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butter LONDON Autumn/Winter 2012
Nails, Shopping - Comments (4) - August 13th, 2012

I really like butter LONDON’s nail polish. They recently released their Autumn/Winter colors, and they all look sooo pretty! Check them out!

Dodgy Barnett is a holographic lacquer in between grey and silver. This one is definitely piquing my interest!

Gobsmacked is a charcoal grey glitter nail lacquer with a slightly textured finish. It has silver glitter. It looks like a sparkling night sky, and I wannit! I don’t usually dig glitters so much, but this one looks beautimous.

Lovely Jubbly is magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue and gold micro-particles. It looks pretty, but a little busy for my taste.

Shag is a metallic burgundy wine color. I always love the deep burgundy colors!

Trustafarian is a sage green color with a golden holographic finish. I like the green!

Lacquered Lover has some nice swatch photos of the collection here. There are good swatch pics here as well!

Which of these do you think are must-have colors?

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Polish & Co. Nail Polish Review
Nails, Reviews - Comments Off - July 26th, 2012

I don’t write about nail polish enough. I have a ton, and I love to shop for the stuff, but somehow it doesn’t get enough love on the blog. I’m definitely going to try to do better in the future! Today’s review is for Polish & Co., a North Carolina based company specializing in fun, flattering colors for all skin tones.

Polish & Co. nail polishes are formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP free. The formula is a thinner consistency, but not too thin or watery. It applies really easily, and two coats gives a perfect, opaque coverage. I tried two shades, Shi Krazy, a blue-teal color, and Code 9, more of a darker blue.

Code 9 is a great color. It’s like a darker cornflower blue, almost navy. It has a really pretty glossy finish.

Shi-Krazy is a pretty teal blue color. This picture shows just a single coat – it’s quite opaque and applies without streaks or weirdness! It also has a great, glossy finish.

The polishes have good wear. I’m going on a week now with minimal tip wear and no chipping. Overall, I think the polishes are really pretty, and the color palette is great. At $12 each, they are priced in line with other high-end polishes. Overall, I give Polish & Co. two thumbs up!

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butter LONDON Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Nails, Shopping - Comments (1) - January 12th, 2012

I don’t normally blog about new collections, but I wanted to make an exception this time because these colors are just SO DARNED PRETTY!! butter LONDON released their Spring/Summer collection and I am in lust for several of the shades!

First, Bossy Boots. Look at this beautiful pistachio green color! It’s like the mint colors I’m obsessed with, only better!

I’m also lusting after Knackered. It’s a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles.

Last, but not least, is Trout Pout. I love the name, I love the cantaloupe color!

There are two more colors, a teal and a hot pink, but these three are the ones I’m most interested in trying. The Blush Beauty Bar in Portland carries butter LONDON so I’m going to have to go check out the new colors in person!

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Julep Maven Review
Nails, Reviews - Comments Off - November 22nd, 2011

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now, but keep forgetting. Back in October, I signed up for the Julep Maven program, a service provided by Julep, a nail care company based in Seattle. The Julep Maven concept is simple: you fill out a survey to determine your “style” type, and each month they send you products matching your style. It’s $19.99 a month, but you can skip a month (or even multiple months) if you don’t want that month’s box (or can’t afford it or whatever).

When I signed up, the box I received contained two nail polishes (retail value of $14 each) plus a Facial For Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub. I also used a discount code offered on Facebook, so my box was considerably less than $19.99, but even if I had paid that much it would have been a good deal. The two colors I received were Alfre and Reese.

The polish is nice. My sister and I have both worn Alfre and it’s a really pretty purple color. Two coats gives perfect coverage, and it seems to wear well with a topcoat. (The smudge in the picture is totally due to my clumsiness, not the polish.) Reese is a little fussier, being a kind of weird cream finish that is harder to work with. It’s a pretty color though, I like it a lot. The hand scrub is nice.

The November options weren’t so awesome, in my opinion. The one originally selected for my “style” consisted of a nail polish, a lip gloss, and a makeup bag. Umm, no. I already have too many lip glosses and makeup bags, especially for $19.99. I don’t care how awesome it is. I could have chosen the Polish Lover’s box, which had three nail polishes, but I didn’t care for the colors offered. So I chose to skip November.

December’s box is a nail polish (red), top coat, and body butter. *sigh* I really don’t want body butter in a scent I probably won’t like (pomegranate) and the only choice that doesn’t involve this body butter is a color I don’t care for with nail appliques I’m not interested in.

So… I’m thinking probably I’m too picky for Julep Maven to work out for me. If it was always going to be nail polish and hand care, that would work out. But I don’t want lip gloss or makeup bags or nail appliques or body butter… Yup. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad deal or anything, but I’m just not too excited about it at this point. I’ll wait and see what January brings before I decide to cancel (since I can keep skipping months, or so it seems).

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Nail Fun!
Nails - Comments Off - October 9th, 2011

I’m trying to get back into the habit of painting my nails regularly, because I have a lot of polish colors, and also because I like it when my nails are painted. It makes me feel girly and pretty. :)

This color is OPI for Sephora’s Leaf Him At The Alter, which apparently isn’t online anymore – but there was still stock at my local Sephora store. It’s a great leafy green with a lot of silver and a bit of gold shimmer to it. I did two coats on a base coat, with top coat.

Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Others might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention.

Fingernails: What’s normal, what’s not

Your fingernails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration.

Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age. Fingernails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice:

  • Changes in nail color, such as discoloration of the entire nail or a dark streak under the nail
  • Changes in nail shape, such as curled nails
  • Thinning or thickening of the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Swelling or pain around the nails
  • Failure of nails to grow out

Fingernail care: Do’s

To keep your fingernails looking their best:

  • Keep fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
  • Practice good nail hygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. Learn more about roy williams clear nails plus here
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
  • Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.
  • Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

Fingernail care: Don’ts

To prevent nail damage, don’t:

  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Use harsh nail care products. Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

A note about manicures and pedicures

If you rely on manicures or pedicures for healthy-looking nails, keep a few things in mind. Stick to salons that display a current state license, and work only with technicians also licensed by the state board. Don’t have your cuticles removed — they act to seal the skin to the nail plate, so removal can lead to nail infection. Also, make sure your nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your procedure to prevent the spread of infection.

You might also ask how the foot baths are cleaned. Ideally, a bleach solution is used between clients and the filters are cleaned regularly.

It’s easy to neglect your nails — but taking some basic steps can keep your fingernails healthy and strong.

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Butter London Hen Party Nail Polish
Nails - Comments (3) - April 15th, 2011

I needed to add something to a order to get free shipping, so I decided to try a new (to me) brand of nail polish. I purchased a butter London nail polish in the color Hen Party. It seems to be a hit around here!

butter LONDON seems to be based out of Seattle, which is cool (sort of local…) and are “3 Free” and High Fashion. Hen Party is described as a sheer opal lacquer. It looks very work-friendly, which is why I ordered it. The packaging has its pluses and minuses. I like the thinner shape, it has a smaller footprint that a square bottle (important if you have to store a LOT of nail polis). The lid consists of an outer plastic lid, and an inner screw-on lid. I can appreciate that the outer lid looks nice, but I personally think it’s just an excessive waste of plastic. You can get the best claer nails information click over here

My sister gamely volunteered to paint her nails with it and be my hand model – her hands are prettier than mine! (I posed her on one of her textbooks, lol, because I liked the bird.) The polish went on very evenly, with only two coats needed for a perfect milky opalescent look. It’s great! So far it seems to be wearing really well, with a single layer of topcoat. You can read up on tophealthjournalthe best option to nails care.

Overall, I’m digging my butter LONDON nail polish, and really need to get off my lazy butt and paint my own nails with it. Would I buy more? These little suckers aren’t cheap ($14 a bottle) but I like the formula. So, I probably would, there are some other pale colors that look good (Cream Tea, Pearly Queen, Teddy Girl) and I’m kind of obsessed with pale colors right now!

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5 Things: Happy Beauty
5 Things, Eyeshadow, Hot Lips, Nails, Perfume - Comments (1) - May 25th, 2010

I’ve got a lot of stress going on in my life right now, job stress mostly, and fun beauty stuff always cheers me up. So this 5 Things is about the stuff I’ve found lately that is just perking up my day!

1. Shrek by OPI nail colors. I am just loving these fun, bright colors! I have Who The Shrek Are You? on my toes and I’m going to do a mani today with What’s With The Catittude?

2. Aromaleigh Victoria’s Revenge Limited Edition Eyeshadows – I was lucky enough to receive samples to review and share with all of you, and boy howdy are they GAWGEOUS! Expect multiple posts soon.

3. The new Badger Balm Lip Tints & Shimmers are so fabulous! These double-ended goodies boast beautiful sheer lip tints with ultra-moisturizing cocoa butter and olive oil. Love them!

4. FLOWERBYKENZO La Cologne is Kenzo’s newest fragrance, a citrus twist on the original FLOWERBYKENZO scent. I like the bitterness of the petitgrain paired with the powdery notes of the original. I’ll be reviewing this in full soon!

5. Fyrinnae’s new Lip Lustre shades are so pretty! I ordered Puppy Love and Ultra Phantom, and of course now I notice there are another FOUR new ones! Gah!! Next order, next order…

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New Sally Hansen Complete Salon Nail Polish – want!
Nails - Comments Off - January 12th, 2010

BottleI was cruising through Walgreens the other day, and happened upon a display of new Sally Hansen nail polishes, the Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish. Ooooh!!!

It’s a totally new line with 42 shades that range from super-sheer to deep, with stops in metallic-land and bright-city. Sally Hansen’s website is not up-to-date with the new collection, but so far I’ve managed to find it online at Ulta – check it out!

Until I have a chance to snag a few and give them a test drive, I’ll point you to some reviews by other bloggers. Here’s a review of Yellow Kitty (a great yellow shade), and here’s one of Commander-in-Chic.

I’m particularly interested in Pat on The Black and Gray by Gray. Some of these will definitely be hitting my nail polish collection soon!

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