Summer, just around the corner…

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China Glaze – Celtic Sun (neon)
Dance Legend Malibu series – Baywatch (pink), Humaliwo (mint), Piña Colada (pastel orange)
Flower – Tiger Lily
L’Apogee Be Happy – Cupcake (bit of shimmer)
Models Own Hyper Gel – Cerise Shine
Nature Republic – 03 (neon)
Nicole by OPI – Simply Sub-lime
NYC – Penn Station Pink
Paul & Joe Summer 2015 – 008 Dragon Fruit (pink), 009 Bitter Lime (yellow green)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Pop of Pink
Urban Outfitters – Bandeau (dark purple neon), Hot Tub (searing pink neon)

xx blueberry milk tea *wearing sunglasses indoors*

More mauve + marsala masala

Skull + pitbull

More mm masala

I had finished up yesterday’s post more than slightly dismayed at how poorly the images represent the true colours.  Those bottles all look so much prettier lined up in real life, as does the shiny pinky peachy pouch from H&M shown in the background… in photos, it appears wrinkled, dingy and messy.

Lately I am loving (even more than usual, that is — I’ve been a hoarder of Chloe and See by Chloe designs since forever) the colours in the Chloe lineup of fragrances, especially the shade of the ribbon on the Roses de Chloe bottle.

On my last visit to H&M, there was a faux fur top on the racks in that colour family.  Although it was on sale for $20 USD, I couldn’t justify the purchase (even to use as a sort of bed pillow cover in spring and summer), cos it has been so hot here in the past few years that I actually sold off all of my faux furs (not to mention that I just bought a real marabou coat from Topshop, which is so impractical for my lifestyle I will likely never wear it, so I leave it hung up on a clothes rack in my bedroom so I can admire at all times its airy texture and colour shift from warm pinky nude to taupe to lilac to cool lavender, depending on the light).

I’m waiting to finish my purse spray of Chloe EdP to purchase a full bottle of that, and have yet to sniff the actual juice of Roses de Chloe EdT before springing for a bottle.

Meanwhile, in order for my retinas to get their fill of my current colour crush, I seek my usual alternative in this regard:  nail varnish.

After finishing yesterday’s post, I realized I had left out Paul & Joe 04, Figue, since it lives in a different section of my bedroom than the Alex condo.

Then, on a visit to Nature Republic, I was introduced to two of their new shades, 31 & 32, which both appear much browner here (especially 31) than they really are.  They fit perfectly in the marsala masala lineup.

I reincluded SH XW Mauve Over + Models Own Vintage Pink, since they are practically poster children for a Pantone swatch of Marsala…

Although I daresay Nature Republic 32 is even closer, since it’s less pink and more brown-orange than those two, but still maintains a definite rosiness.

I plan to do a Skittles with these five as my Sunday evening mani.

xx blueberry milk tea

P.S.  Prepared blueberry milk tea is, funnily enough, the colour of Models Own Vintage Pink (at least it is at the tea shop where I buy it).  When I first started the nail café, I considered MO Vintage Pink, with a layer of L.A. Girls Glitter Addict Uninhibited (all black glitter of varying size to represent the boba) to be the signature manicure on the menu, but I never got round to putting up the café menu!  Soon.  🙂

Mauve + marsala masala

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Above and below:  Peripera PK007 (shimmer), Essence Vintage District TE Antique Pink, Models Own Vintage Pink, Nails Inc. Bruton Street, Nails Inc. Jermyn Street

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Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE Beach Bloom (had to sneak this in cos I just got it, it’s a similar temperature to several others in this post, and I heart it!)

Essie Fondola Gondola

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Above and below:  Essie Fondola Gondola, Colorama Nutriverniz Segunda Pele, Essie In Stitches, Impala Caixa de Musica, OPI Java Mauve-a, Sinful Colors Vacation Time

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Petites Pink Suede + CQ Shimmering Bark (both shimmers).  This last was considered Chanel Paradoxal-ish in its heyday.

