China Glaze – Pool Party

China Glaze – Pool Party

Doing my nails has been on the back burner a bit, but that doesn’t mean that I do not still appreciate a good polish. And with summer just around the corner, a seriously neon bright nail polish is a good one to have in your collection. China Glaze’s Pool Party is quite possibly one of the brightest polishes in my collection and certainly capable of satisfying that neon bright nail polish fix.

China Glaze - Pool Party

China Glaze – Pool Party

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NOTD: Easy as Peach

NOTD: Easy as Peach

It’s spring so it’s time to bring out those brights and pastels when it comes to nails. And what color is more sunny and fun looking that yellow? Add a bit of cupcake sprinkles and you have the perfect recipe for a nail of the day that breathes spring time.

One of my favorite ways for playing around with color on my nails is by making some type of gradient. I sometimes do all 5 nails, or I alternate. I add glitters or as I did in this case: peach on the thumb and pinky, creamy yellow on the index and ring fingers and then a textured ‘cupcake’ nail polish on my middle finger. Easy peasy,  but still fun!

Products used:

  • Trind nail restorer
  • Trind nail repair
  • Orly Bonder base coat
  • China Glazy Peachykeen
  • China Glaze Lemon Fizz
  • Kiko Cupcake nail laquer 648
  • Sally Hansen Insta-dri top coat

The star of the show is this Kiko cupcake polish. This is a textured polish and I think it is supposed to look like you have cupcake sprinkles all over your nails. I only used the polish on one nail to try it out. The effect is quite muddy in a close up. However, from further away I like the effect this nail polish gives. The different colors add a hint of interest to the entire nail look and the texture makes for a nice break from the otherwise creamy polishes.

The other two polishes I used, are by China Glaze. Apart from OPI, China Glaze has to be one of my favorite nail polish brands. Finding a good creamy yellow nail polish, and pastel at that, is a feat. Most of them are streaky, do not go on opaque and need 5 coats to become a uniform layer. Lemon Fizz however, is a pretty pastel yellow shade that goes on opaque in 2 coats.

Peachykeen is a long time favorite nail polish of mine. It’s a bit more orange than a peach in my opinion, but I thought it would go well with the Kiko polish as that has some orange flecks in it. The peachy/ coral/ orange shade is perfect for spring and summer as it is a lot brighter than many of the other shades I own that are similar.

All in all this a super easy nail look that uses some bright, fun spring appropriate colors, combined with some clashing textures. And I love me some textures. I’m still a sucker for liquid sand polishes for instance, so this Kiko polish is right up my street.

What is your favorite combination on your nails?

NOTD: Spring is in the air!

NOTD: Spring is in the air!

With so much sunshine in the past two days, this NOTD couldn’t be more apt! It’s time for spring to arrive and I have adapted my nails to go with the season. This nail look is super easy, yet weather appropriate. I hope you like it.

I decided to pair Let it glitter’s Neon Matteness with China Glaze’s Re-Fresh Mint. The pastel blue color combined with the neon colored glitter is a golden combination that is bright and fun.

Products used:

  • Trind Nail Repair as basecoat
  • China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint as base color
  • Let it glitter Neon Matteness
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dry topcoat

What are you wearing on your nails?

New in: China Glaze & Let it glitter nail polish

New in: China Glaze & Let it glitter nail polish

*sings* Nail polish was my first love, and it will be my last, as long as there will be nail polish… Ahem, corny but true: my first beauty addiction was nail polish. When I was 12 I started to become interested in beauty products for the first time and I was bitten by the nail polish bug. It left me for a little bit, but the past 5 years or so my nail polish addiction has come to renewed heights. I keep thinking: I don’t need any new nail polish. Yet time and time again, I add a bottle or two to my collection. During one of such time, I stumbled upon Dutch webshop The Make Up Spot which sells China Glaze and a Dutch indie nail polish brand called Let It Glitter and I came away with these 4 gorgeous polishes.

Let it glitter & China glaze polishes: Neon Matteness, Christmas Eve, Surreal Appeal, It’s a Trap-eze!

The two Let it glitter polishes are glitter top coats. I bought these for around 8 euros a piece from the brand’s Etsy store. These polishes are handmade indie polishes, meaning they are mixed by hand and one of a kind. They are also free from Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor and contain 11 ml per bottle.  I already have a few China Glaze polishes, but it can never hurt to have more. Both polishes are from their Cirque du Soleil range called World’s Away. I simply fell in love with the bright coral and fun confetti look and knew I needed these polishes in my life. China Glaze nail polish is free from Tolueen, Formaldehyde en DBP and contain 14 ml per bottle.

Let it glitter – Neon Matteness

Let it glitter says:

This nail polish is truly a party for your nails! You wont find anything brighter and more cheerful than this! Apply the glitters over a black or a very light color nail polish for a smashing result. Are you crazy about neon colors and bright combinations? Then choose Neon matteness!

And how try this quote is! This is a matte neon colored glitter with different size chunks and shapes of glitter. From hexagons to small yellow dots, it’s all there. Like confetti for your nails. I found the texture a bit thick and the glitter is a bit difficult to spread, but I expected such as the glitters are so big so they tend to overlap one another. Tomorrow I’m posting a NOTD where I used this glitter in a nail look. The swatch above is two coats.

Let it glitter – Christmas eve

Let it glitter says:

Christmas Eve, presents around the Christmas tree, hot chocolate and a Christmas movie that you’ve already seen about 20 times but never gets old, playing on the TV. Make the most enjoyable night of the year complete with this beautiful glitter nail polish. For yourself, but also as a great gift underneath the Christmas tree! This polish contains green and golden glitter, with supercute little white stars!

