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DIY Nail Brightener

In numerous 'Let's Talk Polish' posts I've said that I prefer to wear dark polishes for manicures. I don't really have a reason that's just how I get down. Trouble is, certain shades tend to stain nails; and not just dark colours, vibrant blues are famous offenders.

While working on a pending Inky Blue polish post I encountered some staining. So as to not taint the shade of the next polish I decided that it was time to give my nails a good scrubbing. The method I used isn't new information; I'm just sharing my process with you.

What you will need

Hydrogen Peroxide or lemon juice, baking soda, a soft bristle toothbrush and a bowl. If you're using hydrogen peroxide please do not use a metal bowl.

Nail brightener kit

Make a paste

I have no measurements but what we want to achieve is a paste that's easily spreadable. Pour the baking soda into the bowl first and then add the hydrogen peroxide or lime juice until you've reached the desired consistency. You don't need a lot so don't go ham.

Nail brightener kit
This was too much

Scrub away

Pay special attention to your cuticles and the skin around your nails. You don't have to use a lot of force; let the chemicals in the hydrogen peroxide go to work.

Nail brightener kit demo (before)
Nail brightener kit demo (before)

Rinse thoroughly

Nail brightener kit demo (after)
Nail brightener kit demo (after)

Feel free to repeat the scrubbing process if you're not satisfied with the initial results.

This step is critical to the health and appearance of your nails. Similarly to your skin, moisturised nails automatically look more healthy and youthful.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and CND Solar Oil
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Nail brightening kit demo (after)

If you're working on correcting the yellowness of your nails I'd recommend repeating this process once a week. Please bear in mind that some nails are more porous than others - thus nail polish pigment 'soaks' through easier - so results will vary. 

Crystal did a video showing this process a while ago:

For more nail care tips check out Jess' video:

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