My tip for beautifully neat painted nails, every time!

I love having beautifully painted nails, don’t you? But I don’t like the messy bits that get on your skin. Apart from looking terrible, they are hard to get off neatly.

I’m sure you all seen, and probably tried, the tip to use a cotton bud or similar dipped in nail polish remover to clean it up. I’ve tried that, but then I get remover where I don’t want it, and it doesn’t make a nice clean line. Perhaps there are tips on doing that better, but it doesn’t do the job well enough for me!

Before and after - messy painted nails, neat painted nails

So, how do I get my nails looking neat after I’ve painted them myself?

The trick really is very simple.

Have a shower or bath!

I like to shower in the morning. So I will paint my nails one evening, when there is something good on tv and I can sit and let them dry completely. I do my best to paint them neatly, but I don’t worry too much. Sometimes they look worse than others. I didn’t do too bad a job this time!

messy nails

The next morning I will shower as usual. The warm water softens your skin, and the polish just peels off. Any stray bits left after the shower are easily scratched off with your nail.

neat nails

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It’s common sense, really. You might need to work out how to fit this process into your routine, if a quiet night and a morning shower doesn’t work for you. Just make sure your newly painted nails are absolutely and completely dry.

If I was doing my nails for a special event, I would never do them on the actual day. That would be far too stressful! I’d much rather touch up a small chip if required, than have to make a special effort to do a perfect job.

Have you already worked this trick out for yourself? Whilst there are many pages of nail polish tips and tricks, I’ve never seen my ‘trick’ listed. So now it is out there!

I’ve been doing this for so many years that I can’t remember how I ‘discovered’ that this works. But it does, and I’ve no intention of changing how I do it now 😉

For the record, my nails above are painted with:

Cutex 2 in 1 Base Coat, Tevez colour number 19, and Manicare Mirror Shine Top Coat.


How do you keep your manicures looking fabulous?

Check out my Nails Pinterest Board for some great inspiration. And my own manicures you can find under the ‘Nails‘ tab at the top of the page.

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DIY luxurious hand and body wash

*Apologies in advance for this long post. I was going to break it into two, but it seemed appropriate to keep it at one. Plus, I didn’t take enough photos. And the ones I did take were on my phone.

I keep seeing pins of Dove Body Wash on Pinterest. I don’t use body wash (preferring my own handmade soap) but the boys in our house do, so after seeing it for the gazillionth time as a ‘picked for you’ pin I decided I should give it a try 🙂

Apparently this Dove Body Wash is thick and ridiculously luxurious and creamy. And who’d have thought it would be so easy to re-create!

I knew I could get bars of Dove soap from one of the discount shops for $1 a bar. I picked a couple of bars each in the 2 different scents they had – original, and Shea butter and vanilla. Then I thought I should ‘treat’ myself to a grater to be used exclusively for the job. I was very lucky that my lovely sister-in-law found one for me, for the quite acceptable price of just 50c. Thanks, Em! Continue reading