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

PFF Series: international purple accords

The Americans and South Koreans came to immediate agreement …

Essie Spring 2016 Lounge Lover – Shade On

Innisfree x Paul Frank – 183

Italian diplomats Kiko 331 and 332 opted for a decidedly paternal approach.

Members of the American delegation bonded in fraternity.

Nina Ultra Pro Lilac-ing Discipline

OPI A Grape Fit

The Brazilians got catty with a bright Brit.

Hits Speciallita Hello Kitty set – Plum

Nails Inc. Lexington Gardens

American NYX ASF Lavender sidled up in appreciation of British Nails Inc.’s warmth.

China Glaze All Aboard felt rather ostracized due to misidentification.

She is by all appearances a rather muted American national, but was mistaken due to her name badge for bored mainland Chinese.

A lively German joined the talks, quickly stepping into line, just as a doppelganger delegate from South Korea showed up in support of her countrywoman.

Catrice 130 Lucky in Lilac

Nature Republic 22

Brash American WnW On a Trip horned in next to her younger, more subdued fellow Yank Essie.

Members of the American and Italian contingents felt right at home with the exceedingly bright Turks and Swedes.

Flormar Super Neon Colors N009

Face Stockholm One Hundred Seven

New York representatives Nolita’s Lavender and Jacaranda Flower remained a mere vote shy between them of reaching purple peace.

Although American OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm’s and Brazilian Impala Fun Ploc’s stomachs were churning, they managed to stand tall and make pointed remarks, respectively.

Brit Rimmel and Yank China Glaze found affinity with the beleaguered North-South American pair.

Rimmel Salon Pro Purple Rain

When session reconvenes:  the roundtable, aka the nail wheel.

xx blueberry milk tea

New in: a full parcel stacked three rows high

I spent the entire Friday (aka Black Friday) following U.S. Thanksgiving hovering over my computer at intervals, leisurely adding varnish after varnish to my cart on the Ninja Polish site, then meticulously editing, until I ended up with this:

Nfu-Oh 37, 40, 46, 51, 56, 59

Nfu-Oh Aqua Base (for holographic varnishes), 62, 63, 64

Layla 11 Shock Pink

I didn’t order as many Nfu-Oh holos as I would have liked, since I was skittish about duds.

These three, however, are a trio of winners.  Lots of magic holo fairy dust in those bottles …

Hits Meninas Superpoderosas/Powerpuff Girls Docinho

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 56 – a really wow warmer-leaning green with a dusting of pale sheen.  Have a hunch I’m gonna really like this one…

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Magnifica – a perfumed aqua blue holo

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Emocionante – a perfumed crazy multichrome

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 63 – Chocolate Truffle.  I’ve wanted this one forever, sight unseen.

It’s better than my wildest dreams … more multichrome and faceted than I had imagined, better than OPI Teas-y Does It and the Nubar Chocolate series combined … and that’s not having been let out of the bottle yet 🙂

Tristam, Sleeping Palace, Guinevere, Galahad

Red Show 06, 07, 09 … these are even more incredible than I had anticipated.

New Prism 06 Teleportation, Top for Darks 603, Top for Darks 608

Don’t Tell Mademoiselle!

Meet Me at Coral Island

The Pinky & The Brain

Fred Said Red

Bloody Mary to Go

Robert’s Red Ford

Hello Kitty Lemon Pie Kit: Mint, Gum, Melon

Hello Kitty Apple Pie Kit:  Sweet, Candy, Apple

Hello Kitty Blueberry Pie Kit:  Blueberry, Plum, Fizzy

Fizzy leaked some gunky glue-like stuff onto herself and Blueberry.

All three bottles are otherwise clean and open fine.

I’m so weary of scrubbing up bottles that I left these as is :/

Copper Pot, Indigo, Coffee Love, Magic Flow

I put these together as my Viva El Salvador! group, since indigo and coffee used to be major exports until they were seemingly outshone by the maras.

Color-Changing Garnet, Mystic Glacier, Divinity

My chosen gifts with purchase 🙂  Divinity has an even better reputation than Clarins 230!

Lightshow, Nonfat Soy Half Caff, Leotard Optional, Glimmer More, Pink Platinum

I also bought yet another backup of SOPI Metro Chic, since who knows when we’ll see these old bottles again?

This was a mid-week discount retailer pick-me-up whilst awaiting the brick o’ varnish that arrived at my doorstep today. 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

Hi-ho-lo silver (and grey and black) comparisons, part II

An extension of this post.  Swatched and composed whilst watching Gravity on DVD.


First, yet another image of la Fontana (Vogue Paris, August 2008) channeling la irreplaceable Winehouse, q.e.p.d., mi reina.


Above ‘n below: China Glaze Fairy Dust, Flormar 392, Risqué Isabeli Fontana Star, Mohda Intensificador Holografico.



Above ‘n below: Essence Colour & Go Can’t Cheat On Me, Impala Celebrate Brinde Comigo!, Nfu-Oh 61 (dud version, not sure which in the dud sequence), Dance Legend T-1000.



Above ‘n below: Glitter Gal Green 3D/Holo (included here cos it’s silvery with a green cast), Kiko Holographic 400, China Glaze Holographic Cosmic Dust



Above ‘n below: Catherine Arley 667, Layla Flash Black



Above ‘n below:  Hits Speciallita No Olimpo Zeus, Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D/Holo (green base, but it’s a blackened green!)



Beginning at 7pm-ish, clockwise, 2x each:

1 – China Glaze Fairy Dust, oh-so-fine holo particles

2  – Flormar 392, guau!

