Posts tagged ‘Spoiled’

California Girl: a slice of my Wet n Wild rainbow

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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?

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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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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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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

New in: hope you always stay the same, don’t ever change…

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Yes, I already have Karl Says Tres Chic from the old Ultimate Nudes collection!  But this one looks different, and I also bought the other two that debuted with no. 57 a few seasons ago, 56 Minter Wonderland and 58 Meet Me a Paris.

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I want all the other varnishes from the Une, Deux, Trois LE.  But I buy them from Spain, and shipping is *so* expensive.

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SH CSM Himalaya, from the Fall 2014 Prabal Gurung collaboration, and a gem I pulled from the varnish warehouse (my garage), CQ Vintage…

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Bonita Florence (has a beautiful glassfleck-y shimmer) and OPI Have a Tempura Tan-trum

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Rimmel Kate Moss Soul Session, DL Modern Love, unnamed gorgeous Orly bought in a duo from a discount retailer.

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Ulta Set the Nude, Spoiled Only in Creams, unnamed gorgeous Orly bought in a duo from a discount retailer.

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Orly Highlight, Petites Color Fever Vintage Gray (recently rescued from my garage), NYX Girls The Taupe (bottle arrived to me discolored), WnW matte Distressed to Impress.  The cap on this WnW matte is so invitingly tactile, I can’t stop stroking its rubbery smoothness, lol…

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Both of these I obtained just last night, free!  I buy so much nail polish at a drugstore chain that they gave me a sheaf of unexpected coupons and discounts when I had just stopped in to browse at a particular locale.  Of course I made a beeline for the small OPI selection only available at this location.  There were quite a few temptations in that realm, but many of them are other gals’ lemmings, not mine, and I’ve allowed myself lately to be influenced by outside ideas over my own preferences and intuition.  I’ve ditched a great many of my own backlogged manicure ideas in order to try out things I see online and in nail magazines.  They inevitably don’t turn out as well as they do in the images, and I ignore my own inner voice instructing me that this or that colour or technique would work much better for me personally than what I’m reading…

So I put the handfuls of OPI bottles back on the shelf, and chose these two Essies from a recent collection.  Namely, because I can’t purchase Essie from a beauty supply shop at a discount, as I do with OPI, and the discount retailers won’t get these Essie shades until this time next year…

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I went out to my varnish warehouse (the garage) in order to fulfill a current exchange, and unexpectedly found these two Sinful Colors just begging to be put in a lineup with my new Essie bottles.

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Then, I realized that Mind Your Mittens, recently acquired from a discount retailer, would also fit nicely here.  It’s a bit bluer than the rest, but if you park it next to an actual blue, it reads green.

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If I were to go through my buckets, boxes, drawers and shelves, I would surely find an abundance of similar varnishes to complicate things further.  For the sake of simplicity,  I leave you with these hopefully uncluttered bottle tableaux of few rather than (too) many…

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For MC, a glimpse of the yet unseen green shelf

Sally Hansen CSM Pique Side is for you, along with that spare bottle of NYC Robin’s Egg Blue lurking behind mine…

Learning to use an iPhone. Please bear with me 🙂

From top:

Shelf no. 1, L to R:

Impala Anos Dourados Matine

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

NOPI I Only Shop Mintage

SpaRitual Delight

Orly Jealous Much?

Charlotte Russe Unnamed

American Apparel Office

Sally Hansen CSM Pique Side

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jade Jump

Claire’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Orly Ancient Jade

 

Shelf no. 2, L to R:

The Face Shop Lovely ME EX GR501

L.A. Girl Color Pop Minty

Sinful Colors Open Seas

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

NYC Tudor City Teal

Impala Penelope Charmosa Armadilha Tropical

Orly Gumdrop

Sally Hansen CSM Jaded

Sinful Colors Greek Isles

Essie Who’s the Boss?

L’Apogee Rainha Elizabeth

L’Apogee Fashion Colors Diana

Impala California Beleza Natural

Paul & Joe Summer 2013 LE Caribbean

L’Apogee Be Happy Cupcake

 

Shelf no. 3, L to R:

Claire’s Mint to Be

China Glaze At Vase Value

NYC Robin’s Egg Blue

Spoiled Mar-zi-panna

Piggy Polish Star Boulevard

Catrice Am I Green or Am I Blue?

China Glaze Kinetic Candy

L’Apogee Be Happy Liberdade

Mavala Lagoon

Catrice Minter Wonderland

Essie Mint Candy Apple

L’Apogee Be Happy Viagem

Rimmel 60 Seconds Mintilicious

Sinful Colors Be Happy

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Multichrome Comparison Library, Volume Two: Lippmann Wicked Game & Friends

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Said Joe Manglaze of his girlfriend Deborah, “I can’t tell Debbie apart from her friends at twenty paces — they all dress alike and have the same haircut.”

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Well, Manglaze:  Catrice, Misa, Essence and the rest of Deb’s clique might wear similar shades, but some definitely have better haircuts than others, and your gal’s is superior by far, as is the quality of her clothing…

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But here are their papers if you’re still having trouble spotting your honey in the crowd:  WnW Gray’s Anatomy, Spoiled Paying with Platinum, Catrice Iron Mermaiden, Misa Shields Up, OPI Not Like the Movies, Sinful Colors Let Me Go, Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game, Essence Where Is the Party?

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Perhaps you just need to view them in a different light?

[Other clones and mini-mes that weren’t hanging out to be captured in today’s photo shoot:

Barry M – 324 Silvery Lilac*

Big Universo – Iridium

Butter London – Knackered

Deborah Milano Shine Tech Scarabeo – 69 Stone Paradise*

Misslyn – Peacock LE – 722 Flower Bird, 726 Dragonfly

NYC – 145 Rock the Party!*

SOPI Glee Collection – Mash Up

Sephora Collection L69 Midnight Crawl*

Sinful Colors – Rain Storm (renaming of clone varnish Let Me Go) ]