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Risqué Energia, SH XW Mauve Over (prolly the most Pantone-swatch Marsala-ish), Sinful Colors Over Easy, Essence C&G What’s My Name?

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Essie Angora Cardi, Impala Art Love Galeria Estilo, SH XW Get Down, OPI OPI Scores a Goal

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NOPI The New Neutral, Zoya Brigitte, Essie Soiree Mauve, Essie Island Hopping

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Orly Classic Contours, NOPI I Caramel About You, SH Nailgrowth Miracle Gorgeous Grape, SH CSM Clean Slate

xx blueberry milk tea

Box of bonbons, part one

Intended for Valentine’s Day, so a little overdue…

Meanwhile, lunch is served at the café, before we partake in some dessert-like varnishes!

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Baked tofu gratin over Thai jasmine rice.

Other kitchen sink ingredients include uncured pastrami, shaved broccoli stalks and carrot, organic tofu, Japanese kokumaro stew cream, artisanal bacon cheddar cheese, French fleur de sel.

vanilla buttercream

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I was absolutely smitten by these two SH CSM varnishes from the new NYFW collection.

When I brought them home together last week, I had no idea they would be so close to OPI and Essie…

milk bordeaux

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Any idea yet which filling you’re going to choose?

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cherry nut buttercream

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dark choco raspberry heart

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dark soft centers

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Ugh, I’m stuffed!

This post took forever (way past Valentine’s Day, yes?) to put together, and the display of sweets isn’t over yet — I omitted Essie Cashmere Matte Wrap Me Up from the Vanilla Buttercream lineup, so will include her in part two, where I’ll swatch and compare the assortments above.

The Skinfood trio set also deserves its own post and commentary — después de haberme desempalagado (after getting rid of this sickeningly sweet feeling). 🙂

Love,
xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: smoky purple greys, final batch

Again, for alelvi123.  Ou es-tu, ma cherie?

Initiated here, unseasonably, between Spring and Summer 2014, so I put it on hiatus until now. 🙂

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China Glaze The Giver LE Release, acquired much later than the others and added here at the last minute since she is so pretty.  Much cooler and more purple than the rest of the bottles…

Nuance Salma Hayek Evening Haze

Confetti Moonstruck

Mavala Elle

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Finger Paints Masterpiece of Minimalism

Tony Moly TR09, has a name but I cannot remember it

Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum

Icing Swept Away

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Impala Jackie, leans brown and is the lightest of this bunch

Sinful Colors Mauvelous

Sinful Colors Muse – this one came onto the SC scene first and Mauvelous is its PFF

Essie Smokin’ Hot

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Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Grey Area

Model’s Own Purple Grey

OPI I Brake for Manicures

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1 – China Glaze The Giver LE Release

2 – Nuance Salma Hayek Evening Haze

3 – Confetti Moonstruck

4 – Mavala Elle

5 – Finger Paints Masterpiece of Minimalism

6 – Tony Moly TR09, has a name but I cannot remember it

7 – Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum

8 – Icing Swept Away (I will miss you, old Icing bottles and content…)

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Declared PFFs in extremis: all five on the left side with exception of the first and last, as they lean more brown.

All nail wheel swatches are two coats each, with exception of Impala Jackie, at three coats, and she’s still lighter than the other members of her peer group.

xx blueberry milk tea

Multichrome Comparison Library, Volume VII: Models Own Indian Ocean & Associated Aquatic Beauties

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Wet n Wild Toppings 2013 Sprinkled with Love, OPI Breathe Life, OPI Maliblue

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Scherer Chameleon Blue Frost, Wet n Wild Color Icon Bejeweled 2012 Bow In My Presence, Models Own Indian Ocean

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China Glaze Blue Without U, OPI Baby Blue, H&M Norwegian Sky

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Innisfree Poem Nail 101 Girl’s Skirt, F21 L&B Blue/Multi

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Innisfree Poem Nail 101 Girl’s Skirt, F21 L&B Blue/Multi, Max Factor Dazzling Blue, Petites by Scherer Ocean Breeze

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2x each:

1 – Wet n Wild Toppings 2013 Sprinkled with Love [dupish to WnW Bejeweled 2012 Speak When Spoken To and ChG Prismatics 2012 Liquid Crystal]

2 – OPI Breathe Life [thanks to hollycoffeebean for this one]

3 – OPI Maliblue [has just a tad more yellowgreen color shift than Breathe Life, but maybe it’s an old and yellowed mislabeled Breathe Life.  It arrived to me unlabeled and with a China Glaze skinny brush!]

