1 March 2016

Manicure At Home Tips With Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquers and Hand Cream

So it happened about 9 or 10 years ago. But "it" I mean me starting to paint my nails in other colours than clear or all shades of pink (I admit, I still love pink). Horrendous shimmery polishes said their final goodbyes and were happily dumped by yours truly introducing gorgeous glossy finish shades in all possible colours and variations. As time went on my love towards 100+ tones has been shifting according to the season, trend, occasion and, most importantly, my mood. With all of that came a bit of experience in doing my manicure at home. Especially since the spring is in the air (with an extra Leap Day this year - how exciting - also I've just read it Leo Day haha - so true, go Leo!) I thought I'd share my easy tips on how to get a perfect manicure at home featuring these lovely Crabtree & Evelyn spring nail lacquers and Lily Hand Therapy. Let's dive into the spring!

We all love to get pampered and would never say no to a great manicure done professionally. At the same time it's almost impossible to be a frequent nail salon customer. That's why I would like to share a few tips and tricks how to do it at home. It's very easy and a lot of fun! Netflix, nails, blogging = pretty much perfect evening ;)
1. Get your "tools" ready.
Things you might need: nail polish remover, cotton pads, nail clippers/scissors, emery board/nail file, cuticle stick, bowl with warm water, face cleanser, nail polish (+ base & top coat if you have extra time) and hand cream.
2. Clean and shape.
Get rid of the old chipped nail polish with the help of the nail polish remover (preferably acetone-free) and cotton pads. After that give your nails the desired shape using your emery board or nail fail that is not too coarse.
3. Just like a spa treatment.
Before dealing with your cuticle or starting to paint you need to prep your nails by immersing them into a bowl with warm water. What I like to do is add a bit of my facial cleanser into it as well. 2 minutes in and you're ready!
4. The (not-so) scary part.
Ok, there are a few ways of dealing with cuticle and thickened skin. I would recommend to avoid any form of clipping unless you know what you are doing. Cuticle simply needs to be gently pushed back from the nail (not too far) using the cuticle stick. I used to nip the cuticle before and would always make it bleed. Big no no. As for the callouses or thickened skin - clip gently only if you see it's safe to do so. If you're not sure about that part, leave it.
5. Get your hand cream on.
You might have heard that it's essential to moisturize after your nail polish is nice and dry. Yes, but it's also important to do that part before painting your nails. Very much needed rehydration and care is always a good idea.
6. Prep and paint.
Get a Q-tip and soak it in the nail polish remover, then gently clean your nails of any cream residue. Now we got to the most fun part - painting! If you are going for a bold colour, use a base coat as it will prevent staining. Some nail polishes look good with 1 coat on, some always need 2. If you make mistakes - don't worry. You can take another Q-tip, dip it into the nail polish remover and carefully clean up the mess. Moisturize again when nails are 100% dry.
When I was contacted by the lovely PR team at Crabtree & Evelyn to try their new spring collection nail polishes* and Lily Hand Therapy cream*, it didn't take me long to agree to such a fab offer. I have fallen in love with the brand a while ago, and sharing my passion for something I truly adore is exactly the reason behind this post. 
As the company promises, these beautiful nail lacquers apply perfectly, dry fast and are formulated without the toxic chemicals commonly found in nail polish. The shades I got were stunning & the formula was beyond amazing.
Peony* - gentle and flawless opaque pale pink shade, perfect bridal shade (and my personal favourite)
Petal Pink* - gorgeous sheer pink/taupe shade, perfect for French manicure as a top coat
Azalea* - just like a name suggests, this is a stunning shade of pink inspired by an azalea flower
Mint* - beautiful shade of minty colour, there's nothing to add if it's that perfect
Each bottle has a lovely sleek minimalistic design. It contains a little properly-shaped brush (don't get me started on a tricky pointy shape of a brush you can get sometimes). The consistency of the formula is great - each nail polish gives a beautiful finish even after one coat. The exception is Petal Pink but it was created that way - sheer. 
Nail polish glides on smoothly and has a gorgeous glossy finish. I am actually not a fan of matte nail lacquers one bit. So in my books the shinier finish it gives the better. These amazing happy spring colours have quite an impressive longevity! Depending on what you are doing with your hands and how well you protect them (while doing housework, for example), you might enjoy them completely intact and chipping-free for good 5 days. 
Like I mentioned before, moisturizing your hands is crucial. And not only when you are doing your nails. Our skin is so dehydrated and exhausted after winter that it pretty much begs for a "drink". I don't know about you but I am very picky about my hand creams. Ingredients, formula and, most importantly, scent defines my choice. The only issue I have with Crabtree & Evelyn is CHOOSING the scent because they are all so good! Each Hand Therapy cream is an absolute masterpiece. Lily Hand Therapy* contains shea butter, macadamia nut oil and ceramids 3 and 6II which are well known as skin restoring and moisturizing ingredients. It is formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or propylene glycol. Myrrh extract is added to this incredible hand cream to condition nails and cuticles. Finally, the scent comprises lily of the valley, peony, magnolia and elderflower extract which is a divine mixture.
*PR Samples
Other featured products:
Nail kit - Paperchase | Nail polish remover - Cutex

