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China Glaze Winter 2013 Collection: Happy HoliGlaze!

Hi there ladies!

So I think I’ve officially found my favorite holiday collection being released this year! I know, OPI and Essie are hard to beat, and I haven’t even touched on Zoya yet, but seriously. China Glaze this year has some really unique colors that don’t just focus on warm reds and winter blues. Instead, we have a virtual holiday rainbow! I love it because it reminds me of all my favorite shiny Christmas decorations my family puts up around the holiday season. Here’s a pic of the colors and display!





Here are the color descriptions given by China Glaze!

  • There’s Snow One Like You – White with matte glitter (Limited Edition Texture)
  • Elfin’ Around – Red-Rust with Aluminum-like Mirror Finish
  • Just Be-Claws – Red with Aluminum-like Mirror Finish
  • Santa Red My List – Pink-Red with Aluminum-like Mirror Finish
  • Put A Bow On It – Magenta glitter
  • Be Merry, Be Bright – Multi Magenta/ Purple Glitter
  • All Wrapped Up – Midnight Purple/ Blue Glitter
  • Your Present Required – Multi Size Colour Glitter
  • So Blue Without You – Blue with Aluminum-like Mirror Finish
  • Bells Will Be Blinging – Blue/ Gold Multi Glitter
  • Mingle With Kringle – Fierce Gold with Aluminum-like Mirror Finish
  • This Is Tree-Mendous – Green & Fine Gold Glitter

In addition to the main set, there are also a TON of LIMITED EDITION mini sets you can buy! That’s right, folks, LE, so make sure to pick them up fast! I’ll include pictures and a brief description of each!

Be Merry: This set includes four red and pink-based polishes: Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List, Put a Bow on it, Be Merry, Be Bright


Sparkle All the Way: This set includes 3 red and purple shimmer and glitter polishes: Be Merry, Be Bright, Just Be-Claws, Your Present Required


Oh, Joy!: This set includes 4 red and blue polishes with a “joy” necklace: Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List, Your Present Required, So Blue Without You


Get Carried Away: 3 red/blue polishes with a silver change purse included: Santa Red My List, Your Present Required, So Blue Without You



Snow Buddy: Red and purple polishes with a white texture polish and a stuffed polar bear: There’s Snow One Like You, Be Merry, Be Bright, Elfin’ Around



Dash of Dazzle: a blue and gold polish set: Mingle With Kringle, So Blue Without You, Bells Will Be Blinging



Good Spirits: Gold and blue polishes with a complementary China Glaze shot glass! (perfect for that eggnog, lol): Bells Will Be Blinging, Mingle With Kringle 



Touch of Twinkle: Another gorgeous red-based set: Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List, Be Merry, Be Bright



Be Bright: True to its name, this set is all glitters and shimmer! This is a mini-polish set: Your Present Required, Be Merry, Be Bright, Bells Will be Blinging, Mingle With Kringle 



Obviously, there’s a lot of overlap between the sets, but there should be something to satisfy everyone here! Of course, if you have a lemming for that Tree-mendous green, you’re going to have to purchase that one separately 😦 Oh well.

This collection should become available at salons and beauty supply stores in October 2013, but we can hope it’ll be sooner, right? 😀 China Glaze polishes generally retail between $7-$8. The 3-polish mini sets should be about $6.50, but that’s subject to change. I’ll update this if I find out more!

So which of the three collections I’ve previewed is your favorite so far? And which of the HoliGlaze colors do you like the best? Let me know in the comments!




Essie Winter 2013 Collection: Shearling Darling and Pink About It

Hi all!

Today I have for you the press release for Essie’s Winter 2013 collection: Shearling Darling! These rich, luxurious colors conjure up images of sitting around the fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa, enjoying the warmth of the fire and the holiday season. At least the colors do that for me! There are 6 gorgeous shades in this collection, and most look like they’re going to be shimmery and gorgeous (which I love for the holiday season). Here are some of the press release photos below!



Here are the names of the colors!


Here are my descriptions of the colors!

Shearling Darling: a rich, maroon creme perfect for the holdays

Toggle to the Top: a subtle red glitter that sparkles like even the brightest of Christmas lights

Sable Collar: a deep, burgundy-purple shade that glows subtly on the nail

Parka Perfect: a gorgeous navy creme that conjures images of a winter night

Mind Your Mittens: a frosty grey-blue shimmer that looks like shining fresh snow

Warm & Toasty Turtleneck: a warm lilac creme that counteracts the coldness of the winter season

I really like this collection, guys! I think Essie has really outdone themselves for this collection. I cannot wait to see what these colors look like on the nail! I’m wondering if Parka Perfect will be a dupe of either Essie School Boy Blazer from the For the Twill of it collection fall 2013, or of OPI Incognito in Sausalito from the fall 2013 San Francisco collection. I also think that Sable Collar could be very similar to OPI I Knead Sourdough from the San Fran Collection. Hopefully I’ll have swatch comparisons soon!

The other collection Essie is releasing this winter is a pink polish duo called Pink About it, in support of breast cancer research. The two colors in this collection are Pink About it, a subtle pink holo, and Pink Works, a lighter pink that glows subtly red. Here are some press release photos!

Right: Pink About it Left: Pink Works

Right: Pink About it
Left: Pink Works



The Shearling Darling collection is scheduled to be released at salons, beauty supply stores, and drugstores in October 2013, and the Pink About it collection should be released in September 2013, but hey, we can always hope for sooner! Essie polishes generally retail for $8, and you can find out all about the brand on their website, here.