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butter LONDON {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

You guys.  I just had the most incredible weekend!!  It was a 10-year-reunion of sorts for my college acappella group.  Think “Pitch Perfect” and you’ve got it exactly right.  You can actually find my name in the book “Pitch Perfect”, which the movie was based off of.  We were Noteworthy, the first all-female accapella group to win ICCA!!  We met up again to put on a 10-year reunion show and celebrate our new CD release.

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As you can see, there was a LOT of lime green and hot pink going on!  As I was gathering all my old Noteworthy clothes to recreate my performance outfit, I decided I HAD to have a hot pink nail polish to match!

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Thank you, butter LONDON, for having the perfect shade of hot pink I was looking for.  This is Cakehole.  It was PERFECT for last weekend.

IMG_0370If you haven’t tried butter LONDON lacquer, you’ve got to put it on your priority list.  The mixture is strong and neither too drippy or too thick.  The bottles are heavy and sturdy, and I like the two layers of containment (one rectangular lid and a small round one inside).  Last weekend:

pink2I got lots of compliments about how it looked like a fresh coat, or a brand new nail job, even though it had been a few days.  That, my friends, is the difference between quality polish and not.  Avoiding the daily upkeep and constant chipped repairs is really a nice break.

Lucky me, I also got to pick out this creamy mint color, called Fiver.  Both favorites.  This fresh mint color is perfect for spring!  I think it could be a great winter color too.  Hey, look at that high quality brush!  No stray hairs, long and strong, and easy to maneuver.

fiverThis is currently my favorite, favorite nail polish brand.  They carry dozens and dozens of fun and gorgeous colors.  112 to be exact!  I’m especially loving the 2014 Summer Collection of brights!!

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Check in with butterLONDON and pick up some new colors!  Follow them below and keep up on new colors and sales:

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

NourISH Nail Lacquer {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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These days, it seems like organic products are cropping up all over the place, and not just at the grocery store. Organic clothing, organic pet food, organic shampoo, even organic fertilizer! Looking out for toxins, pesticides and harmful chemicals in our household products is not something I think about naturally, so I’m glad other people are identifying them and creating products that limit or eliminate their use. Today’s giveaway is for organic nail lacquer–did you know there are toxic chemicals in nail polish?!?

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NourISH Organic Nail Lacquer has developed a nail polish that is not only organic and toxin-free, but also nourishes, strengthens and protects your nails while it’s on! Apparently, most polishes contain the “big three” or the “toxic trio” of Formaldehyde, DBP/Phthalates, and Toluene, all linked to birth defects, allergic reactions, headaches, liver and kidney problems. Yuck! NourISH removes these chemicals and uses in their place Soy Protein and Vitamins C and E, which replenish dry, brittle nails and prevent splitting. NourISH also contains three key ingredients to prevent nail fungus: Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Thyme Oil.   But, like their website says, “Don’t think a nail polish with clinical benefits has to look ‘clinical’—NOURISH is chip resistant, long lasting and comes in a variety of luxuriant colors.” It’s true–check out their color palette:

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I had a hard time picking just one polish to review. I ended up choosing Cream Tangerine because I loved that tangerine color that was so hot this summer. Unfortunately, this “tangerine” was more of a blood orange color; I was hoping for more orange than red.

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But I still love the benefits of these lacquers! I think it’s amazing that you can protect your nails from fungus while nourishing them AND making them look good! The NourISH Base Coat looks white in the bottle but dries clear and with a beautiful shine. Just the Base Coat alone will protect and nourish your nails, even if another brand of polish is applied on top of it. The Colored Lacquer is really rich; I only applied one coat and it was thick and very opaque. My biggest pet-peeve with nail polish is when you can see the nail underneath, and there was no nail-peeping with this lacquer! The clear Top Coat is strong and shiny; I used it over some other polish this weekend and it stayed on longer than most polishes ever do.

