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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Current Wish List

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1.Illamsqua lipstick in ‘Luster’ // 2.Illamasqua lipstick in ‘Glissade’ // 3.Illamasqua lipstick in ‘Soaked’ // 4.Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade // 5.Sugarpill Addicted to pretty palette ‘Sweetheart’ // 6.Sugarpill Addicted to pretty palette ‘Heartbreaker

I thought that I would type up a quick post sharing some of the beauty products I have been swooning over these days. I’m hoping to get my hands on these products soon, especially the lipstick shades from the new Illamasqua collection. They look amazing right? Let me know what’s on your wish list down in the comments below, I would love to hear from you:).

Also, I would love to hear any ideas or requests you have for new blog posts. I am planning to post a lot more so any ideas on things you would like me to review or posts about are welcome:).

-Aggy<3<3

Current Loves | Illamasqua and Topshop

So I know I’ve been away for a very long time but I’ve decided to change the look of my blog a little and start blogging again. I thought I would start with telling you about 3 of my absolute favourite products at the moment.  Image

Topshop’s GLOW in ‘Polish’ £9.00

This highlighter is one of my favourite highlighters of all time. It has almost a kind of creamy mousse consistency which makes it easy to blend onto your skin. I like to apply a little bit underneath my foundation which gives the impression that the glow is coming from my skin underneath. Topshop offers this products in two colours. This creamy light colour, which suits my fair skin tone perfectly, and a rose gold colour called ‘Gold’ which will add a lovely bit of colour to your face along with the highlight.

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 1.Illamasqua’s Precision Ink in ‘Scribe’ £18.00

I don’t know what it is but recently I have been loving crazy coloured eyeliner and I feel like a white liquid liner is pretty out there. The colour goes on so opaque and once it’s on it is there to stay. Great for adding little accents to your eye makeup or if you’re brave enough wearing it as top liner for a unique look;).

2. Illamasqua’s Lipstick in ‘Posture’

I have been eyeing this for AGES! Well I finally bought it and I was not disappointed in the slightest. It’s a very unique, cool lilac lipstic with a matte finish so the staying power is amazing. For me this has been a staple autumn colour although I’m sure I’m going to be wearing it all year round. I’m planning to do a tutorial on a look using this lipstick on my youtube channel so keep and eye out for that if you want some inspiration on how to wear this kind of colour.

-Aggy xo