Since the ASOS Beauty Bloggers event last week I have had a bit of a nail obsession. At the event I had my nails done, which isn’t something I get to do very often, so was a lovely treat and has tempted me to get them done more often. My dark blue nails lasted fairly well and only started to chip/peel today so this evening I have removed the dark colour and given myself a bit of a pampering manicure so thought I would do a bit of a step by step post.
Step 1: Remove chipped polish. To do this I used some Superdrug Nourishing Nail Polish Remover Pads that I picked up today (about £1.30). I was really impressed with these as not only do they remove polish quickly, they also smell pretty nice, rare for nail polish remover, and are packed with softening oils so did two jobs in one.
Step 2: Soften cuticles. I used The Nail Doctor’s ‘Swept Away’ cuticle gel. Simply painting a dollop of the gel onto each nail bed and allow it to soak in for a bit, before using the angled end of a cuticle stick to push cuticles back and scrape off any excess gel/gunk.
The gel is simple to use, but the brush was a little awkward. The bristles were all stuck together and a bit stiff – I don’t know if this is a fault or a design feature/flaw, but I would prefer the bristles to be a bit more flexible.
Step 3: Moisturise! I have a real problem with dry skin on my hands so this was the most important bit for me, I used another Nail Doctor Product (both of which I was sent for review) ‘Critical Cuticle Care’ nail oil and Clinique Deep Comfort hand a cuticle cream.
I have used a few nail oils before and I find they tend to be a great temporary solution to dry cuticles (which I have a VERY bad case of) but the results don’t last. The only noticeable difference with this one is that it smells delicious and fruity so is really pleasant to use.
On the other hand, I have completely fallen for the Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream, it smells lovely and rich, absorbs quickly and leaves hands soft and moisturised but not greasy.
Now that my hands are all soft, nails clear and prepped for the next onslaught of colour I have to decide which shade to go for. At the moment I am thinking of doing a but of an Autumn french manicure using my new Barry M nail paint in ‘Raspberry’ (deep warm pinky red, similar to Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow) with Zoya’s ‘Dovima Matte’ (Matte black grey) on the tips – what do you think?