I have had a few people ask me how I take care of my nails and cuticles so even though I have been blessed with very low maintenance hands, I thought I would share what makes my nails photo-ready!
I very rarely use nail clippers to trim my nails because I always tend to take off too much nail and my “c-curve” is quite pronounced so fitting my nail into a nail clipper can be quite a challenge. To take down most of my nail length, I use a glass nail file as I am able to go back and forth straight across the nail. I use an emery nail file to round out the corners, as I hate sharp corners, and to file upwards to get rid of any excess nail filings across the front of the nail.
For my cuticles, I never ever trim them! I used to, but I have found that cuticle removers like Essie’s Disappearing Trick and Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover are much better alternatives. I use an orange stick to remove whatever “cuticle bits” have been removed. I find that I only have to do this once a month as I push back my cuticles in the shower with conditioner about once a week. My favourite cuticle oil at the moment is from Julep and has a very convenient rollerball applicator which I love.
These are my three favourite base coats: OPI Nail Envy in Original and Matte and Essie Grow Stronger. Nail Envy has made such a difference in my nails’ endurance that even with constant nail polish application and removal, they never break or split anymore and I’m never afraid to go out with naked nails. Grow Stronger is a newer addition to my base coat collection and I think I like it for the subtle pink glow it provides. My nails haven’t worsened with its use nor have they improved so it’s hard for me to say which company makes a better product or if they’re both the same. Needless to say, I love all three.
Many of you know that inm Out the Door is my favourite top coat because I don’t suffer the same nail polish shrinkage that Seche Vite causes. I still have a couple of bottles of Seche Vite when I thought I would never use anything else, but the toluene and shrinkage made me switch. I am OBSESSED with Julep Quick Dry Polish Drops and in addition to the soothing lavender scent, make me nails dry in a flash!
To remove nail polish when I’m not using the Elmer’s Glue method, I use pure acetone and Naturally Clean by Essie which doesn’t dry my skin and nails out quite as much as pure acetone.
To keep my hands moisturized, any L’Occitane hand cream will do as well as Lemon Chiffon Velveteen Hand Creme by Cake. I use the Cake one during the day as it is non-greasy and the L’Occitane one by night as it has a thicker consistency that I prefer to use as a “hand mask” when I go to bed.
A couple of times a week, I give my hands a little scrub with either Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub or L’Occitane Shea One Minute Hand Scrub. My hands just feel extra smooth after using both products and takes no time at all!
And there it is! My nail care secrets! I’m always curious about what other tips people have to keep their hands and nails looking gorgeous so feel free to share!