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Butter London- Trustafarian

Butter London’s Trustafarian is not a Melissa color.  At least not typically.  But the more I saw swatches of it, the more I wanted it. I felt like it would be subtle enough that I could still wear it in the office and not be concerned about professionalism.  So I picked it up during the Ulta BOGOFREE sale last week. I’m so glad I did! I absolutely loved this polish and wore it for 4 days, which is a rarity in my world. The formula is a bit thin so I went with 3 thin coats for complete coverage. I really like the slightly pistachio color of this polish. It’s unique, and I got a lot of compliments on it. Especially when I was out in the sun. The holo qualities of Trustafarian are really subtle and my nails just sparkled. Removal was super easy, but there was a bit of shimmer left behind on my fingers. Let’s just say I temporarily resembled a Cullen. But I can’t wait to wear this again!

Trustafarian is part of Butter London’s Fall 2012 collection. You can pick it up on Butter London’s website, as well as Ulta, Ricky’s, Nordstrom’s and other sites. They retail for $14.

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Butter London- Knees Up, A Traditional Holiday Manicure

I’ve shared a glitter bomb mani, and I’ve shared some fairly simple nail art for Christmas manicures this week, so I wanted to take the chance to share a simple, traditional manicure. Butter London’s Knees Up is a GORGEOUS red foil and this is the 3rd time in two weeks I’ve worn it. I picked it up at Ulta in the BOGOFREE Butter London deal they ran back in September, and I’ve been saving it to share for the holiday season as it’s a perfect Christmasy red.

I Used:
1 coat Orly Bonder
1 coat China Glaze Ridge Filler
2 coats Butter London Knees Up
1 coat Seche Vite

God, this color is gorgeous. It’s totally impossibly to catch the perfectness “on film” but this, and the “artsy fartsy” shot capture it best. The formula is wonderful. I used two coats because I was taking pictures, but one coat is totally adequate and fully opaque. And the brand lives up to its name as this polish literally goes on like butter. It’s super pigmented, but cleans up really easily, which is always nice. If I had one complaint on this polish, it’s that streaks can be visible, but that is a hazard of foily metallicy polishes. I really can’t stress how great of a polish this is for the holiday season. It’s shimmery due to the finish, but still office friendly. It can be dressed up, or dressed down.  I personally like the way it looks on my shorter nails (see right) but I’m keeping my nails a bit longer than normal at the moment for a manicure later this week. I hate it. I keep scratching myself like a newborn.

You can pick up Butter London- Knees Up at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Ulta, or on the Butter London website for $14. I would definitely encourage spending $14 on this color.

Butter London- The Black Knight

I won’t lie to you. I was a bit wary of this polish after No More Waity, Katie. I wasn’t a huge fan of NMWK, and was worried this might be along the same lines. But HOLY BATMAN. I’m pleased to announce that this polish is miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiles better than NMWK. I used 2 coats here, and it’s full opaque. Unlike NMWK, it’s not too thick. The first coat is a bit sheer and uneven, but the second coat  evens everything out. The Black Knight is a black jelly base, with blue, purple, red, green, and pink mini hex glitter and silver microglitter. Some colors are really apparent on the nail, others are only evident when the light hits them just right. All the colors are evident in the macro shot of the bottle below the cut. I have to say, I have really grown to like Butter London polishes after a pretty terrible first experience. The Black Knight is part of the Butter London Holiday 2011 Collection came as part of the Dressing Table Duo from Ulta. The other polish in the duo was Tart With a Heart. Butter London polishes retail for $14 a bottle and you can get them online, or at Ulta and Nordstrom. The duo from Ulta is retailing for $25, and they are currently running a free shipping deal, so you are saving $3! Read the rest of this entry

DEAL ALERTS: Week of November 13-19, 2011

I’m not sure if this is totally fair, but it’s kinda a “meh” week for nail polish deals. It seems like all the drugstores are running the same deals!! I hope this is because they are gearing up for Black Friday. I’ll be posting those deals later this week. Maybe you can resist these deals and save your pennies for next week?? Yeah, me neither. I’m going to TRY and control myself, and only get some WnW stuff at Rite Aid. In addition to their nail polish, I LOVE their eyeshadows and eye liners. Of course, I’m probably going to go back to CVS and get a couple of those Sally Hansen Gem Crush polishes too. And maybe some new Salon Effects? I mean, they are on sale…


  • BOGO1/2OFF ALL Revlon Cosmetics and Beauty Tools


  • 40% off all Wet n Wild cosmetics. If you spend $10, you get $3 +UP Rewards with Wellness Card.
  • BOGO1/2OFF all Rimmel cosmetics
  • BOGO1/2OFF all L’Oreal cosmetics
  • BOGO1/2OFF all Revlon cosmetics and beauty tools; Spend $20 get $6 +UP Rewards with Wellness card.