Hope you enjoyed my simple tips on how to do your manicure at home as well as 
the review of these gorgeous spring nail polishes and stunning Lily hand cream.
These products were offered to me by Crabtree & Evelyn 
but opinions are, as always, my own and 100% genuine.

P.S. 
Miel and Mint is awakening from the "winter hibernation" (sometimes more known as "life is taking over" sitch) introducing a new posting schedule for March and onward with 3+ posts per week. 
Happy spring! :)

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  1. Crabtree & Evelyn rocks! I haven't tried their hand cream before. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Carmen! Their hand cream are so amazing & the nail polish collection is just spring-perfect :)
      xox

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  2. Those nails colours are gorgeous =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Emyii. They are super lovely <3
      xox

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  3. I'm someone that can't really do my own nails so these are really great tips! And those colors are so pretty

    Vicky
    http://vickysscrapbook.com/

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    1. Thanks Vicky and I am glad this post came in handy for you. I think it's pretty easy to do your nails at home. Everyone just has their own system. To make them look more "polished" a little pampering is a must-do :) The colours are so stunning, aren't they?
      xox

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  4. Crabtree and Evelyn are my favorite! :D Their hand creams are literally to-die-for hahaha <3 Loving all of these pretty colors, Nadia! They're perfect for spring! Thank you so much for sharing your tips and tricks! I love doing my nails too because I find the whole process to be so relaxing, don't you?

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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    1. Their hand creams are sooo lovely, aren't they hon?
      Since I've tried that shower gel I review I just wanted to explore more and more collections of their :)
      I couldn't agree more on the whole doing your nails yourself thing - it's super relaxing. My favourite part has to be choosing the colour and painting :)
      xox

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  5. Mint and peony are my favourites! They offer such a lovely range of shades!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. They are so beautiful, aren't they, Charlotte? <3
      xox

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  6. Aww the shades a re so bright and spring-like! I actually just painted my nails a minute before I came on your blog and decided to go mint green. It's the 1st of March and for me that the 1st of spring! <3
    I love painting my nails and do so quite often. It's partly because I had gel nails last summer for my wedding and after that my own nails haven't been in such good condition. So I like to cover them with nail polish. Maybe not the best way to go, but my hands look prettier that way :D
    But I do skip some parts. I basically only remove my old nail polish, file a bit, add a base coat, the actual nail polish and a top coat and after letting it dry a hand cream is necessary. Quick and easy, but not very luxurious :D
    Thank you for the lovely post honey <3 I hope you have a wonderful week babes <3
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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    1. Mint green is gorgeous for spring, sweetie! How often do you paint your nails? I try not to overdo with painting mine too much haha but it's just so nice to change those colours and shades :) March 1st is totally the beginning of spring, hon! :D
      Just like you, I had mine done for the wedding and I was so happy I did because they remained in the most perfect condition during our 3 weeks of honeymoon and 2 weeks on top of that and only started to chip then! I got a bit hooked and started to go for gel manicures (it's sometimes so handy to have a friend who is a nail artist lol) but then again, it "ruined" my nails eventually and made the brittle. Now I break them all the time lol. Just like you, when I am in a rush it's a major achievement to be able to remove the old and paint the new quickly lol. I do try to make it into a little bit of a longer but more enjoyable process with a bit of "treatment" - I wish I had time for it though :)
      Thanks for a sweet comment, my lovely Emma!! Hope you are doing the best hon <3
      xox

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  7. I usually use one evening to take off my old polish, take care of my nails and cuticles and moisturize my hands and then paint them again the next day. That way I am not so pressed for time, if I do all in one evening my nails are more prone to chipping.
    But just like you I do my nails at home, because frequent trips to the salon are a big investment both in money and in time. The latter being more precious...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. It's a pretty great idea to do it on two different days - all comes down to planning your time. So well done there, Anne!
      Salon trips are nice but who has the time and money to do it often or as much as we might want to sometimes :)
      xox

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  8. All such lovely colours :) Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They really are :) Which one is your favourite?
      Thanks, Tania <3
      xox

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  9. Привет, солнышко))
    Какой красивый у тебя маникюр, ручки такие нежные и ухоженные! Очень понравился Peony, идеальный)))
    С первым днем Весны, моя хорошая!!!

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    1. Ох, солнышко, мне до ухоженных ручек очень далеко!)) Стараюсь, но не всегда получается (времени, как всегд, на все в обрез). Очень рада, что понравился отзыв на лаки и кремчик. С началом весны, любимая!! <3
      xox

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  10. Loved this post so much (as always!), my darling! I'll be totally honest - I'm completely useless when it comes to doing my own nails, but these tips are super helpful and I'll definietly be implementing these into my nail-care routine! x Your nails look absolutely gorgeous! I never knew that Crabtree & Evelyn had their own nail polish range. I'm a huge fan of their skincare products, and I think it's really amazing and so exciting that you had a chance to work with them - you go girl, I'm super proud of you!! x I'll definietly be checking this range out, because the formula seems great and the shades are just too gorgeous to resist! I tend to go for darker shades myself (all year round), but I just can't say no to that Peony and Petal Pink - they are so beautiful, and perfect for the upcoming spring months. Thank you so much for sharing, darling, this post was so much fun to read. :) Hope you're having a good week so far, and that everything is well your end. Kisses. x x

    Kay
    Shoes and Glitter
    YSL lipstick giveaway!

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    1. Thanks so so much, sweetheart! And thank you for your honesty lol :) I am just like you, especially when pressed for time. I kind of developed my own little routine of doing manicure at home so had to share it ;) Isn't Crabtree & Evelyn just one of the most amazing skincare brands? Just like you, I was in a bit of a surprise when I was offered nail polishes for a review! To say that I love nail polish is an understatement haha, and when they are C&E ones - yes, sign me up lol x
      You'd love the formula and the colours are just stunning, hon. Peony and Mint are my absolutely favourites! Though Petal Pink is perfect with French manicure.
      Glad you loved this post hon and thanks so much again for being the wonderful person that you are <3 <3 <3 Hope this week is going great for you, sweetie!
      xox

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    1. I agree with you, Candice! They really are gorgeous <3
      xox

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  12. OH MY GOODNESS, those nail files are so cute! (Yes, I needed caps for that lol!) Great post- for someone who hasn't had a manicure before this can be super useful. The nice thing about getting a manicure at a salon is when they massage your hand with the moisturizer! But of course, this is much more money savvy! I think the mint colour is my fave :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. Haha, I don't blame you for the caps hon! They are super cute! Who would've thought Paperchase does nail kits and that they are soooooo lovely :)
      I'm glad these tips were helpful hon. It is super nice to get your manicure done at a salon but frequent visits are not possible for most so at-home treatment surely helps :D C&E has multiple fab collection of moisturizers and hand creams, which I am sure you have seen *in love*
      xox

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  13. I have not tried any of these products before, but I love doing my own nails. These colors are all so pretty and springy that I cannot pick a favorite! Thanks for the great tips!

