Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of pampering and getting my nails done as a treat or for special occasions, but I look after my nails pretty well so they grow quite long, people always ask me if they are my own and I enjoy doing my own nails, I find it quite therapeutic and a nice excuse to grab a few hours to myself to relax, pop on some cheesy TV and sit and do my nails.
I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite products to use:
Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (£4.99*)
After washing my hands I begin my manicure by removing the previous nail polish with this, I won it in a Twitter competition after it's release and it is still going. It has lasted absolutely ages. You simply pop your finger in to the sponge inside the tub, give it a twist and it quickly and easily removes nail polish.
Ted Baker Nail Clippers (£6.00*)
I use these on my toenails rather than fingernails, to keep them trim.
Ted Baker Nail Buffer (£5.00*)
Next I will use a nail file to file my nail tips. Once or twice a month I will use a buffer to buff and smooth my nails, to get rid of nail ridges and polish them to a smooth, shiny finish. I love this Ted Baker one, it's huge and super pretty!
After washing my hands again to get rid of any dust from filing, I then tend to my cuticles. I desperately need a new cuticle remover, but before removing them I condition them with this massage cream. It has a yummy apricot scent and sinks into my cuticles and the skin surrounding my nails quickly.
Orly Bonder Rubberised Base Coat (£5.00)
Next I will prep my nails with a base coat. One of my favourites is this one from Orly, which is rubberised to grip nail polish to the nail surface to help last longer.
After painting my nails, I spray each coat with this fixing spray. Unfortunately I've recently ran out of this amazing stuff, so I'm on the look out for a new one! Any suggestions?
This is fab for quickly drying my nails and leaving a long lasting shine to rival a top coat.
TheBodyShop Hemp Hand Protector (£5.00*)
I keep my hands moisturised and soft with a hand cream every single day. A big favourite of mine is this hand protector from The Body Shop I received as a birthday present.
Some nail products I don't rate are:
Avon Nail Experts Diamond Strengthening Complex
This product is no longer available, which doesn't surprise me as it didn't work wonders for me. My nails would still split after use, they didn't feel any different at all. The consistency is very watery and would take a good while to dry.
Avon Nail Experts Corrector Pen (£7.00)
I bought this when it was on offer at half price, luckily I didn't pay full price. I thought the idea behind it was great, I'm not the best at painting my nails, I make the odd mistake, particularly on my right hand, getting a little polish on the skin around my nails, so this product looked perfect. It's almost like an ink eraser tip and the first time I used it, it simply removed any polish on my skin as it should. BUT, it left polish all over the tip, so the next time I went to use it, the polish on the pen transferred onto my nails / skin, which left a mess. It was also quite dried out, so I was rubbing at the skin more, leaving even more mess. So no, I'm definitely not rating this pen either!!
What are your favourite DIY mani products??
*PR samples sent to me for review / gift
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