Posts from the ‘Collections’ Category

Collections: Sinful Colors Kylie + Sinful Shine King Kylie

When these collections appeared last year, I remember being absolutely enchanted by North Star first, then picking up a smattering of others here and there whenever popping into Walgreens. Later, I found a few bottles heavily discounted at Target, and was really surprised by the defacement of the display for this collection. Insults and ugliness, left in nail varnish and ink, directed at Miss Jenner. Whatever her reputation among the target (and Target, lol) demographic for her cosmetics, my opinion of her collaboration is sky-high. So much so that when I came upon scads of half-price bottles at a different well-stocked Walgreens locale, I shopped to my nails’ content. No regrets; here’s what I have.

These four are Trend Matters Angel shimmer mattes:

2111 Angelik, 2113 North Star, 2088 Butter Kup, 2110 Magik Touch

2111 Angelik, 2113 North Star

2088 Butter Kup, 2110 Magik Touch

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2113 North Star, 2088 Butter Kup, 2110 Magik Touch

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2062 Miss Majesty

Next three are Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte:

2082 Mauve On, 2078 Silhouette, 2085 Kozy

2062 Miss Majesty, 2082 Mauve On

2078 Silhouette, 2085 Kozy

Top to bottom:

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2062 Miss Majesty

Next three are Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte:

2082 Mauve On, 2078 Silhouette, 2085 Kozy

Above and below, Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2048 Slay Grey

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2077 Kurtsey

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2077 Kurtsey

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2077 Kurtsey

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

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Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2045 True Kolor, 2053 Minty Fresh

Denim & Bling Duochrome 2109 Kurves

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2050 Kryptonite

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2044 Koko-Nuts, 2049 Miss Chief

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection:

2047 Kommando

2058 Karamel

2055 The Royal Me

Trend Matters Satin Matte 2132 Holly-Wood

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2046 Kween, 2051 Real Regal

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2054 Karnival

Twenty-six bottles in all.

Unsure how many comprised the collections; I’m not fan enough to do intensive Internet homework so it was difficult to decipher on my own what was what in order to break down what I had.

Since I had initially filled up a wheel of 18 chips with what I had (not anticipating buying more), they were organized by colour on the wheel and in my notebook by collection/finish.

That was last year.  When I ended up collecting eight more bottles in the interim, I just put them in the box shown in the background and saved it all for another day.

Those bottles ended up on a different nail wheel, just painted.  Lots of work and confusion!

Now for some comparisons among other similar Sinful Colors 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

Collections: A England – Tennyson’s Romance


Cropped image of King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, 1884, by Edward Burne-Jones

Puff puff … I’m so behind! Spring has almost sprung, and I’m still happily, richly swathed in beauteous dark and heavy tapestry from last November 🙂

This is the first collection I’ve ever ordered in its entirety both upon first sight + sight unseen, as they say. Absolutely no regrets.

Live Love Polish really wowed me with their incredible packaging and speedy delivery. Last Thanksgiving break, I was headed out on a week-long road trip and had my fingers crossed that an express-delivery varnish box would serendipitously land on my doorstep before it was time to make the looong haul across the looong state of California. LLP came through with flying colours, literally and figuratively, lol!  I remain truly grateful.


Her arms across her breast she laid;
She was more fair than words can say:


Bare-footed came the beggar maid
Before the king Cophetua.


In robe and crown the king stept down,
To meet and greet her on her way;


“It is no wonder,” said the lords,
“She is more beautiful than day”.


As shines the moon in clouded skies,
She in her poor attire was seen:


One praised her ancles, one her eyes,


One her dark hair and lovesome mien:


So sweet a face, such angel grace,


In all that land had never been:


Cophetua sware a royal oath:


“This beggar maid shall be my queen!”

Three coats each, excepting first two swatch photos … those were taken earlier, at two coats.

Since I had dallied so long, I refreshed the chips with a third coat for the more recent photos.

