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

Seven summers ago, or so

… the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection had hit the scene 🙂

In honour of the advent around that period of my burgeoning interest in all things varnish, here’s a comparison series of each member of the POTC collex, in numerical order.

First up, Skull & Glossbones (NL P13)

Nubar Faded Putty, Fall 2011
SH CSM 865 Winter Sky, Fall 2015
OPI Skull & Glossbones, POTC 2011
China Glaze The Giver Five Rules, Fall 2014
Orly Highlight, Smoky 2014

All swatches, three coats

I’ve not been posting much for several logistical reasons: limited storage (nor do I intend to renew my pricey plan this August), lack of speed and bandwidth (images take forever to upload, then when a post is completed, I’m not able to see the entire thing until my plan resets around the beginning of each month and only lasts a few days at sufficient speed to load every image).

My way around this until mid-August (after that, I’ll likely just update pages and add more lists, which are mainly for my personal use when out shopping so I know what I’ve already purchased) will be to limit the images in and length of each post, and compose solely on my iPad.

In short, no fun 😦

Before then, however, I do intend to compare the entire POTC collection in individual posts, and then some 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea (creatively crushed)

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

Little Sunday-into-Monday nails

Not too long ago, whilst indulging my perpetual curiosity online, I suddenly craved ownership of a certain two Lynderellas like nobody’s business: A Neutral Party and Puppy Cake.

Being that I’ve not ever worn a one of the Lynnderella residents currently leading the life of Riley in a top drawer of the Alex varnish condo, I abstained from immediate purchase of the two aforementioned. Instead, I got to work scouting other floors of the condo, chasing the varnish visions dancing in my head.

I didn’t have to look far: everything my little nails were wishing for (neutral but sparkly, tiny black dots, holo microshimmer, gold, silver, bronze and then some) turned out to be in residence — no spending the winter out at the warehouse for these favourites!

Problem child extraordinaire and confirmed favourite, Big Universo Canel

Sally Hansen CSM Paparazzi, Anna Sui 32C

China Glaze I’m Not Lion, OPI Wonderous Star

A member of the Etude House x Annika Wester Wannabe Syrup Nails trio
Maybelline Color Show The Nudes LE Bronze Beam

In an abundance of caution, because my formerly known as long nails were catching on my tights, splitting and peeling per usual, I thought to start things off right on Sunday with a base coat of this 18k gold hardener.

The subtle flakes add a neat underlayer dimension to one coat of transparent Canel …

The brushes I used to execute my idea on oh-so-tiny canvasses:

Slanted tip Impala – SH CSM Paparazzi, one coat gradient effect

Mint green fan – Anna Sui 32C, one swipe on tips

Essence denser fan – China Glaze I’m Not Lion, one swipe on tips

OPI Wonderous Star – daubed on very edge of nails with bottle brush, which netted a surprising density of little black dots

Impala fan brush – Etude House glitter, one swipe a little farther down the nail than the others, to about 1/4 – 1/2 of Paparazzi

Maybelline Color Show Bronze Beam – laid bottle brush flat on its side at intervals on tips

Finally, 1-2 coats of Rimmel Base + Top Coat.

Before polishing my nails, I had done two rounds of Gena Cuticle Remover (which contains lots of naturally-derived hydroxy and salicylic acids, but no lye or ammonia products that I could spot) in addition to nail oils, cuticle oils and Lush Charity Pot.

To the naked eye, my efforts appeared to be effective. iPhone images, however, are unforgiving, detecting and magnifying every flaw. Even if I wanted to correct the imperfections visible in the photos of my nails above, I couldn’t — they just don’t show up in real life (thank goodness)!

Last image was taken in my car, Monday afternoon sun.

xx 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