There’s just something about lounging in bed while watching your favorite movie and painting your nails. It has to be one of my favorite things to do and its something I try to fit in every Sunday. Personally I love doing my nails, I find it relaxing and even quite therapeutic.
No Tanya those are just the nail fumes getting to you!
So I thought I would share with you my key products to giving yourself a luxurious at home manicure. I like to keep all my products together for easy access so I keep them together in a chocolate box I got last year for Christmas.
For me my hands are the first place to get dry, so this is my first step to manicure. I first start with cuticle oil right now I’m using the Arbonne FC5. The FC5 is a great multi-tasking product, which you can even use on your face. If you don’t have a cuticle oil its okay because olive oil or coconut oil works wonderfully too.
My second part of my moisturizing is to apply a good hand cream. In my kit I use the L'occitane hand cream. This is probably one of my favorite hand creams because it’s hydrating, absorbs instantly and doesn’t feel greasy. There are tons of great hand creams out there and at every price point. I would avoid anything with petroleum, mineral oil or alcohol, because trust me over time they will dry out your skin.
Nail File and Nail Cutter
Lets keep things very real here. I would be lying to you if I said I file my nails each time I paint them. I simply file when I need to! A nail cutter/trimmer whatever you call it is great to have floating around your kit too.
After letting all the moisturizers dry it’s now time to paint your nails. While some people swear by it I always skip base coat. I always find base coats make my nail polish peel off… so on to the next step!
I sucked at painting my nails. Not going to lie, I actually think sucked is an understatement. Over the years I’ve gotten better so I thought I would share with you some of my tips.
- Resist the urge to bring your nail polish right to your cuticle
- Take your time
- Use thin coats
- Start with the center of your nail and work your way to the sides
- Avoid dark colors, since they can be unforgiving if you mess up
- Practice makes perfect
Today I’ve used Revlon’s Parfumiere Nail polish in Bordeaux. I have a total of two of these and I am eagerly planning a review for you.
Do not miss this step!
If you’re like me not sitting still for a half an hour is impossible. Top coats can be your best friend because they make your nails dry quick and make your nail polish last longer. For years I used Essie’s Good to Go Top coat over the past 6 months I’ve been using Seche Vite. Both are great at getting your nail polish to dry quickly but I find the Seche Vite makes my nail polish last a bit longer.
I think if you use these steps your set for a good manicure.
Let me know if you have any tips or tricks I would love to hear.
I hope you are all having an excellent Sunday!
Thanks for reading,