Let’s leave OPI out of it

Warm peachy nude and peachy-brown neutrals are not my usual jam; they wreak havoc with my uneven pallor.

For some reason, I want them on my nails anyway … but not enough to trek to the booby trap into which my teenaged son has converted the varnish warehouse. That’s where OPI Feeling Frisco and Samoan Sand are currently residing.

Hence the title of this post 🙂

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Chanel 633 Intention has a very subtle warm shimmer, none too visible here …

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Chanel 633 Intention was “intended” for the Asian market only, or so I’ve heard. That’s why I snatched it up when I found it available in the U.S. for a time.

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xx blueberry milk tea

Journey from stark matte to watercolour fun

As soon as I saw this article online last week, I was itching to do this combo … so itchy, in fact, that I initially rushed into it with no cuticle or nail prep whatsoever and put a shiny top coat on it in lieu of matte, due to not giving a careful read to the step-by-step …

After only one day of quasi-hiding my hands, I redid the whole thing, using the Lippmann products I have:

1x Sally Hansen 18k Gold Nail Hardener

1x DL Gel Lab Pro Dirty Little Secret

1x DL Like Dreamers Do

1x Claire’s Matte Top Coat (honking bottle on sale many moons ago for $2 USD)

Since both models in the article images have darker and warmer skin tones than I, little miss pink- and blueberry, I was slightly disappointed by my own results. Maybe if I had had la Lippmann herself tending to my hands with the entire luxe gamut of her products, the result would have been more similar.

When flipping through the April 2018 edition of U.S. Elle, I homed in on the amazing beauty that is Kim K-W, this month’s cover girl and feature, and … on her manicure!

Right? Kris Jenner sure has produced some beautiful offspring …

Meanwhile, the weekend rolled right on up and I had some colour play on my mind.

These I’ve amassed sporadically, and always from discounters.

At first, I intended to use my untouched set of four Wet n Wild LE sheer jellies — in the bottles, they appear too similar to each other.

Chromatic Orange

I’m Never Amberrassed

I Can Teal You Like Me

Indigo Motif

Don’t Violet Me Down

I was in a big hurry to get to playing with these, too, so my hands and cuticles are frightfully unmoisturized in the iPhone snaps above …

Two days later, above … I had left my right hand without colour and wanted to take a photo of *it* holding this sample card, in front of the Kim K-W photo since the pool tile pattern in the photo mimics the BV intrecchiato replicated on the sample card … a task proven nigh impossible with my regular camera.

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 …

Comparisons: Essie Spring 2016 Lounge Lover

I went about creating this post rather cinematically, albeit without the luxury of a lighting budget + skilled technicians 🙂

It was kind of cool to do things out of order (confusing even myself in the process), then having it all pan out in the end.

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The titles 🙂

Last night, I developed the concept around the main actors and chose the supporting roles and bit parts.

This morning, I wrote the script, devoted myself to hair, makeup and stage direction, while haphazardly location scouting wherever I could find (barely) sufficient light.

Then, very out of character, I swiftly and decisively chose the set: my March Birchbox, gift from a thoughtful friend.

Scene One:  Essie Poolside Service, Nails Inc. Green Park, Kiko 346, RBL The Mosses Mar

All, 2x

Scene Two:  Kiko 347, Essie Off Tropic, Nails Inc. Bruton Mews, RBL Recycle

All, 2x

Nails Inc. Bruton Mews is jelly-ish at first coat, a la Nars Zulu.  She’s wearing two here.

The bridge between the two scenes:

Deborah Lippmann Girls – Hannah, Floss Gloss Faded, ChG Take a Hike, RBL Orbis Non Sufficit

All, 2x.

Hannah, third from left, is much sheerer than her sisters at the first coat.

She’s cushy and crelly, while Floss Gloss Faded (fourth from left) is darker and opaque at one coat (but I gave her two).

The cast thus far, from left:

Essie – Poolside Service

Nails Inc. – Green Park

Kiko 346

RBL The Mosses Mar

DL Girls – Hannah

Floss Gloss – Faded

China Glaze – Take a Hike

RBL Orbis Non Sufficit

Kiko 347

Essie – Off Tropic

Nails Inc. – Bruton Mews

RBL Recycle

My original intent was to sandwich the two principal actors and their scenes with a couple of doppelganger Scherer CQ varnishes:  Corduroy and Slate.

