This week something very strange happened. I have not worn nail varnish for the whole week. Yep, gasp. At first I didn’t quite know what was going on and wished for somebody to slap me round the face and shock me back into my polish painting ways. However, 5 days down the line and I’m starting to actually quite like it – I no longer hide my hands in my pockets when out in public and my nails are definitely thanking me for this little breather.

Ok so my nails naturally aren’t awful (although my ring finger was looking particularly ragged after this whole ring finger accent business) but they did need a bit of tweaking to perfect this ‘Au Natural’ look. Firstly I cut and filled all my nails down into the square shape that I like to sport. Then I popped on some Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover gel, left it on for a few minutes and then pushed back my cuticles with a cuticle stick – this is something that I have to do every time I give myself a mini, I must have ridiculously fast growing cuticles or something. I’ve nearly finished the tube and it’s a definite repurchase – I highly recommend. Now don’t go thinking that I could go completely without nail varnish, I did cheat slightly and pop a clear polish on. I went for Seche Vite as it was the only one I had, but I would not suggest you do the same as it peels off in less than a day so your clear nail polish suggestions are welcomed :) A dab of any nail oil or cuticle cream you have laying around over the beds of your nails to give a little extra shine and perfecto! This was 4 days ago and after promising myself every night this week that I will get round to putting a colour on I haven’t! CBA! Although I’m feeling like either Essie Lady Like or Topless  and Barefoot will be applied this weekend – god I’m so predictable ;) 

  • Betty Button-pie

    I’ve been sporting a natural nail for about two weeks now! All that colour over Christmas made me want a break. They are starting to look a bit worse for wear now though!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Nice to give them a break :) xx

  • http://makeupthenight.com/ makeupthenight

    I had the same peeling problem with Seche Vite, so I switched to Sally Hansen Insta-dry which definitely lasts longer! Not as glassy a finish but no peeling at all x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Will give that a go :) xx

  • http://www.MrAJBx3.com MrAJBx3

    I love Nail colour too…i should let my nails “breathe” haha

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Do it! xx

  • http://twitter.com/allthatJazzeh Sarirah

    Sometimes I feel proud of myself for not putting any nail polish on for a week. (This only usually happens during stressed coursework periods).  The Barry M 3in1  is pretty good to just use on it’s own. It doesn’t peel at all for me. :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Haha thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • Melissapage

    Any of th OPI Nail Envy products work well as a clear polish choice, plus they strengthen your nails in the process!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Need to give that a go! xx

  • Chloe Knight

    I can’t wear nail polish as I work as a waitress and do beauty in college so for both its forbidden! But I know that letting your nails ‘breathe’ can work wonders and really help with nail conditions and plus they look so much more healthy:)

    lovely post

    http://www.simplybeautifulx.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • Love Laurel x

    I can’t remeber the last time I had naked nails! Currently sporting Chanel’s Quartz which i LOVE! x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      You crazy cat you, trust you to currently be sporting a Chanel ;) xx

  • http://twitter.com/photographamy Amy

    I only wear polish at the weekend when I’m working as a teacher, I definitely know the benefits of letting them breathe!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      It’s nice to leave them au natural every now and again :) xx

  • gabrielle_rosanne

    I need to resist painting my nails so often, it’s really bad if you continuously paint them! I recommend Essie’s Millionails for a good clear polish to use on it’s own, because it really does your nails good too! Worth investing in :) x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • Oh la la cherie

    Lovely hands! Mine right now are a total mess :(

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun – treat them to a pamper! xx

  • Sarah Harrison

    The best clear nail varnish I’ve used is Crystal Clear from Natural Collection. Cheap and long lasting (: 

    http://sarah-rosegoes.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • Nicki _ 96

    I recommend the Barry M base coat, top coat and nail hardener (all in one) its fairly good and its so affordable and leaves a nice sheen to the nails.

    Great post, although i never leave my nails bare, i hate them haha.

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.com/ 

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • xoxpinkypwincessxox

    I love leaving my nails bare and just looking after them. I think that’s because my nails are naturally very strong and long. (It rhymes, haha) :)

    http://lipsticksandmascaraa.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Haha love that! xx

  • Boscy

    Love this post! I’ve also been going nail polish free lately although I’m considering a sneaky Beauty Bar order of Topless and Barefoot (need in life). When I go ‘nail polish free’ I like to apply two coats of the Rimmel Stronger base coat polish. It seriously strengthens nails and keeps them rock hard and near unbreakable without any other colour on top x

    http://boscy.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Oooo thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003186131419 K Elizabeth Regan

    I like polish, but I love natural 2! :)  Good post.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • Amreen Hussain

    you should really try models own nail polish in Buff Pink , its a light pink that gives your nails a nice healthy pink tint.I have talked about it and have pics on my blog. :)
    http://thebeautydosage.blogspot.com/2011/12/favourite-products-of-2011.html

