Thursday, December 31, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Break The Ice

just grazed Echo today and hung out with her... my injury was twingy AND some crazy neighbor was taking potshots at vultures, so i figured discretion was the better part of valor. Mr. Pawlish only had half a day at work today, so we went to Fatburger for lunch... and it was awesome! he then took me to Ulta to take advantage of my bonus points... he's the best :D

can't believe we're on to the last polish of the China Glaze Cheers! collection... and it's Break The Ice! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). Break The Ice is perfectly named as it's a holographic shard flakie glitter... *faints*. if you've been with me for awhile, you know that i LIVE for flakies! this one is just stunning. you'd be hard pressed to get it opaque on its own, but it's a perfect topper. i used one coat with some placing... never used a flakie that didn't require some placing... but they're worth the trouble! i used it over China Glaze Better Not Pout (press sample)... love how the fuschia brings out all the colors in Break The Ice. definitely use topcoat to seal in the flakes and make sure there are no pokey pieces sticking out.

one coat Break The Ice over Better Not Pout, finished off with one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

wrapping up the holiday season while wrapping up the holiday collection... sure seems appropriate! so thankful for the opportunity to review this collection.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Bring On The Bubbly

i'm so happy to be back to riding again! hate having to take time off, but my muscle tear was demanding it. it's not 100% for sure, but it's loads better :) the weather was pretty crummy for most of the time i was out of commission, which always makes me feel a *little* better about missing time.

today's China Glaze Cheers! polish is perfect for New Year's parties! it's called Bring On The Bubbly, which right there puts you in the party kind of mood :) (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a glitter with multiple sized golden hex pieces with small holographic pieces, all suspended in a clear base. you may be able to get this opaque on its own, but i feel it works better as a single coat topper with minimal placing needed! i used it over China Glaze Wine Down For What? (press sample) and the combo looks beautiful together. it needs topcoat to seal in the pieces and give a big shine!

one coat Bring On The Bubbly over Wine Down For What?, finished off with one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

tomorrow will bring the last polish from Cheers! and it's a STUNNING shard glitter! perfect to run out and grab for a party :D

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, December 28, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Coal Hands, Warm Heart

wow, Christmas went by so fast!! it always seems to go that way when you get to visit with people you see rarely. having Brother Pawlish here was just wonderful, i'm so happy he was able to spend Christmas with us :) Mr. Pawlish and i went to visit all the Pawlish Siblings on my side, and Brother Pawlish stayed with them for New Year's. pretty awesome to see them all in one place!

today i have Coal Hands, Warm Heart from China Glaze Cheers! to share! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). the three polishes i will be reviewing from Cheers! this week are the perfect ones to wear to a New Year's Eve party... or anytime you're ready for some fun sparklies :D Coal Hands, Warm Heart is a glitter with different sized holographic hex pieces... it's really special! probably what makes it really stand out from other polishes like it is the sheer black base... it's easily brought up to full opacity in three coats, but you're to see so much depth in the three layers... just like stars in the night sky. you could just top one coat over a black creme polish to get a *similar* effect, but you wouldn't get all the dimension... so i recommend using this baby on its own. definitely go for a coat of topcoat to seal everything in, and this one doesn't dry particularly shiny so it will need that glossy boost.

three coats Coal Hands, Warm Heart, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

wow... already into the last week of 2015... hope your weeks have gotten off to fabulous starts! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Saturday, December 19, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Brand Sparkin' New Year

i can't get over the fact that it's the last weekend before Christmas! are you guys ready? as usual, i'm not nearly. procrastinators unite!... later. ;) Brother Pawlish is coming for a visit starting Monday, we're scooping him up on the way to visit my Nonna, then bringing him back with us! super excited!

today's China Glaze Cheers! polish is Brand Sparkin' New Year! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a glitter made up of different sized purple and holo hex pieces suspended in a sheer purple base. in three coats you get that awesome look where the pieces are super dimenional in the clear base! you can also just use it as a topper, or as an ultra sheer tint on your bare nails. you must seal this bad boy in with topcoat to keep it all together and bring on a gorgeous gloss!

three coats Brand Sparkin' New Year, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




sorry that ring finger doesn't look as glossy as it should... i must have touched it :(

you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

hope you're all having fantastic weekends! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Thursday, December 17, 2015

50% Off China Glaze Cheers! collection @ Ulta *TODAY ONLY!*

lookie what's going on over at Ulta today!


