Royal Wedding Fever Hits Cosmetic-Land!

With two days to go, it seems the whole country has gone Royal Wedding crazy! Not only is it the perfect excuse for a day off work, it’s a great excuse for brands to try to make a bit of extra money. If a commemorative tea towel or biscuit tin isn’t your thing (incidentally, have you seen the McVite’s tin? how rank?!) perhaps a beauty based item would be more your cuppa…


The Perfume Shop have released two perfumes called Tiny Idol Prince and Princess, just in time for the wedding. They bear a slight resemblance to Will and Kate, are £10 each for 28mls.

I am yet to sniff them myself, but according to the site, ‘Prince’s “notes combine to bring a sophisticated yet exuberant scent”, while ‘Princess’ s “notes cumulate to create a highly wearable light floral blend with refined sensibility.” I’d be really interested to hear if anyone has smelt them, what they thought of them?
The next thing I want to tell you about is an absolute genuis idea. Will and Kate nail wraps – and why the Hell not?! They are so geek-ily chic-ily kitch, I love them!

They are foil wraps, available in silver or white, with Will and Kate’s faces on them – how adorable! They are priced at £4.99 including P&P for one set, from Maarit UK.
Nails Inc have brought out a limited edition range in celebration of the Royal nuptials. ‘The Royal Collection’ features two limited edition polishes with glitzy lids, – ‘Will’ with the Union Jack lid, and ‘Kate’ with the sapphire lid, inspired by Kate’s engagement ring), and a quad of limited edition shades fit to make anyone feel like a Princess!
On a non-cosmetic note, I really do like the limited edition Oyster cards which have been made.
Around 750,000 of the Oyster cards have been made, and the usual charges apply – £5 deposit and £5 minimum top-up. They are available at all London Underground and London Overground Stations.
Have you found any other beauty related commemorative items? If so, please let me know 🙂

Nails of the Day – Butter London Jaffa

Jaffa by Butter London is exactly as you would expect it to be from the name. Proper orangey-orange. It has a completely different feel to it wearing it in the sunshine to the cold weather. Right now the sun is shining and it looks a gorgeous neon (neon, not luminous) orange, a creamy jelly like texture to it, perfect for summer days.

This polish was sent to me by PowderRooms.com where you can pick up all your Butter London polishes as well as loads of other cool stuff

Halloween Nails

“Another nail post?!” I hear you cry! I have been SO hectic I don’t know where October has vanished to – here’s hoping I can find some more time to devote to here as before. I have some exciting news coming up so please stay tuned. Sorry to be a secret squirrel but that’s the way it has to be for now.

I didn’t really want to dress up this Halloween, but wanted to get in the spirit for my kids, so decided I’d paint my nails as pumpkins. I used two coats of Butter London’s Jaffa polish, which is a really lovely orange with a hint of coral. Then I used my black striper & dotter to paint on lines and pumpkin faces. In hindsight I should have done the lines a little thinner but it was my first attempt so I’m quite pleased (with my left hand, not quite sure if the right hand resembled anything other than a mess!)

This Butter London polish was sent to me my Powder Rooms, the online shop where you can find all the Butter London range.

Nails of the Day – Butter London Snog

Another fab shade from Butter London – it looks, in the bottle to be fuschia, but on the nail it is more of a red toned pink. It glides on beautifully – although the brush is on the thin side it’s quite easy to work with as the formulation of the polish is just spot on.

This polish was sent to me and is available to buy from the lovely PowderRooms.com

Nails of the Day – Butter London Chimney Sweep

I love this colour! Chimney Sweep by Butter London is a gorgeous gunmetal black colour – in the bottle I thought it would be black with silver shimmer, but it’s so much more than that! A metallic dark dark grey, which when you look close enough is made up of tiny particles of silver. Gorgeousness.
This polish was sent to me by PowderRooms.com

Nails of the Day – Butter London Muggins

This is another polish sent from Powder Rooms and o.m.g. I love it! Its a flat colour but can be described as so many different colours – grey, heather, lilac, blue…. it looks different in different lights, but this will definitely be one I will wear again and again.

Nails of the Day – Butter London Aston

I have been sent a lovely package of polishes to swatch from Powder Rooms, an online boutique, for them to use the pics on their site. The first I decided to try from my bag of goodies was Aston by Butter London.

Aston after Martin, I assume, and not the little one from JLS. If I’m honest, the reason I picked it is because I thought it looked fairly similar to All Hail McQueen – the polish of the moment, but another blogger had got in there before me with that one! It is a warm toffee brown tone, but with tiny little flecks of silver glitter in it. I don’t normally go for anything but flat colours for my nails, and this was a nice way to test out something that doesn’t fall into that category, as it’s subtle. Because of the glittery particles it does make the polish look very glossy, especially with a topcoat on top. The swatch pic is with 2 coats of polish and Poshe topcoat over them. The nail was completely covered after just one coat, but I went with 2 because I just can’t not!

This is the first Butter London polish I’ve tried. The bottle is a really nice design, it is pleasing to the eye. You pull the large black part off and there is a small tubular lid, much like on the Chanel polishes, but a little thinner. Using that handle with the brush made it all seem a little short, but it did the job. Butter polishes are 3 free which means that they contain no Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP. They are said to last longer when used with 3 free base and top coats, which I didn’t have, so just used my usuals. I did have some tipwear after just one day of wearing and some more visible chips after 2 days – but my polish in general seems to never last that long as I use my hands so much.

The range of colours in the range is amazing – some of the ones I have in my bag seem totally unique – I look forward to sharing some more with you.