Getting ‘Lippy’ with Butter London Toff and Queen Vic

Are you a ‘pop of color’ person, or more of a nudist? Whatever your preference, if you love the shine of lip gloss but prefer the wear of lipstick, Butter London’s Lippy Liquid Lipstick ($18) could be just what you are looking for. I’ve been a fan for a long time and Butter London recently sent me both classic and sassy with the shades Toff and Queen Vic.

Butter London LippyAs a liquid lipstick, Lippy’s offer full coverage and lots of shine. The LIPPY Liquid Lipstick has a thick, slightly sticky texture with lots of pigment and far more staying power than a lip gloss. It’s very shiny on, and that shine lasts through most things…although like almost all lip products, it’s not going to last through a jumbo bucket of buttered popcorn.

The opaque colors definitely read more like lipstick than like lip gloss. Lippy Liquid Lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips and to me they taste and smell very slightly and pleasantly of vanilla. Personally, I think Lippy’s have a great mouth feel and slip, although I know some people prefer a less sticky texture.

Butter London Lippy in Toff

Butter London Lippy in Toff

So let’s talk color. Butter London recently released several new shades of Lippy including Tickled Pink, Bonkers, and Fruit Cake.  I was sent Toff, one of the original shades, which is a classic creamy mauve with lots of shine. It gives my lips just enough color to be a shade over nude, which I love since my naturally pale lips pretty much disappear without any lip product.

Butter London Lippy in Queen Vic

Butter London Lippy in Queen Vic

I was also sent Queen Vic, a happy, bright cranberry with a bit of sparkle. I’m not sure if this is a new shade – I know it matches the nail polish with the same name, which I see is available at Butter London online.

Butter London Queen Vic

Butter London Queen Vic

However, it looks like the Queen Vic Lippy is currently out of stock, which is a shame – I adore this shade!! It’s my current go-to for bright (but not TOO bright) lips with lots of shine.

I am anxious to try some of the new shades, especially Bonkers and Fruit Cake. I hope you can find Queen Vic, because it’s awesome…and if not, I know you can find Toff which a great everyday Lippy.  – Lisa

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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)

Butter London is making me blush…the BlushClutch and Tiger Lily, Violet, and Hibiscus review and swatches

Butter London BlushClutch Single Blushes

Butter London BlushClutch Single Blushes

You know what drives me crazy? A single blush. Palettes have spoiled me. I have too many single blushes knocking around in my makeup drawer, taking up valuable space. Instead of searching through all the singles to find the right shade for the day, I like a good palette with several options all at once.

Butter London has two pre-made blush palettes called the BlushClutch ($39), one with three warm colors (Simply Sweet) and one with three cool colors (Just Darling). They also have several single blush shades ($15 each) that you can switch out for any of the colors, and those three blushes are the ones I am reviewing today.                                                                                                                                      PR samples

Butter London BlushClutch

Butter London BlushClutch

Overall, these powder blushes have a beautiful texture and are long-wearing. Other positive points:

Ruby Powder and Pepper Tree Extract help bring out a natural flush.
True color payoff with micronized pigments.
Primer infused for all day wear.
Creamy, velvety texture for smooth application.
Buildable coverage.
Universal for any skin tone.

The first single blush is Tiger Lily, which is a bright peach blush.

Butter London Tiger Lily Blush single

Butter London Tiger Lily Blush single

I typically stay away from warmer colors on my cheeks because I think they make me look sallow, but this is such a pretty peach! It’s a strong color so you don’t need much of it. A great tip is to first apply a little cream blush in a contrasting color, like raspberry or a blue/red. It gives a great base for the warmer powder blush, helping it last even longer and toning down both warmth and coolness.

The second shade is Violet, a bright lavender blush.

Butter London Violet Blush single

Butter London Violet Blush single

I thought this was going to be almost neon and take me straight back to the 1980’s, but Violet is a gorgeous pinky-purple that is subtle but buildable. I think this is my favorite of the three shades. It’s so feminine and pretty and just perfect for spring.

The third single shade is Hibiscus, a bubblegum pink blush.

Butter London Hibiscus Blush single

Butter London Hibiscus Blush single

This is a beautiful workhorse pink blush. You want a great pink shade that works for both day and night? Here you go. Like Violet it’s buildable and goes from sheer and natural to strong and dramatic. This is a terrific neutral pink that would look good on just about anyone.

