Posts tagged ‘Ludurana’

Great balls of fiery rainbow holo, part II

A long overdue continuation of part I, here.

L.A. Girls 3D Effects GNL 307, Sparkle Ruby

L.A. Girls 3D Effects GNL 305, Dazzling Pink

Layla Shock Pink

I painted this wheel long ago and it was none too sparkly, so I gave it a dusting off and each chip a fresh coat.

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Magnifica

NCLA Drop of Teal (why do almost all of my NCLA holos have wonky brushes? I avoid them due to this serious flaw …)

Sephora Formula X Athena

Etude House Play Nail #4 (I regret missing out on the other holos from this series — Etude House and its Korean contemporaries varnishes are my personal favourites, bar none)

Bonita Forget Me Not – not holo, but not forgotten either

NCLA Mermaid Tales

2-3 coats each

A-England Sleeping Palace

Bonita Flirty Shirley

NCLA Iridescent Dreams

Nfu-Oh 64

Sephora Formula X Aphrodite (almost bought another bottle in the clearance bin at 75% off the other day, forgetting I already have this … it leans more silvery under horrible shop lighting)

Nfu-Oh 63 (o heavenly flame)

NCLA Vacation on Mars

xx blueberry milk tea

New in: a full parcel stacked three rows high

I spent the entire Friday (aka Black Friday) following U.S. Thanksgiving hovering over my computer at intervals, leisurely adding varnish after varnish to my cart on the Ninja Polish site, then meticulously editing, until I ended up with this:

Nfu-Oh 37, 40, 46, 51, 56, 59

Nfu-Oh Aqua Base (for holographic varnishes), 62, 63, 64

Layla 11 Shock Pink

I didn’t order as many Nfu-Oh holos as I would have liked, since I was skittish about duds.

These three, however, are a trio of winners.  Lots of magic holo fairy dust in those bottles …

Hits Meninas Superpoderosas/Powerpuff Girls Docinho

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 56 – a really wow warmer-leaning green with a dusting of pale sheen.  Have a hunch I’m gonna really like this one…

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Magnifica – a perfumed aqua blue holo

Ludurana Aurora Boreal Emocionante – a perfumed crazy multichrome

Layla Ceramic Effect CE 63 – Chocolate Truffle.  I’ve wanted this one forever, sight unseen.

It’s better than my wildest dreams … more multichrome and faceted than I had imagined, better than OPI Teas-y Does It and the Nubar Chocolate series combined … and that’s not having been let out of the bottle yet 🙂

Tristam, Sleeping Palace, Guinevere, Galahad

Red Show 06, 07, 09 … these are even more incredible than I had anticipated.

New Prism 06 Teleportation, Top for Darks 603, Top for Darks 608

Don’t Tell Mademoiselle!

Meet Me at Coral Island

The Pinky & The Brain

Fred Said Red

Bloody Mary to Go

Robert’s Red Ford

Hello Kitty Lemon Pie Kit: Mint, Gum, Melon

Hello Kitty Apple Pie Kit:  Sweet, Candy, Apple

Hello Kitty Blueberry Pie Kit:  Blueberry, Plum, Fizzy

Fizzy leaked some gunky glue-like stuff onto herself and Blueberry.

All three bottles are otherwise clean and open fine.

I’m so weary of scrubbing up bottles that I left these as is :/

Copper Pot, Indigo, Coffee Love, Magic Flow

I put these together as my Viva El Salvador! group, since indigo and coffee used to be major exports until they were seemingly outshone by the maras.

Color-Changing Garnet, Mystic Glacier, Divinity

My chosen gifts with purchase 🙂  Divinity has an even better reputation than Clarins 230!

Lightshow, Nonfat Soy Half Caff, Leotard Optional, Glimmer More, Pink Platinum

I also bought yet another backup of SOPI Metro Chic, since who knows when we’ll see these old bottles again?

