Thursday, July 11, 2013

China Glaze Autumn Nights 2013 - Scandalous Shenanigans

The series is being continued today with Scandalous Shenanigans (love that name), a rich blue shimmer, from the Autumn Nights Collection 2013 of China Glaze.
SS (not the best of abbreviations), lets make it CGSS (that's better) is a smoldering velvety deep blue.
If you work precise and do not let the polish pool...this could be an one coater as well (like Queen B)!
It is a bit prone to brush strokes but it levels out quite nicely.

Here it is:

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans
China Glaze - Scandalous Shenanigans

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans

Then I compared it to queen B, just to have a look at the difference in blue tone....

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans
China Glaze - Scandalous Shenanigans and Queen B
China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans
Left: Queen B           Right: Scandalous Shenanigans
As you can see Queen B is more purple toned and more dusty. The metallic particles give CGSS that smoldering velvety look.....very autumn appropriate, I would say.

Next up will be my unexpected favorite of the bunch >curious?<

China Glaze Autumn Nights 2013 - Queen B and Essie - No More Film

I just could not resist when I stumbled upon a few of the China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection.....I just had to buy them!
I will start the little series with a creme: Queen B (which will be a reference to Beyonce and baby Blue I presume...). When I opened the box and I saw this colour my first thought was: "I have already seen this polish before". I know it is a plain creme, dark and dusty blue-purple so that is not so peculiar. Yet......Essie kept popping up in my mind....

First some pics of Queen B:

China Glaze Queen B
China Glaze - Queen B

China Glaze Queen B

China Glaze Queen B

China Glaze Queen B
It is a very nice dark and dusty purple-blue creme. It is pigmented like crazy and I only needed ONE coat!
Upon removal it does not leave smurf fingers, so that is an extra bonus!

Do you see the Essie colour in Queen B yet.....it is Essie No More Film.
They are dupes.

See for yourself:

China Glaze Queen B and Essie No More Film
China Glaze - Queen B and Essie- No More Film

China Glaze Queen B and Essie No More Film
Pointer and ring: Essie middle and pinkie: China Glaze

China Glaze Queen B and Essie No More Film
Left: Essie           right: China Glaze
My pointer and ringfinger are Essie No More Film and my middle and pinkie are Queen B. In most lights there is no difference, in low light NMF seems to be a tiny bit more purple and less dusty then Queen B.
Essie NMF needed 2 coats to be opaque, so if you do not own the Essie I would recommend the China Glaze. If you have NMF then you do not need Queen B, in my humble opinion.



China Glaze Autumn Nights 2013 - Tongue & Chic

Part 3 of my little Autumn Nights Series is today!

My unexpected favorite of the bunch is Tongue & Chic, a smoldering and lush bottle green (emerald shimmer, China Glaze calls it). I was afraid the colour would be too rich and too cold for my skin tone but it is not! >yeah<
T&C has the same metallic particles as Scandalous Shenanigans and thus the same velvety look....

Here it is *drum roll*:
China Glaze Tongue & Chic
China Glaze - Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic
It is such a deep and murky kind of green: love it! It is like looking in deep and murky waters, with the sun playing on the surface.
It look a bit Christmassy as well :-)

Needless to say, but I'll say it nevertheless: ONE COATER!


China Glaze Autumn Nights 2013 - Red-y & Willing

Last but not least out of my little China Glaze Autumn Nights series, there is Red-y & Willing (like in CG Adventure Red-y; did that, done that...why repeat? It wasn't that cute....).
R&W is in the same family as the prior two polishes (Scandalous Shenanigans and Tongue & Chic) it has the signature metallic particles and has thus the same smoldering velvety look...only this one is red(y) a deep warm burgandy red. China Glaze calls this a red shimmer...well, yes it is. Perhaps more of a burgundy wine shimmer.
 

China Glaze Red-y & Willing
China Glaze - Red-y & Willing

China Glaze Red-y & Willing

China Glaze Red-y & Willing

China Glaze Red-y & Willing

China Glaze Red-y & Willing


It oozes autumn, winter, X-mas, cherries in brandy, smoldering fires, velvety drapes and what have you.
I'll wear this again, when the nights are long and the days are cold.

This was, an exception, a two coater.

Here are the three colours together (a winter college style trio):

China Glaze Tongue & Chic Scandalous Shenanigans Red-y & Willing
China Glaze Tongue & Chic - Red-y & Willing -  Scandalous Shenanigans
In the bottle they look quite frosty on the nail that frost disappears and gives it that rich look you see in the pics (I hope).Conclusion for the Autumn Nights Collection quartet: lovely dark and velvety colours but all in all not terribly exciting. The finish is nice but not spectacular...it's a pitty there are no other finishes in the collection it is either creme or shimmer....
It is lovely that three out of four are one coaters >love that<





Happy happy, joy joy!!! A rainbow mani with OPI, Essie, Zoya, Sation, Orly, Koh, Collistar, H&M and Sinful Colors

I love rainbows!
I love arranging pencils in a rainbow, hair elastics, egg holders, plates, glases, books, clothes, necklaces and naturally to select polishes in rainbow shades.
So that is what I did and then I mixed them up to get it a little more playfull....things you can do on a not so sunny afternoon...... ;-)

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours
My left hand

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours
Diffused light

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours
Natural light

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours
My right hand

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours
Diffused light

Rainbow Polishes, Orly, Koh, Essie, Zoya, H&M, Sation, Collistar, Sinful Colours
Natural light
I used the following colours, on my left hand (all 2 coats):

Thumb: Essie - Fear or Desire
Index: Collistar Smalto Gloss - 534 Verde Dinamica
Middle: Zoya - Kristi
Ring: Koh Colours! - 265 Rock Chick
Pinkie: Orly - Fancy Fuchsia

On my right hand I used:

Thumb: Collistar Smalto Gloss -538 Giallo Ambiziosa (3 coats)
Index: H&M Nail Polish - Chica Boom Boom
Middle: Koh Colours! - 217 No Worries
Ring: SinfulColours - 80 Dream On
Pinkie: Sation - Miss Emo Shun All

I think it worked: the colours were balanced and it made my not so sunny day a bit brighter!