After having my second manicure and seeing how nice my nails looked when they are given a bit of TLC I decided to try to incorporate a simple nail care routine in my life. I did a bit of online research and decided on the following routine. Step One, clip and file. Step Two, buff the surfaces of my nails. Step Three, apply cuticle remover. (I use Blue Cross cuticle remover because it had good reviews on Makeup Alley. I bought a huge bottle at our local Sally Beauty Supply.) Step Four, remove cuticles with cuticle trimmer. Step Five, apply my few coats of my favorite Essie nail polish (above from left to right, Geranium, Power Clutch and Mesmerize). Step Six, seal the nail polish with Seche Vite dry fast top coat. Thanks to Anna for the Seche Vite recommendation because prior to using this top coat my manicures would only last a few days before getting a chip (the drawbacks of constantly using my hands for crafting or cooking) and now I can go about 5-6 days before my first chip appears. I usually leave my nails bare for 2-3 days in between manicures to let them breathe a bit. You can find some fun nail polish related posts over at The Beauty Department. If you have any nail care recommendations or tips please share!