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    1. It's such a relaxing thing to do your nails at home, isn't it Mary? :)
      I think these are such lovely springy colours - definitely hard to choose your fave! Hope they are available in the US so you can give them a go <3
      xox

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  14. Какие симпатичные флакончики)) Мне особенно понравился мятный! Хотя на твоих ухоженных ручках все цвета выглядят отлично:)

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    1. Спасибо огромное, бусечка! Лаки действительно просто вау! Дизайн флакончиков, оттенки, формула и стойкость - то, что нужно ;)
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  15. I normally skip the base layer and so do get a bit of staining with darker colours, terrible I know! I've started applying my hand creams more regularly now though as normally I didn't bother applying them too often but my hands had started to get really dry because of this cold weather! :)

    Velvet Blush

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  16. Nadia, thanks for sharing your tips with us – I will try them next time ;)
    I love those nails colours – they totally reminds me of spring *-* My favorites are Peony and Mint!

    Have a nice week, Sweetie :)
    Kisses Rosy ♥

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  17. I've been doing at home manicures lately because, well, trying to save money haha to spend on bags and shoes! My mom always buys me a bunch of nail polishes from Crabtree and Evelyn; there's an outlet store by her and it's super cheap. The quality is pretty good too!

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Skin Care

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  18. Most of the time I do my manicure at home, it saves me time and money :) Cutting the cuticles is the part I struggle the most and I end up bleeding, it doesn't stop for hours weird isn't it? These nail polishes are so pretty (especially peony), they would be perfect for spring <3 xx

    Ela BellaWorld

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  19. I LOVE that mint color! So pretty <333

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  20. Oh my! All those nail colors are too pretty and just perfect for spring! And that hand moisturizer just sounds divine. Awesome post, Nadia.


    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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  21. They are famous for the beautiful hand creams. Didn't know Crabtree does nailpolishes now! x

    Real Life Nerd
    www.vivienekok.com

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  22. Thanks for the awesome tips! Love these photos and the colors of these polishes as well! I actually love how they look combined on each finger for a colorful mix as well!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  23. Great tips Nadia. The nail polishes and cream look lovely! Hope you are having a good week sweetie. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  24. I'm so terrible for doing my nails so will definitely refer back to this next time I attempt to do mine! I am in love with the shade azalea - how gorgeous is that pink?!

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥

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  25. When I started to paint my nails many moons ago, the polishes were strictly pinks as well! Hahaha... I'm a nail fanatic. They must be on point! I have acrylic nails now for that exact reason. Because before I had acrylic nails, I was painting them every two days.

    Peony is such a lovely color!

    Love, Layla Rosita

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  26. Firstly ... I absolutely love the layout of this post babe .. It was so wonderful to read !! Also .. HOW CUTE are the nail files !! I really want to start taking proper care of my nails so these tips definitely come in handy! The colours are absolutely stunning .. I love the names too!!! The hand cream sounds absolutely divine too!! I must give these a go! Fab post as always my darling !!!
    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xo

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  27. I actually had no idea that Crabtree and Evelyn sold nail polish! I tend to get fake nails to avoid actually having to do my nails haha, I know, I know I'm lazy! But, I still paint my own toe nails and will definitely be looking into their spring collection because these colours are GORGEOUS! I love that you added a little manicure "how to" guide for at home in the post! Oh Nadia your posts are truly amazing. Keep up the great work ! And u need to teach me photography because these photos are perfect and I can never get my photos to look like that when I do them indoors. U should do a future posts on indoor photography:-)

    www.wunderbliss.com

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  28. Thanks for the tips. These colours look beautiful.

    XoXo Noma

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  29. I love pairing my nails but the only thing I do is, trim, file and paint without any treatments whatsoever! And coincidentally, this is the second post I read about manicure at home, I'll take it as a sign that I should do more for my nails. ;-)

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  30. I don't paint my nails, but if I did, I would have followed your tips. Great post, beautiful! Hope you're well.

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I love the shocking pink colour! Unfortunately I am the worst person for nail-painting, I just can't seem to keep it on! But overall some brilliant tips from you :)

    www.kayteevivienne.blogspot.com

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  32. I used to wear clear polish for ages as I was scared of trying something new. I love the pastel shades from you showed us.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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  33. I can't get enough of these shades and your nails look so perfect, I'd #goals them haha, not going to lie, I haven't heard of this brand but I sure will give it a little google, seriously wanting peony lol ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  34. You’re like a professional! Mine always turn out like my six year old son painted them so I never paint them anymore. I also used to be like you where I’d always paint my nails a certain colour. I always had to have my nails black or grey & my toes some shade of blue. I felt weird if there were any other colour. So strange, right? Haha lovely post & those nail files are adorable!! x

    TFM BLOG

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  35. What?! I totally didn't know that they made nail polishes! The colors all look totally gorgeous. I'll have to try and find these nearby and try em' on.

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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  36. I've never tried Crabtree & Evelyn but I've heard their shower gels are amazing (not to mention smell great). At first I was going to say Petal Pink was my favorite, but after seeing your nails I think I have to go to Peony, but let's be real all pinks are super pretty. The hand cream also sounds like it has good ingredients, and the packaging is on point. Love it. Personally when it comes to nail care I rely on Essie A LOT, but these shades are beautiful!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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  37. Crabtree & Evelyn nail polish is amazing! I need that mint shade!!

    Macarons and Mischief

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  38. I'm so in love with these Crabtree & Evelyn nail polishes, they are absolutely gorgeous and just perfect for S/S! I especially like Azalea, it's such a stunning shade of pink :).
    Thank you for the wonderful manicure tips, I can't wait to do my nails now :D.

    I hope that you have a great weekend lovely :).

    El xxx

    www.elsfashionfix.co.uk

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  39. That's a very comprehensive review~ :)

    thanks for sharing.

    www.lifewithalk.blogspot.com

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  40. These are such lovely tips, Nadia. Being someone who doesn't do her nail often, I definitely needed these. I don't have a lot of tools at home, but I think I can make it work. Also, your photography is gorgeous! I'm loving the vibrant colours of the polishes. x

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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  41. I don't have time for at home manicures too often but when I do I love taking my time and this sounds like the perfect routine. Love these spring nail polish shades, so pretty and the hand cream sounds lovely too x

    Beauty with charm

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  42. I love all these nail colors, & that little owl & those nail files are the cutest!!! Going to go do my nails now! :)

    www.saltwaterandstilettos.com

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  43. I'm actually obsessing over how cute these are! They are legit screaming Spring at me! They are all such beautiful colours and look opaque too! Your little owl manicure set is so sweet! I've been somehow put into the mood to have a little manicure evening! xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. Great post. I've been painting my nails pink and minty colours lately. I have not tried C&E nail lacquers, but love these hues. Thanks! xx/Madison
    Flower Design

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  45. I agree with your whole method! I do the exact same thing. And I couldn't do my nails without a manicure stick and q tips in nail polish remover for clean up! An absolute must for me. And these colours are all so pretty! I especially love Azalea. I have a serious thing for pink polish as well, along with red, they're my two signature nail polish colours. I've never tried crabtree and evelyn polishes before or their hand cream but these look and sound great. Thank you for sharing! Katie xx

    www.thestyleblossom.com

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  46. I had no idea crabtree did polishes. I never go into their store I guess I found to old fashioned but I will check it out now x
    www.whatrosiewrote.com

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  47. I had no idea crabtree did polishes. I never go into their store I guess I found to old fashioned but I will check it out now x
    www.whatrosiewrote.com

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  48. Ohh such gorgeous shades!! And it's so cool that this brand doesn't use toxic chemicals in their products. The colors are indeed perfect for springtime, a couple of seasons ago I fell for pastels and when it comes to nail polishes I use pastels all year round (thankfully, these shades has taken over winter too, haha).
    Your tips for getting a DIY mani are so on point. I may want to remember next time to moisturize before painting my nails, thanks for one, lovely!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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  49. I absolutely love Petal Pink for SS16 - I usually skip all the pampery parts of a manicure (such a bad blogger I know) but I'll definitely have to have a full-step manicure soon!

    Holly | www.thekittyluxe.com

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  50. Omg these are all so pretty! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Xo Raina
    www.themamaqueen.com

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  51. Какие у тебя красивые ухоженные ручки!)
    Очень понравились оттенки лаков! Mint - просто идеальный!

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  52. Nice manicure for Spring time! These shades are all lovely!
    kisses

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