#222 // Beauty: An Autumn Deluxe Manicure

hyde park court nails inc

I'm quite good with painting my nails these days, as with the help of a little Seche Vite, it needn't take longer than 15 minutes. Today though, in aid of today's "beauty" topic for BEDN, I'm going to give myself more of a luxurious pamper. Oh, the sacrifices I'm willing to make for this challenge...

Rather than just a quick paint and polish, when I have a bit more time, I give these hardworking hands a nice massage with a homemade scrub. I was tempted to buy the Lush salted coconut one as it smells divine, but I think £8 is rather expensive for a hand scrub. So I rummaged in my cupboards and came across some detox bath salts. Mix with a bit of melted coconut oil, and bam, one hand scrub for free! Wet hands before massaging in for more gentle application.

home made handscrub
coconut oil hand scrub

I'll finish up with a hand cream. And as someone with the driest hands in the world, I know my hand creams. My latest love is the Champneys Good As New hand cream. It's a nice bit of luxury to keep in my handbag. Trust me, I need it. After a file and some cuticle care, they are ready for a polish.

champneys hand cream boots

I'll go in with my quick drying Essie undercoat, and then the difficult bit... which of the thirty-odd shades of polish to go for (I'm currently on a never-ending ban). But just before said ban commenced, I bought Hyde Park Court from Nails Inc's Autumn Edit. Well I do get 10% off with every purchase...

nails inc hyde park court

It's the perfect khaki-grey, and basically nails Autumn (excuse the pun). To finish, a quick slick of Seche Vite, so I don't ruin the effort by accidentally applying a bed sheet imprint texture to them come bedtime. And there we have it, a little mid-week "me time". Oh, and if you're sticking with small presents this Christmas like I am, this little pouch that I'm currently using to carry around my top-up make up in, is a very big yes.

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