Be fashionable with Q&Q watches and butter LONDON polish

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

When it comes time for gifting having a plan is always helpful. I created a post about a nail themed stocking yesterday and today I have a wonderful idea to add to that. These Q&Q Smile Solar Watches are perfect gifts and would make a stellar set when paired with a butter LONDON nail lacquer. I received the gray and silver combination and I just love it.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q is a division of Citizen Watches with some very reasonable prices. They have styles for men and women with a huge variety of designs. I have a SmileSolar in gray that looks fabulous with butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Polish. There are 16 different watches in the SmileSolar family ($40).

Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar

Once you charge the watch by leaving it in the light, the solar powered battery will keep it running for 3 to 5 months before you need to recharge it. All it takes is light. The watch is made of recycled material. Q&Q (Quest & Quality) has changed light into energy all while keeping the world green.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Nail Lacquer ($15) is a holiday polish that is festive but surprisingly not glitzy. A diamond geezer according to butter London is what the Cockneys call a kind, helpful and reliable man; A gem of a man.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

This metallic polish is fabulous on. What amazes me most about it is that there were no streaks at all. Not even a hint of one. It applied smoothly and evenly. Definitely a gem.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

I couldn’t get enough of either the polish or the Q&Q watch. Diamond Geezer is New Year’s Eve ready and the watch helps me keep time of how my life is frittering away. Which combination would be the most exciting for you? — Marcia

 *sent for review consideration

When you purchase a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated to TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa and Asia.

Stocking Stuffers for Nail Lovers

 STOCKING STUFFERS are either the most fun items to buy or the hardest ones to buy. All ages love gift cards but that’s too impersonal (unless it’s a fussy teen who hates anything you picked). This year do something different and do a themed stocking. My theme is for my favorite females and it’s all about nails.
SOME FAVORITES ….

1.  VIOLIFE SLIM UNO PORTABLE NAIL KIT is cute and practical. It’s a battery powered manicure kit that is 4 tools in one. It comes with an emery board and replacement pad, a shaping file, buffer with a replacement pad and a cuticle pusher. It comes in a carrying case so it’s perfect for the travelers you know and it’s cute enough to make every woman smile. Also check out Violife’s great travel toothbrushes which come in a style for everyone on your list.

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

2.  NAIL BUTTER is going to change the nail life of the lucky recipient. This non-greasy butter comes in 2 fragrances, lemongrass and geranium. This is a pure, all-natural product that contains essential oils and lanolin. It can be used just about anywhere you need some softening. But the beauty of it is what it does for you nails. It not only helps strengthen nails but it’s great for encouraging growth. Your cuticles will be moisturized and look better than ever. Maybe you should put this on your list while you’re at it!

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

3.  MONT BLEU CRYSTAL NAIL FILES has a certain je nais se quois about them. These are the products you want to put in an adult’s stocking because it will blow her away. No one has the quality of Mont Bleu’s files nor the stunning designs and colors. You could easily buy a different one for every female on your list without repeating designs. Expect a “WOW” when it’s opened.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

4.  FARMHOUSE FRESH MARSHMALLOW MELT is an all purpose Shea Butter Balm that is slim enough to fit into a cosmetic bag. It combines pure shea, cocoa and mango butters to make it an all-purpose balm. You can use this on your feet, your hands, elbows and even lips. The fragrance is enticing and not too sweet. You won’t feel like a child using this or smelling it on your body since it adds a little tonka bean and sandalwood to cut the sweetness but leave it smelling good enough to eat.

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Now to the nail polish! I’m a nail polish fanatic and want to wear a different one every week. That means I need at least 52 polishes a year (a hint to my family who might be reading). I chose 3 different brands at 3 different prices. All are high quality and wear beautifully.

1.  PURE ICE NAIL POLISH ($1.97 each) has a new winter collection called Fairytale Forest that is sweet and fun along with a nice change of pace from the typical greens and reds of the season. I chose Pure Ice because it contains some of the Pantone colors of 2016 that were just announced. Pinks and light blues make me smile.

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Pure Ice True Love’s Kiss

2.  KBSHIMMER always makes me ecstatic. Each season they create a new collection that makes my heart flutter plus they have their permanent collection. All are not only beauties but the wear is incredible. I have a thing for their holographs like Coal in One and Fig-Get About it. ($8.75)

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

3.  butterLONDON polishes make me so happy. It’s hard to walk out of Ulta without perusing their selection and I often walk out with one. KIP was a favorite this past summer and now it’s coming out again so I can be in tune with Pantone now! This is an oxford blue men’s shirt come to life. If you insist on red for Christmas though there’s lots to choose from, especially Knees Up which I love!($15)

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

Now you know how to make a female happy. Buy her a few fabulous polishes, a terrific hand/cuticle cream, and a perfect nail file! She’ll be your BFF forever.  — Marcia

I can’t wait to see what our other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen!

