Friday, October 31, 2014

Butter London Bric-A-Brac

Bric-A-Brac is the last of the 5 polishes that I swatched on my mom. It is a full coverage red with "flaring shimmers in saffron red gel-like base" as described by Butter London. This is the only polish in the Steampunk Ball Collection Fashion set that is not a new color. Bric-A-Brac was originally released with Brick Lane Collection, and then released in full size. 
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This is a beautiful glow-from-within polish, or as my mom called it a "Ruby Slippers polish." You can see this in the swatches after the break.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Butter London Barkers

Barkers is probably my favorite of the polishes that my Mom helped me swatch from the Butter London Steampunk Ball Collection. Barkers is described on the Butter London website as an "opaque, grey with magenta-green shimmer."
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For the last two polishes in this swatch session, the light really started to fade. You'll see the orange-red of the setting sun in the first swatches after the break.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Butter London Brass Goggles

Today's Butter London from the Steampunk Ball Collection is called Brass Goggles. Brass Goggles is the only glitter of the collection. While there are tons of glitters floating around out there, I'd say this one is pretty unique.
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Check out the swatches after the break!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Butter London Full Steam Ahead

This is one of my favorite Butter Londons from the new Steampunk Ball Collection. It's called Full Steam Ahead and is a gorgeous grey cream.
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This was my moms favorite of the collection. We ended up doing a full mani with Full Steam Ahead after we finished swatching.

See the swatches after the break.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Butter London Pinkies Up

Today is Butter London Pinkies Up from the Steampunk Ball Collection.Pinkies Up is described by Butter London as an opaque pink shimmer. I would describe it as a champaign color that could be considered a neutral.
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See the swatches after the break!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Butter London Baroness

Hey everyone! My mom has been in town, so I've been hanging out with her. While she was here my new polishes from the new Butter London Steampunk Ball Collection arrived. That means that I have 9 new polishes to show you! My nails have been a little worse for wear lately, so my mom generously donated hers for 5 of the polishes.

First up I have Butter London Baroness. Baroness is described as an opaque burgundy metallic.
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See the swatches after the break!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Marc Jacobs Midnight in Paris

Welcome to  a very difficult polish. Unique bottle with a great brush? Check. Great color? Check. Amazing one coater? Check. Photographs color accurately? No check.

Sephora describes this polish as "a collectable nail lacquer inspired by the magic of a Parisian night in a chic blue shade for the holiday season. " Midnight in Paris comes with a keepsake box, and a miniature storybook. The box adds a nice touch, especially if you are giving it as a gift. The storybook doesn't add much to the product in my opinion, and I wouldn't really say it was a story, more of a couple of facts about Marc Jacobs.

See the swatches after the break!

Wrap-up Wednesday- What Happened This Week 10/02- 10/07

Here's what happened this week in the polish world on my blog, in sales, and new trends and releases.

The Butter London Steam Punk Collection has been slowly released. The colors look to be awesome, but I must admit, there is something that disappoints me. After asking, I discovered that the polishes would not be available individually, nor will they all be available in full size. Since you've probably seen my Butter collection (and if you haven't click here), you know that I have only full sized polishes. The minis look funny (and yes, I know that sounds a bit neurotic) with the rest of the full sized polishes. I really, really, really wanted them to have full sizes available, but this collection and the last couple collections have some colors that have only been available in "fashion sized" and as part of a set. 
The six new colors, all in "Fashion" size (aka minis).
Keep reading after the break to get more updates!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Indie Tuesday- Nerd Lacquer I Think You Call Me...Sexy

Happy day-after Monday. Today I have Nerd Lacquer I Think You Call Me... Sexy. I picked this up during the last Nerd restock. As it happened, it arrived just as I was about to swatch Marc Jacobs Midnight in Paris (which I'll show you tomorrow)! As it happens, Midnight made perfect undies.

For the swatches after the break I used one coat of I Think You Call Me... Sexy over Midnight in Paris.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Moyou Stamping Plates

I recently stumbled across the MoYou London stamping plates when looking for inspiration, and decided to order some for myself. Today I'm going to show you two of the four plates that I decided to order.

MoYou makes their plates with two different stamping image sizes. Since I have small nail beds, the small size works fine for me, but may be problematic for people with long nails or wide nail beds.

I'll show one plate of each type.

See the pictures and the other plate after the break!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Butter London Holo Comparisons- Trustafarian, Fishwife, and Dodgy Barnett

Butter London is my favorite nail polish brand, and the brand that I own the most colors from. On that note, if you ever want to see two Butters compared, let me know and I'll whip up a comparison swatch.

Here are some quick and dirty swatches of the three Butter London holos currently available: Trustafarian (green), Fishwife (blue), and Dodgy Barnett (silver). I did them when I first moved to Vermont, about 3 years ago. I have acquired more holos and Butters since then, but these swatches still do their job.


 First up is Butter London Trustafarian. Trustafarian takes two coats for opacity and is a subtle scattered holo. It is a light sage green. It is slightly more visible holographic than is shown in the picture. It is darker than Butter London Bossy Boots (shown on the left) and more yellow that Color Club Kismet (on the right). If you want an in-your-face light-green holographic polish, go for Kismet (a 1-2 coater). If you're hunting for something subtle and maybe more work-appropriate, I love love love Trustafarian.

See Fishwife and Dodgy Barnett after the break!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stash Saturday- NARS

Happy Stash Saturday everyone! This week I'm featuring NARS Cosmetics polishes. They retail for $20, and can be found on the NARS website. Recently, NARS has updated their polish formula, bottle, and brush shape. I am especially excited about the new brush and the removable cap.
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See my collection, some swatches, and the new bottle design and brush after the break!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Franken-cense Friday- Moana Malie

Happy Franken-cense Friday! Today's polish is Moana Malie, meaning Calm Ocean. It's a light green subtle linear holo with a yellow glow.  Occasionally the waters are still enough that they turn this color in the shallows.
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Keep reading after the break to see the holo-ness and glow in the sun! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday- Chanel Cosmic Violine

It's Thursday! Or as the internet has dubbed it, Throwback Thursday. Today I have Chanel Cosmic Violine, an amazing red/brown polish with heavy gold and orange shimmer. Cosmic Violine was released in 2009 in the Celestial Lights Collection, so it isn't a super throwback, but it is no longer sold. I decided to feature it today because it can still be found and hasn't gotten to the uber-expensive prices that some of the other Chanels draw.

Check out the swatches after the break!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wrap-up Wednesday- What Happened This Week 9/24- 10/01

Here's what happened this week in the polish world on my blog, in sales, and new trends and releases.

Essie Winter 2014 Collection- Here's a sneak preview of the new Essie 2014 Winter collection. It will be available for purchase on the 1st of October. This is a screen shot of the colors that I found here. Personally, I'm not loving them. I don't like pinks, and unless these color shots misrepresent what's available, then they don't look like anything unique.

piCture pOlish released a new topcoat called Gloss on Top! It is aimed to create a gel like finish, with a super shiny finish. Gloss on Top! retails for AU $11 (~$9.65 USD), and can be purchased from the piCture pOlish website here. Plus, check out the PP Daily Deal!

See more deals after the break!