Manicure Tips, Tricks and Products

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I am one of those people who likes to save their coins. If I can get more for my money, I'm that person. So when it comes to manicures and pedicures we have had to do without the experts doing it over the last few months. The one skill which I hoped to have perfected is the art of the manicure. Although I prefer the professionals to do the mani and pedi I learnt back in April how to do it Amateur-ional (Amateur/professional ish.) So thought I would share a few tips and tools which I swear by and have used to get the best manicure. Because at least you will know you can do it yourself. 

 Tools and Products I use : (Click photos for links.)
Mylee Set 
One of the best investments I have made. You get the gel remover and prep solutions within the set too. This one shown includes the nail polishes but I only bought two colours. 

Nail Filer
Something I take with me in my handbag. Keeps your nails jut the way you like it. 

Garnier Body
One of the best I use after giving myself a manicure. 

The Tips
Before starting the manicure make sure your nails are completely clean and dry. Refrain from using oils at least 30 mins before starting your manicure. 

Always use a top coat and base coat. You can use a topcoat as the base coat too. Even if it is a clean nail polish that will do too. 

If you are trying a brand new colour, try it on one nail before painting the rest of the fingernails. 

Paint a minimum of two coats as the nail will look smoother and it will last longer. Remember that too many coats will let the nails look too thick. 

If you are using the LED nail machine and you feel your finger or nails hurting instantly remove.

DO NOT use the LED machine 2 in the space of 24 hours. 

After the manicure use you favourite cream oil to give yourself ultimate salon feels. But without the price tag. 

I love giving myself a manicure on a Sunday, as it is the best day and I am so relaxed and chilled. So I can start the week with fresh nails. 

Do you enjoy doing your own pedicure or manicure? What other tips do you go by? 
X Alonyo X


  1. Oh I am definitely a Sunday-manicure kind of girl too, it just helps so much with getting ready for the week ahead!

    1. You know? I love a good Self care day on a Sunday. Great way to end a week but to start he next week nice and fresh.

  2. Great tips -- I've never had a professional manicure and always have done my nails at home but needed to learn more about it so this really helped! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for reading.
      There is something nice about having a manicure/pedicure done in a salon. But a having a skill you will always need is even greater.

  3. Great post! I’ll deffo be trying out some of these tips! ❤️❤️ Please check out my blog at

    1. I hope these tips are useful. Thanks for reading. Will be heading over to your blog now. xx

  4. I’d never heard of all of this before, so this is super interesting! I’d like to get into doing my nails more often, but I always seem to forget or not have time. This inspired me to try it again though!

  5. These are some great tips! I love giving myself a good manicure!

    1. Same, that is why I do it on a Sunday, ready and fresh for the working week.

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