The Nail Essentials
It doesn’t take much to trip up on nail tutorials across the social platforms; all about how to create leopard print, ombre, kitsch designs and so on, but there doesn’t seem to be much about actual nail care. Just like applying make-up it doesn’t really make sense putting it on a dirty face; it just won’t sit right no how much you cake it on. Luckily tucked away in my oh so super cute Candy store silicone cosmetic pouch ( don’t you love it? it comes in other super bright colours, and is officially my ‘hand’ bag) is my go to favourites that don’t let me down. If you didn’t know I have kids aged from 8 month old twins to 7, so I don’t have the time to sit and paint my nails pretty colours the way I would like, but I can still keep my hands and nails in good condition. The Leighton Denny set has made an appearance on the blog before, but I have added a few more must haves. The ginseng & Grinkgo Rituals Hand Therapy is a hand scrub that exfoliates, brightens and softens the skin and this is what I like to start with to ensure I have clean nails, plus it is ideal for keeping away dry splitting skin around the nails.
I actually discovered this product by accident I was reaching in the dark through a goodie bag and assumed it was hand lotion, and I have been hooked ever since. Leighton Denny remove and rectify half a pump on to each nail, rub, and get to work with a hoof stick, easily shifting cuticles. Next up the Leighton Denny renovate nail therapy, rub in to each nail before the knock out 1-2 punch duo Leighton Denny Duplex refine, and buffer. Just to make sure your hands love you more, a coat of either the OPI Nail envy or Nails Inc Save the Nail basecoat, which can be worn alone or as a coat to create the foundation like a primer for the skin to make all those nail tutorials look their best and last longer. I added in the Leighton Denny miracle drops if you do have time for the extra colour, dries the varnish just that little bit faster; and I couldn’t survive without my Body Shop Almond butter hand cream, as with all Body shop butters, you can not eat it, no matter how divine it smells trust me I have tried so you don’t have to.