This was a mid-week discount retailer pick-me-up whilst awaiting the brick o’ varnish that arrived at my doorstep today. 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

Summertime roundup: now complete with swatches

Done! And I even found some unintended PFFs in the bunch. This could be a never-ending endeavor, one I wish I hadn’t begun

I’ll first show you the Polish Friends Forever I’ve discovered. I worked very hard on swatching and listing the Summertime Roundup nail wheel colors (two coats each!), but wasn’t impressed with the overall images. The PFFs are more interesting…


So here we have Sinful Colors 1258 Eva So Bright, Sinful Colors 108 Timbleberry and Catrice Revoltaire LE C03 Colour Bomb. Eva So Bright is just a wee bit lighter than Timbleberry, and Timbleberry has greater opacity and saturation than Colour Bomb. Aside from that, declared total PFFs…


On the nail wheel, the order is reversed. From L to R: Colour Bomb, Timbleberry, Eva So Bright.


PFFs Eva So Bright, Timbleberry, Colour Bomb

Next up, Essence Fantasia TE 02 Queen of My Cloud Castle and Chanel 549 Distraction. Both are medium salmon pink-orange with fine hot pink shimmer. Essence looks like it has some additional silver veining as well; it’s slightly brighter and flashier than Chanel on the nail wheel, but not by much…




Nail wheel, L to R: Chanel 549 Distraction, Essence Fantasia TE 02 Queen of My Cloud Castle


This last set of PFFs sort of tagged along with the herd of glitters, multichromes and shimmers that have just a touch of orange or copper or whatever (in case you’re wondering what they’re doing here!)…




Loradew Better Girl 14


Catrice 22 Bricky Mouse


OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes


Sinful Colors 1110 Pandora


Nail wheel, L to R:
Loradew Better Girl 14 – largest shimmer particles and brightest of the group, most pink-red
Catrice 22 Bricky Mouse – very close to OPI GGTS, larger shimmer particles and a bit rosier toned
OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes – fine shimmer sheen, darker and browner base color than Bricky Mouse
Sinful Colors 1110 Pandora – leans most rust-toned of the group, with least visible shimmer

And now to the roundup!


Clockwise, from 12 noon:

1. Sally Hansen CSM 140 Peachy Keen*
2. Sally Hansen CSM 210 Naked Ambition
3. Risque Po de Arroz
4. Etude House Nymph Aura Glam Nails, 02 Pure Pink
5. Essence Me & My Ice Cream 04 Icylicious*
6. Orly Who’s Who Pink
7. Catrice 21 Rosy One More Time*
8. Ludurana Duochrome Orange-Blue
9. Chanel 493 Jade Rose
10. Orly Honeymoon in Style
11. Hits Meninhas Superpoderosas Doce de Leite*
12. Catrice 830 Salmon & Garfunkel*
13. Revlon Scented Apricot Pastry*
14. Catrice 520 Apropos Apricot*
15. Essence Nude Glam 08 Peach & Cream*
16. Winwax Nail French 10*
17. Etude House Versailles Nails 01 Versailles Rose, 01 Water Rose
18. Revlon Colorstay 025 Seashell*


Clockwise, from 12 noon:

1. Catrice Hip Trip LE C03 The Salmon Dance
2. Barry M NP 318 Peach Melba*
3. Sinful Colors 1173 Orange Cream
4. Catrice Hidden World LE C02 Walk on Air
5. Risque Penelope Charmosa – Toque de Penelope
6. Catrice Urban Baroque LE Biscuits & Cupcakes
7. F21 Love & Beauty Salmon*
8. NYC 269 Peach Sparkle*
9. Essence Cherry Blossom Girl TE 04 It’s Peach Not Cherry
10. Sinful Colors 853 Cloud 9*
11. Orly Crush on You*
12. Claire’s Dreamsicle*
13. Essence Home Sweet Home TE 01 Caramel Cheese Cake
14. Barry M Web Effects* over Sinful Colors 834 UFO (effects don’t work over glitter on nail wheel)
15. F21 Love & Beauty Peach*
16. Risque Twiggy (matte – see those tiny black specks?  Weird… )
17. Zoya Gabrielle*
18. Catrice 170 I Scream Peach!*


