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 – Shiny and Bright

1 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

Hi.  Time is flying by and I’ve been busy getting gifts wrapped and doing last minute holiday shopping.  I hope your preparations for the holidays are coming along well.

I needed a quick mani, but wanted to stay with the Christmas theme, so I decided to put on a quick coat of gold, then top it with some glitter.  I used my Zoya Ziv, then added a coat of Kleancolor Holiday Jingle.  I got my first bottles of Kleancolor on a trip to Toronto in the summer and have been looking forward to Christmas to use this lovely green glitter, and their red, too.

The Holiday Jingle is green glitter in a transluctent green base, so it gave the gold a lovely green glow!  I also added a coat of Color Club Snow Flakes, which is a red flakey, but it is so sublte  you can barely see it.  (I look forward to trying it over a different colour to see the effect.)

Here’s the result.

2 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

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4 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

5 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

The next day, I decided I’d like to enhance it, so I pulled out Kleancolor Red Sparkle.  When I painted it over Ziv on my thumb, I found it was a stronger base than the green, so rather than a hint of red, it went bright red, but oh, so lovely because over the gold it has a foil look!  As pretty as that was, though, I wanted something more glitzy, so I added the Kleancolor Holiday Jingle and I decided to add some gold glitter, too, so I used Glamorous from the Wet’n’Wild Fergie collection.

6 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

7 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

8 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

Next, I decided that the current colour on my other nails would look fabulous peeking out from the red, so I grabbed my striping take and here’s what I came up with.  (The green glitter is showing through the coat of red.)

9 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

10 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

And I left the thumb as is.

11 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

I was very happy with the result and wound up wearing this for almost two weeks.  I was amazed at how well it  held up!

12 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

Here’s a closeup of all that lovely glitter on my thumbnail.

13 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

I took some photos in the late afternoon with my poinsettias and the lighting was a bit dark, but I liked the result so I thought I’d share them.

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I still have a couple of Christmas manis to share, so I’ll try to get them up before Christmas.  (We’ll see if that works out!  lol)

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

5 - Opal's Gems - A Bit of Sparkle

6 - Opal's Gems - A Bit of Sparkle

7 - Opal's Gems - A Bit of Spa

More to come over the next couple of days!

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!

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