Posts tagged ‘Essie’

Silver an’ gold + a bottle o’ bourbon

Currently serving as an intermezzo to the barely begun Pirates comparisons, this was done way back in May.

Sally Hansen base and top
Essie Pillow Talk, my old faithful standby

OPI minis Take a Right on Bourbon and This Silver’s Mine!

Above + below, OPI Press * for Silver

Paul & Joe Golden Slumbers + Goldfinger, layered (the sheerer fingers)

Zoya Beth + María Luisa, layered

All three OPIs dabbed on the silver fingers (looking like one varnish)

xx blueberry milk tea

Collections: Essie Spring 2018

Bon Boy-age.

Yeah. That’s exactly what I said five times in succession, after putting on, taking off … Five. Times. In. A. Row.

Not sure if it was the captain of the ship or the waters, but this endeavour was no pleasure cruise.

Au contraire, a waste of a perfectly good afternoon.

At least I managed to snap a couple of photos amid the frustration.

1500 Bon Boy-age
1501 Perfect Mate
1502 At the Helm
1503 Pass-port to Sail
1504 Anchor Down
1505 Stripes & Sails

All in One (in my case, five). By the time I was done, the level went down to below the “all in one” line. 😕

I tried Pass-port to Sail as a base for the other five colours to be brushed onto horizontally, a yarn manicure sans yarn.

PtS was streaky at one coat, impossible at two.

Although my efforts ended up as an hours-long epic fail, I still have hope for my initial idea.

Sigh. These colours are just so pretty in the bottle …

xx (x5) blueberry milk tea

Inspiration: anti-manicure a la Marni

I actually chose the images above of Marni print and necklace after I had already finished my nails. What I had been carrying around for months in my imagination was much less literal as to colour and shape, likely based on years of eyeballing and admiring scads of Marni runway shows, editorial and Instagram.

For my tiny canvasses:

Skin Food Pineapple Cuticle Cleaner
Rimmel Base + Top, one coat each used for base and top

Essie Pillow Talk, 1x
Sinful Colors Coco Bae, 1x sponged unevenly on about half to 3/4 of the nail

OPI Fiercely Fiona, applied haphazardly with a dry nail brush
OPI Sleigh Parking Only, ditto

Purchased from Sally Beauty for a small fortune over 5 years ago … first used here 🙂

Canvasses prepped: Rimmel base and Essie Pillow Talk

Sinful Colors Coco Bae, from the new 2018 additions to the core collection.

Possesses quite a hot pinky-peach flash/shimmer.

As soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew exactly how I would put her to uggles use in this jolie-laide manicure already taking shape in my mind …

xx blueberry milk tea

Tropezando con la misma piedra …

Lit. Tripping over the same stone

Fig. Making the same mistake

Kitchen table comparisons

Pretty sure Julio Iglesias sang the line above …

Now it’s Britney’s turn: Oops, I did it again …

No regrets for getting lost in the game … they all have my heart 😍

xx blueberry milk tea

Catching up with Essie, Fall 2016 – 2017

Whatcha been doin’?

As the song goes, lookin’ back, lookin’ back, lookin’ back …

Here’s a retrospective from this Fall season to last (I wasn’t interested in either Summer 2017 or Winter 2016-2017):

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Fall 2017 As If (what I bought, 3 of the 6):

1936 As If!
1937 Knee-High Life
1939 Mixtaupe

Purchased at Rite Aid in August 2017

I’d like to buy the pink from this collex, if only to compare it to the pink from Spring 2017 …

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Wild Nudes 2017

1001 Skinny Dip
1003 Bare With Me
1005 Wild Nude
1007 Without a Stitch

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1009 Mooning
1011 Exposed
1015 Clothing Optional
1017 Winning Streak

Purchased all but the first two from a full display on an early summer trip to Rite Aid; went back shortly thereafter for the first two … and the display was almost cleaned out! These are all so beautiful, much more than they appear here. The subtlety is very similar to what I see Japanese brands produce, like Smelly (Urban Research), Addiction or Three.

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Resort 2017

1916 Resort Romanza
1917 Strike a Pose-itano
1918 Ciao Effect
1919 Sorrento Yourself

Purchased in early April 2017 from Target. I didn’t know anything about this collection (I thought Resort collections were issued between Winter and Spring, and I had bought Essie Spring back in February 2017?); initially, I had found these mixed in with a bunch of unrelated colours and was really confused. But I quickly got myself sorted upon my next trip to a different locale, and scooped up all four from their dedicated display, especially since I hadn’t seen these anywhere else but at Target stores.

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Spring 2017, B’aha Moment

1047 On the Roadie
1048 Excuse Me, Sur
1049 Backseat Besties

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1050 B’aha Moment!
1051 Designated DJ
1052 All the Wave

Purchased February 2017 from the auction site … I had thought I’d be passing on this collection; the price must have been irresistible 🙂

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Fall 2016, Kimono Over

997 Maki Me Happy
996 Playing Koi
998 Kimono Over

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999 Now & Zen
1001 Udon Know Me
1002 Go Go Geisha

Purchased in August 2016 from the auction site. I had seen this collection much earlier at CVS in a reduced display of four, and even then I knew I wanted the whole enchilada!

Immediately after purchase, I did a manicure with all six of these based on a design I had seen in a Japanese nail book. Still loving this collection to pieces!

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For the comparisons, I’ve limited myself to the Essie shades within this post:

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Resort Romance, B’aha Moment, Knee-High Life, Maki Me Happy

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2x each:  Resort Romance, B’aha Moment, Knee-High Life, Maki Me Happy

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Designated DJ, Kimono Over

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2x each: Designated DJ, Kimono Over

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Kimono Over, Winning Streak, Ciao Effect

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2x each: Kimono Over, Winning Streak, Ciao Effect

To be continued tomorrow … I’m out of light (and energy).

