Aug 062015

Butter London 10x PatentThese Butter London Patent Shine 10x nail polishes ($18 each) have been released for a while now, but I’ve finally had the nails to really test them out. Essentially, these are some of the leaders of the trend toward high-coverage, high-shine, long-wearing nail polishes that offer the convenience of a gel application without the equipment (or the difficulty of removal).  According to the line, this line offers:

1. Long-wear for up to 10 days
2. Shock absorbing & chip-resistant
3. Salon colour coverage
4. Gel-like cushion and superior shine
5. Fade-resistant colour
6. Formulated to smooth nails
7. Formulated to Strengthen nails
8. Prevents breakage and peeling
9. Visibly brighter, more radiant nails
10. No formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene

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These are available in a full range of shades at, SephoraUlta,, When Butter London sent me these four polishes for review, they included two additional sets of these four colors. I’m happy to give them away–just use the form, below. All photos are taken with two coats, no topcoat or base coat. What you see is what you’ll get.

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Nov 072010

Happy 400th post to the lovely readers of Café Makeup!  What a lovely journey this has been!

To celebrate the occasion and thank you for your support during the first year of this blog, I’m giving away the Holiday 2010 Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip and Eye Palette ($75) that has been personally signed by Bobbi Brown!

How awesome is that?  How about–really really awesome!!!

Here’s the back story:  Last Friday, I went to Nordstrom in San Francisco Centre for an event featuring Bobbi Brown.  I blogged about it here.  It was a lot of fun–there were a lot of makeup artists to tailor-make a look just for you.  It was unbelievably busy!  It looked like over two dozen stations were staffed by trained and talented makeup artists.  Each had a mirror so that one could watch the application as the makeover went along.  Together with bottles of Evian, makeup lovers who made purchases were given a Bobbi Brown tote bag and water bottle.  Thanks to one of my favorite Nordstrom sales associates, Kristy who manages the Burberry Beauty counter, for telling me about the event.

Those who purchased Bobbi Brown’s new book, Beauty Rules, were given the chance to have the book autographed by Bobbi Brown:

She looked absolutely beautiful!  Gorgeous, fit and smart–the perfect combination!  She was extremely sweet and wonderful, sincerely greeting and interacting with the many women who wanted to meet her.

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