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

I’ve got a Whole Lava Lovin’ for KBShimmer Nail Polish

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

When KBShimmer sent over some polishes I went a little crazy over Whole Lava Lovin’. Once I wore it (for a solid week) I went more than a little crazy, I went full on crazy over this gorgeous polish. Everything about Whole Lava Lovin’ is what polish is all about to me. Take a cherry red, add some fine glitter embedded within, make it a linear holo and you’ve got perfection. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this!

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

Is this not stunning? It’s a perfect color all year round but now that there’s actually sun that comes to visit, it’s even more wonderful. You can see a rainbow within the holographic design. I haven’t a clue how a company makes this kind of polish but I want more of KBShimmer’s holos. I need two coats although they say that 3 brings out even more of the color so maybe that’s the secret to wearing it in colder weather. Polishes are $8.75 plus for each polish you buy you earn reward points. OH how I LAVA you KBShimmer. — Marcia

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

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Time to get FABY with us and our Faby nails

FABY Nail Lacquer

FABY Nail Lacquer

FABY ITALIAN NAIL LACQUER is an exciting nail line that we are thrilled to share with you in today’s Side by Side review. FABY has been reviewed before on Beauty Info Zone and it was loved then and loved now. FABY’s chip-resistant and long-lasting formulas are made with the finest ingredients and created with the latest technology and research. They are never tested on animals and big 5 free.

They’ve created several mini polish collection sets and we were lucky enough to receive two from the Future Faby Collection. The set contains Lotus Flower in Shanghai, Sensual Touch (nude), Nuits des Mysteres, and It’s Not Black, It’s Dark (dark smoky grey).

Faby Nuits des Mysteres and Lotus Flower in Shanghai

Faby Nuits des Mysteres and Lotus Flower in Shanghai

MARCIA’S NAILS are NUITS DES MYSTERES

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

This is such a Marcia color with its beautiful glimmery blue shade. I absolutely loved my week of wear with this polish. It looks blue, it looks teal, it looks shimmery, it looks holographic. It’s a mystery what it is other than gorgeous.

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Same polish just different lighting. This is available in the 4 mini set ($24.50) or individually ($18). Not only did it wear perfectly but it removed with ease and no staining. It’s going to look fabulous on toes this summer as well as on nails all year round. The summer sun is going to especially capture the depth of this polish’s nuances. Total love!

LISA’S NAILS are LOTUS FLOWER IN SHANGHAI

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

My favorite color is purple, so I love Faby’s description of Lotus Flower in Shanghai:  This beautiful purple brings nothing but good fortune to us!

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

While my tendency is toward lighter colors for manicures – I am not nearly as adventurous as Marcia! – I do like this one. At first I thought it was more of a winter shade, but have changed my mind since it is lighter on than it appears in the bottle. It has lots of shine and seemed to dry very quickly.

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I don’t know, is this really purple? I guess it is a very red-toned purple. It definitely needs two coats for the color to stand out. It has tiny silvery shimmer that gives it depth and complexity.

While it is a tad out of my comfort zone for manicures, this is an excellent pedi shade. Plus, I love the mini bottles…I never get to the bottom of the larger sizes before they dry out.

Which one is more YOU, Lotus Flower in Shanghai or Nuits des Mysteres?

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KB Shimmer PT Young Thing holographic nail polish

KBShimmer has some fantastic looking new nail polish shades in their Summer 2015 collection coming out on May 15th and I can’t wait! In the meantime, I am totally loving PT Young Thing ($8.75, press sample), a beautiful holographic shade.

KBShimmer PT Young Thing

KBShimmer PT Young Thing

PT Young Thing is a platinum silver shade that has an impressive holographic effect. Even in low light this shade has mega complexity. The silver is complemented with yellow, green, and blue shimmer. KBShimmer says they only used two types of holographic pigment without any other fillers in order to get the amazing effect.

KBShimmer PT Young ThingKB Shimmer PT Young Thing holographic nail polishKBShimmer PT Young Thing holographic nail polish

The base is on the thick side, so be sure to really shake the bottle before applying. Shaking thins it out and makes for an easy application, helped along by the perfect application brush. I am wearing two coats and the KBShimmer Clearly On Top Quick Dry Top Coat ($5.50, purchased by me).

The photos of the Summer 2015 collection are up, although they aren’t available for purchase until May 15th. Head on over to the website at www.kbshimmer.com to take a look, and be sure to put PT Young Thing in your shopping cart too!  – Lisa

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Five fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas!

Five Mothers Day Gift Ideas
Mother’s Day is only eight days away…are you going to go traditional with some flowers or venture out of the box with something that really makes her happy? Here are five great products sent to us recently that your mom will love.

Onsen Smoothing Eye Serum

1.  Onsen Smoothing Eye Serum ($170)

What mom wouldn’t love an eye serum?? This is a spendy one, but it is pretty darn fabulous. If price is no object, this retinol-based serum is perfect. It gives major hydration while lifting and firming the under eye area. You don’t need much, so this bottle lasts a very long time.

Nailtini Frappe Nail Polish

2.  nailtini nail polish in Frappe ($13)

Simply the perfect neutral nail polish. Every mom needs great looking nails and this sheer, glossy polish will work for almost everyone. Frappe is a creamy nude with just a hint of shell pink. It’s understated and classy. Love it.

Clean Home Fragrance in Fresh Laundry

3.  Clean Home Fragrance in Fresh Laundry ($34)

Nothing makes me think of my mom more than the smell of Fresh Laundry…I’ll never forget my husband telling her that when she stays with us, he ends up wearing the same clothes every day because his laundry is always done so promptly. Needless to say he has the opposite problem when I am in charge. I love this delightful room spray and I’ll bet your mom will too.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream

4.  RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream ($28.99)

Marcia originally reviewed this almost two years ago (check out her review HERE) and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. This awesome night moisturizer is the result of 7 years of research and it is a dream date for dry skin. Not only does it moisturize, it also firms skin and evens out skin tone. It is a wonderful treatment for mature skin.

