Posts Tagged butter London
…I know it’s not officially summer yet, but the weather we’ve had the past couple days sure feel like it’s arrived! Of course, we’re supposed to have rain tomorrow ~sigh~ but then it’s gonna be another beauty of a day Wednesday (followed by MORE rain!) so…yea. We take the sunny days when we can get ‘em!
Anyway, yesterday I spend a leisurely, glorious day outside doing a bunch of polish swatches, finishing off with a full pedicure in butter London’s Poole, and full mani in my new Chanel :) I think this is one of the best pairings I’ve done this season – I’ve been doing mani/pedi’s for about a month now, ever since Florida, but I wasn’t totally satisfied with the combinations, hence why you haven’t seen any photos yet. This one is a good’un, though! It’s very feminine and delicate and has a super-chill vibe to it. I think the aqua looks particularly good against my camel & gold thong sandals!
Sp pretty :) The other upside to wearing somewhat softer shades rather than bold brights is that they go with more of your wardrobe choices – I often find I have to choose my outfits based on my polish (or my makeup…I’m serious lol), and it can be a bit limiting. You can TELL I’m not a fashionista, eh? ALL ABOUT THE BEAUTY, baby!
What do you think of this polish combo? What colour combo for mani & pedi’s do you wear most often?
So yea. I sneezed funny on Sunday and then the next day I was sick with a cold. Has that ever happened to anyone else? I’m being dead serious – it’s like the sneeze dislodged the sickness or something. Ugh. Anyway, I was off work today and pretty much was a slug all day; even looking at the computer screen hurts my eyes. I am weird and don’t take medication when I’m sick (unless it’s that time of the month – then, JACK ME UP BABY) because I feel like it just masks the pain and makes me stay sick for longer. Or I’m a martyr. Either or. At least I know when I get pregnant one day I’ll be totally used to not being able to take meds (but I will not hesitate to get an epidural – eff that). So there’s that.
Anyway, I have photos of two polishes I had done comparison swatches for but never posted them, so here they are. First up is Chanel’s Orange Fizz (which I happen to be wearing this week, and seriously – I LOVE IT SO MUCH you guys should all buy a bottle, it’s good times) which I swatched against all my other orangey-coral polishes (spoiler – there are no dupes that I own, so you should just go buy a bottle of the real stuff):
You can see that aside from the LA Colors shade, the rest of the polishes are all in the same vein, but Flirty Tankini is less saturated and dries with a flat finish (though probably the closest match); Surfin’ for Boys is more pink and with a pearlesence about it; and Daytripper is more pink. What I love about Orange Fizz is that it’s super-shiny on it’s own, has a squishy quality to it, and is somehow both soft enough for spring but bright enough that it will be awesome in summer too :)
The next polish I have to show you is one I recently picked up from American Apparel, called Downtown LA. I was in the store a couple weeks ago buying Neon Violet for a gal at work, since she loved it so much on me, and decided to take advantage of the buy 3 for $18 deal (I also picked up their matte top coat for fun). Downtown LA is a bold red that leans ever so slightly orange. It is exceptionally close to butter London’s Come to Bed Red, though bL’s version really is more of a true red without the orange lean. I can tell the difference between the two but if I didn’t tell you, I’m sure you wouldn’t guess:
I have a hard time wearing red polish as I find on my skintone it looks a bit garish; however, I wore Downtown LA last week and actually liked it quite a bit. The warmer tone of the polish worked better on me than Come to Bed Red has in the past, and I made sure to cut my nails super-short which made the manicure less in-your-face. I won’t be stocking up on red polishes any time soon but it’s still nice to have a few great ones in your arsenal! I’ll likely pass along my butter London shade – I always hate to part with more high-end brands but I know I’ll never choose it over the AA color. I have to say, I really like AA polishes – they are almost one-coaters and apply so well!
