my nail care and polish routine

I've gotten a few questions on how I paint my nails, so I thought I'd compile a post of everything that may be of help to my readers.

My basics for polishing: CND Stickey - NailTek Foundation II - Seche Vite
Foundation II is amazing.. it has made my nails HARD. They don't break anymore. I use Stickey over Foundation II if I'm planning to wear my mani for more than one day. Seche Vite is the ultimate HG topcoat for me. I have no problems with shrinkage, and I don't mind thinning it.

My basics for routine care: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream - 100% Vitamin E oil
The hand cream is the best I've ever tried, and I have tried a lot. It's a bit on the heavy side, so during the day I just use dabs of it and during the night, I use globs. I don't use the oil much.. only when I feel like my cuticles are really dry.

In regards of my polishing technique, this tutorial helped me immensely. I try to do my best when polishing to make it look very neat, but sometimes I use the 'MeganChair' way of cleaning up. I use a Filbert #6 painter's brush which I bought at Michael's.

Before clean up:


In terms of removing polish, I prefer to use pure acetone. Hmm.. other things... To shape my nails, I use a Swissco glass file from Sally's, which I love. It works great. I rarely buff my nails. If I have a tear in my nail, I use Orly Nail Rescue to patch it up. I think I'm missing something..

If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer!


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  2. Thank you so much for this post! I've always wondered what your routine was because your nails always look great.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! ♥ I recently bought Nailtek Foundation II and Seche Vite on your reccomendation.

    I've been using F. II for about a week, but my nails still keep splitting - I assume this is because the nail thats growing out hasn't been treated with F.II for long enough. While using F. II, did you wait for a while before trying to grow your nails long, so the entire nail bed would be healthy?

    Just asking because I want to know should I keep cutting my nails really short for a while, while waiting for F. II to work it's magic, and then try growing them?

    Your nails are just so pretty, I hope one day mine could grow to be as good!

  4. Thanks Megalina and Tahti!
    Tahti, my nails grow pretty slow so I just them grow whilst using Foundation II. I don't think cutting them back will necessarily make it work better.. but everyone's nails are different!

  5. loveee this! thankssss doll!

  6. I think I need to start using that method to clean up my nails. Thanks for posting this, I find it so interesting to see what others use.

  7. i just discovered your blog and i think its amazing, your fotds are always on point. Love it girl! do more tutorials!!! =]

  8. Hey doll! Love your blog, following you :] Please feel free to do the same! I will def. have to try to get my hands on these products, as my nails chip, break, and never grow!! Thanks for the advice ;) Best wishes* ♥