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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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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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Here we are at the second part of China Glaze’s Let it Snow 2011 Holiday Collection.  I have a feeling that this group of polish will be the more popular of the twelve for their freewheeling fun ways.

 

Ring in the Red

Ring of the Red

 

I was pretty stoked for this one.  Who doesn’t love a sparkly red polish?  The problem with Ring in the Red is that it’s more pinkish red than red red which is odd considering the name.  After three coats.  I still found that Ring in the Red was a bit too sheer in spots for my liking.  It turns out that this would be better as a layering polish.  If you want to really Ring in the Red put it over one of the reds in this collection and voila you have what you were looking for.  I hate to say it, but I was disappointed with this one.  The consistency was runny and the glitter blotchy.  Do yourself a favor and layer it.

 

Ring in the Red

Ring of the Red Top

Ring of the Red Extreme!

 

Poinsetta

Poinsettia

 

Bear with me, we still have one more red left.   What can I say?  It’s the holidays which means a plethora of red!  Red for everyone!!!  As soon as I saw Poinsettia I shook my head no.  It’s an orangish red polish which is a no no for a warmed toned girl like myself.  I was going to quickly swatch it and throw it to whoever wanted it but was shocked to find I loved this color!  I know it shouldn’t work for me, but there it was on my fingers and I loved it!  Poinsettia is so juicy, it looks like you’ve dipped your fingers in pure luscious, jelly goodness.  I loved how this looked.  Nope, Poinsettia is no longer on the cutting board.  Guess what?  I spelled Poinsettia on the actual swatches incorrectly.  I did them at 3AM last night after a festive evening which is always bad news.  That sad thing is I have a good grasp on Spanish and I spelled it incorrectly?  Just, wow!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

 

Blue Year’s Eve

Blue Year's Eve

 

Ah yes, no collection is complete without a blue polish to keep things interesting.  That’s where Blue Year’s Eve Comes in.   Blue Year’s Eve is a medium blue jelly with flecks of light blue micro glitter.  I think of it as the cousin of Glittering Garland.   I love blues, I really do, but this one didn’t really do a lot for me.  I know, I checked my forehead and there was no fever.  I don’t know, it just isn’t something I see wearing all that often, there’s better blues out there.

Blue Year's Eve

Blue Years Eve

Blue Year's Eve

Blue Year's Eve Extreme

 

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

 

This one is not a color you would normally expect at Christmastime and I have to say, I like it!  Tinsel Town is a glittery, metallic silver grayish polish.  I loved this polish the moment I first put it on but it gave me a sense of deja vu.  Then it hit me!  I realized it’s the silver version of China Glaze’s Halloween pleaser It’s Alive.  Yep, same exact style except the color.  Even so, it’s a great polish, but be prepared for a tedious removal, but totally worth it!

 

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

 

Tinsel Town Extreme!

It's Alive

Icicle

Icicle

 

Icicle is a light silver foil polish.  Yes, it’s been done quite a lot, and I didn’t really want to like it, but I really did.  The other silver foils that I own have been deeper and darker silvers so this was great for my ever growing collection.  This would be a great polish to use for stamping, as well.

 

Icicle

Icicle

Icicle

Icicle

 

Snow Globe was already done several weeks back, but I will be putting up more photos once I get it swatched using my full hand rather than the old three finger trick.

All and all, this is a decent collection and I think there is a little something for everyone.  There are a lot of duplicate colors that we’ve seen before, but there are several new looks, as well.  Is it the strongest collection?  Maybe not, but I will be keeping a good amount of these colors gladly which means it still has a lot to offer.

 

 

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The holidays are right around the corner which means too many collections for any normal person to be able to collect.  Ah, to be independently wealthy!  But I did end up picking up China Glaze’s Let it Snow collection for your viewing pleasure.  This collection has a little bit of something for everyone which is always a great thing or not so great if you are trying to  save money for the holidays.  Either way, enjoy!

 

 

As always, I will do a more in depth review later on for the colors that make it into my permanent collection, this is a just a quick review for those wanting an easy reference.  Here we go!

 

First Up Twinkle Lights:

 

Twinkle Lights

 

Twinkle Lights looked really promising in the bottle.  How could it not?  It’s the pure essence of the Christmas Season with its gold, red, and green glittery goodness.  Maybe I got too excited by this one.  It’s a clear based polish so even with three coats, the coverage is almost non existence.  Also, the glitter does tend to bunch on the nail.  Disappointing.  You most likely will want to layer this over another color or you could put the required four or five coats to completely cover your nails, but anyone who wears glitter a lot knows how that removal will be.  Go straight to layering…

 

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights Extreme Close Up

 

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles

 

Looking at the bottle of Champagne Bubbles I knew this is one color that will only work for about 10% of the population and I would be part of the other 90%.  Look, this is a very unique color that will turn most people off.  China Glaze’s Trendsetter fell into this category, but I can say, it was a pretty, ugly color.  I actually liked it!  This, not so much.  It’s like a metallic, golden hot dog mustard yellow color with flecks of round silver glitter.  Yes, I see what they were going for here, but I have to say it was one big miss.  As soon as I put it on, I knew this one would be going to a better home.  If you can pull a color off like this, go for it.  But even if I could. I think I would still pass.  I don’t like hot dogs…

 

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles Extreme!

Holly-Day

Holly Day

 

Holly Day is the solid green cream of the collection.  I can’t wear green with my skin tone, it make me turn into lobster girl, but I keep hoping for a miracle.  Well, it didn’t happen with Holly Day, but you know what.?  I still like this one.  Would I wear it a lot?  Probably not, but I am still drawn to this color.  If you like green, you will not be disappointed by the dark, lush green that is Holly Day.

Holly Day

Holly Day

Holly Day

 

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland

 

Glittering Garland is a dark, green jelly with flecks of different colors of light green micro glitter thrown into the mix to keep you on your toes.  Again, this one gives me lobster girl fingers, but again, I love this green.  I guess opposites really do attract.  This is a fun polish that will make many happy, even those who it gives red fingers to…

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland

 

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland Extreme!

 

Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow

 

Okay, I am partial to deep, burgundy colors like Velvet Bow, so anyone who knows me knows, uh yeah, I love it!  It’s a lovely dark, rich, jelly polish that is perfect for any collection.   Is it overly original?  No.  Do I care?  Not really.  I’m keeping this one and will be rockin’ it several times during the upcoming cold months.

Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow

 

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

 

I like reds.  I like them a lot.  Yes, it’s my favorite color for everything and I wear it a lot though not on my nails.  There are too many fascinating colors out there to stick only with reds.   Still, I have tons of red polish in my collection.  I have a hard time letting them go.  Will great odes be written for Winter Berry?  No, no they will not.  Will heroes emerge due to great battles being fought over Winter Berry?  Never!  In fact, most will skip it.  Still, there is something so juicy about this medium, red jelly that I can’t let it go.  I do apologize for the mess Winter Berry left on a few of my fingers.  Apparently, I didn’t notice it on my fingers until after I had finished shooting the photos.  Oh, you pesky Winter Berry…

 

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

 

So that’s the first half of China Glaze’s Let it Snow Collection.  Yes, there are a lot of reds which can be a little underwhelming, but at the holidays, red rules supreme.  So far, a few hits and one particular bad miss.  Sorry Champagne Bubbles.  But don’t despair, the second half brings out a little holiday fun for those who are done with the obvious reds and greens of the holidays season.

 

 

 

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