Hello everyone!

Today I want to share with you my favorite DIY manicure products. They are easy to make with ordinary household objects, make great substitutes for their drugstore siblings and are free!

DIY cuticle softener
This DIY cuticle softener has proven to give excellent result with its all natural and chemical free ingredients. Get a q-tip and soak it into virgin olive oil. Rub the oil into your cuticles and let it do its magic :) You will get naturally nourished and softened cuticles in minutes! Tip! If you are going to apply nail color after this procedure, make sure that your nail is clean from olive oil. If there is oil residue, your color will peel off.

DIY hand scrub
I love this DIY hand scrub! It smells divine, polishes hands and leaves the skin toned and clean.

DIY hand scrub

DIY hand scrub

Here is what you will need:
1 tbsp ground coffee
1 tbsp fine brown sugar
olive oil*
a jar*

The recipe is as simple as this: mix the coffee and sugar then add some olive oil until you are happy with mixture consistency. Then apply the scrub onto your wet hands, massage gently and rinse off with water. Tip! You can prepare a larger amount of this gentle scrub and store it in a jar. A baby food jar or and old face cream one will do the trick. This mixture contains natural preservative so it will stay fresh for two weeks. I got this idea and photo from a great Tip Junkie post at tipjunkie.com.

DIY stripping brush
Here is an idea how to recycle some old nail polishes into stripping brushes. All you need to do is get the brush of a nail polish you won’t use anymore and trim it down at its base until it gets thinner enough to serve as a stripping brush. Tip! It is best to use the brush from a top coat bottle as it will be easier to clean from nail polish.

DIY tracing strips
Tracing strips are those sticky pieces of paper which help you achieve clean lines and forms for your nail art. Honestly, they are not much different from ordinary tape. You can cut small pieces of tape, apply them to your nails and use them to trace your color. Tip! Touch your skin with the sticky side a few times before applying tape strips to your nails. This will prevent tapes sticking too hard to nail polish and ruining the design when you take them off.

DIY dotting tool
This is the easiest DIY project ever!

DIY dotting tool

DIY dotting tool

Just stick a pin in the rubber back of a pencil. This dotting tool works as great as the one from the store but you can change it as per your preference. Just stick a pin with larger head and you will get a different size tool for your dots. I got this brilliant idea and the beautiful photos from islaay.com.

These we my ideas for easy and free DIY manicure products, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello dear manicure lovers!

Today I want to share with you my best nail art tool ever. I love it, it helps me a lot in maintaining clean and precise nails. We are going to talk about the nail polish corrector pencil, so welcome back to my Manicure Essentials column dedicated to vital nail products other than nail color.

What is it?
Nail polish corrector pencil is basically a stick filled with nail polish remover and equipped with a soft cuticle pusher. When the cuticle pusher tip is fixed onto the pencils top, it gets saturated with polish remover. The fine angled point gives you full control to what and where precisely you want to correct.

How to use the nail polish corrector?
It is as simple as this: just gently touch the nail polish you messed up and wipe away the excess. It happens to everyone, you are in hurry, you put on your polish and you accidentally touch a cuticle with nail color and ruin it all. In this scenario nail polish corrector pencil saves the day. You can even clean up in the design itself. Let’s say you have layered a base color with some stripes but your hand flinched a little. Here comes the nail polish corrector pencil!

This tool usually has several replaceable sticks so it is a multiple use tool. Tip! Dedicate some tips to light nail polishes, some to dark colors and some for brights. This will prevent bolder colors from staining your nails with some burgundy residue from your last clean up.

Essence Studio Nails nail polish corrector pencil

Essence Studio Nails nail polish corrector pencil

I get my pencil at the drugstore and always have one in handy. My choice is Essence Studio Nails nail polish corrector pencil. This particular pencil comes with three replacement tips which leaves you with four tips altogether. I use them up for about 3-6 months and I do a lot of nail art (I try to be careful though).

Thanks for reading and see you soon!.