*sent for editorial consideration, some affiliate links

 

 

Butter London has a game changer with Shadow Clutches

butter London Shadow Clutch in Natural Charm

butter London Shadow Clutch in Natural Charm

Little did I know that when I became enamored with butter LONDON nail polish that it was only the beginning. Butter LONDON has come a long way from those days and I’m so happy about that. I have the pleasure of being the recipient of a butter LONDON Shadow Clutch Customizable palette and a few of the new Wardrobe Duos. Wait until you see these!

butter LONDON Wardrobe Duo and Shadow Clutch

butter LONDON Wardrobe Duo and Shadow Clutch

How does this work? Start with your choice of a SHADOW CLUTCH in either Natural Charm or Pretty Power. Expand it with the Wardrobe Duos to make your experience even better. A Shadow Clutch comes with 6 buttery soft eyeshadows that are removable so you can design a palette just for your needs. Lift the top that holds the shadows in place and slide out the individual colors, then slide back in the ones you want.

butter London Natural Charm

butter London Natural Charm

NATURAL CHARM ($39) is an earth tone palette with 6 shades of cream, beige, rose gold, khaki, chocolate and nude. The textures are mixed so that you have everything you need for a perfect eye. These shadows don’t contain any glitter and the sheen is subtle enough for all ages.

Top Row: Linen – Matte Vanilla, Quartz – Warm Beige Sheen, Camo – Dark Khaki Sheen
Bottom Row – Camel – Matte Nude, Citrine – Coral Sheen, Leather – Matte Chocolate Brown

butter LONDON Natural Charm

butter LONDON Natural Charm

Linen, Quartz, Camo, Camel, Citrine, Leather

Linen, Quartz, Camo, Camel, Citrine, Leather

Things I love about these eyeshadows:

1) The colors are beautiful and well pigmented. The only shade I’m not using much is Camel as it’s just not a Marcia shade.

2) These are primer infused. I’ve never heard of that before but I certainly appreciate it. The swatches on my arm were done without a separate primer using my finger. I did these in a single pass but heavily.

3) They blend easily and are oil-absorbing according to butter London. To be honest, I always wear an eyeshadow primer so I haven’t tried these on their own to test out this statement but they last an entire day on me without fading or creasing.

4) butter LONDON is a Cruelty Free company.

butter London Wardrobe Duos in Up All Night and Sassy Pants

butter London Wardrobe Duos in Up All Night and Sassy Pants

But I’m not done because butter LONDON has gone beyond the Shadow Clutch to personalize it for you. There are 4 Wardrobe Duos that you purchase separately to create change within the clutch you bought. You can use these beautiful shades without the clutch but it’s so much easier to slide them in and have them at the ready.

Up All Night Wardrobe Duo from butter London

Up All Night Wardrobe Duo from butter London

UP ALL NIGHT consists of a matte black and a soft golden sheen that I personally find fabulous. These two shades make a beautiful sultry eye on their own or used with the shades in the Shadow Clutch.

Sassy Pants Wardrobe Duo from butter London

Sassy Pants Wardrobe Duo from butter London

SASSY PANTS contains a soft pink sheen along with a fabulous deep purple sheen. I like to use pink with browns so this is a great addition to my original shadow clutch.

from top: Up All Night and Sassy Pants

from top: Up All Night and Sassy Pants

The colors in my two Wardrobe Duos are better than expected. They are rich, vibrant and lovely on the eye.

butter London Natural Charm with Citrine, Camo and Linen

butter London Natural Charm with Citrine, Camo and Linen

What I’ve enjoyed most about these butter LONDON shadows is the versatility with them. I’m able to not only change the palette at will but come up with half a dozen combinations of shadows that I enjoy. Long lasting and easy to blend eyeshadows are always in my list of recommendations and butter LONDON has joined that list at last. — Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

 

Favorite fall eyeshadow palettes

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for fall

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for fall

While this is supposed to be Top 10 Tuesday for me it’s Top 7 Tuesday. I decided to just choose eyeshadow palettes I own and rely on rather than make a wishlist. I’m excited about my choices and recommend all of these highly. Some were received for review, others were bought, and all are loved and recommended.

my favorite fall palettes from Lancome, Tom Ford, butter London, Makeup Revolution, Buxom, Sleek, Make Up For Ever

my favorite fall palettes from Lancome, Tom Ford, butter London, Makeup Revolution, Buxom, Sleek, Make Up For Ever

LANCOME AUDA(CITY) in PARIS ($68)

LANCOME AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS

LANCOME AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS

This is the first Lancome palette I’ve bought in years. There are 16 shades in 4 finishes. They are set up almost like four individual palettes. The colors are Filigree (light gold shimmer), Choquette (peach matte), Parfait (light pink matte), Kitten Heel (gold copper shimmer) , Joie (golden brown shimmer), Voyage (muted purple matte), Sante (brown matte), Éclair (purple metallic), Exhibition (orchid shimmer), Zip Me Up (deep purple shimmer), Volcano (silvery gray shimmer),  Clock Strikes 12 (gray metallic), Audacious (smokey brown shimmer), Couture (dark brown matte), It List (black matte), Nuit (deep charcoal metallic).  This palette was designed by Lisa Eldridge who was inspired by the streets of Paris. It’s the kind of palette that takes you from day to night, from running errands or going to work to a soiree. After seeing so much hype about the palette I instantly bought it during a Lancome GWP and I’m glad that I did.

