butter LONDON Wanderlust and Nordstrom Anniversary sale go hand in hand

butter LONDON Wanderlust set

butter LONDON Wanderlust set

One of the biggest events of the year for shoppers is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This once a year event is talked about for months in advance because who doesn’t want to find beauty bargains and beautiful clothes and accessories? With the Anniversary Sale the prices only last as long as the sale goes on, then they revert back to full price – if they are still available that is.

I was sent butter LONDON’s Wanderlust 6-piece Petite Lacquer Set which was on my wishlist. 6 fabulous mini polishes in the cutest gold clutch that is reusable, all for $29 ($48 value).

butter LONDON Wanderlust polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust polishes

It’s hard to pick out which one of these 6 beauties to wear. Will it be Weekend Getaway, a peony pink creme? Are you in the mood for nude with a little shimmer in Road Trip? I’ve been wearing Adventure Awaits the last few days with its champagne sparkle and multi-colored micro glitter.

butter LONDON Adventure Awaits

butter LONDON Adventure Awaits

Return Ticket is a similar polish but a warm gold with multi-colored micro glitter. It’s gorgeous! I’ve also worn Full Steam Ahead, a true grey creme. To round this trip out there’s the Midnight Train, a demi-matte charcoal shimmer.

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON nail lacquers are ones you want because of what they don’t have! They are 8 free, formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene or TPHP. That’s a mouthful but one you don’t have to pronounce because they just aren’t there.

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom clutch

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom clutch

I can’t tell you how much I love this set. I have 6 polishes that wear beautifully and a new gold clutch all for $29. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on right now for Early Access and will be open to all on Friday July 22nd through August 7th. Don’t miss out.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

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butter london wanderlust polishesbutter LONDON Shoes of Prey collection is another set that is an anniversary specialbutter london shoes of prey

– Smoking Slippers (deep bottle green creme)

– Flat Out Fabulous (dusky rose creme)

– Bossy Boots (soft toast creme)

– Dancing Shoes (chocolate bronzer glitter)

– Stiletto Strut (rose gold metallic with silver micro-glitter)

– Oxfords Not Brogues (warm nude shimmer with rose micro-glitter)

LVX Serene nails of the day

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

In my June Boxycharm I received the beautiful LVX Serene Nail Lacquer. This is a perfect cream shade for summer. Whether it’s on your toes or on your hands, it’s the epitome of what you’d like the sky to look like on a summer day. Therefore I had to share pictures with you of this beauty.

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer in bright light

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer in bright light

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer indirect light

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer indirect light

This is the polish I wore for the 4th of July weekend. I was outside most of the weekend but never in direct sunlight. I wasn’t the only one who decided that a light blue would be perfect for the weekend but I was the only one who was asked what polish they were wearing and where it could be bought.

Serene from LVX lasted perfectly for an entire week and stayed a true blue. I will definitely be picking up more LVX now that I know how beautifully it lasts and how smoothly it glides on.  — Marcia

 

Makeup Wars loves spring nail polish shades

A topic after my heart! Nail polish. I love nail polish and have a collection that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Spring and summer shades are ones I can’t get enough of. This year I seem to be enamored with pink – all shades of pink. Last year it was blue but this year it’s all about the pink although I’ll let a few more shades creep in since I like to wear a new color every week. Three brands are making the grade for me lately: Trust Fund Beauty *, Nine Zero lacquer, and Formula X from Sephora.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning

TRUST FUND BEAUTY is a brand that is 7 Free as well as being Vegan and Cruelty-Free. You won’t find toulene, formaldehyde, lead, nickel, phthlates, and other toxic ingredients. There are dozens of gorgeous polishes that cost between $12 and $15. It’s an indie company that you can be excited about purchasing from. The brand is only 2 years old and was created by a woman who launched the line in honor of her mother. I was sent 3 polishes and have worn two for a full week each. They are not only beautiful on my nails but even after a full week there were no signs of being ready for removal.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Do U Know Who My Father Is?

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Do U Know Who My Father Is?

