Steady As She Rose, third from right
… for an equally moody teenager, despondent since waves can no longer be caught whilst sitting in a classroom …
Sinful Colors, in order of their emergence on the scene and into my varnish drawers:
Sheer Flight (opalescent) – 1517
Kylie (denim + bling duochrome) Kameleon – 2097
Maybelline Color Show Holographic (?!?) 25 – Mystic Green
Dance Legend Mystery Collection 6 – Ghost Inside
Dior Summer 2013 Bird of Paradise Samba duo – 794
OPI S/S 2015 Hawaii – This Color’s Making Waves
Revlon Chroma Chameleon Topaz
Maybelline Color Show 700 Avante Green
H&M Lady Luck
Impala Rebelde Tweet’s
Impala Trem da Vida Verde Passaro
All first shown here
Sephora 67 Moody Woman
Misa 271 The Great Green Whatsit
Peripera P027 Metallic Green
Anny 368 Hello Hollywood
NOPI Mer-maid for Each Other (swatched with next batch on separate nail wheel since I ran out of chips)
Initially shown here, but I had inadvertently deleted the photos due to running out of space and not knowing I could purchase more
All swatches are two coats.
I’ll label the above photos soon, when I’m not so tired out!
NOPI Mer-maid for Each Other
GOSH Golden Dragon
Maybelline Be Scene in Green
Ulta, GOSH and Maybelline were originally shown in this post, but those photos suffered the same ignominious fate as my other early efforts …
Dear BB, may you look back on your summer surf excursions with the same bittersweet nostalgia I feel upon plucking these oceanic beauties from their drawer … when every trip to the drugstore was an absolute delight, as the market was exploding with multichromes several years back — just as I had lost my job with scarce to no pocket money to spend on these little bottles of liquid gems. Fortunately, I had made wonderful international connections via a shared varnish passion, and many generous ladies granted my every wish and more. In spite of my long spell of unemployment, I had begun to fill my treasure chest with gifts of multi-coloured jewels, which I now share with a small world of like-minded souls. Your tribe is out there awaiting your return to the shared element, my love.
xx blueberry milk tea
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 …
*Utterly dazzled, faints*
This lineup wasn’t what I had intended to show you as the star of the post, but it turned out best, so it got bumped up to first place! 🙂
Photo belongs to Hanatsuki blog. Thank you!
I have really tried to get my paws on Smelly varnishes, but Japanese mail and package services will not ship nail varnish out of Japan, in spite of my having successfully navigated the Urban Research web site and managing to fill my online shopping cart with a selection of lovely Smelly bottles.
So I bought Revlon Colorstay Hold ‘Em to tide me over. In real life, it looks very close to Hanatsuki’s image above.
Misa Fashionista, Zoya Odette, Revlon Colorstay Hold ‘Em, Barry M Vintage Violet, Peripera PP109
Below, the front part of the above train:
Dior Lady, Uslu Airlines TXL Berlin Tegel, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rush Hour
The two lineups below are what I had initially plucked for this post.
First thing on a Saturday morning, totally spontaneously and completely forgetting about my a.m. exercises and the scads of other things I had planned for the nail café this weekend…
Chanel Tenderly, OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, Nails Inc. Regents Row, Morgan Taylor Met My Match
RBL Forgiveness (they sent me a new bottle to replace the broken but “rescued” one)
EL Insatiable (The varnish to end all varnishes. I don’t know where my eyeballs were when this came out, but I only recently discovered it and of course had to have it. I obtained it for a great price on the auction site, from a seller in Germany who sent it to me completely unsecured in a basic file envelope, half falling out of its beaten-up-by-the-international-postal-service box, but still intact and unbroken. The flimsy unpadded envelope also had “nail polish” listed on the customs label, so I’m relieved and grateful I even have it to show to you here!)
Color Club Shabby Drab. Been seeing lots of images of this lately and every time I do, I think, gotta get that one…
Of course I already have it, untried among my scads of dusty greyed blurples.
Givenchy Lilas d’Exception. Truly an exceptional varnish, and difficult to photograph accurately enough to do justice to its beauty.
And below we have the outliers I had originally chosen for the above lineups.
They were either too bright, too blue, too red, too saturated, too dusty, too something to be featured above, yet still all kinds of gorge in their own right.
Orly Cashmere Cardigan, obtained via swap on good ol’ MUA
Dior Spring, H&M Misty Plum, OPI Planks A Lot
I have swatches, I do! That’s for Sunday, and it’s still Saturday here on the West Coast of the U.S. 🙂
xx blueberry milk tea
Misa Got It Made in the Shade, Essie Da Bush, SH Miracle Gel Camo Queen, Barry M GHS Olive
Kure Bazaar Boyfriend. A rich hippie version of Essie Sew Psyched (which I don’t like, but have a habit of reacquiring and giving away).
