Posts from the ‘Base and Top Coat’ Category

Hostess of an international sparkle + shine party

PicCollage

Left hand guests, above:

Italy – Kiko 3 in 1 Shine as base coat, 1x

USA – Essie Tennis Corset, tips only, 1x

Japan – Estessimo TINS – The Sacred Shine, dabbed on tips only

South Korea – Nature Republic 41 – Snow Shower, 1/4 nail tip only, 1x

South Korea – Etude House Forest Aurora Play Nail 375 – Morning Dew, 34 nail,  1x

Italy – Kiko 3 in 1 Shine as top coat, 1x

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Right hand guests, above:

Italy – Kiko 3 in 1 Shine as base coat, 1x

Japan – Estessimo TINS – The Sacred Shine, 1/4 tips only, 1x

France – L’Oreal The Magic Top Coats – The True Diamond, uneven 3/4 nail, 1x

Italy – Kiko 3 in 1 Shine as top coat, 1x

xx blueberry milk tea

Lady Marmalade

Not my collage image … think it might have originated from a Swedish site.

I loved this print when it came out and wish I had purchased the trickle-down version canvas bag with this print, spotted at Target a few years later :/

Jellies/sheers, one coat each

Nfu-Oh JS21

OPI Sheer Tints Top Coat – I’m Never Amberrassed

The Face Shop OR203

OPI Color Paints – Chromatic Orange

OPI Big Hair … Big Nails

OPI Guy Meets Galveston

Zoya Alma, Zoya Gabrielle, Sinful Colors UFO, Zoya Jesy, Zoya Soho Punch

One coat of glitter/shimmer over corresponding jellies:

Nfu-Oh – Sinful Colors UFO

OPI Amberrassed + Chromatic Orange – Zoya Gabrielle

TFS OR203 – Zoya Alma

OPI Big Hair – Zoya Jesy

OPI Guy Meets – Zoya Soho Punch (2x)

Not my street-style image; looks like it could be a Tommy Ton but have my doubts …

Above + below, prior combinations with a final coat of jelly/sheer

What’s your favourite citrus marmalade sandwich?

xx blueberry milk tea

Mid-week pick-me-up

25 bottles of varnish on the wall …

… averaging $10 USD each (at regular price) …

My receipt totaled around $140 USD! 🙂

They say it’s either time or money …

… this is what happens when you have the unexpected time to scour the clearance racks and bins!

Top row:

From Butter London Backstage Basics kit

1 – Nail Foundation (base coat)

2 – Hardware (top coat)

3 – Minted (my varnish choice – although the box was battered and the remover more than half gone, I still had my pick of a pretty polish!)

Middle row:

1 – OPI Infinite Shine 2 – Patience Pays Off

2 – OPI Hello Kitty – 5 Apples Tall

3 – ChG Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

4 – ChG Re-fresh Mint version one (lighter and whiter)

5 – ChG Re-fresh Mint version two (darker and yellower)

6 – ChG Grass is Lime Greener

7 – ChG Let’s Chalk About It

8 – ChG What’s She Dune?

9 – ChG Shocking Pink

Bottom row:

1 – Essie Adore-a-Ball

2 – Essie Absolutely Shore

3 – Essie Taj Ma-haul

4 – Essie Hot Coco

5 – Essie Delhi Dance

6 – Essie Too Too Hot

7 – Nails Inc. Gel – Palace Court

8 – Nails Inc. Gel – Princess Road

9 – Nails Inc. Gel – Portobello Lane

10 – Nails Inc. Gel – Duchess Street

11 – Nails Inc. Bling Bling – Victoria Gardens

12 – Nails Inc. Festival – Sloane Street

13 – Nails Inc. – Notting Hill Carnival

xx blueberry milk tea

South Korea, land of milk + honey

… and yoghurt 🙂

Coconut Milk, 3x

Mint Milk, 2x

Bebe Milk, 2x

Rose Milk, 2x (has a bit of shimmer)

Ice Milk, 2x

Carrot Milk, 2x

(No Milk Creamy Nail Base or Top Coat)

