The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

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left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  - Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

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

Top 10 Tuesday shares spring and summer nail polish

Top 10 Tuesdays picked a topic that’s close to my heart for this go around. I’m a nail polish junkie even if I have no artistic skills and can’t even apply well. I love having a collection of the prettiest and newest nail polishes but I rarely forget about my previous ones. I didn’t quite narrow it down to 10 but I forced myself to stop adding new ones. It’s easy to see what my favorite colors are in my pictures but I’m always willing to experiment. I hope you enjoy what you see. Let me know if any of these are favorites of yours too. — Marcia

1. TRIND Caring Color in SURF’S UP – this is the prettiest teal I own. I’m crazy about metallic polishes and Surf’s Up is an outstanding one. The wear was great. Toes will cry out for this shade but so do my nails.*

2. FORMULA X in A LITTLE SEXY - I feel a whole lot sexy with this denim blue almost lavender polish. This set me off on a light blue craze but this is my favorite of the ones I used. Pick this up at Sephora before it’s gone since it’s a limited edition.

3. ROCOCCO in SANDRINE CREAM – I love this blue too. It’s deeper and less denim than the FormulaX but it’s a stunning light blue that is perfect now and will remain so in the summer. I bought this online but it’s harder to find now.

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

4. COLOR ME MONTHLY – CHIFFON – Whenever Color Me Monthly sends a polish I swoon. The surprise of this subscription box is what makes it so much fun. Chiffon is a beautiful lavender that I hope will be in their Vault so you can pick it up if you don’t subscribe.*

5. FACE STOCKHOLM #168 - Not an original name but this purple is just too pretty for me to care!*

6. FACE STOCKHOLM AURA – Last summer Face Stockholm came out with holographic nail polishes and Aura blew me away. Imagine sitting in the sun and being able to look at this beauty. It shines and so will you.*

7. butter LONDON MOLLY CODDLED – This is the first Radiant Orchid item I bought once the color was announced by Pantone. It’s still my favorite Radiant Orchid cosmetic. This will always be in style, no matter what the color of the year is.

8. FORMULA X in FIERY – I do love my red polish. Fiery is a flaming red metallic that you’ll love all year long. This is truly seasonless – wear it on your toes this summer and your nails any time.

9. DIOR in FRONT ROW – I obviously didn’t need another red polish but this is more of a pinky red and it’s Dior’s new gel formula so I was justified in buying this. The wear and application are terrific and I’ll be back for more new Dior now.

10. butter LONDON in KERFUFFLE – The best peach I’ve ever tried. I normally don’t look good in peach but this is a pinky peach that is perfection. I hope Ulta does more BOGO so I can buy more colors like this.

11. and 12. butter LONDON LOLLY BRIGHTS in Lolly and Stroppy – These two polishes got compliments galore and will continue to do so all spring and summer. They are metallics with shimmer embedded in them. The colors are bright and happy.*

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Visit the other Top 10 nail lovers to find the delights they have to share. I have my trigger finger ready for fun.

*items were sent for consideration

Let’s talk Front Row with Dior’s new polish formula

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Do you ever make a promise to yourself that you just can’t keep? I do and I did. I promised myself no more high end polish buys. I wear a nail polish about two times, maybe 3, so it seems a waste to buy an expensive polish when there are gorgeous ones for less money out there.

But I saw Dior Front Row Nail Lacquer, knew it was a new formula, and instantly caved. How could I not?  YOU needed to know about this new nail lacquer so I was forced to do it for you. You can thank me later.

Dior Front Row

Dior Front Row

How can someone resist a pinky red polish with microscopic shimmer? How can someone resist a polish that flashes blue and purple in bright light? How can someone resist a polish that’s almost neon but not in your face neon? If that someone is named Marcia then they can’t resist.

Front Row - look at the blue iridescence popping

Front Row – look at the blue iridescence popping

I first saw the polish on The Beauty Look Book. That girl could sell me anything and has. Her photography is so stunning and she has amazing taste. I always want the lipsticks and polishes she reviews. She caught me with Front Row and I didn’t forget about it.

Dior Front Row

Dior Front Row

Dior created a new formula and named it Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer. The brush is different than on my other Dior polishes. The stem seems shorter and the brush wider. It picks up a lot of polish at one time so be sure to watch that or take off the excess. My nail tech told me she loved the brush and loved the application. It never pooled into my cuticles and it was beautifully opaque in two coats.

Dior Front Row - near a window but not sun

Dior Front Row – near a window but not sun

I’m not a photographer and I know smart phones don’t take the best pictures but I loved how the color popped in the picture below. My car is a true red and in comparison you can see the fuchsia that’s in Front Row.

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

There are two problems with this nail polish – 1) It’s $25 and 2) I want more of the new Dior formula. Simply gorgeous, easy to work with and a killer color. I’m taking a bow from the Front Row right now! — Marcia

 

 

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)

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