Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Swatch & Review: China Glaze Awakening Collection for Halloween 2010

Awakening(China Glaze Awakening Collection l-r: Ick-A-Bod-Y, Mummy May I, Zombie Zest)

Today's Word of the Shay is AWAKENING. Dictionary.com tells us that Awakening means “the act of awaking from sleep”, “a revival of interest or attention” or “a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something”. To that I say Wake up! Gimme your attention and become aware of these fabulous nail colours!

The China Glaze Awakening Collection contains three great shades for guys and ghouls alike (corny I know), just in time for Halloween.  With sparkling finishes and fun Halloween themed names I definitely had to get my hands on these, and then these on my hands!

You can find these at many online shops (e-tailors) and in various beauty and nail stores, prices will vary. I purchased mine at my local Sally Beauty Supply for $6.49CAN per bottle.

Read on for the description of each color, my thoughts on the polishes and of course the swatches! 

Ickabody1 (China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y Indoor with flash)

Ickabody3  (China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y Indoor without  flash)

Ickabody2 (China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y Indoor with flash)

Ick-A-Bod-Y is a coppery orange glitterama! It’s a brown-green base that’s packed full of orange sparkle. I decided to just do two coats here to allow you to see –a little- of the base through the glitter, most predominantly on the ring and pinky fingers. I think it’s definitely wearable at two coats for those who hate to go to three.  At three coats the base isn’t really noticeable and you have yourself full power glitter nails. No matter the number of coats you go with, this is a beautiful polish and perfect for Halloween and Autumn in general. The consistency here is on the thick side for sure, and gets a little goopey if you try to fuss with it too much. My advice, don’t fight with it to try to get thin coats, when you just go with it and let it do it’s thing it’s much easier to apply and works quite well. 

Being so chalked full of glitter, the texture once dry is rather gritty and rough, and like a lot of super glittery lacquers this one will chip pretty easily if knocked around a little. Both of these problems are combated by sealing in the goodness with a thick topcoat (my favorite  is Seche Vite), it will smooth out the top, protect against chipping, and add a nice shiny finish. For the photos, I used only two coats of Ick-A-Bod-Y and nothing else, no base or topcoat, I personally prefer it with the glossy finish the topcoat will give, but to each there own. 

Mummy2  (China Glaze Mummy May I Indoor with flash)

Mummy1 (China Glaze Mummy May I Indoor without  flash)

Mummy3  (China Glaze Mummy May I Indoor with flash)

Mummy May I is a blackened purple base with pinky-purple glitter.  Its personally what I consider the least “Halloween-ish” of the collection (purple is an everyday fav here), but it’s still very fitting with the theme because of it’s dark appeal.  It has quite a bit of glitter, but nowhere near the amount of Ick-A-Bod-Y. This polish was just slightly on the thick side as well (not as much as Ick-A-Bod-Y), but you shouldn’t have a problem with the formula, it remains relatively easy to apply and should be opaque in two coats, no real need for a third. The glitter here does give a bumpy finish, so I suggest using a topcoat again.  Photos are two coats of Mummy May I, no base or topcoat.

Zombie2 (China Glaze Zombie Zest Indoor with flash)

Zombie3(China Glaze Zombie Zest Indoor without flash)

Zombie1(China Glaze Zombie Zest Indoor with flash)

Zombie Zest is a dirty yellow-green with green and golden chartreuse microglitter. It’s like dirty olive and bright chartreuse are having a naughty romance on your nails, and the result is spectacular. This polish has a lovely depth, and so much shimmer and sparkle, it’s my favorite of this collection. Unlike the others, I did three coats here. Two coats is still pretty, but a little sheer, so I’d peg this one a 3-coater in my books. The glitter here is not chunky or large particles at all. The formula is smooth, not thick or runny, a real joy to work with and since the glitter is very fine (micro) it dries down to a smooth finish.  In the above photos, I opted to use three coats of Zombie Zest, and I did top it with Seche Vite since I was planning on wearing this one for awhile.

