Wednesday, February 15, 2012

butter LONDON Victoriana

Another butter LONDON to show you today!
I bought two over Christmas, Marrow and this one: Victoriana.
 (Warning, this post is very picture-heavy)

I really fell in love with this one. (Can you tell? I couldn't leave any photos out!) The formula was pretty fabulous, not like Marrow which was thick and globby. This was smooth, pigmented, and sparkly without getting gritty.  It photographed more blue than it is in real life. In actuality has a nice green tint in some lights which turn it a murky lagoon color. 

Removal however...was a pain. The glitter was really stubborn and did NOT want to come off. I could have been patient and just let my nails soak under an acetone-dipped cotton ball, but instead I just scrubbed...and scrubbed...and scrubbed. (Probably wasn't good for my nail bed, which is why I've been taking a small break and letting my nails just grow a bit without polish for a week or so :)

In other news I have my first midterms of the semester tomorrow! I get very nervous before and during tests, and I really don't know how to deal with test anxiety. Does anyone have any good tips for handling this? I try to study a lot before exams so that I really know the material, but I still panic during the exam and do poorly :(

Friday, February 3, 2012

butter LONDON Marrow

I was super excited to get my hands on butter LONDON's Marrow. I've wanted it ever since it came out in their Fall 2010 collection, partially because I'm a physiology major and appreciated the inspiration for the color, the dried center of bone. I just want to say however, this looks nothing like actual marrow. 

It is such a gorgeous color. It has a very fine shimmer hidden in the color, but I couldn't get it to photograph properly. I love this shade of purple, a very plummy color. The formula wasn't as great as I expected, it got globby very quick, and my coats were unintentionally thick. 

It isn't quite the proper color for my skin though, and a lot of the time it looks a lot darker than it normally is. I've been having such a hard time finding colors that don't make my hands lobster-y. I have a fair-olive skin tone with a lot of yellow undertones, and nothing seems to look right! Does anyone have this problem? Or any polish suggestions?

What do you guys think of Marrow?