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

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

Do you want to Kerfuffle with me and butter London?

Whenever I go to get my nails done I bring in 2-3 polishes and decide when I’m sitting there which one is the polish of the week. My nail tech has a great eye for color and by now knows what I’ll come back ranting or raving about the following week.

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

I recently brought in butter LONDON Kerfuffle along with a shimmery light gold and a summery pink polish. She instantly picked up Kerfuffle and told me that this was THE shade. How smart she is!

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

I bought this during one of Ulta’s sales and I’ve been waiting for warmer weather. In the bottle this nail lacquer looks lighter than butter LONDON’s official photo above. It’s a sweet pastel peach cream that’s perfectly opaque in two coats. The first coat was patchy but it leveled itself out beautifully with the second.

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the shade

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the shade

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the sun

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the sun

I kept staring at Kerfuffle all week and thinking that if anything could make me faux tan, it would be this polish. It would look amazing on a tanner skintone than mine.  butter LONDON calls this a pink coral creme. I love that there’s a pink tone in this since it’s softer on me than a straight peach but I’d say it’s a pink peach creme. I hope I don’t get into a KERFUFFLE (a commotion or fuss; smaller than a brawl, larger than a snag) with butter LONDON over this difference. I’d hate for them to stop selling me polishes over this small difference of opinion.

Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle

If you want a beautiful pinky peach polish and love to say the word Kerfuffle like I do then this is for you. I promise not to get into any arguments with you over this. — Marcia

(nothing to disclose)

 

butter London “Lolly Brights” – they got that right!

butter LONDON has a new collection available that’s called Lolly Brights. It grabbed my eye the minute I saw these and I’m thrilled that butter LONDON has sent some my way to share with you. This is an amazing collection that is unlike the others out there.

Lolly Bright collection from butter LONDON's webiste

Lolly Bright collection from butter LONDON’s website

Lolly Brights has 6 polishes; 2 are cream formulas while the others are metallic. I’ve got 2 metallics to share with you and they are ‘mahvelous dahling’.

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

These polishes make the most breathtaking manicures. They applied dreamily and the colors are very striking. They give the effect of shimmer radiating throughout but they aren’t glitter polishes nor are they textured.

Stroppy

Stroppy

Stroppy is a full coverage purple metallic with shimmer that takes it above and beyond a typical purple polish. It’s the kind of color that makes people stop and grab your hand to take a better look. “Strop” means to have a bad mood but that’s impossible when you stare at this polish.

Stroppy

Stroppy

If the name Stroppy sounds family it’s because there used to be a jelly polish from BL but that’s not available any longer. They’ve used the name again but they aren’t the same polish. This cool toned purple has small flecks of pink and red shimmer that look especially pretty in the sun.

Lolly is the color that the collection is named for and it’s an absolute keeper.

Lolly

Lolly

It took my breath away when I opened the package. It’s a cherry pink/red that is totally unique for me. I couldn’t wait to get this on my nails.

butter LONDON Lolly

butter LONDON Lolly

butter LONDON Stroppy

butter LONDON Stroppy

Lolly is going to make the most brilliant pedicure shade. When I look at the butter LONDON website I don’t see this polish which surprises me but they do have a shade called Disco Biscuit in the collection that looks like it could be the same polish. It’s described as “A tropical hot-pink jelly with an undercurrent of tiny iridescent glitter particles.”

Disco Biscuit from the BL site

Disco Biscuit from the BL site

Whether you can find Lolly or Disco Biscuit you won’t regret having these polishes around for spring and summer fun. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

butter LONDON are 5 free and are available at Ulta, Nordstrom, and butterlondon.com. They are $15 each.

butter LONDON Lolly Bright collection (site)

butter LONDON Lolly Bright collection (site)