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Ensure your nails are painted to perfection for bringing in the new year

Ensure your nails are painted to perfection for bringing in the new year

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Ensure your nails are painted to perfection for bringing in the new year

Whether you have a date with your sofa or a soiree to attend, ensure your nails are painted to perfection as you celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Here's our pick of the best products for your at-home manicure…

Back to basics

Prepare your nails for polish with the Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit (£23); a high-quality set of mini manicure tools in a compact case that's ideal for grooming on the go. The kit contains four essentials; a cuticle and hangnail nipper, cuticle pusher and nail cleaner, metal file and clipper. The cuticle and hangnail nipper handle like a tweezer for precise trimming.

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Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit, £23

Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit, £23

Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit, £23

 

Party prep

The CND Holiday Hydration Kit (£10.95) contains everything you need for an at-home pampering session; Scentsations Mango and Coconut Lotion, SolarOil and the CND Kanga File. Shape and refine your nails with the file before massaging in SolarOil. Enriched with jojoba oil and vitamin E, this conditioning treatment will leave your nails looking healthier and hydrated, and the cuticle area nourished and protected. Apply a generous dollop of the delicately scented lotion to sooth dry skin.

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CND Holiday Hydration Kit, £10.95

CND Holiday Hydration Kit, £10.95

CND Holiday Hydration Kit, £10.95

 

Sequins & stars

Jazz up ordinary polish with a smattering of stars, sequins or gems, with Inglot's Face, Nail & Body Art Spangles (£11). Simply apply your usual polish and before it dries sprinkle the spangles on, then apply a top coat of clear varnish to secure firmly in place. The gems can be used on the face and body too, so would come in handy when creating a funky festival make-up look down the line.

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Inglot’s Face, Nail and Body Art Spangles, £11

Inglot’s Face, Nail and Body Art Spangles, £11

Inglot’s Face, Nail and Body Art Spangles, £11

 

Ready to wear

For a perfectly polished look with minimal effort, try the KISS Glam Fantasy Nails - Parasol (£5.33 were £8, Boots). The collection features powder blue nails with matte, holographic and glitter finishes. Each packet contains 28 nails, glue, and a mini file and manicure stick. With two ways to attach - glue or adhesive tabs - your mani will stay put for up to a week.

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KISS Glam Fantasy Nails, £5.33

KISS Glam Fantasy Nails, £5.33

KISS Glam Fantasy Nails, £5.33

 

Spoilt for choice

Change up your colour over the festive season with the Autograph Nail Polish Set 6x5ml (£12.50, Marks & Spencer). The gold-flecked presentation box contains three solid shades and three glitter-infused bottles in pillar-box red and shimmering metallic tones. The varnish is infused with vitamin E and argan oil to add moisture and strengthen weak nails.

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Autograph Nail Polish set, £12.50

Autograph Nail Polish set, £12.50

Autograph Nail Polish set, £12.50

 

Paint the town red

You can't go wrong with a classic red polish in winter and Nailberry's Rouge (£15) is a head-turner. The timeless red shade belongs to Nailberry's luxury L'Oxygéné range of 'breathable, oxygenated and water permeable polishes' which are certified cruelty-free. The varnish is ultra-light and dries to an opaque finish. Boost its staying power with a finishing sweep of Shine & Breathe Oxygenated Top Coat (£17.50).

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Nailberry’s Rouge,£15

Nailberry’s Rouge,£15

Nailberry’s Rouge,£15

 

Chocolate o'clock

Enjoy a calorie-free chocolate fix with the long-lasting Nails INC Coco For Real Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Duo (£15). I'm Fondue You is a shimmery caramel foil shade, and the 100% Hot Chocolate is a deep brown colour. Both varnishes have an ultra-glossy, high-shine finish, are cruelty-free and powered by natural ingredients.

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Nails INC Coco for Real Duo, £15

Nails INC Coco for Real Duo, £15

Nails INC Coco for Real Duo, £15

 

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