China Glaze I Sea the Point + Counting Carats swatches + review

Morning all! Today I have two polishes to show you that my hubby gave me for Christmas: I Sea the Point and Counting Carats. Funny story, it wasn’t until I was editing photos that I realized I already had I Sea the Point. haha! Oh well.

China Glaze I Sea The Point | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I Sea the Point is a bright blue creme nail polish. This dries matte and fast; formula is thin. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

China Glaze Counting Carats over I Sea the Point | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Counting Carats over I Sea the Point macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Counting Carats is a clear based gold glitter topper with small holographic glitters. This has lots of clear base but weirdly enough was thick with glitters. It does end up lumpy on the nail so when I use this again, I’ll use the sponge method to apply it.

I’m quite proud of the polishes my hubby picked out – he did pick up 2 more China Glaze polishes which I will show you at a later date. Thanks for reading!

Pick Three Polishes: Model City Polish Glisten, Fancy Gloss Ocean Pixie, China Glaze Strawberry Fields

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! Ready for a wintery manicure? I have one just for you featuring Model City Polish Glisten, Fancy Gloss Ocean Pixie, and China Glaze Strawberry Fields.

Model City Polish Glisten | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Model City Polish Glisten macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Model City Polish Glisten. It’s a white-grey scattered holographic base with holographic micro glitters. It has a good thickness but is uneven; it does dry gritty. This is 3 coats plus top coat. Continue reading

New Year’s Eve Nails with ILNP, ellagee, CrowsToes, and China Glaze

Purchased by Me buttonHappy New Year’s Eve everyone! Who else is excited for 2016 to be over? I mean, it’s been a crazy year in the world, but I know that personally it was a pretty good year. But still, I’m ready for a new year and exciting things (like a baby, hopefully soon!). I decided to do some sparkly nails for NYE, based on a mani I saw by BreezytheNailPolishLover on Facebook. I’ve used ILNP I See You, ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out, and China Glaze Golden Enchantment.

ILNP I See You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP I See You macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP I See You is a creamy champagne holographic polish.

ILNP I See You holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula is fairly sheer, but it has a really nice holo flame without top coat. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then used ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights for a half-moon manicure. This is one of my older indie polishes, and it still performs great! It is also the blackest holographic polish I own (I believe).

CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out, China Glaze Golden Enchantment, ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Over MSRTN, I first used CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out in a waterfall pattern, then China Glaze Golden Enchantment (which is a clear base with holographic specks).

CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out, China Glaze Golden Enchantment, ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

You can tell my half-moons changed. Well, I wasn’t happy with them so I tried to make them deeper and they ended up looking like cat heads. Sigh. I try to do one simple mani and they end up looking strange. LOL. Now that I’ve seen cat heads, I can’t stop seeing them, either!

Anyway, I hope you have a safe & fun New Year’s Eve – our crew will be at home celebrating. May 2017 hold nothing but the best for you & yours!

Beach Nail Art manicure

So last week I showed you a smoosh nail art manicure in which I used a whole bunch of polishes, including two that I used in this beachy manicure: China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic and Dreamland Lacquer A Wedding Dress That Isn’t Bright Turquoise. I also used Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound and Pretty & Polished Sand in My Crack for today’s manicure.

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic color shift, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Rodeo Fanatic on my middle, ring, and pinky fingers. It’s got a lovely shiftiness going on that is to die for! Formula was a little thin, and can be draggy – make sure you let each coat dry. This is 3 coats and no top coat.  Continue reading

Smoosh Nail Art manicure with Vapid Lacquer Round ‘N’ Round, Girly Bits Cosmetics Terra

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Gift buttonThis manicure was one of those, “I’ll start with these polishes and see where I end up” manis. 😛 Which are actually fun to do because sometimes they really work out and you love them (and yes, sometimes they don’t work out). I first started off with Vapid Lacquer Round ‘N’ Round and Girly Bits Cosmetics Terra [Hella Holo Customs nail polish].

