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L’Oreal Cafe St Germain … and a repair to a broken nail

I woke up this morning with wrecked nails.

Yesterday’s manicure had come off (OK, I had picked it off), but worse than that, I had a broken nail. I was having too much of a good time (and too much to drink!) and caught my hand on someone else, breaking off the top of the nail at an angle.

The break was below the finger line, but still above where the nail meets the nail bed. I had two options. I could:

  1. File down the nail, or
  2. See if I could repair it in some way

I didn’t want to lose my lovely long nail so I wanted to see if I could repair it. I’ve done repairs to split nails before (using nail glue and a piece of tea bag) but haven’t ever repaired a nail where most of it has broken off.

After a quick internet search, I found a local nail bar that was open on a Sunday and headed off to see what they could do.

The nail technician advised me to leave it to grow out and said it wouldn’t take that long, but I was a bit panicked at having one stubby nail ruin the look of my nails, so asked if she would repair it, which she very obligingly did.

She added a tip and then covered the nail with acrylic. I had perfect looking nails once again and promptly returned home to polish them!

Which brings me to today’s manicure: L’Oreal Café St Germain. I love this colour and wear it quite a lot. In fact, it’s one of the few polishes I own that I want to buy a back up bottle of, because I would hate to run out of it or for them to discontinue it.

L'Oreal Cafe St Germain
L’Oreal Café St Germain

The broken nail isn’t in the picture; it was my right index finger, but I can gladly say that it looks no different from the index finger on this, my left, hand.

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of L’Oreal Café St Germain
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect