Monday, 30 December 2013

Manic.Monday: Bling on the New Year!

Yes I know what you're thinking - another post about nail polishes...? Well, what can I say except that it is Monday again, and while it may be less Manic than usual since I have some time off from work, there are still manicures to be had and polishes to be shown off in all their glory! Tomorrow it's New Year's Eve and I'm sure I'm not the only one planning for an outfit, wondering what to do with my hair and what makeup look to create. To be honest I haven't quite decided on a lot of those things yet, but at least I have decided what to do with my nails and I'm going posh with the shade Toff from Butter London (£12).

I don't actually have many nail polishes from Butter London and every time I wear one, I ask myself why I don't have more of them when they have so much going for them. First of all the formula is free from all kinds of chemical nasties, which is great and I hope that more brands choose go the same way, particularly since Butter London shows that the formula doesn't have to be compromised in any way. The texture is rich, smooth and creamy with so much pigmentation that you only actually need one coat to achieve a nice opaque look. The brush is of fairly standard width, but of great quality and together with the creamy texture you'll easily get a streak free even finish that dries quickly and lasts about 5 days, which to me is longer than average when it comes to nail polishes. Regardless if you go for one or two coats you'll get a very glossy, high shine finish. I'm not really one for making New Year's resolutions, but one that I think I could actually stick with is to get some more polishes from Butter London for my collection.

Butter London has well over 100 different gorgeous colors to choose from and they all have quirky, fun names inspired by British culture like Cream Tea, Pimms, Thames or like this one - Toff (slang for someone with an aristocratic background or who dresses very smartly). It's a gorgeous old fashioned muted dusty rose pink which is a very sophisticated, stylish and timeless shade and I think it's so versatile you could wear it with any outfit or look that you're going for.
Now if there's any occasion for which you can really bling it up, it is definitely New Year which is why I decided to also add some crystal gemstones from Andrea Fulerton (£7.99) to the look. I've kept it quite simple with just a single stone which I think is quite an interesting, Asian inspired look but you can of course be as creative as you wish and perhaps do a gem French manicure or even cover an accent nail completely with gems - the possibilities are endless. I find that the best way to firmly attach gem stones to the nails is to work on each nail at a time, and to make the final coat of the base shade quite thick, so you can press the stones down firmly into the polish. I then apply a high shine top coat before moving on to the next nail, and this way the gems will stay in place for about 3-4 days. All I need to do now is decide what to wear and then I'm ready, so just Bling on the New Year!

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    1. Thank you, for me it's timeless and goes with just about any outfit :o). Xx

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  2. I love this colour, its now on my wish list! x

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    1. It's lovely and the formula is excellent :o)! Xx

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    1. Thank you, I think it's very sophisticated :o). Xx

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    1. It's definitely one of my muted favourites :o). Xx

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  6. I really love the look of this nail polish! Might have to get myself some of this! If you have a spare minute or so, here's my blog
    http://kateheidi.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's a great versatile shade, I really like it :o). Xx

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  7. This colour simply looks gorgeous, wow!

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    1. Thank you, it's definitely worth every penny :o). Xx

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  8. Haven't tried Butter London polishes before, they do this really gorgeous pastel yellow colour that I've lusted over quite a while. Nice mauve shade, perfect for transitioning to the next season as it's not too dark x

    Essence of Jess

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    1. Sounds lovely and perfect for Spring, if you get it I hope you do a review of it :o). Xx

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  9. This is a beautiful colour and I love the gemstones! x

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  10. oh my gosh this colour is gorgeous! i love neutral colours like this! definitely need this now! love your blog:)xxx

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    1. Hi Emily, thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment :o)! It's a lovely classy shade and I love the formula too. Hope you'll visit again soon :o). Xx

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  11. Wow super stylish nails. The shade looks marvelous :). My likes on Bloglovin for you <3
    Wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2014 Charlotte!!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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    1. Hey Mira, thank you so much and have a wonderful New Year and all the best :o). Xx

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  12. I love these nails! I think I'm going all out with the sparkles, I can't wait! Happy New Year!

