Showing posts with label China Glaze. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China Glaze. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

China Glaze Glittering Garland

Hi hello!!

  Today I have a quickie post for you guys. It is a simple swatch of a beauty I picked up on clearance at Sally's. This is the only China Glaze Holiday color I picked up from 2011's collection. I honestly was not that blown away by CG's 2011 Holiday Collection when compared to 2010's. But this was so cheap I just could not pass it up. Glittering Garland made a lot of "Best of 2011" lists and I can totally see why now.....
So... Pretty amazing right? Glittering Garland is a deep Emerald Green base packed full of micro glassfleck shimmer. I am madly in love with the light Green shimmer in this because it's not really a bright, in-your-face, type of shimmer. This is more of a "glow from beneath" shimmer that lights up the creamy base. The formula for Glittering Garland is absolutely great and only takes Two coats. I am so glad I picked this up!!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Evolution of a Mani with China Glaze Celtic Sun and my New Nubs- A Must Read

Good morning loves!!

  So, here's the dealio... I usually work on Muffin Mondays on Sundays..... Well Saturday night became extremely eventful when womanly things lined up just right not 26 minutes into the new year... Needless to say I feel like crap and I am in a lot of pain and the last thing on my mind is doing my nails. I decided to do a live Muffin Monday so I will be back later with a Muffin post. In the meantime please enjoy this awesome and totally accidental mani... It's a funny story...
 So it all started with me really wanting to try Celtic Sun. Which is a freaking awesome neon highlighter Yellow. I just got it recently at Sally's. It's an older color but it's still totally awesome and new to me. My camera will never do neons justice.... I started with a base of Two coats of Julep's Holly , which is a light White with just a touch of Pink and it has a pearly shimmer. This color turned out to be a perfect base for this neon Yellow. I then layered Two effortless coats of Celtic Sun over the Julep, topped it off with some SV and it was awesome... Also... Thoughts on my new nubbies? I'm kind of enjoying them....

So then I decided that I wanted some totally Rock 'n' Roll nails and the checker stamp I just got was the perfect choice so I did just on my Ring finger as a cute and chic accent nail. Total love for this look. So I was pretty sure this would be the final look for the night and I was just rocking out with the hubs celebrating New Year's eve when suddenly...
The plate is SE22 and I used Konad Black Special Polish
  I totally jacked up my pinkie nail!!!!!!! Apparently it had not fully dried... So I re- did it and not 10 seconds after applying my top coat (literally) on the newly painted pinkie I jacked it up AGAIN! So I decided I was not going to re-do it a Third time...

   What did I do? Glitter will cover ALL our sins loool!!! I added a coat of my new favorite layering glitter that I found at Charlotte Russe and the pinkie was good as new. And then I was thinking my hand was looking uneven so I did on my Index finger as well... BUT THEN.. I thought my Middle and Thumb nails were looking out of place being naked so I added some awesome star stamps from Bundle Monster plate BM05. And voila! A whole awesome and accidental look was born! I wish this looked as awesome bright as they do in person...
The contrast of the Black against the neon Yellow is just so much fun!! And also I am freaking LOVING this checkered stamp! Ladies!! Salon Express kits at CVS "As Seen on TV" section. It was only $10 and it comes with this plate that has the checkered stamp.

And this was THE final look of the night. I am so in love with this look. It's fun and edgy and I am so shocked at how much I love this shade of neon Yellow. I also love how the CR glitter looks over this bold shade. It is just the perfect contrast.

Thanks for stopping ladies and see you later!!!
♥ Cristina

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Flashy New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year's Eve loves!!

  How cute is this?! Chalkboard Nails did an awesome Gold and Black mani not too long ago and that gave me the inspiration for this New Year's Eve mani. I loved the color combination and I absolutely agree with her on the though that Gold and Black= NYE. My look is lacking one major cool factor that hers has... That amazing Black square glitter... What do I have to do to get my hands on THAT?! Well anyways.. I got this little stamp in a kit and I immediatelly thought of a NYE mani. Cheers!!

  So for this festive look I started with one coat of China Glaze Midnight Kiss and then layered Three coats of CG Lighthouse over the Gold foil to really make the Golden tones in Lighthouse come to lfe. The stamp comes from a Salon Express kit. The plate was SE22 and I used Konad Black Special Polish. For a full review of Salon Express kits head over to Vampy Varnish. This was not the most pleasant plate to work with. The results are better than I was expecting for the cost of the entire kit... I'm not too mad at how these turned out. Then to give the effect that the stars were "raining down my nail" I sponged the tips of my nails with Color Club Take the Stage and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow. I topped it all off with some SV followed by INM Northern Lights. Have a safe and aweone NYE everyone!!! See you again next year!

Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina 

Friday, December 30, 2011

LTHP's Favorite Nail Polishes of 2011- Top 10(+1) "Big Brand" Picks

Happy Friday everyone!!!

  Today's post is my top 10 favorite nail polishes of 2011 that were released by "big brands". This list was really tough to come up with because at first I had like 75 polishes on my short list but I figured that would have been a little excessive lol... So I sat down on the floor surrounded by my picks and really analyzed each color and how I "felt" when I first saw it and wore and and based on that I narrowed it down to my Top 10 polishes of 2011. You might be wondering about the "+1"... I asked Mr. LTHP if he would like top have a pick of the year and he was all about it so at the end of my "countdown" I will be showing you guys Mr. LTHP's favorite color of 2011. In no particular order I give you my Top 10 Mainstream nail polish picks of 2011.

Orly Fowl Play: Birds of a Feather Collection/ Fall 2011
Um... Does this one really need much of an explanation? There is just so much going on with this polish. There are flakes, there is glitter, all in a gorgeous deep Eggplant Purple jelly base. While the rest of this collection fell quite flat for me, this color gave me hope for what Orly can do. Whenever I wear this I always find myself staring at my hands incessantly.

O.P.I DS Temptation: Fall into Glitter/ 2011 Fall DS Release 
While a lot of people were upset about the DS line deviating away from the holographic finish it was so known for, I could not help but falling for this glitter. The mix of colors is really just stunning and I love the sheer Purple tint to the jelly base. 

O.P.I Crown me Already!: Miss Universe Collection/ 2011 Release
Holy disco ball nails! While Silver glitters may not be that unique this one is definitely a standout in my book. I love the gigantic mirror-like hex pieces that are mixed in so perfectly with all different sizes of bright, clean Silver glitter. This looks like crushed Swarovsky Crystals on your nails. I just <3 this!!!

O.P.I I Lilly Love You: Nice Stems/ Summer 2011 Collection
Yes, another O.P.I lol. I think it's petty obvious why I love this so much. It's not quite a flakie, not quite a glitter. I love all the irregular shaped pieces mixed in with all the little square bits. I love the amazing shade of Pink it is in and I love the amazing textured look that it gives anything you layer it over. 

Nicole by O.P.I Kendall on the Katwalk: Kardashian Kolors/ Holiday 2011
  Nicole by O.P.I really did some beautiful colors and AMAZING glitters this year but to me the BIG standout was this baby by a longshot. It's another interesting mix of glitters that give the polish an awesome "layered" look. It's edgy and complex and for those reasons I love it!

Zoya Yara: Mirrors Collection/ Fall 2011
Yara, Yara, Yara...... Military green with the most perfect Golden/Green micro glassfleck shimmer... I am always a little speechless when it comes to this beauty because all I want to do is stare at the picture and wish it was on my nails at that very moment. This is one of the most spectacular releases of 2011.

Nicole by O.P.I Kim-plenty in Love: Kardashian Kolors/ Holiday 2011
The reason for this color being on my top 10 of the year is very simple. It is a soft pink that doesn't bore me to tears. I love the soft squishy texture and the AMAZING micro duochrome shimmer that peaks through the soft Pink base so perfectly. I also love that while it is a soft, milky Pink it actually looks really nice on my skin tone.

Zoya Gemma: Intimate Collection/ Spring 2011
Yet another Zoya epic Green. This soft Olive Green comes to life with that soft Blue/ Pink flash that comes out so effortlessly. This color is easy on the eyes and just flawless. This is another color that made a lot of noise when it was released. I, for one, could not wait to get my mitts on it when I first saw pictures. 

China Glaze Midtown Magic: Metro Collection/ Fall 2011
This looks like embers burning... It's just amazing. I don't ever go for Brown tones but the spectacular Golden/Green shimmer in this color really just drew me in and made a fool out of me for ever doubting Brown lol. I love that it's not an "in- your- face" shimmer keeping the color sultry but super interesting.

Revlon Starry Pink/ Fall 2011 Release
Another soft Pink that has something interesting going on. I love that the base has just a touch of Blue making this one of those "lavender pinks" that I love so much. I love the different sized glitters and how they look suspended in the base. I really liked that Revlon did some really interesting glitters this year and that they continue to dupe expensive brands so perfectly.

flakies? Magnetics? What do you guys think?

