As you are aware I am a huge fan of nail art, and turns out word travels fast. The lovely people over at The Hut Group contacted me and asked if I would like to try out some polish for my next Manicure Monday. Err, yes please.
They sent over this gorgeous shade called Plum Pixel by Orly (£10.80). It has an almost silver tone to it, with very fine, very concentrated glitter pigments in it.
I decided to do a glitter gradient to really show off the glitter varnish, along with one accent nail so make sure this baby was the centre of attention.
To recreate you will need:
- Orly FX- Plum Pixel
- Barry M Nail Paint – Fuchsia
- Nail Paint – Black
- Nail art brush
First paint all of your nails in Fuchsia except for your index finger, which instead paint all over in Plum Pixel.
Then once this is dry, take the brush of Plum Pixel and dab on a fair amount at the base of your nail. Wipe away the remainder of varnish off the brush, and once the varnish on your nail becomes tacky, brush down the nail. This should drag and make very fine, patchy streaks. Continue to do so to build up the gradient, always with more colour at the base end and less as it moves towards the tip.
Once all nails are complete and dry, dip your nail art brush into Black and paint 2 very fine strokes in a curved motion from the base of your nail.
However The Hut Group didn’t just notice my love for nail art... all that removing and repainting my nails isn’t exactly doing my skin and cuticles any favours. Nail varnish remover contains alcohol which dries out the skin, and can also cause irritation and rashes. I had noticed my skin had started to look a little ragged and I think they agreed. So they kindly popped in the post some Orly Argan Oil Hand Crème too (£18.60).
This must be one of the thickest, most luxurious hand crèmes I’ve ever used. Argan Oil is the product of the moment for hair, but I never thought of it for other areas too. The constancy is silky smooth, ultra rich, and simply melts into the skin.
It also contains Jojoba Oil is one of the key ingredients to prevent brittle nails which I’m afraid is a near guarantee from constant nail painting.
A word to the wise, I would only use this after you have painted your nails though, as silly old me put it on and then tried to paint my nails straight after- moisturised nails and varnish? Don’t be daft! (See I do the silly so you don’t have to)
So if you are painting your nails this Manicure Monday, pop on a little Hand crème afterwards to keep your hands photo ready.