4 – Scherer Chameleon Blue Frost

5 – Wet n Wild Color Icon Bejeweled 2012 Bow In My Presence [dupish to ChG Prismatics 2012 Optical Illusion and predecessor to WnW Toppings 2013 Frosted Over]

6 – Models Own Indian Ocean [thanks to alelvi123 for this one]

7 –  China Glaze Blue Without U [thanks to hollycoffeebean for this one]

8 – OPI Baby Blue [Japanese/Asian market only]

9 – H&M Norwegian Sky

10 – Innisfree Poem Nail 101 Girl’s Skirt [dupish to Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream]

11 – F21 L&B Blue/Multi

12 – Max Factor Dazzling Blue [thanks to alelvi123 for this one]

13 – Petites by Scherer Ocean Breeze [turquoise to purple color shift, not showing up much in these images]

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Best $0.99 ever spent… these are discontinued and went on clearance some time ago.

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Without a doubt, the best $2.80 ever spent!

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I had to sit on my hands not to edit out those magenta specks…

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Lots of ladies complained re the lollipop bottles, but I thought them very Japanese [though made in China] and therefore cool, since I’d seen these bottles on Japanese blogs long ago, filled with other brands’ varnishes… the Bejeweled collection, right, has a giant brush and very thick formula in comparison to Toppings, left.

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H&M Norwegian Sky was a shocker once applied to the nail wheel… opaque minty greenblue, in one coat!  In the bottle, it is a whited out sky blue with turquoise to pink color shifting shimmer.

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Here we are at fall equinox and I’ve just gotten round to revisiting the multichrome comparison libraries, my initial raison d’etre for inaugurating blueberry milk tea. 😉

I’ve been sitting on this light blue volume for more than a year, as I was waiting on Misa Decadent Drifter, Misslyn Dragonfly, Orly Angel Rain and SpaRitual It’s Raining Men.  Although each of those varnishes fell through for different reasons, I unwittingly ended up acquiring others in their places.

This color family is dedicated to my son BB, who learned to surf this past summer and still can’t get used to the idea that another school year has begun.  For you, mi’jo, this and the ensuing farewell-to-last-season series of posts I shall deem “Endless Summer” (since I’m so tardy to the party, always).

xx blueberry milk tea / mami

Carnaval/Mardi Gras gold dust

L to R: H&M Confetti Time, Gingerbread, A Gold Winter's Night, Pop A Bottle

L to R: H&M Confetti Time, Gingerbread, A Gold Winter’s Night, Pop A Bottle

L to R:  Unnamed e.l.f., Disco Heaven, Take the Stage

L to R: Unnamed e.l.f., Disco Heaven, Take the Stage

L to R:  Flashlight, As Gold As It Gets, A Piece of Heaven, New Gold Glitter

L to R: Flashlight, As Gold As It Gets, A Piece of Heaven, New Gold Glitter

L to R:  The Face Shop Face It 05 Shimmer Top Coat, 06 You're A Gold Mine, I'm Not Lion, The Spicy Pinwheel, Spectaculart LE Gold Leaf Top Coat, CE 32 Gold Shimmer

L to R: The Face Shop Face It 05 Shimmer Top Coat, 06 You’re A Gold Mine, I’m Not Lion, The Spicy Pinwheel, Spectaculart LE Gold Leaf Top Coat, CE 32 Gold Shimmer

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

'Ta bueno ya, hoy es día de carnaval...

‘Ta bueno ya, hoy es día de carnaval…