DIY Nails At Home

Hey everyone,

As I am moving onto nearly 34 weeks into my pregnancy now, I have been feeling a bit rough and just not feeling 150%. My body has it’s aches and pains, so much so that I have cracked ribs from bub enjoying themselves a bit too much in there. Pregnancy is no easy walk in the park, let’s say that!

The other day I was craving a bit of a pamper session, I have been eagerly wanting to do something with my hair or nails and I decided to delve into my passion for nails which is a bit of a hobby of mine.


I wanted longer nails, being pregnant my nails have been quite long naturally but I just felt like that little bit extra glam of having ‘tips’ on.

I went to my local chemist and purchased Nailene So Natural 216 Nail Tips. These are the type of nail tips that cover just the tip part of your nail, so unfortunately you will need to spend time filing the middle down so it blends between your natural nail and the artificial tip.

I also wanted to go for a pale light pink colour, and I found for cheap Essence Shine Last & Go new quick dry gel, as I wanted a gel nail and this looked great so I wanted to give it a try. I got the colour 05 Sweet As Candy. For the ring finger, I wanted some glitter to perk it up. This is 02 Crashed The Party.

DIY Nails At Home

What you will need:

  • Pair of scissors
  • Nail filer
  • Desired nail polish colours
  • Base coat for your nails
  • Top coat for your nails
  • Nail repair oil
  • Nail tips
  • Nail glue


  1. Clean your nails prior to this process, ensure dirt and residue are not underneath your natural nail.
  2. Buff your natural nails, this helps the nail glue stick.
  3. Choose your relevant nail tips that match your nail sizes for each finger. Always go a size smaller if you can’t find a perfect match.
  4. Apply a small amount of glue to the base of the artificial nail tip and blow on it before applying it to your natural nail tip. Hold for 5 seconds.
  5. Once all tips are on, decide on your length and use a pair scissors to cut the length you desire. Ensure each nail matches the opposite hand.
  6. File your shape you would like to go for and make sure your nails are smooth around the edges.
  7. File the ‘bump’ between your artificial nail and natural nail, until you can run your finger over it and it is smooth.
  8. Wash your hands to remove the residue from filing.
  9. Paint a singular base coat on each nail and allow to dry.
  10. Use your nail polish of your choice and paint a singular coat. Allow time to dry.
  11. If desired, paint a second coat and allow time to dry.
  12. Apply a top coat and allow time to dry.
  13. Once nails are dried, use nail repair oil which is beneficial for cuticles and rub along your cuticles and nails.

There you have it!


Something that was handy for me was the Essence Express Dry Drops that I used on my nails once I had painted them, it is a formula that helps dry your nails quicker. I absolutely loved it. The Essence Nail Repairing Oil smells absolutely amazing as well, I am still using it every day and it smells amazing, feels amazing and it does such a good job.

I feel like I had my nails done and I did them myself, right at home. It feels like a little confidence boost for myself, because they look nice so I feel nice. What a win-win.

Let me know if you do your nails at home, if so, what products do you recommend?

Speak soon!


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My name is Jessica. I'm a twenty something year old woman with a beautiful husband, a crazy cat and a bub. You can find me on Instagram/Twitter @daysixtyfive.

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