Set Sail for Spring with the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection

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Ahoy, matey! The new China Glaze Anchors Away Collection for spring 2011 just docked onto my doorstep, so I thought you’d want to see some swatches. πŸ™‚


From left: Pelican Gray, First Mate and Lighthouse

Knotty, Life Preserver and Ahoy!

Starboard, White Cap and Sunset Sail

Below Deck, Hey Sailor and Sea Spray

Pelican Gray

First Mate



Life Preserver



White Cap

Sunset Sail

Below Deck

Hey Sailor

Sea Spray


Do these colors make you wanna hoist your sails or walk the plank?

The limited edition polishes, each around $5, will be available at select beauty stores this spring.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I’m about to forage in the kitchen for some grub. What did you have for dinner? I’m wishing I had one of those Top Chef folks around to cook me something yummy, sigh!


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  1. Deb says:

    I’m not super excited about any of them…maybe Sunset Sail. The names are SUPER cute though! Hey Sailor is an adorable name!
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  2. My wallet just cried. Thanks for the swatches!
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  3. LOLBeauty says:

    Yay! This collection is a must! Sea Spray, hey sailor, below eck, and pelican gray are a must for me!

  4. Nina says:

    first mate and below deck do! πŸ™‚

    i had a fried egg sandwich and coconut water for dinner. i felt the need for comfort food tonight – im feeling a bit tired and under the weather!

    • Karen says:

      I think something’s going around. I’m feeling really run down, too, but that’s probably because I forgot to eat lunch (my own damn fault).

      Give kitties hugs for me!

      • Nina says:

        the hugs were duly given to the kitteehhs and they wanted me to say “meooowwwrrr” to you and tabs!

        i woke up with a headache today … :/ dont wanna be sick so i loaded up on vit c and allergy meds!

        • Karen says:

          Yay! There’s nothing like a little kitty love to start the day.

          Take care of yourself and drink lots of water! I woke up feeling kinda run down this morning too, but it’s because I got zilch for sleep last night. Stupid insomnia! Tabs was thrilled to have a buddy at 3 in the morning, though.

  5. Jeannine says:

    The only one that grabbed me was Ahoy!
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  6. HanaBerlin says:

    Darn you China Glaze!!! Looks like I’m going to hit up sally beauty very soon.

  7. Natalia says:

    love these colors, already have my eye on a few! is sea spray similar to for audrey?

  8. Erin says:

    These are not too exciting to me… I kinda want to walk the plank LOL.
    No, I like Lighthouse a lot! But the others look like stuff I have nine bottles of already.
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  9. Tiffany says:

    I like knotty and lighthouse! And pelican grey!

    I went out for dinner! Yay for chicken tenders and fries!

  10. Fee says:

    Love the look of them in the bottles esp the neutral shades…but for some reason they aren’t doing it for me with the swatches!

    Think I will be sadly skipping this…but do love all the shade names though πŸ™‚

  11. Ashley says:

    Thanks for the swatches! Pelican Gray is the stand out and the only one I would consider purchasing. Rest are boring although I’m curious to see how Sea Spray compares to Chanel’s Riva.

  12. Kerry says:

    Sigh…looks like CG will be getting a whole lot of my money. I’m a sucker for anything nautical, and I love all the colors except Sunset Sail and Starboard.

  13. jenn says:

    i’m really diggin’ pelican gray! πŸ™‚

  14. BeautyMaven says:

    Oooo how does Sea Spray compare to Chanel’s Riva? Hopefully a good dupe!!
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  15. I absolutely love this collection. My favorites are Sea Spray, Lighthouse, White Cap, and Starboard πŸ™‚ ahh, I’m on such a nail polish kick lately, but I haven’t had time to paint my nails. I had a breakfast burrito for dinner πŸ™‚ I forgot my wallet at home, so I didn’t eat all day. I wolfed that thousand calorie (I’m pretty sure it was somewhere around that number) burrito down in about ten minutes.
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  16. Appu says:

    Sunset Sail, Below Deck and Sea Spray are my fav. Might get all 3 of ’em πŸ™‚
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  17. Alice says:

    Aw, Hey Sailor is such a cute name. I’m liking a couple of them, especially Below Deck. I have a question about Sunset Sail though. I’m not sure, but it looks like it’s a glittery one like the gold and white glitters? Hope not. It looks slightly more opaque but I don’t want a glitter polish.

    • Alice says:

      Well now that I look at it more it looks like it might be more like Ahoy! in formula, which is… okay.

      And I haven’t had dinner yet. πŸ™

      • Karen says:

        Hi Alice,

        Sunset Sail’s glitter is finer and more subtle.

        Did you eat yet? I ended up ordering some Chinese take out.

        • Alice says:

          Ah. I will probably buy it and Below Deck and Ahoy! then. πŸ™‚ Haven’t bought a new polish in a couple of months.

