Blast from the Past: China Glaze Cowardly Lyin’

For some reason, I have a hard time getting some of the Wizard of Ooh Ahz collection to become opaque (except for Ruby Pumps and Ten Man). I don’t seem to be seeing this happen with other peoples’ swatches.  :\

Anyhow, I know this is at least 4 coats, maybe 5. I wished they all looked like my pinky did in this shot:


Maybe I should have angled all my fingers to look opaque.

Oh yes… and the lovely lobster fingers have reared their ugly heads again.  😉

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Swatch: China Glaze Lemon Fizz + Mardi Marble

You won’t normally catch me wearing a yellow mani.

There are many reasons. Mostly, it’s because yellow and yellow accessories don’t look good with my skin tone. In fact, the only reason I typically buy a yellow polish is for nail art.

In this instance, there’s a reason I have this swatch going on. I was making a Mardi Gras water marble (more on that in a moment), and I needed a light enough base coat to hide any bald spots when I screwed up. Enter China Glaze Lemon Fizz.

Yellows are notorious for being streaky and generally a pain in the nuts–this one is no exception. To cut down on the streak-fest, I waited for each coat to be completely dry before applying the next coat. Even then, I still had horrible cuticle drag and bald spots. Anywho, this is 4 coats. I suggest layering it over white if you’re wanting to wear this as an actual mani.

Now, under the Mardi Gras water marble, I only have one coat. But it wasn’t there for opacity–it’s there to hide screw ups.  😀

And boy… am I bad at this whole water marble thing. It’s the drawing of designs and dunking the fingers in said designs where I screw up the most. Take my latest entry:

ChG Paper Chasing, Grape Pop & Hard Candy Splendid

This is 3/4 OK and 1/4 fail. I’ll let you guess the fail nail, and then I’ll confirm in a moment.

I began with the index finger. I got all of my drops of polish in and pulled the design. Then, I thought, “Crap, better dunk a nail before you screw this up again.” So I dunked. And it wound up OK.

Knowing I would fail horribly at duplicating the pattern, I tried on my middle finger. Pattern was a little loose. Maybe I didn’t do as many drops of polish or whatever. Still wound up OK.

Now… the ring finger. I don’t know what I was doing, but apparently it wasn’t what I thought I was doing. I doubt I had enough polish drops and I really really doubt I pulled enough pattern in. I probably didn’t dunk my finger in at the right spot either. So… yeah…

Pinky nail? Pretty good. I like it at least. If you’re not looking for a pattern, that is.

Overall, too much yellow in the mani as a whole. Just for my taste.

Oh, and I apologize for the blurry pic. Apparently, my camera wanted to throw up and couldn’t focus properly. It’s probably better this way.  Ha!

Blast from the Past: China Glaze Classic Camel


This is China Glaze Classic Camel from the Vintage Vixen collection released in the fall of 2010. It’s the shade of shimmery Dijon mustard. It gives me total lobster hands. It’s a really pretty shade, just not on me.