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I am not what you would usually call a neon girl.  I love bright polish, but to tell you the truth, I’m not into bright, BRIGHT, colors.  I don’t know why.  I like to make an entrance, but for some reason, I find it to be a little over the top.  Still, I figured that I would try something new.  Remember, always try something that scares you a little at least once a week.  It makes you grow!  So, to practice what I preach, I tried one of China Glaze’s loudest colors in their 2012 Summer Neon Collection: Sun Kissed.  Put on your sunglasses and let’s go!

 

The Application:  I have heard that neons can be a bit tricky to apply as they can be very gloopy.  This was not the case.  Sun Kissed went on perfectly and only took two coats to be opaque.  So much for the bad reputation.

 

Sun Kissed

 

The Color:  Oh wow!  What can I say?  It’s bright.  I mean bright, BRIGHT!  Sun Kissed reminds me of my last semester of college last year when I was taking all 300 level courses that were harder than hell.  All my books were filled with bright, fluorescent, highlighter pen markings which took up half of the pages in my book to study the major points of topics such as endocrinology.   Wearing Sun Kissed makes your nails look as if you went into your office’s supply closet, raided the highlighter pen section, and went to town on your nails after a late night binge on tequila.  Yes, it is THAT bright.  Though it is yellow, it does have a slight greenish tint to it so be prepared if that matters to you.

 

Sun Kissed

 

The Verdict:  Sun Kissed is a crazy fun color, no doubt.  Warm or cool tone, when a polish is this bright it doesn’t matter.  It isn’t for the wallflower type, so be prepared for stares.  I wore it for the weekend and let me tell you, people were staring and this is NYC!  Neon colors are hard to capture on film much like Bigfoot or a Chupacabra but I did the best I could without breaking my camera.  I did put an indoor natural light photo which is darker to show you the Sun Kissed green glow!  Would I wear Sun Kissed again?  Hell yeah, I’d just put it on my toes though most likely.  I work in an office environment, and though they let us wear anything, I think this may be pushing the boundaries even for this artistic vixen.

 

Sun Kissed – Natural Light to Show Greenish Glow

 

 

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I read the whole Hunger Games series in five days while on holiday break from school and work.  It was supposed to be a relaxing time, but instead, I stayed up late every night reading the books like a manic only to wake up grumpy and tired the next day.  My family was confused as they thought I should be relaxed while visiting home.  They had no clue about my late night obsession. I finally finished The Mockingjay on the plane ride back to NYC.  I won’t ruin anything for anybody, but the ending left me cold.  I remember looking out over the Atlantic as the plane turned to land at JFK thinking, “are you kidding me”?!?  Still, the first and second book are pretty damn good, so go into the third book with no expectations and you’ll be fine.  What does this have to do with the China Glaze Hunger Games Collection?  Absolutely nothing!

Anyway, I was thrilled when I received the polishes as there are some great polishes in the collection.   But I had to keep reminding myself that this was a spring collection.  The colors definitely lean more towards the fall color spectrum.  Still, I decided to finally try some of the colors from this collection as they have been sitting in my closet since March!  Besides,  the weather has been mostly rain, rain and more rain, so I decided to throw on Agroo as rain helps the flowers grow, so why not?

Agro

The Application:  I was surprised by Agro!  It’s what I would call a one coat wonder as it’s really pigmented.  I never trust one coaters though as I am afraid of bald spots so I threw on another coat to make sure I was fully covered.  I was!  The formula is great as well, not too runny and not too thick.  Perfecto!

Agro

The Color:  This is where I ran into some problems.  Agro is a deep, olive green, polish with metallic green and gold shimmer.  Gorgeous?  Yes, if you are a warm toned girl.  For the cool toned girl?  Not so much.  I felt like I was at Red Lobster with my long, red lobster claws grabbing for one more cheese biscuit.  It’s defintely not Agros fault, but rather genetics for giving me the wrong coloring for green polish.

