Wednesday, January 30, 2013

China Glaze Spring 2013 Avant Garden Collection Press Release!

Blossom into Spring with China Glaze!

I am so excited for this collection I can hardly stand it. Gorgeous pastels paired with China Glaze's perfect formula is a recipe for perfection!

The release is set for March... can't wait!

Which polishes will you be picking up- Brights, Pastels, or both?

Spring is here and China Glaze® is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white.  Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.  

This collection can be divided into two sections: The Blooming Brights and Pastel Petals. 

The Avant Garden shades include:
·       Budding Romance: moss green
·       Sunday Funday: bright blue
·       Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer
·       Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer
·       Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink
·       Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer
·       Life is Rosy: blushed mauve
·       Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink
·       Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme
·       Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme
·       Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green
·       Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing

China Glaze® Avant Garden is also available in:
6 Piece Collection of “Blooming Brights”
6 Piece Collection of “Pastel Petals”
12 Piece 3D Counter Display
36 Piece Rack

China Glaze® Avant Garden will be available March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficlal), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


Hiii! How are you all?? I'm back after a month-and-some-change mini hiatus. During this time, I've

-received a new camera
-bought tons of clothes, oops
-missed you all bunches
-severely lacked on my cuticle care
-made a resolution to be a much better blogger.

I know I won't be a one post per day blogger like so many of my lovely friends simply because I don't know what my day will bring when I wake up. I'm sure it's the same for all of you, but what I mean is I don't know how I'll feel until I get out of bed, so it really depends on that. Some days there just isn't energy to spare, and then my blogging suffers. At least we're on the same page so you won't be too disappointed- I hope not anyway!

I have a gorgeous new Nikon D3000 and I'm learning how to use it. I didn't want to come back with NOTDs until I knew a little about what it can do and how it will effect the way I take pictures. It's bigger than my previous camera and has taken some serious getting used to, but it's such a joy. I'm thrilled with it.

At Christmas I had the shortest little pitiful nubbly nubs, but the length is finally getting back to where I like it. I'm going to do some Monthly Favorites posts and in these I'll include the best nail growth stimulators, files, cuticle care products, etc. I'm also considering some Outfit Of the Day posts too!

I appreciate you all so much for sticking around while I frolic back and forth between normal and WTF.

Can't wait to get back to business! <3


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quick Update

Hello my loves!

Tomorrow is my last final and then I'll be free as a bird!

Here's me:

Here's the inevitable: 

Here's me one more time: 

*cue ominous music* 

Anyway, my nails are OPI What's with the Cattitude right now with an accent of China Glaze Make a Spectacle. I'd show you but I hid my camera from myself so that I wouldn't be able to post manis during finals week. 




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

China Glaze: Worlds Away LE Cirque du Soleil Collection Press Release

Hello lovely readers! This is the press release for an amazing new collection from China Glaze. These polishes are available now, but they are limited edition so don't miss out on these beauties!

China Glaze 
Cirque du Soleil - Worlds Away
Inspired by the upcoming Paramount 3D feature film

This collection features 12 polishes, including bright cremes, almost-neons, soft glitters and chunky indie-esque glitters. I'm really excited about this collection! 

 Bend Over Backwards 

 Creative Fantasy

 Def Defying 
 Escaping Reality
 Get Carried Away
 Hanging in the Balance
 Igniting Love
It's a Trap-eze!
I can't wait for this one especially- the name, and that gorgeous milky white base... ahhh, I die. I'll have several backups of this beauty. 
 Running in Circles
 Surreal Appeal
 Water You Waiting For?
Whirled Away

How beautiful are these? I'm really impressed with China Glaze's branch out into the glitters the polish world has embraced so fully from indie brands. I'm excited to get my hands on a few and get some swatches for you all! Coming soon!

China Glaze nail polish retails for around $7 a bottle and can be found at many retailers, such as Ulta, Beauty Brands, and Sally Beauty supply. This collection is limited edition and will not be around for long!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Hello loves! Here's a quick little post about an incredible polish I finally, FINALLY got my hands on. Essie Mint Candy Apple!

It isn't HTF that I'm aware of, I just never ended up with it. I've been in love with it for months and months! I wish I hadn't waited so long to put it in my stash. So, after much ado, here it is!

This is two easy coats and a top coat of Seche Vite. Application was dreamy, probably among the easiest I've ever experienced. This simple, clean mani lasted five full days with no chipping and minimal tipwear. I highly recommend it! Such a beautiful color.

Hope you love it! Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

China Glaze Holiday Joy 2012 swatches!

