China Glaze New Birth


I was browsing through my stash yesterday, trying to pick a polish to wear, but I didn't feel like any of the colors I pulled out. It seemed like I wore them all recently and I just wasn't feeling it. So I thought it was time for something to cleanse the palette. I usually go for white or a nude when I'm in this kind of mood, but as I just picked up a few of the polishes from The Giver collection that China Glaze just released, I thought this would do the trick.

China Glaze New Birth is a gorgeous super light blue cream. It almost looks white, but they did add a few drops of blue. It actually never looks white on the nail, but you'd have to hold the bottle next to a true white to see a big difference.

The formula was nice, it flowed on the nail with ease, but it was a tad bit patchy. It did level nicely on the nail though and dried quick enough. I did 2 thin coats, but I should have added a third, because I do have some bold spots on my nails. I just couldn't be bothered yesterday...

I really love this color, it's so nice and fresh and it's just what I wanted. My nails look like a blanc canvas, ready for some colorful paint next time I paint my nails, which will probably be tonight or tomorrow, because I change my polish that often.

I love these types of polishes because I wear so much color and bling on my nails, every now and then I need something a bit less... well... colorful and this is perfect for that! I know it looks pretty much white, but it really is blue, trust me!

What polishes do you tend to reach for when you need a break from all the color, glitter or other craziness on your nails?


Pink and Green Water marble


I'm going to be visiting my family this weekend and as usual, I asked my 3 year old niece what color I should paint my nails. She always gives me 1 of 3 answers: pink, blue or red, so I already had a mani for those 3 colors in mind. Of course the little cheecky bugger gave me a completely different answer this time. She demanded in that stern voice only 3 year olds have that I paint my nails pink and green, because those are her favorite colors!

Ok... not 2 colors I'd normally pair together, but I like a challenge! I decided to give water marbling another go. I must have tried to get a decent pattern on my nails like a 100 times before, but I'm just so bad at marbling. I don't know what I do wrong, but I always end up with a mess on my nails.

Not this time! This time it actually turned out great. I really like this mani, so much so, that I decided to share it with you :D

I used the always impossible to photograph China Glaze Four Leaf Clover as my green, OPI Dim Sum Plum for the dark pink and OPI If you moust you moust as my light pink.

I think it's really cute and the colors work really well together. I'm so proud I finally managed to do a water marble, even if it's only on 1 nail.

Have you tried water marbling and if so, any tips on how to get the perfect pattern on my nails?

Have a great weekend!

OPI Racing Red


Sometimes, after I've been wearing a lot of bright colors, glitters, shimmers or just plain sparkly nails, I crave a nice, simple, red cream. Last week was one of those occasions and luckily I have quite a few red creams in my collection. This time, I decided to go with a fairly new addition to my collection (thanks Nans!).

OPI Racing Red is, like I said, a red cream. When I first saw this in the bottle, I was a little disappointed, because it looked really orange. But the friend who gave it to me, said it didn't look orange on the nail, so I trusted her and gave it a go.

The formula is really nice, although a little on the wants-to-run-in-my-cuticle-side, so be careful when applying. It's extremely opaque, almost a one coater, but I did need two to get it even and cover all my ridges. It dried really fast and super shiny, I didn't add a top coat for my pictures, to show just how shiny this is.

This polish was released as part of the OPI Ford Mustang 2014 collection and I love how they printed the Mustang logo on the cap. This just gives it something extra, I wish they would've done the same with the Coca Cola logo for that collection.

Isn't that gorgeous? I don't know what it is about a red nail, but I just can't get enough. Red will always be my favorite color and no matter how many reds I have in my collection, I will always keep buying more!

How do you feel about red polish and what's your favorite?


China Glaze Boundary of Memory


When I saw that China Glaze was coming out with a collection based on The Giver, I knew I had to pick up a couple. I haven't seen the movie yet, but the fact that Alexander Skarsgard is in it makes me want to buy every single polish. It's a not so secret fact that I have a little crush on him and a polish collection based on one of his movies... I'm all over that!

Luckily I loved almost all the colors, but the one I'm showing you today stood out the most for me.
China Glaze Boundary of Memory is a densly packed micro glitter in black, brown, copper and silver.

This is so densly packed, it's opaque on its own in 2 coats, but that's the one good thing I can say about the formula. It's thick, goopy and dries so fast, it's hard to get nice and even on the nail. Pair that with a crapy brush and you have my bottle of this polish. This has one of the worst formula's I've come across in a long time, it gives the neons a run for its money!

But the end result is absolutely stunning. I can forgive a polish a really crapy formula if it's really gorgeous on the nail and luckily that is the case with this polish. In real life this sparkles a lot more than in my pictures, because of the silver glitter in it.

