Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Favorite Products 2014 ~ Nail Care

I already showed you my most loved make up items of the year, and today it is time for my favorite nail care products. I like to try new things and switch up the products in my nail and hand care routine quite often, but there are some staples that I cannot be without.

Let's walk through this perfect manicure from start to finish, shall we!?

First you need to shape your nails. I never use scissors to trim them, because they are likely to damage the nail. Instead, I take down length with a crystal nail file. I alternate between the one from Cult Nails and one from Mont Bleu. They will last you for years and will not lose their grittiness (unlike the metal or cardboard files). All they need is a little cleaning to remove the buildup and they're as good as new. Just do not drop them on tile floor like I did with my OPI glass file. R.I.P. trusty friend!

After filing, I like to get rid of overgrown cuticles. The Instant Cuticle Remover from Sally Hansen does a great job. However, I only use it once or twice a month, as these chemical cuticle removers can be a bit harsh on the skin. To keep my cuticles under control, I push them back after I step out of the shower and keep them moisturized.

Speaking of moisturizing, my favorite product for that is the Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil. When used as instructed, this oil does a great job at moisturizing my nails. However, it is not enough to keep my cuticles moisturized, too. So I apply a cuticle cream or butter for that purpose. The two I am currently loving are the Apricot & Jojoba Cuticle Cream from Greenhouse Cosmetics and the Nail & Cuticle Balm from KB Shimmer. Sadly, I cannot find said balm on their website anymore and I hope KB Shimmer have not discontinued it. EDIT: I am so so sorry, I totally got the brand wrong :( Of course this amazing cuticle balm is by Glisten and Glow! It is available in a variety of scents. I am addicted to the fruity Ruby Red Grapefruit scent!

Sometimes, even with the best nail care routine, I get a hang nail. To quickly remove it, I use the Tweezerman Grip & Snip Spiral Spring Cuticle Nipper. This is on the pricey side, but it is the smallest and sharpest cuticle nipper I have found so far. I suggest only removing hangnails or flaps of loose skin and not cutting your cuticles with it! You might accidentally cut live skin, which could result in infections. Secondly, cutting cuticles will only make them grow back even thicker in the long term! To get rid of overgrown cuticles, use a chemical cuticle remover like the one mentioned above.

This year, I have been totally hooked on the Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream. This heavy and thick cream softens my skin so well. The marzipan scent can be overpowering, but I absolutely love it! 

From time to time, despite the best care, my nails need a little extra help in the form of a strengthener. I have tried various popular products, like OPI Nail Envy or Sally Hansen Miracle Growth, but I did not experience any benefits. Then I was sent Nail Magic in a swap a few years ago and I have been obsessed with it ever since! Thank you Kelly ;) Sadly, I am about to run out and need to try to get my hands on a new bottle soon (it is not available here in Germany).

Let me know what your staples in your nail care routine are! I am always on the lookout for new products.


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