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A Winter Essie Triple Threat

A Winter Essie Triple Threat | A Girl, Obsessed

During the winter, my hands tend to get incredibly dry, especially around the nails and cuticles. It’s something I’ve always struggled with, but over the years I’ve been able to create a little 3-step winter Essie routine that gives me an amazingly gorgeous mani that also provides intense hydration and nourishment to the nail bed.

After removing any old nail polish and washing my hands, I like to take Essie’s Apricot Oil and brush some of it across all of my cuticles and the tops of my nails. I then take a few minutes to fully massage the oil in, focusing mainly on my cuticles so they can absorb as much of the moisture as possible. I always use full strength acetone remover because I’m so impatient when taking my nail polish off, but the downside is that it makes my nails and cuticles incredibly dry. Using an oil in between manis really helps to give some hydration back to my skin so my cuticles are less likely to peel and crack.

Once the cuticle oil has fully absorbed, I move on to prepping my nails for a new coat of polish. I struggle a bit with thin, peeling nails, and I’ve found that using a nutrient-rich base coat really helps protect my nails and make them stronger so they don’t peel as much/often. Essie has a great treatment called Millionails that I really love using. It works great as a base coat, and I’ll even use it on days when I don’t wear anything else just because it makes my nails feel so healthy and strong.

After being a huge Essie fan for years and trying several of their shades, I’ve finally found my signature nail color. Lady Like is a gorgeous mauve-nude shade that looks amazing for any season, any occasion, and with any nail length. This has become my go-to shade, and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately because it looks especially nice for this time of year. I really like how creamy this polish is – it only takes 1-2 coats for a full opaque look, and almost an entire week goes by before I notice and chips.

Do you have any favorite products for nourishing winter nails?

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5 Comments

  • Chelsea

    I love Lady Like! I’m actually on my 3rd bottle! I think the only other nail polish I’ve felt the need to repurchase is Essie’s Bahama Mama.

    February 9, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Charlotte Lane

    Lady Like looks like the perfect shade, I love it and need to get my hands on it!xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    February 9, 2018 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Cindy

    Essie always makes such beautiful products! I love the Apricot Oil and really need to reach for it more often. I always love a good dark vampy nail in the colder months and Wicked is always a firm fav for me!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    February 9, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
  • Emma Bought What

    I love Essie products! My nails are so bad at the moment so I might give that oil a try. Also, I love the colour of Lady Like x

    http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk

    February 10, 2018 at 10:31 am Reply
  • Sophie

    Still need to try Essie! Haven’t yet because they’re kind of pricey in Australia. I use to have thin soft nails that started to flake a bit once they reached a certain length (I prefer short/medium nails anyway) but after taking the Blackmores Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins my nails have got noticeably stronger. Haven’t noticed a difference in hair or skin but oh my goodness have my nails improved! Lovely post! xx

    -Sophie x | Cherries & Perfume 

    February 12, 2018 at 4:52 pm Reply
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