At Home Mini-Mani

When I want my nails to look their best, I do an at home mini manicure.This keeps my nails strong and healthy, while looking well groomed.

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I start off by cutting and filing my nails. You can use either clippers or scissors to cut your nails, whatever you feel more comfortable with. I am currently using clippers from the brand Ms Manicure. When my nails have been cut to the desired length I file them into shape.

There are a range of shapes you can achieve (especially if you have long nails) including square, oval or even cat claw. I tend to go for a ‘squoval’ shape (a combo of square and oval!) I have recently started using the S-File by Stylfile, an ‘S’ shaped nail file and buffer that curves naturally around the edge of your nail. This was designed by previous ‘The Apprentice’ winner and inventor Tom Pellereau.

I then follow up with a base coat. I always use a base coat, especially when using brightly coloured or dark nail varnishes. Not only does it stop your nails getting stained, but it also makes your manicure last longer. My favourites at the moment are Sally Hansen Double Duty (£4.99) and Maybelline’s Superstay Forever Strong in Crystal Clear (£4.49). These two are great as the double up as a base coat and top coat.

Now time for colour, I always apply at least two layers of my nail polish to get an opaque, even finish. You may be able to get away with applying one coat of a light, shimmery polish, but you want to avoid that wishy-washy look. My favourite nail polish ranges of the moment are Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine, Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. They each have a good selection of colours available and last around a week on my nails without any major chipping. They also don’t break the bank!

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Try not to apply each layer too thickly, its best using thin layers of polish and build up the colour. Let each coat dry for a couple of minutes before applying the next, as this will mean they are less likely to smudge. Keep a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover to hand if you tend to be a little clumsy with your polish. This can be used to clean up any mistakes or polish that is on the skin around your nail.

When I’m happy with the way my nails look, I apply a top coat followed by Essence’s Express Dry Nail Oil. This has been a life saver when it comes to my nails. I always used to find that even hours after I thought my nails had dried I would end up having some kind of imprint or dent in my polish. However, this dries and sets your nails super quickly.

Do you have any nail polish recommendations?

Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Every year, colour experts Pantone release a colour of the year, which is said to represent the themes and trends that run in fashion, home decor and beauty throughout year. I always eagerly anticipate the colour of the year as I feel it’s really a theme that you can see in many walks of life.

Pantone announced that the colour of 2015 is Marsala. Marsala is described as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.” 

To me it’s a reddy brown tone that resembles the oh so popular lip colours of the 90’s, which has recently come back with a vengeance following the ‘Kylie Jenner lip’ trend. The good thing about this colour is its pretty wearable in all realms of makeup, particularly lips, blush and nails. 

  

Pantone pair up with Sephora every year following the announcement of the colour of the year and create products such as eyeshadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks that represent the chosen colour. Unfortunately, living in the UK means we have no access to Sephora stores. So I decided to take this opportunity to scout out the latest Marsala beauty products on the market. 

So here are a few ways of incorporating the Marsala trend into your everyday makeup! 

Lips – this is probably the easiest and most wearable way of incorporating the trend. There are several lip products that I found that can provide either a sheer wash of colour or a full blown Marsala lip. One winning product would be Rimmel Provocalips in ‘Make your move’. This is a new, super long lasting formula from Rimmel that gives good colour pay off while not being too in your face.

Eyes – I love using a warm red tone brown to enhance and deepen the eye crease. This tone compliments a number of other shadow shades such as gold, champagne, gunmetal or even teal. A Marsala shade could also be used all over the lid as an alternative smokey eye. Mac provide an amazing range of marsala tone shadows, so you are sure to find one that suits you. One shade that I frequently use in my eye makeup routine is Mac ‘Swiss Chocolate’ a perfect marsala shadow.

Nails – A marsala polish is another easy way of wearing this colour, and it’s neutral tone makes it versatile and work appropriate. A brand of nail varnish that I go back to time and time again is the Barry M Gelly polish. They are high shine and can last on my nails for a good week. They currently have a great marsala polish in the shade Paprika. 

How are you incorporating Marsala into your makeup routine?