Top 10 Ways to Get Radiant With Orchid – Beauty Edition

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The PANTONE Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. But you knew that. What may be a bit confusing are all of the “variations” of Radiant Orchid. PANTONE lists the color as “a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones”. So, while the swatch in the link may look rather mid-tone lilac to you (confession, it does to me) that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stick 100% to the picture. As some brands have shown, the Radiant Orchid color is loosely interpreted. Which brings me to today’s post – Top 10 Ways to Get Radiant With Orchid.

Top 10 Ways to Get Radiant With OrchidNow, normally I’m a little too gung-ho with the limited edition high-end products, so for this post I made sure to incorporate very affordable slash accessible but accurate ways to get that Radiant Orchid look.

Top 10 Ways to Get Radiant With Orchid 2In no particular order:

  1. Wet N Wild. For a long time WnW has proven they’re in it to win it in a big way. While still remaining extremely affordable the quality has skyrocketed making them a major leader in the land of drugstore makeup. Some of my picks for the Radiant Orchid Category are the Petal Pusher Eyeshadow Palette and V.I.Pink Perfect Pout Lip Color.
  2. Pixi Beauty. Orchid Petal Tinted Brilliance Balm & Paradise Pink Nail Polish are the perfect duo for making a Radiant Orchid statement on your nails and keeping your lips demure.
  3. CoverGirl. I got to try out the Flamed Out Shadow Pots while I was #NAILGATING and I loved the formula! Of course for the Radiant Orchid post I needed to get my hands on 340 Blazing Purple, which, IMO, is dead on for the actual shade of RO.
  4. Beauty Addicts. This brand was a hidden gem for me. I got a few products sent over recently and thought they were absolutely perfect for the Radiant Orchid post. SolutionEYES in Motivate Eyeshadow Quad and Lip Addiction in Tease & Fierce are now some of my favorite shades of purples, and will be even beyond 2014!
  5. Eddie Funkhouser. Two of my recently reviewed items from Eddie are totally applicable to this Radiant Orchid trend. Be sure to click the link to see how to get the look using Bedroom Eyes Hyperreal Eye Color Palette & Peep Show Ultra Intensity Cheek Color.
  6. Pop Beauty. Peony Petal may be a bit deeper than what you’d think of for Radiant Orchid, but I totally think it belongs within the category. It’s got that purpley pink mix to it, and a wide variety of people can pull it off!
  7. Laura Mercier. Pink Prism probably looks super bold in the tube, BUT on the lips it’s subtle and shiny with a hint of the beauty of Radiant Orchid.
  8. China Glaze. Of course, every brand will have at the very least one shade (likely many shades) that will be able to be placed in the Radiant Orchid category. China Glaze came to mind because I just swatched The Sea Goddess Collection and Wish on a Starfish and Tail Me Something could easily fall into this line up.
  9. Marc Jacobs. The Tease 202 Style Eye-Con No.7 – Plush Shadow immediately came to mind (it’s not pictured, I’m in the middle of moving into an in home office space and a lot of palettes are piled up in a cabinet). As you can tell, if you clicked the link, this is full of variations of Radiant Orchid.

Wet N Wild 736 Petal Pusher Coloricon Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Wet n Wild V.I.Pink Perfect Pout Lip Color SwatchesWet N Wild V.I.Pink CoverGirl Blazing Purple SwatchesBeautyAddicts Motivate Tease Fierce SwatchesIf all else fails, Number 10, head over to Sephora where, as usual, they’ve partnered up with PANTONE UNIVERSE to provide you with the mecca of all things “Color of the Year”. I’m kind of wanting that liquid eyeliner

What’s nice about the 2014 Color of the Year is that the variations make it possible for everyone to find a flattering shade. Warm and Cool Toned alike, you can all wear Radiant Orchid.

What is your favorite “Radiant Orchid” Beauty Product?


China Glaze Sea Goddess Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

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China Glaze Sea Goddess is a lovely mini-collection of six textured polishes that dry matte and stay sparkly. I’m not exactly sure which one is my favorite… it’s like with my kids… so wrong to pick a fave! Love em ALL!

China Glaze Sea Goddess Nail Polich Collection Swatches ReviewSand Dolla Make You Holla has a white base and is laced with small blue, silver, gold and pink glitter.

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla Nail Polish SwatchesTeal the Tide Turns has a minty turquoise base and blue-green glitter.

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns Nail Polish SwatchesWish On A Starfish has a bubblegum pink base with gold and pink glitter. The gold is actually much more apparent IRL and it’s gorgeous!

China Glaze Wish On A Starfish Nail Polish SwatchesShell We Dance has a raspberry pink base with pink and silver glitters.

China Glaze Shell We Dance Nail Polish SwatchesTail Me Something has a purple base with deeper purple and some silver glitter.

China Glaze Tail Me Something Nail Polish SwatchesSeahorsin’ Around has a deep teal base with blue and gold glitters. This one is too beautiful for words. Mermaids and peacocks wear this shade.

China Glaze Seahorsin' Around Nail Polish SwatchesFormula wise all of the shades are the same across the board – a thin consistency but not out of control. Because of the thinness they all required three coats for full opacity. All shades dry matte for the sandy and textured finish.

The China Glaze Sea Goddess Nail Polish Collection is available at Ulta, Sally Beauty and other beauty supply stores.  $7.50 MSRP.


China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Swatches & Review

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When I posted the press release of the China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Collection (say that five times fast) I wasn’t sure what to think.  The idea I was liking, but how would the quality and execution of crinkled polishes work out?  We’re about to find out!

China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Nail Polish reviewOf the six polishes within this collection I have three to share with you in this blog post – Don’t Be Foiled, Wrinking the Sheets and Iron Out the Details.  The first pic is with flash, and the second is without to show the texture.

Don’t Be Foiled is a light minty teal chrome.  This one is my absolute favorite, for no other reason other than I love the shade of it.  One coat.

China Glaze Don't Be Foiled Nail Polish SwatchesChina Glaze Don't Be Foiled Nail Polish Swatches 2 China Glaze Don't Be Foiled Nail Polish Swatches 3Wrinkling the Sheets is a silvered mint chrome.  One coat.

China Glaze Wrinking the sheets Nail Polish SwatchesChina Glaze Wrinking the sheets Nail Polish Swatches 2Iron Out the Details is an icy silvered blue chrome.  One coat.

China Glaze Iron Out The Details Nail Polish SwatchesChina Glaze Iron Out The Details Nail Polish Swatches 2On the new formula.  Maybe I’m the minority, but I seriously dig this.  It’s kind of awkward to paint on and looks a little bizarre at first, but in one coat it’ll cover and it dries quickly.  I think it looks really cool… you’ll have to share what you think in the comments!

Note – if you’re not a fan of texture you’re not going to like this, but you should try it anyway because it’s so fun =P

China Glaze® Crinkled Chrome will be available in January 2014 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.


Introducing Crinkled Chrome from China Glaze – Official Product Information & Photos

China Glaze® Introduces Crinkled Chrome Collection

China Glaze Crinkled ChromeWinter is a time of shimmer and shine. Frost glistens on windows, lights twinkle in the night and decorations adorn doorways. This January, give your nails a shine all their own with Crinkled Chrome from China Glaze® where high-shine chrome meets wintery pastels for a crinkled metal look.

Chrome takes on a feminine flair with China Glaze® Crinkled Chrome. Six gorgeous colours retain the sophisticated, polished appeal of the season, but add a contemporary edge and sense of novelty to winter nails.

CG_CRINKLED_CHROME_displayCreate an impact in one of six pastel colours:

Aluminate – cool silver
CG_ALUMINATEI’m A Chromantic – baby pink
CG_IM_A_CHROMANTICCrush, Crush Baby – powder purple
CG_CRUSH_CRUSH_BABYIron Out The Details – icy blue
CG_IRON_OUT_THE_DETAILSDon’t Be Foiled – soft teal
CG_DONT_BE_FOILEDWrinkling The Sheets – light powder green

CG_WRINKLING_THE_SHEETSChina Glaze® Crinkled Chrome will be available in January 2014 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, ‘N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Nail Polish Swatches & Review – Holiday 2013

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For Holiday 2013 China Glaze has released their Happy HoliGlaze Nail Polish Collection.  Full of whimsy and glitter you’re sure to find something you love out of these 12 new shades.  I have six of them here to share with you today, and have definitely added a few more to my list!

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Holiday CollectionMingle With Kringle is a metallic gold foil with hints of copper and silver.  Just beautiful!  Two coats.

China Glaze Mingle With Kringle Nail PolishBells Will Be Blinging has a clear base with holo bar glitter as well as blue, gold and silver small to medium sized hex glitter.  One coat shown over Mingle With Kringle.

China Glaze Bells Will Be Blinging Nail PolishThis is Tree-Mendous is a glittery green and gold.  It’s on the sheer size and I needed three coats to make it appear opaque.

China Glaze This is Tree-Mendous Nail PolishSo Blue Without You is a metallic, bright electric blue. Two coats.

China Glaze So Blue Without You Nail PolishAll Wrapped Up is a gorgeous indigo colored glitter.  Full coverage is yours in three coats.

China Glaze All Wrapped up Nail PolishYour Present Required has a clear base and large hex glitters in shades of white, blue, silver, gold, etc.  One coat is shown below over All Wrapped Up.

China Glaze Your Present Required Nail PolishFor more information on this collection, please see the Official Press Release.

The China Glaze® Happy HoliGlaze collection will be available in November 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. Individual shades have an SRP of $7.50. The collection will be available in 24- and 36-piece counter displays, a 36-piece rack and 36-piece prepack in addition to the gift sets.


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