Press Release: China Glaze “The Giver” Collection

China Glaze® Debuts Limited Edition Collection for Summer Blockbuster

Introducing 12 New Nail Shades Inspired by “The Giver”

“Colour Your Destiny” with the bright colors and rich textures of China Glaze®’s exclusive The Giver nail polish collection. Inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the summer, the collection combines bold and neutral crèmes, and a gorgeous glitter to create 12 limited edition shades.

Influenced by the powerful themes and message of the story, The Giver collection by China Glaze® brings key moments and characters to colour, particularly the main character Jonas (Brendon Thwaites) and his friend Fiona (Odeya Rush) as he struggles to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his seemingly ideal community.

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The China Glaze® The Giver collection includes:

  • Boundary of Memory – Black with gold and amber glitter

  • Community – Brown crème

  • Five Rules – Clay crème

  • Seeing Red – Red crème

  • History of the World – Navy crème

  • Intelligence, Integrity & Courage – Gray-blue crème

  • New Birth – Baby blue crème

  • Capacity to See Beyond – Bright aqua crème

  • Givers Theme – Vivid violet crème

  • Friends Forever, Right? – Baby pink crème

  • Release – Greige crème

  • The Outer Edge – White and silver glitter

The release of the collection coincides with the debut of the China Glaze® The Giver consumer and beauty trade advertising campaign featuring the story’s Fiona. Full-page ads will run in the September issues of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. Additionally, an electronic version will be prominently featured on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square July-September. The film will open in theatres August 15, 2014.


China Glaze® The Giver limited edition nail polish collection is available at beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and Ulta stores. Individual shades retail for $7.50 MSRP.


China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest ( #CGTheGiver.

© 2014 The Giver SPV, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

China Glaze Pop Top Collection!

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China Glaze recently announced their Pop Top Collection, which I posted about here. They were kind enough to send me a sample of the collection so that I could play around with it and share its glorious glittery-ness with you!

I know that at least three of these are in their core collection, as well they should be! China Glaze White on White is part of this collection, but is also their classic white creme that is a go-to white for many nail polish lovers. Additionally, China Glaze Fairy Dust is in the core collection and is in many, many nail polish lover’s collections. Fairy Dust is pretty much a staple topper! Techno is also part of the core collection. Before I received this sample package, I did not own it. Now that I’ve played with it, I’m so glad it’s here!

Your Present Required is originally from the Holidaze collection. Luxe and Lush is originally from the 2012 Hunger Games collection where it represented District 1. Heart of Africa is from the African Safari Collection. Pizzazz, I believe, is originally from the Holiday Joy collection. Finally, I pink I Can is from the Up and Away Collection.

Some might feel that it’s strange for China Glaze to simply re-promote already released polishes in a new collection. Well, my take on it is that all of these polishes are gorgeous and should be re-looked at for the holidays. I would much rather have a company say, “Yeah, you know what? Here’s Fairy Dust and it’s awesome and we’re going to market it again” than have a company try and pull a fast one on us where they just change the name to “Holiday Sparkle Stuff” and then think we won’t notice. Do you know what I mean? So I’m not even mad. I’m impressed.

So without further ado—let’s take a look at these!

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Watermarble Nail Art – Neon Green!

For this month’s He Picks My Polish challenge, my husband so lovingly picked Salon Perfect Loopy Lime (which I received as a press sample here) and China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener, from the City Flourish Collection. It’s been a while since I did a watermarble and I thought a two-tone marble could look interesting. I like how this turned out, I just wish my camera was better friends with neon polishes!


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Black and White Mani for FingerFood Theme Buffet

Today’s mani is for this week’s FingerFood Theme Buffet Prompt! The prompt this time is inspired by fabric or a piece of clothing. I wanted to do a mani that matched this outfit that I got from Stitch Fix.  I posted this outfit on my blog forever ago!

