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!

Reader Comments (8)

Very nice post..

I LOVE Geranium! It's been my whole entire summer wear. Hope you're well, Sally! It's been so hard to get on twitter lately =( or even blogging at that!

10.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruly Smitten

Heehee, I love that you reference MUA. I always pour over all the reviews whenever I am interested in something.

I love getting pedis in particular, but after consistently getting them for the past year, I realized it was drying out my nails! Now I realized how important it is to let them "breathe," like you say.

10.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

SARAH // I almost feel like I should buy a few bottles just in case they discontinue it! :) I've missed you lady!!! We need to catch up!

JACQUELINE // The review on MUA are so helpful! :) Yes, I definitely think you need to let you nails breathe in between manicures and/or pedicures! :)

10.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

Great article.
I really appreciate your post.

11.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

Actually while having my nails done I never use cuticle trimmer to remove cuticles.. I read in essays that if you starts to do it then you have to remove cuticle all the time. So this step I skip) but Geranium is a really nice nail polish!

11.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelia Donaldson

Actually, letting your nails "breathe" is useless. Your nails are not alive and as long as you keep your cuticles in good shape your nails will be fine. Nail polish is actually good for your nails because it holds more moisture in. When your nails seem dry it's usually because of your remover. If you rub a good cuticle cream over your cuticles and nails (make sure you wash off before painting) it'll add that moisture back. Also, it's not recommended that you use a cuticle trimmer to actually cut your cuticles off. That can lead to infection and unhealthy nails. You should just use the cuticle remover and push them back.

11.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Although the Seche Vite is wonderful, I would just beware due to the warning on the back: "WARNING! This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or reproductive harm."

If you are looking for a good and safe top and base coat, I would try one from Sallly Hansen- it does wonders for my nail polish!

12.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

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