The quickest way to accessorize your favourite summer outfit is with beautifully manicured nails. I’m one of those chicks who aways has her nails done. To me, polished nails are one of those things that truly show the care and attention you give to yourself, so I make it a point to always make sure my nails (whether on my toes or my fingers) look neat and polished. It’s also the most perfect way to treat yourself and make you feel that much better about yourself. While I like to indulge in salon mani and pedis from time to time, I will usually use my “me time” for an at-home mani and pedi. It’s so much easier and with all the amazing products now at our disposal, why the hell not! Here, I’m sharing my favourite products to help get your nails ready for the perfect date night, day at the beach, work and everything in between.
As with any mani and pedi, I always like to start by soaking my hands (or feet) in a warm bath enhanced with a few drop of gentle soap or essential oils. After about 5-10 minutes, I pat my hands dry and get to work on my cuticles. I have been loving the CND Cuticle Eraser, which has a blend of alpha hydroxy acids to micro-exfoliate cuticles, moisturize cuticles and prevent those dreaded hangnails (we all know how those can go bad to horrifying quickly).
Before applying polish, there’s one step that I recently adopted into my nail care routine that has truly made a difference in the longevity of my polish. Using a cotton pad, I apply ScrubFresh, a nail surface cleaner that removes any product residue from the nails and make polish adhere to the surface so much better.
When it comes to nail polish, I’m a creature of habit and usually stick to a classic red, nude or dark. But lately I’ve been feeling a little adventurous, experimenting with more summery shades, like this vibrant orange and this beautiful lavender shade from the Summer 2016 Flirtation collection. I’m sure most of you are already familiar with the Vinylux Weekly Polish collection. These polishes deliver in their promise, and for a girl who usually polishes every 2 or 3 days because of chipped polish, this collection is a miracle.
The routine include the colour and the top coat. I know what you’re thinking, “Where’s the top coat?” Well there isn’t one. You just apply two coats of the Weekly Polish onto clean nails and top it of with the Weekly Top Coat. The beauty in this top coat is that it contains light-sensitive polymer technology that creates an outer shield that increases the durability and chip-resistant factor as your nails are exposed to light. The combination of the two are what gives you that beautiful chip-less (is that even a word?) manicure for up to 7 days. Bonus: both formulas dry super fast!
In between manicures, there are a few things that I like to do to keep my nails healthy. I have been a huge fan of Solar Oil since my very first salon manicure. I just rub a few drops into the area surrounding my cuticles and I swear it makes my nails so much healthier. And every once in a while, I’ll give my nails a break from polish and use the RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment. The formula is infused with Keratin protein (hence the name) and jojoba oil to help repair and straighten damaged nails. It’s like a deep moisturizing treatment for the nails. If your nails are prone to splitting and peeling, I highly recommend you check this little gem out.
And there you have it! My go-to nail care routine for beautiful nails. Have you tried any of these products? I would love to know what you think in the comments below.
Disclaimer: Although these products were provided to me for review, the opinions expressed are completely honest and 100% my own.