Above:

1 – Scherer CQ Corduroy, 3x – thin first coat, then load brush for *each stroke* on 2nd and 3rd coats

2 – Essie Poolside Service, 2x

3 – Nails Inc. Green Park, 2x

4 – Kiko 346, 2x

5 – RBL The Mosses Mar, 2x

However, Slate’s agent informed that she was temporarily indisposed and rained in at the varnish warehouse.

So I called on another readily available drugstore varnish to read for Slate on the tail end:  Sinful Colors Calypso.

Calypso leans bluer than Slate, and is opaque at one coat.

1 – China Glaze Take a Hike, 2x

2 – RBL Orbis Non Sufficit, 2x

3 – Kiko 347, 2x

4 – Essie Off Tropic, 2x

5 – Nails Inc. Bruton Mews, 2x

6 – RBL Recycle, 2x

7 – Sinful Colors Calypso, 1x

Essie Poolside Service is second from left, starting from greens.

Essie Off Tropic is fourth from right, starting from greens.

Brown monkey-man holos:  paparazzi 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea (in the director’s chair)

A Valentine tale of two varnishes, ft. Revlon – chapter one

Once upon a time, a then 46-year old varnish fiend walked into Sephora and fell in love at first sight.

The object of her infatuation was Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets.

She had so many drawers of suitors and lineups of paramours, however, that she decided not to move too fast in initiating yet another romance …

Meanwhile, further investigation of online dating sites revealed that Between the Sheets had virtually identical siblings*, some of them cheaper dates than others …

And so the flirtation began with Revlon Plum Seduction, whom the varnish fiend began to recognize at many local venues, but did not actually allow herself to even be courted until a drugstore Revlon discount sealed the deal.

It was love at two coats each.

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries, for whom the protagonist fell hard last year after hoarding enough retailer coupons to tie the knot gratis, was also mentioned online as Mr. Right Now by a gaggle of girls equally gaga for Between the Sheets.

The immediate differences among the three are these:

Between the Sheets is at once brightest, darkest and coolest, with a seemingly crelly formula.

Plum Seduction is warmer, redder-leaning than BtS, albeit with the same (thinner) crelly formula.

Ate Berries in the Canaries is a hair lighter than Plum Seduction, but the true difference in character lies in its straight crème-iness.

As much as the varnish fiend wished to become a committed partner to glamorous Between the Sheets, she found herself to be more and more compatible with pedestrian, ubiquitous Plum Seduction.

An old flame not mentioned on the online sites, but still burning bright in the varnish fiend’s heart, was a flashy Italian by name Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta.

Next to other affections, although definitely of similar stripe, Dark Magenta was not so dark …

Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta is a hair lighter and brighter than Ate Berries in the Canaries, although they are both straight crèmes and good at two coats.

To be continued …

Footnotes:

Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta $3.90 USD

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries $10 USD

Revlon Plum Seduction $6 USD

Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets $18 USD

*future potential crushes – Dolce & Gabbana Passione; Illamasqua Grab

xx blueberry milk tea

Rich girl, poor girl ft. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro – Dirty Little Secret, $20 USD

Sinful Shine – Prosecco, between $2-3 USD

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro – Get Lucky, $20 USD

Sinful Shine – Blue Suede Shoes, between $2-3 USD

Above, at one coat each

Dirty Little Secret is sheerest sandy beige, with a subtle gold-tinged scattered and faint linear holo

Prosecco is opaque and leans greyer, with tonnes of greengold shimmer

Would that all new Lippmanns had this faboo brush (or do they?)!

Hmm … we can always dip as a Dirty Little Secret the Lippman brush into Prosecco since we own both 🙂

Is this new brush not a thing of beauty?

Above, all at one coat

Above from left:

Dirty Little Secret, 2x

Prosecco, 3x

Get Lucky, 2x

Blue Suede Shoes, 3x

Some non-gel Butter London comparison friends

All Hail McQueen (love you forever and always, genius mate! xx respects) is the closest weak scattered holo I have to Dirty Little Secret, although he’s obviously a warmer, toastier beige

Artful Dodger is less saturated, more muted than the gel varnishes

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Holiday blues series, surprise no. 5

Above + below, ChG Sleeping Under the Stars, DL Rolling in the Deep, SC No Filter (all 2x on nail wheel)

Impala Novo 70 Hippie Rua (4x), NYC Chinatown (3x)

DL Top for Darks 603, DL Top for Darks 608, Impala Novo 70 Paz e Amor, Layla CE 52 The Butterfly Effect, Nfu-Oh 51

Two coats of the top coat below on the corresponding varnish above

xx blueberry milk tea