Archive for January, 2011

CND Swatches

Posted in Blue, Brown, Gray, sheer with tags on January 31, 2011 by ainamakeup

A few months ago I attended a trade show in Florida for work and snagged some CND goodies for $5 each!  Previously this I only had one or 2 of the CND Colour and Effect polishes, but now that I have a few more I have to say I really love them!  The color impact  so intense I could have gotten away with one coat, but in most of these photos I used two and in one case, 3.

CND Inkwell

Lovely dark blue.  It’s an almost black shade of blue.  Not necessarily unique but a great blue nonetheless.

CND Ashphalt

I can’t ever resist a gray and this one is definitely in my favorites list.  It was pretty much completely opaque in one coat.  Happy Happy Joy Joy!

CND Putty

I got this one hoping it would be a great nude for me.  This was the only one I used three coats with just to try and build it up a bit.  It’s still pretty sheer and I don’t think it goes with my skintone very well.

CND Raisin in the Sun

Ok, again maybe not such a unique color but this is a really nice dark chocolaty brown.  I like that it’s red toned but still a true brown.

I know everyone is talking about Shellac, and while I’m really looking forward to trying it soon, I have to say I really love these Color & Effects polishes.  You can get them at for $9.00 each.  Enjoy!


China Glaze Anchors Away Preview

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2011 by ainamakeup


Anchors Away!

Hey All!


I first heard about this collection from ALU from her review of the Cosmoprof Trade Show this past summer.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting this collection ever since.  Check these out:


  • · Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème.
  • · Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red.
  • · Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
  • · First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème.
  • · Starboard: Hip and playful green crème.
  • · Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.
  • · White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white.
  • · Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey crème.
  • · Sea Spray: Calming pale blue crème.
  • · Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet.
  • · Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine crème.
  • · Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer.

I’m super excited about Sea Spray, Pelican Gray, First Mate and Starboard.   China Glaze is sold at Sally Beauty Supply and online at 8ty8 Beauty Supply and should be released any day now.  I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

Mattese Elite Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Posted in Blue, Gold, Green, Mattese Elite on January 4, 2011 by ainamakeup

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!  I know I’ve been gone for a while but I am back!  December was a crazy busy month for me work wise.  I worked 19 days in a row.  No days off.  I’m so glad the work marathon is over and I can get back to blogging regularly!  Behold the Fall 2010 collection from Mattese Elite.

Mattese Elite is a brand sold at legendary NYC Cosmetics and costume emporium, Ricky’s.  You’ll notice some of the shades in their fall 2010 collection are named similarly  and bare a resemblance to polishes of some of the more well-known brands, but at around $5.00 a pop, you won’t mind the shades being knockoffs, and the quality is definitely there!

ME Lost in Passion

This one really surprised me.  I just didn’t expect such a bright blue when I first looked at the bottle color.  I thought t would be more of a blurple.  There is a lot of purple micro shimmer that shows in the bottle, but after three coats it’s a bright blue.  I really like it.

ME Green with Envy

Forest green creme.  Love it!  It may not be that unique, but if you’re looking for a color like this, I’d highly recommend this one.  This one is a regular in my winter rotation.

ME Amazing Rush

This is a glittery olive-green/antique gold.  I was afraid I wouldn’t love it, but I do.  It’s not too gold and not too green, and I think it works well with my skin color.

Ski Teal Dusk


Ok, so the name of this one was definitely  ahem…inspired by OPI’s “Ski teal we drop”.  So what!  It’s a more affordable teal that applies like a dream and looks great!

The formula on all of these were great!  Two coats on all the swatches and that was really all that I needed.  You can order these online at for only $5.99!