I want to say that this was my second post when I started blogging and my nail routine has changed a bit since then. I work in the medical field as you all know so I’m constantly washing my hands. I try to take really good care of them because to me hands show a sign of cleanliness. Unfortunately my paws aren’t the most feminine out of the bunch, I inherited my fathers military knife hands (his hands are serious). I’ve come to terms with them because I create beautiful things and help people with them (it’s what I tell myself to cope). I have my own little routine down and pack to keep them looking fresh, soft, and clean!
- I start by removing my polish with the Zoya Remove 3-in-1 which I’ve been using for several years. It has a pump which is genius and removes everything!
- I then file and buff, In the past my nails were square shaped and I love that look but my kids were tired of being scratched every single time I put lotion on them so they had to go! They’re now slightly rounded which helps making my hands look less manly, score!
- As gross as it may sound I then clean all the dirt out from underneath my nails.
- I then use the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle remover to get rid of any dead skin, I leave it on for about a minute then gently push back on the cuticle. It literally disintegrates dead skin and it comes right off!
- I give my hands a good wash and will use a hand scrub once a week but I’m currently on the market for a new one, any suggestions?
- I then use Deborah Lippmann’s 2 Second Nail Primer to remove any residue on the nails and prep them for the base coat.
- I’ve tried plenty of base coats but I always come back to Revlon’s ColorStay Base Coat. It protects the nail and really gives the polish something to adhere to. It makes my mani last and I see minimal wear throughout the week.
- Then comes my polish of choice! I’m currently rockin Essie’s Find Me An Oasis which is a light powder blue. I start with one swipe in the middle, right, and left. Two coats with a 5 min drying period in between and I’m good to go!
- After I let them dry for a bit I use my favorite top coat of all time which is the Seche Vite Top Coat. I know it has bad ingredients but the stuff literally dries in a matter of seconds! It’s so good and I’ve gone through bottles and bottles of this stuff.
- Once the nails are dry I apply some hand cream and Deborah Lippmann’s Cuticle Oil to get some moisture back into the cuticles.
So I’m not at hand model status but I’m pretty content with how I take care of my nails/hands. It’s just kind of sad when your hands are the same size of your boyfriend’s, it makes for awkward hand holding . . .