And now for Mr. LTHP's top pick of 2011.

China Glaze White Cap: Anchors Away/ Spring 2011 Collection
I totally agree with this pick. He really likes duochromes and I remember him commenting on this color waay back when I got it. I happen to love this color because it's delicate but so interesting and unique. He loves it because he thinks it would make a cool car color lool!!!!

Well, that is it for my top choices of 2011. Which ones do you guys agree with? Not? 
♥ Cristina

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

LTHP's Favorite Nail Polishes of 2011- Honorable Mentions

Hello and good evening!!

  The year is coming to an end it is that time to pick our faves!! I've been all about these posts because I love seeing everyone's picks as their faves for the year. I didn't get to do this last year because I had just started blogging and I didn't really have much to choose from. I originally intended to only do a "Top 10" but the task of narrowing my list down from 57colors on my short list (LOOOL) down to just Ten was just impossible. So I'm doing things a little different for my 2011 Faves...

  I've decided to break my picks down into different categories. I will be showing you guys my Top 10 International/ Indie brands in one post, my top Ten mainstream brand picks in one post and I have chosen Five "honorable mentions" as well. These will all be colors from 2011. Tonight I will be showing you guys my Five honorable mentions. These are colors that I absolutely fell in love with but they didn't  seem to get that much recognition from blogland. These are in no particular order. Let's get to it shall we?!

Zoya Kendall: Feel Collection/ Winter 2011
This shade is just dreamy. It's a soft neutral and a great go-to color. This shade came out very late in the year for Winter and it's a stand out because it is such a soft neutral shade. When I think of winter I think of sparkles and vamps and this color really detoxified me.

Color Club Nomadic in Nude: Back to Boho/ Fall 2011Collection
I remember when I first received this collection for review I started with this color because I thought it was the most boring... I ended up wearing it for Four days and not wanting to take it off. I later found out that this was a dupe of Deborah Lippmann's Waking up in Vegas which kinda explained my strange attraction to this rather unusual Greige.

 O.P.I On Stranger Tides: Pirates of the Caribbean Collection/Summer Brights 2011
When this collection came out I hated it.. And then I received them.. And swatched them and I was immediately drawn to this shade. A lot of people were going mad about Mermaid's Tears and Silver Shatter but this shade really stood out to me. I love the "dirty minty Green" quality about it.

China Glaze Pelican Grey: Anchors Away/ Spring 2011 Collection
  I love Grey. Plain and simple. Even though I own about 68 different shades of Grey this one is really special due to the awesome Pearly shimmer that seems to float on the surface. 

Zoya Mitzi: Mod Mattes/ Summer 2011 Collection 
Matte? Check. Bright? Check. Awesome Formula? Check. This unusual Tennis Ball Yellow- Green really made my Summer vibrant. I love Zoya's mattes and this was is absolutely a must have for you ladies that enjoy some BRIGHT nails.

  That is is for my honorable mentions. These are colors that while I loved them very much they came just a little short of my Top Picks but still needed to be recognized. These may be a little plain or boring to some I find them so pretty and refreshing. Tomorrow I will be showing you guys my Top 10 Indie/ International Brand picks. That is where things really get exciting!

Have a good nite loves! Thought?
♥ Cristina

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!! Holiday Watermarble with Bettina Nail Polish

Merry X-mas Morning and happy Sunday!

  I hope Santa brought you all what you wanted. I don't know what he brought me yet because I've yet to open presents but I know they will be good. I will be back later or tomorrow and I'll tell you guys what I got. Tomorrow is very special as well. It is my Mommas birthday as well as Miss Muffin's!!! SO she gets tomorrow off but I will be doing a special mani for her birthday. Today I have a special Holiday watermarble that looks like little Holiday candies.
  Mmmm candies!!! So for this marble I started with a base of one coat of Bettina Marshmallow. For my marbling colors I used all Bettina colors as well because I just love how they marble. I used Mojito, #15 and Marshmallow. I really liked how it looked but what is a X-mas mani without some glitter? So that's why I decided to add China Glaze's Party Hearty which is pretty much the ultimate Holiday glitter. To finish it all off I used Two coats of Hard Candy Mattely in Love because matte glitter is cool :D lol. Freaking love this!!

Here is the marble pre glitter. Here I had only applied a coat of INM Northern Lights.
 I hope all of those celebrating today have a wonderful Holiday and all those warm fuzzy sentiments and such lol. 

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 22- Inspired by a Song

Happy Halloween!!

