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(The polish featured in the post was sent to me for review. I did not pay for it. I was not asked or instructed to write about it. All opinions are my own.)

This weeks favorite butter LONDON is the ever popular! ever neutral! ever perfect for any occasion Yummy Mummy.

Yummy Mummy from butter LONDON has been out for a few years now but it is still on trend for this Spring and Summer 2014. I’m not kidding when I say it is the perfect all occasion polish. I would not hesitate to wear this to a job interview. The color is such a great neutral that I cannot imagine anyone would feel self conscious about their nails with Yummy Mummy.

As far as formula goes, it is smooth self leveling and easy to apply with BL’s standard brush. I’ve had my bottle of Yummy Mummy for a couple of years and with the bottle well half used the formula is still as fresh as the day I received it.
All the photos are 2 coats of polish with a quick dry top coat.

All Hail the Queen from butter LONDON (on the left) goes beautifully over Yummy Mummy. The finish is like glass sand. Not glitter but plenty of sparkle, and you all know how much I love my sparkle!
I cannot write about butter LONDON as a company, without mentioning the fact that they are a cruelty free nail polish company. They are part of the Leaping Bunny organization which means their suppliers are also all cruelty free. What a great deal for a company to embrace.

This is my beautiful daughter at the age of 13, not really. She is now 27? Her birthday is the day before mine but I have a hard time remembering her age, maybe because I don’t want to remember my age! . She looks like a baby with the bangs! And what a beautiful baby she is.
(The polish featured in the post was sent to me for review. I did not pay for it. I was not asked or instructed to write about it. All opinions are my own.)

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(This butter LONDON item was sent to me for review. I was not asked to write about it and all opinions are my own.)
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As you all know butter LONDON is one of my all time favorite brands of nail polish, not only because of the cruelty free aspect of this brand but because the colors are so unique and not only on trend but BL often sets the trends. IMO 😍

This week I chose Sozzled from butter London’s Lolly Brights Collection. You can find the entire collection here, including make up, mascara,eyeliner etc….
If you have not tried their make up line yet, it is worth a try. I’ve used their mascara and LOVE it, the eyeliner and cream blush also LOVE! But back to the polish.


I love a blue/green combination so I used Sozzled from butter LONDON with a Catrice polish recently sent to me by my friend Carla. I love the 2 colors together, especially the green of the Sozzled. I’m not usually a green nail polish fan but this one from the Lolly Brights Collections has enough brightness to it that it doesn’t look at all dull on my nails.
If you’ve always wanted a green thumb, every spring I wish for one, Sozzled would be a good way to solve that problem. I don’t think it will help you grow your garden but your thumb nail will be a beautiful green, that’s for sure!>


(This butter LONDON item was sent to me for review. I was not asked to write about it and all opinions are my own.)

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This is a new polish for me from butter London and was sent to me to review, all opinions are my own. I was not asked to give an opinion about this polish, but of course you know I have one!

Airy Fairy from butter LONDON is such a pretty! sparkle-y blue without being glittery and I love it. This picture was in my kitchen.

This picture of Airy Fairy was outdoors on an overcast day.

Bam! Full sunlight. And this is the second day of wearing. This color really needs to come with a warning about driving while nails sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! Especially when the sun hits them full on, I think this is an absolutely gorgeous color for Spring and Summer. I will be wearing often.
The formula, brush, etc are all typical butter LONDON great. Coverage was awesome with 1 coat, but as always the pictures are 2 coats with a quick dry top coat. Today is day 3 for Airy Fairy and there is no sign of wear, even on the tips. I think butter LONDON is by far one of the best brands out there. Availability can be tough for us small town girls but I know Nordstrom’s carries BL and of course their website is a fun one. BL retails for $15 (sales are often available on their site) and they are a cruelty free company. That right there makes it worth every penny of the $15. .

We are smack in the middle of our dogwood season in our little town. We have a Dogwood Festival every year that lasts about 10 days. I think it’s compulsory for everyone to plant a dogwood tree. I love all the dogwoods bloomed out. This is my favorite time of year! I think pink is my favorite color. These are a few in my neighborhood.

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Yes, April is L’Oreal Nail Polish of the Month and to celebrate πŸŽ‰ (I promise this the only bit of celebrating for POTM) I am showing my favorite colors from this line.

Notting Hill Blues and Club Prive from L’Oreal are 2 of my favorite colors from L’Oreal not only because I love blue and green together but the Notting Hill blues makes me think of my friend Diana, whom I miss very much. (Diana lives in England and before the ban of mailing nail polish abroad I dId send her a Notting Hill Blues bottle of polish. I hope she likes it as much as I do and I hope she thinks of me when she uses it, as I do of her.) . Did that make sense to anyone but me?
I love the half and half manicure, I like to think I invented this, and I especially like it with a blue/green combo.
The L’Oreal Notting Hill Blues and Club Prive are perfect for this look.

If you want to get artsy with your half and half manicure, it is easy enough to add spots with the contrasting color. I used a toothpick on a couple of nails to be able to show you. I think it would be kind of fun to add some more Club Prive (green) into the dots of the Notting Hill Blues dots.
What do you guys think?

