NOTD: Nubar Reclaim from the Going Green Collection — Photos, Reviews, and Swatches

Happy Holo Holiday Weekend! This came in the mail yesterday, and I was so excited, I took off my Fourth of July manicure before taking pictures… But it was China Glaze Frostbite with Fairy Dust over it on my ring fingers… cuz, you know, it looked like fireworks. I know, I’m an artistic genius. Anyway, this came in the mail but I was in a hurry, so I painted my nails at work. Yep.

COLOR: It’s a medium green holographic. The green is on the blue side, rather than the yellow, but is pretty much a true green. Think the color of a mint leaf or a light Fir tree. The picture above is 100% accurate for the color. The holo effect is much more intense in real life though.

FORMULA & APPLICATION: The polish was thin, but not watery, and smooth. What surprised me was that it wasn’t foggy or flat when it dried. It’s super glossy and has depth. Application was a dream, as with the China Glaze Tronica and OMG collections. Two medium coats makes it completely opaque. Dried super quick.

WEAR: With the Tronica and OMG collection, I had chips and catastrophic tip wear within hours. I’ve been texting, emailing, and typing like a fiend, and in the 24 hours I’ve worn this, there is absolutely no tip wear and no chips. And that’s with no base or top coat.

I love this polish. It’s great for Konad as well. I’ll be stocking up on another bottle of this. This is my first Nubar polish. I have the 2010 topcoat, but have never had a polish of theirs. Also, as a non-carcinogenic alternative to Seche Vite, I’ll be investing in the Foundation/Diamont duo.

 

NOTD: Nubar 2010 over Wet N Wild Black Creme

Hello! I know this isn’t very “summery,” but I just had to do this look. This is one (ONE) coat of Wet n Wild Black Creme (yeah, ONE COAT) and one coat of Nubar 2o1o. This is super messy because it’s my left hand. I’m left handed. 🙂

Then, because a matte look was the plan all along, I added a coat of Essie Matte About You. But, because I’m a genius, I forgot to take pictures, but here’s the idea.

TA DAAAA! Now, with the flash, this looks gray. It’s not. It’s so so so black. And so matte. And the nubar topcoat looks like molten lava, or leaves. 😀

China Glaze Poolside Collection: Flip Flop Fantasy

 

 

 

Flip Flop FANTASTIC! Do you see that neon-y awesome?!

COLOR: Neon coral. It’s a more pink coral than orange.

APPLICATION: Application was a nightmare. It took three super uneven coats, two coats of Seche Vite, another coat of polish, then a topcoat of Seche Vite. It wasn’t the formula though, it was about 100 degrees, super humid. We were also painting our living room, and the paint was drying super fast! So, naturally, I had to paint my nails with a superfast drying NEON MATTE NAIL POLISH. (haha)

WEAR: The wear wasn’t very good, only 12 or so hours before some serious chips started setting in. Again, I believe this to be because of the aforementioned weather.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I… I should try this again before I judge it… 🙂 But the color, once smoothed out, is crazy! The color true to life is the glowing one in the bottle. I know, right?!

 

 

China Glaze Island Escape Collection: Cha Cha Cha — Photos, Swatches, Review

Picture taken after four days of wear. That’s right! Four days! No chips!

GOLDEN APPLE GORGEOUS. Cha Cha Cha is a beautiful baby from the Summer 2011 Island Escape collection. I’m not a green kind of person, but the past few weeks I can’t get enough of the earth tone on my nails! Now, the shimmer in this can come off slightly frosty, but just throw on some gold jewelry and it becomes absolutely stunning.

COLOR: Bright and brilliant green with dazzling gold shimmer.

APPLICATION: This went on smooth and opaque in just two coats.

WEAR: I wore this for four days and there were no chips or wear at all. I didn’t use a base coat or topcoat.

I don’t know how this pares up in a Dupe Off against Zoya Apple, but I intend on finding out soon. If you own Apple and/or Cha Cha Cha, let me know what you think! I think this color is unique enough that it’s a must-have.

China Glaze Atlantis — Photos, Swatches, Review

 

 

I’m just realizing how crummy these swatches are… I’ve been sick and out of blogging commission. I’ve been having a huge asthma problem, and nail polish fumes are no bueno for the oxygen levels. So, unfortunately crappy swatches, messy and depressed cuticles, and awkward hands positions.

China Glaze re-released Atlantis as part of their Treasures collection to go along with the Tronica glitters.

COLOR: Atlantis is a deep teal with holographic glitter. The base is sheer and maybe even jelly-ish. This looks like water when the light moves across the nail. It sparkles and dances on that gorgeous teal/aqua base.

APPLICATION: This applied slightly uneven, as you can see in the pictures, but I can honestly forgive this. I kept staring at my hands. I’m a sucker for holo.

WEAR: While this didn’t stay on for long, China Glaze usually lasts anywhere between a week or two weeks with only minor chips on me. I know that’s extremely abnormal, but it’s the truth. I guess the formula just likes my body chemistry?

