How To Give Yourself The Perfect Manicure

The products I mention in this blog post will be highlighted in bold.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog.
It’s important to spend time on yourself, (and your friends!) And what better way to do so than performing the perfect manicure? If you repeat this routine I’m going to share with you at least once a week, not only will your nails look pretty, they’ll also grow and become healthier!

Before you start: get comfy! Grab cushions, set out your laptop with your favourite TV show, switch on any fairylights, and lay down a towel for your hands. This is normally the point where I make myself or my friend a cheeky hot chocolate, because you’re gonna be sat here a while, (and it’s delicious!) 

1) Moisturise the hands of the nails you’re going to be painting. This will soften and moisturise the nails, and make your hands smell amazing. I pick between the Cath Kidston Bluebell and Jasmine hand cream, or the Rose and Peony scent.

Next, I apply a nail and cuticle balm, by Dirty Works, to every individual nail, and gently ease back the cuticles. Doing this means that the nails will be neater, and it also gives them the appearance of being longer!

Once those products have had time to sink in, it’s time to file! To get the perfect shape in seconds, I use my Scholl Electronic Nail Care File, which has interchangeable heads, for filing, buffing and polishing your nails. Not only does this make it much easier to get your nails a consistent shape, the polishing head gives you the perfect finish, ready to paint! 

It is pricey, however if you search online, it’s almost always on offer somewhere, and with the time it saves, and the result it gives, its definitely worth the money.

* Feel Unique currently has an offer of 60% off this product- click here to buy!

 For manual nail files, I recommend the Elegant Touch ones- I bought a set of three for 80p and they work incredibly well! 

After I’m happy with the shape of the nails, I take the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails nail strengthener, (pictured left,) and apply a thin coat. This protects and strengthens the nails, and over time will become your nail saviour! If you’re looking to grow out your nails, but find that they break easily, I’d recommend this to you!

Finally, it’s time to paint! If you really want to treat yourself, you could use a brand of polish they use in nail salons, such as OPI, or Sally Hansen, however, the only nail brand I use is Rimmel. The pigment of the polishes are incredible, they dry quickly and evenly, and the consistency is dreamy. Also, for £2.99 each, how could you not pick some of these up?

 Something important to remember when picking nail polishes, is that price isn’t necessarily a sign that a nail paint is good. I have a few Essie polishes, which cost £7.99 each, and I can’t use them as I don’t like how thick they are, and I find they clump in the bottles. 

An indication that a nail polish is good, is the size of the bottle. Personally, I always opt for smaller bottles, as nail polishes in big bottles tend to go thick before you can use them up! 

From left to right: Sweet Retreat, Lose your Lingerie, Wild-er-ness, Marshmellow Heaven, Caramel Cupcake, Coralicious. 

My go-to nail polish for manicures is Caramel Cupcake– not just because the name is so cute! It’s the perfect nude, which would look beautiful against all skintones, and it compliments any outfit perfectly. 

Once the nails are completely dry, I apply the Seche Vite topcoat, (pictured right,) to the nails, and when I tell you this stuff is good- I mean really good. It hardens your nails in an instant, and evens out the polish, if there was any air bubbles in the coat. It extends the time your nail paint stays on for, and prevents that annoying stage of post-manicure where you have to hold everything like crab, in fear of smudging your nails. 

I then leave the nails to set for around five minutes, before cleaning up any mistakes with a cotton bud and some nail polish remover. 

Colour: Lose Your Lingerie by Rimmel

Colour: Sweet Retreat by Rimmel

And it’s finished! Thank you so much for reading, and look out for these nail care essentials! 
– Jodes x


Dry/Sensitive Skincare Routine

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

Recently, I’ve developed a skincare combination which works really well for me, as it helps to keep the dryness at bay. Today, I’m going to share it with you! 

Skincare for sensitive skin is very personal to you specifically, as fragile skin can be easily irritated by different products. 

However, barely any products have worked for me apart from these ones, so if they’re gentle enough for my crusty ‘lil face, I’m sure they’ll work for you too! 
1. Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make Up Remover- £2.00 I start out by taking this on a cotton pad, and sweeping it gently over my chin, cheeks, forehead and eyelids. This product is very much water based, and it’s enriched with gentle cleansers and vitamins. I’ve been using this as an alternative to a cream/gel cleanser, as I find that these aren’t gentle enough for how fragile my skin is right now. This product freshens and rejuvenates skin, whilst also cleaning away dirt and all traces of make up from the day. 

2. Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Balm- £1.95 (Price can vary to around £2.50, depending on the store and offers etc) Next, I dot this under my eyes, and on the fragile skin above my eyes, (up to my browbone.) This product cools and hydrates the eye area so quickly and so well! I’ve also started using this on my red patches, (I get this sometimes in between my brows and on my cheeks) and when I wake up in the morning, the red patches have vanished! The skin underneath my eyes is so smooth and firm- the perfect base for make up; people with dry skin will know the STRUGGLES of creased concealer under their eyes. I’ve found this to even out completely after applying the balm. Also, can we talk about the PRICE? Normally, eye creams are so expensive, and I have tried a few high end ones, but none have worked as well as this. It’s a hidden gem, and I 100% recommend it, for all skin types! 

3. Nip+ Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser-£19.95 but £7.00 AT SUPERDRUG RIGHT NOW- Finally, once I’ve allowed the Simple Eye Balm to soak in, I use a few pumps of this moisturiser. It’s packed FULL of so many vitamins and natural remedies, such as aloe vera, cucumber, watercress extract, kale extract and almond oil, for deep moisture. I started using this twice a day, around three days ago, and already my skin is thriving! It’s infused so much moisture, and my skin looks so genuinely healthy, as opposed to dull and flaky. I tried applying make up yesterday, to see if this had improved my skin, and it sat perfectly! I was able to enjoy the day out, without feeling self conscious, and it was so nice to feel comfortable in my own skin. 

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in some way, and keep your eye out for these essentials. And remember that whatever troubles you may be having with your skin, you still look BEAUT!
Jodes x

The Best Products for a Summer Glow

Hello everyone,


I’ve always struggled with self-confidence, and a major part of that has always been my legs. During the colder months, I could hide behind tights and trousers, however I’ve decided that this year I want to embrace the playsuits, shorts, dungarees and general cuteness of spring style.

I decided to try the Dove Summer Glow moisturiser, which cost £2.20 and came in a 250ml bottle. Bearing in mind you only need a coin-sized amount per leg, this amount stretches incredibly far for your money.

For best results, you apply the moisturiser after a bath or shower, so that the skin is soft and supple, and therefore absorbs more product. I haven’t found it to be staining, however you may want to set a towel down whilst applying the tan.

The product itself is a nourishing moisturiser, which contains nutrients and rich oils, whilst subtly giving your skin a natural and even looking tan.

The shade you want depends on how you use this product; each time you use it, your tan develops, however I’ve found that after one use my legs were a good colour.

You do have to apply this product every so often to maintain the tan, however it’s so quick and easy. Also, you don’t need to worry about developing a patchy tan, using a tanning mitt, or have to experience that ‘fake tan smell.’ And as the tan progresses over a series of days, there’ll be no sudden transition from marshmallow, to inverted bake bean smurf.

Also, the scent is apricot, it smells incredible!

The Dove Summer Glow is a healthy, subtle and easy way to get sun-kissed skin. It’s improved my confidence a lot, and I’ve had some compliments too! People have asked me if I spend a lot of time outside, which is funny because I’m a Netflix-obsessed bed hermit.

And finally, to match the rest of my body, I’ve started using the Boujois Bronzing power on my forehead, cheeks and neck, to finish it off. I’ve found this bronzer to be so warmed toned and natural- it was around £6.00 I think!


I hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend, and if you don’t celebrate it, I hope you have a lovely weekend all the same!

Jodes x