I’ve been asked a good few times if my nails are my own – and yes I grew them myself 😀 – that was awful I know.. Ha! So I thought I’d share a couple of tips to grow your nails and keep them strong and healthy.
I paint my nails a lot – almost too much, if you follow me on Instagram @beautitudeblog. I get sick of a colour easily so I’ll change it and then probably change my mind two days later and go back to the previous an polish. So it would be pretty pointless if I went for shellac or gel nails because I could easily get bored of a colour. I’ve had gel nails once a few years ago and my nails were in such bad condition afterwards that it literally turned me off gel nails for life. But I’ve always loved doing my own nails and I like the look of gel nails. So I made it my little mission to get nice, natural nails.
So, the top picture above is my nails about one year ago, and the picture directly bellow it is my nails, maybe about a couple of weeks ago. There’s a huge difference!
There’s a couple of things I swear by, and them some that I’m just in the habit of. One thing that may as well of been beat in to my head by my sister is to always file your nails in the same direction – as in don’t go left to right, right to left, left to right – in other words, don’t go at your nails using your nail file as if it was a saw. It actually hurts my eyes now to see anyone filing their nails this way! This helps your nails from splitting and peeling. I also don’t keep the same nail file for too long – particularly because I won’t invest in a nail file when the cheaper ones are just as good, even if they don’t last too long. Also every now and again I like to buff and soften my nails with one of those nail file blocks too.
Then (if I’m not in a rush) I usually rub Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream into my cuticles. I got this in a goodie bag and of course, I wasn’t paying full attention, and because of it’s little shape I thought it was a lip balm and slapped it on to my lips, that didn’t turn out so great! Besides that whole situation, I’ve learned to love this stuff! It can be a bit awkward actually getting the product out if you’ve long nails because it’s like a little pot, but I’ve learned to live with that!
This genuinely feels lovely when you’re using it and it makes it easier to tidy up your cuticles a bit and if needed, push them down a small bit, just don’t cut them off. Just a little rub into the cuticles a couple of times a week even to keep them nice and healthy. I love this because you can throw it on if you already have nail polish on.
This next product is my absolutely holy grail. It’s the Essence Studio Nails Ultra Strong Nail Hardener. I always have a bottle of this, and a back up too just incase. I use to use a different strengthener that was probably three times the price of this one and this Essence one is just as good, if not better.
I think it costs around the €3 mark and it lasts so long too. I use mine as a base coat, probably not the best idea but it works perfectly for me. I really think this is what helped my nails to grow in the first place and now I literally can not live with out it.
On to hand creams, I don’t use hand creams half as much as I should but they’re always handy to have especially if you’re hands are feeling a bit dry and in need of some love. a lot of hand creams have ingredients specifically to strengthen nails but I constantly wear nail polish so they wouldn’t really be of any benefit to me. The two hand creams that I’ve been loving lately are Soap & Glory Hand Dream and Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula. I am so in love with the smell of the two of these creams! To be honest, I’m not sure if they actually help my nails stay the way they are, but they’re not doing any harm.
Another thing I always always use is the Sally Hansen Moisturising Polish Remover. This nail polish remover is for dry and brittle nails and I absolutely love it. It takes off nail polish so quickly. I’ve been using this for a couple of years now, and a few months ago I ran out so I used a different nail polish remover and my nails began to get so weak and started to break. So I really think that this remover is really beneficial if you want to keep your nails strong and healthy.
So that’s mostly what I do to keep my nails looking fake 😛 If you’ve grown your nails and manage to break one (I did in work recently, literally heart breaking) if you don’t want to file all your nails back down to start all over again, but don’t want to be stuck with one short nail – the false nails in Penneys are perfect for a dodgy situation like this. I’ve stuck just one fake nail over the broken one and filed it to match the rest, then painted it with whatever colour I’m wearing. Really I’m just disguising the ugliness of my broken nail until it grows again, so right now I have nine real nails and one fake one 😛
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