 Hello everyone! I know it's only the middle of November, but I've been getting in the Christmas spirit big time lately. I'm wishing for some A TON of snow and delicious holiday noms like buckeyes. I don't know if you've ever tried them, but buckeyes are very simple- peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and chilled. There's something so special about them though... maybe it's the crack people put in them that make me eat an entire batch in one sitting, 'cause it can't possibly be my lack of self control... nah. Regardless, it isn't Christmas without buckeyes and pants that fit before dinner but certainly not after. And red nail polish of course!

Today I have four polishes from China Glaze's Holiday 2012 collection. There are twelve polishes total and many come in cute little gift sets that would make perfect presents for yourself other polish lovers. :)

First up is Cranberry Splash. This polish is a rich, warm red with gold shimmer. These pictures can't possibly do it justice. It may be the most beautiful red I've ever seen. The shimmer is subtle enough just to make the polish glowy and gorgeous. I got so many compliments on this mani, and everyone said it's the perfect Christmas red!

This is two coats, but it's perfectly opaque in one, and a top coat of SV. It wore for four days with only the most minor tip wear and would have lasted much longer without chipping.

 Look at that glow! Really beautiful. I'm in love with this polish!

Next up is Angel Wings layered over Cranberry Splash. Angel Wings is a perfect gold glitter with a scattered holo. This little lady is a must for Christmas. My nails looked like twinkling ornaments! One coat is pictured (I'm not lying!) and two coats would probably be totally opaque on their own. Truly beautiful.

and a blurry one... look a that holo! No top coat- I kinda like the slight grittiness of this polish.

Note- I've heard this is a dupe of the 2011 Ulta Exclusive Ulta-mate Holiday. So nice they did it twice!

Next up is With Love, a perfect blue based red creme. Perfect application! Two coats are pictured with no top coat. It has a wonderful shine.

And last but surely not least is Pizzazz, a delicious multicolored glitter. I can see red, gold, green, and purple glitter. This is one of those glitters that may look a little like DL Happy Birthday, or Confetti Tasmanian Devil, but it's really rather unique. Bottom line, you need it. I didn't have to dab this on- one coat and it was just right. The formula was a little thicker than the others but still manageable. Pictured is Pizzazz layered over With Love.
Glitter fiends unite!! 

I hope you loved these polishes as much as I did. I'm off to watch some Frosty the Snowman in my cupcake jammie pants and drink some hot chocolate. You're welcome to come join! Mind the cat hair and eau de disdain wafting on the air. <3

There are eight more polishes in this collection, such as a silver microglitter, berry creme, blue foil- all really gorgeous. They are available at Sally Beauty, Ulta, Beauty Brands, and other retailers for around $7 each. 

Love, Rachael

PS- With a pretty nail file and some ribbon, these could be super cute little Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Once Upon a Polish Queen of Hearts

Hello loves, how's your week been? It's Friday! I have absolutely nothing planned, except maybe a shower and I might be threatened into putting away a stack of laundry. I live a wild life.

Today's super belated (I'm sosorrysosorry) post features a polish I'm super in love with. These pictures are a few months old, but I'm actually glad I've waited to post. Now I can let you know how the glitters have lasted in their suspension base over time!

Once Upon a Polish Queen of Hearts is a mix of tiny white glitter, little gold and black hex glitter, large white hex glitter and black and red hearts.

From L-R: one coat of QoH over Wet n Wild Black Creme, two coats of QoH over Sinful Colors White on White, one coat of QoH over China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, and one coat of QoH over Zoya America.

I used two coats over white to sorta demonstrate that one coat really looks best! I did have to use a bit of the dabbing method but I didn't have to fish for hearts, which was awesome. This polish is so much fun. I'm a huge Disney fan, if you haven't noticed, and I think this sums ol' Queenie up so well.

To wear as a whole mani I used Queen of Hearts over China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. I friggin love this weird taupe-yellow-whatever color. It's the perfect neutral to make those gold glitters stand out!

Of course my Seche bubbled a little, so annoying.

Anyway, what do you guys think?? This polish has been on my shelf for months with no curling glitters, no bleeding glitters, and only a slight difference in thickness from when I first received it. It's really a gorgeous, unique polish with so much character.

Here's a picture of Her Highness for your viewing pleasure :)

Once Upon a Polish can be found at Kimberly's Etsy shop. Queen of Hearts retails for $8.50 for 15 mL  (.5 oz) and is available right now, so don't miss out!

<3 Rachael