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    16 Things For The Person Sorely Missing Their Manicurist In Isolation

    I'll be wearing gloves until I can get my hands on these products.

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    1. This liquid latex, peel-off skin protector, which will make keeping your designs clean and crisp a cinch.


    I imagine like me, you are currently tracing your nail with an earbud soaked in polish remover, or even (shock horror), waiting for messy polish to be washed off over time. Well, no longer need you be so inefficient β€” simply apply around your nail, wait a moment to dry and once polish or nail art has been applied, peel off in one go!

    Buy for $9.49 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This decedent, sweetly-scented Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream, because no point putting in the work for pretty nails if your paws are drier than the Sahara.

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    This gel-cream is made from Community Trade shea from Ghana and pink grapefruit oil β€” both super soft and absorbs quickly into your skin.

    Promising Review: "This hand cream lives on my desk. I have naturally dry skin, so need to moisturise them throughout the day. This cream is not only thick and so hydrating, but it also smells DIVINE. It instantly soothes my nerves in the middle of a hectic working day."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for $7 from The Body Shop.

    3. These self-adhesive nail forms, which will help you to get long, impressive talon-like nails that would otherwise be quite impossible to shape by yourself.


    Perfect for acrylic or gel nail extensions, these self-adhesive stickers can be cut to different shapes β€” almond, coffin, round, square β€” and to whichever length you choose. Flexible but durable, it has close to 100 reviews and a four-and-a-half star rating.

    Buy 100 pieces for $12.79 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This electric shiatsu foot massager, which is the closest thing to having someone knead all the aches and pains from your arches.


    Ugh, I could use one of these right now, under my desk as I write this. Six massager heads (with 18 rotating massage nodes) knead tired feet β€” not to mention, in one of two speeds and heated, should you prefer. Which, yes, at this time of year, I most certainly do.

    Buy for $89.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. These reusable nail clips, which make soaking off gel and acrylic nails a cinch.


    For everyone who has trouble removing acrylics with fiddly alo foil (that doesn't even do the job in the end), there are these simple yet effective nail clips. Soak cotton balls with polish remover, place on your nails, then clamp down with these β€” the number one bestselling nail art equipment on Amazon, you can be assured it'll work.

    Buy a set of 10 for $6.50 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This foot peel mask, which will make your calloused and dry feet as soft a baby's bum in a week.


    I mean, I don't really want to picture it, but this exfoliating foot peel causes dead and crusty skin to fall from your feet over seven to 10 days. Simply press the mask to your feet for 30-40 minutes (socks advised!), remove then rinse. Wait for it to work its magic over coming days, then voila! Fresh and smooth feet.

    Buy for $24.99 from Amazon Australia.

    7. And this foot file, for the more stubborn of your callouses.


    Double-sided β€” one fine, one coarse β€” this foot file can be used on every inch of the sole of your feet. Using the raised, textured side, thick calluses and dead skin are removed; then the finer side sands and soothes. Plus, a silicone handle makes for comfortable and easy handling.

    Buy for $16.99 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This nail clipper set, designed to cut through even the thickest of nails.


    I almost scrolled past these, but then noticed the five-star rating, despite over 2,400 reviews. Users love how easy-to-use, sharp and strong these tools are and how wide the mouth opens to accomodate the thickest of nails.

    Buy for $19.57 from Amazon Australia.

    9. These coloured sea shell bits, for the more gifted of us home nail manicurists.


    If your standard, clear polished manicure does nothing for you, try your hand at these little seashell nail details. Natural, irregular shapes and in six iridescent colours, they are easily applied to regular polish, gel or acrylic nails. Fill in the entire surface of your nails, or use as an accent to one.

    Buy six colours for $9.99 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This polish to gel formula, which will use whatever regular polish you already have and turn it into durable gel.


    A four-and-a-half star rating and over 440 ratings, you know the claims must be true. If, like me, you have a collection of regular polishes at home β€” but are missing the gel nails you'll treat yourself to once in a while β€” use a combination of half polish, half this high-gloss formula, while we wait for salons to open again.

    Buy for $24.95 from Amazon Australia.

    11. And this LED nail light, so you can dry and secure your gel polish.


    A combination of light sources means this LED nail light will dry your gel polish faster than alternatives. It has four time settings and when not used, will automatically turn off after three seconds.

    Buy for $78.50 from Amazon Australia.

    12. This portable nail drill set, which will help you to achieve the perfect almond-shaped nail.


    This here is the number one bestselling electric manicure drill on Amazon. With 11 drill bits, you can shape, buff, polish and file with just the one tool. With very low vibration, you can ensure smooth and accurate use.

    Buy for $48.99 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This mirror and holographic powder set, should you be tiring of your usual, go-to look.


    With four mirror powders, one holographic powder and one chameleon powder (I didn't even know that was a thing?), you'll definitely be feeling yourself with these colours on your fingers.

    Buy six powders for $17.09 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This cuticle remover, which will soften your cuticles better than polish remover ever could.


    God bless the person who knew pushing my cuticles back makes me gag. No longer need I suffer through the sensation with this cuticle remover (free from formaldehyde, phthalates, all the bad stuff) which gently removes them with ease.

    Buy for $21.95 from Amazon Australia.

    15. These OPI Drip Dry Drops, which will make your polish touch dry in 60 seconds β€” completely dry in five minutes!

    Adore Beauty

    If, like me, you're the type to smudge your nails immediately after application, get this in your cart now. A single drop on each nail will dry your polish faster than blowing on them ever could β€” and formulated with Jojoba and Vitamin E, it will also double as treatment for your cuticles.

    Buy for $24.95 from Adore Beauty.

    16. And lastly, this wearable nail polish holder, which will remove the need to squeeze the bottle between your thighs as you paint.


    This, quite frankly, adorable polish bottle holder will enable you to paint your nails wherever you like. In bed? No problem. Sitting in the grass? Easy as. It no longer matters that you don't have a flat, hard surface to rest your bottle on, because this soft, flexible holder has you covered.

    Buy for $4.95 from Amazon Australia.

    Me and my newly-restored nails.

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