To finish up my recent Essie binge, I have swatches of two retail-only Essies: Dive Bar and Master Plan. These are new colors that are only available through the new Essie retail displays, or online through the retailers that have the displays, like WalMart and WalGreens. It took some perserverance, but here they are!
I’m starting to ease into some of the spring nail polishes now. China Glaze’s Below Deck is from the Anchors Away collection-it’s a pretty, mauvy purple-taupe-grey. It’s really a mix of all of those colors. I liked it so much that I wore it for four days! I did add some sparkly topcoat at the end to keep it going.
Before we get too far into 2011, I wanted to post my New Year’s Eve nails. We had a party at our house on New Year’s Eve, and some of our really good friends came to visit and stay over, so on New Year’s Eve I was running around and vacuuming and washing sheets and making vegetarian pig-in-a-blankets all day long. It was so nice to see our friends! I ran out of time, though, and hadn’t painted my nails, so I reached for China Glaze Cheers to You in a brief slow moment when everyone else had gone out to pick up some take-out food for dinner. And whoa it’s shiny!
There have been so many great holiday nail polishes released this year, but it’s finally time to choose just one to wear on Christmas! Or, two-because China Glaze Party Hearty is so sheer and good for layering. Party Hearty seems like the standout for me, just because it’s so recognizably a Christmas nail polish, and so festive and glittery. I’m going with Party Hearty layered over Peace on Earth for my Christmas nails.
I was so excited to receive my package of the three Les Perles de Chanel nail polishes , Black Pearl, Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree. These polishes are part of Chanel’s Spring 2011 collection, and they are already available on the Chanel website. The color that has garnered the most interest is Black Pearl–it was featured on the Chanel runway, and it’s a dark charcoal grey with a pearly green shimmer. It’s not a typical spring color, which I think makes it even more interesting. Keep reading for swatches and comparisons!
I recently picked up Dior Timeless Gold in an order from Sephora, where it’s called Gold Revolution. When you actually get it unpacked, though, the box says Timeless Gold, just like everywhere else. It’s a beautiful metallic silverish gold, with heavy grey undertones. I decided to see how it compares to some other recent foil-y metallics.
I liked Party Hearty over Something Sweet from China Glaze so much that I started thinking about other pastel, candy-ish colors to layer it over. The next one I tried is Essie Mint Candy Apple, from the Winter 2009 collection. Check it out!
As soon as I saw pictures of Party Hearty from the China Glaze Holiday 2010 collection, I started plotting what I wanted to layer it over. It’s a very dense glitter, with large red hexagonal glitter, medium green glitter and small silver glitter. I went on a search for the perfect, candy-ish pink to use as a base, so that all of the glitter would pop. I wanted something pastel, but not too soft, something that had a bit of artificial-food-coloring starkness.
Today I’m going to show two polishes from the China Glaze Holiday 2010 collection, ‘Tis the Season to be Naughty and Nice. It’s a big collection, with sixteen shades, and I’ve found that I keep deciding I need more of them! I just ordered the foil-y metallics and I’m looking forward to trying those. But the first colors that I loved and ordered from the collection were the greens, so as soon as Thanksgiving was over I broke them out.