We’ve had a little tease of 3 days of 60 degree weather and I was THRIVING. I had my windows open, I could hear birds chirping, feel a lovely breeze, I remembered why I enjoy spring so much. And then that ended and we’re back down to 40s and I miss the warmth already, the TRAGEDY of being in the midwest. It’s that false spring that gets you every time.
So let’s look at some more lovely spring collections to take our feelings off of it, shall we?
This is the ‘Cali Dreams’ collection and it’s China Glaze’s release for Spring 2021. It features 8 cream shades in shades of orange, peach, coral and blue! I love the theme with the orange and blue together, and they really look so lovely together. It’s a perfect sunny and warm collection when the weather got a little cool again.
As always, I grabbed this from my main love, polishpick.com. These are gorgeous colors, so let’s get into the swatches already!
Up first we have ‘I’m No Tourist’. This is a super light beige cream shade with some peachy undertones. It pulls warmer but it definitely has some pink to it as well on me. This did have a streaky 1st coat, but it builds up well in 2 coats. I added a 3rd to cover any last streaks from the ridges in my nails, but most people will be good with just 2 coats.
If any of you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I’m deep into a project of watching a movie every single day. It started when quarantine began and my office switched to working from home, and now here I am almost 300 movies later! There have been a lot of classic movies that I hadn’t seen before, as well as new releases that I was interested in, so I’ve actually been so enjoying making myself sit down and start a hobby I thought about for a while, and at this point I’m just going to continue it for a full year! One of my friends even got me one of those scratch off “100 Essential Films” poster, so I’ve still got quite a list ahead of me.
And movies and classic films fits right in with the polishes we’re talking about today! Look at that, connecting two of my hobbies, world collide. That’s right, I found a way to connect my rambles right into the collection review.
That collection we’re looking at today is the China Glaze ‘Jollywood’ collection for Winter 2020! This is 12 shades of glitz and glam, and lots of glitter and sparkle inspired by old Hollywood glamour. As always, I purchased this full collection from PolishPick.com aka my ride or die.
We have so many fun shades in this set, so let’s get right into these swatches!
Listen, one thing I’ll forever love about China Glaze and something I hope they never stop doing is releasing collections just for Halloween. Some of their iconic and most talked about releases have been previous Halloween collections, and I’m sad that I didn’t join the nail community until after some of these classics. (Forever wanting a bottle of Don’t Let the Dead Bite). They have come out with some of the most weird and unique shades for these collections and just GIVE ME MORE.
Now 2020 has been real weird, and of course has affected releases overall. Because of –you know-, China Glaze didn’t release a fall collection for the year, but we still did get a Halloween release and that’s all I need. (I fully know at the point of posting that most of these shades are sold out, but I did still want to get this review up! Mostly for archival purposes, or for anyone who happens to run across them in a destash or otherwise!)
So today we’re looking at the China Glaze Spellbound collection, a 6 bottle release for Halloween! This features 3 matte finish shades, and 3 “normal” finish polishes. I grabbed 3 from PolishPick, but this collection was definitely very popular and was sold out in a lot of places by the time I was getting around to reviewing. I posted about missing out on 3 shades and one of my nail friends Joy from @JoyDumpling (follow her immediately) sent me the 3 I was missing! Forever the nail community is one of the most generous and the friendships I have from it are my favorites.
Alright random little wholesome friendship story aside, let’s get into the swatches!
It’s a rainy, lazy day over here – I say that like all the other days haven’t been lazy as well. We gotta accept the lazy when it comes, and hold onto the productivity when it comes as well, so we’re finally getting this post up!
There’s been lots of interesting nail polish releases happening and I just have all of this time to shop online right now SO don’t worry you’ll be getting lots of posts and swatches on the way. I’m here to show you the polishes and enable along the way!
So first up let’s look at this wash of white on the feed. This is the new China Glaze ‘White Hot’ collection for Summer 2020. It features 6 white shades in all different finishes and formulas. I grabbed these from my main source for all polishes, polishpick.com. (Forever my fav place for ordering polish, with the best prices. They fully have a hold on me at this point).
This collection is the epitome of “they’re all different, I swear!” and I can only imagine my mother’s face if I showed her a picture of these 6 polishes I just bought. (She’s supportive but doesn’t fully understand, and that’s okay. She also thinks I have way too many nail polishes and you know, she’s correct there. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom).
BUT THEY ARE DIFFERENT, OKAY. We’ve got some different finishes and formulas here and overall, I SWEAR they’re all different. You might not like ’em all, or any of them, but that’s how it works with all polishes and it’s all about personal taste! Alright enough yammering, let’s get on into the swatches where I’ll show you how they’re different.
I’m being a good little productive bean here and catching up on some posts! Listen, I had a time where I just didn’t have the motivation to blog AND THAT’S OKAY. I’ve been telling myself it’s okay to not be productive 24/7 while quarantining, and it’s a very important lesson we all need. Like if you just need to lay around in bed? Lay around in bed, y’all! It’s a weird time and we need to be nice to ourselves right now and it’s important to relax and give ourselves some rest!
Okay spiel that’s mostly to myself is over now. I’m back in for blogging because it’s a lovely distraction for not just me, but others right now, and I always find it relaxing! There will definitely continue to be reviews here for you to read, and lots of polish to talk about! I’ll also be reviewing some older collections that I never got a chance to review, so it’ll be a nice little mix all around! Nail polish is always here for us.
