Body•Spa•Banquet on The Lacquerologist #7

Another month gone by, another Body•Spa•Banquet on The Lacquerologist post!  Back-to-school is traditionally a slow time for me since people are getting their routines back in order, but I've still seen a lot of my regular clients and had an enjoyable month!  People are slowly warming up to darker colors as fall creeps in, which allows for new designs!  The chevron/V-block accent nail has been the big seller for early October :)  Let's take a look at some of my nail art manicures, done in OPI GelColor and traditional lacquers.

Lots of gold (Pink Gellac by Chickettes Luxury Gold to be exact!) and OPI Venice as fall rolls in officially...lots of fun!  In my last Body•Spa•Banquet on The Lacquerologist post, I shared that I had decided to have new hours at the spa, which have been working out well (and I love having a few days at home each week to really focus on blogging and nail art...and housework ha).  However, my evening and Saturday availability is filling up quickly as the holiday season approaches, so if you're local to Northeast Ohio and would like to come in, be sure to schedule ASAP!  <3

Emily Draher does business as Body Spa Banquet Nails.


butter LONDON ShadowClutch & Wardrobe Duos: Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hello polished friends, and happy Thursday.  Today I have a quick cosmetics review for you featuring butter LONDON!  I always loved butter LONDON's quality and unique nail polishes, but I have to say that I am equally, if not more, impressed with their cosmetic offerings!  Today, I have the butter LONDON ShadowClutch in Natural Charm to show you, as well as the Fancy Flutter Wardrobe Duo and the Moody Blues Wardrobe Duo.

In typical butter LONDON fashion, the packaging is beautiful.  The ShadowClutch palette comes in a gorgeous matte black box that flips open to show the detail on the lid of the palette: feathers!  butter LONDON's little mascot is a raven (I believe she is named Branwen after the Queen's raven?), and they have carried that motif onto the lid of the palette, which is a detail I LOVE!

The butter LONDON ShadowClutch in Natural Charm comes loaded with six shadows and a double sided brush, that I found easy to use.  I don't have a huge make-up brush collection, so I love when the products come with a nice one.  The palette includes: Linen (matte vanilla), Citrine (coral sheen), Quartz (warm beige sheen), Camel (matte nude), Leather (matte chocolate brown), and Camo (dark khaki sheen).

The great thing about this palette is that it is highly customizable with the butter LONDON Wardrobe Duo eyeshadows!  You can pop the top off the bottom half of the palette and slide shadows in and out, which is super fun.  I prefer metallic/sheen shades, so I'll probably trade out the mattes for the metallic in the Wardrobe Duos.

The butter LONDON Wardrobe Duos are two-packs of eyeshadows that come packaged in sturdy cardboard boxes.  No compact or protection really, but they are designed to switch in and out of your ShadowClutch, so that makes sense.  I received two Wardrobe Duos, pictured below: butter LONDON Fancy Flutter Wardrobe Duo that includes Feather (beige sheen) and Plume (chameleon sheen), and butter LONDON Moody Blues Wardrobe Duo that includes Sapphire (deep navy sheen) and Sequins (soft mint green sheen).

Fancy Flutter Wardrobe Duo

Moody Blues Wardrobe Duo
Now let's look at some swatches!  butter LONDON claims that these shadows are primer infused and oil absorbing with lasting power and big color pay-off.  After watching all the shades and wearing a few of them, I have to say that I am impressed!  For these swatches, I used the brush included in the ShadowClutch to apply a few swipes of shadow to my bare arm (no water or primer used).  

1 Linen
2 Citrine
3 Camo
4 Camel
5 Quartz
6 Leather

1 Sapphire
2 Sequins
3 Feather
4 Plume

Plume is a really interesting shade that has duochromatic properties!  In the swatch above, it looks copper, but in the pan, it looks more greenish.  Can't wait to play with that one more!  I've decided to share a quick picture of my look I created using Camo, Quartz and Citrine.  The rest of my make-up routine remained the same and I topped it off with butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Toff.  I received a lot of complements on my look when I wore this :)

The colors blended easily and looked perfect after twelve hours when I removed my make-up!  I am impressed and will reach for this palette again and again.  I don't own tons of high-end makeup, but I've tried enough to know that I have favorites that I keep going back to (cough...Naked 2...cough) and I love this just as much!  The butter LONDON ShadowClutch is available in two color families and retails for $39.99 and the Wardrobe Duos are available in four different color combos for $15 each.  I hope to see butter LONDON add more and more color options, because I will definitely add to my collection!


Girly Bits It Was The Fireball + My New England Weekend!

Purchased by me

Hello polished friends!  Today's post serves several purposes.  First, I want to show a gorgeous Girly Bits polish I recently purchased, and because I'm a bum, I took the photos after my trip, so they also serve a wear test to show how about Girly Bits and KBShimmer are :)  Finally, I'd like to share some photos from my trip a few weekends ago!  I've been on a big holo-kick lately so I wanted a bold, bright red holographic polish.  I turned to some of my nail polish friends and they suggested this beautiful from Girly Bits!

Girly Bits It Was The Fireball is a bright red linear holographic polish.  SO BEAUTIFUL!  This is three coats with KBShimmer Clearly On Top to make sure there was no visible nail line when the sun was shining.  I wore the same color on my toes and only needed two coats there.  Great formula...just all around perfect!

Love love love...this will be my go-to shade this fall, no questions asked!  Again, these photos were taken six days into wearing this manicure...nothing but a little tip wear!  I bought this beauty from the Girly Bits website for $9.92USD...worth every penny!

So, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was in Massachusetts two weekends ago for my cousin Aaron's wedding to his love Charlotte.  My mom, husband and I drove out together and it was a great time.  After the wedding in Nonquitt, MA, we drove to Plymouth, MA to go whale watching, and even hit Niagara Falls, NY on the way back west!  Nonquitt was a gorgeous community - I feel so fortunate to have been able to visit!  Here are some photos (many of which I did not share on Instagram).

My mom, me and my husband, Benn at the beach!

Benn and me at Friday night dinner.

Nonquitt, MA

Breakfast and coffee truck on Saturday morning (potentially my favorite part!!)

Walk on the beach in Nonquitt, MA

The boardwalk in Nonquitt, MA

My cousin Aaron, the groom!

The reception tent on Saturday night

We saw Plymouth Rock on Sunday

Whale watching at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary on Sunday

Whale watching at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary on Sunday

Niagara Falls from the American side on Monday
I hope you enjoyed this post...I love sharing bits and pieces of life with you all!  Our trip to Nonquitt for Charlotte & Aaron's wedding was a weekend I'll never forget...and I will definitely be wearing It Was The Fireball again soon!

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