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China Glaze “Mind The Gap”

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Aloha! I know I sort of vanished, didn’t I? I’m not sure if I mentioned it in my last post, but I got a promotion at work. Go me! It hasn’t really kept me much busier than usual, but somehow I feel busier and I just didn’t have the energy to blog. It doesn’t help that this winter is kicking my ass as far as cuticle care and moisturizing goes. No joke, I have been SLATHERING my hands in Lemony Flutter at bedtime and when I wake up, my hands are still flaking. I don’t understand and am a step away from sleeping in gloves filled with Vaseline and Polysporin. But enough about that. On with the nail polish!

Mind the Gap is an amazing ugly pretty olive green polish with a blue shimmer. WOW do I love this polish. I don’t even care that it looks gross on me. I love it despite that. My bottle was a touch thin and streaky on the first coat but fixed itself after coat two. I used three coats, because it was sheer, yet it built pretty well. I feel like because my bottle was more on the thin side, three coats didn’t feel heavy.

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UGH. I just love this!

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That’s all I have for today. It’s almost time for another polish purge! I can’t believe it. I feel like I just did one, but that’s a lie. Stop it, brain. It’s been six months since you purged. I’ll see you guys next time!

China Glaze “One Track Mind” with a twist

Aloha! Today I have a glorious China Glaze polish to show you. This polish comes from their fall collection, All Aboard. I bought this collection in two parts from my local Winners and I am so glad I did.

One Track Mind is a beautiful, rich, creamy navy polish that GLIDES ON LIKE BUTTER. Notice the excitement with all the capitals. I really love this polish and can’t believe I was ever on the fence about buying this half of the collection. I would’ve missed out on this beauty! And then kicked myself forever. Luckily, I talked myself into buying this set. I can’t wait to use the rest of the colours, but I am a bit worried that I’ve used the best one first and it will only go downhill from there. All of this swatching and pairing polishes with other polishes is a stepping stone to get me back into nail art. I MISS IT. But I’ve just had no energy or inspiration for anything other than plain old swatches.

So, I paired One Track Mind with an accent nail of Deborah Lippmann’s  “Lost In Space” and it was the perfect base colour for this glitter. I could probably get away with wearing it on its own, but I wanted to see how it would look. And then on the rest of my nails, I topped it with two coats of OPI’s “Man With The Golden Gun”. I often forget how pretty, gold leaf polish is over deep, vampy colours.

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I wasn’t as in love with the Lippman accent nail as I was with the OPI nails. The Lippman is pretty but I think I’ll have to try it again on its own and see if I can bring out some depth.

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Such navy. Much vampy. Very glitter. Wow.

That’s all for today folks! Thanks for stopping by!

China Glaze Deviantly Daring

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Howdy, howdy, howdy! I know I said I’d post this “tomorrow”, which turned into four days. Oops. Sorry folks. I wanted to take the weekend and bake. Mission accomplished! I made some delicious salted caramel ganache tarts. I know that I also called this polish a colour shifting beauty. And while it is much shiftier (in a good way) than the last polish I posted, it is certainly not the strongest duochrome I own.

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Deviantly Daring is the other China Glaze polish my momtar got me for Christmas. It comes from the New Bohemian collection, which was CG’s Summer 2012 collection. In the bottle, it looks FANTASTIC. All flashy and blue and green and gold…and on the nail, it looks all teal and shiny and pretty. I took about a grillion pictures of this polish. In daylight, with flash and then in just my regular, low lit nail polish room. So I am about to spam you. You’ve been warned. I will add a jump for you, if you so please to continue. Read the rest of this entry

China Glaze “It’s Alive”

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I’m about to start re-vamping my page, so I figure I may as well throw up a random swatch of a polish I got for Christmas from my momtar!

I’m actually amazed that I only got four bottles of polish for Christmas! However, I got some money, so I went and bought more polish to make up for it. Because I am a terrible polish hoarder. But that’s beside the point.

It’s Alive is a great medium toned green glitter. The colour reminds me of the August birthstone peridot:

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Now, it is a common misconception among the people in my life, that green is my favourite colour. I’m not entirely sure how that came about; perhaps it started with a pair of lime green glasses that I got with my last prescription? Well, at the time, there were no awesome BLUE glasses. Due to that miscommunication, I now own many green things. Don’t get me wrong; green is not so bad. I just like blue and purple a bit more. Sometimes green can look a little too…ill.

That love, however, definitely carries over to polish. And my mom knows two things about my nail polish obsession fascination:

1) I love it

2) I love glitter

Enter It’s Alive. A green glitter bomb from last year’s Haunting Halloween collection.

