DIY Easy French Manicure


I have always ‘adored’ the classic white tipped French Manicure, which has been worn by many celebrities and frequently requested in Nail Salons. Funnily enough, this much-loved mani is also called ‘la French’ (this name always makes me giggle!)

Luckily, now you can create your own salon-worthy mani right in the comfort of your own home! Feeling ambitious?... I like to kick off my shoes and make my tootsie tips match my fingertips. I often create a cheeky design on my ring fingers to add that extra ‘WOW factor’ to my manicure.

I have created some simple steps to show you how:

What You Need:
  • ·      A bright white nail polish; I have used Bourjois’ Blanc Glamour French Manicure Nail Polish.
  • ·      A clear topcoat and bottom coat; I used Bourjois 1 Seconde topcoat Gloss.
  • ·      Nail Art brushes; I recommend Topshop’s hot pink Nail Art Kit. 
  • ·      Black and Silver nail polishes (for the nail design)
  • ·      Bourjois’ Dotting Tool, costing only £3.99 

You can buy all Bourjois' fabulous nail polishes at Boots, super drug and Asos. 
You can also buy Topshops' Nail Art Kit in their store or on their website here:

My Terrific Top Tips:

  • ·      I love to experiment and let my crazy side shine by trying different colours on my tips for special occasions. Neon bright tips for summer, red and white for valentines day and I love adding a bit of glitter for a super sparkle anytime!
  • ·      I always put some newspaper down on my work surface to avoid spills (I admit…. I’m quite clumsy!)
  • ·      I like to bathe my nails in warm water or milk (believe it or not) as this makes my nails healthy, so I can easily push back my cuticles before I start my manicure.
  • ·      Use a gel nail polish (such as Bourjois’ 1 Seconde Gloss nail polish) for a gleaming topcoat, as I find that these are much harder to chip and make my manicure last longer.
  • ·      After painting your nails, avoid doing things with your hands while they dry, to keep your nails perfect!

Step 1: Using a nail file, clean and trim your nails to your desired length. I prefer to keep mine fairly long, but I always file the edges gently to create a smooth even shape.

Step 2: Apply a base coat to protect your nails, then cut a piece of clear tape and place it roughly over ¾ of your nails, keeping the tips of your nails free.

Step 3: Paint the tips of your nails with bright white nail polish (or you can use a creamier white/ sheer beige), and don’t be afraid to paint over the tape (it will be peeled off soon, so the mess won’t show).
I have used Bourjois’ fantastic Blanc Glamour French Manicure nail polish, which has a brilliant rounded shaped brush, to fit perfectly with your tips. In the past, I have also loved using Barry M’s and UNE’s dazzling white and off-white nail polishes, as I find them very strong and I only need one coat for my tips to be completely white.

Step 4: Peel of the slightly messy tape and wait for the tips to dry.

Step 5: I love experimenting with different designs, but today I have gone for a simple monochrome look. Using your Topshop Nail Art Brush Kit, dip a thin long shaped brush into your white nail polish and create some strands coming out from the top corner of your nail. Repeat with a black nail polish, such as Chanel’s Black Velvet Nail Polish, (and don’t be afraid to swirl your lines into cool designs) You can either use another shaped brush or Bourjois’ amazing Dotting Tool to paint/dot on Bourjois’ 1 Seconde silver sparkly nail polish.

Step 6: Wait patiently for your nails to dry and try not to smudge them as often as I do!or for a quicker alternative, add Bourjois Instant Dry Drops, £5.99 (this magic liquid speeds up the drying) 

Step 7: Finish the funky French Manicure with a topcoat, such as Bourjois’ 1 Seconde Gloss. This topcoat is brilliant as it is a gel nail polish and creates a high shine finish to nails. 

 The most important thing is to have fun, and remember practice makes perfect… I promise it does get easier!

Do you like French Manicures? 

Easy-Peasy Contouring with Bourjois' Delice De Poudre Bronzing and Highlighting Duo

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Contouring is in BIG demand at the moment, and I have always loved the beautiful bronzed summer look that has featured on many celebrities, from Kim Kardashian (the selfie queen) to models such as Cara Delevingne. Are you ready to give yourself cheekbones like Angelina Jolie?… YES PLEASE!!

Cara Delevingne

Kim Kardahian

Rosie Huntington Whitely

After Bourjois’ success of their original bronzer, they have come up with a fantastic double version for contouring and highlighting.

I LOVE Bourjois' Delice De Poudre Duo. It’s matt soft texture works perfectly, creating that warm shadow to sculpt the face. I also adore Bourjois’ new Delice De Poudre Bronzer, which has a touch of gold, creating a perfect goddess like glow for your cheekbones. I find that these products are very versatile… you can even add that extra gleam to your eyes! To top it all off, these brilliant bronzers look and have the delicious scent of chocolate, how could I resist?

This fantastic look is not just for summer; it’s also a great way to warm your skin in the winter months. In my opinion suits all skin tones, especially olive ones… however paler skin tones (like me) can easily create that naturally tanned glow as well (by using a lighter touch of Bourjois’ yummy chocolate powder on the brush)

Many models sport the contoured makeup in various fashion shows

Cheryl Cole 

Be inspired by Bourjois’ brilliant Easy Contour video, linked here:

 I couldn’t wait to test out and enhance my natural bone structure with the Delice De Poudre Duo, costing an affordable £7.99 (what a bargain!)

Here are some easy steps to create your contoured look (without looking fake) :

1. To start, apply your usual foundation base (I use Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Foundation) or matte down the skin along the cheek bone area with a translucent powder, to stop the bronzer becoming patchy.

 2. Look in the mirror with your chin tilted downwards, then suck in your cheeks.
Sweep your brush over Bourjois Delice duo powder, (flick off any excess) and then apply the delightful powder directly under your cheekbones.
Dust the powder briskly in upward strokes to create that deep intense shadow that Kim Kardashian is famous for.

3. For an exaggerated lifting effect, take the brush up over the temple area and around the eye.

4. Finish by sweeping the lighter shade on top of the cheekbone, and along the V shape of your eye area. This will add a natural illuminated glow, further enhancing your bone structure. Use any leftover powder on your brush to dust under your chin.  

Have you tried Bourjois' Delice De Poudre Duo? If not, you should definitely go out and buy this fabulous product at Boots, Asos or on their website: costing only £7.99.
I love Bourjois' new bronzing and highlighting product, which has had many impressive reviews. It can be scary to test this look on paler skin tones (like me), however I found it very easy to create some sexy cheekbones... I can't wait to use it soon!

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