Here's something I haven't revealed to the world yet. I love nail polish. At one time, I would change the colour every day. After a tragic accident in September last year, I lost an entire nail (I have photos for all who have a strong stomach) and the bare nail bed on my left index finger (completely bare mind you; and might I remind you that I can post that pic if you'd like).
So now that my nail has almost healed, it still looks 'slightly vomitous' to quote my husband, here's a quick tutorial on a DIY manicure.
- Nail File according to the level of coarseness that you need
- Lacrosse Cuticle Pusher. I like this infinitely more than cutting my cuticles
- Finger Bowl. That's what I call it at least for soaking your fingers.
- Cotton wads for removing nail polish
- Sally Hanssen Gel Cuticle Remover
- Softsoap hand soap
- Non-Acetone Polish Remover from CVS. I prefer non-acetone but most people don't.
- Yes to Carrots Feel the C Pampering Hand & Nail Spa
- Essie Lemon-Guava Smoothie
- Lavender essential oil (optional)
- Nature's Gate Vitamin E oil
- Squirt some hands soap into the finger bowl and fill with warm water. You can add a few drops of essential oils to this if you'd like.
Be sure to exfoliate around your nail as well. I like to do this as it keeps my cuticles soft and more pliable. This way I can just push them back and no need for cutting.