This nail polish was a lot easier to apply than Neon Matteness. The smaller glitter particles spread easily and the texture is fine. I even managed to swatch the stars you see in the bottle. I have an OPI polish with star shaped glitter and that just won’t show on the nail. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I found out the stars in this glitter came out without any problems. Swatch is two coats.

China Glaze – Surreal Appeal

China Glaze Surreal Appeal is a bright, coral pink creme. I’m loving these kinds of color currently and I’m thinking this will look great in spring and summer. This is a thick, creme finish nail polish which went on smoothly and went opaque in two coats. I can’t wear this on my toes and wear open toed shoes!

China Glaze – It’s a Trap-Eze!

China Glaze It’s A Trap-eze is a white base that remains slightly translucent that is packed to the brim with glitter of different shapes and colors. There’s red, orange, yellow, pink, blue, green and silver and the flecks are small and medium sized. The swatch is 2 coats, but to get an all opaque finish I would layer this over a nude or white colored nail polish just to be on the safe side.

Swatches all together

Are these polishes you would wear?

Merry X-mas & easy Christmas nail art

Merry X-mas & easy Christmas nail art

First of all: Merry Christmas to all who read this. Posts on this blog will be slow for the next couple of days as I’ll be out of town and won’t have much time to blog. Instead, I’m leaving you with my Christmas wishes (yes, I took the picture above. Doesn’t my town look pretty?) and my final Get Ready for X-mas post. Today we’re doing nails.

This is the nail look I created. I went with a shimmery golden polish and a sparkly deep red. Both are by China Glaze and are from a holiday collection 2 years or so ago. And here’s what I used and how I made it. It’s super quick and easy so try it out some time.

Step 1:

Paint your nails with a base coat first. I am trying out the nail hardener by Kruidvat right now. Then paint your nails a solid gold color. I’m using Midnight Kisses by China Glaze which looks like you’ve painted your nails with gold leaf. The nail polish appears patchy on the picture, but in real life you can’t see it.

Step 2:

On to the fun part! Take a different color nail polish, I’m using China Glaze’s Sugar Plums and tap some of it onto a plate. Using a small nail art brush (see Ebay) you now draw as thin a vertical line as possible on each of your nails. The thinner your brush, the thinner the line will be. Add a top coat to prevent chipping, making sure to wrap the topcoat over the top of your nails and you’re all set.

Finished result:

Meh, as you can see one of my nails broke so sorry for the awkwardness.

NOTW: Blue Lagoon

NOTW: Blue Lagoon

Remember that topcoat craze of mine? Yep, still not over. I just love how it just jazzes up any look you do. This week I’m sporting a pale blue on turquoise french manicure with a sparkly blue top coat. I don’t know but it just reminded me of reflections of sunlight on water, hence the title. This nail look also features one of my all time favorite polishes which is China Glaze’s For Audrey, the perfect Tiffany blue. Curious? Here it is:

Products used:

– Etos nail hardener in extra strong

– China Glaze for Audrey

– Ciaté Holiday Blues for the tip

– Essence Special Effects top coat in Glorious Aquarius

– INM Out the Door fast drying topcoat

Close ups:

And can you guess how old this manicure was by the time I took these pictures? Because I didn’t take these pictures straight after putting it on my nails.

These pictures were taken 3 days after polishing my nails! I always do my nails on Sunday and I took these pictures on Wednesday. I used a very useful tip which I read about here. What I did was, I ‘wrapped’ my nail polish to better seal off my nail. It basically means that you also polish the underside and tip of your nail. This prevents your nails from chipping. And it works. Major chipping didn’t occur until 5 days later.

Alright, opinions on the nail look?

My fave nail polishes for spring

My fave nail polishes for spring

Spring is in the air! That’s why I’ve been busting out my favorite spring nail polishes. I’ve been wearing blues, greens, oranges and the like. I thought I’d share the prettiness with you here.

From left to right: Bourjois Tangerine Fatale, Catrice Welcome to Rosywood, Essence Walk On Air, China Glaze Turned Up Turqoise, OPI Mermaid’s Tears

Swatch no. 1:

China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise (no. 19)

China Glaze’s Turned Up Turquoise is the perfect neon turquoise color. It has the tiniest amount of shimmer in it and the brightness of the color makes it perfect for spring!

Swatch no 2:

Essence Walk on Air (no 2)

Essence Walk on Air is one of my most recent nail polish purchases and has quickly become a favorite. This rich creamy cobalt blue polish is brighter than sky blue, yet deeper than many ‘denim’ blue polishes.

Swatch no 3:

Catrice Welcome to Rosywood

Catrice Welcome to Rosywood is a dark dusty rose color that I think is a great contrast with the sea foam and minty greens that are in fashion right now. It is too dark for it to be a neutral, but it still gives off a classy vibe nonetheless.

Swatch no 4:

OPI Mermaid’s Tears (no. 9)

OPI Mermaid’s Tears is the best creamy sea foam green color. It was part of last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean collection and it took me some time to get it as it sold out quickly. This color is more on trend now than it was last year and it’s what I’m wearing on my nails currently. It instantly brings spring to my nails.

Swatch no 5:

Bourjois Tangerine Fatale (no. 8)

Bourjois Tangerine Fatale is a great color that is right in line with this year’s fashion trends. This bright creamy orange will liven up any outfit.

These are my favorite polishes. What are yours?