China Glaze Tronica

For many of you who have been following China Glaze on Twitter, and are fans of us on Facebook, you may or may not have heard that China Glaze is releasing a limited edition collection of 12 holographic polishes called “Tronica”. The technology driven, fashion forward and edgy colors will be sure to become a cult classic. The 12 colors in the collection include:

  • Techno Teal – Turquoise Holographic
  • Virtual Violet – Violet Holographic
  • Electra Magnenta – Magenta Holographic
  • Gamer Glam – Purple Holographic
  • High Def -  Blue Holographic
  • Hologram -  Silver Holographic
  • Hyper Haute – Rasberry Holographic
  • 3D Fantasy – Peachy Pink Holographic
  • Digital Dawn – Dusty Rose Holographic
  • Cyberspace – Taupe Holographic
  • Mega Bite – Gold Holographic
  • Laser Lime – Lime Green Holographic

China Glaze Tronica will be available at BSG starting January/February 2011 and at Sally’s Beauty Supply starting March/April 2011. Which colors are your favorites? Which ones will you be picking up?

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China Glaze Crackle is Coming!

As many of you may know (from following China Glaze on Twitter and Facebook), we are launching a line of China Glaze Crackle polishes that will be available starting February 2011! Rather than just teasing you with just one crackle color, there will be a total of SIX amazingly fun colors! Below is a little taste of the China Glaze Black Mesh over China Glaze Medallion:

The six different Crackle colors will include: Black Mesh (black crackle), Lightening Bolt (white crackle), Broken Hearted (pink crackle), Cracked Concrete (grey crackle), Crushed Candy (teal crackle) and Fault Line (purple crackle).

China Glaze Crackle will be available at Sally’s and BSG in a 12 piece counter display. There will also be 3 packs kits available with a base color, a crackle glaze (either Broken Hearted, Black Mesh or Crushed Candy) and a China Glaze top coat.

What do you think about Crackle polish? Is this something you’re looking forward to trying?

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How Do You Store Your Polish?

So much polish and so many storage options! I know that there are many, MANY ways to store your polish, so I’m going to talk about some of the most popular ways that I’ve come across and how I personally store my own!

The Ikea Helmer is probably one of the most popular and most talked about storage methods. While I haven’t actually seen one in person, I’ve been told that height-wise, the shelves are the perfect size for most standard polish bottles. Both Christine from Temptalia and Michelle from All Lacquered Up are fans:

The Ikea Helmer has a total of 6 shelves which makes for an outrageous amount of storage. For those of you with a modest amount of polish, this would be great to start off with. The possiblities to grow your collections are practically endless! The Helmer comes in red, silver and white and retails for $39.99 USD.

Another popular storage method is with clear strorage containers that are meant for shoes. These are great because they give you a clear view as to which colors or brands you have in each box. They stack very easily which means they stay out of sight until you need to pull them out. These clear storage boxes from the Container store even come in pack of 20 for $29.80 or 1 for $1.79. Talk about a deal!

If you have any extra ones, they’d be perfect for your shoes (obviously) and other makeup that you need to stash away!

Some of you are lucky enough to have a room in your houses dedicated to makeup! If I were so lucky, I would probably put my polish on display with one of these professional acrylic racks that they use in the nail salons:

These are great because they let you see every single polish that you have! What better way to admire your collection than to have it posted on the wall next to your vanity? It’s not only practical, but it’s also a work of art. Granted, you must have the space for this but if you do, you’re one lucky gal! I found this rack on www.ebay.com under the search title “acrylic polish rack”.

I was browsing the Container Store website and came across some other storage methods that I think would be also be great for polish. While this 5 tiered storage bin is a little pricey at $199 USD, the solid steel construction sounds  ultra-durable and the slim design sounds like it would fit almost anywhere!

I personally don’t have a lot of polish at home! The polish that I do have is stored inside a vintage makeup train case like this one:

I found it on ebay and didn’t know what else to use it for, so in went my polish!

How do you store your polish? What do you find effective for the amount of space and frequency that you use your polish on a daily/weekly basis?

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China Glaze Holiday 2010 – Part 2

Here’s part 2 and the remaining 8 from the China Glaze Holiday 2010 promotion!

First is China Glaze Little Drummer Boy, a deep navy shimmer that is so unique for the holidays! I really liked this color because of how deep the shade of blue is. I only needed 2 coats to get complete coverage and it applied like a dream!

Second, we have China Glaze Sugar Plums. It’s a shimmery burgundy shade with flecks of multi-colored micro glitter in it. If you’re a fan of China Glaze Stella, you will LOVE Sugar Plums! It’s like Stella turned up a couple notches. This was 3 coats but you could definitely get away with two coats. I just like the look of extra coats!

Third, we have China Glaze Mommy Kissing Santa. A deep, shimmery red that is perfect if you love that extra shine. This was 2 coats.

Next up is China Glaze Phat Santa. A creamy, rich red that screams holidays! I really loved the way this applied. The formula was amazing and this was 3 coats.

Here we have China Glaze Ruby Deer. A bright, rich red. A little lighter than Mommy Kissing Santa, so ff you’re looking for a red that’s not too dark but is still vibrant and rich, this is your winner. This was 3 coats.

Next is China Glaze Jolly Holly, which is a deep, forest green shimmer. Really lovely and applied wonderfully. I love how unique this green shade is…it’s not only perfect for the holidays but I think it’s a great green for any other day of the year!

This is China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses. A green glitter that almost has a holographic effect to it. I was a little skeptical because I thought I was going to need tons of coats to get the right coverage, but I was pleasantly surprised when all I needed was 3 coats to get it perfect. I really like this color because it’s very unique as well and is definitely one of the standouts in the crowd.

Last, but not least is China Glaze Mrs. Claus. A red glitter that has a jelly-ish base. This also has a holographic look when applied. Very shimmery and very festive. This was 4 coats, but I added on that extra coat only because I could still see the crud stuck under my nails after the third coat. I’m sure if you have clean nails (mine were grungy from swatching) three coats is all you would need.

A post on the gift sets will be coming up next. Which colors are you going to be picking up now that you’ve seen all 16 of the colors?

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China Glaze Holiday 2010

Jingle bells…jingle bells! Yes, it’s getting close to that time of year again and China Glaze is here to celebrate the season in style with our 2010 Holiday Promotions! Complete with 16 fun colors that will be sure to spice up your hands and feet for the celebratory season. Here’s some photos and in depth descriptions of the first 8 colors!

First off is China Glaze Jingle Bells. This is a nudish champagne shimmer that would be complimentary on any skin tone. Application is very smooth and that’s needed is 2 coats to get full coverage. I topped this off with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry to add extra shine.

Second, we have China Glaze Cheers To You. This is a bright, shimmery silver that reminds me of Christmas tinsel. Application is smooth and two coats is needed as well for desired coverage. What amazed me about all the shimmers was how smoothly they went on, because  shimmers can sometimes be a little chunky and goopy.

Third, we have China Glaze Snow. This is a creamy, dense and smooth white polish. I absolutely love it! I think it’s something about the texture. China Glaze Snow is thick without being gloopy and all I needed was two coats of this to make it perfect. I probably wouldn’t wear this alone, but it would be great for French manicures and pedicures, along with being a base color for layering. I know it’s just a white polish, but I really liked this one, a lot! The formula is hands down, amazing.

Next up is China Glaze Peace on Earth. This is an olive-toned green shimmer. This is two coats of polish with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry on top. This color is so unique, especially for the Holidays and I’m glad that it was included in the promotion because it’s not a typical “Holiday” green. I was never a huge fan of green polishes until recently and now I can’t get enough! Olive green, lime green, slime green…I’m loving them all!

Here we have China Glaze Frosty. This is a sheer, shimmery white that’s perfect in layers. This has an amazing texture as well and took me three coats for the desired coverage.  A lot of you on Twitter were asking me  how this compares to China Glaze White-Kwik-Silver from the 2007 Surf Collection. I’ll be sure to swatch both and let everyone know how it turns out!

Next is China Glaze Party Hearty. This has a clear polish base with flecks of green, gold and red glitter. The red glitter is the largest and then the green and gold, respectively. Shown below is 3 coats in the photo below. You can definitely wear this alone, but I think it would look amazing as a top coat. I actually layered this over China Glaze Peace on Earth awhile back and it looked great!

Last, we have China Glaze Naughty or Nice. This is a deep, dark burgundy shade. It is so gorgeous and very dark, almost black. Show below is three coats with a swipe of Seche Vite Fast Dry on top. China Glaze Naughty and Nice was the first color I decided to swatch. I had the intention of taking it off and swatching more colors afterward, but once I put it on, I couldn’t take it off! It’s so gorgeous, I totally fell in love with it! It’s definitely one of my favorite Holiday colors.

 

The 2010 Holiday promotion will be available starting at the end of October. Which ones are your favorites and what will you be picking up?

Coming up next: The 8 remaining colors and information on the China Glaze Holiday Gift Sets!

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NOTD – Nail of the Day

Here’s a blast from the past: China Glaze Grape Juice from the Summer Days Collection! Many of you will remember this color from the Summer of 2009, along with all the other bright, juicy, fruit-inspired colors. This collection was definitely a favorite because of the glass-flecked micro glitter. Who doesn’t love some shimmer and shine?

China Glaze Grape Juice is still available and can be found at your local nail supply store or online. What was your favorite color from the China Glaze Summer Days collection?

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Poll – What’s Your Favorite Polish Finish?

