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

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 …

Panning for gold

Heart of gold – Valentine’s Day
Red + gold – Chinese New Year
Lol, I wouldn’t cheat you like that. 🙂

Just playing indoors this Saturday since I can’t get anyone to invite me to the river…


Essie Luxeffects As Gold As It Gets.  This is a dupe for Estessimo TINS The Maharajah Palace.  I still want TINS for its name. 🙂

NYC Summer 2012 LE Flashlight.  One of my treasured HG varnishes.  It contains a secret sauce of pink electric shimmer; I cannot wait to receive Colorama 35 top coat (purchased from cilucia’s blog sale) to layer over this.  As if it were lacking anything else…

NYC Top of the Gold Top Coat.  NYC displays are disappearing from drugstores; hopefully they’re overhauling their image and this will not be a permanent absence.  Many a “desert island” varnish of mine is made by NYC.


Uslu Airlines DLL, Delicia No. 10, Winwax Nail Brights No. 4.

I could do an entire new post as a spinoff from No. 4, since she doesn’t really belong here.

I included her cos I picked up No. 10 at the same time, for $1.50 each from a Japanese market that has a mini Daiso section.


Essie Tennis Corset (still unsure if that’s really what this no-label bottle is…)

Gah!  See the pinky shimmer in Flashlight? *Faints upon sighting*


Big Universo Luz das Estrelas – Raio de Sol

T. LeClerc Or Nacre.  This varnish is 11 whopping years old.  Might be my second oldest after MAC Relic (lol), from 1998…

Revlon Transforming Effects Gold Glaze.  From the new collex.  Haven’t tried this yet; the usual backlog since I purchased a handful at one go from this collection alone.








Ellen Gold Crystal.  This was included as an extra by S., my Paulista personal shopper.  I love it to pieces and contrary to bottle appearance, have used it in several manicures.  I don’t feature them since they don’t last past a few hours.  In spite of the “fast drying” label, I can’t ever get this varnish to cure properly.

The Face Shop Face It No. 5.  Gold microshimmer top coat; one of my most-used subtle effect top coats.

Essie Tennis Corset, not really looking like herself.



Ellen Gold Crystal flashes gold-green, too.  Those glitters must indeed be holographic…

Fool’s gold?  I think not!

xx blueberry milk tea

Sunday nail flop

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China Glaze Princess Grace
Passe Nati Mythos Hera
Big Universo Rotse (found it!)

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Pearly shimmery gradient, influenced by Japanese nail blogs circa 2009:

Orly Nail Armor as base coat
Passe Nati on tips 1/3
China Glaze 2/3 nail
Big Universo entire nail
Impala top coat

A recipe for a mess that in addition to being ugly, never ever dries.  Each of these is quite pretty on her own, especially Passe Nati Hera.

I’ve tried again in differing combinations and will sport for Monday… if they last through Sunday night, that is.  Can these iPhone images be any tinier/poorer quality?

Will (hopefully) update an improvement on Monday.

xx bmt


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Changed the lineup a bit, applying Essence Studio Nails XXL Nail Thickener as base early in the afternoon and performing the rest of the layers in the evening, which stank to high heaven all night long…

Every other nail:

2x Big Universo Rotse, 1x Piggy Polish Lunar Halo

2x China Glaze Princess Grace, 1x China Glaze Wireless Holographic Top Coat

All, 1x Out the Door Top Coat

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No cleanup yet… this photo was taken with my silly phone upon awakening, and cleanup for this frosty mani will consist of the lazy mode of jumping in the shower with a nail brush. 🙂

I envisioned this as a pearly inside-of-a-seashell kind of thing to accompany a handbag I own that has a shell handle.  Will try to get images of the combo if workday allows.

xx #2, bmt


Collections: Rosas e roxos da Risque Penelope Charmosa

Penelope Charmosa is the Penelope Pitstop of my parochial kindergarten years. The linguist in me wonders why they didn’t retain the consonance + more precise meaning in translation, as is standard practice for any translator worth his salt: P-P is easy enough to imitate in Portuguese…

These bottles + colors = a certain kitsch tackiness of my mid-1970s kindergarten years as well. Endless excursions to K-Mart, Longs Drugs, Thrifty Drug (Rite Aid’s former name)…




Armadilha Rosa, Atitude Pink, Apuro Violeta

Pink Snare, Pink Attitude, Violet Distress




Penelope Charmosa, Pink Vigarista

Penelope Pitstop, Hustler Pink


Armadilha Rosa, Atitude Pink, Apuro Violeta, Penelope Charmosa, Pink Vigarista


And cos I’ll never show you these otherwise…




All of the above were 4 coats on the nail wheel, for Pen Charmo AND Big Universo!  Four!  As Brazilian bloggers would comment, raliiiiinhooooos (super thin)…

The Big Universos are much more neon and less jelly sheer in real life.

xx beijinhos

blueberry milk tea (Gemminha)