Why I’m Choosing Natural Over Painted Nails Post COVID-19

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With renewed nails which haven’t been painted for months, I’m choosing not to go back to the nail salon. For Now.

As we emerge out of lockdown after three months of semi-isolation in Australia, the decision whether to go back to the nail salon or not got me thinking. Who else is struggling to go back?

I’m loving the idea of having natural nails, especially after spending the last three months adopting new beauty habits which embrace the whole natural beauty concept.

I hear many other women saying the same thing. And the evidence of beauty sales during lockdown proves just that.

Trends throughout the whole COVID-19 crisis showed massive surges globally in the sales of sheet masks, at-home laser removers, LED light masks and other DIY beauty tools, such as gel manicure kits and even dermabrasion machines.

Adore Beauty founder Kate Morris told The Sydney Morning Herald, between the months of March and May the increase in sales of at home skin treatment packages and pampering kits was astounding from the moment lockdown occurred.

Kate explained she found it interesting to see the trends of consumers and what they were spending their money on, which was evidence on how people were approaching their beauty routines whilst being stuck at home and unable to go to any beauty salons.

Self-care became a priority, and Kate believed people were caring more about how they felt rather than how they looked. They opted for products which would nurture their natural beauty rather than hiding it under layers of makeup. Consumers overall purchased more skincare products and less makeup products.

A quick look at social media feeds from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook revealed pages and pages of women globally embracing the idea of natural beauty and being more comfortable in their own skin.

And with nails, we were forced to accept nails without polish.

If I’ve learned anything over the past three months, after turning my bathroom and bedroom into a makeshift at-home day spa and beauty salon, it has been learning ways to reduce the money I spend on beauty treatments, and how to perform various at-home treatments.

BB founder Renae also found new ways of reducing her expenditure on beauty both pre and post-lockdown.

Related article: Why I Spent Over $12,000 on Beauty Treatments a Year

So if you have survived three or more months not visiting the nail salon, perhaps you can survive a little longer and embrace the idea of natural nails for good.

There are so many great products available to help you achieve a natural nail look at home.

Nail Products for The easiest natural nails at home.

Fresh Therapies Nail Polish Remover RRP $24.95

Beautifully lime scented and formulated with biodegradable food grade and plant-based ingredients that are non­ toxic and non-carcinogenic, this nail polish remover is safe to use, is completely vegan and cruelty-free. Winning.

OPI Ridge Filler RRP $19.95

Smooth out any flaws in your nails with this easy to use ridge filler by OPI. This is a base coast which dries clear. It can be used under any other nail polish,f rom a clear coat or colour (if you decide not to go natural). It contains natural silk to gently smooth out uneven nails for a natural nail look.

Tweezerman Pushy & Nail Cleaner RRP $27.95

Made from stainless steel (so it lasts a long time), this nail cleaner helps you push back any overgrown cuticles and cleans out dirt from all angles. The edges of the Tweezerman have been neatly buffed, so it won’t damage or scratch your nails.

OPI Pro Spa Nail and Cuticle Oil RRP $27.95

Treat your nails and cuticles with this fabulous spa quality oil by OPI made from grape seed, sesame, kukui, sunflower & cupuaçu oils which richly quench the thirst of any dry fingertips. Although rich in texture, the oil is lightweight once applied to nails.

Nailsinc 2-in-1 Top and Base Coat RRP $14.95

Rock those nicely new buffed nails with a shiny clear coat to rock your natural French style manicure of healthy white tips and juicy and well-hydrated cuticles.

It can also be used as a base coat if you do decide to add colour to your nails.

Going natural isn’t as scary as it seems. And if you are hesitant to manage the whole natural nail look on your own, your nail salon will be able to help you rock the most polished natural nail look on trend.

My Favourite Beauty Product of the Week:

Jojoba Water Toning Mist RRP $19.95

Jojoba Vitamin C Face Toner mist

Toners don’t get enough attention, and yet they play an important part in skin management, as a way of helping to keep skin clear and clean, and well hydrated throughout the day. If you haven’t started introducing toner into your skincare regime – this is a good product to start with. You won’t be disappointed. 

Did you know Jojoba is not actually an oil? It’s a liquid wax ester which is a combination of a fatty acid and a fatty alcohol known to be the closest botanical match to our skin’s natural oil. It is able to carry the active natural ingredients deep into the skin.

Combining a blend of jojoba leaf extract, milk, hydrolysed esters, vitamin C rich desert lime, this toner packs a powerful punch in the skin hydration department, and can be sued either after cleansing, or throughout the day as a skin mist onto of makeup.

The toner has been specially formulated to help patent the skin from the elements using a breathable barrier which will also instantly refresh and nourish skin. 

You will also notice a significant difference in skin firmness and pore reduction. 

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Rebecca Wilkinson

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Say hello to Bondi Beauty's Beauty Columnist. Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel with a weakness for coffee. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty craze like ice baths or rubbing smashed avo on her face. We know, what a waste of smashed avo. Reach out to her with your beauty questions.

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