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There’s Lots of One-Coat Color To Love in the New China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 2

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China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze collection

The new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 2

The new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze collection is so good…

(How good is it?)

It’s so good that you just might lose yourself while painting your paws and forget to remove your hot rollers.

K wearing hot curlers


Please forgive the above picture. It started as a two-minute makeup look (brows, concealer, gloss), but I didn’t make it through the rest of the process before being distracted by all the one-coaters (ONE COAT!) in the second half of this new 12-piece holiday collection (if you missed it, here’s part one).

It’s the chrome finishes, man!

Glitters and textured polishes usually steal the spotlight, and yes, there’s gobs of glitter and show-stopping textures among the six shades here, but if you’re the kind of gal/guy who loves mad pigment from a single layer, you have lots to look forward to in this limited edition release, which lands on shelves next month.

For pics of the first half of this collection, check out May Your Days Be Merry and Bright With the China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 1

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Elfin Around

Elfin’ Around, a red rust with a shiny chrome-like finish

Elfin’ Around, a bright red polish with a hint of copper, only needs a single layer. It should look lovely on paws/claws attached to lacquer lovers with warm skin.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Just Be-Claws

Just Be-Claws, a red, also with a shiny aluminum-like/chrome finish

I really dig the fine flecks of glitter in Just Be-Claws, another one-coater from the collection. It’s subtle in the way that Chanel is. Save it for toes and your most festive strappy sandals.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Santa Red My List

Santa Red My List, a pinkish red with the same aluminum-like finish

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Something Wicked This Way Comes: Deborah Lippmann’s Bewitching Nail Trio Is Wicked Cute

Published in: Deborah Lippmann, Nails

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection

The new Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection ($29)

Wicked, the musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz, holds a special place in my heart, and not just because of the cool beats (“Popular! You’re gonna be pop-u-lar!”) or the killer stage makeup (hello, green skin) or ’cause I was lucky enough to see it 10 years ago at SF’s Curran Theater before it headed east to Broadway.

Nope, Wicked will forever be engraved in my mind as the show I was watching when I accidentally fell down the stairs in the theater, exposing my naughty bits to a whole mess of strangers.

It all started with my decision to wear 4-inch heels…

One flowing skirt and a misguided step later, and before I knew it, I was tumbling down a flight of bizarrely steep stairs, my skirt raising and lifting in unfortunate directions.

Yeah…let me put it this way: that night the mezzanine got a special kind of show. :) Thankfully, I was wearing non-ratty underwear.

If you also have fun, fond memories of the show, are just a fan of all things Oz, or love pink and green polishes and/or witches, you might find Deborah Lippmann’s new three-piece Wicked Collection ($29) bewitching.

Deborah, herself a fan of the show, made the set of three minis in honor of Wicked’s 10th anniversary this month, and like a perfect three-part harmony, the colors play off one another beautifully.

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection: Popular

Popular, a shimmery pink

Shimmery pink Popular was inspired by Glinda, one of the star witches in the show. Its color matches the dress Glinda wears while she sings the song of the same name.

I love Popular’s brightness and late ’80s vibe (I think I wore something just like it to the eighth grade dance, haha!), but I wish I didn’t need three coats for full opacity.

More pigment, please.

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection, Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity, a creamy green

Elphaba’s green epidermis sparked Defying Gravity, which I find super pretty. Plus, I only need two coats!

With creamy greens, you often run the risk of nails that end up looking like baby poo, but not in this case. Something about it reminds me of jade jewelry…

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection: One Short Day

One Short Day, a glittery emerald

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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright With the China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 1

Published in: China Glaze, Collections, Nails

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze

The new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection

Bells will be ringing and fingernails will be blinging when the new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection arrives next month.

Glitters and shiny chromes twinkle, twinkle like little stars in the limited edition 12-piece release, so if it’s the sparkly stuff that stokes your fire, BLING!

Here’s a sneak peek at the first half of the collection. Stay tuned for the second six very soon (tomorrow).

