A year ago I have posted about my manicure routine.
Since then, some product came and gone and I have discovered few new favourites.
After finishing the bottles I had, I decided to buy something new. I went on a hunt to get Essie Nourish Me Intense Hydration Base Coat after reading plenty of promising reviews. My nails have suffered from some dryness, so I wanted to invest in a better base coat. After numerous visits to Boots, Superdrug and even Selfridges I've finally found it in Superdrug Bond Street standing lonely in the corner. After purchase I've found out that apparently it has been discontinued and you can find it at a fraction of the price on-line. As you can see my bottle is well-loved and I've found my nails to be in a better condition since I started using it. It dries to a nice glossy finish.
When hunting for the aforementioned Essie base coat and with the old base coats in the bin, I was desperate to get something in the meantime. I really loved my previous Revlon base coat, so I decided to get something similar from the same brand: Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat. Unfortunately I've found it to be a miss in the base coat department. It dries to a semi-matte finish, but that's not the problem I have with it. It is a super-long drying time and the fact that when you think that it is dry on the nails, it is still very sticky and can actually mess up your nail polish application. It is very frustrating to use, so safe to say I won't be repurchasing it.
Nothing really changed for me in this area, I am still faithful to Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, although I need to get a new bottle, because my old one is messed up with some residue from the black nail polish. I only noticed it when I applied this top coat on one hand and compared with the other - the nail polish shade looked so much darker!
A novelty for me are Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Drops. They are a perfect solution for drying your nails quickly. I use one drop on each nail and they dry twice as fast, so they're perfect for manicures on the move. What I really love about this product is that the formula is enriched with cuticle nourishing ingredients to keep your nails and cuticles healthy. The packaging is good and the dropper helps you to control how much to apply.
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
I am still loving classic Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, but when using it for long and with the residue of the various shades of nail polish from white to burgundy and black being hidden in the pink plastic bottle, I usually have to make sure that my nails are completely scrapped of the old nail polish. For years, my standard favourite nail polish remover is Superdrug Nourishing Nail Polish Remover, which is acetone free and contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. I've found it to be not drying on my nails and cuticles - something I am paying close attention to. It is also cruelty-free and very cheap (and a bottle lasts a long time), so it is a win-win situation.
When I am suffering from a really dry hands or cuticles I always make sure to apply Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream. It softens, smoothes and relieves my very dry skin and I can literally see the results overnight. I am a little bit annoyed though, because it now only comes in these tiny 60g tubes and I was used to a bigger ones which lasted longer and were cheaper in the long run.
The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream* is something I use after doing some household chores like washing up or cleaning. It has a nice, fresh scent and the formula is easily absorbed by my skin.
My favourite from the bunch I am currently using has to be & Other Stories Hand Lotion Moroccan Tea. I've used up my Lemon Daydream variation and since then I knew I had to get something similar. I love these hand lotions from & Other Stories so much that every time I go there I have to try at least one! The scents are amazing and long-lasting - this one smells just like strong tea with some hidden sweetness underneath. It is not a typical girly scent and actually my husband loves using it too. It absorbs instantly and I always keep it on my desk for a middle-of-typing-hands-TLC.