Sunday, 28 July 2013

Lovely Nails with Butter London

I recently fell in love with this nail polish brand, Butter London, that I came across with while shopping for a liquid foundation at Sephora Starhill. Aside from the lovely glitter color that got my attention, the product names are also quite clever. 

Well, I've also been searching for a really good top coat that dries fast and makes the nail color last longer so I decided to give these items a try. I don't normally go to a nail salon to do my nails, not that I have time to go as well. I prefer to do my own nails as I've developed this fear from nippers. Some stylists just have this urge to keep nipping the dry skin until they accidentally cut you to bleed (ugh). So since several years back, I just do it myself. And it's quite fun, too, to experiment with different colors myself and save time (and money) to just do it at home. 




My wonderful Butter London collection: Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator, Hardwear Quick Topcoat and 3 Free Nail Lacquer. 

First step is to use the Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator (RM64/ 17.5ml). This is for removing dead skin cells for gentle cuticle removal, eliminating the need to nip (yes!). Since I really hate the nipping part, this item is great for me. It's very easy to use. Shake well, apply to overgrown cuticles using the bottle applicator, wait for 2 minutes, gently push back cuticle then remove debris with a soft brush. Clean excess product from nails after use. 




Apply a clear nail polish as your base coat. Then it's time for the nail color: 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Lovely Jubbly (RM54/ 11ml). At first, I wondered why it's called '3 Free'. It has NO Formaldehyde, NO Toluene, NO DBP --- so it makes this nail color 3 Free. For those who are not familiar, formaldehyde is an organic compound used in a lot of industrial products, disinfectants and more, and is toxic to both animals and humans. Toluene is a clear, insoluble liquid used to dissolve paint, thinners and more, and is also considered toxic. DBP or dibutyl phthalate was used in nail polishes and other items but has been banned in many countries as it poses as a possible risk for abnormalities on physical development. 

So this Butter London Nail Lacquer clarifies that it's free from those toxic ingredients. The color I picked was named Lovely Jubbly and it is truly lovely. It is a glitter-filled purplish hue which is also very easy to apply. Simply put 1 coat then let it dry for at least 2 minutes. If you want a darker shade, you can put another layer. But 1 layer for me is just nice. 




After letting the nail color dry for at least 2 minutes, it's time to apply the Hardwear Quick Topcoat (RM64/ 17.5ml). It's a quick dry, ultra glossy, non-toxic that protects the nail lacquer/ nail color and extends the life of the manicure. Simply apply 1 coat over the nail lacquer. 



As always, I also apply drying oil on top of my nail polish. I found this Sephora Express Drying Oil (RM35/ 7ml) which is a great companion to everyone who loves polishing their nails. Wait at least 2 minutes after applying your top coat then apply 1 drop of the drying oil on each nail. 





My finished manicure...my normal digicam doesn't do justice to the glitter effect, though. Quite hard for me to shoot with one hand if I use my DSLR so this shot was taken with the digicam (need to get a tripod or an assistant photographer, haha!). But the glitter nail polish is more glamorous and pretty in actual sight!



My verdict...in love with this Butter London nail collection! Will get more colors soon! 


Where to buy: Sephora

Price:
Butter London Melt Away and Hardwear - RM64 a piece
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Lovely Jubbly - RM54
Sephora Express Drying Oil - RM54