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Your Present Required

Your Present Required, a multicolored glitter-fest of glittery hexagons

Teal and purple flecks fill Your Present Required, a multicolored glitter-fest with a clear base.

I’m wearing three coats in the pic above…

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Bells Will Be Blinging

Bells Will Be Blinging, a blue and gold multicolored glitter

Glitter comes in all shapes and sizes, from little bits to longer bars, when the Bells Will Be Blinging. They almost create a speckled egg effect, don’t you think?

In that pic above, I’m wearing two coats.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: All Wrapped Up

All Wrapped Up, a midnight purple and blue glitter

Purplish blue All Wrapped Up looks downright Zoya-esque with its fine gritty finish. If you like tactile treats and textured nails, give this one a whirl. I’m wearing two coats here.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: This Is Tree-Mendous

This Is Tree-Mendous, a green with fine golden glitter

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It Only Takes a Minute To Fall for Dior Minuit Vernis Nail Polish, Especially If You Love Chanel Taboo

Published in: Dior, Nails

Dior Minuit Swatch

Dior Minuit

Could you please wait a Minuit? I forgot my toasty cat lady socks and boots. I’ll be right back…

There! Got ‘em. Now we can proceed. :)

But that reminds me, I would seriously consider freezing my toes off in strappy sandals just to be able to show off Dior’s new $26 Minuit Vernis nail polish.

Dior Minuit

Notice the cute limited edition packaging…

One of four Vernis polishes in the new Dior Golden Winter collection, it arrives with the rest of the release on counters next month.

Methinks Minuit will reel in the gals who loved last summer’s Chanel Taboo (like me). The two look quite alike at first glance, thanks to the dark purplish burgundy base, but Minuit is also swimming in golden micro glitter.

Dior Minuit swatch

See the tiny golden flecks?

And yet the glitter doesn’t dominate. Yeah, there’s a lot of it in there…but you can still see see the base, which I like, and the formula remains smooth and easy to apply.

Depending on the light, Minuit can also look completely different, like when I’m “working” in my office (also known as “the bathroom,” haha!), Minuit looks like a warmish burgundy/reddish purple, but when I take Tabs for a walk outside on a sunny day, it looks more like a cool, plummy blackened purple.


Dior Minuit swatch

Another shot o’ Minuit

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The Illuminati Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against the Orly Secret Society Holiday Collection

Published in: Collections, Nails

Orly Secret Society Holiday Collection


Come here. NO! Don’t look. Keep your eyes down. Walk toward me, but don’t look like you’re walking toward me. Act like you’re examining the sidewalk, but then mosey on up next to me.

There, that’s it. Shh… Act cool. Now I have a proposition for you…

Before you answer, you should know something, though: it’s a Voyeuristic Adventure.

Orly Voyeuristic Adventure

Two coats of Voyeuristic Adventure, a cool-toned rosy golden chrome

I was going to do it alone, but then I thought, whom do I know who likes secret societies and masquerade balls?

Oh, yeah! You. :) Care to accompany me? It’s a Masked Ceremony…

Orly Masked Ceremony

Two coats of Masked Ceremony, a glittery black and silver with big square bits of silver glitter and hexagonal flecks of purple glitter

As far as what we should wear, it’s a Macabre Masquerade.

Orly Macabre Masquerade

Three coats of Macabre Masquerade, a glittery multicolored royal blue with gold, red, green and purple glitter (I’m wearing three coats here, but I think two coats would have been enough)

Yup, it’s supposed to be quite the Lavish Bash, so I’m thinking formal attire and painted paws.

Orly Lavish Bash

Two coats of Lavish Bash, a sheer golden glitter with multicolored rectangular and hexagonal glitter. Incidentally, this one looks much more colorful in real life than it does in this pic. The colors create an almost holographic rainbow effect.

If we walk in with bare nails, the host may wonder if were even invited. We don’t want anyone asking us, “What’s the Password?” Because I actually forgot it in my car (my bad).

Orly What's the Password

Two coats of What’s the Password, a glittery golden orange

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