Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part II

‘ellllooooo. We’re back with part II of the gorgeous China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. If you missed it, check out part I here. This half of the collection has quite a few surprises. And you know what the means…glittahhhhh!!!

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Champagne Kisses is a bubbly rose gold glitter with a teeny bit of holographic shimmer. I didn’t expect this to be so glitterific, but it is. At the same time, it wasn’t too bad to remove which is great!

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With Love is a classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones. It’s squishy and pretty red. Nothing too strikingly unique though.

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Glitter All The Way is a multi-color glitter. It’s like Mardi Gras on the nails!

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Glistening Snow is the perfect name for this fine diamond-like silver glitter. It’s like the silver-y version of champagne kisses. It’s opaque and looks stunning on the nails. It’s a bit of a top coat hog so I had to apply a good 2 coats of top coat just to get some serious shine.

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Cranberry Splash is a ruby red shimmer and while thats’s China Glaze’s fancy definition of it, really it’s just more of a regular ole’ burgundy to me.

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Pizazz is a twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend and it’s beautiiiiful. I mean, yeah…we’ve see beautiful glitters like this one but there’s something special about Pizazz.

The collection altogether:

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Shouts out to China Glaze for giving us plenty of sparkle, glitter and shimmer in this collection! I think these are beautiful shades that are definitely holiday-appropriate.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part I

Dang. How is it already the holiday season? Yes. My mind is indeed blown. I’m not complaining though. I am a huge lover of Christmas-EVERYTHING. And I know that’s not everyone’s shtick but I am will totally be that old lady that wears knitted Christmas sweaters. Without shame. Yep. What better way to ring in the season than with some pretty polishes? China Glaze is giving us a ton of beautiful options to bedazzle those nails. Here’s part I of the Holiday Joy collection.

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Excited yet?

Pure Joy

Pure Joy is a fiery red glitter with gold particles and it fooled me at first glance because I totally thought that it was a holographic. But nope, it’s a pretty and shimmery nail polish. I applied 3 coats here so it will wear well by itself but it’s also thin enough to be a layering polish.

Winter Holly

Winter Holly is a gold-flecked dazzling green glitter and it is goooorgeous. I can’t wait to create some looks with this baby. It has a similar finish to Pure Joy and while subtle, the gold holographic shimmer does a great job at coming through the green. I also spy some purple shimmer in this polish as well.

Red Satin

Red Satin is nothing fancy as it is just a silky blue-based red creme. Most brands always toss in a red nail polish in their holiday collections and this one is no different from all of the others.

Blue Bells Ring

Blue Bells Ring is an icy blue shimmer and I love everything about how this polish looks on my nails. It does have some drawbacks though. For one, it stains the nails so a sturdy base coat is a definite when rocking this baby. Also, for whatever reason this polish “smelled” differently than all of the others. As in worse. I’m not sure if the formula is different but it reminded me a lot of how polishes smelled before they were Big 3 Free. I actually had to tie a scarf around my nose to apply this polish. Still though. It’s such a beaut. I don’t think I’ll be wearing it often though because I tend to stay away from polishes that stain my nails. Getting them back to normal just isn’t worth the trouble for me.

Merry Berry

Merry Berry is a luscious rich berry red creme. It isn’t the most exotic polish I’ve seen from China Glaze but it has a great fit in this collection.

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Angel Wings also fooled me because I so thought this baby was a holographic just from looking at its bottle. China Glaze describes this as a delicate gold dust glitter and it’s a beautiful golden crusted nail polish. The microglitter makes for easier removal and while it goes opaque with 3 coats, it does well with layering with 1 coat.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com. Stay tuned for part II of this collection! See any that you like so far?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part II

I’m back with round II of the gorgeous Skyfall collection. The first 6 were the red, orange and purple kids of the bunch. This time I’m showcasing the darker shades and the shades with texture. Woot!

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GoldenEye is a glorious gold and it is by far one of the most beautiful golds I have ever seen. And that says a lot since I’m not a fan of gold nail polishes. The richness of this gold comes from the mini gold flakes in the polish. It’s stunning. If you don’t get any other polish, THIS is the one you have to get.

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MoonRaker is a metallic grey and I scoffed at it when I first saw it but it’s not bad for a grey polish. Application is tricky as it can be on the streaky side but if you’re into chrome polishes like this, I think you’ll like this one.

 

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The Living Daylights is a multi-hue sparkle and really it’s just a bunch of color hexagon-shaped glitter bits. I don’t have any glitter polishes like this so it’s a welcome addition to my collection. All glitter lovers should own a glittah like this.

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Live & Let Die is described as a jet black but the it’s obviously so much more than that. I would describe this baby as a darkened hunter green with with subtle gold shimmer. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but it absolutely gorgeous on the nails.

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The World Is Not Enough is a rosy silver. It has subtle hot pink shimmer and I was all set to dismiss this one but it’s actually a really pretty polish. I still had a visible nail line after 2 coats so to achieve full opacity, you’ll have to push it up to 3 coats.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a misty-green pewter. It has the same shimmer as The World Is Not Enough and it’s just as sheer.

