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My Nail Care Routine featuring Mont Bleu 

It’s been a really long time since I posted a nail care post, & since I’ve recently incorporated some new products I’m in love with, I thought I would share what I do for nail care. For me, I like to do my full nail care routine once a week but I obviously file & moisturizer more often than that. 

Recently I was sent some products from Mont Bleu to review. They produce Czech made crystal nail files & other nail care products. For review, I received a three piece crystal nail set, crystal cuticle pusher & cuticle scissors. I’ve always been a major fan of crystal nail files, but it wasn’t until I started using the Mont Bleu products I realized what a difference good quality product can have! 

For my nail care routine, after removing my nail polish with nail polish remover I always start off by giving my nails a good file. If I only need to tidy up my nails a little I use the medium sized filed from Mont Bleu. If I need to trim any considerable length from my nails, I prefer to use the larger size. (The mini sized file from the set I keep in my purse for potential nail emergencies!) I’ve used crystal nail files for years, but these are a step above. I find they file so easily & smoothly & leave my tips feeling much smoother. I’ve been using these files for over a month now, & they have made a huge difference in the health of my nails. They don’t leave any cracks at my tips which I’ve found can happen with other files I’ve used. Also when it comes to filing down significant length, these files do it in less than half the time of other files I’ve used. 

Next step, I used a good cuticle remover. Right now I’m loving Butter London Melt Away which I find is gentle but effective. I start by applying it along my cuticles, & then push back my cuticles gently using the Mont Bleu glass cuticle pusher before rinsing them off. This was my first time using a glass cuticle pusher & I was nervous because glass ( & the edges feel kind of sharp to the touch) but this pusher is surprisingly gentle. It doesn’t take much pressure at all to push back your cuticles, unlike using my previous rubber pusher. Also I was happy to see it cleaned & washed easily without being ruined by the product. Next, I always make sure to apply cuticle oil after using remover & pushing them back. 

Next I like to use a good hand/cuticle scrub on my nails. My Mom gave me this Mary Kay scrub years ago, & I’m still using it. I tend to concentrate on my nails/cuticles with it so I don’t end up using a lot of product. (If you have any recommendations for some good cuticle scrubs, let me know!) 

Next step of my routine is to clip off any loose skin/potential hang nails. I don’t snip my actual cuticles, but I do make sure to clip off any spots that are potential problem areas. These cuticle scissors are great because they’re sharp & precise. They’re also the perfect scissors for applying nail decals, which I’ll have a post showing soon! 

Final step? Moisturizer moisturizer moisturizer! The bottle I’m showing above is a mixture of a whole slew of creams I like including Vaseline Healthy Hands & Nails, Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Care, & even some of my sons baby cream! I make sure to always have cream on me or near me, and apply it as much as possible. 

So that’s my nail care routine! Like I said I only do the full routine about once a week but I make sure to file my nails a few times a week, & moisturize & oil my nails daily. 

If you’re looking for some quality nail care products, you should definitely check out the products offered by Mont Bleu. I thought that all crystal nail files were the same, but after using these products I know now that is definitely not true! In the month I’ve added these products to my routine, there has been a great change in my nails. On top of that, the product itself is just gorgeous! You can check out Mont Bleu by clicking the links below:

As well, you can use the code BLOG to save 20% off your purchases at their E-shop! 

What is your current nail care routine must have? Let me know in the comments below! 

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own. 

St Patrick’s Day nails with #thenailartsquad

Happy St Patrick’s Day! 🍀

Today I’ve joined with the rest of the girls in #thenailartsquad for some St Patrick’s Day themed nails in honour of today. 

The fellow #thenailartsquad members that I joined for this collab are (clockwise from the top):

For my nails, I freehanded clovers on my accent nail using a fitting tool and small nail art brush. Thankfully, baby was sleeping so I had the chance for some real nail art! I was very excited. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Essie First Timer (light green)
  • YSL  vert d’orient (dark green)
  • Icing Icing on Top (off white) 
  • ORLY Bling (holo gold) 
  • Butter London Rock Hard top coat. 
  • Dotting tool (Bundle Monster) and small nail art brush (Born Pretty Store). 

There are few occasions where I pull out green polish, but I always look forward to St Patrick’s Day for some festive green nails. I’m also really happy with my little clovers–I wasn’t quite sure I could pull them off freehand, but I think they turned out pretty cute! 

Hope everyone is having a festive day whether it’s with green beer, or–like me–a very green stir fry! 

Pink dry brush featuring Jay Godfrey cosmetics polishes. 

