15. 10. 2011

It’s the halfway point in October to Halloween. People are raking leaves, picking apples and starting to layer on warmer clothes. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving trump Halloween any way you slice it (for me at least). But, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to get festive for the occasion.

I tweeted about these polishes the other day and thought it would be very helpful to see what they look like….so I did a little swatching. :) All three of these shades were from China Glaze’s Halloween collection from last year. I wasn’t particularly fond of any of the ones released this year, regardless of brand, so I’m happy to be able to get more use out of these.

China Glaze Mummy May I

 

China Glaze Mummy May I (shade)

For some reason I was inclined to take shade photos of these three polishes, so sorry for the nail spam! Anyway, Mummy May I (adore the name) is a blackened purple jelly like base with plenty of purple glitter/shimmer. I call it glitter/shimmer because it’s not a chunky as most glitters nor is it as fine as most shimmer. It’s…Glimmer. ;) A nice shade, perfect for a Halloween party. This was two coats.

China Glaze Zombie Zest

 

China Glaze Zombie Zest (shade)

 

China Glaze Zombie Zest (indirect daylight)

Zombie Zest is the love or hate shade of this group (there always is one). It’s an odd green color. Again, it has a jelly like base that is green-gold and almost…putrid? looking. Well, it is supposed to represent zombies soo… :) I always love the oddball shades and so, again, no surprises here that I *really* like this shade. Plus the way it sparkles in the sunlight…it’s like Edward Cullen, the undead. Plus, I got this shade to show off to the boy. The Walking Dead is one of his favorite shows and I wanted to one-up him in the zombie department. Verdict? I win.

China Glaze Ick-a-body

 

China Glaze Ick-a-body (shade)

And the one that says Halloween the most…Ick-a-body. I love the name because it harkens to fabled character Ichabod Crane from Washington Irving’s short story. I loved the Disney version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” growing up. And, so you can enjoy a little of Ichabod Crane…

 

And, since we are talking of childhood Halloween memories…. this one was a favorite…

 

Happy Saturday! :)

Hi ladies! I wanted to put up sort of an “update” post to the one I did the other day. I didn’t have adequate time to do direct sunlight photos for the new China Glaze Let It Snow polishes I purchased (see original post here) so I wanted to do some more swatches when I got the chance. Enjoy! ;)

China Glaze Blue Year's Eve

 

China Glaze Winter Berry

 

China Glaze Glittering Garland

 

China Glaze Tinsel Town

 

China Glaze Snow Globe

*Side Note: On it’s own it seems that the opalescent effect at certain angles “yellows” parts of the nails. Not sure why.

China Glaze Twinkle Lights

I personally like it best of Midnight Kisses, though it works great on it’s own as well.

 

 

04. 04. 2011

Hi all! Happy Monday! Based on the feedback I have gotten on past posts, many of you really really like seeing comparisons and possible dupes A LOT. I don’t blame you, I love it when someone finds and compares what they have to something new or different they have gotten. So, with that explanation I welcome This or That to my blog. A series of posts with items showing comparable colors, but not necessarily formula based. I will try to note any differences in formula that I detect along the way, but mostly these posts are going to be all about color! I cannot promise how often these posts will happen, at least once a month is my goal. Reason being it takes a long time to go through my collection, find comparable products, swatch, photograph, and then of course compose the post. I will take requests or suggestions for these, providing I have the products to compare. Without further ado, here come the swatches!

L-R ELF Mint Cream, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Milani Dressmake, China Glaze Refresh-mint, China Glaze For Audrey, Orly Mint Mojito

L-R: Orly Mint Mojito, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, China Glaze Refresh-Mint, ELF Mint Cream (shown above it is China Glaze For Audrey), Milani Dressmaker

They all apply well, apart from one. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape is a pain. Shown above is 4 coats. I love the color of it but don’t see myself reaching for it too often based on the issues! Orly Mint Mojito has a darker green base than Milani Dressmaker, and lacks its dimensional jade sparkle. Both are very nice colors and easy to apply, and are two coats here. China Glaze For Audrey, Refresh-mint and ELF Mint Cream are all quite similar. For Audrey is more blue than the other two. Refresh-mint is lighter than Mint Cream and covers better. ELF’s Mint Cream is two coats here and you can see it doesn’t quite fully cover the nail. Milani Dressmaker would be my favorite if I had to pick just one. The price of these polishes very by where you get them, but range from $1-$8. The ELF one is the bargain of the bunch at just $1, so if you are looking for the pastel minty nail look but don’t want to shell out loads of cash to get it, this might be a good option!

L-R: MAC Crosswires vs Sonia Kashuk Coraline; MAC Ravishing vs. Revlon Colorburst Peach

I totally did not plan on getting all of these shades just to show them on my blog. But when I sat down to start this series I just began pulling products I thought might be similar. Lo and behold I found two drugstore almost dupes for two MAC lipsticks. I love all 4 of these lipsticks and they all go on smoothly. The longest lasting has to be the Revlon Colorburst if you are looking for longevity. Coraline is slightly more orange than Crosswires and Ravishing is slightly brighter than Peach. If you have one shade you definitely don’t need the other! Price wise you will be $14.50 for each of the MAC ones. On sale, I purchased the Revlon lipstick for about $4 and I paid around $8 for Sonia Kashuk at Target.

Clockwise from Left: Benefit Powderflage, Bare Minerals Well Rested, ELF Eye Brightener

L-R: ELF Eye Brightener, Benefit Powderflage, Bare Minerals Well Rested

Oh, how I love under eye brighteners! Three powder versions I have tried are from ELF, Benefit (the popular Powderflage) and Bare Minerals Well Rested. Of the three I can tell you my clear favorite is Well Rested. It is much more brightening than ELF’s version and is more yellow and flesh toned than Powderflage which is more pink in color. Well Rested is the most pigmented of the three as well. All three may work for different people, depending on your skin tone, under eye circles and personal preference. For me, I can use a translucent powder to set concealer so I am not looking for something to just set my concealer with. I want to see noticeably brighter results. Well Rested definitely gives me that. A word of caution if you have dryness under your eyes, Well Rested may emphasize the dryness so moisturizing is key.  Price wise, Powderflage is $28, Well Rested goes for $18 and the ELF version is the cheapest of the three at just $3. I would not recommend the ELF version for anyone of my skin coloring. I consider myself a medium skin tone, and it didn’t brighten for me at all. At first glance $3 makes it seem like a total bargain…but for me it was a wasted $3 as I did not notice any difference under my eyes at all.

Well, that wraps up  This or That Volume 1! Thanks for playing along! Do share suggestions, requests or your thoughts on the products I mentioned below, I’d love to hear what you think!

18. 01. 2011

Hello there! It’s almost the middle of the week. How has yours been going? Mine has been somewhere between dragging on and speeding quickly by. All of this snow and cold has me feeling a little depressed. But, to make things brighter I placed an order recently for some of the new China Glaze Anchors Away collection and a few other ChG polishes that I have been wanting to try out.

China Glaze Anchors Away L-R: Sea Spray, Lighthouse, Starboard, Ahoy!, First Mate

China Glaze L-R: Lemon Fizz, Peachy Keen, Pelican Gray (Anchors Away), Lubu Heels

I really enjoy the colors and formulas of these polishes. I haven’t tested these exact polishes for wear time, but my usual China Glaze polishes last 5 days with base and top coat. I also picked up three other colors that were on my wish list while I was at it: Lemon Fizz, Peachy Keen and Lubu Heels. I love all three of them, but I was having some application issues with Lemon Fizz, as you can see from the picture. From Anchors Away, I was really impressed with Starboard. I was afraid it might be too much to wear normally. But it’s surprisingly a mild and gorgeously wearable shade. I really enjoy Ahoy! too. It reminded me of China Glaze’s polish from several collections ago, Strawberry Fields. First Mate also reminded me of another polish I owned, Bermuda Breakaway. So I decided to do some comparisons. Here is what I found.

China Glaze L-R: Strawberry Fields, Ahoy! (Anchors Away), Bermuda Breakaway, First mate (Anchors Away)

As you can see, Strawberry Fields and Ahoy! are similar in that they both have the same gold flecked formula, but Ahoy! is darker by several shades. I actually prefer Ahoy!. Next is Bermuda Breakaway vs. First Mate. These are very similar. First Mate has a definite gray tone to it, while Bermuda Breakaway has a slight violet pull. They are not exact dupes, but pretty close. Although I like them both, I prefer the more gray pull of First Mate because it makes it a little more subdued and wearable for work.

All in all I am totally happy with my purchases and my haul. I love China Glaze polishes because they have excellent formulas, very few application issues and TONS of great colors to choose from. Plus, their prices can’t be beat. I ordered mine from Head2ToeBeauty.com for about $2.99/each. I love ordering from this site. Although shipping is a bit high at around $9—it usually gets to me within three days of placing an order. Talk about service!