Here’s the round up:


-Frighteningly fun & fabulous names

-Festive fall colours

-Glitter lovers delight, 3 different variations on gorgeous glitter polishes

-2 of the 3 offerings  are pretty opaque in 2 coats (All *can* be worn in 2  coats without looking bad at all, Zombie Zest just remains a little sheer)


-All 3 lacquers have some sort of glitter effect, no non-glitter finishes

-2 of the polishes are on the thicker side (especially Ick-A-Bod-Y)

-2 of the lacquers dry with a rough texture (can be a problem for those who choose not to wear a topcoat)

-At least 1 of the selections is not as chip resistant as most China Glaze Lacquers (Ick-A-Bod-Y)

-Glitter polishes are notoriously hard to remove (That applies here with the exception of Zombie Zest since it’s microglitter,  Mummy May I takes a little elbow grease, and Ick-A-Bod-Y with it’s full force chunky glitter is the most difficult)


If you like glitter, head out and grab the Awakening Collection while you can, as they are indeed limited edition. If you’re not a glitter person, then pass on these shades. My favorite of the three is Zombie Zest, it’s a beautiful colour and easy to work with, but even Ick-A-Bod-Y which has the most cons, is a great polish. Most of the downfalls here apply to ANY polish which is mostly glitter, but they’re small sacrifices to have gorgeous sparkly nails. Anyone who’s familiar with using glitters shouldn’t have a problem applying these polishes,  those new to glitter polishes might have a little trouble with the thicker lacquers at first, but you should get the hang of it pretty quickly. I hope that helps anyone thinking about purchasing from China Glaze’s Awakening Collection.

Leave me a comment below and let me know how you feel about glitter polishes. What’s your favorite polish finish? What are your plans for Halloween, and will you be in costume?

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Beauty Booty #2: Sally Beauty & Drugstore

The Word of the Shay today is WEEKEND. Good ol’ Saturday and Sunday. Most everyone looks forward to the weekend, especially those with a Monday to Friday job. A time to relax, indulge in your hobbies and spend time with the family.

For myself, the weekend means time with my boyfriend, he works a lot, but has the majority of the weekend free. Because of this we try to get our shopping done during the weekends.

This Saturday I headed to Sally Beauty Supply on a mission to find the Awakening Collection by China Glaze, which thankfully was successful! Unfortunately minutes before heading out I had broken my mirror while touching up my makeup, 7 years of bad luck! Thankfully I’m not superstitious, but it did mean I had to buy a new one, for this I added at stop at Lawton Drugs, a drugstore here in Canada, in search for a new mirror. Also while picking up groceries at Dominion I grabbed a little something from their pharmacy section.

Check out the photos below to see what I purchased this weekend. I’ll be doing reviews on some of these products, and will insert links to that where appropriate.

haul1 (Bag o’ goodies and mirror from Lawton Drugs, polishes from Sally Beauty Supply and Joe eye shadow from Dominion Pharmacy)

sally1(China Glaze Awakening Collection, Sally Girl mini polish from Sally Beauty Supply)









          (China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y, Mummy May I, & Zombie Zest. Sally Girl Orange and Glow in the dark mini polish)

Lawtons1(Lawton Drugs purchases from Revlon, Fantasy Makers, Fright Night, L.A. Girls, and L.A. Colors)

artdeco (L.A. Colors Art Deco nail art lacquer in Bright Green and Black)

Rubellite1(L.A. Girl Nail Lacquer in Rubellite, Review and swatches found here: http://wordoftheshay.blogspot.com/2010/10/swatch-review-rubellite-by-la-girls.html)

Fantasy1(Fantasy Makers Confetti in Glitz, Fright Night Claw Polish in Poison, Fantasy Makers Glitter Eyeliner in Magical)










(Glitz Fantasy Makers Confetti and Magical Fantasy Makers Glitter Eyeliner)

Softnude1(Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Soft Nude)

Softnude3 Softnude2 









(Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Soft Nude with flash, and without flash)

JoeES4(Chocolate, Plum, and Petrol Eye Shadows by Joe)

That’s all folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed, and look forward to more upcoming posts! Comment below and let me know if you own any of these products, what do you think of them? Or tell me how you spend your weekends, or what you’ve purchased recently!

Have a fantastic week!

Swatch & Review: Rubellite by L.A. Girls

Our Word of the Shay today is Rubellite. According to gemstone.org  “The rubellite is a particularly beautiful gemstone from the colourful family of the tourmalines. Its colour shines in the most beautiful nuances from red to shocking pink.” The L.A. Girls Professional Salon Formula Nail Lacquer (with diamond powder & white tea extract) in the shade Rubellite really embodies that description. The gemstone inspired shade is a gorgeous raspberry jewel tone. 

I applied China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier as a basecoat, two coats of  L.A. Girl’s Rubellite and topped with Seche Vite. This polish is a reddish deep pink (cool toned) with bright pink shimmer, overall the effect reads as a raspberry to a fuchsia depending on the lighting. I apologize for the mess around the edges, but the color is represented very well in the photos, have a look and keep reading below for my thoughts on this polish.

