My Nail Care Routine

Hi readers!

Since I just spent a week with nude nails I decided to do a post about my nail care routine. This is also some kind of continuation to My Nail Products Must-Haves.

It’s been really busy lately. With the arrival of this beautiful weather there’s been some yard work that I had to do, and taxes were due last week and I’ve been procrastinating with those. I got them done and submitted on the last day, yay! But with all of that I was either too tired or did not have enough time to do my nails. It was odd to spend an entire week without colour on my nails because I always have my nails done.

I wasn’t quite sure where to start with this post so I’ll go through the steps of what I do when I prepare my nails every weekend. I don’t do all of this when I do my nails mid week, only on weekends.

Cuticle Remover

Before we get talking about cuticles, here’s a good informative video on what exactly are your cuticles because a lot of people – me included – mistake them for the eponychium. The what??? Check out the video. 🙂

The first thing I do is I push back the eponychium and clean my cuticles. These products help soften it all and make it way easier to clean.

My new favourite product for this is Blue Cross Cuticle Remover.

I bought this last month at Sally Beauty and I LOVE it! I just apply a little amount to my cuticle area and I use my nails from the other hand to push back the eponychium and remove (scrape off) the cuticles – no fancy tools required. It works like a charm. The bottle is a bit big and bulky though so I will eventually put some in an empty nail polish bottle (once I have one).

The product I used before was Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover.

I works really well too so if you can’t get your hands on some Blue Cross this is a good alternative. I just used my hands (nails) with this product too, no tools.

Just to give you an idea in size, here they are side by side. You definitely get your money’s worth with Blue Cross.

Nail Files

Once my cuticles are cleaned up I file my nails. Since I do this every weekend I don’t need to file too much off.

My #1 file that I love is my Sephora crystal nail file. It has a very fine grit so if you have thick hard nails this might not be the best for you because you’ll be filing for a long time. My nails are thin so I find it works great for me to do my shaping. I keep this one in my nail drawer but I’ll be buying a second one for my purse. It comes with a nice case so you don’t have to worry about breaking it.

Sometimes I’m lazy and will skip a weekend, so by the time I file my nails I need to take a bit more off. When this happens I use my Revlon metal file (that I’ve had for ages) because it’s a bit more harsh and takes it down faster. Then I switch back to my glass file to finish it off.

Nail Buffing

This next step I only do once a month on the first weekend of the month: I buff the top of my nails.

I only do this lightly because I don’t want to buff too much off. It’s just to help level the top of the nail a bit and it helps remove a bit of the yellowing too.

Cuticle Nipper

Yes I use a cuticle nipper but I do NOT use it to cut the eponychium (see the video that I linked above in the Cuticle Remover section).

I use this tool to cut off the dried pieces of skin on the sides of my nails. If you have never used this tool before and don’t know what you would do with it then you don’t need it. If you use this tool make sure you know what you are doing because you could do some serious damage to your skin and cause infections.

Final Touch

To finish it off I put on some OPI Nail Envy which also doubles as my base coat.

Once all those steps are done my nails are ready for a new colour. Tadaa!

What colour did I put on this past weekend? You’ll just have to wait for my next nail post to find out. 🙂

What do you do as part of your nail care routine?

– Chantal 🙂

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

  • Oh man I am so jealous of your clean cuticles and consistent nail shape! I have been trying to take care of my nails lately but I think it's getting too frustrating to grow the length back. I might just "embrace the nubs". I suppose I have long nail beds and it's OK but it still bothers me for some reason. I just started using Nail Envy from your suggestion two weeks ago and I think my nails are finally getting used to it? I am on week 3 now but have trimmed twice so I guess they're growing nicely. I found that I got some peeling though. I am using Nail Envy Matte, so not entirely the same as the one you have.

    I also have the Sephora glass file but my god I HAAAATE the feeling of it. It is so grating lol.

    • Thank you Melissa!! 😀
      I always thought I wanted long nails, but when I had to trim them down back in February I realized I actually preferred them short. Even to this day I still do some slight modifications to the shape, but I found the length for me.
      I do have some peeling sometimes. It seems the longer I let them grow the more peeling I get, but since I like my nubs it's generally not a problem.
      And the glass file, if I get it at a bad angle it feels like nails on a chalkboard and gives me chill, I hate it when that happens! But overall I love the file.

    • I think I might do what Caitlin from Addicted to Lacquer says and just embrace the nubs. Maybe length will come in the process but man it's been like a whole month of healing my nails and I am getting tired of not wearing any polish haha! And I swear every angle is a bad angle for that nail file but I do love the finish that it gives. It beats anything else available IMHO.

    • Come to the nubs club! 😉

  • Man I need to invest in a cuticle remover because I just apply some cuticle oil, push them back, and clip off the extra. :/

    • If you have a Sally Beauty close by I strongly recommend Blue Cross. It's a huge bottle and will last for years! And it's less than $10.