Butter London Molly Coddled – a radiant orchid polish

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

When Sephora and Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid was the 2014 Color of the Year I think it left quite a few people confused. There have been so many blog posts with beautiful “radiant orchid” cosmetics but the variety in interpretation is quite vast. Is it a pale pinky lavender, a brilliant orchid or a daring fuchsia?  Construals will all be different.

I knew that I wanted to get a few items in this shade so I turned to one of the experts in color – butter LONDON. I was placing an order for mostly sale items when I noticed the shade Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer and the words “radiant orchid”. That was enough for me to add it to my basket.

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

Molly Coddled is butter LONDON’s “nod to the Color of the Year”. It’s described as an “Opaque lavender orchid cream“. Actually I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable with such a bright lavender that might look more orchid on me but in reality the color is much softer.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

I’m normally drawn to polishes that have a little shimmer or holographic glamour but Molly Coddled was just what the doctor ordered to brighten up my hands this winter.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

Molly Coddled by Butter London

Molly Coddled by Butter London

This applied beautifully and was fully opaque in 2 coats. The best part is that it lasted an entire week. But in the name of honesty I cheated after a few days…. I missed that little bit of glitter so I added a top coat I Love Nail Polish “My Private Rainbow” which is my favorite perk up polish these days.

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow

butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

If you are looking for Radiant Orchid look no farther than butter LONDON Molly Coddled. I promise no one will consider you to be coddled or sissified! They’ll just be jealous. — Marcia

 

*pantone picture from https://www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=1467&ca=33

butter LONDON picture from http://www.butterlondon.com/Lacquers/Molly-Coddled.html

I Love Nail Polish picture from http://www.ilnp.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=my+private+rainbow#page=1&top=228&

Polish was purchased by me and the other pictures are personal

Boho Rock: Butter London Treacle WINK Cream Eyeshadow and Goss Nail Lacquer

Butter London Boho Rock Treacle and Goss

Butter London Boho Rock Treacle and Goss

A collection from Butter London called Boho Rock? They had me at Boho.

Most people think of nail polish when they see the Butter London name but this line is so much more than that. Don’t get me wrong, they have amazing lacquers…but they also have stunning cosmetics as well. Boho Rock, one of their latest collections, is “a collection of layering shades designed to unleash your Bohemian spirit. Sensuous neutrals combine with ethereal textures for an earthy and feminine finish.”

If I had to choose a ‘style’ that I like best it would definitely be boho, so you can bet I was happy when they sent two shades from the Boho Rock collection, Treacle WINK Cream Eyeshadow ($18) and Goss Nail Lacquer ($15).

Butter London Treacle

Butter London Treacle WINK Cream Eyeshadow

Treacle WINK Cream Eyeshadow is a light beige shimmer that is a perfect base for other colors, or a pretty neutral all on its own. ‘Treacle’ is apparently a ‘term of endearment’ in cockney slang.  It has a very slight rosy pink tint and it makes for a deliciously soft and feminine look.

Treacle

Treacle Cream Eyeshadow

Treacle swatch

Treacle swatch

Treacle

Treacle

The perfect nail polish to pair up with a soft, boho eye look? Hands down, Goss Nail Lacquer.

Butter London Goss

Butter London Goss Nail Lacquer

Goss Nail Lacquer is an opaque rosy shimmer. Oh my, it is gorgeous!! I get tons of compliments on this one, people really notice it – and in a good way. A ‘goss’, by the way, is slang for someone who loves to gossip. Believe me, wear this and you will be the talk of the town. I think it’s one of the prettiest nail polishes I own.

Butter London Goss

Butter London Goss Nail Lacquer

Goss

Goss from the side – check out that stunning rosy shimmer

Goss

Butter London Goss Nail Polish

Goss

Butter London Goss Nail Lacquer

The dreamy Goss Nail Lacquer

The dreamy Goss Nail Lacquer

Both Treacle and Goss are absolutely dreamy colors, perfect for a warm boho look. You’ve got to check out all the other fabulous shades in the Butter London Boho Rock collection, which includes nail lacquers, cream eyeshadows, lipsticks, eye pencils, colored mascaras, and a cream blush. It’s a truly lovely collection.  - Lisa

*pr samples

KBShimmer Maybe Navy Nail Polish review and swatches

KB Shimmer Maybe Navy nail polish

KBShimmer Maybe Navy nail polish

My crush on navy nail polish continues with KBShimmer’s Maybe Navy Nail Polish ($8.75).  KBShimmer is an independent bath and body line that also has all kinds of fun and funky nail polishes that I am crazy for. The polishes are wonderfully unique shades that you just can’t find at the salon and they are very reasonably priced for this type of store.

