REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a reformed nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

Product Spotlight – Essie popular bridal nail polish colours…

This American brand of nail polishes has been popular even since it’s launch by Essie Weingarten in the 1980’s in Las Vegas, but it gained particular hype in 2011 when Kate Middleton used a combination of Essie Allure and Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Enamel in Rose Lounge for her wedding nail colour.  A typical off-pink, barely there nail colour which Kate seems to favour.  Since then Essie has stepped up the wedding nail department, realising Essie Bridal Collections last year and for 2016, which contain variations of pink but also vibrant hues such as violet and even an off green.  And with kookie names like ‘Groom Service’ and ‘Mrs Always-Right’ Essie still maintains that tongue-in-cheek, which add to the popularity of the brand.

My personal favourites are Essie Mademoiselle and Essie Ballet Slippers (also a favourite of the Queen)  They are both wonderfully pitched and perfect for a bridal nail – never dating and always chic x

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