Currently Using: Nail Products for a DIY Manicure

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Lazy Saturdays in my house usually mean two things; tackling a mountain of chores that I've let stack up over the week, and then treating myself to a bit of a DIY manicure.  These are the nail products that I currently like to use:-

Boots Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover & Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (review)
First things first, I remove any existing nail polish and use either Boots' own brand acetone free version or Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover which is also acetone free.  

Gwdihw Nail Wizard Balm* (review)
Next, I'll apply a tiny bit of this nail balm to the cuticles and leave them for 10 mins or so to soften them up, then I'll wash my hands.  This makes it a lot easier to do the next step if needed.

Leighton Denny Remove & Rectify Cuticle Remover  (review)
Usually once a week, I'll treat my cuticles to a little of this twin action remover and conditioner.  It's a lot gentler than some of the more rapid removers on the market because of the conditioning element it has, but it still does a good job.  I then simply use an orange stick to make everything look neater.

Mont Bleu Glass nail file 
To shape the nails, I use a glass nail file.  Since I've switched to using just glass, I've noticed an improvement in the strength of my nails, especially around the edges where they tended to be very weak in the past.  Would highly recommend getting one and they apparently last for years too! 

OPI Nail Envy & Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
For a base coat, I mainly use OPI's Nail Envy which helps to strengthen the nails and provides a smooth base.  To add a glossy finish, I'll then just apply a coat of goold old Seche Vite.  Done!


What nail products do you use for a DIY manicure?

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26 comments

  1. Mont Bleu files are my favourite! I've got others from O.P.I and Nails Inc but in my opinion Mont Bleu are miles better.

    I finished up my Nail Envy last year but still haven't repurchased even though I really like it. I use the same Boots remover and Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base & Top Coats are always included.
    xo

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  2. Hmm... I wonder how good this Boots nail polish remover works (going to read your review later), because I once bought boots-brand or superdrug-brand one and it was terrible! X

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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    1. I've seen so many mixed reviews on them, but I've been using this one for years and think it's OK! It's only a £1 so well worth trying out :) x

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  3. I never paint my nails without a coat of seche vite, I've repurchased it many times and I know I always will!!, it's worth every penny :)

    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I absolutely love Leighton Denny R&R!! In fact you've just reminded me I need to use it. My cuticles are awful right now!! X

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    1. It's great, I'm so glad I picked it up on your recommendation last year :) x

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  5. I need a new glass nail file -- I found mine in pieces in my couch the other day!

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  6. I can't live without that magic nail remover lol, xoxo.

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  7. I've got two of the Bourjois Nail Polish Removers, one for glitter nails and one for normal! haha obsessed much!

    Kate x

    Fashbox Beauty & Style

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  8. I think I really need to try OPI Nail Envy, everyone seems to love it! xx

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  9. Your manicure routine is so much more extensive than mine! I'm really tempted to give a glass nail file a go, they can come in some gorgeous designs! x

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    1. Haha I think it's because I rarely ever go to nail salons so I like to do everything at home! They do, kinda gutted that mine's just a plain one but it does the job so I'm happy with it :) x

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  10. I really need to try Nail Envy x

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    1. It's amazing stuff, you can pick up mini bottles of it to try too :) x

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  11. Great products, I really need to do this myself at some point! Congrats on reaching 900 followers btw! :) xx

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  12. So envious of your patience to have a proper nail routine, I always smudge them or get distracted... xx

    http://rainingcakeandcookies.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm quite fussy with my nails, but lazy in other areas! xx

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  13. Great post. I am looking for a nail hardener. Also I like the pink nail polish remover.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely give Nail Envy a go, one of the best I've tried so far :)

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