My nails are ugly and I need help!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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5932 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@iarebridezilla:  I’m a nail junkie….you know how everyone has their self soothing devices, my Dad vacuums, Mr. 99 cleans the garage…my mom and I do our nails…and I am also a picker…so I totally get how acrylic keeps you from doing that cause it feels wrong and bulky….but I hate having them in the summer…those are for winter only…I don’t know why though.

The way I keep my hands gorgeous…because I’m terribly vain about them is as follows:

1.  Keep your hands moisturized, I use Burt’s Bee’s Almond Butter, it comes in a jar and while I sit and watch TV every night, I rub it into each nail bed.

2.  If you hate seeing polish grow out, personally I hate seeing it chip….I use Butter London’s Nail Foundation…its a matte finish buff color that evens out the tone and texture, grows out lovely and is a natural but finished look.

3.  You have to take care of your nails at least once a week, even if its just filing down the rough edges, buffing out the dents and pushing the cutilces back….I use that as chill out time, but if you want something nice, you have to pay attention to it.

Post # 4
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761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m also pregnant, and recently learned that some nail polishes should be avoided…Part of me is scared to wear any right now, even though years of Irish Dancing destroyed my toe nails! I think I’ll wait to talk to my Doctor on Monday.

Some pregnant woman recomment Zoya brand since it doesn’t contain the toxins that some nail polishes do which can be harmful. 

That being said, do you ever do base coat and topcoats for your nail polish? It does make a difference. Several thin coats with proper drying time between each will also help. Globbing it on quickly always makes it chip easier for me.

 

Post # 6
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3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Nona99:  Totally agree.

For you, preggo, Butter London polish is “3-free” so free of most of the nastiness in cheapo polishes.  Get the starter kit that comes with the good nail foundation and top coat (that stuff does stink) and pick a nice neutral color.  I’m in love with the latte colored one.  Cuppa, maybe, it’s called.  You can get it from ULTA or online from Zappos (free shipping!  not next day air, boo).

Then get some orange sticks (actually mine are bamboo) and cuticle oil.  I have the BL “Holiday Handbag” cuticle oil and it works really good.  Put it on when you go to bed and they get nice and soft and not so hard you have to pick at them.  I have a cuticle snipper and a good crystal file, too.

At least once a week sit down and give yourself a manicure and you’ll be real good in no time.  Push back or trim your cuticles (I also use stuff that practically dissolves the dead stuff – also from Butter London), then put on pretty polish.  If you want to spend more money, BL’s horsepower nail strengthener works and works well as a basecoat, too. 

Post # 7
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3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@iarebridezilla:  Yes – I love to pick mine, too, so I have to keep them pushed back and free from hangnails or I will pick the shit out of them.  I still sit and push them back with my other nails all day. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hiya.

I have two bits of advice for you, one which you’re most likely already doing.

1. Drink more water! (you probably are already) 
It will help strengthen your nails, and they’ll grow more evenly. I know when I haven’t been drinking enough water when my nails are too flexible and brittle. Added bonus, my polish doesn’t chip as badly with “well watered” nails.

2. Stop picking.
Well, duh CakeyP, you jerk, don’t you know how hard that is?
I do! I am an OCD picker, and I have recently cut down my picking almost 80% – that’s a big deal, because I’m a skin picker (and it leaves scars!)
The main thing that happened was I read a story once of a skin picker who was a mom. Her daugher drew a family picture for class… and put red dots all over mommy’s legs (her picking scars). The mother was horrified that her daughter noticed it, and embarassed as it was a school assignment.
That story alone was enough to make me slow down on it.
I don’t want to teach my children to pick at themselves… so I know I have to lead by example!

Good luck! Wishing you glamarous nails in the future 🙂

Post # 11
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761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@iarebridezilla:  Haha. Hooves, the poor chiild. =P

 “There’s been a lot of talk lately about nail polishes that are 3-free, meaning they don’t contain the three toxic chemicals DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and formaldehyde. DBP may cause hormone-production problems in a fetus; toluene may cause reproductive issues, headaches, itchy eyes and more; and formaldehyde can cause breathing problems and even cancer.”

From this article

This article has links to brands that should be safer
http://pregnancy.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/06/green_pregnancy_beauty.php 

Post # 12
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9253 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@iarebridezilla:   Another nail junkie here!  And former nail biter (never the skin, though, only the nails).  My natural nails are quite thin and always have been so they constantly need upkeep.  I’m a little like you, frantic about hating the “grown out” look between the polish and cuticle.  I’ll tell you like I tell myself – get over it.  At least a little.

I get a professional manicure and/or acrylic nails (short, natural) every other week of my life and have for many years.  The drugstore nails are ok but aren’t as durable as salon nails. 

Some other tips – I second all the PP’s advice with regard to keeping your hands moisturized, it’s crucial.  Along with Nona99’s Burt’s Bees Almond Butter, also try the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, and massage it in each cuticle regularly, daily even.

Take vitamins – well, you’re pregnant and pre-natals are perfect for nails – so you probably have that covered.

You will have beautiful nails but you won’t have them without time, work and effort.  I STILL would bite my nails if left untended, even after all these years of truly being broken from the habit.  What saves me is regular nail care.  But having pretty nails is fun and I really love my nails now.  Good luck!  🙂

Post # 13
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9253 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Also – meant to say, invest in good nail polish, like OPI, Essie, China Glaze, etc.  It really is worth the extra money, amazingly so.  Cheap polish chips easily and is harder to work with; I’ve learned to hate it.  OPI (or Chanel) is the best, I don’t mind paying a few dollars extra.  😉

Post # 15
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10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

What about gel polish? That stuff is hard as a rock and I have read (don’t quote me on this though) that some kinds are pretty good for your nails. They protect them with pretty chip-proof polish while they grow and heal underneath. 

I bought a gel kit and do mine at home!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think people should only take care of their own nails if they are good at that kind of stuff. I love all the tips and information on this thread.

It really is best to go a nail shop. You can get gel on your natural nails if you don’t want to add tips. Gel is far better than acrylic for your nails.

I have gel on my natural nails. My nails can grow very long if I let them, which I normally don’t because long nails are not practical for me.

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