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Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails

Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails

Okay it’s time to get totally honest—we’re all friends here and there’s no judging. We love our nail polishes, gels, nail wraps and all other manner of beautifying our fingers even if we know it’s not the best for us. We’ll be the first to admit that we’re totally guilty of it and often (okay, always) swap out our three-free, vegan, nail-friendly polish removers for the quick fix of dipping our nails in acetone. Sometimes it can’t be helped—those glitter polishes can be a bitch to remove. So instead of having gorgeous, hydrated fingertips and being the envy of all our friends, we have dry brittle nails and peeling cuticles that—surprise—we cover with another coat of polish. To help stop the vicious cycle Londontown has created a nail treatment system to bring your digits back from the dead.

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After having an experience very similar to the thousands of other beauty lovers out there, Natasha Dillion decided to found Londontown as a way to save her nails. Using a combination of bioscience and a family remedy that her grandmother would use to keep her hands moisturized and healthy in the dry, cold English winters, Dillion created the Kur Nail Treatment System. The five step system includes a nail hardener and protective topcoat, a cuticle oil, a nail cream, lacquer remover and gloves. Using a blend of Britain’s rapeseed flower oil fused with natural extracts, vitamins and minerals the set is meant to repair and improve your nail health.

And we’re totally aware a five step program might sound like we’re recovering addicts, but if you’ve ever tried to swear off polish and gels in an effort to repair your nails, then you’ll know where we’re coming from. Despite it sounding like a tedious nightly regimen, (which it isn’t) it’s actually pretty simple and straightforward—plus it won’t take any extra time out of your beauty schedule since you basically swap out the products with things you're already using. The one item that that you’ll want to start adding into your routine is the nourishing cuticle oil to make sure your fingers stay hydrated.

Rarely in trying out a new product can we say that we see results overnight, but that’s basically the point of this system. After going through the cleansing and moisturizing process, your hands instantly feel hydrated, and after sleeping with those snazzy little gloves on—voila!—perfection. The trick is to keep them that way.

The polish collection at Londontown, Lakur, also does its part to keep your nails gorgeous. Specifically designed to adhere to the Kur nail hardener, the color reinforces the nail to prevent breaking, cracking and splitting—which is way more than anything our favorite OPI can do. Infused with the same vitamins and minerals as the treatment system, the paint goes on smooth and thin while still drying quickly, allowing you to actually care for your nails while covering them.

Probably the best thing about Londontown (aside from the fact that it actually works), it that all the polishes, including the hardener and top coat are five free, meaning they are formaldehyde-free, toluene-free, DBP-free, formaldehyde resin free and camphor-free. Plus all products are vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free—so really, that’s like eight free. But even with poor counting skills. Londontown can do some serious repair—it almost wants to make us try some crazy 3D nail art. We can always fix our nails after, right?

The collection at Londontown is available online and in select boutiques and priced from $22-$125.


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them:


Londontown Aims to Give Us Back Our Beautiful and Lustrous Nails - Recipes

At last: re-connected to the internet after moving home for the first time in 25 years! To be able to sit in front of a computer and write this blog is like coming up for air after being under water for too long! So much has happened to us in 2012, but it will always be a year of awe-filled memories . and most of them are good ones!

The reason for the long delay between articles is that we did move our home from a 5 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre block near the ocean, to a 2 bedroom (the second one is for a person of small stature and no luggage) apartment near the Swan river - and we are so happy! As I sit here I have a glorious view out of the window into a tree-shaded area of beautiful greenery : looking left I can see small sailing boats on the river and through the open door I can hear the young bride tidying up "things" in the kitchen area. In this place, nothing is too far away - even the bus stop is only 3 minutes down the street and the journey into the City a mere 7 minutes of gawping up at Kings park.

But to get here was a little harder.

With all the packing and cleaning, the Y.B. was stricken with terrible sciatic pain and ended up in hospital twice. Thankfully the spinal injections worked and she is now almost pain free. About the same time, some little Varicella virus particles that had been lurking in the dorsal ganglion of my spine, decided to run amok leading to a painful outbreak of shingles which happily has now all but disappeared. Now, after 6 weeks of pain, we are gingerly beginning to get fit and mobile again.

But these interruptions will not distort all those glorious things that happened to us this year. So here's a huge thanks to the best of them: