Wednesday, 27 March 2013

China Glaze Hologlam Collection Part 2

Hi everyone!

I know, I know... I said I was going to post this soon after the first part of this collection, but mother nature has been annoying (as I mentioned in a previous post) and of course it was a beautiful day right after I posted said post. I managed to get all of the polishes swatched, but then of course my computer decides to be all stupid and not connect to the wireless. Long story short, I've gotten it fixed and I'm back! (EDIT: I started writing this a few days ago actually, and I thought my laptop was fixed at the time. It broke again when I was about halfway into this post).

So, here are the last 6 polishes! 5 of these 6 swatches were done in the aforementioned beautiful day and one was done when I swatched the last batch of holos. You can tell which one this was since all of the recent swatches don't include my index finger (I had an accident with that one and a bit of the corner came off). For some of these polishes I have more than 2 photos, so this is going to be another long one beyond the cut!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Picture Polish Cosmos

Hi everyone!

I know I haven't posted the last 6 China Glaze Hologlams yet, but mother nature hasn't been very kind to me. It has been raining pretty much non-stop all week long with absolutely no sun. I'll swatch the rest of the polishes as soon as the sun comes out, I promise!

Anyhow, moving on... the polish I'm posting about today is gorgeous! I definitely should have gotten this polish when it first came out, because it would have made my top 10 (or was it 20 that I did... I can't remember) of 2012. I'm probably going to have two lists for this year... an overall favourite polish list and the top ## of the polishes released in 2013. More on that when the time comes!

I love this polish so much. It reminds me of camping out in the wilderness away from civilization and staring at the millions of stars that you can only see in a really dark place. The glitter in this polish has a kind of coarse holographic feel to it, which makes it interesting in direct sunlight too. To be honest, I prefer the night sky look this polish has indoors and in indirect light more than the scattered holo. I haven't seen Essie's Starry Starry Night in person before, but this polish totally quashes my lemming for it. Oh, by the way, the formula is great too. Applies like butter. It's amazing.

Hmm, what do y'all think? I know there are a bunch of other polishes out there that have this same finish, but I don't know how much I'd like them compared to this polish. This one actually sends me back to memory lane thinking about some of the camping trips I had with my family and I think that's the reason I really love this polish (and it's pretty!).

That's all for today everyone! Thank you for reading! :D


Saturday, 16 March 2013


Hi everyone!

I'm sure you've all heard about the impending retirement of Google reader. There's a really cool app-ish thing called Bloglovin out there that also lets you keep up to date with all of your favourite blogs. I pretty much just started using this, but it seems pretty handy so far.

This post is also a bit of a shameless plug for my blog... Okay, not really shameless, because I am a bit ashamed of myself for doing this... but if you're on Bloglovin, feel free to follow my blog! If you do (or already do) I give you a virtual hug or high-five, if that's what you prefer. I'd also give you all cookies, but my virtual baking skills need some work (see Exhibit A, below).
Exhibit A: A virtual cookie. Made by yours truly. Those are supposed to be chocolate chips, by the way.
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Thank you for reading this post even though it doesn't feature nail polish! I promise you there's a post tomorrow (not the rest of the CG holos - sorry, there has been absolutely NO sun here for the past week!). In the meantime, here are some cute pictures of Sophie (my cat) and Yuki (my dog).

Thank you for reading! We'll be back to our (ir)regular posting starting tomorrow!


Saturday, 9 March 2013

China Glaze Hologlam Collection Part 1

Hi everyone!

OH MY GOD, HOLOGRAPHIC POLISHES. I wasn't actually planning on purchasing the entire Hologlam collection initially. When these went on sale online, I was flabbergasted to see that they were $12.50 a bottle on Nail Polish Canada. That combined with the word on the e-street that these weren't as amazing as the OMG holos... well, you can see what I was thinking. I decided I would get maybe 2 shades max, but I decided to check out my local beauty supply (Secret Nail for those in the lower mainland) and I found these for $5.50 each! Long story short, I was all like, OMG NEED ALL NOW and ended up getting the lot of them. I actually got them for $5.50 each and a 15% discount on top - the only downside to this is that to purchase at these prices you need to get a membership, which is $10 and lasts for a year and is renewable. If you buy as much polish as I do from this place, it's really worth it.

Anyway, babbling aside, here are first 6 polishes (that I managed to swatch before my camera died) from this collection!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Cult Nails Afterglow

Hi Everyone! I'm alive! Sorry for being away for so long, I've been really swamped these past few weeks with midterms, interviews, presentations... you know, school stuff. I lot of unexpected things happened too that really had me planning every day down to the minute.

I don't have any more interviews scheduled (kind-of thank goodness!), so I'm going to take this time to schedule some posts. I actually have a lot of really cool polishes that I've been dying to wear but haven't been able to because I haven't had time to change nail polish plus with all of the job interviews I've been just wearing OPI's Steady as She Rose pretty much non-stop. It's a great colour, don't get me wrong... but I've really been missing those brights!

Anyhow, I'll quit yammering about how crazy my life has been and get on to today's polish. I don't know why, but I left this polish in my untried for so long that it's now out of stock on the Cult Nails website. If I remember correctly, this collection was limited edition, so I don't know if this polish will come back into stock again. I certainly hope so, for the sake of everyone who hasn't gotten a bottle (and me, maybe for a back up!). It's fabulous. Crazy fabulous. I love it.

Just look at those pink sparkles. I dare you to click on the image and look at it full size. Amaaazing. I don't normally gravitate towards this colour (bronze isn't really my thing) but those pink sparkles make this polish unlike any other bronze-y polish I've seen before. I love this pink and bronze combination a lot. If I recall correctly, this polish was a bit on the sheer side - I think I used 3-4 thin coats. Worth every single one. This is right up there with Feeling Froggy as one of my all time favourite Cult Nails polishes ever.

What do y'all think?

Thank you so much for reading!