How Loverly of you to grace my nails butter LONDON

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine polish

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine polish

When I learned that butter LONDON had a new formula out, I was a goner. I knew one would be in my shopping cart soon, it was just a matter of which one. The colors in the Patent Shine 10X formula aren’t really unusual. Most of the 14 shades are pretty classic with a few pops of brighter shades.

The reason it’s called 10X is because of the claims that butter LONDON makes:

New 10-in-1 formula! Sophisticated, long-wearing shades proven to promote brighter, strong, healthier nails.
Why It’s Brill:
1. Long-wear for up to 10 days
2. Shock absorbing & chip-resistant
3. Salon colour coverage
4. Gel-like cushion and superior shine
5. Fade-resistant colour
6. Formulated to smooth nails
7. Formulated to Strengthen nails
8. Prevents breakage and peeling
9. Visibly brighter, more radiant nails
10. No formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

What’s truly unusual about these polishes is that they are 7 Free. We are always reading about 3 Free and 5 Free but there are only a few brands that are 7 free – no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene.

The wear and shine is compared to gel polishes although you don’t need special lights or top coat for these. I wear most polishes for 7 days and rarely have any chipping. Loverly wore like butter LONDON always does on me. It always lasts, it always is shiny and it’s always a brand I love wearing.

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

LOVERLY is described as an opaque bubblegum pink cream and that’s exactly what it looks like.

The price has been raised from $15 for a typical BL polish to $18 for Patent Shine 10X. I don’t really know if it is worth the extra $3 personally but I’ve been craving more pink in my nail polish wardrobe so I’m happy with my purchase. It appears that the butterLONDON site has most of these “on holiday” but you can find these at Ulta and Beauty.com.

Have you tried this formula? Are you craving one of these polishes like I was? — Marcia

Loverly Patent Shine 10x

Loverly Patent Shine 10x

Let’s have a little Kip with butter LONDON nail lacquer

butter london kip

 

butter LONDON has always captured my heart and KIP Nail Lacquer has the distinction of bringing spring to my step and my nails. I was thrilled to receive this for review and I’ll be wearing it often. Kip is “what the brits call a catnap, because even the beauty-obsessed need a bit of sleep.”

Kip is the perfect oxford cloth blue to my eyes. People have asked me if it’s periwinkle but when put up against a swatch of that shade you really can see that this skycloud blue is the most soothing shade. It makes me believe that spring will arrive again. As a matter of fact, since I applied this the temperatures rose and the snow is melting. Could it be Kip that did that?

butter LONDON Kip Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Kip Nail Lacquer

On the butter LONDON site they describe Kip as having shimmer but it’s absolutely miniscule. It has just enough in it to bring a lovely sparkle in the sunlight but in home or office light you’ll just notice this gorgeous creamy polish.

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip indirect light

butter LONDON Kip indirect light

butter LONDON created a High Tea Collection for the Spring of 2015 and Kip is actually one of 6 shades available. You can purchase Tiddly, High Tea, Kip, Ruby Murray, Sloane Ranger and Cheers! each separately in full size for $15 and for even better news through 3/14/15 you can get 30% off all butter LONDON on their website (promo code SPRINGBEZZIES30). Or you can check out ULTA on March 19th only for all butter LONDON nail lacquers and treatments to cost $9. Now if this gorgeous shade and those great prices don’t tempt you then I don’t know what will.

Spring 2015 butter LONDON High Tea Collection

Spring 2015 butter LONDON High Tea Collection

I’m totally in love with this shade and I’m so happy that butter LONDON has the philosphy of “we never add Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens to any of our products”. I’ll be taking a few Kips this spring and definitely this summer too. Will you? — Marcia

*provided for review

 

Top Ten red nail polishes

Favorite red nail polishes #beautyinfozone

Favorite red nail polishes #beautyinfozone

It’s Top Ten Tuesday and we’re going red. Each blogger is picking their favorite red items so they could be anything. I’m all about red nails. I love red nail polish and wore it for years and years. I’d wear pink in the summer and red the rest of the year. I’ve expanded horizons but to me there’s nothing like a good red. If it’s metallic, that’s all the better.

Top Ten red polishes #beautyinfozone

Top Ten red polishes #beautyinfozone

In no particular order here are the reds I can wear again and again and never tire of. In the meantime my nail drawers are filled with more reds but I narrowed it down to:

butter LONDON, A-England, FACE Stockholm, Illamasqua, FABY

butter LONDON, A-England, FACE Stockholm, Illamasqua, FABY

1.  butter LONDON Knees Up – this metallic red speaks for itself. It lasts and lasts and shines the entire time. This is one of my very favorite butter LONDON polishes and it’s still available.

