28 January 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Nail Care Routine

This week's TT theme is something a little different! This week the theme is our nail care routine, which... is a thing that I don't have. I file my nails down when I think they're getting long. Sometimes I hit 'em with some cuticle remover. Lemony Flutter as needed, the occasional buff, and that's about it. I don't have much to share in the way of nail care habits or tips--to be honest, I don't even know if I'm filing my nails right or not. But I do like my cuticle remover, so some nail art happened, to match it.

flower nail art

Maybe once a week (and probably more often than I technically need to), I coat my cuticles with some Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover (Maximum Strength). After I let that sit (for probably longer than I technically need to), I push my cuticles back with an orange stick. When I'm finished, I scrub around my nails with one of those nail scrubbey brushes and some soap and warm water, and my cuticles are once again tame and demure.

It's a highly unscientific routine that I don't pay much attention to, but the Sally Hansen remover works so well that I don't need to think much about it anyway. It's easy, and I really, REALLY like easy.

OPI Czechbook flower nail art

Because when in doubt, flower nail art, that's what I decided to do. Most of my blues tend to lean either teal or dusty, but an exhaustive search determined that OPI Can't Find My Czechbook was my best match for the Sally Hansen bottle. On top of that I did some little flowers in white and darker blue, basically a brighter, busier version of these nails that I did last May.

cuticle remover and nail art

I really have been meaning to get one of those "nail care routines"...I'm betting, though, that my fellow Twinsies will have some good suggestions this week that I can try out for myself!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra


  1. I love how you matched your mani to your cuticle remover!

  2. I just bought this same cuticle remover a few weeks ago! I've only used it once, so I can't judge if it's making a difference or not, but I've heard great things about it.

  3. I love that you did a matching mani! I don't really use cuticle remover but maybe I should start!

  4. Lemony Flutter is awesome!! Cute mani

  5. I'm going to have to try this. I haven't really been using a cuticle remover but if it's that easy, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for posting!!

  6. this is the cuticle remover I want to try out next.

  7. Your cuticles really do look amazing :D Great mani to match the cuticle remover!

  8. I love this cuticle remover. It's the best I've tried. And it does work really well. I only have to use it maybe once or twice a month now, I don't really keep track.

  9. Beautiful mani and that cuticle remover works really well!

  10. Your routine seems so easy and you have such nice cuticles!

  11. omg! i think i will try this, its absolutely beautiful and i just love the colors you used.

  12. I love this!!!! The nail art and the post!!!

  13. This is amazing! I've been searching for something to help out with my cuticle problems. I hope I can find this in Hong Kong. Where did you buy it?

  14. Pretty flowers. Really lovely. I have OPI's Can't Find My Czechbook and I like it but I'm really bad (a.k.a., I suck) at color coordination, let alone color theory. Would you mind leaving a reply saying what the white (something tells me it's OPI's My Vampire Is Buff) and, more importantly (to me, anyway), and darker blue you used are? On the subject of cuticle removers, I also used to use SH's Instant Cuticle Remover and it worked well enough. It was the first one I tried. Then I was readying about someone else's nail care routine on another blog and they swore by California Mango's Mango Mend (Skin, Cuticle and Nail Treatment Balm For Excessively Dry Hands). I loooooove mango anything (or at least all mango things I've tried to date) and so I made a note of it. I found it a Sally Beauty Supply and they had a special going that if you bought the Mango Mend, they would give you California Mango's Mango Miracle Cuticle Remover (like I was going to turn down a free mango product). Well...long story short (too late), I fell in love with California Mango's Mango Miracle Cuticle Remover. It smells great and works better. It's gentle, soothing, easy to use, thorough and other nice adjectives. I haven't looked back at SH's Instant Cuticle Remover since. Just saying. Hoping to see a reply from you with the other polishes you used. Thank you! Delphi


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