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The Home Mani

Monday, March 3, 2014


I'm someone who if I can do it myself I will. It hurts me to pay for something I can so simply do myself at home. This is the number one reason for why I started doing my very own manicures at home. I have been doing this for so long [I think since 13] that I can't remember the last time I went into a nail salon to get a manicure. Not only does this save you some dinero but its also a lot more sanitary when you use your very own tools.

So what I love to do is soak my nails in warm water to soften my cuticle, I love using Essie's ejuvenate hand revitalizer, it apparently detoxifies skin. Now I don't know if that's true but it won't hurt. Once my cuticles are softened I apply the Sally Hansen instant cuticle remover, I go in with my cuticle pusher. This doesn't dissolve cuticles as it says, or at least I don't think so. So I go in with my cuticle clippers [I'm not sure what they are actually called]. After removing my cuticle I like to go in at least once or twice a month with the Sally Hansen cuticle and nail refiner. This stuff just makes your nails look so much smoother. After doing all this to my nail I then like to go in with a cuticle oil [or coconut oil] but lately I have been loving the mighty cuticle serum I received in my Julep Maven box.

Now that you know how clean up my nails, I typically like to leave them bare for a day or two because I heard its good to let your nails breath a bit. Now is this true I don't really know, but it can't hurt right? So after a couple days. I paint my nails, today I felt like putting in a little more effort and decided to do a "french" manicure. Of course I used a base because a good base is super important to ensuring your polish doesn't chip. I love Essie's all in one base coat, I really haven't found another one that I like as much. Now when I go for a french manicure I love a really pale base so I either reach for Orly's Beverly Hills Manicure French or French Manicure in Belle Du Jour. Both are perfect sheer colors, many times like today I like to layer them to get my very own shade. To get the white tip I found it easiest to use Sally Hansen's white tip pen, which I actually got in one of their french manicure kits. I think the best way to ensure you don't ruin your manicure is to get a quick dry polish or drops. I use Nutra Nail speed dry, its pretty cheap and does what it says.

What products do you use on your nails?

Have a lovely day!
xoxo Franchesca

15 comments on "The Home Mani"
  1. I loooove home manicures, I might have to go pick up some of these products and try them out!

    Phoebe-Cate x

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      xo Franchesca

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  2. Love how your nails turned out. I am horrible at doing my own nails, but totally agree that its such a waste of money to pay someone for something you can easily do yourself. Lovely post hun

    Sophia x.

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    1. Thanks! I use to be horrible, but seriously practice makes perfect.

      xo Franchesca

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      xo Franchesca

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  4. These are some awesome tips on how to get the perfect manicure. I want to check out the Essie cuticle product!!!

    Love Always,
    Elizabeth
    thejourneycreatingme.blogspot.com

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      xo Franchesca

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  5. You have beautiful nails - I love the light, natural color, it looks so fresh!
    Thanx for the tips :)

    xoxo
    LiliS

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      Thanks for checking it out :)

      xo Franchesca

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  6. Your nails look banging!! I could definitely use this post cause my nails are a disaster haha
    Will follow step by step!
    xo
    The Beauty break // http://beautytimebreak.blogspot.com

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      Thanks for checking it out :)

      xo Franchesca

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  7. I love doing my nails, but I just can never trim my cuticles right! I'm afraid I'll start bleeding. Haha.

    Will follow on GFC for more updates! I'd love if you could do the same!

    Audrey
    www.lululinden.com

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    1. I was the same way!
      Thanks for checking it out :)

      xo Franchesca

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  8. Gorgeous nails! I also like doing my manicure at home as I don't like the feeling when they work at the cuticles, it creeps me out. I've never tried a french manicure though, I think I'll mess it up for sure.

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