Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Butter London Knackered Dupe???

Hello again!!! I mentioned in my post on Butter London Knackered earlier today that I thought I might be able to layer two of my current polishes and create a dupe. Well, I am happy to announce that it is NOT a dupe!!! I am totally justified in owning both. :-) 

The two polishes I had in mind were OPI Not Like The Movies and China Glaze Fairy Dust. In the first pic you can see 3 coats of NLTM on its own (it is more opaque than Knackered) and you can clearly see that they are not dupes. I also swatched 2 fingers over Zoya Savita, you can see that at the end of the post. 

4 coats Butter London Knackered on the left, 3 coats of OPI NLTM with 1 coat ChG Fairy Dust on the right

For the pics below I put 2 coats of NLTM and 1 coat of Fairy Dust on my index and ring fingers, BL Knackered on my middle finger and pinky. All are over 2 coats of Savita.

Well there you have it. I didn't bother swatching it over black since they weren't as close as I thought. Does it make you happy or sad that I didn't find a dupe?

Butter London Knackered EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!

Hello everyone!!! Today I have for you a polish from Butter London's new collection for Spring. This is a Knackered EXTRAVAGANZA!!! I have swatched Knackered by itself, over black and over dark purple (Zoya Savita). I thought knackered meant tired but I wasn't sure so I asked some of my fellow polish addict friends who live in England and they confirmed that is in fact what it means (along with a few other meanings). I am really "knackered" after so many color changes and pics. LOL

 Knackered is really amazing in the bottle, it is a multi-chrome with scattered holo glitter. This shifts from purple to blue to silver and sometimes even green. I expected this to be sheer because most multi-chromes are but I tried it out on its own first anyways. I was right, super sheer, after 4 coats I still had VNL. The next three pics are FOUR coats of Knackered. 

I then decided to put it over black, most duo- and multi-chromes look best over a dark color. I took inside pics and sun pics. My index finger and middle finger have 3 coats of Knackered over OPI Black Onyx and my ring finger and pinky have 2 coats of Knackered. 

Please excuse the chip on my ring finger and the messy index finger. LOL These were not visible to the naked eye and I had already taken this combo off when I was editing the pics.

Inside under artificial lighting...

In the sun....


Indirect sunlight...

I thought I was done after that but then my friend Jacki from Adventures in Acetone said she wanted to see it swatched over purple so I decided I might as well add that one in too. LOL I put it over Zoya Savita (I haven't posted on this yet, post coming soon, but in the meantime I added a pic below of Savita so you know what she looks like). It definitely makes it more purple but you can see the color shift in the shade really well. I'm glad I listened to Jacki, this is my favorite combo! (Oh, and I am IN LOVE with Savita, that post coming later).

Zoya Savita with only top coat...

Over Savita under artificial light...

Over Savita in the sun....

Over Savita in the shade....

What do you think of Knackered? I love it BUT I think I can create a dupe out of two polishes I already own. I will have a comparison post up later today. Which two polishes do you think I am talking about? Does it remind you of anything?

Butter London polishes retail for $14 and can be purchased at Ulta, Ulta.com and butterlondon.com

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lacquistry Aqua Shredded!!!!

Hello again!!! I am so excited for this post! This is my very first Lacquistry polish and I am very impressed!! Aqua Shredded is like glitter but not. LOL It's more like "shards". I love this shredded concept, it's new to me and I now need more of them!! The application was PERFECT, very smooth and even. I put this over NOX Twilight Crush and I think this combo is amazing. I have a few other colors in mind I want to try this over as well. I topped this off with one coat of Seche Vite, it was pretty smooth but next time I will use Gelous before my top coat.

 Make sure you stay till the end because I added a little bonus. :-)

I decided I wanted to see this matte and added Hard Candy's Matte-ly in Love. It is awesome!! However, as mentioned in my last post I am having camera issues so the matte pics were taken with my phone and are somewhat grainy. I apologize for this.

Lacquistry polishes can be purchased from their creator, Jenna, at her Etsy shop which you can find HERE. They retail for a very reasonable $7.50.

Also, make sure to like Lacquistry on Facebook and make sure to tell her I sent you!!

NOX Twilight Crush

Hello all my lovelies!!!! I am so excited about the TWO posts I have for you tonight!!! This is an AMAZING color and will serve as my basecoat for my next post and it is quite the AMAZING combo!!!

I have posted on this brand before, NOX Twilight, and as I have said before, it is an awesome brand!Even if you are not a Twilight fan these polishes are definitely worth having. They have amazing formulas and opacity. This was nearly a one-coater. 

I apologize for the quality of the pics. I am having issues with my camera so I had to use my phone and the pics are grainy. :-( Also, I used a BRAND NEW BOTTLE of Seche Vite and it left black specks on my pinky. I have no idea why it did this. Argh. Anyways, on to the amazing HOT PINK!!!

