Posts from the ‘Am I _______ or am I _______?’ Category

Comparisons: Same name, different colour

China Glaze Dope Taupe, Sinful Colors Taupe is Dope, Sinful Colors So Daupe, China Glaze Head to Taupe

I went to Sally Beauty the other day and fell in love with Head to Taupe

China Glaze Dope Taupe – Fall 2016 Rebel

China Glaze Head to Taupe – S/S 2017 Shades of Nude

Essie – Excuse Me, Sur

OPI – Excuse Me, Big Sur

Excuse Me, Sur – Essie Spring 2017 B’aha Moment

Excuse Me, Big Sur – OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming

2x each

China Glaze – For Audrey

Finger Paints – Tiffany Imposter

Claire’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Picture Polish – Tiffany

Wet n Wild Megalast – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

2x each

China Glaze – For Audrey

Finger Paints – Tiffany Imposter

Claire’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Picture Polish – Tiffany

Wet n Wild Megalast – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

xx blueberry milk tea

Pinky Promise I

Please don’t … don’t dupe it, baby.

(I’ve gone and done it for you!)

DL Break 4 Love (pinker than the rest of the wheel, included as a foil though difficult to discern here), Dior Bouquet, Dior Pink (shimmer)

Tropicalia, Dreamy Poppy, Pretty Woman (pinkest, by a hair)

Kiko 282, Essie Guilty Pleasures (feels like a crelly), Chanel Fracas (shimmer)

Kiko 360, Dior Wonderland, Chanel Tutti Frutti (shimmer), Chanel Turban (new formula)

Warhol postcard on top of Ikea box lid 🙂

2-3x each chip

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 🙂

The Trouble with Many Varnishes

Last week, I was awakened in the middle of the night by this thought:

You forgot to include two Barry M bottles in your oceania comparison.

[One reason is that they’re housed on their own floor in the varnish condo — all Brit nationals (Barry M, Nails Inc., Illamasqua, Butter London, Models Own, Eyeko, Rococo Nail Apparel) live squeezed together in harmony there, lol]

So here they are, better late than never, with Korean and Canadian buddies plucked during my intensive organizational spurt this past weekend.

Barry M Aquarium Collection Arabian, Barry M Aquarium Collection Pacific, Etude House Play Forest Aurora Collection 379, Joe Fresh Peacock/Vert Paon

Two coats each.

I was disappointed by both Barry M bottles — coverage was not smooth, to put it euphemistically.

Arabian, far left, was the worse of the two — I reluctantly edited the larger bumps and clumps from the chip.

Etude House never fails to deliver — I’m slowly but surely collecting every Forest Aurora member.  Even the ones I hadn’t originally wanted based on stock photos turned out marvelously impressive in real life.

Just look at Joe Fresh Peacock — this one I actually find prettier on the chip than in the bottle, for once.

A la Essie Dive Bar, sans purple element, but not lacking in the least …

xx blueberry milk tea

Endless Summer: multichrome + metallic moody oceania

… 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:

Gorgeous – 293

Palm Breezy – 1407

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

Missha HGR01

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

Ulta Jaded

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

Collections: off-season theme with variations

From Chanel Fashion Night Out, Fall 2012

Kure Bazaar random trio, culled from my collection

So Vintage, Tea Rose, Phenomenal

Kiko Milano gorgeous random quint, plucked from my collection

366 Rose Terracotta, 375 Bois de Rose, 379 Eggplant, 486 Tea Rose, 499 Dahlia Mauve

From L’Oreal Fall 2015 Chateau Royale

Five of the seven members: 203 Wine Spritzer, 205 High Spirits, 207 Pinot Purple, 211 Sangria Splash, 213 Pass the Vino

All nail wheel swatches in this post, 3x each

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xx blueberry milk tea

slideshow background is “The Captive” from Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, Vintage Books edition copyright February 1970, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff

Final final: am I pink or am I peach?

Finishing up. This series has been lollygagging and getting shuffled around for some time until I could find some nail wheels in stock at the local beauty supply…

Meanwhile, I got my paws on American Apparel Dance from the shop on Grant Avenue in San Francisco, so it got bumped to the front of the line. 🙂

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It is triple-digit weather these days, since summer solstice.

Two coats on the nail wheel + intense heat + blast of air conditioning = horrid application!

Enlightening nonetheless, no?  Swatching makes me wonder what I was thinking, as the colours appear so very different from their bottle shades.

xx blueberry milk tea