think of Halloween even if they are not intended to be for the Fall holiday. China Glaze’s ‘Unpredictable’ from the Bohemian collection, earlier this summer, is exactly one of those…

‘Unpredictable’ is a fancy duochrome of green and gold. But, I see blue and teal in this as well…

It’s complex enough to be some sort of monster color. Or, monster mucus. Like those Mucinex phlegm commercials. If you think about it, they are making cartoons of loogies! Eewww. I’m going back to talk about nail polish!!!

‘Unpredictable’ was just a little fussy to apply. I have on 3 coats. However, the first and second coats wanted to be patchy. So, I did the third coat a bit thicker to even that out…

I liked that the polish didn’t take on a streaky look. Sometimes duochromes will do that. I finished this manicure off with Famous Names’ Lumos top coat (my very, very favorite top coat).

If you are going to be a swamp monster or an alien for Halloween, I would recommend China Glaze’s ‘Unpredictable’ to finish the costume. And, no one will have to hand you a tissue to wipe your snot from your nails.

 

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China Glaze’s Prey Tell: A Halloween Brew

Here’s a mixing of a witch’s brew…

China Glaze’s ‘Prey Tell’ which is a dark brick red…

And, add to that a wicked orange glitter; a swipe of Sally Hansen’s ‘Pumpkin Spice’…

And you can create a fun concoction for Halloween…

Three coats of ‘Prey Tell’ and two coats for the accent of ‘Pumpkin Spice’, all topped off with Lumos Top Coat.

China Glaze: Blue Year’s Eve To Chase Away My Blues

Today is Grandparents Day and I have been thinking about my own Grandparents all day. They are all gone and I miss them very much. I was lucky to have grown up in the same, small town they lived in. They were instrumental in giving me the happiest childhood memories.

Speaking of blue, I was rummaging through my stash and found this beauty…

China Glaze’s ‘Blue Year’s Eve’ is quite a blue. Check out that far left side of the bottle and you can see the faintest hint of the pink shimmer.

About 14 years ago, I had a roommate that spent almost every day at the beach. She wasn’t into much girly-girl stuff but she always had her toes painted. She used a blue polish very similar to this one. And that’s what got me started wearing fancy, fun colors on my toes. I decided then that wearing ‘odd’ colors, as I thought of them at the time, on my toes was safe.

However, today I am sporting them on my fingers…

I have on three coats with no top coat. The first coat was super sheer and looked turquoise. A couple more coats and this became a blazing sapphire. Cool how a blue nail polish can help soften the blues of the soul.

Are you a blue nail polish wearer?

China Glaze: Blue Year’s Eve To Chase Away My Blues

Today is Grandparents Day and I’m blue missing all four of my grandparents. I was so lucky to live in the same, small town as they did. They were a vital part of my growing up and gave me the best childhood memories.

Speaking of blue, I was rummaging through my stash and found this beauty…

China Glaze’s ‘Blue Year’s Eve’ is quite a blue. Check out that far left side of the bottle and you can see the faintest hint of the pink shimmer.

About 14 years ago, I had a roommate that spent almost every day at the beach. She wasn’t into much girly-girl stuff but she always had her toes painted. She used a blue polish very similar to this one. And that’s what got me started wearing fancy, fun colors on my toes. I decided then that wearing ‘odd’ colors, as I thought of them at the time, on my toes was safe.

However, today I am sporting them on my fingers…

I have on three coats with no top coat. The first coat was super sheer and looked turquoise. A couple more coats and this became a blazing sapphire. Cool how a blue nail polish can help soften the blues of the soul.

Are you a blue nail polish wearer?

China Glaze: I Herd That From The Safari Collection

While my nails are in rehab, I can fondly, sort of, go through my photos of swatches and remember some good times. I bought nail wheels this week because I have so many new and old polishes that haven’t been swatched. It’s going to be a marathon on wheels. It will surely do my nails good to continue to recuperate.

I should show more of the Safari collection that China Glaze put out before another collection shows up. However, every one of the shades from that collection were lovely. They were unique for my collection. I had a lot of favorites, unable to pick just one.

How about this one…

This is ‘I Herd That’ and it is a special one from the whole collection. I would think this shade would be better for a Christmas collection but hey, why wait?

‘I Herd That’ has colors in it that do make me think of the Serengeti, as well. It is a micro-glitter with bronze, gold and red. I don’t know how I can associate colors of the Serengeti with something that could be in a Christmas collection but, that’s the fun and quirkiness of the beauty industry.

I still enjoyed the heck out of wearing this color…

It looks gritty because it is. I, actually, don’t mind that. When it makes something look this awesome, I’m very OK with texture. Notice something, though. I only put one coat on my thumb. So, for a more toned down look that could be office-friendly, this just could do it. Let me know what you think because I don’t work in an office setting and I wear anything.