KB Shimmer Maybe Navy nails

KBShimmer Maybe Navy nails

Maybe Navy is a mysterious deep blue with shimmer that changes in different lights. Sometimes it looks purple, sometimes it looks green, sometimes a little pink. It is amazing.

KB Shimmer Maybe Navy

KBShimmer Maybe Navy

These pics are with three coats and a top coat. I found that three coats gives the best shimmering effect. I am not sure why I am so gaga about navy nail polish lately, but this is definitely one of my favorites ever.  - Lisa

Cult Nails Flushed nail polish review and swatches

My latest obsession is the nail polish mecca otherwise known as Cult Nails. They had a sale recently and I spent so much money I almost feel ashamed…and I really hope my husband doesn’t read this blog regularly!!

Here is one of my favorite purchases:

Cult Nails Flushed

Cult Nails Flushed

Flushed, the perfect blurple. This is such a pretty color and a very unusual choice for me. I typically go extremely neutral – to the point of almost non-existent – for my manicures. But this color is so gorgeous I had to wear it immediately and I wanted everyone else to see it!

Flushed up close

Flushed up close

Cult Nails Flushed

Cult Nails Flushed

I love the pinky/purple shimmers. In the light, this colors shines from within, and it’s so fascinating I can’t stop admiring it. This is a limited edition color, so get it now while you can!  - Lisa

*personal purchase

butter LONDON Double Take is a winter wonderland of color

butter LONDON Double Take

butter LONDON Double Take

I’m totally enamored with this set from butter LONDON. I love gorgeous blue polishes like this nail lacquer called Bluecoat. I’m fascinated with flakey polishes like this shade, Leccy. Plus there are two full size nail polishes for $24 rather than $30. The only thing I can tell you to make this better is that the brand is butter LONDON which is one of my all time favorites.

butter LONDON Double Take polishes

butter LONDON Double Take polishes

When this arrived for review Lisa took one look at it and emailed me to tell me that it was totally a Marcia set of polishes. How right she was. I’m going to try to let my photos take the place of my words. I used 2 coats of Bluecoat on all nails and then on my ring fingers I added 2 coats of Leccy since I really wanted the flakes to be prominent. Leccy is a thicker lacquer than the metallic Bluecoat so you might need just one coat. The flakes did not stand up which would have driven me crazy since I’d have been playing with them constantly if that happened.

butter London Bluecoat

butter London Bluecoat

butter London Bluecoat

butter London Bluecoat

butter London Leccy

butter London Leccy

butter London Leccy

butter London Leccy

Both shades are unique to this set. Bluecoat is “Opaque, navy shimmer. A twist on the traditional style of dress in British private schools.” Look at the colors in Leccy – green, light blue, gold, pink. Butter LONDON says: “Leccy Overcoat: Sheer, blue opal fleck overcoat. Brit slang for electricity.

There are two Double Take sets – Double Take Ice (my review) and Double Take Fire. Each has the metallic base with a festive overcoat which can also be worn with any other polish.

butter LONDON Double Take Fire

butter LONDON Double Take Fire

One of the things I love about a top coat like Leccy is that it completely refreshes a manicure after a few days. Once the color feels tired looking or you are ready to change add Leccy and boing – pretty sparkly nails.

butter London Double Take Ice

butter London Double Take Ice

butter London Double Take Ice

butter London Double Take Ice

When it was time for me to remove the color after a week, Bluecoat came off easily with no staining. Leccy’s topcoat was a little stubborn so I had to hold the remover cotton ball on each of those nails for a little while. I didn’t have to use the foil method though so that was nice.

If you are looking for a beautiful holiday manicure or a gift that will make the recipient’s eyes pop with delight, I’d recommend a Double Take set…. or two! — Marcia

*sent for review

Butter London knockout neutrals: Pink Ribbon, Kerfuffle, Cuppa, and Toff

October means Halloween which usually translates into even more colorful and outrageous cosmetics shades and nail polish shades than normal. However, I am a girl who works. In addition to the typical 50 hours per week I spend at my regular day job, I also have a part-time job (kids + college = EXPENSIVE!) and that’s another 10 hours. Now, add in the time I spend blogging…my goodness I need a nap. But back to my day job – I am a guidance counselor. That means my job is all about helping people, solving problems, and assisting as people find their way back to happiness. Just like I don’t decorate the inside of my counseling office with Jackson Pollack paintings, I tend to go more Monet than Picasso when it comes to my nails. That means soft, soothing nail shades are the order of the day.