Backgrounds are from a Vogue Italia editorial, A Charming Blend by Corinne Day, December 2005.

xx blueberry milk tea

Spooky series: moody autumnal skies

Risqué Silver Shine, Bonita Dying to Party, Essence Urban Messages TE Skyscraper

A-England Cathy, Essence Crystalliced TE It’s a Snow-woman’s World, Impala Novo 70 Boho Chic, Essence C&G Grey-t to Be Here

Essence Vintage District TE Get Arty, Essence Crystalliced TE Iced Age Reloaded

Nails Inc. Ballet Sheers Covent Garden Ballet, Impala Cores do Oceano Agua Viva, Orly Sweet Dreams, Layla Softouch Effect 03

Scherer Chameleon Hula, OPI Yokohama Twilight

Revlon Smoldering, Colorama Abre Alas, Colorama Misteriosa Turquia Lua Crescente

All swatches above, two coats

Kiko Quick Dry 849, Dance Legend Mist Way Collection 09 Hedgehog in the Fog, Illamasqua Raindrops, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Shimmer Matte Angel Magik Touch

Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Demi Matte Velvet Kurtsey

Icing by Claire’s unnamed 1/4 of a mini set, Orly Pixie Dust, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

Essence Beauty Beats TE As Long as You Love Me, Sinful Shine Kylie Signature Collection King Kylie Slay Grey, Colorama Hypnose

All swatches 2-3 coats

xx blueberry milk tea

Comparisons: OPI Washington DC v. prior OPI incumbents

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I no longer have You Don’t Know Jacques, but imagine it would fit either to the right or left of Politically Polished, which is an Ulta exclusive.

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I no longer have Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow, but imagine it would fit either to the right or the left of Front Runner, an Ulta exclusive.

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I might have included Java Mauve-A or substituted her for Barefoot in Barcelona, but it didn’t occur to me until after I had already chosen the lineup …

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For some reason, the labeled photo is not showing up:  these varnishes are Cement the Deal, Embrace the Grey and Liv in the Gray …

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All swatches are two coats.

The three OPI Washington DC mini bottles are from a boxed set of limited edition shades; I’ve not seen the full size bottles yet.

Backgrounds are fabric detail from the Ahcahcum Spring-Summer 2016 mook.

xx blueberry milk tea

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

Collections: Sinful Colors Camo Glitter

I found these at a newly-discovered, fabulously well-stocked Walgreens locale during my workday travels in mid-June.

Since I’ve been having behind-the-scenes technical troubles lately, many photos and ideas have been languishing in my drafts … this trio has unfortunately been in that category.

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Above, one coat

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Above, two coats

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Above and below, two coats

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Above and all photos below, three coats

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Upon first glance at the bottles, I didn’t understand the name.

With each successive coat, a new shape or color of glitter appeared, and it gradually dawned on me.

However, I wasn’t able to fish the real camo stuff out of the bottom of the bottle, even at three coats.

That’s where all the larger, heavier pieces (hexes, flowers) have sunk and remained.

xx blueberry milk tea, deep in the varnish trenches

Suddenly, last summer

Chanel Le Vernis Summer 2015 consisted of:
697 Terrana
707 Mediterranee
717 Coquelicot
727 Lavanda

I successfully resisted all four.

When I spotted this post on kosmetista.ru, late last year, it serendipitously coincided with the inauguration of the Kiko Milano U.S. website.

I picked up those varnishes, and more.

After I had put my Kiko PFFs together, I kept wishing I had Colorama Hippie Chic in my collection, which seemed to me an apt Chanel Mediterranee Brazilian doppelganger.

Of course, I already had her.  As well as these others!

Top Beauty Esquenta Café Espresso

Colorama Hippie Chic

Impala Meus Segredos Abafa o Caso

Impala Meus Segredos Eu Confesso

Adding Kiko 489 as my PFF pick to Chanel Coquelicot, here is the kosmetista.ru post lineup:

Kiko 373 Burnt Sienna

Kiko 528 Ocean Green

Kiko 489 Pearly Golden Mango

Kiko 333 Bright Violet

I subsequently added some other Kiko numbers to my collection, which seemed to me perhaps even better PFFs to Chanel Summer 2015.  I have no way of knowing, since I didn’t jump quickly enough on the Chanel purchasing bandwagon.

Kiko 373 Burnt Sienna

Kiko 387 Turquoise

Kiko 361 Raspberry

Kiko 292 Uva Chiaro

Finally, here are side-by-side lineups of each potential PFF:

xx beijos e bessos blueberry milk tea