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    1. I might add some more bling as well after a few glasses of bubbly! Have a Happy New Year :o). Xx

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  13. gorgeous neutral shade! Love Butter London polish, just need a little $ to buy it lol ;) I'm wearing Milani Ruby Jewels for NYE. Happy New Year!
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    1. I had to look up the shade :o), but it looks like a wonderful glittery red - great choice :o). Have a wonderful and Happy New Year! Xx

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  14. Hi Charlotte i love the color and the bling. It is so fun. Appreciate your visit and sweet thoughts in my blog. I hope we stay in touch.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, have a wonderful and Happy New year :o). Xx

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  15. Such a gorgeous shade and I love the addition of the gemstones. I've never tried a Butter London polish so I'll be on the look-out for one now! xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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    1. The formula is brilliant and I don't think you'll be disappointed :o). Xx

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  16. The shade is so beautiful!!! And I really love the gemstone detail :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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    1. Thank you so much, that's really nice of you :o). Xx

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  17. Lovely color, love the final touch with a gemstone :)

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  18. That's a really pretty colour - I have a lipstick that colour and it's one of my faves! X

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  19. I love the color!! Happy Holidays!!
    Alessandra
    www.alessandrastyle.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Happy Holidays to you too :o). Xx

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  20. Happy new year! I got a little set with nail gems for Christmas and they're a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your nails. And that nail colour is gorgeous x
    Much love
    bohobun.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I love blinging up the nails, it's so much fun and creative :o). Have a wonderful New Year :o)! Xx

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  21. I love Butter London, but I always forget about them! Stunning shade!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Same here, but I'll have to try and get more shades since the formula is so great :o). Xx

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  22. The Butter London varnish is a lovely classic, yet with a twist, colour! The little gems show a bit of personality too which I love.

    http://ambertypes.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Ah, that's so lovely of you - thank you! And I never could say no to bling anyway :o). Xx

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  23. I love this shade Butter london polishes are lovely this ones quite unique too I like the bit of bling too :D x

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    1. They really have some amazing shades and I think the next one I'll get is the lovely light blue Sprog :o). Xx

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  24. This color is so lovely, adore also how you added these gemstones. Great nail art :)

    FASHIONARTED
    http://www.fashionarted.blogspot.com

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  25. Ohh I love this colour, I don't think I've ever seen another polish that's quite the same as this. Love the little gemstones you've added too, so beautiful! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Thank you very much, the muted dusty pink is a really lovely shade - so timeless :o). Xx

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  26. Ah that is such a gorgeous shade! I love the little studs too :) I really need to try a Butter London polish! xx

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    1. Thanks a million, I'm really getting into the whole crystal gem look now, so I might try some more extravagant versions of it as well :o). Xx

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous nail polish! I've heard and read positive reveiws on London Butter Brand of polish!

    Pilar

    plovesfashion.blogspot.com

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  28. This look is so nice! I think I definitely need to add 'toff' to my collection {';'} eek

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  29. That is such a gorgeous shade, I've never added gems to my nails before :o might have to be something to experiment with! xx

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    1. It's so easy to do and it turns out really well :o)! Xx

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  30. beautiful color !! :)
    what about follow wach other?
    let me know :)
    have a nice day and happy holidays!
    xx
    veronica

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    1. Thanks a million, follow you now. Happy New Year! Xx

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  31. Gorgeous nail colour!!! Sooo beautiful xxx

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    1. Thank you! Butter London has so many lovely shades to choose from :o). Xx

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  32. Looking fab! I'd love to try it with an accent nail!
    Joelle
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    FebruaryGirl.

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  33. Nice pics! Love these styles! They all look genius!
    Thanks for your sharing and posting!
    Have a nice day!


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  34. I love Butter Nail Polish! So excited to be following you!
    XO,
    http://www.sororitygirlintherealworld.com/

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    1. That's so lovely of you, thank you very much and have a great New Year! Xx

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  35. I love the pop you added with the rhinestone!

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    1. Thank you so much, a little bit of bling is never wrong :o). Have a great New Year :o). Xx

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  36. looks great...esp that stone in between.

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    1. Thank you :o), hope you have a great New Year! Xx

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  37. I absolutely love the nail polish shade I may have to treat myself to it :)

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    1. A great way to start the new year, and you absolutely should :o). Have a Happy New Year :o). Xx

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  38. Ooo I love this!! Hope you had a good New Year's?
    Jayde

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    1. Thank you so much - I've had a wonderful time and I hope you have as well :O). Xx

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  39. This shade is stunning and nice touch with the bling! Happy 2014 girl! xx

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    1. That's so sweet of you - thank you and have a wonderful 2014! :o) Xx

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  40. I love that colour! The diamonds are really beautiful, love them! I don't really like doing nails because I'm just not very good at them! Any tips? Xxx

    Jelly-bean-beauty28.blogspot.com

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    1. I find that nail polishes with very wide brushes make it so much easier since you only need one or two strokes, and if you want to save even more product use perhaps go for a formula that has a base coat and top coat built into it as well and a brand that has all those things and amazing shades to choose from is Sally Hansen. :o). Xx

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  41. such a lovely color! I love these kind of colors. I have one nail polish from Butter London and I think the quality is very good!

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    1. The formula is definitely one of the better ones I think and it'll be exciting to see if they release any new colors for the S&S collection :o). Xx

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    1. It's a really lovely pink that's not too girly :o). Xx

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