Kat Stays Polished | Beauty Blog with a Dash of Life: Quick Nail Care

Quick Nail Care

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Hello everyone! It's the weekend!!!! I hope you are having a fabulous Saturday!

So, a few weeks ago, someone complimented me on my cuticles and how nice they look...in my swatch pictures.

If you paint your nails, you know how dried out your fingers can get, especially if you use 100% acetone.

I'm going to quickly go through my routine each time I remove my polish.

Step 1: Use any polish remover you are most comfortable with. I always lean towards the 100% acetone because it really does remove polish the quickest. I switch based on my mood.

Remove all traces of polish from all of your nails.

Step 2: Choose a cuticle oil and a strengthening base coat. The oil I use most often is the Beauty Secrets from Sally Beauty Supply. I use the CND Solar Oil when I'm at work (it smells DELICIOUS). The Mango oil I use sparingly because it's a small bottle and costs just as much as my huge Beauty Secrets bottle.

I also use all three of these base coats. If I feel I'm getting weak nails, I'll use NailTek. The other two I'll alternate between. They both work well as a base for me but it may not work for you. 

Step 3: Use whichever oil you have chosen and swipe the brush across all your cuticles. You don't want too much or too little. After you have dabbed, rub the oil into each of your fingers. I take it up to my first knuckle. 

Wherever the acetone hit is where you want to apply the oil.

Step 4: Oil is good for your cuticles but not your nails. When you are getting ready to apply your next polish, you want your nail beds to be clean and oil free.

These lint-free pads I ordered on eBay. I forget whose blog I saw this on, but they are a DREAM!

Step 5: You're almost there! After you have cleaned your nails, apply your base coat. Your nails go from drabby dry to shabby sleek in no time! 

Step 6 (7, 8, and 9): After you paint your nails, give them another dose of goodness. I use Hard as Hoof during the day, every day, because it really does work. It good for your nails, cuticles, and your hands. I also use Vaseline Hand & Nail cream (comes in a pink bottle).

I hope this was helpful to some or all of you. It's a simple process but it helps to keep your pretty little fingers...well, pretty!

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  1. Thanks for this post, Kat! It is super helpful :)

  2. Lovely! I should get started on ordering all these sweet things : ))

  3. Thanks for the comments ladies! I'm glad you found this helpful!

  4. Thank you! Definitely found some items to try. My cuticles aren't usually too bad but if I don't keep my nails polished, they start to flake and crack almost immediately, so I'm going to try the nail strengtheners you recommended.

    1. I'm glad you found this helpful! Let me know how it goes for you! =)

  5. Love your tutorial! Your cuticles are beautimas! :D

  6. Other bloggers emphasize using cuticle oil every day, and I've finally started doing that most of the time. It's making a difference in my nails, too! They aren't peeling and cracking as much as before. I have a peppermint China Glaze and a mini bottle of CND Solar Oil (which does smell fab!) and use whichever I feel like.


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