TOM FORD NUDE DIP ($80)

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

I reviewed this much loved palette (here) so you can see fresh pictures of it. This contains a light gold, a light rose gold, a medium taupe and a chocolate brown. It’s my one and only TF palette and if they were all like this without glitter but lots of sheen, I’d own them all.

BUTTER LONDON NATURAL CHARM ($39)*

butter LONDON Natural Charm Shadow Clutch

butter LONDON Natural Charm Shadow Clutch

butter London Natural Charm

butter London Natural Charm

butter LONDON now has eyeshadows called Shadow Clutches and I’m loving it. There are two ShadowClutch palettes – Natural Charm and Pretty Proper.  The shades in Natural Charm are Linen (Matte Vanilla), Quartz (Warm Beige Sheen), Camo (Dark Khaki Sheen), Camel (Matte Nude), Citrine (Coral Sheen), Leather (Matte Chocolate Brown. These are primer infused and the pigments are great. A full review is on the way.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION LONDON in MERMAIDS FOREVER ($15)*

Makeup Revolution in Mermaids Forever

Makeup Revolution in Mermaids Forever

This beautiful Ulta exclusive has 32 shades that will satisfy the needs of everyone. I know it’s early for Christmas presents but this would be a delight for any makeup lover to find in a pile of gifts. It’s affordable enough that you can buy it for gifts and one for yourself. While the theme is Mermaids with its beautiful blues, teals, and greens you’ll also find a bevy of neutrals. Makeup Revolution is a UK brand that only came to the US at Ulta stores in the summer. No swatches yet of this but they’ll be coming.

BUXOM CUSTOMIZABLE PALETTES ($40)

a Buxom Customizable Palette made by me

a Buxom Customizable Palette made by me

buxom customizable palette

buxom customizable palette

After using a buxom Customizable Palette and finding the pigmentation to be utterly amazing, I just had to put together one in the neutral family. Be sure you buy this in one bundle since separately the eyeshadows ($12 each) and empty palette would be $112. The colors in my palette are Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl), Haute Couture (metallic java), Jetsetter (matte greige), Satin Seduction (Bisque Luster), Mix & Mingle (matte vanilla), Style Icon (Mettalic Taupe). I think you’ll have better luck finding these at Sephora since they are selling like hotcakes online.

SLEEK MAKEUP i-DIVINE STORM PALETTE ($11.99)*

Sleek Makeup Storm Palette

Sleek MakeUP Storm Palette

Sleek is another brand from the UK and is one of the most coveted brands from there. There are a lot of Sleek MakeUP iDivine palettes and I was lucky to get Storm which was one I’ve been eager to try. The shades are Sand Storm (golden brown, Snow Storm (lighter gold), Calm Before the Storm (matte beige, Thunder Storm (brassy gold), Perfect Storm (rose gold), Firestorm (bronze), Dust Storm (deeper bronze), Gathering Storm (dark pewter), Storm Cloud (teal pewter), Electric Storm (shimmery navy), Eye of the Storm (matte light brown), Blackout (matte black). What I love about this palette is that there’s a mix of matte and satin shades. Full review will follow.

MAKE UP FOR EVER 9 ARTIST SHADOW PALETTE VOLUME 1 (NUDES YOU NEED) ($42)

Make Up For Ever 9 Shadow Artist Palette volume 1

Make Up For Ever 9 Shadow Artist Palette volume 1

Make Up For Ever’s 9 Shadow Artist Palette is the oldest one in this group. Did I need another neutral palette? Of course not and at first I was a little sorry I bought it. But once I started using it I realized there were some shades that I really liked. These shades are available individually but putting 9 in a palette makes it a better buy. The shades are (going down the rows) I-528 Pearl, S-556 Taupe Gray, S-102 Onyx, I-514 Pink Ivory, D-562 Taupe Platinum, I-544 Pink Granite, ME-512 Golden Beige, ME-644 Iced Brown, D-652 Celestial Earth so it runs the gamut of finishes. I get the most use out of Pearl, Pink Ivory, Pink Granite, Golden Beige and Iced Brown. The two shades marked D (diamond) are too glittery for me) and I don’t line with black so Onyx is pristine. But 6 out of this palette makes this a buy I no longer regret.

Do you own any of these? What’s your fave? — Marcia

Visit my friends to see what they have picked out as some favorites for fall.


*denotes palettes received for consideration

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

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