DIY Manicures

There is something about having freshly manicured nails that makes you feel perfectly polished and put together. Looking for a way to achieve those salon styled nails without the expense? Here are our easy steps for you to do the perfect DIY manicure in the comfort of your own home!


  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail file
  • Buffing block
  • Sugar scrub to exfoliate – body shop
  • Rosewood stick
  • Cuticle oil
  • Moisturizer

Step 1: First things first, clean you nails. Remove any old nail polish and residue with a non-acetones nail polish remover. Acetone can be very harsh and strip top layer off your nails so it is important to find one that won’t harm your nails. The Sweet Almond Varnish Remover from The Body Shop removes my nail polish in an instant and hydrates the cuticles and improves the condition of your nails.


Step 2: Shape your nails gently with the use of a good pair of nail clippers and a file. I love the Essence Studio Nails 6 in 1 Buffer File because it is the perfect tool to help shape your nails and also smooth the surface of your nails with the to remove residue and stains.



Step 3: Soak you nails for a couple of minutes in a bowl of warm water with a dash of gentle face cleanser. Try and avoid using a soapy cleanser because they may dry out the cuticles and make sure you keep this to 3 minutes or less.


Step 4: Exfoliate you hands to help remove any dead skin cells. I love using the Body Shop Wild Argon Oil Exfoliating Scrub that leave my skin feeling silky smooth. Rinse your hands and pat them dry with a towel.


wild-argan-oil-rough-scrub_lStep 5: Give your cuticles a little bit of TLC. Gently rub the Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil on the bed of your nails to leave them nice and soft. Use an Essence Studio Rosewood Stick to push back the cuties to leave them in a really nice shape. This tool is also great for cleaning out the dirt from under your nails as well.





Step 7: Apply a thin layer of base coat to fill any uneven ridges in your nails, like the Essie First Base.


Step 8: Paint on two thin layers of polish. Make sure that you allow the nail polish to completely dry in between coats. My favourite colours this season are from the Essie‘s collection including (left to right) Tuck it in my Tux, Comfy in Cashmere, Sugar Daddy, Bump up the Pumps, Double Breasted Jacket and Jump in my Jumpsuit.

*Note: Try and keep your nail polish as thin as possible. This will allow your nails to last longer and look smoothers.

Essie Winter 2015
Step 9: Apply a top coat that not only leaves your nails looking shiny but also keeps your nails looking smooth and hides any flaws, like the Essie Good To Go Top Coat.


Step 10: Relax and let you nails completely dry. Curl up with a episode of your favourite of Keeping Up with the Kardashains and let your nails air dry. Pressed for time? The Essie Quick-E Drying Drops are a life saviour that will speed up the drying process with only a few drops!



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