‘I Herd That’ isn’t disco ball sparkly. It’s almost matted. And I think that’s what gives this a softer personality. I didn’t put on any top coat because I liked it just the way it was. And it wore very well. This polish gave a good wear for the 4 days I kept it on. And, ‘I Herd That’ was one that I was reluctant to remove, I enjoyed it so much. It must have been reluctant to leave me too because it took some of that extra ‘get this glitter off’ work. Even though, I could easily bring this polish back out at Christmas.

How about wearing this to work…yay or nay? Do you like the softened glitter look?

China Glaze: Bohemian Collection

After attending the CosmoProf in Las Vegas last weekend, I was excited to review some of the items I got. Then, I get a call today from my Sally’s Beauty Store Manager that the China Glaze Bohemian collection came in. I got to see these ‘live’ in Vegas so I am very excited to have my hands on them so soon.

I hope this means Fall is coming and soon…

‘Swanky Silk’ is on the left. That’s sort of a gold-ish taupe. On the left is ‘Unpredictable’. I liked the twinkle of light reflecting off it. To the right is ‘Rare and Radiant’. Not really so rare since I have at least 2 very close dupes. ­čśŤ

Then, I grouped the purples and blues together…

First is ‘No Plain Jane’, ‘Want My Bawdy’ and then ‘Deviantly Daring’.

The display shows a peacock along with the model. So, you can see that all these shades are inspired by the plumage of a peacock. Pretty cool but, sure to make some red and pink polish lovers feel left out.

I got a free bottle of ‘Diamond Dry’ for purchasing 2 China Glaze polishes. It was only 1 freebie per person though. This is a $6.99 product. I’m looking forward to trying it out…

I shall be swatching these soon…like next year with all the other polishes and products I have for review. (That’s a joke. Maybe not.) There will be no case of writer’s block on this blog!!

Are you going to get any of these?

Murky Greens: China Glaze Argo vs. Forever 21 Sage

Have you noticed that there have been a lot of murky green nail polishes showing up this year? It’s not a color I would expect in the summer season. Luckily, I love murkies. Let me show you two I recently got…

The China Glaze is ‘Argo’ and it is from the Hunger Games collection. Next is a Forever 21, love & beauty ‘Sage’.

Even though they are not exact duplicates, they could be fraternal twins…

Both have golden shimmer. ‘Sage’ is lighter and not as murky as ‘Argo’.

Now, how they look applied…

When you have a price point of one, $2.80 and the other $7.00, you are going to see a difference, most likely. ‘Sage’ is on my thumb and middle finger. That leaves ‘Argo’ on my index and ring finger. Both are two coats.

Sometimes I want to help an underdog. ‘Sage’ was really trying to hold her own but I gave her a pair of underpants and then she went to show off…

I used Cult Nails ‘Nevermore’ for the black base. ‘Nevermore’ is going to be my ‘go to’ black polish forever! One coat, baby!! And this black made a gorgeous, blackened green from ‘Sage’. I love it better that way.

My thoughts on these are: I’ll use┬á Cult Nails ‘Nevermore’ under love & beauty’s ‘Sage’. China Glaze’s ‘Argo’ easily stands on its own. But, I actually prefer ‘Sage’ and ‘Nevermore’ together over ‘Argo’.

What do you think about the murky greens that are trending this summer? Do you feel ‘Sage’ is a great attempt by Forever 21 to give one of their polishes a name?

China Glaze’s Safari Collection: Jungle Queen

I think ‘Jungle Queen’ is going to be the one that breaks from the pack from this collection. It’s more than just saucy, it’s sultry…

‘Jungle Queen’ is a purple-ized brown. I just made that up but that’s what I’m calling it. There is a shimmer of magenta too. So that totally freaks out the naming of this color. And I’m not going to worry about it because I’d rather just admire the polish…

I’m delightfully amazed that this shade shows pretty well considering it has been almost 2 weeks since we have seen the sun in, er, sunny Florida.

I have on three coats and that is one too many. I wasn’t giving enough time between coats so some of the nails are not as smooth as they could be. So, don’t blame the polish; it’s doing its job of looking stunning and ritzy…

Sultry is the perfect shade to wear for the Hades most of the country is in. My remedy: stay indoors, drink lots of water and paint your nails.

I used Lumos base and top coat for this mani. I’m going to do a blog on these yet. I want to convert you to Lumos over Seche Vite!!

I played around with this polish with some glitter. Wait til you see that!

Did you pick up ‘Jungle Queen’? Is it your favorite from the Safari collection?