Showing posts with label Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces. Show all posts

30 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 11: Envy

Hi everyone! Thanks to all of you who entered my contest, I was short of time tonight but I'll select the winner tomorrow. Also you may or may not know that I hit 500 Facebook likes a while back, and as promised I'll be having a giveaway for that and adding a second prize. Woot woot!! I've already put together some stuff, and I'm going to Buffalo to go polish shopping on Saturday, so I'm hoping to find a few more things there. :)

I really like the challenges for this week. After today, I only have three more days left to go and I'm already wishing that it wasn't going to end. The prompt for Day 11 is as follows:

"Who would you like to be? Let us know by recreating another challenger's work."

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

Well I want to be Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All! I've always liked her work, and she was one of the first nail artist/bloggers I knew about. She definitely has her own style and I really admire that.

Alice did these gradient nails topped with black and white glitter for Sloth week. You can see her nails on her blog (link), and she also has a video tutorial (link). I wish I could say mine were as easy to do as hers, but I guess I need more practice.

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

I did my gradient using the entire Models Own Ice Cream Sundae collection (on a side note, I've swatched these and hope to show them on the blog soon, even though it is an older collection). For the gradient, I painted my base colour, then sponged the tips with the second colour, trying to create a nice gradient. It doesn't have to be perfect, the glitter hides the imperfections. I then topped it with a coat of China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces.

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

I'm in love with this design. When I was doing the gradient, I really wasn't sure about these nails, but once I added the glitter, it was instant awesomeness!! Now I must do more gradients with glitter. ;)

What do you think of this design?

23 January 2013

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces, Part 3: Scattered & Tattered, Graffiti Glitter, and Mosaic Madness

Hi everyone! This is the last and final instalment of my posts on the China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection. As much as I've enjoyed swatching and reviewing an entire collection, I'm happy to move on to other things!

Don't forget to check out part one and two on this collection. If you are interested in an overview of the collection and general notes about the formula, I talked about that a bit in the first post. So on that note, I'm going to show you the polishes...



Scattered & Tattered: This one is red glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." It is very much like the others, although I feel like the red is a tad on the dull side, and I would have liked a more vibrant colour. Here I did another glitter gradient, only this time in reverse. Check out my post yesterday if you are interested in knowing more about how I did this. For this one I layered it over Julep Ava, a pale pink with silver shimmer. I'm going to be showing Ava again soon in another mani, so I'll talk more about it then. This combination of the red, pink, and black looks perfect for Valentine's Day!

China Glaze Scattered & Tattered

China Glaze Scattered & Tattered

Graffiti Glitter and Mosaic Madness: Can you see what I did here? Graffiti Glitter is a very vibrant emerald green glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces," while Mosaic Madness is a gorgeous deep blue. The blue glitter in Mosaic Madness has a bit of an iridescent shimmer in the bottle, but it doesn't translate to the final mani. Darn! Using Essie She's Picture Perfect for my base polish, I painted half with Graffiti Glitter and half with Mosaic Madness. I kind of like this technique, it's uber simple but also a fun way to change things up. If I had to redo these swatches though I would choose a lighter base colour so the glitter stands out more.

China Glaze Graffiti Glitter and Mosaic Madness

China Glaze Graffiti Glitter and Mosaic Madness

Final Thoughts: Overall, I really like this collection. The polishes apply well and are easy to work with. And there's a bunch of ways that you can use them besides just layering one coat over another polish. But do I think you need all six? Probably not. They are so similar, I recommend choosing the one or two colours you like the best and sticking to those.

So what do you think of this collection? Any stand out to you?

21 January 2013

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces, Part 2: Bling it On and Glitz 'n Pieces

Hi everyone! This is my second instalment for the China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection. For an overview of the collection as well as some notes about the formula on these polishes, you'll want to check out yesterday's post.

As I explained yesterday, I want to show different ways you can wear these polishes in addition to providing swatches. Part of my reason for doing it this way is because of my own interests, but mainly because I wanted to do something different than other swatches I've seen for this collection.

China Glaze Bling it On and Glitz 'n Pieces

Bling it On: This is a lavender/periwinkle glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." For this one I did a tape mani layering it over China Glaze Pelican Grey. If you are interested in how to do tape manis, I did a post on my Tumblr a few months ago outlining how I do them, and some tips to prevent damaging the bottom layer of polish. You can find that post here.

China Glaze Bling it On

China Glaze Bling it On

Glitz 'n Pieces: This is a silver glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." For this I did a sponged glitter gradient over China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, a nice hot pink that dries to almost a squishy jelly finish. I know I've been doing a lot of sponged glitter tips lately, so sorry for showing this technique again. But it is a really good way to wear these polishes, even with the large hexes and bar glitter. For this mani, I dabbed a bit of polish on my tips, then used a sponge to pick up some of the glitter and dab it in other spots. I hope that makes sense. I really love the combination of black, silver, and hot pink on this one, and I've been meaning to do something like this for awhile.

China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces

China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces

What do you think of these polishes? Would you wear them either way?

Hope you liked these, and thanks for visiting! :)
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