Monday, January 26, 2015

my winter nail care routine (plus a Julep tutorial!)




It's the middle of winter, it's dry, and your hands may look like a hopeless, cracked mess.. honestly, mine look like that most of the time. But with a few tips and tricks, your hands and nails can look so pretty and polished. Julep contacted me to share their nail care tutorial and nail polish color swatches, as well as my own personal tips. 

First, allow me to share my nail care routine.





I've omitted a few tools, such as nail clippers, filer, and hand cream but I will mention them in the steps below!

  1. Soak your fingers in warm water, and if desired, add a drop or two of essential oil
  2. Dry hands, clip nails to desired length, and file if necessary
  3. I use Seacret's Buffing Block to smooth out and prep my nails
  4. Rub in some nail oil onto your cuticles. I use one by Canmake, a Japanese brand
  5. Apply hand cream to your hands until they are soft (don't forget to massage!)
  6. Apply a base coat to your nails. I use Bonder by Orly, which is probably the best out there
  7. Next, apply two coats of your favorite nail polish. This time, I am using Essie's Cocktails & Coconuts
  8. Lastly, apply one coat of top coat. I'm using Essie's all in one


I'm no pro when it comes to doing the perfect manicure, but I think it looks pretty decent!



And here is Julep's nail care tutorial:



Make sure to check out their color swatch and their new nail colors on their website here! They have some really pretty winter shades (Ilsa is my favorite!).




Did the tutorials help at all? Which Julep shades are your favorite? If you have any nail care suggestions or recommendations, let me know in the comment section!


33 comments:

  1. Awesome nail polish!

    Have a great start of the week :)
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  2. fantastic, I love nude :)

    Kisses from Poland! :)

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  4. I usually just use Burt's Bees' nail cuticle cream – it works wonders and smells like lime! I might invest in a mighty Nail & Cuticle serum though, looks real nifty to have lying around!

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  5. Thanks for the manicure tutorial Samantha, I have to say I'm not the best when it comes to taking care of my nails so I'm definitely taking your advice to heart! And yes I love the Ilsa shade what a gorgeous hue!! I am a big fan of dark, vampy nails and have been looking for a solid navy color! :) xo~ Lena
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  6. This is such a good manicure routine, I just wish I could make myself do something like it - I'm just so lazy when it comes to doing my nails aha!

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  7. Great tips dear!
    will try it out
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  8. That ring is so cute and I love those nail polishes :)

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  9. I love Essie products! and the colors you've recommended are gorgeous!

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  10. Those were some really great tips! Thanks a lot for sharing them! My nails in the winter get really nasty, therefore this post was very useful! :)

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  11. Great tips! Gonna try it later !

    xx
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  12. Wonderful post, love your nails. ^^
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  13. Wow cute ring and i love the nail color ^^
    and nice tips...

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  14. Thanks for sharing your nail care routine with us! I think the Sawyer shade looks pretty cute :)

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  15. manicures are so important! your nails look great!
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  16. Lovely photos - your nails look great!

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  17. Thats really cool! I love to read that, you have a wonderful blog!

    What about following each other? I would really love to keep in touch honey!
    xoxo Colli // my blog - tobeyoutiful

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  18. Your nails are perfect! Practical and beautiful!

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  19. Great tutorial, your nails are beautiful!!

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  20. Very good post and great layout! I need to start applying nail oil for my cuticles. :)

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  21. such a helpful post! my nails are no joke during the winter time! oy!

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  22. Awesome post! Im in love with the photos. Have an amazing Wednesday dear! :)

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  23. lovely nails and everything seems so pretty hehe. especially your ring ^^

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    x

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  24. hey I was wondering where did you get your ring from! look so cute :D

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  25. Amazing! Great post and very nice blog!
    I'm following your blog. Can you follow me back? Thank you so much! :)
    Bisous,
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  26. Love the look of the colour 'Sawyer'. Your nails are in lovely condition (much better than mine right now). Rach x
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  27. How stunning!
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Follow me and let me know and I will follow you back sweetheart! ❤ Waiting for your reply.
    Love always,
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  28. I used to use serum from Korean in order to strengthen my nails, however, I have stopped using it due to my laziness. These products look interesting though!

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  29. Great post! Your nails look amazing!

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  30. what a great tutorial! my hands are usually dry in winter time, so have to treat them better:)

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  31. Thanks for the tip. very useful because i love using nail polish too :)

    and yes, i am reviewing about real estate business in my country, it's for blog contest so that i wrote in bahasa, wish me luck :)

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  32. Awesome post! I really needed this haha. I was wondering though if you put nail oil on your cuticles, would that make it hard for the nail polish to stay on afterwards? Thanks!!

    Steph
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