Cool It Caddy collage

5.  Cool-It Caddy ($24.95)

This really is the coolest gift you can get your mom. Every beauty nut brings a few cosmetics to the beach or on a picnic, and finding a favorite lipstick all melted is just the worst. The Cool-It Caddy is a cosmetics bag that keeps your makeup (and snacks!) cool and fresh. Keep it in the freezer and it’s always ready to travel to the golf course, the pool, or the tennis court. Cool-It Caddy is a perfect size bag for your lipstick, sunscreen, medicine, and a nutrition bar or two. The outside of the bag is sleek and easy to clean, and the coolant stays cool for up to 8 hours. It is great to carry by itself or slip into a purse or backpack. There are different sizes and styles available – pictured above is the ‘Bella’ in pink.

Show your mom how much you love her this Mother’s Day with something as unique and special as she is.  Moms really are the best kind of superhero!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

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April’s Pixie’s Parlour from Color Me Monthly is a pop of spring

Color Me Monthly Pixie's Parlour

Color Me Monthly Pixie’s Parlour

Color Me Monthly has delighted me once again by sending me the April polish, Pixie’s Parlour. I love Color Me Monthly polishes and think they have a fabulous subscription program. For $7 a month you’ll get one of the best and longest wearing polishes for your collection. Whenever I open a CMM box I’m excited to see what’s inside.

Color Me Monthly Pixie's Parlour

Color Me Monthly Pixie’s Parlour

Pixie’s Parlour is their newest addition and it’s a beautiful purple with tiny multi-colored shimmer. It’s a polish that makes me smile just like the beautiful blooms that are just starting to pop up in the garden.

Color Me Monthly Pixie's Parlour

Color Me Monthly Pixie’s Parlour

The name Pixie’s Parlour has a little story behind it. The color reminded the owner of something whimsical and she kept thinking of fairy dust. That didn’t feel like the right name so she dug into the history of fairies and found something called Pixie’s Parlour which is a cave that all pixies were banished to outside of East Devon, England. Voila she had the name and we have a polish that I’m happy to be banished into.

Color Me Monthly Pixie's Parlour

Color Me Monthly Pixie’s Parlour

Like all Color Me Monthly polishes, this wore like a dream. I get a full week out of their polishes without a problem. I say that every time I get the opportunity to write about them because it’s true. My nail tech is always happy too when I walk in with CMM because she knows there will be no application problems and no staining.

CMM Pixie's Parlour

CMM Pixie’s Parlour

Every month the subscription arrives in a recyclable box with an accompanying card and Haiku adding to the fun.

CMM Pixie's Parlour

CMM Pixie’s Parlour

banished to the caves

along the river otter

frolicsome creatures

Unfortunately I’m giving you late notice to get a discount on anything from CMM but I just received their email: “Now through Thursday, April 30th, save 15% on everything we offer with promo code MOTHER2015! *All subsequent charges for subscription purchases will be at the regular price.”color me monthly mothers day

A subscription to Color Me Monthly will make a great Mother’s Day or graduation gift. Polishes from them bring instant delight. Check out their Vault to find some shades you and your mother would like. May I suggest Annapolis for a deep blurple, Seven Sisters for a fabulous medium/dark navy, Chiffon for a perfect lavender cream, and Just for You which is one of my favorite red polishes ever. Happy discount and happy gift giving! — Marcia

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Vapour Organic Beauty created some beautiful Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquer aren’t new to this great organic beauty brand but they are new to me. When Vapour offered these for review I waved my fingers and said “me! I’ll be happy to review these”. I have two shades of the 12 they have available ($16 each) and have to tell you that these wore beautifully for a full week each. Plus I felt great wearing polishes with these attributes:

Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer:

  • NO Toluene
  • NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DHB)
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • Cruelty Free
  • Gluten Free
  • No Nano Particles
  • Paraben Free
  • Inner and Outer Packaging Recyclable

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers has changed the packaging of these polishes and there’s more in each bottle. I love how they describe their mission: “Vapour invites you to celebrate the spirit of a night in Paris; hear the timeless glittering laughter and champagne toasts in Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer.”

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour has 12 shades but I can’t seem to find them on on vapourbeauty.com.

Amour – Juicy, bright berry

Captive – Venomous cherry

Eternal – Lavender pearl grey

Instinct – Classic true red

Kitten – Uplifting, bright coral

La Fee Verte – Deepest emerald green

Librarian – Sexy, milk chocolate brown

Rogue – A classic, feminine mauve

Scandal – Hot lava red

Trance – Charcoal graphite

Virtue – Sheer cream with a hint of peach

Mischief – An edgy, chic violet grey

ETERNAL is the first shade I chose to wear. It’s not a Marcia shade at all but I really loved wearing it. I’ve never worn a nude nail polish but it made my hands look so long. Eternal appeared different in different lights. It’s described as “lavender pearl gray” but on me it was a dark nude polish that showed some pink undertones.

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

CAPTIVE is the other shade I received and while it’s described as “venomous cherry” I only noticed the cherry tone when I just had one coat on. I needed two coats to level it out and not show visible nail lines so it is more of a burgundy on me.

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Organic Beauty Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Organic Beauty Nail Lacquer in Captive

Check out sources like beauty.com, dermstore.com, beautybar.com and natureofbeauty.com and you’ll find quite a few of these organic polishes from Vapour. Vapour is committed to creating safe and healthy cosmetics and beauty products and maintaining environmental accountability. Perfect for you, perfect for the environment. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration