Posts from the ‘Blue’ Category

Yallah! … Dior goes to Tripoli

Minty creme member of Samba duo
Malice
St. Tropez
Nirvana
Techno Blue

xx bousad xx
blueberry milk tea

Tropezando con la misma piedra …

Lit. Tripping over the same stone

Fig. Making the same mistake

Kitchen table comparisons

Pretty sure Julio Iglesias sang the line above …

Now it’s Britney’s turn: Oops, I did it again …

No regrets for getting lost in the game … they all have my heart 😍

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: Sands of Time

Happy New Year!

Meanwhile, I’ve had this comparison knocking about for over two years (already completed on a nail wheel, but I decided to redo it on my new Chinese sticks and promptly messed up the colour order, defeating the entire purpose of using sticks …)

FingerPaints Sparkle in the Sky, 2013 Enchanted Winter Collection

Wet n Wild Los Feliz Navidad, Holiday 2015 We’re the Wild Cats! LE

OPI Alcatraz … Rocks, Fall 2013 San Francisco Collection

Above three photos, at one coat … I wanted to show you how the light base colour of FP made me confuse the order of these three bottles.

In the process, I think I switched the order of the one-coat sticks above for WnW and OPI … but I corrected them for the final swatches below 🙂

Above seven photos, at two coats.

On the nail wheel, I had swatched them in proper order: WnW, FP, OPI.

WnW is the lightest and sheerest of the three, more silvery blue due to reflects; also has silver sequins lacking in its partners. Los Feliz is a Los Angeles neighbourhood; Feliz Navidad means Merry Christmas in Spanish.

FP is a closer PFF to OPI. OPI is a bit deeper and thicker in appearance than FP, with even more pink and gold shimmer … or perhaps it just stands out as such in the slightly more opaque base.

OPI came first; it’s the original Liquid Sand of this trio. Alcatraz is a calla lily in Spanish; here it refers to the name of the storied former prison in San Francisco Bay, built on what appears to be a massive rock sticking out of those treacherous waters.

xx best for 2018!
blueberry milk tea

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

Spooky Series: Blurple Multichrome 6-6-6

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2027 Set the Dua-Tone

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CE 64

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Intuition

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43 Berry Potter & Plumbledore

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Amethyst

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Pondering

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At 1x each

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At 1x each

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At 2x each

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Violet Flicker

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Waltz

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Emocionante

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Olivera

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Glacier Bay Blues

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Rainha da Bateria

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2x each

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Zoya Olivera has an indigo base, but at 2x dry, she flashes more green …

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OPI Glacier Bay Blues and Colorama Rainha da Bateria have teal bases, yet at 2x dry, they flash more blurple …

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Mysterious Curse (same as Royal Velvet, for some reason I thought I had that one instead)

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Cosmo with a Twist

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Galaxy Girl

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Evil Queen

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Loves Me Not

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308 (the label fell off the bottom, so I took advantage by tipping the bottle to show you this amazing little wonder)

This post has taken me an entire day to complete, and I’m still not done at past 11:00 p.m.!

My internet is super duper slow due to it being the end of the month, hopefully all of the images will load properly and I can add a few photos of the completed 6-6-6 wheel tomorrow …

xx boo! berry milk tea

Catching up with Essie, Fall 2016 – 2017

Whatcha been doin’?

As the song goes, lookin’ back, lookin’ back, lookin’ back …

Here’s a retrospective from this Fall season to last (I wasn’t interested in either Summer 2017 or Winter 2016-2017):

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Fall 2017 As If (what I bought, 3 of the 6):

1936 As If!
1937 Knee-High Life
1939 Mixtaupe

Purchased at Rite Aid in August 2017

I’d like to buy the pink from this collex, if only to compare it to the pink from Spring 2017 …

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Wild Nudes 2017

1001 Skinny Dip
1003 Bare With Me
1005 Wild Nude
1007 Without a Stitch

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1009 Mooning
1011 Exposed
1015 Clothing Optional
1017 Winning Streak

Purchased all but the first two from a full display on an early summer trip to Rite Aid; went back shortly thereafter for the first two … and the display was almost cleaned out! These are all so beautiful, much more than they appear here. The subtlety is very similar to what I see Japanese brands produce, like Smelly (Urban Research), Addiction or Three.

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Resort 2017

1916 Resort Romanza
1917 Strike a Pose-itano
1918 Ciao Effect
1919 Sorrento Yourself

Purchased in early April 2017 from Target. I didn’t know anything about this collection (I thought Resort collections were issued between Winter and Spring, and I had bought Essie Spring back in February 2017?); initially, I had found these mixed in with a bunch of unrelated colours and was really confused. But I quickly got myself sorted upon my next trip to a different locale, and scooped up all four from their dedicated display, especially since I hadn’t seen these anywhere else but at Target stores.

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Spring 2017, B’aha Moment

1047 On the Roadie
1048 Excuse Me, Sur
1049 Backseat Besties

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1050 B’aha Moment!
1051 Designated DJ
1052 All the Wave

Purchased February 2017 from the auction site … I had thought I’d be passing on this collection; the price must have been irresistible 🙂

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Fall 2016, Kimono Over

997 Maki Me Happy
996 Playing Koi
998 Kimono Over

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999 Now & Zen
1001 Udon Know Me
1002 Go Go Geisha

Purchased in August 2016 from the auction site. I had seen this collection much earlier at CVS in a reduced display of four, and even then I knew I wanted the whole enchilada!

Immediately after purchase, I did a manicure with all six of these based on a design I had seen in a Japanese nail book. Still loving this collection to pieces!

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For the comparisons, I’ve limited myself to the Essie shades within this post:

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Resort Romance, B’aha Moment, Knee-High Life, Maki Me Happy

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2x each:  Resort Romance, B’aha Moment, Knee-High Life, Maki Me Happy

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Designated DJ, Kimono Over

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2x each: Designated DJ, Kimono Over

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Kimono Over, Winning Streak, Ciao Effect

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2x each: Kimono Over, Winning Streak, Ciao Effect

To be continued tomorrow … I’m out of light (and energy).

Be sure to check back for the updated post, honoured café patron!

xx blueberry milk tea 

Collections: JulieG Bohemian Dreams

These six bottles have been living in my bedroom for a good month now — they fit right in with the scene!

Aria, Eden, Faith, Henna, Harmony, Karma

Aria, Eden, Faith

Henna, Harmony, Karma

Aria – named after the Pretty Little Liars character?

Eden

Faith

Henna

Harmony

Karma

Available on a very appealing small end-cap display in American Rite Aid stores; also on the Jesse’s Girl website, $4 USD each.

xx peace! blueberry milk tea