Nail Care: What I'm Using & Manicure Routine
On a Sunday evening while watching tv or a film, and after washing my hair, I usually give myself a full manicure and pedicure including all the steps I usually miss if I'm painting them any other night. It may seem like a lot but I find it really relaxing and time flies especially if I'm watching a film.
I start off with removing my old nail polish and then I buff my nails so they're smooth and ridge free using The Body Shop Polishing Block. I find nail polish is easier to apply after doing this step and it actually lasts longer. I only do this about once a month though as it can damage the nails if done more often. I'll then soak my hands in some soapy water to remove any dirt and dust for about 5 minutes. I follow up with a hand cream, my favourite being Liz Earle's. Once this has soaked in I take a bit more remover on a cotton pad and wipe over each nail. This dehydrates the nail ready for applying polish, similar to Orlys Primetime. I then apply my base coat, colour and top coat and leave everything to dry completely. I then use a cuticle oil to keep them hydrated which in turn keeps your manicure looking nicer. My favourite at the moment is Nubar Almond Oil but I have just started using one from CND which I really like. During the week I'll apply a balm to my hands and cuticles which I leave on over night as a mini treatment. You wake up with incredibly soft hands!