Hi loves! Recently one of my Instagram followers (hi Yvette!) asked me if she overlooked a post about about my nailcare routine and such.. she did not, I just didn't have one yet! I decided I would write one and maybe it helps one of you :-). I want to stress the fact I am not an expert or licensed nail technician, I just describe what I feel works best for my nails. I am breaking this down into 3 posts because it gets rather wordy otherwise. So, subject number 1!
When I started my blog in October 2010, my nails were just recovered from acrylics which helped me quit biting my nails. They were flimsy, soft and weak and I quickly discovered a good nail file could help minimize the damage. At first I used the Herôme glass file (at 1 point there were 3 of them laying around at different places) but when I was sent the smoooooth glass files from Mont Bleu to review, I switched to them permanently. I have a travelsize one in my little make-up bag I take with me everywhere, and have 2 at home. They have gorgeous Swarovski designs! I'll admit I could be more careful in filing my nails: I do not practice the "file-to-only-one-direction" philosophy. I am just too lazy. Also sometimes when I have to take off more length, I'll clip first and then file. Yeah, I'm cheeky like that.
Besides filing there is also some cuticle maintaining to do. My prefered product is Nfu Oh Cuticle Remover. Usually I'll apply this to my cuticles, let it sit for a bit and then remove the residue (and the dead skin) with an orange wood stick. I order these in bulk of 100 on eBay. I throw them out after using so it stays hygienic. I also push back my cuticles in the process.
Before starting with my polish I do one last swipe with some polish remover. I also have Blue Scrub (which is a nail dehydrator, which should allow your basecoat and such to attach better) but I am not sure I like it. It does dehydrate, but it also seems to cause my nails to break more easy. Normal polish remover doesn't dry out that much for me. The remover I use most is a cheap one from a drugstore called Kruidvat Nail Polish Remover. I use one with acetone, I accidentally bought 4 bottles of the non-acetone version and I hate it. It dries out SO much more and it just sucks. From time to time I also cook up my own acetone + glycerine mix (check out this blogpost for more info on that subject) but yeah, I can be lazy.
So, these are the materials I use for prepping my nails! Obviously I don't file my nails daily nor do I use the cuticle remover daily, but once a week is pretty standard for me.
What are your favorite products for prepping your nails? Tell me in the comments!