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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup: 8/10

Check out this week's installment from the best in the beauty blogosphere! Looking for a lovely back to school, budget friendly look? What about some super awesome eyeliner tips/tricks? Check out these lovely links for all this and more!

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: Getting polish remover (and other beauty products) for FREE from CVS! To celebrate, I did a fun crackle manicure that will be great for college football season.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for the perfect "golden-laced pink-peach" blush for a natural glow- then look no further than Youngblood's Crushed Mineral Blush in Sherbet! This is a real stunner!

  • Cosmetics Aficionado: NYC Summer Crush is a palette that screams tropical with it's warm pink, orange, yellow, and purple colors, but how does it perform?

  • adore-a-polish: In this post Kristina breaks down to the bare necessities in what she brings on her theme park adventures.

  • Midnight Manicures: brings you two beautiful unique polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection, No Plain Jane and Deviantly Daring.

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom brings you several polishes from Layla Cosmetics

  • TheFabZilla: Tight lining the eyes can be intimidating. TheFabZilla shows you her technique in 3 easy steps.

  • Ishah x Beauty: Olympic Fever abounds, check out my Olympic themed nail art for this month's Polish Days.

  • Phyrra: Phyrra tells you how to go Back to School Gorgeous! They're budget friendly, too.

  • GlitterPukee: GlitterPukee talks about the awesome Aussie cosmetic line Eye of Horus. The products are perfect for anyone with sensitive eyes. They are waterproof but super easy to remove. Want more? Great swatch photos are just a click away!

  • Ooh La La Polish: Looking for an easy & fun nail art challenge? Check out the "My Favorite Things" challenge at Ooh La La Polish!

  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: Simple, yet modern, and it goes with everything. The Tutti Frutti Stripes Nail Design.

  • the passenger element: Why I had to cancel by Glossybox Subscription (spoiler: unimpressive)

  • Pinked Polish: Wanna see a Scandalous Polish??? Melissa at Pinked Polish, Tried it on Tuesday

  • Beauty Product Review: Want big, bright eyes? Find out how I get the look with Smashbox's Brightener!

  • Polarbelle: See the Layla Cosmetics booth at Cosmoprof 2012 and all the beautiful items that Polarbelle experienced.

  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura loves Lhasa! This week's Taupe-tastic Tuesday features the beautiful shade by NARS.

  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick: How did I get over my aversion to wearing "vampy" colors? By wearing one with glitter, of course!

  • Aly Loves Lacquer: Aly Celebrates Her 20th Birthday with Freehanded Cupcakes

  • makeupmaniac16: Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection: Review + Swatches

  • Mani Curiously: Looking for that perfect red polish? Check out E's ode to butter LONDON's Come To Bed Red!

  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: Ready for fall? Here are the swatches of Zoya's Diva collection complete with the MUST HAVE FeiFei!

  • Liesl Loves Pretty Things: Liesl loves China Glaze Bohemian collection! Check out the possible Lippmann Sugar Daddy dupe here.

  • Beauty Binge: Beauty Binge declares Christmas in July when she reviews the July Glossybox!

  • Gorgeousskin: Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation- was it love or not so much?

  • Beauty Info Zone: How much can you spend on one face? Find out what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone spent on her face in the Makeup Wars.

  • Love my Nails: Cute nail polish art that's both simple and chic!

  • Makeup Chronicles: Until 8/13, get a free gift from e.l.f. when your order is over $20!

  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista takes a look at some of the newest (and most extravagant) innovations in nail polish. 18k gold leaf and black diamonds, oh my :)

  • A Little Polish: Looking for a great nude polish this Summer? Check out Stephanie's favorite here!

  • Samarium's Swatches: Sarah from Samarium's Swatches is celebrating her Blogiversary by having a Giveaway!

  • MakeUpMom123: Awesome August Giveaway! Three Great Prizes Including an Indie Nail Bundle, Make Up Bundle & Amazing Hair Care Bundle. Enter Today!

  • beyond Beauty Lounge: At home facial peel

  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: NOTD: My own Mermaid's Tail...Orly Royal Navy & Essence Choose Me

  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L from Beauty by Miss L tried loose nail art glitter for her manicure for the first time.

  • Adna Cosmetic: How to get the golden look for summer

  • Captivating Claws: Are you a glitter-lover?? If yes, you'll love these beauties from Shimmer Polish!!

  • The Glossy Pages : Evie Evan takes us on a Concealer Crash Course

  • Baking Beauty: Are you looking for some new makeup, but you're short on cash? Baking Beauty highlights the weeks best beauty coupons.

