Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!

I had been wanting to do this set of nails for a long time but didn't really have the time to. Well, I finally got to it, and just in time for Easter too!

Here it is! I call it my Easter Paddle Pop nails!


In case you're wondering what is a paddle pop.. Paddle Pop is my favourite Ice Cream! It's sweet, colorful & creamy.. super duper yummy! Here's a picture of it:


If you havent tried this before, you have to.

For my nails, I started with a base color of white polish, and random dap the nails with shades from the OPI sheer tints top coat. Super easy to do, and I think there's a few tutorial on youtube for this.

Loving this mix of pastel colors! I've actually tried to achieve this effect using normal creme polishes before, but I've always failed miserably. So I was really excited to try this again when I got the OPI Sheer tints. Seriously, it'll be worth it to get the whole set just for this nails.

Lastly, I dont celebrate Easter (the only thing I do is eat chocolate eggs), but if you do, I hope you had/ is having a great Easter this year!

Polishes Used:
OPI Don’t Violet Me Down
OPI I Can Teal You Like Me
OPI Be Magentale with Me
OPI I’m Never Amberrassed

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Swatch - China Glaze Off Shore collection

Today I have swatches for the China Glaze summer collection - Off Shore - or at least part of it as I'm missing 3 bottles from the collection, can you believe it?!

Don't you hate you when there's a new collection and a few bottles of it is already gone before you can get your hands on them?

China Glaze Off Shore collection is made up of 12 beautiful creme polishes, some with a hint of jelly formula in them.

Let's check them out now!



China Glaze Feel the Breeze


China Glaze Feel the Breeze

China Glaze Feel the Breeze is a creamy princess pink creme polish.

China Glaze Feel the Breeze

Usually I'm like "pink again"? But this time, I must admit I really love the pinks in this collection.

Feel the Breeze is so so creamy looking yet it's so easy to apply. I think this is probably the best China Glaze creme formula to date.

A very pretty & chic color this is. I would definitely recommend anyone to get this!



China Glaze Float On


China Glaze Float On

China Glaze Float On is a bright creamy hot chick pink creme polish. (LOL.. sorry, but it's really hard to describe the difference between this and Feel The Breeze using just words)

China Glaze Float On

Another creamy pink polish. Float On is slightly darker & brighter than Feel The Breeze. If you ask me which 1 I prefer more, I would choose Float On because it's really gorgeous when used as a full mani.

I would probably use Feel The Breeze more for a nail art.



China Glaze Wait N Sea

China Glaze Wait N Sea

China Glaze Wait N Sea is a blue leaning teal creme polish with a formula that is almost jelly.

China Glaze Wait N Sea

Super easy to apply, though a little sheer at first coat. Actual color is a little more blue than what is shown in my pictures.



China Glaze If in Doubt, Surf it Out


China Glaze If in Doubt, Surf it Out

China Glaze If in Doubt, Surf it Out is a soft peachy Orange creme polish.

China Glaze If in Doubt, Surf it Out

Very nice & smooth formula, a little sheer but builds up nicely. Color-wise, I'm not so into this. It's a mustard yellow leaning orange that's a little weird for me.



China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked


China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked

China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked is a bright tangerine Orange creme polish.

China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked

Very creamy texture, yet super smooth & easy to apply. Super bright Orange that pops.



China Glaze I Sea the Point


China Glaze I Sea the Point

China Glaze I Sea the Point is a royal blue creme polish with a hint of purple. Definitely darker & deeper than what is shown in the picture.

China Glaze I Sea the Point

The formula for this polish is absolutely HORRIBLE. I mean it.

Somehow, the polish and the pigmentation doesnt seems to mix well even though I shook it really hard for quite a few times. Some parts of it is really gloppy yet parts of it is so thin. It's like painting with half dried paint. A complete nightmare.

A real pity cos the color is so pretty.



China Glaze Sea’s the Day

China Glaze Sea’s the Day

China Glaze Sea’s the Day is a tomato red creme polish.

China Glaze Sea’s the Day

A beautiful bright red polish that is thin yet opaque in 1 coat. I painted 2 coats anyway for the creamy texture.

The formula & color reminds me alot of OPI Cajun Shrimp which is one of my favourite to-go polish.



China Glaze Dune Our Thing


China Glaze Dune Our Thing

China Glaze Dune Our Thing is a raspberry maroon creme polish.

