MANI MONDAY & NAIL CARE ROUTINE

Monday, December 23, 2013

Yay! Christmas is tomorrow! Well, it's Wednesday, but tradition in my family means celebrating Christmas Eve! 

This past weekend after a few minor scratches to the fiancé, I decided it was time to give my nails a trim, & thought I'd record the process of my at home manicure. 

I like to pamper myself with a professional mani every once in a while, but in the Winter time I usually take care of it myself. I am not a professional by any means, nor am I telling you how to give yourself a mani. Just sharing what I do in case it is of interest to you. 

My tools:
Brands have rubbed off, bought at Sally's Beauty Supply. 

I get really dry cuticles, the Winter makes them worst, so I use the cuticle oil at the beginning and end of my manicure. I have been using the Essie Cuticle oil and it is wonderful, it leaves the cuticles and soft and hydrated. 
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
Cut and filed squared.
After I cut, file and use the cuticle oil I apply a coat of this nail hardener, this product isn't sold in the states, but I have heard Nail Envy is quite good. I can't keep my nails too long because of my job, but I do like having them fairly long and hard, this is a great product. 
Nail Hardener


Next, I apply my desired polish, over the weekend I wore Essie's Eternal Optimist. 


Lastly, I apply a coat of a top coat and when the nails dry I reapply the cuticle oil and let it sit for a little bit. I ran out of my usual Essie all in one polish, so I used N.Y.C top coat as a back up. 
N.Y.C Top Coat

Essie Eternal Optimist

If you follow me on Instagram you would know, I've been wearing glitters, textured polishes along with accent nails. I wanted to keep them neutral for a few days before doing my Christmas nails (I will post on Instagram). 


What nail products do you use on a regular basis? Let me know in the comments section below what you use for a nail hardener. 

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10 comments:

  1. Oooooh, what a pretty natural color! Thanks for posting!

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  2. I need to try that cuticle oil. I get really dry cuticles all the time. I use Nail Envy sometimes, but I don't really see a difference. Also, I always use Seche Vite Top Coat. It's great for impatient people like me who have to do stuff right after painting my nails, haha!

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    1. I love Essie's cuticle oil..! It's a must try! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      xoVeronica

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  3. You have such pretty nails! Mine are ratched from stains, even though I use a base coat religiously :(

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    1. I try to scrub them every so often, with toothpaste!! Haha..! Try it..

      xoVeronica

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  4. I looked for the oil last time, but they didn't have it. I will continue to look for it! Thanks for sharing!! <3

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    1. Let me know when you find it and if you love as much as I do! :)

      xoVeronica

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  5. Guess who bought the cuticle oil yesterday?! Me!! That's who!! I love the smell...It really smells like apricots...yummmm!!! I'll let you know how it works for me. I truly have the worst cuticles ever during the winter!!

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    1. Yay! So glad you found it..! Please let me know if you love it..! Love the smell of it!! :) I hear ya, my cuticles suck in the winter time!

      xoVeronica

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