Bows and Glitter

This week, I will be showing you some nail art looks using the new China Glaze Avant Garden collection.  I picked up all of them except Budding Romance, and thought I’d do something beyond just swatches.  So let me know if there are any specific combinations/designs you’d like to see!

For this look, I used two of my favorite colors: Tart-y for the Party (pastel purple) and Sunday Funday (bright blue). I wasn’t planning on using these two together, but I love it.  I actually wore Tart-y for the Party for a day before adding the stamping and glitter.  I stamped Sunday Funday using Gals plate GA36 (from the Fairy set) on my index and ring fingers.  It stamped surprisingly well, though I imagine it wouldn’t work as well over darker colors.

bows and glitter

On my ring finger, I did a gradient using Glitzology As You Wish.  It is predominantly purple, so I thought it would look great over Tart-y with the Party.  Then I noticed that the blue (circle!) glitter matched Sunday Funday pretty well, so it inspired the whole combo.  It’s something a little different for me, but I like it.

bows and glitter

What do you think of this?  Is it too much?

I already have a few looks planned, but I’m open to suggestions: what polishes would you like to see from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection?  And if you’ve picked up any of them, what are your favorites?



I try to share a decent amount of glitter polishes on the blog because one, I think they’re pretty, and two, I know a lot of people like them.  But I’m not a very sparkly person in real life, so it’s actually kind of difficult for me to wear them.  I usually feel uncomfortable, and once, I literally walked around with my hands in my pockets because my fingers were just too damn sparkly once I got outside in the sun.  When I do wear glitter, I usually limit it to one or two nails on each hand because that’s all I can handle.

But this is a glitter I will 100% wear (on all ten fingers).


Glitzology Violate is a mixture of purple glitter.  There are some darker true purple glitters, some medium purple glitters, and a lot of periwinkle-ish hexes.  I really love that most of the glitter seems to have a satin finish, which makes it a little bit more subtle.  I also really like how the different shapes (hexes, shards, and squares) add some interest, too.

Shown is one coat of Violate over Essie Big Spender with topcoat.


Violate was inspired by the über-creepy relationship between Violet and Tate in the first season of American Horror Story.  I was a little late to the party on that one, but I recently watched it on Netflix and I am obsessed!  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.  Just don’t watch it alone at 3am like I did.  Because you will never sleep.  Seriously.

Here’s a macro of the bottle so you can see the glitter.  I know some of it looks black, but it shines purple when the light hits it.


What do you think of Violate?  It’s available in Glitzology’s Etsy shop along with a ton of other shades.  I currently have six Glitzology polishes and this one is hands-down my favorite.  If you love glitter, you will definitely find one, or ten, that you like, so make sure to check them out and let me know which ones you get!

Blue Lagoon

After reorganizing my helmer (where I store my polish), I realized I don’t have a lot of variety when it comes to polish brands.  So I’ve been making an effort to try some new ones lately.  I recently discovered the brand Glitzology, and she has some really amazing glitter polishes!  This one is called Blue Lagoon, and it is definitely one of the most glitter-packed polishes I own.

blue lagoon

Blue Lagoon is a mix of different shades and sizes of blue and teal glitters, accented by some light sage green glitters.  Some, but not all, of the glitters are holographic.  The effect is really gorgeous!  You probably already know I’m not one for glitters, but I couldn’t stop looking at pictures of this, and ended up buying it during a recent 50% off sale (another reason to love Glitzology – there are LOTS of 50% off sales).

blue lagoon

I did have a bit of an issue with the formula, but I don’t have a lot of experience with glitters like this, so it might just be me.  I found the glitter to base ratio to be a little (ok, a lot) skewed towards the glitter side.  There’s pretty much just enough base in there to make the glitter stick.  Which is not conducive to applying polish.  One tip: glob the polish on your finger, and then kind of “pat” it down to spread it out (sort of like how acrylic nails are applied).  I found that worked much better than trying to paint it on.  Here, I did a gradient over Essie Da Bush.

blue lagoon

Glitzology is available on Etsy.  It’s always really well stocked.  Make sure to follow the Glitzology Facebook page to get updates on her awesome sales and discount codes!