5.29.2015

butter LONDON Shine Out Loud Cosmetics: Swatches, Review & GIVEAWAY!

Provided for review

Happy Friday!  Today I have four items from butter LONDON to talk about!  I have always loved butter LONDON's lacquers, so when I was contacted about reviewing a few of their beauty items as well, I was really excited!  butter LONDON's cosmetics are iconically bold and vibrant, but today I have some classic items to show you!  Be sure to read to the end of the post for info on an Instagram-only giveaway for these four items!


First up, let's discuss the butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black.  This eye liner is fabulous...probably the nicest one I have ever tried.  It applies so smoothly and is highly pigmented.  I tried it on my lower and upper lids and had great wear in both places!  butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencils are available in a variety of bold and classic colors and sell for $18 each.




butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Ladybird is a bold, orange-red lip color with a fierce shine.  This is a bit bolder than I usually wear my lips, but it's a red tone that would look great with a bit of a suntan!  I was really impressed with the shine and pigmentation, and it was easy to work with.  There's even a sharpener in the cap, so you always have a precision tip for easy application!  Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons are available in a variety of bold and neutral shades and retail for $20.




Quick arm swatches of the Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black and the Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Ladybird.  They both basically apply themselves!


butter LONDON Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara is a bold black mascara with an awesome multi-functional applicator brush.  I used the main part of the brush to coat my lashes, and then used the bulb-like end to really add definition to the tips.  I have super short, stubby lashes, but I got a lot of curl and definition with this mascara!  Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara sells for $20.




Finally, I have some swatches of butter LOND Ladybird lacquer.  I love how butter LONDON coordinates their cosmetics with their classic lacquer shades!  This is a bold red jelly with orange-tones.  It's super bright and extremely on-trend for summer, yet 100% classic!  This is three coats to cover some visible nail line, but two coats would be fine on shorter nails.




I am so excited about these products: I will definitely pick up Wink Eye Pencils in other bright shades and the Iconoclast Mascara is lovely.  Ladybird is such an iconic shade that is so "in" right now...I just love it!  I can't wait to wear the lippy and lacquer at the same time this summer with a tan :)





5.28.2015

China Glaze Desert Escape Collection for Summer 2015: Swatches & Review!

Provided for review

Hello polished friends, and happy Thursday!  Today I have the new China Glaze Desert Escape specialty collection for Summer 2015 to show you.  This limited edition, six-piece collection will be available at Lock & Mane starting June 1 (more info on availability at the end of the post!).  This collection definitely has a muted, dusty desert-feel, yet the tones are bright and summery!  Let's take a look...


First up, we have China Glaze Don't Desert Me, a glowing, metallic pink polish.  This is a bit frosty, but I actually love the effect when the polish is applied carefully.  It's like a modern frost!  This is two easy coats.  I can't wait to try this one in a pedicure...




China Glaze Don't Mesa With My Heart is a dusty, baby pink creme.  This one was a bit streaky during application, but smoothed out in two coats.




China Glaze Meet Me In The Mirage is a rose gold metallic polish that really sparkles!  This is two coats, and it's a nice contrast to the cremes in the collection.




China Glaze Rain Dance The Night Away is a bold bright blue creme.  I don't know what it is, but I can't seem to get enough of shades like this!  This is two easy coats!




China Glaze The Heat Is On is a bright orange-toned jelly.  These shades are so on-trend this summer, yet 100% classic!  This is two coats.




China Glaze What's She Dune? is a pretty putty nude.  Perfect for a nail art base.  This is two creamy coats.




I love these shades!  I can't wait to play with all of them in some nail art.  Again, the China Glaze Desert Escape Collection is available exclusively at Lock & Mane, a new online retailer.  They will carry all six shades, plus Fringe With Benefits (kit featuring three lacquers and temporary tattoos), Art You Looking Tribal (kit featuring three lacquers and an It's So Easy StripeRite in black...my fav!), and Tribal Council (a set of six mini-micro lacquers).  Sally Beauty will carry select kits, but not the individual polishes and ULTA will not be carrying this collection at all.  Long story short: head over to Lock & Mane!  Which shades in this collection are you loving? :)


5.27.2015

THE NAIL BLOGGER CUP!

Hello polished friends!  Happy hump day ;)  Today's post is a quick nail art manicure inspired by, and in honor of, the AMAZING multi-chrome tumbler from Starbucks.  I saw the cup on social media...told myself that I didn't need it....it was cool...but I didn't need it....then I SAW IT AND I NEEDED IT!  The urge to wear an awesome multi-chrome polish was super strong once I brought the mug home, so this manicure was born!


The star of the show here is KBShimmer Rollin' With My Chromies, a multi-chromatic and holographic polish!  This polish shares the purple-blue shift with the cup, which is awesome!  At extreme angles both the polish and the cup have an pinkish-orange-red shift too.  Very cool.  Inspired by the matte finish on the black lid of the cup, I did a graphic tip with It's So Easy StripeRite and didn't top coat it so that it would stay matte when it dried.  This created a cool look, but I was able to scrape off the black once it dried, so it was not long-wearing.





While I don't usually love fancy tip manicures, I thought this was a fun twist on it.  It's graphic, and the contrast of finishes is fun...and it looks awesome next to the cup!



Do you own this nail-addict-must-have?!

KBShimmer polish used in this post was provided for previous review.
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