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An Emmy Worthy Manicure – China Glaze Sea Spray & Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale

china-glaze-sea-spray-lippmann-today-was-a-fairytale After a long weekend in Michigan celebrating the boyfriend’s birthday I returned home last night to attend a fabulous Emmy Awards party hosted by Pauline (aka OHmommy) of Classy Chaos. Pauline invited a few local bloggers and frequent blog commenters to her home to indulge in some delish food and salon treatments courtesy of Suave.

A local salon, Salon Blu, treated us to manicures and hair styling while we watched the show, imbibed wine and munched on yummy eats from Maggiano’s Little Italy.  Needless to say, it was a great night.

I usually watch the Emmys on my own so it was a fun twist to tune in with other TV fanatics and mingle with my fellow CLE bloggers.  Of course the big question was what do I wear on my nails?

I ended up layering Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale from her upcoming Holiday 2010 collection over China Glaze Sea Spray, one of the shades in the Spring 2011 collection strong>, Anchors Away.

I wanted the perfect mix of glitz and glam and Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale was the perfect fit. Made with Virgin Diamond Powder it just screams Emmy worthy. With its sheer blue base I needed the perfect greyed blue base and China Glaze Sea Spray was just meant for the job.

Sea Spray is a an icy pale blue creme.  The polish has a hint of sheen in the bottle from the microscopic pearl which adds to the color’s depth and shine.  The formula is a a bit on the thicker side but it lays down beautifully, self leveling to a flawless finish.  The pigmentation is spot on requiring only two coats with no dragging or streaking.


Adding a layer of Today Was A Fairytale makes this manicure a standout.  The sheer base has just a kiss of blue to it that I’m guessing is caused by the virgin diamond dust.  Packed into the jelly-ish base are tiny square silver glitter particles and large octagonal silver sequins.

I didn’t use any special technique when applying the polish, I just made sure I only wiped off one side of the brush and the sequins and glitter laid down with ease.  There was no need to dot the sequins on individually.  I used one coat and it added an ideal smattering of bling.


emmy-party-2010-suave-beauty-suavebeauty With my mani all set, I headed to Pauline’s for the night’s festivities.  Obviously since Suave was the sponsor there was a selection of products provided for us to take home.  Though upon hearing that Pauline was donating any extra product to a local woman’s shelter I chose to leave my goodies behind.

The bloggers in attendance Heather from Domestic Extraordinaire, Charity from I Heart Cleveland, Moi, Michelle from Managed Chaos, our hostess Pauline and Katy from Ka-Ka-Ka-Katy.

The manicurist from Salon Blu brought a selection of OPI polishes including the new Swiss collection shades. The big hit of the night was Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous.

Michelle having her nails prepped for polish

Katy getting her Lucerne-tainly manicure

Charity (pictured below) got all crafty requesting one hand polished with Lucerne-tainly and one with Glitzerland. I suggested she swap the ring finger colors and she ended up with a funky, metallic multi-colored mani.


Salon Blu owner Tiffany giving Heather a curly updo

Now I’m pretty much an idiot when it comes to styling my own hair. I can give myself one hell of a blowout but anything more complicated than that and I’m clueless. So I let Tiffany go to town. I’ve never had my hair teased, at least not that I can remember, so that was an odd feeling but the final result was polished and classic.

Yours truly with Pauline sporting my half up style. emmy-party-ohmommy-classy-chaos

A backside shot where you can see how Tiffany added a fun twist

As for the show itself I found myself torn between Modern Family and Glee in the comedy categories. I adore both shows and wanted them both to win. And even though I watch Nurse Jackie I couldn’t help but wish someone other than Edie Falco had won. Say birthday girl Lea Michele.

But how amazing was it to see Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon) from The Big Bang Theory win?  I love that show so much I can’t even begin to tell you.  Also, I was really touched by Claire Danes and Emily Gerson Saines when they accepted the Best Actress and Best TV Movie awards for Temple Grandin. And I could just die over Claire’s dress.  Gorgeous!

What did you think of the show last night?  Did you put on a special polish for the occasion?  Did you spy any standout manicures on the red carpet?  Stay tuned for my Emmy Awards nail coverage.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by China Glaze and Deborah Lippmann. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. sandra says:

    Oh wow I love your hair, its gorgeous and so shiny! And love your top!!

    And the polish…. *sigh* China Glaze Spring 2011??
    Great combo! I should experience more with my Nfu Oh’s and polishes!

