10 January 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: China Glaze Ahoy and Alberta Wild Roses

Hi everyone! One of my blogging goals for the year was to wear my collection. At the same time Debbie from The Crumpet started a new challenge with the Crumpet Nail Tarts called GOT Polish Challenge. GOT stands for "Golden Oldies Thursday" and the point is to wear older polishes from your collection. The main criteria is that the polish should be a year old.



I'm going to try to participate in as many of the challenges as I can. I have too much older polish that sit around unused. And I'm trying to save money by not buying as much polish as I did last year.

China Glaze Ahoy!


For the first challenge I went back to one of the first polishes that I swatched when I started to post my pictures on Tumblr. Wow, what a difference one year and four months makes!



China Glaze Ahoy! is from the Spring 2011 Anchors Away collection - man, so many amazing China Glaze polishes came from this collection!! Ahoy! is a stunning raspberry jelly with gold fleck shimmer. The colour is so juicy, if you know what I mean, and the shimmer really makes it stand out. Oh, and did I mention that it's impossible to capture on camera? My pictures don't do it justice, and in real life the colour is more saturated than you see here.

China Glaze Ahoy!

China Glaze Ahoy!


Application was perfect with three easy coats. In the photos you can see some visible nail line, but you don't see it in person. If you are curious you can find my older swatch here.

China Glaze Ahoy!


About this design: I was inspired by the Alberta wild rose, the provincial flower for Alberta. When I was a kid I had a ceramic plaque made by my grandmother with the wild rose on it. My mom's family is from Alberta and I lived there as a child, hence the special meaning of the flower.

Alberta Wild Roses

Alberta Wild Roses


To get this look: I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff. I painted in the flowers with Ahoy! and the leaves with Nubar Into The Wild. The yellow centers were done with Sally Hansen Lightening. I felt like the flowers were lacking, so I added some line work with black polish and a fine liner brush. I really want to work on my line work, so that I can get more variation of thick and thin lines.

For me, this is a different approach to flowers and I quite like it. I think that there could be some improvement, but for now, I think it's good enough! I wouldn't mind doing another design in this style, but perhaps different colours.

What do you think of this design? Do you have older polishes that you like to reuse?
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8 comments:

  1. Beautiful Alberta roses <3 I love them!

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  2. I love your wild roses! Makes me miss living in Alberta a bit, not the snow, but the other seasons! :)

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  3. Hi, I'm usually one of your quiet readers :-)

    I love your flowers *_*
    The idea to use "old" polishes is great. I am a polishaholic for almost two years now and I deliberately use my old ones in between and i like it to "connect" my old and new. And I only buy new when I have used all bought ones :-P one of my rules...

    I have looked through the linked pics, they are mostly pink ...seems to be a "starter colour"...^^

    I've started with "unred" and two given pinks/roses (do you spell this like that?)
    I'll see, what I can find in my old polishes and will be back then:-)

    Greetings from Berlin, Moni

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  4. The roses are fantastic! And now I wonder why I haven't picked up that China Glaze...

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  5. Ahoy! is so gorgeous!!!
    and I love your flowers ♥

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  6. Gorgeous! Love the shimmer! And the nail art is cute. :)

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  7. Wow, this is so beautiful! Love love love it :)

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