It's been a while since I have had time to have a proper manicure, with miss Freya on constant destruction mode manicures have slipped down the two do list. So I have had to find ways to make my hands reasonably presentable as quickly as possible. I'm currently using Viridians Organic Nail and Cuticle oil (£12.95) which I rub into my nails twice daily (after my shower and before bed) the oils strengthens your nails and helps them grow. I'm also loving the Award winning Rose Otto Hand Cream (£14.50) from Balance Me, rich with Shea butter, the hand cream is said to have anti-aging properties, so hopefully if I start using it now by the time I'm 50 my hands will still be 30 (the hands and neck never lie!) I'm also SO over nail art, mostly due to time constraints, but also I think it become a bit over played so I'm currently rocking nudes, pastels and grey nails, I love Tenderness by Chanel, I treated my self to it a while ago (tip for when you feel like shit! go buy the cheapest item from a leading fashion house and get them to wrap it up all nice works every time!) It's a great polish because I find it dries really face and stays glossy without top coat.
If you fancy a little hand care DIY I found this fab recipe for a hand soak
R E C I P E
1 tbs honey
2 beaten egg yolks
¼ cup milk.
Use a medium bowl to mix all these into a paste. Then soak your nails in the mixture for 10-15 minutes. After the time is up wash your hands off with lukewarm water. The different antioxidant agents will heal the damages and provide the nails with the perfect care. The calcium from the milk as well as the protein from the eggs will strengthen the nails making them resistant to any deterioration (MORE HANDY RECIPES HERE)
I N G R E D I E N T S
Cuticle and nail oil
Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) Organic Horsetail Extract (Equisetum Arvense)
Organic Marigold Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower), Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil), Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil)
Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Helianthus annuus hybrid oil (high-oleic sunflower oil).
Rose Otto Hand Cream
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter***, Glyceryl stearate, Cetyl ricinoleate, Cera alba (beeswax), Cetearyl glucoside, Hydroxystearic/ Linolenic/ Oleic polyglycerides, Camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil, Lanolin, Rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry) seed extract, Rosa damascena (rose otto)*, Rosa centifolia (rose absolute)*, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa)*, Pelargonium roseum asperum (rose geranium)*, Styrax benzoin (benzoin), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, Citrus reticulata (mandarin red)*, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli)*, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain)*, Xanthan gum, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) seaweed gum, Sodium stearoyl lactate, Citric acid, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Potassium sorbate, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Farnesol**, Citral**, Limonene**, Citronellol**, Benzyl benzoate**, Benzyl alcohol**, Benzyl salicylate**