Little BU… Nail Polish for little fingers!

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 7 - 2011

My little girl Leila loves watching me polish my nails, she loves lining up my bottles along the carpet… organising them by shape, colour and height.  She makes me nail polish trains and loves nothing better than picking out my next shade.  With that in mind, you can imagine the ridiculous amount of delight on her face when I presented her with her own set of nail polishes*.  No?

Well, here’s an idea…

I’ve never painted Leila’s nails before.  Aside from the politics about whether or not children should wear cosmetics, I’ve just never felt comfortable applying solvents to those tiny little fingers.  Hell, all I need to do is look at my own peeling, yellow nails to discover more than one supporting reason why I’m keeping my polishes locked in my cabinet when I’m not around.

But Little BU make nail polish especially for little fingers with a non-toxic, water-based, solvent-free formula.  The brainchild of Patricia Dente Haimes, a former New York beauty publicist — these formulas have spent a long time in careful development and are now ready to be unveiled to the world.

I’ve tried a water-based polish before but I found it an utter pain to apply.  Streaky, watery and sheer to the point of frustration.  In Little BU’s case, I can confirm that both the shades Emma (red) and Sofia (dark purple) are opaque in a single coat and when you’re trying to paint a moving target, that comes in very handy.

Kyra (luminescent silver) wasn’t quite so successful, mostly because Leila decided she didn’t like it and wasn’t going to afford me even thirty seconds of the patience needed to apply it, but I could tell that it was sheerer than the other two shades.  Over on the right in the above photo is the top coat.  It’s not an absolute necessity if you’re just having afternoon play but I do recommend it for sealing the colour to the nails so it doesn’t wash off too easily in soapy water.

Leila has already requested that I might like to buy her Olivia (soft blue) and Riley (bubblegum pink) and I’m sure I can stretch to those for her Christmas stocking but until then she’s rocking red toenails, just like her Mum.

Little BU are having a launch party in Harrods on Saturday 15th October from 2pm – 6pm.  It’s set to be a proper knees-up with mini manicures, face painting, colouring in and balloon modelling and what’s more — we’re all invited!  If I can make it into London, I might see you there!

Little BU Nail Polishes are priced at £9.95 each and available online at or instore at Harrods.

* press sample

24 Responses to “Little BU… Nail Polish for little fingers!”

  1. Julia says:

    Oh my, she’s gorgeous, it’s officially begun! How’d you get her to sit still while painting them?

  2. victoria says:

    So sweet :)

  3. Minza says:

    Your baby is gorgeous! <3

  4. Janie says:

    Wow that’s really brightened up my day. She is perfect, just beautiful and if I have a daughter I can’t wait to have matching nails :-)
    Did you see baby Harper recently in her miniature Beckham dress – too cute!


  5. Anitacska says:

    She’s so cute! My daughters love nail polish too, we bought some properly glittery ones from Claire’s the other day. :) They’re probably not as good for you as these, but then they’re only about 2 quid a bottle…

  6. It’s nice to know there is something available, I have 2 daughters who also want their toenails polished in summer and even the 3free formulas are still not what I really want to put on their little toes, thankyou for this! Your daughters face! So proud!

  7. Sophie says:

    Awww! She is so adorable! :)

  8. NeenaJ says:

    Precious! Don’t you wish you could fell that unencumbered joy on a regular basis? But, that’s what Chanel is for isn’t it?

    The fascination with nail varnish knows no (gender) bounds. My not-quite 2 year old son props his foot up to me so his big toes can get slapped with whatever color I’m using.

    P.S. love the little pink heart on Leila’s hand. too cute.

  9. Catriona says:

    These look so much better than the peel-off Polly Pocket nail varnish I had as a child. I also applied it myself so you can imagine what a mess that was…

    Leila is so gorgeous! Nice to see she has her priorities in life right. 😉 My first word was “shoes” so I think I also had my priorities right!

  10. Naz says:

    Oh my gosh, your little girl is so adorable! I love the color she’s wearing too – you can’t go wrong with a nice purple. 😀

  11. Kylie says:

    Charlotte! Your little one couldn’t be cuter! Its been so much fun watching her grow up over the course of your blog!

  12. i’ve followed your blog for quite a while but this is the first time i’m leaving comments… coz i have to!

    she’s soooo adorable! Now how i wish i can do that to my kid… but no… his dad is gonna kill me LOL

  13. Ozana says:

    Can you please tell how long it lasts? I bought for my daughter a similar brand Scotch Naturals and the polish didn’t even stay on her nails a few hours. I was so disappointed and never used them again. If she washes her hands does the polish peel off right away? Thank you. O

  14. kelly says:

    Emmy loves when I paint her nails, she is horrified her school wont allow it and it is now saved for holidays!
    She is 5, so not sure I would bother with this type of varnish as she doesn’t bite nails etc, or shove her fingers in her mouth now!

    She next wants Nails Inc Hays Mews with topcoat like I have at the mo!

  15. Oohhhh my…. She’s SO cute!! Love her polish too… And such a great idea, those polishes! ♥

  16. Hannah says:

    If you’re looking for a more durable nail polish, another brand to try is Piggy Paint. Natural, non-toxic, odorless and designed for little fingers but perfectly good for use on us adults too – so you can both have matching nail polish :-) They also have quite a good selection of colours, including a glow in the dark one!


  18. Tina says:

    She’s really adorable and super cute showing off that sophisticated manicure!!!! :)))

  19. Oh this is the answer to my prayers as a safe alternative for my little Vivian!! I have been obsessed with painting her toes bc I figured that was my only option at the age of one, but this brand gives me hope. Gonna have to check out and see if it’s available in the U.S.- cute cute blog!!!

  20. aww shes so cute :-) nails look nice too

  21. […] Each is £ 9.95. They are available only at Harrods but you can get them on-line here. You can see Charlotte’s pretty daughter Leila rocking them here. […]

  22. Halima says:

    Oh my goodness, how adorable is Leila?! Ooooohhhhh I just want to pinch her little cheeks! xxxx

  23. jenny says:

    Aw, your daughter is so so cute! I wish these had been about a decade ago! the kiddy polishes I played with chipped so easily and reeked of chemicals, sadtimes! x

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