I used to have a problem with my cuticles: they were ragged, very dry and create ugly, painful hangnails on the sides of the fingers. I thought that applying cuticle oil would solve the problem, but it didn't. Yes, you read that right: cuticle oil made my cuticles look worse. I read on the internet that cuticle creams are better on your cuticles than oils, so I experimented with them. I couldn't be happier.
Here's my declaration of war against hangnails and ragged, dry cuticles: I remove excess cuticles (the ragged growth you see on the nails) by applying the chemical cuticle remover you can get at any nail or beauty supply store (I use Be Natural® Cuticle Eliminator). I wait for 45 seconds and scrape the dead skin and gunk off the nail bed using a cuticle pusher. You don't even need a nipper as it makes your fingers and nails vulnerable to infections if you take out the entire cuticle. After doing my manicure, I apply one of the cuticle creams below, and I apply them frequently, especially after washing hands. My cuticles are a lot more presentable now and I owe it to these products. Here are my thoughts on these:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
L-R: Gilty Pleasure, Commander in Chic, Plum's the Word
I posted this haul on Twitter last week, but it's only now that I've come to blog about it. I made a quick trip to the Walgreens on my lunch hour to check on these babies. I bought my first Sally Hansen nail polish two weeks before, and it was on sale for less than two bucks at CVS. When I saw the regular price at Walgreens, I balked. Almost eight freakin' bucks for drugstore nail polish?? You gotta be kiddin' me! I also bought some other items along with this haul like Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and even the cashier was aghast. "Wow, $30 for 5 items?". Yes, sad, isn't it? It is sadder to think that I couldn't wait for the sale to come again, since the colors are so damn pretty.
Gilty Pleasure is the kind of old matte gold I'd like to have wear to pair up with my matte gold strappy heels. Love this color, and the metallic finish is very festive. Commander in Chic is an almost dupe (albeit this one is a bit darker) of Sephora by OPI in Metro Chic. Lastly, Plum's The Word had to be mine, as I love purples and plums. I also like the flat head of the brush, as you can control the amount of product in the brush so you don't get too much. This prevents product pooling around the cuticles.
I can't wait to swatch these. Stay tuned!