The formula for L’Oreal nail polish is cinsistently good, not too thick, not too thin. I have several colors and have been nothing but pleased with this brand. You can purchase L’Oreal Nail Polish where most L’Oreal make up items are sold, which is in most drug stores. The retail price is around $5.99 but I always check the sale sections and have found some great deals that way, also, at my Walgreen’s if I ask the cosmetic counter cashier for coupons she usually always has one for L’Oreal. So keep this in mind.

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Candy Shock from the I Scream, You Scream LE Collection from Catrice is a perfect Spring pastel color. This is a light, light lavender with a small pearl shimmer. As with most Catrice nail polishes with a shimmer, it does transfer to the nail,beautifully.

The formula for this polish was easy to work with, even though the first coat was a bit streaky it was completely opaque and smooth with the second coat.
This one definitely needed a second coat, as advised on the bottle. One of the things I like about this brand. You know going in if it’s a one coater or two.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON CATRICE AS POLISH OF THE MONTH: Catrice is a German brand of polish that can be tricky to find. I did not check eBay but I’m sure you will find some there. Catrice is available at the Ninja website for $10 per bottle.
Catrice is a great brand, another one of those brands that I wished was more readily available in this country. I hope you get a chance to try it, and if so, please let me know what you think!

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Because Catrice is a nail polish brand not readily available in our country, I almost decided against making it the Polish of the Month. But, it is a great polish, an innovative brand, and I did find a reliable outlet to purchase Catrice.

Dulce & Havana from Catrice is a straight up brown, cream finish, no shimmer, no sparkle, no glitter. It is the color of a chocolate candy bar. The formula on this one was a bit thick and I most definetly should have stopped with 1 coat. Catrice will tell you in the bottle if more than 1 coat is needed, just one of the things I like about this brand.

The brushes are another thing I like about this brand. It is a flat wide brush. Not as wide as the Sally Hansen CSM or the Wet n Wild Mega Last brushes. I like a flatter, wider brush, the Sally Hansen CSM is my favorite brush. So this one was nice to use. The brush picks up just the right amount of polish for a smooth easy application.
I wore this color for a couple of days and no sign of tip wear, and certainly no chips showed up. Even with this dark of a color.

I have quite a few Catrice nail polishes by the kindness of my friends, one who lives in Germany and one who lives in Ireland. Catrice is a drugstore brand. They come in a full range of colors, all with cheeky names. I checked all my usual outlets to purchase and only Ninja.com have these available. I haven’t bought anything from this website but I know a few people who have and they have been very happy with the service. The price for Catrice is $10. Catrice have a bunch of new colors and they have a new formula called “shine booster technology”. I’m guessing it makes the polish more shiny?

FINAL THOUGHTS: Even though I haven’t tried the new formula or the website I have no doubt you will love this polish. It is very much worth the $10. I am looking forward to showing you more Catrice brand this month.

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Quiet Storm from Spa Ritual is a nice pastel pink-ish/lavender-ish color that is right on trend for Spring 2014. These pictures are 2 coats with a coat of Seche-Vite. Also, these pictures were taken after more than a week of wearing. I know, shocker! right? I have been staying at my day’s house while he is gone to Maui for a month. I didn’t have all my nail stuff until today, hence the actual testing for wear time. As you can see there is no sign of wear. Another reason to love this brand.
Like most pastel cream polish, the first coat went on very streaky and chalky but as in most cases, the 2nd coat evened all those problems out. Quiet Storm is a great neutral and I really liked it.

Spa Ritual is a vegan, cruelty free polish that was developed by the daughter of the man who started the Orly nail polish company. (As aside note, Orly is also a cruelty free company.
The “Leaping Bunny” logo is on every bottle. Not to be repetitive , but the “Leaping Bunny” logo represents not only Spa Ritual as a cruelty free company but all their suppliers are also certified as being cruelty free.
I have purchased the few bottles of Spa Ritual I own at TJ Maxx for a reduced price. I don’t remember how much they were, but I think the regular price of Spa Ritual is $10-12. I haven’t checked but I’m sure Spa Ritual available at Amazon.com and other Internet sites, such as Nail Polish Canada.
Have you tried this brand? Let me know if you have and what you think of Spa Ritual.

We had a few days of nothing but snow, which is unusual for our little town. We are in a valley with mild climate so when it does snow it’s usually gone that same day. This time those there was good 6″ that stuck. My dad’s dog Annie and Betty absolutely LOVED playing in the snow. Betty would lay down on her back with her legs open like she was trying to make a snow angel. They had so much fun playing.
The other fun thing about the snow is we had a bunch deer coming through the yard. I’m always amazed at how they just jump the 6′ fence like it was nothing. We had 2 big females, one looked pregnant, a baby and another group of boy deer. It’s been fun watching them. A short 3 days later and the snow is all gone, the sun is shining and we are back to our normal weather. Which is good, mild in winter is good.

It’s a great day today, as Ashley will be home for a 2 week visit.. Yay! She moved to Tennessee right after Jilly and Bryan got married. I have missed her more than I thought possible and cannot wait to see her face. Jud, her dad, is on his way to Spokane to pick her up from the airport. So it won’t be long til I can hug and squeeze my girl. Welcome home Ashley!!

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