Just Charlie G

I thought I’d show you my two all time favourite nail polishes today! China Glaze Techo, I’ve owned this one for years, it never gets gloopy, it just lasts really well. It’s a holographic silver glitter in two sizes, I suppose with lots of coats you could get full coverage, but for me I’ve only ever used it as a glitter top coat (before my normal top coat). OPI’s My Pointe Exactly is my all time favourite polish, I’m actually on my third bottle. Granted, the first was a mini, and I lost another, but still with every single other polish I’ve ever owned, they are nearly all still full. This is from my favourite collection, the NYC Ballet collection in 2012, a collection of pale, sheer colours that make nails look clean and groomed.  The special thing about the collection is that none of them are streaky, which is almost unheard of with pale milky shades, the formulation of these is excellent. My Pointe Exactly is a sheer milky grey, unusual and perfect.

My Pointe Exactly Techno

Combined, the two make for a understated buy pretty manicure, I’m still not feeling ready for Summer brights and I’m living in powder blue clothes at the moment, so this combination just felt right 🙂

China Glaze Techno OPI My Pointe Exactly

 

Super easy to do, I just did two coats of of My Pointe Exactly (This is a sheer polish by design so it never really gets opaque, but you can build the layers as required) and then I just dabbed Techno on the tips of most fingers, except the ring finger on both hands where I dabbed it on the base.

A quick top coat and done! Clean, pretty fresh nails!

I’ve been sitting on this post for quite some time now as I just really couldn’t think of anything positive to say.

The idea is fabulous, six polishes, that all change colour when a top coat is added. The nail art possibilities are endless, easy french tips being the most obvious and the one I decided to try out to swatch these.
China Glaze Tranzitions Swatches

I was sent (L-R) Modify Me, Metallic Metamorphosis and Split Perso-nail-ity.

Massively disappointed in these, I’d have to say don’t waste your money. I don’t understand why such a great quality brand would put out something so streaky. I also found on the blue nail in particular that applying my top coat, not only made it streaky, but started to lift the polish altogether. I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

China Glaze Tranzitions Swatches

 

China Glaze Tranzitions Swatches

Bad times. Still very much looking forward to future collections as I’ve seen some stunning things coming up!

No one does Christmas nail collections like China Glaze do! I look forward to the collections every year and this year was no different. One thing I always look forward to is the reds. I think reds can be overlooked as boring. But China Glaze do amazing reds and there’s something about red, when it’s on your nails it just oozes glamour.

I won’t waffle on, lets just take a look, I’ve got six of the shades to show you. And there are six shades I don’t have.

With Love. A bright true red cream.

China Glaze with Love

Cranberry Splash. My picture does no justice, this is a glowing shade of red. Not sure if it’s metallic, or frosty or what, neither of those seem appropriate terms for it, it’s just lovely.

China Glaze cranberry splash

Champagne Kisses. A soft slightly coppery gold glitter, but a dense glitter. Very very very sparkly and pretty. These shades don’t suit my pale skin too well, but it’s gorgeous regardless.

China Glaze Champagne Kisses

Winter Holly. A dense green glitter with a hint of gold. Not bright, a nice wintery green!

China Glaze Winter holly

Pizzazz. A stunning multi-coloured glitter. Would look gorgeous layered over something, but looks stunning alone.

China Glaze Pizzazz

Glistening Snow. Saving the best til last. Extremely densely packed, very sparkly, very holographic glitter. You’ll need to enlarge this one to see it’s true beauty.

China Glaze Glistening Snow

Available from lots of UK stockists these days but my personal preference is Radiant Babe.

What do you think? Any take your fancy?

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23. 07. 2012
China Glaze On Safari

China Glaze are taking us On Safari with their Autumn collection this year and I’ve got a little sneak peek at three of the new shades. I have to confess, I don’t think they are anything new or ground-breaking but there are some great shades in the collection.

China Glaze On Safari

I’m particularly loving:

I’m Not Lion

Adventure Red-y

Jungle Queen (hidden shimmer in this one that you can’t see in the promo pic)

Kalahari Kiss

The three I sent are as follows.