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

2.  a-england Perceval – this is called a ‘splendid and resplendent red’ by a-england and it’s definitely splendid. I am a big fan of a-england polishes and would own them all if I could. This deep ruby has a subtle shimmer that makes it perfect.

a-england Perceval

a-england Perceval

3.  FACE Stockholm 128 – This polish was in one of my Wantable subscription boxes and I’ve never been so happy to see a polish. 128 is the perfect red that is ultimately wearable. I love a cool red and this does the job.

FACE Stockholm Nail Polish #128

FACE Stockholm Nail Polish #128

4.  Illamasqua Scarab – I haven’t worn this polish in forever and in my mind it was redder than it shows on the wheel. Instead it’s a stunning deep burgundy with subtle shimmer that’s a touch metallic.

Illamasqua Scarab

Illamasqua Scarab

5.  FABY Lacquer in Hibiscus Bloom – A little known Italian brand that makes gorgeous polish. This beautiful red has some pink shimmer in it to make it even more special.

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Color Me Monthly, Zoya, ncLA, Pixi, Sally Hansen

Color Me Monthly, Zoya, ncLA, Pixi, Sally Hansen

6.  Color Me Monthly Just For You – I’m wearing this right now actually because it’s a beautiful metallic red and I can’t resist metallic red shades. CMM is a monthly subscription for $7 a month. When you receive a color like this, you know it’s the right subscription service to belong to. This is currently available for $9 in their Vault and I highly recommend it.

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

7.  Zoya Lisa – I bought Lisa in one of Zoya’s sales and it was the best choice. I love the shimmer in this because it’s definitely there yet it’s subtle and easy to remove. It’s a cherry red which I especially love in the summer.

Zoya Lisa

Zoya Lisa

8.  ncLA Satin Sheets Velvet Ropes –  What can I say? It’s red, it lasts, it’s cruelty-free, and it’s beautiful.

ncLA  Satin Sheet Velvet Ropes

ncLA Satin Sheet Velvet Ropes

9.  Pixi Beauty Good Jul! nail polish – A beautiful warmer red than most of my other picks. Pixi makes some fabulous polishes and this one proves it.

Pixi Beauty God Jul! nail polish

Pixi Beauty God Jul! nail polish

10.. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye – This is new to me and boy do I love it. I hated to buy the top coat too but now that I’ve had a chance to experience one of the polishes I’ll go back for more. On the Sally Hansen site there are so many beautiful shades of Miracle Gel.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye

top ten red nail wheelTake a chance on a red polish. It will gather attention and put a big smile on your face. What are your favorite red polishes? There is always room in my life for more. — Marcia

Join the Top Ten Tuesday team to see what reds fulfill their dreams.


Let’s get Cheeky with butter London

butter London is making life so cheeky now that they have a cosmetics line as well as their incredible nail lacquer line. They’ve created so many products that have a twist to them than most cosmetic companies. You don’t find many brands whose first venture into cosmetics is with magenta eyeliners, cornflower blue and neon green mascara or bright yellow eyeliner. That’s cheeky.

butter London eye promo

butter London eye promo

Adding to their cheekiness is the CHEEKY TINTED HIGHLIGHTER. ($24) There are 3 shades of highlighter available and we received one in Dishy, a sheer rose gold shimmer. I’m all for creamy products and butter London is making them fun for me.

Cheeky in Dishy from butter London.com

Cheeky in Dishy from butter London.com

Dishy isn’t a cream blush though you can use it that way, it’s really a tinted highlighter. It’s gorgeous for summer and will be an added delight during the winter holidays with it’s subtle glow. I’ve always loved rose gold products so this is a wonderful addition to my cosmetic collection.

butter London Cheeky Tinted Highlighter

butter London Cheeky Tinted Highlighter

Dishy is very lightweight and surprisingly it dries down quickly. It looks beautiful over another blush or wherever you want to highlight with a glimmer. I personally love it on my browbone. butter London also suggests mixing it with your moisturizer to get an all over glow.

butter London Cheeky Highlighter in Dishy

butter London Cheeky Highlighter in Dishy

butter London has two more of these Cheeky Tinted Highlighters – Pence which golden and Twit which is a bronze highlighter. For my fair complexion and the colors I love to wear I think it’s just dishy how DISHY looks on me.

butter London Cheeky Highlighter in Dishy

butter London Cheeky Highlighter in Dishy

The Cheeky Tinted Highlighters will add to your cosmetic delights year round. It’s a seasonless product that will add a little more fun and glam to your radiant you. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

available at Ulta and butter London’s website

Makeup Wars and Neon Nail Polish

Makeup Wars is featuring Neon Nail Polish this week. I don’t have a big collection of neons since I really only started appreciating them in the last year or two. Each one I’m showing has been sent for review and each one has become a polish I happily wore and will wear again.

