Saturday, May 25, 2013

How I Take Care of My Nails

I have a special post today!  There are two questions that I always get asked: How do I stamp? and How do you get your nails to look like that?  I have answered the stamping question so today I am going to show you how I take care of my nails!

Here are some before shots....




First up...my tools!


When I started blogging my cuticles were horrible!  I look back at those early pictures and cringe at my dry, yucky cuticles!  I tried many different products and fell in love with butter LONDON Melt Away.


Yes, this is a tad pricey but I will pay the price for a good cuticle remover!

These are my cuticle tools.


Once a week I apply Melt Away to get rid of any dry skin and cuticles.


I apply a good amount around my cuticles and let it sit for a few minutes.


I use my fabulous Tweezerman cuticle pusher to remover the yucky skin/cuticle around my nails.



I actually don't run it along my skin like it is in the picture.  I stay on my nail and run it along the cuticle line.

Here is all the gross stuff that comes off!


Once I have cleaned all my nails they end up looking like this...


I give my hands a good scrub to get rid of an excess Melt Away and this also helps loosen the dead skin that needs removed.


Now I need to get rid of all the hang nails and dead skin.  I use my Tweezerman Cuticle Nippers.



At this point it is important to stress that I do not cut my cuticles!  I only cut the dead skin off and hang nails. There was a point, before blogging, that I removed my cuticles and I am so glad I stopped!  Cuticles are there for a reason!  If you take care of them they will not be dry and yucky!  I still remember how red and painful my fingers use to be after cutting my cuticles.  Now my cuticles only get some loving!


On to the filing!


My filing technique is nothing special.  I do think it starts with a good file.  I fell in love with the Sephora files years ago and it is the only file I use.

When I file I use a back and forth stroke.  I know that many people say that you should not file your nails like this but it is the way I have always done them.  I also file in a straight line.  This creates my nice square shape, which I think is perfect for my finger shape.  


Once I have gotten the length and shape I want I use my OPI buffer to smooth the tips and remove the sharp points on the edges.  I also lightly buff out the rest of my nail to smooth everything out.

The end result....




Now for the other products I use to keep my nails looking good!

I just started using Rejuvacote.


I think this has made a big difference since I have been using it!  My nails stopped peeling and they feel so much stronger.

Lastly, every night before I go to bed I use these two products from LUSH.


Dream Cream and Lemony Flutter have made a HUGE difference in my nails and hands! I started using these products over a year ago and I am still amazed at the improvement in my hands.  If you can't get your hands on Lemony Flutter or Dream Cream I also recommend Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream and Lubriderm.  


I hope this post answers a lot of questions and that you find these products as amazing as I do!

I am always happy to answer questions or provide suggestions for my readers...so don't be afraid to email me or comment with your questions! I love hearing from you!


10 comments:

  1. Think I might try that Lush hand cream. I absolutely LOVE their cuticle butter too! Do you have any problems using a metal tool on your cuticles?

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    1. Lemony Flutter is awesome! I haven't had a problem using a metal tool on my cuticles but you do need to be careful with your pressure. Too much pressure and you can scrap off layers of your nail! :)

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  2. Nice nail care routine! It was really informative :)

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  3. I used to use Burts Bees cuticle cream and liked it, but I discovered Lush Lemony Flutter a few months ago when our first store here opened. I have to say I've never had anything work as well as it does!! I need to see if they have Dream Cream because if it's as good as Lemony Flutter, I need it in my life.

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  4. Great post, very informative and helpful! I've been wanting to try Lemony Flutter for a while, but we don't have a Lush here. Next time I go to Columbus or Cincinnati though! I really need to get some cuticle nippers too, I always have hangnails and they're so tough to get rid of :)

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  5. Where did you find the Tweezeman items? I like the metal cuticle pusher. I tend to either break mine too fast, or they just don't get at the stuff at the sides enough. Have you ever tried the Sally Hansen cuticle remover (blue gel stuff in a big bottle)? Just wondering how it compares.

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    1. Denise, I received my Tweezerman cuticle tool in a set from Tweezerman and the nipper I purchased from Amazon. I know you can buy them at Sephora and I have seen them at some Wal-Marts. You can also try Walgreens. I tried the Sally Hansen stuff years ago and didn't like the results, didn't do much. I haven't used it recently. I do know that some ladies love the Blue Cross Remover from Sally's but I haven't used that.

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  6. Can you review how to stamp again? Please.

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  7. Can you review how to stamp again? Please.

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  8. I hate my cuticles. I am going to try to get my hands on some Melt Away ASAP! I have tried other removers, they did not work out very well... Thanks for the tips!

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