The sun is shining, summer is in full swing and lucky for us students deadlines seem a distant memory (for now). With holidays and festivals lined up, or even internships filling our break from QMUL, summer is the time when we all want to be looking our best and for me your manicure can often be your best summer accessory. But with so much choice of nail type, design and colour, the battle of the summer nail game can be a tough terrain to enter and so I bring you the ultimate nail lowdown to help you nail it this summer.
For those of you wanting to keep it simple this summer, a few coats of nail polish can always go along way in keeping your nails looking great on a budget. The Essie nail polishes, which can be usually found in Boots, provide the most amazing range of colours from pretty summer pastels to bright bold shades, and are of an amazing quality.
Yet perhaps a special summer occasion or holiday will lead you in the direction of the nail salon. Today, for the nail fanatics among us the choice of nail treatments is comparable to the choice of sweets in the sweet shop, but for the nail newbies the salon can be a daunting arena. Shellac, extensions, acrylics, square shaped, round shaped, nail art…the list goes on.
Shellac is considered the new miracle manicure. Resembling generic nail polish, shellac is a thicker polish set under UV lights resulting in a chip free finish that can last weeks. Perfect for a 2 week beach break or to keep your nails looking sophisticated and professional at your summer internship.
For a real summer statement, extensions such as powder gels or acrylics can do wonders. Lasting for 3-4 weeks, extensions allow you to choose your nail length and shape keeping them looking consistent. Salons often offer choices of colours, glitters and designs perfect for nail extensions allowing for a little summer creativity. Nail extensions can often be pricey starting at around £20, but if you’re looking for a worry free long lasting manicure whilst sipping mojitos in Spain it may well be worth the investment.
If you’re looking for a manicure on a more student friendly budget and don’t mind a little DIY, House of Holland have brought out an amazing range of stick on fake nails that resemble the professional nail extensions. At just £8.99, the designs capture summer perfectly. Spending the summer eating ice cream? Then the ice cream design might just be the one for you.