Posts from the ‘Polish Friends Forever’ Category

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

PFF Series: festive sparkle

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Venique Jolly Holly Twinkle

China Glaze Dancing & Prancing

Finger Paints Glisten Here

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At one coat each

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At two coats each

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At three coats each

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Venique Jolly Holly Twinkle – Holiday 2012
(purchased in mid-2013 at a local beauty supply)

China Glaze Dancing & Prancing – Holiday 2014
(purchased at Sally Beauty at a deep discount, might have been during 2015 holiday season)

Finger Paints Glisten Here – Winter Wishes Holiday 2014
(purchased along with China Glaze Dancing & Prancing, imagining to do a glitter fade with the two, since their color schemes appeared very similar in the bottles)

xx blueberry milk tea

Understated British pageantry, Part II

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Models Own HyperGel – Paradise Pink, Nails Inc. The Perfect Nude – Elizabeth Mews

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Nails Inc. The Perfect Nude – Charlotte Street, Rimmel Salon Pro – Chic Chick, Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora – Let’s Get Nude

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Rimmel Salon Pro – Soul Session, Rimmel 60 Seconds – Caramel Cupcake

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Models Own HyperGel – Naked Glow, Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine – Lychee

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Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Almond, Burberry Ash Rose

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Barry M Cappuccino, Burberry Dusky Mauve

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Brit-Brits!
xx blueberry milk tea

Understated British pageantry, Part I

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White Horse Street, Savoy Place, Porchester Square

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Porchester Square, Porcini, Midsummer Mauve

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White Horse Street, Savoy Place, Porchester Square

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Porchester Square, Porcini, Midsummer Mauve

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The other similar shades on this wheel are all Polish brands … lately I’ve had a *thing* for neutrals a la the three OPI Brazilians and have found the easiest way to deal with my already vast collection of variations on Bossa Nova, Taupeless and Sao Paulo is to divvy them up by country of origin, lol.

This method still doesn’t prevent me from fruitlessly hankering after the following *true* Brazilians:

Ana Hickmann Coffee Shop
Anita Café com Leite
Finaflor Amarula
Hits Speciallita Pop Up Store Filippa
Top Beauty Bandida, Lencol de Seda, Pacoca

xx blueberry milk tea

Summer afternoon play date

I know, the colours in this comparison are so 2011 … but it’s all about the names.

That, and clearing the backlog of these straggler ideas so I can make way to catch up — I never got round to either finishing or starting several posts from holidays past (those three red A-Englands were actually supposed to be ready for Valentines Day past, not Summer present), and I’ve three seasons of Essie 2017 yet to show you … then there’s Summer from several other brands, but every time I pull them out to play, I have no inclination to actually wear them.

Lately my thing is moody, shimmery dark blurples and deep sparkly greens :/

On to my observations made whilst going through hundreds and hundreds of varnish bottles in an attempt to make sense of it all …

Each of these is China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, Spring 2010 Up & Away

Both were purchased during the same shopping jaunt at Ulta in 2016.

Both bottles were at a deep discount, and I couldn’t decide which I liked more, so both made the trip home with me.

In bottle and on chip, left is whiter and cooler.  Right has much more yellow/warmth.

WnW I Need a Refresh-mint.  Included only because of the “refreshmint” part.

I’m pretty sure this bottle was purchased last year, thrown in as an extra with almost the entire content of that mid-2016 (?) rainbow display of newly-issued varnishes.

Glad I bought it then, cos I’ve noticed this is no longer included in the now-meager core Megalast endcap display.

I know this because just last week (forgetting I already had this and heavily jonesing it), I went on a wild goose chase to several drugstores in search of.

Regarding the bottle seen above, which I was beyond thrilled to discover living a quiet existence on the corresponding floor of the Alex condo, I don’t know if it’s the original shade that’s a For Audrey dupe or the reported 2013-ish shade change to an even bluer, less minty shade.

Having purchased several bottles of this (and For Audrey) in the past to gift to overseas varnish mates (not liking either shade myself when they were actually popular :/), I remember those older ones in my brief possession as being bluer, not minty greener, than this present one …

Two versions of Wet Cement.

This is another one I didn’t like at all in its moment of fame.

I don’t even know why I have or where I purchased these two bottles.

I do remember buying several for alelvi123 around 5 years ago — maybe I kept one for myself!

Wet Cement on the left with the slightly domed cap is the “older” one … I used my (admittedly minimal) powers of deductive logic to figure this out, since all of my more recent seasonal and LE WnW Megalasts have the flat cap seen on the right …

Thus, I must have picked up the bottle on the right within the past few years, deciding I liked the colour after all … which is weird, cos way back yonder when You Don’t Know Jacques came out, although I was first in line at the downstairs beauty salon in my office building to pick up YDKJ, I promptly decided it was awful in and out of the bottle.  In fact, I think it was my very first swap!

Sinful Colors Apeasing (left) and aPEAsing (right)

Core colours added either late 2016 or early 2017

Who does Sinful Colors think they are with those witty mid-word CAPS? Cosnova? Lol

I bought both bottles in late 2016 or early 2017 at Walgreens.

Pretty sure I plucked them from the same massive display, thinking they were two different colours.

The Cosnova wannabe (aPEAsing) on the right is slightly brighter and bluer than its Apeasing counterpart, both in the bottle and on the nail wheel.

China Glaze Dope Taupe, Fall 2016 Rebel

Love love love this.

Every time I see Dope Taupe at a discount retailer, I have to shield my eyes with both hands to keep from buying yet another backup. (Same thing goes for the three OPI Brazil neutrals …)

Shortly thereafter comes Sinful Colors with not one, but two China Glaze (and Cosnova … those exclamation points! After everything!) doppelgangers.

I actually bought So Daupe! before Taupe is Dope!, but for the sake of numerical consistency, I switched them around.

Left 2189 Taupe is Dope!

Right 2198 So Daupe!

When I had picked up So Daupe! in either late 2016 or early 2017, I wasn’t even aware of the existence of Taupe is Dope!

After checking the Sinful Colors web site (where btw there was no mention of So Daupe! in the new additions to the core collection), I made excursions to several different Walgreens locales to hunt down Taupe is Dope!, just so I could perform a thorough comparison of this tocaya (same name) trio.

Above and below, Dope Taupe, Taupe is Dope!, So Daupe!

Initially, the difference between Taupe is Dope! and So Daupe! appears negligible, but once on the nail wheel, So Daupe! is slightly lighter and cooler-toned.  Closer to China Glaze Dope Taupe.

2x each

xx blueberry milk tea

Pinky Promise II

111 Boa

217 Splendeur

489 Rose Insolent

519 Rose Exuberant

547 Pulsion

619 Pink Tonic (shimmer)

579 Plaza, 653 Darling, 658 Capeline, 661 Bonheur, 678 Creoles

Above:  Chanel on the left, Dior on the right

Kiko 503, Essie Brides No Grooms, Mavala 71 La Paz

Now these are what you call PFFs …

NARS Schiap, WnW Cherry Blossom on Top, Kiko 289, Essie Bachelorette Bash

Above, left:  these four are also true PFFs.

Essie BB is a crelly, maybe even a jelly … so squishy 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea