Bright Orange creme, gorgeous shade. I didn’t think I was going to like it but I do. Two coats was still a tiny bit patchy, three would sort it. I cannot wait to get this on my toes in the Summer.
I apologise. This is pretty much the worst swatch I’ve ever done. It looked ok on the display on my camera, then I removed the polish to swatch the next shade, and then realised how awfully inaccurate it was. Honestly, if you want to know what this colour looks like, google image search it! It is however just like the colour in the bottle shot at the top. I like this, I don’t love it, its a nice creme finish. My husband charmingly thought it looked like I’d sneezed on my fingers.
Another gorgeous shimmer. The shimmers in the collection are really gorgeous. Bright bright pink with hints of gold and red. Very summery with perfect application.
Cha Cha Cha:
Another absolute winner. To me it’s the Summer version of Christmas’ Peace On Earth. Again, perfect application and a gorgeous gorgous bright green with a sheen of gold shimmer. Absolutely beautiful. Would look amazing with a tan. It’s so beautiful.
Really this should have had three coats, maybe even four. I think you can see from the picture that the colour on my nails doesn’t match the bottle and I have a visible nail line. Its gorgeous, but very thin. I don’t really wear blues so I doubt I’ll get much wear out of this, but I’d think that with the extra coats this would be a stunning Summer blue for blue lovers.
All in all a gorgeous collection and in my opinion there are no failures in this lot. Absolute faves are Senorita Bonita, Cha Cha Cha and 109 Degrees.
I believe there are some retailers in the UK stocking already. xx
I saw the Andrea Fulerton Nail Tattoos first over at http://www.londonbeautyreview.com/2010/10/review-andrea-fulerton-nail-tattoos.html ages ago! I made a mental note to get them. It’s taken months but I now have two of the three designs.
It was really the skull and crossbones I wanted, I grabbed the key and padlocks thinking they’d be good for a valentines manicure.
I couldn’t resist. I’ve been waiting for the Lippmann Collection to reach UK shores for what seems like an eternity. The one I really wanted was Happy Birthday but it’s out of stock online and my local House of Fraser didn’t have it either. I kept finding myself gazing lovingly at Across The Universe, a beautiful blue jelly full of different sized green and blue glitters. And then I ended up buying for part of my giveaway prize last week (wish you entered now?) and it would have been rude not to have got myself one right?
So I bought it to use as a sparkly top coat as I don’t like sheer polishes much (other than a few exceptions like french manicures). So I chose the lovely rich dark blue of China Glaze Little Drummer Boy. And very lovely it looked too:
I really liked this but after I removed it I wanted to see how it looked on it’s own, two coats:
And I love this even more! I didn’t think I’d love it alone but I do, somehow it just makes the glitter even more pronounced and it’s really gorgeous! Not cheap at £16, I think the Sales Assistant thought she’d scanned it incorrectly, she certainly did a double take, but to me this is so gorgeous it’s worth every penny. I think I’m going to try it over bright white next! The wear is good on this btw, I get about three or four days with a top coat of Seche.
So do you like this? Do you prefer it alone or over the China Glaze? I still want Happy Birthday!!!
This is the second and final part of my China Glaze Anchors Away swatches, these six are collectively known as the Knotty Nauticals and known by me as The Brights! Some beautiful shades here!
First Life Preserver:
A warm creamy burnt orange kind of a shade. My surprise second favourite of these 6. It’s very sophisticated and it’s kinda bright, kinda dusty, and a nice alternative to for a example a bright red. Speaking of which….
You girls know I love my reds! This is the brightest red I have and it’s glorious. Obviously to anyone not into reds it’s just a red creme, but for me this is absolutely stunning! I really need to sort out my red polish…
A lovely royal blue creme. I didn’t think I liked blues on me. I also didn’t think I like creme’s all that much but I love this. Its a really clean look. Not too bright, just nice. A slightly muted shade. Highly glossy, very nice indeed.
Gotta admit I didn’t think I was going to like this at all. I don’t own any yellow polishes, never been drawn to them. This is absolutely full of teeny tiny glitter. Indoors with a flash it looked a bit insipid, the second picture shows the true colour. That was two coats, I should think three would make it really amazing.
