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Manicure Monday: Dior & Barry M

I've never really been one for nail polish or painting my nails in general and I always just stuck with colours on my toes and buffed my nails leaving them natural. However, recently I've been making an effort to give myself at least one weekly manicure in an attempt to keep my nails in nice shape. Let me tell you...practice makes perfect and although I'm now where near perfect, I'm definitely getting the hang of this. Sadly, the same cannot be said for my toes...who would have thought pedicures could be so difficult?! I think that needs to be left for the professionals for the most part.

Onto what I use to keep my nails in top shape...

1. I usually do my nails right after I get out of the shower because I'm lazy and I don't want to soak them in a bowl of water...however, if you have the time try one of these hand soak recipes for extra pampering.

2. Then I use the Mavala Cuticle Remover and let that sit for at least 5 minutes. Once that sets in I push back my cuticles and since I can't get away with just that I clip them away with my Tweezerman Cuticle Clippers. You can find other "handy" nail tools here...see what I did there? Handy...manicure...*ahem* moving on.

3. Next, I file my nails in a square shape with a glass/crystal nail file...I've been told to always go in one direction to prevent nail splitting and cracking.

4. After I file I like to buff my nails. I find that my nail polish goes on smoother and lasts longer when I take this extra's not necessary, just something I like to do. I don't really care for the one I have now, but you can find a better one here.

5. I always use a nail polish base to help the nail polish last longer as well as preventing the colour from staining your actual nail. The one I've been using is Butter London's Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat. What's great about this one is that you can double up and use it as nude nail polish because it has subtle tint to it.

6. Now for the colour. Today I was feeling a bit bold so I went for two colours. Dior nail polish in Sailor is by far my favourite blue and such a dream to apply (it's still available at Sephora & I highly recommend). Then I put Barry M's Gelly Nail Paint in HuckleBerry on my ring finger...such a gorgeous powder blue.

7. We are almost done here *phew*...after letting my nails completely dry I apply my absolute favourite top coat Seche's thick, glossy and fast drying. Love it.

8. And last but not least...I apply any type of beauty oil to my hands and cuticles. Right now I'm using a mini sample of Boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil.

There you have it ladies and gents my current manicure routine for soft and well kept hands...and I thought this was going to be a short post...ha!

What are your manicure staples?

1 comment

  1. Wow girl this is impressive! I just file and paint. No wonder yours last so much longer than mine haha


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