I was asked to do this post by the beautiful Maria over at http://www.mariasself.com/ , She has the most amazing blog and is such an amazing lady. Pop along and take a look and I know you will be hooked. I was quite taken aback when she asked me as I am really bad at looking after my nails to be honest. Years ago in my youth I did a lot of bar work and had my hands in and out of water constantly and my nails just grew and grew and I always had nails at least an inch long.
Now if they get any longer than the pic above they break at the edges and are so sore. So my upkeep consists of (when I remember) cutting them when they get to this length before they break. I am pants at filing, it makes my skin creep (just like touching cardboard with wet hands, I know I'm weird lol) so I just use my file to take off the rough edges after using the nail clippers.
Wonky thumb nail, no idea why it grew like that??
Dry down the side of my nail. I am very bad at remembering to oil my cuticles so what I try to do it use hand cream everytime I wash my hands and massage it into the nails and cuticles. I had been using a body butter on my hands recently and my nails were great. Obviously the hand cream I moved onto isn't as nourishing as that was so will have to up the routine :0).
My Leighton Denny crystal nail file
Leighton Denny cuticle oil Slick Tips
Instruments of torture lol
Preferred nail clippers.
Just after clipping
Rough round the edges
After a quick file
Tidied up a bit
Now with some slick tips (see how much better that finger looks)
All done and ready for some polish
now which one shall I choose