When taking off my nail polish, I like to use something that works fast but is still gentle. I’ve been using the Equate Nourishing Nail Polish Remover that I picked up from Walmart for around $1 or $2. It works pretty well at getting the job done, and I’ve noticed that the Vitamin E does help my nails feel a little healthier. I’m thinking about trying this brand next once my current bottle runs out, has anyone tried it before?
Once my old nail polish is off, I clip and file my nails into a neater shape if the need it. Then I apply a quick base coat – right now the Essie Millionails Treatment ($10) has been my saving grace. It’s been working wonders at strengthening and repairing my nails from any chips or cracks. Though not technically a base coat, it keeps my nails so strong and adds a protective layer between the polish and my natural nail.
After applying my color of choice for the week, I brush on a thick layer of the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($9.95). Not only does this stuff dry my nails incredibly fast, it also creates a rock hard, glassy barrier that keeps my polish from chipping for close to a week! If I wear polish without this top coat, I’m lucky if I can go two days without chips.
Throughout the week, whether I’m wearing polish or not, I like to use two products that help nourish my nails and cuticles, and help they stay healthy. The first is The Body Shop’s Almond Hand & Nail Cream ($20), which is a super conditioning lotion that I’ve been using for the past couple years and can’t recommend enough. As well as helping your nails and cuticles, it also does a fantastic job of moisturizing your hands (so it’s perfect if you’re like me and loathe the feeling of dry hands). The final product in my routine is Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil ($8.50). This is something I’ve just recently started using, and I can’t believe it took me so long to try it. I like to apply this every night before bed, as a little treat to myself. While it works at infusing hydration and natural oils into my cuticles, I get to enjoy the soft scent of apricots as I drift off to sleep. It’s heavenly.
What products do you use to care for your nails?