Posts from the ‘Foils’ Category

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

Collections: China Glaze Desert Escape Summer 2015

The mini set is called Tribal Council.

Allow me to present to you the good-looking councilmembers, released from their flimsy, fugly box after a hard-won battle (never mind, I found them anyhow!) with Sally Beauty SAs who know their merchandise, shall we say, none too well…

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Don’t Desert Me – fuchsia shimmer

Rain Dance The Night Away – turquoise creme

Don’t Mesa With My Heart – warm rosy pink creme

What’s She Dune? – cool sandy nude crème (label says “the”; methinks it should be “she”)

The Heat Is On – bright red (unsure of formula, looks like a crelly in the bottle)

Meet Me In The Mirage – rose-coppery brown complex foil, really gorgeous

I braved yellow onions strewn all over the highway and ensuing parking lot-style traffic jams, in addition to three-car rollover accidents complete with squadrons of police, firemen and paramedics, in order to finally bring this mini-council home safely with me.

I kept them displayed on the passenger seat of my car all the while, hoping their combined synergistic beauty would act as a good luck talisman for my treacherous commute home.

xx blueberry milk tea

All manner of hyper-sparkly fancy pinks and purples

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Hard Candy Lil Lilac

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Catrice Arts Collection LE – Pinkroque

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Essence C&G Pink & Proud.

A gorgeous foil which turned out to be very expensive for me cos this hot little number is not sold in the U.S.

I ordered from a European website where shipping costs more than the merchandise…

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Formula X for Sephora Intergalactic.

A scene-stealing diva and my first Formula X varnish.

Don’t anybody tell her she was obtained at a discount retailer in a farming town on the super cheap…

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OPI It’s My Year and Zoya Daul

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These two are part of that PFF clique of pink, then purple varnishes with crazy gold shimmer.

Zoya Daul appears to have a brighter blurple base than It’s My Year, no?

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I was nuts over the whole gamut when these first came onto the scene.

Had most all of them, then shuffled, traded and repurchased until I was left with these two.

Will save that tale for another time when the sun, rather than the moon, is shining.

xx blueberry milk tea *yawn*

Inspiration: Mad Men – subtle lustre of the Drapers’ foyer decor

Throughout the past Season 6, this particular corner of Don’s and Megan’s Manhattan entryway (including a pair of mid-century modern swag lamps, wallpaper and foliage) is shown quite often. As a still, however, I was only able to find this image, courtesy of mirrormirror.typepad.com.

Drapers' foyer

I find that stills don’t ever do justice to the images I see on screen.  I’ve gone back to these scenes again and again throughout each episode of Season 6, as I just adore the muted elegance of this corner of the Drapers’ foyer.

No Valentine, Mardi Gras or Chinese New Year-themed post just yet — I’ve been itching for a month now to attempt to mimic these tones in a manicure.  I tired out early and did a rather sloppy execution on three nails only after a thorough combing of my stash in an attempt to find varnishes that did not include any rainbow microshimmer or holographic glitter, quite a mean feat.

Essie Beyond Cozy would be perfect for this idea; unfortunately, I’ve had this varnish twice and given it away twice…

Next go-round, I’ll try this a different way with one of my Layla gold + silver shimmers, fewer taupes and no dark glitter (fungus or measles, not a good look!).  I just had to get it out of my system and experiment — here are the results of my playtime. 🙂

The blurry photo of the muted gold mini Zoya bottle (Severine) best illustrates the look I had in mind. 🙂

My varnish playmates:

Thumb, Colorama Pirlimpimpim (a real stunner, perfect in one coat but I used two. Much more flattering color for me + better formula than Chanel Quartz. If you miss the green shimmer in Quartz, just add an effect top coat!), Estessimo TiNS The Spicy Pinheel (I always thought this was a typo for Pinwheel, but I saw it translated the other day as Stiletto, which better suits the collection!) on very tips only, Maybelline Color Show LE Bronze Beam layered over TiNS.

Index, 2x OPI Designer De Better with Eliana Fashion Chrome Vibrancy dots. Dots completely unnecessary, but I was at play…

Last three fingers:

Base, Essie Tennis Corset

Flurry of dots:

Catrice SpectaculART LE Gold Leaf Top Coat
China Glaze The Giver LE Boundary of Memory (as gorgeous as this is, I need to omit it in my next attempt)
Colorama Nutriverniz Pirlimpimpim
Delicia No. 10
Eliana Fashion Chrome Vibrancy
Essence C&G 136 Love’s Recipe
Essie Show Me the Ring
Kiko Holographic 399 Silk Taupe
Maybelline Color Show LE Bronze Beam
OPI Designer De Better
Sally Hansen CSM Paparazzi
Wet n Wild LE Valet Tag
Zoya Pixie Dust Godiva
Zoya Severine mini

zou bisou bisou xx blueberry milk tea

Butter London Posh Bird + Fishwife

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Essence Cherry Blossom Girl 02 My Little Kimono, Essence Class of 2013 02 School's Out Forever, Butter London Posh Bird

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Butter London Posh Bird, Etude House PP904 Mystic Purple, Sinful Colors Winterberry, Layla Ceramic Effect CE 39 Southern Lights

Butter London Posh Bird, Etude House PP904 Mystic Purple, Sinful Colors Winterberry, Layla Ceramic Effect CE 39 Southern Lights

Essence Fairytale 04 Humpty Dumpty, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Purple Gala, Color Club Alter Ego, Hard Candy Mr. Wrong, Maybelline Color Show Metal Icon, Catrice Purpleized, Catrice Brushed Metal Effect Steel My Heart

Essence Fairytale 04 Humpty Dumpty, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Purple Gala, Color Club Alter Ego, Hard Candy Mr. Wrong, Maybelline Color Show Metal Icon, Catrice Purpleized, Catrice Brushed Metal Effect Steel My Heart

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Rivka Vip Lilly, Butter London Fishwife, Layla Jade Groove

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