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I chose to wear this without topcoat…because I was lazy. And I ended up loving it. Even without the top coat you can see the sparkle and the depth. There is a plethora of different sized glitter. It’s so murky…I just love it. I imagine with topcoat it will really come alive (har har, puns!)

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Without my Shellac’d pinkie nail as a distraction. I freakin LOVE this. I can’t wait to wear this again! And believe me, I will wear this again.

That’s all for now, folks!

To Dupe or Not To Dupe: China Glaze VS Wet N Wild

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Howdy! Welcome to round one, or the first post, of my new series: To Dupe or Not To Dupe? A couple of posts back (really, about two posts ago) I mentioned that I was going through my collection and more and more potential dupes, or doubles for my non-polish obsessed readers, were starting to rear their ugly (albeit glittery or shimmery) heads. Instead of lamenting the fact that I really have no control idea what polishes in my collection look like until they are compared against other bottles of polish, I decided to just blog about it. Maybe I could even help some people who might be waffling on two polishes.

I will be one to admit that more often than not, I fall for packaging and even labels in special circumstances (I’m looking at you, Volcom!) so I do my best not to scoff at people who are willing to shell out the big bucks for certain polish brands. But I also live in a town where the average age of citizens is about 75. So I do not always have the ability to pick up all kinds of polish. So in an attempt to help people like me, or people who want to save a few bucks, I’ve decided to do my best to find the cheaper alternatives for HTF or LE (Hard To Find and Limited Edition) colours. I am also no fool; I know much bigger blogs make posts like these. But they don’t always go into great detail and some posts just seem like an afterthought. So here I am, at my computer, typing up my first post, about the first dupe I ever discovered in my collection.

The contenders this match are both a gorgeous, glowy blue. China Glaze Frostbite was the one I picked up first, almost two years ago. I was very disappointed when it barely lasted a day on my nails, declaring that it must be the chemistry of my body that disagreed with it. I have since come to learn that my base/top coat combo mixed in with my job in the food industry were the larger culprits.

But I am a sucker for blue, so when Wet N Wild launched it “Fast Dry” line, I snapped up “Saved By The Blue” so quickly that I didn’t even remember buying it.

Then one day when I was looking for the perfect colour of the day (which was much easier back then because I probably only had about 50 bottles of polish) I noticed something about these two blues that had once made my heart sing…

One of these things is JUST like the other...

Hmmmmmm, are these twins, or just sisters?

TWINSIES!

If I told you that both of those swatches were China Glaze, would you believe me? I bet you would. But I wouldn’t tell you that because it is a lie and I don’t want to lie to my readers. CG is the top, and WNW is the bottom.

On closer inspection, these are loafers. What? No.

Even up close and personal, these babies are the same. Well, sure, on a swatchsicle they are the same. But how did they fare on the nail?

Boom.

Unfortunately, they both bubbled. But that was my heavy handed rushing. Now. You tell me which colour is on which nail. They do not alternate; there is no rhyme or reason to the way I painted my nails.

Verdict: Well, WNW is far easier to get your hands on than CG. And about a third of the price. Considering that these two are spot on dupes, I’m going to have to rule WNW as the victor in my books. I like the shape of the WNW bottle a bit more than I like the CG bottle, and I like that SBTB is part of WNW’s core collection. I believe that Frostbite is also part of CG’s core collection, but like I said, I can’t get my mitts on them as easily. Both formulas were good, and the only advantage CG has over WNW, is the brush. I’m not the biggest fan of the Fast Dry brush. I have small nails, so it’s a smidge trickier to control. But all in all, these polishes are indeed twins.

PS. Bonus points to anyone who guesses the reference I made in the Close-up caption.

See you next time, where one of the Kardashian Kolors goes up against the newest line of Wet N Wild’s…

Starting a new series…

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I started going through my nail polish and realized that I have a few colours that are regrettably the same. It is inevitable. So, in an effort to help others avoid the mistakes I’ve made (or to help them save a few bucks or grab once thought HTF polish), I’ll be starting the series:

TO DUPE OR NOT TO DUPE?

Ho ho ho, I am hilarious. I’ll place the polishes side by side, and let you decide if you do in fact, want the dupe or the original. Hence the name. (Ho ho ho, I’m still hilarious). And then for fun, I’ll throw a picture of the polishes swatched on my own nails, unlabeled, and see how bang on you are with your guesses. Maybe one day, when I have more followers and more nail polishes than one human being will actually ever need in a lifetime, I will start giving one of the polishes away.

Until then, I will just leave the small test for readers. If they are anything like myself, the idea of needing to be right will drive them insane.

I’ll leave with a little preview of what I have in store for you…

My first dupe discovery!

I will take better pictures when I actually post these guys!

Until we meet again…