Agro Extreme

The Verdict: Look, Agro is a great polish for all of you warm toned girls out there.  It’s not for me though.  Did I like it, yes, yes I did.  Will I wear it again.  Heck yeah!  Is it flattering?  Not so much.  But I’ll still rock it anyway as I do love the color and the formula is great.  I’ll just wait until fall where this color will really shine.

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The beautiful weather is here and call me excited!  I removed the dark polish and decided to start anew with a fresh, clean, neutral to begin the week.  Okay, not my normal style, but I like to keep people guessing.  So I dug threw my huge pile of untrieds and pulled out Fast Track from the Colors from the Capitol collection.  Thanks Hunger Games!

 

Fast Track

 

Application:  Fast Track applied like a dream thanks to its perfect formula.  It went on easily and flawlessly and was perfectly opaque in two coats.  Pure win!

 

Fast Track

 

The Color:  Fast Track is a light beige color with a golden shimmer.  Up close, it’s definitely more beige, but from a far, it looks more gold.  Interesting and fantastic!  In some respects, it reminds me of Butter London’s All Hail the Queen but with more of a punch.  For me, All Hail the Queen wasn’t all that flattering on my naturally pale skin tone and I found myself growing a little bored with it quickly.  But Fast Track has been perfect even with the gold highlights which sometimes look questionable on my cool coloring.

 

Fast Track

 

The Verdict:  You want this color, you know you do!  Yes, it’s a neutral which may not excite some, but this isn’t your typical blah, blah, blah, boring neutral. This color is gorgeous!  Seriously, I have been staring at my nails all day and that’s saying a lot for a neutral.  I am one happy camper thanks to Fast Track and matching outfits will be breeze this week!

P.S. The Walking Dead was awesome this week!

 

Fast Track

Fast Track

Fast Track Extreme

 

 

 

 

 

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Time for Part II of China Glaze’s Electro Pop Brights.  So the first batch left me a little underwhelmed as they really didn’t bring anything new to the table.  Many of them were dupes which is always disappointing.   But I had high hopes for Part II.  Always the optimist!  Here we go!

 

First Up, Make Some Noise:

 

Make Some Noise

 

I have to be honest, orange is one of my least favorite colors.  I have never understood the appeal.  Besides my dislike for the color orange, I am a cool skin tone girl all the way and oranges tend to look dismal on me.  Strike two!  So when I spied Make Some Noise, I was ready to hate.  But a strange thing happened.  After applying Make Some Noise, I didn’t want to tear it off of my hands as quickly as possible.  I actually realized I had an orange that I could somewhat tolerate.  Make Some Noise isn’t a straight up orange, but rather a melon color making it more subtle and dare I say appealing.  In fact, I found myself possibly even liking this color.  It’s a strange finish as its a cream with a touch of jelly making it a true enigma.  Thanks Make Some Noise for changing my perception on orange!

 

Make Some Noise

 

Up Next, Wicked Style:

 

Wicked Style

 

When I first put on Wicked Style, I had a little Deja Vu with this color.  A pretty light raspberry cream… Hmm, Fuchsia Fanatic anyone?  Yep, the same exact style and almost the same exact color only a few shades lighter.  Anyone who knows me understands that I love polishes in this shade group, and Wicked Style is a pretty, pretty color, but why have the almost identical shade in the same collection, at least jazz it up with glimmer, shimmer, anything!  Very disappointing.  Also, the color doesn’t match the name.  Wicked Style?  It’s too pretty to be cutting edge fashion or wicked.  Oh, and did I say it’s almost identical to Fuchsia Fanatic?  Yes, yes I did.  If you like a darker raspberry cream, go for Fuchsia Fanatic, if you like a lighter raspberry cream go for Wicked Style.

