Get some Flexitol nail and cuticle cream and rub it in night and morning right round the nails and fingertips (I keep it by my toothbrush and do it after my teeth).
Cut them short and file into a gentle curve
Get some almost natural nail polish (my favourite at the moment is Essie Sugar Daddy, a sheer pink), also a decent basecoat and topcoat (the Boots No7 ones are good). You can use a sheer colour without any great skill as it is so close to natural. Get ready for bed, do your nails, wait 10 mins and go to sleep with your hand outside the covers, voila lovely nails.
thanks! Sorry, busy day today. I really ought to wear gardening gloves, but it makes weeding so much harder to do. I feel a shopping trip to boots is in order! I do like nice colours but for posh I'm not sure? Polished def! and I'd like them longer than broken past the nail bed
could you use those latex gloves or similar that garage mechanics all seem to wear these days? I assume they're pretty strong and tough if mechanics wear them (they kind of look like the gloves surgeons wear but I think they're tougher). I never really wear gardening gloves because it's really hard to get a grip on anything... and it shows.
Nail Envy (I like the Original one, the matte peels on my nails) Avolplex oil.
I wear vinyl gloves , washing hands at work 20+ times a day.Using alcohol gel 20+ times a day. Can't wear nail varnish or any nail treatment to work. So if I want to inspire my nails, I apply it daily (don't know how often it's meant to be used) and the Avoplex at night,
Can get Nail Envy in boots, but I think it's cheaper online (not sure where though). I did have a bottle but wasn't all that impressed with it TBH.
I know what you mean about gardening in gloves, I am always pulling my gloves off in frustration. Another thing you can try is rubbing vaseline under and around your nails before you start, keeps the dirt from getting right in.
The Flexitol cream was getting rave reviews on here the other day, I bought it last weekend and can really feel and see a difference in my cuticles and fingertip skin already.
I really do think the sheer pinks look nice and groomed whatever you're wearing, I have got on the Sugar Daddy I mentioned earlier this week and although it is very natural my nails look much smarter than they do bare. You don't have to worry about not getting it on perfectly and no one will notice if they chip. The alternative is gels etc but I've never fancied those, I'm not a salon type person and think it's expensive.