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Holiday 2012 Nail Inspiration

Posted on 12/11/2012

Show your sparkle this holiday season by adorning your nails with festive shades of metallic and glitter based nail lacquers. If you're in need of inspiration check out out our favorite nail looks using Butter London polishes. Choose your favorite and DIY-it or show your trusted manicurist!

Recreate this look with Butter London La Moss (vampy, red wine) and Butter London The Full Monty (molten gold).

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Valentines Day Nail Tutorial

Posted on 02/14/2013

Happy Valentine's Day to our amazing staff and customers! On this very special loved up day we thought it would be fun to show you how to re-create one of our favorite nail looks using some of our favorite ever Butter London collections - Sweetie Shop!  The Spring 2013 range instantly drew our attention with its adorably cute pastel shades reminiscent of all the sweet indulgences at the candy shop. To create the look below you will need Cuppa, Fiver, Molly-Coddled, Kerfuffle, Fruit Machine and Jasper.

Step 1: Have a bit of nail length before you attempt this look. File your nails into more of a rounded shape or if you're daring at more of a point is preferable as it needs to look somewhat like the bottom pointy tip of a heart.

Step 2: Apply your base coat. Next, grab Butter London's Cuppa nail lacquer and apply 2 x coats. It's imperative that you let this completely dry before proceeding to the next step. We waited about three hours in between Step 2 & 3.

Step 3: Using scotch tape cut out a stencil of the round part of a heart. You can try to attempt drawing the heart free hand if you have a steady hand. We found it was easiest to draw our shape with a pen (like a lowercase m) and then cut it out. Create a nail stencil for each nail as they are all different widths.  Next, apply the tape about a third of the way on your nail bed.

Step 4: Choosing a pastel shade paint 1-2 thin coats over the nail and make sure it completely dries prior to removing the tape. Proceed to do the same thing on all the remaining fingers utilizing a different pastel shade. 

Step 5: If you want to make it even more Valentin-ey find a red nail pen or use a toothpick and write XO on your ring or middle finger on each hand.

Step 6: Enjoy your adorable nails and the compliments you will get from everyone! Happy Valentines Day from the b-glowing team!

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DIY Nail Tutorial - Glitzy Pastels

Posted on 03/22/2013

Step into spring an adorn your nails with pastel pops of color and gold shimmery accents! Learn how to create one of our favorite nail looks for spring - Glitzy Pastels in this great DIY nail tutorial. All you'll need are the products featured below and some scotch tape!

Products featured include: 

Butter London Sprog

Butter London Fiver

Butter London Teddy Girl

Butter London The Full Monty

Butter London Jasper

Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat

Butter London Hardwear P.D Quick Top Coat

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Tips & Tricks: LVX 2013 Summer Collection Nail Tutorial

Posted on 07/24/2013

Shop the LVX 2013 Summer Collection here.

For this week's 'Tips & Tricks' we're bringing you a fun and easy nail look, using shades from the vegan and 5-free LVX 2013 Summer Collection.

We love all six of these runway-inspired shades because they are unique, and will transition easily from summer to fall. For this fan brush manicure tutorial we chose to highlight a few of our personal favorites: Celeste, Deco, and Mynt. These colors together have a bright, tropical feel that is classic enough to wear out or to the office.

TOOLS:
- 3 nail polish colors of your choice (Celeste, Deco, & Mynt shown)
- Fan brush (available at beauty or supply stores)
- Nail lacquer remover
- Palette for mixing polish (nonporous surface you don't mind putting polish on)

HOW-TO:
1.       Always start with clean, buffed, and filed nails. In order to ensure a smooth application, remove excess cuticles and apply your favorite base coat. We used butter LONDON’s Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
 
2.       Next, apply one even coat of Polish #1 (Celeste) to all ten nails. Because you are going to be designing on top of this color with your other two shades, you don’t want too much polish build-up. One coat is sufficient for a mani like this, especially when using opaque colors.

3.       Let your nails dry for at least 15 minutes before doing any designing. We let our nails dry for an hour to ensure the first layer was set.

4.       Now that your nails are dry, you can start designing with the fan brush tool. Dab out a generous amount of Polish #2 (Deco) and Polish #3 (Mynt) onto your palette. Staff Tip: After a little experimenting we found it was easier to apply one color at a time, but if you feel like mixing, go for it!

5.       Make sure your fan brush has enough space between the bristles to create a feathered effect. We suggest getting it wet before using in order to separate the bristles. Carefully dip the center bristles into Polish #2 (Deco), making sure to only pick up polish on the tips of the bristles. Next, gently drag the brush across your nail from one side to the other. We did horizontal lines, but vertical looks great too!

6.       Repeat this step with your Polish #3 (Mynt). This is when you will truly see the wispy design begin to appear! Continue dipping and dragging until you achieve your desired design. Staff Tip: It is handy to keep a dish of nail lacquer remover to cleanse the brush of polish before re-dipping to avoid buildup. We used Deborah Lippmann The Stripper Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover.

7.       Once all three layers have dried, make sure to finish-off the nails with a glossy top coat. You want all that work to last as long as possible! We used butter LONDON’s Hardware PD Quick Topcoat to prevent chipping and protect our design.

Ready to rock this look? Shop our wide range of available nail lacquers to get started!

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butter London Illusionist Collection Mani

Posted on 10/24/2013

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Our Shadow Illusions mani is a super sleek and easy way to use this new collection to create a look with depth and a little mystery. These colors are great for fall, and add a vampy futuristic look to your nails. The deep purple of the bramble really complements the almost holographic oil spill that is petrol, creating an indigo-violet effect. With a quick glance at the nails, they even appear 3D. How cool is that?

  • For this simple mani, all you need is base/top coat and the new Illusionist collection. We used the color bramble and the top coat petrol.
  • Always start with clean, buffed and filed nails, and to ensure your mani lasts, don’t forget to push those cuticles back.
  • First apply a thin even base coat to each nail and let set to achieve a smooth base.
  • Next apply 1 coat of bramble to each nail. You can do two coats if there are spots, but because you are going to layer, you don’t want too much lacquer buildup. This is a very opaque color so one coat should suffice.
  • Wait for your first coat of bramble to dry before applying the sheer purple topcoat petrol.
  • For this mani, we want to give the illusion of a shadow to give depth to the iridescence of the petrol lacquer. To achieve this, start very carefully toward the bottom of the nail near the cuticle and leave ¼ inch strip of bramble. This will be your shadow. You can use tape to mark this off if you do not feel comfortable free-handing it.
  • You want to pull directly up from the line you have created to the free edge of the nail. Make sure to do two coats and to start your second coat from the same line.
  • Once both coats of petrol have dried, add a shiny top coat to seal in your new look!

Anxious to get the look? Shop butter London now.

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Tips for Healthy Nails

Posted on 02/28/2014

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Here at b-glowing we are total advocates for at-home manicures, but making sure your hard work lasts begins with your nail health.

1. Your Nail Bed

This is the canvas for your polish and lacquer, so it is important that it is smooth and strong. We love these Give Me Strength Supplements from Bliss because they help maintain your nail and hair integrity… and they taste amazing! These are especially important to use if you are a nail biter or are experiencing nail damage from previous nail enhancements. We also recommend a topical nail strengthener like butter LONDON’s Horse Power. Not only will this give you added shine between manicures, but your nails will be extra durable.

 

2. Cuticles

You’ve heard time and time again how important well-managed cuticles are. Managed cuticles not only boost the lifetime of your manicure, but taking care keeps your fingers feeling and looking better without cracked cuticles. Pushing your cuticles down allows a cleaner surface for your polish because when you paint on top of your cuticles, the polish will lift and pull away from your nail bed. You don’t want that! Also, cuticles that are left to overgrow can become irritated and cracked by weather conditions, and get snagged on a sweater or your hair. Ouch! We suggest using a gentle and effective cuticle remover like this one from Deborah Lippman. Don’t forget to keep a good cuticle oil on hand to make sure they stay moisturized. We like Butter LONDON’s Handbag Holiday.

 

3. Your Hands

The skin around your nails, your perionychium to be exact, needs just as much care as the rest of your nail. Think of it as the frame to your manicure. Plus, keeping this area moisturized prevents painful hangnails and cracks in the skin. It’s always a good idea to have a rich hand moisturizer around or in your purse for when your hands are feeling dry, and we like Goldfadden MD’s Hands To Heart - Anti-Aging + Brightening Hand Treatment because it keeps your hands healthy and has anti-aging qualities. Just remember to remove any lotion/oils from nails prior to lacquer application, as the oils can prevent your polish from adhering.

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