Odds and Ends

Hi.  I hope you’re having a nice New Year’s Eve.  Today I’m posting some odds and ends of holiday polishes I bought this season.

The first batch is from head2toebeauty.com.

These are two holiday mini sets from China Glaze.

1 - Opal's Gems - China Glaze Cheers set

Above includes Angel’s Wings and Glistening Snow from the Holiday Joy collection.

2 - Opal's Gems - China Glaze Stocking Stuffers set

Above includes Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses  from the Holiday Joy collection.

In a previous haul, I bought three of the Color Club Halo Hues: Cherubic, Blue Heaven, and Halo-graphic.  I loved them so much, I bought the other three of the set.  They are so gorgeous!  How could I resist?

3 - Opal's Gems - CC Halo Hues

4 - Opal's Gems - CC Halo Hues

Next are four polishes from the Color Club Winter Affair collection: Winter Affair, Ho-Ho-Holly, and Gift of Sparkle.  I’ve already used Ho-Ho-Holly in a previous post.

5 - Opal's Gems - CC Holiday Polishes

6 - Opal's Gems - CC Holiday Polishes

Below I have China Glaze Winter Holly (Holiday Joy collection) and Color Club Snow Flakes (Winter Affair collection).

I’ve already shown Winter Holly being used in a couple of my blog posts.  Here and here.

This season, I’ve bought several of the polishes from the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, including the mini sets above.  I showed Pizzaz and Glitter All the Way in this post.

 7 - Opal's Gems - Winter Holly & CC Snow Flakes

8 - Opal's Gems - CG Winter Holly & CC Snow Flakes

You might remember back around Halloween I had some nail polishes in round bottles with Jack’o’lantern faces.  These are put out by Blue Cross Beauty.  Well, they also have cute little snowmen bottles.

They are so adorable!  And so far the ones I’ve tried are really nice.

I bought these ones directly from their website, but you have to buy a whole display.  (I did that because I want to use the extras as gifts.)

9 - Opal's Gems - Blue Cross Snomen

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I also got a set of nail polish pens from them.  They act as both a striping brush and a pen.  I bought the holiday set, which should have been red, green, gold, silver, black and white.  Unfortunately, instead of green they sent hot pink!  I asked them to send me green to replace the missing ones and when I received them, they were neon green.  Not too Christmasy!

12 - Opal's Gems - Art Pens from Blue Cross

Here are the ones that should have been a nice glittery Christmas green!

13 - Opal's Gems - Art Pens from Blue Cross

The green one doesn’t even have the printing on the bottle!

Now I can update my stash count.  I only update it when I update a haul and I’m way behind!

My current count is

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Holiday Nails – Two Final Christmas Manis

Hi.  I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!  I have two final Christmas manis to show you.

In this first one I used Zoya Aurora for the base to look like the evening sky with stars.  I used China Glaze Winter Holly for the Christmas tree, and China Glaze Pizzaz painted over the tree for the ornatments.  Finally, I used a star from Hollywood Walk of Fame from the Wet’n’Wild Fergie collection.

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3 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Tree nails

4 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Tree nails

The second one was straight Christmas glitz that I wore for Christmas day.  I used China Glaze Poinsettia as the base with a coat of fine red glitter from the Blue Cross snowmen colours.  (These polishes don’t have colour names.)  Next, I taped off the tip at an anlge and applied glitter: first some China Glaze Twinkle Lights, which is a fine gold, green and red glitter, then coated that with another of the Blue Cross snowmen colours, this time in a coarse red and green glitter.  Finally, I used a green foil striping tape between the red and glitter, and topped the whole thing off with my usual clear top coat, Seche Vite.

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The snowmen nail plish bottles are so cute!

6 - Opal's Gems - Christmas nails

7 - Opal's Gems - Christmas nails

This second one is fun and glitzy, but I was disappointed with how the striping tape lost some of it’s colour (mostly noticable on the middle finger) when I applied the clear topcoat.

I received loads of new polishes for Christmas, so I’ll be posting those soon.  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

Holiday Nails – A Bit of Holly

1-Opal's Gems - Christmas French

Hi.  I know I already posted today, but I had time to do one more!  Again, a very simple mani–just Zoya Blaze with China Glaze Winter Holly on the tips.

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I think it looks a little bit like glittery watermelon, but I like it!

4-Opal's Gems - Christmas French

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I wanted to post pictures of the haul that included Winter Holly, and Snow Flakes from the earlier post, but I haven’t had time to take them yet.  Maybe in a few days.

I’ll definitely need to update my stash counter! (Of course,  I have the feeling I’ll have several more to add after Christmas!)

Holiday Nails – A Bit of Glitter

Hi.  This is a really quick post because I should be wrapping gifts!  This is another simple holiday mani.

