As is the trend with most things, I'm lazy. Sadly, it makes me perhaps the most un-cliched beauty blogger ever. Now, I'm all for diversity, but, unfortunately, I take it to another level--and it's up for you to decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Above all, I can't apprehend from revealing that I rarely wear nail polish. But don't be mistaken: I still have over twenty bottles--thank you, Ciaté Mini Mani Month. Nevertheless, nail care over color is my mantra. I'm too much of a perfectionist to let my ragged tips and nail beds let loose. So, in the essence of keeping things polished and absolutely as no-nonsense as possible, here are the nail care necessities.
The basics of nail care always start with nail clippers and a nail file; even my brother and dad use them. I'm never finnicky about clippers, but files are another story. Ever since I was an adolescent, I've always hated nail files, the sawing motions and sound sending chills up my spine. Luckily, I've surpassed the fear...slightly, and use motions in one direction to smooth out any sharp points. The Butter London Nail File is also fantastic in being sturdy and not too cringe worthy--and, funny story, I stole one of these thinking they were free; it turns out they aren't. When cuticle troubles induce, unfortunately, I have another complex in which I feel the need to pick at them, sometimes even making them bleed. But the key to ridding of them all together is hydration. For overall hand health, I slap on the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream: a light formula that smells slightly sweet and sour, and sinks in quickly to make it the perfect day option. During the winter, though, my hands need some serious, heavy-duty moisture. The Burt's Bees Hand Salve is a mix of shea butter, olive oil, and plant extracts for a concoction that seals in moisture and sends flakiness on its way.
But, sometimes, that's not enough moisture; it's crazy, je sais. For exclusive cuticle hydration, I massage the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream into my nail beds and any signs those sprouting or even those that are obviously evident are gone. This is even my second pot, and it's a true miracle worker. Another cuticle option that may be a less exclusive offering is Homeoplasmine*. It's obviously French and a makeup artist, cult favorite, so it must be amazing; it turns out, it succeeds in the title. Cuticles, hands, even lips, toes, and cuts, this tube will satisfy all your needs. And, when it's time to clip away the cuticle corpses, cuticle trimmers are the only civilized manner to do so (this is no finger nail picking territory). But, sometimes, I go wild and choose to paint my nails, because an occasional paint job aligns with my nail polish philosophy. But in an effort to save time, I forget base coat, go straight in with color, and seal the shade in with the Seche Vite Top Coat. This may come with a warnings list the length of my arm, but I don't care--it's darn awesome. I certainly don't have time to wait yonks for my hands to dry.
But let's not get too radical, as most of the time, I stick to the