 

Wicked Style

 

Sunshine Pop, here we come:

 

Sunshine Pop

 

When I was a child, yellow was my favorite color.  By six, it was red and I’ve never looked back.  Since the tender age of six, I have never owned anything that is yellow, I just lost the love.  So when China Glaze released Sunshine Pop, I didn’t know what to think.  Sunshine Pop is a mustard yellow with a slight shimmer finish to make sure your nails get noticed everywhere you go.  Now Sunshine Pop is not a dark, spicy, mustard color, but rather a French’s bright yellow mustard color.  I’m not normally a fan of yellow polish because very few can wear it successfully, including me!  But after applying Sunshine Pop, I have to say I kind of liked what I was seeing and think it would be very cute as a pedicure for sure.  For me, that is a glowing review due to my dislike of yellow polish.  So, yes, I do like this one.  Dun dun DUN!

 

Sunshine Pop

 

Gaga for Green:

 

Gaga for Green

 

I am not a fan of Lady Gaga…at all.  So this color was little hard to swallow thanks to the name.  Well, that and bright green polishes are not really my style.  Well, one thing I can say about Gaga for Green is that no one can accuse this color of being boring that’s for sure.  If you like nontraditional polishes to wow the masses, look no further.  Gaga for Green is a lime green color polish reminiscent of the lime fruit you get in a pack of Runts at the nearest Dollar Tree.  Yeah.  I love polish that is unusual and makes a statement, but I don’t know how I feel about this one.  It has a similar finish to Sunshine Pop’s finish making it very dimensional and unique, but for a girl with cool coloring, I don’t know if this works.  I don’t know if I want it to work!  I just don’t know!  Part of me wants to hate it while the other part of me remains intrigued and may give it a test drive just to see the reactions.  Life can be exhausting sometimes.

 

Gaga for Green

 

Aquadelic:

 

Aquadelic Bottle

 

Wow!  This is not a color for the faint of heart and I like it!  Aquadelic is a light aqua cream that is sure to catch the eye of strangers for good or for bad.  I love colors like this, but many people who are traditionalist may shake there head and question this little lovely.  If it appears to be too bold for you, try it as a pedicure, that’s always a safe bet when you’re not sure you can pull off a color on your fingernails.  It’s a beautiful color and the formula was perfect.  I guess my main complaint is that it’s a little boring as far as finish goes.  I wish there had been some shimmer thrown into the mix to make it a bit more exciting.  Still, I wouldn’t turn my back on this color.

 

Aquadelic

 

Last up, Techno:

 

Techno

 

Techno is the “jazz up your manicure” polish of the group.  It has a clear base with various sizes of multi-colored holographic glitter.  In theory, this should be pretty cool.  In reality, it was sort of a pain to apply.  The clear base polish is very thin making it hard to get the glitter onto the brush.  My advice, tip the bottle upside down to bring the glitter to the top and then use the brush to scoop as much glitter as possible.  It helps if the base polish is mostly dry, that way you don’t mess up your manicure by thickly applying Techno.  I can see the appeal of Techno to some, but for me, it seemed a little clumsy which means I won’t be using this one too much.

 

Techno

 

So there you have it.  Part II China Glaze’s Electro Pop Brights.  I do think that this part of the collection is a little more original and fun for the girl who likes to make a statement with bold colors.  You will get stares with this half of the collection for sure as the colors are pretty dramatic and fun.

Overall, I would give the Electro Pop Brights a B- rating.  Many of the colors are dupes or are lacking in dimension.  There’s nothing wrong with creams, but after a while it gets boring, especially if it’s a polish color we’ve seen many times before.  The formulas were all over the place though that could depend on batch, but many were too thick or runny, though a few were just perfect.  I felt like Goldilocks.  Still, many ladies out there will love the fun colors, but many may be thinking, “Haven’t we seen this before?”

