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I love the idea of soft, manicured hands but not so much the idea of spending a crap-ton of money to get them that way. Honestly I haven’t cared much about my hands until up to some time last year when I got so into nail polish and almost turned Beauty Nerd By Night into a nail blog (yep, that almost happened). I had no idea that my cuticles were super dry and disgusting and didn’t care if my nails weren’t filed perfectly. Now it kind of turned into an obsession. They. must. be. perfect.
I thought I’d show you guys the products that work for me, and hopefully they’ll save you the money too! I do naturally have a lot of fine lines on my fingers for some reason. Just like how your face is your canvas for makeup, your fingers and nails are your canvas for nail polish and it starts with the right base!
Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover ($4.99 on Ulta.com)
The first time I used this was almost like removing an entire mask from my cuticles. No kidding. Cuticle remover makes such a difference – it takes away the dry areas and removes the darkness around the nails. This is enriched with jojoba oil and kiwi extract to remove excess cuticles and also moisturise them at the same time. The shape of the tip is also made in such a way that you can use that to push back your cuticles when you have the gel on. It’s so easy, you literally slather it on your cuticles and wash it off after 1-2 minutes.
Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Collagen Hand Mask ($3.71 on KollectionK.com)
I do a hand mask once a week or two and it only takes 15-20 minutes. I love this one because it comes in a sheet glove infused in the mask and you just have to put on the glove. Then it also comes with a disposable plastic glove that you put on over the sheet glove. There’s also an infographic showing you acupoints on your hand that you can massage to relief eye fatigue, digestion, sniffles, etc while you have the mask one.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($6 on BurtsBees.com)
This is a great cuticle cream that I always have with me in my purse where ever I go. It moisturises my cuticles instantly and it smells so amazing! The Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter moisturises and softens the cuticles while the Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil nourishes brittle nails.
Soap & Glory Hand Food ($6 for 1.7oz/$15 for 4.2oz on Sephora.com)
Soap & Glory claims that this is the most astonishing hand cream ever and I agree! This is also something I always have with me on the go (especially to college). I have to admit that I love putting on hand cream when I’m bored in class lol. This one works amazing to moisturise and soften my hands and it smells like heaven! It’s infused with shea butter, macadamia oil and get this… MARSHMALLOWS! And of course, to me, it then starts smelling like marshmallows.
These are the products I use to get soft and moisturised hands, as I would if I were to spend weeks of my savings in the salon. I’ll cover how to trim, file, paint, and clean up the nails in a separate post!
Thanks for reading, xoxo