My Nail Care Routine … 7 Facts About Having Flawless Nails

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Hi guys!! Since so many people started asking me what I do for my nails to keep them in shape, I decided to write a post about it and hopefully you will find it helpful. I want to say first that all in all I find my nails are the best when they are covered with nail polish all the time.

This post will be about my routine, care, and about everything else that goes with flawless nails.

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1. MOTIVATION FOR KEEPING NAILS IN SHAPE

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So the first thing for me was the most important thing. I had to motivate myself to stop biting my nails and I found a big motivation in the decision to get married (rings on hands with bitten nails are just so wrong and ugly to me). I tried to motivate myself quite a few times before but I have never succeeded. I always ended up biting the nails of. But this time was different, because you know, the wedding ring stays on your finger forever :). You have no idea how many times I have stopped in jewellery sections in the stores and tried rings on my fingers but I always ended up putting them back on the shelves because I didn’t like how my hands looked. Well that was very frustrating. And I am happy that now I can put on any ring I want and if I like it I buy it. When I think of it now, this problem seems silly to me. But when I think of me five or ten years ago, I know how sad I was about my nails and I was always hiding them under my legs when I was sitting or in the sleeves of the sweaters I was wearing. So there you have it, my confession about the bad habit.
So yes, a motivation. You have to force yourself to include your nails in the daily routine so that they don’t get neglected. You know, your nails are just like your face, they need your attention and daily care. The motivation can be something of a more short term (like having beautiful nails for the prom or a friend’s wedding), but that way you will get in the routine and then it will be something you do every day without even thinking about it, like cleaning your teeth.

2. YOUR NAILS ARE NOT YOUR TOOLS

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Yes, you heard me. You simply can’t use them to open cans or to scratch the tape/stickers or to scratch the food of plates when cleaning them or anything like that. Use tools, that’s why they exist. I use a small blunt knife to open cans, tweezers for the tape and stickers and other stuff that lay around our apartment, but never nails, although they are handy and always there when you need them. So tempting 😀

3. TAKE THE BEST CARE OF YOUR CUTICLES

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Moisturise them every day. Every time you go to bed and if they are extra demanding, every time you think of them during the day. So you will need lots of moisturisers. I noticed that only one product is not the best option for me. I need to have several different ones. I suppose my skin needs different ingredients that are not in only one product. So in the evening the best care for me is a combination of LUSH – Lemony Flutter and L’Occitane – Shea Butter Hand Cream. But on those evenings that I do my nails, I use only Essie – Apricot Oil. And during the day I use different hand creams from L’Occitane and O.P.I.

Once a week I remove the dead skin from my cuticles. I have already talked about my cuticle care, so you can check that post too.

4. MOISTURISE YOUR NAILS AFTER USING NAIL POLISH REMOVER

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I know, nails aren’t breathing, nails aren’t absorbing stuff that we put on them, but I don’t know, I wouldn’t totally agree with this. I noticed that my nails feel and look better when I apply and rub in Essie – Apricot Oil after I remove nail polish. Nail polish removers can be hard on nails and tend to dry them, so I use oil to give them back what the remover takes away. I only use O.P.I – Expert Touch, because all the other removers I have tried made my nails horrible, they started to peel. Apparently I have some very sensitive nails.

5. SHAPE NAILS BEFORE EVERY MANICURE

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Weather you use a file or scissors or a clipping tool, it doesn’t matter. You just need to find out which tool is perfect for you. For me the perfect one is file. Clipping and cutting my nails only ends up in peeling nails. So I only file them and I do it regularly. About every three days. Sometimes I just file the edges and sometimes I file about three mm of the nail, it all depends on how long the nails are and what length I want to have. But I do it regularly, that’s important.

6. USE BASE COAT UNDER EVERY MANICURE

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I never ever apply only nail polish. I always use base coat. I have tried many different ones and Essie – Millionails seems to work best for me for now. It is not perfect, but it is the best I have ever tried. However I am always on the search for an even better one, the perfect one :).

7. GENES AND FOOD INTAKE

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And then of course we come to this point. Some people never take care of their nails yet they have the most beautiful nails and some people try to do everything, but the nails still look like shredded paper. So yes, genes play a big role in what our nails look like, but I believe there is some room for us to make them better with eating quality and versatile food and taking good care of them from the outside.

So never give up on your nails. Find your motivation to keep them in a good shape and then just start taking care of them and you will see the results.

