Posts tagged ‘Butter London’

Mid-week pick-me-up

25 bottles of varnish on the wall …

… averaging $10 USD each (at regular price) …

My receipt totaled around $140 USD! 🙂

They say it’s either time or money …

… this is what happens when you have the unexpected time to scour the clearance racks and bins!

Top row:

From Butter London Backstage Basics kit

1 – Nail Foundation (base coat)

2 – Hardware (top coat)

3 – Minted (my varnish choice – although the box was battered and the remover more than half gone, I still had my pick of a pretty polish!)

Middle row:

1 – OPI Infinite Shine 2 – Patience Pays Off

2 – OPI Hello Kitty – 5 Apples Tall

3 – ChG Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

4 – ChG Re-fresh Mint version one (lighter and whiter)

5 – ChG Re-fresh Mint version two (darker and yellower)

6 – ChG Grass is Lime Greener

7 – ChG Let’s Chalk About It

8 – ChG What’s She Dune?

9 – ChG Shocking Pink

Bottom row:

1 – Essie Adore-a-Ball

2 – Essie Absolutely Shore

3 – Essie Taj Ma-haul

4 – Essie Hot Coco

5 – Essie Delhi Dance

6 – Essie Too Too Hot

7 – Nails Inc. Gel – Palace Court

8 – Nails Inc. Gel – Princess Road

9 – Nails Inc. Gel – Portobello Lane

10 – Nails Inc. Gel – Duchess Street

11 – Nails Inc. Bling Bling – Victoria Gardens

12 – Nails Inc. Festival – Sloane Street

13 – Nails Inc. – Notting Hill Carnival

xx blueberry milk tea

Rich girl, poor girl ft. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro – Dirty Little Secret, $20 USD

Sinful Shine – Prosecco, between $2-3 USD

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro – Get Lucky, $20 USD

Sinful Shine – Blue Suede Shoes, between $2-3 USD

Above, at one coat each

Dirty Little Secret is sheerest sandy beige, with a subtle gold-tinged scattered and faint linear holo

Prosecco is opaque and leans greyer, with tonnes of greengold shimmer

Would that all new Lippmanns had this faboo brush (or do they?)!

Hmm … we can always dip as a Dirty Little Secret the Lippman brush into Prosecco since we own both 🙂

Is this new brush not a thing of beauty?

Above, all at one coat

Above from left:

Dirty Little Secret, 2x

Prosecco, 3x

Get Lucky, 2x

Blue Suede Shoes, 3x

Some non-gel Butter London comparison friends

All Hail McQueen (love you forever and always, genius mate! xx respects) is the closest weak scattered holo I have to Dirty Little Secret, although he’s obviously a warmer, toastier beige

Artful Dodger is less saturated, more muted than the gel varnishes

xx blueberry milk tea $$

Inspiration: beautiful Japanese disposable chopsticks

Could not wait to pluck the corresponding varnishes from my collection this morning and post these images before embarking on a manicure inspired by two pairs of chopsticks I will never, ever throw away…

In brand alpha order:

American Apparel MacArthur Park

Butter London Tea & Toast

Essie No More Film

Misa Pay Days Are Happy Days

Nails Inc. White Horse Street

OPI A Piers To Be Tan

Peripera GR313

Uslu Airlines ACE Arrecife

xx blueberry milk tea

PFF Series: Mauve and sea green Brazilian classics, Impala Audrey + Colorama Hippie Chic

*Puff puff*  I’ve had this comparison lollygagging since the beginning of summer, when I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Audrey and Hippie Chic from my varnish scout S. in Sao Paulo.  I have an entire slew of these summerscape colors to show you before the season officially changes here in California…

Just when I think I’ve seen pretty much all of the nail/cosmetic blogs that interest me, I discover a great many more.  Whilst doing a search for Zoya Melodie (whose beauty I recently discovered thanks to the incredible Mirma Natalia’s photos and blog), I came upon a Kuwaiti manicurist’s site, here.

Danah, this post is dedicated to you, in honor of the snail I inadvertently photographed in the background of one of the images below. 🙂

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Danah’s snail, upper right, above 🙂

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xx blueberry milk tea (aka Shirley, as in “slowly but surely”)

Butter London Posh Bird + Fishwife

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Essence Cherry Blossom Girl 02 My Little Kimono, Essence Class of 2013 02 School's Out Forever, Butter London Posh Bird

Essence Cherry Blossom Girl 02 My Little Kimono, Essence Class of 2013 02 School’s Out Forever, Butter London Posh Bird

Butter London Posh Bird, Etude House PP904 Mystic Purple, Sinful Colors Winterberry, Layla Ceramic Effect CE 39 Southern Lights

Butter London Posh Bird, Etude House PP904 Mystic Purple, Sinful Colors Winterberry, Layla Ceramic Effect CE 39 Southern Lights

Essence Fairytale 04 Humpty Dumpty, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Purple Gala, Color Club Alter Ego, Hard Candy Mr. Wrong, Maybelline Color Show Metal Icon, Catrice Purpleized, Catrice Brushed Metal Effect Steel My Heart

Essence Fairytale 04 Humpty Dumpty, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Purple Gala, Color Club Alter Ego, Hard Candy Mr. Wrong, Maybelline Color Show Metal Icon, Catrice Purpleized, Catrice Brushed Metal Effect Steel My Heart

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Rivka Vip Lilly, Butter London Fishwife, Layla Jade Groove

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Ouf! Des couleurs “fugly”…

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