This is a must-have for any true China Glaze fan. Go buy it. Now. I know you can get it at Sally Beauty for $5.99, and Sally usually has some sort of deal on China Glaze. It’s also available on many online retailers.

 

NOTD: OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection: Stranger Tides– Photos, Swatches, and Review

Well, lookie what I got! This is Stranger Tides from OPI’s summer brights collection. While these aren’t bright, even in the least, they are still oh so summery. I bought two from the collection, one which I will post later this week– Mermaid’s Tears. I have it as a pedicure right now, and seeing how I never have and never will show pictures of my feet (I hate feet. I positively detest them.) I will do MT as a mani in a few days.

COLOR: A dusty sage green cream. It looks almost gray in the bottle, unless you really do put it up against a gray. Once I put it on it became much more green to the eye.

PIGMENTATION AND APPLICATION: This is very pigmented, it would’ve been opaque in just two coats, but I needed four to even everything out. The unevenness is strictly an issue with myself, my hands shake a lot 😉

WEAR: The picture you see above is after four days, so it’s safe to say the wear time is phenomenal. Almost no tip wear at all. One little chip on my right pointer finger is all.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a must have. It’s murky gray-green beauty is a stunner, and a perfect spring and fall color. I want a darker version of this. A perfect khaki military green is now on my lemming list.

Interview Number Two NOTD: China Glaze Below Deck– Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Yay, interviews! So, I got called back for another interview! Which is never bad news. I got all fancied up again (I’m usually bohemian/pirate/hippie chic), and officed up my nails. I used China Glaze Below Deck from the Anchors Away collection.

COLOR: This is a medium/dark dusty purple cream. It’s definitely not a true taupe or mushroom. I feel this is a faded, dusty purple. The picture is true-to-color.

PIGMENTATION: Below Deck is very well pigmented. It only took two coats for bottle color and full opaqueness.

APPLICATION: From what I can remember (as I was nervous) this applied like a dream. It dried super quick, but not so fast that I couldn’t work with it.

WEAR: I didn’t keep this on for too long, because I had many many many other polishes to try, so I couldn’t say too much for the wear, but it lasted at least 48 hours with no tip wear or chips. Which is still something.

Final Thoughts: I loved the color, I loved the formula. I can’t even begin to say enough good things about this. If you can find it, buy it right then and there. I’m not raving over this right now because I’m honestly feeling pastels and neons, but I can’t wait for fall to bring this baby out and rock it.

This product was sent to me for review by either China Glaze or it’s public relation company. For further information regarding this review, please see my Disclosure Policy.

NOTD: Sinful Colors Last Chance –Photo, Swatches, Review

This is my Corporate Barbie (or as I like to say, Interview Britni) look! I had a job interview on Wednesday, so I toned it down. A little. =) I even cut my nails! Mine were looking haggard.

Um, this is Sinful Colors Last Chance. It applied like a dream. I can’t believe how easy the formula was to work with, and how opaque it was. I have an issue with SC, that they tend to take quite a few coats to get perfect.

Last chance is a dark dark green jelly-ish creme. This was two medium coats. When I first put it on, I thought it was a blackened green, it looked black with a twist. I know know that it’s because I haven’t worn a dark polish in years! After a few hours I could plainly see it was a dark (not even really that dark…) green. Which I love. I kind of didn’t want to take it off, but I finally found my blue that I’ve been searching for. I’ll upload those pictures later.

China Glaze Ecollection Tree Hugger– Review, Swatches, Review

China Glaze Tree Hugger was my Earth Day manicure. I have all of this collection except for Unplugged and Hybrid, and I intend on owning Unplugged by the end of the weekend.

Tree Hugger is a medium green with a yellow pull to it. It’s a bright leaf color. It is shimmery, but not streaky. It applied perfectly on me, but when I put it on my mom, it was streaky and patchy to all get out. It’s the perfect example of how your own body chemistry can effect a product. So beware. I will definitely use this a lot through this summer and spring.

China Glaze Kaleidoscope He’s Going In Circles– Photos, Swatches, Review

TA-DA! So, I’ve been off the grid for a few days now, I’ve been wicked sick since before Easter, and I think it’s almost over now… I think. So, I actually haven’t even painted my nails in 8 days! They’re completely bare and enjoying it! But, today I had an interview with a local news channel, which I’m super-duper excited about, and I had to dress up like corporate Barbie. Again. The first time I used China Glaze Below Deck, right now I’m wearing Sinful Colors Last Chance. Pictures of both will be coming eventually.

BUT RIGHT NOW we have China Glaze He’s Going In Circles from the Kaleidoscope collection. This is my favorite holographic because the glitter is big and chunky, not to mention the color is phenomenal. I think this is one of my favorite polishes in general. It dries in seconds, is extremely easy to control, and looks amazing against my skin tone.