Quick Swatch and Review: Butter London – Big Smoke

Butter London - Big Smoke

Another quickie swatch and review of another polish I picked up on clearance. When Ulta did their big Butter London closeout (I think they were 3/$15) last year, Big Smoke was one of the polishes I grabbed – and I had never used it before!

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Month of Untrieds: Butter London – Full Steam Ahead, stamped

Butter London - Full Steam Ahead

For Christmas, my lovely husband and daughter gave me the Steampunk Ball set from Butter London. It contains 6 mini polishes, including several that are set exclusives. I love all the polishes, but this is the first time I used one in a manicure.

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Month of Untrieds: High Contrast Deep Chevron Tips

Chevron tip accents with studs

Some of the ladies on my nail thread claim I can make ugly colors look good and also have an aversion for the color Chartreuse. I set out to see if they were right and when I spotted Butter London – Jaded Jack at Marshall’s for $5, I couldn’t resist.

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Month of Untrieds: Butter London – Wallis

Butter London - Wallis

Between my Secret Santa, my sister in law,┬ámy husband/daughter tag-team duo and the insanely good Barielle deals, I made out like a bandit in December. I don’t even know how many polishes got added to my stash, but I think the number might be a little bit obscene. To add to that, I have since hit the Ulta clearance as well as a bit of Walgreens clearance and further thrown myself down the polish rabbit hole. In light of all these new acquisitions, my goal this month is to use at least one new polish or technique in every mani I do this month. Here’s the first one:

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China Glaze and Butter London gradient manicure

Gradient: China Glaze - When Stars Collide & Butter London - All Hail the Queen

Have I mentioned how much I love doing gradients? If not, I need to. I love them. I adore them! I think it is one of the very best ways to adorn my nails. You can do sharply contrasting colors for a vivid effect or more subtle colors if you want something lower-key or even work appropriate. Today’s manicure is of the second variety – until you get into the sun!

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#npclairestelle8 Day 10: Leaves of Fall

#npclairestelle8 - Leaves of Fall

Our prompt for day 10 is Leaves of Fall – right up my alley! I went with softer shades of color for this, because I wanted it to reflect my locale (still green for the most part) and because I love these colors together! Although it is hard to tell in the pictures (its’ a bit more obvious in the first), the base is a subtle green, brown and gold gradient – more obvious in real-life with a bit of holographic shine from the Trustafarian base.

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BHB Challenge: Inspired by the Season and new China Glaze – Rest in Pieces

BHB Challenge: Inspired by the Season

I love everything about Fall. The cooler weather, the leaves changing colors, Halloween, etc. etc. You get the idea. Sadly, I live in Texas and fall is pretty short-lived here. We’re still hitting the 90’s and the trees haven’t started to change yet – but our grass is dying because we haven’t had enough rain. My seasonal inspiration was the colors around us and this is what I ended up with:

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