  • BOGO1/2OFF all Sally Hansen cosmetics, nail products, and hair removers. An excellent time to try out some of the new Gems Crush colors, or the new Salon Effects!!
  • BOGO1/2OFF all Rimmel cosmetics. I still love their polish, even if I haven’t reviewed any recently!
  • BOGO1/2OFF all Revlon cosmetics, beauty tools. The new Holiday lines are out now, and really pretty colors. 
  • BioOil is 25% off. Jess LOVES this stuff. 
  • Spend $20 on Burt’s Bees products get $5 Extra Bucks with EC Card. I saw some super cute gift sets when I was in here on Saturday. Their lemon cuticle creme is great.

Sally Beauty (Month of November)

  • Free wallet ($12.99 value) when you buy any 3 Finger Paints Nail Enamels, on sale for $3.99. The FingerPaints Merry & Bright Collection has been spotted at Sallys and looks great this holiday season.
  • Free CINA Holiday Nail Decals with the purchase of a CINA Nail Art Pen
  • CHINA GLAZE- $1.99 Mini Bottles of Ruby Pumps, $7.99 Season Sparkles Set (includes Poinsettia, Holly-Day, and Twinkle Lights), Santa’s Little Helper Set $9.99
  • ORLY- $6.99 Mini 3pk Candy Cane Tube (incl Androgynie, Ma Cherie and Oui), $9.99 Birds of a Feather Gift Set (includes FULL SIZED bottles of Lucky Duck, Sweet Peacock, and Fowl Play, IN ADDITION TO a purple wristlet with peacock feather wristlet)


  • BOGO50%OFF On Revlon Cosmetics, Nail Polish, Beauty Tools, Brushes and Implements
  • BOGO50%OFF On NYX Cosmetics
  • B2G2FREE on ULTA Brand Cosmetics, Nail Polish, Beauty Tools, Brushes and Implements (part of Mix and Match promotion with several other items such as hand soap)
  • ULTA Brand items regularly priced at $1.99-$7.00 are part of a 5for$5 mix and match.
  • Currently running Free Shipping on orders over $25. I suggest using this to get the totally adorable Butter London Dressing Table set (Fairy Lights and Tart with a Heart OR Tart With A Heart and Black Knight) for $25, a $32 value.
  • 20% off One Item coupon available on the website, good until 11/19 online and in store.

ULTA HOT HOLIDAY AD (Deals good from 11/12-12/2)

  • Buy 2 Get a Free OPI Top/Base Coat with any OPI Purchase of $17 or more. OPI Muppets Collection is now available in store. $8.50
  • B2G1FREE on all China Glaze, Orly, and Nicole by OPI nail polishes. 
  • Butter London Dressing Table Duo is $25. See Details above.
  • Burt’s Bees Natural Manicure Set for $14.99. Includes Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream .6 oz, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme 2.0 oz, Replenishing Lip Balm .15 oz, Buffing Emery Board, 2 Manicure Sticks and Burt’s Bees Signature Manicure Bag. Plus, a free BB Tote with any BB Purchase of $12 or more. 
  • Tweezerman Nail Rescue kit, $20
  • Sally Hansen CSM Sets, $7.99. 4 to Choose from!
  • Red Carpet Gel Manicure Starter Kit, $59.99.
  • SPI Manicure Desk, $19.99 IN STORE ONLY. Includes lap desk, nail buffer and nail dryer!


  • A GREAT DEAL!!! Zoya is running a People Magazine Promo, Use the code ZOYA4ME and you will automatically get FREE standard shipping on any order. IF YOU ORDER TWO OR MORE BOTTLES OF NAIL POLISH you will also receive: Free 2oz Remove Nail Polish Remover and Coupon Code* for $5 Off Your Next Zoya Order. See the fine print here. We’ve reviewed Ki and Cynthia on the site already, and I can personally vouch for Jem, Tao, Neeka, Sooki, and Edyta. Jess and I, and probably Sandy, will definitely be checking out the new FEEL Collection. Winter Neutrals FTW!!