I recently ran a poll on Twitter and the big question was “What’s your FAVORITE polish finish? Holographic, creme, glitter (chunky or micro)? Shimmer, matte, duo chrome, or jelly? ” According to the feedback I recieved from the people that responded, CREMES won with 35% of your votes! Most of you agreed that “Creme’s are classic;  you can never go wrong with a creme polish.” Here’s a popular creme, China Glaze For Audrey:

Coming in second was HOLOGRAPHICS with 23%! Can you believe that at one point during the poll, holographics and cremes were tied? I think the creme fans jumped on at the right time to give holos a run for their money! In the end, you all love holographics because of their “uniqueness”. I have to agree with you on that one! Here’s China Glaze LOL from the OMG Collection:

In third place was GLITTER with 13% of your votes! I understand that many people have a love/hate relationship with glitter. While you adore glitter polishes, you can’t stand the removal process! I completely understand where you’re coming from: How can something so beautiful be such a pain in the whoo-haa? Well, here’s a tip that’s been shared with me many times: Soak a piece of felt (this can be picked up in fabric stores) in actone and start rubbing away! The felt won’t break up into a million pieces like a cotton pad, so I promise that it will last through the removal process of all 10 fingers! With that being said, here’s one of China Glaze’s best-selling glitter polishes, Ruby Pumps:

Not to be forgotten, shimmer and duo-chrome polishes both came in at 7%, while jelly and matte polishes recieved 4% of the votes.

What’s your favorite China Glaze polish that falls into one of these categories?

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Celebrity Manicurist Files – The Nail Kit

Ahh, to live the life of the celebrity manicurist! Jet setting, fashion shoots, celebrities and fashion shows from coast to coast keeps them plenty busy! While traveling so much, it’s important to a manicurist to have everything they could possible need on hand so that they don’t hold up the shoot or keep the client waiting. Here are some of the most important items that celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec brings with her. Let’s take a peek inside!

 Julie Kandalec is often on the go - one minute she’s working on a magazine cover and the next week she’s at a fashion show working back stage.  Her kit includes:

  • Tons of implements (cuticle clippers, nail clippers, and cuticle pushers)
  • Full coverage tips
  • Gap filling adhesive
  • Cotton bands, pedicure slippers, and toe separators
  • Nail and cuticle treatments
  • Empty polish bottles for mixing and creating custom colors
  • Towels and massage oils
  • Glitters, crystals, colored gels and acrylics

Julie likes to keep and store the polish in the boxes that they come in. She figures that since they don’t break while in transit from the warehouse, they probably won’t break while she’s traveling. Clever girl! She’ll often change the colors that she brings with her as the season changes or whatever the editorial calls for. She recently did an advertisement campaign with Victoria’s Secret and brought along all sheer pinks and nudes, since that’s what was requested!

You might also be wondering why the polishes are stored upside down: This is so Julie has easy access to the colors! Rather than her and the client digging around for what they need, she can grab exactly what she’s looking for since the color of the bottle is visible at a quick glance. Not one to be unprepared, Julie also keeps additional polishes (organized by color) in large zip lock bags.

So now that you’ve gotten a peek into Julie’s kit, what do you keep inside of your nail kit? What are the items that you can’t live with out?

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Welcome to the China Glaze Blog!

One of our most popular colors, China Glaze Ruby Pumps.

After years of reading the wonderful nail blogs out there, China Glaze finally has a little blog of their own! So please stop by and say hello, leave a comment, a suggestion, or even a rant. We’re always here to listen to what you have to say!

Also, make sure to take a look at our newly re-launched China Glaze website: www.chinaglaze.com. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Thank you to our wonderful web and China Glaze marketing team for making this possible. They work extremely hard everyday and we appreciate everything that they do.

Let the adventure begin…Here we gooooo!

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Our Mission to Live in Colour

For over 13 years, China Glaze has exceeded the bar set by the professional nail care industry. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of globally rich, on-trend, innovative colour lacquers and treatments. Our colours provide the perfect accent to any individual style. From our neons, to reds, corals, to shades of blue, our colours’ inspiration is found on the shores of Tahiti, the nightlife in New York City, and beauty within every woman.

Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails. Need stronger, longer nails? Try our Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula. Want softer Cuticles? Check out our Orange Cuticle Oil. Looking to prevent chipping and peeling of your favorite colour? Our No Chip Top Coat is for you. For a flawless application every time, use our quality formulas with our optimized 440-strand brush. Nothing says the perfect nail like China Glaze.

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Our Mission to Live in Colour

For over 13 years, China Glaze has exceeded the bar set by the professional nail care industry. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of globally rich, on-trend, innovative colour lacquers and treatments. Our colours provide the perfect accent to any individual style. From our neons, to reds, corals, to shades of blue, our colours' inspiration is found on the shores of Tahiti, the nightlife in New York City, and beauty within every woman. Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails. Need stronger, longer nails? Try our Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula. Want softer Cuticles? Check out our Orange Cuticle Oil. Looking to prevent chipping and peeling of your favorite colour? Our No Chip Top Coat is for you. For a flawless application every time, use our quality formulas with our optimized 440-strand brush. Nothing says the perfect nail like China Glaze.