The ‘Nothing There’ Mani

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halal manicureThere’s nothing quite like a fresh mani – a great manicure is one of those little luxuries that leaves me feeling pretty, pampered and prepared for anything.  However as a Muslim woman I’m obligated to pray 5 times a day, and to pray one needs to be at level of physical purity in order to perform those prayers. That involves cleansing head to toe. As nail polish is waterproof it makes it impossible for water to touch the nails. This is why Muslim women usually paint their nails when they aren’t praying. So how do I keep my hands looking great without the polish? In order, here’s my routine:

Mont Bleu Mini Nail File* – Once you go glass nothing else ever feels adequate. They file down nails in no time, is easy to shape with and this particular file is so cute and pretty with its gorgeous Swarovski crystals. The size means it’s perfect for glamour on the go, whip them out on the train to give your nails a little touch up. Definitely one for the handbag!

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil* - This is a cult favourite with good reason. Everyone loves a multi-use product, and this oil from Nuxe comes quite handy as a cuticle oil (just one of many uses). All that borage, St Johns Wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia oil nourishes skin through and through. Swap your hand cream with this luxe oil for velvety soft hands.

Superdrug Cuticle Sticks - A pack of 10 for just 99p. Genius. After the Huile Prodigieuse has been soaked up and works its magic, it’s time to push the cuticles back. Cutting cuticles will leave them dry in the long run so these cuticle sticks are the perfect alternative. Besides, who doesn’t love a bargain?

Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Cream* - This is what gives the nails shine and protection so good that you won’t really miss. It contains nourishing essential oils and diamond dust for a 24 carat manicure. It also comes with a buffer, and it’s what I call the pièce de résistance. Without it there would just be no point. The buffer refines and shines the whole nail to give it a glossy look without the need for any clear nail polish. It’s quick and easy, no waiting around for polish to dry. The effect is long lasting and gives a professional finish to your home manicures.

Lierac Hydra-Body Lait - Trips to Paris call for stocking up on French skincare necessities not readily available to us Brits, and this super moisturizer from Lierac is one of them. Its notes of almond milk, litchi, coconut and vanilla also make it double up as a subtle fragrance as well as keeping the ash away for a full 24 hours.

Summer Nails

Nails are the easiest way to express yourself and keep up with the trends – when you don’t have the time or money to buy into trends like leopard print that can be done with your nails for no cost.  Apart from nudes like Estée Lauder‘s So Vain*, this summer I’ll be sporting some of my favourite trends from blue, the hottest colour this season to fun and vibrant corals.

The Pastels

IMG_1745Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in Amande Dèfilè

Essie Nail Lacquer in Nice is Nice*

Mavala Nail Color Cream in Via Veneto*

The Blues

IMG_1740Mavala Nail Color Cream in Blue Curaçao*

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry

Bourjois So Lacque Nail Enamel in Bleu Fabulex

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Calypso Blue*

The Corals

IMG_1758Bourjois Nail Enamel in Tangerine Fatal

Ciate Paint Pot in Play Date*

Revlon Nail Enamel in One Perfect Coral

Mavala Nail Color Cream in Night Club*

Estée Lauder French Nudes Nails

IMG_1308 IMG_1316IMG_1321 IMG_1326 IMG_1329Get your notepads out ladies, it’s time to take note of a phrase you’re going to be hearing often – foundation for nails. It seems that the usual corals, emeralds and fruit hued lacquers we reach for during sunnier weather will have to take a backseat this season and let sophisticated nudes take all the glory.

Estée Lauder‘s main man and creative makeup director Tom Pecheux says this look is all about enhancing nails rather than making a big statement with colour. A nail polish that’s close in colour to your skin tone elongates and extends the fingers so it’s all about complementing what you already have. And as nude is never just one colour, it’s great to see that Estée Lauder has creamy cocoas, a milky beige and soft pink hues in their new Pure Colour Nail Lacquer French Nudes Collection*. The collection includes five gorgeous shades; Ballerina, Nudité, So Vain which I’m wearing pretty much daily, Diabolique and Bittersweet.

IMG_0780[1]Safe enough to wear to the office yet makes a big impact, nude nails I think will be one of the definitive nail trends that we’ll look back on and not be embarrassed about in the slightest. Not to mention they’re season and chip proof I might add (four days strong!) – you can wear them all year long. Estée Lauder have really hit the nail on the head with this one – pun intended ;)

Topshop Peel Off Nails

IMG_8875[1]As part of their SS13 EditTopshop have brought out a line of peel off nail polishes and it’s music to my ears as well as a million other Muslim women. It may sound complicated, but Muslims pray 5 times a day and there’s a pre-prayer ritual of cleansing the body and because nail polish is waterproof it can’t reach the nail so removing nail polish is a must. It’s incredibly tedious, but some women make it work and others just don’t bother with nail polish but the idea of a simple, peel off nail polish makes things so much easier!

Considering it has a different formula to other nail polishes, the Peel Off Nails* has the same texture, consistency and finish as them but it does look a little rubbery and glossy to me which I actually like. I loved chemistry during school so I’ve always wanted to know how exactly the nail polish can peel off so the nerd in me enjoys peeling it all off just as much as I love applying it. I can’t stand usual removing nail polish, the chemical laden nail polish remover gives me headaches and isn’t so kind to my nails but all you have to do with the Peel Off Nails is well.. peel it off! Uncomplicated, simple, easy and doesn’t give you headaches #winning!

I have What’s Up on my nails but the Peel Off Nails* also come in On the Blink (blue), Back Flip (black/navy) and Straight Laced (grey) and are available at Topshop for just £6.

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