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18 Comments

  1. February 23, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Super post in obvezni koraki, do lepih nohtov 🙂

  2. February 23, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Hvala Ana ♥ Ja, jest se kr vseh držim 🙂 Mal pešam kdaj tam pri mazanju rok in obnohtne kožice, ostalega se pa res držim 🙂

  3. February 23, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Super objava! Res priročna. Sama imam namreč velike probleme z obnohtno kožico, čeprav jo vedno negujem s kremami in oljem. xx

  4. February 23, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Hvala ♥ Super, da ti je v pomoč. Si že poskusila Lemony Flutter? Ker ta res dela čudeže 🙂 In pa z odstranjevalcem jo moraš odstranjevati, ker čene se ti ta odmrli del zatrguje in suši. Vsaj meni se in potem mi poka 🙁

  5. February 23, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Nekaj pa le delam prav :D. Res uporabna objava in ko bi se vsaj držala vsega tega. Največji problem mi delajo moje suhe roke in seveda obnohtna kožica. Čez dan se mi ne da mazat skoz z kremami, poleg tega pa si velikoo perem roke :/. Imam pa toliko krem za roke, da zdaj prav moram packat po sebi, drugače nikoli ne porabim :D. Vsekakor pa moje nohte večkrat zamenjam za orodje in takrat se zgodi največ katastrof :D. Za podlak je meni trenutno najboljši od Avona 5 in 1 nail treatment ali nekaj takega, zgleda peachy. Sem si ravno naročila še eno stekleničko, če rabiš kakšne predloge. 🙂

  6. February 23, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Me veseli Petra, da ti je v pomoč objava. Vem kako je s suhimi rokami 🙁 Mene včasih kar pečejo, če si jih cel dan ne namažem 🙁 Tako da komaj čakam na pomlad in potem poletje, ker potem pa nimam več teh problemov. Za podlago pa super ja. Zadnje čase bom malo poskusila kako kej druge podlage delujejo :). Če imaš še kak predlog, kar povej 🙂

  7. February 23, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    CND Sticky Base Coat mi je bil fantastičen. 🙂 Enkrat sem ga kupila an ebayu. Se mi je vedno zdelo, da je manikura ostala na nohtih zelo dolgo, je pa tak bolj skoraj kot gel, gostejši. Ampak zdaj ga že dolgo več ne uporabljam, ker je težko dobit lake iz tujine v našo državo. Saj več ne vejo kje bi nam še kaj odvzeli…groza!

  8. February 23, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Bom malo pogledala za tegale. Drugače pa ja, se strinjam glede lakov in kako težko kakšnega naročiš k nam. Feelunique in podobne strani sploh ne pošiljajo k nam, pa jih imam toliko nagledanih 😀 No, sej za mojo denarnico je boljš tako, ampak meni pa vseeno ni všeč 😀

  9. February 24, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Super objava! 🙂 Tudi sama sem še dobro leto nazaj grizla nohte, se čisto najdem v tvojih besedah glede skrivanja nohtov 😉 Poskusila sem z grenkim lakom, vse možno, ampak ni šlo, dokler nisem res našla motivacije in se zares odločila, da neham. Si nisem nikoli prestavljala, da se bodo nohti tako popravili (ker sem jih imela res že "visoko" zgrižene), danes pa mam res lepe 🙂
    Se pa kar držim vseh korakov, razen podlak redko nanesem. Se mi zdi da mi s podlakom lak zdrži manj časa :/ Ker se mi kar odlepi cela plast, kot peel-of :/ Se pa tudi meni zdi da so nohti najmočnejši in najlepši če so cel čas nalakirani 😉

  10. February 24, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Hvala Bojana <3 Mogoče poizkusi še kakšen drug podlak, ker meni se je tudi včasih pri določenih dogajalo, da se mi je lak kar odlupil dol. In me vesel, da si uspela tole grdo navado presekat in ane kako je potem super ko imaš končno lepe nohte, take , ki si jih vedno hotla imeti :).

  11. February 24, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Bom poskusla še kakšnega drugega ja, ker do sedaj sem res imela samo bolj poceni varjante. Jap, neverjetno super je! 😉 Za motivacijo na začetku in za vzdrževanje pa sigurno pomaga tvoj blog z neverjetno lepimi manikurami 😉

  12. January 30, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Obnohtna kožica = moja nočna mora. D: Pa dehidrirane roke tudi, posledično so moji nohti tako suhi, da se mi nonstop plastijo in ne zrastejo kaj preveč. Očitno moram nabavit boljšo kremo za roke. 🙂

    • Lacquered Bits
      January 30, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Meni je trenutno zeeeelo dobra krema od Nuxe iz Reve de miel kolekcije. Danes sem si pa kupila ta novo L’Occiatnovo karitejevo (bela tuba) in upam, da bo tudi vredu. Ampak Nuxova ga zaenkrat zmaga. In za obnohtno ni dosti samo dobra krem, tudi olja so pomembna. Vsaj pri meni.

      • January 30, 2017 / 11:44 pm

        Nova od L’Occitana bi morala biti super, ker ima več kariteja (priznam, da sem jo samo enkrat preizkusila, me pa čaka doma še čisto nova zapakirana). Bo ravno prav za čez zimo. Drugače pa si roke stalno mažem z arganovim oljem, včasih pa z jojobo, če se ravno spomnim. 🙂 Mislim, da je taka nega prva, ki bo pomagala – prej kot recimo utrjevalci za nohte.

        • Lacquered Bits
          January 31, 2017 / 8:37 am

          Ja, meni tudi bolj maga nega rok in obnohtne pri nohtih, kot sami podlaki. Jih uporabljam, ampak nekega blaznega efekta se nisem opazila….no razen, da mi ščiti noht pred barvnim lakom. Kremca pa upam, da bo vredu. Jaz tudi pricakujem, da bo se boljsa, kot njihova originalna 🙂

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