Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Base, Topcoat and creams

My nail preparation


Hello all, I hope all had a great New Year and have recovered the festive season!! For my first post of 2014, I along with other British Nail Bloggers are doing a themed post on the Base and Topcoats we always use on our nails. I also wanted to add the cuticle oil and hand cream in mine as I use these alot too.
I have always shopped on a budget, and my no buy for polish is still in place,( apart from 2/3 I'm getting from ebay!!)  but the polishes I'm going to share with you have always worked well for me :)

BaseCoat

I did used to use Superdrug own 3 in 1 basecoat, but sadly I can't seem to find it in their stores. So my go to one is now by Collection. Its a 2 in 1 Ridge Filler and Base coat. It smooths my nails nicely and I have had no problems with applying any polish. Dries so a slight matte finish.



Topcoat

My go to topcoat since I started painting my nails has never changed. La Femme Clear, I have found this dries pretty quick and when I do a stamped design on my nails, a quick light coat of this doesn't smear or smudge the design. Then I use Sally Hansen 30 second Insta-dri topcoat. Leaves an awesome gel like shine to my nails, and touch dry in 30 seconds!!


I can honestly say I have never had any peeling polish or the tip of my polish chipping. I still do all the same things I did before I started to grow my nails, the only thing I do different now is wear gloves when I'm washing up or cleaning. I have no expert way of using the oils and creams, but it works for me :)
About 4 to 5 times a day I use Superdrugs 2 in 1 hand and nail cream all over my hands and nails. When I take my polish off I use Sally Hansen Cuticle pen or Superdrug's cuticle oil pen. All round the base of my nails. About once a month I apply Sally Hansen Strengthener to my nails, and before I go to sleep I use Superdrug Conditioning Cuticle Cream, its like the pen but in a cream. 




So that's my go to base and topcoats and my nail routine. Looking forward to doing my first manicure of 2014!!
Till then stay safe and much love :)


10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your routine - I really need to get back into a routine myself!

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    1. All the years I never looked after mine as I used to bite my nails, now I like them long thought it was only right I look after them properly. I have noticed a difference too :) x

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  2. I use the same basecoat and for the price it is pretty fantastic x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. That it is, defo gonna get another xx

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  3. I think I'm really going to start looking after my hands and nails this year. Thanks for the tips :) x

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    1. :) I can't afford the big brand expensive ones, even though are superdrugs own make they work well for me. I have sure noticed a difference xx

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  4. The superdrug cuticle oil pens look interesting - I may look at these! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  5. I'm a huge fan of the insta dri, I think I need to try out that collection base coat :)

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    1. Im so glad I found the insta-dri, will never use another fast dry topcoat. Same with the collection base coat. Hope they dont stop making it lol x

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