Posts tagged ‘China Glaze’

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?

xx blueberry milk tea

Ombre roses

Seashell, Gelato, IV, Wild Mink

Steal His Name, Lion Around, Innocent, My Place or Yours, Your Hut or Mine, Mrs. Always Right, Swept Off My Feet

Trouville, Southern Bell(e)

Above and below, beautiful at one coat

Below, even more beautiful at two coats

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Below, the back story.

Desire is an invasive and unreasonable motivator.

Early last summer, I had lined up all of the above and below in order to convince myself that I did NOT need, nor need to buy, the China Glazes, Essies, NARS or L.A. Girl …

… that I obviously ended up buying anyway. 🙂

Essence Colour & Go 153 Sweet or Nude?

Innisfree Pro 76

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mauve It

Peripera PK007

Innisfree Pro 162, 161, 163

Etude House Play Nail Forest Aurora Collection 380

Kiko 486 Tea Rose

Innisfree Pro 164

Kiko 365 Tattoo Rose

Orly Pink Chocolate (this bottle comes before the two above in my swatch notebook, it’s out of order in the lineup)

Flower Aster Place

Kure Bazaar Tea Rose

Kiko 364 Dark Crimson

Wet n Wild Haze of Love

Sonia Kashuk Spice It Up

Nature Republic 51

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all ombred out 🙂

Sugar-glazed babycakes, rack no. 1

Babycakes, Glass Pink, 777 (all Cyrillic characters, name thus unknown)

Misty Rose, misnamed Fuchsia Glamour, Seashell Pink

Taffy, Robo Romance, Honeymoon in Style (bought a new bottle since the old one looks golden yellow in comparison)

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Sand Dolla Make You Holla (used to be white; has become pinker with time), Angel Food, Stream of Consciousness

Sahara Crystal Fiji, Cake Pop, PG (name unknown because in Korean)

Fleur de Sel, Candy Drops, Sugar Burst

2x each

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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

In the red — a teaser

Overwhelmed not only me, but my camera!

What a sight, what a task …

Organized by brand.

Once I get my hands on some sticks, I’ll swatch first by brand, then move the sticks around by shade as I have them in my drawer.

Yes, that drawer is on the verge of collapse! 🙂

Can never do these bottles justice.  They’re so much more beautiful in person.

Dior Lucky, Glory, Tie & Dye, Star, Pandore

Chanel Dragon, Coromandel, Lotus Rouge, Barcelona Red

Deborah Lippmann Sexyback, It’s Raining Men, Girls Jessa

Givenchy Carmin Escarpin

Rescue Beauty Lounge Gondoliere

Paul & Joe Annatto, Paprika

The bottom row, above, consists of flashy sparklers:

L’Apogee Be Happy Delicia

OPI You Only Live Twice, Ali’s Big Break

Dance Legend Red Show 06, 07, 09

Estee Lauder Fiery Hot

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune # plum glitz

Misa Forgive, Forget, For Me I Will

Uslu Airlines KBJ Kings Canyon

Orly Precisely Poppy

American Apparel Lipstick

Sation Pink Fury, Baron Red

NYC Pink Promenade Crème, Times Square

CQ Pink Candy, Crème Berry, Cardinal

Revlon – Colorstay Delicious, Fearless, Revlon Red

Nails Inc. Festival Hyde Park, Kensington High Street

Barry M Raspberry

SH Insta-Dri Quick Fire, Ablazing!, Sonic Bloom, Rapid Red

SH X-treme Wear Heritage Red

Next up, a brand row-by-row with higher quality photos 🙂

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More Mavala reds on the way from Canada, and I’ve since realized I forgot to raid my Asian drawer for the above photos …

PFF Series: international purple accords

The Americans and South Koreans came to immediate agreement …

Essie Spring 2016 Lounge Lover – Shade On

Innisfree x Paul Frank – 183

Italian diplomats Kiko 331 and 332 opted for a decidedly paternal approach.

Members of the American delegation bonded in fraternity.

Nina Ultra Pro Lilac-ing Discipline

OPI A Grape Fit

The Brazilians got catty with a bright Brit.

