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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