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Decal Nail Art for Tri-Polish Tuesday

For this week’s Tri-Polish Tuesday challenge, I decided to give homemade decals another go. If you’re not familiar with this technique, basically you take a stamping plate, (I picked Vivid Lacquer VL022), and stamp it on a stamper like always (I use Wistonia), but instead of then putting it on your nails, you let it dry on the stamper. Once dry (and really – wait until it’s dry. You ‘ll see my mistake below), then you color in the image however you want. Then let THAT dry and top with a topcoat. Once it’s dry (again!) then right next to the edge of the design, press your nail into the stamper head. The image should start to lift off the stamper. Gently pull it off. Then, paint your nails one coat of color or basecoat or something so they’re wet. Place the decal on your nail. Use cuticle nippers to trim the excess and a brush dipped in acetone for fine-tuning. Easy-peasy! Perhaps I should film it someday?? But there are for sure a lot of great tutorials on You Tube for this.

Polishes used:



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Press Release: China Glaze Pop Top Collection

 Press Release


 Top off your nails with the China Glaze® Pop Top Collection

Shine on with the new China Glaze® Pop Top collection. This eight-piece, limited edition set includes two classic base shades mixed with six glitter toppers to add sparkle, sprinkle and shine to your nails. Layer the eye-catching glitters together for a bold look, or pick just one for a dazzling finish – either way you are sure to add POP to your manicure.


The China Glaze® Pop Top collection includes:

  • Heart of Africa: Shimmering deep red
  • White on White: Crisp white crème
  • Pizzazz:Twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend
  • Fairy Dust: Delicate silver sparkle overcoat
  • Luxe & Lush: A high octane flaky overcoat
  • Your Present Required: Multi-sized and multi-colored glitter
  • I Pink I Can: Multi-sized pink glitter
  • Techno: Glitter confetti polish


China Glaze® Pop Top will be available in August 2014 as open stock colors and 12-piece counter display, plus two four-piece box collections, “Glisten Up” and “Feeling Sparkly”. Individual polishes will retail for $7.50 MSRP and the four-piece box collections retail for $19.95 each. China Glaze® Pop Top will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide; the four-piece kits will be available exclusively at Ulta.






China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.


China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (, #ChinaGlazePopTop.


China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.


About American International Industries

For nearly 40 years, A.I.I. has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, ‘N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website:


Watermarble Nail Art for Tri-Polish Tuesday!

It’s Tuesday again and this month’s tri-polish Tuesday combo is pink, purple, and green. Hip-hip-hooray! It’s been quite a while since I’ve attempted a watermarble, so I decided that is what I needed to do for this week’s challenge. I picked Zoya Rooney, Zoya Tilda, and Zoya Perrie and…………CHINA GLAZE FAIRY DUST!!!


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Patriotic Mani – Fingerfood Theme Buffet!

This mani is for the 4th of July obviously. :) It’s also for Fingerfood’s Theme Buffet prompt for Sunday which is “Patriotic”! I’m posting this early so you can view it on the 4th if you like as well. :) Hopefully people outside of the USA can appreciate it as well! I started with two coats of China Glaze Ruby Slipper which is just an amazing polish and I think everyone should own it. After it was dry, I taped off the tips and applied China Glaze Dorothy Who? to make a french mani…which I didn’t realize the irony until I was taking the pictures! LOL! Finally, I used Bundle Monster plate BM21 and Bundle Monster White Stamping polish to create the star designs.

First, we need to look at China Glaze Ruby Pumps in all its glittery gloriousness.




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Tri-Polish Tuesday Week 1 – Pink, Green, and Purple

It’s a new month for the tri-polish Tuesday challenge! I’m glad last month’s is over! :P Those colors were haaard!! This month’s colors are going to be much nicer to me. They are green, pink, and purple. Hooray! There are so many gorgeous mani’s to create with these three colors! I picked three from the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection. This was the collection that got me hooked on glittered texture polishes. (I don’t like non-glitter textures. :P) I picked Tail Me Something (Purple), Teal the Tide Turns (Green), and Shell We Dance (Pink). I decided to do a color block. I think it almost looks like a girly pride flag. I’m a girl! And I’m proud of it!!



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GOT – Gradient Chevrons

This week’s prompt for Golden Oldies Thursday is gradient! I haven’t used my China Glaze holo collection in forever so I grabbed three of them for the gradient:

I liked how the gradient turned out, but I wanted to try out one of my new Vivid Lacquer plates. I picked plate VL010 because I thought the chevron design would look nice over the gradient.


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Random China Glaze Swatches

Like many bloggers, I have a bunch of polishes that never made it onto the blog for one reason or another. I am going to try and at least get them swatched eventually! Here are three China Glaze polishes that I’ve been sitting on for a while…years! I hope you enjoy these swatches. I personally love these polishes!

First, I have China Glaze Riveting. This is from the 2012 Hunger Games collection. It’s a gorgeous shimmery orange.





I also have China Glaze Agro which is also from the 2012 Hunger Games collection.




Finally, I have China Glaze Dorothy Who? I don’t think this is part of any specific collection; I see this all the time so I think it’s in their regular collection. If I’m wrong, please let me know! This is a gorgeous blue jelly packed to the brim with blue glitters.



Thanks for looking at my old nail polish! LOL. I hope you enjoyed them!

Tri-Polish Tuesday – A Day at the Beach

Hooray! I finally made a tri-polish Tuesday mani that I really like. This month’s colors have been super hard for me. They are nude, coral, and turquoise. Today, my brain finally realized that combination could create a cool ocean mani. For my nude, I picked China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn, for coral I picked Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze, and for the turquoise I picked essence The Incredible from the awesome superheroes collection.


I started with two coats of essence The Incredible. After it was dry, I used Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze and MoYou FairyTale Collection Plate 06 to stamp ocean creatures on my nails. Then, I dabbed China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn on the tips to simulate the ocean floor. I like how it turned out!



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Galaxy Nail Art

I have been crazy for the Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat which I first swatched here. Ever since that post, I couldn’t stop thinking about what Smoky would look like over blue. I also imagined that it would be a great base for a galaxy mani, so I decided to give it a shot. I like how this turned out and I think I was totally right about Smoky looking awesome over blue.

Polishes used:

Orly Royal Navy

Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat

China Glaze When Stars Collide

China Glaze Cosmic Dust

China Glaze Winter Holly

Mentality Anne

China Glaze Fairy Dust**

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in White

First, let’s take a look at what Orly Royal Navy Looks like on its own. Then, we’ll view the magic of Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat.


And here’s Royal Navy with  Smoky on top. I think it adds a gorgeous amount of dimension to the polish without even hiding the natural green shimmers in Royal Navy. And, I think it’s a great base for a galaxy mani!



And here are all the shots of my galaxy mani. I used a sponge to dab on the different colors. I used the same spot on the sponge each time to try and blend the colors together. I like how this turned out, but it’s not quite as great as some of the other galaxy manis I’ve seen online.


















**If you haven’t seen it already, the Mercurial Magpie wrote a HILARIOUS post about China Glaze Fairy Dust. It cracks me up and you should go read it. You can find it HERE.


China Glaze Neon Swatches

Yesterday, I went on a crazy shopping spree. These three polishes were part of it! I got these three China Glaze Neons for $5.50 from Sally Beauty Supply. SCORE!!! The packaging said they were all from the neons collection, but I have a hard time believing that’s true of the blue. Methinks someone swapped out the polishes. But it’s pretty anyway so I’m glad I got it!

This is China Glaze Flying Dragon. It’s a gorgeous dark purple with tiny shimmers in it. This doesn’t have a top coat on so you can see it dries naturally to a matte-satiny finish.





China Glaze Pool Party is an reddish orange neon. This is also without a topcoat and it dries like most other neons-with a soft matte look.






China Glaze Frostbite is the one that came in the three pack but I don’t really consider this a neon! But it’s a gorgeous metallicy blue!