Rubellite7 (Rubellite by L.A. Girls Natural/outdoor light with flash)

Rubellite8 (Rubellite by L.A. Girls Natural/outdoor light without flash)

Rubellite10(Rubellite by L.A. Girls Indoor light with flash)

Rubellite9 (Rubellite by L.A. Girls Indoor light without flash)


Only needs 2 coats (of course you can go to 3 if you prefer)

Good application (not too thin or thick, and no streaking)

Gorgeous fine particle shimmer finish (smooth, not grainy)

Inexpensive (I picked this polish up on sale for only $2.39CAN at Lawton Drugs, regular price is only $2.99CAN)


Not as chip or wear resistant as other brands


This polish is a great fun shade, that can be a hit in multiple seasons. It’s bright enough to be fantastic for summer, but it’s gemstone feel fits perfectly with this years autumn trend of jewel tone shades. It’s one downfall is that it’s not super long wearing, however for $2.99, that’s very little to complain about. I’d definitely recommend giving this polish a shot if you’re drawn to bright colors with depth.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think about this shade, or tell me some of your best inexpensive polish finds!

Till next time!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nails of the Day: Twinkling Teal

The Word of the Shay today is NOTD! Ok, I admit it, I’m cheating, it’s not a word but rather an abbreviation. NOTD stands for Nails Of The Day, a fun & quick type of post where people share their current nail color/combo/design/art with each other. This is my first NOTD post, but surely not my last.

I applied one coat of China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier as a base, followed by two coats of Sexy in the City by China Glaze (a very blue toned teal), topped with one coat of Nicole by OPI’s Nicole…Spotted! (teal, reflecting blue, and gold glitter suspended in a sheer green toned teal base), and lastly sealed with Seche Vite topcoat.

SexyNicole4(Sexy in the City by China Glaze Indoor with flash)

SexyNicole5 (Sexy in the City by China Glaze Indoor without flash)

SexyNicole2(Nicole…Spotted! from Nicole by OPI Indoor with flash)

SexyNicole6(Nicole…Spotted! from Nicole by OPI Indoor without flash)

Please note the color in person or in natural light is somewhere in the middle of the with and without flash photos. Not as blue in person as it shows with flash, and not quite as dark as it appears in the without flash photos.

I hope you enjoyed my first NOTD! Let me know what you think of this combination. Would you wear it? What’s your current NOTD?

Thanks for reading! Till next time…

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Swatch & Review: MAC Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer

The Word of the Shay today is MAC. Love them or hate them, if you’re remotely interested in the world of beauty and cosmetics, you know this brand name.

This is my first blog post and review of any MAC product (of which I own quite a few now), and this also happens to be my very first MAC Nail Lacquer. Being a self proclaimed “Nail Junkie” this is a big moment! I had high hopes for this one and I wanted to be impressed, because this was the MOST I’ve ever paid for a nail polish, it sells for $13.00US or $15.50CAN for 10ml/0.34us fl oz.

To find out if MAC’s Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer was worth it, read on!

BadFairy2 (Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer by MAC Indoor with flash)

Before we get to the product itself, here’s a little information. Bad Fairy is one of three limited edition nail lacquers from MAC’s “Venomous Villains”, the much anticipated collaboration collection with Disney. “Venomous Villains” launched September 30th, 2010 in Canada and the USA, it has sold out in the majority of places, but if you’re lucky, you might still be able to find a few products at your local stores or counters.

Bad Fairy was released as part of the Maleficent portion of the collection, based upon the fierce and vengeful fairy from the movie “Sleeping Beauty”, a beloved classic from 1959. On a personal note, Maleficent just happens to be my very favorite Disney villain.

MAC describes Bad Fairy as “Red with red multi-changing pearl”, I think this description is accurate, but needs elaboration.  The polish is definitely a red, but certainly not a traditional version. The duo-chrome effect is gorgeous and depending on the lighting, leaves you asking “Is this polish ruby? Pink? Copper?” The answer is all of the above! Thanks to that “multi-changing pearl” effect. The base here seems to be sheer red jam-packed with shimmer that shines pink and ruby in one light and a golden coppery in another. The overall effect is lovely.

BadFairy3 (Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer by MAC Indoor with flash)

You can see the pink shine through the red in the above photos with the flash, and the copper moreso in those without, which are pictured below. Sadly, I never captured a good shot that clearly showed  how stunning and powerful the coppery gold effect can be. I wasn’t able to get any natural light shots while wearing this, but will add photos and update when I do.