I really love it, I just wish the formula wasn't as bad. I have read a few reviews about this polish that said the formula was actually ok, so maybe it's just my bottle. Let's hope so, because if you love the China Glaze micro glitter polishes, you'll love this one!

Have you seen The Giver yet and will you be picking up any of the polishes?


Girly Bits Gravedigger


I love everything Halloween and I'm really bummed we don't celebrate the holiday here. This is one of my favorite times of the year, because of all the new Halloween collections coming out!
Every year I tell myself I'm only going to pick up a select few and every year I go totally bonkers and buy way to many. This year I'm trying to stick to my promiss and to help me do that but still fill my Halloween nail polish needs, I'm going to wear all my untried Halloween polishes from previous years!

The first polish I wore this year is Girly Bits Gravedigger. This is a black crelly base, packed with orange, pink, purple and green small and larger hexes and squares. It was released as part of the 2013 Fall collection, but I've still seen it available.

The formula is really nice. It's easy to paint and I love the Girly Bits brush. It's nice and flat, wide, but not too wide and it fans out nicely, dispersing the glitter evenly over the nail. It dried really fast and shiny, but with all glitter, I'd recommend using a good top coat to smooth it out.

Oh, this is just so pretty! I was afraid the black base would cover the gorgeous color of the glitter, but no such thing! It's dark, twisty and fun, perfect for Halloween! I wore this for almost a week, because I just couldn't bring myself to take it off and I got so many compliments on it.

The glitter really does stand out, it's not overpowered by the black base at all, I can't believe I've never worn this before, it's instantly made it to my favorites list. Perfect in every way!

What's your favorite Halloween polish?


Pahlish La Belle Endormie


I've been in full Fall polish mode the last week, even though the weather has been really nice. I was just craving dark polishes. The first dark polish I wore this year is the same one I wear every year as soon as I feel the need for darkness on my nails: OPI's Lincoln Park after Dark. I absolutely love that polish!

Not only did I feel like wearing darker polish, I also felt like buying darker polish. Out with the brights and neons (I'll be expecting a comeback around Christmas, that's when I usually crave a change from all the darks) and in with deep, dark, vampy colors!

Today I have a spectacular polish and one of my new additions to show you.

Pahlish La Belle Endormie is a gorgeous purple based red with a ton of golden micro glitter in it.

I've seen a lot of swatches of this polish and they all look way more purple than it does on me. On my nails it's a gorgeous deep, dark, vampy red with a hint of purple. The purple is a little more noticeable irl than in my pictures, but it's still more red than purple. Luckily everybody knows how I feel about red polish, lol.

La Belle Endormie  translates to Sleeping Beauty, one of the nicknames given to the French city of Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world, because its beautiful city center was once covered in black soot from the industrial revolution. I absolutely love this polish! The color is so incredibly stunning, I'd recommend running out and getting this!

The formula was nice, a little on the thick side, but still easy to work with. Opaque in 2 thin coats and it dried really fast and reasonably shiny, but I did add a layer of top coat.

This is the only good thing about fall and winter for me, vampy polishes! I do rock them in other seasons, but brands don't come out with them during Spring and Summer, so I'm loving the changing of the season right now!

What's your favorite thing about Fall?


Hare Polish Electric Flame


Today is a sad day for me. It marks the end of my holiday and I am back at work. No more sleeping in till 10 if I feel like it, doing whatever I want, whenever I want... no, it's back to normal. My holiday is also the reason it's been extremely quiet here on my little corner of the world wide web. I didn't paint my nails as often and I decided to take a little holiday from my blog too. But I'm back and I have a lot of gorgeous polishes to show you, starting with a gorgeous indie polish.

Hare Polish Electric Flame is an orange jelly with iridescent blue flakies. According to Hare, there should be small blue hexes in this polish, but I haven't seen one yet. This is part of the Illuminated Life collection which was released in the fall of 2012, but it should still be available.

The polish was on the sheer side, you could get it opaque in 3 - 4 coats, but I decided to layer it over a pastel peach base. This dried incredibly fast and reasonably shiny, but to get the flakies to pop, I did need a layer of shiny top coat.

Isn't that lovely? I really like it, but I just wish the flakies would stand out a bit more on the nail. I think the opaque base just made this to opaque for the flakies, so I'm going to try this on its own next time and although I really love this polish, I didn't get the wow factor I was expecting.

It is a gorgeous polish though and if you like orange polish, I would definitely recommend it. I love an orange nail, but I know it's not for everyone. This one is bright and fun, but not in your face bright.

Do you like orange polish or are you staying far far away from it?