Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nail Polish Removal, Nail Prep & Care

Hi all! Recently I had someone as for a post on how I keep my nails in good shape. Honestly, I'm no expert with nail care and I don't have the greatest natural nails. However, this seems to be working alright for me and maybe it will help you too (:

 I first remove my nail polish with OPI Polish Remover. I find it to be very gentle and non-drying but it still removes polish very well. It also leaves a pleasant baby powder/oil smell once dry (note: dry, not liquid!). It's not overwhelming or anything and it's nicer than the smell of acetone. I've also used OPI Expert Touch Polish Remover. I like this one equally as much but I use whichever I can find.
I use cotton pads to remove polish rather than cotton balls. I find that cotton balls leave a lot of fluff around that I don't notice until I put more polish on :P

 About once a week I'll work on my cuticles. I first apply Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover on my cuticles. I let it sit for about 15 seconds and then go in with a stainless steel cuticle pusher. I just push everything back.
I then wipe off most of the excess cuticle remover with a tissue but make sure that the area is still coated lightly. Then I use stainless steel cuticle nippers and carefully trim any excess. Be really careful about this! I've nicked my cuticles a couple times doing this :P
Once I'm done I wash my hands with warm water and soap.

If needed I file my nails. I use a glass nail file by Essie. I like to file mine in shape that I'd consider 'squoval'- square with rounded corners. I just file in one direction.
If my nails are really long I might cut off a bit with a nail clipper first and then file.
When that's all done I wash my hands again in warm water and soap.

Before applying a base coat I use Sally Hansen Miracle Cure as a nail treatment. At one point I had a lot of breaking and even worse splitting on my nails. After using this I found that my nails became a lot stronger and less brittle.

For actual base coats I've been using ridge fillers for awhile now just to smooth everything out. I use whatever I can get my hands on but lately I've been using Seche Base. OPI Ridge Filler and China Glaze Ridge Filler Base Coat are also base coats that I've tried and liked.

When I'm done applying my nail polish I seal it all with a coat of Seche Vite. It's a fan favourite and mine as well. It's nice and thick- perfect for smoothing out gritty glitter and leaving a high-shine finish. I don't think I'll ever use another top coat.

Finally, I moisturize! I try my best to apply Lush Lemony Flutter every night before bed and after showers. I'm a fan of lemon scents and this one is no exception.

And that's basically it! I hope this was helpful to you (:

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