Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOTW: Zoya Nyx - Holofied :)

Back in March, I took Zoya's Stevie, which is a pastel purple Pixie Dust color, added a holo top coat, and just about died at the results. I had also done it with OPI's Alcatraz Rocks, and again, had the most amazing holo, shimmery crazy amazing combo. With those two successful experiments, I knew that adding a holo top coat to the textured polishes was a combo that I would go back to in the future.
This time I chose Zoya's Nyx, which is a grayish, blueish slightly periwnkle base with a really beautiful crystal shimmer running through it. Adding the holo top coat added just the right amount of rainbow to again, create a very fun and girly finish on the nail.
I've been all about these gray tones recently, so being able to add holo to it made it like a thousand times better.
Zoya Nyx is available on Zoya's website. The holo top coat I used was from Cult Nails but many indie brands make a holo top coat that you can use.
Do any of you have a favorite combo when layering polishes? Let me know so I can try them out!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3.0!

Over the past few years Rescue Beauty Lounge's creator Ji has created two collections solely based off of fan submissions. The Fan Collections have produced some of the most coveted and most beautiful polishes in the RBL line.
She's now accepting submissions for the 3rd Fan Collection! This is your chance to make your dream polish - all you have to do is make a Pinterest board, curated with images inspired by the color they want Ji to mix. You can also create a collage, or even a slideshow with photos and descriptions. Up above are some boards I have for one (of MANY) my dream colors - a gray cream with teal shimmer :)
Just send the link for your Pinterest board/or collage along with a description to thefancollection3@rescuebeauty.com
For more details, see Ji's blog post here!

The 48-hour submission starts this Friday, 7/25/14 at 12pm EST and ends 12pm EST on Sunday, 7/27/14.

Zoya Mimi - Sparkle Collection | Swatches & Review!

Hi! Sorry for the momentary lack of posts - I've been swatching all my Essie polishes and then just been out having a summer vacation.
Today I have Zoya's Mimi - a polish that I'm very very fond of from a collection that I'm very very fond of.
Zoya's Sparkle Collection is probably still one of my favorite collections of all time, and I'm always reminded of it when I wear Charla, which is my favorite of the collection. Charla, the magnificently mermaidy turquoise sparkly bottle of glory.
I wear Charla so often though that sometimes I forget about how much I love the other colors.
Yesterday at work I asked my coworker Rachael what I should put on next and she said something sparkly and purple. I went home and looked through all my colors and came across Mimi again and was completely set because it's the best purple of all time.
Mimi is a dark purple with a gorgeous glass fleck shimmer running through it. It's on the thin side at first but layers to this, full opacity, in three coats. It doesn't get thick at all though and the sparkle and color gets super deep and just amazing.
The entire Sparkle collection is available on Zoya's website. If I were to recommend any colors from Zoya, it'd definitely be the Sparkle Collection.
Do any of you have a favorite purple?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Butter London The Black Knight | Swatches & Review

My last Butter London polish! Actually I have 2 more, but since I swatched these there hasn't been enough sun out to photograph the last two (holos) and do them justice. Or at least present them they way they should be seen.
So today, I have The Black Knight, which is a black jelly base with magenta, blue, red, green, and silver pieces of microglitter suspended within it.
I have the most love-hate relationship with this polish. It's a little ridiculous.
When you first open this polish, it actually applies fairly well. There's a little bit of drag and a little patchiness but it's not too bad. It evens out in two coats and for a really nice amount of depth, three coats will give you a cool galaxy like finish on the nail. Three coats does get a little thick though so I'd actually recommend doing a black creme with one to two coats of this on top. It dries with little to no shine on it's own so you definitely need a top coat. But when you do put on a top coat, it's so so so pretty.
My issue really comes along later because the end result of the polish on your nails so far squashes all of those tiny issues I have with it as a new polish. When you end up using this polish two to three times, it gets gloopy really fast. This polish dries out very quickly and becomes the biggest pain in the ass. It makes me so sad because this is the only polish of it's kind that at least I have so I deal with it. It's just an expensive polish and annoying to see it go bad so quickly.
This is the polish I used for the base of my first Hunger Games manicure, which is still one of my favorite manicures of all time.
I love this polish, I really do, but the formula is just so lame :\
Butter London polishes are sold at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Butter London Gobsmacked | Swatches & Review!

