Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just Nails

Chi-Chi from The Phalanges Files asked how I take care of my nails. That's a tough question for me because I don't do the same thing all the time. Here's a few of the constants in my nail care regime:
  1. I always have my nails polished. Leaving them bare for more than a day is extremely rare. If I have no time, it's just the quick base coat - as pictured above.
  2. Every hand washing episode is followed by the application of lotion, which includes making sure I massage some lotion into my cuticles. Yes, this means I have a bottle of lotion at my desk at work.
  3. I always use a base coat - but I have so many and just randomly pick one usually. For example, the base on my current mani (China Glaze 2Nite) is a nail hardener that I got last week as part of a set of 9 polishes by Elle LDL. Lately I've been alternating between Sally Hansen Nail Quencher and an old one from my college days that I'm trying to use up.
  4. I used to use pure acetone to take off my polish. I recently switched to using two scrubby tubs - one for each hand. It's faster, and I don't have to bother with cotton balls. In both cases I follow up immediately with a hand wash and lotion.
  5. I do take prenatal vitamins and 2000mg of Biotin everyday. However, I've never been a regular pill taker, so there are days I forget to take them.
I can't think of anything else I do regularly. I file when I need to, clean up my cuticles when I need to (maybe not as much as I should, but I'm comfortable with that). Does this help? Let me know if you have more specific questions or need photos please.


  1. Scrubby tub. Ha! I should get those. I'm very lazy.

    I got my Diamonds!! And the extras. I am so thrilled! Olive-black - the Dark Pleasures. I am so going to love that! What am I saying - I love them all. Thank you so much. I'll be posting photos tomorrow. I put you in a sidebar to say thanks. Mwah!

  2. Hey ABOP!! We just posted the same thing - well, I posted mine yesterday - but that is so cool!! We have very similar routines. Great minds (and nails) think alike!! Great post!!

  3. God, I really love your nails. Wish mine looked like that without polish!

  4. I definitely need to step it up with my lotion and with washing my hands after using remover.

    Thanks so so much for this! I really appreciate it!! Hopefully, one day, my nails will look like yours. *__*


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