I was recently gifted some polishes (and lipsticks) from a new to me brand: Jay Godfrey. Since I love trying out new polishes, I couldn’t wait to put these on my fingers! The 5 polishes come in a collection paired with 5 complimentary lipsticks ranging from a soft mauve-y pink to a deep Raspberry.

 

To try out these polishes, I decided to pair them together in a fun sideways dry brush (one of my favourite designs). ❤ this also would have been a great manicure and polish set for Valentine’s Day! 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Nude 256
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Orchid Violet 185
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Nior 421
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Rouge 132
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Bordeaux Lust 326
  • Butter London Hardwear Quick Dry Top Coat 

To achieve this look, I started with a base of 2 coats of Nude, and then applied top coat and let it dry for about 5 minutes. I then went with each colour, removing as much polish from the brush as I could before brushing it diagonally against my base colour. I tried to alternate darker polishes with lighter colours to create a nice texture to the look. When I was happy with the design, I sealed everything in with two coats of top coat. 

So what do you think of these colours and design? I always have fun when I discover new polishes, and really quite like the formula on these, not to mention the colours. 

I’m also really excited to test out the complimentary lipsticks! So far I’ve only worn one of the lipsticks, a fuchsia pink named Casablanca, and I really liked how it looked and applied. I can’t wait to try out all the colours! I think I’ll do a whole post dedicated to the lipsticks since I’m really quite in love with them. ❤

Mani Swap with @polished_yogi

Hello Lovelies! I meant to share a couple of mani swaps I did earlier in the week, but work and life (and now sickness) got in the way. Better late than never though, right? 

First up is the mani swap I had the pleasure of doing with @polished_yogi! Stefanie is one of the super talented ladies I’ve made friends with on Instagram, so I was super excited to get to swap with her. 

For this mani swap, I recreated Stefanie’s adorable little hedgehogs and she recreated my recent pink and chevron mani. 

 
  

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Revlon Minted
  • OPI How Great is you Dane
  • Essie Moccachino
  • Essie Caoco Karma
  • Essie Take it Outside
  • Sally Hansen I 💗 Nail Art pen in Pink
  • Sally Hansen I 💗 Nail Att pen in Red
  • Essie Good to Go
  • Butter London Matte top coat. 
  • Small nail art brush from Born Pretty. 

Words cannot begin to describe how much I love this mani. Those cute little hedgehogs…. Oh how I love them! I didn’t want to take this mani off at all. I also think it’s a perfect start to my Valentines Day Nails. 

Stay tuned because I have another mani swap to share with you! 

Monthly mani favourites! 

  

Manicures from top left:

  1. Aztec Inspired Chevron Moons
  2. Matte Chevron Moons
  3. Blingy Accent Nails
  4. Another Go at Abstract Accent Nails
  5. Matte Swirl Accent Nails
  6. Matte Mermaid Nails

Can you believe it? The end of the month is already upon us! Crazy. It definitely was not easy picking just  6 manicures for my monthly mani favourites… January saw some pretty fun nail art! (And a whole lot of Matte top coat 😍)

 I’m just in love with all the manicures I’ve done so far this year, and I can’t wait to get into some Valentines Day manicures. 

Which of the above manicures was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! 

Simple Sunday Dotticure. 

The other day I was at my local Winners and discovered a new (to me) polish brand: Orchid! I’ve never heard of this brand before, but as they had a 7 pack on sale for $5 I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it out. 

  
The colours I used for this manicure were: 

  • Orchid Nail Polish Teal Me a Secret 
  • Orchid Nail Polish Steel Guitar
  • Butter London Matte top coat. 

This mani was in part inspired by a recent manicure by @polishandbeyond who posted a matte teal mani that I was just in love with. What is it about matte nails that just scream perfection? 

Have a fantastic Sunday loves! ☕️

Layla Thermal Polish Effects No. 7 

What does everyone think of the new layout? I was feeling a change for the new year! I’m really trying to get back to blogging again… and not let it slip aside again. I’ve always been playing around with expanding to include a little bit more than just nails–would anyone be interested in seeing a few Outfit of the Day style posts on top of nails? I was thinking maybe one a week or so. Let me know in the comments below! 

In the meantime, I know what you’re here for… NAILS!  

  
Continuing my thermal obsession with Layla Effects polish No. 7 with OPI Pirouette My Whistle layered over top and Butter London matte top coat. I found PMW at my local Lawtons tucked into the clearence bin along side another polish I’ve been coveting–Essie Shine of the Times!  Don’t you just love when you stumble across those polishes you’ve been dreaming of forever? 

 
Sadly I didn’t get a shot of the polish in its cold state, but you can just barely see the darker colour on the tips of my baby nails. 

So what do you think of this combo together? I can really see myself using Pirouette My Whistle a lot! 

Have a happy Friday everyone.