My Cuticle Care Picks + Tips
Admittedly I haven’t taken care of my cuticles much over the last few years. They weren’t “bad” but I know I should’ve given them some TLC more often. Cuticle care is vital to overall nail health. The cuticle treatment I was previously using is from DECO MIAMI - Lemon Blossom Cuticle Oil
Oct. 10, 2020
These Products SAVED My Nails
Oooof my nails were in rough shape for most of spring and summer. Constantly painting my nails had caused my nails to weaken, peel, and some discoloration. For pretty much all of 2020 (until a week ago) the nail on my index finger would split in the same exact spot. At the beginning of August I decided to stop painting my nails and focus on recovery. I purchased a set from Nails Inc from Sephora for $25. It contained a gel effect polish (that I wore for my wedding day and immediately removed), nail file, superfood oil, 45-second top coat, and nail treatment/base coat. I’m going to talk about 2 items from that set that saved my nails. They’re available for purchase on their own, but as of right now the set is still in stock and is an excellent bang for your buck because everything is full size. *update 9/29 - oil no longer available on its own at Sephora. Is available on brand’s website. The 4-piece set referenced above is available at Sephora still for $25 .INC. - Nails.Inc Mani Must Haves The .INC. - Superfood Nail and Cuticle Repair Oil feels so nice. It has a very light scent (can’t pinpoint it) and contains a lot of nourishing oils, including castor, argan, sweet almond, and soybean. I dab a tiny amount using the dropper on my cuticles and rub all over my nails for about 2-3 minutes a few times per week (usually 5ish days - more is better but I forget 🤷🏻♀️). It soaks in within a few minutes. $15 The .INC. - Back to Life Recovery Treatment & Base Coat is a great treatment because it contains nourishing oils, vitamins, and minerals. What I especially like is that it has a subtle pinky-nude tint which gives my nails an instant healthier-looking appearance. The directions say to apply 1-2 coats a few times per week. I find that when I do 2 coats I dislike the peeling after a few days, and it’s less noticeable with 1 coat. I like it as a base coat so far, though I’ve only painted my nails 2x since mid-September. I apply 1 coat every 4-5 days. Easy to apply and no scent. $15 I’ve noticed with the combo of these 2, my nails are peeling less and are growing a bit longer without breaking as frequently. They also feel stronger, and are visibly less stained than they were at the beginning of August. My right index finger nail didn’t split this week and I’m shook!! I like Nails Inc products a lot. They’re cruelty-free, and have vegan and halal items - oh and non-toxic!! They are available on the brand’s website and Sephora.com. I personally think their sets ($15+) are the best bang for your buck because most polishes on their own are $10-15 each. They have a lot of cool colors and finishes available. I especially love the polish brushes. They make it easy to apply. Been using this brand for years and will continue to! #CheriePartner
Super What? Let’s Talk About Superfoods for Skin
“Superfoods” aren’t just for eating. They can have benefits for your skin, too. Generally speaking, superfoods in skincare are items that provide a healthy dose of antioxidants, are nutrient-dense, provide hydration, & fight environmental irritants. Common superfoods included in skincare are berries, healthy fats (like avocado & olive oil), honey, green tea, greens (like kale), and fruits (like papaya & pomegranate). I personally love the superfood trend - there’s nothing I dislike! My super dry skin loves the added moisture & nourishment. Here are some items in my collection that feature superfoods: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser This cleanser contains kale, spinach, green tea. The greens contain vitamins C, E, & K, and green tea to help fight signs of aging. This cleanser lathers minimally and easily cleanses my face of any leftover makeup/SPF residue without leaving my dry skin feeling stripped. It does smell like greens, but the smell doesn’t stick around post-wash. I’ve finished a 2oz mini before and purchased a set from YTTP that contained another 2oz. I like it and would repurchase a full size. $36 8oz, $10 2oz FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum This AHA/BHA/flower exfoliating serum is awesome for dry skin thanks to honey. Honey has antioxidant properties and is also a humectant. This PM serum gently exfoliates, moisturizes, improves hyperpigmentation, & can improve texture & fine lines over time. I don’t use this often because I tend to have stubborn dry patches and irritation that make using chemical exfoliation unwise, but generally will use 1-2x every 2 weeks. Other skin types can use this more frequently. Mine’s almost empty and I will repurchase. $58 GOOD MOLECULES - Pineapple Exfoliating Powder This powder exfoliant contains pineapple, which is known for its fruit exfoliating (chemical) and vitamin C properties, and rice powder (physical exfoliant). It claims to reveal brighter, fresher skin post-use. You simply dispense some powder, add water, mix, and apply to your face. More water = more