Not too long ago, whilst indulging my perpetual curiosity online, I suddenly craved ownership of a certain two Lynderellas like nobody’s business: A Neutral Party and Puppy Cake.
Being that I’ve not ever worn a one of the Lynnderella residents currently leading the life of Riley in a top drawer of the Alex varnish condo, I abstained from immediate purchase of the two aforementioned. Instead, I got to work scouting other floors of the condo, chasing the varnish visions dancing in my head.
I didn’t have to look far: everything my little nails were wishing for (neutral but sparkly, tiny black dots, holo microshimmer, gold, silver, bronze and then some) turned out to be in residence — no spending the winter out at the warehouse for these favourites!
Problem child extraordinaire and confirmed favourite, Big Universo Canel
Sally Hansen CSM Paparazzi, Anna Sui 32C
China Glaze I’m Not Lion, OPI Wonderous Star
A member of the Etude House x Annika Wester Wannabe Syrup Nails trio
Maybelline Color Show The Nudes LE Bronze Beam
In an abundance of caution, because my formerly known as long nails were catching on my tights, splitting and peeling per usual, I thought to start things off right on Sunday with a base coat of this 18k gold hardener.
The subtle flakes add a neat underlayer dimension to one coat of transparent Canel …
The brushes I used to execute my idea on oh-so-tiny canvasses:
Slanted tip Impala – SH CSM Paparazzi, one coat gradient effect
Mint green fan – Anna Sui 32C, one swipe on tips
Essence denser fan – China Glaze I’m Not Lion, one swipe on tips
OPI Wonderous Star – daubed on very edge of nails with bottle brush, which netted a surprising density of little black dots
Impala fan brush – Etude House glitter, one swipe a little farther down the nail than the others, to about 1/4 – 1/2 of Paparazzi
Maybelline Color Show Bronze Beam – laid bottle brush flat on its side at intervals on tips
Finally, 1-2 coats of Rimmel Base + Top Coat.
Before polishing my nails, I had done two rounds of Gena Cuticle Remover (which contains lots of naturally-derived hydroxy and salicylic acids, but no lye or ammonia products that I could spot) in addition to nail oils, cuticle oils and Lush Charity Pot.
To the naked eye, my efforts appeared to be effective. iPhone images, however, are unforgiving, detecting and magnifying every flaw. Even if I wanted to correct the imperfections visible in the photos of my nails above, I couldn’t — they just don’t show up in real life (thank goodness)!
Last image was taken in my car, Monday afternoon sun.
xx blueberry milk tea