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These two products give me salon-worthy nails that really last.

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Many of us don’t have the time (or the funds) to go to the nail salon every other week. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t love the look of salon-quality nails. I mean, who wants dry, ragged, unkempt nails? (Not me!)

While getting your nails done at home can be great for your bank account, if you’re like me, you probably have plenty of opportunities to spend an entire hour painting and drying your nails so they chip the next day.

Many polishes on the market promise long wear, but I’ve learned that the key to a long-lasting manicure is both proper prep and a strong top coat. Luckily, I found two products that finally gave me the lasting results I was looking for.

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You may know Butter LONDON, a sister brand to cult cosmetics PÜR. Known for their toxin-free nail polishes that truly last for DAYS (and have the awards to prove it), their other nail treatments and top coats shouldn’t be ignored. In particular, their Melt Away Cuticle Exfoliator and Hardwear Shine UV Top Coat were completely game changers.

Melt Away Cuticle Exfoliator is essential for a long-lasting manicure that resists chipping or peeling. As we’ve seen with trends like the Russian manicure, cutting or trimming your cuticles can be dangerous. This could lead to irritation or infection.

So step away from the trimmer and grab the handiest cuticle scrub on the market. Simply apply Melt Away Cuticle Scrub to your cuticles and let sit for two minutes. So gently push the cuticles back with a tool, and wipe off the excess product.

Formulated with plant-based ingredients like Irish moss, this scrub will leave your cuticles hydrated and softer after just one use. However, with regular use, your cuticles will look healthier and look professionally manicured, all the time.

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After applying your color of choice, Hardwear Shine UV Top Coat is essential to prolong the life of your manicure. The fast-drying topcoat applies smoothly and helps set your polish quickly to prevent smudging during the drying process.

The chip-resistant, high-shine formula also offers UV protection to prevent fading. A thin layer over your nail polish will keep your nails fresh and shiny for days. Some buyers even say it lasts as long as the gel!

Why try Butter LONDON?

In addition to being cruelty-free, the brand is free from the top 10 chemicals typically used in nail polish. All of its products are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, gluten and TPHP.

The brand states that it also “aims to be vegan and gluten-free wherever possible.” The brand has started creating nail polish without toxins but without skimping on quality or color. The brand has grown since its inception, now offering other clean beauty products. Lipsticks, eye shadow palettes and concealers only scratch the surface of the products available.

I love a brand that strives to make the beauty market safer and transparent about its ingredients while keeping quality and performance top of mind. I also like products that actually work!

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