He Picks My Polish May 2014

I am loving the “He Picks My Polish” challenge!!! This is a monthly challenge where a male in your life (can be anyone – husband, brother, dad, son, friend, etc) picks 2-3 polishes from your collection and you have to use them in some nail art! It really has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I love it. I especially liked the polishes he picked for this month. My “he” is my wonderful and supportive husband. This month, he picked China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely and Chine Glaze Grass is Lime Greener. Both of them are from the City Flourish collection which can be found here.

I decided to do a gradient with these two and then matte it. I haven’t worn a matted mani in a long time! Then, I put on some yellow rhinestones at the base for a little extra bling.







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GOT: Flowers Nail Art

Welcome to Thursday! Or, as I like to call it, “Friday Eve”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND Happy May! Summer is almost here!

Thursday means it’s time for Golden Oldies Thursday from the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. This week’s prompt is “flowers”. I was drawn to my old China Glaze Hunger Games collection which came out two years ago and I haven’t used since! Then, I wanted to add a stem so I grabbed the green holo from last year’s hologlam collection.

Polishes Used:
China Glaze Smoke and Ashes
China Glaze Dress Me Up
China Glaze OMG a UFO
Julep Sally (didn’t have any old, yellow China Glaze polishes! LOL!)

I used a dotting tool for the petals in pollen and then I used a nail art brush to freehand the stems with OMG a UFO. I hope you like my flowers nail art!



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Stamping Nail Art – Green With Envy

Today’s mani is for the Adventures in Stamping Challenge. This week’s theme is “stamping over green”. You can see my mani from last week here.

I started with two coats of Enchanted Polish March 2014. You can see plain swatches of this beauty in this post. It was tough to find a polish to go with this one that wouldn’t make it look like a sport’s team combo! LOL! That basically meant blue and orange were out! I picked out brown. Specifically, China Glaze Mahogany Magic. I selected Pueen Plate 65 because it had some lovely vine designs on it. This was the result.

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#HePicksMyPolish Challenge: Beach Art

Today’s mani is a super fun one! The challenge is to have you man in your life pick 2-3 polishes. My “he” is my husband. I had to leave the room while he was picking them so that I wouldn’t accidentally influence him. :D


Here are the polishes he picked:

They are: Zoya Yummy, Sally Hansen White On, and China Glaze Metro-Pollen-Tin. He said that he even had a design idea which was to do a beach mani. That was super challenging for me because I’m not good at freehand and he didn’t pick a good stamping polish! LOL!
So here’s my attempt at a freehand beach scene using the polishes my darling husband selected from my collection.




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Mystery Lady and White Roses

I know that I usually do a ‘same or similar’ comparison post on Saturdays, but I didn’t have time this week! Hopefully you’ll enjoy this post in its place.

I got this stamping design from Pueen Plate 70. I started off with three coats of China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely. I have found that three coats are usually necessary for neons. I could have done one coat of white and then two coats of Thistle, but meh That sounded like extra work. ;)

Then I used HK Girl Top coat and waited a few minutes. To pass the time, I talked on the phone with my mom about dogs. :P

Once the nails were dry, I used my stamping plate and black and white Konad polishes to stamp the images below. I used the black for the mystery lady with her hair blowing in the wind and white for the roses. Now the only question is…what is her name?!?!

First, for fun, let’s just look at a plain swatch of China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely.

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely SwatchChina Glaze City Flourish Collection

Pueen Stamping Plate 70


Konad Special Polish White


Konad Special Polish Black


HK Girl Top Coat

Fishscales CAN Look Good!

For this mani, I started with two coats of China Glaze Naked which is a gorgeous light pink with tiny little shimmers in it. Then, I added the hex glitters which I received in this Shany kit. Once I started adding them to the whole accent nail, it really reminded me of fish scales! I never thought fish scales would be a cool mani! I hope you like it!

Shany Cosmetics Nail Art

China Glaze Naked

China Glaze Naked

Swatch Spam

Today I have some swatch spam for you!

