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...
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)
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.
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.
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!