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NourISH also carries the Barefoot Botanicals line, which is an organic, vegan, Kosher, GMP Compliant line of creams and scrubs to care for your feet.  All of these great products can be purchased at www.NourishMyNails.com.  Each nail lacquer retails for $17.95 and the Barefoot Botanicals Cracked Heel Repair Creme and Pomegranate Sugar & Shea Scrub costs $18.95. Lucky for you, NourISH is offering YOU the chance to win a Prize Basket worth more than $150! The basket will include three colors of your choice, a Top and Base Coat, Anti-fungal Nail Solution, Barefoot Botánica product (Cracked Heel Repair Cream and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub), a Nail File, Buffer Block and Nail Clippers!

Enter to win an amazing Gift Basket from NourISH Organic Nail Lacquer ($150 value!)

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of November 25, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by NourISH Organic Nail Lacquer, but all opinions are strictly my own.

butter LONDON Nail Lacquer {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Whenever I am feeling the most grungy, unpretty, or down about my appearance, my favorite pick-me-up is a little nail job.  Looking back at my nail polish purchases, they seem to coincide with my pregnancies, haha.  But really, no matter your size, the state of your hair, or whether your legs are shaved or not, your nails can be beautiful!  I love that reminder every time I look at my fingers or toes–I am beautiful!
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So I had never actually tried butter LONDON nail polish until this week, but I’ve seen their delightfully dreamy colors in all the fashion magazines for years and years, and have always wanted to get my hands on one of these lacquers.  My nail dreams came true when butter asked if I would review two of their colors and…(trumpets!)…their Matte Finish Top Coat!!
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So what makes butter nail lacquers so fantastic?  First of all, their lacquers are formulated without using harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens, and they are the trusted nail polish of choice for many designers.  Butter has been an integral part of Fashion Week since the start.  They have a specially trained team of manicurists and the designers that sit together and discuss the desired look to create the exact color and shade, since nails are practically an accessory on their own, and play such an integral part of a finished ensemble.
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Ok, lets admire these colors.  Here I have Shandy Nail Lacquer, which is an opaque, light apricot crème, as seen at La Perla, New York Fashion Week A/W 13.  I think this color can be spot-on for any season or occasion.  It is sophisticated, neutral, and matches with everything!  In case you didn’t know, a Shandy is a refreshing beverage mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger ale, or cider, so envision yourself drinking something ritzy as you paint this on.
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Next up is Scoundrel Nail Lacquer, which is a medium tone purplish-mauve nail lacquer that can appear darker or lighter depending on what clothing you are wearing.  This is perfect for spring!  I am usually not a fan of purple, and I don’t think I own ANY article of purple clothing, but this Scoundrel color is making me reconsider.  I definitely think its a prettiest of butter’s purple nail lacquers.  Ok, back to the matte.  I LOVE THIS LOOK! Can you see the difference on my (desperately in need of a pedicure) toes?  The bottom triangle part has the matte top coat applied.
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This matte top coat is such a chic way to give your manicure a new look by taking away the shine, and giving the color a flat, matte, and beautiful look!  I saw it first on Pinterest, didn’t know how to achieve it, but was sold immediately.  It paints on just like a top coat, with the same kind of bottle and brush as the nail lacquer, and though it goes on clear, it almost immediately turns matte.  I didn’t get to watch it happen because I painted one hand, then as soon as I was done with my other hand, the first was already matted up.
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These nail polish bottles are much bigger in person than I envisioned them to be, and the brushes are top quality.  My nails undergo a lot of stress at home–scrubbing dishes, scratching surfaces, picking noses, etc.  I don’t have no desk job.  I’m so happy to report that butter can hold up to anything.  It took several days before I noticed a chip!  Thank you butter!

Visit butter LONDON online and fall in love with each their 51 colors!  And try out their matte finish top coat!!

*This posting was sponsored by butter LONDON, but all opinions are strictly my own

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