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:
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?…..
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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