Sunday, November 7, 2010


No, I'm not talking about Amy Winehouse...I'm talking about nail rehab. The dry spell we've been going through here has really taken a toll on my nails and cuticles, and my hands are due for some special treatment. Therefore, I've decided to take action - I've decided not to use remover until my polish starts to chip. I'll most likely be posting every day because of my propensity for layering, but even if I don't, I will post at least every other day. I'm also going to start using Nutra Nail's Nail Thickener with Green Tea, which I bought yesterday, as a base coat in the hopes that it will stop my nails from breaking. Hopefully, this "nail rehab" will result in you having to look at less frazzled cuticles and nubbins. :) For the first day of my regimen (ha), I decided to go for a natural look. I used two coats of the Nutra Nail base coat and one thin coat of OPI Catch the Garter (to hide staining).

 outdoors, sunlight
outdoors, shade

Though I normally hate looking at my own bare nails, it's actually kind of refreshing to see them on their own. I'm sure I'll be beyond ready to put something on top of them by the end of the day, but I've enjoyed my faux-bare nails so far.

What do you do to combat winter dryness? Product recommendations are appreciated!


  1. Oh wow, that polish does a great job at hiding staining! I like it! :)

    Will you please keep us updated on how the Nutra Nail base polish works for your rehab? My nails continually peel, so I'm always on the lookout for something that will really make them better.

    A moisturizer that I can swear by is called Lay it on Thick. It's from Bath and Body's True Blue Spa line. It's a super thick shea butter lotion with a light scent. A 10 oz. bottle is $20.00. That seems steep, but B&B is always running sales and specials. And you only use a tiny bit whenever you need it. I've found that it keeps my skin and nails moisturized even when products that advertise their awesomeness (like Vaseline's Intensive Therapy line) don't work nearly as well.

  2. Well, I've been using Seche Vite Retain on my nails to strengthen them, and it's great! My brother has seriously dry skin in the winter, and even though it isn't for nails specifically, Aveeno hand lotions work wonders for him!

  3. Those are nice and I've been doing something similar off and on as the weather dries out here. The best thing for me in our harsh winters is a hot wax treatment. I got one of those hot wax baths that you can dip your hands and feet into and its been awesome because you can moisturize before and after and its warmth is great in the cold too! Good luck.

  4. Erin- I know! I may take a picture midway through taking this off to show just how well it works...that is, if I can stomach the thought of showing my stained nails. :) I will definitely be giving updates on how Nutra Nail works - I'm thinking I'll do a full post on it after a couple weeks, but I'll definitely mention how things are going in the meantime. Thanks for the moisturizer suggestion; I've tried several of B&B's True Blue products, but not that!

    Aurora's Nails- Thanks for the suggestions! I really, really like Aveeno. :)

    Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes- Ooh, my aunt has one of those! I may have to ask to borrow it. :)

  5. JASON Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion. It's natural and it works, it gets me through the winters here in Canada. :)

  6. Michelle- Thanks for the suggestion! I'll keep my eyes out for it.