• My Current Go-To Manicure: Clean & Simple (feat. Butter LONDON)

    by  • March 21, 2014 • Butter LONDON, Nail Polish, Nails, NOTD • 1 Comment


    Woah, has it been a long time since I’ve shared any nail posts!! In the past few months I’ve actually been drawn toward very clean, natural, simple nails. I do not have the time to sit down and create amazing designs (also, I don’t quite have the talent for it either Wink) but I like the look of ‘finished’ nails. So I’ve actually found a trio that works really well in giving me a fresh manicure without taking too long. It’s basically mistake-proof.


    My Current Go-To Manicure: Clean & Simple (feat. Butter LONDON)

    My Current Go-To Manicure: Clean & Simple (feat. Butter LONDON)

    Let me introduce you to my go-to trio: Butter LONDON‘s Nail Foundation, 3-Free Nail Lacquer in “Pink Ribbon”, and their quick-dry topcoat, Hardwear.

    Not too long after I started classes last semester, I started into the terrible habit of chewing my nails again. (Gross, I know.) The only way I have ever been able to successfully curb the urge to chew my nails has been when I have been consistent in having some sort of polish on them. Nothing fancy, but just enough to know my nails are polished and therefore I shouldn’t bite at them.

    So, fast-forward a bit to January this year. Where I work has a special section with nail polishes from a bunch of different brands, and I decided to try the Butter LONDON polishes since I wasn’t familiar with them. I began using the base coat (Nail Foundation), tried & loved the Pink Ribbon nail lacquer, and was really impressed with their Hardwear quick dry topcoat.

    This went on for weeks. It finally got to the point where I decided it was time to invest in them so I could actually start painting my nails at home again. Since I’m on a budget, I waited until there was a big sale event and I specifically picked up a special box set that had the Nail Foundation basecoat, the Hardwear top coat, their Powder Room Lacquer Remover, my choice of any Nail Lacquer (of course I picked up “Pink Ribbon”), and a curved Butter LONDON nail file. The box set was already a steal (as most beauty sets are), but I got an additional 45% off. Needless to say I was one happy girl. Smile

    Continue reading for individual product descriptions (and their individual prices), and then check out my photos at the end for how all three of these look when worn together!


    Butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat

    Butter LONDON 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon

    Butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat

    Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat ($19)
    Make up for your nails. This silk-finish, stain resistant base coat provides the perfect foundation for butter LONDON Nail Lacquer. Our base coat hides and smooths tiny ridges and imperfections in the nail. It is like cover-up, or foundation make-up for the nail.

    It leaves a silky, matte finish when used alone. This makes it an excellent product for MEN who want an invisible, but immaculate manicure. When used as base coat, it provides a beautiful, smooth surface on which to paint. This will give a wonderful result to the look of your nail lacquer.


    Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon (~$15)
    *No longer available on butter LONDON’s website, but is here and here.

    A classic, ‘French’ pink. Wear it with pride.

    butter LONDON’s highly-pigmented lacquers are created for the catwalk and formulated to nourish and protect nails. Create bespoke looks with countless colours and finishes. butter LONDON does not add formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP to any of its nail formulas. It’s colour without compromise.

    Highly pigmented
    Consistent coverage
    Vitamin formula promotes nail strength
    butter LONDON does not add formaldehyde, toluene or DBP to any of its nail formulas. It’s colour without compromise.


    Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat ($19)
    A great top coat is a necessity for longer lasting manicures. Our Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat protects the layers of colour beneath it, and gives a super-shiny finish. Nails look wet, vibrant, and freshly painted even when they are dry. Of course it’s also 3 Free, like all our products. In case you were wondering, P.D. Quick stands for ‘Pretty Darn Quick’!


    My Current Go-To Manicure: Clean & Simple (feat. Butter LONDON)

    My Current Go-To Manicure: Clean & Simple (feat. Butter LONDON)

    What I used:

    • 1 coat of Butter LONDON “Nail Foundation” base coat
      • I am usually a die-hard fan of CND’s “Stickey” base coat, but Butter LONDON’s “Nail Foundation” has been working its way into my heart.
    • 1 coat of Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in “Pink Ribbon”
      • When it comes to a clean and simple manicure, I don’t necessarily think you need to shoot for 100% opacity. I actually like my natural nail tips showing through a bit, so with “Pink Ribbon”, I find one coat is all I need to achieve that clean but more ‘finished’ look.
    • 1 coat of Butter LONDON “Hardwear” quick dry top coat
      • A great alternative to Seche Vite’s fast dry top coat… it isn’t quite as thick in viscosity so it smoothes over the nail easily.


    So there you have it! My clean, simple, easy go-to manicure which I have been doing since around January. Still in love with it. What do you think? What’s your “go-to” when it comes to your nails?

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    One Response to My Current Go-To Manicure: Clean & Simple (feat. Butter LONDON)

    1. March 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I like butterLONDON polish a lot, but I haven’t tried the “treatment” products. I hope you’ll report back on how long your mani lasted with their foundation and topcoat. I am wearing Deborah Lippmann “Fashion”, a nude shade that matches my skin tone. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to put on a new base coat over the 3 day old Sally Hansen Miracle Cure so I have significant wear at the tips after only 3 days. I usually use either DL base coat or Revlon, but always looking for something that lets me get a week out of my mani. Neutral
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