Whether you’re freezing your tail off in the Southern Hemisphere or basking in the first days of summer up north, July is the perfect time to revisit your nail-care regime to ensure that your wintery grey days are infused with cheering brightness to elevate your mood; and so that when it comes time to expose your tootsies in sandals they’re looking oh so fabulous and colorful.
STEP 1: Keep nails looking smooth flawless with a Crystal Glass Nail File. Metal files and emery boards tear the nail as they file, leaving rough, sharp edges. The crystal file is gentle and impressively effective, gliding across the nail tip as you file so you can shape your nail to a flawless, smooth finish. In addition, crystal files seal the nail tip as you file, preventing water, dirt and debris from seeping in to the nail tip (this being one of the reasons that nails chip, crack and peel). So, after you use your crystal file for a month, you’ll notice a considerable improvement in how much better your nails are. Another plus – crystal files don’t dull, meaning they last for years and years! $12.95 at www.begenkishop.com
STEP 2: Keep cuticles looking soft and hydrated with a rich and protective natural oil. Recently I have become obsessed with the AEOS Biodynamic Nail & Cuticle oil as it has totally transformed the look of my nails. The product has been developed using biodynamic poppy, sunflower and spelt oils, all bursting with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, that help to moisturize, soften and replenish; and you can really notice the difference after daily use for a month. Particularly helpful for nails and cuticles that are dry, cracked and damaged. The formulation is 100% natural and is enhanced with the addition of Rose Quartz and Clear Quart crystal gem essences – quite the luxury indulgence! $23.50 at www.begenkishop.com
STEP 3: Add a splash of colour to your life and paint your nails. Personally I feel bland and boring without painted toes. My view is … nails look so much more fun when they’re painted. It also puts a smile on my face when I look down at my tootsies and see sparkling colour shining up at me. A sure way to brighten up any day. However, not all nail lacquers are created equal. In fact, many nail lacquers contain harsh chemicals that dry and damage the nail, as well as being highly toxic to inhale. Namely, toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalates (DBP). Lucky AEOS have come to the rescue with a beautiful range of Vegan Nail Lacquers that help rebuild natural nail strength, for longer stronger nails. Oh… and they are available in the most fabulously fun jewel colours with heavenly names like Azreal and St Germain. $20.00 at www.begenkishop.com
Another little note … when it comes to removing your nail polish, please remember to choose a natural nail polish remover. Yes, yes they are hard to track down, particularly one that actually works and removes the varnish. I have, however, been searching the world for one, and on my travels have discovered a fabulous alternative! The EDEN Natural Nail Polish Remover is a blessing! Instead of drying out your nails (like most conventional ones do), it actually moisturises the nail and surrounding cuticle. It is formulated with biodegradable food grade and plant-based ingredients that are non toxic and non-carcinogenic, making it safe for children and pregnant women. Free from artificial acetones, it is also suitable for vegans and has not been tested on animals. $22.00 at www.begenkishop.com
Best wishes for happy, healthy and beautiful hands, feet and nails.
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