I paint my nails a lot and by far the most boring part is removing the nail polish but the whole process is made easier with products like Remove and Go*. This is like the Bourjois one, you put your finger in the little hole and soaked pads remove the polish quickly and without any mess. The nail polish in the container is acetone free which means it’s not going to dry the nails out. I think these little pots are fantastic but I wouldn’t advise using them with glitter polishes because it ruins the pad and you can’t really use it again.
It’s £5.50 and is available from HQ Hair. http://www.hqhair.com/leighton-denny-remove-and-go-polish-remover/10939076.html
I paint my nails on average about three times a week, maybe more, but every Sunday night, I give myself an at home manicure and these are the products I rely on to get a salon finish every time. Before I paint my nails, I wipe nail polish remover over my nails, even if I’m not wearing polish, to clean the nail plate and remove any oils. Then I turn to my cuticles, I use the Sally Hansen Maximum Strength Cuticle Remover. It removes the cuticle in no time at all without pain or damage to the cuticle. I apply a tiny bit to my cuticles and then I buff a cotton wool pad over it remove the gel and the cuticle. Before I paint my nails I file them with my Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File. I love this nail file, I’ve wrote about it numerous times, I cannot recommend it enough, it’s the best investment for your nails. Then I buff my nails, I just use the cheap buffer from Boots and it works perfectly. After I buff my nails, I wash my hands to get rid of any residue and then I use a cotton pad with a little nail polish remover to get rid of any moisture on the nail plate. My current favourite base coat is Orly Bonder, when I use this I can get five days of wear without a single chip or wearing at the tip. If you have a problem with chipping, this is definitely to product for you because it dries matte to adhere the polish to the nail. Then I paint my nails with whatever colour I’m using then I use a top coat, my current favourite is the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat. I like this one because it dries super quick and it looks really glossy but it doesn’t chip instantly like some fast drying top coats.
What’s your at home manicure routine?
I’ve down a post like this before so I thought I would add to the list of products which deserve the hype.
Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File
I’ve had my nail file for years, I bought it as soon as it launched which I think was in 2009 or 2008. It works as good today as I did the first time I used it, it has helped strengthen my nails and improve the appearance. At £12.50, I know it seems expensive for a nail file but you will never use another nail. I can’t recommend this nail enough, I tell everyone to buy one.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
I buy hair masks all the time but this is the only one I repurchase, for me this is the best hair treatment on the market, it gives me new hair.
In my opinion these are the best tweezers, they never pull or drag the hair and they last a lifetime, I’ve had mine for years and they’re as good as new.
L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray
A true oldie but a goodie, it’s my absolute favourite hairspray and if you have a problem with the smell there is now an unfragranced version.
I’m quite obsessed nail and hand care, I have a ridiculous amount of nail polishes and treatment.
I love looking after my nails and painting them, I don’t find it a chore like some people or unenjoyable. I’ve had manicures in the past and they’ve been nice but it’s something I love having, partly because it’s a bit of a waste of money because I change my nail polish really often and partly because my nails are in good condition.
This is my nail routine and how I do a “manicure” at home.
General Nail Maintainence
- At night, I massage a little bit of Elizabeth Arden Eight Cream into my cuticles and skin around the nails and trust me this makes all the difference – it keeps the cuticle in good condition and the skin soft and well hydrated.
- If I have nothing to do, I will massage a cuticle oil onto my cuticles. Oils absorb quicker than the Eight Hour Cream and provides quick hydration and just keeps the nail area looking more polished. My personal favourite is Essie Apricot Oil.
- I also really like nail treatment products for on the go, Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter and Leighton Denny’s Cuti-Lips are brilliant for keeping in your bag incase you have a spare minute.
- Once a week I use Leighton Denny’s Renovate. It’s an amazing product, especially if you have really damaged nails and are trying to get them into good condition. The treatment is meant to be everyday but nails aren’t damaged but this just keeps them strong and healthy.
- I buff my nails with just a normal three/four way buffer, about twice a month.
- When my nails aren’t painted, I always have OPI Nail Envy on, it gives a shine and helps them grow.
- I don’t do the whole soaking the nails and massaging handcream. I start just by filling my nails with the Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File, this is simply the best investment if you want nice nails. I never clip my nails, I hate using nail clippers on fingernails. In terms of shape, just do what you like.
- The next step is the cuticle area, I use a cuticle dissolver which makes it easier to push the cuticle back and remove horrible bits off the nailplate. Sally Hansen does a great cuticle dissolver, as does Leighton Denny and Nails Inc.
- Third step is to wash my hands to get rid of any products. Then I sweep nail varnish remover over the nail this dehydrates the nail removing any oils which means the nail polish goes onto a super clean surface and it means your nail polish will last longer without chipping or peeling.
- Last step is to actually paint the nails. First the basecoat, my absolute favourite basecoat of all time is the Nails Inc Kensington Cavier Basecoat. Then apply nail polish in two thin layers, leaving a tiny gap at the cuticle. Finally, finish off with a topcoat, my favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Cavier Topcoat.