Save Your Money at the Spa and Grab These Go-To Nail Products!
While a professional manicure and pedicure is a luxury most all divas love, a little at-home maintenance can go a long way to give you beautiful, healthy nails without ever having to step into a salon. When you show your hands and nails some attention, you, and others, will definitely notice a difference! A weekly filing and nightly application of moisture to your cuticles will give your hands and feet a lovely look without much effort on your part. Learn about the top seven go-to products that will have your nails in top shape in 2008:
2008 Top Nail Products
Sephora Glass Nail File
I love the smooth shape and easy cleaning of this nail file. It is small, so it is easy to work with for my small hands and nails. Just rinse it off after each use and it is all ready to go for next time! Weekly filing (and anytime you might have a snag) is key to keeping nails looking groomed. Keep this in your purse so that you are always able to smooth any rough spots immediately.
Poshe Anti-Microbial BaseCoat
This product protects the nail plate with a long-lasting zone of inhibition and readies it for nail polish. Nail protein is used to treat and prevent fungus, mold, and bacteria, a triple threat you want to avoid at all costs! Base coat always serves as an anchor for your nail polish, so don’t skip this important step because it will really help your manicure last.
Sephora Nail Polish Corrector Pen
Nothing beats this cool nail polish “eraser.” It comes in a chubby pen style package. If you have an issue with “going outside the lines” with your nail polish, this is a must-have! This product is especially necessary for the reds and other dark hues that are so trendy at the moment; you can clean up and have your nails looking awesome with the help of this easy to use tool!
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Dry and cracked cuticles are not only ugly, they hurt! Circumvent an all-too-common nail tragedy with this lemony scented cream that works like a magic wand to send battered cuticles away for good. The sooner you get into the habit of moisturizing your cuticles, the better. And don’t cut them! Your cuticles are sort of like the gums on your teeth; they keep out bacteria and other debris that can cause infections. When you cut away all your cuticles, you cut away all your protection. If you are continually moisturizing your hands and cuticles you will not have dry, ragged skin. In the event that you do have dry skin sticking up, nip just that small piece of skin and moisturize immediately. Don’t fall into the trap that some manicurists set where they cut off most of your cuticle; they do this because the second it starts growing back, you will return to the salon for another manicure.
As a former nail professional, I had to wean clients off of total cuticle abatement, as they were so used to being cuticle free. I got them moisturizing and then slowly they would come around to see that healthy, moisturized cuticles are happy cuticles; cuticles butchered and sliced away are just the opposite!
Poshe Super-Fast Drying TopCoat
This award winning topcoat that dries to the touch in one minute! The formula contains no Formaldehyde or Toluene, nor does it contain Nitrocellulose. This product is also highly chip resistant. As the week goes on, apply a topcoat even you are sporting only clear polish. Shiny nails always equal “just manicured” looking nails, and since this dries in a flash, you won’t miss a beat!
Nailtiques Nail Protein
Nailtiques pioneered the nail protein craze and in my opinion it is still the best product out there for problem nails. Four different protein based polishes address specific nail issues and if you follow the directions on the package, your nails will grow! They also sell an After Artificial Treatment Kit, which helps your nails recover after you’ve gotten rid of fake nail tips, gels, acrylics, etc.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops
These drops prevent smudging and dry your nails while also moisturizing your cuticles! This is a dream product. You really can hurry out into the world soon after you do your nails when you use Sally’s Speed Dry Drops. Now, I don’t recommend a rigorous hair washing following use, but this will definitely help your polish set so that you can be on your way to whatever is next on your agenda.