Must Haves
-GoldenEye: Because you’ll regret it if you DON’T get it.
-The Living Daylights: Especially if you don’t own a glitter like this.

The entire collection alllll together.

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Pretty dope bunch, uh?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part I

Soooo, OPI recently launched a James Bond holiday collection. Bond 007 officially turned 50 this year and so what better way to celebrate than with a collection? I’m pretty lame for not knowing much about the flicks but when I told Esposo about this collection, he got all interested. Mind you, my husband has NEVER been interested about any of my beauty stuffs so that says a lot. Anywho, the most recent Bond movie, Skyfall, came out on November 9th and so this collection has come at the perfect time. It’s a huge collection of 12 polishes so I’m breaking ‘em up in 2 posts.

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Skyfall is described as a magnificent maroon and I can dig it. I love dusty burgundy shades like these. It’s not terribly unique but it is ideal for fall and makes a great base for topping off with glitter.

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Casino Royale is a pretty plum and ZOMG, I am in love with this baby. I’m struggling to think of any dupes for this one so um, yeah…if you don’t get any other shades in this collection, this is definitely one that I’d consider.

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You Only Live Twice is a rich high-shimmer magenta that we’ve seen before. It’s perfect and pretty and has enough shimmer to appeal to the glitter junkies of the world.

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Die Another Day is a hot and lively red. OPI is good at always including reds in their collection. This one is just okay to me. I do like how there is a bit of orange to it though.

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Tomorrow Never Dies is an intense purple but really it’s much more than that. And my camera can hardly capture its epic-ness. It shifts from a blueberry blue to a bright purple and back with the blink of an eye. It’s stunning.

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The Spy Who Loved Me is another red that looks a lot like You Only Live Twice. The main difference between the two? TSWLM has more red in it than orange.

Must Have
-Skyfall: Especially if you need a really nice maroon in your stash.
-Casino Royale: Because just look at the bottle. ‘Nuff said, right?
-Tomorrow Never Dies: If you’re a nail polish lover, it’s unlikely that you have one THIS captivating.

Not bad for the first 6, uh? Stay tuned for the other 6. This collection is currently available at Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

Pretty Polishes: More Essence Colour & Go polishes

I’m back with more Essence polishes to show off. Since their epic packaging revamp, trying to find these polishes in Ulta stores has been virtually impossible. In fact, when I went looking for them, I only saw TWO of them available. Of course you can still purchase them online but *sigh* who prefers online shopping over actually getting a product without having to pay for shipping? Okay, don’t answer that. Ordering online isn’t always that bad. But still. I hope that Ulta stores everywhere stock up and stay stocked up on these polishes. In the meantime, here are 4 that I snagged.

These will keep me quiet for now but I’ve got like 5 more Essence polishes on my WANT list.

Grey-t To Be Here is a pale grey with subtle pink iridescent shimmer. And by subtle, I mean you can barely see it. But when your nails hit the light, POW, there it is. I really really like this polish. I haven’t seen anything like it before.

Off To Miami is a coral with a dose of tangerine. I spent so many years being anti-coral nail polish which is crazy because I find polishes like this so pretty now. And compliments nail polish lovers of all hues.

Break Through is a rich and vibrant violet. When I first saw it in Ulta, I was all like “Meh”. But I picked it up anyway and after polishing my nails, I fell in love with this creme. It is gooooorgeous.

Fame Fatel is just your typical rich blood red polish. Yep, there are trillions of red polishes and this one isn’t all that unique but it’s still pretty.

As much as I love the larger nail polish wand in the new Essence bottles, some of them are a bit on the wonky side. You can trim them using cuticle scissors but it’s still annoying. I also found the formula of some of these to be on the thicker side. Also annoying. But hey, for $1.99, there isn’t much complaining I’m going to do about these polishes.

They are available at Ulta stores at Ulta.com.

Have you managed to grab any of these polishes yet?

Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale collection

Chiiiiile, I can not believe I am just now showcasing this collection. I had to go to the Cult Nails website to see if the polishes were still available. And yep, some of them are. *wipes brow* Nothing sucks more than showcasing beautiful beauty baubles that folx can’t buy. It’s worth crying over. I’m not even kidding. The Cult Fairy Tale collection came out this Summer and it features 4 shades and gorgeous shredded flake-y top coat.

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Pretty stuffs, uh?

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Evil Queen is candy apple red, baby. It’s a creamy red that’s a shade down from from fire truck red. It’s applies to perfection.

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Feelin’ Froggy makes 1 of 2 Cult Nails greens that I’m in love with. The other is Deal With It from Coco’s Untamed collection. According to Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy is a muted kelly green crème whose true beauty was revealed by the kiss of a bright green shimmer. Fantastic description, uh? 2-3 coats will give it a nice opaque finish but if you apply 1 coat, you can easily make a jelly sandwich. WIN!

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Princess is no longer available but it’s a pale blue with subtle pink/gold/green shimmer. The shimmer is indeed very subtle but it’s sweet and very dainty.

