Thursday, May 31, 2012

Butter London Trout Pout and Snog Lippy & Nail Polish Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Now, many of you know of my love of Butter London nail polishes.  I own many.  I'm actually wearing my favorite red, Knees Up, as I type this!  So I was very excited when I found out they were coming out with lip gloss to match a few of their polish shades because I love lip gloss as well!  Now, a bit of a disclaimer.  I'm not a make up blogger.  I have zero idea of how to take pictures of my lips.  So, this post might be a bit amusing to you and I tried to make it fun!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish (and lip gloss)!

above:  2 coats of Snog

Snog is one of those polishes that I originally wanted for the name because it makes me laugh.  The actual polish is gorgeous!  A stunning bright pink (without being neon) and just vibrant and really pretty.  The formula was great, opaque in two coats!  Now let's see the Lippy!

I'm still working on my modeling poses!  I really loved the Snog lipgloss.  The color pay off was awesome, it looks more like a lipstick than a lip gloss!  I love how vibrant it looked and it definitely works on my super pale skin!  The formula was really nice on this one, not too thick and gloopy like some lip glosses can get.  I highly recommend this one!

Above:  Trout Pout

Trout Pout was from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection and is a gorgeous coral creme.  This is such a great shade for summer because it's light and bright but still subtle enough to be professional!  I've done a full review before so now let's see the Lippy!

So apparently I was feeling more serious when I swatched these!  The Trout Pout Lippy wasn't my favorite because the formula felt more thick and I thought it looked a little more gooey on the lips.  Now that could just be because it's not as vibrant of a shade but it definitely looks better in pictures than it did in person!  I think that someone with a darker skin tone might look better with this lip gloss.

All in all, I absolutely LOVED Snog and think it's definitely worth the $17 but Trout Pout wasn't the best for me.  I'm really into the idea of matching lip gloss and nail polish so I'm now making a request to Butter London to PLEASE make a Knees Up Lippy!  Lippy lip glosses are available on Butter London's Website.

What do you think of this collection?  Have you tried any Lippy's?  What nail polish would you love to see as a lip product?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Lacquered Lover's Half Moon Manicure Tutorial featuring Milani!

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Thursday!  I hope you are all having a fabulous day!  Just a quick post this morning since I forgot to post this last week!  I have my latest Divine Caroline post for you all today which is a really fun Half Moon manicure featuring 3 of Milani's newest shades!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

I loved how this came out!  To see the full tutorial and which awesome Milani colors I used, check out my post HERE!  I will definitely be trying more of these in the future!

What did you think of this manicure?  What color combos do you like for a half moon manicure?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A-England The Legend Collection Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  I hope you all are having a fabulous Wednesday!  Due to the day off on Monday, I'm so thrown off on what day of the week it is!  Today, I have an AMAZING collection to show you!  I had tried three A-England polishes from the Mythical Collection and fell in love with them so now that I had the chance to try the Legend Collection, I'm hooked!  While the Mythicals were based in Camelot stories I knew the tales but the legend of Saint George was new to me and I had to Wikipedia it!  I have 6 out of the 7 to show you today (I don't have Ascalon) but these are awesome!  Unfortunately since it's been rainy and grey every time I've had time to swatch, I can't show you these beauties in all their glory in the sun but they are still gorgeous!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

 Above:  2 coats of Bridal Veil
Above:  Macro Bottle Shot of Bridal Veil

First up is Bridal Veil, a gorgeous black polish that's packed with scattered holographic particles.  This was NOT easy to photograph and really convey the true gorgeousness.  The holo effect was fairly strong in this one, not quite like a linear holographic polish but fairly close!  This is a great "new" way to wear black since sometimes just a black creme can be severe.  The formula was excellent, it was practically a one coater!

 Above:  2 coats of Dragon
Above:  Macro Bottle Shot of Dragon

Dragon is the first polish from this collection that I bought!  Dragon is a gorgeous medium green that in the right lighting has flashes of bronze/gold to it!  I didn't even notice the slight duochrome until I had it on but it's stunning!  The holographic particles in Dragon have a bit of a blue tinge and it's just stunning in direct light!  The formula was excellent, practically a one coater but I used two for good measure.