lather & less exfoliation. Love that it is customizable like that. It does smell kind of weird, like wet paper. I do feel that my skin looks brighter after use. Would repurchase. $16 cocokind - Watermelon Hemp Oil This contains watermelon (antioxidant, linoleic acid) and hemp (fatty acids) to nourish, hydrate, & reduce moisture loss. It’s a multipurpose, relatively lightweight, herbaceous-smelling oil that can use used for hair, skin, & body. I use it on my face in the PM 1-2x/wk and occasionally add a drop or 2 to unscented hand lotion when my hands are feeling dry. This does contain rosemary, orange peel, and eucalyptus extracts, so if you don’t like/can’t tolerate those I would avoid this. Mine was sent as PR by the brand, but I have purchased other things from them. Would repurchase. $14 #CheriePartner
Changing Up My Skincare Routine for Fall
About my skin: dryyyyy, often flaky near/on nose and forehead, not usually sensitive Summer is coming to an end on 9/21, so I’ll be making some changes to my summer skincare routine. I have dry skin year-round and battled stubborn dry patches a few times during the summer. My fall skincare incorporates more moisture and hydration, but not quite as heavy as I’ll need for winter. Moisturizer: Out: GHOST DEMOCRACY - Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer This is actually almost empty so I’ll finish it off. Lightweight and unscented, but still moisturizing enough for my dry skin in summer. Won’t cut it for colder months, but will repurchase in springtime. Gifted by the brand. In: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi Expensive, but really nice. On the thicker side, but not too heavy for AM & PM use. My cap cracked so ignore the tape haha. Cherie sent me this (ty!) Toner: Out: PURITO - Centella Unscented Toner Great for combo & sensitive skin, but works fine for dry in summer. Watery texture and not particularly hydrating, but is soothing. PR from the brand. In: PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist Advanced Replenshing Toner So hydrating!! Has a milky texture. Definitely adds a boost to my skin. Fall & winter staple (and probably spring). Essence: I’m not currently using one, but in spring and winter I used the SATURDAY SKIN - Press Pause Beauty Essence and will use it again this fall. It feels more like a serum vs an essence (see texture photo). Feels so silky on my skin! I also purchased one from Cocokind but haven’t opened it yet, so stay tuned. Exfoliants: Out: OFRA - Fruit Acid Lotion Tbh I don’t like this. It smells so strongly of chemicals. It has citrus, lactic, and glycolic acids. It is a toner, not a lotion like the name implies. It does exfoliate okay but really hate the smell. Gifted by brand via Octoly. In: FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum This is an awesome exfoliant for dry skin because it contains honey. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling overly exfoliated. I only use 1-2x/wk in colder months. Expensive but lasts a long time. Mine’s about 2/3 empty. Face Oil: Out: GOOD MOLECULES - Squalane Oil I’ve loved this for a while. It’s lightweight and nourishing. I used it a lot in summer when I had dry spots. In: cocokind - Watermelon Hemp Oil This is more heavy duty. It does smell herbaceous but it dissipates. Deeply nourishing and multipurpose (like on hands!). PR from the brand. Face Mist: I use the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha whenever I need a hydration boost. I’ll be using this a lot in fall. 1/2 empty! It’s overpriced but nice. Anyone have a good suggestion for a hydrating cleanser?! Let me know. #CheriePartner
just 3 tools for the perfect manicure at home!
I’ve been perfecting my manicure routine during the last few months, and here’s my simple steps: 1. I always start by washing my hands. I’ve learned it’s easier to clean up my nails and cuticles when they’re a bit softer. 2. using a metal cuticle pusher, I gently push the overgrown skin back. I got my metal kit from tjmaxx but I can’t find it online anymore! if you visit your local store I’m sure you can find something similar for a great price. 3. very carefully, trim the excess skin. this SHOULD NOT HURT, nor should you bleed. so be careful! 4. if you need nail shaping, use a nail file. my nail salon always gave me the one they used on me to take home, so I have a few like this one. but if you need one, sally’s beauty has a great selection of them! 5. then, you polish! I love this one by ella + mia, and this color is soooo pretty for summer. if you want an extra glow, OPI - OPI Top Coat is a great choice. 6. some secret tips I love—I follow my manicure up with some rose hip oil BEAUTYBIO - The Radiance Brightening Vitamin E + Rosehip Seed Facial Oil right on my cuticles and rub it in gently. this really makes my nails look and feel professionally done. also, using a hand cream leaves my hands as silky soft and perfect as my nails! lastly, I like doing my nails in front of a fan. it makes the polish dry as I’m going and makes the job a lot quicker! doing your nails at home is really easy and fun! it’s a lot simpler than it seems. you can have gorgeous nails at home!
ella+mila-Mommy Collection Nail Polish
The two products that saved my nails!
