this post is a little different to my usual but I've had lots of questions from you guys on twitter about my nails! In the last year or so I've become a huge fan of nail art, it may surprise you to know that before this I was the laziest nail painter around. I regularly forgot to wear nail polish and when I did it was chipped and scrappy!

I am now a total princess when it comes to nail care, I find painting my nails a great stress reliever after a tough day and I enjoy giving my hands some TLC while I'm catching up on made in chelsea and towie!

at least once a week I give my hands a complete mani to keep them in good shape. I do have problems with my nails don't be fooled by the pictures they hide a multitude of flaws! my main issue is nail peeling; at least half of my nails are weak and prone to breaking and I've found it almost impossible to resolve! because I'm constantly changing my nail colour I also have trouble keeping them white and avoiding stained nails! when they're particularly weak I cut them right down; it's drastic but I find it's the only way to get them back in good condition... sob.

so here's my weekly routine for anyone who is interested:

  • I start by removing all traces of polish. recently I've switched to a moisture balance remover and I've had good results so far (I've been using elegant touch from superdrug) previously I was using a non acetone remover as I thought it would be more gentle on my nails but it was really drying them out especially the skin around the nail itself!
  • I soak my hands in warm water for 5 minutes to soften the cuticles. then I apply cuticle oil or burt's bees lemon cuticle cream and use an orange stick to push back the cuticles and tidy up the edges. keeping the cuticles pushed back makes my nails appear longer when I apply polish and helps stop the colour bleeding into them. cuticle oil is easy to find, as are orange sticks if you look in your local boots/superdrug.
  • I use a cuticle cutter to snip off any excess, this is a good tool for anyone who doesn't already look after their nails as you'll probably have more to remove (my boyfriend had a field day using it on his hands!) mine was only £4 from superdrug -some are quite expensive!
  • next up I trim (if needed) and file my nails to remove any rough corners (this will avoid unnecessary catching and breaking nails) I use nail clippers rather than scissors I find them easier to shape with.
  • next up is OPI nail envy. I've not been using it for long but it's the most recommended nail strengthener around. two coats of this are needed and then follow up with a coat every other day! I purchased mine from sally's  and got a free OPI top coat with mine. I'm hoping in a few weeks this addition to my routine will help my brittle nails stop peeling!
  • paint your nails if you want colour and finish up with a decent top coat. this will add strength and shine to your nails, the best one in my opinion is seche vite
  • finally and importantly moisturise your hands! I move between products depending on my mood but burts bees hand creams are probably my favourite! if my hands are really dry I'll rub in some elizabeth arden 8 hour cream before I go to sleep! boots sell a burt's bees tips to toes kit which has mini versions of their hand and foots products in- I got one for christmas last year I give it a huge thumbs up (special shout out to the coconut foot cream wowwwweeeee it smells amazing)
thats it! what an essay, hope you're all still awake!

I know a lot of what I've just written is obvious; fingers crossed someone out there will benefit from it aha!

I highly recommend taking an hour out of an evening to pamper your hands, I know some people have real trouble growing their nails but whatever the length it's nice to have neat polished digits! 

(disclaimer: this manicure routine is most satisfying if your wearing pyjamas tucked up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate close to hand and some mindlessly entertaining television playing!)

back soon 

caroline x

17 comments

  1. Yay for this post!

    I've never used cuticle cutters before because I've always been a little scared of them; no idea why! I might try some for that price :)

    I've read somewhere that hand creams with Argan Oil in are good for your nails, I use a Nivea one at the moment with Argan Oil in and I do feel as if there is a difference in the apperance of my nails when I remember to use it.

    Thank you for this post Caroline, it is really helpful.

    Amy xx
    http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. oooooo I have an argan oil cleanser..maybe I can rub it on my nails haha! I didn't know that I will defo look out for one to try, thanks kitten! xx

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  3. My nails are currently awful. A mix of work and the cold weather I think. I need to get myself a cuticle trimmer and that opi polish sounds great x

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    1. it's been good so far! Its expensive but there's some good deals on eBay I've been told :) xx

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  4. Great tips, thank you! My nails used to be extremely weak, but for the past month or so I've been taking Premtis vitamin tablets and now they are rock solid, takes a bit persevering but they have really helped :) I'm addicted to your blog by the way, and will be going on a mammoth craft spree tomorrow to re-create some of your ideas! x

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    1. ooooh I'm gong to take a look at them, they sound fab! :D awww yay happy shopping ;) xx

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  5. Fab tips, my nais grow so quickly and offended find they can peel easily, think I need some OPI varnishes :)

    http://Heidi-likes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thay do seem to make my nails seem stronger so far! :) xx

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  6. Thanks for sharing this, it's very helpful! I recently started to get into caring for my nails and painting them (mostly because I've let my nails grow haha) so this will come in handy (no pun intended hehe).

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    1. wheeeey haha! Well happy to help.. there's loads of tips amongst the other comments as well! I may have to update my regime already :) xx

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  7. You are a girl after my own heart! I can regularly be found painting my nails in front of MIC and Towie. I had trouble with peeling nails too but I think I may have found something to help. I was using a regular nail file like the one in your picture, but I've started using a glass nail file instead, which promises to stop peeling. Its worked well so far, I'd recommend giving it a go! Plus it lasts for aages :)

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    1. Haha I love my reality tv :D fab tip! I seem to have picked up more advice from you guys than I actually wrote myself..result!! ;) xx

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  8. That's one extensive kit! I'm sure your nails would thank you! :p

    xx Veronica

    http://frowardfashion.blogspot.com

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  9. Love your blog! I love nail art and do loads myself. I ALWAYS use a basecoat. No Excuses, and no staining :) and I recommend having a day with no nail polish, just to let your nails breath. Seriously, they will thank you ;) Mine used to peel all the time. xxx

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  10. I'm exactly the same as you and have only started paying attention to my nails and trying nail art over the last few months - now I'm obsessed! My nails are awful and stained though, will definitely be trying that nail strengthener. I use Lemony Flutter from Lush for my cuticles, it's amazing and also really good for dry elbow and knees over winter!
    Charlie at Shopped and Dropped xx

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  11. i wish i was as motivated as you when it comes to nail and hand care ! xx
    thebeautyheroes.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Hello,

    Excellent post. These tips are very useful and informative for us. I really this post very much. Thanks to sharing the useful tips.

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