Do U Know Who My Father Is? is the perfect pink for spring and summer. It’s a clean refreshing cream shade that covers in two coats without any visible nail lines. They describe the shade as a ‘dusty medium pink’. I didn’t feel the dustiness in it, I just felt it was a perfect spring pink that I’ll love wearing over and over.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Dirty Thoughts

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Dirty Thoughts

Dirty Thoughts ($15) doesn’t appear to be a spring/summer shade but it’s actually perfect. Trust Fund Beauty describes it as ‘An opaque purple-copper with tiny multi-colored glitter”. I’m not seeing the purple but I’m seeing a lot of the glitter. This isn’t brazen even though it has so much gold in it. I really love wearing this one even though I had to work a little harder to remove it.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning SWATCHES

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning SWATCHES

Should Come With a Warning ($12) is the only one I haven’t had time to wear but it’s another great spring polish. It’s a pastel coral pink shimmer that on my longer nails will need 3 coats.

I’ve introduced you to NINE ZERO LACQUERS before and I’m happy to report that their monthly polishes are now available all the time. That takes the pressure off buying before the month is over. Their Nail of the Month polishes are $11 and are very special, while their regular line is mostly $10. All Nine Zero lacquers are 3-free, meaning no Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene. Each bottle is hand mixed by Jessica of Jessface90 on You Tube.

NINE ZERO LACQUER Full Bloom and April 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER Full Bloom and April 2016

I love the holographic glitter in these polishes. The shine is amazing, the wear even better.

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016

April 2016 is a baby pink holographic with holographic silver microglitter added in for extra sparkle. I didn’t consider it a baby pink, I found much more depth to it. This stayed absolutely perfect for 7 days, not even a tiny flaw in it. The scattered hologram was strong and attracted the kind of attention I like. It took two passes of polish remover to remove but it was worth that little bit of extra effort. I love these polishes.

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016 and Full Bloom

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016 and Full Bloom

Full Bloom is a light pink jelly base, packed with silver holographic microglitter. The polish in the bottle appears much darker than it is on nails. I’ve got a wedding at the end of May and I’m saving this beauty for that day.

FORMULA X from Sephora is a favorite brand and one of the few non-indie brands I’ll buy. I’ve found them to be consistent in their quality. I fell for Ladylove once I saw the iridescence in it. After a long winter I was ready for a princess pink and this delivered.

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

I recommend any and all of these polishes. These three brands are among the ones I’m willing to buy again without hesitation. I hope you will too.  —  Marcia

Join the other bloggers to see what polishes they will share to make the next few months more beautiful.


*Trust Fund received by PR, others purchased

Makeup Wars favorite new brand: Polish Me Silly plus more

Favorite indie polishes: Nine Zero, Polish Me Silly, Lilypad Lacquer

Favorite indie polishes: Nine Zero, Polish Me Silly, Lilypad Lacquer

Makeup Wars this week will be quite diverse since the participants have a wide open range of items to choose from with Favorite New Brand. It took me absolutely no time to decide on what to write about since I’m crazy about nail polish. My preference is to buy Indie brands of polish. While I love so many brands, both indie and mainstream, my heart really belongs to the Indie brands. By buying these you are supporting other women who love polish and put their heart and soul into designing colors and polishes that will make your nails sing.

Polish Me Silly in Paradise and Dynamite

Polish Me Silly in Paradise and Dynamite

One such brand is POLISH ME SILLY *, created by a mother/daughter team and sold on Etsy.

All of our polishes are custom- blended and have loose cosmetic-grade glitters, micas and colorants added to them. They are 3 free~~NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)~~NO Formaldehyde and NO Toluene.

Paradise is aptly named. I’m in paradise wearing this polish. It’s called a Mega Multichrome polish which is a great description. It’s like wearing a rainbow of colors on my fingers. In different lights, it turns different colors. It is often a beautiful teal but then you’ll look and see some navy peeking out on one side. Move your hand and you’ll see a deep enticing cool purple.