My absolute favorite is butter London Lolly. This is from the Lolly Bright collection and I adore it. It probably isn’t classified as a neon but it’s neon bright on me.

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly

butter LONDON Lolly

Stroppy is the accent nail and it’s as gorgeous as Lolly but probably not a neon. Whether it’s a neon or not, it’s a fabulous polish that I thought of first with this topic.

Trind Caring Color Appletini is another that may or may not be neon but on me it’s bright and neony. The Trind polishes are excellent and last beautifully. My two favorites are Appletini (2nd) and Surf’s Up (last).

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

PIXI BEAUTY has some great neons. Fuschia Dew is just so pretty and makes for a fabulous mani or pedi.

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Then there are the shades like Oh So Orange and Sizzling Sunshine that stand out from the crowd.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

The only neon I’ve purchased in recent months is Dior Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Front Row. I didn’t know it was considered a neon until I wore it. It’s a very sophisticated type of neon and even if you ignored neons, this would be perfect.

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

I have a few polishes I’ve seen on blogs that I’d love to wear:

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Push and Pull

OPI Push and Pull

And borrowed from polish insomniac China Glaze Shore Enuff

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

Are you a fan of neon polish? Are there any here that set off alarms for you to come running? — Marcia


 

 

 

butter LONDON & Nicole Miller have an exclusive giveaway to enter #bLxNM

butter london nicole miller

It’s obvious I couldn’t wait until The Sunday Scoop to share this information. Everything about this collaboration between butter LONDON and Nicole Miller screams – gorgeous! enter me! fabulous! stupendous!

“butter LONDON and Nicole Miller want to spice up your summer style, so the fashion maven and beauty powerhouse are teaming up for an exclusive giveaway to do just that. From Wednesday, July 30 through Tuesday, August 5, you can enter to win Nicole Miller’s Flower Spike Denim Dress along with a set of bespoke nails that complement the edgy design hand-painted by butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes. The winner will also receive the Colour Hardwear Nail Art Tool Kit and all seven nail lacquers, including favorites British Racing Green, Cotton Buds and Slapper, used to create the bespoke nail look.”

“I really look forward to working with Katie and the entire butter LONDON team each season. The best part after our nail tests is when I get a sneak peek of the new shades – my nail polish collection has tripled since I’ve become a butter LONDON addict!” – Nicole Miller, designer

“These nails are the ultimate accessory to complement Nicole’s dress, but can hold their own with any outfit. I chose the colours and the design to mimic the print of the dress. The striping and ombré brushes from butter LONDON’s nail art tool kit were essential to creating the look. For an edgier look, try pairing them with an all-black ensemble.” – Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador

Enter between July 30th and August 5th. This would be a dream to win! ENTER HERE

(nothing to disclose)

Sweet Somethings: Butter London Petticoat and Doily Nail Polish

Marriage season is here and Butter London is ON IT with their Sweet Somethings Set. This nail polish quad has everything a bride-to-be could want:

BL SS

Doily – “Something Old” (Light-pink lace overcoat)
Alabaster Gaze - “Something New” (Opaque, pearl-white shimmer)
Pink Ribbon – “Something Borrowed” (Sheer pale-pink créme)
Petticoat – “Something Blue” (Periwinkle-blue shimmer)

Butter London sent two of the shades to test, Doily and Petticoat.

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Petticoat is a light blue with shimmer. Actually, the shimmer shows in the bottle but it doesn’t show up on the nails. That’s ok, though, because Petticoat is a drop-dead gorgeous blue that makes for a stunning mani or pedi.

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily by itself, 3 coats

Butter London Doily by itself, 3 coats

Doily is so, so pretty. It has white bar glitter and several sizes of hex glitter in a slightly peach base. I tried it alone with three coats, and couldn’t decide if it was pretty or if it just looked like a doily threw up on my nails. But I did get tons of positive comments and strangers asked me for the name of the polish, so I guess it looked pretty good after all! I think that it is best as one coat over a matte shade. Doily is not easy to remove, by the way, my nail tech had to break out the drill.

So what do you think? Will you say “I do” to Butter London’s Sweet Somethings Set? Personally I am ready for the commitment, and want all four shades!  – Lisa

oops – Marcia butting in. While Lisa showed you the summery way to use Doily, I’m showing you that this is great for you all year. I borrowed this from her to use it over Dior Front Row. Look how gorgeous it is!

butter LONDON Doily over Dior Front Row

butter LONDON Doily over Dior Front Row

*sent for editorial consideration