Manicure Maintenance

15 Feb 2017

Edinburgh based plus size style and fat positive blogger AmandaApparel shares her top tips for getting the most out of your salon manicure in this beauty chat post. 

It’s no secret that I’m a gigantic fan of Cutie Kills. She is my nail saviour, and I cannot recommend her enough! Honestly, if you’re in or around Edinburgh get in touch with Zara and get yourself a fresh set of claws. 

When you’re in the salon every 3-4 weeks getting your nail extensions filled, well, leeeeet’s just say that money adds up. As far as I’m concerned, these nails are an investment that I want to take good care of. At my very first salon appointment Zara said “treat them like jewels, don’t use them like tools.” That may be cheesy, but it’s true! I'm a big fan of these 6 items that will keep your nails looking salon fresh between infills. 

1. Rose Gold Pen


I always have a pen on me, and I use it for everything so I don’t compromise my coffins! I use it on the touch screen tills at work, I use it in stubborn toilets that you push a button to flush (WHY is this a thing?!) rather than pressing a handle, you name it! Sometimes the pen is overkill and I’ll just use my knuckle, like when I need to press the button on the bus or at a cross walk. Just don’t use your nails! 


2. Smartphone & Tablet Stylus


I like to keep my nails like, ridiculously long. Like, so long that typing and texting can get a bit difficult. That’s where a stylus comes in. Sure you may look like a nerd, but at least you’re a nerd with flawless fingertips! 


Palmer’s Cocoa Body Scrub


Every few days I like to do a scrub to get any dead skin off of my hands and cuticles. You cannot go wrong with Palmer’s, you guys! The scent is amazing, it’s ridiculously affordable, and most importantly it works!


Tattooed Washing Up Gloves


Whether you’re washing dishes or doing other household cleaning, you’ve got to wear gloves grrl! I always wear them to wash dishes because I cannot STAND touching mystery gunk in the dishwater. (Is there anything worse?!) Whether it’s a fun decorated pair like this, or classic Marigolds, the gloves protect your manicure from not just wear and tear, but from any chemicals in household cleaners. 


Soap & Glory Hand Food


I’ve tried dozens of hand creams, but this one always has me coming back for more! The scent is girly, it leaves the slightest shimmer, and honestly I’m just about it. Plus it’s almost always on offer at Boots!


Sally Hansen Nail & Cuticle Oil


I never understood the appeal of nail oil, but Zara insisted that it was worth it. Let me tell y'all, she was SO right! I picked up this Sally Hansen oil and I like to use it any time I’m on the bus. For me that’s a minimum of 2x per day. I can’t even remember the last time I got a hangnail, or any dryness around my nails for that matter! It makes my cuticles soooo soft.


What about you, dolls? What products or tricks do you use to keep your nails in tip top shape? Let me know in the comments below! 


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hiya! i'm amanda!

Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
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