3 – Risqué Isabeli Fontana Star, not my favorite but someone in the shop liked it cos all gummed up and tested when she arrived to me.

4 – Mohda Intensificador Holografico, larger holo particles

5 – Essence Colour & Go Can’t Cheat On Me, not-so-holo

6 – Impala Celebrate Brinde Comigo!, love this, subtle fine scattered and linear holo

7 – Nfu-Oh 61 (dud version, not sure which in the dud sequence) – chunky and icky albeit a brand new bottle

8 – Dance Legend T-1000 – wow, wow, wow… smooth and HOLO a la ChG OMG on steroids

9 – Glitter Gal Green 3D/Holo (included here cos it’s silvery with a green cast) – pretty!

10 – Kiko Holographic 400 – wanted to love this like I love the beige one in the series, but it’s much darker swatched than in the bottle with less holo and didn’t look or wear so hot on my nails

11 – China Glaze Holographic Cosmic Dust – big disappointment; I paid full price of $14 USD for this when it first debuted last year.  I’ll never forget how it flew off my nail in a complete layer when I was getting out of my car… there was a small yet intact sheet of holo paint visible on the parking lot asphalt!

12 – Catherine Arley 667 – my bottle or swatch doesn’t look as holo as others I’ve seen

13 – Layla Flash Black – want to love this, but it doesn’t look good on me

14 – Hits Speciallita No Olimpo Zeus – ditto #13

15 – Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D/Holo – ditto #13

xx blueberry milk tea

Whatta flake!

Jes, that’s me… skipping to a new topic in lieu of showing you my peachy end-of-summer lineup as specified in the post below. In order to fulfill that promise, I must purchase some nail wheels at an undesirable location and equally undesirable price. Meanwhile, as I garner courage and pocket money to obtain swatching supplies, here is a cafe gathering of equally illustrious beauties that have been tickling my fancy for some time now…

Flakies #1

Flocados! Ludurana Flash, Essence 08 Night in Vegas, Hits Speciallita Lambada, Impala Novo 70 Love Story

Flakies #1

In the bottles, these have varying degrees of density, albeit with similar gold-orange-green-blue occasional violet) shift. Ludurana Flash is the sparsest, with a unique 3-D constellation-like appearance of flake suspension in the bottle, and greatest blue-violet “flash”.

Flakies #2

Flakies #2

Flakies #2

Colorama Melindrosa – transparent lightest pink base, rainbow color shift a la Nfu-Oh 48
F21 Love & Beauty Pink – unjust description for this version of OPI I Lily Love You, bright pink jelly base with dense glitter and irregularly shaped gold Mylar flakes

Flakies #3

Flakies #3

Flakies #3

Maybelline Colorama 27 Sonic Sunset, Colorama Odalisca, Risque Color Effect Cobertura Encantada (27 has been put to Franck-ening purposes on many an occasion; the other two I will try over my equally brand new Chanel Elixir!)

Flakies #4

Flakies #4

Flakies #4

Lorena Alice – untried for two years now in spite of her beauty
F21 Love & Beauty Light Green – version of L.A. Girls Rock Star Crowd Surfing

Flakies #5

Flakies #5

Flakies #5

Impala Novo 70 Paz e Amor – a la Nfu-Oh 52, albeit sparser and with smaller particles. Layla Ceramic Effect CE52, The Butterfly Effect – a la Nfu-Oh 51

Now, a li’l palette cleanser after all that rainbow. Don’t fret, there are still rainbows to be had, just in transparent bases this go round…

Flakies #6

Flakies #6

Flakies #6

Raio Alfa – rainbow flash, but primarily gold-orange-red
Raio Beta – rainbow flash, but primarily gold-blue-green
Raio Gamma – blue-violet flash only
Espectral – scattered rainbow, a la Finger Paints Twisted. This was the most coveted of the collection, just as Twisted was in the U.S. …

Flakies #6

Mohda Night – green-blue-violet shift only
Mohda Mix Balada – scattered rainbow shift, but not as dense as Espectral or Twisted
These were obtained before the Big Universo Faculas Solares could be found by my Sao Paulo procurer, S. I still like them on their own merits.

Flakies #6

Flakies #6

China Glaze Luxe and Lush – Mylar shards with gold-orange-blue-green shift
Finger Paints Twisted – dense scattered rainbow flakes, many are quite larger particles than Espectral’s

And last but not least, non-topcoat flakie varnishes with opaque bases…

Essence C&G - 119 Boho Chic Essence C&G - 116 Gorgeous Bling Bling NYX - Forever Young

Essence C&G – 119 Boho Chic
Essence C&G – 116 Gorgeous Bling Bling
NYX Advanced Salon Formula – Forever Young

Koh - Blue Universe!, a la OPI Merry Midnight Sasatinnie Super Dolly Fantasy Colour FCGL002, a la Orly Fowl Play

Koh – Blue Universe!, a la OPI Merry Midnight
Sasatinnie Super Dolly Fantasy Colour FCGL002, a la Orly Fowl Play

Yes, it’s true, the hostess of blueberry milk tea is a madwoman. I had thought I didn’t much like flakies, so at one point I gave many away with no attempt to reacquire them. Here is a list of those given up for adoption:

Barielle – Elle’s Spell
Color Club – Fame & Fortune (Mylar shards)
Essie – Shine of the Times
Hits Speciallita – Can Can
Nfu-Oh 48, 49
Nfu-Oh 51 (two bottles!), 52, 54
Nubar – 2010
Orly – Fowl Play
Sally Hansen CSM – Hidden Treasure
Sinful Colors – Green Ocean
Zoya – Chloe

xo blueberry milk tea


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