The sun is up, the sky is blue. It’s beautiful, and so are you!

I had to quote one of my favorite Beatles songs to let you know how I feel! Spring is in the air and today, Chicago is sunny and bright. Mind you, just this past weekend it snowed outta nowhere. But right now it feels like spring and I’m loving it. I’m ready to go out and soak up the sun, already! And now my nails match my mood thanks to China Glaze’s new seasonal collection — Poolside.


We’re talking bold, bright, neon dare-you-not-to-stare nails. My amiga Temptalia swatched the whole collection here. I however made a beeline for one color.

It’s called Towel Boy Toy. And I love the impact of this on my skin!


The first coat came on a bit thin and streaky, opaque and yes, the polishes are matte…so I’d recommend two if not three coats per nail to really get that boom boom pow color impact. My homie All Lacquered Up recommends layering these colors over an opaque white polish to make these colors really pop. I also used a top coat to add some extra shine. But I found Towel Boy Toy amazingly easy to wear. The polish has a little shimmer to it, and I’m not sure I’d call it “neon,” per se…more of a bright, bright summer’s day pool blue. So far I’ve been getting amazing compliments on my nails. Mama likes!

Poolside will be available in stores in April, so hang tight and visit for details.

While I’m raving about my nails, allow me to introduce you to some of the other products I was sent for review, that I currently use to get the best at-home manicure possible!


Meet Ms. Manicure.

I swear by the Call Your Buff six surfaced nail buffer to get the shape and smoothness I desire, and the Handy Dandy Mani kit to get my hands in pristine, ready-to-paint condition. You can find Ms. Manicure products at Target and right here at


When I do my nails, I like to sit in one spot and set up an area where I have all my supplies together. So I dig the Rada Pro Manicure Station, a cute little portable plastic device that props your hand and wrist up comfortably, and places your polish, remover, and cotton balls all within easy reach. It’s great for if someone’s painting your nails for you, or if you’re painting your own nails. It costs $24.99 at, and it makes a cute little luxury item for anyone with wrist issues or who’s dealing with arthritis.

What are your thoughts on China Glaze’s new Poolside collection? Would you rock neon nails as the weather warms up, or is it too crazy for ya?



LBell says:
March 23, 2010, 8:39 am
This comes right on time...I just BC'd again and am shaking things up with the nails as well. Now I've had one friend tell me that black polish is passe, but dammit...I like it on my medium-length nails. Maybe it's because I'm so doesn't stand out as it would on someone with lighter skin. Anyway...speaking of colors standing out...I'm really liking the Towel Boy Toy as well as the Flip Flop Fantasy (orangey-pink). I'd have to find clothes to match my nails!
KB says:
March 23, 2010, 9:55 am
Love love love that color!I think I'm going to have to purchase that!
Cheekie says:
March 23, 2010, 12:13 pm
Oooh, I love that color, on you Afrobella! I've been meaning to get a shade of blue like that. Overall, I love me some eye-popping colored nails. Especially when I'm wearing black, I always opt to wear a super-bright nail color. Man, I'm droolin' at that entire China Glaze collection!
BlackBetty says:
March 25, 2010, 9:55 am
That color is fabu on you. I have colors similar to Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and Towel Boy Toy by POP Beauty, which I lovelovelove! They are pricey at $14 but one coat will do ya. And with my shakey hands, unless I had a professional mani, I'd look like a big mess after 3 coats!
SunCearRaye says:
March 25, 2010, 10:56 pm
This entry inspired me to try the yellow. Such a mood enhancer! says:
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