Since as early as I can remember, I have been obsessed with getting my nails done. When I was little I would ask my mom once a week to take me to the salon and get my nails painted with french tips. She, however, did not do this and I ended up having to wait until high school to get those acrylic tips put on. *Sigh*
Fast forward to now I have frequent standing appointments with my fav MiniLuxe, but do remember...I spent 10 years of my life doing my own nails. That being said, I want to give you the "poor gal has no money for those tips" tips on doing your own nails bitchin'. Girl save that cash for a night that guy asks to buy you a drink, but you really need to buy your own because you don't want to give him your number. Whew. 20's are hard... Alright, let's get down to business.
Cuticles: Lucky for me I have great cuticles, but I am assuming you don't... no problem, I don't blame you for this. No judge. But we gotta get rid of them, so we'll start with the cuticle cream that helps lift them up and dissolve them. Then to follow is my the cuticle "pusher-backer"(it's a word okay...my word) and then finally cut them using the really scary scissors.
Nail Beds: I like a nice file. Can't be too rough, but can't be too worn. There is a real art to this and once you get that file just right, it's magic. I then like to lightly buff my nails so they are even and shine like a Christmas light. Are those jingle bells I hear?
Next, the base coat and top coat are really an important pair. #1 Base coat to make sure that the color is smooth on those nail beds bc they get so bumpy as you get older, just one of the 1,000 joys of growing old. #2 The topcoat is equally as important as it makes sure to seal the deal and shine, plus ensures no chips.
Finally, I like to add oil to my cuticle at the end bc after I remove my polish from the last color sesh and rough them up with the buffer, we need to help nourish those puppies so they stay crisp and, again, no chips!
XX, The Snob Edit