Butter London – Blagger

Oh heeyyyyyy there blog. Been a while, I know haha. But I woke up a full hour and a half before my alarm today, so you finally get a visit from me and my nails! (Imagine that said in a really jovial tone of voice. Jovial also may be my word of the day…) Since I never got to post this during the Tigers’s run for the world series (we’re not going into details here people haha) and since today marks 2 whole weeks that have felt like about 6 months at my job in VA, I give you my Detroit mani as some sort of celebration!

Let me start out by saying this mani lasted me a whopping 5 days. Five people. Not sure if that’s more amazing in terms of the polish or my self restraint, but this picture was taken on day 3 and that definitely speaks to the polish haha. I really love this blue. If you’ll remember my love of Mattese Elite – Vig, Butter London – Blagger is like a color cousin. It’s the same rich, deeply pigmented color but a brighter shade.

It’s a really clean, solid, intense blue and I love it. Application was top notch, it is a highly pigmented color though, so clean up takes a little patience, but it’s worth it. For my sweet Detroit D I used my Claire’s white nail art pen and free handed it. I know, I free hand a lot, but to make you feel better, he’s a macro:

see, it’s not perfection up close, but you can’t tell in the distances you’d be from it in real life. Also, those nail art pens that have a legit pen tip like paint pens are fabulous. I’ve tried a couple brands and haven’t had any one in particular stand out; as long as it has that tip, I can do cool stuff with it, I’m a happy camper haha.

Anywho, happy hump day everyone. I’m off to go harass the mcmansions of Mclean, VA into voting. Er, I mean, canvass in a very professional manner for a highly important election. Hey, gotta pay for my nail polish habit somehow 😉

Butter London- Wallis (An Adventure with UglyAwesome Polish)

When Ulta was running that Butter London Buy One, Get One Free deal, Wallis was definitely one of my “free” ones. It scared me. But I’m an open minded individual and thought, I’ll give this a chance. It’s awesome. It’s what I like to call UglyAwesome. Kinda like those men that are SexyUgly. They aren’t attractive by society’s standards, but you still find yourself attracted to them. Like, you can get down and dirty with them, and not have to worry about ruining the pretty. But I digress. Wallis is much like that. It’s not a classically beautiful nail polish. It’s a nail polish that is beautiful because you love it. And ohhhhh boy do I love it. It’s grungy and pukey colored, and glittery and fabulous. Plus, it’s named after a Yank who stole the King of England’s heart. I hope to do the same one day (or at the very least, a rich baron of something). Again, I digress. Wallis is a metallic olive gold packed with gold glitter, and it’s a WONDERFUL formula. Two coats gives you full opacity, and one coat will do ya if you are in a rush. More importantly, it dries smooth, so you don’t really NEED a top coat. The only downside I find with this polish is that cleanup is a bit of a bish. As you can see from my macro shot, there’s still glitter everywhere. And that’s after 30 minutes of cleanup!  At $14 a bottle, I have to reeeeeeeeeeeeeally like a polish to say it’s worth that kind of money. I have a mortgage to pay and don’t really like living off ramen all the time. Wallis is totally worth eating ramen.

Core Collection of Color

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Whether you are just starting out your collection, or you’re a polish pro, there are definitely staple colors that every girl (or guy!), should have in their collections! There’re certain color genres that are timeless; classics that will never go out of style despite the constantly changing styles in the world of fashion.Nail polish is also a cheap accessory. I can’t afford Louboutin shoes, but I could do the Louboutin mani (in theory, if my nails were long enough). We’ve been asked by a lot of our friends who are fairly new to the lacquer game what colors they absolutely NEED in their collections. After some fairly extensive research, I’ve put together a list of colors every collection should have. I’ve tried to provide a variety of brands and price ranges that will appeal to every type of nail painter. If it’s been previously reviewed on the blog, you can hit the link to be linked back to our review. But if you don’t see a color that should be listed, drop a comment! We’re always open to suggestions! 

True Red– nail polish was invented by the Chinese around 3000 B.C. Royalty is thought to have worn silver and gold polish, but red is also one of the earliest colors. And no wonder it’s stood the test of time. There are so many different shades of red, and in a pinch, it can go with almost everything. It can be dressed up or dressed down. Because red is a timeless color, there is usually some variation of it in every line released by every lacquer brand, from the affordable Wet n Wild, to the mildly over expensive Butter London, to the it will make your wallet cry Chanel. I operate under the motto “You can never have too many reds!” and that’s why it’s the most extensive color in my personal collection. Its also a year round color, giving you more bang for your buck! Berry reds work best on fairer skin, bringing out the pink undertones, while strong reds work best on darker skin tones, and wine/burgundies work best on medium skin tones.

