Wednesday, April 23, 2014

butter LONDON Summer 2014 Lolly Brights-- Lippy Lip Glosses

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Butter London Lippy Lip Gloss swatch and review

  Hi all!!  I was thinking the other day, after a conversation with my friend Emily of Must. Stash. fame, that it might be fun to play around with some more adventurous lip colors (a la the electric purple of Maybelline Elixir Vivid Violet), when these beauts show up on my doorstep.  However, they're not as they initially appear.

Monday, April 21, 2014

butter LONDON Summer 2014 Lolly Brights-- Sozzled Nail Lacquer

*press sample

  Hi everyone!!  Welcome to Butter London week on LLPT!  It's almost May, temperatures are slowly rising, and summer is imminent.  Butter London's summer collection has made its debut and in a decidedly different turn from this spring's muted neutrals,  Lolly Brights is full of bright, vivacious, adventurous, and fun color for lips, face, and nails.

  I've been reallyreallyreally excited about the bright green creme polish in the set of six nail lacquers since the first promo pictures started popping up.  A good green creme is aloofly, edgily elegant to me, somewhere between black and red, minus the sex, plus some cool, and a fresh summer alternative to classic bright pink.  Sozzled is a vibrant, saturated kelly green with a formula that doesn't disappoint-- a nice, not too thick, not too thin consistency requiring minimal cleanup, opaque in the standard two coats.  Finished with one layer of topcoat. 

butter LONDON Summer 2014 Lolly Brights-- Sozzled Nail Lacquer swatch and review

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Nails with Zoya Awaken

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  Hi everyone!!  I decided, on this Easter weekend, to play with some spring colors and do another saran wrap manicure (which is pretty much the only "art" I know how to do, lol).  I paired up all six of the Zoya Awaken colors and topped them off with Zoya Monet.

  On index and middle, I used Cole as my base and paired it with Dillon; on ring, I used Brooklyn as the base and paired it with Hudson; on pinkie and thumb, I used Dot as a base and paired it with Rebel.  Monet is the iridescent glitter on top.  

Zoya Awaken collection Easter nail art

Thursday, April 17, 2014

SpaRitual Osmium

  Hi all!!  I don't remember what started the conversation (they tend to take many turns) but the crux was that my good friend Melissa didn't like her SpaRitual Osmium polish, and I was dying over the dark, glossy, jelliness, so she sent it to me.  Isn't she sweet?

  SpaRitual has been around for quite a while but it's a new to me brand.  Osmium is from the fall/winter 2012 Metal collection.  Oddly, the packaging states that Osmium is a creme.  It's not.  It's a full-on super dark squishy, glossy, self-leveling teal jelly.  The brush is very small and thin, which aids in application of one so dark, making it easier to control.  This polish is fabulous and applies like a dream.

SpaRitual Osmium swatch and review

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cult Nails Flushed

  Hi all!!  Just a quick post today as I'm feeling a little under the weather (but not to the point where I couldn't take pictures of my nails, naturally).  Before I actually pulled the trigger on my first Cult Nails purchase, I was highly besotted with Flushed, from 2012's Behind Closed Doors collection.  I'm now the super happy owner of one and I LOVE IT.

  Flushed is a dusty violet purple with a deep, beautiful pink shimmer that gives the polish a more straightforward Fantasy Fire look but without the multichrome shift.  Flushed is opaque in two coats rather than the multiple it takes for FF, and it's still got the most amazing glow.  Formula is great, very easy to apply with minimal cleanup.  I finished with one layer of topcoat.

Cult Nails Flushed swatch and review