A New Challenger Has Entered The Ring: China Glaze Gelaze

Do you love gel polish? There’s something to that super-shine that lasts for at least two weeks that can make almost anyone smile. And thankfully, the industry has expanded to give us so many options, such as CND Shellac, OPI GelColor, Gel 2, Luxio, Entity1, ibd just gel, etc.

Now there’s a new challenger ready to compete for our love: China Glaze Gelaze!


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China Glaze Off Shore Summer 2014 Collection Available!

Sun kissed days and electric nights … filled with friends, fun and water!!!  Grab your board and meet us in the water. That’s the inspiration for the China Glaze Off Shore Summer 2014 Collection.

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Spring collections to the rescue!

Spring collections to the rescue!

It’s pretty cold and windy outside and yet what can keep our hands warm better than a cup of hot chocolate and some sizzling shades of new nail polish? We can easily get over winter blues and even get a slight suntan just by looking at our freshly painted manicure! Whoever had felt the same way is definitely our girl and we love you even more!

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Hi everyone,

We’re happy to announce our winter GIVEAWAY IN COLLABORATION WITH BEAUTYCAKEZ!

Like us on Facebook and answer the following giveaway question:

“According to our sales stats, last year’s best-selling item was the UV lamp, with the at-home gel nails trend being on the rise. What in your opinion will be this year’s hottest nail trend?”

Answer in your comments on our Facebook page!

Good luck!

Show Me Your Mani

Hey Everyone, please don’t tell me you didn’t do your nails this weekend 🙂 Of course you did! So why don’t you #showmeyourmani?

Let’s do a “mini-flashmob” and show each other what we are wearing on our nails this week! A simple phone photo posted in the comments to this post will do.

Even if you don’t “show me yours”, please feel free to like and comment – we’re mind-sakes after all..

Essie Velvet Voyeur with accent finder China Glaze Rendezvous With You #showmeyourmani

Essie Velvet Voyeur with accent finger China Glaze Rendezvous With You #showmeyourmani

My personal pick for this week’s mani is Essie Velvet Voyeur with accent of China Glaze Rendezvous With You. A purple near-black with an accent of gritty, vintagey metallic to add some visual texture to the look. Who else loves their purples for fall? What are your personal favorite fall nail colors? Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

Thank you and take care,

China Glaze Autumn Nights Fall 2013 Collection Preview

It’s still hot out, but fall is just around the corner. Soon it’ll be time for grape harvesting, apple cider and–who are we kidding, grape season is wine season! It’s time for some good adult fun at cocktail parties and masquerades. China Glaze Autumn Nights 2013 Collection captures the feel of a demure night out. Let’s take a look…

Autumn Nights 12 Display

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China Glaze On The Horizon 2013 Collection: Now Available for Pre-Order

CG On The Horizon Display

Feathers are a fall staple. They’re in our jewelry, printed on clothes and accessories, painted on nails and more. We love them! Instead of painting your nails with feather designs this fall, how about turning your nails into pretty plumes? That’s exactly the goal with China Glaze On The Horizon 2013 Collection. Let’s have a look…

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China Glaze Sunsational Summer 2013 Swatches

Hi everyone! Today we finally bring you our exclusive swatches of this years China Glaze Summer collection for 2013, SUNSATIONAL. This collection is for all lovers of bright shades, as they really pack a punch! China Glaze decided to feature two finishes in this collection, cremes and jellies. First up we’ll take a look at the six Sunsational creme shades.chinaglazesunsationalcremes

From left to right: Sun Of A Peach, Neon & On & On, Bottoms Up, That’s Shore Bright, Too Yacht To Handle, Highlight Of My Summer.

How stunning are these Sunsational Cremes? We’re absolutely in love! Every single one of the shades is simply beautiful. These cremes are what you would call neon pastels. If you love pastels and neons than you will ADORE the Sunsational cremes. They merge the best of both worlds and have created opaque neons that don’t compromise. We’ll let the swatches speak for themselves!


