Silver an’ gold + a bottle o’ bourbon

Currently serving as an intermezzo to the barely begun Pirates comparisons, this was done way back in May.

Sally Hansen base and top
Essie Pillow Talk, my old faithful standby

OPI minis Take a Right on Bourbon and This Silver’s Mine!

Above + below, OPI Press * for Silver

Paul & Joe Golden Slumbers + Goldfinger, layered (the sheerer fingers)

Zoya Beth + María Luisa, layered

All three OPIs dabbed on the silver fingers (looking like one varnish)

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

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

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 …)

Inspiration: Spring clean

Marni F/W 2017-2018

Just cos I’m always delighted, surprised and inspired by Italian houses’ juxtaposition of colour and texture

The shelf containing a fraction of my collection, which took an enormous chunk of afternoon to clean, mix and reorganize.

Miu Miu Subjective Reality 2015 campaign by Steven Meisel

Peripera, Paul & Joe and Republic Nail’s Frida Kahlo collection

Miu Miu 2014

Colour, texture + pattern

Again, Marni … from F/W 2016-2017

Miu Miu runway F/W 2015-2016

Two bottles of vintage HC Normal

In the end, I got it done!

HC Pixie, Angel, Dork, Bubble Gum, original Sky

All cleaned, shaken and stirred.

xx blueberry milk tea

Bling ring a la boheme

Floss Gloss Stun

After going round and round with Rickys NYC a couple of years ago re this varnish, I finally just went directly to the source (the Floss Gloss website) …

Colors by Llarowe Blonde Ambition

ILNP Spiced Eggnog (fugly base, gold flakes and holo shimmer)

A continuation of this wheel

Two coats each

Dance Legend Wow Prism 13 Steel Panther

Two coats, a continuation of this wheel

I needed another large particle scattered silver holo like … well, but this one *is* rather extraordinary!

A-England Katyusha

A true original stunner … multichrome shift and holographic beauty

xx blueberry milk tea

Spooky series: moody autumnal skies

Risqué Silver Shine, Bonita Dying to Party, Essence Urban Messages TE Skyscraper

A-England Cathy, Essence Crystalliced TE It’s a Snow-woman’s World, Impala Novo 70 Boho Chic, Essence C&G Grey-t to Be Here

Essence Vintage District TE Get Arty, Essence Crystalliced TE Iced Age Reloaded

Nails Inc. Ballet Sheers Covent Garden Ballet, Impala Cores do Oceano Agua Viva, Orly Sweet Dreams, Layla Softouch Effect 03

Scherer Chameleon Hula, OPI Yokohama Twilight

Revlon Smoldering, Colorama Abre Alas, Colorama Misteriosa Turquia Lua Crescente

All swatches above, two coats

Kiko Quick Dry 849, Dance Legend Mist Way Collection 09 Hedgehog in the Fog, Illamasqua Raindrops, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Shimmer Matte Angel Magik Touch

Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Demi Matte Velvet Kurtsey

Icing by Claire’s unnamed 1/4 of a mini set, Orly Pixie Dust, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

Essence Beauty Beats TE As Long as You Love Me, Sinful Shine Kylie Signature Collection King Kylie Slay Grey, Colorama Hypnose

All swatches 2-3 coats

xx blueberry milk tea