Monday, April 13, 2015

Embracing Natural Nails


I always struggle to get my nails looking nice and presentable without polish. There are times where I can go a few days without painting my nails but still want them look well maintained which is where this little routine comes into play. It can sometimes seem like more effort than actually painting them, but hey, it's still a good pampering you can do in front of Netflix on a sunday night.

First off, it's all about the hands - that's what she said - and applying hand cream regularly is an important step. Although I tend to forget this most of the time, when I do remember my hands feel so soft and moisturised. You can't have nicely manicured nails without paying some attention to your hands. You can go all fancy with this step and do a little hand sock by filling up a little bowl with warm water and adding a dash of oil, but hand cream will do too. I'm really liking the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£19.00) at the moment (and yes I realise I picked up the foot cream when it came to photographing this...it was an early start to the day...) The shea butter makes it really soft and kind to the skin. It sinks in well and is a beautiful creamy formula which isn't too thick.

Onto the nails themselves, I use a cuticle oil and one of those scary looking metal utensils, which is formally called a cuticle remover, to tidy up the nail bed. I really like the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil (£8.99). A little bit of this on the base of each nail, leave it to sink in for about a minute or so and then go in with your cuticle remover. I don't do this often but it's a nice step every now and then.

I love my Sephora Nail Buffer ($6.00) it makes an appearance every time I do my nails and I've used it for years. It comes with 4 difference sides; file, buff, polish and shine. This alone makes your nails look amazing, especially when it comes to using the 4th side, shine, which really does give your nails a natural sheen, almost like you've applied a base coat or something. It's a super great tool to have around. They also stock these buffer blocks in the UK at Boots ect, so if you can't get hold of the Sephora one, don't panic.

Lastly, I love all the nail treatment polishes you can get which can add a nice hint of pink and overall help to strengthen the nail. Essie Grow Stronger (£8.99) is my personal fav. It is marketed as a base coat, but I use it on its own and I find it's great for repairing brittle nails and making them stronger. It also evens out your nails so they don't look to dishevelled without polish. I also really like the Nails Inc A&E Treatment Base Coat (£12.00) which does a similar job.

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8 comments

  1. My nails are in such poor condition at the moment and this is just what I need to help them become healthier. I really want to try out the Essie grow stronger :) Sounds quite good and the price is reasonable too!

    Thank you for sharing your tips and products you like using.
    Hope you have a lovely day~



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  2. My nails are looking so sad at the moment and I've been giving them a lot of nourishing and time to breathe!

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  3. This is a great post, thank you for sharing your tips and tricks. My nails look really bad at the moment, cause of the nai polish I was wearing before hehe.

    xo Mel || Sketch & Scribbles

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  4. I love the L'ooccitane hand creams they are the best!
    -Maria
    in1997.blogspot.com

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  5. Having grown up on the French Riviera, this L'Occitane hand cream never leaves my side! I love your tips though, because I never really thought I could do anything to make my hands look nice without polish.

    - Elodie x
    www.elle-yeah.com

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  6. I love the L'Occitane shea butter hand cream, definitely something I always repurchase :)

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  7. Great post, I definitely need to get myself a nail buffer - I really struggle with ridged nails!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

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  8. Great post! I am planning a post about my nail care routine. Sometimes it's easy to forget about the condition of nails after constantly painting them and especially after winter.

    Miss Stylicious

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