  I hope every had a safe and fun Halloween weekend... How lame is it that it's on a Monday... Anywho, today the list calls for nails inspired by a song. Funny story as to how I came about my choice in song. I couldn't even begin to figure out which song I wanted to base this mani off of.... This past Saturday I went to this Marching Band thing because my brother plays for his High School band... This song of part of their very awesome program...
Get it? Get it?!! Hahaha It's "What's This?" from Nightmare Before Christmas!! This mani was beyond frustrating to work on.... IDK why but it took me forever and I had to re-do several nails... Several times. The hardest was Jack Skellington because I can't really freehand. I won't list all the stuff I used because this is pretty much left open for interpretation lol.

Just for shiggles!
I wonder what Sam and Rie picked! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Song nails!

Now go get some candeh!!
♥ Cristina

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 9- Rainbow Nails

Good Morning Loves!!

  Welcome to day Eight of the challenge. Today's task was Rainbow Nails! I had a million ideas swirling through my head. Honestly I could not decide at all what I wanted to do. Then.. I remembered that I have to change these again tomorrow (LOL) so I kept it simple but fun.
I went with an altered Rainbow scheme. I wanted it to be almost neon-y and really eye catching. For the dots I used my Born Pretty dotting tools. I wont list the color cause I'm lazy (pic below) but as my base I used China Glaze White on White. To make things more colorful I've also included a pic of the colors I used for the dotting. To top it off I did a coat of SV followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights. 

This was really fun to work on because the colors were so pretty to look at!
So! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Rainbow nails!

Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Monday, October 17, 2011

China Glaze Let it Snow Collection Press Release

Yay holiday Polishes!


Spend the Holiday season with glittering, shimmering, ravishing color in the Let it Snow Collection from China Glaze
Los Angeles, CA – (October 2011): Spend the holidays in style with the new Let It Snow collection from China Glaze! Introducing 12 festive shades sure to get anyone in the holiday sprit this season. Specifically created with the wintery season in mind, Let It Snow will have even the biggest Grinch feeling jolly all winter long. Not only a must-have for a holiday manicure and pedicure, Let It Snow is available in 12 seasonal inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts. China Glaze Let It Snow collection will be available at fine salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide!

Shades include:
·        Poinsettia – Ruby red crème inspired by the traditional holiday plant.
·        Ring In The Red – No Holiday season would be exact without this glittering red polish for holiday gatherings.
·        Winter Berry – Creamy, cranberry-red perfect for sipping hot cocoa by the fire.
·        Velvet Bow – Rich red crème color inspired by your favorite red wine.
·        Glittering Garland – A dazzling glittery green to match the holiday greens of pine trees, garland, and mistletoe.
·        Holly-Day – Looking for a bold color without the glitz? Holly-Day is a rich hunter green without the sparkle. 
·        Champagne Bubbles – Sophisticated gold metallic with a golden shimmer.
·        Twinkle Lights – A mix of glittery shades to emblemize twinkling tree lights.
·        Snow Globe – Frosty white polish with flecks of snowy color.
·        Icicle – Smooth silver shimmer with a hint of flash and ice.
·        Tinsel Town – Bold silver, metallic glitter and the perfect match for sparkling night on the town.
·        Blue Year’s Eve – Ring in the New Year with this lustrous, shimmering blue.

The Let It Snow Collection is available in a 12 piece counter display, 24 Piece Lil’ Stuffers Display and a 36 Piece Polish Rack. Gift sets include:

·        Belle Of The Ball: Champagne Bubbles and Tinsel Town with a Festive Ornament.
·        Seasonal Sparkles: Poinsettia, Twinkle Lights and Holly-Day.
·        Meet Me Under the Mistletoe: Ring In The Red, Velvet Bow and Glittering Garland with Lip Lacquer.
·        Santa’s Little Helpers: Ring In The Red, Holly-Day, Twinkle Lights and Velvet Bow.
·        Let It Snow: Blue Year’s Eve and Snow Globe with a Mini Snow Globe.
·        Holiday Spirits: Icicle, Champagne Bubbles and Glittering Garland with a Pewter Bottle Stopper.
·        Berry Sweet: Velvet Bow and Ring In The Red with a Holiday Berry Moisturizing Lotion.
·        Baby It’s Cold Outside: Icicle, Blue Year’s Eve and Poinsettia with Fingerless Gloves.
·        Deck The Halls: Glittering Garland and Champagne Bubbles with Limited Edition Holiday Berry Cuticle Oil.
·        Winter Ice: Blue Year’s Eve, Tinsel Town, Icicle and Snow Globe with a Snowflake Charm Necklace.
·        Holly Bear-y: Holly-Day and Winter Berry with “Holly Bear” Plush.
·        Carry Me Away For The Holidays: Tinsel Town, Poinsettia, Velvet Bow and Icicle with a Manicure Carrying Case with Nail File.

