You’ll never have to go to a salon again.
I’m one of those girls who never leaves the house without a fab mani and pedi. The last time my nails were bare, I was 11 years-old – the day before my big stepsister introduced me to the shiny world of nail polish.
In contrast to a lot of women, I actually really enjoy doing my nails myself and have become quite good at it, which is why I don’t go to nail salons – it’s just not worth it for me. Why pay money for something I can easily do myself?
Usually I stick to a fairly simple mani-pedi involving no more than filing and varnishing, but this time I went all out and tested products that promised to give me the ultimate salon result from the comfort of my own home.
I started with a pedicure…
Scholl Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry
What it’s supposed to do: Remove hard skin.
How it stacked up: It’s super easy to use – all you have to do is push a button and let it glide over the hard skin on your foot. Foolproof and effective. Plus it’s waterproof, making it easier to avoid a mess, as you can use it in the shower.
Weleda Cuticle Softener Pen
What it’s supposed to do: Soften and gently remove overhanging cuticles with natural ingredients.
How it stacked up: The angled tip of the pen makes it easy to push cuticles down and leaves them feeling soft and clean.
The Nail Lab Foundation Base Coat
What it’s supposed to do: This ridge-filling, fast-drying base coat should serve as a primer for nail polish.
How it stacked up: It dries very quickly and makes my nails look naturally shiny. I always use a base coat, as it protects nails from discoloration.
The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Feet Pumice Scrub
What it’s supposed to do: Infused with pumice granules, it aims to exfoliate and refresh feet.
How it stacked up: It has a wonderful cooling effect, leaves my feet feeling smooth (thanks, granules!), and the smell of mint and sage is divine.
Essie Nail Polish ‘A Cut Above’
What it’s supposed to do: Make your nails look pretty with lots of pink glitter, of course.
How it stacked up: I’ve always loved Essie polish, as the brush is a little wider than those of other brands, making painting much easier. And how cute is this look?! I’m very pleased with the result:
My manicure followed…
Manicare Coconut Scented Nail Polish Remover Pads
What it’s supposed to do: Remove nail polish while hydrating the skin, and leave your paws smelling like coconut.
How it stacked up: The reason these pads are worthy of a mention is that they actually smell divine. I’ve tried many scented nail polish removers, but none have smelt like a piña colada – these pads do and don’t feel too oily.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System
What it’s supposed to do: File, buff and polish with three detachable nail-care heads.
How it stacked up: It takes a bit of practise to get the rather large file to shape only your nails (and not file away your skin), but the buffer and polish heads are genius – they get the job done much quicker than shining your nails manually.
Jamberry Nail Wraps And Mini Heater
What it’s supposed to do: These nail wraps – when used with the brand’s Mini Heater – promise a mess-free, amateur-friendly, long-lasting manicure.
How it stacked up: I am genuinely impressed with how easy the application is. I cut the nail wrap to the approximate size of my nail, heated the wrap in front of the very cute mini heater for five seconds, then pressed it onto my nail. It takes a bit of practise to get the wrap completely smooth, but for my first try I am very happy with the result:
The verdict: With the right products and gadgets, it’s definitely possible to achieve a salon-style manicure and pedicure at home. Quite a few people asked me where I got my nails done this week, and they were shocked to hear I did them myself. I can’t wait to try other designs!
Comment: What DIY product can you not live without?