Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tips For Longer Nails

Nail Colour - Champagne by Champneys
A while ago, I promised to put together a post with some tips on nail health, focussing on how to grow (and maintain) longer nails.  Three months on and it really was a while ago now.  Nevertheless, here it is!  I've always taken great care of my nails, making sure to focus on strength as ultimately, length can't be achieved without it. Now, I'm well aware that nails aren't everything; they can't bring the sun out and they won't help you sleep at night.. but one thing is for certain, when they're long and polished, they can be damn pretty to look down at as you're writing out the day's to-do list!

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Moisturise your hands and nails twice daily, making sure to massage the cuticles


Through trial and error, I've found that by wearing multiple coats of polish, the nails are less likely to break upon impact - layers, layers and more layers!


In between trimming your nails, file them regularly (note: I lightly file my nails every other day) and preferably into a rounded shape to avoid knocking the edges of 'squared nails'


Don't ever cut your cuticles! 


Ditch the fake nails and give your natural nails a chance to achieve the look on their own


Always wear base and top coats, no matter how pale the polish - I use Top Priority by Jessica Nails (Penny-saving suggestion: Double Duty Base Coat by Sally Hansen)


The key ingredients to look for in vitamins/supplements are Biotin, Zinc and B-Vitamins.  For the past four years, I have been taking MultiBionta Vitality by Seven Seas (available at Boots) which offer numerous other benefits as well 


Stop biting your nails - try Stop and Grow Stop Biting  


Where possible, think of your diet.  Just like your hair and skin, nails need to be fed and properly.  Look for foods containing B Vitamins, Protein, Vitamin C and Vitamin D


Pretend you have glue on the tips of your nails and touching anything with them would be disastrous. The less impact on your nails, the better.  If you can't open that parcel, reach for a pair of scissors and don't expect your nails to do the hard work!


Don't allow your nails to soak in water for too long.  Remember to dry the backs of them each and every time they come in contact with water 

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Watch - Guess

Rings - Topshop

Bracelet - Z for Accessorize 'Galaxy Pave Disc' 


Needless to say, accidents will happen and some simply can't be avoided.  As you will be able to tell from the above photos, one of my thumb nails is significantly shorter than the other and this is due to a very painful experience of crushing a jug of water onto the tip!  Thankfully, unlike trying to encourage your hair to grow down to your waist, the 'dream' nail length can be attained much, much quicker.  Really, so long as you're looking after your nails meticulously, it's a case of being patient and ultimately, being a bit of a princess.  Good luck!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I love all these tips, especially wearing top and base coat! Can never skip them :) Also that bracelet is just gorgeous! xx

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    1. Thanks so much, I just adore the Z collection for Accessorize!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. that nude color is gorgeous on you!

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    1. Thank you Annick, it's by Champneys!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. These are great tips, lady- and your manicure is gorgeous!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Oh thanks Ashley, I can't remember the last time I wasn't wearing nail varnish haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Such a great tips:) Amazing hands and long fingers!
    Kiss, Sily

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    1. So sweet of you to say, thanks gorgeous!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. You nails looks in tip top shape but wow, you have lovely long fingers, Gabrielle, ever thought of becoming a hand model? I can never grow my nails that long, it just annoys me and I find it hard to type.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. That's such a lovely thing to say, Shireen, although with regard to hand modelling I wouldn't even know where to begin haha! Have a fabulous weekend! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. I really need to follow these tips, my nails are awful so this is fab! Love love love your accessories Gabrielle!! xxx
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    1. I really hope these tips prove to be helpful for you, Isabella! Thank you - it was a 'mass of metallics' kind of day!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. Such great tips! I'm struggling with my nails right now!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Thanks Melanie and good luck improving the health of your nails!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. great tips :) I usually just use the base coat, since I'm lazy :D

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    1. Haha I don't blame you, there are plenty of areas I'm less pedantic about haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Awesome tips! And that gold ring . . . I'm in-love. Happy Wednesday dear! :)

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    1. Thank Kenny! The gold rings are by Topshop and I totally forgot I even had them!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Well all your work has paid off you have beautiful nails and skin. Water is my problem so I keep my nails short but manicured and I think that looks good too. I love your choice in nail color and jewelry too.