So, I hope this keeps you entertained until I get better! I usually go into repair mode when I’m sick and rarely stay down for long, so I’ll be up and kickin’ by the weekend I’m sure :D
What do you do with your nail polish dupes? Do you find red a difficult color to wear?
I’m feeling very antsy and at odds today and I’m not entirely sure why. I think partly it’s because I work tomorrow and Thursday night at Clinique so those two evenings are shot, and I have a late doctor’s appointment Wednesday which means I won’t get home till super-late as well. So essentially my week is over, good night :(
Anyway! The best kind of posts for when you can’t sit still is a nail polish post – you can make ‘em quick and dirty (unless you tend to be chatty like I am). Today I have for you a GORGEOUS polish which I sadly couldn’t capture in it’s full glory (but trust me – its effing AMAZING): butter London’s Royal Navy.
With flash, you can see how seriously blue this polish can be – however, when worn, it’s rather dark and the blue tones are quite elusive. It looks more like the shot below, like the Atlantic Ocean – super dark blue-black with just a hint of it’s true colors around the edges:
For those of you who don’t live near the Atlantic Ocean, it seriously looks just like this – the Pacific Ocean, alternatively, is like this crazy aquamarine! – totally shocked me when I went to New Zealand.
I tried and I tried and I TRIED to get the polish to photograph as beautifully as it looks when worn, but to no avail. Sunlight didn’t bring it out; actually, when it looks it’s most stunning is in diffused, indirect, warm lighting – which is a bitch to photograph in. Needless to say, I’m not happy….but I tried my best!
The second shot is where I captured its beauty most, but the polish is so damn shiny that it kept reflecting off the flash (argh!). But that is essentially how it looks at it’s most entrancing.
This last shot makes it almost look like a jelly, but it’s not. Two coats to full opaqueness, although it’s nearly done in one. Applies easily with a good flow to the formula, though because of it’s darkness you do need to be a bit more careful than usual with application.
I love this polish with all my heart! These kinds of super-dark shades work best for me, rather than mid-tones or more muted/dusty ones. I also like ‘em dark like this because I feel like it transcends seasons – this would be suitable no matter what the weather or situation, because it’s essentially a neutral…..a BAD-ASS neutral, too :P
Any polishes you fallen head over heels for lately?
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I picked this up back in July, but am just getting around to reviewing it now – sorry! I wanted to be sure of its efficacy (or non-efficacy) and I didn’t feel comfortable reviewing it until recently.
There are some definite pros to this formula…and also some cons. First of all, the good stuff. This is by far the nicest looking base coat on the nails I have ever used. I mean, really. Behold:Now, ignore the yellowness of my nails, of course. These photos were taken back in July before I buffed the S*^t outta them :P And my cuticles are looking better these days too. Just sayin’!
In any case, I just find that this base coat alone makes the nails look GOOOOD. It leaves a satin finish, and even with my nails being yellow-ish, it makes them look classy and relatively clean. Quite spiffy, I might say! Edit: Another benefit to this product is that because its not clear like most base coats, it helps to conceal VNL (visible nail line) – so if that’s a pet peeve of yours, this might just be perfect for you!
However, there is a downside. Unfortunately, I don’t find that this bonds my polish to the nail as well as I’d like. I notice a lot more chipping than usual since I’ve been using this, and let’s be real – I change my mani every three days (sometimes even less! I did my polish yesterday AM and tonight I’m changing it again already) – so there really shouldn’t be any chipping at all in that short a time frame. But, alas, there is. Also, I find that even though I’m only through maybe a 5th of the bottle – another pro: it does go a long way! – its getting a tad goopy and collects around the rim of the bottle, which annoys me somewhat. It occasionally flakes off into my polish, so that’s just not on. So…yeah. There’s that.
Overall, I’m just not totally sold on this base coat, unless you wanna spend $22CDN just to make your nails look pretty. I’m pretty sure you could get a similar effect by just buffing your nails! I’ll continue to use it because it’s not TERRIBLE, but I definitely wouldn’t repurchase. Even though I only wear my polish for a brief few days, I still want my *underwear* (and *outerwear*!) to work as it should.
Speaking of outerwear, I picked up a new fast drying top coat today by Revlon, just to check it out. Seche Vite has TOTALLY pissed me off with the insane thickness of it – I tried regular polish thinner to no avail, and I’ll be damned if I pick up Seche Restore, that just makes me crazy! Buying two products just to get one to work effectively? HELL to the No. I’ll find something else that works (though admittedly never as good Seche does in the first 1/4 of the bottle ~grumble~
….So, this post ended up not being so ‘quick’ afterall, eh? LOL
Please, tell me: What’s your favorite base and/or top coat!? I clearly need some help, guys!
Again with too much time on my hands! I’m home again from work today, still feeling pretty under the weather, and I want to make sure I get a ton of rest so I can get over this as fast as possible. My bf has had it for about two weeks now and I just don’t want that!! So gotta take care of myself.
I picked up Essie’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ a couple weeks ago when it was on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $2. $2 Essie!? Count me in! In the bottle its a pretty red with slight pink leanings, and subtle silver sparkle. This was part of the ‘Essie Loves Diamonds’ collection by Judith Ripka, which came out a couple years ago. I’d never heard of it or her, but apparently she is a jewelry designer. The silver sparkle in the polish is supposedly genuine diamond dust. Okey dokey!Again, yesterday when I was going through my stash, I realized that it was uncannily close to ‘Come to Bed Red’ by butter London, a beautiful, glossy, true red creme (previously reviewed here). Paired side by side, they look pretty close, with the Essie being slightly more faded.Once on the nail, you can see the slightly more muted tone of QofH as well. They’re not complete dupes, but pretty darn close – enough that I definitely don’t feel the need to own both. Check it out:In all shots you see ‘Queen of Hearts’ on the index and ring finger, and ‘Come to Bed Red’ on the middle and pinkie. The shots above show the slightly faded quality of QofH as compared to CTBR. Also, in all shots taken, the fine silver shimmer is absolutely nowhere to be seen. I couldn’t even see it with the naked eye in outdoor light, once on the nail.In these other two shots, I find that you can barely distinguish between the two – especially the last shot. Personally, I think that if you didn’t know I had two different polishes on, you’d never ever guess. And to me, if that’s the case, then these polishes are dupes. Of course I can say that one is more muted, and I’m sure you can see that slight difference, but if I don’t let on and you can’t tell? Absolutely NO reason to keep both, in my opinion. To nitpick over the smallest of differences seems silly to me. But, that’s just how I feel about it! Clearly I’m not a true nail polish connoisseur as I’ve got less than 100 bottles, and many bloggers I’ve encountered have upwards of 700!! So what do I know? :P
Details: As these polishes were just applied for swatching purposes, it was just two coats of each polish with no base or top coat.
Size, Price & Where to Buy: Essie polishes are 0.5 oz and usually retail for $11 CDN at drugstores (they’re about $2 cheaper at Walmart!). This particular shade was Limited Edition. butter London polishes are 0.4 oz and retail for $18 CDN at select locations (in Halifax you can buy them at Spirit Spa on Hollis St.).
In this case, butter London’s wins out over Essie’s version – mainly because I love b.London’s formulation, it is slightly brighter, and it irritates me that you can’t see the shimmer on the nail at all in QofH. Regardless of it being ‘genuine diamond dust‘. And, I paid full price for CTBR!! LOL so that’s something to consider, too.
What are your thoughts about dupes? Do you feel the minute variations make all the difference? Or are you the opposite, and feel that a red is a red, etc.? How many nail polish do you own?
Ok, I’ve been sitting up for longer than I’d like, and its nap time (again!). I hope I wake up tomorrow feeling back to normal and ready for the weekend! If not, well…I hope everyone else has a fantastic weekend – enjoy it, have fun, drink a glass of wine, and take ‘er easy :)