This week I was reunited with some old favorites and discovered new gems. Here’s a taste of some of the highlights in honor of the weekend.
1. Butter London – Limited Edition 3 Free Lacquer in Bluey (in lamplight looks like a holiday evergreen)
2. W3LL People Cosmetics (more to come on them in the near future – local Austin company)
3. Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara (a natural mascara that actually works for $10.99)
4. Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizer Sunblock (uses simple natural ingredients to get maximum physical protection)
butter London is one of my new favorite polish lines. Their colors are unique and diverse – with a 3 free formula (NO Formaldehyde, NO Toluene, NO DBP). In true form, their new nail skins are the prettiest I have seen. That leopard is so cool. $10 and not available in the UK.
Manicures have taken on a new, longer life. 14 days ago, I got my first Shellac manicure and couldn’t have been more pleased. My cheery red nails lasted a full two weeks with absolutely zero chips. Really, the only reason I took the polish off, was because my nails had grown out. Your nail beds are not damaged at all with the application and it only takes about 5 minutes to remove the polish. The system contains a Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat. After each layer is exposed to a UV Lamp, you can leave the salon with totally dry nails. They even do the massage after the polish! That is how absolutely dry they are. Right now the shades are varied but mostly traditional colors. I started with red, but thinking a vibrant pink to celebrate spring next.
Great color – tons of work. This inky, creamy blue had me smitten from the beginning. It was the only piece I purchased from the Wonder Woman collection. While the color looked divine, the polish dried slightly soft on my nails. Any small bump created a divot in the polish. I applied the color on Friday and it peeled off late last night. This actually was a good thing. When I went to remove the remaining polish, the color was VERY stubborn. Despite a base coat, my nail beds now have a not-so-flattering blue. While the color is absolutely stunning, I do not think it was worth the trouble.
My search for the perfect, nude polish is over. Thank you, @Deborah Lippmann. After experimenting with some high pigment colors over the past couple of years, I realized I needed a good solid break from blacks, blues and golds. Naked is the perfect nude shade because it is polished and opaque, while complimentary to so many skin tones. The Lippmann polishes have great staying power on me. My current manicure is five days old with not a single chip, honestly. Amazing, huh?
So, I was going to a show on Saturday. Like, live music and I wanted to be edgy and cool. I wore my biker jacket and slouchy boots and thought this would be the perfect excuse to use the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Misbehaved. Think snakeskin or fishnet pattern (far right, third down). They were super easy to apply. Each appliqué has two ends and you can select which one fits your nail bed shape. They are made with real nail polish and you can tell with the scent when you open the package. Although they promised 10 days of wear, mine came off after three days. But it was worth it. Nail art can only be enjoyed for so long.