Today I have a sort of unusual post for you all: a nail care post!
I love reading these sorts of posts, and I've been meaning to write one for myself for awhile, but it just never seemed to come together -- until now! Yay!
(Oh, and for removing old polish I use some sort of protein enhancing non-acetone nail polish remover -- not pure acetone. But I think you could use either, I used to use acetone and switching to non-acetone didn't make a difference)
First, I file. I use these glass files from Amazon -- until recently I was using one of the cheap emery boards, but these are so much better. The tips of my nails feel more smooth and are less prone to splitting since I switched. Also, you don't have to keep running out to buy emery boards every couple of weeks: glass files pretty much last forever!
I use a 200-220 grit file; you can read more about file grits in Nails by Kayla Shevonne's post here.
The next step: get rid of those gross cuticles! I don't do this every week, usually two times every three weeks or so; basically whenever I feel like my cuticles are getting kind of gross. I use Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover and then push them back with an orangewood stick.
I'm not entirely happy with my cuticles now, though; there's always a line of thick, dried looking skin at the base of my nail no matter how much I push/scrape/moisturize! Do you guys have any tips on that?
Now it's time to make your hands happy! I use either Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream or RGB cuticle oil; the RGB oil works better, but it's pretty oily (surprise, right?) so when I need to not leave oily fingerprints everywhere I use Burt's Bees.
I'm also thinking about trying Essie's apricot cuticle oil -- have any of you guys tried it? Would you recommend it, or should I spend my $8 elsewhere?
It's almost time to start painting! But first, I take a Q-tip dipped in acetone and swipe it over the nail to prep the surface.
And finally, base coat time. I use Deborah Lippmann's Turn Back Time base coat, but I'm not really happy with how my nails are right now -- they keep chipping and peeling so I keep having to file them down :(
I have a bottle of Nail Envy coming in the mail though! Eeep, so excited to have long nails again!
So that's what I do every time I paint my nails! Hope you guys enjoyed :) I'm thinking about doing a sort of mini-post on how I take/edit photos, would you be interested in that?
Thanks for reading!