Polish Me Silly Paradise

Polish Me Silly Paradise

Just look at the shifts this one polish has. I’ve been wearing it for 5 days now and it looks like new. People have either grabbed my hand to look at it more closely or come up to tell me how gorgeous it is. I used three coats for this manicure because my nails are long right now and I wanted no visible nail line.

Dynamite is the second polish that Polish Me Silly sent and I can’t wait to wear it. This is also a Mega Multichrome so it’s like a party on your nails. Dynamite is a gorgeous reddish-magenta, burnt orange, yellowish-golden & green color shift (description from Polish Me Silly). Just look at this picture from Very Emily to see why it needs to be on your list a.s.a.p.

Polish Me Silly Dynamite (picture from Very Emily)

Polish Me Silly Dynamite (picture from Very Emily)

When I was swatching these on my nail wheel I could easily see that Dynamite was a two coat polish with Paradise needing that third coat. At $8.50 each you will attract the kind of attention you want to attract.

POLISH ME SILLY: Dynamite and Paradise

POLISH ME SILLY: Dynamite and Paradise

There are two other brands that I’ve been loving lately too. Nine Zero Lacquer and Lilypad Lacquer are two brands I’ve been buying.

Nine Zero Lacquer in February 2016 and Santa Suit

Nine Zero Lacquer in February 2016 and Santa Suit

I discovered Nine Zero Lacquer on Kellie Gonzo’s blog when she showed the February 2016 Polish of the Month and I fell in love with it. At the time I also bought Santa’s Suit which is a stunning cherry red jelly with gold microglitter in it. This is still available for $10 but the polish of the month is only available for one month. I have the April one ordered and will share that when it arrives. I’m a little biased about Nine Zero since it’s made in Michigan and the shipping prices are so reasonable.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

I love shades that have holographic glitter within. I don’t wear true glitter because of how difficult it is to take off. But polishes like the ones being shown today are easy to remove.

Polishes from Nine Zero Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, Polish Me Silly

Polishes from Nine Zero Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, Polish Me Silly

The third brand that I’m thrilled to share is Lilypad Lacquer. I discovered this brand on Cosmetic Sanctuary. It’s sold on Color4Nails and Lisa has a code for 10% off: CSant10 that I used when I bought my polishes.

Lilypad Lacquer in Iconic and Edgy

Lilypad Lacquer in Iconic and Edgy

Iconic is a light purple lavender with blue shimmer. Edgy is a darker purple described as a blackened violet with violet shimmer.

Lilypad Lacquer in Edgy

Lilypad Lacquer in Edgy

Do you have a favorite Indie brand of polish? Have you ever tried the brands I’ve shown? I’m sure my love for these will continue to grow as will my collection. — Marcia

Join the other Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their special finds.


*provided for review, rest are self purchased

Girly or grunge for spring? Chrome Girl has both!

What nail polish shades are calling your name for spring — the palest of girly pinks, or a darker but still soft grunge gray?  Chrome Girl, the only 8-free nail care product in the market, has both perfect spring shades – plus all you need to maintain those gorgeous tips.

PR samples           

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit and Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit and Hard to Get

8-free means these nail polishes are produced without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor, Xylene, Acetone, or Silicone. Chrome Girl is a US cruelty-free company with nail polishes that are safe for every age.

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

I tend to go for pastels and Birthday Suit ($12) is a huge favorite of mine. It is such a pretty, feminine sheer light pink. I love this shade for spring…it feels light and breezy.

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Then again, sometimes I don’t want to be all naked and pure…I want something edgy and unexpected.  Hard to Get ($12) is a color you will want to get, because it’s a truly fabulous gray. I put this on thinking I would wear it for a few days and ended up liking it so much I wore it for almost three weeks!

Chrome Girl Base Coat, Cuticle Oil, Top Coat

Chrome Girl Base Coat, Cuticle Oil, Top Coat

Chrome Girl also has everything you need for a perfect mani that will last. The Base Coat ($12) is the one with the pretty blue tint. It strengthens nails and helps protect them from any staining. The Base Coat also helps your polish go on nice and smooth. If you have natural nails you will definitely want a bottle of this.

