There's nothing I love more than a good manicure, I just don't feel myself if my nails aren't properly pampered and painted, so today I thought I'd show you how I magically manicure my nails to give me bullet proof talons that also stay in tip top condition. There's also a sneaky peak of the new product I may have purchased today (oops)...
1. I like to start the manicure by sanitising my hands with the Soap and Glory Hand Maid Hand Cleansing Gel because it leaves my hands feeling clean and smelling lovely.
2. I then use a nail varnish remover and cotton pad to get rid of any stubborn unwanted scraps of polish from my last manicure. My Cutex remover of choice is acetone free with extra conditioner as this is less harsh on the nails.
3. It's now time to move onto sorting those cuticles out by softening them with Boots Salon Care Cuticle Remover, waiting a minute or so then pushing them back gently with a cotton bud. This is the safest and most gentle way to remove them (don't attack them with tweezers and try to avoid wooden sticks) and you should only need do this once a week.
4. Once those nail beds are looking neater I attempt to sort out the actual nail enamel with an Alfred Denny nail quatro which has four different sides to buff, smooth, shine and file those pesky nails to perfection.
5. After all this I start actually applying polish, starting with the China Glaze Ridge Filler Base Coat which I got from Amazon for around a fiver and love using to ensure I have a nice smooth surface. You only need a single thin coat, it dries almost instantly and protects nails from staining. What amazing stuff!
6. Now for the exciting part (Yes I do find nail polish abnormally exciting!). I went for a little shop with my Mum and sister in town today and convinced my sister to go in for the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint offer with me so I could get this gorgeous shade 'Papaya'. She got 'Watermelon' as she prefers darker colours but I can't comment too much as we've only just applied them, however I'll do a full review of both soon. For now though I'll say that they apply like a dream, are so pigmented you could get away with one coat and Papaya is such a perfect orange toned peachy coral shade I already know it'll be a firm favourite.
7. Once the one or two coats of colour have dried I pop on a thin layer of the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which I again got from Amazon for about £5. I got this because Vivianna raves about it and it certainly does leave your manicure with a super shiny strong finish that makes your manicure last those few days longer.
8. Last but not least I finish my manicure by applying Soap and Glory Hand Food liberally all over my hands, as a good nourishing hand cream leaves them feeling soft and supple and smelling delicious, as well as improving the look of the skin around the nails.
What products do you use to create a 'magic manicure'?
I've had a lovely start to my Easter holiday as my sister and her boyfriend are down from Portsmouth for a while and so today we all went to a cute little tea and craft place for lunch followed by some shopping, then my grandparents came to visit. I'm going out with her for a few drinks tonight too as it's her birthday this Thursday so looking forward to flashing my gorgeous fruity nails at everyone!
I hope you've all had a lovely start to the week!