Purr-fect Plum

China Glaze Purr-fect Plum

Exotic Encounter

China Glaze Exotic Encounter

Prey Tell

China Glaze Prey tell

The one I thought I’d like the least, Prey Tell, is the one I like the most. On receipt of the bottles I thought this looked the most boring, but perhaps its because my nails are short, I’m loving this. I was only going to swatch it on one hand for the photo, but I ended up doing both hands and wearing until the chipped. Its lovely.

So there we have it, this is what we can look froward to from China Glaze this Autumn. I must say though I’ve seen some great swatches of this collection, but in particular, take a look at this amazing manicure featuring the one I want to try most, I’m Not Lion.

But for fab swatches of all the shades, check out my favourite swatch meister, AllYouDesire

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China Glaze Summer Neons 2012

It isn’t Summer until we have a China Glaze Summer collection rammed with neons and this year the collection is a total wow. Most of the neons have a subtle shimmer that make them really amazing, there are a couple of creams and a jelly in there as well and it’s taken me ages to get this post done because I’ve kept most of the shades on for at least a day or two rather than doing one mega swatching session!

You’re going to have to forgive the varying state of my nails and cuticles in these pictures, in some of them I have acrylics on, in others I don’t, some of the acrylics are not good, some are overdue an infill and in nearly all of them my cuticles are terrible. As I’ve been wearing acrylics I can only use a non-acetone based polish remover and I have to say I find it far more damaging to my cuticles than pure acetone…. anyway, I’m heading off topic so lets just crack on with it. Also, please forgive me, I find neons very difficult to capture with my camera. Oh and PS – I have extremely bright white acrylic tips on in some of these photographs which are nigh on impossible to cover with polish… normal nails would almost certainly achieve full coverage.

Final note, a lot of these colours contain shimmer but because of the size of the images that I can fit on this page you can’t see them too well, please feel free to click to enlarge the pictures.

Surfin’ For Boys

China Glaze Surfin' For Boys

No top coat. Super incredible bright orange with a hint of purple shimmer… original and glorious but alas my picture does not do it justice.

Love’s A Beach

China Glaze Love's  a Beach

No top coat. This is so neon it’s incredible, neon pink, also with a hint of purple shimmer. Much much much brighter than it appears here.

Ride the Waves

China Glaze Ride the Waves

Blue jelly. Very sheer, which isn’t a complaint, jellies are sheer, this was three coats. Nice blue but definitely not my favourite of the collection.

Beach Cruise-r

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r

This is perhaps my favourite of the collection, shown with a flash here because out of all the photos I took of this, this is the most accurate, only it’s a bit brighter. Like wow.

Sun-Kissed

China Glaze Sun Kissed

You know those reflective jackets you can get, or patches or bands on bike riding gear so you can be seen at night? That’s what this is. In the flesh its mind blowing, even causing my husband to proclaim “woooahhh” and he never has a reaction of any kind to nail polish. Incredible.

Flirty Tankini

China Glaze Flirty Tankini

I honestly wished I could get away with not showing you this one since my photo sucks. After over 50 attempts at photographing this one I had to give up.  A warm pink shimmer, it’s not orange, although it does have hints of coral, it also has hot pink shimmer.

Orange You Hot?

China Glaze Orange You Hot

Bright orange shimmer with a yellow shimmer, it’s gorgeous. The name really makes me chuckle because of Chloe’s favourite joke:

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Banana.

Banana who?

Banana!

Banana who?!

Orange.

…Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana???

I’m With The Lifeguard

China Glaze I'm with the Lifeguard

Unbelievably bright neon green, shimmery and gorgeous. I’d imagine this would be stunning with a tan!

Pink Plumeria

China Glaze Pink Plumeria

Not really neon, well, not as neon as the others, this is flattering and gorgeous, a warm pink with shimmer.

Hang Ten Toes

China Glaze Hang Ten Toes

The shade I am indeed wearing on my toes. Glorious bubblegum pin neon with purple shimmer. To die for.

Under the Boardwalk

China Glaze Under the Boardwalk

Gorgeous cream shade, not quite sure what to call it, but I like it! Sort of a pinky purple.

Splish Splash

China Glaze Splish Splash

Very pretty shimmery blue. Not my cup of tea as I don’t generally wear these shades but if I saw it on someone else I’d think it was lovely!

And there we have it. I’m sorry my pictures just don’t do the collection justice, my camera does NOT love neons! The only colours it captured well are all the less neon shades. For more accurate pictures,  take a look at Vampy Varnish because hers are amazing.

