Little Black Pearls // Butter London & RGB Nail Polish

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Just an easy two-step manicure that ramps up your shimmer polish by simply beginning with a matte polish in a similar hue underneath. Keep a nail out for an accent if you’d like. This rich grayish blue hue with shimmer makes my nails look like black pearls and I love it! It’s the perfect Fall manicure.

What I used…

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* Heathery-gray base coat {a gift from Jeninne last May} is RGB in “Steel”
* butter London polish in “Chimney Sweep” {an X-mas gift from drollgirl}

What I love: both brands contain no Formaldehyde, no Toluene, & no DBP

Easy Two-step…

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* Swipe on one coat of gray polish and let dry {by the time you’re done with both hands, they’re dry enough for the second coat}

* Swipe on one coat of shimmery deep charcoal gray over it.

Finish with a quick dry top coat if you like to make your manicure last a few more days without chipping.

butter london - black pearl nails tutorial

Loving the two color layered polish effect and loving even more the fact that I only need one coat of each to get the desired look.

More thanks to drollgirl for passing all her monthly subscribed magazines on to me when she’s done with them 😉 …she knows I hoard them

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Katie

    January 5, 2011 |

    Gorgeous nail color!

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    January 5, 2011 |

    Have to do my nails so badly…. I’ve been snowboarding and haven’t had the time to refresh them ever since! I think I’ll go for black too! 😀

  • Marcela

    January 5, 2011 |

    This is a good idea.. I would never combine it this way, now I gotta try out.

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  • Lindsay

    January 5, 2011 |

    Ohhh I really like that color. Very pretty!

  • Ink Obsession Designs

    January 5, 2011 |

    LOVE the color and I am going to have to try layering now too!

  • Summer {Bisfor...}

    January 5, 2011 |

    cool polish and i am all about ridding myself of those toxins. formaldehyde? bah.

    have you seen the new crackle polish maybe from OPI? i may want to try that.


    January 5, 2011 |

    i <3 BUTTER!!! i have a few shades actually! lovely photos!

  • Linda Pochinda

    January 5, 2011 |

    i love the black-metallic color!

  • CessOviedo

    January 5, 2011 |

    Love the hue you created! … Butter has the best colors, one of my favs! … Great pictorial btw!

  • Anonymous

    January 5, 2011 |

    Drollgirl sounds like an awesome friend!

  • drollgirl

    January 5, 2011 |

    looks fab on you!!!! so fab!


  • Kimberlee

    January 5, 2011 |

    Gorgeous colors!

  • Erika of Style Activist

    January 5, 2011 |

    What perfectly polished fingerlings. I am such a sucker for polished nails 🙂 So pretty!


  • Maegan

    January 5, 2011 |

    ahahahhahahahah drollgirl IS AN AWESOME FRIEND 😉

  • melrod

    January 5, 2011 |

    I’m so into nail polishes right now. I don’t know why, but for some reason I’ve been obsessing!!!

    Love that color on you!


  • House of Hemingway

    January 5, 2011 |
  • jennine

    January 6, 2011 |

    wow! it looks so luxurious to have your nails done! i’m so glad you like the rgb, my friend christina was so good to introduce me to it!

  • monica

    January 6, 2011 |

    i LOVE ur nails

    need to do something like that ASAP

  • Anonymous

    January 6, 2011 |

    You look stunning in these pics. That is all.

  • Glamour Bbey.

    January 6, 2011 |

    Your nails are beautiful!

  • VildesVerden

    January 6, 2011 |

    Great colour! Hapoy new year from Norway!

  • dana

    January 6, 2011 |

    I’ve been layering nail polish a lot recently…I love the effect! My new obsession is a matte with a coat of glitter on top.

  • Gwen

    January 6, 2011 |

    I want Drollgirl as my friend. 🙂

    Waiting to dry…have you tried Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat? I swear to you…I paint three coats of polish with one coat of the Seche Vite and 5 minutes later can fold laundry. Plus it stays super shiney and chip free for longer. Can’t live without that stuff.


  • Yari

    January 7, 2011 |

    I really like this color. Georgeous. How long does it stay on before it starts to chip? Just curious.

  • Lyndsy

    January 7, 2011 |

    It looks so pretty! THanks for the idea 🙂

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