Suggestions: Butter London- Saucy Jack, $14; Sinful Colors- Ruby Ruby, $1.99; Essie- Russian Roulette, $8

Pretty in Pink– Pinks are the most feminine colors and a must for pretty much any collection. Like reds, there is a very broad spectrum of pink, and some look better on certain skin tones than others. Blue based pinks work best on fair skin, yellow based pinks work best on darker complexions. To determine this, hold the bottle up against your inner wrist, and see what the reflection color is. Pink is the other most extensive color in my collection, and I mean extensive. If I could take any color to a desert island, it would be pink.

Suggestions: Rimmel- Posh Pink, $4; Sinful Colors- Beautiful Girl, $1.99; Essie Knockout Pout, $8; Chanel- Morning Rose, $25

Grey– I am aaaaaaalllllll about the greys/slates/carbon colors this fall. This is probably one of the colors with the widest spectrum of shades. And therefore, it’s one that will always be in style. It’s a good color if you are afraid to go really dark, but are willing to experiment.

Suggestions: L’Oreal- Raven’s Strength, $5; Mattese Elite- Capo, $6; Essie- Power Clutch, $8; Chanel- Graphite, $25

Neutral– As the one in The Clique with the traditional federal government office job, I am always on the lookout for colors to add to my neutral collection. While it’s not explicitly stated that I can’t wear wild and crazy colors, I have been in the awkward situation of being called into meetings with high level officials with neon green nails. So I try to keep it tame Mon-Thursday, and then get a little rebellious on Fridays, or half days. There are definite benefits to wearing neutral polishes. They keep your nails looking cleaner and healthier, while being non-flashy. Chips also aren’t obvious and it goes with everything. When I travel, if I bother painting my nails at all, I go with a neutral. If you’re skin tone has yellow undertones, you’ll want a beige polish, where those with pink undertone will want a pink leaning polish.

Suggestions: confetti- paradise pink, $2; Essie- Mademoiselle or Lady Like, $8; OPI- You Don’t Know Jacques, $8; Butter London- All Hail The Queen, $14

Purple– We are HUGE fans of purple here at the blog. It’s a great color and there is such a wide spectrum of colors. There are red leaning purples, and blue leaning purples, and everyone has their favorite shades.Generally, lighter colors work best on fairer skin, and darker colors on darker skin. However, when it comes to purple, I don’t follow these rules. I buy the colors I like and wear them with swagger, even if they don’t look good. Because we love this color, I’m going to give more suggestions than I have with other colors, because I don’t think I could narrow it down.

Suggestions: Sinful Colors- Verbena, $2; wet n wild fast dry- Ready To Pounce, $2; Revlon- Modern Grace, $6; Mattese Elite- Whack, $6; Essie- Splash of Grenadine, $8; OPI- Honk If You Love OPI, $8; Butter London- Queen Vic, $14

Blue/Green– I’m putting these together, mostly because I personally wouldn’t put these in a “Staples of a Collection” but I know Sandy and Jess would literally kill me if I left them out! There are some gorgeous shades under both colors and if you can pull them off, more power to you! Most of the colors I have in my collection that fall under blue and green collection I bought thinking “That’d make a great pedicure color!” however, they have their place and can be great fun when worn in the right situation.

Suggestions: Blue/ Zoya- Cynthia, $8; OPI- Dating a Royal, $8; China Glaze- First Mate, $6 / Green: Sinful Colors- Open Seas, $2; China Glaze- Emerald Sparkle, $6; Butter London- British Racing Green, $14

Vampy Dark Color – Vampy colors look most chic on short nails, so this is something to keep in mind when selecting a polish. They also require a great deal more maintenance. But done right, they can look really sophisticated. Deep plums work best on those with darker skin tones. Really dark colors are tricky for fair-skinned people, because they can make you appear washed out, and even more pale than you were to begin with. But these colors are seductive and sexy, and a must have.

Suggestions: China Glaze- VIII, $5; OPI- Lincoln Park After Dark, $8; Deborah Lippmann- Bitches Brew, $16

Black– Black polish isn’t just for punk and goth kids. Black is a staple for any collection. It makes an excellent base for many layering polishes, and it can be sleek and stylish when done right. It also goes with EVERYTHING. Much like the Vampy Dark Colors above, it looks best on shorter nails. Otherwise you risk looking like Elvira. Balcony polish also requires more maintenance. It’s a little difficult to clean up, and even the most minor chips are glaringly obvious. You will also need a really good top coat for a black polish. You will want a glossy finish if you want a professional look. Because I don’t want to post just straight black cremes, I am including blacks that have glitter and shimmer to them in this category.