All, 2x

03 Egg Cream Beige

04 Super Duper Beige

05 Gateau d’Or

06 Caramelise

No (01) Base Coat (pictured far left above in bottle lineup) or Top Coat (don’t own)

The Face Shop Yogurt Series

Lemon Candy, Strawberry Milk, Grape Juice

Nature Republic GWH002 Milk Yogurt, GGR603 Mint Yogurt

All, 2x

Innisfree 85, Raspberry Yogurt

Revlon Whimsical (for comparison above and below)

L to R, above and below:

Innisfree 85 Raspberry Yogurt

TFS Strawberry Milk Yogurt

TFS Grape Juice Yogurt

TFS Lemon Candy Yogurt

NR Milk Yogurt

Revlon Whimsical

NR Mint Yogurt

Skin Food Mint Milk and Ice Milk have the best formulae

Skin Food Honey 04 Super Duper Beige looks best on me of these four

Skin Food Honey 06 Caramelise is a sheer gel varnish

Of the yoghurt series, TFS Strawberry Milk and NR Mint Milk flatter me most

Which would you prefer to be served?

xx blueberry milk tea

New in: a full parcel stacked three rows high

I spent the entire Friday (aka Black Friday) following U.S. Thanksgiving hovering over my computer at intervals, leisurely adding varnish after varnish to my cart on the Ninja Polish site, then meticulously editing, until I ended up with this:

Nfu-Oh 37, 40, 46, 51, 56, 59

Nfu-Oh Aqua Base (for holographic varnishes), 62, 63, 64

Layla 11 Shock Pink

I didn’t order as many Nfu-Oh holos as I would have liked, since I was skittish about duds.

These three, however, are a trio of winners.  Lots of magic holo fairy dust in those bottles …

Hits Meninas Superpoderosas/Powerpuff Girls Docinho

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 56 – a really wow warmer-leaning green with a dusting of pale sheen.  Have a hunch I’m gonna really like this one…

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Magnifica – a perfumed aqua blue holo

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Emocionante – a perfumed crazy multichrome

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 63 – Chocolate Truffle.  I’ve wanted this one forever, sight unseen.

It’s better than my wildest dreams … more multichrome and faceted than I had imagined, better than OPI Teas-y Does It and the Nubar Chocolate series combined … and that’s not having been let out of the bottle yet 🙂

Tristam, Sleeping Palace, Guinevere, Galahad

Red Show 06, 07, 09 … these are even more incredible than I had anticipated.

New Prism 06 Teleportation, Top for Darks 603, Top for Darks 608

Don’t Tell Mademoiselle!

Meet Me at Coral Island

The Pinky & The Brain

Fred Said Red

Bloody Mary to Go

Robert’s Red Ford

Hello Kitty Lemon Pie Kit: Mint, Gum, Melon

Hello Kitty Apple Pie Kit:  Sweet, Candy, Apple

Hello Kitty Blueberry Pie Kit:  Blueberry, Plum, Fizzy

Fizzy leaked some gunky glue-like stuff onto herself and Blueberry.

All three bottles are otherwise clean and open fine.

I’m so weary of scrubbing up bottles that I left these as is :/

Copper Pot, Indigo, Coffee Love, Magic Flow

I put these together as my Viva El Salvador! group, since indigo and coffee used to be major exports until they were seemingly outshone by the maras.

Color-Changing Garnet, Mystic Glacier, Divinity

My chosen gifts with purchase 🙂  Divinity has an even better reputation than Clarins 230!

Lightshow, Nonfat Soy Half Caff, Leotard Optional, Glimmer More, Pink Platinum

I also bought yet another backup of SOPI Metro Chic, since who knows when we’ll see these old bottles again?

This was a mid-week discount retailer pick-me-up whilst awaiting the brick o’ varnish that arrived at my doorstep today. 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

New in: never-ending saga of smooth, scattered and in-between silver holos

The latest chapter (Part 3) to this, this, this and this.

