First of all, I’m so sorry I’ve been away so long. I’ve been sick and miserable and not even the best make-up application could hide it. I’ve also been pretty whiny as a result of said illness and didn’t feel you all should suffer through that. Finally emerging from the misery of my cold, although I still am stuffy, I have two tips for you today.
So last week I bit the bullet and got acrylic nails. This is only after repeated attempts to try to stop biting my nails on my own. I finally caved when I felt like no matter how nice I looked, my hands looked gross, which just ruined the entire look for me.
The picture is of my hand today, 7 days after getting them done. I have a few tips for getting the most from your acrylics from the time they are freshly applied to the two weeks when you go in for a fill. There are two things you can do to make your nails look good between fill appointments.
1. Ask for a French manicure with clear polish and white tips (like in the pic). This way you don’t see an obvious color growing out. I get the color fix on my toes. Oh and if you do clear, make sure you stress that you need a UV coat or they will turn yellow in the sun.
2. The night before your appointment, apply jojoba or any hydrating cuticle oil to your cuticles after soaking them for a few minutes in warm water. Then very gently push them back so as not to cause any tears or cuts in the skin, which could make you susceptible to infection. Having pushed back cuticles allows the technician to apply the acrylic farther back on your nail bed and as your cuticle grows back over the next two weeks it will sort of cover the growing out area – if that makes sense.
I hate the look of obviously growing out fake nails. With these tricks, my fakes look as natural as possible.
Add Mineral Oil for Super Soft Skin
For an inexpensive way to get velvety smooth skin and get the most mileage out of your moisturizer (I’m currently using Jergens Naturals pictures above from drugstore.com – about $6) just get some mineral oil or baby oil. I prefer mineral oil because it has no fragrance and I don’t enjoying the cloying baby oil scent at all.
I usually take about 6 pumps of the Jergens lotion and add about two quarters-sized dollops of mineral oil to that – mixed up in the palm of my hand. I rub my hands together and moisturize everywhere. It’s even better if you do this when your skin is slightly damp to plump up the skin and better retain the moisture.
I haven’t had a problem with dry winter skin and I feel like doing this soothes my skin better after a little too much sun. Your skin will feel like velvet – especially if you do this after exfoliating. It takes a few minutes for the mineral oil to sink in, but that’s why you mix it with the moisturizer, otherwise you’d be super greasy.
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll try not to be such a stranger!