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Nail Care

This is the video version of my nail care routine as well as how I paint my nails. For a detailed picture view, scroll down :).

This is basically how I take care of my nails weekly and before painting them. I am in no way a professional, these are just my preferences. I will also upload a video of how I do it rather than just showing pictures, but these are the pictures:

Step One: Wash your hands. I usually use Dawn soap, but any hand soap that is antibacterial will do. The soap will dry out my hands a bit, but we'll take care of that later.

Step Two: Soak hands in warm water for about 5 minutes. This allows the cuticles to soften, making them easier to groom.

Step Three: Clip your nails if they are at an unruly or unsatisfying length. I clip mine straight across, then trim the edges which leads to you to...

Step Four: File your nails so the edges are not jagged. I use a crystal nail file because they last longer and to me, give better results. File in one direction rather than back and forth. I keep my nails in a "squoval" shape (straight edge across, rounded sides). If you have a buffing block, you would use it after filing, but I normally only use one about once a month.

Step Five: Apply cuticle cream/oil. Rub it in and allow it to set for about 2 minutes. This will soften the cuticles to make them easier to push back. This plus the warm water soak will make cuticle cleanup super easy. To clean cuticles, I use a cuticle stick (see below) to GENTLY push back the cuticles, following my nails natural shape. I do not clip my cuticles. Ever.
Also, this cuticle cream by Sally Hansen is one of my favorites. It's about $6.00 at walmart and you get so much product. I can't find Burt's Bees nail cream or the Lemony Flutter by LUSH anywhere but online, so this is a great alternative.

Step Six: Rinse off the cuticle cream or oil if there is residue, and dry your hands well. You're now about to begin painting!

Step Seven: Apply your base coat. Any will do, this is just my favorite at the moment. It dries so fast, and is just easy to use. Popular brands are Orly Bonder, China Glaze Strong Adhesion, and OPI Nail Envy. This one is my favorite because it is so cheap and does what it is supposed to. No chips or peeling with it.

Step Eight: Apply your nail color. This is Caramel Cupcake by Rimmel London, which is what I'm wearing right now. Again, I'll post a video of this entire process, including how I paint my nails. But for now, just apply your nail color.

Step Nine: Apply your top coat once you've let your base color or design dry for at least 5 minutes. I use Out The Door because it dries really fast without shrinking, peeling, or chipping. It does NOT however give you a super glossy shine like Seche Vite does. It dries to more of a satin like finish. I prefer this one over Seche Vite because it is cheaper and also 3-Free. I've also had no problem with it gooping up.

Step Ten: You're done! Now give your hands some hydration by using a hand cream or lotion to keep them soft. You can skip this step, but my hands are usually really dry after all of this, especially after removing old polish, so remember to hydrate if needed!

Some more information:
* Have so many polishes you don't know which one to choose? Then you finally pick one and realize you've had it forever and now it's all goopy even if it's never been opened? Don't throw it away! Just give it a few drops of nail polish thinner, shake it up, and you're good to go.

* Having trouble removing stubborn glitter polish? Use 100% pure acetone or a nail polish remover that has acetone in it. Put it on a cotton swab, rub it off and viola. Acetone is very drying to skin, so moisturize afterwards.

Links to purchase items mentioned throughout this page:
 Crystal Nail Files - Also available at Sally's in a pack of 1.

Cuticle Sticks - can be found anywhere nail polish is sold.

Cuticle Cream - beauty supply stores, department stores, drug stores

Beauty Secrets Base Coat - Sally Beauty Supply

Out the Door Top Coat - Sally Beauty Supply

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