Home Manicure | My Nail Routine

Hello my lovelies!  Having always been a nail biter, over the years my nails became weak and extremely prone to breakage. Taking into consideration the fact that I also bite the cuticles around my nails, it is safe to say that I never considered my hands to be the most attractive part of me. I decided to change that!

About three weeks ago I went into Boots and I bought everything I would need for an at home manicure. And yes, with having the right tools you are able to achieve professional results without the professional price tag. I have been giving myself a manicure every week for three weeks now, and I can see so much improvement, not only in the strength of my nails but also how nice my cuticles look. Here is what you will need:

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1. Nail files- The brand really does not matter here. Use whatever works for you :). I really like the files that give you the option to buff and polish your nail bed.

2. Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover- Applying this to your cuticles will soften the dead skin and make it easier to remove.

3.( From left to right) Cuticle nippers, cuticle pusher, nail clippers and a cuticle stick.

4. OPI’s Nail Envy- My new holy grail product! Works wonders for weak nails. I have noticed amazing improvements in just three weeks. It also comes with instructions, which makes it very easy to use.

5. OPI’s Avoplex- Cuticle oil. Keeps your cuticles looking healthy and moisturised.

6. Soap and Glory Hand Food- Use a hand cream of your preference. This one smells AMAZING and absorbs into your skin in no time without leaving any greasy residue behind. Did I already say how good it smells?…..

 

Let’s Begin:

Step One: Clip and file your nails into the shape and length you desire.

Step Two: If you like to buff and polish your nail bed now it’s the time to do it.

Step Three: Apply the cuticle remover gel to your cuticles and wait 10sec.

Step Four: Use the cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles and then proceed to use the cuticle nippers to cut the dead cuticle skin.

Step Five: Wash your hands in order to get rid of any of the cuticle remover residue. This is where I like to apply a little bit of the cuticle oil in order to restore some of the moisture back. I leave it on for about 2 min, then i wash it off.

Step Six: Apply two coats of Nail Envy to your nails and wait till dry.

Step Seven: Finally Apply your favourite hand cream and reapply the cuticle oil again this time massaging it in and leaving it to dry.

I added a before and after shot below to show you the difference a simple, home manicure makes. It takes a little time but it is something I worked into my weekly pamper night routine. Note that if you are looking to paint your nails using a coloured nail varnish, simply replace the Nail Envy with the nail varnish of your choice.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and as always, check out the rest of my social media. Until next time.

-Aggyx

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Favourites | Favourite lipsticks of the moment

I have to be honest, I am one of those people who believe that a makeup look is not finished without a lipstick , lipliner or any kind of colour on the lips. I’m not talking about a full on bright pink every time, but merely a ‘my lips, but better’ shade of lipstick. I think even a nude shade of lipliner finishes the makeup look and makes it look so much more put together. I wanted to share my current favourite shade of lipsticks, be it ones I have been using for a wile now and some new discoveries as well. Hope you enjoy:).

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1. Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘Fable‘- matt finish, bright rose pink

I purchased this colour a few months ago and I have been wearing it pretty much non stop (as you can probably tell hehe). I honestly can’t tell you enough how amazing Illamasqua lipsticks are! I love the look of a matt lip but also love the fact that I can always change a matt lip into a glossy one by simply adding some gloss on top. The staying power of the Illamasqua lipsticks is great and the pigmentation is honestly the best I have ever tried! All the shades I own are so vibrant! The only con I can think of is that the lipsticks are a little drying but that’s the case with all matt lipsticks. Just make sure you’re lips are nicely moisturised before applying it.

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2. Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘ESP‘- matt finish, vivid violet

This is the most beautiful, unique violet i have ever seen. It is a matt finish but there is sooo much dimension to it. It is almost as if it contains little bit of a navy depending which angle you look at it from. Truly beautiful and worth an investment if you are after something that’s one of a kind.

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3. Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘Shard‘- matt finish, red violet

My newest purchase from Illamasqua. I’m a little late on this shade but non the less when I opened my package it was like love at first sight. Again, very pigmented and such a beautiful shade of deep, purply red.

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4. Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘Posture‘- matt finish, cool mauve

This shade is definitely for the brave. It is another unique one. A very pretty, pale lilac. It isn’t your typical everyday, wearable colour but it definitely stands out. I certainly don’t wear it everyday but I do bust it out from time to time when I’m bored of my everyday look.

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5. Illamasqua Creme Pigment in ‘Delirium‘- matt, rose taupe cream pigment

This is actually a cream pigment meant to be used on your eyes. Illamasqua products are great because they’re so versatile. You can use every product however your heart desires and I just happen to love this product on my lips. It almost gives them a dead kind of look. It sounds really weird but I love this on the days when I’m going for the vampy look and I don’t feel like wearing a dark lip.

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6. MAC Lipstick in ‘Creme cup‘- cool, dusty, light pink

This is exactly the shade I had in mind when I said ‘my lips, but better’. It is that perfect pink that I just throw on when i’m in a hurry to get out the door. I have a lot of lipsticks and this is the first one I ever repurchased several times. I wear it either on its own or, I like to top it off with BareMinerals Buxom Plumping lipgloss in ‘Debbie’ in order to add a little warmth to it.

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7. MAC Lipstick in ‘Rebel‘- deep fuchsia

This has been my autumn colour. One of my favourite MAC lipsticks and I feel like everyone should own it because it is such a cult classic. It suits a lot of skin tones and i think if you want to try a dark lip for the first time this is the lipstick to buy.

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8. MAC Lipstick in ‘Ruby woo‘- matt finish, bright, blue based red

A classic! This is another colour from MAC I feel like everyone should own. It is beautifully matte, and I should also add, it makes you’re teeth look whiter because it is a blue based red. Perfect for achieving that vintage glamour look.

I hope you enjoyed this post and as always, check out the rest of my social media. Until next time.

-Aggyx

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Homemade Guacamole Dip

I was craving some mexican today so i decided to make some guacamole. I found this recipe somewhere on the internet a very long time ago and i wanted to share it because it is absolutely divine:). Even though i was only making it for myself to snack on, this stuff would be great to make for a party or when having a bbq with some friends. It is a very quick and easy, great tasting dip.

Here is what i used:

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I put everything but the lime and salt into a blender and blended until smooth:

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Finally just add the salt and lime juice to taste and your done:):

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Enjoy:)

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-Aggyxo