Hello Friends! How is this Tuesday morning finding you?
I have always been a “girlie-girl and always enjoy putting together beauty-oriented posts for the blog. So far, I have a slew of notes of future posts I would like to share! All in do time. 🙂 Today we are talking manicures, pedicures and how to capture a polished look at home.
How to Do Your Own Nails
One significant change, I have made in my own beauty routine over the past few years was switching to keeping up my nails at home. I would not rule out getting them done for a special occasion, but there are several reasons I made the switch from having them done professionally.
Glam on a Budget
As we all know, the one thing that is constant in life is change. I was easily affording these manicures, pedicures and other treats for myself. My financial situation then changed and my expenses increased with a hefty rent and a car payment. I was looking for ways to cut back and the at home nail kit came together.
The Old Routine
I used to get frequent manicures and pedicures at salons and nail spots. I loved the “me” time and the fact that I always left feeling prettier. I love the look of color on my nails and toes. However, I found it harder and harder to turn a blind eye to all of the exposes on the news and in magazines about the dangers of nails houses. I also loved the long term look of acrylics and gels both of which I had for a time. I shudder to think about all those chemicals now!
Even though I tried to find the cleanest and least expensive place around there were times when I wondered to myself if I was doing more harm than good. The files were being re-used among other practices that had me a bit concerned.
So between the signifigant cost, and my concern about my health led to me going to a local beauty supply store one afternoon and getting the basics of what I would need. Also, I now use what I term “cleaner” products which will not typically be found in most traditional salons.
I currently do my nails every 4 days or so, and my pedicures every two weeks. My feet take a bit of a beating because I am quite active. However, I like to push the limits, and tell myself that no one gets that close to my feet anyway.
It was ironic that I was planning on writing this post next since I had one of my readers reach out yesterday and ask me about safer nail products and why I use what I do. I currently use Zoya and SpaRitual products. I buy most of my selections on Amazon or the company sites. I have found the nail polish and other treatments to be just as effective as regular brands that are full of chemicals. Cuti-Clean by Spa Ritual is one of my all-time favorite products.
- Dibutyl Phthalate
- Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde Resin
These chemicals are the most frequently used in nail care products. Beauty products are like any packaged good. Review the ingredients list, and know what you are using.
My Nail Kit
These are the items I pull out of my nail kit on a regular basis:
- Nail Clipper (one for my hands and one for my feet)
- Nail Files (one lighter for my hands and one more substantial for my toes)
- Nail Brush
- Nail Buffer
- Cuticle Nipper
- Cuticle Pusher
- Cotton Balls/Q-tips
The best part of course! I love to switch up my color frequently, but the steps always include a base coat, 2 coats of polish, and a top coat. Allow a full 20 minutes for your nails to dry at minimum!
Like anything else, you get better the more you do it. I now apply dark colors with ease, but it took me a while to get there. These are some of the fall colors I am loving right now.
Overall I find that doing my own nails saves me time since I can do it in the comfort of my own home, money because I am not paying for a service and is less risky for my health because I know the tools are clean and that only I have used them.
Happy pampering! I think that doing your nails in any way qualifies as a treat so I am linking up with Becky today.
Question of the Day: Do you do your own nails, go to a salon or is it a mix of both?
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