    Deedee

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    1. Thanks Deedee, that's so great to be told! You're right, short and manicured nails can look so sophisticated. Have a lovely weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Thanks so much for the tips Gabrielle. You have such beautiful, long nails - Just like your hair! Can't believe these are your real nails. Amazing. I use to try and grow out my nails before, but I just opted for fake nails and although they would always grow they would break not too long after. So it was rather frustrating and that's why I decided to put fake nails on. When I decide to take them off, I'll remember your post! Thanks:-)

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    1. You're absolutely more than welcome! You've totally made my day Elizabeth - everything seems to grow very long on me haha. I can understand why you'd wear false nails, if my nails didn't grow so long I can confidently predict I would do the same! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Your hands and nails always look so beautiful! These were such helpful tips...especially about not trimming cuticles. I always thought that trimming back cuticles were part of achieving healthy nails, I have def learned something new today :)
    Thanks so much for sharing these tips!

    Keisha xo
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    1. That's really lovely of you to say Keisha, thanks a million! It's great to hear you've taken something from this post - good luck with your nails and have an incredible weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Having nice nails makes the sun shine for me! I used to be a compulsive nail biter growing up, like really, REALLY bad nail biter. It's the one thing I clearly remember about my childhood too. So having the nails I have today is such an accomplishment. It might sound frivolous to some but it was such an insecurity for me growing up and something that was completely compulsive. Nothing would help, even those "stop it" polishes designed to make you stop. I found ways around that bitter taste (TMI? hahaha). So yeah I am pretty damn proud of them today. I probably take better care of them than anything else and I'm terrified I'll go back to those old ways. I find if I don't have polish on them I start picking it them unconsciously. :o|

    Sxx
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    1. I'm so sorry to hear you had such difficulty with your nails when growing up, although I'm super pleased to hear things have changed on that front for you! Sorry if this post brought up any unwanted memories for you Sonia! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  14. You have such pretty nails and hands. I'm definitely noting these tips from you!

    Tina
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    1. Thanks so much Tina, that's so nice to be told!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Every time you make nail posts I always get a bit jealous because your nails grow so healthy and long! And the colour is actually gorgeous!

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    Anjelique

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    1. Haha that's so sweet, I'm so glad you love this colour as much as I do!!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. I definitely need these tips, I am terrible at maintaining longer nails!

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    1. It's quite a laborious task, but worth it in the long run!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. These are great tips, I really need to take better care of my nails!! I will try these and see if I can get them growing again :) Happy day doll xx

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    1. So glad you've found these tips useful! Good luck! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. wow, way too perfect, thanks for all of these tips. We just can't have our nails long because they always seem to get in the way, but you're so right, having nice nails makes writing out the morning to dos just a bit more fun :)

    xx 365Hangers

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    1. I've had my nails long now for so long that cutting them causes daily tasks to become almost impossible haha! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. Your nails look gorgeous! You should become a nail model! I love the look of well-groomed, long nails, but I've realized that it just isn't for me. When my nails get longer than a certain length, it's almost as if they start itching and I'll just have to cut them:):)

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    1. That's such a lovely thing to say, thanks Mitzie! Haha, although I can't say I can relate, I can completely understand! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. great jewellery, and your manicure is great :)
    greetings:)
    Vivi :)

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    1. Thanks Vivienne, I'm all for dainty but striking jewellery!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. Ooh your bracelet is so pretty yet simple!
    Aleeha xXx
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    1. Thank you! It's by Z for Accessorize :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Great tips! I am the worst I always bit my nails this is why I now get gel nails haha :) Loving this color on you btw!

    RedLip&Love

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    1. I hadn't realised how many people are in the habit of biting their nails, I can understand why gel nails are appealing! Thanks Tash! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Great tips and your nails are so lovely! x
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  24. Some great tips there! I use some of them as well, I currently have stiletto nails and love them! I've never done falsies before, should I be proud?!

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    1. They sound gorgeous - and yes, you should be very proud! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  25. You have the BEST nails! So happy that you did a post like this! My nails tend to grow quickly but they break super easily. I am glad you shared all of these tips!

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    1. Thanks ever so much Denise, you're far too kind! Good luck with growing your nails!

      Gabrielle x

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  26. love color nude on your nails, beautiful
    kiss
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  27. I've always been a fan of natural nails Gabrielle! Yours are gorgeous! All of these things are so important to do. Also love the nail lacquer you're wearing AND the jewelry! :D
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    1. Thanks so much Kim, the shade is Champagne by Champneys :)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. I absolutely love your nails - they're so gorgeous, healthy and just look great!!!!

    I always start growing my nails and then can't type on my phone so file them down but seeing these pictures is making me think twice - ahhh, we're never happy are we hahaha!

    Gorgeous colour too! Beautiful :)

    Layla xx

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    1. You're too kind for your own good, Layla, thank you! I've had long nails for so long that I find tasks difficult to do with shorter nails (hilariously), however I agree that typing on phone is tricky with long nails! Have a fabulous weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. your nails -and hands- look so beautiful!!
    Such an interesting post, I need to memorise all these useful tips!!
    thanks for sharing!
    kisses, Natali

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    1. Oh, thanks Natali! I'm so pleased you've found these tips useful!

