Posts from the ‘Neon or saturated purples’ Category

Catching up with Essie, Fall 2016 – 2017

Whatcha been doin’?

As the song goes, lookin’ back, lookin’ back, lookin’ back …

Here’s a retrospective from this Fall season to last (I wasn’t interested in either Summer 2017 or Winter 2016-2017):

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Fall 2017 As If (what I bought, 3 of the 6):

1936 As If!
1937 Knee-High Life
1939 Mixtaupe

Purchased at Rite Aid in August 2017

I’d like to buy the pink from this collex, if only to compare it to the pink from Spring 2017 …

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Wild Nudes 2017

1001 Skinny Dip
1003 Bare With Me
1005 Wild Nude
1007 Without a Stitch

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1009 Mooning
1011 Exposed
1015 Clothing Optional
1017 Winning Streak

Purchased all but the first two from a full display on an early summer trip to Rite Aid; went back shortly thereafter for the first two … and the display was almost cleaned out! These are all so beautiful, much more than they appear here. The subtlety is very similar to what I see Japanese brands produce, like Smelly (Urban Research), Addiction or Three.

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Resort 2017

1916 Resort Romanza
1917 Strike a Pose-itano
1918 Ciao Effect
1919 Sorrento Yourself

Purchased in early April 2017 from Target. I didn’t know anything about this collection (I thought Resort collections were issued between Winter and Spring, and I had bought Essie Spring back in February 2017?); initially, I had found these mixed in with a bunch of unrelated colours and was really confused. But I quickly got myself sorted upon my next trip to a different locale, and scooped up all four from their dedicated display, especially since I hadn’t seen these anywhere else but at Target stores.

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Spring 2017, B’aha Moment

1047 On the Roadie
1048 Excuse Me, Sur
1049 Backseat Besties

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1050 B’aha Moment!
1051 Designated DJ
1052 All the Wave

Purchased February 2017 from the auction site … I had thought I’d be passing on this collection; the price must have been irresistible 🙂

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Fall 2016, Kimono Over

997 Maki Me Happy
996 Playing Koi
998 Kimono Over

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999 Now & Zen
1001 Udon Know Me
1002 Go Go Geisha

Purchased in August 2016 from the auction site. I had seen this collection much earlier at CVS in a reduced display of four, and even then I knew I wanted the whole enchilada!

Immediately after purchase, I did a manicure with all six of these based on a design I had seen in a Japanese nail book. Still loving this collection to pieces!

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For the comparisons, I’ve limited myself to the Essie shades within this post:

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Resort Romance, B’aha Moment, Knee-High Life, Maki Me Happy

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2x each:  Resort Romance, B’aha Moment, Knee-High Life, Maki Me Happy

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Designated DJ, Kimono Over

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2x each: Designated DJ, Kimono Over

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Kimono Over, Winning Streak, Ciao Effect

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2x each: Kimono Over, Winning Streak, Ciao Effect

To be continued tomorrow … I’m out of light (and energy).

Be sure to check back for the updated post, honoured café patron!

xx blueberry milk tea 

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

Collections: WnW Lost in the Wildflowers

I walked into a drugstore yesterday looking to purchase a specific member of Essie Bridal 2016, but came out with these Summer 2016 (?) beauties instead.

They’re even brighter and more saturated than these images express (rainy day here in Northern California + my lack of photography skill).

Love x 4 = $6 USD (BOGO 50% off)

Also emerged with SH CSM Gel Twiggy + Wet My Thistle, two I’ve had my eye on since they appeared on the market, for $2.50 USD each (hooray!) 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

California Girl: a slice of my Wet n Wild rainbow

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xx blueberry milk tea

Summer, just around the corner…

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China Glaze – Celtic Sun (neon)
Dance Legend Malibu series – Baywatch (pink), Humaliwo (mint), Piña Colada (pastel orange)
Flower – Tiger Lily
L’Apogee Be Happy – Cupcake (bit of shimmer)
Models Own Hyper Gel – Cerise Shine
Nature Republic – 03 (neon)
Nicole by OPI – Simply Sub-lime
NYC – Penn Station Pink
Paul & Joe Summer 2015 – 008 Dragon Fruit (pink), 009 Bitter Lime (yellow green)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Pop of Pink
Urban Outfitters – Bandeau (dark purple neon), Hot Tub (searing pink neon)

xx blueberry milk tea *wearing sunglasses indoors*

Purple palace: PFF pile driving, or ye olde one-two

Although I have all eight purple palace PFF piles in an organized lineup, photographing them is another matter.

The weather is not on the side of palace construction workers this Sunday, so we will knock off early with the following. 🙂

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Outdoors:  Flowerista, Pamplona Purple, Bright Purple, Purple Reign

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Indoors

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Outdoors, with Sinful Shine Go Glossy tacked on the tail end

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SSGG is actually a crossover; she likely belongs in the second PFF pile, below.

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Outdoors:  Intense Plum, Anti-Bleak, Go Glossy

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Indoors

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Indoors, while the sun showed up for a brief moment!

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All eight of these purple palace PFF pile driving comparisons will only be performed with previously unshown building materials; surely more potential PFFs can be found here or here!

xx blueberry milk tea

Purple Palace: OPI crème cornerstones

Edification of the intercontinental Euro-American purple palace is a never-ending work in progress.

Oftentimes, since I’ve been working solo for the past few years (sans my missing in action partner in crime alelvi123), it is easy to lose the blueprint and start building haphazardly, so that the place starts looking like some kind of Victorian eccentricity, with all manner of curlicues, adornment and oddly-shaped rooms

After spending most of my free moments this Saturday dusting off blueprints, building blocks and previously constructed foundations, I became entirely overwhelmed by tackling this feat on my own.

So I decided to take the wrecking ball to what I haven’t shown you yet (whilst leaving intact the foundation of what I have), and attempt to reorganize the architecture of these little bottles using the following lineup as cornerstones…

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Pamplona Purple, Anti-Bleak, In The Cable Carpool Lane, Sleigh Parking Only, Skating on Thin Iceland, Vant to Bite My Neck?

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Lost My Bikini in Molokini, Do They Have This Color in Stockholm?

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Pamplona Purple, Anti-Bleak

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In the Cable Carpool Lane, Sleigh Parking Only

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Skating on Thin Iceland, Vant to Bite My Neck?

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Coming tomorrow:  PFF pillars to the OPI crème cornerstones of the purple palace!

xx blueberry milk tea