Holographic Roundup: China Glaze GR8 | Swatches, Photos, and Review

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GR8 is a yellow gold linear holographic from the OMG Collection. As with the rest of the OMG collection, the holographic in these are super strong and very linear. Now… I hate gold on my hands. It really just doesn’t look great on me. I prefer bronzes and bright colors. But it was on clearance!

xoxo
Britni Rose

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Holographic Roundup: China Glaze Cyberspace | Swatches, Photos, and Review

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Cyberspace is a taupe holographic that leans towards the nude/beige side of taupe. The holographic particles in this are scattered, which for holo newbies means that it doesn’t form a line of color making a rainbow, instead it’s a more scattered, yet still a faint rainbow shape. The holographic factor in this one is a little weak. But it’s there and it’s still a very pretty polish. The thing I like about the Tronica collection is that even if you take the holographic-ness away, it still looks sandy without the texture. I know texture is a big thing now, but it’s a trend and will be done soon. This polish will always be gorgeous.

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Britni Rose

Holographic Roundup: China Glaze 2NITE | Swatches, Photos, and Review

So this is like a little mini-series that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I have so many holographic polishes that sometimes I forget about them. So I’ve gathered them all up, swatched them all, and lined them up for publishing. So here’s the first, and my favorite!

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2NITE is a cornflower blue holographic. This is an extreme holographic. It’s not a faint ring of color. It’s absolutely showstopping. People will ask about it, even if they know nothing about nail polish. That tends to happen when you wear rainbows on your nails. The base color itself is so flattering and cool and refreshing. So gorgeous. Gorgeous. There’s not much more that I can say. Try and get your hands on this. It’s hard, but worth it. I’m still on the hunt for DV8.

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Britni Rose

China Glaze Water You Waiting For from the Cirque du Soleil Collection | Swatches, Photos, and Review

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Water You Waiting For is a bright glitter polish jam-packed with light and dark blue, navy, and a little green and purple thrown in. SUPER sparkly. Absolutely gorgeous. I don’t have one even close. I love these types of glitters. A must-have, in my opinion.

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Britni Rose

China Glaze Running In Circles from the Cirque du Soleil Collection | Swatches, Photos, and Review

Quick post tonight, this is Running In Circles from the recent Cirque collection. I love this entire collection. Except that cupcake looking one that everyone was obsessed with.

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Running In Circles is a grass green glitter with lighter green and emerald glitter thrown in. Super sparkly. Beyond gorgeous. Perfect formula, I believe this was just two coats.

IMG_7315CHINA GLAZE Running in Circles VS. Zoya Ivanka | RiC on index and ring finger, Ivanka on middle and pinkie.

I really thought they’d be more similar, but it turns out they’re nothing alike. I thought the green was the same, but Ivanka is way more blue based, and obviously is Zoya’s signature  “sparkle” finish. I believe owning both is justified and both of these are probably my two favorite greens I own.

xoxo
Britni Rose

 

China Glaze eCollection | Photos, Swatches, and Review

Good morning! I have some swatches of an older collection from our dear China Glaze, 2008 to be precise! I’m missing one of the polishes, and I don’t know how or why.

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Recycle is described as a “rain cloud gray” by China Glaze, and I’ve actually used it as rain clouds before. It’s a gray creme that isn’t completely opaque, but not a jelly, giving it a misty look to it. Not sure if that’s intentional or not, though. It’s actually the other half of my first China Glaze polish. I ordered it along with For Audrey, so those two are my firsts. It was one of few grays out for a while, which was ahead of the trend that took the world by storm in ’10-’11.

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Shower Together is a “sky blue” creme. Sheer and streaky and patchy and hard to build. There are many polishes this color with better formulas. Somehow I have two of these, and this swatch, taken just the other day, is the first time I’ve worn it. Not much to say about this one. Disappointing.

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Solar Power is a “sunshine yellow” shimmer, which for a yellow, doesn’t have the worst formula ever. Still a little uneven and streaky, the shimmer is pretty. Doesn’t look good on my hands, but it’s sister yellow, Sunshine Pop from the Electropop collection is my favorite yellow.

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Tree Hugger is described as “fresh cut grass” green. I mean, I’ve never seen grass that light colored before. But I get the point. Tree Hugger is a pretty spring green with light green shimmer. Looks pretty in pictures but horrendous, on me, in person. Looks cheap and gaudy on my hands, but a pretty color on others.

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Unplugged is a “metallic bark.” Metallic bark? Okay, now I think they’re stretching! It’s a luxurious warm dark brown, slightly glowy. Almost a dark bronze, if that makes sense. If you look super close, you can see some slight streaking, but it’s not visible to the average eye. I hate browns on my nails, because it ages my hands, but this is red enough to look good. Wonderful formula. Really, really nice.

Now, Hybrid is the only one I don’t have. Hybrid is described as a “shimmering sand.” If you look up swatches, it’s totally a color I’d love. I think the only reason I don’t have it so far is because whenever I’m in Sally’s, it’s out of stock.

Do you have any of this collection? I’m only one polish away from owning a complete collection. I usually don’t buy the pinks or reds, so I don’t have complete collections.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Britni Rose

Lancôme Spring 2013 In Love Collection: Kohl in Love 501 Jade Crush | Swatches, Photos, and Review

Good morning! I have something super exciting from Lancôme for ya’ll today!

Lancôme recently released their Spring ’13 “In Love” collection, which looked super promising in promo photos, but also a little worrying. I’ll be the first to admit that Lancôme’s eye pencils aren’t… great. Their liquid and gel liners are fantastic, but their pencils aren’t creamy or soft in the least. So when they announced Kohl in Love in three colors, including a cobalt and a bright turquoise/teal, I was nervous. When we got the colors in, we didn’t have testers, so I bought the two of them blind. (I skipped out on Chocolate Affair because, really, would I ever need a brown liner? I’m allergic to brown liners, and I already have one.) Today I have 501 Jade Crush to review, which is the first I bought. I immediately ripped it out of the silver box and swatched it on my hand and OH MY GOODNESS is it perfect. Take a look!

