When you’re pregnant, it’s always nice to feel pampered every now and then – after all, you deserve it!
We don’t know about you, but in our experience, along with ordering a new maternity dress and getting complemented on your flattering new maternity jeans, having freshly manicured finger nails is one of those little luxuries during pregnancy that practically guarantee that it will be a good day. It’s also a great way to relax and de-stress!
But what kind of manicure do you go for? Do you go to the salon or do them yourself? Straight colour or nail art? And what exactly is Shellac? There are plenty of options out there, so we thought we’d round them up and take a look to help you decide what’s right for you.
Traditional French Manicure
Understated and ever chic, the traditional French manicure never goes out of style! It consists of a sheer pink base and bright white tips, and the over all effect is clean and natural. Perfect for any occasion, this is a great style to wear with your maternity work wear for a professional look at the office.
Single Colour Salon Manicure
A single colour salon manicure is a great, inexpensive way to freshen up your look! Simply choose your favourite shade, then sit back, relax and feel pampered – what a nice way to spend half an hour! Why not match your nail shade with one of our flattering Knot Front Maternity Dresses in blue, red, black, purple or fuchsia!
Nail Art and Gems
Nail art, gems and glitter are perfect for the party season! Go into your salon and check out their display boards to get a taste of the options available – they really can do almost anything these days! Why not treat yourself to sparkles for Christmas and match your nails to a glittering black and gold maternity cardigan!
A gel manicure involves painting a layer of gel on top of your natural nails, which then dry to form a rock hard layer of colour. Gel manicures are designed to last longer than regular manicures, and are good for disguising nails that are in a poor condition. The down side, is that removing them involves using abrasive chemicals which you may not be happy with when you are pregnant. Though they are great for an active mum on the go!
A Shellac manicure is somewhere between a regular nail polish manicure and a set of gel nails. The Shellac polish is painted on to your natural nails just like regular polish, but will last chip-free for as long as you like! Perfect for a busy mum who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, these nails are designed to last, the only down side is, that you have to go back to the Salon to have them taken off when your nails start to grow out!
Paint Them Yourself at Home
If you don’t have time for a trip to the salon, painting your nails at home is a cheap and easy way of bringing a little colour into your day. It’s also a great chance to catch up on a bit of me time. Close the door, slip into a comfy pair of maternity pyjamas, put on some relaxing music and pamper yourself!
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