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Tonal play with new-to-me H&M

When I received my long-awaited H&M parcel today, my intent was indeed to play … but gee, did this turn out to be a lot of work!

Perhaps it was ill-fated from its inception — none of the varnishes and only a few of the eye shadows shown here were the ones I had chosen in my original, never-arrived order, placed way before Thanksgiving. By the time I re-placed the order (for which I am *still* awaiting a refund), the original shades I had ordered were no longer available — they had sold out.

I’m more than content with what I’ve received, but things started going awry from the get-go. My backdrop fell on top of the nail wheel with the four freshly painted H&M chips, so they have more coats than the other 14 chips, in order to remedy the dents.

It was very windy here in Northern California today, which caused me a number of problems, even though I was indoors. First, lack of light (my house is rather gloomy, even though it faces south). Then, there were the bubbles and/or debris appearing from nowhere on the chips. Especially with Giorgio Armani Parma Greige, which when I had used it for a manicure, was an utterly flawless formula! Enormously frustrating. I almost threw in the towel, since the images looked horrendous on my camera viewing screen.

I still don’t think the images I halfheartedly captured do any justice to what I see in person, but I posted anyway, because in the process I learned a lot about each varnish. Some of these I’ve had for years and hadn’t even used yet.

Below are my field notes:

1 – H&M Cloudburst and 4 – H&M Volcanic Mud required a third coat to reach evenness and opacity, whilst 2 – H&M Taiga and 3 – H&M Cobblestones were opaque at two coats. Cloudburst and Volcanic Mud also had, like, dried varnish specks in their more transparent formulae, which were no longer visible after the final third coat. Volcanic Mud is a much more interesting shade than it appears in the bottle, with green-blue undertones somewhere in that medium grey.

I probably should have included Chanel Khaki Vert to compare to the beautiful H&M Taiga (opaque at 2x), but I just grabbed whatever was staring me in the face on one of my varnish shelves. Khaki Vert was tucked in the back of the lineup somewhere. (As an afterthought, I should have included all of the Les Khakis here!)

H&M Cobblestones (opaque at 2x) is more of a neutral taupe with lilac undertones (as I had hoped it would be) — online swatches I referenced show it as a much warmer, yellower-leaning shade, with no cool purple undertone whatsoever.

5 – D&G Jaipur Blue – bliss at two coats. Great brush, colour, smooth formula. Shade is slightly dustier than you see here. This brand is worth every extra shekel you pay.

6 – Giorgio Armani Parma Greige – same as above accolades for D&G, including the dusty comment, although today the chip looked hideous. Debris, bubbles, ugh … only because I’ve used it before for a full mani do I know that it is indeed a thing of beauty.

7 – Chanel Horizon Line – this is a tester bottle, recently purchased in a panic on the auction site at a discount. I knew it was limited edition, but I had no idea back in August it would sell out so quickly. I don’t like the brush or the formula at two coats, same thoughts I had when I first tried Turban (the only one I’ve actually tried of these new Chanel bottles, although I have others). It’s like they’re heavy on plasticizers and that thin brush just wallows in and drags them around. Note to self: test your other new bottle Chanels before acquiring any more. Another thing: does anyone know how OPI Taupe-less Beach stacks up to Chanel New Dawn?

8-11 – Kure Bazaar Chloe, Boyfriend, Khaki, Hipster, all at two coats. Colours are smooth, opaque and pretty, but I don’t reach for these often. They’re touted as safe and natural, but they still smell just as strong and nauseating as the chemical-laden varnishes. I could not imagine using these while pregnant. Plus, on me, they never, ever dry — even on my toes at the height of summer. I must be doing something wrong.

12-13 – YSL Call Me Grey and Fur Green, both at two coats. Call Me Grey’s brush had a few wonky hairs. I left the tolerable wonkies and pulled out the worst offender. Stuff like this bothers me, as M. Saint Laurent’s image should not be allowed to tarnish in even the smallest detail, and it’s too late. A few years ago, when I ordered a Black Opium sample from the faux-luxe website, it never arrived. Then suddenly I received several, one after the other, each bearing a slightly different version of my name on the address label. They must have young marketing interns with no idea of the brand’s heritage in charge of this stuff. Fur Green, on the other hand, was perfection. Love this one.