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, visit: or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter:

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks,  Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website:


Thursday, October 13, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 4- Green Nails Double Feature

Hi loves!!!

  Welcome to day Four of the challenge. Today's color is one of my favorites... GREEN!! I just love Green as a color in general. I'd say Green is my favorite color. It's calming to me and reminds me of the outdoors.  I kept today's look simple but I really like how it turned out. I'm no dotting wiz but practice makes perfect, right?
 So this was my first shot at the Ombre mani and I really like the look. I had such a hard time choosing my Five colors. The transition between Greens isn't exactly smooth but I do like how they all look together. I kept things simple by just doing some cute dotting. I smudged my pinkie dots a little but I was too lazy to go back and fix it :( lol.

Here is a pic of my base colors. From Thumb to Pinkie: Bettina #194, O.P.I Jade is the New Black, Misa Dirty, Sexy Money, O.P.I Mermaid's Tears and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint. All were Two coats.

And just for reference here is a pic of the colors :D.

 Now for a bonus look. This is Nicole By O.P.I Green Up Your Act! with accent nails in O.P.I Spark du Triomph. I had already been wearing this for a few days before I took pics which is why it looks a little crappy but this is such a good combo.
Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Green nails!

Tomorrow will be a true Challenge.. How am I supposed to pick a Blue polish!!? Hahah I have sooooo many Blues!
♥ Cristina

Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 1- Red Nails

Hi loves!!!

  So today starts the 31 Day Challenge here at LTHP. Like I said yesterday the lovely Sam and Rie will be joining me and together we shall conquer this beast of a challenge! Don't forget to stop by their blogs as well to see what they've come up with!!

  So day One is Red Nails and this is my look.
 So I started with a base of Three coats of China Glaze Phat Santa. Then to give it some texture I stamped using Konad plate M57 with China Glaze Long Kiss. I wanted a little bit of sparkle so I sponged just the smallest bit of Orly Star Spangled on the tips.

  Here is a swatch of my base color Phat Santa. This is my favorite Red ever. It's not too bright or too vampy. IDK what it is but it's just the perfect Red shade for my skin tone I guess. I also love the formula on this color and how smoothly it glides. This is Three coats and no top coat.

  I <3<3<3 this so hard!!!
I'm really excited for this challenege and I know doing it with the support of two of my favorite bloggers will make it so much more fun!! Make sure to check their blogs out too to see, what are definitely to be, some amazing nails by Rie and Sam!

Thanks for stopping by! 
♥ Cristina

Friday, September 30, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding Series: Part 5

Hi loves!

  It's been a while since I've done one of these! I have a few ideas in mind I've just honestly been lazy and down lately... I hate to come off like I'm making excuses but the truth is I'm feeling just a litle burnt out lately.... So anywho I got this idea and I honestly think this will be a lot easier to do on someone else. I think I would definitely alter the moon base color to something a little more dense.
 So for this look I started with a base of Three coats of China Glaze White Cap. I then sponged with O.P.I Pink Flamenco and Zoya Raven. I debated adding a stamp but I thought with the rhinestones and the sponging there was already enough going on. I think it's a pretty look but I don't think it's bride worthy :(. I think my next idea will be better....

Here is a swatch of White Cap. This color is just so lovely and it photographs amazingly well. Just agelic! Three coats.

And it's lovely in the Sun!
Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pink Wednesday!! China Glaze Strawberry Fields Golden Gradient and a Sponging Tutorial

Hi loves and happy Pink Wednesday!

  For today I decided to revisit one of my very favorite Pinks. For some reason I've only worn it once before and that's a shame because Strawberry Fields is just soo pretty and classic! I think just about everyone is familiar with this color because it's just so special and China Glaze at it's shimmery best!
  So for this simple look I started with Two coats of Strawberry Fields and then I sponged the tips with China Glaze's Midnight Kiss. I really love how the Golden sparkle in Midnight Kiss blends into the sparkle in Strawberry Fields. I love how simple this look is but it really makes a statement.

And here is Strawberry Fields on her own. Do I need to say much or should I just let the pics do the talking?


And [HERE] is a tutorial on how I did this look. Also!! I got a new camera to be able to do proper tutorials soon!! 

Happy Pink Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina