Posts tagged ‘Givenchy’

Rich girl, poor girl: Sephora v. Target

Givenchy Mandarine Bolero, $22 USD

Sonia Kashuk Knock Out Beauty collection – On the Ropes, $5 USD

2x each … SK is just a wee hair lighter than Giv

Both formulae appear impeccable upon painting the nail wheel.

I had initially picked up both SK varnishes from this collection – yes, that dark blurple crelly a la Chanel Sunrise Trip – but had to return them, as the brushes themselves were as daunting and impossibly crooked as the rattlesnake on the bottle.

I was only able to replace one (with the bottle you see above).  In the past few months during my random Target jaunts, I’ve yet to open a bottle of SK’s version of Sunrise Trip that has a proper brush :/

Keeping my fingers crossed, meanwhile.

Background is an Orla Kiely print notebook.

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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 …

Quasi-random beauty shots

*Utterly dazzled, faints*

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This lineup wasn’t what I had intended to show you as the star of the post, but it turned out best, so it got bumped up to first place! 🙂

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Photo belongs to Hanatsuki blog.  Thank you!

I have really tried to get my paws on Smelly varnishes, but Japanese mail and package services will not ship nail varnish out of Japan, in spite of my having successfully navigated the Urban Research web site and managing to fill my online shopping cart with a selection of lovely Smelly bottles.

Grrr…

So I bought Revlon Colorstay Hold ‘Em to tide me over.  In real life, it looks very close to Hanatsuki’s image above.

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Misa Fashionista, Zoya Odette, Revlon Colorstay Hold ‘Em, Barry M Vintage Violet, Peripera PP109

Below, the front part of the above train:

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Dior Lady, Uslu Airlines TXL Berlin Tegel, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rush Hour

The two lineups below are what I had initially plucked for this post.

First thing on a Saturday morning, totally spontaneously and completely forgetting about my a.m. exercises and the scads of other things I had planned for the nail café this weekend…

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Chanel Tenderly, OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, Nails Inc. Regents Row, Morgan Taylor Met My Match

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RBL Forgiveness (they sent me a new bottle to replace the broken but “rescued” one)

EL Insatiable (The varnish to end all varnishes.  I don’t know where my eyeballs were when this came out, but I only recently discovered it and of course had to have it.  I obtained it for a great price on the auction site, from a seller in Germany who sent it to me completely unsecured in a basic file envelope, half falling out of its beaten-up-by-the-international-postal-service box, but still intact and unbroken.  The flimsy unpadded envelope also had “nail polish” listed on the customs label, so I’m relieved and grateful I even have it to show to you here!)

Color Club Shabby Drab.  Been seeing lots of images of this lately and every time I do, I think, gotta get that one…

Of course I already have it, untried among my scads of dusty greyed blurples.

Givenchy Lilas d’Exception.  Truly an exceptional varnish, and difficult to photograph accurately enough to do justice to its beauty.

And below we have the outliers I had originally chosen for the above lineups.

They were either too bright, too blue, too red, too saturated, too dusty, too something to be featured above, yet still all kinds of gorge in their own right.

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Orly Cashmere Cardigan, obtained via swap on good ol’ MUA

Peripera BL608

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Dior Spring, H&M Misty Plum, OPI Planks A Lot

I have swatches, I do!  That’s for Sunday, and it’s still Saturday here on the West Coast of the U.S. 🙂

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