Vapid Lacquer Round 'N' Round, Girly Bits Cosmetics Terra HHC exclusive | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Vapid Lacquer Round 'N' Round macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Cosmetics Terra HHC exclusive holographic, Vapid Lacquer Round 'N' Round shade | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Vapid Lacquer Round ‘N’ Round [gift] on my pointer and pinky fingers. This is a pink-purple with beautiful copper shimmer. No complaints on formula or application. This is 3 coats plus top coat.

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China Glaze Spontaneous, Stroll, Lasso My Heart, Strike Up a Cosmo, Bogie, and Urban Night swatches + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! December already? Geesh. I’m not ready for this! Like, seriously, I’m supposed to be having a baby next month? hahahahahaha! Yeah, can I postpone that until I’m ready? 😛 Okay, anyway, I have a literal box full of mainstream brands that are untried so I decided to just sit down the other day and swatch a bunch of China Glazes: Spontaneous, Stroll, Lasso My Heart, Strike Up a Cosmo, Bogie, and Urban Night.

China Glaze Spontaneous | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Spontaneous is a bright violet creme polish, a bit more dusty than my photo shows. Formula is watery and thin, though I did have nice coverage in 2 coats. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

China Glaze Stroll | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Stroll macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Stroll is a maroon red jelly with specks of pink and gold. Formula on this was thin and fairly sheer. It does dry dull. This is 3 coats plus top coat. 

China Glaze Lasso My Heart | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Lasso My Heart macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Lasso My Heart is a mauve based shimmer polish with golden shimmer. Wowee, this is gorgeous! Formula was watery and thin, and brush-strokey. It does dry dull. This is 3 coats plus top coat.

China Glaze Strike Up a Cosmo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Strike Up a Cosmo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Strike Up a Cosmo is a pink metallic polish with silver shimmer and gold specks. Formula was pretty good! It dries fast and has a good thickness, plus it has good first coat coverage. It does dry dull. This is 2 coats plus top coat.

China Glaze Bogie | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Bogie macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Bogie is a deep purple shot through with silver. Formula is thin and but has good first coat coverage. You have to work fast because it dries real fast! It does dry dull. This is 2 coats plus top coat. 

China Glaze Urban Night | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Urban Night is a beautiful royal purple creme polish. Formula is slightly thin but not as bad as some of the others. First coat was jelly-ish feeling, but I had nice coverage in 2 coats. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

Favorites here? Definitely Lasso My Heart and Bogie, and I’d probably add in Strike Up a Cosmo too. What’s your favorite?

Layered Manicure with China Glaze Midtown Magic, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, Baroness X Dulcinea

Purchased by Me buttonLast Saturday I showed you part of this manicure in my Quick Dry Top Coat Showdown post, so why I don’t go more in-depth with this beautiful layered manicure with China Glaze Midtown Magic, Baroness X Opulent Oddity and Baroness X Dulcinea?

China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Midtown Magic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with 2 coats and no top coat of China Glaze Midtown Magic. Oomph! Midtown Magic is a dark brown base with gold and pink flecks. I love old-school polishes and this China Glaze is no exception. It does have a thin formula though (not surprising!).

Baroness X Opulent Oddity over China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Opulent Oddity over China Glaze Midtown Magic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

After I used this, I layered 1 coat of Baroness X Opulent Oddity over it (no top coat). Opulent Oddity is an iridescent glitter that shifts in 2 shades in a clear base.

China Glaze Midtown Magic topped by Baroness X Opulent Oddity | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Opulent Oddity is a little thick and it does dry bumpy.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Lastly, I layered 1 coat of Baroness X Dulcinea on top plus top coat. Dulcinea [previously swatched + reviewed] is a violet based jelly polish with red to green pigment and iridescent flakies.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic red to green shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic blue green shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Dulcinea has a smooth formula, no complaints!

Though this was kind of a lot of layers for me, I really enjoying playing with the light and this manicure – it’s so fun when a manicure just makes me smile! Let me know what you think!