So today, we have a new China Glaze collection! This is an 8 piece collection in collaboration with the new Trolls World Tour movie, and is their Spring 2020 release. It features 8 bright and colorful shades with names that reference the movies. All of the caps are printed with the hand that says “Trolls World Tour”.
I purchased this collection from polishpick.com, aka my favorite place to buy discounted new collections that you’ve heard enough about already.
I can’t believe it’s a week into December already! The time is just flying by and it’s crazy to think that Christmas is so close. It’s probably because it’s still so warm here – In fact it was 45 today while we were out shopping and that just doesn’t seem right. Chicago is normally so cold and snowy, so I want snow, dang it! (See if I still say that after we’re buried in it). It just doesn’t seem right to not have a White Christmas, so I can only hope for some snow. What is Christmas weather like for you???
Now, today we’re talking about a big ol’ glitter fest of a collection, and that helps keep up the festive spirit even in this unusual weather!
China Glaze once again collaborated with Sesame Street to continue celebrating their 50th anniversary. It’s a 12 piece collection filled with so much sparkle, it’s even just fun to look at.
I picked all of these up from polishpick.com! It’s where I get all of my China Glaze collections now as well – they have incredibly fast shipping and always get the collections in so quickly! They retail for $3.25 each.
Of course, we have a lot of polishes and a lot of glitz and sparkle to look at, so let’s get right into it!
Heyooooo, we got another post! We’re still finishing up a couple fall posts, and then we’re going straight on into Holiday reviews already. Scary, right?
SPEAKING OF SCARY, today we’re looking at the China Glaze Halloween release. (Seamless transition). Listen, I know it’s November 1st, Halloween was yesterday, blah blah blah I DON’T CARE. Since I’m celebrating this weekend, Halloween continues until this weekend, thank you.
And come on, we can all be spooky all winter. It’s spooky enough that it was snowing yesterday on Halloween.
So let’s talk about this China Glaze collection! This is a 6 polish collection called ‘To Catch a Color’ and it has a variety of true-crime inspired names. So of course, while swatching, I pulled up my trusty 21 streaming seasons of Law & Order: SVU. I know y’all love Benson & Stabler as much as I do. Again, combining my two loves of nail polish and true crime. LET’S GET INTO IT. DUN DUN.
I picked this whole collection up off polishpick.com (if you purchase anything from there, you can put in my name as who sent you – I don’t get any commission off this, it just helps the website to see where people come from). Now into the swatches!
I’m going full fall today, everyone. I’m finishing up this post this morning, and then later today heading out with my friends to go apple picking and corn maze-ing for a full day of AUTUMN. I can’t wait, and I’m so excited. I missed out on some more “traditional” fall activities last year, so I can’t wait to fully enjoy the season. It’s finally chilly and I feel my power returning with every sweater I put on.
And of course, let’s continue talking about fall polishes! Up today we’re talking about the China Glaze collection for Fall 2019. This is the ‘Gone West’ collection, and it contains 8 polishes. (I’ve been loving China Glaze’s smaller collections lately, it’s definitely easier to knock out 8 swatches in a night than 12).
I picked these up from polishpick.com, my favorite place for OPIs and China Glaze. (If you do order from there, there’s a dropdown to put in my name! It helps me get discounts on all of the polishes I buy to review! But no pressure, and don’t feel obligated. I don’t get any compensation from it besides a slight blogging discount).
China Glaze came out with an adorable collaboration with Sesame Street for their 50th anniversary! It’s a 12 piece collection of lots of colorful shades and lots of sparkle.
It took a little longer to get my hands on this collection, but it was so dang worth it! I ended up purchasing from polishpick.com, and there are still some shades left there as well as on head2toebeauty.com.
Let’s get into it!
All of the caps have these adorable little printed characters on them. They have the little face on one side, and then the little “symbol” of them on the other side, with the You Do Hue name printed as well. There are 3 different characters: Big Bird and his feather, Oscar the Grouch and a fish skeleton, and Cookie Monster and a cookie. I think it’s just so cute, and I love when the caps are special for a collection.
We have a lot of swatches to get through, so let’s get into the polish already!
I’m adding in a new type of post to go with my reviews! From now on I want to do my best to make sure my review posts are followed up with a comparisons posts (I loved the idea from Manigeek with her Comparison posts. That’s where I was mainly inspired as well as others on Instagram – specifically @polish.lab.rat and @clmck1620). I went through all of my drawers and pulled out any sort of similar color – then showed the top 3 comparisons (if there were that many) on my nails! If it’s a super common color with a lot of close duplicates, I’ll expand it out to show more with swatch sticks.
I have so many polishes now that it’s only fair I start comparing them! I know it’s always helpful for me to see, and others love to see it as well! I’ll be mainly showing mainstream brands – OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Orly & Zoya – as I have the most of those and it’ll be easier to go through.
And if you ever have specific comparisons you’re curious about, feel free to let me know! If I have the polish I’ll definitely make sure to put up photos, both on here and on my Instagram.
This comparison post is for the China Glaze ‘Body & Sol’ collection – see the official review post up at the top as well. I ended up only finding comparisons for 5 of the 8 shades, and none were exact dupes this time.