Clockwise from 12 noon:

1. Zoya Soho Punch
2. Orly Cotton Candy
3. Sinful Colors 1103 Island Coral
4. Essence Oz Great & Powerful TE Cracking Top Coat 04 Winged Wonder* over Zoya Soho Punch (doesn’t work well over glitter on nail wheel)
5. Catrice Hip Trip LE C04 Wheels on Fire
6. NYX NPS 122 Coral Sensation*
7. Barry M NP 305 Pink Flamingo
8. Catrice 820 Pimp My Shrimp*
9. Essence Fantasia TE 02 Queen of my Cloud Castle*
10. Chanel 549 Distraction
11. China Glaze Flirty Tankini*
12. Revlon Colorstay 110 Marmalade*
13. Essence Cherry Blossom Girl TE 03 Cherry Cherry Girl
14. Essence Colour & Go 46 Wake Up!*
15. Chanel 617 Holiday
16. Impala Cores do Oceano Vermelho Coral
17. Risque Nunca Fui Santa
18. Revlon Colorstay Sunburst


Clockwise from 12 noon:

1. Sinful Colors 803 Tapping Nails*
2. Sinful Colors 1258 Eva So Bright
3. Sinful Colors 108 Timbleberry
4. Catrice Revoltaire LE C03 Colour Bomb
5. Sinful Colors 1122 Energetic Red
6. NYC 130 Classic Coral Creme
7. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine GNP8 Grapefruit*
8. OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again!
9. Sinful Colors 1207 Beau Brique
10. Sinful Colors 1251 I Dream in Jewels*
11. Color Club 858 Wild & Willing*
12. F21 Love & Beauty Amber*
13. OPI Warm & Fozzie*
14. Paul & Joe 011 Prism*
15. Loradew Better Girl 14
16. Catrice 22 Bricky Mouse
17. OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes*
18. Sinful Colors 1110 Pandora*

*For sale or trade, please inquire!

xo one weary cowgirl, blueberry milk tea

Whatta flake!

Jes, that’s me… skipping to a new topic in lieu of showing you my peachy end-of-summer lineup as specified in the post below. In order to fulfill that promise, I must purchase some nail wheels at an undesirable location and equally undesirable price. Meanwhile, as I garner courage and pocket money to obtain swatching supplies, here is a cafe gathering of equally illustrious beauties that have been tickling my fancy for some time now…

Flakies #1

Flocados! Ludurana Flash, Essence 08 Night in Vegas, Hits Speciallita Lambada, Impala Novo 70 Love Story

Flakies #1

In the bottles, these have varying degrees of density, albeit with similar gold-orange-green-blue occasional violet) shift. Ludurana Flash is the sparsest, with a unique 3-D constellation-like appearance of flake suspension in the bottle, and greatest blue-violet “flash”.

Flakies #2

Flakies #2

Flakies #2

Colorama Melindrosa – transparent lightest pink base, rainbow color shift a la Nfu-Oh 48
F21 Love & Beauty Pink – unjust description for this version of OPI I Lily Love You, bright pink jelly base with dense glitter and irregularly shaped gold Mylar flakes

Flakies #3

Flakies #3

Flakies #3

Maybelline Colorama 27 Sonic Sunset, Colorama Odalisca, Risque Color Effect Cobertura Encantada (27 has been put to Franck-ening purposes on many an occasion; the other two I will try over my equally brand new Chanel Elixir!)