14-18 – Uslu Airlines MYK, NIM, SBT, ACE, ABS. Perfection in a bottle, all. Two smooth coats. Beautiful brush, excepting SBT — it has the skinny old one. I can no longer purchase these in the U.S.; good thing I made a run while I could, although there are still several I yearn for that I missed. Oftentimes I imagine having to forsake my entire collection and being forced to choose only one brand for keeps. Uslu Airlines would be my choice.

xx blueberry milk tea

Collections: Catrice Hip Trip LE

C01 – Blue Highway
C02 – Green Days
C03 – Wheels on Fire
C04 – The Salmon Dance
C05 – Nude & Rude

From May-June 2013. Better late than never!

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: San Francisco in varied guises

A little ode to the city by the bay, one of the most beautiful and charming on Earth.  I love this name; several males in my family bear it.  Out in the world, it seems more than a few papis chulos can be beckoned by the call of Francisco… hopefully they haven’t yet achieved sainthood!

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Catrice Big City Life 2012 LE San Francisco, Sinful Colors San Francisco

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Catrice Big City Life 2012 LE San Francisco, Sinful Colors San Francisco 1x each

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Catrice Big City Life 2012 LE San Francisco, Sinful Colors San Francisco 2x each

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OPI San Francisco Collection First Date at the Golden Gate, Lost on Lombard

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OPI San Francisco Collection First Date at the Golden Gate, Lost on Lombard 1x each

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OPI San Francisco Collection First Date at the Golden Gate, Lost on Lombard 2x each

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OPI San Francisco Liquid Sand Alcatraz Rocks!, Finger Paints Sparkle in the Sky (not San Francisco-themed, but a darn good PFF to a varnish that is!)

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OPI San Francisco Liquid Sand Alcatraz Rocks!, Finger Paints Sparkle in the Sky 1x each

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OPI San Francisco Liquid Sand Alcatraz Rocks!, Finger Paints Sparkle in the Sky 2x each

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Catrice Big City Life 2012 LE San Francisco, Sinful Colors San Francisco 2x each

OPI San Francisco Collection First Date at the Golden Gate, Lost on Lombard 2x each

OPI San Francisco Liquid Sand Alcatraz Rocks!, Finger Paints Sparkle in the Sky 2x each

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Interior of the Catrice Big City Life 2012 San Francisco palette, whose exterior serves as a backdrop throughout this post.

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A final San Francisco bottle beauty shot — gorgeous!  Sinful Colors eliminated this varnish more than a year ago from their core stock, then brought it back for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed display… of course I had never wanted it until I could no longer easily have it in my clutches, so I made sure to add it to my collection this season.  Et voila!

Cue Tony Bennett here.

xx blueberry milk tea

Collections: Essence Me & My Ice Cream Trend Edition

Couldn’t find this TE anywhere in California whilst still frozen at the advent of summer, so I ordered the few items still available from Spain after U.S. Labor Day! In case it was a little soft upon arrival, I stuck it in the freezer straightaway. Really, it’s pouring rain here today, so the little freezer light helped a lot to illuminate the gloom… please click on the shoddy photos for greater detail.

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Nail Topping stickers:  I had thought these were digital images of li’l caviar beads, but no — they’re 3D!  Making fall that much more fun.

Me & My Ice Cream

Varnishes are L to R, 01 Ben & Cherries, 02 Always in My Mint, 03 Ice, Ice Baby, 04 Icylicious

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Baked eyeshadow 01 Cone Head

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Baked eyeshadows 02 Icylicious and 03 Always in My Mint

Me & My Ice Cream

All varnishes have subtle shimmer and great brushes.

Baked shadows:

01 Cone Head is pinky beige with lilac, darker taupe and purple veining

02 Icylicious is rosy peach with sparkly light and darker gold beige veining

03 Always in My Mint is light beige with pale mint (duh), pearl and peach veining

When the sun comes out to play, we can experiment with these super fun things, two seasons or more behind the Essence Trend Editions here in the U.S. … no matter, I *heart* Cosnova and consider their products worth spending my meager savings on international shipping.

xo blueberry ice cream (make that milk tea)