Thursday, January 28, 2010

Get Naked!

Hey guys!

This is an odd post in that it's written primarily for an audience that is new to nails/nail blogs. Many of you who have been doing  your nails longer than I have are probably aware of everything I will write below but for those of you who are just getting into your nails, this entry will hopefully be of some help!

This was partially inspired by D:)'s experiment and partially inspired by my own laziness/lack of time. I often go without polish on my nails because I like nail art and, depending on what it is, this can consume a lot of time. I also abhor things not matching; bare nails match any outfit. :P  (This may also explain why I love French manicures.)

Anyway, I'm here to extol the virtues of a good buffing block. When you're leaving your nails bare (whether that's so they'll have an opportunity to get strong again after continuous polish wear or because you're trying to get rid of yellowing) many of us hate to go without a topcoat. A good buffing block helps solve this problem by buffing your nails to a healthy shine. Often I just file, buff and go. This usually keeps my nails looking healthy (and as though I'm wearing topcoat) for at least 2 weeks.  It also helps polish adhere smoothly the nail bed. The buffing block I'm currently using was picked up from for less than $2.00.  (Good doesn't have to mean expensive!)

In case anyone is wondering about my cuticles, I will admit that I rarely do much to them.  Sometimes when I'm in the shower and my cuticles are soft I'll use the edge of one nail to push them back.  That's about it. Lazy, lazy!  I have never trimmed my cuticles but I do try to massage them whenever I put lotion on my hands.  (Handy tip...keep lotion next to the sink and make it a part of your hand-washing routine.)  I picked up an Organix Cosmetix manicure set (including hand cream, cuticle oil, a buffer and nail file) for about $35 CDN sometime last year. It works well but there are cheaper solutions (especially for the file and buffer which sells individually for $20!) Love the cream and cuticle oil though.

Note: all photos were taken shortly after my trip. I haven't filed my nails in about 3 weeks.

bare tips

buffed with a 3-sided buffer

 buffed with cuticle oil (Organix)

Organix body lotion/hand cream and cuticle oil

- mKat

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Anonymous said...'ve got lovely nails...amazing what a buffer and oil can do...they look great!

Nicole said...

Your nails are PERFECT. Totally jealous!

kittytokaren said...

You are one of those people with naturally awesome nails! If I didn't totally baby my cuticles and push them back all the time they'd look like a lawn of bacteria over my nail plate (ewww)

So lucky and gorgeous nails!!!

<3 kittytokaren

Tabula Rasa,,, said...

You have beautiful nails! I have a buffer block too. I really should give it s'more attention.

Rebecca said...

Oh I wish I could do nothing to my nails!

Jenny$1983 said...

Oh wow, what beautiful nails! I wish I had nails like yours :)

I don't seem to need to do anything to my cuticles, although I've taken to applying Lush's Lemony Flutter as I bought some for my mum and I like the smell! I used a nail buffer for the first time a few days ago and got the shock of my life - with very little effort, my nails looked like polished glass! It was a cheap one off ebay, I got two - I love them! :)

Anonymous said...

jealous. so so jealous right now

Jackie S. said...

I am jealous of your nail length, gorgeous!

mKat said...

Thanks everyone.

I should say I think it's really (REAAAAALLY) important to moisturize one's hands...even if you aren't doing anything to the nails or cuticles. I don't know about the rest of you guys but as a woman of colour I find that the harshness of winter can often make my skin look black/ashen. (You'll see in some upcoming Konads what I mean...) :( I should probably start using Vaseline.

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