March 12, 2014

At Home Mani Menu

at home manicure products

I love going to beauty salons and spas to indulge in some pampering, who doesn't? But when it comes to getting my nails done, I don't really see the point (shocking, I know). For me, i'd rather spend my pennies on a more indulgent treatment, as I actually really enjoy doing my nails at home. I think that an at home mani/pedi can be every bit as good as a pricey salon version if you have the right tools! So here are my favourite products to get your nails looking like you've just stepped out of the salon...even if you are just sitting on the couch in your pyjamas.

The first step for me is always removing what's on my nails, and for this I just use bog standard nail varnish remover and cotton wool. I love the Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover, it smells pleasant and removes polish really well. After my nails are squeaky clean I attend to my cuticles. I am in no way a professional or anything this is just my little order of doing things, but obviously steps can be taken away or added in depending on your own nails. For cuticle removal I love the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, I just pop a blob onto each cuticle leave for about 15 seconds and then push back using one of the Boots Essentials Manicure Sticks. I always used to be terrified at the thought of this step, but it really does make such a difference to the finished look.

My next step is then to file my nails, I tend to go for quite an oval shape as my nails tend to grow naturally in this shape, if they are a little too long I'll give them a clip first just using my little mini clippers from my Paperchase Manicure Set. After this I like to buff my nails, I only really do this about once a month as I don't want to thin my nails. I'm currently using a little mini Models Own Nail Buffer* for this, which is really handy as it has all the steps labelled on it.

Once I've cut, filed and buffed then it's onto a base coat and the Orly Nail Defense is my current coat of choice. It's a protein rich formula to strengthen and protect nails from breaking. I just pop one coat of this on my nails and it dries really quickly and creates a nice smooth base for my polish of choice. If I'm going for a natural look then my all time favourite polish is the No7 So Bright Nail Brightener. This gives my nails a gorgeous sheer tint that evens and brightens making my nails look flawless and healthy. If I want more of a nude colour to the nails then I'll just apply two coats instead of one. However as it's approaching Spring then I'm swaying more to some pops of colour and my current favourite is Essie Play Date, which matches our new blog theme perfectly may I say! This is the perfect Spring colour, two coats of this and my nails brighten up even the dullest of days.

After I've applied my colour of choice it's on to my beloved Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Nothing compares to this for me, I know it's got some warnings attached to it, but I just can't seem to find anything that compares, so any suggestions for alternatives below are welcome! After my nail painting has ended I pop some moisture back into my hands and cuticles with my Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and of course my Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, both of which have been staples of mine for years now.

There it is, my at home mani menu, make sure you let me know what your favourite products are. I definitely think a little at home pampering can be just as good as going to salon. Now if you'll excuse me I have talons to attend to...

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