Nail Care Routine and Essentials

I admit, I'm rough on my nails.
When people comment on the rough condition of my nails, I chalk it up to my eczema which makes the skin around my nails peel, but truthfully, I also have a pretty bad nail-biting habit. I've been trying for the last month to make taking care of my nail health more of a priority which means (for me, anyway), accumulating a few products that would help with my endeavor. Here are the things and routines that have helped me take control of my nails:
  • First I wash my hands and make sure I don't have any polish left over on my nails. I'll give it a good soak too for about 5 minutes or so. 
  • Next I push back my cuticles. I used to use an orange stick but I recently got this dual ended cuticle pusher by Tweezerman. I quite like it because it just feels a bit sturdier than the wooden sticks I'm used to using and plus, it's reusable!
  • I file my nails down with a glass nail file and buff them. At this point, I use hand lotion. I'm loving this Burt's Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream. It has a really heavy scent but it's incredibly moisturizing. I only use this once a week because it's so potent. On every other day, I use my L'Occitane hand cream 
  • I apply a base coat and 2-3 coats of my favorite polish, adding a Seche Vite top coat on top (this is seriously the best top coat ever).
And that's it! Let me know what some of your nail care tips and tricks are!


  1. I go through phases of good nails and bad nails, but my thumbs are almost always dry and peeling around the nail. I find keeping up with polish helps me stay away from biting and also helps me be more mindful about nail care.

    A tip: After you apply your lotion, you should do a quick swipe with a cotton pad and nail polish remover over your nails before you apply your base coat and polish. If you make sure there is not lotion on your nails your polish will stay put longer.

    Have you found that you like Essie nail polish? I have tried to love it, because they have such awesome shades, but I find no matter how careful I am about applying very thin coats and letting them dry fully in between, they just always crack and chip super fast! I have two favourites that I have found: Zoya and the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line (their gel colours are good too, but my fave is the regular polish).

    Sweet Spontaneity

  2. I do not have much of a nail care routine myself so it was nice to read your tips. Sometimes I find it takes so much time! LOL! I used to bite my nails all the time and then I just stopped one day so I really should take good care of them now.


  3. loved the post
    lovely routine


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