Hits Speciallita Hello Kitty set – Plum

Nails Inc. Lexington Gardens

American NYX ASF Lavender sidled up in appreciation of British Nails Inc.’s warmth.

China Glaze All Aboard felt rather ostracized due to misidentification.

She is by all appearances a rather muted American national, but was mistaken due to her name badge for bored mainland Chinese.

A lively German joined the talks, quickly stepping into line, just as a doppelganger delegate from South Korea showed up in support of her countrywoman.

Catrice 130 Lucky in Lilac

Nature Republic 22

Brash American WnW On a Trip horned in next to her younger, more subdued fellow Yank Essie.

Members of the American and Italian contingents felt right at home with the exceedingly bright Turks and Swedes.

Flormar Super Neon Colors N009

Face Stockholm One Hundred Seven

New York representatives Nolita’s Lavender and Jacaranda Flower remained a mere vote shy between them of reaching purple peace.

Although American OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm’s and Brazilian Impala Fun Ploc’s stomachs were churning, they managed to stand tall and make pointed remarks, respectively.

Brit Rimmel and Yank China Glaze found affinity with the beleaguered North-South American pair.

Rimmel Salon Pro Purple Rain

When session reconvenes:  the roundtable, aka the nail wheel.

xx blueberry milk tea

Comparisons: Essie Spring 2016 Lounge Lover

I went about creating this post rather cinematically, albeit without the luxury of a lighting budget + skilled technicians 🙂

It was kind of cool to do things out of order (confusing even myself in the process), then having it all pan out in the end.

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The titles 🙂

Last night, I developed the concept around the main actors and chose the supporting roles and bit parts.

This morning, I wrote the script, devoted myself to hair, makeup and stage direction, while haphazardly location scouting wherever I could find (barely) sufficient light.

Then, very out of character, I swiftly and decisively chose the set: my March Birchbox, gift from a thoughtful friend.

Scene One:  Essie Poolside Service, Nails Inc. Green Park, Kiko 346, RBL The Mosses Mar

All, 2x

Scene Two:  Kiko 347, Essie Off Tropic, Nails Inc. Bruton Mews, RBL Recycle

All, 2x

Nails Inc. Bruton Mews is jelly-ish at first coat, a la Nars Zulu.  She’s wearing two here.

The bridge between the two scenes:

Deborah Lippmann Girls – Hannah, Floss Gloss Faded, ChG Take a Hike, RBL Orbis Non Sufficit

All, 2x.

Hannah, third from left, is much sheerer than her sisters at the first coat.

She’s cushy and crelly, while Floss Gloss Faded (fourth from left) is darker and opaque at one coat (but I gave her two).

The cast thus far, from left:

Essie – Poolside Service

Nails Inc. – Green Park

Kiko 346

RBL The Mosses Mar

DL Girls – Hannah

Floss Gloss – Faded

China Glaze – Take a Hike

RBL Orbis Non Sufficit

Kiko 347

Essie – Off Tropic

Nails Inc. – Bruton Mews

RBL Recycle

My original intent was to sandwich the two principal actors and their scenes with a couple of doppelganger Scherer CQ varnishes:  Corduroy and Slate.

Above:

1 – Scherer CQ Corduroy, 3x – thin first coat, then load brush for *each stroke* on 2nd and 3rd coats

2 – Essie Poolside Service, 2x

3 – Nails Inc. Green Park, 2x

4 – Kiko 346, 2x

5 – RBL The Mosses Mar, 2x

However, Slate’s agent informed that she was temporarily indisposed and rained in at the varnish warehouse.

So I called on another readily available drugstore varnish to read for Slate on the tail end:  Sinful Colors Calypso.

Calypso leans bluer than Slate, and is opaque at one coat.

1 – China Glaze Take a Hike, 2x

2 – RBL Orbis Non Sufficit, 2x

3 – Kiko 347, 2x

4 – Essie Off Tropic, 2x

5 – Nails Inc. Bruton Mews, 2x

6 – RBL Recycle, 2x

7 – Sinful Colors Calypso, 1x

Essie Poolside Service is second from left, starting from greens.

Essie Off Tropic is fourth from right, starting from greens.

Brown monkey-man holos:  paparazzi 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea (in the director’s chair)