Hands On

In my line of work, ooer sounds dodgier than it really is, it's hard to have nice hands. The combination of hot coffee, boiling water, cleaning products and the never ending cycle of burns, means that my hands aren't usually looking their finest.

I can't stand bad cuticles and dry skin, and considering mine are always in this state, I spend a lot of my time scrubbing away to try and make them a little more presentable.

I recently 'borrowed' the No7 Revitalising Hand Saviour from my mum, and I must say, it really lives up to it's name! A combination of exfoliation and moisturising, simply rub this into dry hands, then rinse off with warm water. Super soft hands in seconds. I'll definitely picking one of these up for myself next time I have a No7 voucher lying around.

My go-to hand cream has to be Soap and Glory's Hand Food. I've been through so many of these, usually picking them up in a 3 for 2 offer. I always buy the travel size as they're easy to throw in your handbag, but I definitely need to pick up a full size for home.

When my cuticles are looking a little worse for wear (all the time) I use Essie's Apricot Cuticle Oil. I've not tried many, so it may not be the best, but it works for now.

Technically speaking, nail polish isn't allowed at my job. Gone are the days of fancy nail art and pretty colours. I tend to use Essie's Ballet Slippers for day-to-day wear, the perfect semi-transparent nude. I've got through so many bottles of this in the past couple of years.

I long for the day when I can work a job where I can sport bright nails and have happy hands.

How To: Ombre Nails

Ombre nails (and ombre everything) were everywhere this time last year. So me, being as late as possible, deciced to post a mini tutorial on how to perfect them. 
I find it helps to paint your nails with a light solid colour beforehand. I chose a favourite of mine, Essie's Fiji. Once this coat has dried pick two or three colours which you wish to ombre. I have tiny nails, so I find that two colours works a little better. 

You will need:
Base Colour
Top Coat
2 or 3 chosen colours
A sponge of some sort
A piece of paper

1. Paint your chosen colours onto a piece of paper. I tend to overlap the colours slightly to help them blend. Use quite a large amount of polish as you'll be dipping your sponge into it.

2. Dip the sponge into the polish until covered.

3. Press the sponge onto the nail. Don't worry about mess, it can be cleaned up later. If you need to, wait for the nail to dry a little and do another coat. Repeat this step for all your nails.

4. Once your nails are dry, clean up the outsides using a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover. Complete with a top coat and you're done!

Hopefully you all do a better job of cleaning up your nails afterwards than I did. Hope this is helpful, and happing nail painting!