City Flourish Patchwork Mani

I wanted to use some of my polishes from my recent China Glaze haul. I ended up getting the entire City Flourish Collection. This collection is gorgeous! It has cremes, shimmers, and neons. I love it!

This patchwork mani used:
China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn (tan)
China Glaze In a Lily Bit (lilac)
China Glaze Spring in My Step (pink)

China Glaze City Flourish Collection

China Glaze City Flourish Collection

China Glaze City Flourish Collection

China Glaze City Flourish Collection

Sunday Swatch-a-pa-looza!

There are a handful of swatch pictures I’ve just been sitting on, so I decided to post them all for a Sunday Swatch-a-pa-looza!

Orly What’s the Password? is from the Secret Society Collection. It is a gorgeous burnt orange gold. This will be perfect for fall manicures next year! This is two coats.

Orly What's the Password?

Orly What's the Password

L’Oreal Too Dimensional? is from the gold dust collection. It is a dark purple with a huge load of glitter shimmer. The gold and the purple tend to also reflect some green as the polish moves through the light. This is two coats.

L'Oreal Too Dimensional?

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

Orly Lavis Bash is from the Secret Society Collection. This is a multi-shaped glitter polish with mostly bar glitters. This is three coats. This would look better layered over another polish.

Orly Lavis Bash

Orly Fowl Play is a deep purple with different colored shimmers. This is two coats. It is very multi-dimensional in real life.

Orly Fowl Play

China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn from the City Flourish Collection. This is two coats. It has a very subtle shimmer to it that I couldn’t pick up on camera. It’s not the best color on me as it’s nearly the same as my skin tone. :)

China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn

And these are the swatches that have been figuratively collecting dust! I hope you enjoyed them because I think they enjoyed coming out to play.

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

This mani was inspired by the move, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Specifically, the scene where Marilyn Monroe sings “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. As you learned in the #LLAdoration post, I love Marilyn Monroe. Today (March 1st), when I changed my Marilyn calendar for the new month, it had a picture of her in the famous pink dress, covered in Diamonds. My first  thought was:

That would make a great manicure.

So I did it! And I really like how it turned out. I used China Glazed Peonies & Park Ave from the new City Flourish collection. Then I simply placed striping tape and rhinestones at differing angles on the nails to give a sense of diamond bracelets. :) 
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Marilyn Monroe Manicure

China Glazed Peonies & Park Av

China Glazed Peonies & Park Av

China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection

The China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection is another in the beautiful trend of textured polishes. Here are swatches of all 6 from the collection.

Wish Upon a Starfish is a light pinky peach with golden flecks. The gold flecks really catch the sun! This one is gorgeous!

Sand Dolla Make You Holla is a white, milky polish with multi-colored flecks. I needed three coats to get it opaque.

Shell We Dance: Dark glittery pink. This is two coats. This one is the shining star of the collection and if you only get one, it should be this one.

Teal the Tide Turns: A mint color. This one, I actually really dislike. It looks like mold. Also, it’s not teal at all! So why is it named how it is?

Seahorsin’ Around: Teal blue. This one is amazingly gorgeous. I can’t stop staring at my nails! It has flecks of light blue and gold. It looks different in different lights.

Tail Me Something: Shimmery Lilac

China Glaze Holiday Collection Swatches

This past weekend at my local Sally Beauty Supply, they had some really cute China Glaze holiday mini sets! I picked up one that had four mini polishes from this season’s holiday collection. Here are the swatches of Just Be-Claws and Put a Bow on it.

Just Be-Claws is a gorgeous holiday shimmery red. This is one coat!
Put a Bow On It is a very nice purple glitter. This could be worn with two coats without undies! What great quality!

Nail Mail Haul! China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection and Vivid Lacquer Buffy the Vampire Slayer Collection

It was quite the mail day today! I’ve now added 15 more polishes to my collection! 6 from the China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection and a bunch from Vivid Lacquer, mostly the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Collection. I’m going to be a busy nail-painting girl!

From left to right: Shell We Dance, Tail Me Something, Sand Dolla Make You Holla, Teal the Tide Turns, Seahorsin’ Around, and Wish Upon A Starfish.

These are supposed to be texture polishes which I’m a huge fan of! I can’t wait to swatch them for you!

And now for the Vivid Lacquer Buffy the Vampire Slayer Collection which I’m extremely excited for!

From left to right: The Bitch is Back, It Must Be Bunnies!, and Some Monster in her Man

From left to right: Band Candy, Demon Magnet, and Five by Five

From left to right: Five by Five, and Bored Now

SPOILER ALERT. Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what the freebie were when ordering on the relesase date.

These two are the freebies Ani included since I bought the whole set and spent a certain amount in her Etsy store. The one on the left is The Gentlemen Are Coming By. That’s right. A secret addition to the Buffy collection!!! It was a wonderful surprise! The one on the right is Trick or Treat? and has a lot of amazing and fun glitters!

China Glaze Split Perso-Nail-Ity

China Glaze Split Perso-Nail-Ity is from the Tranzitions collection where the color changes if you apply a top coat. I decided to only apply a top coat to the ring finger as an accent nail. It did not go on evenly and it just looks messy. Additionally, the polish chipped very fast where there was no top coat. I typically love China Glaze polishes but this one is a fail in my book.

Galaxy Nails – First Attempt Ever!

So I thought I should finally try my hand (pun intended) at doing galaxy nails. When I swatched the Avon Eclipse polish, it really reminded me of the night sky, so I started with two coats of him.

I then stamped China Glaze Cosmic Dust, China Glaze Take a Trek, China Glaze Infra Red, and Julep Vanessa in that order. I think my design came out a little too purple to really remind people of space, but I like it anyway! I hope you do, too!

China Glaze Mahogany Magic and I Love Nail Polish Animal Cookie

For this mani, I started with two coats of China Glaze Mahogany Magic which is from last year’s Hunger Games collection. It’s a dark brown creme. Of course I had to start with this one because I was layering I Love Nail Polish Animal Cookie on top! My fingers looked like delicious cookies! The only bad thing was that I was craving animal crackers all day. :P

China Glaze Infra-Red

Here is the last swatch for the China Glaze Hologlam collection. I had a feeling that this one was going to be the best and I was right! It’s a gorgeous fuchsia that is somewhat reminiscent ManGlaze F#ck Off and Die. (Those of you that don’t know about ManGlaze, you should check it out! It’s amazing polish!)

This one is not as holographic as some of the ones I swatched first but it’s a beautiful color and would worth picking up.