I'M ALIVE!!!~~~ haha. I really need to make some time and stop neglecting this blog. School started this week, I've moved my work schedule around it, trying to set aside homework days, all the while trying to set aside nail blog days. I know this may sound like an empty promise, but I will try really hard to have something up almost everyday. Rawr. Definitely the older I get, the less time I seem to have. Bleh. Anyways, today I have a post on what I do for nail care. I don't do this every single time I do my nails, but I go through these steps when I need to do some cleanup to make my nails look nice and pretty. haha.
Step 1: Start with clean, bare nails. If you have any old polish on your nails, remove them with polish remover or acetone.
Step 2: File your nails so that the length is all roughly the same. If you need to cut your nails, you should cut them before filing. File in one direction so that your nails don't split. I use an Essie Glass File. I like glass files because they're reusable after sanitation, and they don't make your nails split like other rougher nail files. They're a bit on the pricier side, but well worth the investment. I got mine on sale at Ulta for about $7.99.
Step 3: Use a buffer, moving in one direction, to even out the top surface of your nail. Make sure there are no oils/residue on your nails before this step. I'm using a Polar Bear Block from Sally's, and it costs about $1.
Step 4: You can wipe your nails down after buffing, but I just go straight to the Cuticle Remover. I don't use Cuticle Remover often; only when I need extra help pushing my cuticles back. I'm using Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover. I think this is about $6-7 retail and can be found almost anywhere Sally Hansen is sold. I put a little bit of Cuticle Remover on each of the nails all at once, starting from one side moving to the other.
Step 5: Push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher or orange stick starting from the nail where you put the Cuticle Remover first.
Step 6: After you push your cuticles back, wash your hands with soap and water. If you see any "loose ends" use a cuticle nipper or something of the like to cut your cuticles, if necessary.
Step 7: Rub cuticle oil or something of the like after everything. I'm using California Mango Mango Mend. I love this stuff. haha. This and Lush Lemony Flutter are my go-to's. This little tube, I think, is about $3 at Sally's. I can't remember. Either way, it smells really good, and it's not just good for your cuticles but good for your nails as well.
Now, if you're going to polish your nails after this, I would get a cotton ball (or whatever you erase your nails with) and rub off the cuticle oil on the actual nail part. Polish doesn't drag very well on top of cuticle oil. Then, proceed with your nail polishing ritual.
That's all for now! Thanks for looking <3