My Nail Painting Routine

I love and hate painting my nails. I love choosing a nail colour to wear, and having beautiful nails but I hate how long it can sometimes take and there have been many times where I have smudged or just ruined the nails even in just a few hours. Recently, I have been using the same base coat, top coat and a special spray and it has made the whole process go so much faster. Whilst I still get the occasional mess-up (I should really be more careful), I do not feel as bad as I know I did not spend so much time on it, and it will not take too long to sort out again. I would really recommend all these products so keep reading to find out more!

A good base coat is really important to having a good finish, and if it is a quick-drying one too, that's an added bonus. I have been using the Leighton Denny Double Up top and base coat for a while now and I have loved using it. I only really use it as a base coat but I have used it as a top coat and it does a good job, I just prefer it only as a base coat.

I will then go with at least two coats of whatever nail colour I want to go for. I was recently given a Ted Baker nail polish from a gift set. It says on the bottle that it is rose gold, I do not see any rose gold in these colour (other than the lid) but it is a gorgeous petrol-like colour and I love that effect on the nails. 

I change my top coats the most as I feel it is these that need replacing the most, they are often in my case the first to go gloopy and unusable. I have used the Seche Vite top coat on and off for years. It is a really nice top coat, and is one of the best ones available in the drugstore. 

Now my absolute favourite part, and item in this routine is the Leighton Denny Miracle Mist. You apply your top coat, wait a minute and then spray this over the nails (from about 20cm away) and it speed drys your nails. I will admit that when I first tried this, I was sceptical. It sounds crazy and that it shouldn't work but it does.

It does not have a chemically-smell or anything, it actually smells quite nice. It is also not a wet spray so you do not have to worry about it ruining your nails. The best bit is that it only £12, which for what it is and does, I think that's a bargain.

I still like to wait, and attempt to be careful about touching stuff that might ruin the nail polish, but overall these products have helped keep my nails nicer for longer, and if anything has gone wrong, it is my fault - ie. washing up or changing clothes too soon!

As always, please let me know if you have tried any of these products and let me know your thoughts on them, or if there are any specific products in your own routine that you could not do your nails without. 

Ellyn xx

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  1. Like you I love choosing a nail colour and having nice nails.. I just cannot deal with them chipping and or getting smudged. 9/10 I have a chipped nail within 24hrs. In all honesty I don't use a base and top coat. I'm far too impatient for all that haha! I have heard really good things about the Seche Vite top coat though! I used to paint my nails all the time but I hardly do it anymore. I actually miss going and buying new colours.

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    1. I love buying new colours so much that once I actually ended up buying a nail polish I already had, and it wasn't even empty!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  2. The mist sounds interesting! I stray away from doing my nails because it takes me ages and then it chips within a day! Will look into the mist to see if that helps it stay longer. Recently I've just been getting shellac done at a salon.

    1. It really does work and to be honest, it's just really fun to use!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd


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