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the recommendation :) xx

  • http://twitter.com/lauren_Cullen Lauren Curtis

    i recommend OPI nail envy, OR sally hansen hard as nails is a good one that like 1/4 of the price of the OPI one. xoxo

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the recommendation :) xx

  • Silvia Quirós

    Nice clean and clear nails, thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • eleanor.rd

    love how many posts you’ve done this week – they are the highlight of my day! so strange, i have done exactly the same this week but last night i succumbed and went all out with OPI’s rainbow connection xxx

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Aw thanks hun – yes I’m really into blogging at the mo :) xx

  • Sharon

    U have gorgeous nails hun x

  • Abby Smith

    Your nails look so lovely, the natural look is so simple but classy! xx

    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.com/ 

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • Sophia Moir

    OPI Original Nail Envy all the way! Xxx

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • jennifer june

    I live giving my nails a break from polish and treating them to lots of creams and oils :)
    Xxx

    http://www.inordinatelyplush.blogspot.com

  • http://makeupforbiochemists.blogspot.com/ Lucy

    Good ol’ Rimmel clear polish is great :) If you can find the one that isn’t designed to be a top coat. Just the regular nail polish :)
    I need to buy myself some cuticle remover. I can never find any though!! Where did you get the Sally Hansen one from?

    Makeup for Biochemists

    xx

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      I got it from Boots :) xx 

  • Mabel Bagel

    I like this look!  I hardly ever paint my nails, but I buff and shine them and then put a clear coat over them.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • http://www.curlsandthecity.com Amy

    They look nice! I wear polish 24/7. For years! My nails don’t know what it’s like to breathe :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Haha I’m usually the same! xx

  • http://twitter.com/viviiannna Vivian

    you have such nice natural nails!

    http://www.summerlightrunway.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • http://fabfingertips.blogspot.com/ Esther (Fab Fingertips)

    I know how you feel, I have not worn for 5 days now apart to do a quicl post & took off immediately. After you’ve got over the nakedness it is quite nice!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      It is! I’m liking the break :) xx

  • Marisajade Fiore

    I want your nails!
    I’ve just done my first blog haul, check it out&let me know what you think? http://marisajade.blogspot.com/2012/01/haul-cutie-pie.html much love, <3  

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! xx

  • http://thislovegame.blogspot.com Diane

    When I don’t paint my nails, I’ll use Poshe’s Nail Treatment base coat! I have peeling nails and it’s been helping! Don’t know if the UK sells them, but I get mine from Ebay :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Oooo might need to try that out – thanks! xx

  • amysuperstar12

    i’m currently sporting the natural nail too! feels good to have a break from chipped nails :)
    littleamyy.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      It does! I’m liking the break! xx

  • ella gauntlett

    i love this post. while im at dance college in the week, im not allowed to wear coloured nail polish. so this has given me a good idea on what to do to make my nails look a littly more presentable. did you get the cuticle remover cream at boots? i feel like i have fast growing cuticles aswell,which sounds odd.and is even more odd when my actual nails take weeks to grow xo

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Yes I get the cuticle remover from Boots :) xx

  • HollysSecret

    I find that the Sally Hansen growth/repair clear strengthening treatment nail varnishes are great when going for an almost ‘au natural’ look :) great for giving your nails much needed TLC. Perfect for us nail polish addicts! :) x
    Holly x

    Hollyssecret.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks for the tips! xx

  • Anonymous

    My nails are absolutely wrecked ATM. Too many visits to those nail bars!

    http://glampurpleglitter.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Sounds like they need a bit of TLC :) xx

  • Mrs. Cole

    Essie 3-Way Glaze is amazing!!!! It holds any polish. I've tried a ton and bought this one on a whim. I was pleasantly surprised with it. My nail color does not chip for at least 5 days using it.

  • Anonymous

    i cant remember the last time i had bare nails… it scares me and i feel ashamed haha :D

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Haha ah no embrace it! xx

  • MyLushBoxBarbz

    So weird I read this! I stopped wearing nail varnish two days ago for the first time in ages and I had no idea how dry and dull my nails were! I’ve been rubbing argan oil and olive oil into them when I’m watching tv and after two days they feel so strong and look so shiny! I am missing the colour though and I’m scared they will break!

    http://mylushbox.blogspot.co.uk/ 

  • Mosaikah Anati

    Since i started my surgical residency im forced to stop wearing nail varnish! :/ at first it was deppressing but now its ok since i put oil and cream on them most of the time my nails seem stronger and shiny :) so enjoy ur bare nails! ! Btw im ur biggest palestinian fan ;)