The Top Coat ($12) is the one with the slightly pink tone. It goes on clear and gives an ultra high gloss to your tips.

My absolute favorite is the Cuticle Oil ($14), the one with the green tint.  This smells FANTASTIC!  It smells like a juicy, ripe melon…I keep it next to my bed and every night I apply it to my cuticles while taking big huge inhales. You’ve got to check this out.

I thought I would want to go girly for spring, then I ended up preferring the opposite with Hard to Get. Whatever your preference, Chrome Girl has some great options. Take a look online at www.chromegirl.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Get beautiful polishes that are 8 free from Chrome Girl

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

The first time I wore CHROME GIRL was in 2013 when the company was brand new and only had created 18 shades of nail lacquer. They’ve now been in business for 3 full years and their inventory has grown and grown. You have your choice of over 46 polishes.

CHROME GIRL sent Lisa and I several polishes and treatments and I’ve had the pleasure of wearing two of the three polishes that I received. I wear polishes for a full week so I really get the opportunity to see more than just their beauty – I test wear time. I won’t keep you in suspense since the two I’ve worn have lasted the week. The worst I’ve seen is a little tip wear on a few nails towards the very end of the time. Otherwise they win the gold medal.

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Love Note is a beautiful true red cream. There’s no orange or blue to it. Just a beautiful red that flatters my skintone.

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

I couldn’t have asked for a better shade for the month of February or any month actually.

The second one I wore had me panting with excitement. MERCURY IN RETROGRADE is the one I grabbed out of Lisa’s hands when we deciding who would review each one!

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Look at this beautiful shade. It’s like being on an island at sunset and being mesmerized by the water. It appeared more blue on my nails than in the bottle but that didn’t take away from the shimmer and shine.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

You can see the depth of the shimmer within yet this is not a polish that will give you trouble removing it. It removes just like a cream polish, nothing makes it adhere with flakes.

I have one more polish yet to wear but I just couldn’t wait to share these two.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Barely Legal is a wonderful sky blue cream that I know will wear just as well as its pals. It fits in very well with the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, Serenity Blue. I’ll be sharing this with you in April when the skies turn blue again.

I’ve saved the best for last. This is the only 8-free nail care product in the market. That means it is produced without: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor, Xylene, Acetone, Silicone. Chrome Girl is a cruelty-free company that is made in the US and has polishes that are safe for every age.

Take some time to peruse their website to see what shades draw you in. I have my eye on at least half a dozen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Nine Zero February 2016 polish of the month

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016 courtesy of Polishedbybeckie (http://www.polishedbybeckie.com/?s=nine+zero&x=0&y=0)

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016 courtesy of Polishedbybeckie (http://www.polishedbybeckie.com/?s=nine+zero&x=0&y=0)

Forgive me for staring but I just can’t help it. The February 2016 nail polish from Nine Zero is so gorgeous that it has me mesmerized. The sparkle is amazing in this beautiful holographic polish.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER is a new to me brand that I found on a nail blog and couldn’t resist.  Each month a new, limited edition polish will be released. The polish will be available from midnight EST on the first of the month, until 11:59 EST on the last day of the month. This $11 polish is only available for 7 more days so I knew you needed to see this ASAP.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

The Polish Of The Month for February 2016 is a periwinkle holographic with holographic silver microglitter added in for extra sparkle. The polish on the website looks more purple than it actually is but I just don’t care. It’s such a beautiful shade and the sparkle, while silver, glistens in shades of pink, purple, green, and more.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero polishes are 3-free, meaning no Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene. One fun fact for me is that the woman who has created these polishes is from Michigan so I’m buying from a small Michigan business owned by a woman. I love that! She’s a nail blogger with a You Tube account.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

My pictures can’t do justice to this polish. Just trust me – you’ll be staring too.  — Marcia

Ingredients:
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose , Acetyl Tributyl Citrate,
Isobutyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, D&C Violet #2.

nothing to disclose

Bottle image courtesy of Polishedbybeckie.com