Gloriously green. I’ve recently learned to love these shades of green. It started with Essie’s Pretty Edgy, continued with OPI’s Don’t s With OPI. I love them all but they are all very similar. I ought to do a comparison at some point!
Saving my favourite til last, you may have guesssed by the amount of pics I’ve used. It’s a glass flecked hot pink. Words cannot convey just how bright this is. It actually reminds me of Mac’s Gulabi lipstick in that it’s nearly neon in some lights. The glass flecks are incredibly pretty and although it looked pretty in the bottle, I had no idea i was going to love it this much. Hot pinks aren’t very “me” but this one is great!
So that’s it, that concludes the entire China Glaze Anchors Away collection. Any of these take your fancy? Do you prefer the brights or the pales? Both sets have winners for me, quite a few winners as it happens!
I’ve wanted to do this manicure for ages. So long. But I didn’t have the polishes and I refuse to pay the prices over here for China Glaze so I had to wait until I wanted enough from Trans Design to warrant an order (and I can see another order looming on the horizon!).
Here’s a little look at my order:
I know it looks a little bit boring, but you’ll have to wait for another post to see why those CND polishes aren’t at all boring. They are beautiful!
Anyway, here’s Liquid Leather applied alone:
It’s a beautifully glossy black creme finish. I LOVE black polish and does it for me. There’s a slight sheer patch on my finger, its just sloppy application, not a fault with the polish which I love.
And then there’s Techno. I’ve wanted it so long. Large and small glitter. Holographic glitter. So incredibly pretty.
I’m so happy with these polishes. I can see me get a huge tonne of wear out of the black and am thinking Techno over a royal blue might be pretty good too.
I still really want Lippmann Happy Birthday tho!
I have been very fortunate in that I was recently sent the full China Glaze Anchors Away collection. It looked like a gorgeous collection and couldn’t wait to start swatching!
…to show you all what I decided upon for my Christmas Manicure 🙂
It’s been a while! I dragged out the old Konad kit the other day to have a play, had one failure but I really liked this one. I chose the fishnet design from the Konad M57 plate. I didn’t want it to be obvious though so I chose two similar colours, China Glaze Naughty & Nice and the Red Special Polish. I love the effect!
And under a flash?
I love this, I’m going to work on more Konad designs that are subtle like this. It probably means I need more Special Polish colours…oops!
So here are the final five swatches I have for you of the China Glaze Holiday collection. This little batch contains my absolute favourite of the collection and my worst!
Lets start with one I liked. Jolly Holly.
A lovely glossy rich green with slight shimmer pearly effect. Lovely formula. Very nice and very festive.
Next Midnight Kisses.
We’re nearly done now! I’ve been busy swatching on my already destroyed fingernails and here are five more for you. There are some corkers here 🙂
First up, Mistletoe Kisses.
It’s glitter, but not as we know it. It’s glittery, ever so slightly gritty but one coat of top coat fixed it and here’s the miracle bit, it comes off really easily. Well by glitter standards anyway! I think its because the glitter particles are so tiny. No picture can convey how sparkley this is. I couldn’t stop looking at my nails. Its a very pretty mid green, not really my colour, but gorgeous anyway. Two coats (as shown) looks ok at a glace but when the flash hits it is clear how sheer it is, didn’t bother me at all, no one will be looking closely under a flash.
The other red cream of the collection along with Phat Santa. Ruby Deer is lighter and brighter and equally gorgeous. One coat shown in the pictures. Its beautifully glossy and opaque. Definitely this collection has ignited my passion for reds!
Next up is Snow.
A white creme finish. There’s not much to say about this really. I think white’s are a love them or hate them thing. I love them. This one is fantastic. Pretty much the best creme white I’ve ever used. It’s not thick and gloopy. It’s not streaky or patchy, it’s just perfect. I really like it.
Last but very definitely not last is Naughty And Nice.
Sorry for the shoddy application. This is beautiful and one of my favourites. These pictures were taken with a flash and shows up my patchy application but trust me, I’m looking at my nails now in daylight and they look perfect. At a glance they are black, but obviously on these flash pics you can see that they are a blackened berry shade. A sort of Rouge Noir shade. I love it.