My mani routine

Sunday, 16 August 2015

manicure routine
If nail polish is the show, then no nail addict should forget the behind-the-scenes care. Buffing, nail oils etc, they're all important in making sure your mani looks the best it can. I thought I'd give you a look into my nail care kit as a self-confessed polish-holic.

I start off with clipping my nails, because I've grown up having to cut my nails (habits you get from playing musical instruments) and with nail clippers. I'm sure some of you are weirded out by nail clippers, but I feel the same about nail scissors, so each to their own. I then file them with my Leighton Denny glass nail file. Though the sound of it can sometimes set my teeth on edge, I find that this is much more effective than the cheap emery boards. I follow up with the Essie Starter Scrub to take off any dry and dead skin cells. This only came into my mani routine recently, and I'm very glad I did. I wrote a review of it here recently. I then go about tidying up cuticles with the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover. Instant this is not; effective it is. I find I like to sit around for about 5 minutes waiting for things to soften before getting in there with my cuticle tool. I'm far too afraid of the sharp part to take it anywhere near my fingers, but I use the rounded pushing part (pusher? What is that part called?) to put the cuticles in place.

After this, I go in with a nail smoother/buffing tool. I also only ever buff my nails once a month, just to make sure I don't thin them out. After this, I massage a nail oil onto the nail surface and cuticles to give them a bit of nourishment. I'm currently using the Essie Apricot nail oil and finding this really effective. For my final step, I slather on a hand moisturiser to top off the hydration. My favourite for the past year has been the Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment, which smells like almonds and instantly soothes parched skin.

I find this really helps keep my nails in top condition, even through the constant hand washing, polish wearing and general wear and tear I force them through. I always make sure to keep at a day or two a week where my nails are polish free after wearing any polish, and if possible about a week every month or other month where I forgo polish completely (very difficult when I have so many) to give them a bit of a rest. Sometimes even polish maniacs need a bit of a detox.

Do you have any manicure recommendations? I'd love to hear them!

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