 Above:  2 coats of Order of the Garter
Above:  Macro Bottle Shot of Order of the Garter

Order of the Garter is the only polish in this collection that does not have holographic particles in it which made me a bit sad because this polish would be STUNNING as a holo!  However it's a glass fleck so we'll let that slide.  Order of the Garter is a bright royal blue with lighter blue glass flecks that looks stunning on the nail.  My only complaint is that the formula was a lot more thin than every other A-England that I've tried and definitely needed two thicker coats to be opaque but it's still gorgeous!

 Above:  2 coats of Princess Sabra
Above:  Macro Bottle Shot of Princess Sabra

Now I was expecting this to be a brighter gold based on the other swatches I had seen but I actually liked it much better in person!  I found Princess Sabra to be a gorgeous light gold with flashes of olive green and a really strong holographic effect for being a scattered holo polish.  I love that this is subtle but still interesting, it's the perfect polish for when you need something demure but can't stand the thought of a boring nude!  The formula was fantastic, almost a one coater!

Above:  2 coats of Princess Tears

Princess Tears is one of those awesome shades where you can't tell if it's a grey or a light purple and it switches between them due to the holographic effect.  I'm in LOVE!  The holo effect on this one was amazing, it almost looks linear!  I absolutely adore how this looks on the nails.  The formula was great, opaque in two coats and oh so very pretty!

 Above:  2 coats of Saint George
Above:  Macro Bottle Shot of Saint George

Saint George is the other polish I bought along with Dragon when this collection came out.  As many of you know, I love teal polish.  Teal HOLO polish and I was sold!  Saint George is such a rich and saturated teal, it's, dare I say, the perfect polish!  I'm seriously obsessed with it.  Best part about it?  Unlike many teals, NO STAINING!  Hallelujah A-England has perfected the art of a non staining teal!  The holo effect in this one was one of the weakest of the group but I don't care, it's still stunning!  And, this one was actually a one coater but I still did a second coat because I feel weird if I don't!

All in all, this is one amazing collection!  Holos, one coaters, vibrant shades and a bit of duochrome, what more could a girl ask for in her nail polish?  Now I need to go read the story of Saint George and the Dragon so I can know what all the polishes are named after!  A-England is available on their website or at websites like Llarowe and Ninja Polish.

What do you think of this collection? Any must haves? Any dupes?

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

LCN Colour Me Up Box Set for Summer 2012 Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  As much as I enjoyed my 3 day weekend, it's great to be back!  Today I have a fabulous new summer collection for you from the brand LCN.  I had tried a couple of their magnetic polishes before but this is the first collection of their "normal" nail polish that I tried!  It's a really cute set (and I wish I took a picture of the packaging because it was adorable) and I'm excited to share it with you guys!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

Above:  2 coats of Colour Me Up

Colour Me Up is the polish that this collection is named after and the polish that's the "different" one in this group.  Colour Me Up is a deep purple that's packed with gold shimmer!  This color is on par with Zoya Neeka although the shimmer is more fine in Colour Me Up.  I love how the shimmer makes it look more glowy!  The shimmer shows up more in real life than it did in my pictures but it's really pretty and warm in person!  The formula was great, opaque in two coats and easy to use!

Above:  2 coats of Fanappleistic

Now that's a mouthful!  Fanappleistic is a gorgeous light green cream.  This reminds me of a non shimmery version of Zoya Apple!  I love the green apple shades because they actually look nice on my skin tone!  The formula on this was really great, very pigmented and opaque in 2 coats!

Above:  2 coats of Some Like It Hot

Some Like it Hot is sort of between a hot pink and a red.  I love it!  It's like a watermelon shade but even more vibrant!  This is such a great summer shade and I love how juicy it looks without being a jelly!  It's a fantastic pedicure color.  The formula on this was like the others, very pigmented and vibrant and opaque in 2 coats!

Above:  2 coats of Spice Up Your Life

For someone that used to hate orange nail polish, I've seriously done a 180 on it!  I LOVE orange!  Spice Up Your Life is a great orange because it's bright without being neon and it's red based so it's really juicy and vibrant looking.  I love how saturated this looks and how it really pops against my super pale skin!  The formula was great and opaque in two coats.

All in all, this was a great mini summer collection!  The colors are bright and fun for the summer time and I love polishes that have gold shimmer in them like Colour Me Up!  LCN polishes are available on their website and it's $29.90 for the collection or $7.50 for each bottle.  Each bottle is a mini size at only 8ml so keep that in mind!  If you want to see some super cute nail art that matches the packaging, check out Sarah from Chalkboard Nails post HERE!

What do you think of this collection? Any must haves? Any dupes?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.


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