 

 

 

 

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The spring colors are coming out quickly and it’s only February!  After a tough week, I needed some cheering up and was happy when I received my China Glaze Electro Pop Brights.  I won’t lie, I am normally not a fan of colors like this as they are a bit dated.  I guess I don’t love the colors of the 1980’s as much as those who lived them fast and furiously, unlike myself who was more in tune with the 1990’s!  Yes, I know the colors were inspired by Lady Gaga who has been stealing everything from everyone else, so why not the 80’s as well?  No, I am not a fan of Gaga at all and yes, I will probably get a few thumbs down emails, but life goes on which has sadly been a hard lesson this week.  On to the polish…

PS: The reviews will not be as in depth for the preview, but as I wear them, they will be, so be on the look out in future posts!

First up, Fuchsia Fanatic:

 

Fuchsia Fanatic

 

The application of Fuchsia Fanatic was a little thick and goopy for my liking.  The first coat was a little streaky, but by the second coat, the color straightened itself out making me a happy camper.  After my initial disappointment with the application, I was happy with the final result.  I am a sucker for colors like this and have more pinks in this shade than any other.  If there is ever an apocalypse and all nail polishes cease to be easy to find, know that if you locate me, I will have this shade of pink for you.  I promise!  Yes, I love Fuchsia Fanatic and yes I recommend it.  It’s juicy like fresh raspberries on my cereal in the morning in summer!

 

Fuchsia Fanatic

 

Up next Dance Baby:

Dance Baby

 

Okay, I am not a fan of the name of this one.  A little cheesy, but I understand that this collection was inspired by Gaga and it’s a baby pink, so yes, of course it had to be called Dance Baby.  Ugh.  Anyway, Dance Baby is you guessed it, a true baby pink cream.   The application was smooth and was almost opaque on the first coat which I found to be pretty common for this collection.  Impressive!  Anyway, back to Dance Baby.  I’m not a fan of baby pinks and found this one to be a little too sweet for my tastes.  Tomboys don’t like obnoxious pinks.  It reminded me of Pepto Bismol, not good.  But if you’re a girl who likes baby pinks, you will love this one.  I think a top coat of a shimmer or flaky would make this polish a little more tolerable in the long run.

 

Dance Baby

 

Bring on Kinetic Candy:

 

Kinetic Candy

 

It’s blue, my all time favorite.  So if the apocalypse happens, there will be plenty of blue in my collection if you drop on by, as well.  Kinetic Candy is a dusty light blue cream and is beautiful in a simplistic light blue way.  Is it a little boring?  Yes, yes it is.  Do I still love it because it’s blue?  Yes, Yes I do.  When I wear it, I plan on rocking it with a fun shimmer of flaky to liven it up.  The application was very runny making it hard to control.  I tried to redo this polish twice, you can still see I had problems.  Not good.

 

Kinetic Candy

 

Electric Beat:

 

Electric Beat

 

Yes, please!  I love this color!  Yes, it was a little runny for my tastes, but who cares when you have a color like this.  Electric Beat is a Periwinkle Blue cream and I am in love!  Yes, it’s similar to Secret Periwinkle, but my Secret Periwinkle started to separate after a few weeks, so far so good with Electric Beat.  Though the application was a little bit of a pain with the runny formula, in the end, I found love.  Big thumbs up to this color!

 

Electric Beat

 

Sweet Hook is next:

 

Sweet Hook

 

Sweet Hook is a light lilac cream which is very reminiscent of  Essie’s Lilacism though less chalky and slightly more pink.  I didn’t much care for Essie’s version, but I can deal with China Glaze’s Sweet Hook.  It’s perfect for spring, though again, like many of the creams in this collections, it needs a boost of flakies or glitter or shimmer to make it interesting.

 

Sweet Hook

 

Last up for Part I, Gothic Lolita:

 

Gothic Lolita

 

Ching, ching!  Yes, we have a winner!  Gothic Lolita is a medium purple with tiny flecks of pink and blue making it a very unique and dimensional color.  I am not usually a huge fan of purples, but this one is gorgeous!  It really is all that and even better up close and personal.  Out of these six colors, this is the color you need to pick up.  The formula was perfect, which makes it pure win!