1-Opal's Gems - CC Ho-Ho-Holly & CG Glitter All the Way

I used Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, which is a lovely foil-like green with a gold shimmer.  Next, I used China Glaze Glitter All the Way lightly scattered on the tips.  This glitter is a lovely combination of purple, green, red, blue, and gold.

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It was a beautiful combination with a lot of sparkle.  Here’s a slightly out of focus shot to show it off better.

5-Opal's Gems - CC Ho-Ho-Holly & CG Glitter All the Way

Holiday Nails – A Bit of Sparkle

Hi.  The holidays are fast approaching and I have a few Christmas manicures to share.  This first one doesn’t even use any of my new holiday polishes.

I wanted to do something quick and simple, so I pulled out China Glaze Ruby Pumps.  I love the glitter in this.  I then used China Glace Snow Globe overtop to give a bit of sparkle.

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Opal's Gems - CG Red Pumps & CG Snow Globe - 1

Opal's Gems - CG Red Pumps & CG Snow Globe

Here are some more pictures.  You can only see a bit of the sparkle of Ruby Slippers.  It’s so much prettier in real life!

Opal's Gems - A Bit of Sparkle

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7 - Opal's Gems - A Bit of Spa

More to come over the next couple of days!

I Struck Gold!

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Hi.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I had deadlines for both my serial novel and review proof pages for my February release.

It was my birthday recently and my friend (and almost daughter), Jenn, got me some lovely polishes from Sephora.

She knows me so well and always picks out exactly what I would like.  Such as the “It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat” from Sephora.  There are a number of gold flake topcoats out now:  from Sephora, Jessica, Zoya, and OPI, but I really like the Sephora because the flakes are so fine, and plentiful.

    

    

She also got me a Sephora  + PANTONE UNIVERSE® Opulent Lacquer trio.  There are four trio sets (gold, silver, red, black) and she got me the black set.

Left to Right:  Tornado, Anthracite, Shale

There are two glitters, and a black crème that will be a great base.

Here’s a close-up of the glitters so you can see the beautiful colours.

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Jenn wanted to try out the gold leaf, so we did her nails with China Glaze Audrey as the base coat.

Here’s the result.

I love this combination of turquoise and gold, and the flakes are so delicate looking.

Here’s a close-up.  So pretty!

A few days later, I used the trio.

I used Anthracite (plain black) as the base,  then Tornado on my ring finger and thumb and Shale on the other fingers.

Here’s a close-up of Shale.  Look at the gorgeous multi-colour holo!

Here’s an out of focus shot of Tornado to show how much the holo flashes!

I know I have some more nail polish to come for my birthday.  I’ll find out this weekend, so I should have more new polishes to showcase soon!

And my count has gone up:

Frightfully Fun! (Part 3)

Hi!  Here is my final Halloween haul, though as I mentioned last time, there are only three Halloween polishes.  This is a selection of polishes I order from Eighty Eight Beauty Supply, including some older polishes and some brand new ones.

First are the three Halloween polishes, all from China Glaze.  The first two are from the 2011 Haunting collection and the other one is from the 2010 Awakening collection.

Here are some close-ups so you can see the lovely shimmer and glitter.


It’s Alive (Haunting collection)


Haunting (Haunting collection)


Ick-a-bod-y (Awakening collection)

Next up, I have two lovely glitters from new Holiday Joy collection from China Glaze, along with Techno from the older Electropop collections.  I’ve admired Techno from afar.  Who wouldn’t?  Look at those gorgeous holo circles.

Pizzazz (Holiday Joy collection)

Glitter All the Way (Holiday Joy collection)

Techno (Electropop collection)

Here I have some oldies but goodies from Color Club.

Red Velvet (Untamed Luxury collections)

Worth the Risque (Femme Fatale collection) and Fashion Addict (Catwalk Queen collection)

I love duochromes, but I have a lot in my collection now, so when the Bohemian collection came out from China Glaze, I decided to get just one: Unpredictable.  Also, the royal blue is Cold Metal from Color Club to complete my Foiled collection.  I found the whole collection at Winner’s for a great price, but someone had taken out the blue and replaced it with a teal.  It’s a nice colour, but not part of the Foiled collection, so I ordered Cold Metal on-line.

While shopping the Eighty Eight site, I found these magnets to be used with magnetic polishes, so I picked them up.  Aren’t they cute?  They were $1.88 each.  They also had a little card that shows you the polarity lines on magnets, so I got that ,too.  I show it below displaying three of my magnets, including the star design from my China Glaze magnet.

Finally, I’m really excited by the next three.  They are from the new Halo Hues from Color Club.  As soon as I opened the package and saw the rainbow effect of the holo right in the bottles, I was in love!  They are so beautiful!  I think I’ll have to order the other three.

Look at the beautiful rainbow effect in the closeups.  They’re even more beautiful in real life!

Cloud Nine (Halo Hues collection)

Harp On It (Halo Hues collection)

Angel Kiss (Halo Hues collection)

That’s it for now!

Number of polishes in my collection:

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