China Glaze Dune Our Thing

Great formula as well, creamy yet not too thick. 2 easy coats in my picture btw.



China Glaze X-TA-SEA



China Glaze X-TA-SEA is an eggplant purple creme polish.

China Glaze X-TA-SEA

Another beautiful creamy polish. 2 easy coats to achieve this.



In summary, I'm really in love with these thick creamy polishes from the China Glaze Off Shore collection.

This is probably my favourite creme formula ever.

The 3 colors that I'm missing are:

China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin 
China Glaze Shore Enuff 
China Glaze Be More Pacific

Which are 2 greens, and 1 yellow.

Seriously.. colors that I would really want to have. I'm going to hunt these down and hopefully be able to do a swatch on them soon.

Are you loving these as much as I do?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Swatch: China Glaze Surprise collection

I was super excited when I saw the preview for this collection and finally I managed to get my hands on them - the China Glaze Surprise collection!


China Glaze Surprise is a glitter topper collection made up of 6 beautiful mix of sparse glitters in a clear base.

This collection doesn't do well if you try to paint them like normal polish as the glitters will either get stuck to the brush & refuse to stay on your nails, or they will all clump together.

The best way I've found is to dap the glitters onto your nails instead of trying to 'apply' them. The good thing is that the clear base is thin so you won't have problems of thick polish even if you do that.

China Glaze Don't Be A Flake

China Glaze Don't Be A Flake

 China Glaze Don't Be A Flake is a mix of matte blue and black glitters, and reflective rose pink glitters in a clear base.

China Glaze Don't Be A Flake

 I did notice that there are slightly lesser black glitters in there and you'll need to dig around abit for them.

China Glaze Don't Be A Flake

It's a pain in the ass to try and capture the reflective glitters on photo.



China Glaze Glimmer More 

China Glaze Glimmer More

China Glaze Glimmer More is filled with a mix of light pink, orange, and yellow matte glitters, and fuchsia metallic glitters.

China Glaze Glimmer More

The soft shades in this polish are quite pretty actually.

China Glaze Glimmer More



China Glaze Glitter Up

China Glaze Glitter Up

China Glaze Glitter Up is a mix of pink, orange & blue matte glitters, and smaller purple glitters.

Those that look like black in the pic above? Those are the purple ones.

China Glaze Glitter Up

Probably my favourite colour combination from this collection. :)

China Glaze Glitter Up



China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter

China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter

China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter is a mix of yellow and blue matte glitters, and fuchsia metallic glitters in a clear base.

China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter

This might look pretty over a number of different base colors.

China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter



China Glaze Create A Spark

China Glaze Create A Spark

China Glaze Create A Spark is a mix of black matte glitters, and orange and purple metallic reflective glitters.


This is okay, but I think I like the matte glitters more.. )

China Glaze Create A Spark



China Glaze Shine-nanigans

China Glaze Shine-nanigans

China Glaze Shine-nanigans is a mix of yellow matte glitters and smaller purple & fuchsia metallic glitters.

China Glaze Shine-nanigans

A pretty mix of colors, but it might be hard to find a suitable base color for this as there's both light and dark colors here.



The China Glaze Surprise collection would be a great easy solution to spice up a plain base polish. The matte glitters are a little big for me as I have tiny nails so I can't squeeze more them on my nails.

My favourite from this collection would be Glitter Up and Glimmer More!

So this is it. What do you think?

For those interested, the China Glaze Surprise collection is available for purchase on PolishAlley.com

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Comparison: China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin vs OPI Need Sunglasses?

Okay, today I'm doing a comparison for the yellow in the China Glaze City Flourish collection, which to my surprise, is actually the most popular color in this collection!

China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin vs OPI Need Sunglasses?

China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin vs OPI Need Sunglasses?

OPI Need Sunglasses?: Index Finger, Ring Finger
China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin: Middle Finger, Pinky

China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin vs OPI Need Sunglasses?

China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin is a beautiful creamy nacho cheese yellow that is opaque in 1-2 coats, while OPI Need Sunglasses? is a dirty sheer yellow that is a little mustard.

