Monday, 30 June 2014

The Budget Home Manicure

It's no secret that I am a lover of manicures, OPI's gel colour to be exact. So quite often, I'm lucky enough to not have to worry about having the right bits and bobs at home to achieve well-manicured hands. Although, with summer well underway, I've opted to do my own home mani's so I can try out so new shades. So when it came to doing my nails myself, I found that I had polishes galore, but minimal tools. What do you do when that happens? Head to Boots!
The main items I needed were a cuticle pusher and nipper (the scary looking thing on the left). I didn't want to spend a huge amount of money - I didn't know when I'd give up and go back to having them done professionally, but so far I'm liking the DIY! I opted for the Elegant Touch cuticle pusher at £9.50 and the Champneys cuticle nipper at £9.00. I have to say, I'm very impressed with both purchases. They are both good quality and make great additions to any home manicure set in my opinion. 

A staple for any time I apply nail varnish to my nails is OPI's Nail Envy, it is the most amazing nail strengthener and doubles as a great base coat to protect them from staining. However, when I shopped my stash I couldn't find it! So, in search for a cheaper alternative I found Rimmel's Nail Nurse, and after road testing it a few times now, I have to say I'm impressed! My nails are stronger and it works well as a base coat too. At £4.49, it is less than a third of the price of OPI's Nail Envy so a fab 'dupe'! 

In addition to these products, I also use a good old emery board to file my nail and a buffing block to keep my nails nice and smooth, creating the perfect base for smooth nail polish application.

What are you home mani staples? 


1 comment

  1. I may have to try the Nail Nurse when I have some money :)


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