A Quick Tool for Healthy, Natural Nails
I've always been one of those people that feel naked without a coat of nail varnish. I've painted mine week in, week out for the past decade and I've rarely gone more than a couple of days with nothing on them. This winter in particular I've been obsessed with gel manicures - I even bought an at-home gel kit to get longer lasting results from my existing collection. Great news for me, not such great news for the overall health of my nails.
My nail care routine is something that I've been asked about a couple of times before, but up until recently I really haven't had one. It's only since putting my nails through a few months of gel that I started to see some changes in their condition. I've always been incredibly lucky with my nails, but I started to notice them breaking for the first time and polish didn't seem to be going on as smoothly. It was definitely about time I gave them a break and - having reluctantly put aside my nail varnish in the beginning - I've found myself relishing the natural look for the first time in years.
Both of the above pictures were taken with no polish on whatsoever. I've been using the Revlon Shine Addict Nail Buffer* to keep them looking neat and presentable in between manicures, buffing away any ridges and adding extra shine. It's an expensive tool, but the results are immediately visible and last for about a fortnight - even if varnish is applied and removed during that time. It's the first electronic buffer that I've tried but it really does work wonders in comparison to manual files. The kit comes with four interchangeable rollers - two for buffing and two for shining. So far I've not needed to buy any replacements, but after a quick bit of research I can confirm that they're fairly easy and inexpensive to get hold of.
Is this an everyday essential? No. But if your natural nails are in need of some TLC and you're in the market for something to keep them looking their best in between salon trips, it's a really handy tool to have around.