BadFairy4(Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer by MAC Indoor without flash)

I applied three coats of Bad Fairy over China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier as a base, and topped with Seche Vite topcoat. Three coats was really needed to get full opaque coverage with this, since the base is rather sheer. I had no application problems and no streaking. I was impressed with the wear on this polish, it lasted without chipping for 5 days before I removed it (to switch to another polish) and I could have easily worn it longer. The only evidence that this wasn’t a fresh application was a little tip wear, which you can see in the photos, these were taken on day two or three.

Badfairy1(Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer by MAC Indoor without flash)


Unique transforming shade (very eye-catching)

Good formula/Easy application

Long lasting & chip resistant

Fun name (Bad Fairy. c’mon, you know you love it!)


Three coats needed for full coverage (not a problem for me, but I know some people dislike to go beyond two coats)

Little product (10ml compared to the normal 13-15ml of other brands)

Price point $13US/$15.50CAN (I prefer not to pay over $10 for my polish, especially if I’m getting LESS product)

No special packaging (all of the items in this collection have special Disney packaging excluding the Nail Lacquers and Pigments)

Limited edition product which sold out quickly (very hard to find within weeks)


To conclude, I’m very happy I snagged a bottle of this naughty little number while I could. Bad Fairy is a fun, unique shade and I think it would be a good addition to any collection.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Swatch & Review: Rich & Famous by China Glaze

Our Word of the Shay today is HOPE. Hope for awareness, hope for a cure, hope for life. It’s in keeping with that spirit that I introduce you to China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Rich & Famous, a part of their Rainbow of Hope Collection.

This inspiring collection contains 20 shades, each one corresponding with the awareness color of a different form of cancer. 18% of the proceeds from these polishes goes to various cancer research charities to help find a cure.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, both men and women around the globe can show their support by donning a pink ribbon. So on my trip to Sally Beauty Supply this weekend, I thought it was the prefect time to purchase Rich & Famous, a pink shade chosen to represent breast cancer in the Rainbow of Hope.

ChgRich&Famous1 (China Glaze Rich & Famous Indoor (dim lighting) with flash)

ChgRich&Famous2(China Glaze Rich & Famous Indoor with flash)

This polish is the perfect barbie pink! It's a medium bright pink (creme finish) and in some lights has just the slightest hint of purple tone in there (most noticeable in the “no flash” photo below). This is NOT your average pink polish, but something with a little more personality and dare I say "OOMPH!". The formula was great, easy to apply, streak-free, and opaque in two coats. I also used China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier as my basecoat, and Seche Vite topcoat.

ChgRich&Famous3 (China Glaze Rich & Famous Natural light (outdoor) without flash)

ChgRich&Famous4(China Glaze Rich & Famous Natural light (outdoor) with flash)

I think this color would look particularly stunning on those with a darker skin tone, but fair gals like me certainly shouldn't shy away from it either! If this pink isn't for you, I'd suggest taking a look at the rest of the Rainbow of Hope Collection, it has something for everyone, many colors and finishes, and it's for a good cause!

Here's a list of the awareness colours, the corresponding China Glaze shades offered in this collection (some core, others past favorites), and the form of cancer they represent:

Pink (Rich & Famous or Sexy Lady) - Breast Cancer
Black (Liquid Leather) - Melanoma
Gray (Recycle) - Brain Caner
White (White On White) - Retinoblastoma
Emerald (Outta Bounds) - Liver Cancer
Kelly Green (Four Leaf Clover) - Kidney Cancer
Teal (Custom Kicks or Sexy In The City)- Ovarian Cancer
Pearl (Platinum Pearl) - Lung Cancer
Brown (Unplugged) - Colon Cancer
Burgundy (Long Kiss) - Multiple Myeloma
Purple (Coconut Kiss) - Leimyosarcoma & Pancreatic
Orchid/Violet (Spontaneous) - Testicular Cancer
Light Blue (Bahamian Escape) - Prostate & Thyroid Cancer
Periwinkle Blue (Secret Peri-wink-le) - Stomach Cancer
Blue (Rainstorm) - Male Breast Cancer
Royal Blue (Frostbite) - Mesothelioma
Yellow (Happy Go Lucky) - Bladder & Bone Cancer
Peach (Peachy Keen) - Uterine Cancer
Orange (Breakin') - Leukemia
Red (Paint The Town Red) - Head & Neck & Lymphoma


Fantastic pink

Easy application

Only needed two coats

18% of proceeds go to Cancer research


Like any China Glaze product, it can be hard to find outside the US


If you like pink, then pick up this polish and feel good about supporting a fantastic cause! If pink isn't your thing, go check out the other shades in the Rainbow of Hope!

Comment below and let me know what you think of this shade, the collection, or tell me your favorite pink polish! Thanks for reading and thank you to China Glaze for supporting such a worthy cause.