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31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday – Dior Vinyl Blue

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Dior Vinyl BlueDior Vinyl BlueDior Vinyl Blue

Another Thursday, an another vintage Dior!  This is Dior Vinyl Blue, thought I call in Blue Vinyl in my head.  Once again, the formula was great for a polish as old as it is!

I really wish I knew more about these polishes… I don’t have a clue when they are from. I am guessing the late 90’s?  I spent two hours on Google a few days ago and came up with nada!  If only the internet existed sooner…


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Coming Soon: China Glaze The Giver

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China Glaze The Giver

Are you as excited as I am up for the release of The Giver, premiering August 15th?  I had never heard of these books when I saw the previews, but knew I wanted to read them - hello, dystopian novels are my thing!  Oh, and Alexander Skarsgård?  Yes, please!

China Glaze The Giver Display

I went looking for the books and found them for a really great price in the iBooks store, then proceeded to read all of them in 3 days, much to my husband’s dismay.Now that I have had time to digest them, I have started worrying about the movie!  Is this movie just the first book?  I can’t find anything about future movies!  Plus, the book doesn’t spell everything out for you, instead if forces you to think for yourself.  Will the movie be a dumbed down version?

China Glaze The Giver Collection

OK, enough of my rambling!  On to the real reason you are here – let’s look at the China Glaze Giver Collection!  If you have not read the books, the names may not have meaning to you – yet!  The China Glaze® The Giver collection includes: China Glaze Boundary of Memory
Boundary of Memory – Black with gold and amber glitter
China Glaze Community
Community – Brown crème
China Glaze Five Rules
Five Rules – Clay crème
China Glaze Seeing Red
Seeing Red – Red crème
China Glaze History of the World
History of the World – Navy crème
China Glaze Intelligence Integrity Courage
Intelligence, Integrity & Courage – Gray-blue crème
China Glaze New Birth
New Birth – Baby blue crème
China Glaze Capacity to See Beyond
Capacity to See Beyond – Bright aqua crème
China Glaze Givers Theme
Givers Theme – Vivid violet crème
China Glaze Friends Forever, Right?
Friends Forever, Right? – Baby pink crème
China Glaze Release
Release – Greige crème
China Glaze The Outer Edge
The Outer Edge – White and silver glitter

China Glaze® The Giver limited edition nail polish collection is available at beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and Ulta stores. Individual shades retail for $7.50 MSRP.

What are you more excited about?  The polishes, or the movie?
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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, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze). #CGTheGiver.
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30 July 2014

OPI Nordic Collection Fall/Winter 2014 ♥ Swatches & Review

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OPI Nordic Collection
It’s almost August… are you thinking about Fall yet?  If not, the OPI Nordic Fall/Winter 2014 Collection will get you there!  The OPI Nordic Collection is filled with warm browns and rich plums, exactly what I think of for Autumn.  There are some great transition shades too – a bright pink, a delicious orange, a fun purple and a jade green!  I love that 10 of the 12 shades are crème!

So that I don’t repeat myself, all swatches below are two coats of color plus top coat.

OPI My Dogsled is a HybridOPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid

My Dogsled is a Hybrid is a smooth, creamy green that is more jade than mint, which makes it stand out in my collection.  I could not find any dupes!  The formula was perfect too, which cannot be said for some of the mint greens in my collection.

OPI Can't Afjord Not ToOPI Can't Afjord Not To

Can't Afjord Not To is a fun melon orange.  I love that I can wear this shade “now” without it feeling “too fall.”  The formula was thin but controllable (meaning it didn’t flood my cuticles).

OPI Going My Way or NorwayOPI Going My Way or Norway?

Going My Way or Norway? is a light warm-toned tan shade.  I really didn’t think I would like this one, but once I got it on it was more flattering than I thought it would be!  The first coat was thin but not at all patchy.  I was impressed that it only needed two coats.

OPI Ice-Bergers & FriesOPI Ice-bergers & Fries

Ice-bergers & Fries is a warm-toned medium brown.  Once again, I am not drawn to shades like this, but I liked it once it was on my tips!  Again, the formula was thin but only needed two coats.

OPI How Great is your DaneOPI How Great is your Dane?

How Great is your Dane? is an elegant cool-toned dark brown… much more my speed!

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holmOPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm?

Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm?  I don’t know if they have this color in Stockholm, but they should!  This purple is everything!!!

OPI Thank Glogg It's FridayOPI Thank Glogg It's Friday!

Thank Glogg It's Friday! is the obligatory red shimmer.  I don’t think this collection needed it.

OPI Skating on Thin IcelandOPI Skating on Thin Iceland

Skating on Thin Iceland is a rich aubergine.  The first coat went on light, but the color deepened on the second coat.

OPI Viking in a Vinter VonderlandOPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

Viking in a Vinter Vonderland is a wonderful deep purple.  I would call it vampy, but it felt more elegant than that.  The formula was thin but easy to apply.

OPI My Voice is a Little Norse (over Skating on Thin Iceland)OPI My Voice is a Little Norse (over Skating on Thin Iceland)

My Voice is a Little Norse (over Skating on Thin Iceland) is a textured silver holographic glitter in a grey base. 

OPI My Voice is a Little Norse (over Viking in a Vinter Vonderland)OPI My Voice is a Little Norse (over Viking in a Vinter Vonderland)

My Voice is a Little Norse (over Viking in a Vinter Vonderland)

OPI What A Nice Finn-ishOPI Suzi Has A Sweet Tooth

What A Nice Finn-ish is a bronze-leaning gold frost.  Not my cup of tea, but I liked that it didn’t show brushstrokes.

Suzi Has A Sweet Tooth is a bright Barbie pink.  It felt slightly out of place to me with the rest of the collection.


When I first saw promo pictures of this collection, I admit I was underwhelmed.  When I think of Nordic, I think of mountains, ice, and downhill skiing, so I thought this collection would be cool blues, icy silvers and frosty whites.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s a fabulous fall collection… it’s just the name that doesn’t fit!

My favorites from this collection are My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Can’t Afjord Not To, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland and  Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?

The OPI Nordic Collection will be available soon.
What shade are you most excited about?
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