Soooo China Glaze are releasing a polish collection based on the Hunger Games series and indeed the collection will be launched to coincide with the film in March. I can’t confirm when these will hit the UK but I’ll try to find out. China Glaze is stocked in Sallys.

I was sent two shades to show you, the first of which is Foie Gras. The name makes me shudder to be honest as there’s nothing good about the idea of Foie Gras.

China Glaze Foie Gras

A dark taupe with a hint of purple, it’s not very exciting but it is nice. It makes me think of truffles…mmmm. I must say I found the formula a bit hard to work with, it’s hard to explain because it wasn’t an especially thick polish but it performed as if it were! Two coats worked just fine but I notice my little finger is a little patchy. Nice polish though.

Then there’s Luxe and Lush. It’s a flaky, but certainly not as I know it. It’s like little shards of plastic rather than  the thin wisps of flaky substance I’m used to. I’ve applied it over Foie Gras and I don’t think it’s the most complimentary combination but it’s good enough to show you how pretty Luxe and Lush is. I’ve taken a few shots to show you it in a few different lights, to try and catch all the colours.

China Glaze Luxe and Lush
China Glaze Luxe and Lush
China Glaze Luxe and Lush

It doesn’t look like the flakes would lie flat but they do and it’s pretty. I fancy this over a bright green and a bright orange so I’ll definitely be having a play with this one as its got bags of potential.

Here’s a little look at the whole collection. There are a few I have my eye on in particular Fast Track and Riveting.

Any take your fancy? I’ve not yet read the books but I do have them all waiting on my bedside table ready to read next!

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China Glaze Electropop Collection

Blimey this post has taken me forever. Having been having a terrible time with my cuticles recently, the central heating and cold weather have been causing havoc despite lashings of cuticle oils and creams. One swipe of nail polish remover between each colour left my fingers look positively dessicated so I’ve only been swatching one or two a day to try and do the minimum of damage. So about 10 days after I started swatching these, I can now bring you the post. I can only apologise for the horrible state of the fingers these polishes are on.

Make Some Noise China Glaze make Some Noise

Bright bright bright orange. The picture does this no justice really, it’s super bright. And it’s stunning. Just a plain creme shade, perhaps a little touch of jelly going on. Love it!

Wicked Style

China Glaze Wicked Style

Another stunner a neon pink that leans very orange. Absolutely gorgeous.

Fuchsia Fanatic

China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic

Picture doesn’t really do this much justice but a quick look around some other blogs shows that most had problems capturing the full colour of this one. It’s very fuchsia, very bright and a little more purpley that it shows here.

Sweet Hook

China Glaze Sweet Hook

A very pale lilac cream, tis gorgeous actually. I don’t normally like shades like this on me, but this is lovely as it’s got enough pink in it to stop me getting lobster hands.

Dance Baby

China Glaze Dance Baby

Pretty Barbie bubblegum pink. Nothing much to say about this other than it actually fills a void in my collection that I’ve been wanting to fill for ages. Can’t believe I didn’t have a good bubblegum pink!

Gothic Lolita

China Glaze Gothic Lolita

Gorgeous shade of purple, lots of red in it and it has that lovely hidden shimmer. You can’t really see it but it just adds something, some depth perhaps, to the colour.

Sunshine Pop

China Glaze Sunshine pop

What a colour! Love this yellow, has a hint of shimmer, but it’s very subtle and whilst really bright, I found it kind of wearable actually and I never thought I’d wear yellow polish, I didn’t even buy Chanel’s infamous Mimosa!

Electric Beat

China Glaze Electric Beat

Lovely blue, bright but dusty if that makes sense? Reminds me a lot of Essie’s Lapis of Luxury which I also love. This is super pretty.

Kinetic Candy

China Glaze Kinetic Candy

Palest turquoise with a dusky hue to it and a touch of grey. This is my favourite of the collection. Absolutely love this colour. Wearable and doesn’t give me the lobster hands that mint greens so often do.

Gaga for Green

 China Glaze gaga for green

Very bright green with a hint of yellow. Lovely.

Aquadelic

China Glaze Aquadelic

Bright bright bright turquoise! At first I thought it was going to be a dupe for For Audrey but it’s not, its much brighter and well, just different.

Techno

China Glaze Techno
China Glaze Techno

Techno is a re-release and its a beautiful glitter shown here over Gaga for Green and Aquadelic. I have reviewed it on the blog before and you can see that here, layered over black.

This is my favourite China Glaze collection in a long time. Not one colour is a dud. I love them all. There are shades there that I’m less likely to wear often such as the turquoise, green and yellow, but thats not a measure of how much I like them, it’s a measure of my confidence when it comes to nail colour.

Fantastic collection. Highly recommended.

Available from Radiant Babe for £6.75 a bottle and probably in store at your local Sallys.

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Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, this winter China Glaze will be bringing us a collection of six 3-D glitters.

China Glaze Eye Candy Collection

In the bottles these are absolutely glorious and on my nails I have had mixed results so lets have a closer look.

First up Love Marilyn, Red with Silver particles.

China Glaze Love Marilyn

This could easily been worn either as a layering polish or alone, above was two coats, but I’d do three for full coverage or just one for layering over a cream red. Very pretty and very twinkly. Also very Christmassy!

Next, Blond Bombshell.  Gold. Lots of different sized gold.

China Glaze Blond Bombshell

As above, this would be suitable either for layering, or alone and I really love this one. In fact I love it more than Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow, which I liked but I didn’t love the gold dust. I do love this.

Lorelei’s Tiara. Silver sparkles with blue sprinkles.

China Glaze lorelei's tiara

This one is a heavier coverage than the previous two and even one coat gave a liberal sprinkling of glitter so I think it’s less suited to layering, but its gorgeous and actually really quite striking on.

Material Girl, pink glitter with larger pinky/orange glitter.

China Glaze Material Girl

This is an odd one. Described as posh pink with bubblegum glitter. There’s also a sprinkling of silver in there. It’s a dull shade of pink and the “bubblegum” glitter also flashes orange. That’s not a complaint, I love the orange flash. The overall effect is a bit dull and this one really benefits from a coat of top coat (not shown), It’s also a bit gritty, but overall I liked how this one looked.

Some like it Haute. Grey with chunky holographic glitter.

China Glaze Some Like it Haute

In the bottle this was my favourite. On my nail not so much. The holographic glitter is pretty but the grey is very flat and matte, and not at all shiny, and top coat didn’t help it much. It was also quite gritty. Still, I might give it one more chance with  more top coat as it has potential, and as I say, absolutely my favourite in the bottle.

Marry A Millionaire, Amethyst with green fibres.

China Glaze Marry A Millionaire

Oh god. This is my favourite! I’m sorry my picture is so crappy. It’s the nail varnish version of the beautiful YSL palette I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. Purple glitter with green/turquoise flashes. This is definitely not a full cover polish, the above picture was two coats, I suppose four might do it, I don’t have the patience for that. But I tell you what, it’s stunning over a purple cream finish polish. I tried it over Nails Inc Little Miss Naughty. And I forgot to take photos 🙁 You’ll just have to trust me, it was gorgeous. I’d have liked it to be a little more dense to have given me the option to wear it alone but still, I don’t care, it’s gorgeous.

China Glaze Eye Candy Collection

As far as I’m aware this collection and the Let It Snow Holiday collection also out for Christmas aren’t out in the UK yet but as soon as I hear I’ll let you know.

Any take your fancy?
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China Glaze Metro

Really excited to swatch this lot for you! This is China Glaze’s Fall collection. Metro. 12 shades including creme’s and shimmers in a variety of shades perfect for Autumn. Lets just get onto it shall we? You can see the deterioration of my skin and cuticles as we go through the pictures. After swatching the 12, my fingers weren’t pretty!

In no particular order!

City Siren

China Glaze City Siren

A gorgeous red creme. Ever so slightly deeper than it appears in this picture. There’s not much more I can say, I love reds and love this one! Gorgeous.

Trendsetter

China Glaze Trend Setter

Mustard yellow shimmer according to the blurb, but there’s a good chunk of green in there for good measure. Sadly my fingers are a little red from the previous polish so it’s not shown to its absolute best, but its a great colour, not one thats really in my comfort zone, but I like it, and I’d love it on someone else!

