Tag Archives: nail care

My At-Home Manicure

Friends doing an at-home manicure and pedicure

For most of my life, I had ‘difficult’ nails.  They used to split and peel terribly, and never grow.  For those reasons, I have always been hesitant to get professional manicures.  I’m very protective of my nails and don’t trust them to someone else.  But the flipside is that I’ve become pretty good at taking […]

Going Nude For Nail Polish

Nude nail polish

One of the most classically beautiful manicures is the nude manicure. While some will always love the French manicure, I think it can look somewhat dated nowadays. But a nude manicure, when chosen and completed well, is classy and elegant and professional.  The issue can be picking the right shade. The wrong one can be […]

Advantages of the Buff Manicure

Smiling woman with red painted nails on her face

If you are unfamiliar with a buff manicure, it’s a type of manicure that leaves the nails with a beautiful shine. It includes careful cuticle maintenance, even more than a normal manicure because, with smooth bare nails, rough or dry cuticles will really stand out. After moisturizing and pushing back the cuticles, the nails are […]

Are Nail Strengtheners A Good Idea?

Woman applying nail strengtheners

While some of us rely on gel manicures to keep our nails long and strong, sometimes they need a break from all those chemicals and the UV lights. If you are trying to get your natural nails back into shape after a long period of strong treatments, you will most likely turn to a nail […]

How to Care for Your Cuticles

Close-up of woman's fingers and cuticles

Does it seem that no matter what you do, your cuticles always feel dry and neglected?  Do you use lotions but the cuticles always answer with redness and roughness? The short answer solution is diligence.  We use our hands so much (and I tend to wash mine frequently) and while we pay attention to filing […]

Create Your Own Wedding Emergency Kit

Beautiful bride getting ready in mirror

This little handy toolkit can be as big or as small as you need it to be. If you are packing it for yourself, keep in mind that if it can go wrong on the wedding day, plan accordingly. If you are packing it for someone else, think forward about what they would want or […]

A Quick Look at Nail Strengtheners

Woman applying cuticle oil

For most of my life, I had terrible nails. As a child, I was a nail biter but finally outgrew that only to start using artificial nails. After several years of that expense, I finally walked away. Unfortunately, I walked away with paper-thin nails that tore if you looked at them wrong. I have tried […]

Do You Prefer At-Home or Professional Nail Care?

Female hands with nail polish and flower petals

The Great Divide between the well-polished — do you care for your fingernails and toenails in the salon or at home… There are several factors to consider when you are trying to pick where to gain your shiny pink digits: Cost : Yes, doing your own nails at home does have an upfront cost but […]

Steps for a Quick and Easy Buff Manicure

Buff manicure step-by-step guide

While colored gel manicures are all the rage, as are patterns and designs, sometimes the clean and professional look of a buff manicure is ideal.  If you are headed to an interview, you might not want to show up with red and blue plaid fingernails, but that depends on where you are interviewing. The buff […]

Different Nail Polish Formulations

Gold glitter nail polish

There are so many nail polish brands today that it gets confusing to choose which one to buy. You can lessen your confusion by identifying them by formulation, though. There are different kinds of polish: base coat, top coat, regular, and gel polish. I’m here to help you differentiate them from one another: Base coat […]