Hello Polished Babes!!! Today is a super fun Twinsie Tuesday theme, as it is really different from any I have participated in (hahaha...3) or seen over the months I've been following the Twinsies. Today we I are tasked with showing you our nail care routine! Woop Woop! I have had so many people ask me about my routine and if I have a dedicated post, so here ya go loves! Additionally, I previously reviewed some of my favorite products from Glisten & Glow and you can find that post HERE.
**In the interest of full disclosure... My routine is slightly different at the moment because I am reviewing some hand and nail care treatments from Barielle, but these are my usual steps.**
*You will also see that I am a bit obsessive and slightly ridiculous with the amount of products I use.*
I'm going to walk you through a night of a full manicure and then explain my daily care as well. First, I have the products I use to give myself an at-home manicure. Here we have my Glisten & Glow Salt Hand Scrub (sorry for the water damaged packaging), which I use to exfoliate and remove any dead skin from my hands. I use the dawn soap (fortified with Olay Hand Renewal) for the soaking and cleansing aspect of the manicure. My go to cuticle remover has been the Blue Cross, but I have recently taking a great liking to the Julep Vanish, which I received in a Maven subscription box. I usually complete this entire process twice each week. I follow up with a warm olive oil soak, which really hydrates my nails and cuticles.
The following picture shows all of the tools that I usually use. I DO NOT recommend using cuticle nippers to actually trim your cuticles. I use these if there are any hangnails or other small snags of skin that need to be removed. The way I remove excess cuticle growth is to apply one of the removers shown above and I use the cuticle pusher to gently push them back. I use a crystal glass file to shape my nails, especially since I prefer the really sharp squared edges.
Here is my soaking with the Olay, which was followed by the hand scrub.The bowl is discolored from my ridiculously failed attempts at water marbling! LOL!
One of the most essential aspects of a good hand, nail, and cuticle care routine is MOISTURIZING. I really cannot even begin to explain how important this is. Since getting into my nails, I have seen such an enormous improvement in my cuticles and nails, simply due to the impact of moisture. I am somewhat obsessive, but you don't have to be this extreme! I will say, you should strive to moisturize your hands each time you wash them and give your cuticles some attention, at least once each day. Remember my mentioning the olive oil treatments above? Well, these Burt's Bees gloves come in handy on those nights. After the treatment, I rub the excess oil into my hands, slather on a bunch of cuticle oil, and wear these gloves overnight. Ahh...the hydration is AMAZING!!!
|The Burt's Bees Cuticle Balm should not be in this picture!|
The obsessions continues....here are my cuticle care items! I usually rub these on ALL DAY....literally. Anytime I have a spare moment or I am just sitting, whether in class or in the office at my internship, I am rubbing! My cuticles...of course! Tsk, tsk! Hehe! I alternate between the nail strengthening creams, cuticle balms, and the oils. I usually use the Glisten & Glow oil throughout the day, as it is lighter and more portable than the others. I have the Polish Addict one in the center console of my truck and I apply it when sitting in traffic or at a red light! After my full manicure routine and hydration is complete, I apply the a nail strengthening cream, then a balm, and oil. I usually use the Glisten & Glow or Bliss (which is fairly new to me) before my photographs for the blog.
Here are the treatments that I currently use to grow and strengthen my nails. I usually use a combination of the Duri Rejuvacote and Nail Envy as my base coat. I find that it provides me the best protection and my nails grow crazy fast! The Nail Magic is really great and has been essential in my nails becoming super strong and healthy.
Here they are...trimmed, filed, hydrated and ready for some polish!
So there's my nail care routine! The extremely sad and embarrassing part is...this post doesn't include EVERYTHING I use!! I am a hoarder of all sorts! Hehe! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below! Don't forget to check out what the other Twinsies do to keep their nails looking fabulous!
Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at CaseyLane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love, & Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra