- Cuticle Remover – I’ve been using this cuticle remover from Sally Hensen for a while now and its really effective. Once I remove last week’s polish, I start with this. You put it on your cuticle, wait for 15 seconds, then scrape your cuticle away/push your cuticle toward the back of your nail with a pusher tool like I’ve shown below. This also helps to soften up the whole cuticle area to make it easier to nip away at unwanted skin around the nail.
- Cuticle Pusher – I prefer wooden cuticle pushers just because they feel less fierce than their metal cousins. I generally get many uses out of mine before I replace them.
- Cuticle Nipper – After I remove my cuticles, I immiately nip away any remaning cuticle skin or excess skin around the nail while everything is still soft. This has been the single most important factor in keeping me from biting my cuticles at work. If I do this once a week, there simply isn’t any cuticle to pite or pick away at. Use a cutting/pulling techinique to really get everything nipped away. If you’re having a hard time, I suggest getting a manicure and watching how the pros do it, then try to mimic this technique at home on yourself.
- Nail File – I prefer nail files with multiple grains so I can quickly shorten my nails with a rough grain and then refine the edges with a softer grain.
- Buffer Tool – Recently Emoji asked me to review their Micro-Nail buffing tool. Since I liked their epilator so much, I decided to give it a try. It basically is handheld eletric buffer with several different heads of various coarseness that quickly buffs your nails and leaves them smooth and shiny. I quite liked the results on my nails and was pleased that the shininess lasted about a week. If you don’t have time to polish, this is a great option to leave your nails shiny and pretty throughout the week.
- Vinylux Top Coat – Vinylux is decidedly my polish of choice. If you use their polishes and their top coat together your home manicures will last sans chip for a full week. I could hardly believe it when I first tried it, but after many weeks of positive, chip-free results I’m a total convert. I’ve thrown out all my old polishes and only use Vinylux now.
- Cleanup Pen – I keep this handle little tool on hand when I do my at home manicures. I have frustratingly shaky hands, so I often end up painting outside the lines (so to speak). This helps with cleanup. I find that the pen can get a little dry after time, but if you keep some nail polish remover handy you can dip the pen in that and it totally refreshes it.
- Vinylux Polish (Gotcha) – This is my latest Vinylux purchase and I love it. It’s the perfect shade of bright pink. You can see it in action in this outfit of mine.
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