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butterLONDON Disco Biscuit

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Because who can resist a nail polish named after a slang term for that most favorite drug of the 1970s, Quaaludes! An episode of Law and Order: SVU (or was it CSI? I don’t know–I don’t usually watch these shows, but I don’t have cable at the moment) reminded me that I needed to go and get this polish before it sold out. Oddly enough, in that episode they were totally acting like you could still get Quaaludes because they found some in the suspect’s bag and acted like it was a normal thing. I thought to myself, “Hold up, detective. Those babies haven’t been available in the States since the 80s!” But apparently Quaaludes are currently the most widely used recreational drug in South Africa. Who knew? Thanks, Wikipedia! Maybe South Africa is where disco defected to. If that’s the case, sign me up for a ticket ASAP! Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Studio 54…..Bianca! Andy! Liza! How sad that the kids these days (gosh, am I getting old or what?) know less and less about the fabulous fripperies of the 70s….

But along comes that most fantastic of brands, butterLONDON, with just such a polish to put a little of the 70s back in our well-heeled step! Now when I first saw this polish on the Internet, I thought it was just another hot pink-ish shade. It was pretty, but not necessarily something I was planning on buying. Until I saw it in person!

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It’s difficult to capture in a photo, but there are bee-u-tiful holographic blue sparkles hiding in this polish! When I picked up the bottle at Nordstrom I was instantly transfixed….it was as if I was wearing a gold lame maxi dress and spinning under the lights while the latest Donna Summer song swirled in the background….Ok, enough with the disco references, but how can I resist!

Now, as for the polish formula and application itself, well, it’s a bit tricky. This is basically a jelly polish, but the blue sparkles give it a kind of strange grittiness that’s hard to describe. It’s most apparent on the first coat, but by the third coat it mostly events out; however, I did use a coat of butter’s Hardwear topcoat followed by a coat of Seche since this shade also doesn’t dry super shiny. The application was good, and I didn’t experience any issues other than the grittiness. And, as you can see, the top coats gave everything a nice sheen overall. The blue sparkles are quite subtle in indoor light, but they really pop like strobe lights in the sunlight! It’s truly gorgeous and something that’s very unique on the polish market right now. I hope to see more unexpected color/sparkle combos like this from butterLONDON and other brands.

Disco Biscuit is part of butterLONDON’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection and is available for $14.00 at Ulta and Nordy’s, but it’s selling out quick! I was going to use my $3 off Ulta coupon on Disco Biscuit but then it expired, and Ulta was all sold out anyway. Luckily, Nordy’s had 1 bottle left! Of course, you can also snag a bottle from the butterLONDON website as well. I also scored a bottle of Knackered, which has been probably the most popular shade from this collection. I’ll be reviewing it soon!

How about you? Are you feeling the spirit of Studio 54 with Disco Biscuit? Let me know! And don’t forget: what happens in the bathroom at Studio 54, stays in the bathroom (at least until Andy finds out and puts it in his diary)!

Me Amour collection from Mattese Elite

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , on February 9, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Ricky’s NYC has released the Me Amour Mattese Elite nail polish collection! There are some true beauties in this collection and all are perfect for gifting your sweetie or best girlfriend. Or just yourself! Chocolates are great and all, but nail polish is the gift that keeps on giving if you ask me. Especially if you live anywhere but NYC since these babies are only available at Ricky’s stores!

Here’s the steamy ad that Mattese Elite has put together to promote the collection:

I love the swatch hearts! The dude’s hair? Not so much! haha But I’m just being picky. As you can see, this is a glitter and sparkle heavy collection, but I think the colors are something a little more special than others. Amour De Ma Vie and Je T’Aime are definitely standouts that will get you noticed amongst those who think they’ve seen every polish color.

Be sure to head on over to Ricky’s NYC online to drool over all the colors. Je T’aime and Embrasse are my personal favorites, and I’ll be reviewing them for you very soon!

Also, if you find yourself head over heels in love with the entire collection, ordering the whole thing will get you FREE shipping from Ricky’s! Hurry because I doubt that deal will last long!

And to top everything off, Ricky’s will also be giving the whole Me Amour collection away to one lucky fan who likes their facebook page on Valentine’s Day!

I’m a huge fan of Ricky’s and other makeup products by Mattese Elite, so I’m thrilled that I’ll be reviewing their polish. Check back soon for that and Happy Valentine’s Day!