Jack the Lad

I’m pretty picky about my butter LONDONs.  For $14 (now $15, apparently), I have to love the color and it has to be something unique, something I can’t get a dupe of for half the price (I’ve made one or two exceptions).  I’ve amassed a pretty good collection of them, but when I saw the bL holiday collection, I immediately fell in love with Jack the Lad.  Then I convinced myself I didn’t need it, that I had too many similar colors.  But when my sister asked which nail polish I wanted for Christmas, this was the first one that popped into my head.

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Jack the Lad is a very dark green base with tons of green, gold, and blue shimmer.  It actually reminds me of the a-England Gothic Beauties (specifically Tess), but with a lot more sparkle.  In some lights it does look black (see my nail in the bottle pic below), but mostly it’s just varying degrees of shimmery goodness.  I think I have more greens than any other color (except maybe blue) and this one is definitely something special.

In the bottle, you can see the different colors a little better.

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I really love the combination of tons of shimmer and a dark color.  It’s pretty, but not in-your-face sparkly.  And the blackened emerald color is just gorgeous!

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What do you think?  Is Jack the Lad worth spending a bit more?

Thames

This post is super exciting because 1. it’s the first with my ah-mazing new camera (and new watermark), 2. Pantone just announced their 2013 color of the year as emerald, and this polish is the perfect emerald color, and 3. I LOVE butter LONDON, and this polish is just plain gorgeous.  I seriously can’t get over how much better these pictures are!

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Ok, first of all, I am super excited that Pantone picked emerald as their color of the year for 2013.  It’s my birthstone (May), so I already have a ton of emerald things, and green is my favorite nail polish color.  I might just wear it every day until 2014. Hope you guys are ok with that!  Ok, I’m kidding, but I could do it.  And I wouldn’t be bored (ok, maybe that’s a lie…).

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And now onto the actual polish (which is the point of this post, right?).  This is butter LONDON Thames, named after the famous river to which it bears no resemblance – I know, I’ve been on it (in a boat) and it’s dirty and gross and gray (side note: Nails Inc. has a polish called The Thames and it’s the most amazing gray ever).  Anyway, this polish is literally the color of emeralds.  Add that to it’s gorgeous lit-from-within shimmer and this is like wearing emeralds on your fingers.  I got this in a Coterie deal maybe a month ago, and, in the bottle, it wasn’t my favorite.  So when I finally put this on yesterday, I couldn’t believe how much I ended up loving this!  So gorgeous. If you only ever get one bL polish, you should definitely consider this one.

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This was three coats with Essie Good to Go.  It’s a bit sheer, but, like the name suggests, goes on like butter.

I am so excited that I can now post pictures like this instead of struggling to get my camera to focus on something.  That was my biggest hope/goal for this blog this year, and I totally feel like the blog is a million times better already!  If there’s anything else you would like to see improved, let me know!  I’m always looking to make this blog better in any way I can, so I would love your suggestions.

And in case any of you were wondering, my old camera was a four-year-old Sony Cybershot (which was a very nice camera when I got it), and my new one is a Canon Rebel T3.

P.S. Finger Paints makes a very close almost-dupe for Thames, which I gave away and can’t remember the name of.  But you’ll know it when you see it.  I will try to check it the next time I go to Sally’s.

Advent Calendar Day 7 – Ornaments

Today’s challenge theme is “ornaments.”  Since I didn’t really feel like painting actual ornaments on my nails, I thought I would take inspiration from an ornament design.  I really liked these ones from Crate & Barrel (they come in different colors, too), and since my cats would shatter them in a minute, having them on my nails is a nice option.  I really like how they turned out!

frosty dots - inspired by ornaments

For the white base, I used my new favorite white polish, OPI Alpine Snow.  I really liked the shimmer of the dots on the ornaments, so I went with butter LONDON Victoriana for the dots.  It’s such a gorgeous color!  I actually just picked it up in the BL Cyber Monday sale, and this was my first time using it.  A little bit darker than the inspiration, but I love that it’s still frosty and wintry looking!

frosty dots - inspired by ornaments

My dotting skills need a bit of improvement, but overall, I really like how these turned out!  I am really loving Victoriana.  I need to wear it as a full mani soon.

Marrow

When I first discovered Butter LONDON, Marrow immediately went on my wishlist.  I have no idea why I waited so long to get this, but I finally did, and it’s amazing!  Marrow (yes, it’s named after bone marrow), is a perfect dark purple with silver shimmer.  I love how it’s not too red or too blue – I’ve been looking for a polish exactly this color.  And the silver shimmer just gives it that little something extra that I’ve come to expect from Butter LONDON.

This was two coats with Essie Good to Go.  Like most of the BLs I’ve tried, the formula was flawless.  Definitely a favorite!

I’ve been scooping up Butter LONDONs as often as I can lately.  I love the formula, love the colors, and LOVE that they are still managing to make shades that are completely unique! Which one is your favorite?

Two Fingered Salute

Some days I wonder why I’m willing to shell out $14 for a bottle of nail polish.  This is why.  Two Fingered Salute is stunning!  It’s a muted sea green with rosy copper microglitter.   This is so unique, which is pretty rare for a big brand, but it’s what butter LONDON does so well.  I could not stop staring at my nails the entire time I was wearing this.  It’s awesome.  Just think “badass mermaid.”

This is two coats with Essie Good to Go.  Formula was great, despite the amount of glitter in it.  And sorry about the cut on my cuticle!  That’s what happens when you have six cats…

I LOVE the name, too!  A “two fingered salute” is basically the British equivalent of giving the finger 🙂

Two Fingered Salute is a Nordstrom Exclusive, so it’s available only on the butter LONDON and Nordstrom websites, or in Nordstrom Stores (I’d recommend checking availability before you go).

All Hail the Queen

Butter LONDON’s All Hail the Queen was my very first post on this blog.  As you can see, I’ve gotten way better at the picture taking thing (even though I could use a new camera), and since I wore this a few weeks ago, I thought I’d do an updated post (one where you can actually see the polish).

AHTQ is still my favorite butter LONDON polish.  I’m not a sparkly nail polish person – glitter is a rarity for me – but I absolutely love this!  It’s the perfect nude polish filled with holographic microglitter and a touch of pink shimmer.  It’s nude polish with a little something extra.  And probably the only holographic polish that is also office-appropriate.  I think, no matter what your polish taste or skin tone, you need this.

This is two coats with Essie Good to Go.

Wallis

This has been on my butter LONDON wishlist for a while, but whenever I saw it in person, I didn’t really like it next to my skin tone, so I passed.  It’s a weird color, but I am so glad I finally bought it, because I love it!

Wallis is a dark, antique gold color with a wash of olive green.  It’s definitely not the most flattering color, but I think it looks ok on me since I’m so pale.  It really is a unique color, and I got several compliments on it while I was wearing it.  I wish I had bought it sooner!  I am so glad I got this in time for fall and winter – it’s the perfect metallic for colder weather (and for those of you, like me, who aren’t really fans of bright metallics).

This is two coats, and like most of the butter LONDONs I’ve tried, it applied beautifully.  Seriously love my butter LONDONs.  I’m getting Pillar Box Red, Bluey, and Knackered (along with their Hardwear topcoat) in the mail this week! I’m so excited! What’s your favorite bL color?