Before you add a dash of colour, be sure to treat your nails first
A quick slick of the latest shade is the easiest way to update your look. But no matter how gorgeous your polish, it isn't exactly going to look its best on broken, flaking nails or pressed up against dry cuticles. Thankfully, all it takes is a few moments to seriously improve the look and quality of your nails. So go on, treat yourself!
Dr Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen, €16.50
It has a gorgeous smell and this moisturising nail oil lives up to its olfactory hype, working wonders on dry cuticles. Although I'm not normally a fan of click applicators, this pen is certainly very handy.
Revlon Post Trauma Nail Treatment, €9
Although it may not be quite a miracle product, it's certainly one tool that you want in your beauty arsenal if your nails are dry or brittle. Apply once as a base to prevent breaking and flaking, but two coats produce a lovely matte pink finish that can be worn on its own. It's touch-dry within a couple of minutes but one tiny drawback is that it can be awkward to actually get to the final dregs. Recommended.
Sally Hansen Complete Care, €10.95
You don't need to be especially time-strapped to appreciate the benefits of this four-in-one treatment which combines a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment and topcoat all in one bottle. A good buy for these austere times. The formulation is surprisingly thick, though, so apply with a light hand.
Mavala Mavaderma Nail Growth Treatment, €8.03
This luxurious, rose-scented oil is dry and silky rather than greasy and if massaged daily into cuticles, there's a real improvement in the appearance of nails which seem so much shinier and healthier. And they certainly seem to grow faster.
Inglot Coffee Nails, €10 each
What's the point in having nice nails if you don't show them off?! And that's where these polishes come in. The high-gloss, quick-drying shades are perfect for this season. So whether you're a latte or an Americano girl, you'll be sorted.
– Rowena Walsh