Posts from the ‘Greige’ Category

Comparisons: Building an OPI Foundation

Feeling a bit like I’m standing at the Prescriptives counter, dressed in head-to-toe DKNY, circa mid-1990s …

Tiramisu for Two – Venice F/W 2015
Do You Take Lei-Away? – Hawaii Summer 2015
Feeling Frisco – California Dreaming Summer 2017
Samoan Sand – Soft Shades 2005
Don’t Pretzel My Buttons – Germany Fall 2012

Be There in a Prosecco – Venice F/W 2015
My Vampire is Buff – Euro Centrale Spring 2013
You’re So Vain-illa – Coca-Cola 2014
Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? – Holland S/S 2012
Coconuts Over OPI – Fiji S/S 2017

ChG Angel’s Breath
ChG Nude
NOPI That’s Putting It Mild
ChG What’s She Dune?

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Inspiration: Spring clean

Marni F/W 2017-2018

Just cos I’m always delighted, surprised and inspired by Italian houses’ juxtaposition of colour and texture

The shelf containing a fraction of my collection, which took an enormous chunk of afternoon to clean, mix and reorganize.

Miu Miu Subjective Reality 2015 campaign by Steven Meisel

Peripera, Paul & Joe and Republic Nail’s Frida Kahlo collection

Miu Miu 2014

Colour, texture + pattern

Again, Marni … from F/W 2016-2017

Miu Miu runway F/W 2015-2016

Two bottles of vintage HC Normal

In the end, I got it done!

HC Pixie, Angel, Dork, Bubble Gum, original Sky

All cleaned, shaken and stirred.

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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

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Gorgeous OPI jolie laides, part I

When plucking various bottles for the OPI Washington D.C. comparison, I ended up with quite a few that didn’t fit.

But I liked them so much, I swatched them separately anyhow … so they get their very own posts!

Skull & Glossbones, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, Suzi Takes the Wheel, A-Taupe the Space Needle

I pulled out the three greys above in particular, thinking to compare them to the Washington D.C. limited edition Liv in the Gray, especially since Liv in the Gray has greener undertones.

However, Skull & Glossbones is just too light, French Quarter for Your Thoughts leans rather lavender next to its neighbours, and I’m still in doubt as to whether Suzi Takes the Wheel should be housed with my greys or my greens …

So I ended up comparing Liv in the Gray to the much cooler, bluer-leaning Cement the Deal and Embrace the Grey …

… all the while staring at these four, wondering how it was that I managed to hold out so long on Pirates of the Caribbean and Touring America shades.

In fact, I’ve just recently purchased each of these separately, at a deep discount … I had swapped for Skull & Glossbones long ago and gave it away untried :/

All swatches are two perfectly smooth coats.

*Sigh*  I’ve fallen in love with OPI all over again.

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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.

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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

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. 🙂

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