Essie and China Glaze | Holiday Collections 50 Percent Off, Now $3.75 - $7.48, Holiday Kits available in store only.
(photo from Ulta Beauty email)

we are interrupting our usual programming for this awesome deal from Ulta Beauty! today (December 17, 2015) only you can get 50% off the polish from the China Glaze Cheers! collection... which makes for a screaming good deal. individual polishes can be grabbed from Ulta.com, the kits are available in store only, so you might want to call ahead and make sure they have what you want... or just run on down there now :D

you can search China Glaze Cheers! in the upper left corner of this page to see all the reviews i have up thus far along with swatches. THIS is the direct link to the press release which shows all the kits and a glance at the polishes from the collection. but Ulta may or may not have all of the kits (as the photo only shows the Mini Mixers), so it's best to scurry on over, i think! PLUS at 50%, i'm thinking they will definitely be selling the individual polishes like hotcakes... although you can grab those babies online.

let me know what you pick up and HAPPY THURSDAY! Ria :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Ugly Sweater Party

today was really beautiful outside... bummed i'm missing out on this weather to ride! hopefully some time off will get that injury well on the way to recovery. i did run a few errands with Mama Pawlish at the mall... and i decided it had just been too long and it was time to get my whole face threaded again. i don't know how i'd let myself grow such a beard... it's just lovely to have a nice smooth face and sharp brows! having tried threading, waxing, and plucking... threading is the way to go. let me know if you'd like a post on the differences between the three :)

Ugly Sweater Party is today's China Glaze Cheers! polish! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's made up of hex glitters with larger blue pieces, and smaller silver and holo pieces. the silver glitters look red and pink because everything is set into a sheer red base. i love the look of these with three coats, you can see all the layers of glitters... it's pretty fabulous! it also can be used as a topper for other polishes, love ones with multi-uses like that. definitely seal this mani in with topcoat... and it will bring out all those shinies!

three coats Ugly Sweater Party, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. the first picture is more how it looks all the time and you can see a bit of the holo... the second picture really shows all the dimension you get with three coats! not sure why the holo doesn't show up at all in that one... polish is so tricksie sometimes.





you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

it really doesn't feel like Wednesday today... probably because my schedule is just whacked out now with not riding. but we're halfway to the weekend! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... I Soiree I Didn't Do It

did my whole riding lesson on the longe line today, just working on balancing exercises. they may not be the most fun, but they are super helpful! the bummer is last week i aggravated an injury i got earlier this year... and now it's really hurtie. so, i think i'm going to take at least a week off from riding and hope it gets better... but, major bummer. since it's Christmas, at least i'll have stuff going on and won't sit around feeling sorry for myself :D

today's China Glaze Cheers! polish is I Soiree I Didn't Do It! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a glitter made up of tiny pieces of teal, purple, and holographic bits... slightly different sizes, but all quite small! i *think* it's set in a sheer teal base, but it could just be a lot of microglitter. this one is pretty opaque in three coats (it would take close examination to notice lacking spots), but could also be used as topper! as with all glitters, definitely add topcoat to seal it in and bring out the sparklies.

three coats I Soiree I Didn't Do It, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.



you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

we've moved onto the glitters from Cheers!, five more to go! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, December 14, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Don't Get Elfed Up

it was supposed (!!) to thunderstorm today, and i had some errands to run... so, i didn't go to the barn. it never even rained until this evening! i don't know what it is about Maryland, but to say that the forecasts are unreliable would be an extreme understatement. found some great stuff at TJ Maxx in their beauty section, i highly recommend checking your local stores :D

today's China Glaze Cheers! polish is Don't Get Elfed Up. (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). this is definitely my favorite polish from the Cheers! collection! it's a dark, multichrome shimmer that flashes teal, blue, and purple. it's. AWESOME. probably the best i've ever seen in this vein of polishes! so easy to work with and looks perfect at two coats... completely opaque, no need to layer over a base color. it's a bit dull on dry down... but a glossy topcoat brings out all the yumminess this bad boy has to offer!

these photos show the different colors you get from this polish. teal is the dominant color... and surprisingly, purple is the most shy of the colors. by the bottle, i would have thought it would be stronger than the blue!

two coats Don't Get Elfed Up, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.






you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

for some reason the name of this polish really bugs me... but it's still my runaway favorite Cheers! polish :D

Happy Monday! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Friday, December 11, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Son Of A Nutcracker

Mr. Pawlish and i are travelling to see his parents tomorrow, they only live two hours away so it makes a good day trip. we are doing Christmas now since we aren't sure how things are going to go once Brother Pawlish gets here! i should be able to stop at the outlet mall on the way home... excited to hit up the CCO :D

Son Of A Nutcracker is today's China Glaze Cheers! polish! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a coral with a pearl finish... kind of a startling color for a holiday collection (definitely not your traditional red), but it works! since it's a pearl you may have some visible brushstrokes, but none of mine were very noticeable. i thought this baby would be more sheer, but i only needed two coats for full opacity. it's not shiny on its own, so definitely go with a glossy topcoat!

