China Glaze

Skunk fights and vampire bites – Pretty & Polished ‘Vampire Sing-a-long’

Pretty & Polished recently came out with an Adventure Time themed collection called ‘Mathematical!’ and today I have ‘Vampire Sing-a-long’ to show you, based off the character Marceline.

Marceline, the vampire queen.

Marceline is rebellious, punk-rockish, and straightforward – and this polish demonstrates all of those qualities. See for yourself:

I don’t think I ever imagined myself describing a glitter as ‘badass,’ but that’s pretty much what’s happening here. Black bars, matte red and white, deep purple and black circles? It’s like two angry skunks got into a fistfight, fur flew, and they both ended up with bruised and bloody noses. Except that’s all happening on your nails, in glitter form.

This polish looks more purple in the bottle, but comes out much more scattered, like multicolored static television. I used China Glaze ‘Spellbound’ underneath it here.

This polish kind of bummed me out in person. I kept seeing awesome swatches of it online, and the large black dot glittersĀ made it really unique. However, when I tried to apply the polish, it was nearly impossible for me to get the dots out of the bottle. As you can see from the pictures, I managed to get one on my ring finger (and one on my thumb, which isn’t shown). I couldn’t even fish them out of the bottle when I tried – it may be due to the fact that I had a mini; maybe they are easier to get out of a full-sized bottle. The one circular glitter I did manage to get on ring finger wouldn’t lie flat though, either. It kind of bummed me out.

The polish in general wasn’t exciting me as much as I thought it would, so I decided to try and matte it to see if that would make a difference. I definitely liked it better matte – it added more to the punk feel of the polish.

While I was bummed about the circular glitter issues, the polish overall is unique and more ‘tough’ than your average glitter polish – perfect for your roller derby events and black metal concerts!

Pretty & Polished Ā can be found at her personal website or at her etsy shop. She sells full and mini sized bottles of her polish, as well as gift sets on her personal site.

GREENSPLOSION. China Glaze Running in Circles.

KAPOW! Here’s a green that hits you in the face with its greenness. It’s the mean machine of green. It’s the green you wear when you’re going to Vegas to win some cash money, with a cigarette dangling from your lips and a half-drunk martini in your hand.

Dolla dolla bill, y’all.

This is China Glaze’s ‘Running In Circles’ from their Cirque De Soleil line. It’s mad shiny, with a bit more of a foil appearance than I personally prefer, but it has great application and durability. I’ve had it on for two days now, and as you can see from the photos, I only have a minor bit of tip wear.

The photos show two coats of Running In Circles with one coat of Essie’s Shine of the Times on my ring finger for some variety. If you’re one of those people who are like, ‘meh, green is all right, I’m not crazy about it, but whatever,’ then don’t buy this polish, you got me? Because it is the greenest green I’ve seen in a while. Kelly green. Leprechaun green. Dolla dolla bill green. But if you’re like me, and own at least one green thing for every type of article clothing (yes, I have green pants and yes, they are amazing) then you will be very happy with this polish, methinks.

Check it. SO GREEN.

Sparklefest

It’s a sparklefest up in here!! And by up in here I mean on my nails. And by sparklefest I mean holy cow, my nails are bling bling a ring a dingin’. So let me share with you the polishes I’m wearing and my opinion on said polishes.

I’m currently wearing China Glaze Angel Wings with Orly Atomic Splash. Check it:

China Glaze Angel Wings looks pretty weird in the bottle. It’s one of those polishes I would always pick up in the store and then put down, thinking ‘Nah, too weird.’ It’s got this jaundiced yellowish hue that makes it seem like it would be unflattering on anyone. So naturally, I bought it.

On the nails, it’s a completely different story. It’s really quite gorgeous – an antiqued sort of shimmer, like a soft layer of gold dust. It’s very sheer, and took three coats to make it completely opaque.

Well, micro shimmer polish is not quite enough sparkle for me, so I had to slap some chunky on top, which is where Orly Atomic Splash comes into the picture. It’s coming out more blue here in these pictures than it is in real life – in real life, it shimmers somewhere between lavender and grey. It’s nice.

If peacocks painted their nails, I imagine this is the sort of thing they would sport. Sparklefest, baby. Shim sham shimmer.