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Hello Lovelies – I’ve had a lot of requests since I started the blog to talk about nail care but since I am far from the best example I thought I would contact an expert (who happens to be a good friend). Luckily for me she agreed to put together a post about her routine, she also included some lovely bonus nail art with My Girl (from the original Pocket Money Polishes’ Glitter Babies collection).
Hi, I’m Char from soyoubeauty.com and I’m so excited to be doing my first ever guest post and honoured that Charlie asked me 🙂 I’ve decided to show you both some nail care tips and a bit of nail art below too (using the wonderful PMP My Girl). First of all I’ll show you my essentials for my nail care routine.
1. Hand cream is a must! I am not fussy with my hand cream, but I do personally like nice thick cream. I carry some around with me when I leave the house and put it on whenever I feel I need it.
2. Oil! Now before I started taking care of my nails, I didn’t used to use oil at all. My nails have always been strong but they’d grow long and then break really low. This is because they were brittle. I now drown my nails, cuticles and free edge in oil before I go to bed every night. I’ve got a photo below showing you how I use the brush to apply my oil. It’s great for pushing back cuticles too! If you keep them moisturised enough you can just push them back, I’ve never had to remove or trim.
3. Along with my oil I use cuticle butter throughout the day. I’ve just started using lemony flutter by Lush and it’s amazing! rub a small bit into each nail and cuticle. It is a bit sticky though, so that’s why I also have Burt’s Bees cuticle cream too. This is more like a balm and is great to quickly make your cuticles look healthy.
4. I file my nails with a crystal nail file from Leighton Denny. I always used to hate filing and still do, but I find the crystal files more bearable and also they’re better for your nails! It’s important that you inspect your nails as regularly as possible and smooth out any jagged edges, these can quickly turn into big breaks!
Now the key for healthy nails is to find out what your nails like best and to keep up a routine. Even if your nails aren’t brittle and are soft, always use oil and keep them hydrated throughout the day. If they are still weak, you may need to look into adding a nail strengthener and/or vitamins. I keep my nails squoval as I find it works best for me. Naturally they’re rounded and I’ve tried them square but the corners break off. If you’re looking to build up your nail strength then a natural shape like round or squoval is usually best. You can go onto square or another shape once they’re strong enough. Don’t buff your nails often! I rarely buff, it weakens them, only do it when necessary.
Use gloves when washing up and try to avoid using your nails as tools! My nails are pretty long and that won’t suit everyone’s lifestyle but you can still have a routine to get your nails healthy and strong.
I’m no expert but these are the key things I find keeps my nails strong and healthy.
Now onto the nail art 🙂 I used Models Own Beth’s Blue and then applied PMP my girl with the brush to create a sort of gradient effect. I then added white dots with a nail art pen, finished with a coat of Seche Vite and added a 3d butterfly for added cuteness! The butterflies were from an assorted pot from the pound shop! bargain!
I hope you’ve enjoyed 🙂 Char xx