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Charming is such an interesting shade. It’s a medium violet purple with pink and blue shimmer it’s like a shimmer jelly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shade like this before.

And then there’s Happy Ending that I layered over a few of the polishes.

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It’s a freaking awesome jagged glitter and I’m shocked that it’s still available. *squeals* I may need to get back ups of this one.

I applied 2 coats of each polish and like all Cult Nails polishes, they applied beautifully. This brand can do no wrong in my eyes. Maria is consistently coming out with products that don’t look like every other shade out on the market. Gotta love that! You can still order a few of these polishes here but hurry as they are all limited edition.

OPI Germany nail polish collection (part 2)

Woo hoo! The first half of OPI’s Germany collection featured some of the lighter shades. This go ’round I’m showing off the darker shades; the purples, vampies, and a strikingly beautiful red. Let’s get it started!

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Aren’t these fierce?

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Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! is a cute name but man, it’s TOO long. I know OPI prides themselves on creative names but lately some of the names in their collections are like mini-paragraphs. Ha! Okay, now that I’ve complained about the name long enough. This shade is described as a bodacious black olive and it is murky and wonderful. This was the first shade I rocked when I first spotted this collection.

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Unfor-greta-bly Blue is described as a super shiny blue and that’s about as accurate as I can get. Okay, yes, there are several super bright blues with shimmer like this but I can’t find any in my collection. This baby is gorgeous.

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Every Month is Oktoberfest is a shimmery plum and it is GORGEOUS! I know, I know…it looks like a typical vampy burgundy with shimmer but it’s fantastic. It goes from deep purple with laces of red and back. Love love love.

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Danke-Shiny Red is a ravishing ruby. It’s very rare that you’ll come across an OPI collection that doesn’t include a red. It has become the expectation. But at least this red is shimmery perfection.

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German-icure by OPI is another name that annoys me but other than that it’s a burgundy shimmer that almost looks like Every Month is Oktoberfest. The biggest difference is that GBO has more red in it. It’s pretty but if I had to choose between the two, I’d definitely go with Every Month is Oktoberfest.

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Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs is an amazing bright purple. I mean, this baby is HOT. Yep, there is probably a dupe somewhere but if you can’t find it, you should definitely tote this baby home.

 

Must Haves:
-Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! As much as the name annoys me it’s a really pretty murky shade.
-Every Month is Oktoberfest. I am so in love with this vampy polish
-Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs. For purple lovers everywhere!

 

This collection has been out for quite some time so I’m pretty sure you can snag it at Ulta, JC Penny salons and anywhere OPI products are sold. I actually had a dream about visiting Germany the other night (so random) so I don’t know…maybe I’ll be heading there sooner rather than later. :cool:

Amor de Lacquer: Butter LONDON Autumn/Winter collection

While some brands like to grace us with nail polish collections 5-10 times a year, we only get just a few from Butter LONDON. And it’s not really all that fair because I adore Butter LONDON and I’d love to get more polishes from there each year. But on a good note, them not coming out with collections every 5 seconds gives me enough time to snag up the polishes that I don’t already have from them. Yeah. I’m THAT obsessed with BL.

Anywhoovers, let’s play with their newest collex! It’s not your traditional Fall/Winter collection, but I can appreciate that. Sometimes the expected vampies and darker shades are just way too…expected.

Dodgy Barnett is a silver holographic that’s pretty groovy. It isn’t as holographic-y as many nail polish lovers would like but if you’re new to holographics, this may impress you. I found that 3 coats really made the holographic effect pop. The pop isn’t as prominent as many holographic grays but it’s still a nice surprise.

Trustafarian is another holographic. It’s just as bit on the sage/pistachio side and it’s just as captivating as Dodgy B. I actually found that Trustafarian gave more holographic spark than Dodgy.

Shag is a high-shine metallic in a warm orange-burgundy hue. This baby screams fall and it makes me want to roll into a pile of leaves and then head out to pick a pumpkin. Butter London usually knocks my feet off with the uniqueness of their shades but this one is just okay. It’s not my favorite but it’s still pretty.

Lovely Jubbly is a vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue and gold micro-particles. It’s a prettyful glitter that reaches an opaque finish with only two coats. On a good note, if you wanted to layer this over another polish, you could do so easily. It’s one versatile glittah with a lot of sparkle.

Gobsmacked only got 2 coats from me but a closer look reveals that I probably should have given that kid another coat. This charcoal grey glitter is quite reminiscent of several other grey glitters that I’ve seen around the way. I love how fine the glitte specks are as they make application smooth. Like buttah. :cool:

Overall: Most butter LONDON collections have me hyperventilating and stunned by their beauty. I didn’t get that reaction with this collection. There are some fantastic hits and I can appreciate the variety of formulas from glitters to holographics and shimmers. Most of the polishes in this collection are dupe-able and that’s so unlike Butter LONDON as many of their polishes are strikingly unique.

I still love my Butter LONDON and will continue to hoard their polishes. You can grab this collection at Ulta stores, Ulta.com and at ButterLONDON.com. Each bottle is $14 a pop.