Butter London Hibiscus, Violet, and Tiger Lily Blush

Butter London Hibiscus, Violet, and Tiger Lily Blush

If you just want one color, then go ahead, use it as a single blush…but why not go the BlushClutch route and have them all at your fingertips? I think it sounds like the perfect excuse to do just a little more shopping!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Be fashionable with Q&Q watches and butter LONDON polish

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

When it comes time for gifting having a plan is always helpful. I created a post about a nail themed stocking yesterday and today I have a wonderful idea to add to that. These Q&Q Smile Solar Watches are perfect gifts and would make a stellar set when paired with a butter LONDON nail lacquer. I received the gray and silver combination and I just love it.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q is a division of Citizen Watches with some very reasonable prices. They have styles for men and women with a huge variety of designs. I have a SmileSolar in gray that looks fabulous with butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Polish. There are 16 different watches in the SmileSolar family ($40).

Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar

Once you charge the watch by leaving it in the light, the solar powered battery will keep it running for 3 to 5 months before you need to recharge it. All it takes is light. The watch is made of recycled material. Q&Q (Quest & Quality) has changed light into energy all while keeping the world green.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Nail Lacquer ($15) is a holiday polish that is festive but surprisingly not glitzy. A diamond geezer according to butter London is what the Cockneys call a kind, helpful and reliable man; A gem of a man.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

This metallic polish is fabulous on. What amazes me most about it is that there were no streaks at all. Not even a hint of one. It applied smoothly and evenly. Definitely a gem.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

I couldn’t get enough of either the polish or the Q&Q watch. Diamond Geezer is New Year’s Eve ready and the watch helps me keep time of how my life is frittering away. Which combination would be the most exciting for you? — Marcia

 *sent for review consideration

When you purchase a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated to TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa and Asia.

Stocking Stuffers for Nail Lovers

 STOCKING STUFFERS are either the most fun items to buy or the hardest ones to buy. All ages love gift cards but that’s too impersonal (unless it’s a fussy teen who hates anything you picked). This year do something different and do a themed stocking. My theme is for my favorite females and it’s all about nails.
SOME FAVORITES ….

1.  VIOLIFE SLIM UNO PORTABLE NAIL KIT is cute and practical. It’s a battery powered manicure kit that is 4 tools in one. It comes with an emery board and replacement pad, a shaping file, buffer with a replacement pad and a cuticle pusher. It comes in a carrying case so it’s perfect for the travelers you know and it’s cute enough to make every woman smile. Also check out Violife’s great travel toothbrushes which come in a style for everyone on your list.

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

2.  NAIL BUTTER is going to change the nail life of the lucky recipient. This non-greasy butter comes in 2 fragrances, lemongrass and geranium. This is a pure, all-natural product that contains essential oils and lanolin. It can be used just about anywhere you need some softening. But the beauty of it is what it does for you nails. It not only helps strengthen nails but it’s great for encouraging growth. Your cuticles will be moisturized and look better than ever. Maybe you should put this on your list while you’re at it!

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

3.  MONT BLEU CRYSTAL NAIL FILES has a certain je nais se quois about them. These are the products you want to put in an adult’s stocking because it will blow her away. No one has the quality of Mont Bleu’s files nor the stunning designs and colors. You could easily buy a different one for every female on your list without repeating designs. Expect a “WOW” when it’s opened.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

4.  FARMHOUSE FRESH MARSHMALLOW MELT is an all purpose Shea Butter Balm that is slim enough to fit into a cosmetic bag. It combines pure shea, cocoa and mango butters to make it an all-purpose balm. You can use this on your feet, your hands, elbows and even lips. The fragrance is enticing and not too sweet. You won’t feel like a child using this or smelling it on your body since it adds a little tonka bean and sandalwood to cut the sweetness but leave it smelling good enough to eat.

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Now to the nail polish! I’m a nail polish fanatic and want to wear a different one every week. That means I need at least 52 polishes a year (a hint to my family who might be reading). I chose 3 different brands at 3 different prices. All are high quality and wear beautifully.

1.  PURE ICE NAIL POLISH ($1.97 each) has a new winter collection called Fairytale Forest that is sweet and fun along with a nice change of pace from the typical greens and reds of the season. I chose Pure Ice because it contains some of the Pantone colors of 2016 that were just announced. Pinks and light blues make me smile.

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Pure Ice True Love’s Kiss

2.  KBSHIMMER always makes me ecstatic. Each season they create a new collection that makes my heart flutter plus they have their permanent collection. All are not only beauties but the wear is incredible. I have a thing for their holographs like Coal in One and Fig-Get About it. ($8.75)

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

3.  butterLONDON polishes make me so happy. It’s hard to walk out of Ulta without perusing their selection and I often walk out with one. KIP was a favorite this past summer and now it’s coming out again so I can be in tune with Pantone now! This is an oxford blue men’s shirt come to life. If you insist on red for Christmas though there’s lots to choose from, especially Knees Up which I love!($15)

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

Now you know how to make a female happy. Buy her a few fabulous polishes, a terrific hand/cuticle cream, and a perfect nail file! She’ll be your BFF forever.  — Marcia

I can’t wait to see what our other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen!

