Monday, February 1, 2010

Five Minute Manicure

Once upon a time I could financially justify a manicure bi-weekly. Let's just all have a moment of silence for my former self, shall we?

There's not a whole lot of money growing on my stay-at-home mom money tree these days. If you know what I mean? But winter has a harsh effect on my hands and nails and I just hate it when they get all scraggly. And yes, they do get SCRAGGLY.

Lately I've been using the following products on my hands and nails and it makes a huge difference. After I have trimmed my cuticles and nails as needed...

Step 1

Lather up your hands with your favorite hand lotion, Kiehl's really gets the job done. (Kiehl's Hand & Body Lotion, Barney's, $19.50)

Step 2

Clean up a bit... wipe your palms of any extra lotion and take a Q-tip with nail polish remover to your finger nails to remove any lotion residue. This will help your polish last longer.

Step 3

Apply one coat of Sally Hansen's "Hard as Wraps" polish. This makes your nails very strong and shiny and lasts for about a week! This formula comes in a few colors as well if you are more of a color person. I personally prefer a natural look.

Step 4

After your polish has dried, liberally apply Solar Oil to your cuticles and let it settle in for about 2 - 3 minutes. Then rub it in. The oil will soften your cuticles for a "just from the salon look." This is my most favorite step!

That's my five minute manicure! Enjoy!


MyLittleHappyPlace said...

You know, there IS actually a product called "5 Minute Manicure." It's an extra-emollient scrub, so you get the de-scraggling effects of an exfoliator, as well as super-rich moisture.
I've not bought it, but have used a similar system by Mary Kay. It really does work in a pinch!

Kathysue said...

Great tips I will have to try the polish and the oil. I could really use a manicure myself. Thanks for sharing something I can do myself. Kathysue

Liz said...
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Liz said...

Great tips! P.S. When do we get to see more videos? I loved your video posts last year, please bring them back :)


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