    Emmy awards: totally missed it, will see if I can find something on the internet tho.

  2. Jordana says:

    Gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see that spring China Glaze collection. I changed polish during the broadcast; all the dark polishes on the red carpet made me want to grab China Glaze Bogie out of my pile of untrieds. :0)

  3. Laura says:

    Oh oh oh the CG blue is to dieeee for! Gorgeous! <3

  4. Carla says:

    You look beautiful, my friend. :)

  5. melli says:

    Lovely mani! I agree with Sandra…you always have fabulous clothes too! I would love to see a post with some of the places you shop for clothes…I know, it is not nailpolish, but you are a style icon! :)

  6. Grace says:

    At the rate the new polish collections are coming out, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Spring 2011 stuff started hitting shelves in September, but that would STILL be too long to wait for Anchors Away. I am already desperate to get my hands on at least half of those polishes – orange, navy, taupe, and now this lovely.

  7. mariah9999 says:

    What a perfect combo! They look gorgeous together. I need ChG Sea Spray!!! I love your hair too. So shiny!

  8. Andrea says:

    It looks like you guys had fun! I loved Claire Dane’s Dress, too! Did anybody else notice Kate Gosselin’s new, bad, unnecessary veneers? What was she thinking and why did she get those done? I actually like Kate, unlike most people, I think, that is, but I feel bad for her new teeth.

  9. Ping says:

    That is a lovely combo! The Lippmann reminds me of SOPI’s Only Gold for Me.

  10. LeanneOCD says:

    Your hair looks beautiful and I love the CG colour Sea Spray. Very pretty.

  11. allijag says:

    HOW.FUN! All of you ladies look absolutely gorgeous! :) What a great evening/event!!!!

  12. Abby says:

    Sea Spray is so pretty! Is it similar to Essie’s Sag Harbor? It’d be nice to have an alternative!

  13. Cee says:

    Oooh! I really like CG’s Sea Spray! I think it’d be a great shade for fall.

    You look great, btw!

  14. Sarah B says:

    Did you get any close-up pics of everyone else’s manis? I’d love to see them!

  15. Rachel says:

    I love the CG Sea Spray! I will definitely see if I can find it and get one!

  16. Alison says:

    I looove Temple Gradin! Thats like my favorite movie ever. I also love sea spray!

  17. Lauren says:

    You shouldn’t be teasing us with rad new nail polishes that are not available to civilians yet…Not nice!

  18. Chris says:

    The manicure is extremely cool!! I don’t know if I would wear the bling, but the light blue-gray china glaze is amazing!!

    I totally agree with you on Jim Parsons winning! The Big Bang Theory is a brilliant show and I love Sheldon!! (well, not the character himself, just how funny he is :D). Well done to Parsons!

  19. Stef says:

    The Spring collection for China Glaze??? Pinch me, I’ve died and gone to heaven! It’s not even fall yet and I’m already tired of the deep and grayed hues that are coming out. I can only think of the China Glaze spring collection now!

  20. Love the manicure! China Glaze’s “Sea Spray” looks a lot like Essie’s “Sag Harbor” from their limited Edition North Fork Collection. Do you agree? A swatch comparison perhaps? ;)

  21. Jackie S. says:

    Love the nails, gorgeous!

  22. LesleyKat says:

    pretty pretty pretty!!!

  23. wheespree says:

    wow sea spray is GORGEOUS. and judging by the previews and nail wheels of anchors away, i already *need* half of them :p

  24. Chica says:

    WOW! Sea Spray is SUCH a pretty color!! When does the Anchor collection or whatever it’s called come out?????? Please Reply :)

    Thanks!! Great post :)

  25. Arrianne says:

    Haha, I bet you left your goodies behind because they were Suave… Either way, I love your mani, I can’t wait for the Anchor’s Away collection.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That wasn’t the reason. I have nothing against Suave it’s just that I went sulfate-free about 5-6 years ago and I knew I wouldn’t use the products. Though for people who follow a no-poo/condition-only routine, the Suave Moisture Milks are great for that because they don’t contain silicones.

  26. Zemlet says:

    This totally inspired me. Deborah Lippmann’s some Enchanted Evening over China Glaze Foxy gave me a similar effect with a more metallic vibe in fall colors.

  27. Kellie says:

    Love this mani!!

  28. MissDoll says:

    I just love that combination on your nails, it makes me do it as well ;)