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DIY – Manicure


Sometimes there is nothing better than to
set some time aside to get a manicure, but let’s face it, they can be quite expensive!
That’s why I want to show you how to do a little bit of at home pampering; it’ll save
you lots of time and money. Look at this old polish, eeek! Time to get rid of the old,
tidy up those cuticles, and apply a new shade. Begin by removing the nail polish that is
currently on your nails. I’ve always had difficulties with nail polish remover. Polish just never
wants to leave my fingernails. If I’m rocking an intricate design, I use acetone but for
a simple mani like this one, I’ll use regular nail polish remover. A little trick, if you
are wearing glitter polish, hold the cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover on the nail
for at least 10 seconds and this will help remove the glitter, without needing to sit
there and scrub away at your finger tips. Lots of fuzzies left behind! Let me know in
the comment section if this also happens to you. Make sure to wash your hands in warm
soapy water to remove any residue or left over fuzzies. Now the next step is quite controversial and
I strongly recommend not doing this step if you have not been trained or have been shown
by a professional how to properly do so. If you are like me however and have issues with
fast growing cuticles, I can show you a safe way to tame the cuticles. I like to use Butter
London’s Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator. Shake the product, apply it around your nails and
on the cuticles and let it sit for 2 minutes. I also like to do one hand at a time so the
product doesn’t sit longer than needed on the other hand. Now this is the controversial part and the
reason is because your cuticles act as a barrier and protects you from bacteria and getting
infections. That is why, it is very important to know what you are doing so that you do
not damage this area of your nails. The product we placed on the nails softens
the cuticles that have overgrown and will allow you to gently push them back just enough
to give you that clean look while not compromising the barrier that will protect you from bacteria. If you are not comfortable with this tool
an orange stick works wonders as well. Although it doesn’t appear so, I promise I am gently
running the tool over the area where the product was and you can see it removes the dead skin.
Be very careful not to dig into the nail as with a metal tool, it can remove a layer of
your nail or cause dents, which is not good. Once you’ve removed the dead skin, you can
use the other side of the tool to help dislodge the skin or very gently with cuticle clippers
remove the dead skin. Do not cut into the skin, remember, you are only removing the
parts that the product helped soften up. We never want to compromise the area protecting
the nail beds. After you’ve repeated the step on the other
hand and washed your hands it’s time for shaping! If my nails aren’t chipped or broken I usually
just gently file down the edges of the nails to prevent any potential snags. This file
needs to be replaced as you can see. There are many different opinions about nail files.
Some say crystal files are the best and others say, just as long you always file in the same
direction its better for the nails. What I found works best for me is to use a soft grain
emery board. Once you are finished with that, dust off
any nail filing remnants and apply your favourite base coat. Again, I love the Zoya anchor basecoat.
For me, it works great! A couple other cruelty free and vegan top and base coats that you
can look out for are dazzle dry, Spa Ritual, Butter London, and Julep. Last step for your at-home pampering session;
apply some cuticle oil or your preferred moisturizer around your nails. Then, massage the skin
and into the fingers with any left over product. Your fingers might seem a bit shiny afterwards,
but just let that sit for five to ten minutes and you’ll be good to go. It is very important to moisturize the area
around your nails to avoid any hang nails or dry cracking cuticles. If you want to learn how to properly apply
polish to your beautifully groomed nails, don’t forget to like this video and subscribe
to my channel so you can catch me in my next video, all about properly applying polish. Let’s be friends! If you would like to see
more fun nail art, follow me on instagram @ninatuck and on twitter @NinaTucksNails.
Remember to use the hashtag #veganfingers so I can see your lovely recreations. Thank
you for watching and until next time!

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