In the red — a teaser

Overwhelmed not only me, but my camera!

What a sight, what a task …

Organized by brand.

Once I get my hands on some sticks, I’ll swatch first by brand, then move the sticks around by shade as I have them in my drawer.

Yes, that drawer is on the verge of collapse! 🙂

Can never do these bottles justice.  They’re so much more beautiful in person.

Dior Lucky, Glory, Tie & Dye, Star, Pandore

Chanel Dragon, Coromandel, Lotus Rouge, Barcelona Red

Deborah Lippmann Sexyback, It’s Raining Men, Girls Jessa

Givenchy Carmin Escarpin

Rescue Beauty Lounge Gondoliere

Paul & Joe Annatto, Paprika

The bottom row, above, consists of flashy sparklers:

L’Apogee Be Happy Delicia

OPI You Only Live Twice, Ali’s Big Break

Dance Legend Red Show 06, 07, 09

Estee Lauder Fiery Hot

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune # plum glitz

Misa Forgive, Forget, For Me I Will

Uslu Airlines KBJ Kings Canyon

Orly Precisely Poppy

American Apparel Lipstick

Sation Pink Fury, Baron Red

NYC Pink Promenade Crème, Times Square

CQ Pink Candy, Crème Berry, Cardinal

Revlon – Colorstay Delicious, Fearless, Revlon Red

Nails Inc. Festival Hyde Park, Kensington High Street

Barry M Raspberry

SH Insta-Dri Quick Fire, Ablazing!, Sonic Bloom, Rapid Red

SH X-treme Wear Heritage Red

Next up, a brand row-by-row with higher quality photos 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

More Mavala reds on the way from Canada, and I’ve since realized I forgot to raid my Asian drawer for the above photos …

Inspiration: The Sartorialist in Bologna, Italia

Remember how four years ago ’round this season, we were scrambling for Chanel Mimosa?


Photo by The Sartorialist, Mr. Scott Schuman.  Molto grazie!

Over here in California, I was planning on showing you some new greens.

By the time I finished arranging and rearranging all one zillion of them, however, I viscerally understood the meaning of the phrase, familiarity breeds contempt.

So I turned to a long-neglected basket of yellows for relief from my green weariness, thinking to organize and photograph them for sale somewhere, as a lot.

Instead, I very unexpectedly discovered a *new* colour crush.

I even went out to the varnish warehouse (my garage) and plucked up the few yellow bottles languishing there…


Beginning at high noon, these are the colours (all, 2x) featured in the rest of the images:

1 – The Face Shop YL701

2 – NYC Mimosa Bouquet

3 – Sinful Colors Otaku Anime

4 – L.A. Girls Fruity Zesty Citrus

5 – SH CSM Mum’s the Word

6 – Revlon Colorstay Buttercup

7 – NARS x Pierre Hardy – Sharks Left

8 – American Apparel Butter

9 – SH Xtreme Wear Teeny Bikini

10 – SH CSM Yellow Kitty  (at 6:00)

11 – CQ Honey

12 – Sally Girl Banana

13 – H&M Rising Sun

14 – Sinful Colors Pull Over

15 – Sinful Colors Let’s Meet

16 – Essence C&G Little Miss Sunrise

17 – Essence Cherry Blossom Girl TE Fortune Cookie

18 – Catrice Yellow Sub-mandarin



Sally Girl and H&M have shimmer; SC Pull Over does not…





…but Sinful Colors Let’s Meet does.  Essence C&G is the only true crème in this batch.



SH CSM Mum’s the Word, farthest left above, had the smoothest formula and best coverage in two coats of all of these (could be because it’s the newest).

Because of Mum’s the Word, I skipped Dior Sunwashed.

I’ve used my P&J Summer 2015 Sangria as a sheer top coat over Mum’s the Word in lieu of Dior Tie Dye top coat over Sunwashed…



SH CSM Yellow Kitty was the first yellow varnish I had ever purchased, way back in 2010.

I remember having my eye on it as early as 2009, and I wasn’t even aware that Pantone had deemed Mimosa colour of the year for 2009.

Swatching it today was the first time I’ve opened the bottle, so it performed exceedingly well, all things considered!




NYC Mimosa Bouquet is my favourite shade of this shimmery batch, but it’s not basking in the glow of the winner’s circle.

Streaky, patchy, sheer, in spite of its beautiful pale glimmer, which I thought would help matters along…

xx blueberry milk tea (cooling off with lemon tea in the sun’s rays)

What’s cooking?

Culinary works in progress in the café kitchen…

Kitchen works in progress (3)

A new comparison, as I’ve since got my hands on Dior 545 Psychedelic Orange and others…

1 – OPI Live. Love. Carnaval

2 – Dior 545 Psychedelic Orange

3 – OPI Mod-ern Girl

4 – WnW Heatwave

5 – Paul & Joe Midnight Sangria Summer 2015 – Annatto

6 – American Apparel Poppy

7 – Bourjois Prepp’ hibiscus

I reallyreally want to buy Chanel Coquelicot so I can stick ‘er next to AA Poppy and see how two namesakes compare…

But after amassing the bunch above (and I have so. many. more. PFFs. to add to these, gah!), it’s already too overwhelming to consider.

I’m holding off on showing the comparison I did above in greater detail until Dior 638 Aloha arrives from Germany (along with three other Dior Vernis travel mates).

