Posts tagged ‘Hard Candy’

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.

xx blueberry milk tea

Multichrome Comparison Library Volume IX, Deluxe Edition

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All, 3x

1 – OPI Ruble for Your Thoughts

2 – F21 L&B Amber, 1x + NYC Summer 2012 LE 273 Golden Glam, 2x

3 – China Glaze Cabin Fever

4 – Chanel 675 Troublante

5 – Star Gazer 307

6 – Sally Girl Galaxy

7 – Hard Candy Beetle

8 – Orly Space Cadet

9 – Orly Color Blast Mistress of All Evil

10 – Claire’s Venomous

11 – Sadok Lambda

12 – OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

13 – Hits Mari Moon Unconventional

14 – F21 L&B Red/Multi

15 – Accessorize Pink Spice

16 – Claire’s Poison Apple

17 – OPI Canadian Maple Leaf (black label)

18 – Essie Sassy Satchel (black label)

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Images now, words later … I’m plumb tuckered out!

xx blueberry milk tea

P.S.  Wish I had Deborah Lippmann Marrakesh Express, RBL Elvis in the Cloud, Alessandro Merry Poppins, MAC Mean & Green or Accessorize Aztec to compare …

I swapped away MAC Bad Fairy and OPI The Show Must Go On long ago. :/

Spooky series: murky, mossy sparkle + shimmer comparisons

The last, first:  this drugstore trio was asleep in the crypt and I only discovered and dusted them off after filling up the main daisy below.

1 – F21 L&B Grey

2 – Essie Armed & Ready, slightly Franck-ened to more closely resemble RBL Anne

3 – Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne

4 – Catrice Khaki Perry

5 – Nicole by OPI Sea How Far You Go

6 – Color Club Snakeskin

Above and below, 3x each

7 – A England Love is Enough

8 – The Face Shop Face It GR502

9 – Sinful Colours Vintage

10 – Catrice I’m A Star…

11 – WnW I Moss Have It

12 – Zoya Edyta

Above and below, 2-3x each

13 – Color Club Nouveau Vintage

14 – Orly Color Blast Sleeping Death, half of boxed Disney Villains duo

15 – Revlon Top Speed Mistletoe

16 – Hard Candy Crush on Tin

17 – Formula X for Sephora Extraterrestrial

18 – Essence Vampire’s Love TE – Gold Old Buffy

Above and below, 2x each

1 – F21 L&B Grey

2 – Essie Armed & Ready, slightly Franck-ened to more closely resemble RBL Anne

3 – Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne

4 – Catrice Khaki Perry

5 – Nicole by OPI Sea How Far You Go

6 – Color Club Snakeskin

7 – A England Love is Enough

8 – The Face Shop Face It GR502

9 – Sinful Colours Vintage

10 – Catrice I’m A Star…

11 – WnW I Moss Have It

12 – Zoya Edyta

13 – Color Club Nouveau Vintage

14 – Orly Color Blast Sleeping Death, half of boxed Disney Villains duo

15 – Revlon Top Speed Mistletoe

16 – Hard Candy Crush on Tin

17 – Formula X for Sephora Extraterrestrial

18 – Essence Vampire’s Love TE – Gold Old Buffy

xx boo! berry milk tea

New in: none too shabby

…from the shabbiest of locales.  Most of these cost me quite a bit of acetone swabbin’, inside and out.

These are what I initially went in for:

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I switched the rings cos I prefer them this way 🙂

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Both have a captivating sheen… Claws Up!’s is pearlescent; Coconut’s flashes bright pink, then bright blue.

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I thought I would want the others available in this 20th anniversary collection, but no… these two were the best of the rest for me.

When Hard Candy first issued Sky, where I live, it was only available at Nordstrom.

I was recently graduated from university, mother to a kindergarten-age little boy, and attempting unsuccessfully to figure things out economically as head of household in a recession.

Light blue nail polish only available at a snobby department store cosmetic counter was the last thing on my mind, or even my wishlist, for that matter.

When I saw Sky again (both when it was touted as a Chanel Riva dupe in 2010-2011 in its rebranded incarnation and just last week in the grubby clearance baskets at Wal-Mart where it is supposed to have a dedicated freestanding display), I still didn’t really want it.

(I passed on Mint and Tangerini, too, if you can believe that!)

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Since I was traveling last week for work to different cities, many of which were listed on the Hard Candy website as unique launch pads for the 20th anniversary collection, I made a special trip to each indicated Wal-Mart in those locales.

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The first time round, I didn’t find the reissued original Hard Candy bottles anywhere, nor their dedicated cardboard floor stand.

But I did find the four above!  And it was good…

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I brought these two and the four below home with me as well, originally filthy as all get-out.

Since they were relatively dirt-cheap, I guess it’s only fitting that they appeared true to their price point… nothing a half-liter of acetone can’t remove!

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On a subsequent sojourn in the other direction, also to a store location listed as uniquely stocking the Hard Candy 20th, I was about to give up.

It was the end of a grueling, exhausting workday, and I felt like I was chasing after a mirage.

There was no Hard Candy 2015 finish line there, either.

Contenting myself with a practical purchase of toothpaste and floss picks, having scoured the Pollock-spattered varnish aisles on this side of Hell and even passing up a seafoam green L.A. Colors bottle for $1USD, I was about to walk through the security sensor gate of the dedicated cosmetics section, when I saw a few random clearance baskets — shallow, yet piled high.

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The mirage was those clearance baskets — they turned out to be goldmines.

Not only did I find the two Hard Candy varnishes I chose as my edits from the collection, but the entire collection was there, albeit in bits and pieces.

You had to know what you were looking for in order to actually scour for it, and scour I did.

Shame on you, Wal-Mart marketing geniuses!

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I loved Drew Barrymore’s Flower line of cosmetics, but could never afford these varnishes when they were available at full price.

So I thought I missed the boat once this line was discontinued (in store, at least), since my visits to Wal-Mart are intentionally few and far between.

I found several I had always had my eye on, in the mucky yucky baskets for $2.50 USD each.

They were so trashed, I felt like Wal-Mart should have paid me for refuse hauling.

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This one, Beige Beauty, I have always mentally compared to Chanel Beige.

It’s a very yellow, almost fugly beige, with a pink microsheen flash.

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Eye of the Tiger Lily has long intrigued me, as well.

Now I can get down to investigating the mystery of her searing jelly beauty. 🙂

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What do you say, café patrons?  Were they worth the stalking, effort and subsequent cleanup?

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: Party girls at the banh mi shop in Little Saigon

Due to several exceedingly unhygienic faux pas witnessed while dining in, I will opt for takeaway next time as to avoid disagreeable and unappetizing spectacles.  Glad I stuck around for the parade of gritty humanity on this occasion, though:  a gaggle of high school couples in formal dance finery came in to hang out as a prelude to prom night.  The ladies were Forever 21 on steroids:  poorly cut and ill-fitting garments composed of tacky synthetic fabrics in off dye lots, too much makeup inexpertly applied, cheap uncomfortable-looking shoes.  But they burst in with youthful energy, fake-flower corsages on their wrists and bling-bling cell phones attached to their ears — I was inspired by the festivity and frivolity, and one gal’s dress in particular:

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L to R: Essie Delicacy (fruit of my first-ever dusty hunt), Etude House Rococo Pink (from Etoinette Versailles Nails Set 02 Versailles Dress), Sinful Colors Bare, F21 Love & Beauty Peach, Rimmel Caramel Cupcake (yes, I bought it for the name).

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L to R: OPI Pirouette My Whistle mini, NYC Shimmer Blast Sparkle Top Coat, Hard Candy Break Up, China Glaze Luxe & Lush, Etude House White Rose Dew (from Etoinette Versailles Nails Set 01 Versailles Rose)

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Group photo — what to do with all of these demure and not-so-shy beauties?

The nude background and mirror-shard spangly shimmer of her skirt could be perfectly captured by Sinful Colors Bare with a top coat of China Glaze Luxe & Lush, but I couldn’t help myself and pulled out many more — actually edited the selection you see here; there were a few more flakies, glitters and nudes I had gathered that weren’t quite right.  Since many of these are new and untried, as well as spot-on in conjuring the image of the dress dancing in my head, I hope to devise a skittle combination where I can use all of the varnishes above in some fashion.  It’s my Sunday evening to-do:  will show results when the light returns tomorrow.

*vacuuming up the last boba from my jackfruit slush*
xo 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

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

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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