Posts tagged ‘L’Apogee’

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 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

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

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*

New series: Am I _______ or am I _______?

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Am I pink or am I peach?

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NYC Sunset Park Pink, Essie Van D’Go, Orly Lift the Veil, Bonita Ballet Rehearsal, L’Apogee Be Happy Amor Eterno

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All, 3x.  Bonita is the only one that goes on opaquely in one coat and has microshimmer.

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The question remains unanswered; it all depends on the light and the eye of the beholder. 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

Finishing up the cool wintermint series…

…and plunging ahead into sea green and turquoise waters, all in one go!

Actually, I had to move all of these lineups, including take one, farther away than usual (over to the “green shelf”) due to nocturnal asphyxiation on my own vice-ridden air. Seriously, varnish fumes are overwhelming my bedroom at night. Maybe these bottles come alive and party on the rooftop of the Alex condo and less luxe tenements while I’m trying to sleep…

Swatches coming later; I’m out of nail wheels and want to have every single variation of green catalogued thus before the end of March!

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Above:

Catrice Am I Blue or Green?

The Face Shop Lovely ME EX Nails GR501

Peripera GR310

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Catrice Minter Wonderland

L’Apogee Be Happy Viagem

Piggy Polish Star Boulevard

Essie Blossom Dandy

Sinful Colors Be Happy

Hard Candy Record Breaker

Nails Inc. Haymarket

H&M Tropical Ocean

Spoiled Mar-zi-panna

Pop-arazzi Shell Me More

Nature Republic Color Waltz BL506 Milky Sky

Nuance Salma Hayek Sea Glass

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Above:

Rimmel 60 Seconds Mintilicious

China Glaze For Audrey

Impala Sereia

China Glaze Aquadelic

Sinful Colors Nice Stems

Peripera GR301

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Big Teal

Essie Where’s My Chauffeur?

Misa Blue Jade Vine

NOPI Poised for Turquoise

Finger Paints Tiffany Imposter

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Above:

Dior St. Tropez

Sinful Shine At Sea

Revlon Colorstay Full House

Cover Girl Outlast Glosstinis Blue Hawaiian (this colour deserves a throne-tini in my book)

OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook

China Glaze The Giver Capacity to See Beyond

Essie In the Cab-ana

WnW Gyp-sea Green

Camila Coelho YNC Blue Jade

Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing

NYX ASF Aqua

Essence Vintage District 02 Shopping @ Portobello Road

Bobbi Brown Turquoise (dupe to OPI Nicki Minaj Fly, so they say…)

Sigh.  Exhausted!  Hope I’m not awakened by fumes again tonight…

xx zZz blueberry milk tea

Off topic birthday pinks

Today, whilst dealing with my teenage son, a video clip that was played during a British television talk show interview with Madonna kept resounding in my head, specifically the part where Lourdes León responds to her mother: “You’re so off topic”.

Well, this post also might seem unseasonably off topic, but I can explain and thus categorize rather neatly. 🙂

I’m putting together a swap for my Essie Splash of Grenadine, and was reviewing my newly oh-so-organized varnish drawers for some potential desirable travel partners for the Essie.

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Decided to pluck these beauties from my cache to show you just how similar the last two are to Splash of Grenadine. The others I can justify by stating that since I was under the weather on my birthday last Saturday, this swatching session (2x each; 3x for Essie) serves as a belated mini colour celebration!

I’ll send Nature Republic Lavender Pink as Splash of Grenadine’s travel partner, since she is easily accessible to me if I decide I want to replace her. She has a more opaque and just the slightest bit warmer coverage than Essie, which is more of a jelly finish and cool lavender in tone.

xx from the birthday girl
blueberry milk tea

Wintermint series, take one

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It was late by the time I accommodated my new nine-drawer Alex unit.  Parked right next door are two wide three-drawer plastic consoles replete with more bottles of varnish.  Word on the street is that my Alex will require a twin.  At least I was able to do a thorough recon and ogle what I’ve amassed in the past four years.  There were some real beauties that got rediscovered and relocated!

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1 – Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Breakfast in Bed

2 – Essence Colour & Go 146 That’s What I Mint!

3 – L’Apogee Be Happy Liberdade

4 – Mavala Lagoon

The above four all have shimmer, with Liberdade’s being the most visible.

 

5 – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Kelp Yourself

6 – Nature Republic no. 24

7 – Gosh Miss Minty

7.5 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Coastin’ By (matte)

 

8 – Claire’s Mint to Be

9 – China Glaze At Vase Value

10 – Maybelline Color Show Mint Mist

11 – Misa Little Hands

 

12 – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel B Girl

13 – China Glaze Kinetic Candy (great formula)

 

2x each.  My numbering program is archaic, so it was easier to make the one I had inadvertently skipped a decimal than to do everything over again. 🙂

Happy minty fresh new year!

xx blueberry milk tea

Multichrome Comparison Library, Volume VIII: copyright Autumn 2014

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No. 10 is G-gal Red *Night* Sky Brilliant.  It’s so difficult for me to correct spacing and text once I botch it in my primitive labeling program…

I’ve performed a similar comparison here, but have since inadvertently permanently deleted the photos in an attempt to free up space.  Quite all right, since the present comparison has more members, with better images!

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L’Apogee Optico Ambar, which I will also feature in a multichrome topper post (dreading this task since I loathe swatching over black, and in fact have never done it).

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Revlon Spiderman LE from Summer 2014, 1000 Volts.  This was an amazing (lol) collection of duo/multichromes.

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L’Oreal The Temptress’ Power.  Think this is LE from Fall 2012 (?).

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Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Firefly.  I purchased this long ago at full price when this series first showed up on shelves.  Although I see them ’round deeply discounted, I still think they’re underrated — the two I’ve featured here I find especially beautiful.

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Above and below, Color Club Wild & Willing.  I have never gotten round to putting lots of coats of this under a royal purple shatter for Hallowe’en…

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…maybe for All Souls’ Day, or in time for Dia de los Muertos?

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CQ Rustic Dream.  Now this is one gorgeous varnish.  Gotta try her under purple crackle as well…

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F21 L&B Amber, another 1970s-esque stunner.

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Impala Disco Sex Appeal, aka the little lava lamp on display in my bedroom.

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G-gal Red Night Sky Brilliant x 3

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F21 L&B Red/Multi x 3.  Fantastic dupe for MAC Bad Fairy, a varnish I had and traded untried.

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Yes, an even better dupe for MAC Bad Fairy than Claire’s Poison Apple, which I forgot to include here.

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Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Copperhead.  My favorite of the bunch.  See nail wheel swatch below.*

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CQ Idyllic.  First time I’ve ever been able to capture the multichrome shift…

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*Above and below, respectively second from right and second from left, SH LS Copperhead.  She’s got purple in her, which flashes only very occasionally in the bottle at home, and never in the shops (their lighting is too direct).

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All varnishes are two coats each on the nail wheel.

xx blueberry milk tea