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So today I am going to share a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a while… Some of my manicure and nail beauty regimen, in hopes that you will find it useful or even beneficial.

Please note: I am not a nail technician or a pro in any way, and don’t deem to be professional, but wanted to share some tips and tricks that work for me. 🙂

Nails and Hands:

Many bloggers who focus on nails are often asked how we keep our cuticles tidy and pushed back. It’s not always easy, especially when you have cold, dry winters like we do in Canada! My number 1 tip is to use a good cuticle oil daily (at a minimum). Even better, keep a bottle or tube by your bed and at your workplace, if possible, so that you never have an excuse not to reach for it. : )  Two of my favourite products at the moment are Qtica Solid Gold Cuticle Oil Gel (less runny and more of a gel consistency) and California Mango Magic Cuticle Treatment Oil available at Sally Beauty (which also happens to smell deliciously fruity!).

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On a weekly or biweekly basis, I also perform some cuticle maintenance, which includes removing or pushing back cuticles. Massage in a cream cuticle remover (I am currently using this one from Star Nail) after you’ve had a shower or bath, when cuticles are soft. Let it sit for 2 – 3 minutes, and using a sandstone cuticle eraser (like this one from Star Nail), gently start to push the cuticles back, toward the knuckles. I love that the cuticle removing cream helps to slough off dead skin/overgrown cuticles.

Cuticleeraser

After washing hands, you can use your towel to gently push back cuticles once more. Utilizing the towel method alone is also great for those that don’t like using tools or nippers. Once my hands are dry, I sometimes do use cuticle nippers to cut only loose or hanging cuticle skin, nothing more! Please do not cut into your skin as that is very painful and can cause infections. (Trust me lol.)
My favourite thing to do next is to exfoliate my hands, using a hand scrub by brands like OPI, Qtica, or any line you prefer. I love the feeling of freshly exfoliated skin. : )

I generally also gently buff the nail surface after cuticle maintenance as I like to smooth the surface, especially where cuticles might have been. Want to take this a step further? Pour some olive oil in a hand soak bowl, enough to cover your nails and fingertips, and soak your nails in the nourishing oil for 5 or 10 minutes. Finish up by rubbing the olive oil into your smooth hands! (Note that this is not a good time to apply polish. If you need to polish, wash hands and rub a cotton pad with some alcohol over nail beds.)

Do you have ever get dry cuticles or skin around your nail? For that, I use a medium-roughness emery board, on dry skin only, near the nail without touching the nail bed. This is a golden trick that works like magic for me, especially when I am not at home and only have a nail file! Do not file your nail surface or sides as that will cause ridges and can damage the nail bed.

Make your manicure and hand care a part of your beauty routine, and you will see a difference in a short time. Most of all, remember that everyone, bloggers and nail pros included, gets hang nails, dry cuticles or nail chips!

Did you enjoy this post? And would you like me to share more tips and favourite products?

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In honour of the big reveal of a-England’s third and stunning collection by the super-talented Ommorphia Beauty Bar, I felt it was only appropriate to share more love for one of my most favourite brands. a-England has exceedingly surpassed every expectation I have ever had, both in quality, colour and creativity.

Today I bring you Iseult, a beautiful, light and shimmery shade of delicate pink with a pearly finish. I wore this gem before as a base colour (read about it here) and today I will combine it for you once again!

Here are 2 coats of Iseult in daylight:

I wore two coats of Iseult over a base coat of a-England’s The Knight, followed by a topcoat of The Shield.

Here is an indoor picture so you can see the beautiful, subtle shimmer of Iseult. Click on the pic for a full size pic:

I have owned another a-England stunner for some time without writing about it… Here is my gorgeous Iseult mani topped with a coat of Morgan Le Fay, a magical “luminescent white silver” according to a-England’s website. Beauty in a bottle!

And another indoor pic that I love because of the slight blur on the right side of the picture. Blur always demonstrates the pearly, slight holo effect so much better!

This is one of the most universally flattering manicures I have seen. Iseult is so delicate that it is at once beautiful, simple, and best of all, office-appropriate! Even with Morgan Le Fay, the mani is not overly glittery or bright. Iseult is a lady of a colour, and I adore this combo, summer or winter.

You can purchase a-England directly on their website, from Nail Polish Canada, or from their US stockist Llarowe.

What do you think of this mani?

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