Intelligence, Integrity, Courage and Stamping

Hello! Today I have a full-nail stamping attempt to show. I was wearing the only other polish I bought from China Glaze’s The Giver collection–Intelligence, Integrity & Courage–and I decided to dress up this beautiful blue-toned gray with some silver stamping. I used plate BM-502, which is a plate from Bundle Monster’s Sun-Kissed collection. No photos of the plate, unfortunately, because I can’t yet figure out how to photograph stamping plates without getting a reflection of the camera.

China Glaze stamping

Shown in indirect lighting: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of China Glaze Intelligence, Integrity & Courage, Essie Good to Go, and stamping in Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep. No top coat over the stamping, since I did this after I had worn the China Glaze for a while.

China Glaze stamping

The pattern is a bit crooked, and I smeared it by pressing the stamper too hard against my nail. Lesson learned! But I really like the overall effect–like shiny fish scales. The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line is good for stamping, but be prepared to work fast since–true to the name–these polishes dry in no time at all!

China Glaze stamping

Another indirect light picture. I don’t have photos of the China Glaze on its own–I stamped over it before that occurred to me. Whoops!

China Glaze stamping

Full sunlight. The design isn’t as clear here, but you can really see the shine of the Sally Hansen polish used for the stamping.

China Glaze stamping

Finally, a thumb/label picture. The design wasn’t quite large enough to reach the tip of my thumb, but since nobody looks at my nails that carefully except for me, it doesn’t bother me that much.

I can’t wait to do even more stamping! Hopefully the more I do it, the better I’ll get :).

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

China Glaze Boundary of Memory Swatches & Review

Hello! Today I have for you a recent release from China Glaze. Say hello to the brown/silver/black glittery goodness that is Boundary of Memory!

China Glaze Boundary of Memory

 

Shown in partial sunlight: OPI Glitter-Off Base Coat, 2 thick coat of Boundary of Memory, and Essie Good to Go.

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Check out that sparkle!

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Here is Boundary of Memory in indirect sunlight. Because of the combination of brown, gold, and black glitter in the base, this polish reminds me of speckled granite countertops in indirect lighting.

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This picture in partial sunlight is most true to how Boundary of Memory looks in real life.

China Glaze Boundary of Memory Quick Review

Formula: Here is the downside to this lovely glitter…the formula was truly terrible! It was so thick and goopy I found it nearly impossible to manipulate. The polish stayed where I put it, like concrete. On the bright side, it did dry very quickly (and I can always add thinner to it before I use it again).

Collection: China Glaze The Giver, Fall 2014

Where to buy: I purchased my bottle at Sally’s Beauty Supply. You can also find China Glaze polishes at Ulta and online through sites like Amazon.

Would I wear again: Yes…but I’m going to need lots of thinner to make the formula bearable!

Overall: 3/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Sparkle in the City: China Glaze Skyscraper

Hi and happy Labor Day! I hope you all are having a great one, whether you’ve chosen to brave the crowds to fry yourself on the beach or to just stay at home and enjoy some down time. I’m in the latter category; I love the beach but I didn’t feel like dealing with the traffic or the crowds this year. 

I feel like I should be sporting ‘last blast of summer’ shades like bright corals or punchy yellows, but instead I have been craving glitter. Today I have for you a nice one–China Glaze Skyscraper. It has silver sparkles packed into a semi-sheer navy blue base.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Shown here, in natural lighting, is one thin coat of OPI Glitter-Off Base Coat, 2 thick coats of China Glaze Skyscraper, and Essie Good to Go. Just look at that navy blue sparkly goodness! It reminds me of a beautiful starry night sky. On that topic, I can’t confirm if this is a dupe for the incredibly hard-to-find Essie Starry Starry Night (which I dreamed of owning back when I first became a lacquer addict). However, from what I’ve seen online of the Essie, the China Glaze is a close enough match to make me happy.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Another natural lighting photo. I wore this to meet a favorite author of mine who was in town recently–so now it has that memory associated with it, which is cool. 

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

My nails look all uneven in this picture–I don’t know why.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Here is a thumb and label picture. No, this polish does not have orange streaks in it! I wore a bright orange t-shirt the day I photographed this and my nail is reflecting it, haha.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Finally, an awkward side-profile picture. 

China Glaze Skyscraper Quick Review

Formula: Not the best–thick and gloopy. However, my bottle is old (I bought it a few years ago) and glitter polishes get thick and gloopy over time. I probably should have added some thinner before application. I used two thick coats to get it opaque.

Collection: China Glaze Metro Collection, Fall 2011

Where to buy: I found mine on sale at Ulta. However, since this isn’t a current release, you may have trouble finding it in stores. You may stumble upon it at a retailer that sells China Glaze (Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, etc.), but if you’re determined to get your hands on it, I suggest searching Amazon or eBay.

Would I wear again: Yes–but I would add thinner to the bottle before applying!

Overall: 4/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Attempt at a Sponge Gradient

Hi! So yesterday, I sat down with the resolution to do some non-sucky nail art. I decided to do a simple sponge gradient, using makeup wedges. Well, after two failed attempts at that, I was getting pretty frustrated. (The upshot is that scrubbing my nails with remover so many times also removed most of the staining that’s been plaguing my tips.) This is my third attempt, using those spongy eyeshadow applicators instead.     Aqua sponge gradient And voila, the finished product. This isn’t quite as neat as I would have liked. It looks like white-capped ocean waves, which I guess is cool, but I was going for more of a soft gradient effect. Pictured here is OPI Ridge-Filling Base Coat, two coats of China Glaze For Audrey, and then butter LONDON Fiver and OPI Angel with a Leadfoot sponged on the tips. I finished with Glisten N’ Glow HK Girl Top Coat. Oh, and this is my very first time attempting clean-up with a small brush and some pure acetone.

Here are the polishes:

Aqua sponge gradient polishes

Left to right: China Glaze For Audrey, butter LONDON Fiver, OPI Angel with a Leadfoot. 

Eyeshadow applicators--sponge gradient

These are the cheap eyeshadow applicators I used. I found mine at Sally’s Beauty Supply, but you can find these just about anywhere, really.

Aqua sponge gradient

Another shot in natural light. 

Overall, I liked this mani, but I think next time I’ll try it with colors that contrast a bit more.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica