Review and Photos: China Glaze Cranberry Splash and My Christmas Manicure

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you China Glaze Cranberry Splash from their Holiday Joy 2012 Collection! This is the second of the two polishes I have of this collection. And it’s a beauty.


Cranberry Splash is an absolutely gorgeous red shimmer that glows like no tomorrow. Application is perfect, shown here with one coat.


Va va voom!

For my Christmas mani I just added some glitter, as this is the perfect Christmas red.


This is one coat of Cranberry Splash with one coat of Love Marilyn (Eye Candy Collection) on my ring finger and one coat of Electrify (Colours from the Capitol collection) on my thumb. I was originally going to use Glittering Garland from the 2011 Holiday collection. Remember that one? A gorgeous dusty emerald green creme with golden (?) micro glitter. But that sort of “stuck out” too much, and I wanted a simple, elegant combination. So instead I used Electrify on my thumb and realized that, while it looked absolutely gorgeous on my nail swatch wheels, on my nails it fell flat and looked overdone. It’s a pretty combo, don’t get me wrong, but it just wasn’t what I wanted. So I used a coat of Love Marilyn for my ring finger instead, which turned out much better.


The worst part about the Eye Candy collection is that cameras can’t truly capture how this sparkles. Even in dim lighting it picks up some light. It’s the perfect addition to Cranberry Splash, as you can still see the glow through the glitter, and even the red glitter in Love Marilyn is visible.

What was your Christmas/Holiday mani? How was your holiday?



Review: China Glaze Blue Bells Ring — Photos, Swatches, and Review

Hi everyone!

Tonight I have one of two polishes I have from China Glaze’s Holiday Joy collection for you.


Blue Bells Ring is a fierce cobalt blue metallic-almost-foil with a wonderful silver glow. Not quite a shift, not quite a shimmer or frost. Just lovely silver mixed it to pick up the light.


This polish is absolutely gorgeous. A true stunner, and I think it’s one of the standouts from this collection, though in the bottle it looks a little scary, it seriously has silver and blue swirls, not a consistent bottle color.

The formula on this was flawless. Perfect consistency, perfect application, gorgeous finish, even without topcoat (as shown above!), opaque in one coat, shown here with just one coat!

If you can only pick up one polish from this collection, I’d have to strongly suggest either this, or Cranberry Splash. (Review coming tomorrow morning.)

Availability | Ulta and Sally’s


PRESS RELEASE: China Glaze Announces Their 2012 Holiday Collection!

China Glaze® Debuts 12 Glittering, Shimmering, Ravishing Colours for Holiday 2012

The holiday season: it is truly the most wonderful time of the year – for nails!  From gorgeous glitters to rich crèmes, ‘tis the season to add sparkle and shine to any manicure and pedicure. Celebrate the season in colour with the new China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection!

 Angel Wings Delicate gold dust glitter

Blue Bells Ring Icy blue shimmer

Champagne Kisses Bubbly rose gold glitter

Cranberry Splash Ruby red shimmer

Glistening Snow Fine diamond-like silver glitter

Glitter All the Way Exciting multi-dimensional glitter blend

Merry Berry Rich berry red crème

Pizzazz Twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend

Pure Joy Firey red glitter with gold particles

Red Satin Silky blue-based red crème

Winter Holly Gold-flecked dazzling green glitter

With Love Classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones

These are gorgeous colors! I want them all, actually. As with every holiday collection, there are gift sets!

Brrr… It’s Chilly | With Love, Angel Wings, Pure Joy, and a mini snow globe – $21.00

Cheers! | Angel Wings and Glistening Snow with a frosted shot glass – $14.00

Jingle All the Way | Pizzazz and Merry Berry with an adjustable Jingle Bell ring. – $14.00

Keepin’ Cozy | Merry Berry, Glistening Snow and Cranberry Splash with fingerless gloves. $21.00

Let It Glow | Champagne Kisses, Red Satin and Winter Holly with a pine scented candle. $21.00

Ho Ho Ho | Merry Berry, Cranberry Splash, Red Satin, With Love, Pure Joy with First & Last base/top coat – $35.00

Holiday Charms | Mini bottles of Merry Berry, Red Satin, Winter Holly, and Glitter All the Way. – $16.00

Other Sets (that I don’t have pictures of):

Puttin’ On the Glitz – Cranberry Splash, With Love and Pizzazz – $14.00

Wings of Wonder – Blue Bells Ring, Champagne Kisses and Cranberry Splash with an angel key chain – $21.00

Santa Paws – Red Satin and Pure Joy with your very own plush puppy, “Joy!” – $14.00

Trimmin’ the Tree – With Love and Glistening Snow with a festive snowflake-embellished ornament. – $14.00

Makin’ Memories – Red Satin and Winter Holly with a “JOY” picture frame. $14.00

Stocking Stuffers – Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses with a mini stocking – $14.00

AVAILABLE – November 2012

WHERE – Fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.


Phew, that was a lot of information! Let me know which ones you get, and for who!


Britni Rose