My nails when I was a teenager were my ABSOLUTE pride and joy, I had all the kit, the gems, pens, stamps, you name it, I had it. And I came out with some pretty banging designs, even if I do say so myself.
But now I’m at work, in the last couple of years I’m gotten badly out of routine, but when I do it, I do it properly. I say that, I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and I definitely currently still have the same nail varnish on, just looking much more chipped and generally pretty gross. But oh well, it looked good at the time.
Step 1: File and Buff
I’m a sucker for one of those files with about a million sides that do a million different things, and the best thing is they can cost as low as £1. The one I use is just one I bought in a nail file emergency after a bowling disaster, but it’s lasted me since March, so thank you Boots! Once my nails are in a sort of regular looking shape, I use my other tool of dreams. My nan got me this Emjoi (no, not emoji, like I thought it was) Micro-Nail buffer and it’s just the best thing, giving you completely smooth surface to paint over, no ridges or grooves, nothing. But, since it’s electric, it says you should only use it for two seconds per nail, once a fortnight, so you have to act pretty quickly to get an even buff. It takes a bit of practice, but I think I’ve got it down now. Shiny nails for me!
Step 2: Base Coat and Colour
I’m super particular about my sandwich of nail-varnish coats and there’s only one base I will ever use. The Rimmel London Nail Nurse was my go-to when I worked in the pub because it gave my weak, alcohol soaked nails a bit of backbone and it hasn’t let me down since. In 7, days it claims to strengthen nails in multiple ways and I don’t know if it does improve the condition of your nails long term, but while it’s on, those bad boys can pull pints and tap tills all day long. For my colour I am loyal to Barry M nail paints. In fact I had a bit of a problem at one point. Is 100 too many to have?
I wanted a nice transition colour between autumn and winter, so this cold purple colour called Vintage Violet did the trick to me. Since it’s quite a dark colour, it only needed two coats, which was a bonus.
Step 3: Top Coat
This step needed a section all to itself. I haven’t always been consistent with top coats with my love for matte colours, but when this arrived in my Glossybox, everything changed. The Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Shine Top Coat is hands down the best top coat I’ve ever used OH MY GOD. It’s quite a thick formula, but once it’s dried it really does feel like gel or Shellac. My nails feel 10x stronger and it really puts up a fight against chips for at least a week.
And that’s that. The only problem with all the coats is the drying time. But on the bright side, it means extra time where you get to do nothing…