Cuticle oil and energizers for Fall and Winter �
I am not a huge nails person, but I like to take care of natural nails just to keep them healthy and tidy. These are some of my nails picks for today's post. Two of them are good for everyone, especially for someone who uses dash nails or gets their nails done. These will make sure your nails and cuticles are soft, nourished. Also these make your nails strong which helps in growing them long. For coming drop in temperature, I experience tremendous dryness and dehydration of my nails and hands. These are perfect to keep them nourished, moisturized and protected. I experienced my nails don't break that often anymore with these. The first one is this beautiful Cuticle revitalizing oil by @cuccionaturals. cuccio - Naturalé Milk & Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil
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Long vs short nails: must-know tips!
As you can see from the picture, I’ve had both long natural nails and short nails. I prefer to keep them on the longer side, though they’ve been short for the past few months because I had a few nails that broke and I hate to have long nails with one short broken one 😂 So I’ve learned to enjoy having short nails as well. In this post I want to talk about some pros and cons of both long and short nails, as well as some tips for maintaining healthy nails of any length. Long nails: ￼￼￼Pro: They look elegant! They can also help to elongate the look of your fingers. ￼￼￼Pro: You have more surface area to work with if you’re into nail art ￼￼￼Pro: Honestly, there’s nothing better than scratching an itch with long nails. Let’s be real ￼￼￼Con: Can be difficult to type, so if you work on a computer often this can be very inconvenient ￼￼￼Con: Can also be difficult to text Short nails: ￼￼￼Pro: You don’t have to worry about them breaking like long nails! ￼￼￼Pro: If you often wear nail polish and prefer simpler, easier looks, you have less surface area to paint so the process goes quicker ￼￼￼Pro: It’s easter to type and text ￼￼￼Con: Can be difficult to do tasks like peeling off labels ￼￼￼Con: Less satisfactory for scratching purposes No matter what nail length you prefer, here are a few tips to keep your nails healthy and strong. ￼￼￼Take a multivitamin with biotin. I’ve talked before about how this has helped tremendously in terms of both strength and length for my nails. ￼￼￼Give your nails a break from harsh polishes, dip powders, etc. No matter how strong your nails are, constant use of nail color products will weaken natural nails. Let them breathe! ￼￼￼Use acetone-free polish remover, especially one fortified with vitamin E. I really like the OLIVE&JUNE - Nail Polish Remover Pot , which uses an acetone-free formula that’s soaked in a sponge. ￼￼￼This is a given, but DON’T BITE OR PICK YOUR NAILS. I know I tend to do this when I’m nervous/anxious, but it’s a habit to break because it weakens nails. In the second picture you can see I picked at and peeled the nail of my middle finger especially, making it weak and thin. The third picture shows how strong the nails on my other hand are by comparison. ￼￼￼Use a cuticle oil. I use the cuccio - Naturalé Milk & Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil , and it moisturized my dry nails and cuticles so that they’re not brittle and more prone to breakage. #CheriePartner
effective, affordable cuticle oil
cuticle oil may not be an essential for everyone, but I love using this after I take off nail polish because my nails can be dry and stripped. this cuccio - Naturalé Milk & Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil is a very lightweight oil that absorbs well into my cuticles and nails without feeling greasy. the scent is lightweight and lovely; it smells just like honey (but if you’re sensitive to scents, be aware that this does have added fragrance). it contains sunflower, safflower, and cotton seed oil, along with milk extract, honey extract, and vitamin e. this claims to condition and nourish cuticles, and I think it follows through on those claims. it definitely won’t make your nails stronger or make them grow faster, but it will absolutely moisturize dry nails/cuticles and smell really good. also, it’s affordable: this is $12 at walmart for 2.5oz! for that price, I don’t feel bad about using it all over my hands.
Boy meets girl nails 😍
So obsessed! Got this done in Shanghai where the nail art is next level!! .INC. - Sending Nudes Nail Polish Collection
trying to perfect my at-home mani!
not yet comfy with the idea of salon services, so i’m learning to do my nails in this season! * products used * ORLY - Orly Base Coat & Top Coat this stuff is amazing!! i think that it is making a huge difference in the staying power for my at-home manis and pedis. OLIVE&JUNE - CDJ i want to love this product more. it’s a beautiful color - a creamy pink that works well with my skintone. the texture of the product is very thick though, and i don’t quite feel like it looks smooth. i could just be heavy-handed, and i’ll keep trying because i have been eyeing the nabela collection (so perfect for summer!). OLIVE&JUNE - Nail Polish Topcoat this is great! one of the nicer top coats that i have used. also very thick, and provides a good amount of shine. OLIVE&JUNE - Clean Up Brush maybe i’m just a sucker for cute products, but the acrylic handle and the cute logo just do it for me. i also feel very professional cleaning up my nails after painting them. please share at-home mani tips! 💅🏾 i’m always looking to get better. 🤗
Do you need a base coat? Do you need a top coat?
