October 11, 2011

DIY Manicure


It's important to take care of your hands, especially as you age!  And even more important?  You don't need to spend money going to the nail salon every week to do it. Take these simple tips, invest in a few products and pamper yourself.  And I have to mention; I am so dead serious about that homemade exfoliant of olive oil and salt.  Without a doubt, it is better than any product I have ever bought and tried. So, if anything, try that before putting lotion on your hands tonight!  And heck, while you're at it, ask your hunny for a hand massage.

26 comments:

Rachel said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing:)

ty said...

You are so much better at this than I am. I looked like a five year old did it.

Gentri said...

I love giving myself a manicure. :) It's "me" time.

CessOviedo said...

Oh I have never done base coat, I'll try next time!

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Lip Gloss and Flip Flops said...

Great tutorial! I'm a fan of OPI's Bubble Bath too, actually wearing it right now! xoxo

Marissa said...

Great DIY post! I'll def have to try that olive oil + salt mix!

JENNA MAYER said...

awesome - and try Sugar and olive oil. It's less drying than Salt can be.

Marionberry Style said...

Nice work on this post! For some unknown reason, giving myself a manicure always seems intimidating. It's nice to see it broken down in simple steps.

Oh, and I swear that olive oil is as important in beauty-care as it is in the kitchen. It's the secret ingredient in so many things...I will definitely have to try the salt scrub.

Sasha said...

Pretty and easy ti make! You have beautiful hands!
xo

Stephanie Marie said...

Trying this to the letter when I get home tonight! Thanks for the post!

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pigeon pie said...

I wish my manicures looked that good. The left side is always great but my right hand always looked like I tried to paint my nails blindfolded... I'm NOT ambidextrous!

It's A Love Story said...

Im going to try it this weekend!

Erin said...

Great tutorial! :)

Whitney said...

I love the idea of using olive oil and salt. The more natural the better is what I think. I love to paint my nails but a lot of the time I forget to take the time to take care of them before I paint. Thanks for the tips.

Whitney
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REESHELL said...

i just LOVE LOVE your blog.... your wedding pics made me a little homesick for hawaii :( but i love it anyway :D

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Great tutorial! I wish I had more time to do a good quality manicure...maybe I will stay up late and just do it :)

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projectdowhatyoulove said...

Thanks for sharing your exfolaint, I'm always looking for a good one and I think you sold me! :) BTW your manicure looks fabulous!

Natalie
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Ginger Tea said...

Ive always done my nails on my own. It's very rare that I have my pedicure and manicure done. Cause I agree, it's just wayyyyy cheaper and during these times, free things are always a good thing!

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Ty said...

I love how you've covered every aspect of a good manicure! Most people just jumping into the base coat part.

Maria said...

Yay for a homemade manicure!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

are you serious with that finished product? its all over your hands...thanks for the pro tips.

Josephine said...

baby oil and sugar also makes a great exfoliant!!

Running on Happiness said...

To anonymous...I'm not a pro. It's why it's called a DIY. ;)

Sara Shoemaker said...

this is such an awesome way to save money and look fabulous I love it!!! you have very pretty hands. thanks for your comment!



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Casey @ {My Semi-Grownup Life} said...

As a bartender my hands are always getting dried out; it's especially bad during the winter months. I've tried literally everything, to no avail.

I soaked my hands in warm, soapy water today and used your exfoliant and my hands are baby soft! You're the best. :-)

Melissa said...

That scrub sounds great (though I think I agree with some others and would swap out the salt for sugar). I have to say, though, you missed a crucial step if you want your polish to really last. After applying the lotion and before the base coat, you should swipe JUST your nails down with nail polish remover. If there are any oils left on the nail, the polish won't adhere as well.