How Can I Do An At Home Manicure?

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In an ideal world I'd like to think of my nails being proficiently polished 365 days a year 7 days a week, but in reality unless I've had a shellac appointment somewhere within the last 3 weeks my nails often resemble a hot mess, giving the word 'chipped' a new meaning entirely.

In my profession as a beauty editor I often feel I have an example to set with my nails to ensure they look impeccable at all times. Whether they do or not is another question, but I try my best to stick to my rule of neat nails, even if that means giving them a frantic once over during my morning commute, whilst ignoring every unimpressed glare around me from my fellow commuters.

If painting my nails in a frenzy to live up to my ideal job appearance wasn't bad enough, my mum has always quoted the phrase "untidy nails resemble an untidy mind," with that being said there really is no better time to sort out my nails once and for all.

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The first step to securing holistic healing for hardworking hands begins with the hand wash you use, as you don’t want anything that’s going to be too harsh on the skin or impractical when it comes to eliminating germs. This is where Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, £27 steps in which is infused with botanical extracts of lavender oil, orange oil and rosemary leaf oil to thoroughly cleanse hands and leave them feeling utterly loved.


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It's not often you'll hear me raving about a hand scrub due to the sheer sensitivity of my hands but L'Occitane's Shea One Minute £16 is something else. In the form of an intensely creamy scrub, this one minute hand treatment helps to remove dead skin cells and provide hands with a sense of nourishment, thanks to the nourishing properties of shea butter and apricot oil.

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Oh K

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You can't beat the after effects to a hydrating hand mask especially when it smells as scrummy as Oh K's Violet Flower Hand Mask, £7.50. Place a pair of these gloves on to replenish lost moisture for plumper hands in an instance.

Creme De La Mer

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If applying as much hand cream as possible in the space of an hour was a talent, I’d like to think I’d come close to first place given the fact that I own about 8 emergency hand creams and have them scattered everywhere from my handbag to my desk draw.

The super silky texture to hand cream makes it one of those essentials I can't be without and is it any wonder with certain products such as The Hand Treatment from Creme De La Mer, £82? Enriched with a skin brightening complex this hero hand cream helps to improve the tone and circulation to skin, whilst taking care of even the most dehydrated hands.


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The preparation steps you take to maximise your mani are just as important as the steps to seasoning a roast dinner. Patience, preservation and the perfect base coat all play a key part in getting your nails off to the right and if there's one base coat that's killing it like no other it's NARS' Nail Polish Base Coat, £19.

In the form of a clear formula with a light tint this base coat helps to protect the nail bed and strengthen the barrier between the nail and polish enamel for long lasting nails.

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Yves Saint Laurent

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I'm a firm believer in the secret to long lasting nails also depending on the quality to the nail colour you use. YSL's nail polishes are exceptionally good especially if you're looking for a bolder colour with longevity thanks to the applicator brush which creates a plumping effect with precision. I'm currently loving YSL's La Laque Couture in Kinetic Blue, £19.


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Lastly the final step to securing neat nails is heavily reliant on the top coat you use, Chanel's Le Gel Coat, £22 provides the ultimate finish for stand out nails which go the extra mile.