Tag Archives: China Glaze

Nov. 24.

Manicure Monday: Red & Sparkles

red-sparkles-thToday’s Manicure Monday post is another Christmas Party Inspiration manicure, and is based on a couple of simple principles. The first is that red is really the most perfect festive colour, and the second is that every Christmas party goes better with sparkles! For that reason, here is my super simple red & sparkles manicure!


Now, there is one polish that I immediately think of when it comes to red and sparkles. It is a polish that everyone should own, and if you don’t, why not? Are you insane? It is quite possibly the best red sparkly polish ever. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am of course talking about Ruby Pumps, that classic from China Glaze. However, a solid set of Ruby Pumps coated talons is just too simple, so today I have it paired with another China Glaze red, one that is more shimmery and has the depth of a bottle of fine wine. It is Red-y and Willing.


The China Glaze formula is a joy to work with, even for the glittery polish. It applies beautifully and is so richly pigmented, you really could use just one coat, especially with the smoother Red-y and Willing. Below there is a picture of my nails after the first coat to show you what I mean, but to ensure depth and uniformity of colour, I did a second coat. This was beneficial to Ruby Pumps, which needs just a little more care and attention to build up.

And of course, here is how it looks. The pictures show the first coat (top), after both coats but without flash (middle) and finally with flash (bottom):




This manicure is a great one to have when you are in a hurry to get ready. It requires no special skills, no tools, and with the polishes being so pigmented, not much time either.

Are you reaching for a red polish this party season? Which ones do you recommend? And how much sparkle is too much sparkle? Let me know in the comments!


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Oct. 13.

Manicure Monday: China Glaze Bizarre Blurple

polish-thAfter last weeks bright pink, it is time to get back to darker autumnal nails this week, and so I took a polish that I bought last year off the shelf that I surprisingly haven’t gotten around to wearing yet. Maybe that just goes to show the extent of my nail polish addiction, but this week I have a China Glaze polish in a rather interesting shade called Bizarre Blurple.


I’ll freely admit that I bought this shade specifically because of the name. Just what colour is “blurple”? Is it Blue, is it Purple, or is it somewhere in between? I was determined to find out, so I bought it, but got distracted by a million other things. Anyway, it is time to put it right. I am a great fan of China Glaze polish. The formula and pigmentation is a joy, and Ruby Pumps is one of my all time favourites. Yes, it is a b*tch to get back off my nails, but when I’m wearing it, I don’t want to take it off. The same holds up with the formula for Bizarre Blurple. The brush length and firmness is ideal, and the polish goes on smooth and glossy, becoming nicely opaque in two coats, but I added a third, just to really amplify the depth of the colour, and even out the little bits hat my cack-handed application messes up.

Now, lets answer the colour issue. Take a look at my nails, top picture taken without flash, and bottom with, as usual.



It is blue. It is purple. It is somewhere in between. It is all these things and more. It is, in fact, bizarre, the way that the colour changes so much depending on the light hitting it. I am not sure if it is magic, alchemy or witchcraft, but I love both the two main shades of blue and purple that it comes up with, and the in between shades too. It may have sat on my shelf for a year, but it will not be another year before I go to wear it again!


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Jan. 13.

Swatch: China Glaze Red-y and Willing

nv66-thumbAs you know, I’m a bit of a nail polish addict, and when I posted my stash last night I said that I would eventually get around to swatching them all, but if there were any you wanted to see first, to let me know. Cuti-CLUE-les was first in line to ask for a swatch of China Glaze Red-y and Willing (ID in my stash list NV66). You should go check out her blog too, as she is even more of a polish magpie than I am.


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Jul. 31.

NOTD: Pink & Red Striped Mani

Stripe Manicure ThumbnailAfter seeing some pictures going round on Twitter (Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits has ones that spring to mind) I got around to thinking about a bit of nail art so simple, even I couldn’t mess it up. After all, it’s just nail polish & sticky tape. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?


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Jul. 09.

NOTD: Stars & Stripes Mani

NOTD-USA-thumbApologies for the delay in getting this on the blog. Having a camera cable disappear is not fun, especially when you have photos on the camera that you desperately want to work with.

For this mani I wanted something so simple even I could do it. In that sense I think it passed with (three) flying colours. How difficult is it to paint different nails red, white or blue? Not at all. Sorted.


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