The 10 minute express mani at home!

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IMG_8844-2.JPGTarting up your nails before a night out doesn’t need to take long and will make the world of difference to your look.

1. Even out ridges with a 4 way buffer, this makes for a speedy application and evens out nails for smooth results.

2. Skip the base coat (just for speed) paint your first coat of polish, I start in the middle with a long downward stroke and then the sides (going as close as possible to the edges)

3. Paint the second coat of polish taking care not go over the edges using the same technique as before. *TIP don’t overload the brush, wipe excess off on the bottle neck, otherwise you risk an uneven finish*

4. Finish with a generous coat of good quality top coat, this speeds up drying time, prevents chips and gives the nail a glossy finish.

5. Last but not least! Massage cuticle oil in your cuticles for a professional finish, no paint job will ever look good with dry cuticles!

Shopping List:
Nail Polish – Only Fingers and Toes in Aphrodite. Buy here

Top Coat – Intensae base and top coat. buy here

Cuticle Oil – Advanced Cuticle Oil PRO buy here

4 Way Nail Buffer – Models Own or boots brand buy here

Secondblonde x

Nailing it with Jessica “Sexy Siren”

So this is the first time I’m trying a Jessica polish…I know right! I was given a mini sized bottle in a good bag last winter and it’s been knocking around at the back of my nail polish drawer. Time to give it a whirl…jessica nail polish 1

(excuse the paint job, i’m no pro! just enjoy painting my nails and sharing with you)

The brush size is perfect for applying even strokes, the colour glided on effortlessly. Two coats gave a lovely colour appearing slightly lighter than the liquid in the bottle. It’s got a raspberry hue to it which I quite like for a change. (normally I go for a darker shade)

jessica nail polish 2I prepared my nails with one coat of Essie’s Fill the Gap, to fill in a few fine lines I have on some of my nails. Followed by two coats of Jessica Sexy Siren, I do one stroke down the centre of my nail and two strokes either side.

*Top Tip* get as close to the sides as possible for a professional looking paint job!

I brushed on a generous lick of Intensae Crystalline Top Coat. To finish I sweep Barielle Advanced Pro Cuticle Oil over my dry cuticles giving the appearance of healthy nourished nails.

Secondblonde x

DIY Manicure

Products that I love that make my DIY manicure almost idiot proof.

1. Lightly buff nails with a 4 way nail buffer
2. Massage in nail cuticle serum
3. Gently push back cuticles using your nail
4. Add one coat of polish to both hands
5. Wait a few minutes before adding a second coat of polish to both hands
6. Apply a fast drying top coat immediately
7. Finish with a nail oil painted round the edges of the nails

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20121217-005130.jpgThe results!