It's fall and the humidity is finally dying down (my afro is grateful for this.) This also means dry skin (and dry cuticles.) I don't have the time (and sometimes I would rather spend the money on something -anything - else.) My manicures aren't perfect. On a good day, they might even pass an inspection.
Here's how I do what I do (and I'm not a professional):
First, I remove all polish, oils, dirt, etc., with nail polish remover:
I know absolutely nothing about polish removers. I do know that my dad has some paint thinner/stripper and it's pure acetone. I also know that it works really well in removing polish (I was desperate!! I also know that acetone evaporates rapidly. I'm pretty sure it's not the best thing for the health of your nails either.)
I don't know what will happen if you leave it on for longer than 15 seconds,
but I'm too afraid to find out.
After 15 seconds, I push the cuticles down with one of the bad boys:
I do know that you want your cuticles. They help protect the nailbed and the skin around it.
I rinse the excess gunk off.
I still haven't found the perfect base or top coat (and if you have, please please share it with me!) but this brand has done well enough:
If you ever thought you didn't need these, you would be wrong. They help keep the polish from chipping (unless you like re-polishing your nails daily - and you have the time.)
I'm completely ignorant when it comes to the actual nail polish. For my pedicures, I primarily use:
(that's Sunrise, Sunset)
I picked this polish out solely based on color. I didn't even read the label - I just liked the color. That is how all my polishes are selected. I do know there are brands that are more like organic produce - they are supposed to be environmentally friendly and better for your nails (like butter.)
I allow myself a lot of time to let my nails dry (basically during nap time - it's amazing how my children always manage to step on my feet only when I have slightly wet polish on my toes!)
I like to touch up my cuticles with:
I love the smell. It's also great for faking a manicure in 30 seconds or less!
Want your nails to shine without the nail polish? I use this fun thingy:
Side 1: Even Out
Side 2: Smooth Nail
Side 3: Buff Nail
Side 4: Shine Nail
p.s. I beg The Mr to use this for his "man"-icure. Sometimes begging works.
And sometimes it's just nice to go to a salon and have someone do it for you :)
What do you do? Do you have secrets you are willing to share with me?