Brownstone

China Glaze brownstone

Sorry this is a little blurry, my daughter got hold of the camera and I didn’t notice until I’d taken off the polish that the pictures were blurry. Brownstone is a Burnt Terracotta creme… reminds me of conkers. Very rich and shiny, not especially my cup of tea, but its one I think my Mum would love as she loves chestnut colours.

Skyscraper

China Glaze Sky Scraper

This is gorgeous. Unfortunately for some reason I entirely forgot to put a second coat on three of my fingers, so only my thumb and index finger really show the true colour of two coats. A gorgeous full coverage blue and silver glitter which was surprisingly easy to remove. Result! Love this one.

Midtown Magic

China Glaze Midtown Magic

This is gorgeous. A burgundy, but nearly black base with flecks of green and gold shimmer. The picture doesn’t do it justice, this is beautiful! My second favourite of the lot after Skyscraper.

Street Chic

China Glaze City Chic

A little patchy this one. A beige creme, classic colour, I don’t like these shades and haven’t liked them for a long time (I did them to death about ten years ago), but I know this is a popular kind of colour, it’s just a shame it went on a bit patchy…

Urban-Night

China Glaze urban-nite

Clever name. A rich purple creme with a heft dose of berry in there I’d say, looks more purple in the bottle than it does on the nails…but this was so streaky on me unfortunately. With a little care though, I think this would be absolutely fine, it wasn’t a nightmare to work with or anything, I was just rushing to get my swatches done while I still had light.

Lofty-Ambitions

China Glaze Lofty Ambitions

Burgundy shimmer… classy, sophisticated, gorgeous, these shades always make me think of Christmas parties. Nothing terribly new or exciting, but its very nice.

Traffic Jam

China Glaze Traffic Jam

Swoon. I love this so much. I love these raspberry pinks. It’s a creme, and its gorgeous. Love it.

Concrete Catwalk

China Glaze Concrete Catwalk

Steel grey creme. Similar to China Glaze Recycle on a touch darker by my reckoning. Will have to do a comparision at some point. Nice enough, but nothing special.

Westside Warrior

China Glaze Westside Warrior

Gorgeous rich camo green creme. Super shiny and looks really lovely on. I never think I like greens, and then I try them and love them! This is no exception. My fingers are starting to look really dry and stained now though eh?

CG in the City

China Glaze CG in the City

A glitter, with dusty purple, tiny speckles of bronze and silver…definitely not full coverage as the blue one is, but pretty regardless, would probably look nice layered over a lovely dusty purple creme.

And there we have it, thats China Glaze’s Fall Collection…any take your fancy?

China Glaze Crackle Metals

It’s fair to say that many of us bloggers are over the whole concept of crackles. I’m not overly concerned about seeing another creme crackle but I must say I was quite excited to be able to try out the newest version from China Glaze, Crackle Metals. Sufficiently different enough for me to want to give them a go and pique my interest.

What we have are six shades of crackle top coat, all muted and soft shades.
Tarnished Gold – a warm, honey tone hue
Platinum Pieces – shimmering silver
Haute Metal- pale pink
Crackle Medallion – bold bronze
Latticed Lilac – soft lavender
Oxidized Aqua – deep aquamarine blue
I struggled for ages to decide which colour to swatch them over. I don’t know why when the answer was right in front of my face with these swatches on the right! Black was the best choice.
Now follows something of a mish mash of swatches, you will probably want to enlarge most of them. All have a glossy top coat on unless otherwise stated.
L-R: Crackle Medallion, Tarnished Gold, Platinum Pieces, Oxidized Aqua and Latticed Lilac.
China Glaze Crackle Metals Swatched

L-R: Haute Metal, Latticed Lilac, Oxidised Aqua, Platinum Pieces and Tarnished Gold.

China Glaze Crackle Metals Swatched

Latticed Lilac.

China Glaze latticed lilac

Haute Metal

China Glaze haute metal

Haute Metal with no top Coat.

Oxidised Aqua, Platinum Pieces, Tarnished Gold and Crackle Medallion.

China Glaze Crackle Metals Swatched
So there we have it. Do any of them take your fancy? I think they are really quite pretty and much more subtle than the usual stark crackle top coats and I’ve got an idea that I might really like these over bright white. Especially the gold and the pink.
At the time of writing I don’t know the prices or UK launch dates but will update as soon as I do.
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