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    I Put The Highly Rated Cuticle Remover That Thousands Of People Have Reviewed On Amazon To The Test – Here's What Happened

    A super speedy and professional-looking DIY manicure? I'll be the judge of that.

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    Hi, I'm Valeza and I'm obsessed with painting my own nails.

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    Pictured: three-year-old me showing off her very badly-painted DIY manicure – the journey begins...

    You'll be impressed to know my skills have *slightly* improved since age three, and I just don't see the point of paying for something I can do perfectly well on my own! Needless to say, the past few months of lockdown have only served to encourage my side hustle as an amateur self-manicurist.

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    I’m not usually one to experiment with ~nail art~ – I love a nice, clean block of colour instead.

    I'm always on the hunt for products that can make my at-home manicure experience quicker, easier, and more effective – so when I heard that there's a gel that painlessly dissolves your cuticles in mere seconds, you know I had to give it a try!

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    The Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover gel promises to soften dry, overgrown, and messy-looking cuticles in as little as 15 seconds! You should then be able to simply rub off and wash away the excess skin, leaving behind smooth nail beds and the perfect base for your next mani! Here's what happened when I tried it out…

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    Price: £4.20

    This is how my nails and cuticles looked without any nail polish and before the cuticle treatment:

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    Yes the tips of my nails are slightly yellow at the moment – I think it's down to old age (this is the longest I've let them grow in a while!) Please also note the overgrown cuticles and untidy nail beds.

    I applied the gel to each of my nail beds in turn with the easy-to-use applicator.

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    I might have gone *slightly* OTT with the amount of product I used, but I wanted to make sure I covered every last bit – including the excess skin around the edges of my nails!

    The non-sticky formula didn't hurt or sting at all – it actually had quite a nice cooling effect! I left it on for around 30 seconds rather than the advertised 15 (the instructions say you can leave the gel on for up to a minute) as I had to ask my mum to snap these snazzy pics.

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    FYI, you shouldn't use this product anywhere that you have broken or cracked skin!

    I then washed the formula off with warm water, making sure to rub the nail beds properly!

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    The formula washed off really easily!

    Now for the satisfying part – I used my nails to gently scrape any excess skin away and push what was left of the softened cuticles back.

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    You can always use cuticle pushers or nail scissors if you like, but this method saves time and is just as effective, IMO.

    I then washed off any ~residue~ with warm water and this is how my nails looked once they had dried:

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    Not only did it remove my cuticles, but it also cleaned up the excess skin around the edges of my nails that can sometimes make my nail polish go on bumpy – truly a multipurpose hero if ever I saw one!

    If you're not *quite* convinced just yet, then I urge you to take a look at this direct before and after comparison (bearing in mind these pictures were taken less than two minutes apart!!)

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    I mean, come on!!!

    And here's how my completed manicure looked (I used two coats of the Maybelline gel nail colour in Rose Poudre):

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    With a small shoutout to my babe, the Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat that I used on top – aka the ONLY top coat I’ll ever use after trialling it for two weeks to test its chip-resistant formula and general ease of use (spoiler alert: it passed with flying colours!)

    Get the top coat here for £7.88, and the Maybelline nail polish here for £3.26.

    I think you can probably tell by now that I am OBSESSED with this lil' cuticle remover, which has now earned a place in my DIY manicure kit! It's surprisingly cheap, super easy to use, and genuinely reduces the excess time it usually takes to get my nails looking this smooth and tidy!

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    Get it here for £4.20!

    Now go ahead and enjoy your super-speedy DIY manicure!

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