New in: a full parcel stacked three rows high

I spent the entire Friday (aka Black Friday) following U.S. Thanksgiving hovering over my computer at intervals, leisurely adding varnish after varnish to my cart on the Ninja Polish site, then meticulously editing, until I ended up with this:

Nfu-Oh 37, 40, 46, 51, 56, 59

Nfu-Oh Aqua Base (for holographic varnishes), 62, 63, 64

Layla 11 Shock Pink

I didn’t order as many Nfu-Oh holos as I would have liked, since I was skittish about duds.

These three, however, are a trio of winners.  Lots of magic holo fairy dust in those bottles …

Hits Meninas Superpoderosas/Powerpuff Girls Docinho

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 56 – a really wow warmer-leaning green with a dusting of pale sheen.  Have a hunch I’m gonna really like this one…

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Magnifica – a perfumed aqua blue holo

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Emocionante – a perfumed crazy multichrome

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 63 – Chocolate Truffle.  I’ve wanted this one forever, sight unseen.

It’s better than my wildest dreams … more multichrome and faceted than I had imagined, better than OPI Teas-y Does It and the Nubar Chocolate series combined … and that’s not having been let out of the bottle yet 🙂

Tristam, Sleeping Palace, Guinevere, Galahad

Red Show 06, 07, 09 … these are even more incredible than I had anticipated.

New Prism 06 Teleportation, Top for Darks 603, Top for Darks 608

Don’t Tell Mademoiselle!

Meet Me at Coral Island

The Pinky & The Brain

Fred Said Red

Bloody Mary to Go

Robert’s Red Ford

Hello Kitty Lemon Pie Kit: Mint, Gum, Melon

Hello Kitty Apple Pie Kit:  Sweet, Candy, Apple

Hello Kitty Blueberry Pie Kit:  Blueberry, Plum, Fizzy

Fizzy leaked some gunky glue-like stuff onto herself and Blueberry.

All three bottles are otherwise clean and open fine.

I’m so weary of scrubbing up bottles that I left these as is :/

Copper Pot, Indigo, Coffee Love, Magic Flow

I put these together as my Viva El Salvador! group, since indigo and coffee used to be major exports until they were seemingly outshone by the maras.

Color-Changing Garnet, Mystic Glacier, Divinity

My chosen gifts with purchase 🙂  Divinity has an even better reputation than Clarins 230!

Lightshow, Nonfat Soy Half Caff, Leotard Optional, Glimmer More, Pink Platinum

I also bought yet another backup of SOPI Metro Chic, since who knows when we’ll see these old bottles again?

This was a mid-week discount retailer pick-me-up whilst awaiting the brick o’ varnish that arrived at my doorstep today. 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

Rich girl, poor girl: chance Sinful Colors juxtaposition, a certain Dior 2013 duo?


Dior Summer 2013 Bird of Paradise collection, 001 Samba nail duo, $29 USD

Dior dupes

Sinful Shine and Sinful Colors, discovered randomly thrown together in an uncorresponding Sinful Colors display, $3 and $2 USD each

Whenever I find myself in relatively stable financial condition, I become nostalgic and start to reminisce over my unfulfilled varnish yearnings of economically lean years past.

In Summer 2013, I wasn’t *that* broke, yet while the Dior 001 Samba duo was still available at a reasonable-for-a-luxury-brand price, I was content to simply window shop and procrastinate staking my claim.  Wasn’t too wild about that green (402), and I couldn’t make up my mind about whether I preferred to save my shekels for Chanel Azure… so I ended up with neither.

Whilst on a series of drugstore sprees last week, filling (subjective) gaps and (perceived) holes in my varnish collection, I was instantly reminded of the Dior Samba duo when I saw these two in tandem.

Better for me, as I prefer everything about Rendezvous to its Dior 402 counterpart, and since I already own an abundance of Palm Breezy-type shades, there’s no compelling reason to spring for something obsolete and pricier a la Dior 794 or Chanel Azure.

Sinful Shine Rendezvous has long disappeared from drugstores.  This was the lone bottle on shelf, and the only one I’ve seen this year!

xx blueberry milk tea *doing a happy samba*

Essie Spring 2015




First spotted these at a dodgy locale of a chain drugstore downtown in February 2015.

I thought they were amazing and immediately ordered the entire collection on the auction site for about USD $30.

Petal Pushers broke in transit and since the lineup was packed in duo boxes, Petal Pushers was caked and dried all over her neighbour, Garden Variety.

After cleaning up my hands, kitchen walls, sink, floor and wastebasket with pure acetone, I thought I never wanted to see Petal Pushers again.  There is still a drop of PP on my kitchen sink that I just can’t bring myself to clean off…

As for Garden Variety, I poured a cup of acetone and dropped her in.  She cleaned up quite nicely, don’t you think?  But she did lose her label in the process, so I’m still unsure if I’ve got her name right.  🙂

Eventually, the seller did replace Petal Pushers for me.

I’ve seen some great comparisons of her with the OPI greys, most notably on imabeautygeek.  IaBG also has impressive comparisons of the rest of this collection, as well.

She uses sticks, as do lots of talented ladies on nail_ru, and I am seriously considering doing this in lieu of nail wheels, which I can no longer find easily at Sally Beauty, anyhow.

Aesthetically, I find the sticks ugly; yet practically, they are fantastic, since once you have a varnish swatched, you can move it around for multiple comparisons down the road.  And if you’re like me, where you end up stuck with variations on a shade in the wrong order on the nail wheel due to their looking completely different in the bottle than on the nail, you will no longer have this problem with the convenient malleability of sticks…

xx blueberry milk tea (on a stick)

Green (eggs &) Spam

Surely you won’t mind? … 🙂


Color Club New Bohemian, Sally Girl TTFN, Bonita Dali’s Memory


Misa Catch a Flick, Nubar Vogue Vert


Barry M GHS Cardamom, OPI Don’t Mess with OPI


ChG mini Too Yacht to Handle, Nature Republic Color Waltz BL507 Mint Sky


L.A. Girl Color Pop Peacock, Nature Republic 27


Bad hair day…


Sally Girl Chillax, Essie Garden Variety, China Glaze My Way or the Highway

Essie and ChG are greener than this in real life…


Essie Garden Variety, China Glaze My Way or the Highway, Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Do Not Disturb

Rita is also greener than she appears here.


The aforementioned, with Orly Teal Unreal tacked onto the end.  Orly is indeed greener in real life, as well.


Not Sally Girl Chillax – she does lean blue.  Must be chiquita pero picosa — tiny, but influencing the big ‘uns nearby


L. A. Colors Color Craze Jungle Fever, Colorama Africa a Vista Mar Sem Fim, Essence C&G Trust in Fashion

Jungle Fever holds a special place in my heart due to unusual immense self-control in restraining myself from buying her on repeated trips to an Asian grocery store.  She was less than $1 USD, but in those lean days of 2012, I had very little money for extras.  Thus, I always consider her fondly.  🙂


Ginger + Liz Stress Management, Impala Disco Azul Pavao


Sinful Colors Last Chance, Catrice Hugo Moss


Not sure about Last Chance (this and SC Envy live in the varnish warehouse untried), but Hugo Moss seems to be a great economical alternative to NARS Zulu.

xx blueberry milk tea

P.S.  I gave both Zulu and Galion away untried.

P.P.S.  Nail wheels are in short supply at the shops these days!