Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Butter London's Blagger

I love a pale, pink nail as much as the next girl, but every now and then you want a punch of color...let me introduce you to Blagger.


While shopping at Nordstrom's over the weekend I was drawn to Butter London's display case. Blagger is described as being a "striking cobalt blue" and is one of their newest colors featured from their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Being American, and not at all familiar with Butter London's slang terms (even though, ironically, they are an American company) I did a little googling into what the heck a 'blagger' was, it turns out it is a 'smooth talker'.

For those not well versed on Butter London they are a nail polish company whose products do not contain any of the following:  formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (Dibutyl phthalate - a known cause for birth defects). I appreciate a company that avoids things that maybe harmful to my health and yet remain on the cutting edge of the season's hottest color trends.

Normally, I like the way Butter London's polishes apply, but for some reason this particular bottle's formula (maybe I just got unlucky with my bottle?) seemed thick and needed a bit more coaxing to apply, not very "Blagger" like at all. In the end, I still really like the color and look forward to having it adore my fingers well into summer. Blagger retails for $14.00

I always begin my manicures by filing my nails into a nice, short round shape. Following filing, I buff my nails to rough them up a little bit to help the polish adhere better. I then wash my hands, to rid my nails of any oils that my be lingering around. After washing my hands, I apply Butter London's Nail Foundation. I've also used this color as a stand alone and thought it was a pretty natural, nude shade. By the time I finished applying the Base Coat to all my nails, they are dried and ready for the polish. I always apply two coats to achieve optimal coverage. Then I finish off with a fast drying Top Coat -- in this instance, Seche Vite (which I love for the glossiness). Before bed, I use Butter London's Cuticle Oil (which smells like a pina colada in a bottle, yum!) and rub it into my cuticles for some nourishment along with my Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (reviewed here). Those are the steps I take to give myself a great manicure at home! 

Full on view of the polish

Butter London's Nail Foundation, a great base coat

Seche Vite's Fast Drying Top Coat

Cuticle Oil

The trio I use to achieve a great manicure

 Would you wear Blagger, what are your opinions? I would love to hear them!