Suggestions: wet n wild fast dry- Ebony Hates Chris, $2; L’Oréal- Owls Night, $5; Butter London- Union Jack Black, $14

Makes you happy- these are the colors that maybe they fall under one of these other categories, or maybe they don’t. I have a bunch of colors that make me happy, but I would never consider them timeless or classic. But they are colors that I wear when I’m having a bad day, or I’ve got the grumps, or I’m feeling like I wanna have a party on my tips or my toes. They are my go-to colors when I can’t decide what I want to wear, ones I KNOW I love, and can wear for days on end. It’s that polish you know you will like until the end of time, and you don’t care if it goes out of style or not.

Butter London- No More Waity, Katie

Full disclosure: I have been a bit “meh” over No More Waity, Katie since it’s come out. It had grown on me a bit since then, having seen better swatch pictures, but I still thought it’s over hyped due to Royal Wedding madness, and the fact that it’s a Butter London glitter, which they don’t tend to do very often. So when I made my Butter London shopping list for the Ulta 21 days of Beauty sale, it’s was 3rd on the back up list, and I was originally planning on only buying 4. It was a nice thought. After placing my original online order, I headed to the store with the intent of having the immediate gratification of polishes in my hand. There was a lost bank card fiasco, and I was only able to get 2 polishes, this being one of them. I figure since I REALLY WANTED to other color I bought, this was the “free” one of the BOGOFREE deal. Since my Ulta order doesn’t arrive until tomorrow, and the other BL polish I got is being saved for a different review, NMWK is what I’m working with. Read the rest of this entry

Mel’s Five Fave Fall Shades

Butter London- Saucy Jack: a bright blood red cream

Since today is officially the first day of Fall, we felt that we should share what our 5 favorite shades for the season are going to be. I’m really excited about this as Fall is my favorite season. All my sports teams are starting their seasons, boots can be worn without your feet sweating, I can wear my hair down, and there are some AMAZING nail polish lines that are released. In order to not overload our readers with pictures and text since there are going to be 3 posts today, we’ve  provided a picture with a sentence or two recap. If you see a color you’re interested in and want to read more about, you can click the picture and it will link you back to the original review of that polish!! Easy peasy!!!

My #1 favorite color this fall is Butter London’s Saucy Jack. To see the other 4 (in no particular order) and my honorable mentions!!! Read the rest of this entry

Butter London- Saucy Jack

You know when you see a polish that you really like, and then you realize you LOVE it because you keep thinking about it and obsessing over it and keep counting down the seconds to the Butter London Sale at ULTA on Tuesday and then because you need it on your nails RIGHT NOW you go to Nordstrom and pay the absurd full retail price for it? Yeah, that’s how it went with Saucy Jack for me. I’m the “normal color” girl around here, and firmly believe you can never have too many reds in your collection. And this one is GLORIOUS!!!!

I Used:
1 coat Orly Nail Defense
2 coats BL- Saucy Jack
1 coat Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat (not pictured)

OH. MY. VARNISH. I’m totally in love with it. I’ve already worn it twice in the 6 days I’ve had it, with a 3rd time being this coming Wednesday (DC United day!!) I used two coats, but I think next time I’ll use three. 2 is perfectly fine, but I personally would feel more comfortable with 3 with this particular color. Reds are a bit see through in highly lit areas. I’ve seen a lot of swatches of this color, and none of them have actually done a great job catching the exact color. Saucy Jack is a blood-red creme. Taking a picture with flash was the closest I came to it, but it’s still showing as a brighter red than it actually is. It’s actually almost 100% true to the color that you see in the bottle.  Just a shade or two darker than on my nail. But this color does actually go on like butter. So smooth and perfect. The formula isn’t super thick either, so it doesn’t feel heavy on the nail either. The picture I’m posting doesn’t show the SV Top Coat, and it still has a pretty high shine. I did use the top coat on my long-term manicure, and it gave it such a high shine, I couldn’t stop staring at my nails. I actually got several compliments from my co-workers and I imagine they went out and picked up a bottle or two of this themselves over the weekend!

Remember: Butter London is on sale at ULTA Tomorrow, BOGOFREE!!! There is a limit of two, which really means you’ll get 4, since you can buy two, and then get two free. ULTA is also running free shipping on orders of $25 this week.