Olive & June Review
If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that I often let my nails fall to the wayside. I, like a lot of people, find myself using my hands way too much and I cannot be bothered to fix chipped polish or broken nails every 2 days. I like to keep things "clean" (again with this word, I know) when it comes to nail polish because known carcinogens are in polish. Not to mention the salon industry treats those in it so poorly that I can barely stomach a trip to the studio (also germs). All of this aside, I love the bright colors, intricate designs, and ability of a good manicure to make you feel like a badass.
Want to know a secret? I finally found a brand that I like, no, love! Welcome to The DEEP DIVE on Olive & June.
I have to start this out by introducing you to the woman who is my girl crush (were getting coffee when she gets to NYC in October and I am dying inside). Sarah Gibson Tuttle is the founder and CEO of Olive & June, a luxury nail studio with several locations across Los Angeles. Maybe you have seen the salon and nail technicians work across your Instagram feeds or perhaps spoken about by one of Hollywood's elite. Well, recently, Gibson Tuttle turned this celebrity-loved studio into her line of polishes, tools, and the Poppy (more on that later).
I want to point out something about the studios before we get into the actual products. Sarah worked very hard to make sure that she was not only providing the best nail service to her customers but also treating her staff fairly. Most nail technicians work under-the-table and do not make enough money to make ends meet. This is why you can get a $10 manicure in major cities. It is a truly disgusting business that is not regulated by any laws. Olive & June has higher prices for their service because they make sure their staff gets paid, at least, minimum wage and has insurance. I think that justifies any service the studio will provide.
Olive & June popped onto my radar when I was online searching for nail varnishes that were “free”. What this means is that certain ingredients, such as formaldehyde, are removed from the polishes to make them safer for the wearer. I had tried a lot of brands that promised not to sacrifice quality by removing these ingredients, and at the time, I thought they were the best. Having used Olive & June’s polishes I can confidently say I was sadly mistaken.
What makes the brand stand out is the innovative tool called The Poppy ($16). Essentially, this tool is made to allow for easier application of polish when using your non-dominate hand. I would like to think that it is named Poppy because you can POP it on any nail polish bottle and get a seamless application on both hands. It is rubber, which allows for a perfect grip and can steady any micro-movements that may cause your nails to look, well, crappy.
I think what sets the brand out is that Gibson Tuttle chooses individuals who inspire her when she creates the varnishes ($8). Take, for example, the 2019 Fall Collection (aptly named Hustle). The collection features varnishes inspired by female brand founders and CEO’s. My favorite shades from the collection are HZ (for Heidi Zak of Thirdlove) and JG (for Jen Gotch of Ban.do). She also has shades for Alli Webb of Drybar, fashion extraordinaire Eva Chen (I need this shade), and actress/activist Mandy Moore (I need this one too).
When looking at the ingredient lists of these polishes, Gibson Tuttle decided to formulate with health in mind. The Olive & June polishes are considered 7-free and do not include: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene within their composition. This is how I found them and this is part of why I love them. When you start to remove ingredients, your polish can typically only last two days (as I said, I hate that). Olive & June went through testing to make sure that the manicure lasts for as long as possible! I can speak to the fact that this is very true so long as you follow the brand's manicure practices. Doing things like reapplying the top coat every 2-3 days and capping off the tip of your nail to prevent chips are all important steps.
I have the entire Fall Collection and think that the shades were perfectly curated to reflect Olive & June's minimalist and chic aesthetic. I cannot wait to watch the brand grow and will DEFINITELY be sharing each collection with you as they release. There are only a few brands and founders I feel very passionately about, and Sarah Gibson Tuttle falls into that category with Olive & June.
Olive & June manicure kits, polishes, and Poppy are available on their website across the continental United States.
! GIVEAWAY !
*The giveaway will run September 5, 2019 until September 25, 2019. I was gifted both the Hustlers Collection and Studio Box twice and wanted to share.*
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*These products were gifted to me by Sarah and the Olive & June team for an on-going collaborative process*