Hi pals! Today I want to share how I keep my nails in tip top shape and super strong! First and foremost, eating habits matter! If you’re not eating healthy, your nails likely will be brittle and weak, whereas if you’re eating a healthy diet, you’ll automatically be helping your nails! Apart from that, don’t bite your nails! I used to bite them whenever I was stressed when I was younger, and that led them to always being weak and breaking easily. Once I quit that habit, my nails have started growing much stronger and thicker! Now, onto the products, BURT’S BEES - Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme I love to rub this creme into my nails and cuticles about once a week, usually after using an acetone nail polish remover to add back some moisturize to my nail beds. This smells really good too and always helps my cuticles looking their best! I also don’t cut my cuticles or push them back, which also helps everything look nice and neat. JULEP - Super-Size Take A Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment this is a paint-on treatment that’s supposed to add back oxygen and moisture to your nails, and though i haven’t seen long term effects from this product, I always like to apply this polish after removing acrylic nails or gel polish. Usually I apply two layers and it leaves a nice pink sheen to my nails while also helping them repair the surface! Finally, I use nail cutters and a small file to keep the shape of my nails neat - make sure to only file in one direction, not back and forth to prevent any breakage! #cheriecreator #cheriepartner
BURT’S BEES-Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
Growing strong, healthy nails 💅🏻
My nails have always grown super fast, ever since I was a child. My grandmother got me into painting and caring for my nails and cuticles, ensuring that I was never a nail biter. One issue that I have had with my nails is that they can become brittle when they are long and are prone to breakage. Although my nails grow fast, it’s so annoying when one breaks. I don’t like the appearance of one short nail, so I trim them all and start over. I started using cuticle and nail oil earlier this year as a way to not only care for my dry cuticles but also to help nourish my nails. Recently I received the cuccio - Naturalé Milk & Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil and I love this product. It smells amazing, absorbs quickly and leaves my cuticles super soft. I use this nightly, applying a tiny drop to each nail and massage it in after my skincare routine. I have been using this product to also help restore my nails after a bad poly gel experience. #CheriePartner
cuccio-Naturalé Milk & Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil
Dry Cuticle Fix!
Hey guys! If you saw my last post you saw I recently got my nails done from a neighborhood salon! You might have also noticed my horrible cuticles as well. It’s something that I have always had! And I mean always! One time I was getting my nails done and the nail tech was cutting my cuticles and he said “hmm strong”. Loll My dry and sometime rough cuticles come from I guess genetics and my job. I work as a server and am constantly using and washing my hands. With this said, I usually do have dry, flaking cuticles even after getting my nails done. I know that during most nail enhancement application processes(I received acrylics) they remove your cuticle but I honestly don’t know if that helps or hurts in regards to my dryness because I haven’t gotten my nails done consistently enough to tell. Either way, I knew that rubbing oil and/or hand moisturizer into nail cuticles was a great way to keep your hands moisturizer and soft while also helping out your cuticles. I purchased a small bottle apricot kernel oil from a beauty supply up the street. Only $6.99 too! I plan on running this oil into my cuticles on a consistent basis to help with the dryness. I know apricot kernel oil is a super light oil but still contains moisturizing properties such as Vitamin A, E and plenty of omegas. All of these are essential to encouraging healthy skin production. Whenever my cuticles are excessively dry they look horrible and make my nails look bad too. I’m hoping that with consistent use my cuticles will become soft beautiful!
💅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
Collect This! A Guide to Help U Pick the Right Nail Polish Colors Pair!💅💅💅
Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors. The high contrast creates a vibrant look that makes a big impact. This is a handy guide on which nail colors pair best with our bold summer favorites: red, pink, yellow, orange, and blue. (Pic2) I just made the French manicure with contrasting colors: pink+blue Do you like them?
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