My cuticles & I are not getting on at the moment. It’s like as soon as the weather started to turn, my hands decided to dry out and cause me all sort of heartache.
I’ve mentioned before that my nails are weak, from years of biting them. When I got over that habit, I picked up a new one, which is picking at the skin around my nails – which, I know, is awful and gross and all that, but it’s compulsive & all I can do normally is keep my hands moisturized & try and stop it.
When I was in California recently I picked up some Soap & Glory Hand Food at Sephora. This stuff is amazing – it’s great to have in my handbag for when I’m on the go & can’t use my Clarin’s hand & nail cream, which is great for deeper hydration. I also use the Essie apricot cuticle oil, which keeps my cuticles supple & east to manage.
Recently though, the cuticle oil hasn’t been enough. I’ve found that my cuticles are dry and red and generally sore & looking awful (in the photos below, they look much better than they were a week ago).
Thankfully, at the beginning of May, a friend gifted me some Lush lemony flutter cuticle BUTTER. And this…. this is a godsend. It’s a thick cream that smells divine & is super moisturising. You can also use it on knee’s and elbows – anywhere with dry, hard skin. I’ve been generously applying at night and rubbing it almost all the way in & in the morning I wake up & put the Essie cuticle oil on. It’s taken a week, but my cuticles are finally getting better.
This is a quick manicure that I did to get me through work this weekend. It’s a base coat (three coats) of MAC’s Hanging Loose from their Surf’s Up Collection. I never really liked nude polishes until I found this one – it’s such a great match for my skin tone, but with a nice peach undertone – & I love the shimmer! The ring fingers also have an accent of Top Shop’s ADRENALIN. The glitter is a pink rainbow holographic with very pale sheer pink base. This is probably one of my quickest manicures, but it’s also one of my favourites.
This was taken under floursecent lights on my iPhone. You can see some of my cuticles aren’t looking 100% yet & there is tip wear – the perils of being a receptionist unfortunately.
This is a close up of my ring finger, for detail. You can also see just how bad my nails were in this photo. I’m getting there though!