A few years ago, I was in a job where I wasn’t allowed to wear nail polish and my nails had to be kept really short. Because of that, I didn’t really look after them and because I always washed my hands they used to look like what I imagine Shrek hands to look like. Nowadays, my fave Sunday ritual is to sort out my nails and just give my hands some love. I have tried quite a few things, so here are some of my favourites.
Essie brought out a new Gel couture range this year and I must admit, there are so many brands and different launches out all the time, I find it hard to keep up. I got these 2 colour and the top coat for my birthday and with anything new, I put one on straight away. I really like the ‘S’ shape of the bottle, apparently inspired by swirling dresses on the runway, it really unique and different from the standard bottles. The brush has also changed and has a curve to it, making it easier to paint your nails because you can get right to the edge.
The one pictured is ‘touch up’ – a soft mauve pink, but also lends itself to a violet colour. The other colour is ‘the it-factor’ – a bright fuscia pink, perfect for summer. I was surprised that both of these were opaque in 2 coats, especially the pastel shade. I dries really quickly and is actually easy to put on thin coats and not have gloopy ones.
The top coat does smell quite potent but does dry really quickly. Not only that, but these (that I’ve tried so far) are the longest lasting polishes that I have ever worn! Ever! They stayed on without chipping at all for 6 days!!! Even when they did begin to chip, I totally got about 3 more days wear before it looked shameful and I had to take it off. They’re not the cheapest polishes around at £9.99 each, but are sometimes on a 3 for 2 at boots.
Next, lets get onto caring for and shaping the nails. When I’m feeling fancy, this hand cream from Dr.Ceuticals is by far the most nourishing and cooling on the skin. It reminds me of a cream that you’d put on your face because it feels like there is hylauranic acid in it making it less creamy and more water based. Again, this isn’t a cheap and cheerful one at £9.99 from boots, but if your lucky, it can be found at TK Maxx for about £5.
Lets talk nail files. I’m not fussy when it comes to files, but honestly, this has changed my nail filing game completely. I find thats it doesn’t snag and I know your not supposed to file both ways on the nail, but I don’t feel guilty when I’m using this. I like that you can just run it under water and reuse it loads of times. It’s also great at getting rid of dry skin around the nail with just one swipe. You can pick them up in loads of places, but this one is by Leighton Denny and is available from boots for £15.99.
Lastly, I try and use a cuticle oil at least 3 x a week. But as a forgetful person, this can be anything from never to every night if they’re really bad. Sometimes I use Bio Oil, but Avoplex from OPI works better at keeping my skin moisturised for longer and doesn’t make your hands feel greasy like other oils. I’ve had this for about a year now, so although it’s expensive, it lasts a long time. You can get Avoplex from boots for £16.50.
Although I’ve written this post, I’m not the best at keeping my nails in great condition. One of the reasons for writing this is in the hope that it’ll spur me on a bit to take better care of them. For at least the next couple of weeks. I will definitely be looking at other colours in the Essie Gel Polish range. I might do an updated post in Autumn, so if you would like to see anything in particular, please let me know.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.
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