💅🏻 Short answer: Yes 💅🏻 I know it’s no fun spending money on primer for your nail polish. I myself tried to avoid it for years but I was spending time giving myself at home manicures that were chipping off when so much as a strong breeze blew. Not only that but both the base coat and the top coat help smooth texture, prevent nail staining, and give your nails a gel like shine. 💅🏻 I really enjoy the Cirque Colors Base Coat and Top Coats, but there are plenty of other options out there that I’m sure work just as well. But no matter what brand you use, you’ll get the most out of your at home manicure and save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
💅A crucial step that you shouldn’t skip when doing manicure
As a person who changes nail colors and styles quite often, I know well about the importance of taking good care of my nails. Nails can be very brittle sometimes. Here’s what I usually do to properly care for them. Before I do my manicure at home, I always clean my hands and nails beds thoroughly by removing leftover polish. Then I completely dry your nails before application. A base coat is a crucial step which you shouldn’t skip. It helps to protect your nails and to keep the colors for a longer time. If you put the polish color directly on your nails, it is very likely to result in staining. OPI - Nail Lacquer Base Coat One of my favorite base coat products is OPI natural nail base coat. Price: $10.5 for 0.5 oz Claims: has an extended-wear formula; prevents staining of natural nails and promotes a long-lasting manicure. My thought: I feel like this product does help to extend the wear of my polish. The formula is gentle. What surprised me a lot was that even when I mixed and matched it with polish from other brands, such as Essie, it still worked well and presented good results. I always get compliments on how my nails look like gel nails, but they’re actually natural! The secret is to apply one base coat, two coats of color and then a top coat. It sounds so easy but I find it perfect for a home manicure.
OPI-Nail Lacquer Base Coat
Perfect At-Home Mani! No Chips or Smudging
Since salons are closed, I’ve been trying to perfect my at home manicure situation. Good products are half the battle, the other half is technique. deborah lippmann - All About That Base Correct and Conceal Base Coat gives my nails a smooth surface to work with, and gives whatever colour on top a true neutral surface to layer on top of. Because of this colour payoff is always true! It discourages chipping and keeps my nails from being stained or dried out. I love this brand because it’s 7 free (free of 7 common nail polish chemicals) and is cleaner than most polish brands out on the market. For technique, I paint three small strokes in a thin layer with only a small amount on the brush. I do this after i’ve filed and buffed my nails gently. Sometimes I have shaking hands, so I hold my breath when painting and hold the brush at the base! One key is having a small enough brush that is doesn’t go everywhere, and I love the size of this polish brush for my own nails. If you find it too big, go ahead and trim it to fit your needs and your nails! Good overhead lighting to see missed spots and patches as well as any debris caught in the polish is also key and very beneficial to perfecting the polish surface. I do one layer of base coat, two of colour, and one top coat. I chose a deborah lippmann - Glitter Nail Color as they’re some of my favorite polish formulations and don’t dry out of get chunky. When practicing painting nails, sheer polished and glitters are the most forgiving (versus opaque creme polish) as patches, bumps, and smudges are less noticeable . Any mistakes on my fingers I clean with acetone and an orange wood stick before moving on. Try not to use cotton as the fibers can get stuck in the polish! Make sure each nail is fully dry between each layer to avoid pilling of polish. If I mess up and it’s not recoverable, I take the polish off while it’s still wet and start over— it comes off the easiest this way! For beginners, liquid latex or the equivalent is amazing, you can put it around the perimeter of your nails on your skin to avoid having to clean up with acetone! deborah lippmann - Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat is an amazing top coat. Most of my smudges happen during the drying process, and this ensures my nails dry as quick as possible with a beautiful shine. Rather than a full hour, my nails take 20 minutes tops to dry with this top coat. I’ve rephrased this many times and will continue to do so! If a smudge does happen, I put oil on my nail like deborah lippmann - Cuticle Oil Nail Cuticle Treatment and smooth it out gently by tapping my nail on top with another finger (wait until it’s over half way dry to do this or you’ll end up with finger prints). The paint will last me about ten days before chipping. Happy painting! Finish with a hand creme to lock in moisture. Any questions, please leave in the comments!
deborah lippmann-Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat
Simple Nail Care Essentials
1) Nail Clipper I use it to cut my nails and start to give them their shape. 2) Cuticle Nipper Need to buy a new one, but this simplifies the process of removing the excess cuticles by nipping them away. It’s important to not pull, tear, rip, ir force the cuticle from the nail. Be gentle! Tip! A nice way to soften the cuticles, which will make it even easier to remove them, is to soak your hands in warm water for a couple of minutes before nipping them. 3) Emory Board I use it to perfect the shape of my nails, which tends to be square-rounded edges. Tip! Do this in a single direction, that is much gentler on your nails. 4) 3-Way Buffer The one that I have has following: remove ridges, smoothening, & shining buffer. 5) Strengthening Coat This typically have more natural ingredients embedded in them such as keratin, natural oils, vitamins, among others. 6) Natural Nail Polish Remover Acetone is really harsh on your skin, so I use nail polish remover that doesn’t have acetone. 7) Moisturizer Always need to keep them hands moisturized to give that shiny and hydrated look!
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