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Hello lovelies, 

It has been quite a while since I shared with you the products I use to keep my nails in shape and healthy so here's a new update with some new products you might not have seen before. 

I take my nail care very seriously because it has proven it has a real impact on my nails. When I stop caring for my nails, don't apply nail oil several times a day and don't use hand creams, my nails feel dry, brittle and they break easily. It really pays off for me to spend few minutes a day caring for my nails - what about you?

From Lucy's Stash: Nail & Hand Care Products I Currently Use In My Everyday Routine


Let's have a look at the products that I currently use on regular basis:

1. Yardley London English Freesia Hand Cream* - This is the hand cream I currently use most of the time and it's part of the new Yardley Spring release. It has a fresh freesia flower scent with hints of citrus. It soaks into the skin fast which I really appreciate. I don't like to use greasy or sticky hand creams during the day and that's why I love this hand cream. It leaves my hands lovely smooth and nourished. It contains "freesia extract combined with shea butter, peach kernel oil, antioxidant vitamin E and chia seed oil" - all that and 100ml of cream for under £4.50.  Also, it's a British brand so let's support British businesses, right?


2. All That Jazz Cuticle Oil - I've been using various All That Jazz manicure range products for the past years and I've always been very happy with all of them. They are marketed for both consumers and salon professionals which tells me that if they are good enough for professional use, then they're definitely good enough for regular consumers at home. Their cuticle oil in the Captivate scent (musk and coconut oil blend) is one of their products I use the most. I still have the original vintage-style packaging. They've recently changed into more modern black packaging just so you know. Just a bit of the oil goes a long way and it leaves my nails nourished and flexible again. It contains "fractionate coconut oil, vitamins A, C and D and carotenoids".


3. Mont Bleu Crystal Nail File - These Czech crystal files have been my staple for years and I'm not giving them up anytime soon! If you're still using cheap disposable nail files/emery boards, STOP! Stop and try a good quality crystal nail file and you'll see the difference. My natural nails love crystal nail files! It keeps the edge smooth and sealed and it helps in preventing splitting and breaking. 


4. SpaRitual Cuti-Clean Cuticle Remover - I keep coming back to SpaRitual Cuti-Clean as my favourite cuticle remover because it just works so well and fast! It has a little glass dropper that helps with putting the product exactly where I need it. As soon as I finish putting it on my last nail, I can start working on the first one. It makes the cuticle removing process very fast and easy. Sometimes my nails start to get a yellow staining after painting my nails with dark colours so I really appreciate the stain removing properties. What's your favourite cuticle remover?


5. Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab* - This is a surprise product because I never thought I would like it as I'm a big fan of nail oils. Moisture Rehab is and overnight serum but truth to be told, I use it at any time of the day. It has gel-like consistency that soaks into skin and nails fast when massaged in. For especially effective overnight treatment I massage the Moisture Rehab into my nails and then apply cuticle oil over it. My nails and cuticles are in top form in the morning! It contains a "blend of natural actives including black orchid, acai and algae to deliver deep moisture and nutrient rich actives". Sounds good to me!


6. The Little Book of Nail Art by So Nailicious* - This little book is not a nail or hand care product as you've probably guessed but it is my go-to product for sketching and planning nail designs. This pink design has template for round nails but almond and square nail templates are also available. I often get nail art ideas just before I fall asleep so I keep one of these on my night stand. We all know that those ideas are gone and forgotten in the morning unless we write them down! And lastly, this book is an idea and product from a fellow blogger Maria aka So Nailicious so even if you don't plan on buying yourself this Little Book of Nail Art, at least check out Maria's blog, she's an amazing nail artist!


I hope I gave you little insight into my favourites and also inspired you to try something new. What are your current fave products?


Have a lovely day! Lucie x


*Post contains products previously sent for consideration, my honest opinion was given regardless. 

Hi everyone,

I have decided to put together a Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers. It might give an idea to you or your loved ones what to buy and what's available. I've included many items that are often a bit pricier so it would be a lovely Christmas treat. There are many items in this guide that I would personally like to own so I hope you will feel the same way and maybe, just maybe you will find some of them under you Christmas tree :)

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts




Flakies are a huge thing now, especially the new multichrome opaque flakie polishes. I'm lucky to own six of the new ILNP flakie polishes and I can wholeheartedly say - you should get some! They look stunning and are very versatile and there's a lot of variety at the moment. Some of the flakie polishes available are:


ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies $12.50 each

Polish Me Silly Flakie Topcoats $7.50 each

Girly Bits Ermahgerd Flerkers! $13 each

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts




These beauties can't be left out of my list. The release of Louboutin polishes earlier this year caused a lot of stir and I must say one day I would like to own the classic red one too. The whole bottle is just a thing of beauty and I think it will be a prized possession in every nail lover's collection.


Louboutin polishes are available at:

US: Louboutin website, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom...

UK: Louboutin website UK, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols...

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Nails Inc offers a special customisable polishes. You can choose blinged up caps, smooth gold cap or silver monogrammed cap and different nail polish shades and create your own combination. These polishes come with a £20-25 price tag so it would definitely be a nice personalised stocking filler. You can get them at Nails Inc website.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Those who stamp never have enough stamping plates, right? I see it with myself, I want more and more, just imagining the possibilities I could do with them and all the new brands and collections just leave me wanting more. I'm sure that if you buy some stamping plates for those who like stamping nail art they won't be disappointed. Plates can be bought from $0.99 upwards. Some of the brands of stamping plates available are:


MoYou London

Pueen Cosmetics

Bundle Monster

Winstonia Store

MoYou Nails


Vivid Lacquer plates

Messy Mansion

Born Pretty Store

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Hand care products are another category of gifts that nail lovers will appreciate. To keep our hands nice and healthy we use a lot of hand creams, cuticle balms and oils. Also don't forget about all the lotions, soaks and hand scrubs! There's a vast array of brands and products on the market and there's no way I can list them all so I just picked some that I tried and liked.

Rituals Hand Therapy scrub & mask

All That Jazz Hand and nail care products

LUSH Lemony Flutter

Glisten & Glow Nail + Cuticle Balm

Alessandro Cream Royal Nutrifying Hand Treatment (mask)

OPI Avoplex Hand Cream

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

SpaRitual Handprint Hand Serum

SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail cuticle oil

Bliss Kiss Nail Oil*

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





I'm sure you've all seen the wonderful new 'tool' called Liquid Palisade, right? It has been around for a while but lately it seems to gain immense popularity as a 'clean up tool'. It's basically a liquid latex in a tub with a brush for easy application. Here's what I'm thinking - if you want to make 'nail lover' happy, Liquid Palisade is a great cool product to have but it comes with a $22 price tag. If you want to make yourself happy and want to save some pennies then you can buy yourself a tub of coloured liquid latex found in costume shops, Amazon or other different online stores. You can put it into old cleaned out nail polish bottle or nail art pen bottle for convenience (tip: Use a drinking straw to transfer the latex into smaller bottle).

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Having a good nail file is essential so why not treat your beloved nail addict with their favourite brand's file or fancy crystal-decorated nail file? Crystal nail files are a great choice and currently there is plenty of choice out there. I can personally recommend the Mont Bleu Czech Crystal nail files which are beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals. Other available crystal nail files are:


Mont Bleu Czech Design Glassware

Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File

Cirque Crystal Nail File

Bliss Kiss Crystal Nail File*

OPI Crystal File

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





I must include The Ultimate Fix, a polish drying spray. I have been using it for the past year whenever I did manicure for 'going out' and it's one of my staples. I'm sure that every woman that paints her own nails will appreciate the saved time and smudge-free manicure with this product. I have previously written a full review here. The Ultimate Fix is available in two sizes and priced at £17 for the 200ml bottle (50 manicures) and £9.50 for the 50ml bottle (12 manicures) on Beauty Narcotix website.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Many brands are releasing various nail polish gift boxes for the holiday season so there is plenty to choose from if you want to gift nail polish. Usually the popular ones are from OPI, China Glaze, Leighton Denny (beautiful kaleidoscope & holographic packaging this year), Sparitual and many more. Just pop into your local drug store or visit the brand websites to find them.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





I simply must include my favourite brand of nail oil - Bliss Kiss. There are hundreds of others that will agree with me saying this oil is a blessing and it's really great! If you want to improve condition of your nails and cuticles then I can more than recommend this product as a gift or to try yourself. Ana, the creator of Bliss Kiss, has also brought some new other amazing products on the market and one of them is Simply Sealed Lotion stick. I like to use both the oil and the lotion stick every night and keeps my mitts in top condition.


Both Bliss Kiss nail oil and Simply Sealed Stick are available in Bliss Kiss online store*.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Polish Me Silly brand has recently came up with cute polish tags in different styles and colours. I have purchased one straight away so I can show you how it looks in real life. The polish tags are definitely bigger than regular 'dog tags' as you can see and I will be proudly hanging mine on my car's review mirror.


This a very cute present and even better - you'll be supporting a small business! These tags cost $14.95 and will be available at Polish Me Silly Etsy store.


EDIT: It looks like there was an overwhelming demand and these tags will be available again at the beginning of next year.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts
Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





Cirque has released a limited edition Ultimate Luxe Gift Set which consists of Au- 23 carat gold flake polish and Mirror Mirror - pure silver-coated flake polish. They look stunning and I'm pretty sure this would be a great gift for anyone who loves nail polish. This gift set can be purchased at Cirque website for $45.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts





And of course I need to include the newest addition to the piCture pOlish family - my own collaboration shade called Dragonfly (reviewed here)! There were six new collaboration shades in total and all can be found at piCture pOlish website for AU$13.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts
Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts


I hope my Christmas Guide at least inspired you. I'm sure there are plenty of great things that I forgot to cover so feel free to share them with others in the comments.


Have a lovely day! Lucie x



*I have not been compensated for including any of the items in the guide but it contains one affiliate link.