IMG_7731 IMG_7748 IMG_7735 IMG_7736 IMG_7739Jade Crush is a bright teal, almost turquoise, but it contains just the slightest hint of green. It’s so creamy and smooth and opaque that the third line in my swatch (the wobbly one) was made while barely touching my hand. Folks… this pencils is as soft, if not more so than my Urban Decay ones. When I put it on my eyeball, it took no effort to get it to full strength. This lasts for at least 6 hours before thinking about moving anywhere.

There are a few cons though; I’m worried about sharpening it. It’s so soft, that I fear sharpening will break it. Probably won’t, but the fact is, it doesn’t feel… sturdy? It’s like that feeling when you’re holding a bottle of pigment, thinking, “Oh man, I am SO going to drop this.” The other thing is… this pencil really stays on. Now, I can get this off my lashline easily with Pond’s, but when it’s on a drier area of skin, say… you’re arm? It can stain. I wore it as a cat eye and it came off with no issue, but the swatch shown above took a full couple days to get off.

You can get it at department store counters now for $26.

What do you guys think? Would you invest in this pencil of near-perfection? Stay tuned for the sister pencil in the collection, the cobalt blue named Deepwater Blue!

xoxo
Britni Rose

(P.S. I am a little bored with Lancôme’s whole “in Love” products. They’re amazing products, better than all previous ones, but the name isn’t cute anymore. Make Emma Watson look super edgy!)

 

PRESS RELEASE: China Glaze Announces It’s Spring 2013 Avant Garden Collection

Spring collections are always my favorite. Here’s the press release China Glaze’s Avant Garden collection:

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The Avant Garden Collection shades are:

AG1

Budding Romance moss green
Dandy Lyin’ Around shimmer vanilla icing
Fade Into Hue | periwinkle creme
Fancy Pants | indigo with pink and purple shimmer

AG2Keep Calm, Paint On | sea foam green
Life is Rosy | blushed mauve
Mimosas Before Manis | coral with a light wash of shimmer
Passion for Petals | bright salmon-pink

AG3Pink-ie Promise | iridescent baby pink
Snap My Dragon | bright red with pink shimmer
Sunday Funday | bright blue
Tart-y for the Party | light lavender creme

The China Glaze Avant Garden Collection is also available in:

CG_AvantGarden_6pc_#123AD9C6 Piece Collection of “Blooming Brights”
— Contains: Budding Romance, Sunday Funday, Fancy Pants, Snap My Dragon, Passion for Petals, and Mimosas Before Manis

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— Contains: Life is Rosy, Pink-ie Promise, Tart-y for the Party, Fade Into Hue, Keep Calm, Paint On, and Dandy Lyin’ Around

 

AVAILABLE | March 2013
PRICING | Individual shades retail for $7, 6-piece collection retail for $42.

My thoughts: I need most of this collection. Even the pinks and red are unique enough to pique my interest. I will be getting Dandy Lyin’ Around, Keep Calm, Paint On, Budding Romance, Sunday Funday… and well, probably the whole collection. In fact, there isn’t one I don’t want, besides maybe Pink-ie Promise.

What do you guys think?

xoxo
Britni Rose

Lancôme Holiday 2012 Collection: Nail Polishes | Swatches, Photos, and Review

Hi guys! Better late than never, right? Here’s Lancôme’s Holiday polishes. The formula on these are impeccable, and I love that Lancôme did something other than a creme finish.

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Flirty Red is a blackened ruby that is über glowy. Under most normal lighting this looks like a dark crimson-ruby-sparkle party, but under harsh or low lighting, the edges turn near-black. I know this isn’t the most unique polishes out there, but it’s not one that I have in my collection, so I can’t compare it to anything. (Sidenote: I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but lately I’ve been loving purples, pinks, and yes… even reds! Especially ones that sparkle or glow.)

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Bubbly Gold is a light, warm gold, near copper foil. It has a rose gold shift to it as well, and different metallic shades of shimmer. Very pretty. Extremely similar to Chanel Delight. Although the Chanel is lacking in the rose shift. Sorry for all the pictures, but this polish has a different face at every angle!

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Ginger Swing is a silver-toned champagne foil. Similar, but not identical to Chanel Diwalli. Absolutely gorgeous. And flattering on most skintones, as it didn’t bring out any red in my hands.

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The application of all three was a smooth as butter. The brushes on these polishes are medium width and rounded at the bottom, a thinner version of OPI’s. The brush allows perfect control, and the formula is perfect.

These aren’t available on counters anymore, I don’t believe (but the Spring collection is! Review coming soon!) but maybe you can find these online somewheres.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo
Britni Rose

Lamborghini Manicure: China Glaze Megabyte and Liquid Leather

A little something I did, inspired by a keychain I received in the mail. I wanted a black and green look. In this I found that I have two gold nail polishes. Megabyte and GR8. Which are pretty much the same in that they’re holographic blond golds. Which is not what I was looking for in this. I wanted a deep gold foil, or Minx chrome gold mirror-y… Meh. I was a little upset with the outcome, but I liked the concept.

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IMG_7563See? The gold just doesn’t stand up to the challenge. But Konad always helps.

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I added a paint-splatter print using Konad m70. I planned an “oil slick” look. I want to try this again, maybe using a dark holo over black? That’d be cool I think. Maybe I’ll revisit this idea later and do it correctly.

xoxo
Britni Rose