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  30. Some very useful tips. I find that a base and top coat help to prevent varnish from chipping. I'm a fan of the Jessica and Leighton Denny top coats. Your neutral polish is an ideal spring shade and what a pretty necklace. I'm finally catching up on my blog reading after a busy few weeks and hopefully I will soon find time to post again!

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    1. That's a very good point, both base and top coats are essential in my opinion. The Jessica Nail brand is undoubtedly my favourite brand with regard to nail health and shades!

      It's so nice to hear from you again - I look forward to your return to blogging :)

      Gabrielle x

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  31. nice post! kisses :)

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  32. Your nails are so beautiful, thanks for recommendations!!

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    1. Thanks Iren, I really appreciate it!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Stunning color! I don't wear polish anymore but I would try this color if I did

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    1. You mean.. you've left the colourful side?! ;) Joking aside, plain nails can be just as beautiful!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Your nail are so long and pretty Gabrielle! Nails like this will probably never be a reality for me since I do so much work with my hands as a photographer and house work as well. I just chipped a nail making dinner tonight.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Thanks Rowena, I can't imagine then any other way now that I've had them long for so many years! Ah, I can see why long nails would be difficult if you're constantly dealing with photographic equipment!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Your nails are gorgeous girl and great tips!!

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    1. Thanks very much gorgeous!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. I love long nails too.
    your look great and awesome tips dear
    kisses

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    1. It's nice to know I'm not the only one!!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. You really have amazing long nails, thanks for sharing your tips. The last year I had a problem with my nails, but they are ok now and this post is so helpful, so thank you, Gabrielle!
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    1. Thanks Cvetina, you're more than welcome! I'm relieved to hear you no longer have issues with your nails and so pleased to hear you found this post useful! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Stunning color!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava
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  39. Great tips! As a long time nail bitter (terrible habit I know) I've recently been so good at leaving my nails to grow but I do find maintaining them tough! Thanks for the advice :)

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

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    1. So glad you've found this post helpful, Rachel! Maintaining healthy nails can be time-consuming, but worth it! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  40. You've got such pretty nails, Gabrielle! I, unfortunately, can't grow out my nails because I'm a musician, but ahh, the dream of having long nails!

    May x • The MaydenBloglovin'

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    1. So sweet of you to say May, thank you! Ah, I play the piano with long nails however if you play professionally I can understand the need for shorter nails!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. Your nails are so pretty! I'm definitely taking note some real great tips! x

    Ellie-Victoria

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    1. That's great to be told, thanks for stopping by Ellie!!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. Great tips.
    I'm lovin' your long nails.
    XO

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    1. Thanks Zarrah, I can't remember the last time I had short nails now!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. Thank you sooo soo much for your tips! Even if I believe that there is nothing to do for my nails :( they are incredibly fragile! But for sure I will follow your advices! *glue on my nails, glue on my nails*

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    1. This was such a lovely message to receive, I'm so pleased you've found this post helpful! I hope your nails become healthier and strong soon :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. Your hands and nails look amazing! So jealous :) I love that Champagne colour. I always find it so hard to not chip my finger nail polish, shall have to try putting extra layers on.

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    1. Thank you Ash, you're so lovely. I've never tried Champneys nail colours before, however this Champagne shade jumped out at me! Yes, I'd definitely recommended layering up when doing your nails! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  45. Awesome tips, Gabrielle! Just realized you've very nice long fingers. Do you play the piano? xoxo

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    1. Oh thank you, what a lovely compliment! I do indeed, I've been playing the piano for about twelve years now! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. Interesting post! Your nails looks so good and beautiful.
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    1. Thanks lovely, have a fantastic weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. Awesome tips!
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    1. Glad you think so Olivia!

      Gabrielle x

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  48. Your nails look great! Personally I prefer to keep my nails as short as possible for touch typing and playing the piano but it's still vital to take good care of them. Your tips are very valuable!

    LUXESSED

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    1. That's so true, health/strength of the nails is more important than length! Also, funnily enough I actually also play the piano and touch type haha - it's just that I've had my nails so long for so, so many years that I've adapted to going about them life with them! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  49. Not trimming your cuticles is for sure a new one for me that I will have to try!!! I am always doing that because I thought it promoted healthy nails.

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    1. I'm pleased to have been able to help you out Emma! Have a lovely week ahead :)

      Gabrielle x

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  50. Beautiful nails and love that color! x

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    1. Thanks very much, it's my first Champneys nails colour!

      Gabrielle x

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