Flakies #4

Flakies #4

Flakies #4

Lorena Alice – untried for two years now in spite of her beauty
F21 Love & Beauty Light Green – version of L.A. Girls Rock Star Crowd Surfing

Flakies #5

Flakies #5

Flakies #5

Impala Novo 70 Paz e Amor – a la Nfu-Oh 52, albeit sparser and with smaller particles. Layla Ceramic Effect CE52, The Butterfly Effect – a la Nfu-Oh 51

Now, a li’l palette cleanser after all that rainbow. Don’t fret, there are still rainbows to be had, just in transparent bases this go round…

Flakies #6

Flakies #6

Flakies #6

Raio Alfa – rainbow flash, but primarily gold-orange-red
Raio Beta – rainbow flash, but primarily gold-blue-green
Raio Gamma – blue-violet flash only
Espectral – scattered rainbow, a la Finger Paints Twisted. This was the most coveted of the collection, just as Twisted was in the U.S. …

Flakies #6

Mohda Night – green-blue-violet shift only
Mohda Mix Balada – scattered rainbow shift, but not as dense as Espectral or Twisted
These were obtained before the Big Universo Faculas Solares could be found by my Sao Paulo procurer, S. I still like them on their own merits.

Flakies #6

Flakies #6

China Glaze Luxe and Lush – Mylar shards with gold-orange-blue-green shift
Finger Paints Twisted – dense scattered rainbow flakes, many are quite larger particles than Espectral’s

And last but not least, non-topcoat flakie varnishes with opaque bases…

Essence C&G - 119 Boho Chic Essence C&G - 116 Gorgeous Bling Bling NYX - Forever Young

Essence C&G – 119 Boho Chic
Essence C&G – 116 Gorgeous Bling Bling
NYX Advanced Salon Formula – Forever Young

Koh - Blue Universe!, a la OPI Merry Midnight Sasatinnie Super Dolly Fantasy Colour FCGL002, a la Orly Fowl Play

Koh – Blue Universe!, a la OPI Merry Midnight
Sasatinnie Super Dolly Fantasy Colour FCGL002, a la Orly Fowl Play

Yes, it’s true, the hostess of blueberry milk tea is a madwoman. I had thought I didn’t much like flakies, so at one point I gave many away with no attempt to reacquire them. Here is a list of those given up for adoption:

Barielle – Elle’s Spell
Color Club – Fame & Fortune (Mylar shards)
Essie – Shine of the Times
Hits Speciallita – Can Can
Nfu-Oh 48, 49
Nfu-Oh 51 (two bottles!), 52, 54
Nubar – 2010
Orly – Fowl Play
Sally Hansen CSM – Hidden Treasure
Sinful Colors – Green Ocean
Zoya – Chloe

xo blueberry milk tea

Les quatre coins du monde

Les quatre coins du monde

Essence Studio Nails Pro White Rosé – German brand.  This particular varnish made in Luxembourg.


Ludurana Duochrome Orange-Blue.  Brazilian brand, produced in Brazil.


Paul & Joe 014 Confetti.  French brand.  Varnish made in Japan, as is the fashion house’s entire cosmetic line.


Etude House Dear My Nails WH901 Candyfloss.  Korean brand, produced in South Korea.
Photo background illustration: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Back in the days of yore when Carine Roitfeld was at the helm of Paris Vogue and I could afford to buy monthly issues at the newsstand (all three of us went under during the recession — Mme. Roitfeld, the newsstand and I), la Roitfeld or her writers seemed to like the phrase “les quatre coins du monde” — it was in every issue, often several times.  “The four corners of the world” aptly describes this quad’s provenance, and it was sheer coincidence.  Thus, in spite of the following deterrents:  (1) Extreme summer heat;  (2) I’ve worn this manicure for a week; (3) My photos neither turned out well nor do they do my hands or these little bottles justice, I decided to take advantage of the serendipity.


Disclaimer:  I was only capable of taking photos of my left hand, which has OPI I’m A Princess, You’re Not! as the base in lieu of Ludurana.  Ludurana was on my right hand and was so much prettier than the OPI in this combo, but I was unsuccessful in my attempts to capture it…


xo bisous blueberry milk tea

Collections: Wintry glimmer ‘n shimmer feat. Essence Snow Jam & Catrice Siberian Call