Needless to say, China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin win hands-down for me. It's opaque and it pops.. Definitely my to go yellow for nail art now. :)

I should be doing a comparison for the yellow in the OPI Brazil collection but I haven't got it yet. =P

What do you think? Does China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin deserve it's throne as the most popular polish in the City Flourish collection?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Comparison: China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs Thistle Do Nicely vs Strike A Rose

Like I've said, there's quite a few pinks in the China Glaze City Flourish collection so I thought I'll do a comparison between them, and with some others!



China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs China Glaze Strike A Rose

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs China Glaze Strike A Rose

China Glaze Strike A Rose: Middle Finger, Pinky
China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave: Index Finger, Ring Finger

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs China Glaze Strike A Rose

The difference between these 2 is quite obvious, Strike A Rose is creamy with shimmers while Peonies & Park Ave is just neon.

Strike A Rose is also darker, slightly magenta.



China Glaze Strike A Rose vs China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely

China Glaze Strike A Rose vs China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave: Index Finger, Ring Finger
China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely: Middle Finger, Pinky

China Glaze Strike A Rose vs China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely

Both of these 2 polishes are bright neons with Peonies & Park Ave more pink with a hint of rose, while Thistle Do Nicely is more coral.



China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs China Glaze Heat Index

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs China Glaze Heat Index

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave: Index Finger, Ring Finger
China Glaze Heat Index: Middle Finger, Pinky

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave vs China Glaze Heat Index

So I've found a dupe!(almost). Peonies & Park Ave is most likely just the creme version of China Glaze Heat Index.

Heat Index is just a teeny bit brighter and of course sheer, but I think that's just due to the difference in finishing. My boyfriend couldn't tell that they're 2 different polishes until I told him so I think we can safely say they're actually the same color here!



China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely vs China Glaze Shell-O

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely vs China Glaze Shell-O

China Glaze Shell-O: Index Finger, Ring Finger
China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely: Middle Finger, Pinky

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely vs China Glaze Shell-O

Another almost dupe here between China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely and China Glaze Shell-O.

You can also tell from the pictures that Shell-O is brighter and shinier. Again, I think is due to the jelly finishing of Shell-O.



The colors are nice, but I would definitely prefer the Jellies from the Neons On The Shore collection compared to these creme ones.

I seriously hope China Glaze would come up with some new colors rather than taking the same colors and put them in different formulas. I feel kind of cheated. :(

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Comparison: China Glaze At Vase Value

China Glaze At Vase Value is a pale minty aqua creme polish that looks blue besides a green, and looks green besides a blue. Go figure.

For today's comparison, I'll be doing China Glaze's At Vase Value vs the following:

China Glaze Re-fresh Mint
China Glaze Aquadelic
Essie Borrowed & Blue



China Glaze At Vase Value vs China Glaze Re-fresh Mint

China Glaze At Vase Value vs China Glaze Re-fresh Mint

China Glaze At Vase Value: Middle Finger, Pinky
China Glaze Re-fresh Mint: Index Finger, Ring Finger

China Glaze At Vase Value vs China Glaze Re-fresh Mint

Placed beside China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, which is a pure light mint green, At Vase Value is looking totally light sky blue here.



China Glaze At Vase Value vs China Glaze Aquadelic

China Glaze At Vase Value vs China Glaze Aquadelic

China Glaze At Vase Value: Middle Finger, Pinky
China Glaze Aquadelic: Index Finger, Ring Finger

China Glaze At Vase Value vs China Glaze Aquadelic

My swatch looked a little too blue here, both of them are actually slightly teal with Aquadelic being more green.



China Glaze At Vase Value vs Essie Borrowed & Blue

China Glaze At Vase Value vs Essie Borrowed & Blue

China Glaze At Vase Value: Middle Finger, Pinky
Essie Borrowed & Blue: Index Finger, Ring Finger

China Glaze At Vase Value vs Essie Borrowed & Blue

Surprisingly, this is actually the closest comparison I can get for At Vase Value. Placed beside Essie Borrowed & Blue, a pale baby blue, the green in At Vase Value finally managed to show through.

China Glaze At Vase Value vs Essie Borrowed & Blue



China Glaze At Vase Value is certainly becoming my favorite creme blue to use. Such a pretty & unique color!

Someone did commented on one of my posts that At Vase Value is actually the aqua blue version of Essie Mint Candy Apple, but I don't have that polish to compare with. So you have that one, please do a comparison for us! :)