*sent for editorial consideration, some affiliate links

 

 

Holiday Gifts to explore

Oh to have endless funds to buy all the pretties that are available this time of year. What fun we could have. Today for Makeup Wars we have chosen Holiday Gifts and I’ve picked 10 that you could buy me any time! I hope you find some to make your own dreams come true. — Marcia
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TOO FACED LA PETITE MAISON ($39) is simply adorable. I’d love almost any of the Too Faced e/s palettes but this Ulta exclusive has extras that make it a great gift item. In this cuteness is a deluxe sample of TF Better Than Sex mascara which totally rocks. The 12 shadows sound wonderful. Put this on my wishlist please.

  • Let It Snow (matte white)
  • Reindeer (light taupe)
  • Honey Pot (metallic gold)
  • Knock Out (deep matte brown)
  • Paper Roses (warm peachy pink frost)
  • Don’t Settle (medium dark brown)
  • After Hours (warm golden medium brown)
  • Secret Lovers (dark brown pearl)
  • Pussy Cat (shimmering orchid)
  • Dreams (soft mauve)
  • Jungle Love (blackened purple w/ violet sparkle)
  • Chocolate Moon (black w/ gold sparkle)

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO HYPNOTISE ($39) is the number one item on my wishlist. It comes in 4 variations, each containing a single eyeshadow and a deluxe size eyeliner pencil.  The Huntress is the one I’m dying for but any that you want to send me will get you a huge thank you note!! (Also available at Beautylish)

– On the Prowl + Supernova: an antique Byzantium aubergine flecked with pearl and partnered with a smoky plum liner.
– Midnight Seduction + Sapphire Sex: a sparkling midnight blue hue with a deep azure shimmer kohl.
– Silver Leopard + Black Magic: a glimmering gunmetal grey with an intense petrol eyeliner.
– The Huntress + Amber Moon: a smoky golden bronze partnered with a rich brown amber kohl.

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BOBBI BROWN DELUXE EYE & CHEEK PALETTE ($85) is so appealing because it’s more than just eyes. With three beautiful blushes and 8 great Bobbi eyeshadows, someone’s going to love you for getting them this. Or is it on your wishlist??

– Eyeshadow in Ivory (a creamy beige)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement (a creamy beige)
– New Eyeshadow in Lilac Haze (a bronze heather)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Mica (a bronze heather)
– Metallic Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze (a pink champagne)
– New Eyeshadow in Steel Grey (a deep grey)
– Eyeshadow in Pale Rose (a pale grey-pink)
– Eyeshadow in Caviar (a rich black-brown)
– Blush in Desert Rose (a light dusty rose)
– Blush in Pale Pink (a bight pale pink)
– Dual-Ended Eyeshadow/Eye Liner Brush

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PETER MAX FOR KIEHL’S Since 1851 LIP BALM SET #1 Set  ($32) is the pretty way to be practical. Everyone loves Kiehl’s Lip Balms, it’s hard not to so why not in Peter Max LE packaging?? You’ll get their original lip balm, cranberry, mint and mango. What a fab stocking stuffer!!

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L’OCCITANE HAND CREAM COLLECTION ($42) is another company that is mucho loved. While it’s too fragranced for me personally, I know people who’d adore this set. It contains – Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Almond Delicious Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Shea Butter Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Rose Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Lavender Hand Cream (1 oz.). Perfect for someone’s desk, purse, pocket, night stand and more. L’Occitane all around!

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BUTTER LONDON OH DARLING LIPPY AND NAIL POLISH SET ($18) is not only adorable but a bargain too. You’ll get 2 holiday reds with Darling Nail Polish and Darling Lippy Liquid Lipstick. You’ll be shiny and bright to dazzle your personal darling.

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MONT BLEU COMPACT MIRROR is one of my favorite ever gifts. These come in so many designs and prices that you could get one for everyone on your list and never repeat them. This is the way to catch someone’s eye in a stunning way.

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LIPSTICK QUEEN GALACTIC GORGEOUS LIP GLOSS SET ($24) comes with 4 fantabulous glosses from Lipstick Queen in the cutest packaging. These are fragrance free, not sticky and the shades are amazing. Every mood and outfit is covered with these glosses.

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IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY MUST HAVES EYE SET ($28) really is a must have in my book. I love Hello Lashes mascara and this set comes with a travel size one along with 8 fabulous matte shadows: Happy, Believe, Naturally Pretty, Inspire, Brave, Empower and Transforming Hello Light. The full size palette is $42 so this is a great intro to IT’s matte shadows.

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BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($34) is the only one of these that I own and it’s fabulous! I really love the 4 pieces in the box. For more check my review and I promise you’ll want this ASAP.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)

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Now what’s on your list for holiday fun? I chose glamour rather than practical because that’s what holidays are all about!
Let’s see what items the Makeup Wars bloggers can tempt us with! — Marcia

 

 


Top Ten Fall and Holiday Makeup Collections

In no particular order are the items I’m most attracted to this fall. This is the time of year that we need to be thinking about holiday even though it’s early October. But these are almost all limited edition and we just don’t want to miss out! — Marcia

1444007174_2292901__detail_?1444007174BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($32) is a kit I just ordered since I love the Under Eye Brightening Corrector and I wanted to try the highlighter. At $32 from Ulta this is a great way to try some fabulous Becca.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)

1444007051_holiday2015_guerlain003GUERLAIN WINTER FAIRY TALE COLLECTION – Normally I don’t like mixed palettes but it’s been a long time since I’ve bought Guerlain and this looks appealling.
1444006977_giorgio-armani-holiday-2015-luxe-is-more-2ARMANI LUXE IS MORE PALETTE is truly luxe looking. It contains two layers with the top being 10 neutral eyeshadows in different formulas and the bottom layer contains two highlighters and two cream contour colors. A splurge but one I’d love to see in my collection.
1444006880_twelve-months-of-manimainBUTTER LONDON TWELVE MONTHS OF MANIS contains 12 mini sizes of butter LONDON’s best. This will break you out of any nail polish rut you are in while also having some “safe” shades.
High Tea – Opaque, Nude Creme
Luv (Set Exclusive!) – Light Pink with Deep Pink Glitter, Glitter
Fiver – Opaque, Mint Creme
Molly-Coddled – Opaque, Lavender Orchid Creme
Petal (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Cool Pastel Pink
Petticoat – Periwinkle Blue, Creme
Summer Hols (Set Exclusive!) – Jell Pink, Creme
Tiddly – Opaque, Melon Creme
Clever Clogs (Set Exclusive!) – Orange Rust, Creme
Swish (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Smoke with Metallic Gold Sheen, Metallic
Scrummy (Set Exclusive!) – Rich Crimson, Creme
Bubbly (Set Exclusive!) – Tinted Gold with Gold Glitter, Overcoat
1444006769_2293293__detail_?1444006769STILA TRUST IN LOVE GIFT SET has a little of everything we love about Stila. This $40 set contains 12 eyeshadows, mascara and a Deluxe Lip Glaze.
1444006690_makeup-geek-holiday-2015-duochrome-eyeshadowMAKEUP GEEK HOLOGRAPHIC EYESHADOWS are selling out fast. A single shade is only $6 in the pan while the complete set of 13 shadows is $65. I bought them all and need to transfer them to an empty Z palette. The pigments are already sold out!
1444006622_bobbi-brown-sterling-nights-palette-holiday-2015BOBBI BROWN STERLING NIGHTS HOLIDAY EYESHADOW PALETTE – while Bobbi doesn’t veer far from her other palettes, this one is in a beautiful palette and has classic and beyond colors that we can’t help but love.

  • Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Moon Glow Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Thistle Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Dove Grey Eye Shadow
  • Pink Moonlight Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Smoke Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Midnight Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Pewter Chrome Eye Shadow

1444006505_holiday2015_lauramerciercolour005LAURA MERCIER CAVIAR STICK EYE COLLECTION is my most coveted wishlist item and I’m sure it will be mine. For $$58 you get 6 of these raved about eyeshadow crayons.

  • Aubergine
  • Ganache
  • Khaki
  • Amethyst
  • Rosegold
  • Sugarfrost

1443659358_tom-ford-holiday-2015-beauty-noir-1TOM FORD BEAUTY NOIR HOLIDAY 2015 is the one item that I wish for but don’t I’ll ever own. It contains eyeshadow, eye pencils, matte lipstick, mascara, and nail lacquer all in limited edition shades. Sigh!

Last but not least is Dior which would take an entire post all by itself. Dior has too many fall and holiday and fall palettes for me to even pick one.
Join my fellow beauty blogistas to see what else you should be putting on your wishlist.