Nail Polish Lottery Club
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
The Nail Polish Lottery Club creates a fun way in which to go through your unused/untried nail polish by selecting a random number each week on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Based on members’ spreadsheet/database lists, whatever number corresponds on the list with the random number chosen, is the colour to try, wear, and post or v-blog about!
Would you like to join the club? Are you a nail polish hoarder? A secret nail painter? Do those colourful bottles just take your breath (and your budget) away every time you visit the beauty section of a store? Or would you like to just paint your nails from time to time and aren’t sure which polish to choose? Then this place is for you! (And Lindsay…and me…and oh, I don’t know how many others!).
For more details, check out the Nail Polish Lottery Guidelines here.
And now to the fun stuff!
This week’s random number is 41
Number 41 on my nail polish spreadsheet listed is:
China Glaze #935
This past Valentine’s Day, my husband splurged on what he understands to be my latest craze: nail polish. I love that he knows me so well. Why spend $50 on something that’s expected, but not necessarily something I really want like lingerie or perfume? He wooed me again with a fluffy, lamb plush toy and bottles of China Glaze nail polish! Did I have a happy Valentine’s Day? You betcha!
And lucky me, whenever I update my spreadsheet and scramble the list, I usually end up trying a polish that I love! (Then again, I’m so nuts about nail polish right now, that I don’t seem to get too disappointed with the bottles I do end up trying.)
I’ve never had the privilege of trying the China Glaze brand, but the moment I put this one on, all the hype associated with it was confirmed. The paint went on so smoothly, I knew right away that the investment of paying a little bit more per bottle is absolutely worth it.
The density of the paint was thin and perfect, not thick and clumpy the way cheaper brands are. And the colour of the bottle was achieved very easily with only two clean coats. And when I say, “clean,” I mean, clean. Either I’m becoming an expert in painting my nails well, or China Glaze is a miracle brand! Because when I usually paint my nails with the cheaper products, the paint spills and bleeds into my cuticles and leaves me with a clean-up job that requires precision and patience — plus staining. With China Glaze, two easy strokes on each nail bed and I was done. No mess, no clean-up, no irritating cuticle stains.
I was even more impressed with this because I actually painted my nails while sitting at a Starbucks cafe enjoying a cup of coffee with my husband, who was worried that I’d make a muck of things and would require a bottle of nail polish remover on each hand! But, it wasn’t necessary. It was a clean paint job and my nails and I were ecstatic!
The colour, Ingrid, too, is a wonderfully neutral colour without being a “wallflower.” It’s a darker shade of taupe with specks and glint of gold. I absolutely love this colour with my skin tone. Its shine is pretty enough to be noticeable without glaring into an overdrive of gloss.
I can now brag that, yes, China Glaze, is indeed one of my favourite nail polish brands and the colour #935, Ingrid, is one of my favourite shades. I suspect this bottle will need to be replenished time and time again!
If you haven’t yet invested in China Glaze, I urge you to take the plunge. For a couple of dollars more, you certainly won’t be disappointed. The saying, “You get what you pay for,” is absolutely true in this case. I only regret that I didn’t invest in China Glaze sooner. And thank goodness my husband was wise enough to purchase this gorgeous bottle for me! (It even matches the colour of my lamb plush toy!)
But, just because I love nails, don’t think I’ve forgotten about my first love — books!
To integrate both loves, I’ve decided to also include with my nail lottery posts, a book cover(s) that I own in my library that I think complements or can be said to inspire the nail polish colour of choice or its art.
Here’s what I found to complement, China Glaze #935, Ingrid:
Moving Targets: Writing with Intent by Margaret Atwood
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
What do you think of the nail polish brand, China Glaze?
What do you think of the colour, “Ingrid?” Would you wear it? Why or why not?
In your experience, does paying the higher price for a bottle of nail polish make a difference? Or are specific brands simply overrated?
Have you read its corresponding books listed on this blog?
Are you a part of the Nail Lottery Club?
What nail polish brand and colour are you wearing now?