Be sure to check back for the updated post, honoured café patron!

xx blueberry milk tea 

Spooky Series: The Devil Wears Nada

Ghostly sheer or ghastly pale?

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1 – Catrice Urban Baroque LE – C01 Pearls & Chains
2 – C03 Princess & Ballerina
3 – C02 Rock Barock
4 – H&M Bleached Peach

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5 – Catrice Neo Geisha LE – C01 Discreet Artist
6 – Kaviar Gauche for Catrice – C01 Butterfly Kiss
7 – C02 Honey Blossom
8 – Barry M Nude

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1 – Catrice Urban Baroque LE – C01 Pearls & Chains
2 – C03 Princess & Ballerina
3 – C02 Rock Barock
4 – H&M Bleached Peach

5 – Catrice Neo Geisha LE – C01 Discreet Artist
6 – Kaviar Gauche for Catrice – C01 Butterfly Kiss
7 – C02 Honey Blossom
8 – Barry M Nude

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9 – Formula X for Sephora – Unforgettable
10 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Groove-y!
11 – SpaRitual Breathless

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1 – Catrice Urban Baroque LE – C01 Pearls & Chains
2 – C03 Princess & Ballerina
3 – C02 Rock Barock
4 – H&M Bleached Peach

5 – Catrice Neo Geisha LE – C01 Discreet Artist
6 – Kaviar Gauche for Catrice – C01 Butterfly Kiss
7 – C02 Honey Blossom
8 – Barry M Nude

9 – Formula X for Sephora – Unforgettable
10 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Groove-y!
11 – SpaRitual Breathless

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12 – Essie Gel Couture – Dress is More
13 – Essie Birthday Suit
14 – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Birthday Suit
15 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pearl Up

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16 – Sally Hansen CSM – I Nude It Was You
17 – Sally Hansen CSM – Icing on the Cake
18 – Sally Hansen CSM – Devil Wears Nada

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1 – Catrice Urban Baroque LE – C01 Pearls & Chains, 3x (sheer with barely there scattered finest shimmer)
2 – C03 Princess & Ballerina, 3x (sheer with barely there scattered finest shimmer)
3 – C02 Rock Barock, 3x (sheer with barely there scattered finest shimmer)
4 – H&M Bleached Peach, 3x

5 – Catrice Neo Geisha LE – C01 Discreet Artist, 3x
6 – Kaviar Gauche for Catrice – C01 Butterfly Kiss, 3x (sheer with barely there scattered finest shimmer)
7 – C02 Honey Blossom, 3x
8 – Barry M Nude, 3x

9 – Formula X for Sephora – Unforgettable, 2x
10 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Groove-y!, 2x
11 – SpaRitual Breathless, 2x

12 – Essie Gel Couture – Dress is More, 2x
13 – Essie Birthday Suit, 2x
14 – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Birthday Suit, 2x
15 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pearl Up, 2x

16 – Sally Hansen CSM – I Nude It Was You, 2x
17 – Sally Hansen CSM – Icing on the Cake, 2x (sheer with sheen-like fine shimmer)
18 – Sally Hansen CSM – Devil Wears Nada, 1x

groovy ghoulies!
xx blueberry milk tea

Background: a favourite AMcQ-esque scarf from Topshop

Effect topper experiments with OPI lab rats

With the intent to honour my self-imposed nail polish purchasing ban for the rest of the year, I pulled these out as a distraction from the ILNP toppers that never fail to tempt me …

NYC Shimmer Blast Sparkle Top Coat 016
OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?

NYC Shimmer Blast Sparkle Top Coat 017 – Sweet Candy
OPI Suzi & the Arctic Fox

Essie Kisses & Bises
OPI Miss You-niverse

Maybelline Colorama Top Coat 35 Cold As Ice
OPI Roadhouse Blues

CND Effects Jade Sparkle
OPI Turn On the Northern Lights!

Ella Fashion Effect Color 185 – Purple
OPI Who Are You Wearing?

Impala Meus Segredos – Fiquei Rosa
OPI First Class Desires

Passe Nati Dancers – Lambada
OPI DS Mystery

Passe Nati Sabrina Sato Dancers – Baile
OPI Diva of Geneva

Hits Speciallita Guerra dos Sexos – Carolina
OPI Black Cherry Chutney

Colorama Reflexos Furta-Cor
OPI Eiffel for this Color

Colorama Reflexos Azulados
OPI Vampsterdam

Catrice Million Styles Holo Que Tal?
OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

Catrice Siberian Call LE C03 Sky & Snow
OPI Have You Seen My Limo?

Catrice Frosting Top Coat
OPI Embarca-dare Ya

Essence Special Effect Topper 05 Time for Reflection
OPI The One That Got Away

Essence Light Reflection Top Coat 28 Magic Play of Light
OPI Bogota Blackberry

1/2 China Glaze Travel in Colour
1/2 China Glaze My Little Pony – Hay Girl Hay
OPI Germanicure by OPI

After being photographed last weekend, this gorgeous wheel spent the rest of the week outside after its fumes gave me a baaad headache. The gardeners used their blowers over it, insects landed on it, and only my conscience that it was a piece of heavily layered varnished plastic kept me from tossing it out with the garbage.

In the end, I cleaned it off and brought it back indoors to the fold. Its beauty remains absolutely spellbinding, even after having been abandoned to the elements!

xx blueberry milk tea