So I don’t know why I paid $16 USD for a shade I keep getting rid of in its commoner and more economical incarnation…
Boyfriend, Dance Legend 420, Colour Alike 442
Colour Alike is an excellent, affordable Polish brand; this came out around the time of Chanel Khaki Vert and Essie Sew Psyched…
GOSH Lazy Green, Ginger + Liz Sam-Poole Sale, Zoya Dree, Dior Amazonia
Uslu Airlines ACE Arrecife, Floss Gloss Faded, China Glaze Don’t Get Derailed, Misa Trust Fund
One must be careful what she wishes for, especially when in the vicinity of a discount retailer.
Just found four items this afternoon that have been on my radar, for $4 USD each. Essie Vested Interest was one.
In these batches of green eggs and spam, turns out there isn’t anything quite like her… so good on me!
xx blueberry milk tea
Surely you won’t mind? … 🙂
Color Club New Bohemian, Sally Girl TTFN, Bonita Dali’s Memory
Misa Catch a Flick, Nubar Vogue Vert
Barry M GHS Cardamom, OPI Don’t Mess with OPI
ChG mini Too Yacht to Handle, Nature Republic Color Waltz BL507 Mint Sky
L.A. Girl Color Pop Peacock, Nature Republic 27
Bad hair day…
Sally Girl Chillax, Essie Garden Variety, China Glaze My Way or the Highway
Essie and ChG are greener than this in real life…
Essie Garden Variety, China Glaze My Way or the Highway, Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Do Not Disturb
Rita is also greener than she appears here.
The aforementioned, with Orly Teal Unreal tacked onto the end. Orly is indeed greener in real life, as well.
Not Sally Girl Chillax – she does lean blue. Must be chiquita pero picosa — tiny, but influencing the big ‘uns nearby
L. A. Colors Color Craze Jungle Fever, Colorama Africa a Vista Mar Sem Fim, Essence C&G Trust in Fashion
Jungle Fever holds a special place in my heart due to unusual immense self-control in restraining myself from buying her on repeated trips to an Asian grocery store. She was less than $1 USD, but in those lean days of 2012, I had very little money for extras. Thus, I always consider her fondly. 🙂
Ginger + Liz Stress Management, Impala Disco Azul Pavao
Sinful Colors Last Chance, Catrice Hugo Moss
Not sure about Last Chance (this and SC Envy live in the varnish warehouse untried), but Hugo Moss seems to be a great economical alternative to NARS Zulu.
xx blueberry milk tea
P.S. I gave both Zulu and Galion away untried.
P.P.S. Nail wheels are in short supply at the shops these days!
…and plunging ahead into sea green and turquoise waters, all in one go!
Actually, I had to move all of these lineups, including take one, farther away than usual (over to the “green shelf”) due to nocturnal asphyxiation on my own vice-ridden air. Seriously, varnish fumes are overwhelming my bedroom at night. Maybe these bottles come alive and party on the rooftop of the Alex condo and less luxe tenements while I’m trying to sleep…
Swatches coming later; I’m out of nail wheels and want to have every single variation of green catalogued thus before the end of March!
Catrice Am I Blue or Green?
The Face Shop Lovely ME EX Nails GR501
Essie Mint Candy Apple
Catrice Minter Wonderland
L’Apogee Be Happy Viagem
Piggy Polish Star Boulevard
Essie Blossom Dandy
Sinful Colors Be Happy
Hard Candy Record Breaker
Nails Inc. Haymarket
H&M Tropical Ocean
Pop-arazzi Shell Me More
Nature Republic Color Waltz BL506 Milky Sky
Nuance Salma Hayek Sea Glass
Rimmel 60 Seconds Mintilicious
China Glaze For Audrey
China Glaze Aquadelic
Sinful Colors Nice Stems
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Big Teal
Essie Where’s My Chauffeur?
Misa Blue Jade Vine
NOPI Poised for Turquoise
Finger Paints Tiffany Imposter
Dior St. Tropez
Sinful Shine At Sea
Revlon Colorstay Full House
Cover Girl Outlast Glosstinis Blue Hawaiian (this colour deserves a throne-tini in my book)
OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
China Glaze The Giver Capacity to See Beyond
Essie In the Cab-ana
WnW Gyp-sea Green
Camila Coelho YNC Blue Jade
Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing
NYX ASF Aqua
Essence Vintage District 02 Shopping @ Portobello Road
Bobbi Brown Turquoise (dupe to OPI Nicki Minaj Fly, so they say…)
Sigh. Exhausted! Hope I’m not awakened by fumes again tonight…
xx zZz blueberry milk tea