 

Gothic Lolita

 

Gothic Lolita Extreme!

 

As you can see, the first part of this collection was a little bit of a let down and gets about a B- from me.  The colors are really nothing special because they’re pretty much boring creams that are so dupey.  I guess I just was expecting something more from this collection, especially if the collection is being named after a crazy pop star who makes her living off of being outrageous.  This collection so far just doesn’t match that style.  Hopefully Part II brings it!

 

 

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Thanks to a nice break from work and school, I decided to take a break from pretty much anything during the holiday season to finally catch up on sleep.  What a novel concept, sleep!  Well, I am back and ready to start working on the blog full force this next year.  Yay!  A new year, a little more free time and a clear mind!  So, I finally have time to review the polishes I have been wearing for the past few weeks which hasn’t been many due to my schedule.  I have been wearing my polishes lately until it chips.  Oh, the horror!

Anyhoo, onto the Christmas mani!  Better late than never!  On Christmas Eve, I wanted something festive that would take me through the rest of December without looking too Christmasy.  I chose China Glaze Poinsettia.

 

Poinsettia

 

The Application:  Poinsettia went on easily and was opaque within two coats.  I tend to love China Glaze’s formulas and this one was no exception.  Perfect consistency which equals a perfect manicure!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

 

The Color:  I know, many people find red polish to be a bit of a yawner.  I mean how many shades can be created and how can they be all that different?  Well this one is partly different because it’s a cross between a jelly and a creme.  Yep, that’s right a hybrid red polish of a jelly and creme making a truly unique finish.  I love reds, they are always classy and are the perfect go to polish.  Poinsettia is no exception.  Originally, I thought it would look terrible on me because it looked slightly orange in appearance in the bottle.  My skin tone doesn’t play well with orange.  I was wrong, it’s a perfect light blood red that would be flattering on many skin tones.  Nice job China Glaze!

The Verdict:  Uh, yes!  I love this color, a lot.  I wore it for six days and I only had minimal wear on the tips and a slight ship on one nail.  After I took Poinsettia off, I wanted to put it right back on I loved it so much.  It’s one flashy red that is a definite eye catcher.  I received so many comments off this polish which is good or bad depending if you like attention or not.  One of my faves for 2011 for sure, though I’ll be rockin’ it year round, trust me!  So if you want a flashy, eye catching red polish, Poinsettia is the one for you year round!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

 

 

 

 

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So it looks like the lawsuits have been dropped and the nail polish line inspired by Hunger Games the movie is officially back on.  The nail polish colors have not changed but the theme has.  previously, the polishes had been inspired by certain characters or themes from the book.  Now, the colors are being toted as Colors From the Capitol.

I have to be honest, I never cared much for Harry Potter and Twilight made me cringe, but this series grabbed me and I read it twice in two weeks.  Yep, I needed an intervention!   Look, there’s no denying I’m a huge fan of these books. but I have to be honest, I like the old names and premise better than the new one.  The others names made the polishes more personal, now the names are just “eh,” The Capitol.  A bit too sterile for me.  Still, I won’t complain because these puppies are being released, which, I had a feeling they would be regardless of the rumors.  Whew! Enough twists and turns just like the book but less deadly!  At least I hope…

 

Hunger Games Chart

Hunger Games - Colors From the Capitol

Luxe and Lush – District 1 (Luxury)
Stone Cold – District 2 (Masonry)
Riveting – District 3 (Technology)
Hook and Line – District 4 (Fishing)
Electrify – District 5 (Power)
Fast Track – District 6 (Transportation)
Mahogany Magic – District 7 (Lumber)
Dress Me Up – District 8 (Textiles)
Harvest Moon – District 9 (Grain)
Foie Gras – District 10 (Livestock)
Agro – District 11 (Agriculture)
Smoke and Ashes – District 12 (Mining)

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