Happy Manicure Monday!!
Well, at least this Monday it is... We spent the weekend doing housework and preparing for Kyle to go back to work today which doesn't make for a terribly exciting blog post.
If I "collect" anything, it's nail polishes. (Well, aside from the whole snow globe thing I've got goin' on.) It is extremely rare for me to not have my nails polished. EX-TREMELY rare. My nails legit feel strange with nothing on them and I have to at least throw a base coat on them so the strangeness isn't distracting. Call me
I absolutely loooove experimenting with new nail treatments, adding polishes to my collection and trying various manicure techniques. This is a deep rooted obsession--my nail addict days began as a preteen. It's serious business.
That being said, I don't have the time (read : childcare), money or give-a-shit to go out and have a professional manicure done weekly (or even monthly or quarterly)... So, I present to you, my current 7 step manicure that can be achieved during nap time and lasts through a few days worth of dishes (aka your nail polishes' arch nemesis) or until you're bored and ready for a change.
1. Push and treat cuticles || Lately, I've been really enjoying this cuticle softener and remover by Julep. I find it gets rid of the dead skin and any lingering polish my remover may have missed. The cuticle pusher came in a nail kit from way back in the day...I wan't to say it was by Sally Hansen, but any pusher will do. I tend to prefer the wider pushers to the narrower ones, but you do you boo. (Jaclyn Hill anyone? Anyone?)
3. Shape || I know glass files are all the rage, but I'm not a huge fan of this step so I'm keeping it old school with the emery board. It's necessary I know, but ugghhh! Filing my nails kind of makes my skin crawl...Like, sometimes I'm tempting to try and shape my nails with my nail clippers instead. Now that i'm typing this I feel like I should try the glass file -- maybe, it will solve all of my goosebump-y issues with filing. Hmm. Anyway. Shape your nails now! Ready, go!
5. Color! || Paint yo nails! I've been on a huge Orly kick lately, but whatever color/brand you're feeling good about, rock it! I'm a two coater...what's your number?
7. Clean up || This is a cheat that I've picked after years of humbling experiences with my unreliable left handed nail painting abilities. Once my polish is completely dry, if the kids allow, I go in with these Tweezerman Cuticle Nippers and not only trim up any lingering dead skin, but also scrape or trim any polish that may have wandered outside the lines. Ha! #finemotorskillsonfleek
Now, bathe your hands in some more of this and you're good to go!