Manicure Routine || New Digits for Spring

Friday, April 10, 2015

essie lapiz of luxury essence nail polish remover cutical oil nail file sally hansen boots

You might have seen on my Instagram I treated myself to a little (MASSIVE) Boots haul the other week. When I worked in Boots a few years ago this used to be a weekly occurrence but I have been very good in recent times and letting my Boots craziness out only once or twice a year. 

My nails didn't get enough attention during the winter so Spring felt like about time for a refresh, and with Boots 3 for 2 it is so hard to not get a few new bits to add to my manicure routine.

Essie Lapiz of Luxury

    The Run down of my Manicure Routine
    1. Nail File and Buffer – I never really use all 4 sides but nice to make sure all the last traces of old varnish are gone and any ridges have been removed. 
    2. Boots Salon Nail Care Cuticle Remover – This is great to exfoliate and soften the cuticles. I wouldn’t agree with the remover as there is still a bit of work to get rid of the cuticles. I would usually scrub this into the nail beds and then use a nail stick to push the cuticles down and trim any excess. 
    3. Essence Nail Polish Remover – I will always run a nail polish remover over my nails before starting polish just to make sure the nails are squeaky clean! This Essence is great value and great for removing even dark polish. Also smells oddly of coconut. 
    4. Essie Nail Polish in Lapiz of Luxury - I have been looking for a periwinkle blue since getting obsessed with the colour from a cheap Penneys nail polish I got last year.  Don’t get me wrong the Penneys ones is great for the price but I wanted something with a more long lasting formula. Everyone is always raving about Essie and having good experience with one of their polishes before I thought they would be the best to go with. It had great application but it still needed at least 3 coats which I was disappointed in. 
    5. Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat – I was a big fan of the Sally Hansen Insta Dry Top Coat but I had heard a few people rave about Mega Shine so I gave it a go. I have had it a while now and it really makes nails look like gel when dry but it wouldn’t be as quick to set. This is the reason for buying the next product. 
    6. Bourgois Instant Dry Nail Drops - Since it was 3 for 2 I said I might as well try something completely new and I picked up the Bourgois Instant Dry nail drops. I knew it would be a bit of a gimmick but I would try anything to help nails dry faster. I do like it as it is a nice finish to the end of a manicure and it makes the nails dry slightly faster but I think I had got into my head they would dry instantly and not long after the below photo was taken I smudged 3 nails getting the post! It isn’t a bad product but I don’t think I would repurchase. Running my nails under a cold tap does the same job if I’m honest.
    7. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil – To finish everything off and to feel a bit more fancy I like to apply oil to my cuticles.  I was in the market for new cuticle oil as I was getting in the habit of dipping my fingers in the coconut oil! It did a great job of course since coconut oil is a miracle treatment for everything but I just fancies something with a bit of an easier application. It also smells of apricots, which is a massive plus.

    Now my nails are ready to head into Spring it's time to get the rest of me sorted. 

    Do you have a nail care routine? What are your go to products? 

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