I don’t know about you guys, but during the winter months, my nails just fall apart – literally. In addition to dealing with dry hands and cuticles, I also get stuck with seriously brittle, flaky nails, all as a result of the frostier months. Which as I’m sure you can imagine are even colder here in NYC.

While I would normally take some time off from nail polish and give my talons a bit of a lacquer detox, during the festive season I just can’t bear to have bare nails – there are so many Christmassy colours and glitters out there, what’s a girl to do but use ’em!?

However, I think I’ve finally come up with the ideal solution that keeps my nails looking healthy and happy – and allows me to keep indulging my festive polish fetish. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the 24-hour manicure.

Now I know it sounds like a bit of a faff – 24 hours?! I hear you cry – but hear me out for a quick tick. Essentially what this nail saving strategy entails is taking off your old polish (I like to use a nourishing polish remover, like the Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes) trimming and filing your nails, and pushing back your cuticles in front of the TV one evening. Then, layer those bad boys up with a good ole dose of cuticle oil. And I mean layer.

I personally like to apply between three and four doses of oil, before adding a quick slathering of hand cream over the top. For the last step, I just add a layer of strengthening base coat and then head off to bed.

The next day, I carry around my cuticle oil in my bag and keep layering it on throughout the day – my oil of choice is the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil by the way – which helps to ensure my cuticles and my nails stay thoroughly hydrated, which in turn helps my nails to look a whole heap healthier.

After a day of dosing up my nails with oil, I crack on with my regular manicure routine – usually applying one more layer of base coat to ensure a totally smooth foundation for my polish.

Then just add a good festive sparkle and you’re ready to roll! Take that, New York winter.


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