Posts tagged ‘Claire’s’

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

Comparisons: Same name, different colour

China Glaze Dope Taupe, Sinful Colors Taupe is Dope, Sinful Colors So Daupe, China Glaze Head to Taupe

I went to Sally Beauty the other day and fell in love with Head to Taupe

China Glaze Dope Taupe – Fall 2016 Rebel

China Glaze Head to Taupe – S/S 2017 Shades of Nude

Essie – Excuse Me, Sur

OPI – Excuse Me, Big Sur

Excuse Me, Sur – Essie Spring 2017 B’aha Moment

Excuse Me, Big Sur – OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming

2x each

China Glaze – For Audrey

Finger Paints – Tiffany Imposter

Claire’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Picture Polish – Tiffany

Wet n Wild Megalast – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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China Glaze – For Audrey

Finger Paints – Tiffany Imposter

Claire’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Picture Polish – Tiffany

Wet n Wild Megalast – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

xx blueberry milk tea

Multichrome Comparison Library Volume IX, Deluxe Edition

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All, 3x

1 – OPI Ruble for Your Thoughts

2 – F21 L&B Amber, 1x + NYC Summer 2012 LE 273 Golden Glam, 2x

3 – China Glaze Cabin Fever

4 – Chanel 675 Troublante

5 – Star Gazer 307

6 – Sally Girl Galaxy

7 – Hard Candy Beetle

8 – Orly Space Cadet

9 – Orly Color Blast Mistress of All Evil

10 – Claire’s Venomous

11 – Sadok Lambda

12 – OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

13 – Hits Mari Moon Unconventional

14 – F21 L&B Red/Multi

15 – Accessorize Pink Spice

16 – Claire’s Poison Apple

17 – OPI Canadian Maple Leaf (black label)

18 – Essie Sassy Satchel (black label)

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Images now, words later … I’m plumb tuckered out!

xx blueberry milk tea

P.S.  Wish I had Deborah Lippmann Marrakesh Express, RBL Elvis in the Cloud, Alessandro Merry Poppins, MAC Mean & Green or Accessorize Aztec to compare …

I swapped away MAC Bad Fairy and OPI The Show Must Go On long ago. :/

Manicure nuts & bolts

Really would prefer to insert this as a page, but it will remain tucked away and more anonymous there. Thus, here in living colour as a post, for ease of access. Enjoy!

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Essie just received as a gift with purchase; been using the Mavala and Missha for years now…

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Mavala came in a kit; Revlon was purchased on clearance a few years ago.  Love them both; alternate them for every manicure.

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This is the only way I can see how much product remains in the mini Mavala bottle.

Reallyreally want to try Skin Food’s pineapple cuticle remover, but it’s 10x more expensive than what I paid for Revlon (a great product) AND they are always sold out in-store.  I told myself I would finish these up before buying Skin Food, even with a notice that it’s now in stock and I have a birthday discount available to me…

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I’ve used this Bigelow salve (or Rosebud) for years for cuticles and dry spots on hands, way before I became a varnish freak.

The only reason I just purchased the Burt’s Bees is cos the Bigelow must be at least five years old. :/  No bueno.

I need to toss the Bigelow so I no longer recur to it.  I just did this after last Thanksgiving with my kitchen cutting board, and I actually took it out of the recycling bin, poured boiling water over it and use it as a backup to my new one, which I don’t like nearly as much.

The moral of this tiny tale is that I should stick to the same brand/model when buying replacements, of anything!

California Mango Mango Mend was received as a rather grubby extra in a swap.  The content is fabulous, so I just try to overlook the electrical tape goo that coats the tube… I probably use this after every manicure.  It’s that good, but I’ve no idea where to buy it.

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Eucerin tiny tube was recently received as a gift with purchase.  I use it quite a bit on my chapped fingers.

I used to have a Mavala hand crème to accompany the Nailactan treatment above (which is only applied to the nail root), but I can’t find it, so I must have used it up…

Glysolid is good for the entire hand (and body, for that matter).  The loose-fitting lid has no grooves, so it slides right off.  I have no idea why the precise Swiss did this, especially when you’re dealing with a slippery container with greased-up hands.  Thus, you can’t take her anywhere!

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Ahh, the wonderful “steam creams” from Nature Republic.

I originally bought the rose and vanilla, then returned for doubles of the apple mango and orange — a fruity set for my son, a second fruity set for me.  🙂

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I go through these Nivea tubes like there’s no tomorrow.  Love.

Yves Rocher hit a home run with this holiday LE.  Attractive packaging, great product.

The packaging seems to be difficult to decipher for many Americans.  I gifted sets of the pear and caramel LE products at an office holiday party, and also to my mother.  On both occasions, the recipients stared at the labels, stumped, for a good long time and turned the bottles/boxes around several times searching for a clue to what they might be.  My mother even asked me, are you supposed to drink this?  Lol!

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Treatment products.

Mavala came in a set, Seche Rebuild was a gift with purchase, and I chased down every last one of the Essence products either in the stand or on clearance.

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Base coats.  Nail Armor was my first, but it has little fibers in it and is quite opaque, leaving a hard film around the cuticle.

I picked up Bonder based on fangirl recommendations.  OPI was a gift with purchase.

From this lineup, I find myself using the cheapies most often: Rimmel base/top (a clearance purchase) and Essence Anti-Split Nail Sealer (which says on the back it can be used alone or as a base coat).

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Nature Republic mystery (think it’s a protective top coat or treatment); the others provide either a whitening or glossy pink tint to the nail.

I use the L.A. Girl, purchased from hollycoffeebean‘s blog sale, whenever a manicure recipe calls for Essie Pink Glove Service.

Long ago, I had swapped for PGS, and the gal literally tossed it into a huge file-sized envelope with no padding or packaging whatsoever.  Of course it arrived to me unusable, spilled everywhere and very stinky.

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To those café patrons who read Korean, SOS!

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What is this product from Nature Republic?  On my receipt, it lists the line item as “nail care”.

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I can’t remember what it said on the shelf tag.  Actually, I don’t think it said anything!

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Soft touch/semi-matte and matte top coats.

When I was in high school in Japan in the mid-1980s, these were a big thing.  Not so much when I returned to the U.S., although I remember purchasing one from the Shiseido counter at Macy’s in 1986.  Whenever I mentioned the concept to American manicurists, they seemed indifferent.  Perhaps they didn’t like the idea of a teenager telling them what was up.

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Of these, I only use the Mava Dry.  I’m afraid I might wreck my hard-won manicure with the drops!

Zoya Hurry Up drops were included as a nice extra in a swap.  Maybe she had the same fear as I, lol.  🙂

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Fast-drying top coats.

Impala actually says extra shiny mirror finish, but in the little circle upper right, it says fast-drying.  🙂

NOPI was a gift with purchase.

Poshe is getting stringy and has served me well, but still hardens and peels too much around the cuticles for my liking, making my nails look messy.

Out the Door doesn’t do that.  Maybe I still don’t know what I’m doing, but that’s been my experience with a few top coats, reason why I don’t like using them.  Added shine is great, fast curing, even better — but making my manicure look sloppy round the edges, no thank you.

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Scented top coats from the Colorama Misteriosa Turquia collection: soft/sweet incense and mint tea.

They both smell SO good, not cheap or tacky in the least.

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Various other top coats.

The Essence on the far left could fit in the shiny category below and also in the fast-drying, according to the back label.

Color Club was my first-ever experience with top coat, and an excellent initiation to the process at that.

Essence Allround Talent takes forever to dry and lends a distinct eerie blue cast to the nails in strong outdoor light, but these side effects are well worth the main event.  With just a coat of this and some nail white pencil (a tool I’ve used since I was a kid), your nails look absolutely perfect, just as it says on the bottle.  A gift from alelvi123, who finds stuff in the Cosnova reject bins in Switzerland I will never in a blue moon see here in the U.S.

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Gel and gel-shine top coats.

Although I bought the SH Miracle Gel set and quite a few of the expensive Miracle Gel varnishes, I’ve not tried any of them yet.

SH Big Shiny Top Coat is a wonder product, in my book.  And to think I bought it just for the bottle. 🙂

Ladies trashed the Essence Gel-Look Topcoat in reviews.  They said it never ever dried.  So I was scared to use it, being that I have a terrible success rate in the first place with my manicures.  In fact, I was kicking myself for not researching before purchase.  But I’ve had no problem at all with it thus far.

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I wanted the black and gold version of this set, but no matter.  I was able to pick up that version of the matchbox of mini nail files.

The orange stick is my addition; not a part of this kit.  🙂

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Paul & Joe base coat beauty shots.  Smells like orange blossom.  I swapped for this about four years ago and she makes endless round trips back and forth from the Paul & Joe section of my bedroom stash to the swap section of my varnish warehouse (the garage).

xx blueberry milk tea

Wintermint series, take one

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It was late by the time I accommodated my new nine-drawer Alex unit.  Parked right next door are two wide three-drawer plastic consoles replete with more bottles of varnish.  Word on the street is that my Alex will require a twin.  At least I was able to do a thorough recon and ogle what I’ve amassed in the past four years.  There were some real beauties that got rediscovered and relocated!

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1 – Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Breakfast in Bed

2 – Essence Colour & Go 146 That’s What I Mint!

3 – L’Apogee Be Happy Liberdade

4 – Mavala Lagoon

The above four all have shimmer, with Liberdade’s being the most visible.

 

5 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Kelp Yourself

6 – Nature Republic no. 24

7 – Gosh Miss Minty

7.5 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Coastin’ By (matte)

 

8 – Claire’s Mint to Be

9 – China Glaze At Vase Value

10 – Maybelline Color Show Mint Mist

11 – Misa Little Hands

 

12 – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel B Girl

13 – China Glaze Kinetic Candy (great formula)

 

2x each.  My numbering program is archaic, so it was easier to make the one I had inadvertently skipped a decimal than to do everything over again. 🙂

Happy minty fresh new year!

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: Chanel Jade et amies

I didn’t jump on the Chanel Jade bandwagon back in 2009, but I did purchase Jade Rose a year later without ever realizing her sibling’s stratospheric popularity. Allow me to present to you my quintet of lookalike greens with shimmer, which all have either too much yellow or too much saturation to be worn well on my hands or feet — they will be for sale as a prix fixe lot shortly on the auction site, to U.S. addresses only. My post office has lost so many domestic and international shipments in the past year; hence, I have become rather conservative in my mailing behavior these days…

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Essence C&G 150 Upper Green Side, Catrice 240 Sold Out Forever, Claire’s Dream Catcher, Milani 829 Dress Maker, Colorama Absinto

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From top, Essence, Catrice, Claire’s, Milani, Colorama.  Microshimmer is visible in all; it’s green in all but Essence, which is blue…

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Same order as above:  Essence and Catrice look similar in the overcast Monday weather to 1970s appliances shade “avocado”…

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Shimmer shots:  pretty!

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All nail wheel photos are three coats each varnish.  Essence was fine with one, but Claire’s needed three, so for the sake of consistency…

Comparison notes:

Essence 150 Upper Green Side:  contains the most yellow of the quintet and is the only one with blue shimmer.  A one-coater, thick and even.

Catrice 240 Sold Out Forever (old version):  the dustiest of the bunch, with same bright green shimmer as Claire’s, Milani and Colorama.  Good formula and brush.

Claire’s Dream Catcher:  beautiful bottle color, terrible thin, streaky formula.  I’ve only swatched this on a nail wheel — perhaps it performs differently for a manicure.

Milani 829 Dress Maker:  what Dream Catcher should have been.  Even, solid coverage at two coats; three is better.  I would hold on to this one if the shade flattered me.

Colorama Absinto:  Love this.  Brighter and more saturated than all of the others, but with more finely ground green shimmer that has less of a sheen than Dress Maker’s.  A definite keeper.  Will order another from Brazil and add this one to the lot.

xo blueberry milk tea

Post-production data:  gingham background is a notebook from Daiso.

Collections: Wintry glimmer ‘n shimmer feat. Essence Snow Jam & Catrice Siberian Call