This post is for last night’s mani. I used Sinful Colors’ “Timbleberry”. It’s a coral pink color. I did 2 coats and topped it off with one coat of SV. I also stamped it but not too big on the image I chose so I won’t be posting those pictures. ^_^ But here is the lovely Timbleberry.
One thing I do want to talk about in this post is why my nails are short.
I broke a nail sometime last week (week before). It was right after I had posted the Vintage Violet Flakes post. I have an emergency kit at work. So I was clipping (can’t have one short) and noticed I cannot go any shorter than the length in this post because it hurt. I was so shocked.
So I looked this up and learned that people with generally longer nail beds have a longer hyponychium. This is a layer of skin that keeps bacteria out from under your nail bed. This is the area directly above the free edge. Don’t try to cut into or push back as your fingers have very many sensitive nerves. And… you’ll bleed. So I’m working on keeping them short to see if this will help them “naturally” fall back some. We’ll see. But I sure do miss having them long. 😦
Soo, that was just some info on nail care. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless! 🙂
Ok. So, when I created this blog, I said “I’d like to help others take care of their nails” and of course, for myself, learn to better care for my own nails. I’ve learned a lot thanks to many many other nail blogging fanatics. I’ve learned to never go without a few things when doing my nails. This blog will talk about a few of them. Let me know what you think. If you have any questions, I’ll try my best to answer them, since I’m still getting the hang of my BLOG! Ah! 🙂
Ok. So first step of course is removing all old nail polish. Here, I use regular nail polish remover. Right now, I’m using Target’s brand of nail polish-non acetone.
After removing all polish, I then go back and apply my cuticle oil which I LOVE! I bought it at WalMart for $5. It’s awesome and as my best friend said “you’ll never in your life ever need to buy cuticle oil ever again”. lol. So here’s my cuticle oil:
After that, I rub it in, massage my fingers, the cuticles, around my nail (where I tend to bite off dead skin and I HATE it!) and then push cuticles back using cuticle pusher. Which, I recommend being gentle as not to rip or tear them. Small cuts and nail polish don’t go well together. While that’s setting in and doing my cuticles a favor, I usually file and reshape any chipped nails (I work in a library so books don’t preserve my hard work) or just trim them. Then I swipe over nails-and nails only, not going over skin to remove oil-to clean my nail and prep for base coat.
My base coat is by (which all throughout my usage, has been referred as SV) Seche Vite (love it). This is also suppose to work as a matte finish…NOT. But does wonders as a base coat. So here is my base coat:
After applying base coat-which dries amazingly fast, I’m ready for my first coat of color. 🙂 So here is the final image of all my things needed before color goes on:
Doing all of this has greatly improved the condition of my cuticles and the strength of my nails. I hope it helps you. Let me know of any nail care tips you have. 🙂