29 April 2013

Go manicure yourself!

While I write this blog today, I would like to add that my dog is being annoying and very distracting! As he and the dogs next door will not stop debating their views about the recent budget cuts at each other!

Yes I am talking about dogs!

I'm a bit odd like that!


The average cost of a high street manicure will be around £20/£30
depending on what it includes!

I will talk you through the step by step 
at home
mini manicure!
With bonus added pictures!! (as I do not like the sound of my voice in videos)


From left to right -
Cotton Pads 
Nail Polish Remover
Nail File
Nail Buffer
Cuticle Knife
Cuticle Clippers
Orange Stick
The Body Shop - Vitamin E Hand and Nail Cream
Barry M - Base and Top Coat
Rimmel London - Lasting Finish (Pear Drop)


  Before, polish chipped, dry cuticles etc...

Step 1

 Remove all traces of old polish
Tip: For quick erasing, hold pad on nail for 5 seconds, then wipe away excess.
It helps pull the paint off if you soak it!

Step 2

File your nails into shape.

Personally I like the Squoval shape.
The safest way to file is to swipe each movement towards the centre of the nail.
If you go back and forth and back
you can break down the nail fibres and damage them.

Step 3

Moisturisation is KEY when looking after your hands and nails.
Rub the cream or oil of your choice into the skin and showing special attention of the cuticles!

It is a manicure after all! 

Step 4

With the orange stick (you can buy from Boots) 
push back your cuticles on each finger.

Step 5

I think you can get Cuticle Knifes in Boots too.
The knife has to be on its side, but still able to scrape the cuticle away.
If not on it's side you can easily slip and it may cut you!

Step 6

To get the removal of those nasty cuticles 
you must clip!
I have cut myself a few times so be careful.
Just cut along the long side and remove any
extra skin on the sides of the nail.

Step 7

Once the cuticle work is finished 
you can buff the nail in a back and forth motion
so it creates a smooth platform for the paint 

you can also do it in this downward motion too.

Step 8

If you use remover again on the nails 
it will prolong the length the paint will stick!
This is because you are removing the oil or cream from before!
Without this step 
you can just imagine the paint slipping off within hours of applying!

Step 9

Using you base coat, add one layer onto the nail and leave it to dry.
Best application to cover the whole nail:
Paint a line down the centre of the nail
Another one side and another the other side.

 Sounds simple but a lot of people over coat,
and therefore it will never dry!

Step 10

This is what you have been waiting for!!

Using the same technique as above, paint the colour of your choice!
 Mine was Rimmel London, Pear Drop.

Make sure you let each layer dry before applying the next.
I always use two layers of colour. 

Don't forget to apply one layer of top coat when they have dried and ...

There we are!

At home manicure!


Live your life,
live your life
  Let that love inside
  It's your life,
 it's your life
  The beauty's deep inside,
 inside you



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