VLDE6265One of my favourite things to do is get a manicure. And now a pedicure. I used to be very ticklish but I enjoy them now. Yes it’s girly but it’s so affordable these days that it seems silly not to get it done regularly. Your hands and feet are subject to all sorts of hard work. Every day. I think we sort of forget. If you work on your feet they can get dry and cracked. I wash my hands god knows how many times a day so they get ridiculously dry. So we need to protect them and take care of them. And sure why not put a lovely colour on them at the same.

I’m sooooo bad at doing my own nails. I always smudge them. And in spectacular fashion. I’ll have put on two layers, a base and a top coat. I’ll be waiting patiently for every finger to dry. Then, thinking I’m safe, I’ll get an urge to scratch my face or open something that requires my nails. And wham they’re smudged. Actually, a friend told me once, a great trick is to paint your nails in bed. Just before you go to sleep. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest the whole shebang of many coats as they will definitely still smudge. But one or two layers are fine. Then read your book and chill. Once you go to sleep your nails should be pretty dry and you won’t destroy them by trying to use your hands (unless of course you have a bed fellow! Well then you should just enjoy them and not do DIY nails).

But if, like me, you prefer to get a professional to do them, then head to one of the many fab salons around the city. There are actually so many it’s hard to choose. I’ve still to try Tropical Popical mainly because I’m a creature of habit and I love 5th Avenue and Nails. The latter is probably a little no fuss and no frills but they do such a good job, I can’t complain. The former is a bit more plush. Both, in my experience, are great. And the manicure’s last. As for Tropical Popical, I’ve heard some great things about them. With autumn fast approaching, I want to find some new fun colours and I think that will be next stop for a manicure. I’ll let you know how I get on x

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