  • Media Maven: Media Maven helps you to achieve a flawless back-to-school beauty routine in 5 minutes flat!

  • Amber Did It!: Amber shares a metallic gradient manicure

  • DeyiMizu: Look fresh with a simple Champagne Gold FOTD

  • Patty and Goldie's Day Off: Come explore the Whimsical by Pam nail polishes
  • Monday, August 6, 2012

    butter London: Come To Bed Red... an ode to my perfect red

    When I took advantage of the butter London sale a little while back (3 for $30usd!) I had no idea that I was picking up a color that might change my life....
    butter London - Come To Bed Red w/Seche Vite top coat
    Maybe a tad dramatic? I think not and you might not think so either when I explain.

    I will preface this ode with the fact that I am a red snob. I only like certain shades of reds and not just "because I think they're pretty". I look at the actual tone and undertone of the hue. Red is such a powerful color but so many companies bastardize it by not paying attention to those two things.

    To go a step further,'s definition for tone is this: (noun) - Tone is a quality of color. It has to do with whether or not a color is warm or cold, bright or dull, light or dim and pure or "otherwise"(not wishing to slap the perceived moral judgement of impure on a hapless color). You've most likely heard the phrase "Tone it down". In art, this means to make a color, or an overall color scheme, less vibrant. Conversely, "toning it up" can cause colors to pop out of a piece, sometimes to a rather startling extent.

    For me, loving red is a "thing". It is something that I am passionate about. There are SO MANY beautiful shades that it is nearly impossible for me to really ever feel satisfied with how many "red" polishes I own, yet it is probably my smallest color family next to my greens. My favorite color of polish though is usually a purple or blue. I love those two shades, but I am nowhere near as passionate about them from an artistic level as I am about red.

    To give you more information to explain undertone, defines Undertone as: (noun) 1. a low or subdued tone. 2. an unobtrusive or background sound. 3. an underlying quality or element; undercurrent. 4. a subdued color; a color modified by an underlying color.

    Ok, now that I'm done with art lessons ;) I'll explain why this is all relevant in my ode to butter London's Come To Bed Red. In this polish the overall tone is bright and in your face, however it is not so bright that it is annoying. The undertone is pure and muted just enough that it still has POW but not overtly so. The artist that created this color payed attention in art class because this is a very pure red from which one could create other lovely shades. Something so perfect is bound for more greatness, it doesn't just BE great it becomes greater. Come To Bed Red is also a sort of chameleon. It looks deceivingly darker inside but not necessarily because of inside lighting, I think it has to do more with how light refracts off the undertone. Outside it becomes luminescent and almost glowing it is so bright and cheerful.

    My last and final thoughts... and truly the reason I felt compelled at midnight to write this post was because of it's removal. Now, I have tried a lot of red polishes in my time. Most, if not all, have slightly stained the skin around my nail bed during removal. A lot of colors do that from time to time and sometimes it's because the polish is a substandard formula, sometimes it's due to the fact that it is so highly pigmented that it sort of bleeds when acetone hits it. Because red polish removal irritates me MORE than glitter removal I don't rush to wear a red mani lol.

     I know I don't make sense because I just went on about how I love red polish, but there it is. Well when I received Come To Bed Red I just HAD to put it on. I've been lusting after this red for some time and it was finally MINE. Loved it so much I put it on at 3am while I was literally falling asleep at the desk here. Once I was done with it I was shocked and awed. I took a quick cell phone picture and posted it in a facebook group to share. Well I wore this mani all week. I haven't done a solid color- no nail art- in about 6 months and on top of that to wear it for a WEEK?! Unheard of! Needless to say I just sat down a little bit ago to remove it and felt that old frustration boiling up.

    The "ugh, I'm going to be pink for at least a day, this is going to suck" frustration. I almost said F it and didn't remove it lol. But here comes the earth shattering news... It removes cleanly. As in absolutely no skin staining! No bleeding, no streaks, no nothing. It removed so perfectly you'd never know I had red on before and quite honestly I am impressed with an "expensive" brand's formula. More often than not price does not equate quality.

    No pink left behind from mani removal (excuse my nails they're still a bit jacked up)
    Please excuse the shitty iPhone picture, I didn't do a great job of painting and I never intended to blog about this so I never took "good" photos either but I just couldn't hold it in! This is my new favorite red of all time...


    Come To Bed Red can be purchased at various stores, I purchased mine directly from butter London's website. Their 3 Free Lacquers retail for $14ea.


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