China Glaze Sunsational Sun Of A Peach: First up is this amazing neon pastel coral creme. We suspect this was inspired by one of the most popular China Glaze shades, Flip Flop Fantasy. If you loved that shade, you will love this one even more! It packs a lot more punch than Flip Flop Fantasy and is about ten times brighter. We love it! Perfect pedicure shade. This was three coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Neon & On & On: Next up is this warm neon pastel pink. You won’t believe how bright this is! It is such a gorgeous colour. It slightly leans towards coral so it’s great for all you olive skin toned ladies out there! But that won’t stop us from wearing it too. This was three coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Bottoms Up: This shade is very much like the previous colour, Neon & On & On, only a lot more blue-toned. This is definitely a hot Barbie pink! A must-have in any pink lovers nail polish collection. How cute will this look on your toes? This entire collection is full of perfect pedicure shades! This was two coats.


China Glaze Sunsational That’s Shore Bright: Next up is this bright pastel purple. Not quite as neon as the others but definitely bright! As you can see, it has a matte finish. This is the same for ALL cremes, so we recommend slapping on a nice coat of glossy Seche Vite fast drying top coat for a shiny finish. This was two coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Too Yacht To Handle: Now how bright is this turquoise? Wow! Too Yacht To Handle is a gorgeous bright turquoise colour. It had a flawless formula and was great in application. Another must-have! This was three coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Highlight Of My Summer: Finally the last shade of the Sunsational cremes. This is an ah-mazing pastel neon mint green. This is easily our favourite shade from the whole collection! You’ll find nothing like this in your nail polish collection, it’s such a unique shade. This was three coats.


From left to right: Shell-O, Heat Index, You Drive Me Coconuts, Are You Jelly?, Isle See You Later, Keepin’ It Teal.

Next up are the Sunsational Jellies. As you may or may not know, jellies have a very squishy and shiny finish. They’re also usually quite sheer and require a few layers for opacity. Some of these are difficult to get opaque on their own so we decided to show their beauty to the max and layer them over one coat of white. If you want your neons to stand out, layering them over white makes them even brighter! Let’s take a look.


China Glaze Sunsational Shell-O: This is the first of the jellies and this colour is a gorgeous coral pink jelly. It’s slightly more coral in person and definitely a lot brighter! Another great summery shade. This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Heat Index: Next up is this bright neon pink jelly! It’s slightly warmer in person, more like how it looks in the bottle. These shades are too bright for our camera to handle! This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational You Drive Me Coconuts: How amazing is this pink? WOW! This is one of the brightest pinks we’ve seen in a while. It doesn’t disappoint! By the way, how cute are these names? We love you China Glaze! This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Are You Jelly?: Next up is this gorgeous bright purple. This is a really deep warm bright purple. Great for all you purple lovers out there! You will love this! This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Isle See You Later: Now this is a very interesting polish. It’s extremely sheer, almost impossible to get opaque on its own. We’re not quite sure what China Glaze had in mind for this colour. Having said that, layered over white, we think it looks great! This was, again, three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Keepin’ It Teal: Finally another bright turquoise colour. It leans slightly towards green which we love. A beautiful shade! It really packs a punch when you layer it over white. This was three coats over one coat of white.


And finally, of course, the Pinnable collage. 🙂 Aren’t these shades wonderful? We’re a huge fan of this collection and we are certain you will love it too. They weren’t easy to capture as they are so incredibly bright. Definitely a collection you need to see in person to fully appreciate!

You can find all China Glaze Sunsational shades available for purchase at Phoenix Beauty Lounge. They’re very popular and as we just got another shipment of them in, make sure to be quick if you want to get your hands on them! Which shades will you be picking up?

Marimekko Nail Art Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today we have another nail art tutorial for you. This nail art manicure is perfect for Spring and Summer, featuring this years Spring shades by OPI and China Glaze. This time the skill level is for intermediate nail painters, but beginners can leave out a few of the more intricate steps and still have a great result. Let’s take a look!


Doesn’t it look beautiful? We love Marimekko fashion prints. They are so inspiring and simply perfect for a Spring-themed manicure. The image below shows our inspiration for this manicure. These are four prints by Finnish design company, Marimekko. Their signature style is bold graphic prints with bright colours. They are distinctive and very recognizable.


Now let’s take a look at our step-by-step tutorial shall we?


