Posts from the ‘Shimmer’ Category

Let’s leave OPI out of it

Warm peachy nude and peachy-brown neutrals are not my usual jam; they wreak havoc with my uneven pallor.

For some reason, I want them on my nails anyway … but not enough to trek to the booby trap into which my teenaged son has converted the varnish warehouse. That’s where OPI Feeling Frisco and Samoan Sand are currently residing.

Hence the title of this post 🙂

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Chanel 633 Intention has a very subtle warm shimmer, none too visible here …

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Chanel 633 Intention was “intended” for the Asian market only, or so I’ve heard. That’s why I snatched it up when I found it available in the U.S. for a time.

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xx blueberry milk tea

Little Sunday-into-Monday nails

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

Inspiration: anti-manicure a la Marni

I actually chose the images above of Marni print and necklace after I had already finished my nails. What I had been carrying around for months in my imagination was much less literal as to colour and shape, likely based on years of eyeballing and admiring scads of Marni runway shows, editorial and Instagram.

For my tiny canvasses:

Skin Food Pineapple Cuticle Cleaner
Rimmel Base + Top, one coat each used for base and top

Essie Pillow Talk, 1x
Sinful Colors Coco Bae, 1x sponged unevenly on about half to 3/4 of the nail

OPI Fiercely Fiona, applied haphazardly with a dry nail brush
OPI Sleigh Parking Only, ditto

Purchased from Sally Beauty for a small fortune over 5 years ago … first used here 🙂

Canvasses prepped: Rimmel base and Essie Pillow Talk

Sinful Colors Coco Bae, from the new 2018 additions to the core collection.

Possesses quite a hot pinky-peach flash/shimmer.

As soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew exactly how I would put her to uggles use in this jolie-laide manicure already taking shape in my mind …

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

Autumnal blaze beauty shots

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Perfect Holographic H6
Color Club Cosmic Fate

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China Glaze TTYL

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OPI Bay Bridge Sunset
Color Club Sidewalk Psychic
Jade Sunset

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Color Club Sidewalk Psychic
Jade Sunset
China Glaze TMI

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ILNP Cozy Mittens
Masura 1061 Vanilla Cloud
Masura 1097 Under the Apple Tree at Noon
Masura 1102 Sands Whisper

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ILNP Cozy Mittens

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Masura 1061 Vanilla Cloud

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Masura 1097 Under the Apple Tree at Noon

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Masura 1102 Sands Whisper

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All swatches 2x each, no aqua base or top coat

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

Spooky Series: Sorceress Spittle + Bat Wings in a Copper Pot

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Bottom to top, 2x each:

Realce Macabra – Baba de Bruxa (Sorceress Spittle, translation mine)
Sinful Colors 1503 Copper Pot
Sinful Colors 2123 Play Dead
Sinful Colors 2318 If You’ve Got It, Haunt It
Sinful Colors 2332 Bite Me
Realce Macabra – Asa de Morcego (Bat Wings, translation mine)

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Realce Macabra – Baba de Bruxa (Sorceress Spittle, translation mine)
SC 1503 Copper Pot
SC 2123 Play Dead

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SC 2318 If You’ve Got It, Haunt It
SC 2332 Bite Me
Realce Macabra – Asa de Morcego (Bat Wings, translation mine)

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All of these have freaky, fantastic formulas and finishes!

xx blueberry milk tea
(stirring the varnish pot in my colour-shifting Zara dress/costume …)