snow days = nail fun

The west coast has had a freakish amount of winter weather over the last month. Our property is up a long steep driveway which prevents me from getting out to do my regular work.

So I have been using this time to practice some new skills.

My nails have only been long and strong once in my life: during pregnancy. Otherwise, I have soft, splitty ones that drive me nuts.

I recently started watching nail art videos on Instagram, and from there I set my mind to learning how to grow my nails and paint and decorate them to keep them strong, healthy and pretty!

This is a visual tutorial of that process:

I first learned how to apply polish without getting it everywhere. 

Then I started a weekly routine to get my nails and cuticles healthy.

Mix 1/4 cup epsom salts, 1/4 cup baking soda and a splash of lemon juice with some warm water. Soak for 5 minutes, remove polish, and soak again. Push back your cuticles while soaking.

This is my polish remover of choice:

And this is my nails after soaking:

Use a small makeup brush dipped in polish remover to clean around and under nails.


Then file and buff with a four-sided device such as this:

Then apply polish and decorate:

I have not taken pics of my decorating process but here are some designs I have created recently:

I am having so much fun and my nails are getting stronger and healthier every week. 

Anyone can be a nail art expert, with enough snowy weather!

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