Winter Nail/cuticle care

A while back I had done a post about OPI Nail Envy and still to this day, I am absolutely in love with it. It has done wonders for my nails! As you know, my sister came to visit last week and I used it on her nails. A week later, she is hooked too and can’t wait for her nails to be strong and grow like mine. We got to talking and she then asked how I care for my cuticles and it got me thinking to do this post. We all care for our nails/cuticles differently so I wanted to share how I will be caring for mine this Winter.

For one my hands tend to get very dry and sometimes even cracked in the winter months. The lotion I use to stop that and to keep my hands soft is by Miracle of Aloe and it’s called Miracle Hand Repair. This stuff is seriously amazing. You only need a little and it might feel thick at first but once you rub it in and it soaks in it works wonders!

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The next products are what I use for cuticle care.

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I use Sally Hansen’s gel cuticle remover and Revlon brand cuticle pusher. This cuticle gel and from what I know of others, most cuticle remover gels you need to leave on your cuticles for a few moments to soften them.

I then use the flat part of my pusher and push the cuticles back and the rounded part to clean up what I’ve pushed. Finally, but not always any other clean up I use my cuticle clippers for.

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Finally, and hand in hand with my lotion I use cuticle oil. Usually I use the cuticle oil first and then apply lotion. I have one at home, my Julep rollerball applicator and at work I have Sally Hansen brush on. I apply the cuticle oil and rub in, I then apply my lotion and voila, smooth hands and cuticles.

Well there you have it, that is how I care for my hands/cuticles. I do this stuff more frequently during the winter months but all year, still care for them the same.

How will you be caring for your nails, hands, and cuticles this season?

Before I go,  I have a few items to give away that might help you 🙂

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First up is a 5 piece Manicure set which includes: Nail clippers, cuticle pusher, cuticle clipper, Tweezers, and a glass nail file. It comes in this cute little case.

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Secondly in the giveaway is Formula 10’s cuticle cream.

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Finally, OPI’s Nail Envy!

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You can win all three of these prizes! This giveaway is for Mae’s Beauty Followers only.

The giveaway starts now and ends in just under two weeks on December 7th, when the lucky winner will be chosen. Good Luck! Click the Rafflecopter link to enter **GIVEAWAY CLOSED** Thank you entrants

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Nail Files: Bare All Tag NOTD 48

Lindz from girlintheglasses, came up with a Bare All Tag. Check out her original post and mine below.Many of us love our pretty polished fingers, me included, but what about the natural nails that lurk beneath the enamel?  They just don’t get much attention unless we’re prepping them for yet another coat of a lovely lacquer of our choice.  I feel it’s time to strip the polish and bare all in a show of solidarity ladies!  At least long enough to snap a photo and answer a few questions, I’m not a monster after all.  So please join me, show your naturally beautiful nails and share some information about them and the products you prefer to pamper them with.”  Take part in the Bare All Tag if you would like to, everyone has been tagged, so go for it 🙂

Nail Files: Bare All Tag:

  • Include a photo of your clean, product free, natural nails. Don’t be shy, look I even have stains on my nails from polish and still a little cracking damage.
  • Preferred length:  Short > medium
  • Preferred shape:  I guess mine would be considered “squoval.” more oval with a little squared-ness they don’t seem to split on corners and break this way
  • Favorite base coat:  nail-aid peeling base coat
  • Favorite top coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
  • Favorite cuticle cream/oil:  Julep Cuticle Oil
  • Favorite hand cream:  Sally Hanson Radiant Hands, Nails, and Cuticles Creme
  • Favorite nail clippers:  Tweezerman Clippers
  • Favorite nail file:  glass file
  • Favorite remover:  Sally Hanson plus Vitamins (non acetone)
  • Self or professional manicure:  I do my own manis, pedis and nail art.
  • How often do you polish:  2-3 times a week just about every 3-5 days depending on the durability of the mani I just did.
  • Most wanted nail product:  Essie Metallics or China Glaze Safari collection
  • Be sure to include the nail files bare all tag in your post or video response as I have below.

TAG…you’re it!

Day 11 Polka Dots – 31Challenge

I would like to start off with a brief review of the Cuticle Oil that I got in my most recent Julep box, since I used it when I did my manicure last night. It smelled very nice, wasn’t too greasy, and after I rubbed it on my cuticles & nails it seemed to soak in after about a minute or two. The next morning my fingers didn’t seem as dry and cracked as they normally are during the winter months. Overall I found the product very helpful so far. 🙂

For the Polka Dot Challenge Day , I went with a more Spring / Easter ( I know it’s early still but don’t worry I’ll change it again soon. For the Stripes day of the challenge I want to go back and do another St. Patrick’s look 🙂 ). Here is a close up of one hand.

And the final look.

To start the look I varied my base colors, I used “OPI-Too Pink to Hold em'” for the pink fingers and a clear on all of the mainly polka-dotted fingers. For the Dots I used “OPI’s – Planks A lot – Pirates of the Caribbean collection”,  “Revlon ColorStay – Bonsai”,  “OPI -Dating a Royal”, “Ulta – Celebutante”, my Pink listed above, and my Dotter Tools. For the full polka-dotted fingers I started out with scattered dots of the blue, then once dry, the Pink, and so on for the remainder of the colors. For the pink based/polka tipped fingers I used the “Celebutante” as bigger dots on the tip of my nails, then once dry I dotted a thin layer of the blue, the other purple, and then green.

What do you think of this Polka Dotted look? Have you bought and tried any dotting tools, if so what did you think?

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