Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

Since I found a love for nail art, I also discovered how important it is to have a proper nail care routine, because with applying varnishes to your nails on a regular basis, it can make them weaker and prone to breaking, if you’re not giving them the proper care that they need.

A huge part of doing your nails is obviously removing the varnishes once they begin to chip, or just when you want to change the colour. This is where a lot of the damage can occur to your nails, because nail varnish removers contain alcohol, and this strips your nail of its natural oils, and therefore leaves your nails dry, brittle and highly prone to breaking.

So after a few years of trial and error, I’ve finally found a perfect formula for keeping your nails strong and healthy, even if you regularly paint them.Healthy Nails 2Cuticle Oil | Over time, I’ve learned of the importance of replacing any oils lost both on and near your nails through repeatedly subjecting them to varnishes and nail varnish remover. If you go to a nail salon, you’ll notice that after you’ve had your nails reshaped, and the polish removed, you have something called a cuticle oil painted across your unpainted nails, and massaged into your cuticles, and base of your nail. This step is essential for keeping your nails hydrated as they grow out, and it also helps keep your cuticles healthy and moisturised.

Nail Primer | This next step is another essential if you like your nail varnish to last. By using a proper nail primer, it can extend the length of your varnish by roughly a week! Most people like to use a base coat, which is helpful for keeping colours put, but they add a shine to your nails, which can mean that after a couple of days, the varnish can begin to peel away, as the combination of a base and top coat acts as a double-sided layer that essentially ‘traps’ the varnish, and results in it peeling away from your nail. The difference with a nail primer is that it goes on like a regular base coat, but it then dries matte, meaning that whatever colour you apply on top of it is absorbed by this layer, and it’s held by the nail, instead of being suspended on top of it.

2 in 1 Varnish | If you can’t find a nail primer, and you find that your base or top coat isn’t enough to keep your nail varnish put, it might simply be that they aren’t compatible. Instead I would also recommend using a 2 in 1 varnish because it works as both a base coat and a top coat, so it keeps your varnish from budging.

Nail Hardener | If you find that even with all of these recommendations, your nails are still quite prone to breaking, it could be down to your diet, so while trying to pinpoint how to improve your nails, a quick fix is to use a trustworthy nail strengthener, and paint that onto your nails before and after applying a colour.


Those are my top products for improving the condition and longevity after painting your nails. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and it’ll help you out!

Do you find painting your nails to be more of a chore, or a relaxing treat?

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BLOGMAS Day 20 // Christmas Nail Art

I’ve loved nail art for years now, so naturally whenever an occasion comes around, I like to have multiple options for what I can do with my nails. So today I’m showing you guys 4 of my top picks for nail art during the festive/party season!

IMG_0285I think this design is geared towards someone who wants to dress up their nails, but doesn’t want to go overboard with an intricate or cutesy design. This look is definitely more toned down and sophisticated.

All you have to do to achieve this design is paint your nails with a base coat, then apply whatever colour you’d like, wait for that to dry, then apply a top coat, and once that’s dry as well, using a glittery nail polish, just apply one single sweep in each direction on the tips of your nails.

IMG_0296This design might be my favourite Christmas one of all time! I love the a classic cherry-red at this time of year, and with the Maybelline Colour Show ‘Let It Snow’ set, you can add a sprinkling of snow over the top! Obviously you can switch up the base coat to your favourite colour, or whatever matches your outfit/accessories, but I love this classic look.

All you need to achieve this design is the Maybelline Colour Show set. Simply paint your nails with the base coat, wait for it to dry completely, then add the top coat, and you’re done!

IMG_0303A Christmas classic for me. Every year I like to break out the candy-cane nails at some point, so here they are! I love this design because it’s so cute and kitschy, looks amazing and impressive, but takes no time at all!

To achieve this look, you need a quick-drying white colour, I used the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine polish, wait for it to completely dry, then with a red/pink nail art pen/fine brush, sweep across your nails in straight lines to achieve the look of a candy-cane. Try to alternate between thicker and thinner lines too.IMG_0304.jpg

And finally, if you want to express your love for the holidays, but you aren’t overly confident when it comes to painting your nails/doing nail art in general, then at this time of year there are always glue on nails that you can try out! This design is really cute, and takes about 5 seconds to glue a nail on.

These nails were from Primark, and were only £1!


That’s it for my Christmas themed nail art choices for this year, let me know which design is your favourite!

Nail Care Routine and Tips

I’ve always been a massive fan of nail art, and painting my nails is more relaxing to me than it is a chore, so naturally I have to make sure I’m using the right things for my nails, and treating them right, in order to keep them strong.

Painting your nails regularly is bad for them. So I’m going to share some of the tricks I like to use in order to ensure my nails aren’t being weakened and damaged, so you can rock your natural nails and not have to buy into fakes ones or acrylics.
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One of the most important things is moisture. Just as you moisturise your face to keep it smooth and youthful, you’ve got to do the same for your nails (and hands!) Using a moisturiser specifically aimed at hands and nails is best because it has the exact ingredients that your nails need. (You wouldn’t use a foot cream for your face, would you?!)

You also want to keep your nails fresh and strong, you can achieve this by regularly using a nail buffer. A nail buffer shines and strengthens the surface of your nails, meaning they don’t become brittle and break easily. I would recommend buffing your nails after removing your nail varnish and pushing your cuticles back and before repainting or applying a base coat. (Also of the utmost importance: push back, never cut your cuticles!)

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As I mentioned before, pushing your cuticles back before painting your nails makes them easier to paint, and improves the look of your hands and nails. Cutting them often results in them growing back thicker and discoloured, so I would avoid that at all costs, it’s quicker and easier to push them back using an orange stick or any other manicure tool.

The next important thing for growing stronger nails is to keep them at a length that suits you and keep them like that. Growing them without trimming or filing them risks them from getting weaker at the tips. Another tip is to always file before you take off your varnish, your nails are at their weakest after coming into contact with nail varnish remover, so filing them then is very risky.

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Then you come onto how you’re treating your nails before applying nail varnish. If you’re not applying anything at all, you can leave your nails discoloured once you take the varnish off; this is because nail varnish remover opens the pores of your nails, meaning they absorb whatever you put on them after. So if you go straight onto applying a fresh coat of polish, when it comes to taking it off, your nails will be yellow. Whereas buffing first reseals the pores, assisting any base that you then put on, be it a nail strengthener, base coat or cuticle oil.


A further important thing to remember when wanting to grow stronger nails is in fact, be weary of nail strengtheners. If you’re not buying a manicure nail care set, the odds are the product you’re buying will actually make them weaker, in order to get you to buy more because you think you need it.


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Finally, after buffing, treating your nails and applying your chosen coat of nail varnish, it comes to drying. I was given this adorable little monkey who dries them for me, but once your nails are dry, applying a top coat can work wonders. It prevents chipping and ensures your varnish will last longer than usual. It also makes your nails look at lot shinier and healthy. (Obviously I wouldn’t recommend using a top coat when wearing a matte varnish because it’d ruin the whole effect.)


That’s it for my tips and tricks, I hope this helped you out if you’re trying to grow stronger nails! Do you have any nail saviour tricks that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!