two coats Son Of A Nutcracker, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




the shimmers you see in the photo are pretty hidden in real life... wish they were a bit more visible :)

you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

i hope you all have wonderful weekends! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Peppermint To Be

went on a fantastic trail ride today! i love trail riding so much, i wish i could do it more often. Echo was such a good girl... which actually shocked me because went i went to get her from her pasture, she was a total jerk and ran away from me twice! she never does stuff like that, she must have been feeling exceptionally sassy today :)

today's China Glaze Cheers! polish is Peppermint To Be. (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a rich, red shimmer... nothing groundbreaking, but a must have color for your collection. if you don't have one yet, Peppermint To Be is great! two easy coats for full opacity and no visible brushstrokes. it's doesn't dry very shiny on its own, so you'll need to help it out with a glossy topcoat... this really brings out the sparklies!

two coats Peppermint To Be, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

since Princess Echo and i have basically just had funsies this week, we're really going to have to buckle down on our dressage tomorrow. my dressage saddle is way more comfortable than my jumping saddle, so no complaints here! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Mix And Mingle

today i worked on swatching more of the China Glaze Cheers! collection... and they're all beautiful :D i knew they looked good on the swatch wheels... but they're even better on the nail. had a jump lesson on Echo today... went pretty well! so many kinks to work out still, but at least we're improving :)

Mix And Mingle is one of the China Glaze Cheers! polishes i swatched today... and am currently wearing on my right hand! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a warm purple creme that dries down to an ultra glossy finish. two coats give full opacity, i had just a touch of patchiness with one coat. i only used a top coat to help dry the polish... this polish has one of the glossiest finishes i've seen!

two coats Mix And Mingle, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.





you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

only three polishes in to Cheers!... keep checking back, we've got nine to go! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, December 7, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Wine Down For What?

today was hill day with Echo... which just means we wander around, going up and down hills to keep her nice and muscular. she loves Mondays because they are hill days, and she just has to walk :D nothing much going on this week except for riding... love weeks like this!

today's China Glaze Cheers! collection polish is Wine Down For What?. (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a true oxblood creme, lots of warmth with brown undertones within a dark, dark red. it doesn't generally look black unless your in low light... otherwise, it stays pretty much the same. nice and opaque, it's perfect in two easy to apply coats. it dries glossy on its own, but it's even better with topcoat... the topcoat actually brings out a little squish to the creme finish!

two coats Wine Down For What?, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website,www.ChinaGlaze.com!

Happy Monday! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Sunday, December 6, 2015

China Glaze Cheers!... Better Not Pout

Mama Pawlish's brother stopped by while he was on his way back home after visiting their mom in Virginia... we met up at a restaurant and had a great lunch :) it was really nice to be able to catch up! afterwards, Mama Pawlish, Mr. Pawlish and me went shopping for our Angel Tree child (it's a charity in the US that finds needy children that won't be given much for Christmas, even things they need like clothes)... i love to be able to help make a child's Christmas a bit more merry <3 i hope she likes what we picked out!

we are kicking off China Glaze Cheers! collection today! it's their holiday collection for 2015 :) first up is Better Not Pout! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). Better Not Pout is a dark fuchsia pink with a pearl finish... it's a bit more burgundy than it looks in the swatch photo. you can see some brushstrokes, but not nearly as much as i would expect from a pearl! still, make sure to keep your strokes even and avoid those wobblers :D it applied really easily and is completely opaque in two coats. it's got a little shine on its own... adding a shiny topcoat really brings it to life!

two coats Better Not Pout, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find China Glaze products in salons and beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply! check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

hope you are all refreshed from your weekends and ready to tackle the upcoming week! Ria :)


:: the indicated products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Orly Frenemy TX

the past two days have just been totally gross! pouring rain and cold... BUT, at least it wasn't snow :) i had a lesson yesterday, and just exercised in the indoor arena today. i'm really going to miss riding outside, but we're hitting that part of the year in Maryland where riding outdoors just isn't going to happen often. super happy to have the indoor, though... without it some days i wouldn't be able to ride at all!

got Orly Frenemy TX to share with you all today... it's a glitter i snagged at TJ Maxx! it's made up of loads of holographic microglitter pieces and sparse flakies, set into a sheer black base. you could probably get it opaque on its own, but i like to put two coats over a black creme base... for this mani i used Salon Perfect Oil Slick (press sample). i was pretty bummed that the glitters didn't show up more, and only one or two pieces of flakie are visible. it definitely requires a high shine topcoat to bring out as much sparkle as possible!

two coats Frenemy TX over Salon Perfect Oil Slick, finished with one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow... i'm SO excited!! Ria :)


:: the indicated products were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::