I am not skilled in the art of a self-manicure. I am always rushing, unwilling to do the prep work needed for a salon-quality job and not ambidextrous enough to make my right hand look as neat as my left.
And I am rough on my hands. Between typing, cleaning, cooking, and daily life, I am pretty lucky to be chip-free 24 hours after polishing my nails. And cuticles… forget about it! Mine are a train wreck!
But none of this stops me from trying!
My go-to brand of polish is Essie (love this red, this pink and this grey) because I like the quality and the price. I definitely love my Dior Nail Glow still, it is the perfect better-than-clear, easier-than-color polish. I have tried a few Deborah Lippmann but haven’t felt they justify the high cost (although I am not giving up on the brand!). Recently I have been finding my favorite Essie polishes to chip and loose their shine quickly. I am pretty confident I am the problem (refusing to use a top coat, not prepping my nail, etc.) but it is still less-than-inspiring.
I recently pinned a Butter London polish (Dubs) that had me thinking about that brand. I see it every time I wander around Nordstrom, but have never felt the urge to buy a bottle. During a trip to Ulta I saw the cute Butter London display. I couldn’t find Dubs unfortunately, but did see multiple other options that called my name. Maybe it was the chipped Essie Barefoot and Topless (STILL my favorite nude as of late) on my nails, but a $15 bottle of nail polish seemed worth trying suddenly. I snagged a bottle of All Hail the Queen (only 30% of the decision was based on loving their branding SO much) and decided I would give it a shot.
Let me tell you – the price is worth it! Not only did the color go on more smoothly than any other polish I have tried, but it didn’t stick to my cuticles AND dried quickly! It is maintaining it’s shine and hasn’t chipped! Plus, the color is super fun!
My next Butter London purchase is going to be a soft pink. I am picky about those. I want them opaque, but not too bubble-gum. Shiny but no glitter. I think Pink Ribbon might be the ticket!
And fabulous news: through October 27th, Butter London is offering 30% off your purchase (promo code: BEZZIE14) if made through their website! Dubs, Pink Ribbon and maybe LadyBird are going in my basket!
Disclosure: the opinions in the post are my own. I have no material connection to any of the brands or products included in this post and have received no compensation for their inclusion.