Here's some glitter for your Friday evening, to take you into the weekend :)
This is Gobsmacked by Butter London. I picked this up originally because I didn't have a glitter in this shade. It was unique to me and to all the other brands that I have previously seen. Usually this sort of gunmetal color comes in the shimmer/metallic variety, so it was nice to see this color represented in an individual way.
Unfortunately, like most of the glitters I have from Butter London, this didn't apply the best. It's a clear base with a microglitter, so I wanted it to apply really well on it's own as well as over another polish, like Nubar, Rescue Beauty Lounge or China Glaze has been able to do with their microglitters.
Just like previous microglitters I've shown you from Butter London, the base is on the thicker side so there were issues with layering multiple coats of this polish. It works great as a single coat though - you'll get a decent amount of glitter on the nail but still be able to see the base color underneath.
This photo has three coats of the polish, and it looks glittery and nice but it took quite a bit of fidgeting to make it look presentable.
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.

Butter London British Racing Green | Swatches & Review!

Woooooot! Friday :D Anybody have any fun weekend plans?
Today's Butter London polish is British Racing Green. It's a deep forest green creme base with a slight but zingy turquoise shimmer running through it.
A color like this definitely screams fall and winter to me - it's a good dark color that's not too dark so you get a full, rich look on your nail that's not lost indoors or in dim lighting. When you go outside, the shimmer sparkles really nicely, which is an extra little present inside the polish.
The formula was again, excellent. It was fully opaque in two coats, and was not a fussy polish at all. It actually dries with a pretty good shine and the shimmer comes out nicely without a top coat so that was a nice touch in the polish.
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.
As a green polish, I absolutely recommend this!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Butter London Bluey | Swatches & Review!

Sorry for the late post today! I do have a rather beautiful polish for you though so perhaps worth the wait :)
Bluey is a deep blue marine polish with a bright cerulean shimmer running through it. The formula is on the slightly thinner side, so I used about four coats of polish, but the polish gets super opaque and very shimmery so it wasn't a difficult formula.
The color is very, very, VERY pretty but it also isn't the most unique color out there. There are a lot of dark shimmery blue polishes, so it sort of depends on what shade you are looking for. This polish has a slight green undertone in the shimmer, which you can see in the bottle in the photo above.
Good news is, this polish didn't stain my nail beds when I removed it, which can sometimes be an issue with dark blue polishes.
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Butter London Henley Regatta | Swatches & Review!

Here is another Butter London glitter for all of you all this afternoon.
Henley Regatta is a teal and green microglitter in a clear base. I'll let you know right now, this was a pain to get to full opacity in a photo. It's most definitely meant to be a top coat over a different colored base.
The formula is on the thicker side making it a really awesomely bad time to layer and get to full glitter coverage. It works pretty decently as a polish to use over other polishes though. With one coat you get a partial glitter coverage so you can see the base coat underneath.
Although this is a beautiful polish and although I love glitter, and love teal, I have to say that Nubar's Teal Glitter is infinitely a better product because it layers easier yet you can still use it for the same function as this polish. Henley Regatta is most definitely not the polish I would recommend first. It's a pity though because this really is a beautiful polish in the bottle, and in this photo even. Just the experience of using it has turned me off from it, knowing that there are better teal glitters out there.
Butter London polishes are available at Ulta and Nordstrom and other department stores.
Have you guys used this? Did you guys have as much trouble as I have?

Butter London Two Fingered Salute | Swatches & Review!

Butter London's Two Fingered Salute is not a polish I would've expected from the brand. Of the polishes I've shown you so far, they sort of represent what the core of the line is - bold, girly, feminine but still with an edge. Even Fash Pack, which is one of the more neutral colors I have, had that shimmer running through it to be not a completely understated polish.
Two Fingered Salute is a sage green with a bronze shimmer. The polish base itself is on the more gentle side and isn't as bold as the other colors I have. It's definitely a beautiful color and I think it's a nice addition to the Butter London collection. Keep in mind that I also don't own every BL polish so I know there are many other understated colors like this. This was just the first that really caught my eye in their line as a softer, more muted color.
Formula wise, it's got a smooth application and is opaque in two coats. The bronze pieces of shimmer comes through very nicely and doesn't sink into the polish. It's bright against the base and the color combination is very unique to my collection as a whole. I absolutely love this polish and it's probably one of my favorite polishes by Butter London that I own.
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.
Do you guys have this polish? I love it! Let me know what you think about it :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Butter London Slapper | Swatches & Review!