Literary Lacqcquers Bionic Mmmmm-Detector is a black jelly with emerald shimmers in it. I did use Sinful Colors Black on Black as underwear because when I swatched Bionic Mmmmm-Detector I could tell it would be a little see through. This is two coats of Bionic Mmmmm-Detector over one coat of Black on Black.

Literary Lacqcquers Bionic Mmmmm-Detector

Literary Lacqcquers Bionic Mmmmm-Detector Swatch

OPI Green-Wich Village is a medium toned green. This is two coats but I probably should have done three as you can still see visible nail line.

OPI Green-Wich Village

OPI Green-Wich Village Swatch
China Glaze Strike-A-Rose from the City Flourish Collection.  This is a gorgeous rose color with very subtle shimmer. This is two coats.
China Glaze Strike a Rose

China Glaze Strike a Rose Swatch

Kaboom! Pow! Comic Book Nails!

I’m a huge nerd and I do read comic books so I really appreciate this stamping plate by Vivid Lacquer. This is VL011.

I started with two coats of OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number, which is from the new Muppets Most Wanted 2014 Collection. I then used Konad Special Polish in black and white. Finally, on my middle nail, I dotted China Glaze Ruby Pumps to add a little more color.

First, let’s start with a swatch of OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number. This is two coats. It went on smoothly and self-leveled well as everyone has come to expect from OPI. I love how they didn’t do pink for Miss Piggy. I think it’s creative and gorgeous.

OPI Miss Piggy's Big Number Swatch

Stamping Nail Art

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate 011

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL011

Same or Similar? Saturday

I thought I would try out a new style of post. Please let me know if you would like to see more of this kind of post by writing in the comments.

I decided that I should put my giant collection to good use and start showing you, my loyal readers, the ones that look the same or similar in the bottle. Then, you can make more educated buying decisions!
Today, I have three medium purples to show you. You can see they look pretty similar in the bottles, especially the Formula X and the Julep.
China Glaze Sephora Julep
Here’s the unlabeled hand. The polish on the pointer and pinkie are the same one.
Polishes used, in alphabetical order by name are:
Julep Anne
Formula X for Sephora Indelible
China Glaze What a Pansy (from the new City Flourish collection)
Can YOU guess which is which? (Let me know if you got it right!) Answer is below the page break. :D
China Glaze What a Pansy Swatch

And here are the answers!
Pointer and pinky are China Glaze What a Pansy
The ring finger is Formula X for Sephora Indelible
Middle finger is Julep Anne

Julep Anne Swatch
So how’d you do? Did you get them all right?
Formula X was the easiest to apply. It self leveled the best and barely needed two coats. Anne was the hardest. It’s got that notoriously thick formula that Juleps are known for. What a Pansy was in between–not too thick but definitely needed two coats.
Interestingly, I thought the Julep and the Formula X would be more similar, based on the color in the bottle. But they’re not! This is why swatches are so important! 
I would say that all three of these polishes are similar but definitely not the same. Formula X and the CG are the closest. If you could only get one, I would say to get What a Pansy because it’s the least expensive, the easiest to find, and it’s right in between the color of the other two.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunshine Ray Flowers

For this mani, I wanted to use even more polishes from the new China Glaze City Flourish Collection.
I used:
China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin (sunshine yellow)
China Glaze Lotus Begin (lilac)
China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener (lime green)
China Glaze Petal to the Metal (coral rose)
China Glaze At Vase Value (mint)

I started with two coats of Metro Pollen-Tin and then a coat of HK Girl. After waiting about 5 minutes for it to dry, I applied striping tape in the pattern I desired. Then, I painted the other four polishes on a different nail. Finally, I applied a Shany Cosmetics flower to the base of the sunshine burst. Finally, I applied a generous helping of HK Girl to seal it all together. I hope you like it!

Let’s start with a swatch of China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

China Glaze Petal to the Metal

China Glaze Lotus Begin

China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener

China Glaze At Vase Value

HK Girl Top Coat