Saturday, 20 June 2015

My Manicure Essentials

danielle's beauty blog manicure essentials

Giving myself a manicure is a weekly must for me, I like my nails to look neat and clean and most of all – shiny!! I’m not a massive wearer of coloured nail polish on my fingernails (toe nails are a different story – I have to have them painted!) but I always have a clear coat of nail polish on. Here are the steps I take when I’m giving myself a manicure at home!

I usually do this after a shower or bath because your nails are softest after being in the water! I’ll take a few cotton tail cotton pads to remove my nail polish along with Cutex Ultra Cleansing Nail polish remover which I have went through countless bottles of because it my favourite! I then take my Leighton Denny Glass Nail File and file my nails, making sure to only file in one direction so as not to cause breakages! I love glass nails files so much, they make the edge of the nail so smooth and file so quickly! They are a bit dearer than standard files or emery boards but so worth it!

I then use Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover and put a small amount around each cuticle, leave for 15 seconds then push the cuticles back with my new Leighton Denny Hoof Stick, I was using wooden orange sticks before this but I far prefer the Leighton Denny one! After rinsing this off, I then take my favourite clear coat which is OPI Nail Envy. This stuff makes my nails so shiny and doesn’t flake or peel off like other clear polishes I’ve tried in the past. I couldn’t be without this stuff now, I usually buy mine from Ebay as its much cheaper, just make sure you get a genuine one from a top rated seller!

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If I’m in a rush I sometimes use either Avon Nail Experts Liquid Freeze or Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Enamel Dryer to quickly dry my nails or if I’m in an even bigger rush I run them under the cold water tap as this sets the nail polish and stops them from smudging! Last but not least, to keep my hands feeling as good as my nails look I use a hand cream. I’m currently using the Soap and Glory Super Cream Hand Cream. This smells amazing, moisturises really well and dries in quickly so you can get back to what you were doing :)

What are your manicure essentials?

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  1. I'm a manicure addict. Sometimes I change my polish a couple times a week!
    Classy Country Girl

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    1. I'm a nail polish picker! Such a bad habit, once I see a chip I scratch the rest off! Xx

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  2. OPI Nail Envy is a godsend! One of the best nail products ever...I've been through about 6 bottles of it x

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    1. It is Holy Grail status for me! I'm about to order my 3rd bottle! Xx

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  3. The hand cream sounds amazing! Lovely post! :D

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  4. Amazing post dear!

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  5. I find giving myself manicures at home is like a home spa day lol

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. It's nice when there's time! Although I sometimes get bored after one hand! Xx

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  6. I've always loved giving myself manicures. Its such a calming thing to do. I also really love the O.P.I top coat!
    frankietheteddygirl.blogspot.ca

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    1. It's the best isn't it, I couldn't be without it now! Xx

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  7. Sounds like I need Nail Envy! I love finishing up by moisturising my hands with the Dream Cream :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. It's Holy Grail territory for me, just bought my 3rd bottle yesterday! Xx

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  8. You have such lovely nails i really need to use these tips, because my nails are really suffering a lately. Great post thank you for sharing
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. My essential is definitely the Seche Vite topcoat, it makes my nail polish last longer and makes it look so shiny too

    Emma emhasrednails

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    1. Funny you should say that because I just ordered it yesterday! I have high hopes for it! Xx

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  10. Great list!

    http://www.dianavilic.com/

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  11. It's nice to see that someone uses proper equipment to do their nails:)

    KLAUDIA CLARA

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    1. Haha everyone should have a glass nail file, they are the best!! Xx

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  12. I must try using a glass file, my nails would sooo thank me!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I love them, it all depends on the quality though, I've had cheaper ones from ebay that were no good but I can see the one I have now lasting a lifetime! Xx

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  13. Very nice post:)))
    xoxo
    Antonella
    beautylove7694.blogspot.com

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  14. When it comes to nails I definitely do not have the patience! Your healthy glowing nails might make me start paying more attention to mine haha
    xxx
    She Will Be

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  15. You have lovely nails that look really healthy so thanks for sharing your tips for a manicure xxx

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting!! Xx

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  16. WOW!!
    I must say I had a great read... I have shared your post :)
    I just love your blog !!!
    MyGlossyBox


    Have a wonderful day

    Jade

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    1. Aw thank you Jade! I just subscribed to your YouTube channel you are so natural in front of the camera! Xx

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  17. I love the Soap and Glory hand cream x
    Glossy Boutique

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    1. So do I! And anything else Soap and Glory for that matter! Xx

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  18. Sally Hansen's top coats have been my favourite! I always screw up when I try to do my own nails haha, so I've given up and decided to have my nails done for me instead xx

    La'bell | labellwong.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh I love Sally Hansen top coats too! Haha I know, it only takes one smudge for me to decide I'm never bothering to do them again! xx

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  19. If you use nail polish remover after the cuticle remover and before the polish your nail polish will last longer :) It gives the polish a dry surface so it adheres better.

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I will try it next time! xx

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  20. OPI Nail Envy is my saviour! xo

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    1. I love it! Just got a fresh bottle a few days ago haha no more scraping the bottom of the bottle anymore! xx

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  21. I am so bad at painting my nails, yet I love wearing colours. I love Sally Hansen`s top coats and treatments, they are so good.

    http://www.beautynerd.co.uk

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    1. They are brilliant! I love the Diamond Strength one and Hard as Nails! xx

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  22. That's plenty of products for manicure. Love that shade of nail polish!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Can't go wrong with clear! I love the shine it gives xx

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  23. Every women must have love it!
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  24. I rarely do a manicure, but it's great getting some tips

    http://industrialbarbie.blogspot.com/

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    1. It can definitely be time consuming! xx

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  25. I love the soap and glory hand cream too!

    claresloves.blogspot.com

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  26. Nice product :)

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  27. We love how great manicured nails look and feel, it's especially important to only file in one direction like you mentioned, thanks for sharing with us.

    ISA Professional

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