          Still haven’t ate. There’s nothing in the house and I just don’t feel like getting dressed to go get something. :/ I’ll probably be rummaging through the kitchen in a bit and eating some OMG I JUST REMEMBERED I HAVE ENCHILADAS BRB

  18. Arianne says:

    I like… Way too many of these. So pretty! Lighthouse is so going to be mine. πŸ™‚

  19. YJ says:

    Ooooo, I love sea spray! I initially really liked sunset sail and knotty but I didn’t realize they were sheer/shimmery… I wish they were opaque!!
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  20. Amber says:

    Have to say these don’t excite me, but White Cap looks really pretty in the photos where it’s in the background!

    Tonight is steak and asparagus! I’m having oral surgery Friday and will be on liquids/mush for a couple weeks, so I’m trying to go out on a high note. πŸ˜‰
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    • Karen says:

      You just typed out one of my fears (“oral surgery”). I hope it all goes smoothly and that you recoup quickly.

      I guess you’ll be making a lots of soups and smoothies, yah?

      • Amber says:

        Thanks, I’m crossing my fingers for some good narcotics. It’s one of my fears too, but I’m a lot less scared of that than the fact that my dentist thinks I should look into orthodontics to realign part of my bite. I had braces as a kid and I am not going back in my 30s!!

        Yup, soups, smoothies, and pudding. Can’t use a straw, though.
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  21. Clara says:

    Is Seaspray a shimmer?

  22. Shirley says:

    I’m loving Starboard and Pelican Gray. I wish I had more nails to do!

  23. Meg says:

    Life Preserver, Sunset Sail, Below Deck, and Hey Sailor will probably make their way into my NP collection! Lots to choose from in this one. I heart China Glaze!

  24. Silva says:

    Hoist the sails! I love this collection.
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  25. Karen B says:

    Lovely. Below Deck and Starboard are lovely. I recently found a place right here in my small hometown that sells China Glaze so I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    Any recs from CG’s permanent collection you’d recommend Karen?
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  26. Shannon says:

    oh man, I hardcore want First Mate and Starboard NOW. I’d wear them now through the end of summer. They are seriously rocking my world. I also really love Below Deck, but it’s not a color I would ever wear myself.

  27. megan says:

    Gosh I wish I could wear china glaze. But it makes nails,which already peel when i wear polish, peel even more:( it sucks

  28. Stephanie says:

    I saw some swatches on another blog yesterdag and I’m totally in love with Ahoy! I not very thrilled about the other polishes.. just because I’m a red/pink person when it comes to nailpolishes and I think this one has a lot grey, green and blue ones.
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  29. Lisa S. says:

    Love Ahoy, Sunset Sail, Below Deck and Sea Spray.
    And is Sea Spray even close to Chanels Riva?
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  30. Kim says:

    I’m loving the nautical theme today and it reminds me of one of my fave songs (Nautical Disaster by The Tragically Hip). πŸ™‚

    I thought Lighthouse looked a little sketchy in the bottle, but it looks great on you. I’m a sucker for navy, so I really like First Mate too. Did the UPS guy come to the door while you were sporting your many-colored nails? The delivery people must love getting packages for you because you’re always up to something fun. πŸ™‚

    We had a modified chicken cordon bleu with sage butter sauce last night. I’m sticking to my weekly goal of home cooked meals every night whether I feel like it or not.

    • Karen says:

      Um, can I come over for dinner? The head chef here (aka me) sucks, LOL! What’s on the menu tonight?

      And yeah… I’ve come to the door looking CRAZY on days when I’m feeling experimental. I always have to start the conversation with something like, “I don’t normally look this nuts, really!”

      • Kim says:

        Of course! Here’s the honest secret for my cooking. When we bought our house 10+years ago, people asked if the kitchen was big and I looked at them like they were nuts and said “why? It only has to be big enough for a phone”. Before kids we literally ordered in or ate out every night. Then I was on bed rest for 6 months (shoot me) and watched a lot of Food Network. After that, it was just following recipes and getting some practice. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people who can whip up something great from a pile of random ingredients, but if you give me a recipe, I’m a star. The cordon bleu was slightly modified from a Bon Appetit fave. PS That was a very long way of saying I think you’ll be a great cook too, especially after watching Top Chef! Plus, you’re creative and organized so I can see you making something awesome from a fridge full of condiments. πŸ™‚

  31. Glosslizard says:

    I like how they’ve put micro-shimmer into a lot of those colors, it really makes polish more interesting on the nail IMO! I’ll have to check these out in person, but there are a couple I’m prepared to love!

  32. Leah says:

    I love the gray ones and the blues. πŸ™‚ So pretty! My favorite color for toes is blue.
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  33. Rachel says:

    Below the Deck looks very pretty

  34. Rachel says:

    And I like that peachy Sunset Sail

  35. Iris says:

    Thanks for all the swatches, Karen! These are so pretty, and with such cute names! I was wondering though, could you tell me how similar Pelican Gray is to Recycle? I wanted Recycle for so long and couldn’t find it! Maybe Pelican is a good replacement? Thanks!

  36. lexi says:

    who’s got two thumbs and is super pumped for First Mate, Sea Spray, and Below Deck??? THIS chick πŸ™‚

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