Fun...but not exactly work appropriate!  (Image from gossiprocks.com)

Fun…but not exactly work appropriate! (Image from gossiprocks.com)

I save nails like the ones above for pedicures!

If you have a job like mine, neutral might be your best option. Of course, I am sure many of you work at jobs where neutrality is basically part of the job description. So for all my ‘neutral mani’ buddies out there, this post is for you!

Favorite Butter London Neutrals:  Pink Ribbon, Cuppa, Kerfuffle, Toff

Favorite Butter London Neutrals: Pink Ribbon, Cuppa, Kerfuffle, Toff

Subtle!

Subtle and beautiful!

Butter London has a fabulously wide array of shade selections but here are my favorites they sent that I think are perfect for a neutral manicure.

Pink Ribbon

Butter London Pink Ribbon

Pink Ribbon ($15) is sooo apt for October as it is BCA month. How perfect! Plus this is my holy grail neutral shade. I like three coats to get the perfect coverage.

Pink Ribbon

Pink Ribbon manicure – I call this my ‘October BCA Mani’

This is a classic ‘French Manicure’ pink that has just enough color to be noticeable. It leaves nails looking chic and gorgeous. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Kerfuffle

Butter London Kerfuffle

Want just a little more zing to your neutral pink? Try Kerfuffle ($15).

Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle mani

Kerfuffle is an opaque pink coral creme that rocks a subtle nail with absolute class. It’s thick so two coats are all you need to look sweet enough to meet his parents.

Cuppa

Butter London Cuppa

Cuppa is a ‘toasted tan creme’ that is a fantastic neutral shade that isn’t too brown or too boring.

Cuppa

Cuppa mani

The formula is thicker so two coats is all you need for nicely neutral nails with a touch of edginess. I am not usually a fan of more ‘grungy’ shades – I tend to be a girly girl – but this works!!

Toff

Butter London Toff

To satisfy a craving for more color, but still stay within the bounds of neutrality, go for the gorgeousness that is Toff ($15).

Toff

Toff mani

Toff is a dusty rose-pink that makes for a stunning darker, yet still neutral and subtle manicure. It’s absolutely perfect for fall.

Pink Ribbon, Kerfuffle

Pink Ribbon, Kerfuffle, one coat each

Cuppa and Toff

Cuppa and Toff, one coat each

If you want even more subtlety, go for one coat of each.

If you love neutral shades, I think these four are absolutely MUST HAVES for your subtle yet slightly sassy collection.  - Lisa

My subtle but beautiful pyramid of polish!

My subtle but beautiful pyramid of polish!

 *pr samples

Going holographic with Pretty Jelly

There are so many excellent beauty blogs out there and some of them have cost me SO much money!  I am totally into nail blogs right now, my favorites being Fashion Polish and Polish Addict.  I wasn’t even a big nail polish girl before. I liked my nails short and usually only wore very light, natural looking polishes. But nail polish blogs have such fantastic photos that I can’t quit looking…and then I can’t quit ordering nail polish!

Right now I am in a major holographic phase. I love, love love the depth and the variety of colors that can be found in each shade. I was looking for something to go with a possible Halloween costume at mrcostumes.com, and was thinking of this cute Betty Rubble costume:

I always felt more Betty than Wilma...

I always felt more Betty than Wilma…

So I wanted some blue nail polish for a complimentary mani-pedi. I found myself shopping Etsy, which is where I discovered Pretty Jelly Nail Polish. Pretty Jelly is an independent company with the most gorgeous holographics in all different shades, and all of her polishes are 3-free. I ended up buying a whole slew of shades, including Glamorous Thief, a powder blue holographic perfect for my mani. It’s still light enough to be work appropriate and that holographic makes it simply stunning.

Glamorous

Glamorous Thief

Glamorous

Glamorous Thief

Glamorous

Glamorous Thief – so pretty!!

Glamorous

Glamorous Thief

another view

another view

and another

and another

how about one more?

how about one more?

I always goes much darker for my pedi colors. For my toes, I went with Club Night, a stunning bluish-purple holographic.

Club

Club Night

Club

Club Night fabulousness

Club Night make a great pedi shade

Club Night make a great pedi shade

another look

another look

and just one more!

and just one more!

Pretty Jelly has a ton of amazing holographic shades – believe me, these weren’t the only ones I bought, I will post about all the other later. But these are perfect for my upcoming evening as Betty Rubble. I just have to convince the hubby to dress like Barney!  - Lisa

*items reviewed purchased by me