I really should just leave this post as a photo. LOOK AT IT.
This is Butter London's Slapper and it's a beauty, inside and out.
Eshani, or TtlMakeupJunkie101, posted a picture of this on her Instagram years ago, and she was the first that I saw this on. For about a year after seeing her photo, I finally had purchased it but still hadn't put it on. It's a turquoise creme, and you know I love my teals and turquoises, but I just had so many that I never got around to using it.
Finally about 2 years ago, I wore it for the first time and was blown away. It's a very bright turquoise creme with a flawless formula that glides on the nail and dries to a perfectly shiny finish. It's opaque in two coats. It's got that really good Butter London formula (as opposed to the bad formulas I've encountered through some of their polishes) that is just effortless.
Even after two years, this polish still had a fantastic formula. It was good to see that it hadn't dried out yet. 
I absolutely am in love with this polish and it's definitely a keeper :)
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores. 

Butter London Knackered | Swatches & Review

Good afternoon! Today I have Knackered from Butter London :)
In theory, this polish seemed like a total hit for me. In the bottle, and in the descriptions on various websites, it's a multichrome polish with holo pieces of microglitter mixed in. The multichrome goes from a silver to a bright pink and over to a nice green. There are shades of purple and blue in there as well.
However, in practice, it falls pretty flat. Yes, in the sunlight it looks fantastic, as you can see in these photos. But the formula is so thin. There are five coats of this polish in the photos. FIVE. And you can still see a visible nail line in my photos. Not only that, when indoors, the polish has a very foggy, look to it. There isn't really a strong color or a strong glitter. You can see how flat it falls in my photo below that was taken in the shade. There's a hint of glitter but that's because I was still outside. Indoors there is no glitter, ever. It just looks like a pale silver shimmery polish. Super 90s.
Although it looks good outside, it doesn't make up for such a thin formula and for such little individuality when indoors.
Butter London polishes are available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.
Have any of you tried this polish? Was yours as thin as mine??

in shade

Monday, July 7, 2014

Butter London Lilibet's Jubilee | Swatches & Review!

Metallic finish polishes are some of the most crazy beautiful polishes. This one is no exception.
Butter London's Lilibet's Jubilee, in honor of Queen Elizabeth's reign, was released a few years ago during the Queen's Jubilee. It's a bright lilac metallic polish with one of the best reflective finishes EVER.
The color is a lovely soft lilac that looks very purple in person, although it does photograph fairly on the silver side. It's a unique color with a fantastically glitzy finish and is definitely a must-have BL polish. The formula is perfection - it goes on opaque in 1-2 coats and was the easiest to work with.
I believe this was a limited edition polish but you can still occasionally find it online in various etailers. Otherwise, Butter London polishes are available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.

Butter London Lovely Jubbly | Swatches & Review!

Good morning! Happy monday :) Let's get the week started with some glitter.
Butter London's Lovely Jubbly is a combination of pink, red, blue and silver pieces of microglitter in a clear base. The base is on the slightly thicker side but the glitter is fairly densely packed so it goes on in one coat as a beautifully glittery array of color on the nail.
However, this performs better as a top coat rather than a polish on it's own. Again, the base is on the thicker side so it doesn't play well with layering. In the photo there are 3 coats, which can get you full opacity but it was a crazy hot mess to get it to look good. It was chunky, it dragged and it was sort of a nightmare.
With one coat, it was very easy to apply and finished very well on the nail.
Butter London polishes are available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Butter London Fash Pack | Swatches & Review!