  1. Start with a base colour. We’re using two coats of a plain white, OPI Alpine Snow.
  2. With a detailer nail art brush create five-petal flowers in random places. We’re using a lovely periwinkle blue from the China Glaze Spring collection, China Glaze Fade Into Hue. Make sure to leave open some spaces since we’ll be adding more flowers in another shade! If you wish, you can stop here and add top coat. Or you can add some of the finishing details in the next few steps. It’s entirely up to you!
  3. Fill in the gaps with more five-petal flowers. We’re using another shade from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection, China Glaze Fancy Pants. You can add “half” flowers that fall off the edge of your nail so it looks like the pattern is continuous.
  4. With a lighter color blue, add a dot in the center of each flower. We’re using China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On which is a lovely pale mint green. For easy dots use a dotting tool!
  5. Using a dark blue shade, add tiny dots in the middle of the dots we just placed. We’re using OPI I Saw… U Saw… We Saw… Warsaw. This is the finishing touch to the flowers! Aren’t they looking great?
  6. With the same dark blue and a liner nail art brush, add stems in between the flowers. This is a little tricky, as you have to make sure the lines are very thin. This will give you the best result! Try to barely touch the nail and just let the brush flow across to form a line.

Add top coat and you’re done! We recommend Seche Vite for ultra-fast drying results and a dazzling shiny finish.


And here we have it, the final result! Looks great, right?! It’s such a bold design and it looks really effective on the nails too. People will be amazed that you painted it by hand!

If you try out this design after seeing our tutorial, make sure to let us know by leaving a comment or posting your picture to our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you make of this Marimekko print. Thanks for checking out our tutorial and happy painting!

China Glaze Texture Swatches

Hi everyone! Today we’re finally sharing swatches of the China Glaze Texture collection for Summer 2013. This collection features (you guessed it!) six texture finish polishes that are bright, bright and BRIGHT! These shades scream summer at the beach, in so many different ways. Let’s take a look!


These are the six China Glaze Texture collection shades. Aren’t they stunning? There’s a bright pink, corals, orange, green and blue. From left to right the shades are called: Unrefined, Bump & Grind, Itty Bitty & Gritty, Toe-Tally Textured, In The Rough, Of Coarse!. Now, shall we take a look at the nail swatches?


China Glaze Unrefined: First up, this lovely pale (yet bright!) bubblegum pink. This is two coats of texture polish. As you can see the texture finish is very visible, and the polish dries to a matte soft finish. Even though it looks very gritty, it feels surprisingly soft to the touch!


China Glaze Bump & Grind: This is a cute magenta red, not quite pink though not quite red either. Imagine pink and red having a lovechild, this would be the colour that came out! Here you can still see some shine to the polish, as it takes a while before the full matte finish shows. You definitely have to be patient with these texture polishes. They require some tender love and patience!


China Glaze Itty, Bitty & Gritty: This is a lovely coral pink. We love coral shades! And this is such a pretty one. It won’t fail to cheer you up and brighten your day. P.s. this looks stunning as a pedicure too!


China Glaze Toe-Tally Textured: This is a super bright orange! Wow! It just jumps out at you, doesn’t it? It’s even brighter in person too! We know orange polishes aren’t for everyone, but you definitely need to try this one out.


China Glaze In The Rough: This is a fun pale green. We think China Glaze couldn’t decide on whether to include yellow or green in this collection and simply went for a mix of both. This is such a quirky shade! By the way, didn’t they do an awesome job at naming these polishes? We simply love the cute names!


China Glaze Of Coarse!: And of course, the final shade! This is a lovely cobalt blue polish. All swatches were made with two coats but if you layer it slightly thicker you can easily get away with just one coat. They are so opaque! You’ll be very surprised!


And lastly, a pretty pinnable collage and overview of all six shades. Which one do you prefer? We love the coral shade Itty, Bitty & Gritty, but the pale pink Unrefined is definitely worth checking out too. It’s surprisingly wearable and you’ll find yourself falling in love with the texture finish.

The China Glaze Textures are slightly different to the OPI Liquid Sand polishes. These are matte cremes that carry a big punch and a bright pop of color, whereas most OPI Liquid Sands lean more towards the jelly finish and feature shimmery glitters for an entirely different effect. We’re undecided which texture finish effect we love more, but these China Glaze Textures are definitely worth checking out!

You can find the entire China Glaze Texture collection with us for sale at Phoenix Beauty Lounge.