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)

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

Spooky Series: Blurple Multichrome 6-6-6

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2027 Set the Dua-Tone

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CE 64

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Intuition

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43 Berry Potter & Plumbledore

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Amethyst

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Pondering

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At 1x each

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At 1x each

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At 2x each

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Violet Flicker

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Waltz

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Emocionante

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Olivera

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Glacier Bay Blues

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Rainha da Bateria

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2x each

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Zoya Olivera has an indigo base, but at 2x dry, she flashes more green …

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OPI Glacier Bay Blues and Colorama Rainha da Bateria have teal bases, yet at 2x dry, they flash more blurple …

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Mysterious Curse (same as Royal Velvet, for some reason I thought I had that one instead)

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Cosmo with a Twist

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Galaxy Girl

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Evil Queen

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Loves Me Not

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308 (the label fell off the bottom, so I took advantage by tipping the bottle to show you this amazing little wonder)

This post has taken me an entire day to complete, and I’m still not done at past 11:00 p.m.!

My internet is super duper slow due to it being the end of the month, hopefully all of the images will load properly and I can add a few photos of the completed 6-6-6 wheel tomorrow …

xx boo! berry 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

International zingy chingy roundtable

These bottles had convened long before and in honour of St. Patrick’s Day … but the varnish ambassadress herself missed the boho boat 😦

The sleek, jeweled Italians: Kiko 392, 533, 535, 536

The luxuriously swank Poles: Inglot 138, 320, 981, 986, 966 (which I had misread upside down as 996, thus it’s out of numerical order)

The cosmopolitan yet unjaded Americans: Urban Outfitters Green (multichrome), Destined Take A Hike, Zoya Edyta, SH Insta-Dri Emerald Express

The filthy rich yet understated Brits: A-England Dragon, Saint George, Proserpine

A stunningly glamorous Swede, Make Up Store Charmaine, accompanied but not outdone by gem-bedecked Italian Layla, Emerald Divine

And they sit down to wine and dine, dazzled by one other’s unique beauty at two coats!

xx blueberry milk tea

Ombre roses

Seashell, Gelato, IV, Wild Mink

Steal His Name, Lion Around, Innocent, My Place or Yours, Your Hut or Mine, Mrs. Always Right, Swept Off My Feet

Trouville, Southern Bell(e)

Above and below, beautiful at one coat

Below, even more beautiful at two coats

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Below, the back story.

Desire is an invasive and unreasonable motivator.

Early last summer, I had lined up all of the above and below in order to convince myself that I did NOT need, nor need to buy, the China Glazes, Essies, NARS or L.A. Girl …

… that I obviously ended up buying anyway. 🙂

Essence Colour & Go 153 Sweet or Nude?

Innisfree Pro 76

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mauve It

Peripera PK007

Innisfree Pro 162, 161, 163

Etude House Play Nail Forest Aurora Collection 380

Kiko 486 Tea Rose

Innisfree Pro 164

Kiko 365 Tattoo Rose

Orly Pink Chocolate (this bottle comes before the two above in my swatch notebook, it’s out of order in the lineup)

Flower Aster Place

Kure Bazaar Tea Rose

Kiko 364 Dark Crimson

Wet n Wild Haze of Love

Sonia Kashuk Spice It Up

Nature Republic 51

xx blueberry milk tea

all ombred out 🙂