Here is another neutral, work appropriate color from Butter London.
Fash Pack is a creamy mushroom brown with a delicate gold shimmer running through it. In indoor lighting, the shimmer isn't that apparent, but out in the sunlight the shimmer comes through really nicely. It's great for work since the shimmer isn't distracting or too intense and the base color itself is a great neutral. It's a little on the warm side, but I still think it'll look good on a wide range of skin tones.
Formula wise, it was fantastic. Another example of Butter London's really good formula. It was easy to work with and layered amazingly. It was opaque in two coats and had it's own natural shine to it.
In case you were looking for a color like China Glaze's Ingrid, this is a great alternative.
Butter London polishes are available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July! | Holiday Nails :)

Happy 4th, everyone! (Well, to all Americans lol)
Here's a quick NOTW for you guys before I go off to celebrate.
For the silver holo I used NFU Oh Holo 61, for the glitter, I used Lynnderella The Stars in Her Eyes..., and for the red and blue chevron I used Hits Apolo and Ozotic 518.
I wanted to do something rainbow and fun so I used holos and star glitter. For the negative space chevron I was inspired by WorkingGirlNails and StormAndStars on Instagram! They both had done negative space chevron manis before, but theirs were in a gradient. I kept the 4th theme though and did an alternating pattern instead.
For the chevron I got the craft scissors that cut zig-zags and just cut pieces of tape then applied them to my nail and peeled it off while the polish was still wet.
NFU Oh you can get on fabuloustreet.com and the Lynnderella is available on eBay. The holos used to be available on Llarowe - the Hits was reformulated so I don't know how the formula for the new polishes are but the colors are the same. The Ozotic however is not available anymore. Luckily, many brands make holos now so you can readily find red holos online!
I hope you all have an amazing and safe holiday weekend :) Videos and posts will be back to normal in the next few days!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Butter London Toff | Swatches & Review!

For everybody looking for a good neutral in Butter London's line, I have a few of them, starting with Toff.
Toff is a dusty, midtoned mauve, with a slight rose tone to it. It's a good fall color and a good color for the office without going too dark, too brown or too neutral. Just like Trout Pout, this had an excellent formula, gliding onto the nail very easily and working very well without dragging or pulling.
This polish is actually one of my favorite Butter London polishes because of the unique color. It's very reminiscent of Essie's Angora Cardi. You'd think a lot of brands would make this sort of muted berry color but surprisingly they don't.
I absolutely recommend this polish to everyone looking to try the Butter London products. I was actually given this as a gift from Radha and am always so thankful whenever I wear it :D
Butter London polishes are available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other department stores.
Do you guys have a favorite neutral creme? Let me know in the comments!

Butter London Trout Pout | Swatches & Review!

Butter London's Trout Pout is another very popular color with a great reputation online. This one definitely lives up to it's reputation, unlike Cheeky Chops, which I reviewed this morning.
Trout Pout is a very bright, almost neon (but it's not, even though my camera is pretty convinced it is) coral with pink undertones. It's sort of salmon-y, sort of melon-y. Very summery and cute and bright and happy :) It's not a super unique color though; brands like Essie and OPI definitely have colors very similar to this in their lines.
The formula is perfection on this one. It was very smooth, opaque and easy to work with. It was fully opaque in two coats, and had an amazing shine after it was dry. The color didn't get thick like Cheeky Chops did and layered really well without dragging or pulling on previous coats.
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and stores where department store products are sold.
Have you guys tried Trout Pout? What do you think?

Butter London Cheeky Chops | Swatches & Review

Happy July 1st! Happy Canada Day! Here's a polish that has nothing to do with Canada lol.
Butter London's Cheeky Chops is a bright, banana yellow creme. Of the yellow polishes I've read about and seen on the internet, I think Cheeky Chops get's the most attention and has the best reputation for formula, color and performance.
Hopefully all these people's bottles are better than mine is because mine is really sort of awful.
Color wise, it is definitely unique in the world of yellow polishes. It's not pastel, and is very close to a primary yellow. It's not a jelly either, it's a full on creme polish. Aside from the fact that I sort of really dislike this shade of yellow on me, it definitely gets due credit for being a unique color.
Formula wise though, it was pretty terrible. It went on streaky, and started to get real thick if you layered it more than twice on the nail. It didn't smooth out all that well, even with a top coat. This is the second or third time I've used this polish, so it really shouldn't have been an issue of the polish starting to dry out, but some of my other Butter London polishes have started to thicken (I haven't had most of them for longer than a year and a half) so it may be a flaw in the company's formula as a whole.
Would I recommend this polish to people? Nope. Unless you happen to really like this shade on your skintone and are willing to deal with the formula, I'd say steer clear of it. It's a good color for nail art, but I don't know if it's quite worth the price tag just to buy it for nail art.
Butter London is available at Ulta, Nordstrom and other stores that sell department store products.
Do you have a favorite yellow polish you recommend? Let me know in the comments!