Now I don’t feel compelled to repurchase Chanel Holiday, something I would be loathe to do!

Kitchen works in progress

Also on the boil are (more) pink + orange + red holos…

1 – Color Club Cloud Nine

2 – Jade New Collection Aurora

3 – Dance Legend Spectrum

4 – Jade New Collection Sunset

5 – Layla Red Taboo (from cilucia‘s blog sale a while back)

Kitchen works in progress (2)

Newly-arrived Brits simmering on a slow flame…

1 – Models Own Midsummer Mauve

2 – Models Own Paradise Pink

3 – Barry M Textured Nail Effect Duchess

Just drooling over these and cannot wait to taste!!!

Kitchen works in progress (5)

Intended as the 4th of July plat du jour, but it’s been in the warmer so long that I definitely missed that dinner party…

1 – Essence Effect Nail Polish – Baby, You’re a Firework

2 – OPI Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

3 – OPI Katy Perry – The One That Got Away

4 – OPI Katy Perry – Not Like the Movies

5 – OPI Katy Perry – Last Friday Night

I was feeling really blah about the nail collections I’ve seen of late, and was nostalgically looking to regain my mojo.

Katy Perry does that for me; her music (much to the chagrin of my teenaged son) as well as her OPI collection.

The mere act of swatching the KP members I have (sans black shatter) brought back all of the bright and shiny newness of entering into nail varnish addiction.

Kitchen works in progress (4)

Last but certainly not least (actually, this was a major holdup as it just arrived in the post today) is (1) Dance Legend Chameleon – The Knight.

The label is Russian-only, and I’ve seen the name both ways in English (Knight, The Knight).  I don’t know if definite articles exist in Russian…

This is a varnish I never thought I would see in real life.

Since blueberry milk tea is three years old this month, I thought to do (and will, now that The Knight is here!) a series of nostalgic posts harking back to 2012, 2013, 2014 and what was the featured dish here in July of each of those years.

The first thing I did was gather all of my Chanel Peridot PFFs, since that was my very first post, as well as the first volume of the Multichrome Comparison Library.

But I no longer have the grandmama Chanel, and really do not like her enough to repurchase at scalper prices.

Enter DL The Knight, an ingredient I absolutely adore… and she (well, he…) was in stock online for once!

So here you have a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what’s cooking on all burners in the café kitchen.

xx blueberry milk tea *wiping hands on varnish- and acetone-stained apron*

Final final: am I pink or am I peach?

Finishing up. This series has been lollygagging and getting shuffled around for some time until I could find some nail wheels in stock at the local beauty supply…

Meanwhile, I got my paws on American Apparel Dance from the shop on Grant Avenue in San Francisco, so it got bumped to the front of the line. 🙂









It is triple-digit weather these days, since summer solstice.

Two coats on the nail wheel + intense heat + blast of air conditioning = horrid application!

Enlightening nonetheless, no?  Swatching makes me wonder what I was thinking, as the colours appear so very different from their bottle shades.

xx blueberry milk tea

Inspiration: beautiful Japanese disposable chopsticks

Could not wait to pluck the corresponding varnishes from my collection this morning and post these images before embarking on a manicure inspired by two pairs of chopsticks I will never, ever throw away…

In brand alpha order:

American Apparel MacArthur Park

Butter London Tea & Toast

Essie No More Film

Misa Pay Days Are Happy Days

Nails Inc. White Horse Street

OPI A Piers To Be Tan

Peripera GR313

Uslu Airlines ACE Arrecife

xx blueberry milk tea

For MC, a glimpse of the yet unseen green shelf

Sally Hansen CSM Pique Side is for you, along with that spare bottle of NYC Robin’s Egg Blue lurking behind mine…

Learning to use an iPhone. Please bear with me 🙂

From top:

Shelf no. 1, L to R:

Impala Anos Dourados Matine

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

NOPI I Only Shop Mintage

SpaRitual Delight

Orly Jealous Much?

Charlotte Russe Unnamed

American Apparel Office

Sally Hansen CSM Pique Side

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jade Jump

Claire’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Orly Ancient Jade


Shelf no. 2, L to R:

The Face Shop Lovely ME EX GR501

L.A. Girl Color Pop Minty

Sinful Colors Open Seas

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

NYC Tudor City Teal

Impala Penelope Charmosa Armadilha Tropical

Orly Gumdrop

Sally Hansen CSM Jaded

Sinful Colors Greek Isles

Essie Who’s the Boss?

L’Apogee Rainha Elizabeth

L’Apogee Fashion Colors Diana

Impala California Beleza Natural

Paul & Joe Summer 2013 LE Caribbean

L’Apogee Be Happy Cupcake


Shelf no. 3, L to R:

Claire’s Mint to Be

China Glaze At Vase Value

NYC Robin’s Egg Blue

Spoiled Mar-zi-panna

Piggy Polish Star Boulevard

Catrice Am I Green or Am I Blue?

China Glaze Kinetic Candy

L’Apogee Be Happy Liberdade

Mavala Lagoon

Catrice Minter Wonderland

Essie Mint Candy Apple

L’Apogee Be Happy Viagem

Rimmel 60 Seconds Mintilicious

Sinful Colors Be Happy

xx blueberry milk tea