Again, I apologize for the pics, they are not very good quality. :-( But the color is so amazing!!!

You can purchase NOX Twilight polishes at twilightbeauty.com for $6.99 each.

Friday, January 27, 2012


I just wanted to take a minute to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE of my followers!!!! I really do appreciate it!!! I have the BEST followers out there!!! I really hope you enjoy my blog, with all of it's pics and rambling. LOL 

I have something pretty AMAZING lined up when I reach 1,000 followers so please share!!! And don't forget about my Nubar Polka Dots Giveaway!!! Again, I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my nail polish-loving heart. <3

Nail Mail!!!

I got two very awesome packages in the mail this week! Actually three but only two were polish. LOL The third was Collection 13 of Dark Shadows, my mom has me hooked. LOL Anyway, you didn't come here to hear about that. Haha 

On Tuesday I received my two free Zoya's from their promo that I shared on my Facebook page. I know I am late to the bandwagon but I recently decided that I need all of the Zoya Velvet Mattes. Of course, after they are starting to discontinue them and they are now becoming hard to find. The only two they had on the site were Savita and Veruschka, they are gorgeous. Posh was my #1 lemming (and not on the site) but Savita and Veruschka were close behind. Check out the gorgeous purple and green mattes.

L-R: Zoya Savita and Veruschka

And today I recieved a lovely package from my dear friend Cynthia. She is one of the sweetest people alive. She knew I was wanting Lacquistry Aqua Shredded and they were getting low on stock so she went ahead and ordered it for me. Wasn't that so sweet of her!? I sent her China Glaze Party Hearty as a thank you. :-) I received mine today and Cynthia added a bonus of an awesome glitter that is from the brand Nabi. I am unfamiliar with this brand but it's so pretty and I can't wait to try it!

L-R: Nabi Multi Jumbo Glitter and Lacquistry Aqua Shredded

Thank you so much Cynthia!!!!!

Nubar Reclaim! With A Little Stamping ;-)

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!! Can you tell I'm totally happy it's almost the weekend?!?!?! I'm sure you are too. LOL Unless you have to work, in which case I am sorry. Anyhoo, today I have a polish for you that I have been DYING to get on my nails. Nubar Reclaim. It's green. It's holo. It's perfect. I am in  love.

I have only been using Nubar for about a month but I love it, it has become one of my favorite brands in a very short time. Their bottle and cap are my favorite, they are the perfect shape to hold and it is cute to boot! LOL I had perfect application with Reclaim, no dragging or bald spot issues that many linear holos have, and top coat did not dull the holo effect. I used 2 coats of Reclaim topped with Nubar Diamont Top Coat. 

I wanted to add some stamping because I love the look of stamping over holos! It just makes it amazing. I was having issues with my stamping for some reason though, so it did not turn out as well as I thought it would. I did still included a couple pics of it. For the stamping I used BM05 with OPI Black Onyx. 


Now for the stamping....

I really wish the stamping had turned out better. But the polish is gorgeous enough that it doesn't matter. LOL

You can purchase Nubar from Katie over at Harlow & Co. She sells AH-MAZING brands and ships internationally!! Oh, and she is super sweet too!!

Nubar can also be purchased from bynubar.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Essence Applause, Applause

Hello everyone!! I am so sorry my posting has been so sporadic lately!! I miss posting for you guys every day!! I will do my absolute best to get back to every day posts, it's just hard with life being so crazy right now! If you follow me on my Facebook page you know that I broke a nail yesterday. I broke it badly, it was diagonal and to a point. LOL So it was time to chop them all down, so you will be seeing some super nubbins today. 

I decided it was time to post one of my polishes I got in my swap with Solange and of course I wanted to use the red one first. LOL As per usual, my camera fails at capturing the awesomeness of this polish. The red in the pics is much more orange, in real life this is a cool-toned bright red and the glitter is ah-mazing. I hope to get a new camera this Spring and if I do be prepared to see a LOT OF RED AND GLITTERS!! LOL I love red and glitter but I don't use them much right now because I can't capture their full beauty. Now on to the beautiful polish!!

If you are not familiar with the Essence Circus, Circus Collection I will give you a little info. There are four polishes in the collection (I have 3 and still need Don't Feed The Tiger if anyone has access to it) and each polish is double-sided with a creme on one side and a coordinating glitter on the other. Applause, Applause is a red creme with a red glitter consisting of micro-glitter and larger square glitter. I topped it with Julep Fast Dry Topcoat, this was not a hungry glitter so I didn't use Gelous.

In the first 3 pics are 2 coats of the creme and then the other I put 1 coat of glitter on top. :-)

Thank you for this awesome polish Solange!!!
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