Sexagon

OMG

Hologram

Encore Margot

Fonteyn (this leans very lilac, visible in indoor swatches below)

You Can’t Turn a Ho-lo into a Housewife (dusky grey Technicolor, almost like a black and white TV that is trying with all its might to be colour!)

Out the Door Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat “Silver”

Nails Inc. Electric Lane Holographic Top Coat

OPI My Voice is a Little Norse

Above and below, from farthest left:

All, 2x:

1 – Out the Door Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat “Silver”

2 – Nails Inc. Electric Lane Holographic Top Coat

3 – OPI My Voice is a Little Norse

4 – blank

5 – China Glaze Sexagon

6 – blank

7 – China Glaze OMG

8 – China Glaze Hologram (mislabeled below as Hologlam :/)

9 – A-England Encore Margot

10 – A-England Fonteyn

11 – Jindie Nails You Can’t Turn a Ho-lo into a Housewife

The two blank chips are for the following comparisons:

OPI My Voice is a Little Norse v. Sation Holiday Spirit (and Impala Army Na Mira 3D, which unfortunately was an afterthought :/)

China Glaze Sexagon v. OPI DS Coronation (no bottle shot including the latter since it was aesthetically destroyed in myriad afternoon-long attempts to open its stuck cap … from freezer, to refrigerator, to hot running tap water, to multiple rubber bands, and finally … a maneuver with a lone rubber glove proved successful)

One of the perils of owning too many varnishes (and a definite first-world problem at that) is occasionally forgetting your prior purchasing rationales and resolve.

I had never liked the graininess, grittiness or darker jelly base of OPI …Norse, and was perfectly content to own the mini version as part of the Little Northies set.

Besides, I was still loaded up with two bottles of Sation Holiday Spirit and two bottles of Impala Army Na Mira 3D, both which appeared on the scene long before the Nordic collection.

Recently, however, I was at Sally Beauty and itching to buy something.  Thus, a full-size bottle of …Norse found its way home to my silver holo drawer. :/

In comparison to OPI …Norse, Sation has a brown jelly base with less dense glitter, yet its glitter is definitely sparklier and more rainbow holo.

Impala is smoother (less gritty) than the other two, possessing both a scattered and linear holo, along with the added bonus of a beautiful rosy sheen.

Above and below … OPI DS Coronation rewarded neither my Saturday spent toiling nor my sore hands.

DS Coronation *is* a very scattered moody holo, but China Glaze Sexagon’s scattered larger holo particles (although they look similar to DS Coronation’s size in the bottle) also produce a visible linear holo — without any effort at all to get the light just so.

Of course, by the time I was able to get ‘er open, swatch the chip and take photos, daylight was fading fast!

OMG is smooth, subtle linear holo flame perfection.

Think I’ve a dud Hologram, though.  Akin to my Nfu-Oh 61 …

Yet the sublime beauty of A-England and Jindie Nails counteract any disappointment re the duds, n’est-ce pas? 🙂

I’ll do new-in purple holos next, to continue on this wheel …

xx blueberry milk tea

Collections: Two from OPI Starlight

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*Ahem*

Press * for Silver is NOT silver.  In any light.

Am I the only one who didn’t realize that Ce-less-tial is More is cool rosy-gold textured and dries sandy (with the exception of its holographic sparkles)?

It’s prolly the worst varnish I could have chosen to daub on my tips!  Even when washing my hair, strands get caught on the gritter (lol) of my nails!  But I’ll leave it on for a while, since I need protection at all costs once my nails reach this personally precarious length.  🙂

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1x OPI Nail Envy, which made my nails look so yellowed that I felt compelled to immediately cover the tips with my new Starlight purchases

OPI Press * for Silver

OPI Ce-less-tial is More

1x The Face Shop 05 Gold Shimmer Top Coat

No prep or cleanup

Book I’m gripping is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 🙂

The other two Starlight varnishes I purchased are blues:

Cosmo with a Twist, which has a purple duochrome flash + sparkle

Give Me Space, a night sky varnish

Will show those to you shortly 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea