Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Nail Care Routine
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Nail Care Routine

4:00 AM

After many months of doing my nails every week I decided they needed a much needed break.  I know that some of you will be upset because I’m very well known for doing my nails but every once in a while they need to breathe.  I’m not sure if I will paint them for my blogger meet up this week or not but I’m going to try not to and keep them naked for about 2 weeks.  So in the mean time I wanted to talk about my nail care routine since so many people ask me how my nails stay as long as they do when I’m constantly putting chemicals on them.  First of all I must say I think most of it is genetics.  My nails and my mom’s nails grow like weeds.  Of course when my nails break, it’s not just a small crack it’s a very painful break that involves bleeding and that is when I usually avoid that finger when making my nail tutorials.  Anyway, here is a list of things I use to help preserve my nails as much as possible.

Sally Hansen Maximum Strength Base Coat

I write about this in pretty much every nail art post.  Honestly, this stuff is a miracle in a bottle.  I really think anyone who is painting their nails even if it’s only once in a while should use this as a base coat.  For how much polish and chemicals I put on my nails they should be so yellow and brittle but they really aren’t any different from when my nails are bare.  Even if you have terrible nails to begin with just test this out for a few weeks. 

Push Cuticles

I personally am not a fan of cutting cuticles.  I’ve known many people who had really bad infections because of this, also, it hurts!  I know it’s not really part of nail care but it goes in part with the manicures.  Even when I was getting my nails done by someone else I always told them not to cut my cuticles. 


Make sure to file your nails.  Do not cut them or rip them off.  I read somewhere that it is rough to cut your nails rather than just file them.  This is also great when you have that one nail that you know is about to break.  The one that is already ripped and lifting.  Depending on how close to your skin this is, file it down.  I’ve saved myself a lot of pain filing it down instead of ripping it.  Of course you’ll have a weird shape to your nail but I’d rather have that than a finger that’s gushing blood and hurts.

No biting

This should really be a no brainer, but seriously don’t bite your nails.  You can give yourself so many bad infections and it’s a bad habit that should be broken.  I know life gets stressful (trust me I have my own bad habits like stress eating) but you need to find a way to stop biting.


I just started using vitamins, both for my regular health and for healthy hair and nails.  So far I’ve seen a slight difference but this has only been going on for about three weeks so I’m not expecting to see a massive change overnight. 


Make sure to buy a good buffer.  I use this whenever I’m doing my nails because it smoothes everything out.  I can’t say if this is actually good for your nails because I personally don’t think it is but it does help with the manicure process.  Or even if your nails are all beat up from gels or acryclics, in order to NOT get them stuck on everything buff them out so that they are smooth again.

Eat Healthy

You’d be surprised what a difference eating healthy can make.  Not even just in your body, but everything else as well. 

Buy Quality Polish

I know this sounds stupid because nail polish is nail polish.  However, I will say that I’ve noticed I like to stick to the more expensive brand polishes.  There are a select few less expensive brands that I will only usually use if there is one color I love and no other brand has it.  A good example was about two years ago I used this green for the kiwi design on my nails.  It looked great and only cost about $1 (it was on sale).  Well, when I went to take it off my nail was yellow.  I’m talking the color yellow that looks like I was a smoker for 50 years and that, that nail never saw the light of day and was always under polish.  It was downright DISGUSTING.  I was so embarrassed with that nail that I painted my nails until it grew out.  After that incident I’m willing to invest in some more quality polishes.  I think the best polish that isn’t as expensive as OPI and Essie is Sally Hansen.

Hopefully this helped answer some of your questions!

**Please note I am not a licensed nail technician.  These are not recommended by any licensed individual these are just things that work for me.


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  1. You're always inspiring me to take better care of my nails, but I'm a terrible nail biter, it's sad :(

    pumps and push-ups

  2. My nails are very brittle so I'm excited to try the Sally Hansen base coat. Your nails are super pretty naked but I also look forward to your creativity with the nail design. Always a hit. Have a great day.

  3. I am going to steal some of your tips, I hate to let breathe my nails but I also know it is important good luck with your naked nails!


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