how to nail it
manicured nails is a sign of good character
That wasn’t her exact words, but it was what I took from what she said. It’s been 21 years ago. She is my cousin, and the second person after my mother whom introduced me to the world of beauty.
Little did she know how strong effect she had on me. You see, I havent been without manicured nails since my teens. It makes me feel naked, just the same way I feel lack of oxygen when wearing black. However, I know OCD for wearing nail polish is more common amongst us ladies than my weirdness for black shoes.
But let’s be real for a second, getting a manicure isn’t as affordable in Sweden as in The States nor U.K. – it’ more on the luxury side plus a commitment. Between juggling projects, a private life that includes socialising a manicure is a bigger commitment I’ve learned to say no to. Instead I’ve found my own ways of keeping them both healthy, manicured and a polish that actually does the job.
Yes, I’ve basically tried them all and come to committed to one brand that suits my requirements in what I need in a good polish. Essie has a great range of colours that fits me well. I love the pastel series and bolder options too.
Lately, I’ve been having a light blue shade on repeat. I really love the contrast of this shade to my olive skin – adds a nice contrast, regardless on what length the nails are. Secondly, the gel couture series is so far the most long-lasting nail polish I’ve tried. Since time is of the essence, whenever I’m taking care of my nails I can give it the attention it needs. No need for worrying that the polish is going to fail on me – it wont! Since the word good is a matter of experiences, a polish that stays between 1-2 weeks without having to adjust is good according to my standards.
Keep them healthy
Clean With a Nail Brush
You may risking infection with rigorous cleaning under the nails using long, pointy tools, both at home and during manicures. This kind of aggressive nail care is an open door to bacterial or fungal infections. Instead, scrub gently with an old-fashioned nail brush under water after removed polished and filed nails.
Think of your cuticles like the protective caulking around a bathtub. If you cut them back too far or push them around too aggressively, you damage them. That, in turn, leaves your nail bed open to infection. I advises moisturizing cuticles and not even pushing them back or trimming them at all, even during a professional manicure.
Acetone-based removers are drying on your nails, just as you hair and skin your nails needs moist. There’s there’s a large range or acetone-free removes in the retails. I’m currently looking for something that is more on the natural side than chemical – honestly, not sure if it exist but if you do, please help me out in the comment section below.