A Polish-Free Manicure aka THE ANTI MANICURE

with all cruelty free, non-toxic, clean products!

Lately, I’ve found that I’ve been opting to go polish free. Every now & then, I like to let my nails “breathe”, you know?

I’ve been making a bigger effort to keep things clean, natural & cruelty free over here. Starting in 2020 {& I’m on shopping ban for the rest of the year!}, I’m going to make sure everything in my skincare & beauty cabinet checks those boxes, including future brand partnerships.

For this “anti-manicure”, I knew I wanted things nourishing, restorative, & rejuvenating. In general, that’s what I look for in all of my skincare & my hands are no different!

I want an easy way to massage and adjust my cuticle bed without cutting them. Moisturizing was a must & I feel like nails in general can be on the drier side, they don’t get as much of the moisturizing love our face or even our hands get.

THEN, I wanted a product I’ve been wanting a while – basically something to put on your nails to make them look better that isnt nail polish but still liven things up, you know? However, I didn’t know what that product was exactly.

I love working with Londontown because they let me choose any product I want to try & I can keep things on brand. I spent a lot of time on their site as well as going through my moodboards to see what I wanted for winter.

As I was choosing what I’d like to try, I instantly knew I wanted an “nail-polish free” manicure. I trusted them in this because of their ultra clean & nourishing formula. I mentioned both here & here that my nails looked better after I took off the polish, that I knew their nail care line had to be amazing.

The three Londontown products I chose are: Kur Restorative Nail Cream, Soft Touch Nail Scrub, & the Kur Illuminating Nail Concealer & I LOVE them all.

They all did exactly the job I wanted them to. Here is my specific review on each of them.

You should also know that Londontown is vegan, cruelty free, & 9-Free.

9-Free means it’s free of the following: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toulene, Camphor, DBP, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Acetone, TPHP.
Instead, they are a botanical blend, inspired by a flower garden in England. The formula includes Britain’s rapeseed flower oil, evening primrose oil, chamomile, cucumber and other vitamins.

Londontown Kur Restorative Nail Cream

Londontown Kur Restorative Nail Cream

Londontown Kur Restorative Nail Cream

This stuff is seriously amazing. It’s extremely nourishing & hydrating on your nails – the texture is very thick & luxurious, which I always appreciate. You can instantly feel it conditioning your nails. I also appreciate the very light floral scent it has. This is a true treat for your nails! I also like to keep this by my desk for a lil mid day nail massage 😉

I apply a tiny amount of the nail cream to my nail and cuticle beds and massage them in. The cream also comes with a set of moisturizing gloves, so it’s fun to add to my nightly routine!

+++ buy Londontown Kur Restorative Nail Cream here!

Londontown Soft Touch Nail Scrub

Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer
Londontown Soft Touch Nail Scrub
Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer
Londontown Soft Touch Nail Scrub

Londontown Soft Touch Nail Scrub

Basically the lazy luxury way of giving yourself a manicure. Luxury, because it’s such a lovely product & lazy because it only takes minutes! This totally enhances the radiance of your nails & keeps things nourished. It restores & strengthends my nails, as well as softens the cuticals. I’ve also noticed this has evened out the texture of my nails & smoothed out the ridges.

I apply a small amount on my nails & cuticles. I massage each for about 15 seconds to give a light exfoliation. Then, I push back my cuticles and gently wash off. I follow this with the Restorative nail cream above!

+++ buy Londontown Soft Touch Nail Scrub here

Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer

Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer
Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer
Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer
Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer

Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer

This is the product I was looking for & I’m just SO glad it exists! The Illuminating Nail Concealer is the last step to my anti-manicure. Basically, this gives everything a natural sheen – like perfectly buffed nails! It’s completely restoring & moisturizes your nails while strengthening them. This also adds to the radiance & luminocity of your nails. It isn’t a polish, but it brightens them up. I love that it’s UV blocking so it’s an extra dose of sun protection on an area that generally gets so little & keeps things from getting discoloured.

The nail concealer is the last step of the routine & I apply 1 – 2 coats on freshly moisturized nails. As the week goes, I’ll add an extra coat here & there!

+++ buy the Londontown Illuminating Nail Concealer here

and this is how I’ve been wearing my nails since after Thanksgiving!! Letting them breathe before I get into some holiday looks 😉

Are you into the anti manicure or nail polish free manicure? If so, let me know anything else I should add to mine!

x SLS

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